Monday, January 28, 2008

Fun Monday #50: the embarrassing bedroom nightstand edition

An update on our cheer weekend is coming, but first -- FUN MONDAY!!

AOJ of The Lurchers is our host this week. And ... um ... this week's goal, apparently, is to abjectly humiliate me in front of God, the internets and everyone. Here is the challenge:

So continuing in the spirit of "being interested in people", I would like to know, or see, what's on, in or under your bedside table! So open those draws and bare your soul to us! Is there anything special there that has a story or a memory that you can tell us about? Books that you keep there to delve into from time to time? Trinkets that you don't know where else to put? Let's see!

OK. So today, I reveal myself as a slob. Complete and total. And a lazy one, too.

Here is my nightstand (and by the way, I actually cleaned this up a smidge so the humiliation factor would be lessened slightly):

This was my first foray into doctoring a photo with type and arrows and such. It's a little small, I think, but if you click on it, it'll biggen and you can see the true depth of my humiliation.


As for what is special there? Well, here is one closeup:


Photos are very important to me. There are tons on my nightstand and the bookshelves and the fireplace mantle ...

But that's too obvious when you talk about what's important to me here. Here's something a little more obtuse:


The overview photo says this is the bank I used to collect change to save money for Roo's bat mitzvah.

However, that's merely the tip of the iceberg for this item.

I have actually had this bank and this "coin-collecting" fetish for about 30 years. Every night, I empty the change out of my pockets into this bank. Periodically, I roll the change up and deposit it in a separate savings account.

With this bank, I saved money for a trip to Israel in 1982 with my first husband. I also have saved my pennies (nickels, dimes, quarters ...) for other special things too, including Z-man's bar mitzvah, with this bank.

I have held onto this bank through five cross-city moves and three husbands. It's a pretty special little thing. Unfortunately, when I photographed the nightstand, the bank's not-so-pretty side was showing -- that is the residue from a sticker that one of my kids stuck on it and later was peeled off.

So there you have it. There's lots of stuff there -- pencils, my old glasses, a couple of necklaces. Even an ice cream dish ... that must have been put there by someone else, because let's not forget, I'm on a fitness binge! One day I'll clean it up a little more.

Or maybe I won't.

But one thing I will do is go visit the rest of the Fun Monday'ers to see if anyone else is as humiliated as I am today!

39 comments:

Huckdoll said...

Awesome effort Janet! That was a sweet post that made me realize how much I suck!

My most prized possessions are an iPod, cellphone and laptop. All are kept in a corner of the kitchen counter away from two toddlers stick hands. Nothing is sacred here! It's all fair game!

Joy T. said...

What a great idea for spare change! And I laughed at seeing that ice cream dish with the note saying you didn't eat it LOL

Hootin' Anni said...

Love the bank/coin saving idea!!!

Happy Fun Monday. I hope you can find time to drop by for a visit today.

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Wow! I would love to have room to hold all those momentos! It's lovely!!

Jenni said...

I save change, too. We try to only pay in bills and save all the change. I think we saved less than a year to get $800 in change only to send the three older kids to camp last year. Last week I took in what we had collected since August and it was only $200. Josh has been raiding the change can for snack break at school, but I think somehow we must not be putting as much change in there. Either that or we emptied it between times and I don't remember. The $200 I took in plus another $500 from Christmas gifts and some Danny had squirreled away got put toward paying off that new camera:o)

nikki said...

We're change savers too. Works great when you are low on money in the account and need to buy groceries.

Love your pictures and the vase your kiddo made for you.

Tink said...

Hoop is a big change collector too. Unfortunately, I rarely use cash, so I never have much change to contribute. For awhile he was exchanging all the change for gold dollars. He bought a little pirate chest and would shine them up before putting them in there too. Lol.

ellen b. said...

Wow I'm impressed with the notes you can overlay on your photos! I'm such a computer/program dweeb. Love all your photographs and your bank is great!

~JJ! said...

Don't be embarrassed...be proud of your phot editing skills...You should just erase some stuff from there and tell us how organized you are!!!!

raising3saints said...

I really enjoyed your pics! Isn't it amazing how what's next to the bed is often a microcosm of our entire personality?

kitten said...

I really need to start saving change! You do have a lot of stuff, nice thou! Enjoyed the view.

Pamela said...

Saving change like that takes some resolve. An especially awesome coin bank.

I think mine falls into another dimension through the bottom of my purse.

I don't have as much stuff on my night stand, but I have just the oddest collection stuffed into the drawers. I think it is a catch all for the "where do I put this" syndrome.

Canadian flake said...

Great pics...thanks for sharing. I always liked the idea of shaving change...the problem is that we NEED our pennies..nickels..etc to survive!!

There are still times when we are counting pennies to buy bread...

"nuff said...

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

You wanna see mess? Come over to my blog. I'll show you mess. You're a vision of tidiness.

I like your change-saving idea and admire you for having survived three husbands.

Kaycie said...

I think your nightstand looks like you live a comfortable life with lots of family and love. Messy? Who cares!

Burfica said...

That is so dam cool!!!!!

I have an old bank I'm attached too. Got it on the families trip to disney land when I was 9. had it ever since. I'm big on pictures too, I could just decorate the house with pictures instead of anything else. lol

lisa's chaos said...

Your tabletop is so full, and wait a minute you tried to distract us into not noticing that we didn't see in your drawer. :) I woulod love some ice cream, thank you very much. :)

swampy said...

I the Loch Ness Monster in there somewhere?
You are a hoot and we are more like than you might care to know. Both our bedside tables look like that.
LOVE LOVE LOVE your Fun Monday logo! She looks familiar. TeeHeeHee

Sandy said...

Terrific job with the photo labelling thing-a-ma-bobber! I also love all of your photos. How very nice.

dawn224 said...

This *was* indeed a fun monday!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

Mine's just as bad. Promise. I was too embarassed to think of doing this one.

Our change jar is currently collecting change to go visit Mickey Mouse at his house.

Alison said...

We have done that with spare change also. In fact, when I was in college our spare change bought our groceries many a time!!

eclecticblog said...

Your table is so full...but so neat! Love the saving spare change. It adds up!! We saved spare change when I waitressed to help us move to Alaska 15 years ago. It helped quite a bit!

Robinella said...

I love that bank! And to think it's been through all of that with you.

My mil used to waitress and she always worked at the really good restaurants where she would make $400 a night in tips. Well she had one of those huge glass jugs and all of her tips went into that jug. She has paid for all of their vacations and major purchases for their homes in cash.

My hubby is great about not spending change and he sticks in an old muscle powder container that he called a stash can. Unfortunately, he married me and I always dig all the silver bits and pieces out. Must learn self control...

Jettie said...

Love it!!!!!!!!! Love the photos!!

Phoenix said...

Mine today would be awful. It's filled with used kleenex and cough drop wrappers.

I love that little tin. I have an old Pepsi tin, that I keep all my change in.

ChrisB said...

That was so nice to see all your treasures. You like photos like me but I don't actually keep that many by my bed.
I have an old tin tea caddy that I keep money in!!

Carrie Sue said...

It looks like organized chaos to me. Love the old piggy bank.

Retrohipster said...

Wonderful labeling of the photo. It is obviously organized to you!!!

mjd said...

You do have a lot of stuff on your nightstand, but all is neatly displayed. I am impressed with your little bank and that you saved enough for a trip for two to Israel.

Southern Doll said...

Oh my, I do the same thing with my change! It averages a pair of shoes a month...I'm too impatient to save for a trip! However, my container of choice is merely a flowerpot, and it doesn't have nearly the character of yours.

Serina Hope said...

I love it. I love the captions, the pictures, the bank..I love it all.

Linda said...

I would love to have a night stand that big - then I would certainly have pictures of loved ones there too! I love the story of your little bank. I think the most interesting things that are coming out of this assignment are the single momentos from childhood that we still keep near us when we sleep. Great post. Loved it!

sirdar said...

WOW!!! Lots of 'stuff'. Love your bank. Having pictures on your nightstand is a wonderful thing.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I don't think your nightstand is anywhere near as messy as you think it is. I think it's really personal and warm.

And you did a great job with the arrows and lettering on the picture. I'm jealous.

Peter said...

I was impressed by your bank, in my first photo there is a foam drink cooler... leather covered, which is full of 5 cent coins, I had to extend the height by sliding the leather sleeve up on it, no idea of the value in coins but it weighs about 5 pounds I reckon.

laurie said...

yowser, janet. you sleep with bills next to the bed??? bad idea. that's sure to bring nightmares!

and i wonder who's been sneaking into your room and eating ice cream. very very strange....

Kaytabug said...

Girl, we are kindred you and I!!
Photos are precious to me. I used to have a tin shaped just like that. It was from my childhood. It was full of coins that I was saving and when we moved from NYC to GE it never arrived in GE...the NYC packers stole it and I am sure threw out the tin. I just wished they had left me the empty tin.

I don't know why you are embarrassed...it is a lot of stuff but it is organized, unlike the top of my dresser which is just a mess!! Oh and the ice cream at least it was put in a bowl...I just eat it out of the pint!!

Karina said...

I love the effort you put into labeling the photo. Love the ice cream dish for the ice cream you DID NOT eat! ;-) haha

 
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