Exclusive!!! Normal Mary and Holiday Mary TONIGHT!

posted in: Day In The Life 10
Twinkle, twinkle. Photo: Marcus Quigmire via Wikipedia.
Twinkle, twinkle. Photo: Marcus Quigmire via Wikipedia.


Tonight, PaperGirl, in partnership with NBC, CBS, ABC, and Netflix and HBO brings you this live, exclusive look into the life of Holiday Mary Fons, straight from Winterset, Iowa. With her now is Normal Mary Fons.

To set the scene: Holiday Mary Fons is lying on the couch, listlessly scrolling through Instagram. There is an empty pie plate nearby; HMF is wearing the same clothes she was wearing yesterday and the day before that. They’re not dirty, they’re just the same clothes. Normal Mary Fons has just finished working out and we are told she did important things all morning.

NMF and HMF have just finished exchanging pleasantries. We now go to the scene in progress:

NORMAL MARY FONS: So what happened?

HOLIDAY MARY FONS: What are you talking about.

NMF: You were going to post about the movie theater and have a special guest on and give an update on your friend. Look, I’ve got the link right here. 

HMF: (Clicks on link; glances at post.) Oh, right, right. Yeah, that wasn’t me.

NMF: Don’t be silly. Of course it was you!

HMF: Nope. (HMF pulls a bag of cheese popcorn from behind the couch, begins to munch.) That’s your blog. I’m in holiday mode.

NMF: (MF looks at screen, then back at HMF, who is accumulating crumbs on her front.) I see.

HMF: Hey, don’t give me any dirty looks. I tried to be you. I had excellent intentions. But then I came to Iowa and it just happened.

NMF: What happened?

HMF: Naps. More naps. Books. Turkey. Frosting. Naps with dreams about gravy and stuff.

NMF: That’s really no excuse when —

HMF: You haven’t had my brother-in-law’s gravy. Trust me: My holiday zone is legit.

NMF: (Frustrated, pacing.) So you’ve had four days of sleeping and gravy, that’s what you’re telling me?

HMF: (Inspects fingers for cheddar cheese dust. Licks.) Yup.

NMF: Well, the party’s over. The holiday is done. It’s time to get back to school, get back to work and — are you listening to me?

(HMF has fallen asleep and is snoring on the couch. NMF goes over and shakes her awake.)

HMF: (Startled, she bolts upright.) WHAT TIME IS IT?!

NMF: Eight o’clock.

HMF: A.M. or P.M.?

NMF: You’re pathetic!

HMF: I’m happy!

NMF: Good!

HMF: Good!

NMF: Fine!

HMF: You fine!

NMF: You need more discipline!

HMF: You need more frosting!

NMF: You should’ve at least hung a sign on the blog to say you were being lazy instead of just disappearing!

HMF: But you’re the one who does that kind of thing, not me! You’re the one who hangs signs and is responsible — I just take naps! I can’t possibly write things.

NMF: Well you —

HMF: A-ha! Got you.

(NMF settles down. She takes out her phone.)

NMF: Okay, fine. I’m glad you had a break. I hope you feel refreshed, I really do. There’s a lot to do when we get home and I’m going to need your help. We need to post all the things we promised and more than that.

HMF: I disappear at midnight. You don’t have to worry about me. I feel great.

NMF: I’m slightly jealous of you.

HMF: (She produces a glass of prosecco and a two glasses.) We’ve got a few more hours, darling. Come sit down.



10 Responses

  1. Heather
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    So great

  2. Lisa
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    Just say “I’m on VACATION”. Yawn.

  3. Cathy
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    We all need a break now and then, including NMF. It’ll just make us all appreciate your upcoming posts even more! Very glad that HMF enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

  4. susan
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  5. Jenny
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    You are too funny! Enjoy your holidays! You don’t need to justify it to anyone, even your other self. Do as I say, not as I do…

  6. Paula
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    Wonderful to have a home where you can be HMF! You should hang on to that❤️

  7. Tracy
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    So clever and funny, love it and always look forward to your blogs!

  8. Maureen
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    You are an amazing woman, just like your Mom.
    Wishing both of you all the very best at Christmastime and always.

  9. Linda
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    I heard about that gravy………..

  10. Tracy Volansky
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    Your writing makes me so happy. I just love it!

    Oh, and you really need to make sure you spend more time in the coming year with HMF. She seems to take good care of you. 🙂

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