There's kitschy ugly, cool ugly, weird ugly, and then there's just plain UGLY.
I had my niece and nephew overnight while their parents took advantage of a business trip opportunity to go to Traverse City. I adore these children and always enjoy the chance to spend more time with them. My kids just love it when their cousins are here and it turns our regular life into one big party. We had all kinds of fun doing the things we do at this time of year, and I knew it was a successful visit when Cale and Ramona realized it was getting close to the time for their parents to come and pick them up and they kept begging me to call their cell phone and tell them to go on home so they could stay another night. But they came anyways and my eyes lit up when I saw Mary Beth get out of the car with a shopping bag. Oooh goody a thank you gift from TC! What could it be? Well, I guess my facial expression gave away how I felt about this, err... unique object when I pulled it from the bag. Mary Beth explained how she was in a store and saw it on the clearance rack for HALF OFF and thought it could go good with the Tiki bar that I am so excited about. I know very well how crazed she gets when in the throes of a good shopping spree, so I understand how the purchase happened. But there I was looking at it and there she was feeling all thankful for me watching the kids, and she felt bad and then ran out to the car and got all the goodies she bought for herself and started offering them to me, trying to make it right. So I also got a can a cherry jalapeno salsa and a bag of chocolate covered cherries! yum! I felt more than compensated but as they pulled away she kept shouting "thank you!" out of the car window over and over.
I am fine with how it worked out except I don't know what to do with the thing. Any suggestions?