Extracts From My 1980s Teenage Diaries

Extracts From My 1980s Teenage Diaries | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style Blog

We moved house 18 months ago. In the process of sorting out ‘stuff,’ I came across my 1980s teenage diaries.

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I couldn’t even remember the last time I read them. I’d written a diary on and off between 1985 and 1990, so that covered me between the ages of 12½ and 18… pretty much my entire teenage years.

Basically anyone who’s read back on their childhood diaries as an adult will know JUST what a cringe-fest they can be. Some days you remember as clear as a bell – as if no time has passed at all – and other days you have no recollection of whatsoever.

I thought I’d share some of the more hilarious extracts from my teenage diaries here for your amusement… even if you were a teenager in a different decade I’m sure you can still relate to many of the sort of things I wrote about.


What I wrote about in my teenage diaries

What I’ve realised is that my life revolved mostly around tidying my room, homework, washing my hair, going to parties and the cinema. I mention nearly all of those things at least once or twice a week.

During some of the years I wrote my list of celebrity “hunks” every week (my obsession with Rob Lowe will not go unnoticed) on the same day that the new Top 40 chart came out, and I wrote down all the no.1s. Now that’s what you call dedication to music (oh, and hunks).

There was also a lot of watching TV, like Dallas, Dynasty, Grange Hill and TOTP (Top of the Pops).

Some of the language I used is so cringey and uncool (by today’s standards). I can’t believe I actually said things like “I need a really happening outfit” and “it was so wacky”. Plus I guess where today’s teens would text/type with emojis all over the place, I ended many sentences and entries with “Ha! Ha! Ha!” at the end.

And of course, there were countless entries about boys as well as celebrities. Boys I fancied, boys I hated, boys I thought were ‘wankers'(!!). As you can imagine, I was pretty fickle – I ‘loved’ them one week and ‘hated’ them the next.

You’ll notice I have blurred out the odd word or name and maybe chopped off a bit of a page. This is purely to protect people’s full names or not reveal something extra personal (like obvious locations or people that shouldn’t be mentioned for various reasons). Other than that you can see the pages in all their tacky 1980s glory.

A few people and things to name-check to put some of it into context:

Jo (my school BFF)
Vickie (one of my sisters, older by 10 years)
Rob (my brother, older by 12 years)
Joan & Len (my aunt and uncle)
Just 17 (the teenage magazine I read religiously).

I’ve also typed out the entries under the image as some are a bit hard to read (and to be inclusive). Often my handwriting was scruffy or I’d written down the day’s events roughly in pencil (so I wouldn’t forget) before writing it up in pen the next day. There are huge chunks of some years missing; I sometimes wrote for the whole year or I sometimes stopped writing about April time. (I’m sure that’s a common theme for teenage diaries!)

Hope you find these as funny/cringe-worthy as I did, and I’m sure many of you from the same era can relate. I’m just thankful that Rob Lowe – 35 years later – would still be very much near the top of my 2020 list of “celebrity hunks” πŸ˜‰


Can you relate to any of these 1980s things? Did you write teenage diaries – and have you kept them? Tell me in the comments!



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P.S. If you want to see some teenage pictures of me, just check out this very old post about my style through the years

P.P.S. Contrary to what the photo of my 1986 diary might show you, I have never been seriously called “Caffy” (and definitely not Cathy). Caffy was the nickname my dad called me as he knew I hated my name being abbreviated… I’m most definitely Catherine, nothing else!


1985 (aged 12-13)

Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1985

Tuesday 8th January 1985

Didn’t wear boots. Sent off 4 the Just 17 sweatshirt. Posted letter. Snowed all day. Missed Maths. Everyone’s got their hair permed except me!!! It’s not fair, I hate my hair.


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1985

Wednesday 27th March 1985

Watched ‘Dallas’ today. I thought it was v. boring. Looks like JR’s gonna split up with Sue Ellen.


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Saturday 15th June 1985

Jo came round for the weekend. We went to the cinema to see ‘The Breakfast Club’. It was a 15, and we got in so easily! I’m still 12! It was brilliant. Want to see it again.
Went to Vickie’s for dinner + to stay the night. Went to Joan + Len’s & saw ‘Romancing the Stone’ on the video. That was excellent as well. Stayed at Vickie’s house + went to bed completely knackered.

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Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1985

Thursday 19th December 1985

Last Day; hooray!

Finished school & went to pictures with Clare, Julie, Isabel & Sally. Met nearly everybody (including Vicky PM, ‘KW’ & Andy) there that I knew. Saw ‘Back to the Future’. Words can’t describe it. It was the best film I’ve ever seen. Michael J. Fox may be 24, 5’4″ and American, but he is absolutely



1986 (aged 13-14)

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Tuesday 7th January 1986

School, school, school. Boring!

Here is my list of most gorgeous blokes in the world: –

1. Emilio Estevez
2. Michael J Fox
3. Judd Nelson
4. Rob Lowe
5. Morten Harket
6. Sting

There was the most gorgeous picture of Emilio in Just 17! It is absolutely scrumptious! There was also a picture of Michael J Fox (umm!), Rob Lowe, & Matt Dillon. How brilliant can you get?

No 1: The Pet Shop Boys, West End Girls.


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Wednesday 5th February 1986

I have suddenly changed my mind about yesterday’s hunks:

1. Rob Lowe* (yes!)
2. Emilio Estevez
3. Scott Baio
4. Ricky Simmonds [he was in Grange Hill]
5. Judd Nelson
6. Michael J Fox

* Yes! Would you believe it! Rob Lowe is now ‘the most gorgeous thing on this earth’! There was a gorgeous picture of him in Just 17! He had glasses on! Even Jo liked it! I’m in love again, everybody!!!

Watched The Colbys. It was uuggghh…!
It started to snow this evening; it was quite heavy. I hope it settles.


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Friday 11th April 1986

I decided today that I want to be famous. Doing what? I don’t know… Modelling? (Nope, I’d have to change my head). Pop star? (Can’t sing, & I’d have to have a nose job). Marry a prince? (None my age). Oh well. I’d still love to be famous.

Mum went to Vickie’s house & brought her back here. I curled my hair again. Watched Dynasty. Krystal Tits escaped! (Sort of). At long last!

Mum, Dad & I went to see Out of Africa this evening but it was full! So we came back, bought lots of sweets & slept.


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1986

Tuesday 2nd September 1986

Jo & I went into town to see the film Pretty in Pink at the ABC in Reading. It was brilliant! Really funny – though not quite as funny as The Breakfast Club or as good as St. Elmo’s Fire but it was still really good.

We rushed home.

Had dinner & watched several TV programmes.

Went to bed. London tomorrow!


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1986

Wednesday 24th September 1986

Andy didn’t ring.

In fact I waited all night for his call. He still didn’t.

Great big piece of poo.

Watched Film ’86  (secretly upstairs in my bedroom when I was supposed to be in bed). Rob Lowe was in it! Yes! And he was interviewed! He was gorgeous. Yummy yummy yummy yummy yummy. OOOOh! Must go and see the film, About Last Night. But it’s an 18. Do you think I’d get in? I do. Hope.


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1986

Friday 10th October 1986

Hooray! At last! Yipee! Had my hair cut. I’m really pleased with it – it’s one length (at last) and really short with these spiky bits at the front. I love it. Dead chuffed.

Jo’s party tomorrow.


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1986

Friday 7th November 1986

Sally brought her ‘Top Gun’ album to school. I looked at it and recognised someone on the back. She said it was, “Someone called Val Kilmer”. I couldn’t believe it! I rushed to over & showed Jo. Now we both want to see ‘Top Gun’. It’s so funny. Jo is madly in love with Nick Rivers [Val Kilmer’s character in ‘Top Secret!’] all over again.

Started revising this evening! I read about two sentences of Scripture.


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1986

Wednesday 26th November 1986

I went to the library to get some books on pop art today. Got some really heavy books. Very interesting, they are too.

After school Jo & I went to her house.
Had dinner.
Did our homework.
Went to town to see the film (at long last).

It was brilliant! Tom Cruise is alright but Nick Rivers from ‘Top Secret’ was in it & he’s gorgeous! The flying sequences were excellent. Rob would love it. Kelly McGillis, who was ‘the girl’ makes me sick ‘coz she’s so pretty.

Tony took me home (at a v. late time) and I plonked straight into bed asleep.


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1986

Monday 15th December 1986

Mrs Howes was away again today. This time Miss Paar sat with us. This lesson was a complete contradiction to the one with Miss Edwards. Miss Paar let us talk & do anything while she slept. Ha! Ha! Ha! Quite a good lesson ak-chew-wellie.

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Watched North & South again. I’m hooked; most definitely hooked. I also rather like Patrick Swayze, who’s in it. Apparently he’s also in Youngblood with Rob Lowe. Now I can’t wait for it to be on video.


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries, 1986

Tuesday 16th December 1986

Jenny explained the story of North & South to me today. It’s all clear now.

Mrs Brookland was away today! Hooray! We had to do some work, but then messed about. We’ve had our last German lesson till 1987. Yippeee!

A-ha concert! Jo came home with me & we went to London. It was absolutely fantastic. The support band was excellent. The atmosphere was electric – it’s the only way I can describe it. We were really near the front, & Morten is as gorgeous in real life. A night I’ll never forget.

1. Rob Lowe
2. Emilio Estevez
3. Ralph Macchio
4. Judd Nelson
5. Patrick Swayze

No 1: The Housemartins, Caravan of Love.

And so they should be. (no. 1, I mean.)


1987 (aged 14-15)

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Tuesday 6th January 1987

Today I’ve finally worked out what my New Year’s Resolution is going to be. It is:

To eat & keep healthy by eating all the right foods and excercising every day.

(I know I can’t spell exercising but I don’t care.) I started by doing ½hr of strenuous leg exercises.

Sorry, I know I’ve got to talk about the first day at school, but I had to slip [in] my resolution coz I was just a teeny bit excited about it. Ma took us all the way to school & I got there really early but not early enough to choose my desk. I swopped places about 5 times. I like it where I am now, though. Apart from that it was just another really ordinary school day.

My first list of 1987:

1. Scott Baio
2. Emilio Estevez
3. Rob Lowe
4. Patrick Swayze
5. Paul McGann

I am madly in love with S. Baio. Totally besotted. ♡♡♡♡

No. 1: Jackie Wilson, Reet Petite.


Not Dressed As Lamb's Teenage diaries 1987

Saturday 31st January 1987

Dad & I went to the video shop coz there was nuttin’ on TV. We came home with Witness – something I’ve wanted to see for simply yonks. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but it was still pretty good.

Went to bed drooling over Harrison Ford. Tomorrow I will no doubtedly get every single picture I can find of him out from the depths of my pictures bag.

[I have absolutely no idea what a ‘pictures bag’ was…]


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Wednesday 25th March 1987

German – she didn’t give us any of the vocab we needed! Silly old cow. Well, that is the only way to describe her! But it wasn’t too difficult.

English – I only just had time to read my Silas Marner in lunchtime while we watched form hockey. We lost – never mind; though we did get through to the semi finals. Anyway the English exam was OK, but I hate English exams so it was awful.

It was really sunny when I got home so I crashed out on my bed & I actually went to sleep until dinner time! I was so tired. It was probably coz of the sun. I thought about River Phoenix all the time. Oh – I haven’t said who he is! Well he’s in the film Stand By Me (& in the video to the song) and also Mosquito Coast with Harrison Ford. This River person is probably only about 16 but I am desperately in lurve. I can’t wait to see either of those films.

Jo gave me a ring to say that Soul Man ends at the cinema tomorrow! So we have arranged to go. Phew – was that close or was that close?



1988 (aged 15-16)

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Thursday 21st January 1988


Day rating: 7

I had this strange dream about River Phoenix last night. I was watching a nature programme about the jungle & his family appeared! I rushed around for a tape to video it but I couldn’t get one. Anyway there was this bit where he walking [sic] along the road with his brother& they were both all dirty – like they were at the end of Mosquito Coast – and all of a sudden River turned round to his brother and said: “Look what’s the matter with you – do you want me to get married for you?” And I don’t remember any more. There must be some significance to that. I wrote a note to Jo & asked her wot she thought it meant & she said: “I think it shows a very sad & disturbed mind”. And in the middle of French I just cracked up.

Vickie picked me up from school & we came home (Ma was out) and watched some of Breakfast at Tiffany’s I recorded on Monday. It’s good so far.

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  1. 12 September 2023 / 8:55 am

    Love this! I am a teacher, do you mind if I use the pages in my classroom? We are looking at how authors talk when writing in a diary compared to authors who write stories.

    • Catherine
      15 September 2023 / 4:01 pm

      Hi Cal – yes of course that’s absolutely fine, be my guest! Apologies for the delay getting back to you, I’ve been on holiday and not had time to look at my comments section. Hope the Students enjoy my cringey 80s writing and expressions…!! πŸ˜‰

  2. ipad38392
    23 March 2022 / 7:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’m 16 and I really would like to start a diary, and after seeing this I want to start one even more. I’m just pretty terrified of people finding it.

    • Catherine
      24 March 2022 / 5:40 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! As you may have read in the post it never occurred to me to be worried about someone finding it… maybe my life just wasn’t that exciting?! πŸ˜‰

      But honestly, I’m so glad I did – to have those memories now is priceless so I thoroughly recommend it before you get too “old” xx

  3. Zainab
    31 July 2021 / 12:41 am

    I came to your blog quite by accident, while googling so ething else about someone else.
    Reading the pages of your diary really took me back… Even over here, at that time (80s) most of the movies you named, i remember watching, too; not at cinemas but on video tapes. Swapping with friends.
    Yesterday (29th july), it just popped into my head, that it was the anniversary of the “The Royal wedding”. It was also broadcast to us live here (Nigeria), and I remember watching it eagerly, too. It was hard for me to believe that was exactly 40 years ago! It’s so long ago, but not so long ago, at the same time. 40 years. I kept doing mental calculations in my head, thinking I’d added an extra decade by mistake.
    Well, we missed the tail end, because there was a power outage (common here, even now).
    As for magazines, when available my sisters usually bought Fab 208, Pink, Jackie etc; I much rather preferred the comics: Bunty and Mandy.
    The 80s: simpler times, fun times!

    • Catherine
      31 July 2021 / 2:15 pm

      Gosh Zainab you’ve jogged my memory too about the Royal Wedding… 40 years ago?!! That’s actually frightening!

      I’m so glad the post took you back with all the mentions of the movies and things we loved at the time, thank you so much for dropping by and leaving me a lovely comment! C x

  4. Hilary
    26 February 2020 / 8:26 pm

    I’m a bit older than you, but I just LOVED the 80s! Thank you for sharing your diary and memories! The music, the movies, even the fashion (oh my, the shoulder pads!) and the BIG hair! My sister was the Holly Hobby fan – she even had a Holly Hobby dollhouse when she was little. Breakfast Club – definitely one of my fave movies of all time. Occasionally, I have to watch some 80s movies just for the nostalgia factor – and my daughters love them too – Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Back to the Future (and Michael J Fox is CANADIAN – I just loved his character in Family Ties too), Top Gun (but what happened to Val Kilmer!), Wall Street! And some of the TV shows: especially “Dallas”! I loved it – I had an “I shot JR” tee-shirt. You could get “Who shot JR?” as well…………….oh the memories. I tell my children they live in a post-Madonna world, but she sure made the 80s special, didn’t she!

    • Catherine
      31 July 2021 / 2:25 pm

      Hehe I know now that MJF is Canadian, my 13 year-old self definitely didn’t! πŸ˜‰

      Yeah the whole Who shot JR thing was massive, wasn’t it Hilary – I think it was ALL we were talking about at school, though I think it was quite a bit before I started writing my diaries (maybe it was around 1980/81?) I’m so glad your daughters love the 80s movies too… a few years ago I lent my niece my Breakfast Club DVD (she was about 14 at the time) and she said it was the best film EVER. Goes to show they’ve stood the test of time, doesn’t it…?

      Thank you my lovely x

  5. 16 February 2020 / 9:24 am

    I love the 1980’s diary entries! I’ve recently gone back and read my journals from only a few years ago and its hilarious what you remember and what you don’t!

    • Catherine
      16 February 2020 / 9:22 pm

      Amazing how some days are as clear as a bell and others you have NO recollection of, as if you’re reading someone else’s diary, isn’t it Laurel?!! So funny πŸ˜€

  6. Barb
    10 February 2020 / 1:57 pm

    There’s a Canadian podcast where adults read their diaries to a live audience. https://grownupsreadthingstheywroteaskids.com/podcast/
    It is the funniest thing. My daughter went on it. Some of the things people have written are hysterical.

    • Catherine
      11 February 2020 / 10:18 am

      Oh wow when I get a free moment I’ll have a listen, Barb – I can imagine how excruciating (but hilarious) that must be to read it out in front of people!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

  7. 9 February 2020 / 7:44 pm

    Loved these. I had the exact same Holly Hobbie diary that I filled with my scribbles in 1984. It seems like 2 lifetimes ago. I wish I knew where it is.

    • Catherine
      10 February 2020 / 11:00 am

      Did the pages of yours fall out like mine has, Loree…? I have to be really careful not to lose the pages of it!!!!! I was obsessed with everything Holly Hobbie when I was young πŸ˜€

      Hope you find yours one day, you never know it may turn up! x

  8. Mary Katherine
    9 February 2020 / 12:52 pm

    Catherine- reading all these comments and your replies to people I β€œknow” from the blogosphere feels like one big delicious slumber party! Thanks for taking us ALL back to our teenage years

    • Catherine
      9 February 2020 / 1:36 pm

      heehee it does, doesn’t it MK xx πŸ˜‰

  9. 9 February 2020 / 6:17 am

    Ha! What fun! I burned my diaries years ago.


    • Catherine
      9 February 2020 / 11:49 am

      Oh no what a shame, Michelle!! πŸ™

  10. LaughingGirl713
    8 February 2020 / 7:57 pm

    Wow, I never thought I’d see the same Holly Hobby diary cover I had – thank you for sharing your trip down memory lane…

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 11:54 pm

      Isn’t it a cutie?! I think I had everything Holly Hobbie at one point…! Glad you liked the post πŸ˜€

  11. 8 February 2020 / 1:20 pm

    Catherine, this is absolutely brilliant! And I don’t find it all that cringe-worthy. It really is just typical cute teenager from the 80’s kind of stuff! I do not have my teenage journals anymore because I burned them all many many years ago when my future ex-husband at the time read them and we had a huge blow out fight over things that I wrote when I was 14! He told me he couldn’t marry me because of the things in my teenage journals. I was mortified and ashamed and burned every one of them. In hindsight, I am angry that he would read my journals without my permission and pass such ridiculous judgments on me. Ugh. In any event, that is all in the past and now I have been contemplating investigating my journals from my 20’s and 30’s which I started writing after I divorced that wanker! And I am certain I will cringe if I go back into those…still in the contemplation process! This was a fun and inspiring post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:03 pm

      OMG SERIOUSLY, Shelbee?!! He did that????? Thank god you got rid of him…! I mentioned to a friend (in front of Keith) about finding and reading my diaries and how funny they were, and they asked him if he’d read them… He sort of laughed and said “No” as if he couldn’t think of anything more uninteresting, lol! However he HAS said that the extracts are funny – but what kind of man would want to read through weeks and weeks and weeks of a teenage girl washing her hair and watching Dallas??! (And even after he read them I’m sure he didn’t find out you were torturing animals or anything heinous like that!)

      Anyway yes I think it’d be a great idea to revisit the journals that you kept, you never know WHAT you might get out of it!

  12. 8 February 2020 / 11:41 am

    How funny to read your excerts, but how scary too! I got married in 1986!!! I remember these films and TV programs but all seem different to me – I loved Dallas ha ha. x Thanks for a nice blog post – loved it. I wished I’d kept my diaries. xx Jacqui

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:08 pm

      Jacqui both my sisters married in 1985, and I got married (first time) in 1999 in my late 20s… you only have to be a few years older than me and to have married in your early 20s and it works out about right – but I know what you mean about thinking “OMG I was doing XXX at that time” with anyone younger than me now, it’s always a shock!! πŸ˜‰

      I did actually love Dallas, but in the earlier years – by 1985 it had gone off the boil a bit. Once Bobby reappeared in the shower it all went downhill from there really, didn’t it… πŸ˜€

  13. 8 February 2020 / 1:59 am

    Omg…I had a Holly Hobby diary…lol! And seriously, The Breakfast Club was by far the best 80’s movie…

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:10 pm

      I think I’d had that diary for a little while and not used it Debbie – it was a perpetual diary, not one that was specific to any year so I think I held onto it for a few years before deciding my life needed documenting…!!

      And YES to The Breakfast Club being the best 80s film – though Back to the Future and Raiders OTLA were probably just as good πŸ˜‰

  14. 7 February 2020 / 11:41 pm

    Catherine, these made me literally LOL, especially your rankings of handsome hunks! (Although you were pretty spot on.) I recently found a bunch of old essay’s at my mom’s house and although I won awards for them at the time, they were pretty cringe-worthy! Here’s to evolving πŸ™‚
    Cheryl Shops

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:11 pm

      Oh the hunks lists are my favourite, Cheryl!! πŸ˜‰ I love how fickle I was (reading it from one week to the next I mean), but my love for Rob Lowe never REALLY wavered, right up until today…!

  15. Liz P.
    7 February 2020 / 10:32 pm

    Hilarious! Back then I don’t think anyone could envision the blogosphere. It’s fascinating that you loved clothes, wrote in your diary everyday and who knew you could wind up basically doing this for a living one day.

    All my diaries went down the trash chute in my 30s after ripping out lots of pages first and shredding them. See, I would never blog. The most I will do is comment!

    PS. I once saw Emilio in a parking lot in Malibu about 17 years ago. He looked like a very nice guy. I think you should’ve kept him at #1.

    I miss the days of going to see all the new movies on the big screen! There is no comparison with today’s movies… (I miss Holly Hobby too! You started “blogging” at a really young age!)

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:14 pm

      Aww shame about you getting rid of your diaries, Liz!! But I’ve got rid of other things I wish I’d kept, never mind!

      And oh WOW about seeing Emilio!! 17 years ago is not very long ago, you should have said hello (though had it been me I wouldn’t have said hello, it’s always the people who WEREN’T there that say “why didn’t you ask for a selfie/talk to them?”!!

  16. 7 February 2020 / 9:11 pm

    Well you gotten famous! And how much TV you watched! Such fun. Ha ha. I never had a diary, my life was too miserable to write down.

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:15 pm

      Hehe not exactly famous, Nancy, just known by a few lovelies in a small online community…! And yes, A LOT of TV. You should read the rest of the diaries, this barely touches how much TV I watched!!!!!!

  17. 7 February 2020 / 8:58 pm

    I had that Holly diary too. I think it came from the USA.
    Anna at Muttonstyle

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:16 pm

      Mine perhaps did too, Anna… when we lived in Canada when I was a nipper I had a cardboard Holly Hobbie playhouse in our basement. It was my absolute fave!!

  18. 7 February 2020 / 8:55 pm

    I didn’t keep diaries because I was always terrified of someone finding them and reading them, and then me getting in trouble! Yours were hilarious to read. I can’t remember if I was quite so crazy about celebrity men as you were, but I was sick in love with Rick Springfield, and I’m pleased to see he’s not on any of your lists. We would have had fights over Michael J Fox though, let’s be clear about that, ok.

    I love that you wanted to be famous.. and you loved film as much then as you do now! This was such a sweet read into tiny Catherine! xx

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:18 pm

      I don’t remember being worried about anyone reading mine, Lisa – I have no idea why?!

      And no, you couldn’t have had Michael J Fox, except when Rob Lowe was no.1. Then he’d be all yours πŸ˜‰

      I have NO recollection of ever wanting to be famous. God knows where that came from!

  19. 7 February 2020 / 8:38 pm

    Gosh. Memories. And lots of chuckles. Times have really changed with “hot” young men. Rob Lowe definitely lasted the distance, though.

    • Catherine
      8 February 2020 / 6:19 pm

      He absolutely did, didn’t he Ratnamurti?!! He’s still a very fine man, and he seems like a pretty nice guy as well. Glad you enjoyed the post πŸ˜€

  20. Rosemarie Bailey
    7 February 2020 / 8:18 pm

    Omg, I rediscovered my diaries recently and had such fun rereading them. I even spent a small fortune couriering them back to the UK from New Zealand so my sister and I can share each other’s! They’re priceless. Can’t wait!

    • Catherine
      7 February 2020 / 8:24 pm

      Oh wow Rosemarie that’s amazing! Reading your old diaries is SUCH fun as you say… if you can get past all the cringing πŸ˜‰

  21. 7 February 2020 / 8:10 pm

    So funny ! Your fun chirpy tone of voice can Still be heard between the lines…
    I burned all my diaries and love letters. I had a β€˜leavening the past behind and move on’ Ceremony with my best friend !
    A bit like A decluttering for the mind!
    My fave film ever is Top Gun, and top gun 2 is out soon !!
    Ash xx

    • Catherine
      7 February 2020 / 8:18 pm

      Oh no to burning all your diaries, Ashley!! I get burning love letters – I did the same – but I held onto the diaries for some reason. It’s so funny to read about my reaction to seeing Top Gun and all the Brat Pack movies for the first time.

      And YES to Top Gun 2!! I’m worried about seeing Val Kilmer again, though, unlike Rob Lowe he hasn’t looked too hot of late… #eep

  22. Mary Katherine
    7 February 2020 / 7:34 pm

    These are excruciatingly delicious! And yes, we all wrote exactly the same kind of crap at that age. I can’t stand to read mine! You definately had it going on for the Brat Pack, and I love how you fancied Michael J. Fox “even though he’s American” – such a deal-breaker, right?!?!?! Curious about the sentances of Scripture? I was totally smitten with Robert Redford, David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman (right there with you, Sue Burpee!) These feelings, and the need to document them, were such a right of passage for us girls in the Western World in the 20th c. I wonder if social media fills that niche now…

    • Catherine
      7 February 2020 / 8:01 pm

      Hehe I now know Michael J Fox is actually Canadian, Mary Katherine – I have no idea why I wrote ‘American’ like that?! All the other hunks I liked were American…!!

      Scripture was actually the name our school gave to the subject of RE/RS, or Religious Education/Studies. Basically I probably read two sentences of the bible and that was it πŸ˜‰

      I also loved Robert Redford when I was young – BC and the Sundance Kid and Barefoot in the Park were what did it for me. And yes – what utter crap we wrote!!!!!!!!! So funny πŸ˜€

  23. 7 February 2020 / 7:11 pm

    I wish I had written diaries. I loved David Cassidy and Blue Boy from The High Chapparal. And you are famous! Loved the post.

    • Catherine
      7 February 2020 / 8:03 pm

      My sisters, being much older, were definitely into David Cassidy, Hilda… I remember thinking he was an “old man”!!!! Plus I’m hardly famous, maybe just known by a few people in our little community – thank you though!

  24. 7 February 2020 / 7:07 pm

    Such fun to read. When you decided in 1986 to be famous, who could even have guessed it would have been as a blogger. I wish I’d kept my teenage diaries!

    • Catherine
      7 February 2020 / 8:05 pm

      Aww bless you Gail, thanks (though I’m hardly famous)! What a shame you didn’t keep your diaries, to be honest I didn’t even really know that I’d kept mine till I discovered them languishing in a box?!

  25. 7 February 2020 / 6:37 pm

    are we the same age? and the same person? i have tomes, and tomes of diaries I wrote between the ages of 13 & 24….i started reading them recently…but couldn’t get past the first one–just yet….cringe worthy, embarrassing–you name it!
    i was born ’71…you?

    xo eva

    • Catherine
      7 February 2020 / 8:09 pm

      Born in 1972 Eva, so yes pretty much the same age (my BFF Jo was born in 1971)! That’s amazing that you wrote them right up until you were 24, I wish I had. I wrote for just a few months into 1990 and then stopped – didn’t write one in 1989 at all – but by the time I was 17/18 my diary entries weren’t anywhere near as funny.

      Hence all the earlier, cringe-worthy stuff you see here! πŸ˜€

  26. 7 February 2020 / 6:33 pm

    I really enjoyed reading some of your journal entries! I still have all mine as well somewhere and all the poems I used to write back then…How awesome that you got to see A-ha!
    Thanks for hosting the linkup!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

    • Catherine
      7 February 2020 / 8:11 pm

      I can’t believe I didn’t write more about A-ha, Ellibelle – it was an amazing night and the first concert I was allowed to go to with just my BFF! (no parents, woo-hoo)!

      You should dig your diaries out and read them for a laugh…!

  27. 7 February 2020 / 6:25 pm

    Catherine, those diary entries are precious. So glad you kept those books. I remember writing much the same, albeit a decade earlier and talking about David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman. “I hate my hair” was written many, many times in my teenage journal too. How young we were, eh? And soooo emotional about everything! Okay… I’m still emotional about my hair, I will admit. Even at 63!

    • Catherine
      7 February 2020 / 8:15 pm

      Hehe thanks Sue – I had to look up Bobby Sherman, seems he didn’t really make a mark on the UK charts so I guess that’s why I hadn’t heard of him? Though if I’d been in the US/Canada and your age then I think I would DEFINITELY have liked him… I really loved Davy Jones of the Monkees so yes he’d have been my type I think!! πŸ˜‰

      I used to write SO much about my hair! It was an obsession… do we ever change though as you said?!!!!

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