Friday, October 01, 2010

Genesis of a Blog Post, Or "Lid, How Do You Come Up With that Junk You Write?" and Flashback Friday

Sometimes people ask, "Lid, where do you get your snazzy ideas for blog posts?" Well, the answer is, I work really, really hard on being witty, current, snazzy and most extremely, brainy-ish.

Like this guy:

So now I take you to the inner workings of my brain to hook you up with "Genesis of a Blog Post."

Here is an actual Facebook message between Lid of Mocha With Linda and me which turned into a blog post:

Mocha Linda to 2nd Cup Linda: Good morning, my friend! Just wanted to say I hope you have a splendiferous day! Can't believe tomorrow is October 1st!

2nd Cup to Mocha: Good morning, to you, too!! I just came from the doc where I received an injection of cortisone into my left buttock. How's THAT for detail?

My eyes are doing the swelling thing again.

Speaking of Oct., my b-day is this month. Now normally, I don't broadcast it, except maybe on my blog where most people don't know me personally. However, this week, on a local radio station, they started a contest wherein you can win a birthday cake from a beloved local bakery which makes cakes to die for. So I thought, "I will enter." That was yesterday. This morning, as I was putting on my makeup, I heard "Happy birthday to Linda Crow, 48 years old today."

??? I forgot to put in a date, I guess. Sad part is, my birthday is next week, and that's when the contest starts. So now I think I will contact the station and say, "I think I got my birthday wrong."

Oh boy.

I think I just wrote a blog post here! haha.

Yep, I believe I did.


What toys do you remember from your childhood? What did you like to do to entertain yourself? Did you mostly play inside or outside? Did you ride a bike all over the neighborhood? Play baseball in the backyard? Basketball in the driveway? Did you have to "get permission" to play at a friend's house, or were you and your friends back and forth between houses all the time? If you had siblings, was there a distinction between your toys and theirs? Did you "inherit" any toys from older siblings? What were the "fad" or "must-have" toys of your generation? Did you parents buy them? Was there a toy you always wanted and never got to have?

I played by myself a lot when I was little and had a vivid imagination. I had an imaginary friend named "Tacko," who I pictured looking something like this:

When I did play with neighborhood kids or cousins, I played pretend or The Partridge Family. I was usually Tracy, keepin' it real with my tambourine.

I liked to ride my bike and run little races in my backyard.

I also loved Barbies and other dolls, like Baby First Step, whom I have written about ad nauseum here. But she was so cool. She walked like Baby Frankenstein.

Here is a Barbie parade, featuring Barbies riding the ever-popular "Canister Vacuum Cleaner" float. I believe I was either anticipating or had already viewed a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

As I got older to loved to play volleyball in our street at night with friends. We would play well past dark by the street light. So much fun. Especially since the boy who lived down the street was suddenly, inexplicably, very cute.

Thanks, Lid, for sharing life and laughter with me--from miles and miles away! Someday we'll meet in person!


Mocha with Linda said...

Aww, your sweet words made me smile. I always love reading your memories.

Hope your eye is mucho better today!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

What fun we had with our Barbie's!!

I used to fill up the bathtub and then prop my Barbie way up on the shower head, I would then take a yard stick and give her a light tap and she would do a swan dive into the tub. It was Olympic diver Barbie. One part imagination/one part was I had a Barbie with hair that turned a different color when it got wet. Remember those!


Melanie said...

I just "analyzed" your dream! Don't sue me.

Anonymous said...

Hope your eye feels better!

I loved the dolls on the vacuum cleaner "float"! And I had to smile at Baby Frankenstein.

Cathy said...

I love reading everyone's play memories. It brings so many of mine too. Oh to be little again, but just for a day. I certainly don't want to live this live over. lol

Mary said...

Too funny about your birthdate! Wonder if they'll still let you enter?
I always wanted one of those dolls, but, being the 6th girl, all I had was hand-me-down dolls!

Kim said...

I think you're the same age as my "baby" sister :) She, too, had a Baby First Steps. Love the vacuum cleaner float idea! Wish I'd thought of that. LOL

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Kim: 1962

apple blossom said...

I have an award for you on my blog.

thanks for blogging

Martha in PA said...

I had a Baby First step too... I loved my dolls when I was a child, my daughter, not so much.

Chambray Blue said...

This was great! Everyone must be having Retro-fever. Facebook, blogging, etc. lol. My brother just informed me that there was a time we didn't talk for years because he and I both wanted to be Little Joe when we played Bonanza... lol. I'd forgotten. Thanks for posting this. So fun!

Nick Thomas said...

Gumby and Pokey. Still have 'em, but the green guy is getting old - doesn't bend as good as he used to.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

I have become a follower simply due to your "Lid" moniker. I'm Ellen (among other things), but cannot count the times I have signed things "Elln". That extra e, such a pain...

Men Are Dumb. I Are One. said...

I'm getting old and grumpy and now announce to kids in my family, "Well, we had toys that didn't need batteries! Slinky, Lincoln Logs and Legos! Batteries don't make toys any more fun", then I take out my iPhone and play Angry Birds. Help me. ;) Happy Birthday, btw.