I just received this mug from one of my best friends on the planet. She is one of those women with whom I feel so close, I sometimes forget that I am not just talking to myself (she is very tolerant of my ramblings). She knows all sorts of things about me. For example: I do not like cats. I think it is great if other people want to love cats, I don't want to strip anyone of their rights to love whomever or whatever they so choose, but just don't make me love your cat.. and please do NOT start collecting them if you find yourself suddenly without a spouse. In my opinion there should never be more cats than people in a household, more fish possibly, but more cats...no. I don't think this makes me such a bad person. AND not to make excuses, but I do possibly have a minor allergy to cats....I do not have Ailurophobia. Oh wow, here's a gem I just found:
"Historical records suggest that a number of infamous people have suffered from Ailurophobia, including:
Alexander the Great
Cat lovers often point to the list of supposed Ailurophobic dictators to back up claims that those who are not fond of cats have many other unappealing qualities."
Great, now I am Mussolini (that's what Descartes and I say on really, significantly bad days at our house...one of us must have been Hitler and the other Mussolini.. though neither of us really believe in reincarnation).
So my relationship with cats is fairly well known... which is why this is the best mug on the planet. It could only have been made better if had come with a balloon tied to the handle or if it were filled with a) a heavily scented musky candle or b)Hershey kisses. A small teddy bear holding the mug would also have been appreciated, but any of those additions would really have been a waste of money, whereas I will actually use this mug. Really.
Now my sister has said before, "Uhm, Jennyalice, don't you think that's it a little bit f*cked up that your friends nearly try to out do each other with the purchase of trinkets and such that they just KNOW you are going to hate?" but I see it exactly opposite of that. It means that she saw this mug and knew... instantly that I would hate it so much that she simply had to buy it for me... it is perfectly not right for me. That's how well she knows me. And we are such good friends that she knew I would laugh and be thrilled and honored to use such a mug.