Friday, June 26, 2009

Prom Nightmares

Today is my blogging 1 year anniversary!!!!!

"Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music!"

And "today we're gonna party like it's 1999".....or rather 1992 - 1997. :-)

This post really has nothing to do with anniversaries....but I thought it would be a fun time to haul out the ol' boxes of pictures from the upstairs closet....and take a trip down memory lane.

Sit back, grab a cold beverage and join me....on a journey. A journey through that black and white door. A journey to a different dimension. You've just crossed over into......

....the prom twilight zone.

I dated one guy through high school, 3.5 years. We'll call him.....Glasses. Why? Well....because he wore glasses, duh!

Glasses and I met while in the school play together. He was a Junior, I was a Freshman. I went to his 2 proms, and he went to mine. Everyone thought we'd be together forever. Probably get married...the works.

(His dad was the one I watched soaps with one summer.)

He went to college in a town just down the highway from where we he was around for my junior and senior year. He transferred to Iowa State when I was about to graduate, and the relationship fell apart.

Might have been because he didn't call me the entire year he was there.

And then he couldn't figure out why I'd moved on with life and didn't want to date when he came back.....acting like he'd just talked to me the day before.



Anyway, past boyfriends...whole different blog post all together. :-)

Moving on......let the show begin.

(1992 Freshman Year) White bow in my hair...classic. Face, shoulders, legs - three different colors. Priceless!

(1993 - Sophomore year) I ditched "cute" for a red dress and heels. Small heels...but heels none the less. Awkward picture hand holding....ugh! And why is there a car behind us? Correction...1/3 of a car.

(1993 - Junior year) Found that dress at Goodwill. Pretty sure it was a bridesmaid dress in it's previous life.

I'll wait a minute for your eyes to adjust from the glare off that tux. It was his dad's though...made it cool.

No really, it did.

Why are you looking at me that way?

And now take a look at the background behind the tux. Yes, those are garbage bags. I think it was supposed to look like a mountain and water flowing down it. We were standing in front of the it looks like we went to prom at the city dump. :-)

(1994 - Senior year) I went from bridesmaid to cocktail party dress. I drove my dad's Cadillac to prom that year. :-)

During my senior year, I started dating a freshman.


I know, I know.

We were buddies. We'll call him Jack.

I sang in a quartet of three guys and myself (I have a low voice - and could read music, unlike most of the guys, so I sang with the men in the high school choir.

Four of us got grouped together for a competition, or show, or something, and sang together for quite some time after that. County fairs, state fairs, weddings, etc. Our name "The Men and Jen Nej." :-)

Eventually, I started dating one of the guys in the group. He just happened to be younger than me, ok?? Geez!!!! :-)

We dated for 3.5 years too. Our breakup was of the "lying, cheating, bastard" kind. We eventually made up....but that's not saying I didn't threaten his life with a baseball bat.

What? I was mad!!

And he cheated.

What? I said...a whole different blog post. Back to prom!!!

(1996) I don't have the actual prom picture anymore. My best friend burned all the pictures she could find with him in them. This one escaped. :-)

(1997) The group. Wish you could see that dress better. Of all of them, it's the one I kept. Don't know why, my bust is never going to fit into it again. But, it's a cool dress. :-)

So, there you have it. All 6 of 'em. Bad hair, horrible makeup, disastrous shoe choices and all.

It, in a way, represents like in general. Full of fond memories, and bad clothing choices. Did I have issues going to high school prom, as a college student? Oh hell yeah. Without question...but, as usual, did I really care what others thought? Nah!

We had fun, laughed, lived. What more is there??

Well, there's this....

I was feeling a little bad posting all these past pics of me with different dudes. Mot reads the blog and all.

You see, my grand scheme was to post similar pictures of the two of of my prom pics, one of first birthday and one of his. But we don't have many of his childhood pictures here at home.

Notice I said "not many".

In all fairness...I posted pics of myself with past friends of the male here is a Mot counterpart picture I found while digging though the boxes.

Oh yeah...not just one, but two chicks.

I think we're even. :-)


Brook said...

I like it. I would say more but my nose is running and I have to go get it. Have a great weekend!

Badass Geek said...


You must check out the blog called Sexy People. I won't give it away as to what its about. Just go there.

Nej said...

@ Brook, your nose really needs to get spanked or stand in the corner. What is it thinking running like that...and right before a weekend? :-)

@ Badass, lol!! the dude with the long hair and top hat is cracking me up. :-)

Slyde said...

ok, you have inspired me.. i need to dig out some prom pictures this weekend and scan em..

Nej said...

@ Slyde, It's a contagious disease, those prom pictures!!! Dig away...I can't wait to see them!!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Back in the day when I was very insecure that the love of my life would leave me.. I believe I scared the guy in the last picture. As for the picture of me, I look twelve.

ahh well

love ya

Nej said...

You did a little intimidation action, yes....yes you did. :-) :-) But it was cute.

Employee No. 3699 said...

OMG, I didn't even notice the garbage bags in the background until you pointed them out. Prom at the City Dump, too funny!

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

What's that say on the side of Mot's picture? Ah, forget it. It's all Greek to me, anyway.

Say, Glasses in the first pic sure had a heaping helping of hair, didn't he?

Nej said...

@ mjenks, heaping helping of really fine hair. If he ends up like his dad, I'm guessing it doesn't stick around long.

Yep, fraternity boy. There are other pics in that envelope I found...but he's so sloshed, he can barely stand. I was nice. :-)