Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Good, the Not-So-Bad, and the Ugly

Things have been going pretty well lately (knock on wood). The weather has cooled off considerably, it's almost Christmas, and I'm halfway through a manuscript. Ibis has been doing a lot of side work, so while I don't see him as often, it means he's making a little more money. All good things. And my dad will be here in a month, yay. :)

Here are a few photos to demonstrate...

The Good
From the bedroom


From the kitchen



The Not-So-Bad
It's my mini-Christmas tree! Yes, it's pathetic but I didn't have anything last year so I'm excited to have even this small decoration.



Notice how it looks bigger if I stand right next to it?



The Ugly



I should point out that this guy wasn't actually dead. I swept him out the front door and off the ledge, where he flew around, happy to be free. I didn't MEAN to set him free, that's just what happened. Then he clung to the wall in the stairwell all day, tormenting me.

28 comments:

Allen said...

And here I was getting all teary-eyed because I thought your pet died...

Robin said...

Melanie, you have a Charlie Brown tree! It was kind of you not to squoosh the cockroach for the holiday, even if it was sort of an accident.

Janna Qualman said...

Merry Cockroach! Um... *ahem* MERRY CHRISTMAS! There. That's better.

I love the posts with pictures!

Lauren said...

I love your tree and the pic of you next to it! It does look like a huge tree. Robin is right, it's a Charlie Brown tree!

Your pics are beautiful (well, besides the bug...)

Melanie Avila said...

Allen, ha!

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, I avoid killing them if I can. It was there when I got up and Ibis was just ignoring it. Good man. ;)

Yes, my tree is totally a Charlie Brown tree.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Janna!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Lauren. Our place is small so the size works out well.

aaroncrocco said...

You weren't kidding about the good! Those pictures are beautiful. The tree is great!

Travis Erwin said...

He would make for some good fish bait.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Aaron!

Melanie Avila said...

OMG, Travis, you just gave me the heebie-jeebies. Chills all over at the thought of punching a hook through that thing. Ugh!

Zoe Winters said...

hahahahaha about the bug. And awwwww, your tree is like a Charlie Brown Christmas. we're big scrooges around here. We haven't put up a tree in forever. Largely because the cats used to knock it down. They're outdoor kitties now, but we just got out of the habit and we no longer have a tree.

spyscribbler said...

That IS ugly! LOLOL. At least he's dead. :-)

You said you got a mini-tree, but, um, that's like a mini-mini-mini-tree. LOL! It's great, though, because you can always keep it close. :-)

Could you make popcorn strings and decorate with those red and green construction paper strings. Remember those?

Melanie Avila said...

Zoe, we didn't have a tree last year and I hated it!

Melanie Avila said...

Spy, he's NOT dead! Alive! Alive!

The popcorn string is a good idea, except then we might have ants in a new part of the house. I could do the paper string - just mini. ;)

Turkey Lurkey said...

Love the tree! Love the views! *stomps on the roach*

Nadine said...

Your tree is adorable!

I'm so proud of you for not killing the roach!

It seems whenever I kill one, it sends 10 of its family members to avenge its death.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Turkey! I could use you around here.

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, I cannot kill them. Ibis tried to talk me through it and I just can't! And I agree about it's family members. When I scoot one out the door I don't get bothered but when one dies, look out!

colbymarshall said...

YAY for the tree...

and BOO to Morthor's assassin...

Rachel Burton said...

You've got gorgeous skies; I bet you can even see stars at night!

And my tree is a slightly bigger brother to yours; I was eyeing it in the basement today wondering whether to put it up. I think I just might.

As for the ugly, well, blech.

Aimless Writer said...

What great views you have! Love your tree. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in spirit.
I have a question; How do you pronounce Ibis? Eee-bis?
I've been wondering for awhile.

Melanie Avila said...

Colby, how did you get rid of him? Move?

Melanie Avila said...

Rachel, we do see a lot of stars, some even from bed. :) And Ibis loves to say that he can see the Space Station (he's really into space stuff). I can even identify Venus now.

Melanie Avila said...

Aimless, it's ee-bees. Two long E sounds, with the stress on the first syllable.

Dominique said...

Yup, considering the bugs, the paper chains might be the best solution! :lol:

Reminds me that I should get a move on decorating here :)

Rafael said...

I hate cockroaches! I would have stomped the heck out of it. That is how much I loath them.

My old dog (may he rest in peace) use to bark them to death. Goofy pup!