Oh good gravy, there were SO many. Peach cycling shorts? Purple shell suit? Mid-calf elastic waisted skirts? Worse of all, however, would have to be a little later - the undercut I had in my midteens! On Winona Ryder it would have looked chic and edgy. On me, a chubby cheeked girl with madly thick hair is was a disaster. My mother and I actually have a deal - she's allowed to put up as many pictures of me at home as she likes (and believe me, she likes!), but only pre-13 and post-16 - the haircut was that bad!
2. Who were your best friends in hs?
At Gatton, probably a bunch of my dormmates and classmates. I kept in contact with some of them after school for a while, but we all went on to different places. At Forres, Maria, Sam, Erin, Tracy, Jenna and Angus were probably my closest friends. Maria, Sam and Erin I still chat to and visit with when I go home to Scotland. Tracy I lost touch with at uni age. Jenna is still one of the dearest people in my world. And Angus and I drifted apart at university, which was a great shame. He was an awesome friend.
3. What was a typical weekend like for you in hs?
In Forres, we weekended hard. Schoolbus home -> dinner with the fam -> party or pub/dancing ->sleep or sleepover -> cycle to work -> waitressing -> cycle home & shower -> babysitting -> party or pub/dancing -> sleep or sleepover -> cycle to work -> waitressing -> homework -> movies or hanging out or chilling. Makes me exhausted to look at now!
4. Did you have any boyfriends/girlfriends?
I kissed a few frogs, but my one serious high school boyfriend was a very nice boy called Richard. We dated for four or so months in my senior year and he was a superb starter boyfriend, ha! Nice guy, textbook breakup.
5. Did you have any secret codes with your friends? Spill your secrets!
No codes, but lots of in-jokes and shared vocab! At boarding school we also did these things called 'letter books' - you'd get an exercise book, write a letter in it, pass it to your friend in the dining hall, she'd read it and write a reply, pass it back at breakfast.... we were so inventive in the 1990s! We also used to pass notes. A lot!
6. If you could relive one day/moment/experience from middle school or high school, what would it be?
I'd just do much of senior year again, I think. The feeling of potential, of what's to come....the heady mix of being 18 - life just about to start, but finally feeling like a grown up!