Scattered Brainings XIV

31 08 2011

* Old school video games are awesome. We didn’t play a lot (our SEGA machine had Alex Kidd in Miracle World built in), but my limited ‘experience’ won’t stop me from having fun… even though it probably accounts for why I get my behind kicked when playing against my Significant Other. That, plus the fact that he has been gaming for many a year.

* Finding new things to do is fun. I might not be very good, but my Significant Other and I are having a blast playing video games… which makes two and a half hours disappear each time, somehow… We also bought a Monopoly board on Monday – the South African version – and might start making mosaics/ building small things. Having to teach me all these things (excluding the mosaics) probably ties in with that “Love is patient” line.

* It’s ‘scary’ to realize how much you have in common with someone you find a tad annoying and, yes, sometimes overwhelming. Betty Bright drinks green tea, loves cats, doesn’t like rugby… and believes that the two of us think alike. Really?! This coming from someone who thinks she can do everything / knows best and whose species is most likely extinct already. [Sorry, couldn’t resist an age-related joke!]

* Sometimes I think I should either opt for the book or the film version thereof and not both. Just by looking at the cast for the first PERCY JACKSON film – along with what I heard about it from various sources – I immediately knew that I should steer clear. I had the same feeling when I read up on the cast for THE HUNGER GAMES. Yet, in this case, I am willing to wait it out and let the film decide it for me.

* Baking is awesome. What makes it even more meaningful for me (childhood memories aside) is how much people appreciate something as seemingly insignificant as a cookie or two with their morning coffee/tea. I brought some of the cookies I baked on Sunday to work yesterday, and my co-workers were delighted 🙂

* Speaking of which, when our Publishing Manager came to thank me for the cookies, she said that she didn’t see me as ‘domesticated’. This does not make sense to me… unless I am actually a household pet or something *laugh* I think she meant she didn’t see me as the domestic type, and not as someone who isn’t house-bred.

* Why are people so curious? I’m convinced that motorists are the people with the most curiosity. Just look at the excruciatingly slow pace of traffic when an accident has occurred, or when a truck has pulled over, and how immediately after you pass the vehicle(s) things go quicker. And why? Because everyone was staring and turning to look at what happened. Ogling should be a (criminal) offence.

* The fragrance of the air freshener cans in our Ladies Room at work is called “Baby Caress”. I find this highly unsettling…

How do YOU know what baby would taste like, kitteh? Also, with the air freshener: does it smell like dirty diapers and spit (like babies do), or is it the powdered, clean, 'new human' (baby) scent that's enticing...? *shudder*

* In just under a week, three or four people’s fathers have passed away (said people work for OUP). This makes me appreciate the fact that I still have my dad even more… and also makes me worry about his safety/ health/ longevity. Three deaths related to the (people in our) workplace is kind of eerie.

* I was having such a dull day at work yesterday that I actually started jotting down my brainings for today’s post. Talk about being constructive!


You know you’re a 90s kid if…

18 01 2011

Quite some time ago (months and months, to be honest), I found a page called “90s Kids” on 20 Something Bloggers. Reading through everything they list there, it put a great big smile on my face – and I’m hoping to spread that smile to you. So sit back, read the list, and have some fun reminiscing…

You know you’re a 90’s kid if…

You’ve ever ended a sentence with the word “PSYCHE!”
You yearned to be part of the Baby-Sitters club.
You use to love playing with your My Little Pet Shop.
You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
You wore a ponytail on the side of your head and had fluffed bangs.
You remember reading “Goosebumps.”
You know the profound meaning of “Wax on, wax off.”
You have pondered why Smurfette was the only female Smurf.
You still get the urge to say “NOT” after every sentence… Not…
You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green ranger, were meant to be together.
You ever got injured on a Slip’ n’ Slide
You knew what it meant to say “Care Bear Stare.”
You remember Alf, the little brown alien from Melmac
You knew all the characters names and their life stories on “Saved By The Bell.”
You used to wear those stick on earrings, not only on your ears, but at the corners of your eyes.
You’ve gotten creeped out by “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
You know the Macarena by heart.
Talk to the hand … enough said
You thought Brain (from Pinky and the Brain) would finally take over the world.
You remember when Michael Jackson was not so creepy but really cool!
You owned a bag of marbles!
Computer’s hadn’t taken over your life
Neon was cool
You owned every single Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle accessory.
The phrase “I am the terror that flaps in the night…” Still get you a little excited!
You always said, “Then why don’t you marry it!”
You remember when everyone went slinky crazy.

When we were younger:
Before the MySpace frenzy.
Before the Internet & text messaging.
Before Sidekicks & iPods.
Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX.
Back when you put off the 5 hours of homework you had every night to play outside with your friends.
When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.
When we recorded stuff on VCRs
When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off our walkmans.

Way back.
Hide-n-Go Seek at dusk.
Red Light, Green Light.
Tree Houses.
Hula Hoops.
Reading R.L. Stine’s Goose Bumps and Fear Street
Running through the sprinklers.
That “Little Mermaid”
Crying when Mufasa died in the Lion King. Every time you watched it.
Getting the privilege to sit in the front seat of the car.
Watching Saturday Morning Cartoons in your PJ’s still wrapped up in your TMNT, Power Rangers, Barbie, Fairy Princess comforter.
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school.
When Christmas was the most exciting time of year.
When Toys R Us overruled the mall.

Go back to the time when:
Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’.
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming ‘do over!’
Money issues were handled by whoever was banker in ‘Monopoly’.
It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘best’ friends.
Being old referred to anyone over 20.
Scrapes & bruises were kissed & made better.
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the ‘big people’ rides at the fair.
When playing Nintendo was the hardest thing ever.

Before we realized all this would eventually disappear

Boredom can lead to making up silly songs…

14 12 2010

I’m slightly bored.

But you probably could have deduced that from the title of this blog post…

For some annoying reason, I have a song from THE SOUND OF MUSIC stuck in my head – the one about some of her favourite things. You know what I’m talking about… right?

Quite some time ago, I was wondering how I would put a few of my favourite things into a song (yip, blame it on Julie Andrews and whoever wrote the lyrics). And now, here at work, a line popped into my head: “puppies and kitties and ponies in pockets”.

Starting to scare myself…

If you’re a child of the 80s and 90s, you probably know what I’m talking about – the Puppies and Kitties in my Pocket you could collect and play with. This later extended to Ponies and Teddies, as well. I’ve noticed over the last few years that these little pocket critters are back… at a laughably high price, I might add.

But all that aside (and not to sound very foolish and silly by talking about what marketers thought you would keep in your pocket since they were so small, not that I believe that any of us did carry them around with us), here is what a moment of boredom ‘inspired’ – a few verses from that favourite things song, now more suitably titled: “A few of our childhood memories”.

If anyone ever finds me doing something like this again, plus feel free to pull a Garfield on me and proverbially drag met out into the street and shoot me.


A Few of our Childhood Mem’ries

[Verse 1]

puppies and kitties and ponies in pockets

girls with their make-up and boys with their rockets

make-believe stories and climbing up trees

these are a few of our childhood mem’ries

[Verse 2]

video games for the boys and the girls

playing we’re pirates or doing some twirls

running and falling and scraping of knees

these are a few of our childhood mem’ries

[Verse 3]

‘camping’ in bedrooms and wanting to bake

not worried ‘bout waistlines so “let them eat cake”

driving mums crazy, then afternoon z’s

these are a few of our childhood mem’ries


Barbie concerts

fancy dress up

birthday parties galore –

thinking of all the dear childhood mem’ries

and missing them mooore… aaand more

So am I also supposed to wear my PJs like they did in the movie if I ever decide to sing this song out loud??

Cartoon Christmas Specials I grew up with

10 12 2010

Isn’t the Festive Season grand?

Though I have yet to truly catch the spirit of the whole thing (makes it sound like a disease, doesn’t it, if you ‘catch’ it – like a cold or the flu or some kind of infection), the one thing I love about it all is the fact that I get to reminisce about times past…

…and get back to the glorious days of childhood: watching cartoon Christmas specials.

We have a lot of VHS cassettes and DVDs at home… a looooot… about three cupboards’ worth of videos, I’d guess. And amongst all the movies and stories and wide variety of children’s programmes, you’ll find a few Christmas tapes with some of the specials us three daughters grew up with.

I’d be lying if I said we didn’t watch a few of them every year, up until the current day.

Christmas wouldn’t be ‘Christmas’ if we didn’t delight in A GARFIELD CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and sing along with silly smiles of knowing (said ‘knowing’ is that we are getting on in years and we still ‘insist’ on acting like children).

Here’s a list of some of the cartoon Christmas specials I know we have at home. There are quite a few more, yet I cannot recall each and every one of them… I’ll just have to make a trip to my parental home and fix that 🙂

[PS: Apparently there’s a HE-MAN/ SHE-RA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL somewhere – I need to get my hands on it!!!]


1) A Garfield Christmas Special

2) The Twelve Days of Christmas

3) A Charlie Brown Christmas

4) Sonic's Christmas Blast

5) Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas

6) Jingle Bell Rock

7) A Chipmunk Christmas

8.) A Jetson Christmas Carol

9) Buster and Chauncey's Silent Night

10) The Nutcracker Prince

11) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The 12 Days of Christmas: Pokémon Style!

8 12 2010

Everyone probably has a television show or something of the like that they are embarrassed to admit having watched – this is particularly true when looking back on this that entertained us when we were young. My ‘embarrassing’ show (though I did not watch it for long, or all the ‘seasons’ and versions thereof) was Pokémon.

That said, my younger sister and I were bored one day, pretty much round about Christmas time, and thus came into being our own version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Just like that Garfield episode about the Twelve Courses of Dinner, we decided to substitute the gifts given on the various days with the names of Pokémon.

Sad… but true…

So keeping with twisting Christmas carols and attempting to get into the festive spirit – which might be working, since I bought our apartment a small tree and decorated it with all the trimmings – here for your ‘pleasure’/ discomfort/ laughing pleasure (and more than just a little bit of embarrassment on my part), I present to you the Pokémon version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

We’ll just skip all the fa-la-la-la-la-ing and start at 12 so it’s over quicker.


On the Twelfth day of Christmas my trainer gave to me:

12         Magikarp

11         Cu-bo-bone

10         Bulbasaur

9          Exeggutor

8          Nidorino

7          Charizard

6          Articuno

5          Pikachu

4          Pigeoto

3          Fearow

2          Zapdos

And      a Farfetch’d in a Poké-tree

Garfield: The 12 Courses of Dinner

24 11 2010

How many of you used to (and still do) watch Garfield? Episodes, TV specials for the holidays, short ‘films’ – the joys of watching everyone’s fat cat and the situations he manages to get himself into.

Well, if you did (and/ or do) watch Garfield, you just might remember the episode where Garfield finds different ways to remind Jon that his birthday is coming up. Having ‘fled’ all the way to Mexico, Jon finally gives up when a native approaches him and tells him that “the birthday of your cat is tomorrow”. Jon relents to give Garfield anything he wants…

…and from there, we have a parody on the Christmas song “The 12 Days of Christmas” – forthwith, in my mind at least, (forever) known as The 12 Courses of Dinner. Garfield has a whole stage set up, kitted out with a choir and everything. Lesson: if you’re going to celebrate your birthday, you might as well do it properly.

Although I remember most of it from memory, I was able – to my sheer delight – to find a write out of the whole scene online. As it is about a month before Christmas, I thought this post would be fitting, as it ties in with my post of yesterday – not the psychotic conditions and whatnot, but rather giving a twist to and having fun with what is actually a Christmas song. This blog post goes out to my two sisters, who I know (and hope) will sing along while seeing the episode in their heads. Love you two! xxx

Garfield: For the 1st course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me, lasagna primaverde.
For the 2nd course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 2 prime ribs,
Garfield and chorus: And lasagna primaverde.
Garfield: For the 3rd course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 3 bean salad,
Chorus: 2 prime ribs,
Garfield: And lasagna primaverde.
For the 4th course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 4 pounds of shrimp,
Garfield: 3 bean salad,
Chorus: 2 prime ribs,
All: And lasagna primaverde.
Garfield: For the 5th course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 5 onion rings,
Chorus: 4 pounds of shrimp,
Garfield: 3 bean salad,
All: 2 prime ribs,
Chorus: And lasagna primaverde.
Garfield: For the 6th course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 6 sausage pizzas?!
Chorus: 5 onion rings,
Garfield: 4 pounds of shrimp,
Chorus: 3 bean salad,
Garfield: 2 prime ribs,
All: And lasagna primaverde.
Garfield: Notice a pattern forming here?
For the 7th course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 7 baked potatoes,
Garfield: 6 sausage pizzas,
Chorus: 5 onion rings,
Garfield: 4 pounds of shrimp,
Chorus: 3 bean salad,
Garfield: 2 prime ribs,
All: And lasagna primaverde.
Garfield: With extra sauce on the side.
For the 8th course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 8 chili burgers,
Garfield: And all that other food,
Chorus: And lasagna primaverde.
Garfield: We all know the menu by now.
For the 9th course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 9 sukiyakis,
Garfield: And all the food I listed,
Chorus: And lasagna primaverde!
Garfield: In larger portions!
For the 10th course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 10 beef burritos,
Chorus: And all the food he listed,
Garfield: And lasagna primaverde!
2 more to go, folks!
For the 11th course of dinner, you’re gonna make for me,
Jon: 11 veal cutlets,
Garfield: And other things quite yummy,
All: And lasagna primaverde!
Garfield: For the 12th course of dinner, I’d like seconds, please.
11 veal cutlets,
10 beef burritos,
9 sukiyakis,
8 chili burgers,
7 baked potatoes,
6 sausage pizzas,
5 onion rings,
4 pounds of shrimp,
3 bean salad,
2 prime ribs,

(Only 365 more days until Garfield’s next birthday…)