The school year has recently ended and all things summer has officially kicked into high gear. Less rush hour traffic, sun-drenched days, and trying to figure out what to do with gifts from Kyle’s kids. You see each year Kyle’s students and parents send him home with ‘tokens’ of thanks.  I love seeing what Kyle comes home with, especially when it involves sharing them with me– ahem– starbucks gift cards!

This year was no exception. Though there were no Starbucks gift cards we lucked out with two gifts that will keep on giving.  First is, The Gnome. It’s the cutest little plant/person that sits on our kitchen window sill and keeps me company while trying to figure out what new green-smoothie recipe I want to concoct in our Vitamix.  Though this Santa-like person is a ‘low-maintenance’ gift, I still feel pressured to keep it alive. So far, so good.

Meet "The Gnome" aka watcher of all things green.

Meet “The Gnome” — watcher of all things green.

 

The second is what I call the “high-maintenance” gift.  And no, the fish isn’t a part of a ‘class-owned’ pet. We’re officially pet-owners. If I knew his students were going to be gifting us with something so “permanent” I would have put in a request for a puppy. I mean, we did have to come up with a name, buy food, cleaning supplies, and a ‘bowl’ for it. Unfortunately, the large stemless wine glass that came with it was promptly discouraged by another fellow student who declared it inhumane. So I guess we technically have three gifts.

Homeless Herbert

Homeless Herbert

 

Kyle insisted on naming it which meant we were keeping it. However, that week was insane with my freelance gig, Kyle ending school, graduations to attend, and so forth. Neither of us had time to make it to the pet store and get food or a bowl for him. I hate to admit this but Herbert was not only homeless but starving as well. He didn’t eat for three days.  To make matters worse, we found out there is a Petco a mile or so from our home. So technically, we could have made ‘the trek’ to get some food.  Whoops! Dare I mention we want to get a dog? #epicfail

My only requirement for making Herbert homeless to permanent was that his bowl HAD to match my fave Crate and Barrel candle holders, especially since the only place for him to live is next to the TV. So an atrocious fish bowl was out of the question. And Petco pulls through again! Check out Herbert’s new digs!

 

The new digs

The new digs

 

Though we’re having to put a bit more effort into keeping things alive around here, I actually really enjoy having Herbert and The Gnome around. Granted having to remember to feed the fish is a bit more challenging, but it’s forcing us into a habit should we get a dog. I doubt a dog will be as gracious and silent as Herbert is when we forget to feed it.