Two years. Does that make me an official Southerner?

It was two years ago today that we moved to North Carolina. I cried. Remember how depressed I was? Oh! It was an adjustment.

But look at all the things I've learned since then! I've learned that you simply must wave at everyone you pass, I've learned what fatback is, I've gotten a fat back, and most important–I have learned that all sorts of dishes I was kind of indifferent to taste infinitely better when you completely smother them in butter.

Maybe the butter thing is related to the fat back thing. I am unsure. Must continue with the research.

But that is not why I've gathered you here today. I have gathered you here to tell you about several odds and ends that I keep forgetting to tell you.

What the Sam Hill are odds and ends, anyway? Odds and ends. Ends of what?

The first thing I have been meaning to tell you is that weeks ago, Faithful Reader Julie asked me if I wanted to try her family's skin-care line. She said she'd send me the whole set of products if I wanted them.

Have you met me? If I wanted them. Who loves her a cosmetic item?

So, she sent the cleanser, toner, serum–altogether she sent me 57,000 products, all of which I lined up on my bathroom counter with glee. And then I was allergic to them.

You know I am a delicate flower. I can't even walk down the aisle of cleaning agents at the grocery store. I am not even exaggerating. My throat closes up, I get weepy, I get sniffy. And don't even TRY to get me in a Bath & Body Works anymore. It's so sad! My grandmother was this way. She had to order her magazines without the perfume strips in them. They've kind of gotten over all those perfume strips, haven't they?

So, I sent everything to my mother. Who of course doesn't have this girl-in-the-plastic-bubble issue. She is gonna try the skin-care line for three months and get back to us.

So you like how I could have told that story is three sentences and it took 90 paragraphs?

The other thing I wanted to tell you was I AM MEETING DCRMOM THIS WEEK! I am so excited I could spit spit spit. (Those of you who've read me awhile are thinking, "She's not gonna tell us how dcrmom was her first blog friend, is she?")

Dcrmom was my first blog friend. My blog at the time was about not spending any money, so I Googled "not spending any money" and I came across her blog, even though she only went without spending for three months, like a normal person.

And the rest is heeeeeestory, as they say. Really, no one says heeeestory.

Anyway. She is nearby, visiting family, and she is deserting them to come have coffee with me. If you read both our blogs, you will probably have a day next week where you say, "Yeah, I already read about this in the other blog. GEEZ."

Finally, someone at work wants to buy an iPod for her twins, which even though I am not a parent I can see that turning into a daily fight. Nevertheless, she wants to load it up with fun '80s music, and all she can think of is Girls Just Want to Have Fun, but she wants more suggestions. She only wants songs appropriate for seven-year-olds. Which of course made my mind stampede for all sorts of inappropriate songs.

Anyway if you have any suggestions, please list them here. I mean, not right on this spot. On the comments. Smart aleck.

Okay, I must go. I photographed Mr. Sneaky Pants for you, who purred and paced across the keyboard the entire time I wrote this fascinating post.

Paceypants

Sneakyhen

50 thoughts on “Two years. Does that make me an official Southerner?

  1. Um… Yeah, I wasn’t alive until the 90’s, so I dunno… Oh! Oh! Try Wild thing! It’s such a cool song, and it’s not really inappropriate! Or maybe Brown-Eyed Girl? Hm… Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be much help, sorry!

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  2. Depends on which Wild Thing you mean, right? Tone Loc’s version is 80s, I think. But appropriate? notsomuch.
    Hows about these:
    Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
    Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
    Cool It Now, New Edition

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  3. I’m not please with the rate that Henry is growing! He’s so big, but still cute!
    How about “You’re Still The One” and
    some Fleetwood Mac tunes?

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  4. Walking on Sunshine. Walk Like an Egyptian. These Boots are Made for Walking. It seems I have a very active theme going on here, but these are all hits with my 8-year old. (She wasn’t impressed with Girls Just Want to Have Fun, however.) Also, check into Huey Lewis & the News, Blondie, Hall & Oates.

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  5. 80s would include Footloose, that poor Debbie Gibson (I think it’s Deborah now)…
    OHHH! Look what I found “80s Kids Bop Gold” sung for kids by kids. (Can you tell I have 4 kids?) Here is the list of tracks:
    1. Mickey
    2. Footloose (lovin’ myself for getting that one on my own!)
    3. Karma Chameleon
    4. Funky town
    5. Wake me up before you go-go
    6. Holiday
    7. We’re not gonna take it
    8. Kokomo
    9. I want candy
    10. Our house
    11. Girls just wanna have fun
    12. Livin’ on a prayer
    13. Vacation
    14. Kids in America

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  6. You can NOT have an 80s playlist without “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Don’t Stop Believin'”. I mean, you can, but only if you’re a Bon Jovi-and-Journey-hating-communist. Fact.
    Also, what about “Material Girl”, “Our Lips Are Sealed”, “Jessie’s Girl”, “Time After Time”, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, “99 Red Balloons”, “You Spin Me Round”, “Eye of the Tiger”, “Don’t You Forget About Me”, “If You Leave”, “Call Me”, “One Way Or Another”, “Dancing With Myself”, “Heaven is a Place on Earth”, “Sweet Dreams are Made of This”, “Wanted: Dead or Alive”, “Manic Monday”, “Take On Me” …
    Oh, I do love the 80s music. If my husband ever lets me get a dog, I’m totally naming it Bon Jovi.

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  7. Finally! Something I’m made to answer! I was born in 82, and I promise you I LOVED these songs as a kid (prepare for way-too-extensive list which I’m too lazy to capitalize or punctuate, a million sorries June):
    turning japanese (vapors)
    mexican radio (wall of voodoo)
    dance hall days (wang chung)
    burning down the house (talking heads)
    mr roboto (styx)
    you can call me al (paul simon)
    down under (men at work)
    our house (madness)
    pop muzik (m)
    it’s still rock & roll to me (billy joel)
    sweet dreams (eurythmics)
    rio (duran duran)
    she blinded me with science (thomas dolby)
    every day i write the book (elvis costello)
    kokomo (beach boys)
    love shack (b-52’s)
    goody two shoes (adam ant)
    we got the beat (go go’s)
    i think we’re alone now (tiffany. yeah, i know, but i loved it.)
    come on eileen (dexys midnight runners)
    Caveat: I recall them being appropriate. I…could be wrong. ^_^

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  8. How about “Video killed the radio star” by the Bugles. Remember when that was the first video they played on MTV? Sad to say, I am old enough to remember watching MTV’s debut. I also used to watch Headbangers ball because who wasn’t in to glam rock back in the 80’s?? I don’t suppose any of that is really appropriate but they are going on 18!
    I have to go dust off my Sony Walkman and watch “Purple Rain” on my betamax.

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  9. Whenever someone says what they were doing at a certain point in the past, I think back to where I was and what I was doing, too, and I imagine us simultaneously doing the things we were doing.
    Kind of like the whole “where were you when JFK was shot” phenomenon. Except I wasn’t even a glimmer in my mother’s eye at that point in time.
    Maybe the Challenger explosion would be a better example.
    Anyway, my point WAS, two years ago YESTERDAY, I gave birth.
    So, I am imagining you loading the truck and wiping your eyes from tears of sadness while I simultaneously push something the size of a watermelon out a hole the size of a lemon.
    It’s about the same.

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  10. I was in high school during the early 80’s, so my memory is fading in my old age. I remember Soul Man, Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album, Eye of the Tiger, Ghostbusters, lots of Herbie Hancock, and a song called Blue Monday, which I adored. That and Herbie might be good bets, since they have no words. (I think Come on Eileen might be about something 7 year olds don’t need to know about yet.) Thanks to all your commenters for this little trip down memory lane.

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  11. I guess the song ‘Shanty’ wouldn’t make the list…
    Hmmm… can’t think of any … wait! There has to be some good appropriate Whitney Houston, back when she wasn’t all coked up. BOBBAY!!!! (Did you ever watch ‘Being Bobby Brown’? Some of the best television EVER!).
    Ghostbusters
    That’s all I’ve got.
    Henry is so big. *Tear*Sigh* They grow up so fast.

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  12. “sheesh…I feel like I’m back in high school again.” LOL. I crack myself up! Unfortunately with my life lately, I find myself saying that phrase a few times too many – the perils of being a cheer mom.

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  13. Tee, you are totally right about Come On Eileen! I had to look it up then, and it IS dirty! I always just thought it was a really happy song. Well. Learn something every day.

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  14. How about “Let’s hear it for the boy”
    I remember doing a dance to that for jazz class, when I was in 4th or 5th grade all of us dressed up like cheerleaders

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  15. i am a total child of the 80’s. My group was the weird artsy group- we were all about U2, the cure, echo & the bunnymen, elvis costello, depeche mode, B-52’s, REM…. We just went to an 80’s prom a few wks ago & i wore my metallic aqua green dress from ’87- i looked AWESOME!

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  16. Let’s get physical (we thought it was about exercise) by Olivia Newton John
    I second “I think we’re alone now”
    Patience by Guns and Roses
    Bad medicine
    Living on a prayer
    Macarena (early 90’s maybe?)
    Jump by Van Halen

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  17. Um. I’m no help a-tall. I was at RISD listening to The Dead Kennedys, Rubber Radio, The Ramones, Maryanne Faithful, The Sex Pistols and OCCASIONALLY the Rolling Stones, but they were a little wimpy for my tastes. I only listened to them when I was feeling like a sap.
    But I remember that I liked The Fabulous Poodles in about 1979 when I was still in high school. Does that help?

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  18. Um. I’m no help a-tall. I was at RISD listening to The Dead Kennedys, Rubber Radio, The Ramones, Maryanne Faithful, The Sex Pistols and OCCASIONALLY the Rolling Stones, but they were a little wimpy for my tastes. I only listened to them when I was feeling like a sap.
    But I remember that I liked The Fabulous Poodles in about 1979 when I was still in high school. Does that help?

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  19. Um. I’m no help a-tall. I was at RISD listening to The Dead Kennedys, Rubber Radio, The Ramones, Maryanne Faithful, The Sex Pistols and OCCASIONALLY the Rolling Stones, but they were a little wimpy for my tastes. I only listened to them when I was feeling like a sap.
    But I remember that I liked The Fabulous Poodles in about 1979 when I was still in high school. Does that help?

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  20. Wait! They had songs in the 80’s? I tuned most of the 80’s. The only song I can think of is Roxanne and that’s because everytime I hear it I get morning sickness. That song was playing when I was puking my guts up and realizing I was pregnant. Yeah, didn’t get the 80’s unless you count The Judds “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Amarillow By Morning” by George Strait. So sue me I was a redneck. Oh wait I still am.

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  21. I could just spit,spit,spit that you are meeting DCRMom. Take tons of pictues and post them. I am so excited for you (and her). I think the two of you will laugh a lot. Oh to be a fly on the wall. I should fly to NC and join you. Two of my favorite people in one room…spit, spit, spit.

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  22. I’m with Gladys. I just didn’t like the 80’s. Bad music, bad hair, bad makeup, bad clothes with gigantic shoulder pads, bad role models (Donald Trump comes to mind).
    And it’s nice of you to help your friend with a playlist, but seriously? she’s buying 1 iPod for 2 girls and thinks they will just share nicely and politely? Does anyone else think this will end badly?

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  23. If she gets an ipod, she will have to download itunes. She clicks on 80’s music, she will be set.
    I would also suggest getting 2 ipod nanos (nano’s? nani??)…they are about $100 cheaper and hold about 250 songs.
    Two kids will fight over a single anything…donut, bag of poop, anything.

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  24. Oh, and Junay, my luttle shugah dumplin’? You’re a Southerner the minute you moved your ding dang self to the South…
    Now have yourself a big ol’ glass of sweet tea and sit on the porch swang for a spell. *hugging you to my voluminous powdered church lady boosums*

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  25. Oh, and Junay, my luttle shugah dumplin’? You’re a Southerner the minute you moved your ding dang self to the South…
    Now have yourself a big ol’ glass of sweet tea and sit on the porch swang for a spell. *hugging you to my voluminous powdered church lady boosums*

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  26. Oh, and Junay, my luttle shugah dumplin’? You’re a Southerner the minute you moved your ding dang self to the South…
    Now have yourself a big ol’ glass of sweet tea and sit on the porch swang for a spell. *hugging you to my voluminous powdered church lady boosums*

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  27. June! I totally thought of 20 or so completely inappropriate songs! Sugar Walls, Let’s Go all the Way, Like a Virgin, Come on Eileen, Pass the Dutchy (I really liked that one as a kid, but I’m pretty sure now it’s about drugs), Pour some sugar on me, Darling Nikki, She Bop, etc. My mother was appalled by most of the stuff on the radio.
    Maybe Photograph by Def Leppard would be more child friendly. Also 1999, 99 red Balloons, Let’s Go crazy.

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  28. Rats! I’m too late and you have scads of songs already so I’ll just add Oh Mickey.
    I’m also green over you meeting DCR mom in person!! Wish I could meet y’all for coffee too–or be a fly on the wall. Have fun!!
    And please don’t spit in public. Southern ladies don’t do that–unless they have a bit of snuff.

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  29. I thought of another one while I was doing the laundry and dishes this morning. There was a snappy little tune by Yello that was in Ferris Bueller and The Secret of My Success. The only two words in the song are “Oh Yeah”. That should be safe, no? I love that song to this day.

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  30. Thank you Petrop… it is stuck in my noggin. Again I thank you.
    The one I-Pod for two kids theory???? I just wonder if she has invisioned the fiery hell that will become her life shortly. Seriously, I-Pods are like $12.99 now. I say if you are going to get them an I-Pod you would be safer to just buy two. It will save her many gray hairs and migrained down the line.

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  31. Well, I think I can come up with one of the most INappropriate songs of the 80s. Remember watching MTV and seeing the video with the redhead who kept singing, “Everytime I think of you, I touch myself”? Yikes, that made me embarrassed in my own living room! I guess “Like a Virgin” won’t make the list either. (Though sticking to the first song might keep the girls in check!)
    Sylvia

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  32. I think they would love Cars by Blondie. Those men from Mars, eating all the guitars. I loved the soundtrack from Grease, Shaun Cassidy’s Da Doo Ron Ron and the standards from Saturday Night Fever. Wrong era, but Twist and Shout, and how about Axel X ?

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  33. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary, but I don’t know if that makes you a Southerner yet because I do believe it is a place in the mind more than a place on the map. Yankee’s lived here for 20 years and is still the biggest Yankee ever. Angst was born in the South and has lived here his entire life, but he says he isn’t Southern.

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  34. I have no advice to give on appropriate music as my 11 yr old has Round and Round by Ratt on her ipod!
    I read both you and dcrmom every single day so I’m almost excited as you are. Wish I could join you!

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  35. Geez, I’m old and a bit old fashioned here I guess. I think the only song that’s truly pure enough for little kids is “We Are The World”. They’re not even 10 yet, for goodness sake! An IPOD? Oy!

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  36. June,
    Yay! Thank you for mentioning and linking Corina website to your blog! You’re aweseome! I can’t wait to hear how your mom likes everything!

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  37. You gotta suggest “Tarzan Boy” and that Information Society song that says “pure energy” over and over. Also, “Atomic Dog” and “My Lips Are Sealed” by the Go Go’s. My kids love those songs. Someone else posted “Eye of the Tiger”, which my four year-old daughter calls “I Have the Tiger.”

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