TEN YEARS AGO… New Blog Series

On Monday I am going to start a new blog series!

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 12.52.49 AMI have been blogging ever since the Internet became a thing.  I’ve had blogs on Xanga, Blogger, and WordPress.  And I kept it all!  I have massive Word documents of archived blog posts, and I recently realized that I have these saved back to 2005.  The ten year difference seems auspicious, so beginning Monday, I’m going to start “Ten Years Ago…”  In this new series, I’ll share a blog post from sometime that week ten years ago (it won’t always be on the exact day because I want leeway to find more interesting posts to share).  Then I’ll react to the old post as my ten years older, and hopefully wiser, self.

To kick off this series, I’m going to share, and re-do, a survey that I did exactly ten years ago.  It’s especially fitting, because the survey itself is about looking back ten years.  So really, this newer post will encompass twenty years of my life.  Whoa.  Enjoy!


November 5, 2005

Lindsay took my survey thing, so I’m taking hers.  Yay for timewasters!

10 years ago, I:
1.  was 7/ in 2nd grade
2.  was friends with Michelle and Lacie
3.  chased Ricky Carroll and put pink ribbons in his hair
4.  read 100 books and got an award
5.  wore spandex shorts  

5 years ago, I:
1.  was 12/ in 7th grade
2.  became friends with boys (David David and Mike)
3.  experienced multiple class schedules
4.  was incredibly ugly
5.  made a leaf collection for science

1 year ago, I:
1.  got my drivers license
2.  loved my AP classes
3.  began to be happy
4.  learned a lot about what I believe
5.  went world traveling

Yesterday, I:
1.  laughed hysterically with Michelle
2.  felt overwhelmed with life
3.  wrote two paragraphs of my term paper
4.  wore a scarf
5.  wished I could relive the summer

5 CDs I know all the words to:
1.  Moulin Rouge (both)
2.  Relient K – Mmhmm
3.  Phantom of the Opera
4.  Wicked
5.  The Swift – Today

If I had a billion dollars, I’d:
1.  not go to college
2.  not worry about marrying someone financially well off
3.  design and build my own house
4.  buy a horse and lots of land
5.  travel to England, Australia, and multiple other places

5 Favorite TV shows:
1.  Lost
2.  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
3.  those are the only two I’ve watched in years

5 Favorite body parts:
1.  my hands
2.  my eyes
3.  my eyebrows
4.  my…ankles?
5.  my…lips/smile


[Quick reaction to 10 Years Ago Trish:  “1 Year Ago I began to be happy”??  Poor baby Tricia!  My sophomore year remains a massive blank in my memory, but I guess it was worse than I (don’t) remember.  That makes me really sad for my past self.  And I could only come up with two TV shows!?  Girl, your life is about to get so much better!]

10 years ago, I:
1.  was 17/ a senior in high school
2.  was very self-righteous
3.  was full of dreams
4.  was obsessed with psychology
5.  wrote daily blogs about every event in my life

5 years ago, I:
1.  was 22
2.  had just returned to Illinois after living in Senegal for 5 months
3.  was starting to work as a children’s librarian
4.  wanted to live overseas again immediately
5.  but felt conflicted, because none of the opportunities felt right

1 year ago, I:
1.  was 26/ was a third year at DTS
2.  was planning a trip to Puerto Rico with Michal
3.  had a lot of single girl friends
4.  decided to get serious about building a bigger blog
5.  used snippets of my conversations with Anju and Ketan to be funny on Facebook

Yesterday, I:
1.  put on clothes and straightened my hair so I could trick myself into being productive
2.  watched four episodes of Jane the Virgin
3.  read Carry On
4.  said “you’re SO CUTE” to Rory at least fifty times
5.  tried pumpkin beer and didn’t like it

5 CDs I know all the words to:
1.  1989 by Taylor Swift
2.  Bad Blood by Bastille
3.  Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars
4.  Through the Deep, Dark Valley by The Oh Hellos
5.  Midnight Memories by One Direction

If I had a billion dollars, I’d:
1.  travel the world non-stop
2.  make sure House of Damaris was financially stable for the first 10 years
3.  give some to my parents and brother, I guess
4.  buy tickets to see Hamilton in NYC even though it’s sold out
5.  buy a fleet of tiny houses and put them in the backyards of everyone I want to live with (and pay them off so they don’t mind)

5 Favorite TV shows:
1.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2.  Doctor Who
3.  Lost
4.  Veronica Mars
5.  Parks & Recreation

5 Favorite body parts:
1.  my smile
2.  my eyes
3.  my height (does that count? it counts)
4.  my hands
5.  my legs

Come back on Monday for the first OFFICIAL Ten Years Ago… blog post!  I know I will be entertained by this.  I hope others will too!

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