Nastalgic Thursday: Daria

Hey, lovelies. Today’s post is for the girl who made me feel like it was okay to be different, to be smart and independent. This girl taught me what sarcasm was and I haven’t looked back since. I am talking about none other than Daria Morgendorffer.

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I LOVED Daria back in high school. It was the one MTv series that I can say added something worthwhile to my life. Me and my classmate Juanita would watch every episode and would constantly draw Daria in art class. My depiction of Daria left much to be desired though. Ah, well, I’m a writer, not an artist.

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Daria showed us how to uniquely and unapologetically traverse the teen years spent in high school when you feel like no one understands you but your fellow outcast best friend and you want to escape your family so much because they are too dysfunctional for words.

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Also, wasn’t her crush super hot? His look normally wouldn’t do it for me but seeing him through Daria’s eyes changed that. Him being her best friend’s brother had to be ignored in moments of uber crushments.

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*Daria voice* Eep!
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I am going to neatly lay down this next image knowing that we can all relate to having a teacher/mentor/authority figure that we saw in this light too.

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Daria was an emo-kid’s dream and for the non-emo’s who felt they were above everyone else intellectually— *coughs* me *coughs*, she was an icon. Straight face of approval for you, Daria -_- Thank you.

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P.S. Did you know Daria was a spin-off of Beavis and Butthead? I didn’t. I only saw that series when I was too lazy to change the channel back in the day. You know, the days when you had to get up to change the station? Ok, I kid. I never had to do that but I wanted y’all to visualize that so you could exercise your brains. You’re welcome! :p

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Something else I also discovered, Aubrey Plaza in a trailer for a Daria movie. I may or may not be hopeful this was the trailer for an actual film. Check it out below.

Thanks for stopping by, lovelies!

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Nastalgic Thursday: Angry Beavers

This one kind of snuck up on me. I was scrolling through Tumblr when I saw someone reblog the following picture

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Fan art of Angry Beavers.
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I know I’m starting to show my age with the things I’m nostalgic for. Pretty soon, I’ll start telling the young’ns nowadays that I can’t make heads or tails of their movies and music because things were so much simpler in my time. 🙂 I’m actually looking forward to this. Maybe I’m on a nostalgia high. My memory’s will comfort me while my age starts turning against me.

 

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These two fraternal twin brothers would keep me great company on Sundays. The adventures of Dag and Norby (Daggett and Norbert) was something to look forward to as my weekends were looking to come to an end. I loved Norbert’s voice, his accent and how smart he was. You can see how I was drawn to intelligent men from early on 😉 Wait, he’s not a man, he’s a beav– but y’all get the point! I was drawn to an intelligent mind. yea, that’s better. Dag was received as too jumpy and anxious and troublesome to me but this was the intention of his creators so I don’t feel bad about my bias. One thing I wasn’t all the way here for with Norb was his constant hugging. Whadup widdat, dude? Say it with me- personal space.

An animated take on pimp culture. Wait, why was i allowed to watch this so young? Lol
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I loved the use of other woodland creatures and plants in ways that made them have human- like traits while staying true to their actual characteristics and habits based on nature. The balance was very good with this show, I think, but my memory may just be conveniently processing only good moments from watching this series.

If you have no clue about the Angry Beavers or you just want a small (or even large) dose for old times’ sake, you can search the “angry beavers” tag on Tumblr. Or you can catch some episodes on YouTube (don’t worry, I plan to so you’re in good company). Be careful though- Tumblr and YouTube are black holes of the internet.

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Nastalgic Thursday: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

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What y’all know about this here?! Do you remember the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers? The costumed superheroes who could morph into one big robot hero machine thing. Haha! I don’t know why I felt that description was appropriate but it felt right. I was a bit of a nerd growing up so I wasn’t interested in tv as the rest of my siblings so I can’t speak on a lot of shows from the past with vivid recollection because I wasn’t watching a lot but I do remember watching  this show and, man, was I excited. My favourite was…wait for it….. PINK RANGER!

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Typical of a girl, right? But I didn’t like her because she was pink (at least, I don’t think this was why). It could have been because she was the only girl I truly noticed as a girl. Yes, as evidenced by the first picture in this post, we see that it was mostly males and then we got the token female character or two, one of which got a neutral (read: unisex) colour. I remember actually disliking pink because it was seen as commonly feminine but then I grew up. All the same, we were also blessed with having another female Ranger. Yaay!

This series has been going on for quite a while (about twenty years, in fact) and in the spirit of longevity, they would  change  the storylines, teams/characters and the costumes. Point to note: Only the Rangers that were a primary colour were there on every team (ie Red, Yellow, Blue). The most common colour that was not on every team was Pink.

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The above team is the team I remember watching I remember Kimberly clear as day. I remember Zack (Black Ranger), I remember Trini (Yellow Ranger), Billy (Blue Ranger) and I remember Tommy (Green Ranger) Fine ass Tommy. Whoo! Oh, I also remember Zordon. Hi, Tommy!

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Hey, boo!

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I do love a man in red! But my FLAVRIT memory of Tommy was when he was White Ranger. Owww!

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Wait, is this post about Power Rangers or one specific Ranger? Tommy and Kimberly were together at one point so this must be why I loved him so. I’d find it funny when the Power rangers had their evil alter egos and had to be saved. They were always so appropriately badass. Hehehe.

As I said, the Power Rangers have been around for some time now so there’s still some version on t now. I no longer watch it. I suffer from old-coloured glasses in that I believe that this best time for this series was when I was young and watching it. “It’s just not as great as it used to be back in my day”. 🙂

All the same, I must thank all of you for journeying with me down memory lane.

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Nastalgic Thursday: Giga Pets

It’s been a while since I did a Nastalgic Thursday post, I know. Let’s not waste time on the past and— wait, I see how that is problematic given that this series is about nostalgia and whatnot. Ok, ok! I’m sorry. Forgive me. I still love your faces! Can we start now? 🙂 Awesome!

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If you don’t know what this is, I sort of need you to not speak to me for at least a week.

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What was so special about a palm-sized toy with three to five tiny buttons below a ridiculously small screen? Um, just everything! These little gadgets were awesome sauce when I was younger. You pulled out that little tab at the back and you were hooked for days, weeks even. I don’t remember their cost but I know I saved my money and bought quite a few and they were cheap enough that I could replace one after I ruined it by sticking a pencil in the back too often to restart it.

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Your Giga Pet, Nano Baby or Tamagotchi was your virtual baby or pet. You fed it, cleaned it, gave it exercise and it rewarded you with a smile and the precious gift of staying alive. If your pet died, your poor little heart broke. To help you out, the game– life experience, had sound alerts to let you know your pet was in need of attention/ some form of activity.

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I swear, us 80’s/90’s kids really did have the best childhood and this was part of the reason. Don’t test me on that! I think a Giga Pet would still have me caught up in this present day. Simple and fun. Don’t test me on this either.

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Until next post, Nasmaniacs!

Nastalgic Thursday: Lisa Frank

OMG! OMG! I don’t even think I need to write words for this post!

Y’all remember Lisa Frank accessories? Silly question, how can you forget?

When I was growing up, these were so coveted. Lisa Frank Inc., run by a woman actually named Lisa Frank, is still in business (Mashable even did a feature on her) but it’s not nearly as hype now as when I was a young’n. It was the stuff! Man, if you had the stickers, you felt you were so hot…until you saw someone with the pencil case and books. Oh, those who had the pencils were basically stabbing in the pain every time they used one of those around the rest of us who didn’t. I think I am just now getting over being green with envy as I watched another girl flash her neon-coloured goodies. I no longer think my parents did not love me for not ensuring that I was decked out in Lisa Frank swag…kinda. I mean, these feelings take a while to leave, peeps! Chah! Anyhoo, take a stroll, skip and hop down memory lane with me by looking at these pics. I pray the colours don’t trigger anyone’s seizures.

1885 STICKERS?! Look here! Everything is getting STUCK on. Ok!
1885 STICKERS?! Look here! Everything woulda been STUCK on. Ok!

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So first we have this fly *ss pony with her side pony tail.

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Then they put the pony on a book and added some peace symbol folders. Eek!
Then they put the pony on a book and added some peace symbol folders. Eek!

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She had our dolphin friends covered underwater
She had our dolphin friends covered underwater

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This almost makes me forget that I am not here for cats
This almost makes me forget that I am not here for cats

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This one, not so much. Where you get all dem jewelry from, cat?! I oan trust you sneaky butt!
This one, not so much. Where you get all dem jewelry from, cat?! I oan trust your sneaky butt!

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So I won't even classify this as a cat because I want to be able to love it for the awesome thing it is. I almost called it a tiger though so my classification means nada. But is it a cheetah or a leopard? Is this just Simba with chicken pox?
So I won’t even classify this as a cat because I want to be able to love it for the awesome thing it is. I almost called it a tiger though so my classification means nada. But is it a cheetah or a leopard? Is this just Simba with chicken pox?

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As if I needed another reason to be jealous of Mila Kunis. She did commercials and ads for Lisa as a kid. Ugh!
As if I needed another reason to be jealous of Mila Kunis. She did commercials and ads for Lisa as a kid. Ugh!

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I imagine this is how Cruella de Vil sees the world on acid
I imagine this is how Cruella de Vil sees the world on acid

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I just--- gah! *faints from the cuteness*
I just— gah! *faints from the cuteness*

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It ain't fun if the penguins and polar bears can't have none!
It ain’t fun if the penguins and polar bears can’t have none!

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So you thought we left this stuff back in te 80s and 90s? Ha!

Lisa Frank nails, y'all! How would you get me to clean these off EVER?!
Lisa Frank nails, y’all! How would you get me to clean these off EVER?!

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DIY Lisa Frank phone cases, y'all! YASSS!
DIY Lisa Frank phone cases, y’all! YASSS!

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Because this is a image you want to see before and after you get drunk
Because this is a image you want to see before and after you get drunk

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Aaand now I have a headache from seeing all dem colours! Popped a Lisa, I’m sweating. Whoo! Did I do that right? Hahaha!

Thank you, Lisa Frank, for helping to make my childhood so purdy!

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Until next post!

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Nastalgic Thursday: Brandy

Last week I read a post on Necole Bitchie’s blog about r&b and pop songbird Brandy and how she made the life of a fan/ makeup artist with a wonderful act of kindness. You can read about it here.

The post really touched me and it gave me hope for the many of us out there struggling who find it so difficult to look forward to tomorrow because we don’t know in what circumstances it will catch us. I was left impressed with Miss Norwood (that’s Brandy’s surname- for now- FYI) and it had me thinking I should share this story and throw some love her way. Struck by another bout of nostalgia, as I have been so often lately, I thought I would make my first Nastalgic Thursday (I felt like being cute and not naming it the typical Throwback Thursday and y’all should know I love puns with my name) about Moesha’s alter ego.

Speaking of Moesha, that’s one of the two tv series that Brandy starred in in her younger years and my pick for her Read More