A meme in 10 (make that 12) pictures

29 May

Cheryl tagged me for a meme—my first ever!  I think she was pretty sure I wouldn’t do it because it involves taking pictures of things.  Personal things.  Private things.  Like personal refrigerators and private toilets.  But I’m throwing caution to the wind and participating because what the hey, you only live twice.  Or so it seems… (bonus points for identifying the line and extra bonus points for the next line)

#1  Kitchen sink

What can I say—you caught me on a good day.  This is not normal.  So very not normal.


#2  Inside fridge

Yes, I do actually have two Costco sized bags of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Right there on the middle shelf.  Necessities of life, people.  Necessities of life.


#3  Favorite shoes

I don’t know that these are my favorite, but I do wear them a lot.  They’re comfortable.  And I have a lot of brown, so they like go with stuff.  I don’t like to anger the color coordination gods.  Bad things happen.


#4  Closet

My closet is a black hole for all kinds of random crap.  This picture really doesn’t do it justice.  Thank heavens.


#5  Laundry pile

Again, you caught me on a good day.  I have guests, remember.  Or at least guest.  I’ve been trying to be on my best behavior.  The bedding is from departed guests.  Dearly departed.  Miss you already, Mad!


#6  What the kids are doing right now

I did not stage this.  I swear on a stack of phone books.  I don’t make this stuff up.  I took this picture this afternoon.


#7  Favorite room

I considered shutting the tv cabinet doors for the picture, but then it would no longer be my favorite room.  See that little white thing under the cabinet?  It’s my wii fit, baby!  And I like it!  I love it!  I’m going to tell you all about it next week.


#8  Toilet

Why?  Why would anyone want to see this?  I followed Cheryl’s lead and left the lid down.  Just in case.   I actually didn’t even check to see if the bowl was clean—I just assumed it was not.  Looks like I need to take out the trash, too.


#9  Fantasy vacation

Chuck’s taken several business trips to Italy.  Without me.  I think I figured out one time that when you add up all his trips he’s lived in Italy for about 5 months.  Without me.  We’re supposed to be going next year.  Together.  These are a few of my favorite pictures he’s taken:


#10  Self portrait

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for—the big reveal!

So now I guess I’m supposed to tag people?  Is that how this meme thing works?  Hmmm…I tag Susan M (because she was just a little too relieved to not be tagged by Cheryl), Madhousewife, Boquinha, Jody, Patience and Alison.  These are all the people who might read this who haven’t already been tagged by Cheryl.  Did I miss anyone?  It’s OK if you say, “I choose not to meme!”  I’ll understand.  Heck, I’ll even support your decision!


26 Responses to “A meme in 10 (make that 12) pictures”

  1. cheryl May 29, 2008 at 10:15 am #

    YAY! Yay, yay, yay, yay! I’m so glad you did this. And your house is all sparkling clean. What gives?? Huh? So not fair. Not. Fair!

    P.S. Your self-portrait is gorgeous, dahling!

  2. madhousewife May 29, 2008 at 10:27 am #

    You know I know that song, so I guess I shouldn’t compete for bonus points…but it’s killing me not to!

    I think I want to meme, if only to show that cleanliness does not run in the family. View the pictures of my private toilets at your own risk!

  3. Jamie J May 29, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    Oh I would LOVE to go to Italy too! Someday…someday…

  4. thewoobdog May 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

    Ooooh… love the shoes…

  5. thewoobdog May 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm #

    Ooh, ooh, ooh, and I just got my Wii Fit yesterday and get to use it for the first time after work today! Is it wonderful? Is it crazy fun? (or, in today’s teen slang, “crazii”)

    My husband played around with it for a few minutes last night and had me in tears from laughing so hard. This is mostly why I am waiting to use it til today – I prefer to make my initial flubs without someone laughing at ME… 😉

  6. Amanda D May 29, 2008 at 12:56 pm #

    Cheryl tagged me for this too, but it didn’t happen on such a good day. I wish it was today instead of yesterday. Oh well. Those shots of Italy are amazing! Now I want to go too. It cracks me up that your daughter was reading the phone book. Kids are funny.

  7. Susan M May 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    I knew this was coming. You’d think I’d have cleaned up a bit, knowing it was coming, but no.

    You have a nice home. You all do! I have a crappy, cluttered, too-small apartment. Oh well, you’ve been warned. At least my carpets got cleaned yesterday. I might not get to this until Saturday, though.

  8. Patience May 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    This is a really fun meme. Pretty self portrait! Thanks for tagging me. 🙂

  9. Julie May 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm #

    You are a babe — it’s fun to see your face…sort of (to sort of see your face, not sort of fun to see your face)! And I love that BigHugs is reading the phone book. Is she prepping for her American Idol debut?

    Italy looks gorgeous. My daddy served his mission there. Beautiful.

    I’ve never had any gaming system of any sort, but the Wii looks so stinking fun!

  10. bythelbs May 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    cheryl—you’re too kind. Really.

    madhousewife—nobody else knows the answer. Just say it. I really only do these things for you anyway.

    Jamie—you should just go. Go! Go to Italy! But not before I do because I’ve been planning it longer.

    woobdog—thanks! And yes, the wii fit is crazy fun. Crazii!!! Come back and tell me how you like it after you try it. You so rarely poke your head out around here, I didn’t realize you were still around. You should do the photo meme too. Do it—just do it. You know you want to.

    Amanda—my child loves the phone book. Loves it.

    Susan—I only showed you the clean-ish (it’s easy to hide things on camera) parts of my house. When I’m feeling really brave, I’ll give you a big nasty, bitter dose of my reality. Or just ask madhousewife—my house is filthy.

    Patience—I’m going to be checking in to see if you actually do it. Don’t let me down!

    Julie—you’re so sweet. I knew there was a reason I liked you! The wii is so stinking fun! It’s so stinking fun it stanks! Or is that stankz? Whatever is the coolest kind of stench.

  11. Alison Wonderland May 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm #

    Wow, I’ve never been tagged for a meme before. This little girl’s growing up. I can’t do it just yet but Saturday’s probably the day. We’ll see.

    I’m so excited (it’s really pretty sad how excited I am actually.)

  12. Susan M/qsysue May 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Curse my obsessiveness. As soon as you tagged me I had to do it. I just posted mine.

  13. cheryl May 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    Ha! I love that Susan M is obsessive. And that Julie immediately equates “Phone Book” (you could sing the phone book!) with American Idol.

    I ain’t kind. I’m honest. 😉

  14. cheryl May 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm #

    I haven’t been able to access your blog all day…not sure why…? Is this just my problem or have others had problems, too?

  15. qsysue May 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    No my blog host has been unreliable. My internet connection is often slow too, so I’m never sure if it’s my blog host or my internet connection giving me trouble. I might have to move my domain and blog to another host.

  16. bythelbs May 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm #

    I have trouble with your blog loading slowly, but it always gets there eventually. I just open a new tab and do something else while I’m waiting!

  17. bythelbs May 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm #

    Alison—why doesn’t your name link to your blog? Fix that—it’s annoying! 🙂

  18. madhousewife May 29, 2008 at 4:41 pm #

    [Breaking into song because I can’t hold it in any longer]

    “You Only Live Twice,” by Nancy Sinatra, from the James Bond film of the same name. Thank you.

  19. bythelbs May 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    No, thank you. I may just have to borrow that song book and make some copies for myself—copyrights be darned!

  20. Julie May 29, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    Okay, I have to just chime in and say I knew at least that that was a James Bond movie. I totally forgot to mention it in my comment. And now I’m mentioning it after the fact, which totally seems like I’m trying to be part of the cool club. Frankly, I am. But I didn’t know it was Nancy Sinatra, so feel free to deny me admission.

    Cheryl, thank you for understanding my AI reference. It took a lot of self-control to not explain myself…

    Stankz, I believe, is the proper term.

  21. madhousewife May 30, 2008 at 7:41 am #

    Julie, you’re welcome to be in the club, but I don’t know if I’d call it the “cool” one. 🙂

  22. madhousewife May 30, 2008 at 7:43 am #

    Strike that, we are cool. We are the COOLEST.

  23. bythelbs May 30, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    Julie—I totally missed the AI reference the first time around, but when Cheryl mentioned it I had a hearty chuckle. Well, maybe a light chuckle, but a chuckle nonetheless. And dude, you’re already in the club.

  24. Boquinha May 31, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    Ooooh, I’m tagged! I’m so excited! This blogging thing–comments, being tagged . . . it’s so ego-stroking. I love it!

    I’ll do it before I upload pics already on the camera (which is soon)!! Thank you!!

  25. Alison Wonderland June 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    Just checking something.


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