Thursday, July 31, 2008

The 50 State Challenge

Okay, I have been thinking about doing this for awhile. I am dying to see if I can get a blogger from every state in the country to come forward. I did have a reader from Hawaii at one point. But she hasn't been around for awhile. Oh Oh and I did see Alaska run across my sitemeter one day and was so excited. But, yeah, she hasn't been around in awhile either. Hmmmm, was it my grammar? Oh well, you all are my friends now, and I want to know what state you are from. If you wouldn't mind, please leave a comment, even if you do so anonymously, and tell me what state you live in. I will tally 'em up and see who's got the biggest presence in this little part of blogosphere.

Then, I'm going to do state by state party post linking all the bloggers from a particular state.

I'll make dinner and serve wine or whatever, while you talk amongst yourselves and your homey's. Wanna play? Oh come on, pretty please. And, yeah, that means all you lurkers, ya gotta play along, too!

I'll go first!

Your comments so far are cracking me up. No, there won't be a bathing suit competition, but there might be a pie eating contest. In our gowns. And high heels. Go get your Spanx now.

Okay we need the following contestants:


Ms. Connecticut,
Ms. New Hampshire,
Ms. Vermont (never seen this one)
Ms. Maine (saw this one this morning. Why didn't you take your crown?)
Ms. Wyoming (might be tough)
Ms. Montana (must not have computers there)
Ms. Massachusetts (I have seen you a couple of times)
Ms. Delaware (hmmm?)
Ms. West Virginia (ooooh, I don't think I've ever seen WVA)
Ms. New Mexico ( Oh I saw you on Friday!!! Claim your crown!)
Ms. New Hampshire (Didn't you drop by in the last two weeks or so?)

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140 Comments:

Debbie said...

Virginia

Midwest Mommy said...

Alright, count me in :-)

Illinois!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Right next door in North Carolina!

(I TOTALLY feel like a Miss America contestant right now)

Meagan said...

The great state of Texas!!

Katy Lin :) said...

iowa!

Mamasphere said...

Representing California.

Lauren W said...

I'm here from Louisiana (but not for much longer... :D(And by that I mean I'm moving. Not that I hate your blog and never want to visit again.))

amanda said...

Washington, not DC. :)

Aubrey said...

Colorado in the House!

Lula! said...

Of course it's Virginia--we are BFFs, you know.

But can I claim Georgia, too? Wait...I'll leave that to Kat. I'm still claiming it in my heart, at least.

Jaci said...

Near Pittsburgh, PA. If this were Miss America I would never make it to the top 20. PA is always in the bottom ranks! We must have ugly pagent girls or something...

Kat said...

Thanks Lula for letting me claim Georgia. Even though you lust for Georgia in your heart...I am here now :-)

What a fun idea, Debbie! (And continued thanks for one of your other ideas...that morphed into my weekly Friday Follies...)

Anonymous said...

New Jersey! - (SIL) Christine

a future and a hope said...

2nd runner up ... from Virginia

The Mom said...

Fun idea, i was beaten to the punch for CA...but just had to say this was a neat idea for a post!

SKELLER said...

Just another CAlifornia Girl...

EEEEMommy said...

Indiana! Formerly of Virginia and Maryland and Pennsylvania. ;) Oh, and I lived in Berlin for 3 years too, does that count?

Megan said...

Virginia! And it is actually where I have lived my ENTIRE life. Just different parts of it.

Saving The Day said...

Melissa McKenzie ... Miss Wisconsin!

Er, wait. Miss Georgia!

I'm not sure which one to claim. How about Miss Limbo? No, I better go with Wisconsin since that's still what my driver's license says.

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

I'm in Illinois

Amy said...

Ms. Louisiana here!

I love your ideas! :0)

Madeleine's Mom said...

Another Texan!

Caroline said...

Hi, my name is Caroline (not Carolyn) and I'm Miss North Carolina. I like kittens, puppies, making cupcakes with pink frosting, and I dot all my "i's" with little hearts.

My platform is world peace!

Anonymous said...

I was your Hawaii...I didn't stop reading, we just moved! Now I live in Michigan! ~Daisy

Rene said...

Colorado here too but I'm close enough to Wyoming that if you don't get one of those, you can count me. It's just 30 minutes to the state border!

HeathahLee said...

I'm the first one from Mississippi! I feel so honored! But please, PLEASE don't have a swimsuit competition! : )

Megan B said...

Utah, Baby!

Nik said...

Some Music City love heading your way from Tennessee

{Anissa} said...

Sounds like fun
Born & Raised Cajun /Coonass
Louisiana

Jennifer P. said...

Idaho here--and I brought my potatoes :)! If you don't happen to get an Oregon, I use to live there and still go at least once a month. Guess I could claim dual-stateship.

(waving cheesily as my evening gown drags behind me and I exit the stage....)

Trish said...

Washington (not DC)
Vancouver (not canada)

But I can drive 10 minutes south pick up a wireless signal and come to you live from Oregon.

Do I really have to put on that evening gown, those shoes and all that makeup? I am totally a tomboy. (yes, still at the age of 35).

Can we just skip to the talent competition cuz I can juggle a soccer ball with my feet like nobody's business

Mom Taxi Julie said...

California here

Heather said...

Tally another Colorado..

Susie Harris said...

Hello.. My name is Susie Harris... Im from the bayou state... Louisiana ! Oh I want to play... this sounds like so much fun so count me in!

Bobbi said...

I'm from Kentucky!
Technically, Kentucky is not a state; it's a Commonwealth!
Count me in!

Jennifer said...

Hi yal! I'm Mrs. Virginia and I mean the REAL Virginia, not all the areas east of Winchester and north of Fredericksburg...that's just extended suburbs of Washington, yes DC.

I live in those parts now a days but I'm a Virginia native through and through. And we live in THE best state in the BEST country in the world! We claim more VA born Presidents than any other state, we have the BEAUTIFUL Blue Ridge Mountains, and the oldest River in the Northern Hemisphere, oddily enough it's called the New River! We have beaches and bays and more History then a teacher can cover in a year! And one of my favorites... we have four REAL seasons! We get snow in winter, we have 6-8 weeks of Spring flowers, Summers that will curl your hair with the humidty and fall leaves that will knock your socks off!

Can I just say I am a fan?!?! Somebody at the Tourism Bureau should be paying me! LOL

Oh and my platform for this beauty contest is Whirled Peas.

Yal come back and see us, k? I'll bring the sweet tea with fresh mint sprigs!

Jennifer

Kelly said...

Illinois!!!!

Shannon said...

Another TN girl here!

Z's Mom said...

Hey, I'm the first here from Missouri!!!!

Does that mean its just you and me for dinner on the MO night, Debbie?

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Since CaroLINE has gotten all uppity and taken over Miss North Carolina, I'll be happy to take on Miss Minnesota... since I spent... 31 years there and have been in NC for 4 months....

Monica said...

I haven't seen anyone from AZ yet! Phoenix rocks just not in the summer ~ yikes its over 100 right now.

Evi said...

Ahem...feeling a little left out here in the north...CANADA...not a state (apparently some U.S.ers believe we are...groan!)
But I was born in New York, NY. Does that count? That would make me the first one...so it may help your cause by default.

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

Karin ... Missouri
(although I am runner-up to z's mom. I think we need a recount. I have talents. Many talents. I always brush and floss [well, not actually]. I attended an Ivy League school [OK, the 'Ivy League of the Midwest' --- Z's mom will probably know where I'm talking about, but no one else will]. I hope one day we can save the whales and the world from global warming and I believe in burning corn cobs for heat and using CFL bulbs and...and...

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

And Tropical Polar Bears!
(I gotta win on that one)
*wink*
~kJ

Steph said...

FLORIDA is here! sorry I've been at Busch Gardens all day!

This Mom said...

Looks like I am second runner up from UTAH. Always the bridesmaid never the bride.

Karen said...

NEW YORK!!!! (Upstate, NOT the city..... In fact, I've lived most of my life here and I've never been to the City... I should fix that!!....)

Michelle said...

Yet another contestant from Illinois. I brushed up on my interview questions for you, too.

Jenni said...

Well, I have nothing new to add here, except perhaps talent;) I live in Washington State . . . probably very near Trish, just northwest of Vancouver. But I grew up in Idaho, near Jennifer P. and then lived ten years in Utah.

LaDonna said...

North Dakota gal here.

Elena said...

Idaho, again. Sheesh, I think I'm your 50th commentor. You'd think you would have representation from all 50 states, eh? This is fun to see where everyone comes from.

Strawberry Blonde said...

Count me in Debbie! I'm from Sweet Home Alabama. I'm even cuter than Reese Witherspoon. Ok, well, not really, but I did have my hair cut like hers once. That count??

I'm also a little short for a pageant dress and I'd kill myself in heels. Would cute jeans and a tee be ok, I mean I AM from Alabama.

-- Brandi

Emily said...

Washington state lurker. Home of the non-existent BigFoot. :)

Tiffany said...

California... I called out Nebraska on my blog a few weeks ago and someone showed! Now Montanna.. good luck.

Laura said...

OH - IO ! :)

Gramma 2 Many said...

Washington State. The Left Coast. About 208 miles north of Tricia. Too far away if you ask me.
I think I am Number 4 for Washington State.
Count Gina also. She is out camping in the rain and cannot get to a computer. She would be Washington also. About 15 miles northwest of me.

RJN said...
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RJN said...

When I met Debbie I was living in MD, does that count for the tally?

The Man

Feathering My Nest said...

Oh Debbie, I'm so excited! I've always wanted to be "Miss Oregon." This is such an honor. Fact: The first Miss America was 5'2 and weighed something like 112 pounds, kinda around my size. Can you imagine someone that short making it now in this time? Uuuuh uuuuh, no way. So, since I could never in real life enter the Miss Oregon padgent due to my short stature, I am totally thrilled for this opportunity to represent my state. I will not let them down. Thank you for asking me. This is fun. I'll take Chardonnay; thanks for offering wine. this is a celebration. Kathi

Kathi said...

Oh, sorry rjn.....I am currently living in Maryland, and I think that's in the official pageant rules. I think that makes me Ms. Maryland 2008.

We're neighbors Debbie! (Well, state neighbors anyway.)

Emily said...

TEXAS!

Moi said...

I am new but would love to join in! Florida!

M&M said...

does it count if i was born in another country? i'll take Mrs. Argentina if thats the case...

Julie said...

I am not in a State...but since Canada was accepted... you know I am a loyal friend and reader from Hungary.... (Budapest)

veronica said...

Debbie, I am a Minnesootan! Can I accept the crown? Please Please pretty please!! Hope to see you soon..

Mama Dawg said...

Mississippi representing (although I show up in any feeder as TN due to my work computer routing through Memphis).

Rick said...

MISTER! Oregon here. And yes, you can count me out on the bathing suit competition - wouldn't want to scar anybody for life.

http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

Tara said...

I'm your Ms. Nebraska...
And I'm a LURKER! I don't have a blog, I want one, but don't think I am creative enough! (Especially after reading yours!) I'll try to comment... thanks for all your great posts!

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

What a fun idea! I'm from Idaho.

Sissy said...

Another gal who lives in NC...but I used to live in Alaska...does that count? LOL.

Tracy P. said...

Debbie, you are so original!

But, rats! I thought I had Ms. Minnesota all sewn up, but Lizzie and Veronica piped in at the last minute! That's ok though, cuz I just can't do the strapless gown thing. I'll be glad to party with you!

And Caroline has my vote for Ms. Congeniality--she is TOO CUTE!

Anonymous said...

Minnesota represented!:) Love your blog!

Lisa

Carolina Mama said...

Carolina! North Carolina Tar Heels that is! ;)

Barry said...

Can I be MR. Texas...after all I am related to you! I'll even cook something on the grill for the party. How long will the party last???? Is there enough time....

Barry

Kori said...

Alabama here.

Hi ya'll

Missy said...

Another Kentucky blogger!
BUT I'm originally from the town that hosts the Miss Missouri Pageant. So...if you decided to do the pageant and need some double-stick boobie or behind tape, just holla! Gotcha' covered!
(And no, I wasn't a pageant girl, we just used it for dance competitions.)

Debbie, you have the most fun ideas! You're my #1 fave!

Jan Parrish said...

I'm in a Colorado and we're having a heat wave here.

claudia said...

New York (The city)..

Jennifer P. said...

You'll never get Montana. It took me SIX months to get a visitor dot on my map from there---and then it was my old college roomie reading while on a visit to her parent's house (then went back home to UT). I seriously had dots from every civilized nation and some not so civilized before Montana finally surfaced. They're like a rare albino buffalo or something!

Jennifer P. said...

oh yeah---sending Okalhoma your way right now. She's one of my readers!

Bobbie said...

Another one from Louisiana

Kendra said...

Add another one from Kentucky. Although I grew up in Indiana...

Monica said...

That is so cool that you have family here. You should visit more often ~ in the winter of course!

EEEEMommy said...

I know Alaska, I invited her to the party.
I know Hawaii too, but she's vacationing in PA (I know, weird), and I don't know if she's blogging...
I don't think I know Montana. Sorry. :(

Brian and Staci said...

Mrs. Oklahoma is right here!!! Can you see me with my "twist the lightbulb--touch the pearls" wave??? Jennifer P. sent me your way....I'm hoping there is a crown involved some how!!!!! Gotta go...gotta warm up those batons! This is gonna be sooo much fun...can't wait!

Tonya said...

Idaho for 13 years now, my first 23 were spent in Oregon. Love them both despite their vast differences! I love stopping by your blog too, but don't usually comment since I don't have a blog to direct anyone to.

I'm not really the pageant type. I'd rather be out camping, playing softball or volleyball, anything where make-up is optional. I could be talked into the pie eating... ; )

Connie said...

Michigan is in the house.

Karen said...

Nevada!!! That's pronounced Ne-va-duh (a as in cat) :-)

And I gracefully accept the crown for both Nevada and New Zealand !!!

Do you want me to bring along a pavlova for dessert ??

I've got a nice NZ chardonnay in the fridge as well...

Joyfulsister said...

Aloha from Sunny Honolulu, Hawaii..

Melissa said...

Ooh! Ooh! I lived in SD for 5 years! Can I be SD since you already have a FL. My firstborn child was conceived and born East River (Missouri River). That's a South Dakotan term. Hot Tub Lizzy would probably be familiar since she spent a lengthy amount of her life in MN...BTW, Lizzy, love your mall with no sales tax! Fabulous.
Holy Buckets and dontcha know! Can you detect my midwestern accent? I'm really trying here, Deb. Let me know!

Caroline said...

Tracy P nominated me for Miss Congeniality? WOW, I graciously accept! Thanks!

And I'm still from NC - just so you know.

World Peace.

Rhea said...

I know you already have a Texas, but I'm in Texas, the Dallas area.

Kathi said...

To Tara the Lurker,
Go ahead and start a blog. It's so much fun!


To Debbie,
Trying to find someone from Montana....and also trying to get your comments to 100!!

Love ya!

HappyHourSue said...

Pennsylvania - home of - really bring old stuff.

Lori said...

representing Washington state, and am a lurker...wink...;'

Aaron said...

Oh, how fun! I linked you from Kathi's blog.
I am SC!

Sondra said...

Sorry, didn't realize I was signed in under my son's (Aaron) name. I am SC.

stefanie said...

PA lurker.

Can I be Miss Belated?

I was late here, and I am about to be late for work.

Nichole said...

Hi there. I just ran across your blog today :o). I'm from South Dakota, lived here all 28 years of my life.

Lynn - the piggy bank painter said...

Well, I saw a couple people from Pennsylvania, but I thought I would put myself out there anyway. Born and raised in sw Pa. Go Steelers!!!

* I'm having a CONTEST! Have you entered yet? *

Britt said...

Miss .. er, Mrs. Iowa number two :o)

Kimba said...

Another Pennsylvania!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Geesh...don't those ladies from N.C have anything better to than blog...yep...another one from NC. I guess I'd be happy if I get in the top ten. They still get really pretty roses.:)

K-Sch said...

I'm a Kansas girl ... all my life!!

Melissa Lester said...

In my best pageant voice: I'm Melissa Lester from Alabama!

Suzanne said...

Sheesh, I thought I'd put in my bid for Miss Illinois, but I must have gotten called away before I hit the "send" button.

Can I please have the Miss Illinois sash? If it's taken then how about the Miss Hog Farmer crown?

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Lindsay said...

Another Utah...number 4? lol!

Jenkins said...

Another VA gal. Will always be a VA gal, married into a family business that covers NoVA.
Not to bad of a place to be stuck. But I always wanted to be a Southern California girl. Oh well, it will be nice for vacations!

Amy said...

One more Pa girl.

Celeste said...

I'll be in your international group.

Canada

Carrie Thompson said...

The Great State of Texas

Lee Ann said...

Add another Washington....with Trish!

Kristen said...

Arkansas! (I think I got caught lurking!!)

Priscilla said...

I am from upstate NY...not to be confused with that city, which is a good 5 hour drive away from me.

reneegrace said...

its me, reneegrace from http://alifeofbalance.wordpress.com MORE importantly... from ALASKA! :) eeeemommy sent me over. HI!

Tiffany said...

Congrats to Kat on being chosen Ms. Georgia. I'll take runner-up any day of the week!

MoziEsmé said...

Mozambique here. Any other contenders?

Sidney said...

Can I still sign up? Since I'm technologically challenged, I figured I'd just let you link me to the 50-state blog...if you don't mind.

Texas, dahlin'....

Melanie said...

I'll chime in for West Virginia. Just saw this on SITS. Let me know what I need to do.

kari said...

i'd be honored to represent the spicy state of new mexico!!!

Karen said...

Commenting from Michigan!

Marla said...

the evergreen state seems covered... but we can always use more to show you that we are "the other washington" and that we do on occasion get sun in Seattle... Thank goodness this isn't a bathing suit contest... got you covered with the button on my site as well.

Emily said...

My husband is from West Virginia ... and I've been there more times than I can count to visit my lovely mother-in-law. Can that count?

He can be Mr. West Virginia lol

GrandmaKathleen said...

Representing the ocean state of Rhode Island

TheMama said...

I linked up on the new site, but I had to come back here and represent for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Where the heck are all the MA bloggers??

Listen, I know it's been really rainy in New England lately, but I assure you we did not magically move across the country to Seattle!

~Trish~ said...

Hellooooo from Kansas!!

Jess said...

Number 4 from the Bluegrass state!! Gotta love the horsey's!! They bring in the money.

I was born in CA, raised in Alaska, UT, MI, NM, ITALY(yes overseas) and lastly stopped here in KY and have been bred here since 1994. It's were my roots are and wouldn't have it any other way.

Bobbi, Missy, Kendra *wave*. I know where Bobbi is... I'll be venturing over to Missy and Kendra as soon I'm done here.

Great Idea Debbie!!

Jessica
MomDot Street Team

Perez Family Spot said...

BIG state of TEXAS!! I really really wanna win something!!

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Count me in for Massachusetts please!

Jan Ross said...

Hi, count me in from OHIO! Even if I don't win, this is fun! :) (But that doesn't mean I don't want to win, either!!!!) ~Jan

armyfamilyok said...

Raising my hand and standing in for the Army in Oklahoma!! Oh, and kiddo IS an Okie....poor thing!! LOL

Count me in!!

Christine said...

Pennsylvania signing in.......well more Pennsy signing in........

ohhollyf said...

Va, but I'm not a Yankee, LOL

creative said...

Ontario, Canada

Jen :)

Shay said...

Another Alabama gal!

Shelia said...

Hey, Darling! I've just found you and I'm a Texas gal ~ a Texas Gulf Coast kinda gal. I live on an island, soooooo, if you have a Texas gal already ~ maybe I can count as a different Texas gal because I'm not connected to America!! ;)

Shelia ;)

Aloha Monkey said...

I'm FROM Hawai'i, but currently reside in Lacey, Washington :)

Tina said...

Another from Tennessee.

We are the girls . . . said...

I'm claiming one for the Floridians, although I'm a traveler myself. :)

Forever Wishful said...

Hi I'm Nicole and could easily represent three regions in the world: Trinidad and Tobago (country I was born); the Caribbean (my culture) or Renton, WA (state) my new home. Glad to have met you all and hope the blog keeps running strong!