Posts tagged ‘friendship’

September 7, 2010

September Listography | Day Seven

 

100 things that I love in the world — part 2
 
1.  that today is the birthday of my best good friend, Cerella
2.  that we have so much in common despite a 10-year age difference
3.  that we have become best friends over the past 10+ years without ever meeting in person
4.  that she accepts my random thought processes and sometimes finds them inspirational
5.  that she first contacted me because she loved my writing
6.  that her own writing dream was finally realized this year
7.  that she reminds me to write for myself first and not for perfection
8.  that we share an obsessive love of pop culture
9.  that she allows me to gush over celebrity crushes even when she doesn’t see the appeal
10. that she introduces me to British film projects that I might never check out on my own
11. that I think of her every time I watch a Heath Ledger film
12. that we can have texting marathons one day and then not feel slighted if we don’t contact each other for days afterward
13. that we both appreciate Atretes from Mark of the Lion series but she doesn’t begrudge me the Russell-Crowe-in-Gladiator comparison even though one is a German barbarian and the other is Roman
14. that she loves Disney with all of her heart and can’t wait to reintroduce me to it later this year
15. that she gets very excited when I branch out and try new foods
16. that both of us are afraid to speak on the phone for fear we’ll run off at the mouth and never be able to hang up
17. the fact that #16 is not a bad thing
18. that we share the same faith in Jesus Christ and One True God
19. that we each consider each other to be just like a sister
20. that I managed to complete her birthday gift in exactly the way I intended… and on time!
 
Happy Birthday, Love!    You are the absolute greatest!
 


this particular topic was taken from list-maker extraordinaire Andrea at hulaseventy while My Listography was inspired by the site of the same name

 

July 29, 2010

retro photo month :: day twenty-nine

St. Louis, circa 1999
Yes, there’s a story behind this photo. A whole weekend, in fact. But that’ll have to come at a later time. All I’ll say today is that it was taken in St. Louis, Memorial Weekend 1999, at a gathering of fans for the tv series The Magnificent Seven. My first foray into online communities, back when people were still nervous that every person in a chat room was a predator. I learned otherwise and made lifelong friends. Do you see me in the photo? Top right. Playing a character from the series that was originated by the magnificent Tyne Daly. And I rocked an Irish brogue. Fun times!
 

this month’s photos

around the turn of the 21st century December 1993 circa 1991 circa 1989
eighties hair senior year, high school sophomore year, high school sophomore year, high school
grade 8 middle school drill team circa 1980 grade 6 grade 5
scouts bluebird sisters granddaughters and the matriarch three 70s sisters
sisters in plaid sisters, circa 1972 circa 1971 me, circa 1971 circa 1970
me and my sisters back at the Texas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol at the Texas State Capitol summer photo day one


Retro Photo Month was inspired by Elizabeth Dillow. Be sure to check out her own collection at {a swoop and a dart}.
 

July 27, 2010

retro photo month :: day twenty-seven

 

   DK and me – college graduation, December 1993

circa 1993

I’ve written quite a bit about my challenging post-adolescent years and how changed I am because of them, but today’s photo brings those days front and center once again. I spent six-and-a-half years trudging through college (including one semester out after returning from New Jersey), and then finally graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Though I do love the field, psychology was never a pursued study for me so much as it was an area I stumbled into while bouncing in and out of other programs. In the final year of this journey I knew I had to just tally my hours and figure out which area gave me enough credits for the degree; the winner was psychology by a nose. Sure, I committed to it in the end and had grand dreams of helping people, but because I’d not had an actual advisor in all of my years at university, I didn’t get the memo that bachelor’s level psychology is really not worth much more than the paper on which it’s printed. Unfortunately, it took me another eighteen months, post-graduation, to grasp that fact. But still I carried on through the final semesters in order to achieve that time-honored goal of graduating from college.
 
Through the four years I was “away” at school, DK had been my lifeline. We were paired as dorm roommates by random selection — a fluke in itself as she was an incoming freshman but I was incoming as a junior — and it took us less than one night to realize that we had a great deal in common even though we had entirely different backgrounds. What seemed random was truly a God thing. We became instant best friends, living together for two years in the dorms and another two years in off-campus apartments, and then our tight friendship lasted an additional six years despite living hundreds of miles apart. This being the days before wide cell phone use, phone calls were expensive, too. But we planned afternoons every couple of months where one or the other would call and the conversation would last for 3-4 hours. It had been this way since the beginning, and it continued up until the days that we began to grow apart. While I’d had good friends in the past, none of my relationships had lasted this long nor been this intimate. I consider DK my first long-term best friend. And she earned that title through some challenging times.
 
In the month before graduation, we decided it would be a great idea to document our friendship with a photo. I’m still so grateful that we went through with this. In college, neither of us used cameras for much of anything, so I have less than 10 photos from all those years. This photo and the one from Day Twenty-Five are the quintessential shots to describe our college experience. It wasn’t so much about school itself — I actually remember very, very little about my classes or my routines; college was about our friendship. It was about walking through that period of our lives together. It was about leaning on each other (me, more than her), and sharing moments and meals and laughter and tears and frustrations and successes. If ever I am asked about college, I begin to speak of DK. And if I could talk to her today I would tell her how precious those days will always be. Friendship truly is forever, in one way or another.
 

this month’s photos

circa 1991 circa 1989 eighties hair
senior year, high school sophomore year, high school sophomore year, high school grade 8
middle school drill team circa 1980 grade 6 grade 5
scouts bluebird sisters granddaughters and the matriarch three 70s sisters
sisters in plaid sisters, circa 1972 circa 1971 me, circa 1971 circa 1970
me and my sisters back at the Texas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol at the Texas State Capitol summer photo day one


Retro Photo Month was inspired by Elizabeth Dillow. Be sure to check out her own collection at {a swoop and a dart}.
 

July 25, 2010

retro photo month :: day twenty-five

 

circa 1989There are invisible strings attaching me to New Kids on the Block. I’ve tried to cut them; for years I’ve tried to put this period of my life into the past for good. But, just as Pacino said, they keep pulling me back in. It all began the year this photo was taken: 1989. First it was just a love for their single, “The Right Stuff,” and then a larger interest in the group itself. But after that it snowballed, as so many of my interests do, and I was suddenly obsessed with everything about them. And my college roommate (pictured here in mid-sentence, bless her) was unfortunate enough to be sucked into the vortex, as well. On the night this photo was taken we were headed out to a New Kids concert — my second that year — and I was fully immersed in all things NKOTB. Underneath that bowler I’m wearing was a very short hairstyle with the lower half buzzed to almost nothing and featuring single horizontal stripes shaved from the temples to a single point at the base of my hairline in the back (like Jordan Knight once sported). In my left ear were four piercings — rhinestone studs in the cartilage at the top curve and in the center cartilage of the ear and in the lower lobe, just above my regular piercing for costume jewelry — which mirrored Donnie Walhberg’s own ear piercings. It went further for years afterward, my obsession spilling over into dreams, even. I was 20 years old at the beginning of this phenomenon, and though I eventually tired of the music and moved on to other obsessions, I never could quite find release from the New Kids. Actually, I should say that I couldn’t find release from Wahlberg. He’s the one I seem inherently tied to. The one I can’t seem to resist when he pops up in movies or tv. It started quite unexpectedly, actually, when I was finally past any form of interest in the group but then saw him in the movie Ransom. I was shocked to find him acting. And I felt it necessary to seek out his other projects because the curiosity just got the best of me. But then, years later, he appeared in Band of Brothers, and then Boomtown, and he was really, really good in both. Since then I’ve been a sucker for anything he does. I even had to check out the New Kids’ “comeback” project a couple of years ago. As I said, the curiosity just kills me. After all these years, I’m a sucker for the group, and still a fan of Wahlberg. I think it boils down to one thing, something that can be seen in this photo: being a fan was a shared experience at a time in my life when everything seemed dark and hopeless. But these guys made me happy when very little else did.
 

this month’s photos

eighties hair senior year, high school sophomore year, high school sophomore year, high school
grade 8 middle school drill team circa 1980 grade 6 grade 5
scouts bluebird sisters granddaughters and the matriarch three 70s sisters
sisters in plaid sisters, circa 1972 circa 1971 me, circa 1971 circa 1970
me and my sisters back at the Texas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol at the Texas State Capitol summer photo day one


Retro Photo Month was inspired by Elizabeth Dillow. Be sure to check out her own collection at {a swoop and a dart}.