There is a saying in Spanish: "his turtle ran away". It is said when someone procastinates so much that by the time they are ready it´s already too late. In our case ... our snail ran away!!!!! Tati had a plastic box with a snail as a school project. She brought it home for the week until the next science class and our little Houdini escaped through a tiny hole of the plastic bag that was the "roof". I found him all the way across the living room in a frantic race for freedom. Only he has no sense of direction whatsoever and he was running into the dining room instead of the garden. Put the blame on the green carpet.