So, after finishing last week’s list of Top Ten new-to-me authors for last week’s Top Ten Tuesday post, I finished another book by a new-to-me author, What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty, that would have made the list. The book centers on Alice Love who wakes up a thin/gym rat, polished, almost 40-year-old soon-to-be divorcee with three children after hitting her head. The last thing Alice remembers was being a 29-year-old newlywed, gym avoider who’s pregnant with her first child. It’s 2008, but Alice doesn’t remember a thing after 1998.
This got me thinking about what would surprise me about my life in 2012 if the last thing I remembered was 2002…
1. Different home. I lived in my apartment (where I would stay for another 8 years) in 2002. Not to mention…
2. Mr. strivingcynic. It would be another 6+ years before I met him. And given my romantic history, I would said it was impossible! Not to mention that he’s the reason I have the different home.
3. Strivingcynic cat. In 2002 I lived with his big sister (now in heaven). It was 2003 before I learned she had kidney issues, later she developed diabetes and died in 2007. SC kitty didn’t come along until 2008.
look at me, flopping in your “new” home
4. My job. Ten years ago, I had just lost my job in a layoff, and had already planned to attend grad school. Careerwise, I was in flux.
5. My nephews. My oldest nephew was only about 2 weeks old in mid-December 2002. He just turned 10 and has a younger brother.
6. Running. I went to the gym 10 years ago, but avoided running. The idea that I would one day run 10 miles would astound me.
7. Technology. My dial-up PC did it for me in 2002. I got my first cell phone around Christmas of that year and almost never used it (in fact, I didn’t really change cell habits until June 2011 when I got my iPhone). Now I use a laptop, an iPad, my iPhone. It’s no longer new territory for me to order something online.
8. Grandparents. I lost two grandparents between 2003 and 2006.
9. Knitting. I haven’t gotten back into it the way I hoped, but I did learn how to knit and made several scarves somewhere around 2005/6. I’d be shocked to learn that I had made several of the scarves I own myself.
10. Traveling. I’d be surprised to see photos of me in places I’d never been before. Charleston, SC; Toronto, Austin, TX; Chicago, New Orleans, Tampa, New Mexico, San Diego…
11. All the current events that wouldn’t be current and pop culture changes. I would never have heard of Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Emma Stone, or pretty much anyone who came onto the scene in the last 10 years.
I wonder if I’d be surprised about what’s the same about me after 10 years…I drive the same car, haven’t done anything dramatic about my appearance, am still constantly hoping to be more organized.
Duh…just realized as I was wrapping up that there’s a number 12. I don’t know if I knew what a blog was ten years ago, let alone that I would have one!
I really enjoyed What Alice Forgot (one funny thing about it is I also read Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella this year, which has a similar amnesia-victim plot).
What things might shock you about you if you woke up tomorrow thinking it was 2002?