So, there’s this game that my kids like to play called Ultimate Chicken Horse.
This is the world we live in. Ultimate Chicken Horse. It’s a thing, people. And as much as I would LIKE to try and explain how this game works to you, gentle reader, I realize two things:
- It’s called Ultimate Chicken Horse. Where does one even start with that.
- No adult ever really wants anyone to ever explain a game to him or her. I mean, really. Your son wants to discuss Minecraft? That’s your cue to get explosive diarrhea. Every time. I know how this works.
Let’s just say… it involves farm animals and a raccoon and something called a “Party Box.” It sounds like something that would air on late night Showtime, in my opinion. But, let us proceed.
I experienced Ultimate Chicken Horse, in my own household, Sunday night. And so, let me tell you the story. (Please, really, it won’t take long and I haven’t posted in ages and this is the best I’ve got):
Blonde: wee one, moaning on couch because he has horrible Chicken Pox virus that he should NOT have because we DID vaccinate him, so don’t email me.
Red: wee one number two. Sucker for all sorts of punishment.
Hubs: Tall, older one who should really know better.
Cat: gray assorted.
Cat: white assorted.
Dog: neurotic type.
Me: angry and tired. But what is new.
So, let’s begin the game, shall we?
ME CALLING FROM KITCHEN: WOULD YOU LIKE A SHAKE?
ME: SOME WARM MILK, PERHAPS?
ME: A SMOOTHIE?
ME: HOW ABOUT A SHOT OF TEQUILA?
RED: MOM. MOOOOOM. MOOMMMM!
ME: RUNNING TO BATHROOM, RIGHT PAST HUSBAND WHO IS “DOING SOMETHING,” ON THE COMPUTER SO IS UNABLE TO HEAR.
RED: MY WOUND! MY WOUUUUUND! IT HURTS! IT HUUUURTS! (Red is in the bath. Red also has half-inch scrape on tummy and likes to repeat himself when dizzy with pain). THE PAIN! THE HORROR! THE PAIN! THE HORROR!
ME: WELL GET OUT OF THE BATH THEN. OH, BUT I’M SO SORRY YOU ARE HURTING. BUT NOT REALLY BUT I’M JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE THE PARENTING BOOKS SAY EMPATHY IS THE THING SO YES, SORRY.
RED: I CANNA GET OUT OF THE BATH THE PAIN IS TOO MUCH. MOVEMENT WILL KILL ME. SO WILL SITTIN HERE. AYE.
ME: YOU ARE USING THAT SCOTTISH ACCENT THING YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE FREAKING OUT. SHALL WE PAINT YOUR FACE BLUE?
RED: NO JOKING. THERE IS NO JOKING WHEN THE PAIN IS NIGH.
BLONDE: I COULD PERHAPS HAVE A MOUNTAIN DEW. WITH A TWIST OF LIME.
ME: NO. SODA IS NOT ON THE TABLE UNLESS PUKING.
BLONDE: I COULD PUKE.
ME: YOU NEVER MENTIONED PUKING BEFORE.
BLONDE: I COULD THO.
RED: MOOOOM. I DINNA KNOW IF I CAN TAKE IT MUCH LONGER. BUT HERE I WILL STAY, TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT.
CAT, ASSORTED GRAY: I THINK NOW IS THE TIME TO PEE IN THE CORNER OF THE LIVING ROOM.
CAT, ASSORTED WHITE: I SHALL WATCH.
CAT, ASSORTED GREY: NOW I WILL START SCRATCHING AT THE FLOOR AS IF TO COVER UP THE CAT URINE BECAUSE CLEARLY I AM AN IDIOT.
ME: GOOD GOD WHAT ELSE?
DOG, NEUROTIC TYPE: HERE I AM! I SHALL-
ME: RHETORICAL QUESTION, DOG. GO OUTSIDE.
DOG: I AM NEVER TAKEN SERIOUSLY. THEY WILL RUE THE DAY.*
BLONDE: MOM? MOOOOOOM?
BLONDE: NOTHING. JUST CHECKING THAT YOU WERE STILL LISTENING. MY THROAT IS STILL AWFUL. SO CAN I HAVE SOME HARD POINTY CHIPS AND SALSA?
ME: UH IF YOU HAVE A SORE THROAT THEN SALSA MIGHT- OH JUST FORGET IT. HERE. MAYBE THE CHILIS WILL BURN THE VIRUS OUT OF YOU.
RED: WHY IS HE GETTING CHIPS? I WANNA CHIPS! HE GETS THE BURNING AND I DON’T. IT’S NOT FAIIIIIIRRRRRRRRRR.
ME: GET OUT OF THE $##* TUB. YOU CANNA EAT CHIPS IN THE TUB. NOW I’M DOING THE SCOTTISH THING.
HUBS: HONEY? OH HONEEYYYYYYY?
HUBS: I HAVE THIS FILE FOLDER HERE WITH ALL OUR TAX APPRAISALS FOR THE HOUSE AND I AM DOING OUR TAXES BUT REALLY WHAT I AM DOING FIRST IS INPUTTING THEM ALL IN A SPREADSHEET THAT I WILL THEN FORGET ABOUT BUT BY GOD I HAVE TO DO THIS RIGHT NOW AND SO I AM WONDERING, WE HAVE ALL THE APPRAISALS EXCEPT FOR 2014. WHERE IS THE TAX APPRAISAL FOR 2014? FOR THE HOUSE? BECAUSE IT’S NOT HERE IN THIS FILE AND RIGHT NOW I REALLY NEED THIS. LIKE RIGHT NOW.
ME: YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE TAX APPRAISAL FOR 2014 IS?
HUBS: I NEED TO KNOW. RIGHT NOW.
ME: YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE TAX APPRAISAL FOR 2014 IS? RIGHT NOW?
ME: IT’S IN YOUR BUM. WHY DON’T YOU GO LOOK FOR IT.
And that is how I won Ultimate Chicken Horse.
*DOG HAS SO FAR NOT DONE ANYTHING TO MAKE ME RUE ANYTHING. SWEET BOY.