10 August, 2016

sink or swim (hint: sink)

sister-in-law and nephews are here. it's been loud, joyous, fun, exhausting, infuriating, excellent, annoying, magical, and messy, and they've only just arrived last night. the highlight of the evening today was stepping in something soft and squishy in the pool. the red light made it clear - it was one of the slices of tomato i'd prepared for our barnyard burgers*. i'm not a fan of the red light - in fact, until last night's Fun Experiments With Buttons, the light was a lovely classy shade of clear. now, it has become an ever shifting niagara-falls-like rainbow hue. the red said tomato, definitely. unfortunately, after the red came clear and the clear said, no, dear, that is not a tomato slice; it is poop. it might have been, on the other side of its digestive journey, a slice of tomato. alas, it was a tomato slice no more.

mr. monkey, in his entirely admirable desire to free the youth from the constraints of diapers, removed the two-year-old nephew's swimmers' pull-ups and plopped him in the pool. an hour later, poop ensued. mom immediately donned swimming goggles, dove to retrieve said piece of excrement and disposed of it in short order. hurray for motherhood!

the pool is chlorinating like crazy right now. it's gonna be fine, i'm sure. nobody's gonna come down with ebola or whooping cough or rubella or whatnot. after all, it was just poop in the pool.

i've taken my own disinfection very very seriously and drank a large amount of wine.


*three or more kinds of meat to reduce dependency on beef.

9 comments:

Geneviève Goggin said...

I laughed right out loud when I read this. You are one excellent aunt. Thank goodness for chlorine!

Cthulku said...

Is beef dependency a problem? I would have thought that it would be plentiful.

polish chick said...

mr. monkey's been trying to perfect the steak, so i'm cutting back on cow in other areas.

Zhoen said...

Every public pool is contaminated with feces, all the chemicals make it "safe." A home pool is certainly going to be just fine.


Ah, perfect steak, worth eating tofu for. Although, I've had a few excellent tofu meals, at Hong Kong Tea House specifically.

Cthulku said...

Ah! Is he tinkering with sous vide still? I've had good luck with that and a good cast iron sear (after chilling), but I can't get the heat high enough without a working hood fan. I'd bet that a good charcoal fire - in the starter chimney, not the barbecue - would give a good, quick sear without wrecking the beautiful, tender, evenness.

polish chick said...

g - no, i'm merely passable. mr. monkey excels, i just barely squeak by. haven't killed anyone yet but have been considering at length and in great graphic detail.

z - good tofu can be a thing of beauty!

c - no, he now does it slowly on the grill, indirect heat, and then sears it in a cast iron pan at higher heat. don't know the precise technique but he's got it bang on.

Geneviève Goggin said...

I think you'll excel when they're older. Little ones are just plain exhausting. And gross...clearly.

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