Friday, November 12, 2010

Five Question Friday 11/12/2010

Welcome to another addition of Five Question Friday brought to you by the good folks over at My Little Life. Today's questions get me back into the swing of things having been out of blogging commission with all the to-do's that a school carnival brings a mom.

So without further ado, let's get started.

1. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?
When I broke my collar bone in 4th grade. Ouch. I fell and flat on my right side. To this day I can't think of the incident without pain. Not even childbirth ranks (though having the surgery team not letting me go to the bathroom right before my emergency c-section ranks up there) in the *shudder* department in terms of pain.

2. How much sleep do you get at night?
Like all things, it depends. I am in bed by about 9:30 and then I fall asleep about 10:15. I'm up at 6:00, but stay in bed until 6:45. Except. My pets want me on their schedule and the cats/dogs/chicken do not have a cohesive sleeping arrangement. The dog barks, the cat wants the exact spot on the bed I'm sleeping on and the chicken...well, actually she's not a bother. 
So I'd say, even though I'm in bed 9 hours, I actually only get about 7 hours of sleep on a good night. That's just sad.

3. How long did you believe in Santa Claus? How did you find out that he does not exist?
What?! What do mean there's no Santa Clause?!

Just kidding. 

I guess I must have been in 3rd grade or about 9 years old. I recognized my mom's handwriting on the gifts from Santa. There was no actual conversation that took place to either confirm or deny his existence, but that was when my mom and I let each other off the hook.

4. What was the last movie you saw in a theater?
The Twilight Saga's Eclipse. My son and I had a date to go to the movies. It was awesome. I hope I get the movie on DVD for Christmas.

5. What do you wear to bed?
Usually jammie shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. I don't really care what it is or if it matches, but I have to have clean sleep clothes every night. It's one of the many things that makes me unique. Or OCD. Tomato, tomahtoh. 
Wow! That was fun! I forgot how much I'd missed all this exploration into my psyche.  So whacha got? Go on over to Mama M. and let her poke in your brain.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thrifty Ottoman Fix

I have boys. That means it's hard to have anything nice. They dirty, smudge, mess up and yes, rip anything they come into contact with. I have this lovely club chair and ottoman I like to sit and watch TV or crochet in, but usually it's a frellin' mess.  When I clean it up The Boys want to sit there and don't clean up when they're done.  Recently they put small tear in the leather than has turned into a full-on gash.

Nice, huh? I thought about making a slip cover for it. I have a little of the fabric left over from my bench redo. The only thing is, even with a sharp new cover, I still needed to control the gaping hole in my ottoman. Classy gal that I am, my mind immediately went to duct tape.

But wait! The last time I was at the local craft store I saw a whole bin of crazy colored duct tape. They had neon, metallic and even some prints. While the zebra print didn't do much for me I could definitely see some spotted leopard in my living room. Armed with my 40% off coupon I purchased my funky duct tape.

Then I slowly taped the monster rip, bringing all the seams together. After closing the hole I laid the strips of leopard duct tape from one side of the ottoman to the other, smoothing it out as went along. This is a bit of the finished product.

These images are a bit more grainy since they were taken on my phone, but I wanted to be able to show my mom right away. She was appropriately impressed. For the price of a roll of duct tape I was able to save my leather ottoman. Now that is thrifty!


I've said it before and I'll say it again. I don't believe in a lot of things, but I do believe in duct tape.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Third Thursday Thrift Store Scores 10/21/2010

Oh the joy of finding a bargain. There is not greater high than a thrift store score. I've picked up a few this month and I can't wait to share them with you.

I've been wanting a rice cooker. I've even gone so far as to buy one at a big box store and then return it the next day. So imagine my utter delight when I came across this beauty for a cool $5.99 on a Saturday afternoon Goodwill run.

Brand new in the box, but no instruction manual. I went cruising their dot com to see what I can see and the manual was there fully downloadable. I also found out this gem retails for $27.99. I've used it a couple of times and I am in love.

See what else I found? Some yummy pillows for the front porch swing! They even have the tags still on them. From 19.99 each to 3.99 each. Score!

I love the colors and the patterns. I'm thinking about using these colors when we repaint the house this year. 

Christmas is fast approaching and I was amped to find photo Christmas cards for .99 each. I'm going to try to do most of my cards electronically, but there are still some people that get the real deal. At least I got them at a thrift store. 

Of course this all presupposed I actually get my poop together enough to send out cards this year, electronically or otherwise. Good intentions and all that donchaknow. 

That's it for this episode of Third Thursday Thrift Store Finds. You're welcome to play along if you want to share. I'd love to ooh and ahh your finds. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Five Question Friday 10/8/10

We meet again to enjoy another round of Five Question Friday. A very special thanks to Mama M over at My Little Life for hosting this event. Go peek in on her. You'll be glad you did.
1. What do you listen to while driving?
Silence. Blissful silence. There is too much noise everywhere else so when I drive I want it quiet. The exception would be when Dave Ramsey's show comes on from 1-4 in our neck of the woods. Although I don't like Fridays when people call in to yell about being debt free. I don't like Fly Lady testimonials either.

2. What is your least favorite thing about Fall?
That's a hard one. I really, really, REALLY like fall. I guess I'll have to say the ragweed pollen. It makes my allergies act up, but other than that there isn't much that bothers me about fall. 

3. What does your dream house look like, inside and out?
Clean with things in their place. I don't ask for much I just would like it in order. I would love a bigger craft room and an indoor laundry room I could also dig a swimming pool. The Mister refuses to get a pool now because he says he'd have to do the maintenance. Yeah, uh huh. That's how it would play out.

4. Would you ever own a minivan?
I have owned one and I loved it. She met an untimely death last year when The Mister was hit by a car that lost it's tire and t-boned "Vanny". I always said I would drive her until she died and I did. 
Now we have an SUV that The Mister will drive when I get my next vehicle. I'm still thinking a minivan, but possibly a crossover. I thought for a very brief minute that I would look into a Toyota Camry, but then I picked up for car pool and that ended that thought.   

5. Do you wash new clothes before wearing them?
Yes. I didn't used to, but I saw an episode on TV where people were getting sick and the only connection was a certain kind of jean. The sick people hadn't washed their clothes first and some poison on the docks seeped into the clothes making patients sick. I know it's TV, but now I wash all my clothes before I wear them. I'm weird. Don't judge. 

Well, there we have it for this time around. Do head on over to let Mama M. know you played. Always a pleasure!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Five Question Friday 10/1/2010

It's time for this week's Five Question Friday hosted by Mama M over at My Little Life Go on over and read all the really cool answers. I love this weekly glimpse into other lives. 


1. Did you have a pen pal when you were little (or now)? Where were/are they from?

I did. I met her in elementary school and then she moved to Brussels, Belgium. When you're 10 years old you and live half a world away friendship becomes about letters and being pen pals. 
We lost touch for 25 years and recently reconnected over Facebook. You have love social media sometimes. 

2. If you could do a different job for one day, what would it be?
I'd want to work at a newspaper on a big news day. When I worked in media is was television news for the most part. When a story was being pulled together is was crazy, but it was for such a short time (like 1 minute air time). I'd be interested to find out how the process differs in print media. 
3. Do you remember your biggest fear from when you were little?

Yes. Being kidnapped. Now it's my biggest fear for my own kids. I try not to get all crazy about it since I don't want to them to become afraid, but yeah, scares me witless.

4. What do you think is a waste of time? Why?

Meetings. Specifically team building and status update meeting.

I hate them. I try to get out of as many as possible. I hated meetings when I worked outside the home. Now I hate them as a part of volunteering. Most of this stuff can be done via group e-mails or even Skype. Meeting just meet is a waste of time. I love to volunteer and to give back to my community, church, neighborhood and school, but since I work in a virtual world now it's hard for me to deal with IRL meetings. 

5. What is the oldest item you have in your closet?

Me when I'm standing in it...*snicker*.

Seriously it's my college sweatshirt. I got it when I started undergrad in 1989 and I still wear it. I know the fashionistas out there are cringing, but you've got to respect the 21 year old history it holds. 

Another great round of 5 Question Friday. Join me next week won't you?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Treasure Store Tuesday Starts October 19

I've been wanting to have a linky party, but once a week seems like too much of a commitment. I've been posting my treasure (thrift) store finds from time to time so I thought I'd make a monthly party out of it.

I'll remind everyone later, but in the mean time take pictures and notes of all your really cool finds before you head on over later to tell us all about it.

I can't wait!

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Chicken Announces The First Winner at Embellish

Antonio is very pleased to have held our first give away at Embellish.I am gifting a Provo Craft Silent Setter. The winner LUCKED OUT! Actually there wasn't a great deal of competition, but those are my favorite kind of contests.

So we rolled the digital dice and ...
Congratulations to Emily over at Creative Disaster! The Silent Setter is excited to be headed to a new home. It has enjoyed it's time here, but can't wait for Craft Tour. Enjoy!

Thanks to those of you who came by to support my first time down the give away chute. I learned quite a bit and that's what it's all about...oh, wait that's the hokey poky.



Friday, September 24, 2010

Five Question Friday 9/24/2010

It's Friday and you know what that means - time for Five Question Friday! Today's episode is brought to you by the lovely and talented Mama M at My Little Life. Audience, feel free to play along!
1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)?
I like the idea of a Scottish accent. One of my friends has a lingering Scottish accent and she sounds so cool.  I have a Texas accent which comes through even when I speak Spanish. Texan was my first language, you know.

2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck)
Nope. I'm very high maintenance in this area. I must have my bed, or if not my bed, my sheets and my pillow. I can sleep on my couch, but not restfully.
3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet?
I really try not to, but I've gotten better over the years. When I do use a public restroom I must talk myself down from the 'oogieness' I'm feeling. Absolutely no deep breathing exercises though. Ick.

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with?
Assuming I was heavily Xanexed from being trapped anywhere, let alone a small box suspended from a tin rope, I would have to say I'd enjoy spending that time with Jon Stewart. Doggone it that man cracks me up!

5. Where did you & your significant other go on your 1st date?
To dinner and a movie. Jack in the Box and a second run showing. Hey, we were poor college kids! Good times.  

Ah, how the time flew. As always it's been a blast. And when I say "always", what I mean is all two times I've played Five Question Friday. I can't wait to dive into the deep dark recesses of other people's answers.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thrift Store Thursday or The Heads Are Not For Sale

I thought I'd share some of the things I've been finding at thrift stores lately. The projects? They are coming, but for now we'll look at the raw materials.
 Look at these darlings! All of them for $.99. I plan to put a little seasonal clip art in there for the holiday centerpiece. I started decorating my mantle back in March and now I spend my time purging big things from my decorations box and looking for cute, small trimmings. I can stack the picture frames like I have here or maybe all three on top of one another? It'll be fun to figure out.
 The next really-cool-deal is "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" audiobook.  This was a once in a lifetime deal, folks. Listed at $5.45 and then half off of that price for a grand total of $2.73. My kids love to listen to audiobooks while playing with their Lego's so this is a treat for all of us!
Our house has a very Mexican flair. Not only because we are, in fact, Mexican, but because we like the bright colors and hacienda style. I love this wall hanging and it's found a home on our porch. It makes me happy and it feels so homey.
I'm still trying to get organized so I was thrilled to find the IKEA-scarfy-holder thing. Belts, scarves and other accessories will be hang tidily. Oh, the bliss! It was $.99 and it was 50% off that, so a sweet fifty-cent piece.

Oh, and you're probably wondering about the last part of the title. One day when Tracy and I were out thrifting at Salvation Army and saw this sign posted:
It still cracks me up to this day. Mostly that creeps-me-out kind of giggle. Good thing I wasn't in the market for heads that day.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My First Blog Button

I'm very excited to have made my first blog button. I know I have a ton left to learn and do, but doggone it, I made one! Like everything, it's a evolution. I've been afraid to try. To sit down, read tutorials and learn so that I can ultimately teach. 

Because that, my friends, is what I love to do. To see the light bulb going on in someone's head when they GET it is the best feeling in the world. I have the heart of a teacher, but don't want the paperwork of one.  

Okay, now the story behind the image.

Embellish Craft Blog

One day I was lamenting to my husband about how I should probably return to a full time job now that the kids are getting older. True to his awesome self he asks me if that's what I want to do.  No, not really, I tell him, but it seems to be the acceptable thing to do. And whenever I see friends or family the question of when I'm going back to work is usually not too far behind how I'm doing. So, yeah, I feel a little pressure. After all, once you take time off from your budding career to bring up some human beings, your first inclination should be to return to the rat race you are so woefully out of shape to compete in, right?

I spent some time researching what I could do, wanted to do, there is a need for and I discovered something interesting. I want to do it all. 

I used to write press releases, copy for websites and news for publications. All wonderful tasks. Still straight news reporting can get a little dry and I enjoy having a conversation with the reader rather than give a lecture.  The other consideration is that news can be a bit family-unfriendly depending on the day.

I have spent some time in an elementary school classroom. The kids are fantastic. Really the perspective they give to the world is amazing. I laugh all day when I'm with the students. However I don't like the testing, the assessments, the grading, the discipline (or lack thereof), the politics and frankly, some of the parents. As much as I love to teach, I wasn't going to be a Teacher. I am, however, going to continue to give to my kid's teachers as much as I possibly can because I admire and respect what they do for the community in general and my babies in particular. Teachers do what I cannot. Love, love, love teachers!!

I've worked in accounting and have done the books for several small business. I've enjoyed flexing my number muscles, but all work and no play makes Lainey a dull girl. This blog has been a result of wanting to add some creativity to my life, but I haven't been sure how to parlay that into an income, no matter how small.

The Mister listened attentively and asked if I made a decision about which direction I was considering? No. He told me that it was okay, that I was just a butterfly and couldn't be tethered. Exactly. 

The Mister *so* gets me.

The rest of the story is pretty much what you'd expect. I like purple, my nickname is Lainey and who doesn't love a bit of floral adornment in their lives? But the butterfly? That's all me, baby. 


Friday, September 17, 2010

Five Question Friday 9/17/2010

I'm excited to be a part of my first Five Question Friday.  I'm even more excited to see what other people have to say. 

Let's get started...

1. What is the first nightmare you remember?
I don't remember what happened in the dreams, but I know it had something to do with the flying monkey's from The Wizard of Oz. The details are vague, but I distinctly remember being picked up from my shoulders by something's claws. 

2. Even if you're not a sports fan, what's your favorite sport to play/watch?
Longhorn football, hands down. Live and in person or on the big screen makes me no nevermind. Hook 'em! 

3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (jeggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)?
Gosh, you mean I might not be able to pull it off?! 

Well, if I could get away with it then I'd go whole hog and get me a Lady Gaga outfit. I get a the huz from the idea of raw meat couture, but how about that that Kermit the Frog ensemble? I would so rock that outfit. 
Hmm, maybe I should just stick to the whole silly bands craze.

4. Did you make good grades in school?
I did when I was in elementary school and in through junior high, but in high school, I must admit, I graduated in half of the class that made the top half possible. It wasn't that I wasn't capable, I simply didn't like the process. I was stubborn and thought I'd show the teacher by not doing my best, or worse not turning in *their* stupid assignments. 

Hello, dumb ass?! The only person I was hurting was myself. 
When I got a little older (read more mature) in college I did great. Made the Dean's List and graduated with an impressive GPA.  Ah, education is wasted on the young. How I wish I could re-do all those book reports. 


5. What magazines do you subscribe to?
Right now the only one is "Threads" magazine. My mom gets "Southern Living" and "People" then passes them on to me. After I read them those magazines are used in our neighborhood swap. I get all kinds of other reads from my neighbor. It's a way to spread the periodical love.   
Wow! That was a blast! This should happen every does. Scoot on over to My Little Life and play too. 


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Good Luck Card by Antonio

Today's card craft is brought to you by Antonio, the family chicken. Okay he didn't actually *make* the card, that whole no-opposable-thumbs thing gives him away, but he certainly is the inspiration.

Hey there, Antonio!

The Man came home the other day and needed a quick card for a co-worker who was transferring to another location. Everyone makes fun of us, okay him, for having a chicken. I thoughts I'd play off that for the card.

Yep, I'm quite the comedienne.

I started out with black cardstock, cut in half lengthwise, then folded in half to 5.5x4.25.

Then I stamped the wood plank background on white cardstock (from the scrap pile, thankyouverymuch) and trimmed the edges. I used Tim Holtz ink, Old Paper, and inked the stamp. I concentrated on the edges since the the center of the image will be covered with another layer.

Next I created the bulk of the design on my computer. I printed the "Good Cluck to You" and the chicken out to cardstock. I chalked the clip art of the chicken with black and brown chalk to resemble our chicken. You'll have to use what you think will match your chicken. To save you some time feel free to download my version and make your own set of cards.

I trimmed around the rope using a "bubble cut" (that's how I tell the Kinder kids to cut when they don't have to hard, straight lines), but you tear it to give the image a more rustic look. Go crazy. Add eyelets. I used the Provo Craft Silent Setter. 

Then I threaded ribbon from the front through the back of the card and back through the front of the eyelet. Adhere the ribbon to the back of the front of the card.
Add a piece of white cardstock no larger than 5x4 to the writing part of the card because it's hard to write on a black background. 

Here's the thing though, I don't need a silent setter anymore. I loved this when my kids still had nap times and that was the only time I could scrapbook in peace. Now though they're getting closer to adolescence and frankly I enjoy using a hammer. It's therapeutic. So I'm giving this one away. Here are the rules:
  • Follow this blog.
  • Post a comment telling me how you found Embellish. It's my first giveaway, so if you let everyone know how you got here I think we all win.
  • Giveaway runs through Sunday, September 26 at 9:00 p.m. CST and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 27 right here. I will do my best to contact the winner though their profile information. 
  • Sorry, I'll only ship to the US for this giveaway, but feel free to post anyway.
I'll use to pick the winning comment and then post who'll be crafting silently with their new eyelet setter. Big fun! Big, BIG fun!

Posted at the following parties:
Mad in Crafts


Friday, September 10, 2010

A Surprise on My Doorstep

Look what landed on my doorstep this morning! I can't wait to open this bad girl up and start marking up clothes.

I've wanted a dress form for so long. I made one of those duct tape ones, but it never quite did what I wanted it to do. And by the time you invest in all the materials and the put in the time, might as well get a manufactured form. Right?

Any tips from those of you that already have one of these gems?


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Clearance Wall Art Makeover

I found this star wall hanging on clearance at Micheal's It had a few scrapes, but nothing that a little paint couldn't cure. I wasn't that thrilled with the color, not that red isn't a great color, fabulous really, but it's way overdone in my house. I need to add something else to the mix.
This is a job for the front porch!
I gathered up my supplies, and headed out front. For this project I am finishing off a can of Valspar primer. I plan to use Kilz primer from now on, but I got this other can on clearance so I decided to try it. I suppose the fact that it was on clearance should have told me something. It's not bad, Kilz has just set the bar for primers. [Side note: If you look right in the middle of the image above you can see where I left in a layer of text. I thought I lost it. Dork, much?]

Here is the "before" shot of star.  I love the swirls and the shape!

I used two lawn bags to protect the brick tiles out front. We're actually hoping to make some improvements to this area since we've got a bit of a drainage issue, so I'm not all that concerned about keeping things pristine. Still you don't want to look like your front entrance is gangsta art studio so I try. I use lawn bags and then I can fill them with the refuse that's supposed to go into them. Two uses for the price of one.

I'm just very conscientious that way.

I primed the back of the star first. Since the piece is pretty transparent, the shape not the material, I knew I'd have to do both front and back. I don't on all my makeovers.  Shhh. Keep that one under your hat. Still I did the back first so if I had mistakes or drips they'd be less visible and I could give the front, read the part seen, a longer time to dry and set.

Turn that bad boy over after about 10 minutes of drying time. It should be dry to the touch. Not tacky.

Then you bring out the paint of your choice. I use spray paint. I know, I know...environment, but this works for me. If you'd like to even out my carbon emissions, you should use low VOC brush on paint. I promise I do my part in other areas.

Paint the back first and let it dry.

Turn it over and paint the front. This one I let sit for about an hour. That was because it was time for me to make the afternoon school pick-up run, but you can use your measurement of time.

Make sure you get all the little cracks and crevices if you have a intricate design. And really those are the most fun.

When it's completely dry, hang it on your wall and admire your work. You deserve it!

Remember though, no job is done until you clean up after yourself. That's what I tell my kids and my husband. We're working on it.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thoughts From The Front Door

Have you ever walked up to the front door and try to open it by pressing the unlock on your car access? I do this all the time.

Which probably doesn't reflect well on me.

Still I think this is a great idea for a home improvement gadget. I can't count how many times have I walked up to the front door with an armload of sumthin' or other and stood there helplessly. The boys just stand there on the front porch.

Looking at me.

In other news, I was in a hurry to get somewhere today and scooted out the door full of purpose. I turned around after locking the door and met head-on with a bill poster (those rodents who leave ads on your doorknob).

I screamed.
Not just a little "eeek" mind you. A full-on neighbors-looking-out-their-front-window scream. The bill poster seemed to be just as startled and told me no one has ever screamed before while she was delivering.

Well then, that'll teach her to leave stuff on my door.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Eveah

I got this recipe from my friend, Christina. I believe she got the recipe from someone else. I had asked on Facebook if anyone had a good chocolate chip cookie recipe to share.

I'd been disappointed with most of the other recipes I had tried. They'd been too thin and crispy or too doughy or too cakey. I wanted the right, balanced combination in a cookie.

This is it.


8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups (I use 3 and ½) semisweet chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the butter in a large bow and cream at high speed until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally.

Beat in eggs, one at a time until completely mixed.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda.

Add to the butter mixture at low speed until just combined and add vanilla extract. 

I use Mexican vanilla straight from Nuevo Laredo. There's nothing better. I use the dark vanilla in baking and the clear vanilla for frostings and white cakes.

Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl down, until blended. Do not overmix.

Add chocolate chunks and mix thoroughly until combines.

Refrigerate batter until cold, preferably overnight. (Suposedly the longer the better, I aim for at overnight, but I'm told the cookies still turn out good even if you don't refrigerate them at all).

Drop heaping spoonfuls of batter on the lined baking sheets.

Bake, turning tray once midway through, until golden brown around edges and soft about 12 minutes.

Cool on wire rack.

Help yourself! Oh wait, I guess you can't, but that gives you a wonderful reason to try out this recipe. I make in a double batch, scoop and then freeze the balls of dough to bring out a bit at a time to bake. When I do this it takes about 2-3 more minutes in the oven, but oven temperatures will vary.

Got milk?

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Power of The List

Worked on cleaning up the garage (understanding this is a work-in-progress and will never be "done".) Check.

Applied the second layer of paint to plastic outdoor chairs I took off the curb during the last bulky pick up. Check.

Baked (because I turn the oven on mornings only) banana bread using the overripe bananas and last of the blueberries. Check.

Threw beans in the crockpot so we can have tostadas for dinner. Check.

Fed the kids. Fed the dogs. Check.

Scheduled an appointment to pick up paperwork for a potential new client. Check-a-roo.

I feel like I've completed so much today that I'm going to take a nap!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

OCD Much?

Jealous? You just wish your medicine cabinet was organized this nicely. I found these bins at a thrift store and I knew just where they would work in my house. They were calling to me!

I also got to pull out my label maker. It's a good day when I get to use both containers AND a label maker.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

It's Getting To Be A Zoo Around Here

And, oh, how I wish I meant that figuratively.

Back in May a cat followed The Mister home from his walk. I wasn't thrilled about having another pet, but this one had personality to spare and the other cat loved him. So I gave in and we now are a two cat family. The boys decided to call him Lucky because, well, having a black cat is supposed to be unlucky. I'm so glad they're finally getting irony.

Saturday before last The Mister was cleaning up the kitchen and was in the process of taking out the trash when he called me from the front hallway.

"Lainey, come here for a minute."


"We have a visitor."

I look out the front door which has a glass panel and shade. This is what I see...

Now understand we don't live in the out in the country. I wouldn't say we're urban dwellers by any stretch of the imagination, but we are certainly a suburban family. So where the hell did the chicken come from?! And for that matter is it a chicken or a rooster?

The Mister made a little pen for the chicken out in the front courtyard and we figured that we'd hear something through the neighborhood e-mail message blast we sent out. Or we'd see a sign or his owners would knock on the door. After all losing a chicken would merit some notice, no? Apparently I'm wrong though since the bird is still hanging out with us.

And now the kids have named him. Antonio if it's a boy. Margaret if it's a girl. Though we haven't made a confirmation yet we've all taken to calling him Antonio. Or 'Tonio, if you prefer. He's seems pretty laid back about the whole name thing.

Antonio is incredibly docile and gets along with our two outdoor dogs. And when I say "gets along with" what I mean is they don't give a give a rat's patootie about the chicken in the back yard.
You might think that now that we have a chicken residing with us that we'd cut back on our meat consumption. You might think that, but you'd be wrong. We're extending all the courtesies we can given the circumstances, but he's pooping up my backyard so he'll have to look away as we eat our dinner.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to make roasted chicken tacos for dinner.