January 13, 2009

That’ll Cheer Ya Up!!

Well after a week of lost houses, ONGOING email baby mama drama, and fighting off a nasty cold…it’s pretty safe to say we’ve been taking the “lay low with your seat and tray table in their upright positions” approach here at Chez Marantz these past few days. What can I say…it’s been a rough week. We all have them and this week our number was called. And believe me, if ANYTHING was going to cheer me up after a week like that, there is only ONE thing that it could possibly be……

WV stuff from people that I love!!

First up, my grandma sent me this lil’ guy. C’mon…how cute is he?? I can’t wait to put him up in our new HOUSE and then EMAIL everybody I know about him while BREATHING freely and being completely free of cold-like-symptoms. Now THAT’LL be a good day, can I get an AMEN?

And THEN the greatest mama-in-law on the PLANET just sent me this necklace of WV. At first I thought that the little star just represented the state capital of Charleston, WV, but then she told me that she actually called up the company and gave them the zip code for where I grew up and THAT’S where they placed the star. How cool is that?!

And I gotta say that this is SO great because people are always asking me where exactly in WV I grew up. And to an unsuspecting bystander, the answer can be …well…just a little offensive. See, for all of you folks out there in blogland who DON’T know a good ole girl or boy from WV personally, let me fill you in on a little known fact.

Ready? Here goes.

As it turns out, the universal sign for my illustrious home state is….drumroll please….the finger. The middle one to be exact. As in… flipping the bird. Keeping up foreign relations. Finger up. Thumb out. Palm facing your audience. Think about it…..think about it….go ahead and try it out, cause you know you want to….annnnnd THERE it is!! So basically they would ask me where I’m from and THAT would be my answer.

So now when someone asks me where I’m from, I can just pull out that necklace, point to it and say “see that little star right there…. well, that little star is ME!!” :) :)

And I gotta be honest, there’s just something about telling that story that has me smiling again. Amen!

  1. Melissa

    I hope you have happier, healthier days ahead!!

  2. christina lemarr

    I soo needed this giggle!

  3. Gwendolyn Tundermann

    What sweet and thoughtful gifts!

  4. Adrienne Byrd

    .. although it is somewhat ‘obsene’, it is funny! I am trying to figure out how to make FL with my hand! haha!

  5. Meg

    Thanks for sharing the story. What a thoughtful gift from your mama in law.

  6. Melissa J Copeland

    that necklace is awesome.. i wonder if you can get any state??
    i love your snow man too!

  7. Val McCormick

    Hope you feel better real soon Mary :-) The snowman is so cute!

  8. Amanda Herzberger (Orchard Cove)

    Ok – how many of us curled our fingers and tried your WV trick – AMEN :) It works! Unexpected care packages are the best!

  9. Tara

    Too cute!

  10. Stacy Cross

    You are ADORABLE! Loved reading this post – put a huge smile on my face!

  11. Danielle Fuller

    You are too funny Mary!!! At first I thought "I can’t imagine Mary just flippin the bird to someone"…then I thought about it for a minute and I thought…"Yeah, she can pull that off!"…but now you don’t have too :)

  12. Derek

    Yeah, my mom’s got some pretty good taste. ;)

  13. carla Ten Eyck

    man! I want some Hartford paraphanelia like all a your WV hoo ha tchotchkes- I am SO jealous

    and I think saying your are from the star as opposed to flipping the bird is way more Mary :)

  14. Rachel Barker

    I grew up in West Virginia too! All the great photographers come from there. ;) jk

    Hope you had a great holiday!

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