Monday, March 12, 2012

Vacuum Ball and a Boat Ride

Life's felt serious ever since Sylvie's arrival. My brain feels full. All the time. I find myself mulling and pondering during the various and sundry chores of a stay-at-home mom. Any mother of young children, whether working outside the home or in, must multi-task. Making the time to think while my hands work is vital, but making time to have fun while working is important too.

Take for instance, vacuuming. Necessary evil, as they say. But what if we could find a way to yuk it up while cleaning the floors? Necessity is the mother of all invention, and so I present to you: Vacuum Ball.

Vacuum Ball
Vacuum Ball requires two players and two pieces of equipment: A big bouncy ball, a Mighty Mite vacuum; a player to run the vacuum and one to pitch the ball. Uniforms are optional. Emeline, as the pitcher, prefers to drape a blanket over her shoulders. The official term for this is a 'coat'. Players who opt to wear a 'coat' increase the difficulty of the game because they must grasp the coat at their neck and then pitch the ball with their only remaining hand.

The method is simple. The pitcher rolls the ball to the vacuumer who then whacks the ball across the room with the vacuum. (I would not advise playing this game with an upright vacuum.) Everyone wins if pitcher screams and laughs until she hiccups. Removing all crumbs and lint from floor is secondary.

On another note, Sylvie and Coder were the first fans to witness the inaugural game. They both smiled and seemed to enjoy themselves. I think the whole ordeal reminded Sylvie of the womb.

Boat Ride
Boat Ride requires one piece of equipment and two players: A laundry basket full of clean laundry; a pusher and a rider. Once the laundry is folded and stacked on the couch (or dumped on the couch depending on the patience level of the rider), the rider climbs into the basket while the pusher kneels in front of the basket and firmly grasps the side facing her. This game begins with a song. Sweetly sing, "Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream..." while slowly sliding the basket back and forth with rider inside. "Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a..." Pusher must then yell at the top of her lungs: "NIGHTMARE" while jerking the basket, attempting to dislodge the rider who is braced inside. Again, everyone wins when rider laughs and screams so hard she hiccups.

Not only can laundry be accomplished in this manner, but pusher increases upper-body strength and burns calories singing and laughing.

How do you enjoy boring jobs?

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