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Three days y’all it’s about to get real. The idea came to me for the post from that timehop app. I don’t have it but I probably should it’s fun to see some throw back pictures are where you were at that time in your life. I thought it would be fun to take an embarrassing trip down memory lane, especially the beginning half of the decade. Would you like to join me?
Oh also linking up with Kathy today because honestly is there any better confessions than old embarrassing photos?
(oh that necklace I wore it on repeat…why??? I wish I knew)
I was living in Gainesville and going into my Junior year. I had gotten into an Honors research program for the College of Nursing. Gainesville in the Summer is the best time to be there, less traffic, you can actually go to Publix and the bartenders servers remember your orders. I had a nice routine that Summer, get up go to the gym, pool, log some research hours, take a nap and then head out…..rinse and repeat it was pretty stellar. I celebrated my 20th with my big big in my Sorority who I was inseparable with that Summer out I believe at the Swamp. 20 though seriously…..I mean does this one even count? You’re not 21 so you can’t legally drink and you are no longer in your teens. Blah this age in general is kind of uneventful.
I mean were my friends not the cutest things ever? They kept it a surprise and came out dancing to some song with those shirts on. They had to buy extra letters for all the extra A’s hahahaha. My birthday night Gainesville was a ghost town (no problems easier access bar), we wore the exact same outfits the next night (I mean if no one saw it…it doesn’t count right) and had two 21st birthdays it was pretty epic. Thank goodness Facebook hadn’t taken off yet….that is all I have to say. My friends made me a laminated sign of things I had to do….clearly I surround myself with people just as Type A/OCD as myself (or Nursing gals same thing).
Oh and that crown was legit. Not like plastic….it was heavy. It got passed on throughout the birthdays and unfortunately got broken Mean Girls style at the prom….I think Gretchen Weiner even got a piece of it.
I don’t particularly remember the logistics of this one. I have an album labeled “It’s not your 21st Birthday again“….so I’m pretty sure it was this night. We were all in costume, it would make sense. This was my last Summer in Gainesville before I moved to Philadelphia for Grad school
Or it could have well very well been this night where I wasn’t dressed like a beauty pageant Queen.
In Philadelphia getting my Masters degree at University of Pennsylvania. We had sushi at our favorite place Raw (I know so original) and then headed out to Old City. This was also the start of the birthday cup tradition. It is still kicking. That thing has been across the country, in very potentially breaking situations and it has survived!
(can you tell where Facebook starts kicking in?)
I was now living back in Florida. They pretty much all blur together. Those were the days I would go out in 4 inch heels and dance…..all night.
Where you would be out by the pool all day having fun.
Then actually have enough energy to go out at night (the days…..)
(look an actual digital camera not iPhone for pictures…..are you sick of the birthday cup yet?)
I believe is this also around the birthday I let someone “professional” do my makeup and I looked like a tranny at a bad drag show…..luckily there isn’t much evidence of it (it was a sweet gesture just a little much for what I usually wear).
Oh and it was seemingly tradition to sing karaoke. Don’t worry that is the dress another year. I got some serious mileage out of that thing. I think I leant it to someone and it never came back (probably the universe trying to tell me something).
Mark and I had been together for about 6 months and he suggested we go somewhere together for our birthdays (mine is the 5th and his is the 11th). So we went to Chicago. This was big time. First travels together. He didn’t believe me that I could fit everything into one carry on suitcase….I’m an excellent packer and my tiny dresses don’t take up that much room. We went to Sunda for my birthday and the Signature Room for drinks. It is still to this day one of my favorite trips.
Back to the city we love (this is also the time on Facebook where you stop putting pictures into albums and just mobile upload….you totally know what I’m talking about).
Back to Chicago! Then home to celebrate with my friends and family as well. Thanks for sticking with me through that picture heavy post. There were so many pictures to choose from but the majority of the ones in the younger years involved perhaps things like keg stands in bathing suits….while wearing a giant sized clock Flavor Flav style (I wish I knew how that clock got there). Looking back has definitely reminded me how many amazing people I have had in my life over this last decade who really went out of their way to make my birthday be unbelievably special. What was your favorite birthday? Was Facebook around for your 21st? xoxoxoxoxo