Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Whimsical Wednesday: Irish Yoga and So Much More

Yesterday, my good pal Bane of Anubis posted a funny little blip about finding some random cool stuff while searching for Christmas presents online. Some of the said "cool stuff" included a bit of funky apparel from Crazy Dog T-shirts, and some of the shirts were quite comical and/or twisted – from “Amish Gone Wild” hilarity to frightening S’mores scenarios.

They made me think of all the memorable T-shirts I’ve seen hanging in souvenir shops throughout the French Quarter – with slogans like “I Got Bourbon-Faced on Shit Street” and “Drove My Chevy to the Levee and the Levee Was Gone.” Of course, there was one that I most wanted – a bright green T-shirt with an amusing illustration of what “Irish yoga” is all about. Dan, my sweet hubby, purchased it as one of my Christmas presents last year, and I still wear it proudly. So, Bane, in your honor, I decided to post it on my blog:

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but if my yoga knowledge is what I think it is, these are the drunken variations of the following poses: Corpse (Shavasana in reverse), Crab (Catuspadapitham), and Child (Balasana).

Every year, Dan and I try to give each other cool, funny, and/or one-of-a-kind presents. One might say it’s become a little competitive between us, and while he’s admittedly a bit better at surprising and delighting me than I am of him, I’d like to think that that’s just because I’m easier to please – and because he always manages to exceed our agreed-upon budget. (I can’t wait to see his reaction when he reads that part – hehe.)

But I have to confess... I have managed to give him at least one thing that he still uses to this day. A few years ago, I found an awesome gift in a Big Lots discount store in southern California. At three bucks, it was probably the cheapest of all our collective booty, but he loved it more than even the most expensive item (which I can’t remember now). It was just an oversized ceramic mug emblazoned with the words, “The Man, the Myth, the Legend,” and sadly, it broke amid a tumble of dishes in the sink not long afterward. Danny was heartbroken – so much so that I decided to replace it. But, as it was a Big Lots item that had since been discontinued, I had trouble finding a suitable replacement.

It was then that I had the inspired idea of visiting Cafe Press, a wonderful website that offers customized T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, tote bags, and, you guessed it, mugs. This time, I managed to duplicate the mug – and put Dan’s name on it. And I ordered three – one for each of our homes (New Orleans, Los Angeles, and northern Michigan) – just to minimize the chance of it breaking while in transit.

To this day, it's still his favorite of all my gifts, and given that we've been together for over a decade, I guess that's saying a lot.


Matthew Delman said...

Ready everyone? One ... two ... three ....



That is all.

Steph Damore said...

Love the t-shirt - especially because I'm Irish and do yoga. Perfect!

Bane of Anubis said...

My wife got me a shirt last Christmas w/ a squirrel w/ the caption: "You wanna help me find my nuts." Unfortunately, she won't let me wear it out of the house :)

Matthew Delman said...

Bane --

My typical question when buying clothes for myself is now "Will my wife let me wear this out of the house?"

So I'm with you, my friend.

Becky said...

I love cafepress. Was it hard to do? I am thinking about making my kids some shirts on it. It's really hard to find good shirts for boys. Love the yoga t-shirt too!

L. T. Host said...

Awwwwwwww. What a great idea!

Hmm, I may have to blog about presents next week.

Bane of Anubis said...

Matt, I tried to set the bar low early on (t-shirts and shorts), but, unfortunately, it never took.

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Matt. Now I'm blushing.

How perfect, Steph! I should get you one.

That's hilarious, Bane! For the record, I DARE Dan to wear a shirt like that outta the house.

That's kinda sad, Matt. What's life without a little inappropriate apparel? That's why I have corsets... course, that's not the same thing, I guess.

Nope, Becky. Not hard to do at all. Your boys would probably love something customized just for them.

Yes, L.T., do blog about presents! It was a fun post to write. :-)

Sorry, Bane.

Laura Martone said...

Actually, the shirt that Dan really wants is the one that reads "F*** You, You F***ing F***face" - nice, huh? I told him I didn't care... let's see if he does it. If he does, I promise to take pictures. :-)

Stephanie Thornton said...

The Irish yoga is hilarious! When I first saw your post title I wondered what the heck Irish yoga was and now I know! Next time I'm in child's pose I'll get a little chuckle.

Laura Martone said...

I know, pretty funny. I admit I've participated in "Irish yoga" before - mostly, in corpse pose. Glad I could tickle your funny bone, Steph!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I don't know which is funnier - your post or this comment thread. All I know is... I want Bane and Matt at my next party! ;-)

Laura Martone said...

No kidding, Shannon. They're both (as my good friend Ross Perot would say) hi-larious!