Giving the finger in my own special way.

March 17, 2012 in Me and My Public Self,Stuff I Should Think About Regretting Later

So, I turned 43 last Wednesday.

(Yeah, yeah.  Happy birthday to me.  Whatever.)

(That ain’t what this is about.)


I received the best cards, most phenomenal hugs, most gorgeous flowers, best ever Facebook comments and just more love than I deserve.

However, I did receive something a bit odd.

Silly Putty.


It’s been years since I’ve even thought of that stuff.

I whipped that little red egg out of the plastic casing, popped that puppy open and well…didn’t really know what to do at that point.

I just looked at it for a while.  Shifted my head to the left.  Then to the right.

(Yes.  It’s been that long.)

(No.  This ain’t about my love life.)

Rolled it around in my hands.

And what do you know?

A weenie.

I kept rolling.

Then a longer weenie.

(Still ain’t about my love life.  Move along.)

I am completely wrapped up in the stylings of this weenie.

Then I hear, “Yo, what’re you doin’?”


Me:  “Uhhhh, just rollin’ a weenie…why?”

Boss:  “Did you ever send those frames out like said you’d do?”

Me:  “Yeah.  Last week.”

Boss:  “Cool.”

Notice how he never questioned or asked about me rollin’ a weenie.

A boss who knows how to pick his battles?  That, my friends, makes for a brilliant boss.

(Or maybe it’s the fact that, me rollin’ a weenie, ain’t really all that odd to him?)

I continued working on the weenie.

Re-sizing.  Re-shaping.  Lengthening.  Shortening.

Because really…as much as I’d like to make a full-blown foot from my new toy, I’m not 4.

Therefore, my capabilities are limited.

To a weenie.

And to, apparently…the finger.

Quite the ar-teest, if I should say so myself.

More than once, I tried to hand that thing to someone.

When they’d ask, “What is this…what are you doing?”

My simple, straight-faced response?

“I’m giving you the finger.”

Might I suggest (should you ever do anything I ever suggest…you’re totally on your own), that you run to the nearest kid-infested toy store and buy yourself some Silly Putty.



Totally worth it.

Trust me.

Poppy March 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

OH Carrie this was funny! I think I have to go buy some Silly Putty right now.
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Carrie March 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I ain’t kidding. That is the best shit I’ve had in ages!

Jennifer March 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Ha, ha! Going to find my daughter’s Silly Putty right now…

Carrie March 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Do it.

Then I swear you’ll be buying your own this week.

hollie March 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I am giggling!! Thanks…as always! 🙂

Carrie March 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Girl…I swear I had more fun with that stuff! And I have to figure out how to do more than just a weenie and the finger.

Lisa Guedry March 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

With all the “weenie” talk…a finger ain’t what I expected to see….whewwww! lol

Carrie March 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Sad, but that’s the extent of my talent.

A stupid-ass finger.

Fashionista Era March 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

HAHAH! totally hilarious girl…oh gosh, i would love to see the reactions of my friends with that..haha..they would freak out!! Yah, very handy when your trying to give someone a msg without having to say anything!! haha :))
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Carrie March 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I gotta admit…it was pretty funny! Lots and lots of laughs out of it!

Barbara March 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Oh….my……goodness. Girl, you should go into sculpting. That looks totally real.
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Carrie March 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Barbara, dear…don’t encourage me.

Love. =)

The Mother Freakin' Princess March 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

LOL! You are so awesome. Just like you, when I was handed a ball of play-dough at the homeschool playgroup all I could make was a ‘weenie’….and then I made a ‘taco’ 😉

Nice finger.

There is so much more I could say here…LOL…but…yeah…LOL!
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Carrie March 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I’m telling you…I’m a sad, sad case.

Thank God I’m not alone. =)

alfred lives here March 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Happy (belated) birthday! I have a couple of years on you — yes, only a couple — and the 40s rock!

The Silly Putty is a great gift! There are so many people I would want to give the finger too. I should start a list.

My new thing is retro board games — Clue, Risk, etc. I guess I am regressing…

Carrie March 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Well, thank you thank you!

I do give the finger a lot…just in my mind.

I remember playing Clue. Colonel Mustard with the candlestick. Oh, yeah…many, many hours of Clue.

Holly from 300 Pounds Down March 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Awesome!! I remember silly putty. Ok seeing this finger reminds me of when people would cut out a hole in the bottom of a box and then stick their finger in it and pour ketchup on it. Then have someone open the box and freak out b/c there was a bloody finger in it. Or was this just me?? I’d say you’ve probably come up with about the best way to give someone the finger without any backlash. Awesome!
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Carrie March 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm

YES!! I remember that!

One of my best girlfriends (when we were like 12) would stick our finger through the bottom of a box and act like it was a real cut-off finger.

(OK. Now after typing that out, I see how ridiculous we were.)

But that was some fun stuff!!

Regina March 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

Too funny. Happy belated birthday Carrie!

By the way, your weenie has a finger nail. 😉
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Carrie March 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

HAHA!! I guess it does, huh?!?

Sarah March 18, 2012 at 7:48 am

Happy Late Birthday-I can finally stop drinking (I have been doing a birthday to birthday celebration between yours and mine-what I remember has been great)

Dang, nice finger. We had silly putty when I was a kid but we were never so clever. Then again, we were 10 and not even into weenies or fingers quite yet.

Hope this year is fabulous for you!
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Carrie March 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

Thank you! And celebrate away…I’m finding that I just can’t hang like I used to.

So you can hang for the both of us!

Happy b-day to you, too!

LeAnne March 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

Oh. Em. Gee.

Can’t decide if the fact that your boss didn’t say a darn thing or the fact that you ACTUALLY handed that puppy off to someone.

You are brilliant!! 🙂
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Carrie March 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

I’ve worked with him for years. Nothing, and I mean nothing I say surprises him anymore.

He’s either used to it, or just numb.
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LeAnne March 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I can’t believe I missed it 🙂
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Kim Pugliano @The G is Silent March 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

BEST. IDEA. EVER. Man that could make a 41-year-old woman feel JUST like a 17-year-old boy, which sometimes I want to try out being.
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Carrie March 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I highly encourage it! Some of the best stupid fun ever. =)

Maren March 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hahahaha, fantastic! Give’em all the finger! 😀
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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell March 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Second of all, do you know I have never done anything with Silly Putty except use it on the funny pages? And either the Silly Putty itself or the ink in newspapers has changed because it doesn’t work like it used to!

I can’t believe what a good job you did in shaping that finger!
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Carrie March 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thanks! And yes, I tried it on paper, too. No luck for me either.

Anne March 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I don’t know why I never thought about that as a kid – why is Silly Putty flesh colored? I feel like that’s just asking for trouble.
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Carrie March 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

You know…it was probably never meant for adult use.

Leave it to us adults (or me) to jack it all up for the kids. =)

Maggie S. March 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I have no impulse control and have already told my daughters what you did. So. Now. We are probably gonna get kicked out of church.

So since we’re already going down in flames… A little birthday Algebra.

One unit of SIlly Putty is equal to one digit. One unit of Silly Putty is not equal to one unit.

Okay. That was quite a bit dirtier than I meant it to be.
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Carrie March 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm


That has me screaming!

(And I’ll save you a seat in hell.)

Nathalie March 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

First off, that finger looks so real! Second off, I need to do that. Seriously.
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Carrie March 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I probably had way more fun with that thing that day than I should have.


Amanda March 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

Well damn. Once again, I’m falling down on the job as mother of the year. My boys are 7 and they’ve never played with silly putty. Now I’ve got to find some silly putty for them. And me.

Happy Birthday!
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Carrie March 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

Oh, no…make the Silly Putty just for you!! Kinda like a fun glass of wine that’s only for momma!!

And if those sweet boys are like so many other kids, they’ll probably enjoy playing with the little egg it comes in more than the actual stuff.

Connie Weiss March 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

I love that you’re 43 and giving people the finger.
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Jessica March 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm

And curiously enough, people often look at one’s fingers and attribute their weenie….errrr…..qualities?… them.

If I had silly putty at my desk, I would be rolling it around all day long and get nothing done. Better you than me.
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wendy March 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

quite the “arteest” indeed, funny girl : ) did you squish it on to the comics page and make a silly putty copy? i always thought that was awesome.

now all you need is some nice, cold, gelatinous slime to fiddle around with while you’re admiring your silly putty art. i should look into getting some for you. it would be the perfect belated birthday gift!
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Carrie March 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Oh, sweet heavens! DON’T TEASE! DON’T TEASE!


Bobbi March 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm

That is awesome. My mom gave Ian like 3 eggs of it for Christmas, that stuff is the bane of my existence along with the 24 pack of playdoh she got him.
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Carrie March 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I’m telling you…I WILL be getting more!

Jennifer March 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Do you remember the Friends episode where Joey is auditioning for a part in a war movie, but he has to be nude and he has to be un… ya know. Well he isn’t. So Monica makes him a … flap, out of silly putty. Yeah. That.
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Carrie March 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

YES!! I totally never thought about that!!

HAHAH!!! I’ve always loved Joey!

Carrie's Experimental Kitchen March 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Once again, you have me laughing! I used to love silly putty. Remember putting it on the Sunday comics to get an imprint then stretching it out? I like you’re idea better though! Ok, you really need to compile all of these and submit a manuscript for a book. xo
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Carrie March 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

You know I did the Sunday comics things!

And I’ve tried to imprint damn near everything on my desk…but it ain’t working. They must’ve changed the way they make it or something.

I forgot how silly it can make you!

Jackie March 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Your sculpting is somewhat better than your drawing! Lol. Loved the finger.

Carrie March 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Ain’t that some sad shit?!?

If they have a Draw Something app, they damn sure should have a Sculpt Something app.

jennie March 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm

That’s an awesome post! Great boss….
ok I need to go out and buy some putty…
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Karyn March 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Carrie! I am the WORST fake-never-met-you-in-my-life-friend! I missed your birthday!!! SO sorry, cant do much to make it up to you, except, you know, celebrate on behalf of you today. So, (sigh) that’s what Ill do. Drag myself from my desk and go get all gussied up and go out and drink and eat, all in the name of you. Don’t say I don’t care girl! xxx
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