Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday Ramblings...

I actually had planned on posting this one yesterday, but by the time I got home, started my laundry, and cooked supper, it was time for LOST (I'm a big fan of the show LOST- only 6 episodes left until the series finale- SO MANY QUESTIONS ARE LEFT UNANSWERED RIGHT NOW!!)

Anyways, back to my scheduled rambling. A friend and I were reminiscing the other day about our childhood and some of our favorite (and not so favorite) memories of the 80s. There are tons of "You Might Be A Child of the 80's" lists floating around the Internet (feel free to Google them if you want). Here are a few that I feel applied to me and I felt the need to share them with you.

How to Know You Are a Child of the 80's:

-You had a crush on one of the New Kids on the Block members.


 My favorite one was Joey. He was the youngest of the group.
(L) Me at age 12, wearing my NKOTB shirt (and holding my nephew James).
(R) A grown up Joey McIntyre (age 37 now)

-You owned a doll with 'Xavier Roberts' signed on its butt.

I did own a Cabbage Patch Doll. Her name was Patricia! She looked very similar to this one. I wonder what ever happened to that doll...I bet it would be worth something on Ebay today!

-You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, Wax off."

(L) The Karate Kid (I own the triology on DVD.) The first one is the best. "Sweep the leg Johnny!" I never liked the second one and the third one is almost painful to sit through. But I'll watch it, just to see Ralph. **sigh**
(R) Ralph Macchio all grown up. Oh yah- he'll be FIFTY next year. I'm not lying. He was 24 when he made The Karate Kid. Still looking good Ralph!

- You hold a special place in your heart for Back to the Future.

I remember that it ended with "To Be Continued..." and it took four years for the sequel to come out! And then a year after that, they released the third one. Again, the first one in this trilogy is the best one (in my opinion).

- You wanted to be a Goonie.

"Goonies never say die."
"Do the Truffle Shuffle!"
"Heyyyyy yooooou guuuuyyyys..."

- You've heard of Garbage Pail Kids.

Oh yes, I remember these two in particular making my elementary school days miserable!

- You remember Pong.

My brother and I were just talking about Pong this past weekend. My nephew was playing a video game and we were explaining that when we were younger (yes, we used the dreaded "back when I was your age" phrase), we didn't have fancy video games. We had Pong. And it kept us entertained for hours!

- You own any of the Care Bear Glass collection from Pizza Hut.

I believe we had the whole set (I think there were four). We also had the Flintstone kids and ET set.

- Partying "like it's 1999" seemed SO far away.

I remember thinking I was going to be sooooo old in 1999 (21). Oh, to be 21 again!!

- You ever mismatched your clothes in a vain attempt to emulate Punky Brewster.

Sadly, I don't think I was trying to mismatch my clothes on purpose. I just had no sense of style (I still don't!) ;)
(L) Me in my kindergarten class picture. I obviously dressed myself that morning. Like how I tried to "roll" my pants? And they had an elastic waist band. Awesome!
(R) Punky Brewster-yeah, she looked WAY cooler with her mismatched clothes!

- You remember when it stopped being fashionable to pull your socks up to your knees.

Holy high socks Batman! Sadly, yes, I did go out in public like that. WHAT WAS I THINKING?? Better yet, what were my parents thinking?

- Two words: Lite Brite.

Again, we had hours of fun with a Lite-Brite! I remember making my own designs after I used up all the pattern sheets that were provided.

- You watched She-Ra and He-Man.


"By the power of Grayskull...I have the power!" Am I the only one who remembers they were brother and sister? I was talking to a friend about this just recently and he didn't realize that.

- You watched Kids, Inc. and had a crush on Ryan

Well, DUH, he was the cutest guy on the show! If you watched Kids Inc., you might also remember Fergie from Black Eyed Peas was on it (as Stacey) as well as Jennifer Love Hewitt (as Love). Oh yes, I'm a "well" of useless information!

- You remember when Saturday mornings were NOT all Disney TV shows.

Absolutely! My Saturday mornings consisted of The Incredible Hulk (the real live version, not the cartoon version), Muppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock.

- You remember watching the ultimate 80's movie: ET

I remember being 4 years old and crying my eyes out in the theater when I thought ET had died. Oh, and to this day, I still **heart** Henry Thomas! : )

- You had a crush on Zack Morris or A.C. Slater.

Team Zack all the way baby! Last year Mark-Paul Gosselaar went on the Jimmy Fallon Show AS Zack Morris. The man looks just the same! **sigh**

- You read the Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High books when they first came out.

Oh yes, I read them all. I even started my own "Babysitters Club". I think it's funny that the Babysitter's Club started when I was in fourth grade, and the girls were "so much older" and in the 8th grade. When the series finally ended when I was in college, they were still in the 8th grade. Poor girls, they never got to high school! Oh, and I remember the one book of Sweet Valley High where one of the twins started dating a college guy- and he had a mustache! (I know, it was soooo scandalous!!) : )

 - You walked like an Egyptian.

I remember always hearing this at the roller skating rink and trying to "walk like an Egyptian" while on roller skates. Not something a clumsy person such as myself should try!! :)

- You had a crush on Kirk Cameron.

What do you mean had?? :)

(L) An 80s picture of Kirk Cameron during his Growing Pains days
(R) A picture of me from last May after receiving Kirk Cameron's autograph at a Christian conference. Oh yes, my friend and I sat out in the rain for 8 hours that day. We even braved two possible tornadoes. Fun times!

- You can still sing the Toys-R-Us song.

It won't let me embed the video here, you have to click on the link to see the video. "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid...". If you look at :25 of the video, I think it's the guy that played Urkel!

If you have a favorite memory from the 80s, feel free to leave them in the comments, I know there are a TON more out there!!

Be blessed!!


  1. oh my goodness! This just made my day! BABY SITTERS CLUB!?! LOVED it!! NKOTB! 1999 was SOOO far into the future. I had the ankle socks. Then that was NOT cool. LOVED lite brite. I hearted Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski. Walk Like an Egyptian. Dun dun dun - me singing.
    I don't want to grow up! ....

    Great post!

  2. Okay! What do I comment on?! I love everything you listed! I looooove the Care Bears. I actually bought a Care Bear dvd for my kids yesterday! And I loved the New Kids. I remember when they started becoming unpopular and I was devastated. I still watch Back to the Future and Goonies every now and then. We used to collect Garbage Pail Kids. I had a huge collection. I wish I would have kept it because they are worth some money now! I had the entire She-Ra castle and all the other She-Ra toys. I saw The Babysitters Club books at my library a couple weeks ago and I was so tempted to check out a couple books. Haha!

    This was great! Thanks for the flashback!

  3. Really? THey were brother and sister? I had no idea...but then we didn't watch that one...Love me some Zack Morris, though!!! :)