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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Now insisting people call me Julie Golightly. Consider yourself warned.

A few weeks ago I ordered a custom shirt and journal that I designed for my sister from Cafe Press. When a box arrived at my door last week, I assumed it was that order. I opened the box and saw something wrapped in white paper. I thought, "What the hell is this? There's no way that a t-shirt and a journal would fit in this little bundle."

Then I checked the mailing label on the box to make sure it was meant for me and not my neighbor. I looked in at the contents of the box again and saw that the paper had TIFFANY & CO. printed all over it. I thought, "Why would Cafe Press wrap orders in Tiffany & Co. gift wrap? Odd.", then checked the shipping label AGAIN because I was confused. The box was definitely addressed to me.

As I reached in to get the Tiffany tissue-wrapped package, still not understanding why Cafe Press would be using Tiffany tissue paper (but disregarding that confusion), I figured that the shirt I ordered must be on back order and the journal was shipped anyway. That couldn't be right though, because whatever was by this time in my hands was smaller than the size of the journal. This did not make any sense! I had to tell myself to resist checking the damn mailing label again and start taking the tissue off already.

It hadn't occurred to me, because I was so focused on thinking about the Cafe Press order, that it was the week of my birthday and someone may have sent me a gift. Finally it hit me, and I thought, "Wait a minute, is that a blue box peeking through? OHMAGAWD, it's a box from Tiffany's!

That is when all time came to a screeching halt.

You see, I've never gotten anything from Tiffany & Co., and honestly never thought I could be affected like this by a simple blue box. It IS just a box, after all, but the truth is that it's really NOT. I instantly turned into a squealing freak. I actually jumped up and down, and seriously could not believe myself. My friends & family might not have recognized me in those moments! I was exhilarated, woozy even. I opened the gift card and realized that it was a birthday gift from my Hunker Friend, Staci.

I think it must have been some kind of evolutionary response because the adrenaline was pumping so hard that I could have probably lifted a car. Luckily I had better things to do like pulling out my camera spending 30 minutes shooting the entire unwrapping process of such a momentous gift. Let it never be said that I have no restraint! This is quite possibly the longest gift-opening in documented history, but I really wanted to just be in that moment and enjoy the whole thing. Savor it, you know? Turn up your nose if you want, but I was crazy with excitement.

Gentlemen, beware. This is like porn for women. Smoke 'em if ya got 'em, and feel free to hum the bow-chika-wow-wow music while clicking through these. Just move your mouse from left to right over each thumbnail, clicking on each thumbnail to see the larger version:

It's okay if you imagined your OWN initial when you saw that last "money shot".

I'm now convinced that you could give me anything in a little blue box and I would receive it happily. Bad news to give me? Wrap it up in a blue box with a white ribbon! Just be sure you address me--blue box or not--as Miss Golightly from now on, mmmkay? Anyone with complaints about this new policy can see Staci, the person responsible for the monster that blue box and the gorgeous Elsa Peretti letter 'J' pendant has created.

The original Breakfast at Tiffany's trailer, starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly


Kat said...

Now that's what I call a present. This is truly porn for women.
Well Holly Golighty, I would have been equally pleased to find that in my mail. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us and @ Staci, girl you know how to pick a gift.

Melisa said...

WOW! You didn't even tell me about this momentous occasion! How exciting!

That Hunker Friend sure has good taste.

I'm jealous. With a capital J! tee hee

Jules said...

@Kat: Did you hum the 'bow-chika-wow-wow' music? I was glad to share the photos, and at one point I actually thought that maybe I should have lit some candles and poured myself some wine. It was quite a little photo session.

@Melisa: I know, I was saving it up for the photos because I think they tell their own story! Of course this post is not to belittle any the other gifts I rec'd. The scanner from you guys, the HUGE iTunes gift certificate Em got me (happiness!), the 2nd season of Earl from Charissa and what I got from Jen (to be revealed later) were such equally perfect and well-thought-out gifts that I can't even get over it. I'm very lucky to have such great friends & family who know me so well!

Jules said...

OH! And, oh my god, Sue made me a huge, beautiful basket full of the best cookies I've probably ever had, all while juggling (figuratively, of course!) her newborn twins! THAT is over the top thoughtfulness (and maybe a little bit crazy-- in a good way), and had I been there to document that process, I surely would have a photoshoot twice as long as the one I have on this post.

Kat said...

Wow, "Holy" Golighty, you are truly blessed with good friends and an awesome family.

Nurse Dr. Stacey said...

I am so incredibly excited for you. It pays to have doctor friends named Staci (or some version of the same) doesn't it? However, as much as I adore Audrey, I couldn't help but chuckle at what Go-Lytely means to me now after 12 years of nursing. I won't sully your amazing gift with any further details, but trust me - it's funny.

Jules said...

@Nurse-Dr. Space Face: You HAD to go there, didn't you? Of course I know what the ironically-named medical version of 'Go-Lytely' is, (though, thankfully not by personal experience) but I wasn't touching that with a 10-foot pole. Because, see, I was KEEPING IT CLASSY for one post, just to see how that felt. hee hee!

Cha said...