Thursday, March 19, 2009

Oh, the Past, You So Crazy

I am running high on things to do today, and low on blog posts. But that's where Facebook steps in to save the day, right? No, I'm not going to complain about the new layout. There's nothing actually more boring than complaining about Facebook's new layout. It's not like they changed the layout of your house. Or deleted all your episodes of House from your Tivo. Or did a bunch of weird searches on Amazon using your computer, so that now Amazon is determined to have you buy some book called The Science of Sexy. So can we please just deal? There, I said it.

So I remembered that an old friend recently posted an appalling photo of me. Why not blog that, I thought? It's my Funky Foto Flashback:

Okay, so let's take a moment. Bracket the fact that we seem to be doing some kind of towel turban foxtrot. If you can. There I am, 18 years old, and I'm wearing a swimsuit that looks like it's from a 1940's synchronized swimming movie. And it does nothing for me. I promise you, internets, I was way cuter than that. And why didn't my mother say, "Honey, I think you need to wear something a little more revealing." (Maybe moms don't say that?) I think for a while I was into high-necked swimsuits because I thought they were sporty. Or something. Because if you know me, you know I'm so, so sporty. And the legs! I want to reach back in time and yank the leg openings up higher. Oh well, at least I was having fun.

And speaking of the past, I dreamed a dream in days gone by that there used to be one-hour dry cleaning. Am I deluded or does that still exist? Because I am feverishly trying to get ready to get out of town, and I left assorted errands to be done today. One of them was getting Matt's suit jacket and a couple of shirts cleaned. Which you can't do, the day you need them, as it turns out. Then I had a brainwave and realized that they were really already clean and I just wanted them pressed. Which, yes ma'am, we can certainly do that in a couple of hours, why didn't you say so? To me, like the whole point of dry cleaning is usually more about pressing. So why did I never think to ask for this before?

Matt and I are leaving at dark-thirty in the morning to go to California, first for Veronica's wedding in pretty Pacific Grove, then for Matt to go to a conference and me to do some work in SF. I'll be back on Wednesday morning, and then Matt returns Thursday. My sainted mother-in-law is coming to stay in my house and take care of the kids. I'm trying to get things all lined up for her so she'll have an easy time. Normal Neighbor is going to take Laura to school while I'm gone, and another mom will come fetch her to go to a birthday party Saturday. My only real worry is that, every time I leave town, Hank gets sick. Or that has been his pattern. I'm hoping for the best. So posting will probably be light. I'm sure I'll start having fun once we're on the plane, but first there are nine hundred things I need to do.

Have a delightful weekend, my lovelies! And go over here to look at more people's flashbacks:


alt="funkfotoflashback" />

25 comments:

Carrie said...

I don't know, i think the suit is cute. i HATE high leg openings and am always looking for boy shorts suits.
Yes, there used to be 1-hour dry cleaning (i remember an ad for 1-hour Martinizing). i think that fewer places are able to have on-site cleaning for some reason; space, environmental laws, or something.
Is your hubby going to the video game conference? We are!

Becky said...

OMG, yes! I am emailing you.

The Dental Maven said...

Girl! Who are you kidding? You look great in that suit. Turban - not so much. Oh, and the one hour dry cleaning? That hasn't been done since the Martin's of Martinizing began dry cleaning in the 40's. Scammers!

Michele Renee said...

I had a suit like that. It had a neutral snake print. The high neck is good for preventing those chest burns. The skin really. does. get. thin. there. Have a great weekend. Is Pacific grove by Carmel?? Sigh. Was there in 1987.

Amy said...

Oh WOW, I so remember that picture. How fun! And you DO look great in it, so whatevs.

I totally send things to the cleaners cause I am too lazy to iron. Glad I'm not the ONLY one. Someone's gotta keep those guys in business.

Have a great time in SF!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Bex said...

you had me scared for a moment. i had to run to my dvr and make sure no one erased House! Love the swimsuit! But you DO look so happy! You are linked!

Ginny Marie said...

Have a great time in sunny CA! My sister is doing it backwards...she is flying to the Midwest today, from central California, to visit us! I wish it were the other way around...

Love your FFF!

Keely said...

Hahhahhahhahhahahhahah *deep breath* hahhahhahahahhahah!

omg that pic is hilarious. Not because of the suit, it's actually not that bad. But the pose is Way. Too. Much.

Have a great escape!

Krista P said...

I LOVE that!!! "See everyone, I'm a fun gal." lol.

Camp Papa said...

I think that suit was probably my idea, cause I couln't get you to wear the wool one that came with long sleeves and a skirt.

Jane said...

Have fun in SF!

crazylovescompany said...

I looked at the picture first and thought it had something to do with a 50's movie. Then I read the post and laughed out loud. Does one always have to write "LOL"? I think one can write it out if one wants to.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Have a great trip Becky!! That suit is too much - it does look as if the photo must be your MOTHER'S 18 year old photo not yours. And I know what you mean about the new fb - I can't read through the status updates; I'm tired of the whining.

Fantastic Forrest said...

Love the photo. You are just so hawt!! The pose makes it.

Your former manfriend's headgear is strangely alluring.

Have fun in California...and when you're there, take a shot in your updated suit, but use that same pose, please. You could call it Beach Blanket Becky.

Veronica said...

We don't care if Matt's suit is pressed, we're just excited to see you!! xoxo

Becky said...

Oh it's pressed, V. For YOU, HONEY! We can't wait to see y'all either.

And Forrest, I should totally recreate that shot in my current mama tankini! It might be a little goosebumpy in NoCal right now though.

Debbie said...

that is too funny..I love the towels on your head...the picture does look very retro...and your ex's short shorts :)

Wendy said...

I think the picture is A-DORA-BLE! Okay, yeah, maybe slightly higher cut on the legs, but cute and look how carefree you were!

If that had been a girl nowadays you'd probably have to give the picture a NSFW rating!

Casey said...

Look at you, you were (and still are) adorable!

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Girlfriend, sit down. Get your head around yourself. Anyone who can look good in an Ethyll Merman (sp?) suit doing a waltz with Mohammid is like . . . well, the effing bionic woman.

Re the dry cleaners: around here the one-hour turn-around time has been gone for a while. Preempted by the 1-hr photo shops, perhaps? But the "one hour Martinizing" sign is still a common staple and to this day it remains a mystery to me.

Coffee with Cathy said...

Becky -- I am so with you on the Facebook thing. I mean, are we all so set in our ways that we can't embrace something new? Sheesh ...

The Stiletto Mom said...

Oh honey. That picture. I have one of my mom like that from the 40's! I love it, and you look so cute, look at that tiny little pinched waist! You? Are always pretty!!!

bsouth said...

The headgear - very strange, but actually, I like the swimsuit.

crazylovescompany said...

i so don't know why w're not BFFs!

Elizabeth said...

Oh. At first glance, I thought this was one of those retro ads/magnets/greeting cards where someone takes a 1950s/1960s pictures and says something really naughty.

I'm sure that look is...uh...making a comeback?

:)