When I was a little kid back in the early and mid-90s, all people talked about were “The ’80’s.” The older and cooler kids would talk about how awesome such-and-such was in the 80’s: movies, shows, toys, music.

I was born smack-dab in the middle of the 1980’s, so I remember some, but not all. Most of my memories are from 1987 through 1989, then carried over into the early 1990’s.

Bottom line: 80’s kids were cool.

As I look around clothing stores or read my Twitter feed I see the styles that were popular when I was a kid are back and in a really creepy way. Black or dark blue lip stick, ribbed mock turtle necks, chokers, crushed velvet…they are all back. And in style! In fact yesterday when I was out on my lunch hour shopping for jeans I walked through what easily could have been my closet when I was in the 6th grade.

It was awesome. And weird.

Suddenly, I am “the cool kid”, the kid who grew up in the 90’s. I read blog posts from people in their 20’s and how they just discovered “Friends” and love their style; how others are [incorrectly] over-analyzing feminism in “Sex & The City.”  TV shows and pop groups are having reunions or revamps. My boy band crushes (Backstreet Boys) & iconic pop stars (Spice Girls) are on tour and pushing or IN their 40s.

Suddenly “Ten years ago” is not 1997…because 1997 was TWENTY years ago.

At dinner the other night I overheard a girl explaining to her brother what happened with Nancy Carrigan and Tonya Harding. He had no idea what she was talking about and she said “she was fascinated by the story.”

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Decade styles come and go. Fashion and music and art is an ever-revolving door and as quickly as stuff comes in, it goes right out again. Next in line are the 2000’s. By the early 2000’s I was well into my teens and early 20’s so I did not pay much attention to trends. The sad thing is the early 2000’s do not have much definition like the other decades before it.  I wonder what will return – and when – that represents the 2000’s.

For now, I am happily living in the revival of the 90’s because, let’s face it, they were a lot of fun and I am a proud 90’s Kid.

 

Yes, it has been quite a bit since I last posted. Truth be told, I am in a reading slump. I read a few back-to-back excellent books then the last one I felt indifferent about.  I thought I could re-set my reading flow by reading another royalty biography, but even that is a slow go.

And I am OK with that.

If you are a reader then you may understand that not reading for a long stretch of time feels like you are failing in a way. Like a body builder who enters and wins a fitness competition and then stops working out and indulges on all the food she deprived herself of during competition prep. It is all a matter of allowing time, allowing yourself to explore other aspects of your interests and not holding yourself to a standard.

Instead, I have been watching Reign on Netflix. I have a deep interest in history and European history. I used to watch Game of Thrones but it got to be way too violent and some of the characters bored me to tears. Image result for reignFor me Reign satisfies my need for a story, royalty and history all in one. I can tell it is for a younger audience, but it is really well done.

While I haven’t been reading, I’ve been getting my stories from many places: podcasts, television shows, YouTube, etc.  I am a Reader but even people like me get reading fatigue. And while at first I was not OK with this, I am now. I know the right book will come along and reignite my passion, but for now the reading pilot light is weak.

 

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WHAT I HAVE BEEN ENJOYING LATELY

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  • Discovering “new” music: my father is a huge music fan and while I have always listened to the music he loves, I’ve been exploring it more deeply.  I have been consumed with the song “Soon” by YES.
  • Cooking: Exploring other culture’s cuisine and making them in the kitchen. Last night I prepared dough to make a Polish dumpling. And this weekend I will be making an Irish potato and cabbage meal.
  • House Hunting: My husband and I are looking to move into a new home so I am researching what I want in a house.
  • Walking and Rebounding: I workout several times a week but I noticed that I was losing my drive (just as I am with reading). I have not been as consistent as usual and after a while I decided I needed to mix it up again. I’ve been more into the outdoors and more cardio than doing strength training. I do have to keep my strength training, but listening to my body is what will keep me going. Forcing my body and mind to do what it doesn’t want to only makes me avoid it.

 

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN ENJOYING LATELY?