Saturday, August 25, 2007

Where did that yellow smudge come from?

Yesterday morning when I got to work I had a giant mustard-yellow smudge on my face. My co-worker who kindly pointed it out to me said it looked like I had curry for breakfast (which I didn't, ew). There was so much of it that I got it all over my hands when I was trying to wipe it off and I finally had to go to the bathroom and wash my face with soap to get it all.

All day I was wondering, "what WAS that, and where could it have come from?" Since I had just come from home where I had looked at myself in the mirror several times while getting ready (I don't do much but I at least do that), there weren't a lot of possible yellow-smudge sources except my tea mug and my short walk to work.

I emailed the phenomenon to my Studly Hubby wondering if he had any ideas. None except for the possibility that something strange had gotten on my mug. I furrowed my brow in worry, imagining all kinds of poisons, and when we got home last night I ran to the mug and inspected it. There was a smudge of innocuous looking yellow powder in the lip of the mug but it didn't really look like enough to get all over my face (more like my face got it on the mug), and it didn't help me figure out where the yellow had come from.

Then Sat morning all of a sudden there was yellow on my face again. I ran through the apartment yelling "Hubby, help!" and he came at once to inspect the scene. Not five minutes before he had seen me without the yellow. We slowly retraced my steps but I had only walked from him to the phone to the sink to the bathroom where I then discovered the yellow. There wasn't much in between except...

"The flowers!" my Studly Hubby cried. "Did you smell the flowers?" We have a fresh bouquet of flowers on the table that I bought when my mom and grandma were here last week. I hadn't remembered that I had but when we took a closer look sure enough, there was a lily (the most aromatic of the flowers) with yellow stamens chock full of pollen hanging out of it. When I leaned in to smell it again the stamen touched my face and lo! another yellow smudge appeared there.

And there you have it, we solved the mystery of the yellow smudge on my face.

5 comments:

Peggy said...

LOL Marked as a flower sniffer! They must have been lilies. Be careful about that stuff. If the pollen gets on your clothes it won't come out. Lilies are beautiful though, aren't they.

Uncle KT said...

I like the story--you will be mustard/curry girl forever now at work though.

uncle bruce said...

Sounds like you might have another calling as a bee. Have you considered going to another lily and sniffing it, thereby pollinating it? And so on?

Katy said...

so does this mean you were having "unholy relations" with a flower? hmmmmmm...Was derek jealous????

susan said...

What a great story. It would've driven me nuts too.