flashback friday: five years ago.

by Janetha on January 20, 2012

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this week two of my norwegian friends, espen and petter, celebrated their birthdays.  they lived here in utah back in the winter of 2007 and we became fast friends. that’s the perk of living in salt lake city.. we get people from all over the world coming here to snowboard, and i get to have friends scattered about the planet. the only downside is when winter is over, the snow leaves.. and so do they.

anyway, i did what every other person on the planet does and wished them happy birthday on their facebook walls, since i couldn’t very well do it in person. i don’t live in norway. to personalize the generic facebook wish a bit, i decided to post photos from their birthday celebrations when they were here in the states. i opened up the ol’ photo archive and took a nice trip down memory lane.

i posted this photo to espen’s wall:


and this one to petter’s:

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and then i couldn’t help but keep looking at all the photos i had in my january 2007 folder. when i think of 2007, it doesn’t sound like it was all that long ago. but then i thought about it.. and that was FIVE YEARS AGO. half a decade. my mind was boggled. it made me think of this pin i see all over pinterest:

image (source: funhoo.com)


it has been quite awhile since i have done an old school flashback friday, and since i was perusing the january files anyway.. it just felt right.

flashback friday: january 2007.

at the time, i was working at my same job, but marshall and i were just friends. he worked in the manufacturing shop and i worked in the office. i had zero idea that he had a crush on me, and definitely no thought we would end up married.. that’s for sure. we didn’t start dating until june of 2007.

i was single. i was young—23 to be exact. i didn’t have a lot of responsibility. lived in a home with four girls, two dogs, and a cat.

i miss mable.

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we stayed out late, snowboarded hard, and had a lot of fun. the memories made while living at that house are ones i wouldn’t trade for the world.

here i am with three of the four roomies.. out at the bar, on a wednesday night. the usual.


looks like this was back when it actually snowed.. how would that be?

i miss snow.

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i also miss my metabolism. drinking giant steins of hefeweizen was no big deal.

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instead of house parties being few and far between and involving games, wine, and hummus like these days.. we had to make executive decisions to decide which house party to attend. and there was never a stuffed mushroom or meatball in sight. there was always a keg, though.

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complete with plastic cups.

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bonus points if you noticed the sticker on the fridge.

our friends dubbed our group of girls “the wenches”… i smile every time i hear the word to this day.

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sometimes the house parties were at our house. it was a big house. there was lots of room. for lots of people.

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lots of snow bums, that’s for sure.

there we are.. all five roomies.. plus katie in town from oregon.

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don’t mind me. i was just trying (and failing) to flash a “W” for “wench”.

it’s fun to look back.

fast forward five years to today.. four of the five of us girls living at that house are now married and the other is engaged. one has a 3 year old and another has a baby on the way. we are all “old and boring,” as we like to put it.. but i know all of us look back at that time in our life and smile.

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real big.


how are you different than you were five years ago? what do you miss? what don’t you miss?

i miss seeing these ladies on the regular. and snowboarding all the time. and feeling less like a grown up. i don’t miss hangovers. or paying rent. being a grown up isn’t so bad.. especially when it involves being married to such a babe.

xo. janetha g.

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Em (Wine and Butter) January 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I think I can look back 5 years ago as being in pretty much the same place!! Well, being 24 BUT living with friends, invariably spending both Friday AND Saturday out, sometimes going to work having not slept, being a weird combination of more ‘highly’ happy … but also subject to far more emotional meltdowns. A bit skinnier, a few less wrinkles, more care free, less life knowledge – generally being at a stage that was GREAT provided it stayed a stage… I’m pretty sure I wouldnt be happy being like that now. But definitely not trade it for the world… and sometimes sort of wish I could go back. Cute photos :) xox

kathleen @ the daily crumb January 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

oh my gosh, 5 years ago i had just graduated college, was as single as could be, going out 4 nights a week and concerned only with where my next drink would come from and how i was going to fit into my size 0 jeans. ha! currently i am married, living in the suburbs with my little family and am lightheaded off of two glasses of wine!

kristen January 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Wow. There are a lot of toques in those pictures (sorry- beanies? knit hats? what do you call those in the US?).

5 years ago- I was getting married in a month, had just moved to a new city and province three months ago, didn’t really know anyone, and was about to start a new job. I was a little lost and overwhelmed, but was really optimistic that things were about to come up ME! (and they did)- oh wait- that was SIX years ago. Apparently I think it is 2011.

Janetha January 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

haha beanies! and yes, i own at least 30 of them still.

Lindsay January 21, 2012 at 7:10 am

@kristen, Hah! I was going to comment on that too! Is it 32 degrees inside? Or is everyone always just dressed for the slopes in Utah? Ski/snowboard culture is obviously very foreign to this Atlantic-Coast-er :-)

It really is amazing how time flies. Yesterday I was chatting with a friend via LinkedIn, and we realized it had been 6 or 7 years since we last saw one another! Yet, I can still clearly remember our conversations in Calculus as high school seniors.

It’s sad and sweet at the same time. I would never trade all that I’ve accomplished in the last 5 years, but I also hate to see time pass.

Heather @ Better With Veggies January 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Wow – how is 2007 already 5 years ago? This is making me feel REALLY old! I don’t really miss anything in particular, its just crazy that time is going by that fast! I wasn’t blogging, ate everything, didn’t brew my own beer (or kombucha), still loved cooking, hadn’t done an Ironman (was just getting started in triathlon), and I was a MUCH slower runner. Lots of things have definitely changed!! =)

melissanibbles January 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Looking at these photos reminds me of my life right out of college. That was ten years ago though. It’s fun to look back :)

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Ooooh goodness, Janetha- I love this post! It made ME nostalgic, just reading through it all and looking at your pictures!
( still think 1990 was 10 years ago, too…)
When the heck did I get so old?? 5 years ago, I was almost 27. I could still drink more than 2 drinks without getting a hangover. I was single and had just lost a ton of weight and was living it up! That was also the year that I met my husband. At a bar (because I was always at a bar…)
My, my how things have changed! I don’t mind being “old and boring,” but I do miss being able to stay up past 10 pm and being able to drink. I’m only 2 years into my 30s, and I have to say that as much fun as the 20s were, 30s are MUCH better. :)

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

CAKE. I seriously feel the same way — I always think that 1990 was 10 years ago. And then when people talk about 2005, it feels like we’re talking about the 90’s. I am getting so old!

Janetha January 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Oh pu-lease. you are a spring chicken.

Lissa January 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I realized today that this year marks 5 years since I graduated from college…crazy!!

Janetha January 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Dang.. that’s awesome! I never graduated from college… ha. Well, if an associates degree counts, then I did.

meggi January 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

LOVE this post! Looks like you had a blast! :)

Gosh, 2007. In 2007, I moved to Utah from Oklahoma for a boy (now husband) that I had only seen in person 4 times! I moved across the country after giving my parent’s/friends a week’s notice. No job, no apt, no friends… just me and this boy. Wow. The faith and hope I had in life turning out the way it was supposed to blows my mind. Great post :)

Janetha January 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

THAT is a love story :)

Blog is the New Black January 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

That’s one of my fav pinterest pins…. I swear it was 2007 like, last year!

Kyle @ Getting Better and Better January 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

While I won’t wax about my life 5 years ago, I will say that I totally want to hit Norway one of these days. I watch New Scandinavian Cooking on Public TV’s Create and the scenery is amazing. Must to go to there.

Janetha January 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

We went in August of 2007 and LOVED it. It’s a beautiful place! I should do a flashback of that sometime…

katecooks January 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

i love this post! 5 years ago i had just moved to LA and was going to clubs and music venues every single night. now, friday night rolls around and all i can plan is a movie (at home of course) and some froyo! i don’t WANT to be crazy again…although i definitely have such great memories of that time period…i actually really love my low key lifestyle. it fits me NOW. but man, those were some very fun days!

Maren January 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

ohhh how fun to look at! Nate says you were hot back then too. haha! 5 years ago started the best semester of college in my life. Yea I got two c’s (the only ones ever), but it was totally worth it because I had an absolute blast with three of my best friends who are still my besties! Now we are all over the map and don’t see each other much, but can’t wait for the reunion at my wedding! :) xoxo happy friday!

Janetha January 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

hahaha. oh, nate lakers. still love that last name! you are lucky. a lucky lakers lady.

Lee January 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm

5 years ago, I was 28 so it wasn’t that different for me than my life was maybe 10 years ago when I was 23. However, I hadn’t met Jason yet. We met in July of that year. I definitely drank more than I do now, but again, not nearly as much as I did 10 years ago.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Love the flashback.
Let’s see…5 years ago, I was a newlywed, living in Denver with Travis. We knew no one. We had sex every single day, usually twice. We skiied or hiked at least once a week.
oh man…I kinda miss that.

Betty January 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I was in my sophomore year of college drinking every night, going to class, then barely making it through softball practice.. I thought life was stressful then.. I miss going to the beach every Friday because I never scheduled classes and the beach was 5 miles away.. I miss being carefree .. I don’t miss being single and irresponsible and befriending lots of backstabbers.. I love my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Love this post! And I might not think 1990 was 10 years ago, I feel like we were just worrying whether or not the Internet was going to blowup or crash or whatever on jan 1, 2000

Diana January 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

5 years ago I was a sophomore in college and was actually, at this exact moment, on a month-long program in Costa Rica. Sooo, yea, I would go back to 5 years ago.

Marie January 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

LOVE your flashbacks! I loved your hair without bangs; they look good both ways. ;) Hmm, five years ago, we were trying to get pregnant and decided January of that year that if we didn’t get pregnant that month, we’d take a break for our own sanity. Lo and behold, we got pregnant. ;) Oh, and I was also working as a Technical Writer at a law firm.

Anne@BakingMe January 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Your 5 years ago looks like my 7 years ago, house parties and all but the snowboarding and I totally noticed the sticker on the fridge, hah :)

Jennie (the gf-gf) January 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Haha, I am so guilty of the “10 years ago it was 1990” thing. I got a good laugh from that :-)

Umm … in 2007, I was studying environmental science at the community college and wanted to grow up to be a librarian. Didn’t turn out that way!

Hope you’re having a great Friday!

Katie January 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

That picture of everyone crowded into the kitchen in their snowy gear is amazing – it makes me miss college sort of. Sort of.

I was in college 5 years ago…had just gotten engaged in January of 2007!

Errign January 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Five years ago in January 2007, I had justtttt got home from Ireland and was definitely in a weird spot in my life. I’ve changed a LOT since then and I’ve learned a lot too – can’t wait to see what the next five years brings…

…and we have that sticker in our ski shop in the downstairs of my house.

momma b. January 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

well you expect ME to remember what was up 5 years ago when I have a hard time with yesterday or this morning :)

I am still having a hard time believing it is 2000 and something – yep guess I’m stuck in the 90’s!

Loved you then – love you now xoxo!!!

Leah @ Why Deprive? January 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Yah – I definitely feel like it was JUST 1990.
5 years ago I was working as a bank teller and spending most of my evenings at the bar up the street. I can’t tell you how many times I went into work still slightly drunk. Or ran into customers after way too many. That was always awkward.

Denise January 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Janet ha, you are so pretty:)

5 years ago I was smoking a pack a day as I had since I was 13 (I quit once for 7 years when I had Lisa. I was unhealthy and out of shape and needed to make a serious change in my life. Enter Body for Life!!!

You know me today – I love to work out and eat health and I have not smoked in 4 years, I have one more thing to do and that is to quite drinking diet coke.

Lauren January 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Ah I do the same thing! I seriously can not believe 1990 was over 20 years ago….that creeps me out. Now that I work with students so often, I cringe a little each time when they tell me they were born in 1998 or 1999. Seriously??? That just sounds wrong.
5 years ago I was 21 and discovering my love for wine. :)

pure2raw twins January 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I wish I go back 5 years ago, I was 23 and just living life and just getting into what I wanted to do with my life, though I feel I am still there haha

Happy Friday!

Heidi Nicole January 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Five years ago I was…6 months into living in a new city. Still my home state, but a new, big city. This year I’m about six months into living in a whole new state. Both times the move was made with The Husband {then BF}. Weird how that works.

Heck, In a month I’ll be able to say I’m working at the same company as I was five years ago. I started February 2007. Weird.

But aside from the outside similarities a ton has changed. At least now I’m faking it as a grown adult rather than an irresponsible college kid…

Jessie B January 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

It’s so fun to think of where I was 5 years ago! I was living outside Boston and my boyfriend was a couple months away from asking me to move in with him – in DELAWARE! I did and now we are married and sitting on the couch drinking water and watching some science show in a Friday night :-) in Delaware

Rachel January 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

5 years ago for me was shockingly similiar to your story except I had just broken up with a boyfriend so I was living with the parents for my senior year of college. It was the best year of my life to date for sure… and random tidbit that I owned the same gray and white striped sweater hoodie that your friend is wearing in a couple of those pictures and I think I still have it in my closet somewhere. It’s from American Eagle I believe… :) I definitely have pictures of me wearing it out with the girls!

Deb January 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Holy cleavage! Nice rack!!

5 yrs ago I was working. Both patents were alive but my dad was just diagnosed with the big bad lymphoma so I quit my job to help him. Charlotte (sam’s mum) was still alive. And I didn’t even know what the word “blog” meant!

Love uuuuuu. Thanks for the sweet Instagram!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva January 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I miss my high school friends, our house parties, and just hanging out with not much to do. Responsibility definitely creeps up on you!!!

Anna January 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

Gosh 5 years ago I was a junior in undergrad and having the time of my life and partying it up! It was a lot of fun but I wouldn’t go back to my lifestyle then…a lot more highs and lows and unhealthy decisions.

Life's a Bowl January 21, 2012 at 6:56 am

Love looking through old memorabilia! 5 years ago I was in my senior year of high school and starting to receive scholarship offers for basketball and lacrosse- GOSH, to think of all of that is crazy! I cannot believe those four years came and went so quickly… Now, I’m living in the same area as I did growing up, I’m teaching, living with my fiance, have a crazzzy puppy, and still BFF’s with a bunch of childhood friends- I’d say I’m happy with how things are going :D

jen (your philly ice cream guide) January 21, 2012 at 7:43 am

wow. i didn’t realize how long ago it was…Jan 2007: I was falling into anorexia and compulsive exercise. My long time BF and I were ignoring (for another 6 months) that we needed to break up…and that we was cheating. I was going to work crying because I was lost and deciding what my grad school new career move needed to be.

5 years later: I live on my own. I am comfortable and enjoying being single. I have an M.Ed. and am a teacher after taking a nutrition education detour for a few semesters. I’ve ran 3 half marathons and 2 duathlons plus other endurance events. I’m a little E.D. but happier with my body. Things aren’t perfect, but wow. I’ve done so much in 5 years to change my life. :)

Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy January 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

First of all, I have to ask what secret elixir you are drinking that you look the EXACT SAME. So lucky.
And 5 years ago my husband and I moved into our first apartment together (just dating then) and I was hoping we didn’t kill each other or break up and have to divide a bunch of shit. Clearly it worked out for the best :)
PS my eyes went right to that sticker. Take from that what you will.

Calee January 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

Holy crap dude. You used to party hard.

It’s funny because I work at my alma mater and people always ask “what advice would you give to students” and my advice? PARTY HARD. Because you don’t get a chance to do it later. I regret not going out as much as I could have (my current boyfriend was the hardest partier I knew in college … never would have dated then), but at the time the things that were important to me were the boyfriend (who didn’t party and didn’t like when I did) and working out / eating “healthy” (ie. workout purges + not really eating — I had a pretty bad eating disorder).

Anyway, jealous. If I could time warp back, I would spend more time with my friends and not be afraid of gaining a few pounds. I’m 15 poundsish heavier now than in college, and I look the SAME to everybody else.

wow. tangent.

Side note, I just posted something about my college roomies a bit ago … I lived with 2 guys and a girl and we had a ton of house parties. Most of which I was up in my room bitching to my boyfriend about how I was going to have to clean up the next day:

Janetha January 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Haha yes I definitely can’t look back and say I should have been more crazy. That’s for sure. Off to check your post!

Home is Where my Heart is January 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

So what your saying is that 10 years ago it WASN’T 1990? Crap.

Carly January 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

5 years ago….drinking/going out 4 days a week was standard, working hungover or on no sleep was normal and far from the impossible feat it is today, I made some poor decisions, met some awesome people, and wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything.

Now, I live with my man of 4 years, live on a farm, and go to bed at 10pm. And it’s pretty wonderful.

p.s. loved the fridge sticker. 5 years ago we definitely had a light up “live nudes” lamp in our living room.

Melissa January 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I am different, I for one was 40 something pounds heavier. I joined WW in Jan 2007. It was the beginning of my healthier lifestyle. Dan was living out of state and we were doing the long distance thing, that was the beginning of the 2nd year of our distance

Chels January 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Oh man, five years ago I would have been 23 and in prime bar mode. I love thinking back to those days of how much fun I had, but at the same time I am so glad I am out of that stage and I am okay with going to be at 10:00pm on a Saturday night. I swear, my friends and I could go through a case a beer and I was a stick, could literally wear a size 0! Now, I over drink on the wine, and my stomach feels bloated for days. It is nice to have the memories, but also nice to be where I am at now.

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats January 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

2007 was an insane year for me. I graduated from high school, lost three of my best friends in a car accident a week later, and moved away from home to college. I miss seeing those boys every day, not having a care in the world, and staying out all night. The things I am glad that have changed are finding a love for fitness and growing closer with my family. I was a “mean girl” back then. Thank God I don’t thrive on eye rolling and those antics anymore.

Janetha January 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

Oh wow, I am sorry about your friends :(

Paige @ Running Around Normal January 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

I love this.
Let’s see, 5 years ago, I’d be 21, and ummm yep, doing about the same thing in those pictures, just with a different crowd in a small midwest town. I’m lucky I made it out alive.

Kelsey January 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

so fun. oh so fun. oh five years ago. how i miss thee!

Kait January 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

I was a freshman in college, moved to a new dorm, got some new friends, you know, the usual.

Oh and I had my first blackout at the St. Patty’s Day mixer (aka dance). As in…I never made it. But I did make sure to spell my name correctly for the campus police officer.

Bahahah thanks for the laugh!

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