OKC To-Do List (Inspired by my High School Reunion)

Look at us. Cigarettes hanging out of our mouths on the school grounds. Oh, such rebellious behavior! We’re SO COOL.

Part of the reason we are visiting Oklahoma is to attend my 20th high school reunion. How crazy is that? Crotchety.

In honor of my high school days, here are 7 things I will do this week.

1. Sunbathe by the pool while drinking a Sonic Cherry Limeade Slush spiked with vodka. (I will, however, be wearing SPF 30 and a hat instead of baby oil and a foil bib this time around.)

2. Listen to The Cure, Jellyfish, Nirvana, Charlatans UK, and Guns and Roses. Make a mix (tape).

3. Use a payphone. Page someone.

4. Make pizza bagels and/or some sort of random thrown-together meal at 2 a.m.

5. Use hot rollers, rat my bangs, and apply 3 layers of Revlon Toast of New York lipstick. (Brown lipstick trend, please don’t return.)

6. Play quarters. Drink a Beast Light. (Milwaukee’s Best.) Promptly gag and possibly vomit from the disgustingness.

7. And in true high school fashion, ponder life while listening to “Angel, Angel We Go Down Together” by Morrissey. Cry. Go make a pizza bagel.

  1. Ninotchka

    June 3, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Hot damn! Never in a million years would I have imagined you with a cigarette hanging out of your mouth. You have damaged my impression of you! (Totally kidding) I have several in my repertoire. Ah, youth.

  2. Jora

    June 3, 2012 at 7:41 am

    this is so funny! love it.

  3. Sarah Brown

    June 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Oh man, I had that lipstick too in 1992. Sassy magazine was all about it. Enjoy OK!

    • Meredith

      June 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Sassy magazine!!! I miss that one!

  4. Carrisa

    June 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Jellyfish! Spilt Milk is one of my favorite albums of all time. I’m actually getting a copy of it from a guy next week. I can hardly wait. I remember getting a week of detention once for smoking on school grounds. It’s ridiculous to think about now since I didn’t even learn how to inhale until college. Thank God that’s a habit that never stuck!

  5. Caroline Cohenour

    June 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Memmoooorrriesss light the corners of my minnnnnd. I’ll be over this week for my vodka slushie and pool time, and it will be grand! Oklahoma REPRESENT.

  6. Siera

    June 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    OMG!!! Toast of NY by Revlon…. And Coffee Bean what were thhinking?? I used to where this in grade 6 and 7. I’m 8 years your junior and this fad hit me too in 94-95 in Canada! We read YM, Teen and Seventeen up here too! Maybe they are to blame?

  7. Emma

    June 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I have just laughed out loud- ‘toast of New York’ lipstick was also the lippie du jour in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1992 (accompanied by slightly bushy and a little too dark eyebrows…) I had totally forgotten about it!

  8. Nila

    June 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    In my neck of the woods, if you wore brown lipstick you’d be considered a chola.
    Hope you had fun!

  9. Torrie

    June 4, 2012 at 5:58 am


  10. Angella

    June 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Oh, man. I wore that lipstick too. You’re making me even sadder that I can’t make my 20th reunion next month.

  11. Cass

    June 4, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Holy! It’s Wito with long hair. The resemblance is amazing.

  12. sizzle

    June 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’m pretty sure I wore that lipstick. Yes, please, do not let that trend return!

  13. GreenInOC

    June 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Jellyfish?! OMG, I’ve never heard anyone mention Jellyfish and I just LOOOOOVE them!!

    I saw them open for Tears for Fears and they were amazing.

    A couple of months ago, I found a “new” to me album (“Best!” is the title) that has re-releases of some of their tracks plus demos, live and studio recordings of stuff that I’d never heard of before. I felt like I won the lottery with that find!!

    • whoorl

      June 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      “Calling Sarah” is one of my all-time faves!

  14. Bonnie

    June 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Toast of New York! Hilarious. That was our favorite lipstick in Michigan for a time.

  15. kristen

    June 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Charlatans UK? Laying out with baby oil? Ratted bangs? Pizza bagels? TOAST OF NEW YORK!?!?! Dude. We so would have been besties in high school.

    Also, that picture makes me uncomfortable because it looks like Wito with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.

    • whoorl

      June 5, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Hahaaaaa, it kind of does look like Wito…