I loved middle school.
Just a few things worth noting about this photo once you stop staring at my lazy eye.
1. I’m wearing candy around my neck AND wrist.
2. My Hawaiian dress is from Limited Too and it’s SO COOL.
3. I have a braid in my hair with a snap jewel on the bottom. Also v cool.
4. You can’t see my shoes, but they are pink platform flip flops from Target. They have a big heart between the toes.
5. This photo was taken on my 13th birthday. I felt very old….
This was probably the time in my life when I was most into fashion, boys, rollerskating, and GLITTER LOTION.
Just glitter in general. I used to put lip gloss on my eyelids and then cover them with thick silver glitter. And you know what? It looked good. So good.
Thus I bring to you: my middle school agenda.
1. Get every glitter lotion Bath and Body Works carries.
It was a HUGE deal when Bath & Body came to the Norfolk, Nebraska Sunset Plaza. My friends and I would spend hours browsing the samples, dreaming about the day we were rich enough to buy up the entire store.
2. Plan birthday party invite list.
Bday party invite lists were also a very big deal in middle school. Come to think of it, EVERYTHING was a big deal in middle school. But especially bday parties. I still remember the kids I pissed off at the wrong time and didn’t make the cut for their 52 person party list. It still hurts.
3. Recreate bedrooms from Limited Too magazines.
Was there anything better than a lime green and bright purple room from a Limited Too magazine? Complete with fuzzy rugs and butterfly chairs? No, no there wasn’t.
4. Keep inflatable furniture intact.
I had a blow up couch and a blow up ottoman in my room. But unfortunately my cats hated that furniture and they would pop it every night, so my couch was marked with tape patches everywhere and eventually I just started storing the furniture in my closet because I couldn’t handle the stress.
5. Achieve the perfect “messy bun.”
Every girl wanted to create the perfect messy bun in their hair. But it was usually only one girl who held the power and she wouldn’t share her secrets. Instead, she would do everyone else’s hair in the locker room before school.
6. Create a perfectly folded triangle note.
Passing notes, you guys! Is this still a thing? Probably not. It’s now all about text messages and snapchats. Poor kids, they will never know the joy of learning to fold a perfect gossip filled note that will inevitably be found by the teacher.
7. Lunch time snacks.
In middle school I ate pizza, french fries, or cookies every single day. One time someone dared me to eat eight Little Debbie Zebra Cakes as fast as I could. And I did. And I felt fine.
8. Buy a new disposable camera at Wal Mart!
Disposable cameras were everything. You’d take 34 pics and maybe just maybe get five that weren’t a close up of your forehead or thigh. Whenever a friend would show up with a new yellow or green camera you knew it was going to be a good night!
9. Decorate picture frames for all those awesome blurry photos!
Seashells, ribbon, buttons, puff paint, they all make great photo frame decor!
10. Buy 100 new gel pens for planner.
In middle school you were only as good as your planner was. It’s a hard truth to face, but a truth it was. For someone like me who is not artistic at all, or even remotely good at “bubble writing,” I really had to fake it here. But damn it, I tried.
What was your middle school agenda?
Also, you probably want to check out this post regarding my bday wish list from 1998. There’s some real gems on there.
Have a great weekend! I’ll be in California for a few days with my college pals partying like it’s 2006. Follow on snap @thedailytay.