Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Mom and Dad

My parents have had quite the legendary marriage for going on 27 years. From the very beginning, the details of their dating were a bit foggy. Being the early 80's, I am not surprised. The exact date in which they started to date is unclear as are who asked who to marry and the birth of their first child..... Me!

My parents went to the same high school and though they were only 1 year different in grade level, they never knew of one another until their mid-20's. My mom was a hippy-stoner chic and my dad was a greaser guy who also enjoyed a stint in orchestra playing the only cool instrument in the gang- the upright bass. My mom is the older woman in the relationship by 1 year. She graduated the Class of 1974 and my dad graduated the Class of 1975.

The details of their first "hook up" go as such:

My mom knew of my dad because he drove a Harley motorcycle and my dad has killer parties at his house, but never really talked to him at these parties. My dad, on the other hand, must have liked my mom cause he was always asking her to dance with him at the local bars at night.

Well, according to my mom, she might have been with his best friend at the time of the "hook up" but started to talk to my dad around the keg of a big party. Well, put a bit too much beer into 2 people and add a magical kiss around the keg, and the rest is history!!!

The couple wed in May 1981 at the courthouse. How romantic, right?

Supposedly, the judge asked them more than once,
are you sure you want to do this?

A full year later, baby me was born. My parents were poor and lived in the house next to my grandparents, where there was little heat. My dad left Iowa to find work in Oklahoma for most of my first year of life.

My dad had killer awesome sideburns and a nice 'fro going on. He is pictured here at the little house next to his parent's house setting me on the wood burner.

My dad and his dad. Sadly, my grandpa died 2 years later a day or two before my brother was born.

Monday, 30 March 2009

From a Distant Land

I always enjoy the "Exotic" antique section of the Crowded Closet in Iowa City, IA. You can tell most of these unique treasures were picked up on lavish vacations in strange places. At least this is what I like to tell myself as I dream about exotic vacations and whatnot!

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Prompting Special Moments in 11 Year Old Boys

When I last posted a picture of a Frank Frazetta painting, my boyfriend immediately responded that he had many, uh, "special times" with pictures like these when he was an 11 year old boy. Made me laugh. Perfect nerd porn. Much better than the underwear section of the JC Penney's catolog!

See more at : http://www.frazettaartgallery.com/ff/index.html

Wish Upon a Star

Today, I thought I would add one of my favorite videos. Since I am back stateside and it is almost summer, I am feeling the desperate desire to attend some concerts. Seeing M83 is at the top of my list, as well as seeing the reunion tour of the Jesus and Mary Chain. Lets cross our fingers and wish upon a lucky star that I get a job so I can afford to do fun things this summer.

Here's to wishing upon a star.............

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Aunt Jemima and Friends

Its so comforting to see Aunt Jemima is making friends! I love seeing strange contrasts like this sitting at thrift shops. Was this product placement intentional or?????

Friday, 27 March 2009

Music Go Music

Inside of the heart of every man, woman, and child is a passion for the feel good, coked up music of ABBA. For those of you who are willing to admit your true love and desire, you need to check out "Music Go Music." Strangely enough, this group is on the indie snob label Secretly Canadian (Magnolia Electric Co., Anthony and the Johnsons, etc.). Annnnnd, I like how on Myspace, they have marketed themselves as Easy Listening and Healing Music!!! Good times.

Check them out: http://www.myspace.com/musicgomusic

Prepare to be enchanted!

Thrifting for Gaudy Goods

I will just start by saying that I have an unnatural, but loving obsession with all things cute. Therefore, I am creating a new blog to harbor these OCD tendancies towards the cute, gaudy, retro, and strange things that I love the most.

What could feed my obsession more than a rousing day of thrift shopping? After witnessing so many great finds, my head was spinning and I had to run home and make this blog for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy!!!!