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July 14th, 2010

Recently I came upon a new blog on tumblr called Catalog Living - the life and times of fictional Gary & Elaine who live in the pages of our catalogs.  Yeah, like who knew Gary & Elaine were even there!?  Catalog Living is the hysterical brainchild of Molly Erdman (the  actress who plays the “wife” from the Sonic commercials).   It’s genius.  GENIUS.  There’s a great article at the Chicago Tribune about Catalog Living - my favorite part was the quote from Molly, “Wouldn’t it be funny if I put these pictures up and made little captions for them?”.  I love that.  When I think all the way back to mid-1970 and being in the 7th grade - and we would write naughty captions in the photos of our ancient 1950’s school books - and could now be a success at it?  Holy schmokes… it’s like a dream come true!

So now I’m thinking, as Catalog Living skyrockets into internet and twitter superrockstardom… it’s probaly too late to ask Molly Erdman if she could “Catalog My House”.   Kind of like Pimp My Ride, or like asking James Earl Jones to record my outgoing voicemail message… but what would Gary & Elaine say/do if they lived in my house.  WWG&ED.

Hot Water

Hot Water

Hot Water (behind the scenes)

If you make house calls, Molly… my door is open. I may have to resort to trying my hand at it. In the last photo, “Liberty and Madison fear being plucked out of the audience during Bob, Triskit and Mother Clucker’s ‘In Hot Water’ performance“. I think I better leave it to the professionals.

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32 Responses

  1. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    You always crack me up….your brain is right there, too!!!!

  2. The fabulous Caroline allegedly said:

    Too funny. The dog looks pretty captivated! ;)

  3. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Bob stopped eating his delicious hamburger, lovingly prepared by Triskit, to glance disdainfully at Liberty, who said that the chickens body looked like a cauliflower in this photo.

  4. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    I think the dog is the one who put Burger Boy into the pot and is now wondering if red means done and will he taste like meat? lol

  5. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    When I first went to the Catalog Living website a week or so ago, I had to read Every. Single. Caption. My husband thought I was crazy because I kept laughing out loud at the computer. So so funny!

  6. The fabulous Robyn of Coffee & Cotton allegedly said:

    O M G!!! You Cannibal You!! And just HOW did that hole get in the pack of freekie looking dolly’s head?? Only the dog knows eh? Sick, sick, sick… AND I LOVE IT!! :D

  7. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    satire is my favorite type of humor. Utah is not the satire capital of the world, however. So I’ve gotta read that blog. There actually is a satirical blog that makes fun of utah young moms. We read that sometimes (my girls and I) and it is pretty funny. Sometimes I think “I hope my blog doesn’t sound like that so people can make fun of it!” Anyway, the pics are wonderfully funny. My fav is your dog looking at the set-up. Fantstic.

  8. The fabulous Theresa allegedly said:

    Thanks for another waste of time! I mean that in the most sincerest way!
    You hooked me up to The People of Walmart awhile back.
    Keep them coming!

  9. The fabulous jan allegedly said:

    Too funny. I am adding both your site and the catalog life site to my blog list.

  10. The fabulous Jamie allegedly said:

    Too funny…I love that chicken!

  11. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    Even your dog thinks you’re crazy. Funny how my girl gives me the same look.

  12. The fabulous Pat Sloan allegedly said:

    ahhhhhhhh more things I MUST READ.. it’s pretty funny!

  13. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    Just popped over to Catalog Living…OMG, so funny…gotta keep reading! :-) “Secretly, Gary had always wondered if all these children were indeed his.” LOL

  14. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    You’re too funny SW1 — definitely the humor in the family. Thanks for the great link — that site’s really funny too!

  15. The fabulous Eugenia allegedly said:

    Absolute genius. I can hardly keep up….Could I be jealous of such an uncluttered perfection?

  16. The fabulous Coralene allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh. Is that the JB’s Big Boy?! I haven’t even thought about JB’s in years!

    This is totally bizarre, but when I was five or six, my mom took me to her boyfriend’s parents’ home and they let me play dress up in, and keep, all these fancy old stage play costumes. I was wearing heels and fishnets and a boa (um… looking back, yikes) and my mom took me to JB’s afterward. It was in a mall at the time, and this man walked into the mall and started shooting a SHOTGUN into the air! The wildest part was that in the restaurant, it was somebody’s birthday, and while the guy was outside going nuts, this waitress came out of the back, holding a cake and singing “Happy Birthday”!

  17. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    i have to check this out! those pictures make me so happy

  18. The fabulous Leona allegedly said:

    Love it! Once again, thanks for the hysterical post.

  19. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    “My pots bigger than your pot.”

  20. The fabulous Marcia allegedly said:

    I checked them out….theirs are funny, but your’s are way cuter.

  21. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    OMG, I just fell in love with Gary and Elaine. Truly brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

  22. The fabulous Julia allegedly said:

    Hi Monika,
    I recently found Gary & Elaine, too, via twitter…so great!
    Love your own catalog pics… & Pams comment cracks me up ;o)

  23. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Thank you, Monica, for sharing another great blog. Just laughed and laughed and laughed - please keep sharing!?!

  24. The fabulous Leslie Schmidt allegedly said:

    Thanks for the nudge to go to Catalog Living. I don’t get those catalogs, and now I see why. There’s just no room for giant balls of twine in my house. I know I’d feel a whole lot more excited visiting your home than one of those plastic places. You have a much more romantic home, what with guys walking around shirtless and everything.

  25. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Monica…you just always make me smile! And I LOVE the look on your dogs face in the last picture…just like, “I can’t believe this crazy lady is doing this AGAIN” kind of look. LOL!! LOVE IT!!!!

  26. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    HAHA! Your photos are HILLLLLARIOUS! and the dog hahaha!

  27. The fabulous amylouwho allegedly said:

    yes, that new blog is HILARIOUS! I love it. And I think you should have a caption contest. That do that in the Washington Post every week. I can’t remember if it’s actual photos or cartoons. But I think you’ve already demonstrated above that you could put together some pret-ty funny dioramas for us to caption!

  28. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    OMG !!!! You just KNOW I love this stuff !!!! I’m thinking that Gary and Elaine have consulted Martha Stewart because they’re such a busy working couple and they’re tired of fast food and just don’t have time to cook dinner every night …. so they took Martha’s adivice and with a well stocked pantry and a few surprise ingredients, they too are having nice home cooked meals AND saving $ too!!!
    “KIDS !!!! Dinner is ready !”

  29. The fabulous Naomi Vela allegedly said:

    Hi there, just thought I’d pop in and say thank you to you for the Jingle Jolly Runner tutorial….I just made one for a challenge I’m in….check out the pic on my blog if you have time. Thanks for a great tute. Hugs Naomi

  30. The fabulous Mary ann allegedly said:

    Geez, now I have another blog with which to avoid my very important work, thanks! And of it all, my fav is the dog, his face says it all. “Take me away Calgon.”

  31. The fabulous Elaine allegedly said:

    I had a kitchen stove like that when I was a kid. Left it and refrigerator in my mom’s attic when cleaning out her house…that and the fridge I regret not getting…many happy hours playing with it.

  32. The fabulous Linda Dalton allegedly said:

    I LOVE Catalog Living! Your blogs are great…so glad I found you! Is there a way to become a follower on your page? I couldn’t see a link? Would that make me a Happy Zombie Groupie? Oh…that has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Have a loverly Sunday Monica! :)

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