Things I Learned While Attending My 10 Year High School Reunion/Hosting a Party At My Parents’ House That I Never Had in High School Because I Was Too Straight Edge

  1. My sister will completely lose her filter if given enough Rumple Mintz (peppermint schnapps).  The most inappropriate things you can imagine were topics of conversation.
  2. Like college, I hung out with my church youth group and the sweet frat boys who drank/smoked too much.  Same with my guests: I had everyone from a seminary grad to a swinger.  And everything in between.  I attract fun people.
  3. My mom, who is probably the most responsible drinker I know, took a shot of said Rumple Mintz and chased it with a beer.  Had no idea my mom was so….hardcore.  Not bad for 60.
  4. You will smell like a campfire if you come within 5 feet of a campfire.  It’s in the fine print.
  5. It’s always good to see people you haven’t seen in 10 years.  And you realize that 8 years ago you both attended the most depressing wedding ever together.  How can you forget stuff in your 20’s?  I don’t know.  I used to, but I think I forgot.
  6. People who get married and have kids will forever fall off your radar.  They will want to hang out with you and make it like it was back in the day, but the reality of the situation is that kids will (and should!) come first.  You will see them in at the 20 year reunion when the kids are grown, but after 20 years of only exchanging Christmas cards, there’s nothing left to talk about.  That’s my theory.  Everyone who came to my party did not have kids.  I was kinda sad.  I even put on the invite, bring kids if you need to!  We will find a way to entertain them!
  7. I invited 3/5 of my ex-boyfriends.  They were a no-show.  I really wanted to introduce them to The General.  All except one have kids, so it was expected.
  8. As for the actual reunion, it was better than high school.  Football players actually acknowledged me.
  9. All the footballers had beautiful blonde wives.  A gaggle of them would walk up to the bar, it was amusing.
  10. I talked with the most stuck up person in our class and she was nice to me, but fake nice.  Charming.
  11. Despite my first 24 years of being a Yankee, this Carolina girl freezes at 17C.
  12. The most surprising part of the night: no shocking changes.  Everyone looked about the same and is moderately successful.  I was hoping for some Jerry Springer-like moments.
  13. A good time was had by all.  I miss my hometown.  My life is here in North Carolina, but I found myself feeling homesick.  Maybe it was all the combines in the field.

A New Era

Today is the 1st day that the General is on a new platoon.  We’ve always been in the same company, and now that cute guy I used stare at from across the way has moved onto another assignment.  It still hasn’t sunk in yet.  The house is so quiet now without him here.

It reminds me of my 8th grade year when our school system went onto split shifts — class didn’t start til 1045.  I had the whole morning to myself, a beautiful thing in a chaotic household.  While I embraced it then, now it just seems lonely.  I love my General and I love my alone time – but I still wish he was here.  This will be a positive change for us and our marriage – it’s just something to get used to.

The in-laws were down from the great white north and we had a blast with them.  They are such down to earth people, I really enjoyed having them here. I now understand how my General got to be so freakin’ cool.

Had our housewarming party, which went really well.  I spent yesterday sick – all day, with most of the night.  I will stick with my General and less Captain.  Yikes.  I wore my alma mater t-shirt yesterday in honor of not being so stupid since my college days.

I need a beach day – perhaps tomorrow.  I hope the surf is good.