A couple of nights ago we watched (well, attempted to watch) Walk the Line with Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon. A favorite of mine and need I repeat ... Joaquin Phoenix!

It was near perfect ... the kids were in bed, we had just settled in for the second half of the movie when the power went out. No apparent reason ... just gone, complete blackness and the screams of our not quite to sleep yet kids bellowing down the hall.

As husband tries to find the flashlight, I attempt to find my cell phone, yellow pages and light a candle all while telling the kids to calm down ... well okay ~ yelling from the kitchen. Proof once again, women are better at multi-tasking.

20 minutes later the power company has been called, the kids are back in bed and husband has declared he can't use the bathroom until the power is on because "it's pitch black in there!"

Call it a moment of inspiration based on the nights movie choice or just a desperate plea not to have to clean pee off the floor; I decided to come to husbands rescue.

Armed with a handful of tea lights and my trusty lighter I headed to the bathroom. Yup ... you guessed it ... the ring of fire was born! I exited the bathroom with a big grin and mentioned "I lit some candles for you." Moments later one could hear the subtle hum of Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash.

Love is a burning thing
and it makes a firery ring
bound by wild desire
I fell in to a ring of fire...
I fell in to a burning ring of fire
I went down,down,down
and the flames went higher.
And it burns,burns,burns
the ring of fire
the ring of fire.
The taste of love is sweet
when hearts like our's meet
I fell for you like a child
oh, but the fire went wild..
I fell in to a burning ring of fire....
74 Responses
  1. HILARIOUS! I've added you to my blogroll, too.

    By the way, can I just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE your avatar "Mom on Strike"?

  2. Blarney Says:

    Thanks for the compliment. I am on strike anytime I blog ~ which by the way is as much as I can get away with!

  3. The literal ring of fire is quit good, my sister's husband loves that song ... I'll have that idea to her.
    P.S. I'll be added you to my blog roll today. Reading you is time well spent. Thanks for the laugh.

  4. LOVE IT! by the way that is our theme song...playing when we first fell in love. Now I see a whole new meaning, LOL!

  5. Jaci Says:

    Men are amazed by the power of a candle. Kevin used to say, "Wow, it really gets light in here if you light enough candles!" Duh. We didn't always have electricity.

  6. Heather Says:

    LOL! We've had to use the "facilities" and even shower by candlelight in power outages before - always makes me wish that we had a window in the bathroom and wonder what life must've been like back in the "Little House on the Prairie" days, too!

    We keep camping lanterns (the battery powered kind) upstairs in our bedroom and downstairs in easily accessible places for power outage situations, just in case. See, we're such well-prepared parents... Unfortunately, our kiddo loves to play with the camping lanterns, so the odds of their batteries not being used up and dead in the event of an actual outage? Slim to none. Oh well, we tried! (I also keep a box of matches on the top shelf of the bookcase in our room and plenty of candles, just in case just in case.)

    Congrats on being the SITSta of the day!


  7. wendy Says:

    Very funny! Congrats on being the SITS feature! :)

  8. Katy Lin Says:

    lol! how cute! when life gives you lemons . . . :)

  9. Brittany Says:

    That was hilarious! Happy SITS day!

  10. Party of 5 Says:

    Wonderful idea. See he needs to bow down to you now.

    Happy SITS Day!!

  11. Jen Says:

    Thats great. I hope that he didn't do anything to make the flames get higher. ;)

  12. Debbie Says:

    That is really funny that your husband wouldn't just get a flashlight and rest it on the floor or sink or commode so that he could go pee pee in the dark...Alas, mama to the rescue building a ring of fire...soo soo funny...

  13. Amy Says:

    HA! SOmetimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. :)

  14. Funny! Great use of candles too.

  15. Melanie Says:

    Absolutely wonderful! Isn't it great when you can be sweet with that ever so subtle hint of sarcasm! You are great.

  16. Caroline Says:

    When I saw the title I have to admit I got a little scared. My friend calls the point during delivery when the head is right "there" ready to come out the "ring of fire" because of how it feels. I was pleasantly surprised by your post. I'm taking a sigh of relief right now.

  17. EmmaP Says:

    almost like a Ceremonial Pee! Love it!!!!!

  18. Crazy Momma Says:

    Too great! I love that your hubby "couldn't" use the bathroom...hysterical!

  19. Cute!! Congrats on being featured today!

  20. Jess @MCC Says:

    Poor fella, I can't do it either unless I'm more than half asleep. LOL About the ring of fire. :) funny.

  21. mrsbear0309 Says:

    Awesome. I'll be singing that song all day long.

  22. Rhea Says:

    That's so funny. I love that you made a ring of fire for your hubby and how that tied in to the movie you were watching.

    BUT, I'm laughing most at the fact your hubby couldn't use the bathroom because it was too dark. hehe

  23. Sonya Says:

    This was so funny! Of course when it is US who needs protection from the darkness, it's our husbands that are chicken!! :)

    Great post!

  24. This is too funny. I can hear the music playing in the background.

  25. Perez Family Spot Says:

    I love that movie and I love Joaquin Phoenix! But most of all, I love how much more we as women are just smarter than the other half.

  26. Kimberly Says:

    Oh too funny!
    Congrats on your SITS day!

  27. MomMega Says:

    Now that is getting creative! And yeah, Joaquin Phoenix...say no more!

  28. So funny. We, women, are so capable.

  29. Amy Says:

    That is funny and sweet!!

  30. Adiel Says:

    You paint quite the picture! Good stuff, you've got me laughing here!

  31. Insane Mama Says:

    I love johnny Cash! Hope you are enjoying your sits day. I'm a regular reader...

  32. Could have sworn I commented on this when you posted this originally! I love Walk The Line, one of my favorite movies!!

  33. Lula! Says:

    Did he love his Ring of Fire so much that he now demands to only use the facilities in this manner? Because that's something my husband would do...

  34. Karol Says:

    That's awesome! My husband would've died if I did that!

    *congrats on SITS feature!

  35. Karen Says:

    LOL ... that post is so funny.

    Further reinforces my belief, that women don't just have x children. Most have x plus 1.

  36. LOL!!! Oh how I would have loved to be a fly on that wall.

    (and they laugh at our tea light purchasing...)

  37. Sherri Says:

    This is great!! I probably would have been the one to tell my husband that he couldn't use the bathroom... I would have been too worried about the pee to have my wits about me enough to light candles..

  38. Melissa Says:

    I'm not sure they could have cast that roll any better. Joaquin is precious. You are a better wife than I. When God was knitting me He didn't add any extra nurturing. Can I borrow some of yours. My husband would probably love it!

  39. Ronnica Says:

    Haha! I always make sure I have my flashlight with me when it's stormy, just in case!

  40. Mitch Says:

    OMG! You are brilliant! And, I love me some Phoenix too (It can be Juaquin or his bro, River -- albeit he's dead, but still oh so cute!)

  41. Jen Edwards Says:

    Men would return to a fetal position and shrival if it weren't for women!

  42. Dana Says:

    WHAT would men do without us?!?! Seriously, women rock!

    Just have to say that some of our best family times were during power outtages. It's kind of nice to "just be" with your family....doing low tech things like talking or playing board games.

  43. EmBee Says:

    Hmmmm, a tune that's also appropriate when one's hemorrhoids are acting up.

  44. Molly Says:

    I thought the same as Caroline and thought it was going to be a completely different subject!

  45. EmBee Says:

    Oh and one other thing... Put the candles in front of the mirror and it becomes twice as bright... That's what I did with my flashlight last night after our power went out during a thunderstorm.

  46. Yet another episode where a woman saves the day ... or night, as the case may be!

  47. Lump Says:

    how cute!! congrats on your SITS day!

  48. Missy Says:

    Women are by far the better multi-taskers! Always equipped to handle an emergency!

  49. That's so funny. I like that movie too--and the fact that Joaquin is in it didn't hurt one bit!

  50. Hah! I plan to send this to my husband -- he would truly appreciate your humor, too!

  51. Stephanie Says:

    Women really are so wonderfully resourceful and multi-taskable compared to our husbands. Good job making the bathroom a safe place for usage.

  52. Vicki Says:

    Oh that's hilarious, and very clever! Does he know you posted about his need for light to relieve himself? Men are very visual creatures...

  53. Camille Says:

    Very funny! For the sake of not chancing a "miss" to clean up, I would have definately found the candles for the husband too!

  54. trash Says:

    You know this applies the morning after a very hot curry too?

  55. Kaza Says:

    How cute is that?

  56. ugagirl30 Says:

    Don't you love how chaos ensues because the power goes out??? My 4yo daughter wrote a song that says " I'm all alone when the power went out." Too funny!!

  57. lynn Says:

    That is too cute, I love it!
    Happy SITS day!

  58. That is hilarious....MEN! Congrats on being SITS gal of the day.

  59. Mary Says:

    Funny...in more than one way...!

  60. Sheer cleverness..the Ring of Fire!

    Is it BLARNEY or is it the whole truth?

    How I dread those power outages and they mess up everything?

    Sorry about your night enjoying Walking the Line with Joaquin had you walking around aimlessly in the dark. Be ready with all the provisions next time right by the TV so you can enjoy!

    Love that beautiful header photo...did you take the photo?
    Awesome! Delightful! Good choice of song!!! Unbelieveable!Bless you!

  61. Michelle Says:

    I love it! Brilliant! I'm guessing that none of the candles were accidentally extinguished?

  62. Apryll Says:

    Oh that is SO funny. Thanks for the giggle!

  63. Megan Says:

    That is so hilarious! I love it!

  64. AFRo Says:

    I'm lovin it. I actually watched that movie this weekend, so I could totally see where that one was going, but funny all the same.

  65. Val Says:

    That cracked me up...I can just picture it!

    Happy SITS day!

  66. my husband hums and sings in the bathroom too

  67. Summer Says:

    Ha ha! Now that song will be stuck in my head for two days. When life gives you lemons, make a ring of fire...

  68. Hahaha! That's great! I love that movie. It definitely makes my top ten. The candles were GENIUS!

  69. Love it! I also love your Mom On Strike thingy!

  70. Marla Says:

    this is not what I expected... i thought it was going to be about that other ring of fire... the one you push through during child birth... i think i like this one better