Monday, June 30, 2008

Nostalgia: Gummi Bears (TV)

Gummi Bears, the TV show, was a show that I don't think we ever really watched. I don't know why. I just know that the reason it brings back memories is because of Bath Time.

When Dani and I were little (like really probably in the 5-year-old range), mom would always tell us "It's time for your bath! go get ready!" But really, how long does it take for a kid to get nekkid? less than a minute. That's how long.

So, needless to say, we'd be standing there nekkid, waiting for mom to turn on the water in the bathtub, and thus, obviously we needed to entertain ourselves for the 5-10 minutes it took from whenever WE were ready for our bath to when SHE was ready for our bath.

We decided the best entertainment was hopping around the house butt-ass nekkid singing "GUMMI BEARS! GUMMI BEARS!" at the top of our lungs over, and over, and over again. The goal, of course, was to be able to be hopping and screaming/singing for the ENTIRE time it took for mom to get ready. I wonder how many times she just let us do it to get us tuckered out...

As I said, we didn't ever watch the show that frequently (at least, not until later), but we knew the characters. And I was always Sunni. And I think Dani was always Cubbi.

Crazy Fun...not at work

So, Bond asked me to blog EVERY DAY I was away from work. Apparently she thinks I am going to be leading a much more intriguing and fascinating time away from work than I am.

So. Shall we begin?

Saturday: Finished reading Harry Potter 5.
Sunday: Grocery Shopping, Watched "Wanted" at the movie theater, started Harry Potter 6.
Monday: finished Harry Potter 6.

Yep. Riveting.

And I think I'll make French Onion Soup and Baba Ganoush tonight.

Tomorrow's plans involve going downtown with Jamie for "Canada Day" whatever that is. Hopefully it will involve Mexican Freetail Bats and SnoBeach.

Thursday's plans involve going to work to get my vegetables...and then getting them to Colleen somehow.

Yep. Riveting.

Friday, June 27, 2008

A LONG weekend

Shawn and I are taking a long weekend. So long it's going to take up the whole week. Awesome. Of course, we haven't figured out if we're actually going to do anything, or if we're just going to sit around at the house. Of course, Bond asked if we were going to do anything other than sit at the house and stare at the ceiling.

I should have been honest and said that if we sat at the house and stared at the ceiling, we would most likely end up saying "you know, we really ought to paint the ceiling."

Thursday, June 26, 2008

We interupt your current broadcast

to bring you breaking news.

I can't hear.

I think I'm starting to get new allergies. I say this because Cedar Fever always starts with a ringing in my ears.

And it's not Cedar season.

Boo Urns.

Thank you, we now return you to your regular broadcast, already in session.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Nostalgia: Fraggle Rock

What do I remember of Fraggle Rock? Absolutely nothing!

No really, I don't remember ANYTHING about the fraggles. Other than the fact that I started playing Super Nintendo Lemmings because the Lemmings reminded me of the fraggles.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Nostalgia: Reading Rainbow

There were very few TV shows we got to watch during class time. In fact, the only one I remember watching in 2nd and 3rd grade was Reading Rainbow.

:::singing::: Take a look, it's in a book, READING RAINBOW.!!!

Oh Geordie. The day I realized that the host of Reading Rainbow (LeVar Burton) was Geordie LeForge, you probably could have knocked me over with a feather. I remember the second thing I thought was "well, how can he see? he needs his little eye guard to see!"

[aside] remember those banana clips? I used to put one over my eyes and then run around the house pretending I was Geordie. And there you have it--when I was 8 I wanted to grow up to be a black man in outer space. [/aside]

We (the class) used to all sit on the floor around the TV, and then Mrs. Chaney would pop in the tape and turn out the lights and we were all transported to a magical land where Geordie could see without his eye guard, kids liked learning things, and above all else, LeVar was the coolest cat around. Don't believe me? just check out this video of LeVar dancing some hiphop back in the day (the sad part? this coreography is better than most of what Doriana does on SYTYCD).

When I was talking about this with my sister the other day, Shawn overheard me and said "But don't take my word for it." Thus proving just how INSTRUMENTAL this show was to all the 3rd grade teachers out there.

hmm, maybe they were on to something...letting the TV teach you things.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Nostalgia: Scholastic Book Orders

1. I just gotta complain about Blogger for a second. It seriously took me like 5 minutes to sign in. Just ludicrous.

...Now, onto the blissful nostalgia...

Scholastic Book Orders.

I remember those things (albeit not all that well...but I do remember how I looked forward to them). Some parents bribe their kids with candy, or with money...mine bribed me with books. I was allowed to order an extra book if I did well in school. Of course there was always a limit to how many books I could get, so I remember going through each page scanning for books and debating on which ones I wanted more, and which ones I could do without. I even want to say that adding up the cost for all the books was one of my earliest math lessons from my dad.

[aside] I remember one of my earlier reading lessons and I was stuck on the word "Farm" and dad could tell I was having problems with it so he pointed to my arm and said "what's this." "my arm" "what sounds does F make?" "fuh" "put it together." "fuh-arm. FARM!" That was either in kindergarten or right before.[/aside]

I also remember the feel of the ultra thin, rips easier than you could ever imagine paper. That stuff was like double thick tissue paper. And boy was it brightly colored. I remember getting books from the "Goosebumps" series...and also possibly those "Scary Stories" books. I think my favorite book was a book of riddles (I was obsessed with Encyclopedia Brown at the peak of the Scholastic Days, and so I liked trying to solve riddles and problems). I don't remember much from the riddles book, but there were a few gems like "What question can you never answer 'yes' to and be telling the truth?" I think my answer was "Are you dead?" But of course, the book's answer was "Are you asleep?" (psh, I think mine is better...some people talk in their sleep...most people don't talk when they're dead...and if they do, it's the zompocalypse, so you better be on your way anyhow.) Or, What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel! oh, and I remember how proud I was of getting that one without having to look at the answer. In any case, they were all very similar to the riddles for kids found on this website.

However, the book did not have the following: "Which month is worst for trees?"

Give up?


Friday, June 13, 2008

Nostalgia Sunday


I shall list them for you:
Scholastic Book orders
Reading Rainbow
Fraggle Rock
Gummi Bears (the TV show)
Glow Worms
My Little Ponies
Shrinky Dinks
Encyclopedia Brown Books
Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Books

And so, over the next weeks I'll blog about these items and we can all relive our childhood memories.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


We're at the stage of gluing and screwing on the media center. At this point, the only thing we have left is to glue and screw the top on, and then it's on to sanding and staining and Voila! New media center!

As we were putting the top on (to see how everything fit, or rather to make sure everything fit), Shawn started Tsk-ing and muttering under his breath "Jesus would be disappointed, verrry disappointed" over and over.

It took me 2 minutes before I realized he was saying it because Jesus was a carpenter.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Television II

Now I remember what I was going to blog about! (and no, it wasn't about the TV shows we're now watching, that's just what happens when I remember there was something I wanted to blog about, but just can't remember what)

I wanted to blog about our TV stand.

For a while now (probably ever since we got the new living room furniture) I've wanted to get a new TV stand. Preferably something that went with the credenza, or more likely, finding two new pieces to replace both the stand and the credenza. I finally got Shawn convinced that we ought to get something new...something to perhaps hold all of our electronic equipment as right now the stereo receiver and the speakers are sitting on the floor next to the TV stand. He, as he is wont, started researching and price comparing, and measuring this, and lamenting about that. Ultimately, he decided that they did not make a TV stand that would do for less than $1000, and therefore he was going to build it himself.

Now then, it doesn't surprise me that he would want to build it himself. He is perfectly capable of building a 30" tall, three partitioned, two shelved TV stand.

The part that surprised me was that the reason why he has to build this TV stand --the normal TV stands do not have the center partition wide enough to handle a 19" center speaker.

A center speaker we do not own.

A center speaker that is meant to be used in conjunction with surround sound.

Which we also do not own.

Now then, I know most of you would say "hey, I think he's trying to tell you something...and that something would be that he wants surround sound."

But you're wrong.

We already tried to figure out HOW we would set up surround sound--the main problem being that our TV is not centered in the living room, so it's at a 30* angle from the couch. Which would make the surround sound not very surround-y. Sigh. next thing you know, he'll be saying we need to get a new house so we can put in surround sound.


I think Shawn is going to television withdrawal. Most of our normal shows are on the summer hiatus, so now we only have 3 shows that are still in new episodes (So you think you can dance, hell's kitchen and last comic standing if you wanted to know). Shawn has since gone about actively looking for new shows we haven't watched before just so he can record them. I think he's added The Mole and Nova to the 'to be recorded' list. Last night we watched a riveting piece about the neutrino.