Rat’s Nest

I’m nearly half a day into my birthday and I just realized I forgot to brush my hair this morning. REACH FOR THE STARS! It’s just that I haven’t been sleeping well lately and so I woke up super late this morning. I threw my ‘fro into a pony tail with plans to brush it later but simply forgot. Looking sassy on my birthday? FAIL.

Last night, the girls and I scored free passes to see American Teen. It’s a docudrama about several seniors at Warsaw High School in Indiana. It goes beyond the ubiquitous stereotypes to reveal the complexities of teenager-dom à la The Breakfast Club. Four of the stars came last night for a Q & A after the film. We were all drooling over the lovable emo-dork Jake and the abnormaly-handsome Mitch. As I sat nervously fidgeting, I leaned over and whispered to Moxy, “When am I not going to get all giddy around really cute boys?” I was dying to pass Mitch a “Do you like me?” note in home room.

Watching the film really took me back to the drama of high school, although I was very fortunate to have had a great experience overall. Things at home were very, very stressful at the time but I had wonderful, amazing friends. It’s funny to think of the things that seemed so important at the time…like when Jamie decided not to play on the basketball team our senior year because she had secretly hated it her whole life. Or when, despite my grades and a mountain of activities, I wasn’t invited into National Honor Society because Mr. Magnuson was on the selection committee and he hated my guts. (Note to Mr. Magnuson: I was invited into Golden Key in college so SUCK IT!) Or when Kim made out with ‘miah and I was devastated because I had a TREMENDOUS crush on him. I realize of course all these names are meaningless to you but I bet you too remember what at the time seemed like epic events. I’d love to hear yours!

17 Responses to “Rat’s Nest”

  1. SweetBasta Says:

    I don’t have a specific story, but I am sure everyone can relate to the pain you felt when you broke up with or was dumped by someone you had gone steady with for a full 3 weeks. Or how about the fake things you would write in people’s yearbooks, “Stay Sweet/Cool”, “Keep in touch”.

    Also when you think back to that 4 years of your life doesn’t it seem much bigger than 4 years? I remember being so impatient to graduate from high school, but now look back at it as a great adventure that was very cool and should have been savored more. College was even better! I did that for 6 years.

  2. SweetBasta Says:

    Oh, Mymsie, Happy Birthday! I am going to stop by the pet store on the way home and get you a rat for your nest.

  3. SweetBasta Says:

    I am not saying anything in this comment, I just felt that I should do 3 comments today. This way your blog will look super popular for your birthday. Everyone should make multiple comments today! Would it be possible for Mymsie to have 3 digits worth of comments on her birthday? That would be cool. If not then I guess it just shows that she isn’t as popular as she thinks she is. Poor Mymsie. Now I feel bad for you. Sorry I ruined your birthday.

  4. SweetBasta Says:

    If I do too many comments in one day will WordPress think that I am some automatted program that is posting stuff and block me?

  5. SweetBasta Says:

    Mymsie, if you could have anything at all for your birthday, (except for the rat that I am going to get for you) what would it be. You can’t say some beauty pagent answer either like “All I want is World Peace”.

  6. SweetBasta Says:

    OK, this is my 6th comment. I think I will stop there. Happy Birthday again. Check your e-mail I will probably send you some kind of offensive e-card later.

  7. SweetBasta Says:

    All right I couldn’t stop there. I think I am going to do a few more comments. You should take a picture of yourself and post it showing us your glowing pride when you see that your blog has the most comments in WordPress history.

  8. SweetBasta Says:

    Everyone in honor of Mymsie’s b-day. Tell the thing about her that makes you laugh the most. I love the way she involuntarily makes a loud “whoo” whenever she is startled, and then laughs about it.

  9. SweetBasta Says:

    If anyone is looking to get Mymsie a gift, I think she still needs Celine Dion’s “Infant Consumption” album.

  10. SweetBasta Says:

    OK, This is my 10th comment. That should be enough. Happy Birthday Mymsie. If you could choose anyone in the world to administer your Birthday spankings who would that be? It probably isn’t socially acceptable to do Birthday spankings anymore. I remember dreading going to school on my birthday for fear that I would receive birthday spankings, and then in high school looking forward to the cute girls that would attempt to administer some ambush style birthday spankings. Ah-ha there was another high school memory. See how everything comes full circle.

  11. mymsie Says:

    W-O-W! *boggles* Somebody used his time wisely this afternoon! I’m so honored to have received all this comment love. For my birthday, I want $100+ gift cards, 500 puppies, and an all expenses paid trip to here. If you’re lucky, I’ll let you escort me to the airport and check all my luggage, which will include at least a hundred purses and a wet bar that folds up into a small duffel bag.

    As for my birthday spanking, that’s a toughie. I’m fickle and my crushes change frequently depending on the direction of the wind or how the stock market is fluctuating. That said, I think I’ll pick Rainn Wilson because I’ve seen a lot of his interviews lately and he’s hilarious. He’s also cute and nerdy and I suspect he’d be willing to fetch me drinks and give me pedicures.

  12. kate1976 Says:

    Hope you had a fabulous birthday and you don’t have to brush your hair on your birthday – you can do whatever you like!!! I think my high school experience was probably quite different and totally the same all at the same time – same drama and same friendships only I went to an all-girls school in England with no cliques: no jocks, nerds, no cheerleaders. Just a lot of girls. Sometimes being bitchy. But never being cruel. It was pretty good actually.

  13. westwardbound Says:

    Happy birthday! You forgot to brush your hair because you’re OLD.


    Glad you caught the movie!

    I remember it being the BIGGEST DEAL EVER which two of the four top flautists of our flute group got to play the last semester senior year chairs in our Fame High School orchestra…because this meant they’d get to play in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for graduation itself. I managed to get one of those chairs. It was pretty cool.

    NONE of us play the flute anymore…at least not more than picking it up to amuse a child for 5 minutes. So, yeah.

  14. Amy Says:

    Man, I wanted to see that! I need to figure out how KNH and I can find it too.

    Happy BD!! No worries, there were at least three days this week I did not brush my hair, including today. Remember my grandma said to just get on your broom and go.

  15. PastaQueen Says:

    I was a lamer who only joined NHS to have something to put on my college apps. Didn’t really do much in it! Hope your B-Day was happy.

  16. Bumpster Says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed all of the thoughtful gifts we gave you for your birthday. I know you’ll cherish them for years to come shedding a tear at the memories of our good time together.

  17. Amy Says:

    When I was in NHS I got to dress up in one of those costumes with the big heads at the zoo. I think I was a polar bear.

    Note: I brushed my hair today.

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