Top 5 Things I secretly miss about the 80s

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1) Slap Bracelets…a way to entertain yourself for hours (p.s. check out why they were banned)

2) Batman/Barbie cereal…not gonna lie, breakfast became a little more exciting

3) Michael Jackson: pre-pedophile days

4) High top sneakers in any color imaginable…literally

5) Side pony tails and tying shirts into a knot…CLEARLY needs to come back in style

80’s pop culture: fun, yet so easy to make fun of 😉

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Top 5 Favorite Childhood Cartoons

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5 – Flintstones – My favorite for a long time.  I even named my cat Pebbles.  She recently passed away after a long 17.5 year life.

4 – Tail Spin – I don’t really know why I liked it so much.  Each episode was solid (well, as well as i can remember)

3 – Duck Tales – I had a huge craving to watch this in college one semester, and no matter how hard i searched online I couldn’t find any episodes to download.  They did show it on Toon Disney, but that was not one of the 150 channels we got in the dorms.  The show is available on DVD now though. 🙂

2 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a solid favorite of anyone in our generation.

1 – Animaniacs – Between Pinky and the Brain and the Godfeathers, how could you not love this show?


Do you want Baby Jesus to freeze?

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December means Christmas but the first of the month means one thing: Advent Calendars. I don’t know what it was about these things but they were a staple of every December evening when I was little. Usually my sister and I would each have one. Each day they would tell part of a story. We would recite from memory the previous nights and then open that night’s door.

Some years, if my parents found one on sale after the previous Christmas, we would get an Advent Calendar with candy behind each door. We would have to trade off each night which one of us would get the piece of chocolate, its a good thing there were only two of us. If we were bad on our day, then we would lose our chocolate for the night and the other sibling would benefit. I can’t think of a more severe punishment from my childhood than the nights when I was denied the chocolate, likely as a result of something I did to my sister. Looking back it makes no sense. It was a tiny piece of year old chocolate that likely wasn’t even good when it was fresh.

Another tradition, which oddly enough depended on if my sister and I behaved each day was putting hay in the manger. Baby Jesus was not placed in our Nativity Scene until Christmas morning. Its just crazy to have him in there before, he wasn’t born yet. Each night depending on how good we were, we got to put hay into the manger. If we were really good then we got more hay. If we were bad during the day we’d be threatened with “Do you want Baby Jesus to freeze?” If we didn’t wise up, then no hay went in. On those rare occasions where the ultimate punishment was in order, hay was removed from the manger. I love how religion brings families together.

One year Baby Jesus didn’t make it into the manger. Christmas morning came and Mom couldn’t find him. He was never found. We just assumed he had his holidays confused and he ascended.

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Top 5 Holiday Movies

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The topic is pretty self-explanatory.  It is a difficult question to ponder however, do you prefer the warm and fuzzy feel-good crap, or does a more depressing flavor wet your appetite?  As for me:

5. Love, Actually.  Does a good job of intertwining the storylines, you’ve got Christmas as a backgound for some solid dry, British comedy.

4. Home Alone (1 and 2).  I group these films together for obvious reasons.  I like New York as a backdrop in the second film, but the house of tricks in the original trumps the abandoned brownstone in number 2.

3.  Scrooged.  The type of movie I have to watch whenever it is on tv.  The best version of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, and Bill Murray is just at the top of his game.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life.  Most people put this at number 1, which is why I put it at number two.  Underrated for it’s comedic moments.  Donna Reed may be the hottest actress of the black and white era.

1.  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  This one has it all.  Nothing beats Randy Quaid pumping out the septic tank or Clark’s rant at the end of the film.

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Top 5 People Who Annoy The CRAP Out Of Me At Work!

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1) People who slurp coffee/soup/etc. at their desks.

2) Anyone who calls me sweetie, darling, honey, kid, asks my age, etc…

3) The guy who wedges himself in the corner seat in our weekly board meeting, props his head up on the corner-walls, falls asleep, and farts

4) Creepy old men

5) Printer nazis

The Top 5 are the highlights, I could go on all day around here…

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Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

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I have no luck when it comes to cars. Scratch that, my cars have no luck.

Last night my Mom backed her car into mine. In the driveway! The result of being backed into was scrapes on the passenger side going from the wheel to the back of the car.

I’ve been concerned about bumping into one of the other cars in the mornings because our driveway is so dark, the black mini-van is usually behind me, down the driveway, and the back window is usually fogged or icy. The driveway also narrows toward the end which barely allows for two cars to fit. Oh, and its 6am, so I’m wide awake.

It wasn’t even the first time that this has happened. My Freshman year of college my car stayed at home and my sister backed into it. Completely dented all around one of the front wheels. The car was older and wasn’t worth fixing. Still, my sister was so scared of my reaction I wasn’t told until right before the next time I was coming home. Try and imagine the different in anger level when your 8 year old car is hit compared to an 8 month old car.

Only one of my cars has ever been totaled. I wasn’t even in it at the time. My sister, only having had her permit for a few days took our car (it was both of ours) out with my step-dad to practice. In the neighborhood across the street a bus ran a stop sign and turned right into the car. It was entirely the bus driver’s fault (crazy side note: the bus driver was related to my dad). I wound up running to the other neighborhood only to see them attempting to drive it back. One of the saddest sights I’ve ever seen. The only bright spot was that my sister said the CD didn’t skip. It was Green Day’s Warning. From then on the car that replaced that one I referred to as mine, my sister had half and car and she broke it.

While the worst damage seems to occur when I’m not in the car I haven’t entirely avoided car trouble. Just a few weeks ago my car got a flat. That was somewhat stressful but I bought extra warranty for my tires so it didn’t cost me a dime. My real bad day happened back in high school. My car was sounding funny on the way to work. I decided to go back home and borrow one of the other cars. Something seemed wrong with that car as well on the way, but I was out of options. When I made it to work I found it had a flat tire. Fantastic. The day I broke two cars is still discussed to this day. Hey, at least I didn’t back into a parked car.


Top Five TV Shows Currently On

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I’m limiting this to shows on the Fall schedule. 24 and Scrubs won’t be on my list but would be right up at the top if they were on right now.

1. The Office
2. Lost
3. Heroes
4. Veronica Mars
5. How I Met Your Mother

The Office is far and away the front runner here. Not only is it the funniest show on right now, I’ve even been on board for the romantic parts of the show that some people seem to hate. Needless to say, I’m pumped for the new love triangle.

I liked Lost a lot better watching them straight through on DVD. Still its an incredibly well done show that I couldn’t give up on even if it started to get really bad.

Heroes shot into the list quickly this season, its leveled off but I’m expecting big things the rest of the way.

Veronica Mars continues to be solid and I don’t know anyone besides my sister and I that watch the show. There is something very wrong with that. I don’t think anyone has watched the show, because I only think it takes one to get hooked.

I missed the first season of How I Met Your Mother and I’m kicking myself. Its been hilarious every week.

Studio 60 is inconsistent so far. One week its the best episode of the TV season and the next its blah. I think it has huge potential and am really happy that it got a whole season.
Grey’s Anatomy came into the season with high hopes. I have a love-hate relationship with the show but right now I hate it because its boring not because the characters are being evil.