Sunday, October 24, 2010

So......highschool huh?

WESTWOOD HIGHSCHOOL
1990-2010
20TH REUNION

Seriously.......I don't know HOW this happened.  I am not kidding when I say it was YESTERDAY that I looked like this:

Lawdy....those bangs have a zipcode of their OWN. What?  You know you're mad jealous of my freaking AWESOME hair and all it's volume.  Man, what I wouldn't give to have SOME of that hair back.  And you also know that youre in love with the giant wicker chair I'm sitting in.  Or maybe it's the super sweet lace collar happening there.  Whatever the case...I was rockin the look of 1989/90.

Anyway, that was me, lo those 20 years ago.  And then I woke up and I looked like this:

I like to THINK age has actually been my friend.
C'mon.....just tell me it has and make me feel good.

Here's the deal.  Last night was my big 20th highschool reunion.  It was surreal to think that I was this old already.  What the what?  TWENTY YEARS? ALREADY?  Freakish!  I mean honestly, I vividly remember my parents 25th highschool reunion like it was yesterday.  And they WERE old!

However, the reunion was really fun to see some long lost acquaintances, and others that aren't so long lost, but that I still don't see all that often.  Of course my beloved besties Angie and Karen were along for the ride which always makes it easier to do these things.

As far as reunions go it was a simple, yet nice evening.  They wanted to keep it cheap, which I TOTALLY appreciate.  So, we did it in the cafeteria of our highschool.  I loved it.  I haven't been in there for probably 22 years (srsly, never went in there after my sophomore year) and they've gone all swanky on us there.  One of my former classmates catered all the food which was delish.  Then there was visiting and dessert, viewing of our class video (which I've never seen) followed by a short little program, a "Senior Varities" if you will.  HILARIOUS!  In my class there were at least five couples that were dating in highschool, or dated got married AFTER highschool.  One of them, Brent and AnnaJo did a full on Spartan Cheerleader routine that was genius.  I applaud their hutzpah, 'cause I would so never be that brave.  But, I LOVED it.  Another classmate played guitar and sang.  A group of six guys that did Grease Lightning in our original Sr. Varities 20 years ago got up and reenacted it, and I must say, I was rather impressed with their ability to pull that choreography out of their butts and do it well.  I found out that afternoon that I could perform, so I dusted off Alto's lament and sang.  Thing is, while I was in choir, and known to be a singer, I had no idea of my musical theatre abilities until I was 21.  So, none of these people have any idea what I've gone on to do/become.  It was fun to be able to perform for them.  Couple of other guitar songs and just a lot of laughing.  I was reminded that I really know a lot of quality people.

It was a decent turnout, but at the same time, I was a little disappointed that mroe people weren't there.  Ummmm Stephanie...WHERE were you and Dennon?  Heather...where were YOU?  Melia? Totally FIRED! Just sayin.

After a bit more mingling and some picture taking I made my exit to run back to the theatre so i'd be there when Oliver got over.  All in all, a quick yet delightful evening of walking down memory lane.

Ok, and let's just get it out there.  Of all that I saw, probably only 5 people looked as skinny or skinnier (not counting the couple that looked like maybe they've been a little too involved with a crack pipe or TWELVE) than they did in highschool.  The rest have, well, put on a FEW pounds.  tee hee hee.  Stupid age, and food...gets the best of everyone. (Oh you KNOW you wanted to hear the snark)

Anyway, just for kicks and giggles, I'm gonna give a little pictoral shoutout to my girls.  'Cause srsly, I love them, and we're cute.


 




Ten yr. reunion  and us at Twenty.
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say...20 is more our friend.
Also, click on the pics to see them bigger.

This is just to prove that RuthAnn DOES exist.
She's been off in chicago and New york for the last 12 years or more.
We never get to see her.  But this pic was taken after my mission on a rare visit from her.  Circa 1997.  SWEET!

This pic was taken on a visit from Angie.
I was about 6 months out of my gastric surgery.  Feeling oh so saucy.
About 4 1/2 years ago.



I had to throw these comparison shots up as well.  'Cause really...Angie looks HOT in this new pic.  She is on a great life quest, and making awesome changes.  And I'm totally over my spazzy hair and enjoying my "sleek" look. 

Meh, what am I cryin about.  Almost 40 never looked better!  I guess it's ok that I woke up OLD.

Awkward hellos and aging gracefully,

Allyson

12 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Sounds like it was fun! Love the pics.

I don't think I will ever attend a reunion.

Diane Barazoto said...

You have aged beautifully! The sleek look is a much better look on you...and it is a much better look on Most people.

LanaBanana said...

You have looked great at all ages! :) I mean, even though the wicker chair, white collar and mega-bangs aren't the height of fashion NOW, they sure were then. And you looked great. I'd be a little worried if you were still sporting that look today. :) Instead you look totally fabulous with rockin' hair, cute layered tops and fun jewelry. Glad it was a fun night. So fun that you got to do my favorite song ever too. Yeah for class reunions that have a little bit of heart. Wouldn't THAT be nice?!

PS--Angie and Karen look super great too.

Steph said...

We so wanted to go, but Dennon was in charge of an Elders' Quorum party that night and couldn't really ditch it (we didn't find out about the reunion until the Sunday before!) We did go on Friday night where he knew about 4 people. Oh well. We'll see you at 30. . . hee hee.

The Atomic Mom said...

I love that you had the reunion at the Cafeteria. Serioulsy, what a great way to do a party. I'm not even going to hope that my snotty class does anything remotely similar or budget consious. And about that wicker chair...can I tell you from about age 8 to 13 I wanted nothing but a wicker chair in my room. I thought is WAS cool.

Grace Adams said...

Yes, my dear, the years have been kind to you. You look awesome. And happy. You look happy.

Jen West said...

You look GREAT... and I'm not just sayin that :) I am glad you had a good time. Reunions are hi-lar-i-ous!

ps. one of my miamaids loved Oliver this weekend :)

Maile said...

I have a friend who weighs exactly what she weighed in high school. It's so annoying I would totally slap her, if she wasn't like the sweetest person on earth!

SenoraG said...

Visiting from SITS. I love the pics. I've never gone to any of my high school reunions. Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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pamelahutchins said...

I had my 25 high school reunion this summer. It was great. I'm sure, like you, I haven't aged ONE BIT. :)
Found you on SITS. Nice to "meet" you!

Ari said...

Oh my goodness I don't even remember you looking like that picture from 4 years ago and that was around the time I met you! How awesome was it to come back and be like look beezies, I'm skinny now! You look amazing and have lots to be proud of!

Cookie Mama said...

I was hoping you'd have a blog post about the reunion! It sounds like it was a ton of fun. Great pictures too! Maybe I'll make it to the 30th reunion, but don't count on it. ;)