I usually make the same little oath/ white lie to myself that this will be the Summer that I change into a social butterfly and actually go out and see people but it never happens. Listening to 'It's my Life' by No Doubt does have me pining for the company of strong women though and I'm pretty excited because my friends are planning a trip inter-state with planes involved. There won't be quite as many of us as this photograph and we all don't have long, ribbony hair that shimmers under a camera flash but I'll take it. There will be suitcase packing then with all my best clothes so I have to dress in an interesting and extravagant manner but a little room to buy extra stuff in case we go to the markets or second hand shopping... my mouth is salivating over all the activities I'll be doing with my old girl gang from high school and hotel shenanigans to come.
With the preservation of all processed food stuffs into the new year I can probably pull off this as a romantic gesture. I'm sure the mustard, ketchup and frozen weenies would survive but we all know bread can only last so long without turning blue and nasty. Some people enjoy being wined and dine, moonlight cinema outdoors or a stroll on the beach- but we're simple folk with simple tastes. If you think I'm bluffing then you're sadly mistaken because hot dogs is one of my boyfriend's favourite foods although whether he digs mustard or not is a grey area at the moment. The positives to dating the same guy for two years is that you know exactly what he had for lunch during high school- even if that meant buying two hot dogs for themselves. I'm still pretty stunned that his metabolism acts so fast and he still looks like skin and bone stretched over a skeleton.
A lot of the time I just learn popular culture references second hand through things like GIFS on Tumblr, but maybe I'll finally get the gumption to download ancient comedies and find a goldmine of unique catch phrases. When I find something I really like, it does become an intricate part of my life eventually and worms its way into my language subconsciously. It makes finding someone who understands me even more exciting when I am talking in a hidden code; but the ultimate mind-blowing experience will be when I find someone who discusses Tavi like I do in real life. Until then I'll rediscover all her old and super-cute interviews while listening to music on a whim drinking tea. Now that's what I call a good use of holiday time without online quizzes or a chapter of Biology to read in sight.
One of my favourite things about Etsy at the moment are self-deppreciative patches for jacket customisation such as 'Slut' and 'Feminist Killjoy' but why not have something sugary and sweet to mark the year? The above denim patch would be even better if that was your graduate year just because varsity jackets and messages like these don't tend to mix; hence the delicious irony. If you're an outsider like me or just didn't have the chance to grow up with any gorgeous sportswear for spirit week, I recommend checking out dead stock items on the Internet, and on occasion American Apparel will have something good saved up as well. If you're particularly crafty and your hands don't melt off because of the end of the world you can make your own with personalised messages and your own handiwork for everyone to see.