A few weeks ago when most of the SpouseBUZZ crew came to my house, the lovely and talented Sarah made a rather astute observation about my decor (pieced together from various duty stations and deployments).
"Your house," she said, "looks like a Middle Eastern Applebees."
With one of those sudden realizations where everything falls in place, it all made sense. She was right! No wonder I often find myself craving a loaded burger and some seasoned fries as I sit with Air Force Guy watching TV at night!
Evidence after the jump...
I'm going to go ahead and admit here that I don't have what one would conventionally call "taste". I like bold and bright colors, and I love to display those collections Semper Fi Wife talked about.
That's one wall of our house, anyway. We have matrioshkas and a Soviet propaganda poster (AFG was born in what was then Leningrad). There's a resin mounted scorpion from Afghanistan and a mosque alarm clock AFG bought in Qattar. Oh - and a snow globe from the UN. Also, one of our two propaganda sheets that a friend of ours brought home from Beirut just for us!
The dining room wall is along the same theme...The Welsh flag, some wooden shoes, another Soviet poster, a picture of Thule AB... All places we've been or someone we knew went and thought of us while there.
And our latest addition - which I am looking forward to putting up in the PERFECT place (I think on the wall over the fireplace) - some Hawaiian stone turtles sent to me by Homefront Six precisely to add to our Applebees decor!
I actually squealed in glee when I opened the box from Hawaii - the turtles are PERFECT, and were immediately precious to me! My SpouseBUZZ family certainly knows me well! I can't wait to get them up and start telling visitors how they got here.
I don't know, though. I was looking at the walls the other day, and I think I'm missing a few things to bring it all together. I already have a burqa on another wall, and a rosary from Ireland. Also an old ad from Mexico. Oh - and the Japanese flag my grandfather took after Guam was captured in World War II. And you saw the mosque alarm clock from Qattar! What could possibly top a green mosque alarm clock?
I can't figure it out. Maybe we need some things from Australia and Africa...