Monday, January 28, 2008

90 Things about the 90's

  1. graduated from high school
  2. drove my first car to its death
  3. moved 500 miles away from my mother, stepdad, sister and little brother
  4. spent a year being almost devastatingly homesick
  5. went to art school for one year
  6. thought I fell in love - most likely a bad reaction to #4
  7. made some really bad work at art school. really. bad.
  8. for lunch when I was in art school, I would often have a snickers bar and a coke for lunch, because they cost 50 cents each out of the vending machines
  9. became disillusioned with art school and decided to take a year off (told my mother of this decision via letter because I'm a big chicken)
  10. worked at Dominos answering phones
  11. ate lots of Dominos pizza
  12. walked a lot because I didn't have a car for 2 years
  13. smoked a lot of cigarettes
  14. rode a Greyhound bus for the first and last time
  15. my family moved away from Panama City to Atlanta, but only stayed for a short time
  16. told my family that I smoke - they told me I looked ridiculous
  17. had my heart broken (it is not necessary to actually be in love to have your heart broken)
  18. spent a summer doing nothing but watching soap operas, smoking cigarettes, pining, and walking to work at Dominos at night
  19. in addition to Dominos, ate mostly ramen noodles and instant mashed potatoes
  20. worked at Shoney's for one night
  21. had a crazy roommate
  22. worked at Kinko's
  23. voted for the first time
  24. spent a lot of time watching the Wayback Machine and Judge Crater
  25. spent a lot of time at the Antennae Club, Recovery Road and the Pyramid Club watching the aforementioned bands
  26. fell in love for real
  27. was in a wreck for the first time (on first date with #26)
  28. lived with a man for the first time - see #26 (continue to live with him now) (told my mom on the phone this time)
  29. went to New Orleans for the first time - #26 surprised me with a trip for my 20th birthday
  30. bought a 1972 Volkswagon Superbeetle
  31. worked full-time for 2 years at a liquid chemical company on Presidents Island
  32. had lots of bad dreams about exploding chemical companies
  33. started wearing glasses full-time
  34. went to school at University of Memphis part-time for 2 years, declared art history as my major
  35. turned 21 while #26 was driving to Alaska
  36. was in my 2nd wreck - this time I was driving
  37. became a big sister for the 3rd time! at the age of...older than when most people get a new sibling
  38. went to my family's first reunion
  39. my VW was broken into at least 4 times
  40. moved out of the awesome but tiny apartment I'd lived in for 3 years
  41. lived in a pretty scary apartment complex near U of M (seems scarier thinking back then it did at the time)
  42. my friends started having babies, beginning with Robin
  43. starting plucking my eyebrows on a regular basis (you're welcome)
  44. realized working full-time made me feel old before my time and decided to go back to school full-time, changed my major to art education
  45. worked at Bookstar, where they paid me to alphabetize
  46. finally started hanging out with people my own age
  47. made a new best friend
  48. waited on Courtney Love at Bookstar - she bought a lot of poetry books
  49. attended my brother's wedding to his high-school sweetheart
  50. spent a lot of Saturday nights watching Two Faces perform at the Daily Planet
  51. watched a lot of the X Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Seinfeld and Friends
  52. moved into a big house with lots of other people - similar in concept to The Real World circa 1991, except that we already knew each other and no one was filming us
  53. had awesome parties in #52
  54. listened to a lot of Bare Naked Ladies
  55. listened to a lot of Ben Folds Five
  56. my brother & sister-in-law moved away from me, back to Panama City for about a year, then to New Mexico for about 2 weeks, then they came back here
  57. was in one of my best friend's wedding
  58. was in another best friend's wedding
  59. my sister graduated from high school
  60. one of my best friends moved away
  61. was given a "promise to get married when we're both ready" ring
  62. was in a very small hurricane in Panama City
  63. read a lot of books by Douglas Coupland
  64. read a lot of books by Tama Janowitz
  65. read a lot of Kurt Vonnegut, though that is not tied to this decade
  66. saw Lyle Lovett live in concert 2 or 3 times
  67. was crushed by the loss of my great-grandmother, Mimi K
  68. finally decided to change my major back to fine art, mostly because I hyperventilated whenever I thought about going into a classroom full of kids
  69. worked at Sofamor Danek for about 2 weeks
  70. did not work for about 3 weeks - only the 2nd short period that I'd been without a job since I was about 16
  71. worked at Kate's, formerly the Robert E. Lee Antique Mall
  72. moved again - to a normal apartment with just Mr. #26 and not lots of other people
  73. started making decent artwork and figuring out how to paint
  74. went to Washington DC for the first time
  75. worked at a small candle company making candles
  76. lost another great-grandmother, Mimi Lena
  77. lost my grandfather in-law
  78. drove to Pensacola and Panama City a couple of times to visit friends and relatives with #47
  79. went to Boston for the first time
  80. convinced Mr. #26 to support me financially during my last semester of school (sucker!)
  81. my first nephew was born!
  82. graduated from the University of Memphis with honors, thank you very much
  83. worked as an unpaid intern for 2 different places for a whole summer
  84. went to New York for the first time
  85. got a real job that I still have
  86. attended my sister's college graduation
  87. made paintings for myself (as opposed to for school) for the first time
  88. assigned myself a series to paint because I missed the structure of school
  89. was part of a group show at a real gallery for the first time
  90. partied like it was 1999


RJA said...

I remember #36!

katherine said...

i have so many comments and questions. i'm going to have to call you on saturday so that we can go through this list one by one.

Jeff A. said...

The pseudo-Real World house was large, indeed.

Stacey Greenberg said...

i can't believe how many un-elizabeth seeming jobs you've had!

and i'm still waiting for the day you get drunk/crazy enough to want to smoke a cig with me when no one is looking.

The Saucier said...

I am always looking.

Elizabeth Alley said...

i should've also put that i quit smoking so that T would move in with me. and stacey, that was about 16 years ago, so don't hold your breath.