Friday, January 15, 2010

Slip-Sliding Away

Okay, if you’re looking for tasteful, refined or elegant, today you’re going to have to look somewhere else.

Today is all about those times when, let’s just say, there’s been a slip-slide into coarse and unsophisticated. I wanted to claim it temporary insanity, but as you’ll see in my instances, they weren’t so temporary. I’m afraid to ponder the implications of that.

Let me offer into evidence (click to enlarge):

Yes, that’s a Tupperware bowl acting as a birdbath (and some bunny prints around it--more on that at my personal blog). Here’s the thing. In the warmer months, there’s usually a beautiful ceramic bowl sitting on that stand (classy! refined!), but it can’t be left out during hard freezes or it would crack. The problem is that the birds don’t seem to care what season it is (or they’re oblivious) because before the Tupperware bowl, they’d land near the stand, peck around, hop up on it looking for a little water. There are days we defrost the water in the bowl to make sure the birds can get to it. Obviously, not the day that picture was taken (poor birds). The plastic bowl is quite an eyesore and is a little embarrassing, but we can’t find anything better (will take suggestions!).

In another instance, when my husband and I had our first baby, we lived in a one bedroom in-law apartment. We gave our son the bedroom and we moved to a pull-out sofa in the living room. The problem that came up was the front door had a high window. One that the neighbors could see into if they tried really hard. So, you’d think we’d go out and buy a little valance or something to hang on the door, right? Wrong. This was before I knew what a valance was, so we did the next best thing. We draped a blue towel over the top of the door.

For two years.

I’m still a little embarrassed to admit that. There are other instances, but I’m red-faced enough for one day. I’m hoping that I’m not the only one who has done a little slipping and sliding. Please share if you’re guilty too. You can even plead temporary insanity—no one will be the wiser.