Week 33

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Usually I would have posted an optional theme, but it seems like Flashback participation has kind of slowed down recently, and honestly, not having the creative freedom (even though its optional, I know we all feel obligated to stick with the theme anyways) to post whatever we want is kind of stressful, if only even a little. So for now, I've kicked themes to the curb. Which means today, I post a picture of anything. I don't have to go digging through the Huggies box looking for a specific memory. And neither do you.

I know that this picture is much larger than images I usually display on my blog entries (and it doesn't quite fit, booo), but I want you to be able to see all of the amazing I-was-young-once details. My bare skin, hardly touched by tattoo guns. The faint line of a collar bone. My side swiped bangs. My lip ring hugging a heavily colored pout. My sassy sort of facial expression, which now that I'm looking back, is more embarrassing than sassy. And of course- Portland in the background. The place that brought me to life.

My past time friend Jenny and I were taking a walk in our favorite part of town, the area that Christopher and I would later move to, stopping here and there for iced coffees and thrift shopping. At the time, the dress I was wearing belonged to her. She had let me borrow it for our summer day out in the sun. It was the first time I had ever worn anything strapless, and I had to tuck my bra straps into the cups, and constantly adjust the improper fit.

I wish I could remember exactly what was on my mind that day. Probably thoughts of fruit smoothies and cigarettes. Maybe song lyrics written by Matt Skiba and unhealthy inspirations of how I could lose another ten pounds. I know I had crushes on boys that would never care about me the way my husband does, and the thought of having kids had never even crossed my mind.

I wore MAC makeup, I ate wheat, I drove a 1996 bright purple Ford Escort, I lived at home with my parents, I worked at Subway- things were simple. Things were black and white.


Flashback with us! Post a picture- of you or a loved one, from your childhood, a year ago, last week. Write a little bit about your photo, grab our button from the bottom of our blog (waayyyy down past all of the posts) and center it somewhere in your post (or you can just link us the old fashioned text style way), and then add your link to the link list below. If you've got a minute, browse through some of the other flashbacks, we've got a great little community going, and seeing treasured photos and the stories that go with them is a great way to get to know somebody


They call me mommy... March 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

I love this post...beautiful picture =D

Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? March 11, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

That is so cool. I love the theme, I want more Tattoos, I only have 2.

Nen March 12, 2010 at 6:47 AM  

I think you look hot!! I don't think your facial expression looks embarrassing!

Totally can relate on the whole strapless thing... I have NEVER been able to wear anything strapless (even with a strapless bra). Spaghetti straps don't work out too well either! Oh well!

Anonymous,  March 12, 2010 at 7:06 AM  

I always wanted to be "edgier" but didn't pull it off well (we'll save those photos for a different flashback). If I saw you walking down the street I'd probably be like "wow, that girl is sooooo coooooool". hahaha

Oh Mandie! March 12, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

You're stunning Tia!

I'm with you on the strapless thing too ... after two kids the girls point downwards and its not a pretty sight. You, however, rocked that cute dress

soul_searching_mama March 12, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

Very beautiful! :) Oh, and I love love love Portland. :)

Shannon March 12, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

I love this one! I especially love how vividly you remember exactly what was going on in that time of your life. Beautiful.

Christina March 12, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

Aww that is a very cute picture! :)I want to walk around Portland.

SillyLittleLady March 12, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

I love participating in these Flashback Fridays, and this week I'm going to go visit my momma so I'll be able to (hopefully) find some more pictures of my childhood to share!

SillyLittleLady March 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM  

I love participating in these Flashback Fridays, and this week I'm going to go visit my momma so I'll be able to (hopefully) find some more pictures of my childhood to share!

CraftGirlAlli March 12, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

What a great picture. I love your look! and dude, I drove an escort too! But mine wasn't purple...just silver.

Freestyle Mom March 12, 2010 at 6:58 PM  

OMG i totally participated. Do I get a participation grade?

Whimsical Creations March 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

What a beautiful photo.

Fun to see what remember of ourselves years ago. Things seemed so much simpler back then. Even though they were complicated to us.

ElegantSnobbery March 12, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

Oh wow, that photo is amazing, Tia! And that sassy smile is adorable, I don't care what you think now! :)

and I have small boom booms... and I still hate strapless. Boobs are just meant to be supported no matter what the size!

Oh man, I'm late with my flashback today... but I'm trying to put one together. I think I may need to post it tomorrow, though :(

Loddelina March 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Very artistic photo!
I will make Flashback Friday a regular feature on my blog, it is so much fun playing along!

s a r a h March 14, 2010 at 1:15 AM  

your tattoos have evolved over the years! the design seems much more intricate now? am i right?
love-love. look at you - beautiful.

Shannon March 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

Just want to say that I love your blog.

Brandy L March 15, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

What an amazing picture of you!

Adrienne March 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM  

This picture is so gorgeous and captures the 90s perfectly. It's funny reading your post, I felt much the same way then. Sometimes I miss cigarettes and bread and living at home with my mom and dad. It was so simple but sure seemed complicated at the time.

I know I'm late to the party (I've been sick all weekend..boo!) but I'm going to put up my Flashback Friday post on my blog today. :)

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