Back in the day I had really cool running clothes…..oh, and balls.

A few days ago MacGyver was on the phone and I heard him reminiscing about a plastic mold souvenir he got as a kid on a trip to Florida.  I came running out of the bathroom yelling, ‘I had those things too!’

plastic mold

All year long I dreamed about going to Florida on vacation and every year we went to all the typical tourist traps, like Silver Springs, Weeki Wachi and Cypress Gardens, and I had molds from all of them.

mold

I wondered if they still have those plastic mold makers so I looked it up and apparently they do although the original company actually went out of business in the 60’s.  If you visit Busch Gardens in Tampa, you’ll find one of the mold makers still working except it cost more like 3 or 4 dollars as opposed to the 25 cents we paid for ours back in the day.

molds

This was my most favorite mold of all. It was from Cypress Gardens.

Some other things I remember from my childhood are a few of my favorite toys.  This was the first doll house I ever had.

doll house

It might have even been a hand me down from an older aunt for all I know but I loved it.  I also had a Barbie camper and a Barbie bike and I absolutely loved them.  I used to set up camp for my barbie’s all the time.

70's barbie

Looks a lot different than the barbie camper of today huh?

barbie bike

Barbie never fit right on this bike, it was a source of real frustration for me.

I also had these two dolls, Hollie and Heather Hobie.

hobies

They slept on my bed for years and even had their own bed linens which I carefully made every morning.  OCD for life!

When I got a little bit older like 6th, 7th and 8th grade I was introduced to the wonderful world of lip gloss.  I had these two which were from Avon.  They were cute on the outside but filled with gloss on the inside so it took the teachers a while to figure it out and take them away.

avon

If I remember correctly I stole the lips from my Aunt or maybe someone at school.  Anyway, I was in the 6th grade and I didn’t get to go to camp with my friends that year so I was positive it was because my mom knew I stole those damn lips.

I had forgotten about these but lip lickers were all the rage back in the day.

lip lickers

These were like crack for your lips!

I found this on a vintage pinterest board, it was a bubble bath that I remember all too well.  I remember it because it was about this time we realized I was allergic to bubble bath.  No more squirrel bath, although back in the day for some reason I thought it was a cat.  Yep, you’re dealing with a genius here.

bubble bath

One thing I could use though was Jergens lotion and I remember that for a few years in a row I had an aunt who would buy me a gift set every year at Christmas.  It looked sort of like this:

jergens

I still love the original cherry almond smell of Jergen’s lotion!  It will always be one of my favorite smells.

This was one of my favorite games:

ring toss

I played this stupid thing for hours and one day it got a crack in it and the water all drained out.

Does anyone remember that wonderful orange glow you used to get when you used this stuff?

QT

Those were the days! FYI, QT stands for Quick Tan but it was more like quick orange glow

And for shits and giggles, how bout I show you what we used to run in back in the day.  I’m pretty sure when I was in high school this was my standard running attire.

dolphin shorts

I had every color combination imaginable!

dolphin shorts

Doesn’t this outfit just exude coolness?

I also wore these socks on the reg, unfortunately when the ball fell off, the socks were ruined.

pom pom socks

And apart from the white and red and blue and white nikes that we all wore, I also had these shoes:

Except mine were blue and white.

Ah, the good old days.

Don’t worry, all those styles eventually recycle so I’m pretty sure I’ll eventually see some of you in some dolphin shorts, sportin’ some pom pom socks and I’ll just be over here laughing my ass off when your balls fall off.

What’s something you remember from your childhood?  A toy, an article of clothing, anything, just tell me.

WTF Wednesday, I forget everything except weird things I really want to see.

I spent 22 minutes this morning looking for my reading glasses.  For the life of me I just could not figure out where I left them, that is, until I realized they were resting upon the top of my head.

Im an airhead

Yep, I’m guilty of that too and I’ve also tried to get out of my car on multiple occasions whilst wearing my seatbelt.  Hopefully you realize you’re reading the blog of a bonafide genius.

I was talking with a friend last week about vacation destinations and bucket lists and I mentioned that I’d love to go around the U.S. and visit all the weird and odd attractions.  Not all at one time but maybe just 3 or 4 along the way each time I plan to go anywhere else.  Then I came upon this list of the strangest roadside attractions in 50 states.

Funnily enough, I don’t consider their pick of Florida’s attraction strange at all and I’ve been there a ton of times.  What I’d really like to see is Carhenge in Nebraska or the Enchanted Highway of North Dakota.

Do you watch America’s Got Talent?  Did you see this 9 year old who sang Alicia Key’s Girl on Fire?

That girl is on fire and every ounce of me wants to see her win.

WTF it’s Wednesday!

What’s the weirdest roadside attraction you’d like to see?

Random things and a Ca-nine one one

Yesterday I was craving spaghetti all day, seriously.  And for once in my life, I had all the ingredients, including the gluten free noodles.

squirrel

Hallelujah!  Clearly Jesus loves me.

So, I laid out all the things I needed for later when I would actually make the spaghetti and then went back to work.  MacGyver got home around 5:30 or 6:00 and as luck would have it, he was craving something all day too.

beer and wings

We made a compromise and I cooked the spaghetti and we ate a very small amount and then we went to Smokey Bones so MacGyver could have all you can eat wings.  I had a baked potato and broccoli because wings, uh, no thank you.  Especially at 9PM!

wings

Afterward, we came home and little Hank was trembling.  He wouldn’t stop and we couldn’t figure out why.  After we went to bed he made the most horrible sound and then threw up all over the place.  It was horrific.  I felt so bad for the little guy and we were worried sick.  He didn’t throw up anymore but I stayed up with him until 3am just to make sure he was okay.  He seems fine this morning but if he seems at all sick at any time today, I’m taking him in.

Baby Hank

I can’t have my baby sick.

Because I didn’t want to leave Hank alone for too long, I went for a fairly short run this morning.  I ran down by the park where we located Baby P’s mom and reunited them and I was so happy to see the family this morning.  Look how big Baby P is getting.

Baby P

I also thought I got really lucky because I saw something sparkly on the ground so I picked it up, put it in my spibelt and then kept running.  When I got home I took a closer look.

Glass

Nope, not the hope diamond, it’s a piece of glass.  Son of a bitch.

Our weather here has been pretty hot and we’ve had a ton of rain lately.  It seems to come every day around 11 or 12am and since I didn’t get to lay my mulch this weekend, I had to do it this morning before the rain came hence the delayed post.

What do you think?

landscapinglandscapingyard

gnomes

And now, even the gnomes are happy.

That counts as a workout right?

Is there a particular food that you crave more than any other?

Do you have any pets?