Saturday, January 28, 2012

Toy Story (Merci Giveaway Winners Announced!)

One of my bucket list adventures is to be a contestant on Jeopardy.

The top 5 categories in which I would blow the competition away:
1. Music of the 1960s and 1970s
2. The Old Testament
3. American Civil War
4. Cultural Stereotypes
5. Beloved Childhood Toys

Also, there's a big chance that I would walk away mortified beyond belief like I'm guessing Mike did after this mishap. Open mouth, insert foot...

When I hear bits of information, my mind is like the proverbial steel trap. I learn something that I feel important, and I lock it in for the rest of my life. Unless it's about things that are really useful in every day life like login information to make the mortgage payment or sending lunch money to school with Mia. 

Ask me how old Khloe Kardashian was when she lost her virginity though? 14. Ask me who is credited with the basis for the modern patent on the staple remover? A seamstress from Ireland. Ask what sound a hippo makes? Cross between a duck's quack and a pig's oink - similar to the sound you get when you blow raspberries on your arm.

In summary, I would kick major ass. Heads up - Jeopardy doesn't have much to do with this post, but I would really like to be a contestant and I needed a reason to post that video. It makes me snort every time I watch it.

That being said...

"I'll take Beloved Childhood Toys for $1000, Alex!"

Peaches & Cream Barbie, New Kids On the Block doll - Jordan (aka the one with the Cosby sweater)

Pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but my oldest, Mia is a bit on the eccentric side. She likes vintage toys more than toys that are brand new. Vintage toys that were first introduced between 1980 and 1997 to be exact.
Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, Baby Sitter's Club, Nancy Drew
Thankfully, I still own a lot of my old toys because Granny was thoughtful enough to save them (the basement is huge and creepy so nobody ever wants to clean it out) for the grandbabies.
Polly Pocket, Norfin Trolls, Magic Nursery Surprise doll, Rainbow Brite Shy Violet doll
 It seems so wrong that I'm old enough to have owned first editions of vintage toys. Damn you sands of time...
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, Shrinky Dinks, Play-Doh Bakery, Fashion Plates
Mall Madness, Clue, Connect 4, Donkey Kong Country for Super Nintendo
On the plus side though, it's saved us a ton in Ebay purchases. We've passed these suckers down like family heirlooms: Teddy RuxpinBaby Sitter's Club doll, Barbie swimming pool and RV. I can't believe the prices they're currently listed at! Holy college fund, Batman!!!

Which makes me think it's about time to start stealing toys from my children. If I keep them in a storage unit for the next couple of decades I might have something to retire on. Fingers crossed that one Zhu Zhu pet will be worth $100 in the future...

What's the one toy that you wish you'd saved for an Antiques Roadshow moment?

 Merci giveaway winners were chosen by random number generator tonight at 6PM CST.

Winners are as follows:

Comment #11 - Hoshii Designs Origami Clutch
 11. Krista said...    Unexpected thankfulness? One of my kiddos today wrote a card for my baby (not due til June). Thankful for a sweetheart in the middle of a hectic (horrendous) school day!
Comment #15 - Contempo Jewels Pea Pod Necklace in Peacock
 15. Cathe said...    I am unexpectedly thankful for you girlie! You make me feel normal and not crazy, overstressed, and under appreciated!

Comment #17 - Whatsername Jewelry Zodiac Necklace
17. Johnna said...     I am so Thankful for the unexpected support and Love I recieve from my Amazing friends and family. Love them all! 
Comment #20 - Sparklingtwi Black Tie Affair ring

 20. Anonymous said...     I am thankful for the unexpected days that little Hadlee Shae wraps her baby arms around my legs and gives my those sweet little leg HUGS!!!

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