After a hectic work day, I was driving home in the rain with crumbs all over my lap. There was a lone bran and berry muffin left in a Tim Horton’s box from the morning staff meeting. Standing alone in the staff room, I stared at it the way a predator hones it on its prey before attacking. That muffin didn’t stand a chance. I snapped it up and just sort of shoved the peak into my trap. I wanted to hurry home, so I continued the attractive mushing of muffin into my mouth from behind the wheel. Loose and reckless morsels of muffiny goodness; this kind of eating is not a tidy enterprise. This is exactly how Audrey Hepburn looked whilst feasting. Classy as hell.
Some bastard pulls out in front of me, and I bark an obscenity out, mouth full of muffin. I catch a glimpse of my reflection.
Girlfriend, you look so stressed. And you are seriously just covered in crumbs. Like, it’s all over your face.
This was totally understandable, as I was all but chewing of the muffin lining. This is what I was doing when I got cut off, and when I snapped out loud to no one in particular. Behold, my finest hour.
Naturally, I stopped by the liquor store for a bit of vino.
After a hot shower, and a proper meal, and two glasses of the California red blend, I was feeling far less crumby. Relaxing with my husband, watching a movie, I took a sip of water, and intending to put it back on the table, I clink it into the wine glass–cheers darling–knocking it over, the scarlet liquid cascading onto the cream colored carpet.
This isn’t a huge surprise. These are things you need to know about me. I cry all the time. I mix past and present tenses when I write. I’m terrible at basic math, I’m incapable of giving directions, and I’m a certifiable food and beverage spiller. That’s why I wear so much black, it’s 5% wanting to be chic, and 98% wanting clothes I can wear again after an inevitable staining.
One night, when Ben and I were first together, I was all tucked up in bed in one of his t-shirts and sipping a huge glass of water. I don’t quite know how I did it, but I just kind of relaxed and let go of the glass. Water everywhere. I just sit there in the spillage, not quite sure how to proceed. Ben came in, smiling at his new girlfriend, the ‘super soaker’. He climbed into bed, and he puts his hand down on the mattresses, and his smile wavered as his eyebrows turned into a “what the…hell?” kind of squiggle. I’m holding the empty glass, soaked through the sheets, down to my knickers, smiling like it’s a beauty pageant, and the other contestant’s name was called over mine.
But he’s used to it by now, and it was absolutely not a surprise to him when we were assessing the crime scene last night. “With the amount of wine that goes through this house, I’m only surprised it didn’t happen sooner”. I am seriously one klutzy son of a bitch, in fact, that would be my rap name “DJ Spilly Britches” or “Notorious SOB”. Although truth be told, as you can tell by my rap names, the closest I could get to being a rapper would by being the old lady in the opening credits of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”. That’s another thing you should know, I don’t rock that hard…at all.
The wine is spilled, and there is this split second moment where we looked at each other, and looked at the mess. We then lunge into action, attack the stain with paper towels, hoping to lure the liquid from the clutches of the carpet. I search the internet for stain removers. There are a variety of options, but here’s a step-by-step approach of what worked for me:
2) Lament your bumbling butterfingers.
3) Paper towel that shit, while wondering if Nestle still makes Butterfingers.
4) The internet recommends vinegar, dish soap, baking soda, laundry detergent. I suggest layering all of these ingredients and scrubbing like a post-regicide Lady Macbeth.
My god woman, how much wine did you spill?
My favorite tip was to pour white wine over the red, which sounds a bit wasteful. But hey, maybe carpet sangria has yet to sweep the nation–what do I know? It seemed to me that it was a bit like putting out a fire with more kerosene. Plus, I’m not much of a chardonnay kind of girl.
Once the stain was out, I congratulated myself with a little Butterfingers re-con. Good news y’all, not only is it still a thing, but they are putting it in ice cream now. So that’s just another thing for me to bring home and spill on the carpet. The possibilities are endless really, my clumsiness knows no bounds.
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