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It’s a good thing my parents named me Marnie because that’s what everyone calls me!


I’ve been called Marnie, Marn, Marns, Marners, MarnieLynsky (my dad would call me that, though I don’t know why… Lyn is my sister’s middle name, not mine! haha).  And I’m sure no one in the history of my life has ever considered calling me Barnie. (The show Barney & Friends was the biggest thing when I was in junior high.  Before that, my dad called me Barnie anyway!).  Fortunately, though, no one ever made fun of me; they always called me Barnie in good fun.

My name, though, is Marnie.  No, it’s not short for anything and it’s not a nickname.  My legal first name is Marnie.

The Daily Prompt asked me to tell you about my name, so that’s what I’m going to do!

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

I’m not named after anyone or anything, but there is an Alfred Hitchcock movie titled Marnie. (No, I have never seen it; I’ve never been one for horror films!)  (Note: As I was talking to my mom about this post, she mentioned for the first time I can recall that she came up with the name because of a character/actress in a movie.  Of course, now she can’t remember the name of the movie! AAAAHHH!!!  Go figure! lol  And no, it’s not the Hitchcock film…)

The only story I know from my name is very short:  I was supposed to be named Danielle Marie, but the night before I was born, my mom saw in the paper that there was another Danielle born in my town.  I grew up in a small town; only 93 students were in my graduating class.  Well, my mom decided that she didn’t want anyone else in my class to be named Danielle.  That night, she woke my dad and asked, “What do you think about Marnie?” My dad replied, “Yeah, that’s fine”, rolled over and fell back asleep. 😉

I didn’t know until this evening that I was about 12 hours away from being named Danielle Marie; I always thought this change was made a few weeks before I was born.  Crazy!

Would I rename myself?  No.  However, while “Marnie Brown” is a nice name for the music industry, I would probably consider changing that if it wouldn’t be such a headache on facebook and and all over the internet already. haha


My phone is not my world, but it brings the world to me.

Daily Prompt: Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your lifeline, a buzzing nuisance, or something in between?

My phone isn’t really as significant to me as the picture might suggest.  I don’t have the latest apps and I’m not constantly on it like a lot of people, but I do feel lost without it.  While the phone isn’t my world, so to speak, it is one of my connections to the world – namely, my husband.  So if I don’t have my phone for awhile, I get a bit anxious even if I’m not expecting a call from him,

It’s more of a “what if…?” kind of anxiety.  What if he needed to contact me for some reason?  What if there was some sort of emergency?  What if I had planned a relatively elaborate dinner and he has to work late?  It hasn’t happened yet, but it COULD! haha

It’s crazy how technology has changed just over the past 10 years.  When my mom needs to get ahold of me, she e-mails me or uses facebook (and she’s even started to alert me on facebook when she’s sent an e-mail because she knows that I rarely check it anymore.  haha).

I think my main connection to the world is still my computer.  I’m on it a lot for recording purposes, and I don’t have my phone set up to notify me of new FB messages or e-mails (or maybe my phone’s just a POS and doesn’t notify me!).  It’s nice because I don’t constantly feel connected even when my phone is with me.  But all it takes is a second or two and the world is at my fingertips.