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Some days I sit and wish I was a kid again

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It’s Thursday night, and I’m drinking an absolutely not-classy large pour of wine with a plump golden retriever at my feet gnawing on a bone while watching the The Babysitters’ Club. In other words, I’m housesitting (dogsitting) and therefore I have access to channels like Encore WAM, which apparently plays the 80s and 90s flicks that no one ever thinks about anymore (Mannequin is on next).

The funny thing about watching these movies (the ones that shaped my childhood and adolescence, which is no exaggeration)  is that I always expect them to disappoint me, and instead I end up loving them all over again. 

The other day I told Mike that I wished I was the age I am now back in the 80’s. And while it’s easy to say I’m doing what every generation does — glamorizing the “good ‘ol days”  — I think it’s that I’m starting to realize just how much more suited I am for life 20 years ago than life today.

This is the era of extroverts, ‘winners’, and being as similar to everyone else as possible. Cool is cool. Back in my day (joking, but really), uncool was cool. It was the age of the underdog. Think: Clarissa Explains it All, Goonies, My Girl, Karate Kid, The Sandlot, My So-Called Life, Sixteen Candles, Flight of the Navigator. I could go on. Watch these again – they’re even better than you remember them. The weird kids were cool, and they were nice, too. Nice! Remember when nice was cool?!? And in the end, they always banded together to fight some greater evil (grown ups!), instead of, you know, each other. And if you’re friends with anyone on Facebook under the age of 20, then you know Mean Girls isn’t just a movie (and ‘slut’ is a compliment).  

And don’t even get me started on technology. I’ll take Tron, the original, over texting any day.


Written by ditheringmiss

June 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm

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My Kind of Christmas Tradition

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Let’s talk Christmas movies, shall we. I love a good Christmas movie. I long for rainy, cold days in December in which to indulge in one after the other. It’s a simple joy, and I think for me it’s a real tradition — the act of settling in for a TBS Christmas movie spectacular on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday evening — because I don’t really have any other Christmas traditions I can particularly rely on anymore. I can never assume where I will wake up or what I will do that day.  I have never had my own tree and I can’t remember the last time I decorated for the holiday. I’ve lost many of my family traditions over those years, as my family has steadily broken apart, and I do hope, one day, to create new traditions, but until then, I’ll have these movies.

In no particular order:

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

A Christmas Story

Love Actually


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated version)

The Santa Clause

Bad Santa

Home Alone

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Do you have a favorite?

Oh, and zip on over to Heather’s blog for a lovely winter video, which fills me with all kinds of warmth. I love a song like that.

Written by ditheringmiss

December 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm

What Would Ferris Bueller Do?

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The question is not ‘what are we going to do,’ the question is what aren’t we going to do.’

Listen to Ferris.

Let this be your weekend motto.

Then, report back and tell me all about it.

via tiny white light

Written by ditheringmiss

August 14, 2009 at 10:00 am