This nostalgia trip was brought to you by the letter “c” for “cereal” and “cartoons”

At the beginning of “Breakfast Club,” rapper Murs alludes to the notion that we should all be able to relate to the following childhood memory: waking up on Saturday morning, grabbing a big bowl of sugary cereal, and watching cartoons.

Sounds pretty sweet, right? If that’s how you remember your childhood, then bully, just bully! I, for one, harbored a very similar routine, only sans the sugary cereal.

You remember the whole “anti-dentite” routine from Seinfeld? Well my folks were “anti-sucrose-ites.”

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iTunes Diaries, entry #37: “Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes

I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes.  I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale.  Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not.  In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey.  I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site.  With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment. 

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My iPod as been as much a ground for experiencing the unknown as it has for the known. When I was heavily into purchasing songs, with each playlist, I endeavored to buy at least one unfamiliar song. Or rather, a song with which I wanted to form some sort of relationship, from simply learning to appreciate the song itself, to perhaps building something with that song’s artist. In some cases, things worked out, and I found myself dabbling in new and exciting musical waters. Other times, things didn’t work out.

What is that they say about the road to hell being paved with good intentions? Well, that was the case with “Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes.

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iTunes Diaries, entry #33: “Live to Tell” by Madonna

I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes.  I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale.  Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not.  In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey.  I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site.  With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment. 

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It feels weird writing about Madonna. I’ve restarted this post several times because I can’t seem to  put together the words I want to in a coherent manner. (Also, my cat is next to me and he’s totally snoring and it’s, like, the cutest thing ever and I just want to snuggle him to death!) But Madonna. In all my previous attempts at writing about one of a handful of her songs that reside on my iPod, all I kept thinking about was how I grew up both with and without her music. And in terms of my early pre-Top 40 radio days, one word kept coming to mind…

Forbidden.

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iTunes Diaries, entry #24: “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses

I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes.  I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale.  Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not.  In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey.  I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site.  With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment. 

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While the societal Christmas rush might occur before the 25th of December, for me, “Christmas” is all about the time between the 12/25 and New Year’s Day. It’s also the one week (or so) of year when I really indulge in Christmas music. Over the years I’ve gathered up a decent amount of Christmas music on my iPod, enough to find the need to categorize it into two groups: “traditional” — vocal classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” and “choral” — grand-scale works like Handel’s Messiah. But recently I’ve started acquiring newer Christmas music, stuff from not the 1950s. One of my recent acquisitions was a song that I had wholly forgotten about until a dentist appointment, which I’ll explain momentarily. That song: “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses.

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Totally 80s: Scratch ‘n’ Sniff stickers

Welcome the next installment of my year-long look back at the decade that was ruled by big hair and bigger egos. Every other week I’ll be covering pop culture tidbits from the 1980s, sharing memories, choking on the ridiculousness, and maybe offering an insight or two into what made the 1980s so great/bad/silly. Serving as my inspiration are two lists from Buzzfeed, and I’ll include links to the original list items in each post. So throw on your neon windbreaker, lace up your hi-tops, and adjust your Wayfarers, because this DeLorean is taking off! (Ugh. Did I really just type that? Gag me with spoon, seriously.)

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List item #46 from 50 Things only ’80s Kids Can Understand

The joy of the first scratch on a brand new Scratch ‘n’ Sniff sticker.

I can practically smell the memories from here.
I can practically smell the memories from here.

My first sticker book, my only sticker book, was 50¢ spiral-bound jammy with the words “STICKERS” drawn ever so colorfully and creatively on the front cover (by yours truly). I’ve mentioned stickers several times in these here posts, so I don’t think the fact that I made my own sticker book would come as much of a shock. The phenomenon of sticker collecting as it pertained to the 1980s isn’t one that even I think I comprehended at the time, but I was obligated to participate in nonetheless.

Obligated?

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Totally 80s: The Caboodle

Welcome the first installment of my year-long look back at the decade that was ruled by big hair and bigger egos. Every other week I’ll be covering pop culture tidbits from the 1980s, sharing memories, choking on the ridiculousness, and maybe offering an insight or two into what made the 1980s so great/bad/silly. Serving as my inspiration are two lists from Buzzfeed, and I’ll include links to the original list items in each post. So throw on your neon windbreaker, lace up your hi-tops, and adjust your Wayfarers, because this DeLorean is taking off! (Ugh. Did I really just type that? Gag me with spoon, seriously.)

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First up, list item #19 from 53 Things Only 80s Girls Can Understand:

Organizing all your cosmetics, bath products, and jewelry in a Caboodle (which in itself was sort of the reason to buy tons of stuff to put inside it).

caboodle

I know what you’re thinking: why the hell would I choose to cover something as mundane and plastic and nondescript as an organizer in my very first 80s post?! Because this is my Caboodle, present day:

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iTunes Diaries, entry #1: “Kiss Me Deadly” by Lita Ford

I was once a little…um, okay, terribly obsessed with iTunes.  I got my first iPod in 2004 and became immediately entranced by Apple’s seeming infinite lists of music for sale.  Over the years, I spent way too much time on iTunes and spent way too much money on music, some of which was great, and some of which was not.  In 2011, for the sake of my sanity and my bank account, I went cold turkey — I suspended my iTunes activities and completely stopped visiting site.  With the iTunes Diaries, I take a look back, highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly in music that I just had to have in the moment. 

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Let me start out by saying that I think Lita Ford is great. She started out with The Runaways and eventually became one of the leading ladies of hard rock. In the late 80s, when women with big guitars and big hair were a thing, she stood out among the Hearts and Vixens that were already on the scene.  MTV wasn’t allowed in our house, but I managed to sneak in enough peeks to know what all the fuss was about.  I first saw the “Kiss Me Deadly” video there, and it was awesome.  Now, I trailed far behind in the realm of “cool,” so I didn’t have any band shirts or anything identifying marks of a hard rock/(hair) metal fan. But that didn’t matter.  I liked the music and Lita Ford rocked.

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