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40th High School Reunion-didn’t go!

Mine is this weekend in my hometown of Indianapolis.  I was planning on going, but I injured my knee, and after having surgery, it’s still not right.  My graduating class was over 1300. I sat in the last row for the ceremony, and it took forever.  Being the rebel that I am, I had a squirt gun.  Not just any squirt gun mind you, but a Green Avenger.

Green Avenger squirt gun 9-9-17

This squirt gun hid easily under my gown. It could squirt over 20 feet, and it resembled a set of brass knuckles.  I graduated in 1977, and really didn’t like high school.  I was lucky that I had a lot of friends, but never felt like I really fit in.  I went to a very wealthy high school where many of the kids drove brand new, expensive cars.  I drove a 1963 Chevy pick up truck, flat black, step side, long bed. I wore a cowboy hat. I do believe I started the trend in my high school of girls wearing cowboy hats. My cowboy hat was all leather. I’m from Indiana, so I’m not a Southern girl by any stretch.

I’ve always been a girly girl, so yeah I’m wearing my cowboy hat with red lipstick and a skirt.  My truck was primer black, and I had a load of firewood in the back for the longest time.

My truck was super fast.  I had so much fun driving it, as it was a four speed with a Hurst shifter and 454 engine. I’ll never forget the time when I was speeding out of the school parking lot, and got pulled over.  The cop walked up to my truck, and as I was coming up with some lame excuse, he politely said “I use to own this truck, and am well aware of how fast it is.”  Turns out my brother had bought the truck from this cop, and I bought it from my brother. I would race anybody.  It was always fun to see the look on guys faces as I was smoking them at the stop light!  By a girl no less in a cowboy hat!  My one and only bumper sticker was “Capricorns are great lovers” in the back window!  You wouldn’t believe the looks I would get from people! Mind you I was living in the bible belt, and you would have thought I had a “F*&k Jesus” sticker instead.

We were told that girls had to wear a skirt under their graduation gowns, oh hell to the no!

Graduation 1977

I was wearing my favorite light blue Levi corduroys!  Did I care if it was hot as hell, no! I mean look at me, I look like goofball with my almost afro hair under my cap.  The bane of my curly head existence!

I had so much fun squirting people and seeing the looks on their faces, wondering like WTF, where did that come from! Ha! Lucky for me many of my high school classmates are Facebook friends so we still keep in touch.  Maybe I’ll show up at the 50th reunion!

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Gravy-Is it wrong if I love you?

Happy Thursday! My husband was on vacation this week, lucky him.  He cleaned out the basement and found a 10 year old photo of myself and our son. I apparently enlarged it to a 8×10.  While I basically look the same, I was heavier back then and dressed like an old lady.  I had two chins, I was wearing a camp shirt, way too old for my 47 year old self.

Upon closer inspection of the photo, I realized I only weigh 10 pounds less now than when the photo was taken.  Back in 2009, I finally got my act together and lost 60 pounds in 10 months. Surprisingly, I only went down 4 sizes. I discovered thrift store shopping and reinvented my fashion sense.

Gone are the camp shirts and elastic waist pants. In their place chic cardigans and fitted jeans. While I’m currently not my ideal size, I try to dress nice and always have my hair and make up done.

Middle age and menopause are not kind to us women. I kept a majority of the weight off for several years, but the past year I gained back 20 pounds.  That 20 was on top of the other 30 that found its way back to me.

Thank goodness for Goodwill, as I’ve purchased several pair of bigger jeans. I currently have four sizes of jeans in my closet. As my butt has gotten larger, surprisingly my top has not.

Here’s where the gravy comes in.  My hubby does all the cooking at our house (lucky me). He made some braised beef with the most delightful gravy to ever touch my lips.  I was having it for the second time this week. As I was enjoying my leftovers, the photo from 10 years ago was staring at me from the fridge, where my husband so thoughtfully put it on display. Damn, I need to go on diet. I did so well for six years after I lost all that weight, but life happens.

My 40th high school reunion is this year.  I will lose the 35 pounds I need to get back to where I’ll be feeling good about myself.  I joined a gym two months ago, but health issues have kept me from going.  I know, it sounds like excuses, but being a 57 year menopausal woman ain’t easy. Thank god I have nice skin. On the plus size, I was small chested in high school, now I’m stacked. Ha ha!

I think I hear the treadmill calling me.