Sunday, October 30, 2011

10 Tips for Surviving a High School Reunion

A couple of years ago, I attended my husband’s 25th high school reunion.  

For the list of things that got me through the night as well as a few things I wish I had thought of earlier, please go read the full post on my NEW website at http://www.charleneignites.com.

Thanks & enjoy!



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57 comments:

Sarah said...

lol! very funny. beautiful shoes by the way!!

Charlene said...

Thanks! I bought them off the clearance rack a couple of years ago but they're definitely among my favorites!!

Vivianne's Vista said...

That was funny! I wanted to thank you for the comment on my site today, and when I connected to your site I was surprised. I had somehow found your site days ago(not through MBC)and loved your writing and your "blumpy" post. Reminded me of my rascals, so I placed you on my favorites list. Happy you are a fellow MBC. Look forward to reading more.

Blia said...

Too funny! Will have to keep this in mind for the next reunion. Am following from MBC. Visit if you get a chance at http://superheroesmom.com (Insights From a Superhero's Mom)

Hunter said...

Luckily, no reunions in my near future. But I'll be working on a mantra anyway...

Bruce Coltin said...

When I started reading this, I was sure you were about to do something crazy. Actually, I was hoping you were about to do something crazy. Did you leave out the part where you did something crazy?

Sara said...

I haven't had to do this yet and I straight up fear the day.

Good pointers, though. Especially the shoes.

Thanks so much for visiting on my SITS day!

Charlene said...

Viv - glad I'm not the only one with such rascals. LOL!

Blia - Have been to your blog as well; especially love the title given that I am "mom to Spiderman" :-)

Hunter - You never know... so it's good to be prepared.

Bruce - I was sober all night. That should explain the lack of craziness. :-)

Sara - Thanks for stopping by SITStah and congrats again on your Day!

plentymorefishoutofwater said...

Ha, great post as usual but I think you're being a bit of a spoil sport on No.7 ;-)

Charlene said...

Oh trust me, even my hubby agreed there are some things best left to the imagination. (My eyes are still burning.) Then again, hubby's a smart man.. what else would he say to me??

You may have a point. LOL!

UberGrumpy said...

Your man went to 25 high schools? Damn, he must be clever

UberGrumpy said...

P.S. Sorry, also meant to say great post. I love the H1N1 crudites - with accent! Class job.

Holly @ posypocket.blogspot said...

stopping by from SITS. Happy Saturday Sharefest! This was great!

Leah said...

Hahahaha! I love your mantra for that night "shoot me, shoot me now." Awesome tips Charlene!

Happy SITS Saturday!

Jessica Nunemaker said...

I just had my 10th year last year and hubs had had to miss it thanks to a business trip sprung on him last minute. Ugh.

Oh, well. In a couple years it's my turn to go to his.

I wore thin, very tall heels and will do it again. But, that's just the way I roll. ;)


...visit from SITs.

Mommakin said...

We went to the hubs' 26th (yeah, I know - someone dropped the ball on that...) last summer. Unfortunately I had NOT read your list of rules and got drunk as a skunk because the reunion was in the same hotel we were staying in... So yeah. Designating a driver was not a problem, but my language as the night progressed may have been... (hubs never expressed distress for a moment and kept my glass full, so I have to assume he didn't object...)

My 30th (gasp!) is this summer. Maybe I'll let HIM read your list... (he tends to turn into the guy who holds the purses while everyone else dances - in supportive brassieres, of course.)

Savvy Gal said...

HI there, this my first visit. Love all your tips. It applies to other business parties as well.

Elizabeth said...

LOL!! What sacrifices we make for those we love!

bj said...

Hi..I thank you for stopping by my place this morning..I love your blog and just signed up to follow. :)

Well, listen to THIS....we are getting all ready to plan our FIFTY-FOURTH (54 !!) high school reunion for next summer. I am just beside myself that I am going to have to mingle with ALL THOSE OLD PEOPLE !! tee hee....

I'm also visiting from SITS....
xo bj

Rae said...

My 40th HS reunion is next year. I don't look forward to it at all. LOL Seeing everyone old and wrinkled is not my idea of fun.

lovemylevi said...

LOL funny post! following from MBC :-)

Dayne Gingrich said...

LOL... loved that. I skipped my 20 yr. reunion last summer, but wished I went. Would've loved to show off my beautiful wife.

Quasi Serendipita said...

Love the shoes! I attended my 10 year reunion last year (by myself) and loved it - but the other "and guests" seemed to have fun, or like you, they put on a good show! Visiting from SITS :)

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Julie said...

Great post! I especially liked #3 and #7. Good to keep in mind for a few years down the track...

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

LOL! Scenes from High Fidelity kept running through my head as I read this post. love.the.shoes.

thanks for visiting Marlie and Me and leaving such a thoughtful comment on my post today!

foxy said...

Super funny - and GREAT TIPS! You know, there are some things that just wouldn't think of (#5) unless you've been to one... and my 20th is coming up in 2011!

Jeff said...

Hey Charlene! Since I was at this reunion too, I have generously decided to give myself an early Christmas present by imagining the I was one of the "very nice" people to whom you were referring! :-) And although I was not drunk, I DID think your jokes were funny - so that should earn me some "points".

Here's a reunion tip of my own: find a buddy who has a wife who's bright, interesting, and funny - then sit next to them. It worked for ME!

~Jeff

Charlene said...

Jeff - even though you didn't add "good-looking with a rockin' bod and fabulous Alfani pumps" to your description, I'll admit that (aside from my date of course) absolutely.. you were THE pleasure of the evening.

Feeling Fit With Dana said...

Love the shoes! The post is hysterical and I remember both my and my hubby's 25th reunions. Luckily, we dated through high school and know people from each other's class. It makes it a little more easier. I think the funniest thing I witnessed was watching hubby suck in his gut the whole time he was talking to the women! After they walked away, he took a HUGE breath and let it all hang out again. LOL!! Enjoyed reliving the reunion with you! Great tips!

Clarence said...

Love this post. I personally have avoided attending my class reunioins, but now I'm inspired to go to the next one. Especially now that you've given me a survival pack to take with me.. Thanks again.

Colleen said...

Hi Charlene,
We met a few months back at the Emerson event. I can't believe it's taken me this long to start following you! Glad to be here and I was at the MA Conference for Women yesterday and the talk of work/life balance made me think if you.
Great posts!
Talk to you soon.
Best,
Colleen :)

Melissa B. said...

Thanks for sharing this...you're right on the mark. And I wanted to thank you soooooooo much for stopping by on my Special SITS Day. It's taken me a while to get back, but I hope to see you around the blogosphere again soon!

The Sun Also Rises

Mi Wu said...

These are definately good ideas.
Will steal them some day!
Thanks.

Lisa said...

OMG, this was fantastic! And oddly applicable, since my husband and I are both having our 10-year reunions this year and haven't had the "pleasure" of finding these things out on our own :) I'll definitely be back!

cheri said...

this is very funny! i am looking forward to attending my HS reunion (of sorts) next month and your tips are so helpful. now, i hope my hubby agrees to it.

happy SITS day :)

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I do not like high school reunions. Therefore, I only attended one and was extremely bored--it was even my own! I was surprised though at how fat and old the guys became, especially the few I sort of liked!

Congrats on your SITS day!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

No wonder you had a great experience! Great tips!

Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation said...

i've never been to a reunion but I will keep these in mind. Sounds like they would come in VERY handy...

Cheryl said...

Terrific tips. I'll be using most of them at my upcoming 35th HS reunion. Yes, mine not his. He's ever so much better at self-care.

Blissful Babe said...

Definitely one to bookmark to reference should I ever find myself in this position! Or, even for my own 20th! HA!

LisaDay said...

No. 3 is a trick we use for all occasions.

Happy SITS day.

LisaDay

Young Wife said...

Ha, ha! Thanks for the advice. Stopping by from SITS.

Megan said...

LOL Awesome!

TOTALLY agree on the shoes! Ow!!

Sonya said...

You have me cracking up! I love this post!

w said...

great advice for my upcoming reunion. which i'm not going to.

Rebecca said...

I love these suggestions, especially the bra!!! Imagine doing the running man without one???? or the electric slide???? AYAYAYAYAYAY! I cannot wait til his reunion comes up!

Kim said...

That's so sweet.

My hubby refused to attend any of my reunions.

vickie said...

Very funny post. Luckily, my DH went to his reunion alone last Friday, as is the custom at his school. I went to the beach!

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Serene @ MomFood said...

I'm so very glad my partners and I don't do the reunion thing. :-)

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for the helpful tips! It should come in handy since my 20 year reunion is coming up! I must admit, #10 was my fave! Been guilty of being "the nice one" too many times before!

Kimberly Hiller said...

I just found your blog today and it is FABULOUS. I love your blogs and your website. I will be following you to see more of your writing and pictures!

Serenityville said...

What a sweet post. I second Himberly Killer (sorry Kim, but how cool would THAT name be?) and can't believe I've been away so long. New look and your posts are even better than before. Speaking of bloody stumps, seriously, WTF? You and your hubby sound like keepers.

p.s. I'm blogging again! http://amybloggityblog.blogspot.com/

Sandra said...

Loved this post! My husband gave me the gifts of gifts last year when he and my best friend's hubby bowed out & sent us to to our 20 yr HS reunion as a girl's get away trip. It was perfect (for all concerned)!!

Crystal Escobar said...

Haha, that is hilarious!!! By the way I LOVE those shoes, totally worth the bloody stumps :)

Missk said...

Very entertaining. I organised my schools 10 year reunion last year, it was a bit nerve wrecking but great. I have to attend my partners reunion this year and im so nervous. Thanks for the laughs :)

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