Little known fact: 27 years ago, I was supposed to be born today. Between Valentine’s Day and the birthday that never was, I decided to share 14 things I have found near and dear to my heart over the past 27 years. Some might call me a pack-rat, but I prefer to be called sentimental, hehe.
1. Let’s start with the thing I’ve had the longest, the doll my grandparents gave me when I was even younger than Logan. I apparently named her Christa after a childhood playmate, and while I have no recollection of the girl, I constantly played with that doll anywhere and everywhere. There are not many toys I’ve held onto, but I could never get rid of her. Logan wouldn’t let me even if I wanted to, hehe.
2. I have wanted a charm bracelet for as long as I can remember, mainly because my mom had one from her high school years. She gave me said bracelet, her class ring, and a jewelry box that plays “Fly Me to the Moon” when she felt I was old enough to appreciate them. I may not wear her jewelry, but I do have a place for them, both literally and figuratively.
3. Although I felt like a bit of an outcast in high school and only really talk to one person from there anymore, there are several things I remember fondly like being in choir and the school plays all four years, being Student of the Month three times, being president of SADD, participating in journalism and yearbook, winning the English award, etc. etc. Each of these mementos have so many pleasant memories tied to them so I”m going to keep hanging onto them.
4. I haven’t held onto all the cow stuff I collected as a teenager thanks to a couple moves, but I made sure to take pictures of my cow shrine before it was disassembled back in 2005. Whether it was a notebook, purse, salt & pepper shakers, or something else entirely with a cow on it, I wanted it.
5. When Gabe and I reconnected in 2009, he knew that I still liked cows. One day he went to the store before coming over to continue our Heroes marathon, and he found a cow Webkinz he just had to get for me. I immediately named it Moohinder after one of the characters from the show and got him registered online. Gabe had no idea there was this whole virtual world at my hooves, he just thought it was a cute little cow. Moohinder’s always going to be more to me than that; he’s a symbol of how much Gabe has always gotten me… and how adorably clueless he can be.
6. I still like cows and intend to incorporate a bit of print IF I were to open a little coffee shop, but these days my biggest interest are gnomes. Who would have thought a myspace blog about pizza roll gnomes would lead to my latest obsession? Pictured is the “figurine” that started my collection, but many have been added since then– we even painted a couple ourselves.
7. As you can see, we like pottery painting quite a bit. For my birthday I’d like to go again, this time making a piggy bank for the cousin Logan’s getting in April. Part of me’s excited, but the other part’s nervous because I never made anything for anyone before. Wish me luck; my execution rarely lives up to my ideas.
8. This scarf wasn’t my idea, but boy, do I think it’s genius! It’s a bit short for my liking and matches very little, but I break it out ever winter regardless.
9. It’s been years since I used the panda backpack, but not once have I seriously considered parting with it. Not only is “Sony” my one souvenir from my trip to Virginia/ The Smithsonian, I’m convinced I will find uses for it in the future. And if I don’t, Logan will 😛
10. Here’s something else I’m convinced I’ll use one day, even though I’ve had them for a while… Several times I’ve mentioned how I love getting notebooks but rarely use them and here are the blank ones to prove it. I should probably find someone who will make sure those trees haven’t died in vain, but I guess I’d rather keep them empty in a drawer than have someone who’s not me fill them up.
11. I love saying “*throws confetti*” when I’m excited about something, and I actually have a lot of confetti I could throw… but don’t. I acquired quite a bit of this confetti myself, but I also salvaged a bunch from letters I have received over the past eight years. I don’t know if anyone else keeps a container full of the stuff laying around, but I’m not getting rid of mine. I hope to still be adding to it over the next 27 years.
12. I own quite a bit of Alice in Wonderland merchandise– the shirts stopped fitting me around the same time I found out I was pregnant, but fortunately I can’t outgrow knick knacks! The figurine used to be in one of my grandparents’ china cabinets, but after my grandma saw me admiring the Hatter for like the hundredth time she told me I could have it. I’m still going to have it, and likely other Wonderland-friendly stuff, when I become a grandparent. (Logan, if you ever read this don’t get any ideas!)
13. I prefer to read real books, but my Kindle is still one of my prized possessions. And it was free! It has all the perks of a smart phone and then some, without me needing to rely on it (I use a basic phone for calls and texts). I can read without a light on, give the little guy a little educational screen time, store pictures and movies, play Candy Crush while monitoring Logan’s excess bath time, etc. etc.
14. I saved my jewelry for last since it’s the most Valentine-friendly item I’m addressing today. I have several necklaces as well as a few bracelets, but there’s only five necklaces I usually wear (along with my wedding ring, of course). There’s the postcard one I got for Mothers’ Day last year, a heart one that I ordered online thanks to a gift card from my in-laws, an infinity one I found at Claire’s last month, and two food related ones (hot cocoa and a poptart) that are the products of a couple inside jokes.
I hope you all had a good Valentine’s Day whether you’re in a relationship or not, and that you enjoyed seeing a glimpse at some of the things that make me me– the sentimental pack-rat.
Sincerely, Kate ~!~