Friday, December 05, 2008

Good evening, Renée. Are you in any pain?

I started Christmas cleaning today, and the whole tragic farce reminded me of the rigorous grooming we girls undertake before the first swim every summer: there's a lot of catching up to do. I go through vacuum bags in December at approximately the same rate as I go through waxing strips in July.

I made a chai latte yesterday, and Em wanted some, so we went to the buffet to choose a demitasse cup for her. AND FOUND THIS.




Care for a close-up?


No sign of any other disturbance, and no one has opened this cabinet in like a month. It's a complete mystery to me, though I suspect that my friend, who deeply covets this cabinet, has put a hex on it so it spontaneously smashes my china at random intervals. She's trying to get me to give it to her and tells me that the hutch will not be happy until it finds its rightful home. I'm thinking of knitting one of these with curly black hair - see how she likes it when I run a few red-hot needles into her little woolly gullet.

Piper is nine months old now. Mr HSBoots happened to read the contract we signed when we bought him, and apparently we promised to neuter him by 7 months of age. But with Christmas coming up and the trip we just took but haven't yet paid for, I'm eyeing up that rubber mallet and Xacto knife. Or I suppose I could just tie 'em off with one of these ouchless elastics that keep clogging up my beater bar.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

OUCH! Well, Trev is still "LMAO" as he puts it at the sight of how you would like to "get back at me" all because it seems to hurt you that your hutch would be happier with me---SORRY! See, I told you, I look forward to each and EVERY blog and seem to have become addicted to checking for updates---at least it's a cheap addiction! Renee---or should I say little whooly wonder with curly black hair

kate said...

Hmm, self-combusting china cups, poker dolls, neutering and wax strips all in one post?! I'm not sure about Renee, but I'm cringing just a little over here!
(And I promise not to rat you out about Piper.)

Ames said...

That's horrible, Shan. I'm sorry.

Girls, I've got dibs on that china cabinet. I'm family.

lizbon said...

Perhaps Piper knows what you are contemplating and has decided to perform a little subtle sabotage to distract your attention.

Bethro said...

I don't know what's funnier, the grooming or the DIY castration.

Juno said...

The blast pattern does kind of look like the porcelain spontaneously combusted. The world is full of mysteries.

Penny said...

Oh, how annoying. It looks like something fell on it and smashed it like that.

=Tamar said...

Sometimes pottery will break by itself. My pottery teacher told me that it happens when the glaze has a slightly different reaction to temperature changes, or something like that; it can take decades, but eventually the different rates of tension will make the pot crack or shatter.

Stace' said...

We're talkin' Biology Lab!

Shan said...

Tamar, thank you so much! Now I am SURE that's what happened.