Friday, June 29, 2012

Special: Baby-Sitters Club All Grown Up! Mary Anne!

Are you ready for another edition of the Baby-Sitters Club, All Grown Up?? I am! :) It's time for Mary Anne, that super-organized, super-sensitive secretary, to step up into the limelight. I hope she doesn't freak and throw her shoe at me hah!

(click here for a closeup view & details)
(also, Grown Up MA is courtesy of a lovely blog called The Sew Weekly)

Mary Anne has finally grown out of her shyness and has learned to stand up for herself and speak out when she feels strongly about something. It probably started when she convinced her dad that she wasn't a 5 year old in pigtails anymore, but Mary Anne really grew a backbone when she finally kicked that loser Logan Bruno to the curb for good in high school. (More on him in his own AGU later on!) She is the librarian at Stoneybrook Elementary and boy, is she a multi-tasker. She heads multiple committees at the school, organizes annual book drives that far exceed all the previous years, and is a stickler for late or damaged book fees. Despite her "stern librarian" exterior, she is still quiet and sensitive with the kids and they love her for that. Plus, all her BSC training and Kid Kit assembling has given her a huge advantage in making reading fun and entertaining. And she credits Jenny Prezzioso for giving her the fortitude to deal with even the worst children.

Her love for the hit TV show, Glee, and all things Emma Pillsbury, has inspired Mary Anne to completely revamp her wardrobe in the past few years. She adores classic-cut dresses and skirts, neutral shoes and accessories, and of course, cardigans. Cardigans in every color of the rainbow, with ruffles, with bows, long sleeve, short sleeve, and everything in between. When Claudia saw her cardigan collection, she was a little shocked (and that's saying a lot!). But Mary Anne doesn't care. She has 2 vices that take her money: cardigans and toys for Tigger Jr. (Born out of wedlock between Tigger and the hairless kitty Logan's little sister finally got.)

Mary Anne has made so many trips to her beloved Big Apple (as she still insists on calling it) over the years that she now calls it a second home. She had plans to move there after school, but her dad fell ill and she couldn't bear to leave him in the care of that scatter-brained Sharon. Luckily, he recovered fully but she never made it to NYC permanently. She makes do with frequent trips up to see Stacey and Claudia (usually separately) and every Christmas break spends a week in the swankiest hotel she can afford. She also spends 2 weeks every summer vacation in sunny California with Dawn and her family. She always makes sure to pack extra anti-bacterial and some emergency beef jerky. Her new dream vacation is to go to London one day and people have started noticing the stacks of travel books on her desk and the distinct British theme in the library.

What about her love life, you ask? Well, Mary Anne is single and happy. She stayed with Logan off and on for many years and even gave him her "special gift" (first BSCer to get a boyfriend, first to lose her V-Card. Stacey was soooo pissed when she found out), but after she finally dumped him, she steered clear of guys well into her college years (which her father was very happy about, even though he didn't know about the "gift" thing). Her sophomore year of college, she randomly ran into Alex, her first love from Sea City and they started dating. This lasted 3 years but eventually they drifted apart and broke up. She still sends him cute little postcards with kittens and beach scenes on them occasionally. Mary Anne has casual dates every now and then, but like her father, she seems content to be single for the time being.

Whew...I had a lot to say about Ms Spier! I hope you enjoyed this 3rd installment of BSC All Grown Up; I do enjoy doing them. :)

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