Secret Subject Swap


Everyone has a life that no one knows about. 

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The ever fabulous Karen from Baking In A Tornado offered up a fun challenge-

Secret Subject Swap #2!

I have to confess to reading through the awesome posts fantastic bloggers had written for Baking In A Tornado’s Secret Subject Swap #1 and I was SUPER excited to participate next time!

The rules are: You submit a subject to swap,

You receive a subject from another blogger to write about,

(there are 20 bloggers doing this challenge… all hail Karen at Baking In A Tornado’s skills for keep up and swapping all the subjects ALL BY HERSELF. She’s a Rock Star!)

Then you submit the post on the swapped subject when we unveil our posts at the same time! Uh, NOW!

My Secret Subject Swap came from the beautiful SHELLYBEAN at Follow Me Home.

I hear she has a 2 pound bucket of Gingersnaps that she might share if you are really nice. 😉

Go on over and check out Follow Me Home!

Meanwhile, the plot thickens…

Oh SHELLYBEAN, what a loaded topic you hand me.

Deep breath… hangs head…


Mom. You MUST STOP reading right now OR realize that shenanigans that occurred 17+ years ago no longer count.

**Not for purposes of guilting, questioning, complaining about or dragging up anything more.

We shall not speak of these things again.**

Honesty hurts before it gets humorous.

Some things you know but some, w-e-l-l…

Just know that when you know what never killed you NOT to know, you can no longer unknow it ever again. If you know what I mean. 😉

Secret Subject Swap Topic-

You might not believe it, but when I was a teenager, I…

  • Dug a hole, placed rebar in the hole, poured cement into the hole. Okay, so maybe the hole was in the middle of the senior class lawn and on top of the cement hole there could have been an old toilet. It wasn’t making any sort of statement but look at the random prank I can pull off for prank week… allegedly. It was fairly awesome!
  • Met My Handsome Prince in Junior year World History Class.
  • Organised blood drives but was so fearful of needles I could never bring myself to donate.
  • Was the biggest theater geek. Sadly, I LOVE musicals but can not sing a lick. I was cast once in a musical on my acting/dancing skills, then promptly told only to mouth the singing parts. Yup, that bad.
  • entered speech competitions.

You might not believe it, but when I was a teenager, I…

  • Told my parents I was spending the weekend with a girlfriend. I did, I just forgot to add that my friend and I plus a big group of us were piling into a friend’s van with our surfboards to surf in Baja. The surf was EPIC and AWESOME! … and oh so wrong BUT one of the best trips ever! ** Kids, do not leave the country without consent of your parents. Make that the city, thank you. If you need to surf Mexico, you know Dad and I are totally game. Might not be the coolest to hang with the P’s but the fun is right where we are and you know it.** I might have done this more than once. 😉 I might have also used the same excuse to attend the Shoreline Dead shows too. I mean, um, yeah… I’m not going to keep going this direction. 😉
  • Would leave at 1AM-6AM to go surfing depending on how far away we were heading that day/ weekend.
  • Would often surf before school… and might have cut class a few times because the surf was really tempting. When you put a High School a block from the beach and not lock up student cars, it’s like asking us all very nicely to have a wonderful day of surfing. Thank you… I think I will. We once even surfed and snowboarded in the same day, just to prove we could. 🙂
  • got P.E. Credit doing sports instead of taking the class. surfing, softball, soccer, volleyball and cheerleading.
  • chaired the community service section of Student Government. Oh my holy… I’m starting to sound like I missed my calling as a demented cruise ship fun director… oh wait, it gets weirder…


You might not believe it, but when I was a teenager, I…

  • Had my Senior Pictures taken a couple of hours after cracking the back of my head open. Arriving home late my horrified mother demanded we pull it together and make it to the studio on time. You would never know that the back of my noodle was an ugly bloody mess.
  • Volunteered on the wetlands restoration project and attended many protests of the condo complex that my aunt eventually purchased in that damaged and built on important open space… the 2 are not related just coincidence. Even being young I knew how important the wetlands and shore breaks are.
  • gave myself several stiches in the back of my friends Jeep… so I could go back out surfing. You know because concerns of lock jaw are nothing in comparison to excellent surf conditions. Priorities!
  • Traveled to England and Scotland. This time I had permission to leave the country and my parents support. 🙂
  • competed on my high school Academic Decathlon Team and coached the Art History section.

You might not believe it, but when I was a teenager, I…

  • would go down to Sunset on Wednesday nights to listen to a favorite band and dance. Every Thursday morning there I always had a thick faded underage x on my hand, bags under my eyes but a happy heart.
  • Broke a guys hand in auto shop by accident… on the second day. I was made an unofficial teacher’s assistant with my Handsome Prince. Meanwhile my Handsome Prince was told to watch me AT ALL TIMES in the class. I took 2 years of auto shop that way, sitting on my butt entering grades into the computer and laughing with my Prince.
  • Took night classes and got my EMT license.
  • Worked as a lifeguard, nanny, cook, dish washer, shoe salesman, copy assistant, camp counselor, waitress, dog walker, cage cleaner, clothing cashier, taught surf lessons and once had to wear a giant everything bagel handing out coupons. Not the high point of my resume.


You might not believe it, but when I was a teenager, I…

  • Took my first Yoga class on Venice Beach. Laughed a bit at it but had fun. Woke up the next day and was really sore. It felt amazing! I was hooked!
  • was a vegetarian.
  • refused to go out with anyone unless we each paid our own way. My going dutch rule keeps everyone on the same level owing each other nothing but a pleasant time. This rule also is what tanked a very important date.
  • went out with my Handsome Prince only once as an official date. We were REALLY close friends so you’d think it would have been the stuff of fairy tales except the whole date was an awkward huge flop. Then he was offended and put off by my dutch rule. He wanted to be a nice gentleman and pay but I fought him all the way. We agreed that we were better as each others craptastic side kick and it would be another several years before we’d make another go at this, then once more and the rest is a rad fairy tale. We’re run on us time and always know the other was there.
  • got lost with friends. Stopped in Hollywood when they found out I had never been. Spent the afternoon thrifting and found the best heels for Prom. Tried them on right next to a gentleman trying on the exact same heels in a men’s size 12. I thought it was the funniest thing EVER! My new shoe buddy and I were great friends by the time we checked out. In fact he directed us to a neat little place with tons of vintage stuff that I love so much. LOVE it!

I pull no punches.

Yup. I don’t wish for one like me but still at the same time the skinny tan pre-kids boobs version of me is inside screaming…


So far they have proven to be far better than the both of us could ever imagine.

I’ve always been one to try, do, experience and seek out all things fun.

The kiddos inherited the fun and creative.

They get plenty of dream big and a lot of starch from the Handsome Prince so don’t worry, there is still hope for them after all.

You might not believe it, but when I was a teenager, I…

never dreamed that my life would be like it is.

I stopped listening to fairy tales and stopped believing.

I never would have believed you if you flipped our story ahead a few chapters and gave me a spoiler.

Did you know that you’ll raise 4 beautiful children, 1 large Fur Person, 2 little exotic cats, in a cute little house? You’ll be married to The Handsome Prince of your dreams and only fall more madly in love with the strange people you live with more each day.

This life is so much richer and more wonderful than I could have ever hoped or planned.

The moral of the story…

Don’t leave the country without permission.

Most of the really good surfing stories involve me bleeding.

This super dork was once kind cool even outside the social awkward circles.

Wow. I might need a cookie after all that.


Pass the Gingersnaps ,

Meg xoxo

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  1. Love this subject swap! Your post makes me miss being a teenager in SoCal. Sigh.

    • Michele on November 2, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Meg! This was fantastic!! I laughed at the Gingersnap comment. (Holy Hannah, someone new reads my blog!) I cringed at all of the (wonderful) teenage experiences you had. Isn’t it just like a mom to make you go to your Senior Pictures bloody because it was scheduled that day? Then I teared up at your reflections of your life now. Magical how it all works out, eh? I’m so glad you were the one to answer my prompt. You have a new follower 🙂 Happy Friday.

  2. You did an amazing job with your prompt and were so generous with all you shared about yourself. I loved every second of it and didn’t want it to end (blood and all)!

    • Roshni on November 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Wow!! What an amazing post and what an amazing teen you were!! Hope your kids read this and realize how awesome you were/are!!

    • Stacy on November 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    WOW OH WOW OH WOW!!! You were busy!!! LOL

    A little bit of YILES at giving yourself stitches, though!

  3. You were so much more adventurous than I was during the teen years, lol! Love this post 🙂

    • karen on November 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    WOW…you rocked that post, thanbks for sharing babe, way to go.

  4. Awesome job on the post! Your high school years sound SOOOO much cooler than mine! I always wanted to surf, but sadly, I lack the coordination to put my shoes on without falling, so I left it up to those who could and watched from a safe distance.

    • Kat on November 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I want to take that CRUISE! Demented or otherwise, traveling with you would clearly be a blast! What a fun way to learn so much about you! I was happy to vote for your blog! 🙂

  5. Whoa! Awesome, awesome, awesome! You sound like a really fun friend – we should meet up halfway across this state!


    • Lillian on November 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    So, I think I just have one question. Want to trade childhoods? What a great teen life you had! Love what you did with the prompt!

  6. oh my goodness, I love this post! I read it twice, and I never do that! EVER! I loved, loved, loved it! And I’m jealous of your teenage years, you did some awesome things, what great memories 😀 I might go read it again… Great job!

  7. Wow you have been on an adventure!

  8. Great post! Sounds like you had a lot of fun getting into trouble as a teen. Isn’t it great how when we remember how bad we were we hope our own don’t turn out like us?

  9. Great post! You make me seem like an angel… not sure I would’ve been able to divulge leaving the country without permission.

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