February 13, 2012

Waiting (Impatiently) For May In February

I started reading The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler yesterday, and let me tell you, it's a total trip down 90s Memory Lane. Between the smile-inducing reminders of the music I once loved (thanks to Jessica Grey for doing this as well), the sound of dial-up internet in my head every time Josh & Emma log on (and consequently tie up the phone line), and mention of outdated technology (VCRs, Discmen, and cellphones that you just know are ginormous), I'm having a blast.

We've come a long way, baby, and it's the teensiest bit scary. The sheer amount of technological development we've seen since my high school years simultaneously makes my head spin and makes me feel very old.

So where was I in the year 1996? I was:

  • in my final semester of high school at a new school, hangin' with my younger brother's friends because I didn't really know anybody else (he'd been there since freshman year).
  • apparently in a parallel universe because suddenly Value Village and thrift shopping was all the rage (thanks grunge movement for the sudden grunginess of my peers)*.
  • looking forward to graduating and to the Fall when I'd be starting college and also coincidentally making one of the worst decisions academically speaking (long story).
  • jamming to Christian rock in my Discman because I thought it was the coolest thing ever (shout out to DC Talk, Jars of Clay, The Newsboys, and Third Day). Hahaha...**
  • packing up a single giant blue bag and heading to Scotland for the entire summer.

It's funny how things come full circle, because #TheFutureOfUs (<--'Us' as in me & the hubby) is a trip to Scotland in May (hence the post title). It's been almost 16 years (I was barely older than that when I went the first time) and this time I get to bring my hubby along! I'm pretty excited about the whole thing but mostly about two things in particular: 1) This is my husband's first ever overseas trip, and 2) This time I'll really get to see Scotland (unlike the first 'trip' where I was on a very short leash***). This is what's up on the Scotland--and a bit of England--itinerary (in pics):

Our plan is: Glasgow-->Inverness-->Dunblane/Stirling-->Edinburgh-->London (all by rail)

I would have loved to take the Diana Gabaldon tour up near Inverness (yes, these tours do exist) which takes you through all of the historical landmarks mentioned in the Outlander series, but the price was tantamount to highway robbery. We'll just have to settle on our own self-guided tours sans echoes of Jamie and Claire Fraser. I think we'll manage just fine and I'm beyond excited!

So with this in mind, I've set myself a deadline of sorts with my WiP(s). I'd like to have one of my current projects complete and ready to query by the time we leave for Scotland. That's not a whole lot of time--78 days to be precise--so I have a lot of work to get done. Which means I need to get my butt off of Blogger and Twitter and get down to business. On that note, have a lovely Monday!

P.S. Where were you in 1996???
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*I have nothing against thrift shopping -- I have done it myself -- but this coupled with a marked decrease in showering and overall hygiene by choice is alarming. Especially since a few years earlier you couldn't pry people out of their super cool Club Monaco sweatshirts with a crowbar.
**My musical tastes have, shall we say, wandered from Christian rock in the last decade and a half.
***I was on a mission trip with Royal Servants International (based out of the United States).

19 comments:

  1. What's scary is that 1996 seems so long ago... and yet I was already in the States, married, and with 2 children. There was such a lot that was about to happen over the next few years, however (including renting our first house, more kids, and a change of jobs).

    I have THE FUTURE OF US waiting on my desk to be read. And I'm really looking forward to it. :)

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    1. It does feel like a long time ago. It's like I've lived about five lifetimes since then. Does this mean we're getting old? Or are we there already O_o Still, it's really fun being reminded of all those little things that 1996 held (like dial-up internet and my family's first ever computer). Two kids already? Wow. Sixteen years later and I still don't have any lol :-)

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    2. We really are alike - no kids for me either!

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    3. There's still time for that. Though, I'll probably be getting the seniors discount by the time my children-that-do-not-yet-exist head off to college. Sweet.

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  2. Oh, that's an easy one. I was a junior in high school, and I met my (current) husband on spring break in Panama City, Florida. I was also more than a little obsessed with Dave Matthews at the time, but I DID go to a Jars of Clay concert that year!

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    1. Sounds like a great year for you! Incidentally, Dave Matthews' Crash Into Me is mentioned on p. 7 of THE FUTURE OF US. Happy memories :-) I saw Jars of Clay/DC Talk in concert somewhere around that time too.

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  3. Wow - with the exception of Scotland we have an almost identical list! I'm the same age as you, and senior year I did not shop at the mall AT ALL, I only bought thrift clothes. My hometown had a lot of kooky vintage stores. I was heartbroken not to fit in a vintages 50s prom dress I found; I still think that would've been cool to wear.

    I also made bad academic decisions which I partly blame for a really terrible college adviser who joked about my low scores on the math portion of the ACT and wrongly encouraged me to enroll in a Spanish class far above my comprehension level.

    I should also mention I was heavily emeshed in Christian rock at the time, and have also since drifted out. I saw all those bands you mentioned and also went to Cornerstone Fest for 4 years (do you know about Cornerstone?). I'm grateful for it though, w/out that festival I wouldn't have met the friends that led me to my husband!

    I have that book on my To Read list. I saw the authors at a book event a few months ago and thought it sounded really cool.

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    1. Crazy how many similarities there are here! And I agree with you--a vintage 50s prom dress would have been awesome. I'm kind of digging the vintage thing lately. Nice to know there are others out there like me :-)

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  4. So jealous! My grandmother was born in Glasgow and lived there until she left for the United States when she was 19. She never made it back. It's my dream to go there one day.

    In 1996 I believe I was in 5th. Really? Wow. My parents used to yell at me for tying up the phone lines and there was no reason I had to sit on a computer to communicate with my friends. lol. I loved No Doubt, Alanis Morisette, Green Day and Mariah Carey. And for the record I still have my VCR and all my VHS tapes :)

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    1. You should definitely plan a trip to Glasgow. Ah, Alanis Morrisette. How could I have forgotten to list her. I'm like Pavlov's dog--you say 'Alanis' and immediately I get ♫It's Like Rai-ee-ain♫ squealing in my head lol :P

      I only just, as in in the last 6 months, got rid of my VCR and VHS tapes. We were moving again and I decided it was high time I stopped lugging those suckers around. Especially since I hadn't even cracked the box of VHS tapes in probably 5+ years. I do still have cassette tapes that I'm dragging around still, though. :-)

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  5. Ohhhh!!!!! *freaks out* I'm such a lover of all things Scottish!!! I want to go to Culloden and Edinburgh Castle so bad... so much history and magic. Thanks for sharing those lovely pics, Jaime!

    1996??? Oh man... Hmmm... I was in 9th grade, where boys still had cooties and I spent all my time in the dance studio. Oh, how things have changed... ;)

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    1. So many things change and yet so many stay the same. Like the cooties thing (I'll let you decide whether that's the same or different lol). And a dance studio seems like a great place to spend most of 9th grade. I spent 9th grade slinking around trying not to be notice (nervous and shy).

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  6. I loved THE FUTURE OF US! In fall 1996, I was a freshman in high school and I had this weird habit of stapling my jeans to hem them. But that wasn't a grunge thing--I just didn't know how to sew. Still don't. :)

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    1. Oh and CONGRATS on that awesome upcoming trip!

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    2. I may or may not have stapled a hemline or two in my lifetime and I actually know how to sew O_o I'm totally enjoying THE FUTURE OF US for all of the fun little reminders. As for Scotland, we're both pretty excited :-)

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  7. ...I was five years old, so I'm pretty sure I was in Kindergarten haha And I'm so jealous of your trip to Scotland! :D

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  8. I don't like thinking about the fact that 1996 was 16 years ago, but it makes seven. I was only eight years old! But I remember a lot of the outdated technology you're talking about. I think my biggest 90s memories are all the bad clothes my mom bought me and the television shows--All That, Clarissa Explains it All, Are You Afraid of the Dark, etc.

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  9. Ah, Scotland. I love it, hope you have fun! 1996 was one of the worst years of my life, unfortunately. :/ I was at a cross-roads, but thankfully that all got sorted out in 1997. :) I loved The Future of Us too.

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