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The Backyardigans Have Become My Babysitter

Well, THAT Labor Day sure came and went.

Things have been a little chaotic over here. Roadtrip adventures to Idaho (multiple posts could not do it justice), planning for a last-minute trip to Colorado this weekend, gargling my heart while doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (today is Day 11), submerging myself in the Twilight series (starting Book 4 right now – NO SPOILERS PLEASE), keeping up with my freelance work (including a new weekly column that has me so excited, I can’t stand it), and of course, taking care of Wito the man.

(Oh, did I mention that my beloved nanny who watched Wito two half-days a week while I worked on said freelance projects decided to double major? And left my cheese in the wind? And I have no help right now? While I’m trying to write, hmmm, let’s see, 3 weekly columns and 2 blogs, among other things such as RUNNING A HOUSEHOLD? Can you believe she would choose furthering her education over a nanny job? I mean, WHY AMY? DON’T YOU WANT TO BE A NANNY FOREVER?

(No? I see.)

So, yeah, on top of that, I’m in the midst of nanny interviews. We all remember how interesting that was last time, right?

I guess you could say I’m feeling a little overwhelmed right now. In a good way, though.

Meanwhile, while trying to get everything accomplished, Wito has developed a major obsession with The Backyardigans. Tyrone, specifically. Have any of you seen the Polka Palace Party epsiode? Well, that episode has BECOME my part-time nanny for the time being.

If you aren’t familiar, let me introduce you to the world of The Backyardigans.

And if you see an enormous toddler in a cowboy hat running around town singing “Yip! Yip! Yip! Yip!”, that would be my Wito. Go easy, his mother is a little frazzled right now.


Polka Party from whoorl on Vimeo.

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  • Trenches of Mommyhood

    September 15, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Living a parallel life here in MA – today is my Day 10/(still) Level 1 of the Shred, and am on pg. 168 of Twilight!

  • Angella

    September 15, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    My kids love the Backyardigans too. Now I’ll be singing that tune the rest of the day.

    At least it got Peaches out of my head.

  • Jen@OurDailyBigTop

    September 15, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Way to go shredding! I need to get back on the Shred wagon. Backyardigans rock – Pablo is a favorite in our house.

  • Miguelina

    September 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Links! I want links to your columns!

    All of my column links can be found on my sidebar! :)

  • Ariel

    September 15, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I was a mere 30 minutes from you… If I’d have known I’d have chucked camping right out the window and gone to Sun Valley and begged to worship at your feet or something.

    I LOVE The Backyardigans- and so did my daughter.
    I’d sing all the songs with her :)

  • Camels & Chocolate

    September 15, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I feel ya, Whoorl. Having one of those barely-treading-water days/weeks/months. And to think, I thought life would be SO much easier when I left the magazine offices and starting working from home. It never is. And I don’t even have a toddler to keep up with either! Or a dog for that matter.

  • Jenn

    September 15, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I love the backyardigans so much, sometimes I watch it on Sprout even after my two year old goes to bed. True (and sad) story.

  • Phoebe

    September 15, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I think you’re in my house. As a busy, busy freelance writer who works from a home filled with a three-year-old who dressed like Tyrone for Halloween last year (his seven-year-old brother was an unimaginative superhero), I wonder if I’ll ever get to Twilight on my nightstand.

  • Sleepynita

    September 15, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    The Backyardigans have been my nanny ever since The Dictator learned to start the DVD player at 14 months. I adore that show – it saves my brain on a daily basis.

  • Sarah

    September 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    At my house, we’re Super Spies! I don’t know what I would do without The Backyardigans

  • JAB

    September 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    We watch PBS Sprout consistently around here…the only way I ever get any work done. How did parents do it before Children’s Programming was available 24/7?

    I LOVED the entire Twilight series…enjoy the last book. And…I am hearing remarkable, but deadly, things about Jillian’s workout. I’m 8 months pregnant now so as soon as this baby pops out and I can handle the video I will be all over it!

  • bethany

    September 15, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Ack, gah…there go my ovaries, back flipping again! Wito is so darn happy. It really is heartwarming. I love it when he just stops cold and sticks his pudgy little fingers in his mouth:)

  • Lyndsay

    September 16, 2008 at 7:23 am

    I’m OBSESSED with Twilight. I finished the four books in four days. I might have called in sick to work and neglected my family, but it was worth it. When you finish that last one and feel bereft, let me know – I have a secret for you.

  • Debbie

    September 16, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Another OBSESSED Twilighter!! I finished all 4 books in a 2 weeks time and I thought that was good! Lyndsay – I need to know the secret!

  • Danielle

    September 16, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Oh, God, we are on a MAJOR Backyardigans kick, too. Thank God for the DVR.