Thursday, November 10, 2011

PFMP -- Phase One

Yesterday, I finished Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I adored this book. Kaling is smart, hard-working, and refreshingly honest about what's important to her: her parents, her friends, her hope to one day be in a happy marriage and be a mom. Her book of personal essays is extremely well-written and genuinely funny. If I were still teaching high school English, I would offer an excerpt to students to illustrate the elusive quality we call "voice." Hers is clear, strong, and engaging. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? would make a great gift for anyone who enjoys a smart, funny read that does not rely on shock value or cheap shots.
One essay is entitled "These Are the Narcissistic Photos in My BlackBerry" and includes photos from Kaling's BlackBerry with commentary.
I don't take many photos of myself with my phone, perhaps because I seldom need to check my hair and make-up on the way to awards shows. I do snap a lot of pics with my phone though, often with the intention of sharing them in a blog post.
Here's the first phase of PFMP (Photos from My Phone), complete with commentary approximately 96% less funny than Kaling's and with insight into the accompanying posts that never quite materialized.
Okay, here we have Little Bit taking a walk amongst some still-melting snow mounds last winter. Since it snowed here for about seven minutes this afternoon, this photo called out to me today. There's my old city street -- aawww.
Here's the Charlie Sheen auction package at the boys' school fundraiser last year. Can't remember if I took the photo because I thought it was funny or inappropriate. Discuss amongst yourselves. Actually, don't bother.
There's my Bub holding one of the Sweet Pickles books we read at Grammy and Pop's house. I'd love to have a complete set even though some of those Sweet Pickles are more grumpy and/or depressed than they are sweet.
A Caprese Salad my mom made. Delish.
Ahoy, mateys. We took the boys on a fantastic pirate cruise when we were in Florida last March. Loved it -- one of those rare totally-got-our-money's-worth experiences!
Whoa, step back. Is that the Biebs peeking out of my sister's front door? Or maybe just the life-size Justin Bieber cardboard cutout I got my niece for her birthday (pre-alleged-baby-mama-drama). I photographed each party guest with Mr. Bieber but never ended up putting a post together.
And here is the button I sewed onto my husband's shirt ... after that shirt sat on top of our china cabinet for two months early this year. Bet you're sorry that thrilling post never came to be.
We'll end with the money shot.
For as long as I can remember, the garage door above has had Snoopy as the Red Baron painted on it. It's next to a main road in the town bordering my hometown, and I have passed it thousands of times on my way home. I snapped this from the Odyssey as I was pointing it out to my kids --the very same garage door I had looked at from the back seat of the station wagons and conversion vans of my youth!
And there you have it, PFMP, Phase One.
Any gems saved on your phone?


Stacia said...

Love the Peeping Bieber. And how cute is Little Bit in his red snowsuit??

The only pictures on my phone are usually ones of the kids getting especially messy in restaurants. Lots and lots and lots of black-bean-face shots. =>

PITA said...

Never say never...I myself was startled by the Biebs when he was in a darkened room.

Bub with the shades in the pirate pic makes me chuckle, as the toothless one with the sweet pickles warms my heart.

I love the you captured that snoopy garage.

E... said...

I love this peek at your life from these pictures. Look foward to seeing more.
I definitely need to pick up this book. Really came to love Mindy Kaling via her twitter feed, back when I let myself do twitter for a time. Have you seen her website and her sometimes blog about products she loves? Awesome.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed seeing these pictures, and learning about about the blog posts that never came to be. I have so many of those, too.

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I've been checking it out and thinking I wanted to read it, but hadn't yet. Your recommendation seals the deal.

Jenn said...

Hi Megan, I just found your blog and I love this post! I can't believe you have a shot of the snoopy garage door.....such a part of my childhood. How random that we share this memory and meet each other for the first time 300 miles from there?

CaraBee said...

Love this! My phone has no less than 2000 pictures on it, all taken with the intention of sharing with someone in some way. Approximately 30 of those have seen the light of day.

Mindy Kaling's book is at the top of my TBR pile. I'm glad to hear you liked it so much, that definitely increases my enthusiasm to read it!

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