It’s Not Pretty

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Is it cheating to draw for a writing prompt?

Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, prompt 3: Yuck. Food Poisoning

Yes, that’s a bare bum. And pink panties. You may giggle.

I get food poisoning at least once a year.

Stupid, weak stomach.

Once it was so severe, I had to get a jab in the posterior for the never ending stomach pain.

Food poisoning, it’s really not pretty.
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  • September 29, 2011 Kimberly

    That is disgusting. Eww.

    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha!! My job here is done.

  • September 29, 2011 Roxanne

    Glad I already ate dinner. Gross! Food poisoning is awful.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      I hope you didn’t bring it right back up, sorry! Food poisoning IS awful.

  • September 29, 2011 jillsmo

    I’ve had salmonella about 9 times in my life.

    Lame. Lame. Lame. LAME.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      You are resilient, Jill.

  • September 29, 2011 Jessica

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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Aren’t you glad I didn’t draw the poop going down the toilet?

  • September 29, 2011 Ann

    I hope you feel better soon….
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Don’t worry, Ann. I’m not sick now, this is from way back when!

  • September 29, 2011 Erin

    OMG HAHA That is a perfect picture! You poor thing! I haven’t had food poisoning in soooo long knock on wood!
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thank you Erin. This year, I’ve been mildly poisoned once. That picture was inspired by 2 previous incidents of eating really, really bad cheese and chicken.

  • September 29, 2011 June Freaking Cleaver

    I’ve never had food poisoning. I come from hardy stock, I guess. Generations of peasants, eating sauerkraut, which has already rotted.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Lucky you! I am sadly, weak of stomach. Sigh.

  • September 29, 2011 Jessica

    Oh my god GROSS. But funny.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, thanks Jessica.

  • September 29, 2011 Blissfully Jeanette

    Love the picture! I never get food poisoning but my husband sure gets it a lot. So not fun.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! Lucky you, not so much your husband! Totally not fun.

  • September 29, 2011 Mirjam

    Oh you poor thing!
    I had it more then once too, and hope I’ll never ever ever have it again.
    Bye the way: this is a really funny post and I love the twitter introduction of this post, Haha!
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      If I never get food poisoning again, I’d be a very happy woman. And thank you! The Twitter intro was inspired, I admit 🙂

  • September 29, 2011 Kiddothings

    Haha! Great take on the prompt! I think I get it once (or more) a year too. But I’ve never been jabbed in the bum for one. Touch wood.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      It must be Malaysian food or their lack of hygiene standards, right? Jab in bum, so not fun.

  • September 29, 2011 Barbara

    Once a year? I’m so sorry. At least the drawing is a pretty accurate description.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      On average, yes. It sucks. It varies in severity, so if I’m lucky, I don’t end up puking AND pooping. TMI? 🙂

  • September 29, 2011 Karen and Gerard

    Like how you summed this up so well–the picture really says it all!

    Stopping by from writer’s workshop.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Karen!

  • September 29, 2011 tracy

    LOL – thank you for at least wearing a shirt.
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee!! Thank you!

  • September 29, 2011 Tina

    You get it once a year? You poor thing!
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      At least!

  • September 29, 2011 Sweaty

    Nice touch, Alison (the pink undies) hahahaha!
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha, it was a last-minute edition!

  • September 29, 2011 Clare

    You, my dear, are an artiste!

    Kind of.

    But you illustrated your point in brilliant, colorful detail!
    Would you believe that I am 37 and have never, ever, had food poisoning?

    But now that I wrote that and threw it out there to the universe, I just jinxed myself and will shortly come down with a raging case of it, right?
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thanks Clare. I cannot draw to save my life.

      You lucky person, never been poisoned by food??? I do hope you haven’t jinxed yourself, it’s nasty!

  • September 29, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    You are so artistic!
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thank you Nicole!

  • September 29, 2011 Missy

    How did you draw that? It’s hilarious!
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    • September 29, 2011 Alison

      MS Paint on my laptop, using the touch pad. Hence the terrible rendition 🙂 And thank you!

  • Haha, awesome picture. I’ve definitely been there, most notably at church.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Oh dear, church??? 🙂

  • September 29, 2011 Alexandra


    I had something like that from what I suspect was unwashed fruit at a reception.

    SO SICK.

    Feel better, mama.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Food poisoning is the worse. I’m good now, this was from before 🙂

  • September 29, 2011 Christi

    ewwww. And that’s why a trash can next to the toilet is a good idea.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      It was too far away 🙂

  • September 29, 2011 Sarah

    UGH! Food poisoning is the worst. My husband ended up in the hospital with it once… he was so dehydrated that it took 4 (1 L) bags of saline to hydrate him enough to be able to pee so that he could go home. Worst time EVER!
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Oh that’s terrible. My husband had the same experience when he was a teenager, horrid!

  • September 29, 2011 Arnebya

    I’ve never had food poisonining. BUT. I’ve had violent, um, attacks from food we’ll call them, that have simulated it. I am literally cracking up though at the drawing and why, yes, yes, thank you for the no poop.

    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Haha, glad it made you laugh!

  • September 29, 2011 Natalie

    Ugh no it’s not! I must say Alison you are a talented artist 🙂
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thanks Natalie. Not drawing fingers and toes helped 😉

  • September 29, 2011 Kristin

    OK, now I don’t feel so bad for my chunky spit post last week. Because even crudely drawn, that’s pretty gross. But also funny – like, really funny. But also… awww. I mean, I feel really bad for you. Once a year? That really sucks, Alison.

    So, basically I’m disgusted, sympathetic, and totally laughing at you all at one time. 🙂

    Also, I’m glad you got your blog back.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      I love when a post stimulates so many reactions from one person. Yay!

      I’m so glad I got my blog back too!

  • September 29, 2011 Amanda Austin

    OMG. You drew chunks. Sick and awesome.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Hahahaha! Thank you!

  • September 29, 2011 Theresa

    I don’t think the drawing is cheating, or very pretty. Nasty, the pink panties are a nice touch though.
    I will send your stomach good vibes.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      I need all the good stomach vibes I can get!

  • September 29, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Wow. I’ve never had food poisoning as far as I know. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself!
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      I hope not!

  • September 29, 2011 Jessica

    I love your drawing! I have never had food poisoning, but from what I know of it, it’s not pretty or fun.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jessica! I wouldn’t wish food poisoning on my enemies, it’s that nasty.

  • September 29, 2011 Miss Marina Star

    Loved the picture, what a creative way to answer a prompt.

    BTW, I’m a nurse so you didn’t put me off any meals. Also, most sick people don’t have such adorable pink panties! 🙂
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Thank you 🙂 Oh you must have seen worse!

  • September 30, 2011 Kyla

    I’m really sick in the head. B.c whenever I am sick all I can think of is… “hmm how much weight have I lost?”
    Hey.. that sounds like a good blog post.

    🙂 Get well soon.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Haha, confession: I think that too!

  • September 30, 2011 Holly

    Oh I get sick to my stomach just THINKING about it. I fear vomiting more than I fear jumping out a plan or something!

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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Oh yeah, vomiting totally sucks!

  • September 30, 2011 Ado

    I’m sorry to laugh at such an odious topic but: HAHAHAHAHA! LOVED your drawing – esp. because her bottom seems to be made out of the toilet seat!
    Sorry you have a weak tummy.
    I have a strong one. I could eat anything and not be affected, which is actually what I do. (-:
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      I’m so envious of your strong stomach! And it’s okay to laugh, that picture is a terrible rendition 🙂

  • September 30, 2011 Kadie

    Lol I love the drawing! Thanks for the giggle!
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      You’re welcome!

  • September 30, 2011 A Morning Grouch

    Oh, boy. That is no fun. I am on meds that make you feel the same way, when you first start taking them. It’s pretty horrible and you don’t know when the symptoms will strike….good thing our staff bathrooms are designed for single person use.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      I cannot imagine having to poop and puke like that anywhere other than at home 🙂 And sorry about the side effects of those meds!

  • September 30, 2011 Minivan Mama (

    Love the details in your picture. That is awesome…thanks for the giggles!
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, glad you like it and you’re welcome!

  • September 30, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    JDaniel had it once as a toddler. It was terrible. We never seemed to make it to the bathroom.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Oh no poor boy! It’s tough for an adult, worse for a child.

  • September 30, 2011 Christine

    Oh I have been there. Such a miserable place to be.

    I LOVE the panties. Nice touch.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Totally miserable.

      Glad you liked the pink touch – it was a last minute addition 🙂

  • September 30, 2011 Lady Jennie

    I poisoned my roommate Mark and myself in Taiwan because I bought bad oysters at a market.

    At least you have cute panties if you’re going to be sick!

    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Oh no, bad oysters make very sick people!

      Cute panties are a MUST in every situation.

  • September 30, 2011 Dumb Mom

    Once a year?! Dude, where do you eat?! 7-1l?!
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha! No, actually, once I got poisoned by bad fish in a 5-star hotel – it was Vietnam but still. Another time, it was bad cheese on a jacket potato at a small restaurant. And one time, it was bad chicken. I’m just unlucky!

  • September 30, 2011 Dana K

    I have had several overnights in the ER due to food poisoning (do not order egg salad sandwiches on the last day a restaurant is open) and I haven’t eaten Taco Bell in over 9 years. I couldn’t watch the commercials for about 2 years. Chris is not allowed to bring the trash in the house if he eats there. We hadn’t even been married a year when he was having to help me in the ER bathroom.

    People claim to have a “touch” of food poisoning. LIKE HELL! There is no “touch” of food poisoning. If you have food poisoning, you pray for the sweet relief of death.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Oh that’s terrible! Yes there’s no ‘touch’ of food poisoning, there’s just levels of bad, terrible and please let this be over soon.

  • September 30, 2011 Tonya

    Knock on wood, I have never had food poisoning! Poor you and your sensitive tummy.

    Cute pic.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Lucky you!

  • September 30, 2011 Jen

    There is nothing pretty about food poisoning but that cartoon is pretty funny.

    I did the same prompt. 🙂

    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jen. Your post was HILARIOUS. Loved it.

  • September 30, 2011 Devan

    Ha! thanks for the giggle. BUT – i am sorry you have a sensitive stomach! that isnt fun
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Hehe you’re welcome Devan!

  • September 30, 2011 Tracy

    Hahahaha!! The panties literally made me laugh out loud. Gross. Also, take probiotics everyday. I swear by them.
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Glad you got a laugh out of it! I do hear good things about probiotics, will have to check them out.

  • September 30, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    That drawing kicks as$! That’s exactly how I felt when I had the poison. Best part? Your pink panties. You’re so creative 😉
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Hah glad you like it! Glad I added the pink panties, it’s a hit with you girls 🙂

  • September 30, 2011 Ann

    Okay – I have to say…I missed the “writing prompt” part! I was SO worried about you! Since you got your point across – vividly – I’d say you nailed the assignment!
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thanks Ann!

  • September 30, 2011 Julie

    I like how modest your stick character is. She made you draw her from the side so you couldn’t see her bottom. 🙂
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    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      I had to keep in mind that this is a family blog 😉

  • September 30, 2011 Sandra

    And yet you made it so pretty! Look at those pink panties! (Hilarious girl!)

    • September 30, 2011 Alison

      I knew that YOU’d love those pink panties 😉

  • September 30, 2011 Emmy

    Once a year! Oh I am so sorry-that is way too often 🙁 That picture is pretty dang funny though

    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      I know, it is too often, it’s nuts! And thanks, I had fun drawing it.:)

  • September 30, 2011 Lola

    Feel better! LOVIN the illustration. Oh! Do I see lettuce in there?
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      Oh I’m all good – this was from way before! My illustrations are nowhere near good as yours! Lettuce? A possibility…..

  • September 30, 2011 Jackie

    LOL! I love the picture!

    I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever had food poisoning.
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jackie! And lucky you!

  • September 30, 2011 Self Sagacity

    I hate the feeling and afraid of it. It used to happen to me a lot and now, it’s better, but like you I have a weak tummy.
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      My sympathies! Weak stomachs suck.

  • September 30, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Hahahahahaha!!! You are a very talented artist, Alison! This cracked me up…but so sorry for your pain! Seriously, once a year??!! Yikes!
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jen, glad I made you laugh! Yes, on average, once a year!

  • September 30, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    I’ve never gotten food poisoning. And now I’m starting to get suspicious about where you’re eating!
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      Haha!! I promise, I don’t dig through garbage cans. I’m just incredibly unlucky when it comes to eating out.

  • September 30, 2011 JimmyFJames

    This post did make me smile. It is DEFINITELY ok to draw for a blog picture post! 🙂 I am lucky to have been blessed with an iron stomach. I have never had food poisoning, but from working in an ER and seeing the people who are afflicted with it, it looks painful and… well… really sucks!

    Thanks for the laugh and for posting on my post! Stopping by from MamaKats
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      I’m glad it made you smile and thank you for stopping by! Oh I’m sure you seen this and much worst in an ER!

  • October 1, 2011 Tiffany

    I found you over at multitakingmumma today and I came over to visit. I’m surprised I never found you beforehand through Mama Kat’s.

    Food poisoning. Been there, done that. For me, it’s always chinese food.
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      I stopped doing the prompts for a few months, and have just swung back into it a couple of weeks ago – thanks for stopping by Tiffany!

      If Chinese food gave me food poisoning, I’d be really upset – I am, after all, Chinese 🙂

  • October 1, 2011 Erica

    Are those VS panties? They look like it and eww. What’d you eat? Food poisoning is super bad! I once got it fr meatballs and I have yet to eat meatballs. Gag. It was so bad I had to go to the ER.
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    • October 1, 2011 Alison

      Haha, I don’t know, they’re just panties!

      I’ve had several cases of food poisoning involving bad cheese and bad chicken. Like real bad. Sorry you had a terrible meatball experience!

  • October 1, 2011 Mama Kat

    Your picture says it all. I love it.

    Also, what in the hell do you EAT that makes you sick that often? It may be time for a diet of only canned soup…just to be safe.

    • October 2, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Mama Kat!

      I just have incredibly bad luck with food (once, a jacket potato with cheese, another time, just bad chicken) and a weak stomach. Canned soup is a good idea!

  • October 2, 2011 jacqui

    You poor thing! At least you’re wearing pink panties. Well…your ankles are wearing pink panties!
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    • October 2, 2011 alilee

      The small things do matter, such as nice panties.

  • October 2, 2011 Kim Bee

    I had to come over and say hi since Ann from Cooking Healthy for Me brought it to my attention that you had a bout with food poisoning recently too. I love the pic, I laughed my head off. That was me this week when I got stuck in the petsmart loo after a lunch at Swiss Chalet went horrible wrong. The sad thing is it was my second bout this week. Luckily the first one I was at home. Not so lucky the second time. So embarrassing. So nice to meet you. Glad Ann sent me over.
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    • October 2, 2011 alilee

      Hi Kim, thank you for stopping by! So sorry you had not one but two bouts of food poisoning, that’s terrible! Anyhow, nice to meet you!

  • October 2, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —What a superb writing prompt. I can think of many things that are not quite nice & bring back naughty memories :)) xxx
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    • October 3, 2011 alilee

      You should write about them 🙂

  • October 3, 2011 Jamie

    I’ve never had food poisoning in my whole life and now I’m really really glad about that. ICK.

    • October 3, 2011 alilee

      Oh, lucky, lucky you!

  • October 4, 2011 Leighann

    OMG Alison!!
    THAT is the BEST post EVER!!!

    I’m so sorry you got food poisoning
    I’m kinda glad that it ended in THIS picture!!

    • October 4, 2011 Alison

      Haha, I’m glad you like it!!

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