Friday, September 14, 2007

Marcia, Marcia --- Martha!

Anybody old enough to remember the television show “The Brady Bunch”? Well, stick with me anyway. Marcia was the more glammy and more popular older sister, Cindy the annoying, supposedly “cute” little sister and Jan the perfectly average middle sister. Jan’s line: “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”, which expressed her frustration with her elder sibling, has become a classic. I sometimes use a variation of it when speaking about Martha Stewart: “Martha, Martha Martha!”. I used to like what Martha created and cooked. As long as I’m 12-stepping, I watched her shows, I subscribed to her magazine. But then she made homemade marshmallows and wanted me to make homemade marshmallows and I lost it. I put down my whisk and my glue gun and walked away.

I came back around to Martha’s side when she was up on Federal charges and all the anti-Martha folks let their schadenfreude pour out with excessive glee and abandon. Then she did her time and wore the ankle monitor and finally said it was O.K. to serve some store bought ice cream with something and I declared a detente. Well, I fear I’m headed down a slippery slope because I bought a Martha item. Yup, I ponied up for the “never goes on sale” landscape format, 11 x 8.5 scrapbook album in (heaven help me) “Walnut”. I had to. The darn thing was perfect; post-bound, a lovely neutral, slightly nubby, fabric cover, with dual pocket pages. Sigh. Next thing you know, I’ll be drilling and gilding walnuts for Christmas ornaments again. Somebody help me!

P.S. Was it just me or did the Jack & Jill bathroom shared by all six Brady kids seem like a really bad design plan?


purpleronnie said...

Ha ha ha ha ha!! This post had me VERY entertained! Let's see a pic of that album then!

Pink Granite said...

Hi Ronnie -
Glad it made you chuckle!
To see the album as purchased, you can click on the link in the post.
Right now I'm printing out the layouts I've made. In the beginning I used the standard 12 in. x 12 in. format. But because we don't own a large format printer, I switched to 11 in. x 8.5 in. We've tried a bunch of different settings and papers. At this point I think I like matte finish photo paper best.
Next step: beginning to assemble the scrapbook!
- Lee

dancingmorganmouse said...

I am a recovering Marthaist - although I only ever had access to the magazines (which I'd by the air-frighted copies of). She lost me when I read she kept her black horses inside (their stables) during the day because the sun faded their coats to a reddish brown! Poor buggers, kept inside all day just so they didn't spoil the "look" of the place.

Pink Granite said...

Commiserations DMM -
I had never heard the tale of Martha's poor black horses! Now I'm even more worried about the slippery slope I'm clinging to!!!
- Lee

Roo said...

Isn't she the domestic godess that went off her tree?

By the way - what's a Jack'n'Jill bathroom?

Pink Granite said...

Hey Roo -
It's always interesting to see which phrases are regional and which ones are universal!
A Jack & Jill is when there are two bedrooms which are connected by a full bathroom between them.
The reason I thought the Brady Bunch TV Jack & Jill a bad plan was because one bedroom slept three girls and the other three boys. Six kids in one bathroom seemed like a recipe for chaos!
- Lee