What's a mouse to do...

So I have BIG changes ahead of me this week.


I spent last night with good people and good food, making me feel REALLY good about what lies ahead for me.

Then I spent this morning gathering together some new business casual clothes for my new job, because a mouse has to look good for her new jobbo, ya know.

...and she managed to score two new pairs of shoes for 65 bucks (pointy toe brown boots and a new pair of ballet flats). Then two new sweaters, two long sleeve tops and two tanks tops from Jacob for only 60 bucks.

Yes, I felt like I was ROBBING the Eaton Centre.

But I feel like I need to make OTHER changes too...

Last night we had a run in with some drunken Irish men while with the lovely GDT ladies. Now, run ins with drunken Irish men are nothing new to me. That's like a family gathering. But these guys were not just drunk, they were slurring, can't stand up, touchy feely drunk - not always fun.

What wasn't fun was that one of them, although he was adorable, came up to me to try his Irish charm on me only to tell me that my scrumper ring (see pic if you have no clue what it is)was horrible.

Well, what a horrible thing to say to a perfect stranger I said.

Luckily I didn't really take it to heart, but taking the ring out has been in the back of my mind for the last three weeks. It's been with me for the same amount of time as I have been at my current job. I think if I'm moving forward in life, maybe I need to shed it too.

Granted, the new jobbo has said nothing about it...and I don't even know if they noticed it. Heck - most people think it's either a) food stuck in my teeth or b) a brace on my teeth.

Can you even see it there? <---- Didn't think so.

Don't mind my arse face and loverly toque. That's my weekend look. It's makes the boyses come a running, dontcha know ;)

But give me your thoughts - scrumper in or out.


Jennifer said...

I never had any idea what that was in pics! I've never heard of a scrumper ring before. It's just a piercing?

I wish I could have come last night too. Maybe the next one, when hopefully my parents will have lightened up a bit.

Glad you had fun! :0)

Caroline said...

Hi there! I've been lurking around your site for awhile but haven't left a comment before. So hi! Also wanted to say that my boyfriend is almost 29 years old and has had a tongue ring since he was a sophomore in college. Now, granted, he is 6'9", so very few people can see into his mouth to see it's there. But he loves it and every now and then he feels like he should take it out, but so far it's still there. If you like it, that's all that matters. Forget drunken guys!

jennifer said...

Is that what I see on your success photos? Honestly, I think it takes away from your beautiful smile but you have to be happy with the decision.

marie said...

funny - you didn't know what it was until i told you and now it takes away from my beautiful smile?!

what the hell is that about?

a tiny piece of metal doesn't make me any less beautiful, just like someone being overweight doesn't take away from their beauty either.

thanks for the backhanded compliment, i think.

Vanessa aka Wheebs said...

What is a scrumper ring, anyway? Perhaps I should google :P.

Drunken Irish guy was a jerk. It doesn't take away from your beauty or intelligence in any way, and if you want to keep it I say do so! Whatever makes you a happy mouse :)

Vanessa aka Wheebs said...

I figured it out by taking a closer look at your photos :). I used to get comments about how my eyebrow ring ruined my face (before it got infected and had to be taken out...long story). Ignore the haters, if you like it then to hell with everyone else :).

Jen said...


That is to the above comment!!! I haven't seen a single f*cking thing (ooh, it's making me swear..with stars, but nonetheless!) that takes away from your beauty!!!! Not even when you were bigger!!!

I think you do what makes you FEEL best (I know that seems like a cop out answer)...if you feel like you are more Marie (or more Marie-in-a-new-place-in-life) without it, then take it out. BUT if it is a security blanket and you would like something a little "old-school-Marie" then keep it until you feel like it isn't a part of you anymore!!

I hope that all makes sense...but boo again to the above my beautiful Marie!

katieo said...

Ok Marie, I am a total and complete wuss and get slightly woozy thinking about even getting my ears pierced. So any tiny piece of metal stuck through flesh is going to make me want to faint.

but that's me.

And I don't know, I think it's kind of cool to take it out, in a moving forward new changes kind of way. (Is it really hard to get put back in if you change your mind?)

whatevs! :)

marie said...

those are the kinds of comments I was looking for.

Thanks ladies. :)

Angie All The Way said...

I agree with Katieo completely. Firstly, I didn't notice it before and if I were to notice it, I would have thought, like you said, it was food in your teeth or along those lines.

I like the idea of the symbolism of taking it out and starting a new phaze of your life, but just for that reason if you are ready to take it out and be the sexy biz woman hiding inside there somewhere with your new awesome boots and clothes :-)

Jennifer said...

I am so sorry that my choice of words about your scrumper ring upset you. It was never intended to be rude or shallow. I think you are beautiful in all of your photos. I am embarassed I even left a comment now because obviously I did not express myself the way I had wanted. Believe me, I am not a hater. I believe in personal expression and admire the fact that you have a scrumper ring because just the thought of the pain of the intial piercing makes me light headed.I would actually love to have my tongue pierced if I wasn't such a wuss. Again, I am sorry if I offended you and the other commenters. Scrumper ring in or out, it doesnt affect your beauty. Initially in your success photos, I just got distracted wondering if it was food or a silver tooth.

Anonymous said...

Well the wee lepruchaun may have been drunk but I have to agree with the egit as I find your scrumper a distraction. You can't help but focus on it which takes away from noticing your beautiful eyes, your fantastic smile etc. I think that's what the feckin goshite was trying to tell you but was to drunk to be tactful.


Vickie said...

OUT, new job is the time to take it out.

Leanne said...

Hey marie.. you are beautiful either way..

Take it out if you need to but don't do it because of haters.

now.. I am still waiting to hear what you are doing with your new jobbie..

my email is slvid@hotmail.com feel free to email me.. I heard that you were going to announce at the gtg on Friday..

but boo.. we aren't all from TO :p

Best of luck to you


A Box of Chocolates said...

I never noticed it in any of your pictures, but then again my husband is always telling me how I am the least observant person on earth so that may not be saying much. If you were already hired for the job and nothing was said then I don't think it really matters to your new job. With that being said though if it has been at the back of your mind I do think that certain piercings give off the message of being young and maybe not quite as professional (my opinion of course!) so with a new job it would be a perfect time to take it out and move onward and upward. Whatever you do though you will still be my hero Ms. Runathon!!!

rooney said...

Hi Mouse! I've been lurking for a while and now I finally have something I can share! I used to have a few piercings (nose, eyebrow, tongue, belly, etc). When I hit age 22, I figured it was time to give them up. Back then I used the excuse that I shouldn't have all of that in my face/body when I was about to spend several weeks with my very foreign grandparents who would have no idea what to make of it, but it was also a feeling of growing up a bit and letting go of the things I got (stuck holes in) in college. Kind of a cleansing, I guess, if that makes sense. But, in the end, if it's something you're really going to miss, then hang on to it for a while.

nygirlgoneca said...

Hey Marie, I've been reading your blog for months now and this is the first time I felt a need to comment. My feeling is that you do what makes you happy as long as it ain't hurting anybody else. I remember the day my 18 year old came home with her tongue pierced and the day my 19 y/o son died his hair blonde (and wound up looking bozo-colored.) I wasn't happy about it, but they were the ones that had to live with it. Who cares what others think? And as for the new job, you'll know within the first few days whether you feel comfortable wearing it or not. Once again, it's all up to you. Oh yea, your blog is great (even if you're young enough to be my daughter) ;p

Anonymous said...

any piercing is very personal/individual. i dont think it makes you less/more pretty, but i do prefer the picture of you w/o the ring.

i dont often have a reason to post on your blog, but i just wanted to say i love your writting style and views on life and weight loss.

Anonymous said...

i'm half asleep ths morning...the above post was moi.

skinnycinderella from the ww boards

soapbox girl said...

Being a clone has never appealed to my sense of aesthetics. Diversity rocks. That said, it's pointless for anyone to tell you what to do. You're the only one who can decide what's beautiful to you.

Jess' s Food Coma said...

Having been someone who has had many body piercings I can completely understand the dilemma. I no longer have any piercings other then ears but I think that I knew deep down when it was "time" for them to go. It can be refreshing to be done with them but surely do not do it because some jackass told you they didn't like it. Some boys are too stupid to see what is really right in front of them.

Shirls said...

If your asking, you obviously already made your choice, just saying.. if you wanted to keep it you wouldn't be asking anyone for their opinion ;0)

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

I like the idea of shedding something from your past and moving on to new things... Just my two cents.

jodi said...

i've never even heard of that type of piercing and here i thought i was pretty knowledgeable about the whole piercing/tattoo scene... go figure... i've had my eyebrow piercing for years and have worked in many corporate environments AND never had an issue... it does not define who i am or affect my work so i've kept it... i'm sure someday soon though, i will wake up and say, "it's time to move on" but i'm not ready... listen to your gut... :o)

Shrunk said...

I've already told you my opinion.

I think that you should take it out. Yes, it looks cool but it's an improper piercing. Scrumpers often lead to abrasion of the gums and dental damage. I'm honestly really surprised that yours has lasted this long. Scrumpers are prone to rejection. The frenulum is usually thin and
easily torn. So, I guess that I just want you to take it out because it bothers me knowing that it's improper, and I'm so fussy when it comes to piercings. I know that you aren't having any problems with it, but still.

I'm a fussy butt I guess, it's just the way I was taught. I have had training by Al D. Sowers (former Board Member of the Association of Professional Piercers, a
committee member for National Environmental Health Association Body
Committee) before he passed away. So I do kinda, sorta know what I'm talkin' about ;o)

Good Luck with whatever you decide to do Mousearoo!

Lucas said...

..."Luckily I didn't really take it to heart, but taking the ring out has been in the back of my mind for the last three weeks."

Mouse darling,
You've already made your decision. You just have to get used to your choice and then out it will come. And you will be just as gorgeous then as you are now.

Genea said...

Hi Marie,

I read your blog daily, but I have never posted.

I had no idea what a scrumper was until I googled it. And nope, never noticed it before your pictures either.

Do what you want to do. If your job didn't say anything about it, then you don't need to take it out... unless you want to... If it's not causing any damage and is not infected, then leave it in... unless you want to take it out...

Who cares what other people think? This next phase in your life is all about you!

Good luck! And... thank you for being such an inspiration.

From Montreal

Candace said...

I thought it was a brace or discoloured gums. Go figure. If Shrunk has some valid points I'd say take care of your health. I suspect she knows what she's talking about. If it is purely an esthetic decision, then that is up to you - TO and 20s has a lot different values than NS and late 30s - my opinion matters not.

Jennifer said...

Marie! I didn't post that! I only posted once and mine was the first comment! I don't even know who Jennifer #2 is. It's not me!

Karen said...

I dont think I have ever commented on your blog either, but thought I would leave a comment, since you asked for opinions. I had never even heard of a scrumper ring before reading your post. When I saw your success story pics a while back I thought you had a rotten tooth. No judgement either way from me, I'm just saying that that is how it appeared in your pics. I think you should do whatever you feel is right, it is your appearance so whatever makes you feel the most confident is what you should go with.

marie said...

Thanks :) It's a common misconception and I appreciate your response.

Sara said...

Wow I was going to suggest maybe keeping it b/c I regret taking out my nose ring and then I read Shrunk's comment and kinda got queasy! But I do like the whole new job new no scrump idea.

Anonymous said...

I always thought it was a silver filling!

becca said...

Upon first inspection, I thought that you had a bit of a rotten tooth if that helps your decision. I don't personally favor piercings that distract or detract from one's look, and the scrumper ring does that.

1 vote for OUT.


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meredi said...

Hey, did you end up keeping it in? Very curious :)

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