If you consult the pictures of our infant daughter on my photoblog, you will see that she is a messy eater. We have wooden floors which really should be revarnished so the constant addition of water and random food to the floor surface is not ideal. I suppose it wouldn’t be ideal under any circumstances but with the floors needing revarnishing, things do tend to leave marks (we have a trail of vaseline handprints on our bedroom floor from when the Princess managed to get hold of a tub of the stuff and smear it all over herself).
I thought that I would go to IKEA and get a cheap, tasteful, washable floor covering which we could put on the dining room floor. I got to IKEA and, you know what, tasteful and washable don’t really go together. So I thought that I would get a cheapish rug which we could dispose of when the Princess learned to eat without scattering debris. IKEA is not as cheap as all that. The rugs in the size I wanted were about 600 euros. Imagine then my delight when I found one for 80 euros. True, it looked a bit like underlay, but it looked robust also. I snapped it up.
I brought it home. I explained my reasoning to Mr. Waffle over the phone.
“Hmm,” he said, “I don’t know if a rug is what we need, but for 8 euros, I suppose you can’t go wrong”.
“Umm, no, not 8 euros, 80.”
Horrified silence. “You shouldn’t have told me that. I mean all we really needed was a square of lino for under her high chair”.
“Actually, it’s called vinyl flooring these days”
When he came home, he took one look at the rectangular, dark green rug and said “Ah, the 80 euro putting green”
And, inevitably, it’s a bit of a disaster, whereas before debris could be swept up or mopped up, now we have to get out the hoover after every meal. Also, given that it has the texture of underlay, it is a little rough on the royal knees. I may have to take it up, I suppose what I really need is a square of lino.
on 30 April 2004 at 18:16
It’s true. Never correct the other half in matters of cash. It’s safer. That’s assuming of course you keep the accounts under tight lock and key. It’s safer.
Oh well – I suppose you meant well eh?
on 03 May 2004 at 14:59
You two want me to deceive my husband…never!