My How You’ve Grown

About once a week activity

Make a photo timeline to explore how your identity has changed over time. Regularly add pictures to the "My How You’ve Grown" Buzz blog, documenting your life from the present all the way back to the time of your birth.

Add any information you have about the context of your picture, such as the date, location, your mood, etc. and take a moment to reply to other participants' photos or posts.

Don't be nervous, we were all awkward in middle school... right?

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maiken says:

Welcome to "My How You've Grown" where we will create a collective photo timeline of who we are now and who we were back then.

Let's start by having everyone in our group post a recent photo that in some way shows who you are now.

Return to the "My How You've Grown" Buzz blog once or twice a week to post more photos of yourself, comment on others' photos, and reply to questions.

posted on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 11:34am
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SNAFU says:

Ok so this may be a stupid question but how do I up load JPEG pictures to this?

posted on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 10:41pm
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maiken says:

SNAFU, it is actually a great question. Click on this link for detailed instructions (in words and pictures.) Its a process, but well worth the effort! Thanks for posting your question and please let me know if you're still having trouble.
http://www.sciencebuzz.org/experimonth/faq#photos

posted on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 9:28am
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SNAFU says:

So I've been looking for this green add photo plus sign that is suppose to be at the bottom of the text box at the right side. Well, no matter how long I drag the text box down it still doesn't appear.

So what next? I'm willing to learn how to resolve this issue so I can participate in the two awesome picture assignment ideas. :)

posted on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 4:44pm
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Liza says:

SNAFU, when you go to create a new comment (by scrolling to the bottom of the page and entering your text there) or to reply to a comment (by clicking on reply and entering your text in that box), does your screen look like this? Or are you really seeing the input format options without the image uploader tool (which should be to the right of and slightly above the input format options)?

Add a comment: And the image uploader is at the bottom right.
Add a comment: And the image uploader is at the bottom right.Courtesy Science Buzz

posted on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 5:01pm
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SNAFU says:

I was seeing just the imput no green plus sign image but today, however, is the first time that I've actually seen the image what so ever. So goody, now I can start participating! :)

posted on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 9:35pm
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Lukas says:

Here I am at my wedding over the summer. Where I am Now
Where I am NowCourtesy Lukas Johnson

posted on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 12:34pm
maiken's picture
maiken says:

This picture is from a pretty big milestone in your life. How has marriage changed your identity?

posted on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 4:33pm
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Lukas says:

Quite a bit. I didn't imagine it would be that much of a change until it happened. Slowly since being married I have incorporated husband as a role in my identity on top of roles as friend, brother, son, coworker, and others. I am not as aware as my wife as peoples responses, but she insists that other people women especially act different to me now when we go out. It must be the ring.

posted on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 9:20am
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SNAFU says:

Congrats! <3 the purple! Golf cart exit/arrival very original. You must like golf?

posted on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 10:13pm
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Lukas says:

Not really, the site was so huge we needed a cart to move around quickly.

We also had them on hand for elderly relatives, in fact later that night we move around the site by way of Chariot (modified rickshaws).

posted on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 9:22am
maiken's picture
maiken says:

Has anyone else hit any big milestones recently? Share your photos here with other Experimonthers.

posted on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 5:14pm
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maiken says:

grad school: who's the fool with the glasses!
grad school: who's the fool with the glasses!Courtesy me
This is a photo of me from just about a year and a half ago but it feels like it's been much longer than that.

posted on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 5:32pm
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SNAFU says:

I actually like the glasses. It puts a uniqueness and fresh look to the traditional blah black cap and gown attire. Plus, when I saw the glasses I big smile broke across my face and I thought this lady has spunk and confidence! Of course, I could be totally wrong but regardless, I hope when you say fool you mean it in the nicest way because you should be proud.

posted on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 10:53pm
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Recent Photo of Myself: Here is a picture of me on Halloween 2011.  Obviously I was Freddy Krueger :)
Recent Photo of Myself: Here is a picture of me on Halloween 2011. Obviously I was Freddy Krueger :)Courtesy My Husband

I love horror movies and Freddy Krueger is my favorite!!

posted on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 8:27pm
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SNAFU says:

Nice costume especially the bladed hand. What do you like the most about scary movies? Since you're such a fan of horror/scary movies, you've probably seen most or all of them. All though, horror movies aren't my top movie genre, I do enjoy them from time to time. Of the ones I've seen, I really like The Orphanage, The Orphan and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.

posted on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 10:57pm
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SNAFU says:

Flirty Thirty party: This past summer, I turned (EEK!) thirty. Turning thirty was--and still is to a lesser degree--quite scary for me especially since it came before any of the milestones I had hoped to have been blessed with before turning 30 such as marriage and children. So to feel comfortable with reaching this new decade, I started calling it Flirty Thirty instead of just plain thirty. For some reason, putting Flirty in front of it makes it sound HOT, exotic and exciting. I also decided to have a HUGE party to mark the Flirty Thirties complete with a party bus and a flirty new outfit. Of course, both the bus and the outfit had to be purple because it&amp;#039;s my favorite color. Apparently, according to quite alot of my friends/family, purple is a bit of an obsession of mine. I don&amp;#039;t know if I would call it that though. Purple puts a smile on my face, dance in my step and when I wear purple I feel HOT!.
Flirty Thirty party: This past summer, I turned (EEK!) thirty. Turning thirty was--and still is to a lesser degree--quite scary for me especially since it came before any of the milestones I had hoped to have been blessed with before turning 30 such as marriage and children. So to feel comfortable with reaching this new decade, I started calling it Flirty Thirty instead of just plain thirty. For some reason, putting Flirty in front of it makes it sound HOT, exotic and exciting. I also decided to have a HUGE party to mark the Flirty Thirties complete with a party bus and a flirty new outfit. Of course, both the bus and the outfit had to be purple because it's my favorite color. Apparently, according to quite alot of my friends/family, purple is a bit of an obsession of mine. I don't know if I would call it that though. Purple puts a smile on my face, dance in my step and when I wear purple I feel HOT!.Courtesy My self owns the picture but a friend took the picture at the party. Her name is Christina Grieve.

posted on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 9:54pm
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maiken says:

SNAFU, you mentioned "milestones [you] had hoped to be blessed with before turning 30." Where do you think those expectations came from?
I wonder if any other Experimonthers have experienced similar "milestone fears?"

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 1:36pm
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SNAFU says:

I've always had the desire to be a mother and married since I was quite young which was probably supported/encouraged by the motherly/wive duty toys I tended to gravitate towards and media. However the actual expectation started full force after high school, during college and beyond as I watched friends/family make those milestones a head of me.

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 9:46pm
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@SNAFU:
I can't pinpoint exactly what it is about horror movies, but I do like being scared and I like movies about stuff that could never happen (or at least i like to think that some of that stuff never happens). The suspense is also a great adrenaline rush. I really loved The Orphanage, it creeped me out!! My favorite is High Tension, it is a French horror film. The main character is hot (unlike the american girls in horror movies) and it is just brutal!! I also love anything by Rob Zombie; he really knows how to get under your skin! Then you have your classics like Poltergeist. My obsession with horror started with books, actually. My mom is a big Dean Koontz fan, and when I was old enough, I started reading the books too. I now own every one of his books and I love to re-read them. His newer stuff isn't so much as horror, more suspenseful, but still just as good. His older books made me sleep with the lights on! So now I am all excited about horror, I must watch something good tonight!! I will have to see what is at the theaters. My favorite time to go is early on a Sunday morning to a horror movie....there is usually only 3 other people in the theater and it makes it even scarier :)

High Tension Movie Poster
High Tension Movie PosterCourtesy IMDB

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 8:09am
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Lukas says:

All this talk of horror movies makes me think about how much I have changed in my views on scary / gory movies since I was a kid.
I remember as a child, I was a little older perhaps 8 watching the origional ghostbusters and freaking out. The opening bit in the library with the screaming ghosts and then later when Rick Moranis is being chased by the Stone Gargoyle Monsters, I had nightmares for weeks, my mom was really upset and didn't let me watch anything scary for years.

Now I really enjoy those movies even the goriest ones such Takeshi Miike movies and my personal favorite Peter Jacksons: Dead Alive!

Dead Alive Movie Poster
Dead Alive Movie PosterCourtesy IMDB

My wife now reminds me of the childhood me, she hates scary movies, and won't watch them unless I sit with her, and then she always falls asleep before the movie really gets going.

I wonder what this change means about me?....

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 9:00am
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maiken says:

I think watching Child's Play in my neighbor's basement in elementary school really messed me up. I still can't see a My Buddy doll without being terrified. I avoid scary movies at all costs!!!
I wonder if it is common for people to "grow into" being unafraid of scary movies? Lukas how did you do it?

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 1:25pm
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Dead Alive! ahahaha!! That movie is fantastic!!

What scared me as a kid was The Dark Crystal....Skeksis. I still watch it today, but man was that scary as a kid!!

I always grew up with a need for scary/adrenaline rushes....I don't think it changed me, it is who I have always been. To this day, I still hop into bed (I am still scared something will grab my ankle) and must have thick covers on when I sleep because everyone knows that monsters can't get you through blankets!!

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 9:21am
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maiken says:

Kiki, do you think your "need for scary/adrenaline rushes" is a result of genetics or your environment growing up?

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 1:28pm
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ooohhh, good question!! Most "people" would say it probably stems from my parents divorce when I was 10. Until I left for college,I had to deal with my parents crazy relationships (my parents got along with each other fine, it was their boyfriends/girlfriends that was crazy). I guess I really never had "normal" growing up, so I like horror/suspense movies because they aren't "normal".

I love goofy/raunchy comedies as well, but NOT romantic comedies (unless the couple does NOT end up together). I find romantic comedies fake (yeah, i know, a pot calling the kettle black)....I get so mad when they end up together in the end because in the real world, that isn't how it works. It frustrates me and I actually get angry at the movie!! Blue Valentine was good because (spoiler alert!) they didn't end up together.

So there is my environmental factor in a nutshell....however, I do believe that there is genetics involved as well. My mom loves Dean Koontz (horror/suspense novelist) and my dad loves crime books. I am the only one in the family though that takes it to an extreme, but that is the way I am, no gray area, all black and white.

A psychologist would love this right now. haha

That was all just a quick blurb off the top of my head, however, that question was really good and i will be thinking about this for awhile!!

Anyone else's thoughts?

PS, I can't look at big dolls due to Cricket....I made my friends put her in the closet before I would visit!!

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 4:00pm
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SNAFU says:

This is me about 2 years ago (age 28) when I started getting into Strike! (a cardio kickboxing group fitness class) at my local gym. I really like kickboxing especially the results. Plus there's something about kick'n whatever is bothering you far away. Kick butt
Kick buttCourtesy me

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 10:17pm
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maiken says:

SNAFU I have a lot of respect for you for doing kickboxing. You look tough in this photo. Are you still kickboxing? What prompted you to start in the first place?

posted on Sat, 11/05/2011 - 2:34pm
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SNAFU says:

Thanks! Yes, well only when I'm kickboxing am I tough. All the other times, I'm really not. I'm one of the people who prefer to avoid conflict. Yes, I am still kickboxing. I kick box at my gym 2 to 3 times a week. Well, it's kind of a funny story. Unfortunately, I've had more than my fair share of stressful/tramatic events in my life and tend to bottle my problems up. I went to a psychologist/psychiatrist for a while to try to help me deal with the problems. That wasn't doing the trick. Then one day, I was at the gym and stumbled upon a group fitness kick box class. I started watching from the door. The instructor said, "Don't just watch. Come in and give it a shot." All the class then turned around and looked at me. That was that. I couldn't just say no thanks and walk away. So I gave it a shot. Instantly, I felt better and have been kickboxing ever since.

posted on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 12:41am
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maiken says:

Ok Experimonthers, for this coming week let's see a photo from 10 years ago, that's right take us back to the year 2000!

posted on Sun, 11/06/2011 - 8:49pm
kikipoopska's picture

Funny to think that just 10 years ago we were all using Film. I have a mission for tonight!!

posted on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 11:00am
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Lukas says:

Here are two old photos of myself from 2000, the spring of my senior year in high school. Given that I remember being photo averse at the time, I was surprised by how many photos I could find. They both paint an accurate portrait of who I was at the time. In one I am playing my trumpet at the big spring jazz concert, something I love to do and still do. In another I am wearing one of my many odd outfits to school, that interest has not stayed with me as now I have no interest in being a fashion designer and I really think of clothes as a necessity and not a vehicle to express yourself artistically. I guess some things change and while other stay the same.
High School Fashion
High School FashionCourtesy Lukas Johnson

Playing Trumpet
Playing TrumpetCourtesy Lukas Johnson

posted on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 4:54pm
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maiken says:

Lukas, you mention music here. How have your musical tastes, interests or influences changed over the past 10 years?

posted on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 5:19pm
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maiken says:

2000 was my senior year in high school, I was listening to the following top 100 hits along with some contemporary French pop or rap music thrown in. A decade later, my musical tastes haven't really changed that much but the only song on this list that I still listen to is "Take a Picture" by Filter.
Some of my top hits from 2000:
Everything You Want, Vertical Horizon
Bent, Matchbox Twenty
Higher, Creed
Music, Madonna
I Try, Macy Gray
All the Small Things, Blink 182
Take a Picture, Filter
Broadway, Goo Goo Dolls

posted on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 2:43pm
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Lukas says:

Again this is a thought provoking question.
The best answer I can give to this is that my musical tastes and interests have become more obscure and focused as I have aged.

As a teenager I wanted to be original or express myself but I really was watching what other people were wearing or listening to and then copying that.
As I have gotten older I have really dug into the niches I am interested in more specifically regardless of whether other people are into it or not.

Specifically in music now with new listening technology I can easily access and find exactly what I want to listen to even if the band is an obscure 70's prog group from Norway whose physical records would never appear in a U.S. record store.

These technologies have also affected how I find new music as personal radio and music tastes programs now allow you to be introduced to stuff without taking into account someone else's tastes.

I was thinking of this because Spotify keeps wanting to broadcast my listening habits on facebook, and I keep blocking the attempts. I guess I don't care what other people are listening to but I don't want other people knowing or caring what I listen to.

Some music does lend toward a communal experience, but much of what I like does not.

For other media like books I have become the opposite, I used to read anything and everything that I thought would be cool, but now I use goodreads to see what my friends think about different novels, and then choose one that got good reviews.

I wonder why different media evokes a different social response in me as I age? I guess that is a question for a different day.

posted on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 9:38am
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maiken says:

Its funny how we can date our lives by the technology that we were using at the time.
Looking back on it now, I hated buying all those tapes or cds when all I really liked was one song! Do you still own a lot of cds?
I agree with you that its really cool to be able to just buy the songs you like on iTunes, and listen to new stuff on websites like Pandora. However I agree with you that Spotify on Facebook goes way too far! It weirds me out that people can see everything I listen to. As a matter of fact, a friend of mine has spotify and the other day I found out she was listening to "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus and I razzed her for it to no end.
So I guess there are advantages and disadvantages to the old and new technologies. The one thing that really worries me however is how the decline of sales will affect the future of music. Check out these stats:

2010 Was A Very Bad Year For Trying To Sell Music on NPR
"-The total number of albums sold in 2010, 326.2 million, was the lowest since SoundScan began compiling the data in 1993.
-For the first time ever, overall music sales — that's the accounting of every unit of sales for each physical format (CD, LP, cassette) plus digital tracks and music videos — declined.
-Nearly every genre faltered. Classical, jazz and Latin all saw 25% declines in sales. The only holdout was rap, which saw sales grow by 3%."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2011/01/06/132694660/2010-was-a-very-...

posted on Sun, 11/13/2011 - 12:08am
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Wow....this was fun going back through old pictures!! It is pretty obvious when going through all my photos who I was back then compared to now. Back then I dressed like and hung out with the skater kids, but yet, i was really into the outdoors and hiking and camping. Brought back a lot of memories!! I was such a kid!! I didn't realize until I looked at these photos that NOW I am grown up and an adult. Inside, I am still the same person, I enjoy the same things. I dress differently because I have matured and am now working & no longer hanging out with skaters. I used to dye my hair pink, I will have to dig those ones out. That was really fun!!

Deep Thoughts: I was (and still am) into photography.  This was taken by a friend of mine out in some old cemetery that is no longer used.
Deep Thoughts: I was (and still am) into photography. This was taken by a friend of mine out in some old cemetery that is no longer used.Courtesy Myself


Hiking in Maine: The outdoorsy side of me....on a camping trip in Maine.Courtesy Kate

Smart Ass: Being a typical 20 year old who thinks she&amp;#039;s got it all figured out.
Smart Ass: Being a typical 20 year old who thinks she's got it all figured out.Courtesy Kate

posted on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 7:48am
maiken's picture
maiken says:

Interesting that both you and Lukas reference clothing. Perhaps its a product of the fact that you were both in your late teens or early twenties.
Do you think fashion or clothing plays such a big part in your identity now?

posted on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 5:15pm
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maiken says:

Senior Prom
Senior PromCourtesy me

I have mixed feelings about this picture. It is me in a strapless, light pink dress with my best friend Will. The shadow makes my hair look like a weird bob or something but it was actually short and cool. We were on a boat in the middle of Lake Winnipesaukee. The prom itself was kind of lame.

posted on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:26am
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maiken says:

To help jog your memory, here are some Wikipedia highlights from the year 2000:

January 2000 began with concerns of computer failures due to Y2K. In February, Tarja Halonen was elected the first female president of Finland. The PlayStation 2 was released in Japan in March. In April, courts ruled in the United States v. Microsoft case that Microsoft violated United States antitrust laws. On May 11, the billionth living person in India was born. The Tate Modern Gallery opened in London in May. Between September 15–October 1, the Summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia. On December 13, The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the Florida presidential recount, effectively giving the state, and the Presidency, to George W. Bush. On December 15, the third and final reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was shut down completely.

Do you remember any of these events? Do they have any significance in your life?

posted on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 1:35pm
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Lukas says:

Interesting question, I agree that 10 years ago clothes / fashion were definitely more important to me then they are now. Intentional fashion has switched for me from being an everyday thing to something for special occasions.

Especially since I have started working in a more professional setting I now by necessity wear clothes that are intended to blend into the group dynamic rather then stand out as edgy individual expression.

I still have a collection of colored pants and Metal Band T-shirts that I love, but they are now more for specific occasions like you would wear a tuxedo.
In this case I really only wear them to concerts, and nerd events where I want to stand out.

I think this switchover was more gradual then one large abrupt change at work, I guess it is all part of maturing socially and individually.

posted on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 9:52am
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I really hate the news, so I honestly don't remember any of those events except Y2K. It was funny because at a New Year's party someone went into the basement and flipped the breaker and everyone freaked out....until we saw the neighbors lights were on. hahahaha

I do believe that clothing/fashion gives away a sense of what a person is like. For example, I dress in slacks and a nice shirt, but then wear 4 inch stilletos and faux-hawk my pixie cut hair. So, I am professional, yet have a crazy fun edge :) If I could get away with it at work, I would dye a part of my hair pink :) And yes, I do judge people on what they wear. I am like those people on "What not to wear"....you can always find something comfortabl and fitting for an occasion and still show off who you are.

posted on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 9:56am
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maiken says:

I am going to have to dig way harder to find photos from 2000! Is anyone else struggling to find pre-digital images?

posted on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 1:10pm
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I had to go through boxes!! It was actually really fun....I have pictures of myself since the day I was born. Brought back great memories!!

posted on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 8:30am
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SNAFU says:

This is a very insecure teenage me--on May 6, 2000--at Senior Prom in a handmade gown with a very nice family friend who was so kind to come along as a my date so that I could have a prom like all of the other more popular girls (including my friends). This was the one day in high school that I actually felt like a somebody instead of that fly on the wall that people either ignore or don't see. Senior Prom
Senior PromCourtesy Me

posted on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 7:12pm
maiken's picture
maiken says:

SNAFU, you look so elegant. Who made your gown?

posted on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 11:49pm
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SNAFU says:

It was a collaborated effort of my mother and paternal grandmother. I appreciated the gesture as being the BIG girl in a almost all "Barbie" high school/town, there were literally no dress options at the shopping centers.

posted on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 3:46pm
maiken's picture
maiken says:

I have always been amazed at people's ability to sew. Can you sew?
I can barely replace a button! My dad taught me how because he learned it in the service. My mom cannot sew at all.

posted on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 10:28am
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SNAFU says:

I sort of can. I have bare minimum skills that were learned in Home Economics in middle school and that's about it.

posted on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 3:17pm
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camel girl89 says:

i am at the zoo
i am at the zooCourtesy Kayli

posted on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 2:11pm
maiken's picture
maiken says:

Was there anything significant about this visit to the zoo?

posted on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 11:53pm

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