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Come Saturday Morning

Jessica of Daughter of Opinion asked me to post a photo of what I look like the minute I wake up in the morning for her “Rise and Shine” photo challenge.   Here is what Jessica looks like in the morning.  Of course she loves this photo challenge idea because she would be beautiful with mud on her face.  I thought Hilly and Karl looked sexy in their photos.  I’m not a bad fan of overly made-up people, anyway.

Ugh, but I look like a mess in the morning.

Here’s my photo from when I first woke up. 


I forget the name of the woman in bed with me.  Give me a break!  I show her a good time!  Isn’t that enough?  Do I have to remember her name?

Ha Ha.  I know some of you are gullible, but that really isn’t me.   Here I am. 


And yes, I do sometimes fall asleep with my glasses on.  

Show yourself — if you dare!

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  OK, I cheated.  Sophia scolded me as vain, so here is the REAL very first photo, the one before I put on my glasses and straightened my hair.


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  1. Finn

    Hmm. Do I dare?

  2. Roberta

    I am having comment issues… I could not leave one for Jessica. I would have said something clever and biting like, “You are gorgeous. I’ll try it tomorrow”. (had the comment gods allowed it.)

  3. laurie

    Yeah, sure. You people who have significant others can post because you don’t have to worry about needing to ever date again.

  4. Jessica

    I LOVE IT!!!!

    You look MUCH better in your second photo – too much “Dapper Dan” in the first. Thanks, Neil.

  5. sizzle

    i’m gonna do it. promise. maybe next week. i like joining the party late and making an entrance. 😉 that’s probably why i still have not posted my interview meme.

    neil, you look sexy in that photo. rawr!

  6. Jessica

    See? That is why I love Sophia…she understood the true reason for my “challenge” and held your feet to the fire.

  7. Hilly

    Haha, go Sophia! I would have loved to have put some powder on my face to get rid of the red splotchies but noooope.

    I like the real one better anyway; bed head is sexy.

    (ps to the person who said we marrieds may never have to date again, that might not always be true!)

  8. Beaman

    You’re a brave man but it is easier for us chaps to show photos like that. Not that I’m showing mine. :p

  9. Not Faint Hearted

    Is it just the Saturday afternoon margaritas, or are both pictures of the real morning Neil kinda blurry? Like pre-caffeinated photos…

  10. Jo

    Brave, brave man! I took at least twenty shots before I would post one! Photos this early, sans make-up and post 40 is a hard, hard ask.

  11. Dagny

    Hmmm. Think I’m glad that I don’t post photos. Because I don’t think the world is ready for my first thing in the morning look.

  12. Stacey

    I love these photos! What a fun meme. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll take part, of course.

  13. Two Roads

    Katherine Hepburn – how could you forget.

  14. Karl

    You rock the bedhead, dude.

  15. jenny

    ok – i love that sophia called you out on this!

    and call me crazy, but i think w/o the glasses, you’ve got a sexy young dustin hoffman in the graduate thing working.

    mrs. robinson

  16. better safe than sorry

    i agree with jenny, i am seeing that graduate thing but i’m not seeing a difference in the hair thing? i guess that tumbled-out-of-bed-hair is part of your bad boy image.

  17. Ariel

    What a baffling idea… How can you possibly hold a camera steady and point it at your face when you’re still half asleep?

  18. V-Grrrl

    You’re bold, brave, and crazy. I would never do this. I feel sorry for the mirror when I look into it first thing in the morning.

    And Jessica? That Grrrl could be Julia Roberts bed double. Rowr!

  19. Eileen

    You have that rumpled thing down. I love that the photos are just a smidge blurry- like you couldn’t focus.

  20. Long Story Longer

    This is so fun. You kids are braver than I am! I agree with Laurie – some of us will still need to get a date or two at some point in our lives. No way.

  21. churlita

    Um, yeah. I think it’s totally adorable that you were willing to do that, but I’ve just started dating a guy who reads my blog, and I don’t want to scare him away this early.

  22. Atomic Bombshell

    I simply adore your taste in fakery. The real photos aren’t so shabby either.

  23. ExpatJane

    Argh…I did it. Why? Dunno, but I did it.

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