Award Yourself

Pin an award to your lapel! I did this today, inspired by my own style post, and it’s making me very happy.

Fourth Grade Solo Champion!

I won this award 20 years ago when I played clarinet in the fourth grade. It says:

Illinois Grade School
Music Ass’n

Do you know how funny an award that says “Ass’n” is to a fourth grader? I still think it’s funny.

44 Responses to “Award Yourself”

  1. jbhat February 12, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    That IS funny. And my oh my. You look absolutely STUNNING in that photo.

  2. robin February 12, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    haha! not very well thought out by the maker. perhaps if they knew you’d still be sporting it to this day, they’d have put a little more thought into it! very cute :o)

  3. gjmaki February 12, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I thought that medal looked familiar! I got a bunch of those in my elementary school violin-playing days!

  4. Danielle February 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Cute accessory! It almost looks like a war metal! lol…Ass’n…

  5. Natalie February 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    haha cute :)

  6. Scraps February 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    I recognized that medal-style, too! Ours (in Florida) are a little different but there’s no mistaking a Solo/Ensemble medal :)

  7. Jess February 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Great idea!
    Alas, I don’t have any pretty little awards :(

  8. Little Paper Dog February 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    giggles ;)

  9. Carrie February 12, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Great Picture of you! Sexy!

  10. Melissa February 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Ooohhh great idea! I have medals from time served overseas. I may have to try this out. So clever and fun.

  11. Alison February 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I have several medals like that as well from an Illinois elementary school. :) Now the question is where are they now?

  12. Rebecca February 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    I recognize that dress! I went out and bought it today at lunch, having seen it here last week. Chic and springy!

  13. Kristin Clemesn February 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    That’s hilarious! May I ask what color the eye shadow is you’re wearing. It’s so pretty!

  14. Susie February 12, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    I’d love to know what makeup you use too! Besides just the eye shadow, I mean.

  15. Leslie February 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Love this post – definitely made me laugh out loud!! :)

  16. Melissa February 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Now I want to go out and buy a medal to pin on my cardigan. I am crazy about brooches and pins of all sorts so this idea is just to cute.

  17. elise February 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Love it! Now, do I go with chorus or perfect attendance?!

  18. Cody February 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    I was just thinking about doing something like this the other day. My mom still has my old Girl Scouts paraphernalia, and I really want to put the badges and pins on my bag and coat.

  19. Nuit February 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Nicole you look stunning! and that pin is just too cute!

  20. eileen February 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    i have a few of those ;) i should dig them out

  21. Melanie February 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    That was a good laugh right there!

  22. Maggie February 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    I have a ton of those music pins too! haha Hilarious

  23. Amanda February 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    That’s hilarious! As a kid I was afraid that I might mysteriously drop dead in class after writing the “ass” part of “assignment” and everyone would think I was terrible. So, I would always write the “ass” part really quickly just in case…


  24. VelocityJohn February 13, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    That is too funny. Ass’n pin. I remember back in the 80s, us boys in L.A. used to wear these strange medal pins ala the new romantic movement. It was an interesting time back then for sure for fashion.

  25. jules @the diversion project February 13, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    that’s a hoot – i find that pretty funny and i’m way past 4th grade.

    Your hair is looking particularly cool!!


  26. Amy February 13, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    I love the medal. I need to find some.

  27. Marija February 13, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    I have the same medal for the same thing! (I’m also in the western suburbs!). Though I have to admit, I’m not sure what I did with the medals and my clarinet is MIA, too? We should all send you photos of ourselves wearing ours! Too funny! Such a fun, cute blog! I’ll definitely be back…

  28. abigail February 13, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    This post made me go put eyeshadow on.

  29. Ashley February 13, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What kind of camera are you using?

  30. B February 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    I was just about to ask about your camera and saw that Ashley beat me to it! I’m sitting at my dining room table with my brand spankin’ new G11 in front of me. :)

    Love the medal. Too cool for school.

  31. Kari February 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    You’re tilting profile is adorable. Love the hair.

  32. Kari February 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    I meant “your tilting profile.” That’ll teach me to proof before I hit submit. Or not.

  33. Cheryl February 14, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Your inside beauty shines through here . . . genuine and lovely.

  34. geri litzen February 15, 2010 at 3:44 am #

    Neat pin and great idea. Way to stir up old memories. Cool!

  35. French furniture February 15, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    It’s sweet and funny!

  36. Sonja February 15, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Excuse-moi, but did you lose a 100 pounds or so? :-) You look marvelous!

  37. Kenziepoo February 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Haha, so cute!

  38. Kelsey February 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    You look GORGEOUS in this photo. Like a model.

  39. Henriette February 16, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    You are very lucky. All I won in my life was a box of tictacs. That too i cheated. LOL. BTW. You are a hot one. And whats with the medal of honor badge?

  40. lori February 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    i really love your hair in this photo. i wish i could see more! and i’m in total love with that pin. better lock your doors so i don’t come and swipe it! ;)


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