Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A clean getaway


PS Did I mention how much I love YouTube? :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I am so over Ralph Macchio

Yesterday was such a great day. The sun was shining, J & I were able to clean the house while Miss H was at a birthday party in the afternoon and we had two very special visitors to our home. (I am now secretly crushing on Schled as he's kind of adorable.)

To wrap up the fun and frolicking, I thought it would be nice to cozy up with two bowls of popcorn and sip on sparkling apple cider (courtesy of Miss Polly) while watching Karate Kid III. About 15 minutes into the movie, I began to feel all nervous and angry. Ralph Macchio's performance was completely over-the-top and annoying. He kept bouncing each time he moved and talked non-stop in this angry, exasperating tone that gave me the shakes. I found myself starting to talk back at the screen. It wasn't long before Polly began to feel as shaky as I did. I can't speak for Polly but I was shocked at how easily Ralph's performance generated nasty terms in my head. Unfortunately, my comments had to be censored (in keeping with good parenting and such) and I was unable to truly express the animosity I felt for Mr. Macchio. Noone should ever have to endure such a horrid performance.

Coincidentally, the movie had a glitch in it and froze during another one of Ralph's irritating hissy-fits.

The day need not be ruined by the horrible acting (and directing), however. We all shared some good laughs over it and found ourselves bouncing around as we said our goodbyes.

This song makes me happy

Years ago, this song would have probably depressed the hell out of me but now, whenever I hear it, I just think of how lucky I am. I guess this is how it feels to be in love.

P.S. I suppose it doesn't hurt that the guy singing is an absolute hunk. (Baahaa)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Obsessing about the 80's

As per my addictive personality, I should have known that the discovery of Square Pegs and the Modern English video would lead to obsessing about the 80's!

I've always loved 80's... the wonderfully, cheesy fashions; the teen, cult classics that were influential on my (non-existent) love-life; the introduction to MTV; Twisted Sister and all the glam rock bands; passing notes in class; my penpals (that's a whole other entry altogether!); hanging out on my ten-speed; teen magazines (BOP, 17, Rockline); slurpees; baseball games in my jersey with a rock shirt underneath and of course, the candies (Black Bart, Flake, Chews to name a few!).

[What I'd LIKE to forget are those turquoise spandex pants that I wore and thought looked so cool! UGH!]

I began to reminisce about the good ol' days - wearing the Jordache jeans and having feathered hair and all. I thought of all of the movies that came out of the 80's and their legacy. To honor this legacy, I've started gathering some of my favorite flicks to save for a rainy day or to introduce J to. Who knows, maybe we'll even host an 80's retrospective where people will be required to wear 80's garb (including an appropriate hairstyle) and feast on party food like munchies, pic-a-pop, Genie's cake, piggies-in-a-blanket (vegan-style, of course) and a selection of favorite candies.

Here is my partial list of movies, thus far:

- Valley Girl (like, totally!)
- Sixteen Candles
- Karate I, II and III (wax on, wax off)
- St. Elmo's Fire
- The Outsiders (my fave was Ponyboy)
- The Big Chill
- Mask (Cher et al)

[I accidentally deleted Pretty in Pink and deliberately deleted Flashdance. I was kind of disgusted by how misogynistic it was but it certainly does reflect how times have changed with what's allowed in movies. Actually... what am I saying?]

I'm sure there are more that I'll want to add like Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (yeah, Spicoli!). For now, I'm satisfied with my little collection.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Melt with you...

This morning, I searched for the show, Square Pegs, on YouTube. Does anyone remember that show? (Gosh, I'm really dating myself here by admitting that I do!) Anyway, it was a show that aired in the eighties and starred Sarah Jessica Parker and was a coming-of-age series (as was the theme of almost everything produced in the 80's). I was happy to see that there were episodes of it available! (Yay! Love YouTube!) Feeling nostalgic, I decided to search for the movie, Valley Girl. I LOVED that movie and must have seen it a dozen times! During my search, I came across that awesome song, "Melt With You" by the Psychadelic Furs which became a hit after it played in Valley Girl. I loved this song so much and still do. I must have played it a million times and wore out that little cassette tape. Thank goodness, I was able to re-record it off the radio!

The video brings back a lot of memories... Sure, they were laden with teenage angst but nevertheless, fond memories. I remember having a copy of the movie on a VHS tape and watching it over and over and over again; quoting all of the Valley Girlisms (trying to be cool). I remember thinking I was something special because I'd been to the shopping mall (Sherman Oaks Galleria) where some of the filming took place. (I was this way, too, when I found out that I had been to the same arcade where the Karate Kid was filmed playing miniature golf). I'll have to re-watch the movie again and see what all the fuss was about (don't quite remember all that kissing that was going on in the video). For now, I'll admire Nicholas Cage and his Flock of Seagulls 'do! Love it! He's so totally rad!

(Coincidentally, Toronto is going through some kind of heatwave right now so the title of this song captures the way I've been feeling during the last 24 hrs.)

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Kids are so amusing. I love it when they spit out words that are slight variations of the real thing. Of course, it is done in complete seriousness which makes things even more amusing. Last night, for example, my little person was talking about hair and how it wrapped around people's "earslopes". My all time favorite, however, has to be "cutecumber". (How could it not?!)

In the same vein, children's questioning is always a source of amusement and curiosity. What exactly are they thinking when they ask their questions? (I can only imagine what their creative little minds are cooking up and visualizing. The mind of a child is such a mystery!) My husband began writing down questions that were asked by the little person during our travels this summer. We still talk about the following Q&A very fondly:

"Have you ever seen an ice-cream sandwich on a stick?"
"Yeah, me neither."