Back In My Day

Just last week I wrote a little bit about my time in high school, but I didn't want to miss out on this fun link-up from my blog pals! 

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This time I'm bringing you all the way back to 1993, when I started 9th grade. This is my yearbook photo.

I woke up around 5:30 to shower and get ready for school before my brother and sister got up and pushed me out of our one and only bathroom. I don't know why I needed so much time though, my beauty routine was really easy. Noxzema was my favorite thing ever. It was refreshing and moisturizing and the scent totally brings me back. I loved using Sun-In to get my brunette hair that perfect shade of orange and Aussie hairspray was the best way to get that little wave above my bangs. That's another nostalgic scent. It was like rubbing alcohol and grape. The only makeup I used was neutral eye shadow, mascara, and LOTS of black eyeliner for my lower water line. Oh, the '90s. I wish someone would have told me how it made my small eyes look even smaller! Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers was my signature scent. My mom was allergic to it, so I had to keep it in the mail box and spritz it on the front porch before walking to school. 

This was the year my fashion transitioned from being a little bit preppy to a whole lot (poser) skater. I basically dressed like a dude. In the fall, when it was still warm and sunny, I wore my jellies, but a few weeks into the school year I traded them in for Vans or Converse. I had about five Champion zip-up hoodies, wore Levi 501s, and too big Stussy, Mossimo, and Quicksilver tees. What. A. Loser.

I painted my nails with metallic Hard Candy nail polish and wore a yin yang necklace often. I slapped a scrunchie on one wrist and my Burger King Nightmare Before Christmas watch on the other. I packed my generic Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses into my JanSport backpack just in case the sun made an appearance. I ended up with four of those backpacks because I wanted a new color every year.

I used a Sanrio Keroppi tin pail as my purse with a change pouch for my ABS card and money. I kept a CoverGirl compact, a mini brush, an eyeliner pencil to touch that sh*t up a few times a day, and a whole lot of lip options in it. My favorites were Rolly Lip Smackers lip gloss, Candy Kisses watermelon lip balm, and Lip Lix in some shade of brown or burgundy that smelled like baked goods or coffee.

I lived about four blocks from my junior high so after school my friends and I would take a detour to 7-Eleven to grab a nutritious afternoon snack of sugary drinks and candy, then head to my house. We'd watch reruns of Saved by the Bell on TBS, hang out in my bedroom listening to CDs on my CD player, and use my see-through phone to call friends and probably prank call boys. Tough life.

I had always listened to Top 40, but thanks to the new alternative station (107.7 The End), my taste in music was also evolving. My favorite songs were Weak by SWV, Cryin' by Aerosmith, If I Had No Loot by Tony Toni Tone, What's Up by 4 Non Blondes, If I Ever Fall In Love by Shai, and Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms.

I got my first CD player in 1992. It was a large boombox with detachable speakers so I felt really fancy. My very first CD was the Aladdin soundtrack, but I quickly bought more: janet. by Janet Jackson, Everybody Else is Doing It... by The Cranberries, The Chronic by Dr. Dre, Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins, Very Necessary by Salt-n-Pepa, and The Bodygaurd soundtrack. I still love each of these albums!

I had a 13-inch TV in my room, though I don't remember watching it very often. The only show I was addicted to was Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1993, Melrose Place became another show I watched every single week. Otherwise I caught episodes of Roseanne, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Full House, and American Gladiators with my family in the living room every once in a while.

I was into YA horror fiction books. Christopher Pike, R.L. Stein's Fear Street series, and the Point Horror series were my favorites to read. I'd stock up on these little paperbacks during our school's book fair and trade with my friends. I feel like I should go back and read a few.

I also subscribed to a ton of magazines. My absolutely favorite was Sassy. It just didn't feel like a typical preppy, glossy teen magazine. (If you were a fan too, I recommend reading How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time.) But I also got YM and Teen magazines. Love those quizzes!

Movies were my jam. There was really nothing else to do with your friends in junior high besides have your parents drop you off at the mall, eat a crappy snack in the food court, check out the new Sanrio stuff at the Hallmark store, then walk two blocks up to the movie theater. My favorite movies that year were What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Sandlot, Addams Family Values, Rudy, Free Willy, Benny and Joon, The Good Son, Son In Law, Matinee, and Jurassic ParkJurassic Park is still one of my all-time favorites and I'm embarrassed to admit how much I currently quote some of these! They must have left an impact.

So, that's what I was like back in my day. Please tell me I'm not alone in all this nerdiness!

Happy 10th, Mean Girls

Mean Girls came out April 30, 2004, which means it'll be ten years old next week. That's insanity to me. It launched the careers of Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, and Rachel McAdams (and none for Gretchen Wieners). It has become a cult classic and even has quote-alongs in England. I wanna go! I fell in love with it instantly and still quote to this day. I don't really know anyone who doesn't like it. 


Lindsay Lohan was cast as Regina, but Paramount execs decided she shouldn't play the villain because of her new, huge fan base following Freaky Friday. Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams auditioned for Cady. Ashley Tisdale auditioned for Karen. Lacey Chabert was the first and only choice for the role of Gretchen.

Tina Fey confessed that she gave Jonathan Bennett the part of Aaron Samuels because he looked like a young Jimmy Fallon.

Janis is named after Janis Ian, the first musical guest on SNL. Cady is named after Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an 18th century pioneer in the American Women’s Rights Movement. Girl Power!

Tina Fey named and based other characters after those in her life. Mrs. Norbury was named after an old German teacher, Damien was based on an old friend (who is currently a writer for TV Guide), and Glen Coco is also one of her real-life friends.

The song Cady “actually recognizes” at the school dance is by Samantha Ronson. Four years later Lindsay and Samantha dated for a few years.

There is a seven year age difference between Rachel McAdams and Amy Poehler, who plays her mom. There is an eight year age difference between Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan, though they are supposed to be the same age in the movie.

Amy Poehler coached and choreographed Rajiv Surendra for his talent show rap scene. That makes sense. Amy is an awesome rapper.


We all know what happened to Lindsay Lohan, don't we? She's had many personal and legal troubles, but after five stints in jail and six stints in rehab, she seems to finally be on the right track. After Mean Girls, she starred in Herbie, Just My Luck, Bobby, Georgia Rule, Liz & Dick, and The Canyons. She only has one movie on the horizon. Inconceivable is in pre-production and is very hush-hush. I'm rooting for you, girl.

Rachel McAdams went on to star in a ton of movies, most notably, The Notebook. She also dated Ryan Gosling for two years, so she wins. She also appeared in Wedding Crashers, The Family Stone, Sherlock Holmes, The Vow, and About Time. Her next  movies are Everything Will Be Fine with James Franco and an untitled Cameron Crowe movie with Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, and John Krasinski. 

Amanda Seyfried, who had the smallest part in Mean Girls, is probably the biggest success story out of the cast. She appeared in Veronica Mars and Big Love on TV and starred in a ton of movies, including Mamma Mia!, Dear John, Red Riding Hood, In Time, Les Miserables, and Lovelace. Her upcoming projects include A Million Ways to Die in the West (with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron), While We're Young (with Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Ben Stiller), Fathers and Daughters (with Aaron Paul, Russell Crowe, and Diane Kruger), He's F***ing Perfect (with Rebel Wilson), and Ted 2 (with Mark Wahlberg). 

Lacey Chabert was a child star who got her big break on Party of Five. She did some TV movies and guest appearances before making a comeback in Mean Girls. Since then she's done a ton of voice work and has been in independent movies, but not the good kind. She's currently working on two made-for-TV movies, The Christmas Tree Farm and Living The Dream.

Lizzy Caplan is doing pretty well for herself. She went on to appear in tons of failed TV shows before getting roles on True Blood, Party Down, New Girl, and now Showtime's Masters of Sex. She's also been in a few movies: Cloverfield, Bachelorrette and the upcoming, The Interview with James Franco and Seth Rogan. She also dated Matthew Perry from 2006 to 2012, so maybe she wins?

Daniel Franzese has had small roles in a ton of small movies (War of the Worlds and On The Inside), guest spots on TV shows (The Comeback, Burn Notice, Party Down), and stars in the web series Electric City.

After Mean Girls, Jonathan Bennett appeared in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Lovewrecked, and National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year. He also had small guest roles on Veronica Mars and Smallville. His upcoming movies include Mining for Ruby with Billy Zane and Mischa Barton and Author's Anonymous with Kaley Cuoco. He's also a spin instructor at LA's Flywheel. 

Rajiv Surendra appeared in one short film following Mean Girls and is now a model and calligrapher.Yes, calligrapher. Check out his blog.

Tina Fey wrote and starred in Mean Girls while part of the cast of SNL. She went on to write and star in 30 Rock and appeared in Baby Mama, Date Night, Admission, and Muppets Most Wanted. She is currently writing and producing two TV shows: Tooken starring Ellie Kemper and Cabot College starring Margaret Cho and Fortune Feimster. She is also developing a Broadway musical based on Mean Girls.

Amy Poehler was also a cast member of SNL at the time she filmed Mean Girls. Since then she appeared in movies like Blades of Glory, Baby Mama, and A.C.O.D., and is the star of Parks and Recreation. Her upcoming movie They Came Together with Paul Rudd and Cobie Smulders is a romantic comedy that makes fun of romantic comedies.

Ok, bye. Gotta go watch Mean Girls now!
(Which has recently been added to Netflix, by the way.)

A Few Of My Favorite Things

The Maya Rudolph Show, a one-hour variety special, will include her SNL pals Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, and Chris Parnell, as well as Kristen Bell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes. It'll air on May 19 and if it does well it could be picked up as a new series. I'm hopeful.

I always thought Petals on the Wind was more messed up than Flowers in the Attic. The trailer for the Lifetime movie proves it.

If you love Scandal (like I do), but missed Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra (like I did), read this. And don't forget to watch the blooper reel! Man, I love this show!! 

Black Widow by Iggy Azalea (featuring Rita Ora) is my jam right now. I can't wait for her album to come out next week!

In case you're living under a rock, here's the trailer for Orange is the New Black. I. CANNOT. WAIT. I'm making sure there is nothing on my calendar that weekend. Or at least for thirteen straight hours.

TMZ and Join The Gossip reported that Gwen Stefani has signed on to be a judge on The VoicePharrell Williams has also been confirmed. I might have to start watching this show now!

This random Workaholics/Neighbors promo is NSFW and not exactly hilarious, but Zac Efron makes it worth watching. At least for me. Cause I watched it twice.

Books into Movies

Labor Day, The Monuments Men, Vampire Academy, Winter's Tale, Enemy, and Divergent are six book to movie adaptations that have already been in the theater this year. But we're not even close to being done yet. Check out what else is on the way:

Trash by Andy Mulligan
May 1 (UK)
Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen

Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt
May 9
Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Moyer, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
June 6
Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort

The Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
July 11
Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
August 8
Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal

The Giver by Lois Lowry
August 15
Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Swift

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
August 22
Chloë Grace Moretz

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
September 1
Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks

The Switch by Elmore Leonard
September 5 (UK)
Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Isla Fisher, Will Forte

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
September 12
Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, Adam Driver

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
September 15
Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman

Maze Runner by James Dashner
September 19
Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O’Brien

A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block
September 19
Liam Neeson

Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
September 26
Voices of Toni Collette, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Tracy Morgan

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
October 3
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
October 9 (France)
James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
October 10
Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner

Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
October 17
Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden

Horns by Joe Hill
November 6 (Netherlands)
Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
November 21
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
December 17
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
December 25
Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleeson

Also coming in 2014:

Serena by Ron Rash
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
Lily Collins, Sam Claflin

Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Carey Mulligan, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen

Hector and the Search For Happiness by Francois Lelord
Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer

Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffman, Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman

I've only read six of these! I better get to it.
Is there anything you're excited for?