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Remember When…Back To School Happened September 4, 2015

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3fc579b7948726e53bff5247a0d5d2c0Recently, all I’ve been seeing are commercials for back to school clothes, back to school supplies, and back to school sales. As someone who hasn’t gone “back to school” in a long time, these commercials usually signal the freedom of the sidewalks and the parks, I’ll finally be able to walk to the store without a twelve-year-old whizzing past me on a skateboard. However, the other day I was sitting in a good ole Applebee’s and two school age girls behind me were desperately texting all their friends to find out which classes they had. It was all they could talk about as the replies poured in. Rather than feeling excited, I felt nostalgic. DLIH hasn’t seen a Remember When post in some time! So here’s a little ode to those precious back to school moments, the good, the bad, the “adorable”.

The sweet, yet somewhat depressing, memoirs of a once-was-a-fourteen-year-old:

Remember when…:

  • Getting your school supplies list was horrible…but then once you got into Office Depot you just couldn’t stop yourself from buying everything.
  • Finding out which lunch period your best friends had was crucial! and finding out they didn’t have the same lunch as you was probably the worst thing that could have ever happened.
  • Everyone walked in the first day of school with brand new, shiny shoes, and then all you heard was squeaking for the next month.
  • Waiting, anxiously, to see how your crush changed over the summer and finding out they had only become hotter! Hoping the “mean girls” would come back hideous, and realizing they, too, only came back hotter and had a new car.
  • Making your locker perfectly color coded, organized, and decorated…but having it last only one week.
  • Procrastinating on your summer reading list, only to spend the last week of summer locked in your bedroom in a last-ditch effort to finish it.
  • The refreshing smell of fall, new plastic, and floor wax…everywhere.
  • Carefully plotting which classes you had with which friends and how you would walk together, while simultaneously planning how you’d escape to see friends you didn’t have classes with.
  • The sheer awkwardness of new kids, and sizing them up to determine if you want to be friends with them or not.
  • Feeling like you were one step cooler because you were one grade older…and if you were a senior, thinking you were the epitome of everything amazing in this world.
  • Waiting to see who made varsity football and wondering how this will, or potentially could, affect your social status
  • Scanning the new and familiar faces on the school bus like you were Iron Man.
  • Picking this year’s SPOT for you and your friends to hang out, and make it known that your group had claimed it.
  • Mentally picking out who you were going to get rides from…and how.
  • Hearing the clicking of heels in the hallway and having that sheer terror wash over you…suddenly remembering why you love summer so much.

Older People Are Happier! January 21, 2015

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iPhones, tablets, TV’s in our headrests. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest. Poking, liking, friending, clicking, texting, editing, posting. We are a generation of people who don’t know what  it means to be without technology, very few of us even remember cassette tapes, those of us who ever owned a record player feel fortunate, and we remembered fondly back to the days when a phone and a musical listening devices had zero to do with each other. It’s not that we’re spoiled, it’s just that sometimes we take everything we have in 2015 for granted. Let’s listen to this “old person” to remember where we came from and how lucky we are to have the world at our finger tips!

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How to Live a Happy Life – By Louis CK 

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Remember When – You Didn’t Worry About THESE Things? July 5, 2014

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Remember when you didn’t think about these things…and now, they’re part of your conscious thought processes? Sorry, twenty-somethings, life is only going to get harder from here on in, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it. First step to enjoyment? Laughter. Grab a glass of wine, and join our club of self-pity and “Oh my gosh! I do that!” moments.
Here are the “Remember When You Didn’t Worry About…”‘s

Remember when you didn’t worry about…
Who to invite? As you get older, you meet more people, some you like, some you don’t, some you used to like and now you don’t. Likewise, the older you get, the more events you encounter – job promotions, engagements, weddings, anniversaries. When you were seven, and it was your birthday, all your cousins and neighbors and classmates came, now, it’s a russian roulette of who you don’t invite. Stacey is a serious gossip and a backstabber, so you don’t want her to be part of your event, but then she’ll be the only person in your office you’re not inviting to your wedding. You haven’t seen Uncle John in nine years, and no one in your family likes him, but your cousin is the one who got you you’re new job, so, now you’re just going to spend the entire party worry about him not insulting one of your friends. Worst of all…the events that you get invited to. “Did they invite me because they want me to come, or because it was the right thing to do? Do I want to go? And if I don’t, is that rude? Should I feel bad? If I go, how much money will this cost me? Will I know anyone there?”…so many questions. What happened to the simplicity of Chuck E Cheese?

Your weight. AND stamina…AND skin…AND complexion…AND heartburn? So gross! When we were sixteen, and nineteen, and twenty-one, we could stay up all night doing shots, wake up the next morning at nine, pop a Gatorade and some doughnuts and be in class or at work, looking, more or less, normal. Now, two glasses of wine put you out for 24 hours, not eating a solid breakfast puts you at the top of the stairs out of breath, things like “skin care creams” and “anti-aging serums” are now things you are considering buying, and when you see commercials for Prilosec or Tums you wonder “eh, I should pick some up next time I’m buying nail polish remover”. What happened?! You’re only 28 and these are things you’re dealing with. Defeated by age, aren’t we still supposed to be considered young?!

Retirement. Not to say it feels any closer than it did five years ago, but not thinking about it is no longer an option. Your HR department hands you a 401K form, or your father insists you open your Roth IRA next time he’s in town, or your banker starts asking you questions about loans, mortgage plans, and how all these will affect your life after your career. You’re still figuring out how to pay off your student loans without having to live in a an apartment the size of a closet. Thinking about retirement is super depressing when you haven’t even gotten knee-deep in your career, or you’re still figuring out which direction you want to go in…but everyone wants to know what you plan to do for money when you’re 65. “How about, what am I planning to do for money next month?”

1349831763184_6087440….About how old child stars were? When we were kids, we loved seeing Jonathan Taylor Thomas as a strapping teenager, or the kids of Dawson’s Creek growing up, and making movies. Dakota Fanning is twenty. Yup, she is twenty. Have a big gulp of wine…if you didn’t feel old yet, you do now, right? Oh, by the way, JTT is 32. You’re welcome.

Which school district is good? Even though you’re still un-hitched, and you’re years away from having babies, the idea of purchasing a property seems possible in the near future, and makes you feel like you’re moving up in the food chain. So, while you’re checking out different suburbs (and wondering WHY the HELL you’re on Zillow & Google Earth looking at houses) you’re also skimming the net for the best school districts in the area. Sad, but true, even before you have bundles of joy in diapers, you’re thinking about where you’re going to send them to school. Children, taking over the world, one psychotic break at a time.

Taking care of your parents. No matter how young they are, or you are, you worry about what will happen when they need you. Can you afford an emergency plane ticket to go help them? When they move to a new neighborhood, or a new house, will they be lonely? Do they miss you being around? Who are their friends and what are their intentions? Does their boss respect them? Life was a lot easier when they embarrassed you at the mall in front of the “cool kids” and you pretended you didn’t know them. Now you care… a lot.

What time the live music at the bar will start? When you were twenty-one, you were at the front of the crowd, speakers blowing out your ear drums, holding your fourth, or fifth, drink of the night with your arms around total strangers singing songs you’ve never heard before together and secretly imaging the lead singer asking you out. Now, 9pm rolls around,you see the amps and you ask your waitress what time the band will go on so you can be sure to tab out before then. You’ve got a new episode of the Bachelorette waiting for you on your DVR and a group of girls wearing shirts as dresses just walked in. As you walk out, you don’t realize you still have the same shirt/dress in blue stuck at the back of your closet. Oops.

Things like a lazy susan. I bet when you were searching for your first place your list was pretty minimal – working heat, space for a full size bed, a bathroom that doesn’t attract rats, and a kitchen that could pass for something bigger than a hotel room hot plate. Your latest apartment search included something more along the lines of – central air, washer and dryer in unit, storage closet, a kitchen with a window above the sink, a mud room or something that could be used for one, and a lazy susan cabinet. And somehow, these were all non-negotiable. Mr. & Mrs. Picky Pants…or, are we just old and refusing to live in the same building as a frat. Hm, the later.

d383cf36.jpg.505x650_q85Looking, sounding and having opinions just like your parents. The first time you say or do something and realize that is exactly how your mom sounded, or your dad acted and you’re paralyzed by sheer horror at the event. It’s not that it’s actually so awful, it’s more like when you walk into a room where someone in naked, you’re more shocked and confused then you are sure of what just happened.

We used to think that getting older, feeling older, or worrying about being older was something bad, but, to be honest, when you look at twenty-two year olds now, aren’t you relieved you aren’t THAT anymore? Someone once said,”Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” When you think of it in those terms, all those things listed above are an amazing and comical thing that we are all lucky to have as part of our lives. Getting older is like good wine, the olda’ the betta’!

Remember When – Summer Edition August 26, 2012

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The trials and tribulations of realizing you’re no longer ten years old.

Remember when…:

  • Summer actually meant something other than “Hot” and “I work too much” …and “I have no money to go on vacation.”?
  • Seeing the ice cream man stop near you was the best part of your day and didn’t have you considering three different episodes of Law & Order: SVU that could potential stem from buying a popsicle?
  • Swim suits were about fun in the sun and really had nothing what-so-ever to do with running, biking, weight lifting or your heart rate?
  • It was socially acceptable to stand right in front of a fan and make Darth Vadar-esqe noises right into it without anyone staring?
  • The ocean was full of mermaids, sharks, and magical sea shells!…not tires, broken glass, rip tides and the urine of a thousand people?
  • Playing in the rain was not only ritualistic but required and a mandatory right of summer passage?
  • It was okay to show your legs and your midriff in the same outfit, because it was adorable…not trashy?
  • Sand up your butt didn’t bother you…?
  • The air conditioner was a tool in your modeling, Marilyn Monroe show for your grandma rather than an evil, Satan-like device that eats money and never functions according to plan…?
  • Your visa bill did not magically increase as the days got longer and hotter? AKA, you didn’t even own a visa…?

Remember When 4… March 31, 2011

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The trials and tribulations of realizing you’re no longer ten years old.

Remember when…:

  • You went to the school nurse with a sore throat and the cough drop she gave you tasted like rubbing alcohol?…Now you voluntarily drink it’s high end brother on Saturday nights?
  • Capri Sun and Lunchables were an actual well-balanced meal that filled you up?
  • “Enabling” cookies meant getting them out of the jar before mom got home and hoping she wouldn’t notice!?
  • Having a phone in your car just meant you were big pimpin’ not having a conversation with the OnStar lady? (who I’m sure if very nice…)
  • Your definition of a really great steak was mom’s meatloaf with the secret sauce…
  • A boy meeting your parents meant he could come over and play in your backyard…not a process that induced nausea, stomach cramps, sweaty palms or possibly your brain to imploding?
  • You “pretended” to have a job and it was fun…now you “pretend” your retired and THAT’S fun?
  • The term “twilight” made everyone start singing the nernernerner theme song…and had nothing to do with Kristin Stewart?
  • Making a snow angel required no inhibitions…not a personal interrogation of “am I going to get wet?”, “it’s cold!”, “that woman is staring at me.”, “oh crap, how do I get up?”…?
  • Shaving was a right of passage now it’s just a “right” you don’t have time for?
  • A “Like Button” was probably a dirty metaphor only “big kids” used?

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Remember When 3… September 16, 2010

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The trials and tribulations of realizing you’re no longer ten years old.

Remember when…:

  • You yelled at the ice cream truck for it to stop, not for it to shut-up?
  • The term “big” meant 6th grade…not size 10?
  • Pills were the orange flavored tik-taks that you were convinced gave you extra brain power, not the magical anti-baby making drug?
  • Rent was just the name of a musical?
  • Toy Story first came out?!….Before it became a cultural phenomenon.
  • Taking a bus meant going to school, not a substitute for not having a car…or gas.
  • A haircut was a routine procedure not a wallet eating, fashion seeking, miracle.
  • When “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom” came out and you had to whisper the “I want you in my room line” because you were cute enough to still think dirty was bad?
  • Books still had pages and binding and smelled of age and knowledge, and the only cover you could buy for them was one you made out of a paper bag? Not a flat screened thing called a “Kin…Dle?”
  • Friendship bracelets were like unwritten law?
  • Apple came out with colorful computers and that was genius!
  • Bootylicious was NOT in the dictionary…and that was fine?
  • White boards were for drawing, writing your names in fancy letters and playing Hangman…not a long list of things to do that somehow never gets shorter?
  • You had to bring enough candy for everyone?
  • You could actually dance like no one is watching…and you didn’t mind that they were.

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Remember When 2… July 31, 2009

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The trials and tribulations of realizing you’re no longer ten years old.

Remember when…:

  • The first time you rode the subway alone meant a right of passage- not necessarily “Oh crap! I’m late again!”?
  • When Captain Crunch and cartoons were the best part of your day, hands down?!
  • When someone over the age of 30 talking to you was creepy, annoying and gross….not flattering?
  • When you didn’t actual need to stop and smell the roses to relax?
  • When Skinny Cow was a skinny cow, not a mantra?
  • When having your license determined social status?
  • When a boy hurt you it meant he liked you…[HA!]?
  • When filling your car with gas didn’t give you mini-seizures?
  • When the answers where in the back of the textbook?…and you always peeked?
  • When the sole purpose of a pad was to give Barbie a lounge chair or floatation device for when she went on vacation to Aruba and met Ken and fell madly in love?
  • When a Blackberry was a berry often used in sorbet and you didn’t even like it that much?
  • When people were IMing not Tweeting….and people who were Tweeting we’re on medication?
  • When stairs were steps, not a motivation for a nice ass?
  • When the word ‘I-Pod’ was the funniest name EVER?! U-Pod, She-Pod? My-Pod?
  • When 1 mile was the equivalent to the depth of the Atlantic Ocean?
  • When you were convinced Dad did actually wear a cape under that shirt and tie?

Remember When… May 22, 2009

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The trials and tribulations of realizing you’re no longer ten years old.

Remember when…:

  •  Getting mail was exciting! It meant your pen-pal wrote you or your grandma sent you money. Not scary like three new bills you need to pay or cancelation notices?
  •  Liking a boy was cute, fun and gave you butterflies and had nothing to do with curse words, broken phones and Plan B?
  •  Candy and Ice Cream left you ecstatic not guilty?
  •   Buying dresses meant being a flower girl, not watching ANOTHER friend get married?
  •  “Work” was doing the laundry with mom or racking the leaves for dad and only happened once a week…?
  •  Five dollars changed your world!…not barely paid for one cappuccino?
  •  The street lights meant it was time to go home, not getting ready to go out?
  •  Coffee and beer tasted DISGUSTING!!!?!…ew, gross.
  •  The fridge magically refilled itself every five days or so not sat empty with nothing but Gatorade and onions for a week?
  •  We drank whole milk and not 1%?
  •   A phone was used for one purpose- calling, and nothing else?
  •  A facebook was a book with your face on the cover and the word “stalking” was something you could be arrested for?
  •  The words Snow Day were a synonym for Sledding, Coco and Movies…not Four Wheel Drive?
  •   Recession was a word that kind of looked like recess….?
  •   When chicken soup and crackers meant Mom was ALWAYS there?
  •  Only old, boring people watched the news and liked it?