Monday, July 21, 2008

Child's Play


Have you ever had an encounter with a scary doll? My Grandma once had a conversation with one of those sleeping Ernie dolls. She had it to entertain one of my young cousins, but late one night Ernie started snoring out of the blue, sat up and said "I feel great!!!". Grandma said "Good for you!". There is a doll at the church that I need to get rid of. She has been hanging around for years, and I'm not sure what she runs on because it definitely can't be batteries. If you move her she says "Pick me up Mommy!" Swing her around and she joyfully says "That was fun, do it again!!!" She also say "I love you..." in a super-patronizing voice. But worst of all she has a crazy giggle. Both our secretary and myself have had instances where we are doing something in the preschool room and without even being touched she starts talking and giggling. So a few months ago, I decided to get rid of her. I moved her to my office and put her in a box of other forlorn toys to give away. This was worse because for weeks I've put up with the incessant chatter right next to me. Ok, gotta get rid of her. So I took the bag of toys to my car with intentions of going to the second hand store. But because the bag is in the backseat, I keep forgetting. Makes sense, right? Last night my heart skipped a beat. It was late and I was driving home from the church. I drove over a pothole and the familiar, taunting giggle came from the backseat...for a moment, I thought someone was in my car. The whole drive home, every dip in the road, every stop, there were giggles. Reminding me that she's still around. That perhaps I'll never get rid of her. That makes me a little nervous.

Monday, July 07, 2008

NKOTB-Part 1

I feel that it is finally time for me to stand up, be an adult, and admit to my outright obsession with New Kids on the Block during late 80’s and early 90’s. Those of you who are close to me may remember this, and you may have even shared in this obsession yourself…I’m not here to judge. Now that they are making their “comeback”, I’ve been having a hard time bringing myself to listening to them for fear of rehashing all the memories of my love for them. For example: video taping all their videos off of Much Music as well as any special or documentary about them and watching them over and over. Being a hermit in my bedroom with my pink ghettoblaster. Memorizing every single lyric they sang (but of course didn’t write). Buying every single Teen Beat, and Bop magazine that had their picture on the front cover. Writing letters to Joey that I would never send. Drawing pictures of Joey in my sketch book. Plastering pictures of Joey on my ceiling and in my locker at school. Seriously, the list could go on and on. That being said…I finally sat down and decided to take a trip down memory lane (so far, no sign of re-obsession). So I’m sharing this video with all of you: Hangin’ Tough. The video that made me fall in love with New Kids on the Block. Darn you Donny and your ripped jeans!!!! Arguable their best video. The dance moves were still cool, not cheesy (a la Tonight, Step by Step, or their newest vid, Summertime…hello!) and you just couldn’t help yourself from waving your hand in the air. Here are a few things I noticed while watching the video…
-The girls crying = me. Big bangs, scrunchy, and big button down shirt paired with stirrup pants and a big belt. And yes, I may have shed a tear or two when I went to see them in concert. I’m not gonna lie.
-The girls obviously think that Donny’s “Home Boy” shirt, rat tail, and peace symbol pendant are hot. Was that hot at one time? I do believe it was.
-I never really realized that they’re playing a baseball bat instead of a guitar.
You may have noticed that this is part one of my blogging about New Kids. Why blog about the New Kids? I have no idea. I guess it's cathartic.