I love this picture of the two of us in Nova Scotia. We had a great trip, and didn’t know, until we were back in Calgary, that I was already pregnant with our son. I realize going back 7 years isn’t much of a flashback, but I have almost used all of my years at least once (except for the earlier 70’s).
From the mp3 vault: Toxic by Britney Spears, just cuz I like the video. I have always been a closet-B.S. fan, until now. In my defense, I only like a handful of her songs. That doesn’t make it any better, though, does it…
According to the back of this photo, this is “Me & Poo-poo Face”. Apologies to my brother, Nathan! Cute, hey? Nathan and I have a very unique sibling relationship. He is 15 years younger, so we never had an argument until he hit his 20’s [We were arguing about whether or not I had introduced him to “Ender’s Game”. I had completely forgotten having ever read it, until about an hour after our fight. My mom, who was with us in the car, wanted us to stop fighting, but we were having fun having our first fight, like, ever!]
I have fond memories of drawing with him and dancing on my bed, and explaining the birds and the bees. We have a verbal “handshake” of sorts that really can’t be explained- you just have to see it. We used to add to it every time we saw each other, but it’s just too long for that now!
Fashion of the times: gold chain, boondoggle bracelet and Swatch watch!
From the cassette vault: “Beers, Steers & Queers” by the Revolting Cocks. Classic.
Ugh. That’s pretty much all I have to say about this shot. I’ll also tell you that it was taken at Camp Wahanowin, where fashion comes first. Or at least, it did when I was there. It was all about the clothes. I’m sitting here shaking my head… sometimes it’s painful to look back on the superficiality of the teenage years. Especially when I was so NOT the cool kid (but since I was best friends with a cool kid, I wasn’t a complete outcast).
From the cassette vault: oh man, do I have to pick? There are so many great songs from that year! This reconfirms my belief that the 80’s kicked ass, musically, if not hair-ally (see above). I’ll pick the one that probably made the biggest impression on me, and was (and still is) a wickedly cool video: “Take on Me” by a-ha. In case you didn’t know, a-ha was still making music as of 2009, and some of it is pretty good. I haven’t heard the last 2 albums, but Lifelines, and Minor Earth Major Sky are really decent. And by the way, I still want to be the girl in this video!
My brother James and I with our puppy J.J., back in the day. My brother is wearing some pretty funky pants, and I have on one of my favourite dresses (which are usually worn with turtleneck shirts, right?) Pretty sure my mom made the dress!
From the cassette vault: Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme), dedicated to my bro, of course. Sometimes he’ll call me just to throw out some one-liners from the movies (usually IV – my fave). I love that.
I was a young one in this picture: 20 years old! Hard to believe it was so long ago. This was taken during our whole family’s trip to Israel. Fashion of the times: layered hair and bangs, tortoise-shell glasses, necklace by an Israeli artist. I remember loving it because the gems looked like candy. This trip was during my first year of dating J.P., so I am pretty sure I was thinking about him all the time!
From the CD vault: All That She Wants, by Ace of Base. This song was in rotation on the airline “radio” channel during the flight back to Canada. I had my earphones on during most of the flight, sleeping on and off, but always waking up for that song (and thinking about J.P.).
OK, so it’s only 10 years ago, but it feels like longer. This photo was taken during our daughters’ first birthday party. My hair was still mostly brown back then! I’m pretty sure Birkenstocks were my only summer shoes, too. Mostly commonly asked questions during that time:
“Are they twins?”
“Do you curl their hair?”
“Do you perm their hair?”
Here’s a song I’ve recently re-discovered from that year: Hella Good by No Doubt. Didn’t appreciate it the first time around. It’s a good addition to my workout playlist.
My brother and I, returning from a summer at Camp Wahanowin (near Orillia, Ontario). I can remember loving this outfit: Esprit button-down shirt, untucked, with baggy belt, plus some stylin’ earrings, which are hard to see. I still have my entire collection of crazy earrings from the 80’s, except for the huge silver thunderbolt-in-a-circle – I lost those (which is too bad, because they were the best!) This was the era of Roots and Beaver Canoe sweats, which I’m betting most people in the background are wearing.
And here’s my bedroom from the same year. I love this shot. It’s a total time capsule for me. Where to begin? The Duran Duran poster, of course. What you don’t see is the 6′ poster of John Taylor (also known as Corey Haim Duran – haha!), and the 3 or 4 filled scrapbooks of Duran Duran magazine clippings, the large John Taylor picture on my desk that I probably drooled over rather than do any homework. Not to mention all the pins… over 100… not kidding. Then there’s the nasty clown paint-by-number that I was proud of – ugh! There’s also my floral piggy bank, and the satin rainbow heart mobile (I LOVED that thing, and I still remember buying it with my grandparents in Florida). See the photo of Barry Bonnell on the wall? To be honest, I can’t remember why I even have that – perhaps my brother knows! Then there’s the floral desk blotter (always seemed to get in the way), the lamp with some completely useless glass bottles, and the wizard on a stick. I wish I could inspect the drawers and see what silly things were in there!
From the LP vault: “The Seventh Stranger” by Duran Duran. This was the year of their album, “Seven and the Ragged Tiger”. I’m choosing one of my favorites, even though it wasn’t a radio hit. The video is their live version, which is undoubtedly, embarrassingly, lip-synched (I’ve listened to it enough times to know, that’s without a doubt). Almost 30 years later and I still love their music as much as ever. Yay for Duran-squared!