Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Change is good right?

I was getting really bored with the look of my blog. I changed it up a bit and added my picture, the real freckleface. I've got some more work to do but what do you think so far?


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Are you smarter than a 4th grader?

Hayden's favorite subjects in school are math and science. I love that he loves math. I think that math can be intimidating to some kids. I always check his homework before he takes it back to school and I am amazed at some of the word problems he gets. I for one hated word problems as a kid, still do. This one in particular puzzled me:


On a game board, landing on blue means to move ahead 1 space, landing on red means to move ahead 2 spaces, and landing on orange means to move back 1 space. If you took 30 spins, about where would you expect to be on the game board, relative to where you started?

I'll be honest, this took some thought but I finally came up with the answer. Are you smarter than a 4th grader? (answer in comments)

Monday, September 21, 2009

2009 Emmys

Sadly I missed the hilarity that is Neil Patrick Harris last night at the 2009 Emmy Awards. However, I never miss the fashion lowdown the next day. Here is, in my opinion, the best and worst on the red carpet last night. Celebs never cease to amaze me...


Neil! What can I say...I want him as my gay BFF!
Oh and Neil, YOU WERE ROBBED! You shoulda won.



Ah, my doppelganger Debra Messing. Love this. It is difficult for a red head to pull off red but she did it!


January Jones...wow! Gorge!



Jon Hamm. He looks classic old Hollywood. Tall, dark and Hammsome!



Gouhliana, ahem, Guiliana looks stunning.



Heidi looks like a pregnant mermaid, a gorgeous pregnant mermaid, just not in this dress.



Cicely Tyson got a little confused. She thought this was Michael Jackson's funeral.



Holly Hunter. Shiny. Love it.



Kim Kardashian. WE GET IT! You have a big ass...



Kourtney Kardashian. This is how a pregnancy dress should look. Nice.



How cute is Kristin Chenoweth? You could put her in your pocket!



Wow! Sigourney Weaver looks great. Love the retro look!



And now I give you THE WORST LOOK EVER to grace the red carpet. Even worse than Cher, Celine Dion or yes, even Bjork:



Victoria Rowell in an Obamanation of fashion. WTF?
I mean its cool and all to support your prez but WTF?


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!

When I was a kid we made our own costumes from old clothes and boxes and our treat bags consisted of an old pillowcases. You could really haul the loot with those! My kids used to let me make their costumes but suddenly that wasn't cool anymore. Now they want to be G.I. Joe and Optimus Prime amongst other super heroes. I have hope with Bryn. When Hayden first went trick or treating, I found him a monogrammed bat treat bag that I bought from Lillian Vernon. I know what you're thinking. Lillian Vernon? Remember that sketch from Mad TV where they made fun of Lillian Vernon? This one:


No? I didn't think so. Did anybody really watch that show?


I've since bought Logan a spider and I just ordered Bryn a black cat. They are $10.98, with the monogramming, and you can get a discount if you order more. If you don't already have a cool treat bag for your little Ghoul or Goblin, check them out! Visit Lillian Vernon's Halloween Headquarters for more cool Halloween decorations.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cute fruit

Look at this cute bunch of baby bananas. I found these at Wal*Mart. They are the perfect size for Bryn, she can never finish a regular one.



mommy and baby bananas (not really but its cute)



Bryn sized!


Download this


If you love Kings of Leon, you will love The Features, or at least like them. They were signed to Kings of Leon's label Imprint. The album: Some Kind of Salvation, the song: Lions. It's catchy, it's cool, I love it!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Do you remember?

Over the weekend I celebrated yet another birthday. I can't believe that I am as old as I am. I definitely don't feel my age. Chad and I were having a laugh remembering things we had/did when we were younger, a lot younger!
I remember: a time when McDonald's Chicken McNuggets came in a Styrofoam container, we drank TAB, my cousins and I spent the night at my grandparent's house and would sleep on the floor in front of the door (which was unlocked), riding my bike all day long and not getting tired, evening television programs that contained NO bad language, Sunday dinners with my family, and not having a care in the world! I loved being a kid...especially in the 80's!



TV & MOVIES


When I was a toddler I loved Sesame Street, Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and The Electric Company. "Heeyy yoouu guys!" I would sit in my little rocking chair and wouldn't move. Life was good.



Who remembers Pinwheel on Nickelodeon?


How about now? Orelia and Ebeneezer?





Admiral bird?

Or these guys? This was when Nickelodeon was first on. It was similar to Sesame Street with puppets, people and little cartoons and I watched it every day!



I always wanted to get slimmed! You Can't Do That On Television was one of my favorite shows.


Alasdair and Christine "Moose"
I loved Alasdair. Remember the lockers and the bad jokes?



I would have taken a ride on Ricky Schroder's train any day!



This may be a stretch but does anybody remember the show Out Of This World? The main character, Evie, was an alien. That is about all I remember. I would watch anything I swear.




Vicki the "robot" girl was annoying as hell with her stupid voice, yet I loved it.



The Muppet Show was a show that my mom and I watched together and we both loved it! It was the best show EVAH!
I have since bought the DVDs for my kids.





Rainbow Brite. I watched the cartoon and had the dolls. (Thanks to Joel McHale for bringing this back!) I remember that at one point Taco Bell had the Sprites (like Twink) for $5 or something. I went there until I collected them all. Which also reminds me of Hugga Bunch. Taco Bell had those too.



Jem is truly, truly, truly outrageous!


I have a couple real memories of going to the movies when I was a kid. One being my dad taking me to see A Christmas Story and the other my mom taking me to the drive in to see The Neverending Story. I was mesmerized.


I loved Atreyu. Loved! I saw an E! show the other day about child stars...Where Are They Now. Atreyu is now a tattoo artist in LA.



Ahh, The Dark Crystal! Jim Henson's Gelflings and Skexies. I knew someone that looked like a Skexie, no lie. I had the Disney Channel when I was a kid, when it first came out. This came on and my grandma thought it was too scary for me. I had to argue with her that it was PG AND on the Disney Channel in order to watch it. Of course I own the DVD now.

Honorable mentions: Goonies, Family Ties, Who's The Boss, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Blossom (Whoa!), Fraggle Rock, The Karate Kid, Thundercats, Star Wars, Labyrinth, Legend, Alf, Charles in Charge, Mr. Belvedere, Inspector Gadget, Perfect Strangers, The Cosby Show, E.T., Punky Brewster, ANYTHING by John Hughes.


BOOKS


Lori (t.w.i.t.) and I were talking about this a week or so ago. We both wanted the Sweet Pickles bus to come to our house and deliver the books. Lori's books, nor mine, were NOT delivered by the Sweet Pickles bus. I repeat NOT delivered by the Sweet Pickles bus. Lori is in therapy now. Seriously, she cannot let go. DAMN YOU SWEET PICKLES!


Judy Blume books!

Ramona and her big sister Beezus. PBS even had a show. I think it came on around Degrassi Jr. High. Remember Wheels? HA!



If you were a prepubescent girl, you read this. This was a GUIDE to becoming a woman. Frankly, it terrified me.


Sweet Valley Twins. I read all of them! I always thought it would be fun to have a twin sister and decided that since I myself didn't have a twin, I would have to have twin girls. Never got into Sweet Valley High.

Honorable mentions: How To Eat Fried Worms, The Chocolate War, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Amelia Bedelia, Blubber, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Where the Sidewalk Ends (or anything Shel Silverstein).


TOYS

Popples were sooo cute!

The Family Tree House. They still make this!




Fisher Price My Friends Doll
"Jenny"
There was also a blonde, "Mandy". I remember getting this doll for one of my birthdays. Me and Jenny was like peas and carrots!
I still have her, only now she is sporting a hair style a la Kate Gosselin.


Tomy Kimberly Doll
I still have her too!


I wish I still had this. It is worth quite a bit. The Familiar Places McDonald's from Playskool. It's hip to be square!



Pretty Cut & Grow
Finally, a doll in which you could cut the hair! I believe I got her from my dad and I cut ALL of her yellow yarn hair. All of it!



Skipper
This was my favorite Skipper. Sun Lovin' Malibu Skipper. She has tan lines!



Sea Wees
I loved these! I had so many and they came with little babies. I played with them in the tub and in the pool.






Strawberry Shortcake
I had (have actually) 'em all! Apple Dumplin, Raspberry Torte, Blueberry Muffin, Angel Cake, Huckleberry Pie, Crepes Suzette...all of 'em! I was known round the hood for my extensive SS collection!


Feelin' Smurfy my friend?


How many cereal boxes did you go through to get a Wacky Wall Walker in every color?


Honorable mentions: Star Wars figures, Colorforms, Cabbage Patch Kids, Garbage Pail Kids cards, Masters of the Universe, Fashion Plates, Hugga Bunch, My Buddy, My Little Pony, GI Joe, Transformers, Snoopy Snow Cone Machine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gobots, Puffalumps, Pound Puppy, Teddy Ruxpin, Pillow People, Glo Worm, Micro Machines, Care Bears. Rainbow Brite, Rubix's Cube, Fisher Price Little People.


TRENDS

My first watch. I received this watch from my mom on my 6th birthday. I remember it well. This watch perhaps started my love for Peanuts. Oh and yes, I still have it!!


Raise your hand if you wore Camp Beverly Hills? Or maybe Luv's Baby Soft, Designer Impostor Perfume Sprays or Liz Claiborne?



Friendship bracelets. I would stay up late painstainkingly making these for all of my friends. I had to have every different color of embroidery floss and wore at least ten on each arm.


Friendship pins. Mine were the prettiest!


Anybody who was anybody would rock Benetton

and

and anything from The Limited. Like Forenza or Outback Red (with the tag on the back).


I was in the 6th grade when I got my Swatch. I only had one because I loved the one I had. Didn't like the Pop Swatch. I also had several of the rubber guards. (yep still have it)


Oversized shaker knit sweaters. So awesome. NOT!


Be it Jordache, Guess, Bongo, Z Cavaricci or Sergio Valente...you had to have the coolest pair. Bleached, acid washed, stonewashed, button fly, side zipper leg, french rolled etc.



Jellies! I also had the jelly bracelets and rings!



Cool tennis shoes. I had a pair of Roos, I kept my lunch money in the pocket :)
There were also L.A. Gear, K Swiss and Reebok. I had the Reebok white high tops, of course I wore two pair of scrunchy socks with them! Also had Eastland's with the twisty laces.


Honorable mentions: banana clips, big bows, flourescent colors, stirrup pants, spandex, jams, big hair, mullets, side pony tails, moccasins, Polo shirts with the collar up, slap bracelets, Hypercolor t shits, parrachute pants, painter pants, Liz Claiborne purses.


I didn't include any 80's music. That would be a separate blog post! Ok, now it's your turn. Tell me what you remember when you were a kid.