Banner Day

One day last June, I wrote a post about things I like. Kind of like Oprah, but with way less mass appeal and melanin.


In particular, I liked this necklace:



And I threatened to pretty much dismember anybody who bought it (“now you have no neck! mwah ha ha! how you gonna wear that necklace without a neck? you neckless necklace stealer! and Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers!”) (you’re all ignoring me, right?) because I’ve been window shopping it for almost a year. A year! So it made total sense that I would post its unrivaled golden beauty for all to covet on my public site.


But when I recently went to jewelry designer Kelly Meeker’s site and saw this:



(it says SOLD OUT)


…vindictive rage swept over me and I began to deploy my “destroy person who bought MY necklace” plan.


And right when I got to the part where I’d put saran wrap over all their toilets, I received and opened this:


Box of Love


And then I did this:


Oh Happy Day


And a smidgeon of this:


Yes, a Happy Day


I even got a passerby compliment ALREADY and I’ve only owned this necklace for two hours.


I KNEW it would change my life.


My good friend Ellen sent this to me as a thank-you for her recent visit, for which she’d already given me gifts and sent appreciation cards, a photo CD and warm regards.


And so thank you Ellen, for being my friend for more than 24 years, for letting me stretch your size 6 jelly shoes over my size 8 feet at that one basketball game, for letting me pick out the rugby you wore on your first date with John Quinn, for introducing me to Frito Lay’s Chili Cheese chips, and for not ditching me altogether after I talked Brad Hartman into driving us home the night he jumped the median and nearly killed us all.


I’m glad we lived long enough for you to send me this necklace.


But most of all, thanks for your thoughtfulness, and for being the kind of person who remembers birthdays and anniversaries, even for people like me who always forget, and for always thinking of making others happy (even when they don’t deserve it).


16 Responses to “Banner Day”

  1. that’s so sweet! friends like ellen make the world go ’round.

    and i’m so happy that you got the necklace you wanted. :D

  2. Jennifer H says:

    Beautiful! I can see why you lusted after it. What a lovely gesture and a lovely friend.

  3. Steph says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous. And you are absolutely gorgeous, you hag. I mean that in the absolute nicest way possible, which is to say I mean it in that “I love you so much that I cannot hate you even though you’re skinny and pretty, so I’ll call you a ‘hag'” way.

  4. pajama momma says:

    What an absolutely fabulous necklace and what an even more absolutely fabulous friend!

  5. Oh. It is a fabulous necklace and you look fabulous in it.

    Now can we talk about the Chili Cheese Fritos? OMG. I forgot about those. I want some right now. Do you think Brad Hartman is available to come pick me up and drive me over the median to 7-ll so I can buy some?

  6. Jill says:

    The necklace is gorgeous – and it looks great on you! What a sweet friend… one who really took the time to get you something she knew you’d adore!

    Here’s to good friends…

  7. Angela says:

    Gorgeous necklace! Don’t you love old friends?

  8. Melanie says:

    It’s beautiful Deb. And that it came from such a great person makes it even more special.

  9. Mich says:

    See!! See!! Dreams really come true! They do! They do!!!

  10. myra says:

    what a lovely friend you have. and that necklace really looks as fabulous on you as you thought it would. :)

  11. Jamie says:

    Holy HAWT! You are one lucky girl for having a friend like that. Can I borrow her?

  12. tinsenpup says:

    You look real purdy. Does Ellen have any plans to visit Australia? If so, we have a spare room. Actually, it’s a play room, but I’m prepared to put the beloved child’s toys (or the child’s beloved toys) in storage for the duration if that’s what it takes. Let her know. :)

  13. mommypie says:

    I looooove that necklace. You look mah-vel-ous.

  14. Kelly says:

    So funny how things work out! I’m telling you, when your friend bought this necklace (before I realized it was a gift for you!), I was really concerned since it was and will be the only one!

    It looks amazing on you and I am SO glad that you own it!

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  16. […] something I love. I discovered Kelly Meeker Designs about a year ago and then my friend, Ellen, bought me something from Kelly and I fell in love deeper. As luck would have it, Kelly has generously offered to give away a $50 […]

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