Monday, August 1, 2011

"You know that I'm not allowed to wear hoop earrings, right? Two years ago she told me hoops earrings were *her* thing and I wasn't allowed to wear them anymore. And then for Hannakuh my parents got me this pair of really expensive white gold hoops and I had to pretend like I didn't even like them and... it was so sad."

I have a problem with my earrings.  I've tried a lot of things to keep them in order, but I have hated every single version.  When I first got my ears pierced at 16 (I know, scandalous), I strung a piece of hemp above my door and would hang my manageable collection of earrings on it each night.  Which is shocking, because this is what the rest of my room looked like.


I'm more embarrassed to put those pictures up than I thought I would be.  Did anyone notice the totally-not-out-of-date-in-2003 lava lamp splayed on the bed?  Me neither.  (In regards to the mess on the bed that I am SHOCKED I SLEPT IN, I think I was cleaning that day and decided to take pictures of how horrifying I was.  I used to put as much of my stuff as I could on the bed and then go through each item one by one without putting it anywhere if it didn't have a spot.  I know, in theory it's a really great idea because I should have found a bunch of stuff to get rid of, but I always started cleaning like this around 11:30pm and by midnight I would shove it all onto the floor because I needed to go to sleep.  Back to the earring thing.)

As I collected more earrings, I bought and/or made multiple variations of earring holders, kind of like this one:

Except mine never looked that tidy.  Or maybe it did because every time I touched it all the earrings would fall off.  Has anyone else had this problem?  I feel that maybe we just don't talk about it.

I thought I would do an experiment and buy something new to hold my earrings.  The technique to putting them away is similar to what I do now, which is drop them on the coffee table, but I will try and aim for one of these little egg cubbies.

Cute, right?

But first I thought I would go around the house and see where I found my earrings, and I am less embarrassed than I thought I would be to post these after posting pictures of my teenage bedroom.

This next one is a planter (planter? Is that the right word?  Obviously I do a lot of planting) that I filled with my jewelry which was a stellar idea.  It got knocked over and rolled under the bed (also, the marks inside of it are from it being filled with pens previously.  Again, with the planting).

Which leads to:

And I am in love.  Jesse is too because he would constantly be picking up my earrings and going, "If you had a place to put these I would put them away while I'm picking up."  Obviously he doesn't pay attention because I already HAD a place under the bed, but anything to make his life easier.

Did anyone notice the Larry Boy earring?

One time during an assembly in high school I noticed this plunger looking thing sticking out of the wall, and Amy was sitting in front of me.  I leaned forward in that wood seat, pointed and said, "Larry Boy got stuck in the wall."  She started giggling which made me giggle and while leaning forward like that and pushing down on my abdomen in a laugh, I farted and the sound cascaded through that auditorium. 


  1. You used to stay up til midnight? Who were you?

  2. Those are cute little trays! I have two pairs of earrings and they are in my ears right now. I never take them out. Everything comes back into style, and when it does, I'll be ready. I'm a fashionista that way.

  3. Love your Mean Girls reference! And those are super cute. :) I'm trying the bulletin board for right now, hopefully it works. I made it months ago and yet? I have not put all of my earrings on it. Fail.

  4. Oh, I totally feel you about the earring thing. Although those things look nice because right now I just put them all in a coffee cup and it is a giant pain in the rump to untangle them all or find the matching one.

  5. That's why her hair is so big. It's full of secrets.

    I haven't worn earrings in a few years because of the disarray that is my jewelry box. Last month I decided to rearrange things. It took me two days to organize and sort everything in that tall jewelry box. Since then I've been wearing earrings, necklaces and sometimes bracelets. I KNOW!

  6. Those things are so freaking cute!

    I keep all of my earrings in a green bowl on my bathroom counter. Having 2g piercings helps with that pesky tangling issues others seem keen on. Plugs have nothing to get tangled. Though, I'm sure I'll go back to the annoyance of that when I get them pierced again.

  7. you KILL me.
    My earring holes (sounds weird...) closed up, because I could never find a pair of earrings and so I wouldn't wear any.

  8. I thought that line was from Heathers. Mean Girls and Heathers are all twisted up together in my brain.

    Great post. Love that your organization containers are an Easter theme and you let us go on the hunt with you for earrings to fill them up.

    Okay I'm going to be busy youtubing Mitch Hedberg the rest of the day.

  9. That was not Steve! Not Steve!

    Steve's wife, Beth

  10. I'm jealous, first because I love the white gold hoops, but mostly because I can't wear earrings. At all. My earlobes get all red and rashy! And yes, I've tried all the tricks. So what if occasionally you stab yourself with a lone earing post left on the carpet! It would be worth it to be bejewelled! :)

  11. Yes, in theory that eggbox thing is a great idea and I had planned to try to make one myself out of recycled egg containers, but some (in fact, most) of my earrings are actually too big to fit neatly into the dent. Which is why I have my collection of about 100 pairs of clip ons in about 7 different receptacles (including a mini cupboard) throughout my room. agggh!!

  12. Looks like my damn room, that i need to go clean. lol! +follower

  13. Your VeggieTales associations scare me!

  14. I know where that quote is from. I love that movie!! Oh to be a "plastic."

  15. Looks like the room of any teenager

  16. Your stories are ultra fabulous. They are like a great David Sedaris story and if you have not read David Sedaris, get to the bookstore right away.

    And that room doesn't scare me. You've got nothing on my dung beetles. I would have considered you neat, back in the day.

    Oh, and some of us never get organized in our jewelry. I have jewelry drawers but most of mine spills over out of this dish I keep next to my bathroom sink, this tiny little dish that I bought because I thought I would just put that night's jewelry in the dish before putting it away the next day. Yeah, right.

    I also keep buying workout equipment. I've got big dreams.

    Your earrings all over the place, are the bobby pins of this house. I swear, I can't walk more than 5 steps without coming across a bobby pin. Do they projectile on their own accord out of my girls' hair? I don't understand.

  17. You are hilarious to the umpteenth degree! Thanks for making me laugh!

  18. I love you. Heeee. I don't know how I missed this post.

    That room belongs on an episode of hoarders.


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