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Middle School Megan On: Hanging Out At The Mall

Middle School Megan On: Hanging Out at the MallIt was in 7th grade that I was allowed to start hanging out at the mall with no parent chaperoning us. I remember feeling so free, walking around those stores with my $10 and my bff by my side, seeing boys we had crushes on and wondering if it was more worth it to spend our money on candy or PacSun clearance items. There were two popular malls to hang out at in the area of Miami I lived in:

THE FALLS

The Falls

OR…

SUNSET PLACE

The Shops at Sunset PlaceI was not a huge fan of The Falls, personally. I had had some dramatic experiences there, and it was kind of old news. Plus, it was always SWARMING with other pre-teens.

Sunset Place opened up when I was in 6th grade, and it had an IMAX theater in it along with a regular theater. It also had a PacSun, Wet Seal, Hot Topic, Barnes and Noble and several other stores I was into, and overall it just felt way cooler to hang out there. It was probably just as concentrated with youths as any other mall was, but I was convinced it was better. It was new and exciting, and my friend Allison and I would often spend our entire school week planning our Friday night around going to Sunset Place. Her mom would drop us off around 6, and we’d get picked up at 9 right in that spot that you see above.

Let’s talk about some things for a second:

1) Hot Topic was like half cool/half scary to go into. I definitely didn’t classify myself as a “goth” in middle school, but I had some goth-like tendencies. I loved/hated going into Hot Topic because I thought it was so legit, and always felt intimidated by those fully committed to the angry/all black wearing lifestyle.

2) PacSun was maybe the most amazing store in the world to me in middle school. Allison turned me on to the surf/skate lifestyle, and I was hooked hard. We would get surf magazines and look through them like it was the Holy Bible and cut out a bunch of pictures for collages and such. PacSun was the place to go to make all of our dreams come true, except… it was way too expensive. Even the clearance section was too pricey for us, most of the time. But man, I just wanted to wear every item in that store. I remember in 8th grade, getting this amazing baby blue hoodie from the front display. It was at least $40, but that’s what my birthday money was getting me, dangit. On the front, it had a girl holding a teddy bear and a boy holding a skateboard. On the back, the girl was walking away with the skateboard as the boy sat down with the teddy bear, looking like someone punched him. There was nothing cooler than that sweatshirt, and I wore it with my JNCOs and vans  in the hot, Miami weather.

3) Seeing my crush at the mall would nearly cause me to go into cardiac arrest. I was not what someone would have called “popular” in middle school, so I didn’t have boyfriends or hang out at the mall with guys. It was hard enough going to school everyday, knowing I’d be seeing the boy I liked (which changed monthly) and also knowing the stars would never align enough for me to date them (whatever that was supposed to look like for a 13 year old). So to see them out in the wild, unplanned and looking hella fly… it would just turn me into a complete idiot.

It’s so much fun to reminisce over these times. Even though I was so terribly insecure during that odd season of life, I really did have a great deal of fun, and the mall is where much of that fun took place.

 

Blah Days.

Truthfully, I’ve been trying all day to think of something worth blogging about that involves visuals but that takes me 5 minutes.

Impossible!

So instead, I am going to tell you about what’s been going on today that is not that exciting at all. I’m sure some of you wanna see the great things I got for my birthday (trust me they are great) but that’s probably not going to happen until tomorrow or Thursday. And I also just thought of this: I wouldn’t be completely honest if I only posted super engaging and fun things all the time, cause that’s not how life is. Blah days are inevitable, and necessary.

Wanna here the most boring part of  my morning? I finished my taxes. Blah.

BUT, we are getting back over $4,000 dollars. So holler atcha girl (is that super tacky? I don’t care. People can know about my money).

I am pretty pumped up about this return (thanks to my son being born last year) because now Daniel and I can enjoy our 2nd year anniversary and not worry about spending money we don’t have. I think our plans are to go home to Miami and stay on the beach for a weekend. We are also going to use a huge chunk of it to continue to chip away at the student loan debt we have. RESPONSIBILITY!

In other news, Abram spilled my coffee on our new (old) rug that Daniel’s granny gave to us. So now I’m gunna have to do a little steam cleaning. Blah.

Our house is a mess, and it is beckoning me to straighten it up. Blah.

I should also probably take a shower. Blah.

Have you had a blah day recently? Do you accept those days and appreciate them for what they are or do you hate them with a fiery passion?

 

The End of the Week Thankful List.

“You can’t just eat garbage!” – what I said to Abram this morning after finding a rapper in his mouth that he took out of the garbage without me seeing.

Things I am Thankful for This week

1) Abram’s health- even though he is almost completely healed from some nasty bronchitis and a double ear infection, it could have been worse. There’s a plethora of things that could be wrong with him, but that is not the case. I am so thankful for that.

2) Food in our house- Daniel only gets paid every two weeks, and that last paycheck was used for bills. So this weeks menu has been really scarce, but I know that compared to most of the world, my pantry is overflowing. We never go hungry.

3) A great mom- we had some good talks on the phone this week. Lots of laughter, which hasn’t happened in a while.

4) Good friends- My friend Michelle turned 26, another year for a beautiful person. I’m also thankful for my friends here in Lake City. Livin’ life together. Oh, and my friend Kay gave me a great pair of tan suede boots. I had been wanting some for a long time.

5) Lazy Wednesday- Kim took Abram for the day, and I didn’t do ANYTHING. I watched 6 episodes of glee and ate chicken fingers. I really needed some physical rest, so it was awesome.

6) A great mother-in-law- for reasons mentioned in number five, but also because she is always helping us.

7) Fitting into an old dress- I managed to put on a pre-pregnancy dress yesterday and it didn’t look completely terrible. I still have a long way to go, but it was great encouragement.

8 ) Ruby Tuesdays- they sent me a birthday coupon for a free burger. It was delicious. And free, which was mainly the best part.

9) Good talks with my hubs- some weeks marriage involves a lot of talking and figuring things out. We did it together, and with great communication. It’s so worth it, and I love him the most much.

10) Productivity- I conquered a decent amount of things this week, and I feel accomplished. That is always nice.

11) My hometown- for being hilarious. I loved the  “Sh*t Miami girls say…and guys” youtube videos this week. They nail it and make me miss home so much. As much as I fight it, I will always be a Miami girl.

12) Motivation- So many people have encouraged me through their kind words this week to keep blogging because they enjoy reading. That really helps and keeps me focused.

So what are you thankful for?