Wednesday, 3 September 2008

The Purse Meme & Awards.........

Mimi Queen of Memes (Mimi Writes) has started this new meme and tagged me. As you may know when you get tagged by Mimi you refuse to do it under pain of being locked in her dungeon. Now I don't like dark places where things like rats etc might lurk so I'm doing the meme - my name's craft not daft!

Here are the rules. Find a safe quiet place free of significant others, nosey meme makers, priests, nuns, all things religious and men in general. (If you're a guy just reverse this process to female and tell us about your wallet, tool box, briefcase or metro sexual accessory.)

1.. Dump the contents of your purse in a pile
2. Take a photo of your purse and the contents
3. Be brave and 'splain to your fellow bloggers what lurks inside the purse.

There is a method to my madness.

I dare you to find a story in the pile.

4. Tag others who might want to embarrass themselves

5. Answer these questions:
Describe the contents of your purse.
What's the most important thing in your purse?
What's the most embarrassing thing in your purse?

What's the smallest thing in your purse?
Is there anything illegal in your purse?

(end of rules)

First off I have to tell Mimi that what she calls a purse is called a handbag here! A purse is something we keep in the handbag containing money and (credit) cards.

So here's my current handbag. I say current because I have a LOT of handbags and I change them frequently.

and here are the contents.

Describe the contents of your purse.
You will see my cheque book, my purse (the thing with the money in, but there's not much money in there ever!), my new Kangol sunglasses and case, three pens, a packet of tissues, my address book, a little mirror that looks like an envelope, emery board, lip liner, lipstick, eyeliner pen, lip plumper, pencil sharpener and mobile phone. No rubbish!

What's the most important thing in your purse?
Ah that's easy. The most important thing in my purse is my purse. Sorry to confuse things but as I already explained a purse is a handbag here. My purse contains my credit cards, money (remember not much) and drivers licence. I always carry my drivers licence, though it's not compulsory here, just in case anyone asks if I'm over 21 so I can prove it. What you sniggering at??

What's the most embarrassing thing in your purse?
Probably some of the text messages on my phone!

What's the smallest thing in your purse?
The pencil sharpener is the smallest thing, but the eyeliner and lip liner will soon be smaller if I keep sharpening them.

Is there anything illegal in your purse?
Oooh no, would I do anything illegal?

Mimi said find a story about something in your purse:

I found three!

The little mirror was bought for me a good few Christmases ago by my son and is engraved on the back - it says

Merry Christmas

All our love

Nick, Ali and Sam

It's one of my most treasured possessions and I use it every day.

You see the black pen, MWM bought me that. It has a little silver heart on it and obviously that's another treasured possesion.

The sunglasses were a bargain, I got them for £9.99 from an offer in a daily newspaper.

My handbag usually contains an umbrella too but it was drying out in the hall at the time I took the photo - I like to be prepared.

Well that's the contents of my handbag, so come on let's see yours

And if any of you GUYS reading want to disclose the contents of your wallet please feel free.


Now for the AWARDS!

I have to tell you I got an award from the lovely Mimi. She passed this on to everyone who joined in her Blogblast for Peace 2008.

If you missed Mimi's post but you joined in her Blogblast for Peace 2008 please take the award.

The lovely Mimi, Sandi (Holding Patterns) and Ciara (Ramblings & Whatnot) also gave me this beauty. 

I'd like to pass this on to some lovely people who have been reading my drivel for a long time, in alphabetical order so as not to upset anyone:

Bee, Bella, CatchCG, Linda, Marmie, Miss Understood, Queenie,

Apart from the friendship award above, Ciara (Ramblings and Whatnot) passed the following award on to me personally as well.   She passed on a whole lot more to all her readers, which I have taken and keep in my heart.   These two were quite specific though.

She gave this one to her 'Flash 55 Fiction' blogging buddies.   It's better than an Oscar!  

Ciara didn't say anything about passing it on but I'm going to pass it on to fellow WORDZZLERS because I think you all deserve an Oscar.   So take a walk up the red carpet

Raven, Dianne, Mommywizdom, smm, Jeff, Jay Simser, Carletta, Rich, Diva Jood, Jay (Cynical Bastard), Kimmie, Clarence, Kim, Melli,

I hope I've not missed anyone off but if I have please let me know and you'll be on there in a flash!

Thankyou to Mimi, Sandi and Ciara for thinking me worthy of these prestigious awards, I'm honoured. x


Ron said...

oooh...oooh...I'm the first commentor!

First, congrats on these awards Akelamalu! You deserve every single one of them!!! The last one is a BEAUT!

And CONGRATS to all the recipients too!

Love this meme! Your purse looks so organized and orderly! I carry a backpack and you should see looks like a BOMB exploded!

(but it's a who cares?)

tee, hee!

Fun post, dear lady!

Clarence said...

Oh, thank you! Now I feel a bit special. :)

Pam said...

oh, crud...i knew i was gonna forget to take an award from somewhere! LOL the one from mimi w the leaves.

a purse to you is a wallet or in some states a billfold to us. a handbag to you is a handbag or purse to us. of course when you have a little pouch for coins, that's a coin purse. weird. LOL

anyways, i've been tagged for the same meme by mimi and i'll have to wait til i can throw some of the trash away. can't write a post on trash now can i? LOL

Laura Jane Williams said...

Thank you for the tag... BUT... (*splutters, embarrassed) I don't have the facilities to take pic of my 'purse' and upload it. Pathetic, isn't it! Thank you for thinking of me though... x-x-x

SMM said...

Hey Akelamalu...congratulations for the awards and thanks for remembering me for the award :)

I'l collect it soon (blog's giving a few issues sorting those out first).

Btw a purse is a handbag for me too and my wallet is where I keep my money :)

Elaine Denning said...

I think you need a separate blog, just for your awards! Well done...they are much deserved. And thank you so much for mine. x

I've taken you up on the tag. It's longer than I anticipated though :)

buffalodick said...

All I know about purses is most women have to empty one to find what they're looking for...

Unknown said...

Thank you so much! You're very kind! I appreciate your kindness! ;D

In Peace, Light and Love,

Unknown said...

PS...I like the music on your site...I lingered, to hear more! ;D

CG said...

Ah, you're so sweet, what a LOVELY award!!

I am so nosey I enjoyed the handbag meme. I'm impressed you have so little in your bag. You would believe the amount of stuff I carry round with me!

DivaJood said...

akemalu, congratulations on your many awards - and thank you for bestowing an Arte y Pico upon me. It's a nifty award.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

well i loved looking into your purse! nosy i guess but it was fun.

thanks for the award! very lovely.

smiles, bee

Pam said...

p.s. a purse a.k.a handbag is also a.k.a pocketbook (i don't like calling it pocketbook)that's what southerners here call it, not sure if how far pocketbook spreads through the u.s. though LOL

Akelamalu said...

Ron I can assure you that the day I photographed the contents of my bag was a good day - it's never usually that tidy or empty!

You're welcome Clarence :)

So many different names for the same thing Ciara it's amazing!

Aw shame you can't do the meme GIM I think yours would have been fun!

Ah you have a handbag too SMM. You're more than welcome on the award. :)

You're welcome Miss U and I can't wait to see the contents of your handbag!

Buff you're right! LOL

I'm pleased you like the music Kim and you're welcome on the award. :)

You deserve the award CG. As I said to Ron it was a good day on the handbag front - no rubbish which is unusual!

I'm happy to pass the award on to my fellow Wordzzlers Diva Jood :)

Glad you enjoyed the contents of my bag Bee and you're welcome to the award. x

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Congratulations on your awards, Akelamalu! ((hug))

This meme is a scream. LOL!! Your handbag is very practical - wait till you get a look at mine - LOL!! I do like your three pens. Armed and dangerous, I say.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ohhh congrats on the awards. The contents of your handbag are all so neat and smart and stylish.

The mirror is lovely. I'll do this tonight if I get chance but I'm slightly worried, hee hee.

Carletta said...

Oh my, I feel like I should be in formal dress instead of pajama pants and a T-shirt!
Congratulations to you for all the awards you have been given - richly deserved.
I humbly accept the one you have bestowed on me. I will add your name to my sidebar in much appreciation.
I read your purse offering and when I saw 'find a story' in it I was thinking you would write a story using the contents as props and I wondered how that would go! :)

Akelamalu said...

I can't wait to see yours Julia, I'm intrigued now! :)

What you worried about Jo, have you got something illegal in your handbag? LOL

You're very welcome to the award Carletta. Write a story using the contents of your handbag for inspiration? You could start a new meme!

Anndi said...

Congrats on the awards.

I think Jimmy Hoffa is in my handbag...

Queenie said...

Babe closing down till after op, we have spoken on the phone so I know you understand. BTW, how long did you spend clearing your bag before the tip-up, come on gal we have shared loos...........

Shrinky said...

Aw, many congratulations on your awards hon, very well deserved they are, too!

But I'm sorry, there is no way on God's green earth that I believe you took that picture without having a serious clean out first - NO woman's bag is that pristine (please agree with me here, or I'll fall to pieces, I have to know I am not on my own in this..?)

Smalltown RN said...

Gosh I am so sorry I haven't been around much lately....I love the purse meme....and your purse looks so neat....mine is terribly much garbage...and I mean garbage....

Congratulations on your awards......

I'll be around more soon...take care!!

Suburbia said...

Everything in your bag looks so clean!!! I'm sure if I tipped mine out there would be sand and bits and sticky stuff all over everything!

Dianne said...

I love your handbag stories! especially the gift from your son :)

and thank you!! for the award. that is so cool of you

Anonymous said...

Ooh, ooh, I'm the 25th commenter!

Okay, silliness aside, congratualtions on the slew of awards. And I like this meme - I may well do this one.

Linda said...

And this is why I never carry a purse! Actually, I don't carry one because it messes up my back most of the time and my back needs no help in getting messed up!

Thank you so much for the award - that was so sweet of you! I am honored!

Akelamalu said...

LOL Anndi how big is your handbag?

Of course I understand Queenie, you're afraid to show the contents of your handbag! Only kidding babe, I DO understand. As for my handbag - seriously that's all that was in it besides the umbrella.

Sorry Shrinky that's all that was in it at the time. Another time it would probably have looked like yours!

Oh it's good to see you back RN! My handbag is not usually so tidy it just happened to be that day. Today is a different matter, but then I'm back at work now. :)

You made me LOL Suburbia with the sand thing. That would have been mine when the kids were young.

You're welcome on the award Dianne, you deserve it. Glad you liked the meme.

Oh yes do it Citizen, I'm a nosey parker so I'd love to see what you come up with.

There are time when I can barely lift my handbag, depending on where I'm going Linda! The day I did this I wasn't going anywhere so it was devoid of much of the clutter. Enjoy the award. x

Deb said...

Wow - lots going on in this post and congrats are in order to all! Now, your pocketbook/purse/handbag contents did not match your personality (as I know you and granted, I don't know you very well). I thought you would have some funky, fun, wild, colorful,silly creative items - because that is how I have come to know you over the past few weeks. Your items seemed rather conservative. I bet your umbrella is a bright color and maybe has designs all over it? :) Well, now I have been inspired to go clean out my purse/handbag/pocketbook which can be a scary task! Enjoy your day!

Marshall Family said...

WOW! Blog awards, meme's and contents of a bag!

Now you really ARE spoiling us!

Akelamalu said...

Oh Deb you got me all wrong I am quite conservative really, I didn't realise I came across as anything else. I can be fun though! :)

I like to spoil my readers Emmie, so glad you enjoyed it. :)

Travis Cody said...

Two things struck was how neat and tidy all your items were.

The second was the three appear to carry red, black, and blue. I have the same in my briefcase.

SMM said...

Btw Akelamalu hop over to my blog and check out a pic of me & my hubby on the red carpet :)

Cath said...

I saw your handbag just now at Jo's! Well, the contents, in that she is right - you look like you are a modern living girl, well prepared, neat tidy etc. My handbag would be more like Jo's! Great post.

Cath said...

Oh and congrats on your awards!

Annelisa said...

Looking at the contents of your handbag totally shamed me! Apart from a zillion bits of rubbish, I would've tipped out all sizes of tampons, receipts, bits of paper, bits of electrical stuff and more than one purse (the one you put your money in :-) )...I think mine's one of those tardis keep on finding more spaces in it with other bits and bobs lodged!

Loadsa awards as usual...but we all know you're a superstar! :-D

Akelamalu said...

I have a confession Trav I did put things straight after I'd tipped them out of my bag and the outside of the pens are different colours but they all write black!

Oooh nice, I'm on my way smm :)

Oh yes Cath that's me - a clean living girl ;)

Oh Annelisa my lovely it's so good to see you back! I am a bit of a neat freak!

storyteller said...

I apologize for taking so long to get here. I’ll take on this challenge sometime this week … maybe Wednesday? Thanks for sharing the award from Mimi … I did two Blog Blasts for Peace, but somehow missed this beautiful award from her. Congratulations on all your well-deserved awards and I’ll let you know when I do the meme.
Hugs and blessings,

Mimi Lenox said...

"My name's craft..not daft."
Ha ha!

I love the mirror that looks like an envelope. That is so cute! Your handbag is as prissy as mine and much much neater.
You don't have to carry your driver's license? Really?

What heartwarming stories in your purse. I love it!

And thank you for completing the meme and tagging others. I'll bet people are wondering ....doesn't she have anything better to do than sit around and make up a purse/handbag meme??

I need a life.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks for taking up the meme Storyteller I look forward to seeing what secrets your handbag holds!

I really enjoyed doing this Mimi and it's so interesting reading others too! You keep on making up memes and we'll keep doing them honey. xx

Mother of Invention said...

Man, I have way more in my purse! You have no little scraps or wrappers or junky gum packs?!!! Mine's a messy collection of granola bars, glucose test kits, needles, gum, wallet heavy with coin, loose coins along the bottom, kleenex, pens, datebooks, comb,long lost earrings.....yikes! I must clean it out more often! No wonder it's so heavy! Mine's big and black too.

CrystalChick said...

Hello! Visiting from Ron, altho I think I've stopped by once or twice before as we have a couple common bloggers! I love how you put the list of ones you read on the page that's linked to the comments. Terrific.
OH my dumping a handbag could be dangerous. I have two. Maybe I should just combine them and go for it. I've seen this meme alot before and others that I have to get working on!!!
Happy Day!
Mary :)

Akelamalu said...

:) I'm a very tidy person MOI ((wink))

Hi Crystal Chick, yesyou've visited me before and it's nice to see you again. I found this meme fun to do, I'll look forward to reading yours! I'll put you on my google reader so I know when you've done it. :)

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