Thursday, August 26, 2010

If you were a kid in the 70's...

I got this email circulating around and thought it was a great opportunity to reminisce. I only spent 3 years in the 70's but it's surprising how much still applies to me :)

You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.
Yup, used it on my dad a lot.

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.
Yup, had that, mine was purple.

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.
Yup, had that, except mine were blue with red stripes.

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!)
Yup, although sometimes there was another kid on who was cuter, but Gopher was definitely the cutest from the main cast.

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.
Actually I really liked that show!

You had either a 'bowl cut' or 'pixie', not to mention the 'Dorothy Hamill'. People sometimes thought you were a boy.
Yup, had that up until gr. 5!! (1987) - that's me at about age 5 with the puppy.

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.
Don't really see anything particularly retro about the rubber boots but I recall those winter boots, although I never had a pair.

You owned a 'Slip-n-Slide' , on which you injured yourself on a sprinkler head more than once.
Oh yeah! I had lots of associated injuries but that never stopped me from going back for more!

You owned 'Klick-Klacks' and smacked yourself in the face more than once!
A friend had those and of course I hit myself in the head!

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.
Actually I think mine was a Holly Hobbie blanket.

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.
Yup, I had more than a few ponchos, I think almost all of them were crocheted.

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.
Was one of the first games I ever played, along with Hungry Hungry Hippo.

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits, or the sunshine family.
This one was a little before my time, I was an adult before I knew who Donnie & Marie were.

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze. The swing set tipped over at least once.
Ours didn't have the trapeze, and it came THIS close to tipping but never did :)

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. (Oh yeah!)
Yup, had a few of those and also those plastic Goody barrettes, flowers, butterflies, bunnies, etc.

You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle). You also had a pair of salt-water sandals.
The clogs (as I called them) were a friend’s, in her dress up clothes actually, and FAR too big on us but we loved them! But I did have a cute pair of the salt-water sandals as a toddler.

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Oleson!
Yup, had that except it wasn’t plaid, it was polka-dotted, I had a plaid one too but no high neck.

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink!
Didn’t know a rink was an option at the time, mine was in the kindergarten coat closet.

PONG! ('video tennis' ) was the most remarkable futuristic game you've ever heard of!
Funny enough, I only heard about Pong in the late 90s.

Your hairstyle was described as having 'wings' or 'feathers' and you kept it 'pretty' with the comb you kept in your back pocket. When you walked, the 'wings' flapped up and down, looked like you were gonna 'take off'.
Nope, bowl cut was, as I mentioned, THE 'do' until almost the 90's!

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.
Yup, one of my fav shows and toys.

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic. With the thermos inside some were glass and broke the first time you dropped them.
No, metal lunch boxes were out by the time I hit school, and mine was the Cabbage Patch Kids, but I LOVED watching the Muppets every Sunday night.

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend.
Had no clue at the time, but now I say the blond one ;)

You had Star Wars action figures, too!
Again, had no clue at the time, only saw part of it in the late 80s, took until late 90s to see the whole movie, and trilogy. Now big sci-fi geek am I!

It was a big event in your household each year when the 'Wizard of Oz' would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags!
YES! One of my fav family traditions!! So weird, I thought we were the only ones!

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: 'Who will I marry. Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or David Cassidy?'
Who? What? Magic-8 balls were also a mystery until adulthood.

You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album.
Not exactly. The closest I got to this was Fame being on a 'mixed' record of various soundtrack songs, all pretty tame comparatively, The Rose, Music Box Dancer, and the like.

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.
More like that's the only craft people knew how to do with us kids, Popsicle-sticks were in just about EVERY craft!

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!
Had a few shrinky-dinks (teehee) but no iron-ons…most of my clothes were hand-me downs with iron-ons already on, lol.

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.
Yup, but again, that was more like 1988.

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat.
Yup, but once again, that was more like 1988, Ricky Schroeder from Silver Spoons *Sigh*.

You learned everything you needed to know about teenage issues from Judy Blume books.
I had seen this book but don’t recall if I actually read it.

You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.
Had no clue at the time and even now I can't say I've ever seen a performance, it's always been a 70's cliche reference for me.

You thought Olivia Newton John's song 'Physical' was about aerobics. (?? its not??)
Yup, and I actually liked watching and doing aerobics from the t.v. HAHA!

You glopped your lips in Strawberry Roll-on lip-gloss till it dripped off. (Kissing Potion, I believe it was called).
Oh yes, the kissing potion!! That and Lipsmackers!! LOVED them!!!

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or r a i n b o w designs.
Yup, ALL over my shoes!! And especially in rainbow colours, I LOVED rainbows (still do actually :)

You drowned yourself in Love's Baby Soft - which was the first 'real' perfume you ever owned.
Yup, first perfume indeed. I think whoever wrote this email is stalking me or something!!
Oh, so much fun to reminisce sometimes. Which items bring back memories for you?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fruits of the Lori

Health. This month I have been trying to add new exercises to switch things up and keep things interesting, which has worked for the most part, although I'm going to keep that up so that in a few weeks I'm not bored of this new stuff :) As for food, I've been doing much better until my birthday weeks that is. Yes, my birthday weeks, as it starts with some people the week before, then there is my celebration with hubby, celebration with family, and then a few people who weren't able to celebrate until the week after. Talk about SELF-indulgence, haha. More on self-discipline to come.

Self Discovery. I've been concentrating on being grateful for what I have and making the most of what I have ever since my pity party. I can't help but see, when I take a moment to look at other people's lives (not even 'third world countries' lives, I mean the lives of some friends and family), how I am blessed on so many levels. I have the love of my life, to share life with. I have a husband who shares the priorities that are the most important to me. I have a job and co-workers I love and the benefits are just gravy. I have really great family and friends who are so supportive. I have the ability to take care of our needs and wants and be generous while still being financially responsible. I have a great Church and I'm so excited for the opportunity I will have to use my gifts there. I'm one lucky lady no matter how I look at it.

Self Discipline. The difference between busyness and laziness is that I can justify my lack of self-discipline when it comes to food and exercise if I'm busy. I've been really great on the days I have a lot of time but not so much on the busy days. Hopefully that will dissapate now that my birthday celebrations are over, and I'm not trying to fit in as much as possible into my schedule. I've decided to step up the motivation though and not rely soley on SD. It worked when I first started so I'm going to reward myself with money again, $1 per day per goal and I can't spend the money on food! It was a great way to save up to buy new clothes when I hit a new size...double motivation!

Consideration. I've been reading a book lately about relationships, it's actually part of a course I'll be a volunteer facilitator with through Church, and it really helps me see people in a new light and encourage them in a new way, but it's also helped me be more considerate towards their struggles. Especially a few people who have been particularily negative and/or a bit of an emotional burden consistently. It's really renewed my love for them as fellow humans, many who are hurting more than me, who have human coping mechanisms and I find myself being considerate to serve them instead of just to be a 'good' friend.
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