Monday, March 23, 2009

Wacky Hair Day

My in-laws are coming to visit.

I want things to be nice for them when they arrive. So I’ve been doing a little cleaning. I’ve been doing a little fixing up. I’ve expanded the honey do list. And I’ve planted a few pots with seeds and a few spring flowers—a bit early perhaps—but I really wanted things to be nice when my in-laws arrived.

And then it rained, much to my dismay. And then it hailed. And then it snowed.

And then… it froze.

So then I brought my pots inside to my dining room.

I didn’t want to put them directly on the carpet. So I quickly grabbed some thick poster board the boy had brought home. The boy is on the student council for his grade school. He is responsible for making posters for special events and spirit days at the school. When the event has passed, the boy gets to bring his posters home. And so he did. That is when I grabbed a few from the recent “Wacky Hair Day” event at his school. I put them on top of my carpet and under my pots. I decided I would house my pots indoors until the nasty weather had passed.

I laid down the boy’s used poster board on my carpet, right next to the backyard sliding glass door. I left the pots there for quite a few days. Despite a few cat paw prints in the pots, they seemed to take their indoor vacation in stride. When I finally moved them back outside to the patio I was surprised to find a few beautiful sprouts of life. The pots had thrived.

My carpet had not.

I went back inside the house and started to clean up. I picked up the boy’s used poster board. It was wet. Apparently, when I had brought the pots inside, a few still had a little moisture in them that drained out their bottoms and on to the poster board. The ink on the other side of the poster board had then bled onto my carpet.

The carpet right next to the patio doors and my dining room table, where my in-laws would eat, now advertised, in bright red ink, “Go Wild! Be Wacky! Don’t Be Normal!!”

In mirror image, of course.

Oh dear.

Did I mention that my in-laws are coming to visit? Did I mention that I want things to be nice when they arrive?

Did I mention that I just added cleaning the carpet to the honey do list?

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Anonymous said...

Oh dear. You should have just handed the kids markers and told them to draw on the carpet. At least then it would be their fault and not yours. And they would have drawn nicer things. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Have you not heard of those plastic thingies you put under pots?

Anonymous said...

It's called a throw rug...we used to have them throughout the house on Orange Ave. :)

Anonymous said...

Update - Don't use the throw rug!! I just watched the TV sitcom, Rules of Engagement (Hilarious!). The latest episode is of the husband's father coming to visit, he trips on the wife's new $80 kitchen throw-rug (which is, as she justified the purchase earlier to her husband, an extension of her style). Anyway, father-in-law trips on it, injures ankle, and then "sues" them..."It's just a matter of transferring money from one company to another big company" No big deal, right? Well, hilarity ensues (with a few innuendos from David Spade) and the husband defends wife and married couple still love each other at the end. So, my point is, find a different solution to your stained carpet, unless, a throw rug might be an extension of your style, although I think the boy has better captured the essence of your family's style with his unintended assistance...Go boy!

Anonymous said...

Hey Melissa,

If you haven't gotten the stain out already, try Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover. It's amazing stuff. I used it to get fuchsia lipstick out of light beige carpeting after a particularly crazy party. You can find Spot Shot at Safeway, WalMart, Fred Meyer, etc. in the cleaning product aisle of the grocery section.

Anonymous said...

This is so funny. I'm so glad there are people out there who can still laugh at themselves.

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?

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