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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Reunion Pic: Thank God for Growing Up and Getting Better With Age

In case you missed this post, where I was crazy-happy about the pic in my alumni magazine from my college 10-year class reunion, I'll just tell you that I was thrilled that I actually looked cute.

College me= AWKWARD

Okay, okay, I wouldn't go that far. But, I do look much better than I did back then. And have ten tons more confidence. Maybe too much. ;)

Since some of you asked, I thought I'd share it with you. Really, people asked me to show the pic. Check the comments from that post if you don't believe me. I'm not just making stuff up as an excuse to show you one of the few good pics of me in existence.

Here's the whole class shot: If you happen to know what college this is or if by some freak fluke, you actually attended this college and were in my class, I'll die laughing at what a small world it is, since I went to a tiny private college.

The scanned copy doesn't quite capture my cuteness, since my right arm sort of blends in with my sweater here, and it's a little blurry, but I'm okay with that, since the actual pic floating around out there is better.

So, there it is. I can look back and remember fondly my carefree college-days that didn't seem care-free at the time but what the hell did I know back then: the safe little bubble I lived in, where there weren't really any real problems or responsibilities. Where getting up early meant having an 8am class. Where friends were always right there, either down the hall or across the quad.

But, I can say that I don't look back with regret and wish I looked like I did back then or was the person I was back then again.

Nope, I'll take the confident, fabulous woman I have turned into.

Disclaimer: you have to understand the extent of my college-days awkwardness and insecurity to be able to understand that I'm really not that full of myself now. For those of you who are entering Dumb Mom's Blog Dawg contest, let me just tell you that if I submitted a college pic, I'd win, hands down. So more than a celebration of fabulousness, it's a celebration of no longer being the girl who would automatically win the awkward photo contest.

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Blogger danita said...

you look like you are in college! and that's a compliment! it's a fantastic picture! i mean fabulous! you'd absolutely win!

February 10, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Nope no awkardness, Fabulous! Have a good Wednesday!

February 10, 2010 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Dual Mom said...

That's a great picture. I was a total spaz in College too.

February 10, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Daffy said...

Three cheers for loving adulthood much better than highschool/college!

I certainly love who I am now...I had no clue who I was then :O)

February 10, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

You are SOOO fabulous!

February 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Miss Fanny said...

You're not getting older, you're getting better.

February 10, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

you look great.

February 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I agree with the first comment. You look like you could still be in college. FABULOUS photo!

February 10, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

OK you were beautiful then. although I can totally relate to teh self conscious. Been there done that, haven't quite conquered that demon yet.. BUT I am winning that contest regardless of whether you entered or not TRUST me

February 10, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Cole said...

You do look FABULOUS! No wonder CB's wife was jealous and insecure ;)

February 10, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Yankee Girl said...

What a great pic! You looked so carefree and confident, it's hard to believe that you weren't that way!

February 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

You look great!

February 10, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger rachel... said...

Super cute! I'd like to take my Now head (minus a few wrinkles) and put it on my College bod. Then I'd be fabulous. :)

February 10, 2010 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I agree. I would rather be the confident strong woman I am today than the nerdy insecure girl I was in college.

Thanks for posting the pic! You do look adorable!

February 10, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Stepping On Cheerios said...

I think you look great. I was def cuter in college...not feeling not so fab but working on it;)

February 10, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger SupahMommy said...

I'll vouch for her..
she's a cutie slash hottie


February 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger tessica said...

You look great!
Btw I have something for you on my blog! (aw--cough---ard)

February 10, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Glad I know what you look like now! LOL!

I'd love to see some college pics!

February 10, 2010 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Shanilie said...

amen sista!

haha "I wish that I knew what I know now..when I was younger" - good song message.

You are gorgeous! I don't know if I have outgrown my awkwardness.

February 10, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Foursons said...

I'd be totally jumping up and down and excited about how cute I looked! You look fabulous in that photo!

February 10, 2010 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger parentingBYdummies said...

Come on! You should totally enter the contest (not that I think you would win based on that shot, 'cause it was cute!), there's still time! You're exactly what it's all about...showing that while we may have lived some part of our lives socially awkward and fashion challenged, those experiences as that person made us the fab-o peeps we are today. Oh, and that anyone who talked junk back then can suck it!

February 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Arizona Mamma said...

You're right...without question it's a cute picture.

Oh, and I am one who asked to see it... ;)

February 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Oh I take your college awkwardness and throw in my high school awkwardness...I so agree: better with age! THank goodness, right?

February 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger carissajaded said...

I don't think you look awkward!!! I still look awkward... and am. I think my drunkiness took presidence over awkward though, dunno if that's a good thing or not!

February 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

awesome picture!
NOW...I thought this was an anonymous blog??? when did you change your mind?

Jessica Jones

February 10, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger mom2three said...

That is a great picture! I'm in college now so lets see by the time I actually graduate and then 10 years passes for a reunion Id be...ya know what I am not even going there, hopefully Ill be fabulous!

February 10, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Mae Rae said...

This was great! There is definately a super cutness to you now.

February 10, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Different Jessica here -

I rock the awkward. That is why nobody ever sees pictures of me, unless there is a crowd I can blend in to. - Sort of like "Where's Wally".
Only Wally works the striped sweater better.

February 10, 2010 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger T.J. said...

Are you sure that this was a reunion pic because you look as adorably hot as any college gal these days!! Wow! Way to rock it :) I've gotta go now because with your new design and now header, I'm feeling dizzy with all this exotic newness~!

February 10, 2010 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger ShellSpann said...

That's a great picture!

February 10, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

I had to go back and see if this was your class pic or your reunion pic...
It's great to find a good picture!

February 10, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

You are super cute in that picture!

February 10, 2010 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Sir Thomas AKA (Winters Reaper) said...

oh yes it does... you are totally hot...

I would have tried to adte you...

February 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Suzanne Incognito said...

Oooh! Great new layout and title graphics! I changed your button on my blog. :)

February 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Chelle said...

You are gorgeous!!! Seriously--hottie!

I was sooo awkward back in high school--hell, junior high, too. It slowly started getting better {thank God!!}


February 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Shelle said...

You do look fab! Go you!!

I found your blog on a SITS list on Twitter of people who are attending the Bloggy Bootcamp in Baltimore! I just signed up as well. I wanted to come by and say Hi! Looking forward to meeting at camp!

February 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Crystal Escobar said...

haha, you're so funny :)
You DO look pretty good in that picture I have to admit :)
Just came across your blog somehow, and now I'm a follower.

February 10, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Ams said...

You DO look fabuluous... and there is NOTHING wrong with confidence :)

February 10, 2010 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Ams said...

And APPARENTLY I can't spell... fabulous!

February 10, 2010 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

You look so far from awkward in that picture.

Well done!

February 10, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Momma Fargo said...

I just nominated you for an award. Check out my site for details. Congratulations!

February 10, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger The girl with the flour in her hair said...

You look fabulous in college! If you're more fabulous now, you must be amazing! :)

Wouldn't it have been nice to have the confidence we have now as grown ups back then?? Life would have been a heck of a lot different!

February 10, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

OMG you showed your face!!!!!! I think I might faint!

February 10, 2010 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

...and I put your new "butt"on on my blog! :)

I can't believe I see your face...(I am singing that right now)!!

February 10, 2010 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger angie said...

I don't know Shell. You look pretty cute in that picture. I've seen some of the submissions and if that is what you looked like, you don't stand a chance of winning. :) I'll take my confidence now any day, too.

February 10, 2010 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Vodka Logic said...

What a cutie you are.

February 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Momma Such said...

You look great! So glad you shared. Did you get a new bloggy look or am I just going crazy? Either way, it looks good! :)

February 10, 2010 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

The new banner and button are too cute!! LOVE them!

February 10, 2010 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh yeah, and I don't know what is up with GFC, but that's me, your bloggy sister who just left that comment.

February 10, 2010 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

You do look adorable! And thin! I love that picture and I love seeing what you look like since we always see the back of your head...although you know I do love the hair. BTW - I love the new look of your blog. Cute, cute, cute!!!

February 10, 2010 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I think you look GREAT in that picture.

February 10, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

OH and I love the new header!

February 10, 2010 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I love the new design of your blog. And your button's so cute! Your picture, too. I'm in college now, and am hardly ever there. I live off-campus and am only ON campus at the most 3 hours, and those are three classes back-to-back. I'm not much into college. I'm just going because, well...what else would I do? I've had some really enjoyable, enlightening, and insightful classes, though. So, it's not THAT bad.

February 10, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I have something fabulous to erase all the awkward that ever was:
I’m passing the Beautiful Blogger Award on to you!

That’s right YOU, Mrs. College going, but feeling awkward in her vanishing right arm sweater!
You can even visit my site and see it in big, fancified “Matter-O-Facto” and get the 411 / the skinny/ the shiznit.
Most importantly, the Pic. ;)
You So Rock! I want to weep at your awesomeness.

February 10, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Watson said...

you are so funny! I love your blog!!!


February 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Heather @ Two Little Monkeys said...

You look great!

February 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Woo hoo, you figured the blog stuff out! Awesome to have the power of HTML, isn't it???

Confessions From A Working Mom

February 10, 2010 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

I think for most women the older you get the more comfortable you feel. It's easier as an adult to say to yourself...I like me, and I really don't give a crap what others think. When girls are young, they are too into people pleasing.

February 10, 2010 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger The Boob Nazi said...

I was much more awkward in high school. I prefer to forgot it happened.

February 11, 2010 at 1:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Zoo said...

Goodness! I leave for a couple days and its all different around here. Love this new design, it's cute!

And you are fabulously gorgeous!!

February 11, 2010 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

Where is the bad in that picture??? Cuz I don't see it! Ya cutie pie!

February 11, 2010 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Grilled Cheese said...

Hell yeah, photogenic! Keep up the good work!

February 11, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Tracie said...

It's great that you're so confident and sure of yourself now. It's a great picture of you!

February 11, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger The Princess of Sarcasm said...

I wish I hadn't wasted all my youth hating what I looked like. Now it's all downhill from here. :(

February 13, 2010 at 5:32 PM  

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