Sunday Social | the glory days

*** HAPPY SUNDAY ***

Boy, am I glad it’s Sunday. I have, admittedly, had an attitude as sour as a sack of lemons for a couple of days. It hasn’t been a good weekend so I’m sorry if I’ve been non-ladylike towards you.

Sunday Social

What were you like in middle and high school?

Middle school was not the most pleasant. Most of my friends were older and I moved to a new school (beginning of the 7th grade), plus I was a new student from the “rival” county. Yeah, lucky me. Fortunately, my church’s youth group was large, active, and welcoming of “the new kid” even though I was much younger.

{ I am in the blue striped shirt, back row, top left. This was at Homecoming inΒ  2001 or 2002. }

The first day of high school, I walked in wearing braces and contacts (thank you GOD for saving me from wearing my dreadful glasses!!!!) and prayed for the next four years to go by in record-breaking fashion. It did.

High school was like a big family, we had our dysfunctional moments and glory days too. For the most part, I think we all got along. A group of classmates (about 20) had gone to preschool with me and it was nice to “grow up” with them. I considered myself to be popular and in the “cool” crowd. I was an athlete, officer in several clubs and organizations, and was part of the yearbook staff. As a junior, I was business manager and Editor my senior year. Even though WCHS was small (less than 800 students total), our yearbook was/is gorgeous. Lucky for us, our advisor’s brother was a representative with the publisher!!!!

A few weeks ago, we had our 10 year reunion and I had a fabulous time. It felt great, not only to be back home in Kentucky, but to reconnect in person (Facebook is not the same!) with the folks I had not seen in a decade. I am not joking when I say I had not seen them since our graduation day in May 2002. I think we graduated on a Friday and by Monday I was somewhere in the southeast corner of Georgia playing in a golf tournament. My first year of college was spent in Louisville, Kentucky and then I transferred to Beaumont, Texas and again to Texas A&M University in Commerce. I had big dreams to get out of the small town, but every day that I get older, the more I miss my hometown. But, I got what I asked for and I am truly blessed.

Anyway, thanks to Facebook, I stay in contact with the majority of my former classmates that I don’t get to see very often in person. With others, including Mrs. Green, we stay in touch through our blogs.

What were your favorite past times?

At age six (I think), I began playing golf with my parents at the country club, where we were members. I spent most of my younger days in the swimming pool, but eventually wised up and focused on golf. It was my world. It consumed most of my time, especially summer breaks from school, and it paid for most of my college education. For that, I am thankful. There are days I miss the game, but I do not miss the nastiness of competition.

{ Golfing days were definitely some of my glory days … not to mention skinny days. }

What songs were you obsessed with?

I admit to knowing every word to songs by The Backstreet Boys, n’Sync, and The Spice Girls, but my preferred genre of music was/is/always will be country. George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, are timeless favorites. Of course, I’m also a fan of Celine Dion (anybody want to send me to Las Vegas for her show? Please?), Cher (If I Could Turn Back Time music video on that navy ship and Cher’s outfit … oh my!), and Michael Bolton. I have all of their CDs. Yes, I said CDs. Remember those?!

What fashion statement do you look back on and cringe?

Ummm …. is it a fashion crime if I wear similar clothing styles still today? {blushing} I was, and still am, a t-shirt kind of girl. Khaki pants or shorts, jeans, and hoodie sweatshirts are staples. Short, no-show socks (the kind that aren’t seen while wearing shoes) have been a wardrobe requirement since I was little. I’ve always hated tall socks, unless I’m wearing boots and then I want them as high as my knees! Sunglasses (Oakleys, no less) and a cap were wardrobe signatures of mine too. In high school, I was actively recruited by several colleges and university, including Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. I had t-shirts, hats, and golf shirts with “FU” embroidered on them. Totally cool. Totally inappropriate. I thought I was such a bad girl. {sigh}

Who was your celeb crush?

For the longest time, I have been an Atlanta Braves baseball fan. I’ve been to Turner Field several times and even skipped my SENIOR PROM to attend a Braves game in St. Louis. The highlight of that trip was the hug I received from Chipper Jones. I’m pretty sure he had the same feelings for me as I did for him.

I also crushed for John Rocker, a former relief pitcher for the Braves, for a brief while. But he fell off my “crush” wagon when he fell off the “sane” wagon. Steroids, anyone?!

I knew Husband was a keeper when he gave me a Chipper Jones jersey for my birthday. He understood my crush even then.

What were your favorite TV shows and movies?

Have we not covered this question in another Sunday Social questionnaire? In any event, Wheel of Fortune was a favorite of mine way-back-when and it still is today. I still watch the local and national news (yay for Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News) too.
My favorite movies back then (and still today) were Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, and Pretty Woman.

Happy Sunday — have a blessed day!

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  1. cookiesforbfast August 19, 2012 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I’m thrilled that I’m not the only one still jammin out to my late 90s/early 2000s tunes. Did you see the 98 Degrees reunion show on the Today Show? I DVR’ed it and just watched it as I waited to link up. They sounded exactly the same (fantastic), looked great, but the synchronized dance moves (swaying, finger snapping, and clapping) reminded me of a Beach Boys reunion show or something else that my mother would like.

    And ahhhh CDs… I am so old school that I still buy them. I sound like an old man when I say this, but I can’t get used to buying from iTunes – like, I’m scared my computer will crash or some other tragedy will strike and I’ll lose the songs. So I buy the CD and put it on my iPod… πŸ˜‰

    • Nicole August 19, 2012 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Hi Heather! No, I did not catch the 98 Degrees reunion but it sounds like a good time that offered some laughs too. Let’s face it: boy bands are quite funny. NKOTB come to mind instantly, Lord-have-mercy-on-me I was so in love with those boys when I was younger.

      I honestly could not tell you that last CD that I purchased. I don’t have an iPod or i-Anything for that matter, so I rely on the radio. Yes, I am a 20-something trapped inside a 90-year-old’s body. True dat!!!

      Happy Sunday!
      Nicole (a.k.a. Singing Along with the Radio)

  2. Megan B.B. August 19, 2012 at 2:01 am - Reply

    I am always listening to my old school music. And it’s cool that you kept in touch with your class. I went to a super duper small school, and I think I have everyone on my facebook. We didn’t do a 10 year, but hopefully we’ll rock a 15 yr or something. πŸ™‚
    xoxox,
    Megan @ thememoirsofmegan.com

    • Nicole August 19, 2012 at 8:06 am - Reply

      Hi Megan B.B.!!! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting, I appreciate it. In regards to the class reunion, I’m begging for an 11-year one! No joke, I had so much fun laughing, catching up, telling old stories, drinking adult beverages (legally … hahahaha!!!!), and laughing so more that I want to make it an annual thing. Most of my classmates live in the same area we grew up and went to school, so it’s pretty easy to get everybody together. I got the “award” for driving the furthest (850 miles) and tied for oldest husband. LMAO what a combination!!!!

      Happy Sunday, blessings to you!
      Nicole

  3. greengoround August 19, 2012 at 8:04 am - Reply

    GREAT POST! I love the pics (especially the ones of you playing golf). I still cringe when I think about high school though…… Wish I could’ve made the reunion—everyone looks fantastic—pretty much the same. Sadly, there are a couple of people I do not recognize. I mean, “really, Emily?! We only graduated with like, 150 peeps” and I still can’t keep up with who is who. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for the 11 yr reunion—-but only if they promise to play boy band music! hahahahahaha!

    • Nicole August 19, 2012 at 8:13 am - Reply

      Awww, thanks Em! High school had its moments, and then had other cringe-worthy moments too. hahahaha I sooooooooooo wish you had been at the reunion too, everybody asked about you and I was so happy that we have stayed in touch now that we’re living in the same state again….even if it is Texas (blah blah blah). LOL I definitely want an 11-year reunion, music optional. Nobody danced at this one, we were too busy talking and laughing and enjoying ourselves. But maybe I didn’t have enough “adult beverage” in me. Next time. Next time, I say! hahahaha

      Hugs,
      Nicole

  4. Tiffany August 19, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

    love your blog…
    I found you over at Ashley’s Social Sunday Link Up

    Tiffany @ Dreams Do Come True
    http://happilyeverafter-tiffany.blogspot.com/

    • Nicole August 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tiffany, I appreciate the sweet comment. I’m headed to your blog now. Happy Sunday!!!!!

      =) nmh

  5. Meghan August 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    I love that you were on the yearbook staff! I currently advise yearbook where I teach, and I love it!

    Gotta love some Spice Girls! πŸ™‚

    • Nicole August 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Meghan! Yes, I was on the yearbook staff two consecutive years (as a junior and senior) and LOVED it. I also had a great and wonderful and inspiring advisor.
      Happy Sunday. =)

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