My mom gave me these magnets as a gift when I was a teenager. Somehow they made it through many, many moves despite not always being on whatever refrigerator I rented/owned at the time.
My first true love encouraged me to buy this magnet while we were in Belgium. La vache's left ear fell off before I returned to the States, which should have been a sign for our failing relationship. I still have love him, it just wasn't meant to be. I love Hay infinitely more because he actually accepts me for who I am -- quirky and ditzy and uncaring about high-browedness, which is the opposite of what la vache symbolizes for me.
Upside-down kitty and bee balm.
These were created by a local artist who came to my house once and attempted to take professional photos of the kitties. We got one semi-decent photo of Ripley after a very long time of trying and decided to call it a day. She no longer does pet portraits. I like to think I'm responsible for that decision. :)
I love Andy Warhol (and his copycatters). I love Ben & Jerry's. Any questions?
Whitney Houston in bunny form.
My friend Kristen has this exact same magnet. I told her how much I liked it. She bought me one. Every time I see it I think of her. (Oh, and the Whitney thing refers to her kiss my ASS! quote on Being Bobby Brown. Guess she won't be saying that anymore...)
I heart choking.
My real estate buyer agent likes to send her homeowners little gifts. This was the gift one year for Valentine's Day. I think it's hilarious. I bet it saves my life one day.
These are yearly magnets I receive from Cooking Club of America, to which I am a lifetime member despite never paying any dues whatsoever. I'm really not sure how that is sustainable for them.
I am a paying member of this club. :)
It's quite possible that I stole this magnet off someone else's fridge, since I have no recollection of obtaining this and have never used their services for any reason.
I think I got this magnet at a vendor show. But, again, maybe I stole it off someone's fridge.
Mom gave me this magnet, too. Or, was it Gram? One of the maternals. I love it.
Window to the soul.
Also from Mom. Both my brother and I love Winnie-the-Pooh memorabilia. Our favorite is Eeyore, but Mom doesn't like to encourage our darker side so she gives us Christopher Robin and Pooh. I had always intended to put a photo of my niece and nephew in this frame, and never got around to it.
Clockwise from left: 1. Hay and I went on a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia a few years back and picked up this magnet at the Citadel. I love it there. I wish it were closer, or that I was like Hiro on Heroes and could teleport. 2. Texas (Lone Star State) is from B. It wasn't broken until I stuck the magnets in my bag to take photos of after work while waiting for Hay to pick me up. Sorry, B. :( 3. My friend and former co-worker went on a business trip to New Jersey to visit a problem client and asked me if she could get me anything while she was there. I asked her for a magnet. Ask and ye shall receive. Apparently. 4. I'm guessing I stole the Houston (ahem, not Austin) magnet or that it was given to us by Hay's best friend who used to live in Houston while working for Microsoft. I think. Or was that Kinko's? Whatever.
Closer-up photos of the state/province magnets as well as all other photos above are available at flickr.