Monday, March 03, 2008

Rolling Snake Eyes

If it weren't for bad luck, the 'chick would have no luck at all.

It all started last Thursday. The 'chick had a visit to do for work and the house is out in the country. In Tennessee, you know you're in the country when the directions to the house include the phrase "turn off the paved road". The 'chick turned off the paved road.

When she got to the house, she parked in the gravel driveway and went inside. Everything was fine. She went back to her car and managed to step in about 12 inches of mud. Which she immediately tracked into her car. All over the floor mats. After arriving back at her office, the mud was dried to dirt and proceeded to fall off her shoes all over the carpeting and chair mat. (The cleaning crew at the office did not clean it up so the 'chick finally did it today, with Windex.)

On Friday, the 'chick had more visits to do (in the pouring rain, of course) and needed to fill up her car. She pulled up to the pump and got out into what she naturally assumed was a puddle of rainwater. After pumping her gas and getting back into the car to continue on her merry way, she realized that it was NOT rainwater - it was gasoline in that puddle. Nothing like adding a layer of gasoline to the ground in mud already on the floor mats. She went through the rest of the day halfway high from the fumes wafting up from her feet. (There is no cleaning crew at the 'chick's house so she hosed off her own floor mat and it is sitting on her front porch, drying.)

On Saturday, the 'chick played it low-key and stayed home except for a quick trip to Walmart for some basic supplies.

On Sunday, Redneck had promised to take the 'chick to the
Southern Select Alpaca Show. (The 'chick is interested in such things because she is a knitter and also a Southerner and it is expected that at some point you will traipse around some kind of fairground to gaze at animals.) The 'chick has been to Shelbyville TN many times and knows how to get there. Redneck, who has NEVER been to Shelbyville TN in his LIFE thought it would be faster to go on the interstate. The 'chick said "ok" and the two of them proceeded to get completely lost to the point that they had to stop and buy a MAP to find their way BACK to Shelbyville TN. After much circling in Shelbyville, they finally found Calsonic Arena where the alpacas were being shown. It was so late in the day that a great many of them had already gone home. Figures.

A little later, Redneck and the 'chick decided to go eat at Applebee's. The 'chick ordered a BBQ chicken sandwich which came with so much BBQ sauce that the 'chick managed to get it on her hands, the sleeve of her hoodie, and down one leg of her jeans. Applebee's was out of the molten chocolate cake thing that Redneck & the 'chick love so they headed to Sonic for a hot fudge cake sundae thing. While cautiously eating that, the 'chick managed to drip hot fudge down the front of her white t-shirt . . . the one item of clothing that had not been liberally coated in BBQ sauce.

After starting a load of laundry (the white t-shirt soaking in pre-treat), the 'chick climbed into bed, pulled the covers over her head, and announced her intention of not coming out anymore until the weekend was completely over.

Your weekend (or stain removal tips) in comments.


heather said...

i'm not so good at stain removal. used to be i could just tie die the item and call it done.

now i have a closet full of clothes i can't wear in public.

Liz said...

I'm with Heather on this. I have all of these T-shirts that I save for around the house messy stuff. Only I don't really do a lot of messy stuff around the house. So mostly I have a lot of rags disguised as t-shirts that I need to remove from my closet and free up some valuable space.

Autrice DelDrago said...

Salt. Rub a good amount of it on the stain and let the grains grind off the stain (and possibly some of the material if you are not careful.)