Throw Back Thursday: April Edition

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately with my trips back to Nashville and with my timehop app bringing up some MAJOR blasts from the past. Not to mention my favorite Buzzfeed yet. But timehop only covers your standard social media outlets…it does not pull in my past blog posts. And for me, since I began writing this blog about silly, 22-year-old things in August 2008, Megoirs (formerly Megster Meter) has turned into a journal and a record of my life. From relationship woes and joys, to trials and errors in the kitchen, to rambling thoughts about my faith, I love always having this space to lean on. I sometimes go for stretches without writing at all. And sometimes I have so much to say I don’t know where to start.

So today, I decided to go back and look at my posts during the month of April since 2009. I found a few really special gems! This might have to be a monthly thing…Click on the photos for the original blog post!

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Last year, after a trip home to WI, I found a whole bunch of elementary and middle school gems. Talk about a major throwback!

Two years ago in April, I took toddler photos of this adorable little man. I can't believe how fast time flies!

Two years ago in April, I took toddler photos of this adorable little man. I can’t believe how fast time flies!

Y'all know I love baking and was really into cake bites for a while. Three years ago, I was very much in my experimentation phase...If you were around me a lot back then, you probably have some cavities by now!

Y’all know I love baking and was really into cake bites for a while. Three years ago, I was very much in my experimentation phase…If you were around me a lot back then, you probably have some cavities by now!

I love this cosmic bowling picture, because in 2011, my now-husband and I had been dating about three months when he took me on this little bowling date. I loved it, and already loved him!

I love this cosmic bowling picture, because in 2011, my now-husband and I had been dating about three months when he took me on this little bowling date. I loved it, and already loved him!

I'm pretty sure this was Katy's first half marathon, and it was a really big deal!! And she, unlike SOME of us (aka ME) really stuck with running, and has done several races, include sprint triathalons. I'm so excited because in just a few weeks she is visiting me in Columbus for the Cap City Half Marathon!

I’m pretty sure this was Katy’s first half marathon, and it was a really big deal!! And she, unlike SOME of us (aka ME) really stuck with running, and has done several races, include sprint triathalons. I’m so excited because in just a few weeks she is visiting me in Columbus for the Cap City Half Marathon!

Wow, it's been SIX YEARS since I played Rosemary in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I LOVED this role, I loved the cast, and I loved my first post-college theater experience. Seriously missing my theater days right about now!

Wow, it’s been SIX YEARS since I played Rosemary in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I LOVED this role, I loved the cast, and I loved my first post-college theater experience. Seriously missing my theater days right about now!

Nostalgia {x100}

This weekend, I road-tripped myself down to Nashville LIKE A BOSS. The hubs was out of town on a fun, long weekend, so I decided to bring the Pupster Ryman along with me for the ride. She loves playing with my in-laws’ mini-doxie, Minnie Pearl. While this photo is a bit deceiving, since it took her TWO HOURS to settle in, I just have to say how much I love this little bugger and how much I miss her. She’s staying the week with the in-laws and Ms. Pearl since we are planning to drive back down again on Easter weekend.

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Once she arrived, she settled in quite happily to the sunshine of Tennessee, and her and Ms. Pearl got right to playing…

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Nothing better than sunshine and barking at squirrels…

Two little rascals.

Meanwhile, I was in town for a Chapter Leadership Conference at Vanderbilt. Basically, all the presidents of the Vandy chapters across the country get together to share ideas and learn more about how to be ambassadors to our chapters. It’s a great time!! They put us up in a brand new hotel right across the street from my old college dorms. I stared out my window for a solid ten minutes thinking about all the wonderful times I had in those tall, ugly buildings. Junior and senior year… OH. Cue: I wish I could go back to college.

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Oh, Towers.

The night before my graduation, my mom just could not understand why I wouldn’t want to stay in her hotel room instead of in my ugly dorm room, which had already been stripped of just about everything except my bedding, a lamp, and my graduation gown. I just couldn’t leave! I didn’t want to leave!! I was happy to graduate, but it was by far not a very joyous occasion. I was a “late bloomer” as far as college is concerned. Coming in as a naive freshman, it too me a year to get my bearings and another year to settle in. I mean, the first two years were great, but the SECOND TWO YEARS were AMAZING. And they were spent in those high-rise brick boxes pictured above.

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The admissions building. The first building I remember seeing on my very first visit to VU.

Being back on campus this weekend felt so special. I worked for the university for the first five years of my career. I took for granted being there every single day. It was my work place more than my alma mater. Now that I’ve taken some space, coming back feels like I am truly revisiting the wonderful place of my 18-22-year-old-self, and I just can’t describe it. If you loved your college experience, then I think you know what I mean. Anyway, cheers to nostalgia, college, and the best of memories. I know that more amazing memories are coming down the road, but man, nothing will ever be quite like those four years. Am I right, or am I right?

Super Throwback Thursday

I don’t really participate in the TBT thing. I really should, considering how much I enjoy flipping through old photos and reliving fun moments of the past. But last weekend was like if you took every throw back Thursday that I have not participated in and rolled it into one massive throwback weekend. I went home to Wisconsin, where I helped my mom clean out a few sections of the house, which were mostly clutter with items from my adolescence.

And, WOAH. Like, seriously, major major woah.

I found school projects from grade school, notes from middle school crushes, and my high school swing choir “warm fuzzies.” I found newspaper clippings of my accomplishements over the years. I found my prom court sash. I found a mug from high school graduation that I do not remember receiving. I found the letters and bars I earned, although I never bought a letter jacket. I found diaries, which all only had a few pages written in them ranging from “mom doesn’t get me” to “I can’t believe I ever liked him.” I FOUND MY BARBIES, PEOPLE. And also, my Polly Pockets.

One thing that really stood out to me was that there were a few things from teachers along the way. I really hadn’t realized the impact some of them had on me. My first grade teacher apparently had an envelope of my first grade work, and sent it to me when I graduated high school, as you can see here:

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Our choir teacher had us write warm fuzzies to each other after our solos, and apparently, I kept them…

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I AM SPECIAL! At least, my family thinks though. But thanks, teachers, for making sure I knew.

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My amazing AP Comp teacher, who we lovingly called Doc, wrote this note at one point. I’m not sure when or why, but it’s a pretty nice message any day.

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And a few other gems, as I mentioned above…

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And of course, I found evidence of my college application process. What a lucky, lucky lady I am to have landed where I landed. GO DORES!!

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Two-Year Blogiversary {Link Love}

Two years have flown by since my first (and lamest) blog entry! But I have LOVED having not only an outlet for my thoughts and projects, but also a way to track the time.  Has anyone else noticed that after graduating college, time begins to fly at an exponential rate? I swear…I mean, it’s August 2010. When did THAT happen?

In part, I see my blog as a tool to look over the last two years.  So much has happened in my life, and it excites me to think of the changes that will come with the next two years, and the two after that, and … well, you know.

So today, a bit of a stroll down memory lane, in no particular order, with a little link love for you all.

In the last two years…

I’ve uncovered some old poems.

I’ve made a lot of food.

Crafty projects have been attempted.

I’ve started a 101 in 1001 list (which will end before you know it!)

I’ve learned a little about photography.

Relationships have ended and begun.  And ended.

Friends have gotten engaged and married.

I’ve moved.

I’ve traveled home for Christmases and 4ths, to New York for the first time, and to Guatemala for epic adventures.

I’ve brewery-toured.

Some pretty amazing parties have been hosted by my roomies and me.

I’ve been in a show or two or three…and currently four.

I’ve started grad school.

I’ve been promoted.

Nashville has seen a snow storm and a flood.

I’ve celebrated my mom and dad and miss them terribly.

I’ve grown up just a little bit more.

Thanks to all of you beautiful people who have been around for any part of not only the last two years, but the twenty-three that came before them.  I love the amazing people who make my life what it is. Where would I be without you?

And to all of you readers, who have hopped on board over the last two years — you are amazing!  I love getting your emails and comments.  Keep ’em coming!

Field Day

Let’s take a break from flood coverage.  It’s a tad overwhelming, and there will be so much to talk about in the months to come.

Let’s talk about field day.

This morning, Katy said, “Do you hear music?” and in fact, she was right.  Coming through our windows was the joyous sound of music: it is field day down the street.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’d forgotten about field day after all these years, but as we chatted about it, my memories all came flooding back to me.  I don’t even remember the exact games we played, but the feelings I had remain strong.  Never did I feel such care-free freedom and bliss as I did in my days galavanting about Parkview Elementary.

I vaguely remember tug of war, three-legged races, sack races, hoola hooping, and water baloons…I think…and definitely endless amounts of four-square, which we were completely addicted to.

Do you remember games you played?  What were they and what were your favorites?

Cocoa, Crackers, and Crunchy Peanut Butter

Last night I got home late from rehearsal, and had not eaten dinner yet.  It was cold, dark, and rainy outside, but I didn’t feel like having the usual sandwich or soup.  Instead, I resorted to my favorite childhood dinner: homemade cocoa and crackers with peanut butter.

Please don’t start thinking I was malnutritioned as a child.  These dinners usually happened on Sunday nights, after my mom and I had eaten a large, late lunch.  We would curl up in the basement to watch Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher in “The New Adventures of Superman,” promptly followed by “Touched by an Angel.”  Those were indeed good times.  And my “dinner” last night was a refreshing throw back, making me feel perfectly at home.  It was so refreshing, in fact, that I felt the need to write about it this morning.

Happy Tuesday!