Nerd Of All Trades

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for a throwback! On this final Thursday of being a 24 year old, I want to appreciate my nerdiness, and how it started.

My parents often had Star Trek reruns on the television, and nights watching the original Star Wars movies were an extremely regular occurrence in our house. My sister and I were raised on the classic animated Disney VHS tapes. When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in the USA, my mom read the book to us (with different voices for all the characters) and thus started my lifelong obsession with J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.

My personal nerdiness began to truly shine through when my sister and I decided we no longer wanted to be the same thing for Halloween anymore. For years, my mom had made us adorable matching Halloween costumes, but Marissa and I wanted to start differentiating ourselves with more than just the fact that we were sisters who looked nothing alike.

Halloween 1993

Note the pumpkin with Simba painted on.
Note the pumpkin painted with Simba’s face.

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Auld Lang Syne

It’s Throwback Thursday here on An Imaginative Medley, and the final day of 2015.

I believe 2016 will be my best year yet.

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The last time I felt this hopeful and ready for what was to come was when I graduated from high school in 2009. Up until the moment that I walked across that stage in my mustang green cap and gown, I wasn’t sure I would graduate with my classmates. But I did. It took a lot of help and support from some amazing friends and family, but I did it and I was looking forward to becoming my own person at college.

None of it happened the way I expected, or the way I wanted. It’s been a crazy 8 years. Last year, I was feeling hopeless and uncertain that I would ever be independent or have a job or be happy.

This year, I moved into my own apartment and proved that I am stronger and more capable than I ever knew. I’m excited for what the future holds. I know more about who I am as a person, I’ve got some amazing opportunities in 2016, and I’m not going to let any of them pass me by.

It’s time for a new beginning, but I’ll continue to remember and learn from my past. My resolution for this new year is to take every chance I get at learning and growing and being happy – and I wish that for everyone else, too.


For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
for auld lang syne.

Happy New Year! 2016, here we come!


This Throwback Thursday post is a part of An Imaginative Medley’s Alliteration Agenda.

Do You Remember?

Listen Up, Mr. President.
Listen Up, Mr. President.

Dear President Obama,

Do you remember a time when the USA was truly safe?

Yeah, me neither.

You’ve been around 30 years longer than me, and have been through much more. You’re almost to the end of your time in office as the 44th President of the United States. You definitely have more life experience.

But I have lived in fear long enough. We need to make some changes now. YOU need to make these changes.

Mr. President, you need to implement stricter gun laws on this country.
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Six Years & An Extra 200 miles

Yes, I was the Freshman who had no clue that I was insane for wearing my lanyard around my neck.
Yes, I was the Freshman who had
no clue that I was insane for
wearing my lanyard around my neck.

Exactly six years ago today, on Thursday, August 13th, 2009, I climbed into my parent’s Toyota Sienna, and we began the 800 mile trip from Shoreview, Minnesota, to Murray, Kentucky.

I don’t remember that car ride. I know I was excited and terrified all at the same time. I know we stopped overnight at my grandparent’s house in Hartford, Illinois to get some sleep before finishing the journey to my parent’s Alma Mater, where I was about to begin my time as a Murray State Racer.

I definitely didn’t know then how my time there would end.

But right now, I want to focus on what I DO remember from 6 years ago.

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