Thursday, November 25, 2010

crime and punishment

Rich took Bernadette to an audition for extras in the upcoming Hobbit movie.
He's too tall to qualify, but is hoping B. makes the cut.

Thanksgiving was a bust. All that pious-sounding nonsense about gratitude being more important than turkey - garbage. And eating a huge heavy meal in the New Zealand summer heat - not recommended. I'm thinking we'll skip every semblance of a 2011 Thanksgiving and just really make up for it the following year.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, onto more pressing matters. We have a bit of a domestic crisis on our hands. It's a wallpaper issue. And a "not-owning-the-house-you-live-in" problem. And probably many of you might also conclude that is a disciplinary matter as well, and I may not argue. Anyway, we have two disasters, neither of which I know how to fix -so if anyone has any "Hints From Heloise" type expertise, please see the photos below.

Maria. In the bedroom. With her bare hands.

Perpetrator: At large. Pictured above.

Misdemeanor: Vandalism of private property

Motive: Disgruntled about bedtime.
               Or maybe just bored.
               Perhaps fascinated by wallpaper.

Unsolved Elements of Case: Do we try to find exact matching wallpaper?
                                                    Do we strip the whole wall and paint?
                                                    Is Fr. Michael going to totally freak out
                                                            when he sees this?

Bernadette. In the bathroom. With the black pen.


Misdemeanor: Graffiti of a private restroom with a ball-point pen

Motive: Running with a bad crowd (see "Vandalism" above)

Unsolved Elements of the Case: How does one remove ink from wallpaper? 
              (NB: We have told Fr. Michael about this one,
                         although we have not shown him it yet.
                         He shrugged and said, "Can't you just 
                         wipe it off with soap or something?" 
                         Celibate men can be such a hoot sometimes.) 

Perpetrator: Luckily we got this sucker behind bars....


  1. For Perpetrator #2, just put a frame around the pen drawing and name it "Potty Ponderings". As for Perpetrator #1, ask her Papa how he peeled away the drywall above his bed when he was 4 years old.
    Punishment: Banish them to Grandma and Grandpa's house in Pennsylvania.

  2. Do the Kiwis have Mr. Clean Magic Erasers? That should take care of the ink. As for the wallpaper, uh, I don't have much to tell you. Your only option will be to find an exact match and replace that one panel. (Or two, hard to tell from the picture.) Yet another reason to avoid wallpaper!

  3. It looks like you have been able to keep your sense of humor. I really enjoy keeping up with the Sealys. Jade came and did a sling demo for us--great job!! Her 2 year old was being very possessive about the doll that Jade was trying to use to demonstrate with, and Jade seemed to take it all in stride.

  4. making fun of celibate men, huh! ;) j/k

  5. Crime Scene #2
    A truly beautiful piece of art. It is clearly an improvement for which the artist should be well compensated.

    Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas!