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.

Throwback Thursday, the ballerina

When I was a little girl there was really only ever one thing in my parents house that I wanted for my very own.  Just one thing.

My Mother always promised it to me and I always dreamed that one day it would be mine.

I guess you would call it an heirloom as it’s not really an antique. It’s probably vintage though.  I was so happy when my Mother gifted it to me because it was really the only thing I really wanted from the house that we grew up in.

I wasn’t concerned with china and antiques and things like that. I know it looks like just a ballerina in a glass but you need to see the full version.

Yes friends, it’s a ballerina, in a shot glass, IN a bottle of apricot liqueur! Sweet Lord, is she not majestic? Oddly, it’s the one thing the kid always ask me for as well.  The drunk ballerina.  The drallarina!

I’m just one big weirdo who likes ballerina’s, liquor bottles and running.

motivation

Shine on chickens!  Shine on!

Throwback Thursday, the future is stupid

I remember once I was talking to the kid about music and I said something about a record that I used to loved to listen to until it started skipping and he said, a what?  So, I had to explain what a record was.  *Big sigh and then mumble and groan about how old I feel*

When I was a kid, when we wanted to read a book we went to the book store, or the library, and we got an actual book.

1983 book

And when we wanted to make a phone call we picked up the phone from the wall and dialed all the numbers by sticking our finger in the number and turning each one.  Do you remember?

70's phone

And then you would try to stretch the cord all the way into your bedroom and close the door without ripping the cord out of the wall.  A feat I mastered quite well, I might add.

And I can even remember when TV stars used to show up in ads for things like shampoo:

brooke sheilds

And even cigarettes:

Tom Selleck

 

If you would have told me back in the day that in the future people would come to my house and ask to use my USB ports to charge their phones, books and cigarettes, I’d have told you the future was stupid!

Obviously, I am not a visionary.  It’s a good thing I have learned to embrace my technical gadgets and my inner geek!