Lots of inspiration went into the making of this post. Here’s a quick breakdown:
1. Kobe played his final NBA game last night (isn’t this the end of the era for all of us M.J./Bulls/Grant Hill/etc. era kids?)
2. I have listened to so much Britney Spears in the past week because I’m seeing her next week!!!!!!!! (*freaking out*)
3. It’s #ThrowbackThursday and I lurve reliving the ole’ glory days. Especially the days when I rolled glitter on my eyelids with the help of Bath and Body Works.
So it got me thinking… What were those highlights of our early years? Well, here’s what I got.
You know you were livin’ when…
1. Beads dangled from your door.
Admit it, you had those and they would fall down ALL THE TIME. Imagine yourself storming away to your room because your mom wouldn’t let you use the ethernet cord to get on the internet because she had to call someone. Then right when you push through the beads, you slam your door and the beads get tangled in the door knob and they fall to the ground.
2. Inflatable furniture graced your bedroom floor.
Sure, inflatable furniture is a good idea in theory, but that shiz was awful. It never stayed full of air and I was never able to find the holes in that thing where the air was sneaking out. Also, did you ever come in hot and sweaty from playing outside and sit on that thing? UCK. I even had an inflatable table. TABLE. How is that possibly a good idea to hold liquid substance that will stain the carpet. My parents must’ve hated me.
3. A Furby.
I feel so bad for our parents. Because 1.) that thing is terrifying and 2.) I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure my parents waited in a crazy long line for that and spent too much money on it. I don’t remember the price, but I remember feeling like it was $100. Also, the worst part… Did it ever randomly start talking in the middle of the night?!!! I removed the batteries after that. HELL NO.
4. Beanie Babies. Beanie Babies everywhere.
Those things are still lingering in my parent’s basement “because they will be worth something one day.” I even have the Princess Diana one! I also have a secret: I have it in a plastic case next to my bed (at my parent’s house)… To this day.
5. Your “iPod” before iPod’s were even a thing.
Yup, I’m talking about those little keychain music things that you could buy at McDonald’s and get about 30 quality seconds of a hit song. “Hit Clips”. Bonus points to whoever can tell me how much each “song” cost. I can’t remember but I remember my parents telling me “no” every time I asked for a new “song”.
6. Talking on the phone and talking with a see-through masterpiece.
Not only was talking on the phone a way of life but if you had your own line and/or a see-through phone, you were making it in life. You were going to places that only other kids could dream of.
Side note: Just looked up a picture of a phone and found some on Ebay… Here you have a “Vintage Retro Clear See Through Corded Phone”. EXCUSE ME?! “Vintage”? “Retro”? WHAT IS THIS. If only I still relied on a landline I would purchase one of these bad boys to fulfill my younger life fantasies.
7. *~StEeZy Is AwAy RiGhT nOw~*
AIM Away messages were EVERYTHING. Sometimes I would just put one up to make it look like I had a life outside of playing on the computer, but in reality, my “buddies” just weren’t talking to me. Also, remember emo song lyrics as your away message? WHO DID WE THINK WE WERE?
8. You decided that you were going to Harvard Law thanks to Elle Woods.
“What? Like it’s hard?”
9. You witnessed your parents stock up on bottled water during Y2K just in case.
Man, looking back at that is HILARIOUS. We actually thought we might be at risk. I remember once it hit midnight, everyone just stood still for like a millisecond to make sure we were still alive then continued on shouting. Classic.
10. You learned to debate at an early age thanks to Backstreet Boys VS. NSYNC and Britney VS. Christina
And before that was which Spice Girl was the best. I held onto the fact that Sporty and Ginger was btw. I always played the Sporty barbie doll but always acted out Ginger. My parents were probably frightened at what I would grow up to be because of that.
When it comes to the BSB and NSYNC – we all know NSYNC takes the cake. As well as Britney. If anyone disagrees, I will fight you like it’s 1999.
11. You have a lot of regrettable fashion choices.
The furry sweaters, pleather pants, pleather everything, butterfly clips, cloggy-shoes. AHHHHHHHH