After a week of procrastinating, I finally got over my laziness to go through the last of my boxes that were brought up by my cousin. With my ever so many moves within the last couple of years, I couldn’t even tell you if I were missing some items. It’s quite sad but unfortunately, basically being a nomad, I’ve been accustomed to things just “turning up” and being surprised at what I may find while unpacking. There were a few surprising moments filled with excitement and I can definitely say that I was NOT disappointed in my finds, so I thought I’d share it with you all.
I was ecstatic when I saw the box with my high school senior yearbook! Shoutout to the Park Vista H.S. C/O 2008! It was so fun to look back and read the pages that I worked on and overlooked as the Student Life Editor. My writing style has obviously progressed since then but I can also see how it has stayed the same in some aspects. Looking back made me realize that I was already doing the things I loved to do now, but never considered it as a career. Fast forward over a decade later and here we are now… Reading a couple of the sweet well wishes my friends wrote to me definitely made me nostalgic but puta BIG smile on my face. All I have to say is that if anyone needs a boost of motivation, READ THOSE!
YESSSS! Do you see what I’m seeing?! You are NOT seeing things…I found a relic! Haha, That right there is my SONY Walkman CD Player that I got for my 11th Birthday (2001) and was used and abused by me until I was gifted my iPod Nano in high school. Even then, it seemed that I still used that baby in high school since to my surprise, I found The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ first album inside. Those other CDs pictured were just a fraction of our collection back then and let’s not forget about all the mixtapes I made or was given t me, on the right. I know damn well some of you can reminisce back to the days when we were all (illegally) downloading songs from Limewire onto these blank disks to share with friends.
Okay, cringe at some of these photos from my elementary, middle & high school days. I have to admit, it was cute to see my little self in the left album containing some field trip photos of my 4th grade St. Augustine trip, my 5th grade Island of Adventures trip, and my Washington, D.C. Safety Patrol trip. The right one was a mix of my middle and high school days with my color-coordinated outfits with my old besties, gel packed SCRUNCHED hair (yikes), and school dances. OH, the good ole’ days.
My lovely old uniforms! I’m pretty sure the shirts still fit, being loose-fitting since I was slim & boobless in high school & a couple of years after. The first two pictures were my tennis team uniforms which were so cute. The right ones were my Swatch uniforms we paired with denim. Lol I remember changing our Swatch uniforms from those red crew necks to the blue deep v-necks and all the girls (including myself) couldn’t wait to skank it out in an attempt to generate more sales… haha
My college planners… the right one definitely showed how packed my last year of school was. My last semester specifically was a killer, working full-time through the holiday season and taking 18 credits…ONLINE. Yep, lots of coffee, long nights, and no sleep. Call me crazy but I do miss going to school a little bit and how cramped my schedule was. Honestly, not working right now is such a drag and if it weren’t for this blog, I’d be going insane.
OMG, I just about screamed when I saw this! I know nameplates are kinda making a come back these days but remember back in the day when it was THE thing. I wasn’t a fan of the flashy, gold ones so this was MY thing and loved it even more because it was a gift from the Philippines. I honestly may just clean it up and start rockin’ it again.
LOOK HOW CUTE THAT COIN PURSE IS! And the cherry on top was my little souvenir pressed pennies collection inside! I don’t care how touristy and cliche it may be, I always HAVE to get one of these coins made. So, hand over those pennies and quarters NOW!
Hoarder much? Yes… at least with something as sentimental as these greeting cards. I just gathered a couple of these but trust me, there is a LOT more. Some of these date back to my 10th birthday and I even read a Christmas card signed by late grandpa in 2001. Just know if you’ve ever given me ANY sort of card for a special occasion, I still have it and most likely always will.
LOL!!!! Such a middle school fad. My sister and I just HAD to get matching ones. I remember when we took a family trip to Bayside in Miami and bought it in one of those little kiosks along the water. I’m pretty sure my little brother wasn’t left out and had his own also.
FIRST OFF, EW to my old green glasses back then. I’m not sure what I was thinking, wearing those at one point… which brings me to the second one. What in the hell inclined me to purchase these?! I know we had matching ones with the Vergz but were we serious or was it a joke? I’m not gonna lie, the heart and coral one (if it wasn’t cracked), I’d still wear today but the other two can be erased from my memories ASAP!
Just when I thought they were lost forever, I was delighted to see them wrapped in a plastic bag. Once upon a time my sister and I had a site in which we sold our cute polymer clay designs under our Dork and Diva Design name. Clearly, I enjoyed making donuts and roses the most. It was honestly one of my favorite creative outlets and I wouldn’t mind picking it back up again.
More novelties! The top is a set of adorable handkerchiefs from the Philippines which I’m thinking about using as hair accessories. It’s great to be reunited with my Disney Princess pen that I got back when I was 24 and one of my Sanrio watches from the McDonald’s Happy Meal. Silly Bandz!!! Before slime, I remember when I couldn’t go to the store without seeing these plastered everywhere. It was Gen Z’s version of our millennial’s jelly bracelets and just about everyone had one on their wrist…Don’t ask why I have these…
Both these were very heartwarming to find in two very different ways. The first one is a cute little book my mother gifted me on my 21st birthday. I’m so glad to come across it because the book is a reminder of her love and support and reading the daily passages gives me some comfort. I wish I could remember how I obtained the Furry Logic book but I’m so glad to have it. It’s definitely a cute, motivational book filled with some hard truth and sarcasm that would make anyone’s day just a little brighter.
Discovering or should I say rediscovering these items was such an enjoyable experience for me and hopefully, you guys enjoyed taking a peek as well. It may not seem like anything grand but they all hold a special place in my heart.
Thank you all once again for reading and supporting me! Til next time…
What are some of your great finds while rummaging through your boxes? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
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