Flashback Friday: A teen in her environs

This is me in my bedroom in high school.  I’d guess it’s 1990.

I had my own telephone line, on which I spent a lot of time. Do you see my answering machine?  All my friends had a kids’ line in their house and an answering machine. Spoiled!

Other bits of awesome in this photo:

  • The porcelain face/tissue dispenser on the bottom shelf.  Kleenex came out through the mouth. My friends loved this.
  • I slept on a futon. We’re weird in California. What can I say?
  • Scrunchy in my hair. I probably made it with my friend Marika on her mom’s ancient sewing machine out of fabric we bought at Salvation Army. If there had been blogging back then, she and I would have had an awesome DIY one.
  • Cassette tape on the floor. Probably a homemade mix.
  • It looks to me like I’m studying for the SAT. On the phone, natch.
  • Wrestling shoes by Asics. Weird trend, yes, but I rocked them.
  • The poster on the wall of three toddlers, a boy kissing a girl as a jealous girl looks on. A nice gift from my high school boyfriend, that turned ironic when he turned 20 and left me for another girl. I hated the picture after that. Obviously.

What you can’t see: a list of “baby names” on my bulletin board, proclaiming all the first and middle names I would be bestowing on my future children. My best friend’s list was there, too. She’s got three kids and I’ve got two, and I don’t think we used a single one of our then-favorites.

Thoughts? Do you miss your answering machine? Did you use the baby names you came up with in high school?

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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