My mom is slowly unloading all the â€˜memory boxesâ€™ that I stored at her house over high school and college. I canâ€™t find the time to go through them all so Iâ€™ve been stuffing the boxes in a closet and trying to put it out of my mind.
You know how chores like this go â€“ you start on one box and then you get sucked into a vortex of memories. Before you know it, an hour has passed and youâ€™ve accomplished nothing but reminisce on one month in 1999.
Today, while transferring the newest load into the closet, I did get through the top of one box in 30 minutes. So many awesome memories!
Remember the movie Rushmore? Me neither. A movie ticket in Miami in 1999 was only $4.75 â€“ canâ€™t even rent a movie on my TV for that price.
I was so obsessed with the X-Files. Flipping through this back issue of US magazine was amazing. The advertisements were my favorite. So many women in grungy clothes with their tummies bared. Remember Exclamation perfume? They still sell it, apparently!
US correctly predicted the rise of the Spice Girls, for what itâ€™s worth.
Also â€“ I have a signed copy of a Ricky Martin CD! Fun factâ€¦ I waited for something absurd â€“ like five hours â€“ to meet Ricky, and when I did, I asked him to kiss me. He kissed me on the cheek. #claimtofame
I also kept my homecoming corsage from 1999 â€“ how did this thing survive?
But the best find of all was my Student Planner. I have a NYC Library planner from every year of high school. I was extremely detailed. Extremely! Not just homework assignments but dates with friends, books and TV shows that I wanted to watch, things I ate, songs I liked.
I also rated every single day using an A â€“ F scale. I had lots of A days! Only a few C days. I found a key for the rating system in the back of the notebook. For a day to qualify as an A day, I had to hear my favorite song on the radio OR have a really good hair or skin day. Itâ€™s the small things, right? Nuclear war was obviously a F day. Obviously.
I also had positive quotes written on every single pageâ€¦ Operation Beautiful in the making!
Nowadays, I keep all my plans on my iPhone in my Google Calendar â€“ suddenly, I think this is so sad! I wonâ€™t be able to flip through my 2013 Google Calendar in a decade quite the way I can flip through my old Student Planner. Itâ€™s almost enough to convince me to switch back to paper planners. But the iPhone is so much more convenient. Maybe I can retroactively fill in my paper planner? Describing what I did that day instead of planning it out in advance? Like a diary, but a lot less effort.
Anyone still use a paper planner?