Even though the 90’s were my favorite decade to live through, the 2000’s were pretty incredible too. I was going through that awkward stage of growing up and trying (and failing) to be cool. The Olsen twins and Hilary Duff were my idols, and my dreams included getting my first kiss and being in the audience of an episode of TRL.
If you were a preteen in the 2000’s, then you’ll love this list!
1 | You remember thinking that Y2K wasn’t going to be a big deal, and you thought the adults needed to chill out. You also thought that if the power did go out, you thought it’d turn into an epic (semi-permanent) camping trip.
2 | You flipped your ish when you found out that the girl from Casper Meets Wendy was going to be Lizzie McGuire (which ended up being your favorite show in the universe).
3 | One word: Chokers
4 | You listened to Avril Lavigne and felt like she just got you because why did people have to go and make things so complicated?
5 | Midnight Harry Potter book and movie releases will always be the most epic releases.
6 | If you and your best friend didn’t have Best Friends necklaces, were you even really best friends?
7 | When you redid your “teenager” bedroom, you had to get a canopy…and a lava lamp.
8 | When the teacher rolled in the TV and VCR cart, you knew it was going to be a good note passing class.
9 | You remember when MTV actually stood for Music Television, and you loved watching TRL after school and getting ready to the morning music videos.
10 | Teen Beat, YM, and J-14 were your bibles, not only for the articles, but largely because of the ginormous posters.
11 | It didn’t matter if they were uncomfortable, toe rings were worn.
12 | You did MASH as many times as you needed to to get the future you wanted.
13 | Dreamboats: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Erik von Detten, Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, David Gallagher, Jason Behr, Nate Richert, Rider Strong, and Scott Weinger
14 | Origami meant making a million paper fortune tellers.
15 | Stressing out over the band color of your braces (and coordinating it with the holidays).
16 | You dreaded getting called on in class to do a problem on the projector.
17 | You hated that annoying person who got up to use the spinny pencil sharpener. Why didn’t they just invest in a mechanical pencil? ‘
18 | The first time you saw Hilary Duff on MTV was monumental.
19 | You were actually kind of excited about purple ketchup because red ketchup was so overused. Green ketchup, on the other hand, was super gross.
20 | Getting your classmates together to do the “down by the riverside, the hanky panky” game at recess was the perfect excuse to almost hold your crush’s hand.
21 | You screamed when you saw Lizzie and Gordo kiss in The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
22 | You convinced your parents to buy you candy cigarettes every time you were at the gas station, because pretending to smoke them made you look cool.
23 | You’re still waiting for someone to serenade you on the school intercom with band accompaniment a la 10 Things I Hate About You.
24 | You wore colorful rubber bracelets all up your arm. If you were feeling a little depressed or rebellious, you wore all black ones.
25 | You were pissed when they changed the cast of All That.
26 | So Weird had you questioning whether supernatural things actually existed.
27 | The stress of choosing your AIM away message was so real.
28 | Now CDs had all of the best songs on it (minus, like, three. There were always three meh songs.).
29 | You and your friends had a Slam Book.
30 | You hated when you put in a Blockbuster VHS and the person who had it before you didn’t rewind it. (Umm…hello…be kind, please rewind).
31 | You still think the best episode of Even Stevens was “Influenza,” which was the musical episode. You’re still waiting on the musical Lizzie McGuire episode.
32 | Colorful scrunchies. The scrunchier, the better.
33 | Printing out MapQuest directions and still getting lost.
34 | The stress of choosing your MySpace profile song (even though everyone paused it as soon as they got to your page). And then the thrill of being able to make a playlist and not have just one song.
35 | You cheated during Heads-Up 7-Up by looking at people’s shoes (I actually never did this, but I know you did. Cheater.).
36 | Blo-Pens, my friend. Blo-Pens.
37 | You had a mini collection of tinted sunglasses, mostly from the Mary-Kate and Ashley brand.
38 | Every time you took a drink of milk, you acted like you were in a Got Milk? ad.
39 | You made book covers for your textbooks out of brown paper bags from the grocery store and then decorated them.
Were you a 2000’s pre-teen?