Monday, January 26, 2009

Me And My Ugly Mug

Ok, I admit that I don't have a wonderful history to the mug I am entering in Linda's Ugly Mug contest today. As a matter of fact, I don't even have a coffee maker at home. But, I do enjoy a yummy Vanilla Latte when I go out as much as the next lady, so yea, I'm all about entering this contest.

Since we don't have a coffee maker at home, we only have mugs for when the kids (or hubby)make hot chocolate. I looked through our cabinet and didn't see anything I thought would qualify as "ugly". Most are the cute snowman mugs that I bought several years ago. There is one with hubby's name on it that says "Worlds Greatest Golfer", and I have a mug that says it's the "Left-Handers Mug" with all kinds of quotes and info regarding being left-handed.

Then there is the tacky mug, and I'm not sure why we even still have it. It's way in the back of the cabinet and could have a family of spiders living in it for all we know, since it never gets used. Back when we first found out we were expecting multiples, someone gave Jay a mug that says "Ask me about my stud fee". Tacky yes. Ugly, not so much.


So I did what any reasonable adult would do...I hit up every Goodwill and thrift store I could find. In the 3rd store I went to, I found my mug. I actually laughed out loud when I saw it for the first time. I have to think that whoever created it, was forced into making it, due to a lost bet or something. I can't wrap my mind around the thought that someone made this because they actually thought it was a good idea or something.

Here's some close up shots of my mug:
I'm not sure if this is supposed to represent some sort of Hansel & Gretel fascination or what, with the cherries on top of the trees, as if luring children to the door, but it kind of creeps me out.

Be sure to check out all the chips in the paint. I did not do those. They came free with the mug. I stopped counting them when I got to 25, including the ones along the inner rim. There are 6 just in this shot...can you find them all?

Top 10 reasons why I should win Linda's contest:

10. You gotta IS ugly. It's colorful...but it's ugly.

9. I didn't have a coupon, so I paid the entire $1.50 out of my own pocket for this mug.

8. I have never won anything, honest. Ask anyone who knows me.

7. It will help my husband realize that I haven't lost my mind, I did buy the mug for a reason.

6. I had strange people looking at me as I stood in line waiting to buy my mug. I'm pretty sure the check-out clerk felt sorry for me, as she tried to make me feel good about buying the mug.

5. Gas prices still aren't cheap, but I was willing to make the sacrifice by driving a half hour to the city, all over the city, and the half hour back home.

4. I have no life. Winning this would be the highlight of the year for me (so what if it's only January).

3. It was 1/2 price day at the Goodwill I bought this at. People were everywhere, and I saw a few that I'm pretty sure where eyeing this mug. I was willing to rumble to get my mug.

2. I already have my acceptance speech written, copied in triplicate, notarized, and memorized.

1. It was below zero degrees outside on the day I went shopping. Now THAT's commitment and dedication!
Head on over to Linda's to vote for me!!!
Oh, and if I win, you're invited to come over and I'll buy you a latte to celebrate with me!
Note Added : Someone asked me what I planned to do with the mug after the contest since I only drink coffee when I'm out. I have the mug on my desk right next to my computer screen. It makes me smile everytime I see it. I think of the fun I had looking for it, I think of the fun I have because of it (by going to Linda's to see all the other ugly mugs) and I think of how it's helped me to not be so serious. In the past I would have never participated in something that seemed "silly and pointless". But, win or lose, I am so glad I did! Seeing the mug reminds me of all that, so the mug will stay right here on my desk and who knows, maybe in 30 years or so, Linda might do another ugly mug contest and I'll enter it again. :)


2nd Cup of Coffee said...

OHMYGOSH I feel so guilty! You worked so hard for this contest, if you don't win I won't be able to sleep!

So, you're saying you've got something against gingerbread??? HA

Oh, this thing is bad. I made one almost as bad for my coffee fast 2007 at the pottery place. I ended up throwing it away.

Well, I hope all of your hard work, gas money, frostbite, humiliation and cleverness pay off, dear. Thanks for playing and playing so well!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Hey, you forgot to link up at my place! Hurry over and link up!

Esthermay said...

This is so pathetic. I may just vote for you because I feel so sorry for you.
You also win point as a fan of the GOOD WILL.
OH Yeah! Our children LOVE Good Will. They would choose an afternoon at GoodWill over just about anything. Really!
What will you do with this mug if you win. What will you do TO IT if you lose?
...Just weighin' all the possibilities here before casting my vote.

Joyce said...

I think you should win! You worked hard to find the perfect ugly gift! Just dropping in from Washington state!

Marsha said...

I seriously thought about promising each entrant to vote for their mug if they would vote for mine but figured my guilt would be as obvious as a stain on a blue dress... so I'm simply here to grovel.

We are at opposite extremes of the mug spectrum here... I've owned my mug for almost thirty years and I do have personal history with it... but I love your desire and dedication... I just hope you don't win! LOL


RissaRoo said...

I love your description of the mug! You had me laughing. Great post, and yeah...that's a pretty ugly mug! Nice to meet you, this is fun contest!

Mommy, the Human Napkin said...

I read the conversation with the clerk. I don't know if I could have kept a straight face! I thought about shopping around and looking for an entry that was uglier than mine, but decided to just go with what I have. My husband would strangle me if I brought home another thing we don't really need. We've been trying really hard to declutter.

Mocha with Linda said...

That one is rather....unique!

Susanne said...

Now that is uhm, different. LOL. You seriously want to win!

Lois said...

I wish everyone could win. This is getting too difficult to have to vote for just one.
I think this has been such a great idea for a contest.

Becky said...

LOL, no sympathy points from me! Hahaha. Your mug is rather hideous. I liked the count the chips game. You are a front runner for my vote.

Greg C said...

I wore shorts when I went mug shopping. Eat your heart out. :) If you only knew how hard I shopped you would vote for me. My wife thinks I am crazy too for doing this.

Phyllis@Aimless Conversation said...

Okay, wait. It was half-off day at Goodwill and you STILL paid $1.50 for this?! You paid too much.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

LOL you are the sweetest thang! You really shouldn't have taken your first pic with your mug, cuz you prettied it up too much!! But then you gave ALL those great closeup shots...can't be beat. LOL!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Hey girl, I have an award for you over at my place...stop by!