Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blast From the Past: Band and Diaries

Man oh man, I cannot believe that Melissa’s big day is almost here!

For those of you who are new around here or may have missed it in previous posts, my best friend for nearly ten years is getting married to the love of her life on Saturday. I’m the maid of honor in the wedding and I could not be happier for her. She’s been planning the wedding since last September and I’m so excited that they chose her hometown of Traverse City for the location of the wedding. Previous wedding-related posts include:

The rehearsal dinner is on Friday and then the bridal party will be staying at my apartment on Friday night. I’m pretty excited to be hosting my first get together already! Any tips or ideas on fun things to do the night before the wedding? Also, anything I should know for Saturday? In other words, do I need a MOH “emergency kit” and what should I keep in it? Any tips on how to keep the bride calm and collected on the big day? I am open to any and all suggestions!

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I don’t have much to blog about today – I’ve worked all day the past two days and eaten the same three meals both days – so I thought I’d switch gears and talk about something else that came up while I was packing before my big move. Many of you may not know this about me, but my family and most of my friends know that I’m a huge pack rat. I use the term “pack rat” instead of “hoarder” because it’s not so much that I buy a lot of useless things, but I just find a lot of things “sentimental” and have a hard time throwing stuff away. More specifically, things from my childhood and high school years.

My mom assigned me the daunting task of cleaning out the basement as I got ready for the move because it’s completely overflowing with junk and most of it belongs to my sister and I. I did make some progress, although I still need to go back in the next week to finish up before she has her big garage sale, but I stumbled across quite a few things that I just can’t bare to get rid of yet.

My old band stuff, for example.

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I played the clarinet for seven years and was first chair just about every single one of them. Band was such a huge part of my life during my youth and I was involved in marching band, symphony band, symphony orchestra, jazz band, and played in the pit for the school musical. I actually have every single piece that I’ve ever played alphabetized in a binder that’s, of course, been stashed away in the basement.

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Fancy dividers, I know Winking smile.

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I also have all of my chair audition music, along with my scores and evaulations!

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That probably classifies me as more of a nerd than a pack rat, but it is what it is.

I also have all of my old band hoodies, even though they no longer fit me. I mean, how in the world could I ever get rid of my “Band Kids in Orchestra” sweatshirt?!

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Instead of buying orchestra sweatshirts one year like the string-playing kids did, us band kids (who only played in the orchestra part time) decided to make our own.

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Good times right there Smile.

In addition to all of my band memorabilia, I also came across these gems.

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These are just *some* of the various journals that I had over the years. One of my favorites was a good old Lisa Frank hardcover!

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My sister and I were seriously cracking up over my diary entries. I am was such a drama queen, even at the ripe age of ten.

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Geez, how dare Nancy not call me?!

When I stopped worrying about Nancy and moved onto boys, things got even better. I wrote a detailed entry about each guy that I had a crush on, and even took the time to draw a picture of my favorite “dude” hair style.

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Perhaps I should tell Eric to look into getting a “dangly + buzz” cut because apparently it used to reel me in every time.

My next journal was more of a scrap book where I wrote about all kinds of important life topics.

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What do YOU think? Aaron Carter: cute or not? Hahahahaha

However, I think the thing that tops the charts for funniest things I wrote is my life lessons story.

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That’s right, I was clearly a master at leading a “neat, safe, and healthy” life by the time I reached sixth grade.

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Some of my favorite tips include “wash your hands after going to the bathroom,” “never, ever lie,” and “try to shower at least every other day.” Genius right there I tell ya.


It was a fun trip down memory lane, and even though things like my old band stuff and all of my journals are still taking up space, I think they’re things worth keeping for now. Hopefully my kids will get a kick out of them someday, too Smile.

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