Dreaming of a White Vacation

My husband is all about snowboarding. He just got back from a four day trip to Mt Hood in Oregon with nine other guys. They rented a house with one queen bed, some futons and eight bunk beds. Are you kidding me? Grown men in bunk beds? That’s not my idea of a vacation. He said they were just home at night to sleep, so it didn’t matter.
I’ve been snowboarding twice. When Jacob and I first got together I thought I’d better give it a try. I got cute new clothes and gear and we drove up to Mt Baker at 6:00 am. Jacob strapped me up and basically said, “Go.” He’s an awful teacher. Things come to him very easily and he’s always astonished when other people aren’t getting it. Not only was I slipping and sliding down a mountain with no direction, it also started raining. By 11:00 am I called it quits.
A few years later I tried again at Snoqualmie. I expressed my concerns with his teaching technique and he decided that I should go with another newbie and we could learn together, so my brother. He had never snowboarded or skied in his life, but being a sports star growing up, he caught on within 20 minutes. I hung out next to the kid’s class and tried to listen to the instructor without looking totally obvious. Around noon, my brother and I went up the lift and I fell getting off of it. Of course. We made it half way down the smallest run when I totally wiped out, somersault style, hurting my knee. I took off my board and walked it down the mountain.
I’ll never snowboard again. Jacob is just fine with that.
But I’m all for teaching my kids how to do it! We’ll just start them young, enroll them in lessons and they’ll be speeding down the slopes with their dad in no time. I can’t wait to go on these snowboard trips where the boys hit the mountain in the wee morning hours while I sleep in, read a book, watch a movie, sit by the fire in my pjs and have hot cocoa and a home cooked meal ready for them when they get back. Jacob and I have been to Lake Tahoe and Whistler, BC. Here are the other places we really want to visit.
Park City
I love the snow, but I don’t like being in it. I’ll take a walk, make a snowman or start a snowball fight, but after 30 minutes, I’m out. The great things about these hot spots are the cozy cabins and fancy hotels plus the adorable towns with great food and shopping!

Fashion of the 90’s

I’m taking a trip down memory lane and featuring some of the best styles from the ‘90s.
Jean overalls
I never owned a pair, but really wanted them.
Most of my friends wore one side unhooked.
Salt water sandals
I had a pair of tans ones and didn’t take them off for an entire summer.
They start to smell after a while.
Baby tees
I didn’t actually have this one, but doesn’t it just define the ‘90s?
I had a few pairs of vans throughout high school.
Looney Tunes tees
I did have one of these in middle school. How embarrassing.
Jelly shoes
These were my 8th grade spring/summer footwear.
I had about ten pairs.
Boxers as shorts
We’d stock up on colorful prints at The Gap,
sew up the fly and wear them with a sweatshirt.
I always had to have white. They were dirty within the first week and therefore, ruined.
My mom hated buying these for me.
Men’s surf tees
I shopped at Above the Belt (now known as Zumiez) for Stüssy, Billabong and Quicksilver tees.
They were guy shirts and way too big, but looked great with my baggy Levi’s.
Women’s surf tees
Then I realized I am a girl and started buying Roxy and Hurley women’s shirts in my actual size.
Adidas wind pants
This was a late ‘90s thing around these parts.
I wore these pants to early morning classes in college. Awful!
Dr. Martens
I loved my Docs. These are probably my favorite ’90s fashion trend
because they are just so awful and so expensive but we all HAD TO HAVE THEM.
 I had these exact pairs of shoes and sandals.
Flare jeans
As the super baggy jeans fad was winding down, flare jeans took off.
No matter how many times I explained that they weren’t the same,
 my mom called them “bell bottoms” and couldn’t believe I wanted to wear them.
Platform shoes
I didn’t own a pair because I’m six feet tall and my boyfriend was about an inch shorter than me.
But my sister did and sometimes let me borrow them.
She had a pale pink pair and white sneakers similar to these:
We wore Gap sweater vests over a white t-shirt
and Old Navy Performance Fleece vests over a long sleeved colored t-shirt.
Floral print rayon dresses
I always paired mine with white tube socks and my Docs. Gorgeous.
Penny loafers
My best friend and I put dimes in them. To be classier.
Gap T-Shirts
I think I had five of these in different colors. Sweatshirts too.
So what about you? Did you wear some of these styles? Did I miss something you loved to wear? Come on guys, let’s reminisce and be embarrassed together!


I even saw it this week on Sophia Bush. Very subtle, but still there. Cute!

I first noticed it last year on Shenae Grimes. She sported the look during the second half of the season on 90210.
I thought it was so weird that they were letting her roots grow out that long, but then I kinda liked it.
As long as it doesn’t look like this.
I don’t think I could ever pull it off. I’m afraid my hair would just look dirty or in desperate need of a dye job. All I know, is the dark to light look is working on most of these ladies and I’m so glad the reverse effect that Avril Lavigne made famous is loooong gone.

Stop Telephonin’ Me

When I was younger we had a phone just like this one.

Then we upgraded to one like this, with an answering machine. Awesome!

Finally, in 7th grade I got my own phone! I loved my clear phone with fluorescent wiring!

Then my mom came home with a cordless phone and we thought it was the coolest.
She was always mad though because I would leave it upstairs in my in my room with a dead battery.
In 10th grade I got my own cordless and I kept this purple beauty all through college!
In high school, I got a pager. I know, I know, but come on, you all had one too…right?
(What was my obsession with clear?)
When I was 18, I got my first cell phone for Christmas.
My mom worked for AAA and thought it was a great thing for me to have to stay safe.
Only one rule: I HAD to answer if she called. It was this exact one:
In college I upgraded to the Nokia 5110. EVERYONE had this phone.
Mine was purple, you know, to be unique.
Then, along with everyone else, I upgraded that to a Nokia 3310. I had navy blue.
I was so jealous when friends slowly started getting flip phones. I had to have one!
My Samsung SGH-X427 was SO COOL with it’s colored screen.
Then I needed phone that could play music and take pictures, duh. I got a Samsung Sync.
And now I’m on my latest cell, my iPhone. I’ve had it for almost two years.
How did I live without it all this time? It’s never more than three feet away from me.
I plan on upgrading to iPhone 4 as soon as my contract is up.
I have to say, sometimes I kind of miss the flip phone.
There was nothing more gratifying than flipping it closed when you were irritated with the person on the other end.
Take a look at some of these other phones throughout time. Did you have any of them?