Where Are They Now, Donna?


In high school, I watched MTV and Vh1 when my parents weren’t home. I remember thinking MTV was incredibly salacious back then, what with the Real World and Britney and bare midriffs, but compared to what’s hot now, I might as well have been watching Little House on the Prairie or reading to the fern in the living room.

I really liked shows that told me what childhood stars were doing now – had they squandered their money? Were they working at a taco stand on Rodeo Drive? Are there taco stands on Rodeo Drive?

All Donna really wants is a chimichanga....

All Donna really wants is a chimichanga….

A few months ago I announced the launch of some fun notebooks that I took part in making. They’ve been purchased and they’ve traveled the world. And now I can only speculate where they are now.

1) I gave Nick Cannon one when I met him last fall. He checked it out, showed it to his entourage, and I CAN ONLY ASSUME that Mariah is writing songs in it right now.

2) My friend works for one of those super secret three letter name agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA, take your pick), and he told me he’s kept his notebook at work… AND TONS OF TOP SECRET STUFF IS IN IT.

“Like what??”
“Obviously, Roo, I cannot tell you.”
“Like who has the WMDs?”
“Conspiracy theories that actually are not at all conspiracy theories?”
“Can I blog about this?”
“Sure, but you can’t use my name.”
“I will call you Paco.”
“Paco Bialecki.”
“Fine. That’s fine. Paco Bialecki, the Mexican-Albanian spy, is using your notebook.”
“YES. This is great. Thank you. I love you… like a first cousin. Not a second cousin, because you can apparently marry your second cousin. LOL GROSS!”
“A simple ‘thank you’ would have been fine.”

I wish I could do a “Where Are They Now” edition of stuff I’ve loved and lost.

For example, in 1999, I had an awesome shirt from the Gap.  It was white, sleeveless, v-neck, and ribbed.  I wore it with overalls and a puka shell necklace.  Where is that shirt??

I owned far, far too many of these.

I owned far, far too many of these.

In eighth grade, I lost my mom’s emerald ring. When she was in college, her dad gave it to her. I wore it to school even though it was a little big, and then it was gone.  I cannot fully express the remorse I felt or the wrath I beheld because I lost that ring. Where you at, ring? Holla at your girl sometime.

So, what have you lost that you’ve missed AND if you’ve purchased one of the notebooks (shipping is free), what are you doing with it?

WHERE IS IT NOW? *Vh1 theme music*


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  • Reply Leah Butler January 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Not the PUKA SHELLS!!!!! I refuse to admit that I ever wore, purchased, or owned a purple and white striped puka necklace…because the hot boy in my class wore one and I was trying to make him see that I was in fact: his soul mate. I mean LOOK, we randomly picked out the SAME necklace – clearly we were meant to get married and have many babies…. Geez, how many hints does the universe have to give a guy?!!

    I wonder where he is now. His name was Paul and he was all kinds of gorgeous with wavy blonde hair that was styled to PERFECTION in that wave boys did back when, that defied even gale force winds. Don’t forget the acid washed jeans that were PEGGED, oh man I am dating myself….needless to say, in spite of the unfortunate 90s fashion – he was SMOKING hot.

    Sadly the hottie named Paul never realized I was perfect for him and is probably sitting in a brown Barca-lounger somewhere in the flyover states, with a stained beater shirt, beer in his hand as the light from the TV glints off his growing bald spot and comb-over.

    Or he could be America’s answer to James Bond.

    I prefer option number 1. And now I realize that I have babbled on and may have torpedoed all of my remaining cool points. Ah well…I’m off to in no way plug his name into Facebook to see…

    “So where is he now?” :-P

    • Reply Roo January 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Ahahahahahahaha Leah, please report back with your findings.

      • Reply Leah Butler January 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        Sadly…it looks as though the hottie named Paul either shuns Facebook on principle or is living under a rock and hasn’t discovered it yet.

        Or as America’s version of James Bond has to refrain in order to keep up his whole, “I’m a super hot secret agent, sooooo girl I should have realized in 8th grade was actually my soul mate, I cannot be Facebook friends.”

        *sniff* Sad. I would have made an excellent American Moneypenny.

        • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

          My hopes have been dashed.

  • Reply Christina @ Homemade Ocean January 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Ahhhhhh those PUKA SHELLS! Girl you are taking me back hahaha!

    Word about that ring….when I was in fifth grade my “boyfriend” (you know the one that I really never even talked to, we just laid claims on each other) gave me a really nice ring. It was huge so I am sure it was his mothers. I just found it a couple weeks ago and took it to the appraiser…it’s worth a lot of spankings for the little boy who stole it! And now I feel like I should contact that fifth grade boyfriend and be all….wanna good mothers day present?

    • Reply Roo January 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Um, yes I do! Haha, oh mannn. You were a heartbreaker in the fifth grade, Christina!-

  • Reply Mama Melch January 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    While changing a huge mess of a diaper on #2 while #1 was climbing on my leg, I put my wedding ring in my jeans pocket. That was the last time I saw it. I felt SUPER bad about it until my MIL told me, “Yeah, I’ve lost 2 of those.” Then my husband lost his in Berlin, and I felt even less guilty.

    • Reply Roo January 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

      My husband lost his, too. I should probably buy him one. :)

      • Reply Mama Melch January 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

        Andy bought a stainless steel twin to his first ring for 8 Euros at a market. I love it, and he never worries about losing it.

  • Reply Jocelyn January 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I lost a bracelet. My husband got me a diamond tennis bracelet as a wedding gift. He gave it to me on our honeymoon. I was so excited, b/c it was my first big-girl jewelry item aside from my wedding/engagement rings. Well, one day I needed to remove it and I put it in a plastic baggie in my purse, to protect it. Then I cleaned out my purse. And then the bracelet was gone. We think our dog ate it. So I can only assume that it is now wherever Dooder’s poop goes after we throw it away.

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Awww so saaaad! :( Was your husband upset?

      • Reply Jocelyn January 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Actually, he was okay. That’s probably because I was very hard on myself and told him to never buy me nice things again because I clearly didn’t deserve them. Luckily for me, he didn’t listen.

  • Reply Amanda January 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    so when i was little and had one of those play kitchens, my mom would sometimes give me washed out old containers. which was AWESOME because they were like real, not fake like the plastic potato chips in their velcro bag. (why is it that children love to play with trash more than the expensive stuff you buy them?) what i particularly remember was that she gave me a mustard bottle. and one day that mustard bottle disappeared and i could not find it ANYWHERE. i searched all over. the only logical explanation is that my mother threw it away, but my inner child still refuses to believe that my mother could do such a horrible thing.

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Oh man. MOM HOW COULD YOU?

  • Reply Corinne January 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve lost a number of awesome things over the course of my 29 years. The most memorable? When I was 4, my mom got me a super-awesome My Little Pony that I BEGGED her to buy for me for the longest time. I put it in my jean jacket pocket (because I was a cool little kid) when we went to the mall, and it fell out. I bet some other little 4-year-old brat stole it when she saw it on the ground.

    Also, my mom’s 7th grade boyfriend gave her an awesome double-star sapphire ring, and she eventually gave it to me. I wore it all the time. Then one day at work, the stone popped off. One of my awesome employees searched the floor for it while I burst into tears. I put the stone and the setting in a plastic bag then put the bag on my table when I got home a few hours later. Well, my dining room table tends to do nothing but collect junk….and one day I decided to clean it. Yeah, guess who threw out the ring and didn’t realize it until months later?!

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Noooooooooooooooo (to both the ring and the pony).

  • Reply Ashton January 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I did the same thing with my mom’s high school ring. I still feel guilty about it, and she enjoys making me feel bad about it. I think we should learn from this and not let our children wear our jewelry.

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Well said. Not the jewelry we care about, anyway. :)

  • Reply Johnny @ Our Freaking Budget January 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I lost my most favoritest longboard skateboard whilst moving between apartments in college. Joanna tried buying me a replacement a few years ago… but it’s not the same. It will never be the same. I’ll never the same…

    I actually have my old puka shell necklaces in the bottom of this tin jar where I keep my pogs. I figure if/when pogs come back, puka shells will, too. My neck has probably grown some, so it will be more of a puka choker than a necklace. I’m sure it’ll be a good look with my Hawaiian board shorts. ooo/ <—- hang loose

  • Reply Brittany Sanchez January 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Love it! I had a Kelly green Fossil watch that I LOVED! I have no idea where it went and I’m so sad : ( (I mean, I’m sad an appropriate amount for the loss of a watch. Not ‘death of a family member’ sad or anything. Just to clarify)

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Hahahahaha, I like how you clarified, Brittany. :)

  • Reply Liz January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    My camera was stolen on our honeymoon in Mexico, but only after we had taken at least 100 photos and were traveling back to the states. I’d like to know where my camera is, how much the hooligan who stole it got for it, and if my pictures were erased or are being used in racy Mexican magazines. (Ok, so probably not the magazines – we didn’t take any nakey pics so I’m sure they were just deleted.)

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Ugh that’s the worse. I had a double stroller stolen once, and I’d love to know who’s using it.

  • Reply Jennifer January 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I had these photos made after Cady was born of my grandmother, my mom, Cady and I. Then a month later I had similar photos made with my father-in-law, David, and Cady. They are GONE. It has been seven years and I still randomly search my house for them. I have no idea what happened, but I really wish I knew where they were.

    Semi-happy ending. I went back to the photo place and they were able to download a CD of the ones with my grandmother, which was super awesome.

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Awwwwww! Well I’m glad you got the CD.

  • Reply Cassie January 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    My now-fiance bought me a $50 super warm vest with a faux fur hood (they, those were in) when we were in high school. $50 was a big deal because it was my senior year in HS and his freshman in college and we were living on our own and broke. I fell asleep in the planetarium one morning when I was using it as a pillow and forgot it. I ran back after the next class and it was gone. So sad :(

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

      UGH who stole it!? That makes me mad.

      Wait – you fell asleep at school?

      • Reply Cassie January 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

        heck yeah I did. My first period was Astronomy in the planetarium… dark, warm, and comforting star patterns/videos about planets on the dome ceiling… sleepytime.

    • Reply julie January 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      your school has a planetarium?? is that the norm in other states??

      • Reply Cassie January 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        Noooo lol, we were one of the few in the state/ surrounding states. Small town… Like 36,000 people, but bob heft, the creator of the pattern that we use for the American flag, went to our high school, and bobby carpenter from OSU/ Cowboys football team… And quite a few other kinda famous people, and some fabulous older couples that graduated from our high school and donated money when they made it big, so we had a nice vocational program and a sweet planetarium!!

  • Reply Steph Reiner January 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Oh girrrrl where do I start. First I had a green backpack purse with the credit card thingy attached to it which I thought was super cool even though I was in 4th grade and the only card I had was a library card. My little sister left that in the movie theater.

    Then there was the white plastic watch that had different color rings you could attach to the face and I put that in my super cool princess purse in the 3rd grade and left it at church. Gone forever.

    Then there were my black Rainbow (brand not colored) sandals that I lost moving from one apartment to the other in my early 20s. That was devastating. I am pretty sure only So Californians can understand that one.

    Also there was my retainer which I lost the day I got it but I wasn’t too choked up about that one until my overbite started to come back.

    I still lament losing those sandals to this day. They are the absolute worst to break in but then the most comfortable once you’ve broken them in. Sad times.

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

      I’m pouring one out for all of your lost items, Steph.

  • Reply Laura January 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Okay I’ve been eyeing those journals….but I’m kind of a journal snob about what I like. So….specs? Measurements? Lined or unlined? Binding? I need details before I take the plunge and buy and I didn’t see any info on the Denik page…

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Unlined, book bound, small-ish? Haha, not sure about the measurements. They’re a good journaly size though.

  • Reply Brad @ Mr. Write Away January 23, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Wait. You met Nick Cannon? I want to meet Mariah… think you could pull some strings…

  • Reply Brad @ Mr. Write Away January 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Thank you, Roo! I knew I could count on you.

    (I did not intend to rhyme just then… oops, I did it again.)

    • Reply Roo January 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

  • Reply Jessica January 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    My best friend and I shared an apartment together during college, it was our first place and we were super happy and excited to be living together. We had these rubbermaid plastic drawers where we kept our VHS tapes (haha that dates me) that we stored underneath our entertainment center. One morning I noticed the drawers were gone…and our back door was unlocked. Someone stole our VHS tapes from our house, without taking anything else! Not our tv, not the stereo, nothing else was missing! Just the drawers too, not even the shells for the drawers. haha. To this day, anytime I see a VHS copy of Austin Powers or the Princess Bride at the flea market or goodwill, I wonder if it was ours. :)
    The happy ending is we upgraded to a dvd player shortly after that. lol.

  • Reply Jeanni January 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    When i was a little tiddler in the early sixties my much older sister got married. While on honeymoon they bought me a little brooch with a sea horse encased within it. When they came home and gave it to me i was sick in bed. I saw it briefly for a moment or two then had to lay down. I never saw it again. I was heartbroken, and over the years it has been a mystery what happened to it. My bed was stripped down to look for it, but it never made an appearance again. Of course nowdays i would be cross to see a little seahorse encased in a brooch, they should be dancing merrily around the oceans! But back then, as a little girl, i thought it was the bees knees lol :-)

  • Reply Caitlin January 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I lost my ugly “good luck” turquoise necklace. I don’t even know if it was good luck, but I wore it for every major exam in high school and swore by it (I guess halfway joking). I mean, it was pretty ugly though.
    I even checked that I had it when I checked for my sharpened 2B pencils and a good eraser right before I started. I lost it once I went to college. NOOO!

    Hmmm… in the category of “things I threw out and now regret,” I have: my favorite pair of flats. I wore them in New York City while doing a survey, and it was POURING rain. So much that my shoes became sinking boats full of dirty NYC street water… had to throw them out. This was 6 years ago I STILL MISS THEM!!!
    I look for them sometimes online, the company stopped making them (yes I contacted the company too!)

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