Wednesday, October 8, 2008

What Were We Thinking?

At the behest of Mrs. LIAYF, and to my initial dismay, we decided to do some Fall cleaning and reorganizing around the house this past weekend. As it happens, the reorganization of our living room turned out fantastic. Mrs. LIAYF was true to form and had graphed out a chart of the room with the new furniture arrangement in little paper cut-outs so she could map out all possible scenarios beforehand. This reduced our physical trudging around time to a minimum, and allowed us to have a beautiful, no-cost redesign. Lukas especially enjoyed waking up on Monday morning to a 'new' space with more room to roam and explore.

While we were at it, we also decided it was time to purge some of the unnecessary chotchkies that seem to multiply like randy rabbits every year while our attention is focused elsewhere. Case in point is this CREEPY snail head that has been sitting on our shelf for a the past few years. We hadn't even noticed it for quite some time. It is actually a candle, and a stinky one at that.
I think we picked it up on a Mexican vacation a few years back. Not sure what the heck we were thinking, but we both took a closer look and burst into laughter simultaneously as we considered what all the visitors must have thought of our taste when a stray eye would have landed on this oddity. Note the Mona Lisa smile, paired with the stubby antenna. A cross between "My Favorite Martian" and a lipstick commercial.

I had originally considered giving it away as prize to someone with the most interesting story of what they would do with it, but am reconsidering. After all, Halloween is just around the corner and it would actually fit in quite nicely with the other decorations.

What about you? Give it to me straight. What sorts of bad-taste chotchkies do you have displayed around your house? If your story is good enough, I might just send you this beauty after the Halloween season!


Whit said...

I'm not telling you a story because I don't want it.

People on ludes should not shop.

Martin said...

You gotta love holiday shopping...

we have a screaming face carved from wood from Prague, which although it is marvelously crafted, is ugly as sin.

Anonymous said...

Seriously I am with Whit, what they hell were you on. Please give me some so I can get through the day.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Whit - Actually, I beleive it was the Tequilla.

@Xbox - Niiiceee. Is it a copy of the famous "The Scream" painting?

@DC - I hope you made it through the day without the Tequilla. It's better for job security that way.

Mama Andrea said...

I saw this in your house I believe, and it reminded me of that whimsical-ness that is Cirque du Soliel. I have lots of things people have given me that this would have gone nicely with, but alas I have removed alot of it in recent fits of purging. :) You might try painting it silver or gold, or even black.... and tucking it in your garden as a little object d'art. I repainted a metal salamander wall hanging that was all sorts of primary colors and making it a solid color will definitely add some coolness to it. Snails want to be in the garden!

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Mama Andrea - Those are great ideas and we may just have to do that. It might also scare the racoons away! Good to hear that you thought whimsical when you saw this and not creepy. lol.