Ready for a blast from the past, literally? Here’s what was happening…
15 Years Ago
Oh my gosh, I feel so old that I can talk about things that were going on 15 years ago! In 1999, I was my first year of high school (please note the photo is from graduation in 2003, but that’s the closest I’ve got right now). This transition was huge because I spent 8th grade at a private school and was returning to public school for 9th grade.
I think I had some friends? I can’t remember. But I ran my first year of Cross Country and met tons of runner friends as well as a boy I would eventually date for three years. I also played basketball for my school as my primary sport.
I was also way into orchestra, where I had a great group of friends, too. I was in the school orchestra, took private lessons, and in a community orchestra about 20 miles away from where I lived.
(Sidenote: I’m really thankful to my parents for getting me and keeping me involved in so many hobbies, which had to keep me away from a lot of craziness other people might get into in high school.)
My grades were pretty awesome and aside from some boy drama I was pretty happy though most of high school.
I don’t remember watching a lot of TV — I had a lot to do. I think I was still watching the X-Files with my family on Friday nights and a handful of other programs like Boy Meets World and Saved By The Bell.
At this time, I had some competing music taste. I was way into 50s + 60s classic rock, but also the trends of the time like Weezer, Rage Against the Machine, and the Toadies. Here’s the Spotify playlist for this blast from the past.
10 Years Ago
In 2004, I was starting my second year of college at JMU and my first year as a Resident Advisor! I survived the worst summer of my life recovering from knee surgery from a rugby injury and finalizing a break up from a crazy relationship.
I was living in a sweet dorm on the sciency side of campus where I was taking sciency classes to be a dietician, which is funny because in a few months I would switch my major to English (and/or Sociology… can’t remember which came first though I ended with English). I think I was in the process of failing Chemistry and getting disenchanted with anything too black and white fact based (like, you know Science), which drove me to the softer grey area majors.
I had a nerdy core group of friends that lived in my dorm and we hung out 24/7 either hiking or going to improv events around campus. That group eventually introduced me to the guy I would date for three years (who I would later introduce to the lady he married this past summer!). We spent a lot of time at our college radio station, WXJM, and I had a show from like 3am-6am where I played tons of random music. The following year I would have a jazz show and I would go on to be the jazz manager for the station (fancy title, few responsibilities).
Unfortunately, around this time my thyroid condition was making itself a more prominent part of my life. I was gaining a lot of weight and feeling weird a lot of the time. I had weird hives all over my torso that no doctor understood (which I know see was a reaction to the SAD diet I was eating) and I would wake up deathly exhausted. I also had awful, awful periods (TMI? Too bad. I’m so excited that Paleo fixed this symptom!). I was about to switch to Synthroid instead of Levothyroxine and feel good for a little while before I would eventually crash again.
I was watching artsy movies like Amelie and Say Anything and watching TV programs on my computer like Futurama and Invader Zim. I was listening to a lot of The Police, Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, and more. Here’s the playlist (but beware, it’s pretty awesome).
5 Years Ago
In 2009, I was starting my second year of teaching. I was sure I was a career teacher and I was excited to have that awful “First Year” out of the way (because, you know, everyone reassured me that the first year is the worst and it gets better. It doesn’t). Little did I know that that “First Year” thing doesn’t ever go away and I was exactly one year away from having major meltdown and transitioning out of the field for good!
I was living in a house with three other girls, one of which I met on craiglist and who would become one of my closest friends. Despite that awesomeness, I was pretty darn miserable. Josh and I were one year into long-distance dating between a country town and where we live now. We were meeting halfway once per week, and it was taking a toll on our finances, sleep schedules, and emotional energies.
I was depressed and binging on Law & Order: SVU most of the time, thinking there was something wrong with me for not being able to cope with the demands of teaching. Looking back? The chronic stress was activating my autoimmune thyroid disorder. I was continuing to put on weight (I gained over 100 lbs in my time teaching) and generally feeling awful.
Like I said, I was watching a lot of Law & Order: SVU after school to kill the time and Sex and the City just for fun. I was listening to Gomez, Lupe Fiasco, The Bird and the Bee, and Silverchair (the last one courtesy of JHubb’s obsession with the band). Want to get into my head? Here’s the playlist from 5 years ago.
1 Year Ago
I was reeling from my layoff and deep in a Scandal marathon (Amazing first season, bleh everything else). At this point I was still eating broccoli and sausage for every meal (in order to be able to eat at all from sadness), but I had started to take a walk every day to get out of my funk. I’d been married to JHubbs for one year and we had just moved to our favorite apartment we’ve ever lived in (we’re still in there now!). We were also slowly getting more into attending the local church and making new friends, and I don’t know where I’d be without those people.
Our TV habits were much the same as they are now: constant Fraiser and Futurama with some New Girl and movies thrown in. With my constant online time, I find it hard to watch TV without doing SOMETHING in the background (blogging, editing, pitching clients). The result is that I watch a lot of “background TV” but not a lot of focused TV viewing.
Speaking of church, it was around that time that I got way into Christian Rock (which I just… never… ever thought would be possible given my picky taste in music). But when most of your thoughts are negative, there’s nothing like music to pick you up out of a funk and give you positive automatic scripts to replace the negative ones. Enter: Matt Maher, Tree63, Colton Dixon, and ete, which continue to lift my sails when I start to feel dodgy. Here’s the mix I blast while I’m working from home all day.