Every once in a while I catch myself on Facebook, wasting away the day by glancing through albums of ancient history. Although nostalgia can be a bit bittersweet, I'm so grateful that I have a way to re-live my high school, college and post-grad days. So for your viewing pleasure, here is my evolution since the inception of my Facebook account...
Location: Freshman dorm room
Scene: Just about to leave to go see Panic! at the Disco in concert with a college friend, Laura. (Little did I know this would be the night we discovered how much we loved each other and set the stage for her becoming one of my bridesmaids).
Details: My first profile pic! See that arm brace lying on the bed behind my leg? I should have been wearing that (after recently dislocating my elbow in a nasty cheerleading fall), but decided I looked much too cool to sport the "bionic woman" look.
Location: The basement of a music venue in Allentown, PA called Crocodile Rock
Scene: At one of the stops of the Raisin' the Bar Tour (Featuring Bucky Covington [above], Jason Michael Carroll and Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) I purchased a ticket for a Meet-and-Greet with Bucky!
Details: The meet-and-greet was really poorly organized, but it worked out well for me because I got to hang out with opening act, Cole Deggs, who took a liking to me. Later, during one of his songs he picked me out in the crowd and gave me a little wink. It made my life! I also got Bucky to record a message for one of my friends who was serving in Afghanistan at the time. He also remembered pulling me on stage at a concert my sister and I were at a couple months before. He's seriously the sweetest guy alive.
Location: Valley Forge Park- PA
Scene: Taken shortly before we started dating by my college boyfriend Josh, we had just been caught in a torrential downpour while hiking and found this beautiful little waterfall that fed into the river
Details: It's kind of a shame that Josh and I weren't dating yet on this particular day because it would have been romantic as hell! This remains one of my favorite pictures of all time because it's completely candid and I'm so in my element. Josh and I are still friends to this day and this is one of my best memories of him.
Location: Just outside my dorm building in Uganda!
Scene: This was my first experience hand-washing my clothes and my first profile picture since I had left for Uganda.
Details: All us American girls were complete spazzes about hand-washing our clothes. Not that we didn't want to, we just didn't know how! Luckily, our Ugandan friends taught us and laughed at us for being so completely clueless.
Location: Bedroom of my apartment in Philly Chinatown while doing a summer internship
Scene: Just about to leave to go to CrueFest 2009 with my friend Steve and wanted to document my hot, rocker look
Details: This summer was not a good one for me. Upon returning back from Uganda I was holding in a lot of hatred toward Josh (we broke up sometime in February/March), I was experiencing really bad reverse culture shock and felt very isolated living in Philly and not knowing anyone. I cut and dyed my hair in an act of rebellion because Josh never wanted me to go blonde and got my first tattoo. Don't regret the decisions, but it was not an easy time for me.
Location: Sidewalk outside the U.S. Supreme Court
Scene: Shortly before graduation, my fellow Constitutional Law classmates, our professor and I drove down to camp out in hopes of getting seats to hear the oral arguments for Christian Legal Society v. Martinez
Details: This experience was incredible. I got to bond with fellow Poli Sci kids at Eastern and made some great friends. Camping out was miserable- it was freezing cold and I was the only one who didn't bring a sleeping bag. At 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM the sprinklers went off on us so we were wet, cold and sleep-deprived. However, it made for a great story and I was so glad I went!
Location: Elk's Charity Ball in Wilmington, Ohio
Scene: Chuck's sister, Joni, me and Chuck sat at the "kiddie table" getting ridiculously hammered until the music started and we danced the night away
Details: Chuck and I hadn't been dating very long at this point and this was the first picture taken of the two of us together. We had such a fun night dancing together and pretty much amused everyone in attendance by our blatantly obvious drunkenness.
Location: The Rusty Nail outdoor patio in Cape May, NJ
Scene: The night after our engagement! We had an awesome dinner with my Mommy and sister and just soaked up the end of summer.
Details: One of my favorite pictures of us <3
My last couple pictures have been seriously lacking, but I'm willing to be in about two-ish months I'll have some great pictures to add to my ongoing archive. Just more motivation to start taking more snapshots of my amazing life!