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My memories

On October 17, 2009, in It's a All About me, My Posse, by elisabet

With all the twenty year reunion talk it’s made me think about the past more. Specifically gradeschool and growing up. I went to catholic school, K through 8, I can barely remember Kindergarden and first grade but the rest of the years are still pretty vivid in my mind. I’m putting together a scrapbook of my school years and I’ve posted the class pictures in Facebook for all my old friends to see. I can remember pretty much everyone’s name and various events. So I was browsing the pages of people that I would have graduated with had we not moved and came across many of my grade school friends. I sent a few friend requests but I think maybe I’m regretting it now. I can’t remember if I’ve talked about it on here or not, so I apologize if I am repeating myself.

Sixth Grade - Immaculata

I went to grade school with the same kids from second grade through eighth grade. As a class, as a school, we were all pretty close. After eighth grade we had to make the choice as to which high school we were all going to attend in the fall but the majority of us decided on Hendersonville High, which was just a block away. Maybe I was naive but I just assumed that we would remain friends in high school. Two weeks before school was to start, my sister and I had our usual joint birthday pool party. All our friends came and we all had a great time. Just two weeks later my friends and I started high school. My friend Carolyn and I hated that we only had one class together, French, but I was trying to have a positive attitude and took it as my chance to make new friends, after all I still had my current friends…or so I thought.

High school is scary enough as a Freshman. I was trying to avoid the dreaded and embarrassing Freshman initiation and try to remember my locker combination. I knew no one in my first few classes that morning. I had seen some of the other kids around town but didn’t know anyone personally. As the day progressed I saw my ‘friends’ and I walked up to say ‘Hi’ and ask how their day was going, they turned away, as if they didn’t see me. I thought, ok maybe they were in a rush, I’ll catch up with them later. I walked into computer science class and one boy, whom I will call G, was already sitting in a desk. There was not a seat near him, but I walked over to see how things were going for him. I stood in front of him, looked at him and said ‘Hi G! How is your day going? Its great to have at least one class where I know someone.” He looked right through me as if I was a ghost that he couldn’t see or hear. Class started and I walked back to my seat. When class was over he ran out of the room before I could approach him again. I moved on to my next class but I was completely thrown for a loop over his reaction. After lunch I saw my friend, who just last week I spent riding bikes all over town with, and he walked right by me without saying a word. Dude you shouldn’t ignore the one person who didn’t make fun of you for eating paste in the second grade, I’m just saying. Other than my friend Carolyn, the people I thought who were my friends wouldn’t talk to me. Maybe they were stressed out or something. Apparently they were stressed out for the entire school year because I never spoke to them again. Oh it’s not like I didn’t try either. Even at Sunday mass they wouldn’t say hi. No phone calls were returned either.

I spent my entire Freshman year at HHS pretty much alone. I ate lunch in my science class room staring out at the football field. I participated in Powder Puff Football only to sit on the sideline. I wasn’t fast enough for the swim team. And I was still too awkward to have a boyfriend. I was totally miserable. I cried every night in my room but yet I managed to put on a brave face and get up for school. To this very day I have no idea why I was shunned. A part of me wants to know why but I think deep down I already know the answer.

When my father told us that we were going to be moving to Phoenix my world came tumbling down. I was ready to chain myself to my tire swing tree, I was not going to move from the only place I had ever known. I remember the day that Carolyn and I had to say goodbye, we both cried our eyes out and promised to write. Which we did and we still send emails from time to time. She has a great heart. As for the others, I never heard a peep from them.

Now that we are all on Facebook its funny to see the friend requests that I get from that part of my life. Some of which I made the first move and others requested me. It makes me wonder if they even remember how crappy they were to me. I realize that they don’t remember and I usually accept their friend requests because I am trying to be the bigger person.

I think had I not gone through that experience I wouldn’t have understood the value of the friendships I have now. The friends I have now are my friends for life and I blessed to have them in my life.

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I heart Depeche Mode

On August 24, 2009, in I am a Pop Culture Geek, It's a All About me, My Posse, by elisabet

Even more than Twilight, can you believe it? Depeche Mode and I go way, way back. When I moved to Phoenix I got the chance to see them for the first time and I became a truly devoted fan. I’ve seen every Phoenix show since 1988, went to Vegas to see them at the Hard Rock, and this year LA.

While we were waiting for the show, we shared stories about the good old days when there was general admission and we had to wait for hours in line at Veterans in the middle of summer and we all wore black just to get somewhere close to the stage. While I remember each and every show, what really pulls at my heartstrings are the memories that I have of Depeche Mode at full volume in my little Honda CRX and driving all over Phoenix with my friends. Here we all are, closer to forty than thirty, and when Martin Gore came out to sing Somebody we were instantly seventeen again screaming as loud as we could. It amazes me that at this point in my life my love for this band is just as strong as it was when I was twelve. I took a moment and looked around me, it wasn’t just me that was screaming, so was every girl and even some boys.

I had an amazing time tonight with my all-time favorite band and four of my closest friends. No matter what happens guys, we will always have Depeche Mode to bring us together.

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Looking back

On November 29, 2008, in I am a Pop Culture Geek, It's a All About me, My Posse, by elisabet

I finally saw Twilight this afternoon with Meghan and Kristen and it was amazing.  I can’t wait to see it again.  Being so head over heels with this story is really throwing me for a loop.  I haven’t been so taken with a story in so long.  I think the last time was when I was seventeen, watching ‘Say Anything’ almost everyday for an entire summer.  I am completely amazed that this story has me so captivated.  I’m going to wait a bit to read the rest of the books.  If I read them all now then I wouldn’t get anything done at home or work.

Hanging out with Meghan and Kristen was awesome.  After almost twenty years we’re all still really good friends.  I look at them and I still see ourselves at seventeen, it’s like we haven’t aged.  I actually see all my friends that way.  We may go several months without seeing each other sometimes but when we get together it’s like no time has passed.  We were chatting after the movie today at the Coffee Plantation and all the songs that they were playing took us back down memory lane.  Sometimes I feel like I’m living out some lame episode of Thirty Something.  I really never thought I would be the person I have become.  I am comfortable in my skin, if that makes any sense.  And I am glad to have a circle of friends that have been there for everything. 

Thanksgiving was peaceful.  We hung out with the other Hannafin clan and had a great dinner.  My dad would be happy to know that I ate brussels sprouts for the first time since I was six and they were really good.  I think that it helped that Cathy made them with bacon and bacon fat.  Bacon on anything is always good.  I made the butterscotch cake which was really awesome and rich.  Lesson learned, make the cake over two or three days.  Because I assembled it the day of the filling was soft and made the cake lean a bit.

I’ve been listening the the latest Coldplay album the last week or so.  It has this calming effect on me.  I have been neglecting my ipod lately because I have XM in the car.  My favorite tunes of 2008 is coming soon.  Some old and some new tunes.  Can you believe that 2008 is almost over??  Man where does the time go?!!

 
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Karma kicked Snapper in the ass

On June 18, 2008, in My Posse, by elisabet

The dude who never gets sick has a really bad case of the Flu. 

Karma = 1 Snapper = 0.

 
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It’s that time of year again

On October 12, 2007, in It's a All About me, My Posse, by elisabet

If you grew up in Phoenix you might love this time of year.  Today marks the kickoff of the Arizona State Fair.  For me and my friends it means “What will Chad eat” time.  Courtney brought up the idea of making this a regular thing everytime we get together.  If you need a reminder check out the video: