I tomato you…

6 May

I am guilty of loving inside jokes. Luckily, my cousin married a woman who has become a great friend of mine and partner in crime when it comes to ridiculous inside jokes. We don’t even know how many of them started.

On our birthdays we, along with another cousin, send gifts that make no freaking sense to anyone else, but complete sense to each other. I sent her and my other cousin stuffed emus one year (it is amazing what you can find online). Did you know that the “turkey legs” at Busch Gardens are actually emus? No? Now you do!

This year, as you know, I turned 30. My cousin-in-law informed me that my gift did not arrive as scheduled due to New England’s iffy weather. I was intrigued. What could she have sent me that would be impacted by the weather? A live emu of my very own?

I soon found out!

A tomato plant. Yes, this apartment dwelling, non-tomato eater with a black thumb received a tomato plant. I love it.

You see, somehow we started saying “I tomato you” instead of “I love you.” I think its because we were saying we wanted to throw tomatoes at each other out of love and then it went somewhere else and somewhere else and finally became this inside joke. You don’t have to understand. We get it.

Luckily, my boyfriend has a green thumb. I went to dinner with friends and when I came home, he had repotted the plant and had it set up on my windowsill. He has been nurturing that baby and perked it right up! I get reminders to bring it inside, close the window or move it into the sun. He swears we’ll have homegrown tomatoes even I will love.


My windowsill garden

I tomato this kiddo!

I tomato you all! Do you have any funny inside jokes?

Kim from Being A Wordsmith is doing a Blog Every Day in May Challenge. Yesterday’s topic was about bloggers you love and Kim called me out! Funny because I love her blog, too!

In true me fashion, I signed up for another challenge for May. This one has no real rules- it is my kind of challenge. While I am not a huge cusser myself, I do support the reasoning behind the challenge. Plus, I don’t even have to do it every day! Check out the ABC’s of Swearing.

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43 Responses to “I tomato you…”

  1. megan May 6, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    How fun! I love inside jokes. I have several with my friends and family. they come in handy when one of us is feeling down. you can always use them to cheer someone up!

  2. Dana May 6, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    My husband and I have a bunch of inside jokes, of course, I am drawing a blank right now. My daughter and her friends fill their bday cards to one another with all their inside jokes – they have a ton! Enjoy your tomato plant – may it flourish under your care πŸ™‚

    • Another Clean Slate May 6, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      Drawing a blank or not PG to share? Only kidding!

      Hoping it flourishes in spite of my care πŸ˜‰

  3. dee May 6, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I tomato inside jokes! I share a lot of those with my friends and I like to give inside joke gifts too. πŸ™‚

  4. Ellen Musselman May 6, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Find tis all interesting and a touch with you!!!!! Mema

  5. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice May 6, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Love it!!! We all should tomato each other more!!!

  6. Kate May 6, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Inside jokes are always the best jokes.

    Hope you are having a great start to your week.

    Kate x
    Kate at Home

  7. carly5482 May 6, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Inside jokes now forever remind me of the scene in Bridesmaids where Kristen Wiig and Helen are giving their speeches and no one has any idea what the hell they are talking about.

  8. The Next Step May 6, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Don’t you need two plants, and bees, to get tomatoes? That whole cross-pollination thing? I’m not sure – I don’t do indoor plants.

    I do love the good inside jokes though. My mother in law planted a shit-ton of stuff at the house my hubs bought from his parents and that I eventually moved into. He started getting all “rosie-eyed” about being “self sufficient on the land” (the whole .31 acres) and I said, “I’m not planting a fucking Victory Garden for chrissake!” – and when I told the story to a friend of mine she LOVED it and now we giggle and say “victory garden” every time we see someone growing vegetables.

  9. The Dose of Reality (@TheDoseTweets) May 6, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Love it! Such a sweet sentiment and a thoughtful gift! πŸ™‚ We have lots of inside jokes, too and nothing is more fun than when we can translate those into gifts!-The Dose Girls

  10. Janine Huldie May 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Oh god, I have such a black thumb and actually decided this year to give my mother and my mother-in-law, glass pottery pots decorated with the girls’ handprints for Mother’s Day. We used top soil and planted seeds that my husband got from work on Earth Day. I did this yesterday and now need to try to get these plants thrive and survive until next Sunday. Wish me luck, lol!! Very cute story and loved the inside joke πŸ™‚

  11. thevoltz2000 May 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    My brother, his wife and I have a joke about “smashing” the dog, which really means give it huge hugs and kisses while simultaneously wrestling it to the floor. It’s sort of spilled over into other areas as well that perhaps don’t sound as good when you say it publicly such as “I smashed my kids good this weekend”.
    I am hoping Child Protective Services doesn’t show up….

  12. Stephanie @ Mommy, for real. May 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I adore inside jokes. Sometimes, when there is nobody around to appreciate them, I just make them anyway. Better than nothing, right? I felt a pang of envy at your awesome cousin-in-law relationship!

  13. Clark Scottroger May 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Tomato plants? damn, I used to love the idea of growing tomato plants…I do recall that one of the things that took the fun out of ‘natural’ farming was the natural fertilzer that everyone said was essential to healthy vegetables.

    “…My mother in law planted a shit-ton of stuff at the house…” (as ‘The Next Step’ mentions in her Comment above… lol …true).

  14. Kerri May 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    We don’t have inside jokes, more quotes from the Princess Bride that can tell the other person immediately what is going on

  15. classywithakick May 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    I love inside jokes…they are so fun when only certain people get them. It’s like funny code language. We have so many but we also like to give each other random nicknames which are actually more like inside jokes than anything.

    I am jealous of the tomato plant, by the way. I love tomatoes! Except not when they are cooked. Then they get gross!

    Classy with a Kick

  16. confessionsofaserialdaterinla May 6, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Tomatoes is a beautiful thing! LOL!!!

  17. LB May 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Love that! I have a dying palm tree on my windowsill- any chance your boyfriend wants to start a plant infirmary?



  18. Nicole R - Writer (@TheBookWormMama) May 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Inside jokes are the best. My sisters and I have too many insiders to count. Okay, guess I won’t be eating anymore β€œturkey legs” at Busch Gardens.

  19. Tami May 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    This is fantastic. I love a good inside joke. My best friend and I have too many to count and the rest of the world thinks we are complete lunatics. Enjoy your tomato plant, by the way! I hear they’re pretty reliable once you’ve got them going!

  20. Kristine @ Heart Shaped Sweat May 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    yay for inside jokes and cool SIL’s! I have so many inside jokes with my bffs, we get to rolling in laughter! Love this post and the tomato plant is too cute!

  21. T. A. Woods May 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Inside jokes are so much fun. My friend and I always say, “For your health,” at the end of a terrible story. For example, “Yeah today, I was driving down the road and I blew a tire. For your health.” It’s obscure TV reference and it does ease the blow of terrible things happening. lol.

  22. Kimberly H. Smith May 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    I tomato you too, Kate! Hubby and I have tons of inside jokes after so many years together. We call each other “Buddy” as a result of an inside joke. By the time we explain to anyone the meaning behind it, it’s no longer funny. To them that is!

  23. helenrj May 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    My sister and I use the expression, “That sounds like a bacon sandwich.” Creating a bacon sandwich is a very arduous process even if you use the microwave. In sister-speak, it translates to ‘Are you insane? That’s a stupid thing to do.”
    We also use the expression to poke fun at one another…such as “Will you pour me a glass of milk….and while you are at it….make me a bacon sandwich!”
    I tomato you too!

  24. lizbethjoy May 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    three cheers for inside jokes!

  25. Heather (@mylittlehea) May 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I feel like I don’t really have any ongoing inside jokes…used to in college/HS and stuff but I am probably just not remembering any current ones right now. I love tomatoes, but totally get not liking them. It took my sis years to like them and I’m not even sure she 100% likes them now.

  26. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom May 6, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Love that! Inside jokes just make you feel connected, don’t they? What a thoughtful gift – hope you see some tomatoes soon. πŸ™‚

  27. Alice in EW{The Owl's Skull} May 6, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    My sisters in law and I pass around as a gift a Fisherman Santa my one sister-in-law won at a Charity Event. Every time you get it, you know your life is in the shitter LOL. Because you only get it when something has gone terribly wrong. It never fails to make me laugh, which is often much needed in the tough situation.

  28. Shay May 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    I love inside jokes, too, although mine with my friends are normally only “inside” because we can’t stay them out loud for fear of offending anyone within earshot. We’re a bunch of a-hole potty mouths. πŸ™‚

  29. Bhavya (@Bhav_Zz) May 7, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    Awww πŸ™‚ I tomato you too…. I am so glad I found you in the AtoZ πŸ˜€

  30. Reflex Reactions May 7, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    You will be surprised how big they grow and how great they smell. Are you going to stake it, or let it grow wild? πŸ™‚

  31. Melanie Chisnall May 7, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Oh that’s cute! I think I’m going to tell my husband when he gets home that I “tomato” him and see what he says hehehe. We have baby tomatoes growing outside, and thank goodness my hubby’s got a green thumb too because before the end of last year I would kill any plant. So far the kitchen windowsill herbs and plants are actually growing, but I’m not brave enough to attempt outside ones yet!

  32. Tina May 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I love inside jokes! My best friend and I have tons of inside jokes, culled from many years. Sometimes it is just a movie quote, but we will both fall over laughing while everyone else looks at us funny. I get a kick out of that. It is like a secret handshake.

  33. michellenahom May 8, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Love that story! I don’t know if I have any inside jokes with anyone but I remember one of my best friends in college and I were both on the track team and we used to make all sorts of snide comments to each other…so to an outsider, you might not think we were friends. Then one day an assistant coach did the rooming list for an away meet and she didn’t put us together and we always roomed together. We asked her why and she said “because I didn’t think you guys liked each other” – too funny! Lots of good memories there!

  34. Brandy Robertson May 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    “I tomato you” – how great is that?! I hope you do enjoy your very own home grown tomatoes especially since they are being showered with love or should I say tomato – does that even make sense? I suppose it doesn’t matter!

    Cheers from Brandy at http://brandysbustlings.blogspot.ca/ (also doing ABCs of Swearing)


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