Thursday, February 21, 2008

Nonsense & Dancing with Jewels at the End


Waaaaaaaay back in the olden days, I was in a dance troupe with some wimmins you might recognize from the blog-o-sphere.

We were, like, rilly, rilly good.

We like totally toured and stuff.

Bossy, Lotta, me, Izzy and Amanda had a terrific number called "Jeepers Leapers" which was a total crowd pleaser.






Casey the Moosh, Redneck Mommy and Ruth Dynamite had a show stopper involving silky scarves...




Mimi, Sage and KC took jazz hands to this crazy, modern, Twyla Tharp-ish place...






Midwestern Mommy, Mamma Loves, The Blogess, Slackermom and Debbie performed a phenomenal Thai dance... (no ping pong balls were involved, you smut head!)





Canape, QT, Pundit Mom, Lawyer Mama, Kristen, and Y had the hula LOCKED and LOADED.





I, Asshole and I had this crazy 1970's revue number where we actually kept a disco ball pinned between our stomachs the whole time. It was really groovy...





Chicky and Chocolate... well... Chicky and Chocolate are just going to KILL me and that's all I have to say about this:





Those were the days!

They were good times, good times.

All those rehearsals and performances...

We were on the road so much, and so tired all the time, that Bossy used to routinely fall asleep in really expensive bowls of soup.




But it brought us close together.

There was one member of the troupe, a beautiful woman named Lotta...

She was not just automatic... or sys-to-matic... or HIGH-DRO-Matic...

Why, she was...




After we all hung up our dance shoes and went our separate ways, Mom-O-Matic started making her own jewelry out of vintage glass buttons. She sells her work at her etsy shop.

Because she and I go WAY back (and because we feel the BIG love)...



...she asked me if she could send me a little jewelry token of her love.

Oh, but THE YES!!

She told me to go to the etsy shop and pick something, but I couldn't decide.

How could I choose?

To help, she sent me a box full of loot. She said I could touch it and then decide what to keep and what to send back.

The thing is... I still need help.

What should I pick?

The Wonder Twins Activate ring?




The Lawn Mower Hair Pin?




The "Button, Button Who's Got The Button" Ring?


Photo by Olan Mills Studios


Or

The Button Bracelet?




(Which, I discovered, you can also put in your hair...)





(Or do THIS... if you're into that kind of thing... which clearly, I AM.)




What do you think? What should I pick?


78 comments:

JaniceNW said...

Oh my. I think I'm speechless.

Sayre said...

Oooo! The button bracelet - it's so versatile - just like you!

P.S. My verification word was "wajjysyn", which I interpreted as "Wage of Sin". Could that be referring to your dance hall days?

BOSSY said...

This post was more fun than a bunch of chicks at a blog convention. It almost makes Bossy feel as though she was there. Oh, wait.

(On top of providing Bossy with all that entertainment you want advice? Er... the hair pin - so Joyish!)

Jenn said...

Clear cut decision...the multi-tasker, of course.

Miz UV said...

Another vote for the button bracelet here!

furiousBall said...

button bracelet definitely. that's what anson williams (aka Potsie from Happy Days) would choose if he were alive today... oh what's that? he is alive. well there you go. button bracelet in honor of the dearly departed Ralph Mouth... oh he's not dead either?

PunditMom said...

Wow! I forgot how cute we all looked in those outfits. Wait, did I pass out before I put on that hula outfit?

Good times. ;)

Kimmylyn said...

My vote is for the button bracelet as well.. but this post was hysterical.. you are so creative.

Jan said...

I love this post. Creative to the max. I'd be all over the button bracelet. It's all about multi-tasking, uses, whatever.

Biddy said...

can't. stop. laughing!

activate ring...no! button bracelet, but worn as a necklace. way cute.

p.s. if we're both at blogher, we will so have to shake our groove thangs together lol

nikki said...

Totally, like, the button bracelet! It rocks!

Avery Gray said...

Wow! Decisions! My vote is for the button bracelet, but you're a winner any way you go.

Those looked like some wild times! Hope you had fun reminiscing about the good old dancin' days.

Nancy said...

You are certifiably a riot!

I vote the multi-purpose button bracelet.

Redneck Mommy said...

Can I just say how glad I am that you didn't have your camera handy when I showed my boobs to Chocolate. LOL.

I'm with Bossy. I like the hairpin. Now I must go. I've got the scarves out and I'm practising my next routine.

Jodi said...

Great blog post, looks like you guys had some memorable times!

I am going to go against the grain and suggest the button ring! It's adorable!

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Duuude, what did I ever do to you?

No, really. I forget. There was liquor so...

I like the hair pin. The next time I see you I can stick you with it.

Rima said...

Button bracelet, hands down.

LceeL said...

Bracelet. Definitely. And .. she didn't drown in that soup, did she? Actually, she kinda looks like she's contemplating her navel - except she's got a shirt on.

Bon said...

you're just trying to lure me to BlogHer this year, aren't you?

crafty.

(and speaking of crafty, the button ring rocks...)

Sarah said...

The hairpin.

Magpie said...

Obviously the button necklace.

And can I be in your next ballet company?

Amanda said...

Will dancing days be revisited in San Fran this Ju-ly?

Umm, and definitely the barrette to share with the little Joylette.

And if we are talking word verification and debauchery...

mine was : cltpx
I was never any good at that vanity license plate game show, but even I can sound out what clt px makes.

painted maypole said...

oh your dance troupe... I want to join it!!!! i do a great number on top of a coffin

Paige said...

Button bracelet, totally.

thordora said...

i lurve the button ring.

That thai dance picture turned out awesome.

Lottifish said...

I like the wonder ring.

Mama DB said...

The Button Button, Who's got a button? Ring!

Lisa said...

Oh, the options. I am so overwhelmed with the artistry, I too, am speechless.

Diane said...

My 20-month-old just looked at the last picture and said, "Wow, that's..." and then something totally indiscernible. Therefore I think you should pick that one.

Hol&J said...

I love the button bracelet. (Sounds like everyone else does too.)

Those are terrific dance photos, and some great memories I'm sure.

~JJ! said...

You farking crack me up.

The bracelet...that's what I would pick.

or the button ring...

WAIT....I love the lawnmower clip....


Gah, I'm no help!

Christina said...

I'm laughing so hard at the dancing images, especially since I just posted about my own attempts at dance.

The green ring is beyond awesome. That's my vote.

Lisa said...

Did you really all dance together? Even if you didn't (or just did while drunk at someone's wedding) those pictures are beyond great.

I'd pick the button bracelet. Very, very fun!

Izzy said...

I like the red button ring. It's so pre-nucyaler holocaust, so I've-got-a-bomb-and-I'm-not-afraid-to-use-it.

And thanks for reminding me of the good old days. How I long to leap with my wimmins just one more time *sigh*

ewe are here said...

Brilliant pics.

Buttons. definitely the buttons.

carrie said...

Yes, definitely the bracelet. Definitely.


Are all the members of your dance troupe going to reunite for another performance in SF? :)

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Oh goodness me. If I don't get to BlogHer someday, I may curl up and die from the lack of fun in my life.

And, the button bracelet, absolutely.

Not the Queen said...

I'm digging the button ring.

Deep Fried Yankee With Nipple Ring said...

Um. Hello. No Nipple Ring?

I'm very disappointed.

Or maybe your nipples just look like vintage buttons.

Hmmmmmmm.

bzybead said...

the button ring. you will wear it the most, but another thought is that the Rooster will want to fight over the hairpin the most with you. . . it might be a good time to start the "you can't share all my clothes and accessories with me" talk.

Omaha Mama said...

I love all of those pictures! (Although I'm sure that not EVERYONE will love ALL of the pictures...)

I think the red ring, just because I really like red and I really like rings. But they're all good. Post back on your pick (the jewelry, not yer nose...).

Emily said...

Button Button Who's Got the Button Ring...for sure! You never know when a Button is going to come in handy.

Sandra said...

Oh. My. God. I love you too much to kill you. Plus I know you have an even more embarrassing video of me so I'm gonna play nice. But seriously!?!? I don't remember getting licked by Chicky ... too much wine.

I too am with the hair pin. But I am partial to buttons so I'd say yes tot all.

Mama Drama Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Lawnmower hairpin. Clearly.

Also, the pingpong balls were there...you just couldn't see them unless you paid extra. We refer to it as the "blow-off" in the business. (Oh the things I learned from Carnivale.)

PS. You rock. I can't friggin wait till July.

corgimom said...

Button bracelet got three poses--must keep!

Mimi said...

Button bracelet!

And from that photo, I guess now I know why my neck is all buggered up: I probably shouldn't bend like that at my age. But look how in sync Sage and I are!

(you are a photoshop goddess, Jess ...)

Mimi aka pz5wjj said...

Haha!

They are all pretty! I can see why you're having problems choosing.

I'd choose the hair pin (because my hair is always falling in my face) or the button bracelet!

KC said...

Oh my god, my head! Bless you for making me so skinny too. And limber.

I still want to come and study under you as my Photoshop Yogi.

KC said...

Oh, and I'm tagging you for a meme but don't hate me if you've done it already or don't want to do it. I know how it is.

kevin said...

Nice work. Next time I wanna see some pasties.

Colleen said...

Absolutely hysterical.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Dude. I can't believe you didn't show me in the dance troupe. You left me out purposely because I left you guys for my badass solo interpretive dance career.

Admit it.

Shannon said...

I must say, that button thing is versatile, but I do like that wondertwin power ring...

Denguy said...

Uh, how about a new therapist?

imaginary binky said...

Wait, am I voting on dance troupes or buttons?

Well, I vote the tit girls. I'm always tits-up.

Also, the Wonder Twins always win. Except when someone throws the bucket of water and the boy gets spilled everywhere, and then the girl must sop it up with her woolly mammoth fur.

Ponygirl said...

I'd made up my mind on the button ring and it was clinched when I saw Deana back me up on it. You have cute friends.

Mamma said...

Too difficult to choose. All her stuff is so amazing. I love it all.

Everyone go buy some of it now. We need to fund her trip to SF. It won't be the same without her.

Lisalisa said...

The button ring! It's bold and funky, like you. And I think maybe easier to wear than the necklace, which looks a little tight on the neck and slippy in the hair, though very pretty. And here I go to see the etsy shop...

jen said...

nice, very, very nice.

flutter said...

you are a nut.

QT said...

WOW...that is all I've got...WOW!

Kelley said...

Oh so terribly, terribly jealous....

Oh the sobs....

Next time I will send a cardboard cutout of me and make sure I have as good a time. OK?

Jenifer said...

Five, five! Posts in one sitting...overload...go for the bracelet, it is my fave anyway.

I can't get the Talisman post out of my head. Oh and nothing says prepared like a nice cup of tea.

mamatulip said...

The button bracelet. It's so versatile!

And you = Photoshop MASTA.

Lindy said...

the wonder twins ring!!

motherbumper said...

Blog Chocolate and Chicky are gonna killllllll you.

I'd go for the Button Button Whose Got the Button ring (as long as it comes with it's own hit) or Lawnmower pin. All is fab for the choice will be hard.

Janet said...

Button ring (although kudos for the Wonder Twin Powers Activate reference!)

You have mad photoshop skillz.

Ruth Dynamite said...

You look lovely in all of them, but I'm partial to the hair pin. Makes a statement.

jakelliesmom said...

Pick one freebie and buy the rest - it's a win/win.

fooped said...

It's a toughie. I like the multitasking ability of the button bracelet, but I have this great mental image of you brandishing the button righ with LOVE/HATE written on your fingers in sharpie.

What's a joy seeker to DO?

My secret word: cxytdoy.

Huh huh. I said doy.

moosh in indy. said...

Sweet gams those were the days.
I like the lawnmower hair pin.

blue milk said...

I've got a soft spot for lawnmover hair clips, but the button ring definitely is my favourite here.

kittenpie said...

Can I just say I don't care what you pick, as long as you post hilarious pictures like that once in a while to remind me of what a good time that was last summer? I'm so extremely sad I'll miss it this year...

Lisa said...

Oh. MY. GOSH, that was funny. That was so, so, SO freaking FUNNY.

My husband laughed so hard, snot came out of his nose. (He has a mother of a cold. But still. Icky) Well, there's MY birth control for the next few months. Thanks, by the way. FREE birth control!

Are you going to BlogHer this year? Am on the fence... But this is making me really, really, REALLY want to go.

Major Bedhead said...

That was hysterical. You are the Queen Of Photoshop.

And I'm voting for the Button Bracelet. Because it's three, three, three jewelries in one. (And it's really freakin' cute.)

EE said...

You are too dang cute! I loved this post!

Deb said...

I'm so jealous I wasn't in the dance troupe! If there's ever a reunion, can I come along?

As for the jewelry advice, my son says, "Bye-bye" and waves at every picture of you. Not really sure what that means.

Lawyer Mama said...

See, I go on vacation and this is what you do. I think I just peed myself. And then I upchucked on the keyboard. Now I may have to go roll around on the floor. *snort*

Remind me to watch out for you and a camera if I'm drunk....

Please tell me you're going to BlogHer in SF....!