Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Mean Meme

Robin at Pensieve has issued the most difficult meme EVAH. And like Robin, when I get an assignment, it consumes me until I can get it completed, like a monster gnawing on the back of my brain, threatening to end my life if I don't get it done. Call me anal retentive.

As Robin put it, "It started with Lisa Samson over at Author Intrusion who asked Rachelle and others 'to show [their] morning faces! Yes, she wants to see that no-makeup, just-got-up, haven't-had-coffee-yet face. Are you up for it???' Rachelle, in her post, went on to explain, 'Lisa slyly asks us... if we don't want to do it...why not?'"

Why not?!?!?! Because we are going to scare off our READERS, that's why not! Then again, I don't have a blog for fame and fortune, so what the heck.

I figure I'd start where this process begins - at night. This was taken after I'd washed off my makeup and was ready for bed. That's why I have a happy smile - I get to go lay down and REST! Well, that, and I just finished a glass of wine before brushing my teeth.
Okay - here it comes. The WORST look of the day. Hair askew, and barely able to hold up my coffee cup. This was taken only after I had POURED the coffee. Not after I had taken any sips. No makeup. Puffy eyes. Only able to force a smile because I know it's all for YOU.
This is my coffee cup. LARGE coffee cup. It gets me thru the morning, and see that french press in the background? If you don't have one, GET ONE. Makes the best coffee in the world. However, I program the automatic one so that I don't have to think that early in the morning.Since I'm baring it all - why not one FRESH OUT OF THE SHOWER? And yes, I'm naked. And no, you can't see. But the smile is wider, because I finally got to drink some of that coffee. to the finished product. As a reference, my alarm goes off at 6:45AM. Much to Roger's dismay, I usually hit the snooze button until at least 7:03AM. It takes me a total of 3 minutes to put on my makeup. Impressive, huh? I don't wear much. (MAKEUP. You're still thinking about that shower pic. I know it.) Flattening the mess that is my nappy-head takes about 10 minutes, if I blow dry it first. I'm usually out the door and in the car by 7:55AM. I'm a low-maintenance girl, for sure. And all that, while sharing the bathroom with The Offspring, Roger and sometimes the cat.
Okay, I've completed the meme. I won't blame any of you who decide to abandon my blog after this post! Especially after I tag the following to show their morning face: Marnie, Julie, Mist(who I can't imagine being brave enough), Shauna, and Arkansas Songbird! You may all commence to hating me now.


Robin said...

Good gracious woman! You don't do anything half way, do you? You look fabulous before, during and after, naked, dressed, WHATEVAH!

But I see your sneaky diversionary tactics--different, cool lighting, and COFFEE to woo and lure your readers into a calm, serene state.

Smart...pretty...imaginative. Yep, you're the total package.

Thanks for having fun with this!

Claudia said...

I like your hair both mussed up and straight!!

C said...

I think you look good both ways. the make up glams you up.

Susan in va said...

I love the before and after photos! Great job! You are truly bold AND beautiful - I don't think you could look bad if you tried ;)

Karmyn R said...

Another beauty. I love your hair curly too - do you ever just mousse it and let it go au natural?

So far I haven't seen anyone who looks as bad as me in the morning!

Kila said...

Good job, and you look great!

I spent good money on a perm so I could look like your second-to-last photo!

Pamela said...

You are a brave heart. But, then you look like a princess, too.

Desert Songbird said...

You know, it's a crime that any woman could look that gorgeous first thing in the morning and then CLAIM to look terrible. You're a wretch, Tigg.

Rachelle said...

Wow, I love the way you did this! Great pictures! It definitely takes some courage to do this but you look mah-velous, dahling! Thanks for playing along!

Matt said...

I still say you're the prettiest African American woman I know, Tigger.


Tiggerlane said...

robin - I figured if I was going to do it, might as well expose it all! Still wondering if anyone will ever come back.

claudia - thanks! There are some benefits to having naturally curly hair.

c - thanks...I usually have rubbed all the makeup off my face by noon. :-)

susan - you are too kind! Maybe I should post photos of me when I'm mad. Then I KNOW I'm not pretty!

karmyn - YES! On days when it's going to rain a lot, or the humidity is high, I just spray some Biosilk gel in it, scrunch, and go. Very easy to do, but I like the straight look better.

kila - isn't it funny how those of us with curly hair want straight hair, and vice versa?

pamela - thanks! I wish we were ALL brave enough to do this!

desert songbird - did you not see the puffy eyes? Seriously - I hate my morning look.

rachelle - thanks for stopping by! I'm going to have to post some glamour photos later on to redeem myself.

matt - thanks. Wonder when my restitution will kick in?

mist1 said...

Very few people see me. Sometimes, I email pictures of my toes.

marnie said...

Oh my.. now everyone will know I am a cross-dressing man.

This could be scary... verrrrry scary.

Arkansas Songbird said...

You've got to be kidding!! You tagged me?!!! You know I ain't gonna play fair with this assignment, but I'll get to it sooner or later. And, girl, you are daydreaming if you really think you are LOW maintenance. Ha!! If you're low maintenance then I'm NO maintenance. You crack me up!!

Piglet said...

aren't you glad that other people don't see us as we see ourselves? i sure am. you are gorgeous in all your photos, makeup or no. and, i'm not just sayin' it to be nice.

Matt-Man said...

That's funny Tigger. And if I may say, there isnt much difference from start to finish, and yes, I mean that in a good way. You are one of the fortunate people who doesnt need much visual help. Cheers!!

Tiggerlane said...

mist1 - so, are you all bark and no bite? Your stories are so fantastic - would be just too overwhelming to see the face, right?

marnie - I always think I resemble a man when I'm not wearing makeup. Especially when I'm mad. I won't judge!

arkansas songbird - now what makes you think I'm high maintenance? Is the dazzling accessories? The tan? The clothes? MUST be the shoes...

piglet - you are too sweet! And yes, I'm glad others aren't as critical, or I would be living in a bell tower somewhere as a hunchbacked hermit.

matt-man - you must be sporting the wine-goggles today, but thanks ever so much. My ego is all pumped!!

Anonymous said...

I can't remember how I found Lisa's blog and this challenge but it's the best one I've seen in ages. You look kind of Amelie-ish in the first photo.

Tiggerlane said...

margi - I've never seen the movie "Amelie" - if that's what you're referring to --- but the girl on the cover is very dramatic!