I had to go into school today to take care of a few things and there was a huge surprise waiting for me on my desk. I had actually won for the first time ever a basket in the theme basket raffle that was held during Springtacular (school's spring carnival)!! The theme basket I won was "Irish With An Attitude", which is how I think some people might describe me!
It is filled with all sorts of goodies. I scored a gift card to Jeni's Ice Cream which makes such delicacies as Salty Caramel Ice Cream. I got a few more gift cards to different restaurants and speciality shops in my hometown. Also in the basket were a t-shirt and umbrella baring the "Irish Is An Attitude" logo. There was a beautiful shamrock lanyard which was awesome because I was thinking about buying a lanyard this week. There is a great wall hanging I am thinking of using to decorate our downstairs bathroom with since it is bare right now!
One of the neatest things in this basket was a traditional Irish worry stone. It is made of connemara marble which is a green marble found in West Ireland. It is crafted to usually be round with a slight indentation in the middle for you to rub your thumb on. Legend is that by rubbing a piece of connemara marble you will relieve your worries and bring good luck. There is a saying that goes with the worry stone:
There are only two things to worry about: either you are well or you are sick. If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about, but if you are sick there are two things for you to worry about: either you get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about. If you die, then there are two things to worry about: either you go up or you go down. If you go up, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you go down, you will be so busy shaking hands with old friends you won't have time to worry.
Here's a snapshot of the basket before my husband tore into it to find out all the goodies I had won:
Here's a picture of the shamrock lanyard and Irish Worry Stone:
3 days and counting until St. Patrick's Day!