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 selfie edition.

I’m not real big on throwback Thursday unless it’s running related, like this, or has a workout theme like this.

Of course there was that one time that I told you about working out at my Mamaw’s house, but besides all that I’m not really big on Throwback Thursday.

Regardless I’m still under the weather today so I’m taking the easy way out with a little Throwback Thursday, Selfie style.  Here we go…..

Circa, long ago in a place far away.   (I have no idea when this was), but I’m glad to see that my ears were sticking out of my hair even back in the day.  Damn huge ears.  This is one of my favorite childhood pictures and quite possibly the only one were I am not wearing tube socks.  God Bless.

riding horses

Me and my baby sister riding a horse with one of the Hankin’s boys. They were twins so I’m not sure which one this was.  Apparently in the South you ride horses without shoes.  We’re bad ass.

2009, maybe?  MacGyver took me to see one of my favorite musicians.  Who can it be now?

me and colin hay

Well get me a vegemite sandwich, it’s Colin Hay!

2013 My Birthday.  MacGyver took me to a fancy shmancy restaurant.  I loved the food but got sick as a dog the very next day.

my birthday2014 with the Tampa Bay Bloggers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

CMA

You need to go see Winter the Dolphin if you haven’t already!

That time I hung out with Harry Connick, Jr. because, really?  Does anyone ever need a reason to hang out with Harry?

Dolphin Tail 2

Oh, and also, the kids from the movie Dolphin Tail 2. But Harry…..

My birthday 2014.

birthday 2014

Hey y’all, it’s my birthday!

Me and Vin

My nephew and I share the same birthday. In case you’re wondering, he’s older.

And let’s wrap this up with a selfie from last week….

That feeling you get when you hop in  the car and realize that now your kid can now drive YOU around!

Take me to the mall!

Take me to the mall!

Happy Thursday and thanks for letting me share some memories.

What’s your favorite picture from your childhood?

 

Throwback Thursday – Weeki Wachee

Here’s a little Throwback Thursday for you. This was me at Weeki Wachee about 6 years ago.

on the river at Weeki Wachee

I look back at that picture now and I think about all the things we did that day. It was August of 2010 and MacGyver and I, along with some friends, went up to Weeki Wachee to swim in the springs and visit the manatees.

It was August and it was really hot in Florida but it was cool up there at the spring. This was a few years before MacGyver and I bought our vacation house so at that time we were still looking. We were taking pictures of houses for sale on the river and I remember imagining myself living there and getting to see manatees all day every day. I would still love to have a house there one day.

weeki wachee

Wouldn’t this be an awesome summer place?

I also remember playing with our friends children and wishing that the kid was there but he was off with friends of his own.

springs

Me, MacGyver, little Aubrey and MacGyver’s Johnson.  (See what I did there?)

Between MacGyver and I and our friends we had three boats and we all followed each other down the river to the spring. At one point there was a ladder made of wooden boards nailed to a tree. There were quite a few people climbing the ladder and then using a rope to swing out into the river.

tree ladder

This did not look safe to me, I opted out.

We played at the springs for a while and we saw a ton of manatees. The water there is so cool that it’s one of the best places to be in the ridiculously hot summer months and it’s clear. You can see everything in the water. I was told that in the 1940’s Tarzan was filmed there.

Weeki Wachee

It’s beautiful here.

manatee

Can you see the manatee?

I don’t remember when it happened exactly but at some point on our way back to the entrance we heard someone yelling for help. We were behind the boat with the paramedics that carried the man to the waiting ambulance. He had swung from the rope hanging from the tree with the ladder made of boards. He didn’t land properly and he was badly injured. A little while later we made it back to the dock and I was speaking to a policemen who told me that the man had most likely broken his neck. I felt so sorry for his family.

boating on the river

The end of a long day.

We had been on the river for around 7 hours and it was around 5 or 6 in the evening as we were driving home. MacGyver and our friend Frank were in the front and I feel asleep in the back seat of our truck with Frank’s dog Sarah. It was the perfect ending to the day.

Later that night as I was posting the pictures to facebook I didn’t want to post any pictures of me. MacGyver said that I should and that they looked fine but I remember thinking that my stomach looked fat and my hair was a mess.

Weeki Wachee

Just riding down the river…

If only my stomach looked that good six years later and what I wouldn’t give to still have all that hair….

Tell me about something you did six years ago.