10/15/09

The Standing "O"


How to get a standing ovation from your fellow staff members at lunchtime?


Sing "Five Little Pumpkins" (without thinking) in the FACULTY bathroom while the adjacent faculty LUNCHROOM is packed. (Then, when you TRY to tell them you were just trying to see if you remembered all the words, they will NOT buy it.)



Now I finally understand why the kids sing in our kid bathrooms without even realizing it.




I think I might need a sabbatical.



63 comments:

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Oh, they should have started singing with you! I love that song and it's been years. I would've sung with you...

MaureenB said...

Thanks for the laugh! fyi-talking to yourself is the sign of an organized mind, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Laggin said...

I'm sure they were very understanding, weren't they?

Melissa B. said...

I've been accused of singing in the staff bathroom, too. Usually Life in the Fast Lane, by the Eagles. Don't know why...it's my earwig song for some reason!

ChiTown Girl said...

OMFG!!!! I LOVE this post! I've been teaching my babies that song all week, and they love it!:)

SkylersDad said...

I don't know that one. Does it sound like Bohemian Rhapsody?

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

I give you a standing ovulation! No, wait...I can't do that anymore!

Malisa

Alex said...

You need a vacation.

Oh, just wrote about you on my blog, drop on by and see why.

Under the Influence said...

I think we need a VIDEO of you singing. Just so WE can make sure you remember all the words.

Midwest Mommy said...

Giggle, giggle, giggle!

3 Men and a Lady said...

LOL, I know that song. Do you do the hand motions along with it?

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I want you in our office! Can I trade you for the teacher who poops and does not spray the air freshener?

Sue said...

Okay, I was already laughing at YOUR post when I noticed the commment above mine from Pseudonymous High School Teacher! That one is just as funny, thanks to you all for a good laugh!

Angie Ledbetter said...

LOL! I brought salad for 50 to my son's high school today for teacher appreciation luncheon, then went to the student girl's bathroom. I tell ya, the smell in there did NOT promote singing of any kind. :)

I bet you wrack up on your birthday from colleagues. hehe

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Tee hee, tee hee.

And NO more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Anne said...

And now, thank you, you have just replaced '10 in the bed' from going on and on and on in my mind! Yep I remembered all the words too.

Joanie M said...

That's great!!

otin said...

Me being constipated in the bathroom and me singing in the bathroom would sound exactly the same! haha! I couldn't carry a tune with a bucket!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I found myself sing the "Menards" song in their restroom. No applause for me...just some strange looks. Everyone moved to one side as I washed my hands.... don't know why.....

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I found myself sing the "Menards" song in their restroom. No applause for me...just some strange looks. Everyone moved to one side as I washed my hands.... don't know why.....

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I found myself sing the "Menards" song in their restroom. No applause for me...just some strange looks. Everyone moved to one side as I washed my hands.... don't know why.....

Steven Anthony said...

I am standing as I type...wanting more;) Im back finally, so glad, I missed your stories;)

CaJoh said...

Don't worry about it. I know that I'm a "radio-head" myself. So often whenever I'm singing to myself someone always comments that I must be in a good mood or something (even when I'm not). I just sing to myself ALL THE TIME.

Brian Miller said...

it could be worse...they could have recorded it and played it over the intercom. lol.

Linda said...

So, you made me google the song to see what it was! I don't remember my kids learning that one.

Desert Songbird said...

I'm waiting for you to vlog this song.

*tap, tap, tap*

Still waiting...

Counselormama said...

This is hilarious! Once our old Principal went into the bathroom and while a group of us women were eating lunch we had to keep hearing him ooh and aah that he was so relieved to be peeing!

♥ Braja said...

Good....does that mean you're coming here???? I've got a sparkly red sari for ya....

SweetPeaSurry said...

Super adorable!!! I'm sure the standing O was sincere. *winks*

Sara said...

I sing on the toilet all the time without realizing it. I started when I was 5 and never stopped. I'd love to know what the Five Little Pumpkins song is, though. I need some new material in my repertoire.

Irish Chick Soup said...

I was sitting on the couch watching TV with my Dad one night and all of a sudden I looked over to see him just shaking with laugher. Apparently that old Vonage phone commercial had come one and I, unbeknownst to myself, had been going "Woohoo woo hoo hoo" for about 45 seconds.

They just get inside your head, man! :)

mo.stoneskin said...

Sounds like a great song, I'll have to learn it.

Every now and then when I'm taking a dump at work (in a cubicle in the toilets of course, that's a given right?) I lose track of time and context and everything really and start muttering, humming, crooning, everything. Sometimes there are others in the toilets. Any listener will probably then hear 'crap' as I suddenly realise what I'm doing. Not knowing who may have heard makes the walk back to my desk a long walk of shame.

LegalMist said...

Oh, too funny. I love singing in the shower, and my family laughs at me 'cause I can't carry a tune to save my life. I don't think I've ever belted one out at work, though!

The Peach Tart said...

So did you remember all the words?

Secretia said...

VodkaMom, I thought you were talking about your having a standing orgasm, you know the kind of little ones we get sometimes, when we're not even touching ourselves. Like when an incredibly sexy man stands closer to us than we expected and we imagine everything. Ha you got me this time, I'm still laughing!

Secretia

Not The Rockefellers said...

Did you feel like "rolling out of sight?"

Peace - Rene

Rick Daley said...

What other sounds from the bathroom result in the accolades of your peers?

Yvonne said...

And now that song is STUCK in my head!

Gaston Studio said...

Since I haven't had kids around the house for soooooo many years, have no idea about this song... but love that you were singing it in the kid's bathroom! Love it!

Christine said...

Where's the video!!??

buffalodick said...

I tend to sing lines from songs spontaneously, when the situation calls for it... "Some enchanted evening, you may meet a stranger"..:)

just making my way said...

Did they also provide the requisite bouquet of flowers for the reigning "Five little pumpkins" diva? Be sure to remind them next time!

Jan said...

VodkaMom - I don't think I've ever heard this little ditty. Can you sing it for us again? You get another standing O, I bet...

Wendy said...

You just brought back a memory for me:
When my (now 18yo) daughter was about 3, she would go into our half/bath, turn off the lights, sit on the pot and S-i-n-g, somemtimes at the top of her voice! I loved it.
I guess the acoustics in bathrooms are pretty good. lol
=-)

CK Lunchbox said...

I didn't know you had a cover band. Hey, I got a buddy who needs someone to sing at his kid's bar mitzva...

Cora said...

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, the first one said "oh my, it's getting late"....

Thanks.

Now I'll be singing it all day too.

staceyjwarner said...

When I first read your opening question, I thought Oh no, she fell again, this time her skirt flew up over her head...glad to hear it was just a little innocent singing.

I'm still laughing over the gas pump jump!

staceyjwarner said...

When I first read your opening question, I thought Oh no, she fell again, this time her skirt flew up over her head...glad to hear it was just a little innocent singing.

I'm still laughing over the gas pump jump!

KJ said...

HA!

I never have time to do or think of any thing in a bathroom ... I am a get in get out kind of gal.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Singing in the bathroom is a God given right and you should exercise it at every chance you get. Rock on, VM! Sing loud and proud! LMAO!

Vodka Logic said...

lol.... how about posting a recording.

phd in yogurtry said...

I've had many O's in my (adult) life, but never a standing O. I want one of those.

Hey, it's friday, girlfriend.

Martini time! Cha-chink!

WeaselMomma said...

OMG (and I don't say that in vein)! You not only need an agent, but a film crew!

Anonymous said...

OMG if it were an elementary school teacher I would swear I work with Pseudonymous High School Teacher...we've got someone who poops and does not use air freshener either! I even bought some good smelling stuff and left in the stall with high hopes!- Sure, I'll take a singer anyday in trade for a pooper!
X blogger
lMnop

Pastor Sharon said...

I am laughing because after reading this. . . I realize there is a certain bathroom in a certain hospital that I frequent to market the doctors and nurses!

I find myself choosing to wait to go to that bathroom because the acoustics are amazing! I sing whatever I have stuck in my head. . . I'll have to report back to tell you how well 5 little pumpkins sound in that particular restroom.

Grace Matthews said...

I don't know that one, but I usually sing Push It! Singing helps things come along. I sing a lot during times of stress.

FranticMommy said...

Nothing like the acoustics of a bathroom to bring out ones inner singer/songwriter/lyracist! Public or otherwise.

Ekanthapadhikan said...

I've heard people who have never hummed a tune in their otherwise lifetime sing in their bathrooms. Wonder what is it in bathroom that makes you sing? You just gave me my topic for my next post.

Stacie said...

Sounds like you're just in tune with your kids... I like that!

Captain Dumbass said...

I'm sure you did a great job.

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Sue said...

Just think, next month you can sing "Five fat turkeys are we. We spent all night in a tree. When the cook comes around, we'll never be found and that's why were here you see."

Bethany said...

Hahaha! I wouldn't be entirely surprised to hear one of my fellow teachers at school doing the same thing anytime this month. Teaching makes us do weird things!