September 23 08

as a child of the 80s…and a child of divorced parents…there was absolutely NO shortage of must-have-it-right-now toys. my mother waited in a way too long line to get my sister and i our very first hard-faced cabbage patch kids. (and i made the mistake of saying “jerk alert” when she finally walked in the door with them, which meant i didn’t get to open up MINE while i had to watch my sister open hers. torture, i tell you. i mean, i was four) We had the first editions…the ones with the SOFT faces

talk about old school right there. then we had the regular ones. red heads. ones with glasses. ones with teeth! the preemies. the world travelers. the boys. the astronaut version. the olympic version. it was CPK mania at casa de ali. (only i’m not referring to California Pizza Kitchen. mmmm…)

and it didn’t stop there. Atari. Care Bears. Glo-worms, He-Man and She-Ra, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Pound Puppies, Teddy Ruxpin, Garbage Pail Kids cards. and those are just the toys. please don’t get me started on the clothing. please. if you know what’s good for you. although, i will tell you that Miss Heather and I have already discussed our matching black Debbie Gibson hats and if you are really, really nice to me…i may dig up a picture of me WEARING it. with my black and white biker shorts. THE HORROR!

i loved the heck out of my pogo ball, which totally beat the pants off of my neighbor’s boring old pogo stick.


the one thing i didn’t have, the one thing i remember wanting SO bad was a skip-it.

i mean, it wasn’t all that exciting, really. a piece of plastic at the end of a string. oooooooh. fancy. a $9.99 toy that i begged and pleaded for. and didn’t get.

(bitter much?)

alas, Emily doesn’t have a gazillion-and-a-half cabbage patch kids (oh, wait, she does…i take that back) (ps. i fought the urge to write eleventy billion. but, i think that song is totally overplayed. who came up with eleventy billion anyway??? or “i can haz”? because that one? needs to be put to rest. PLEASE. it was hilarious for a while…and now it’s just…OVER. but…then again, i OVERuse and abuse *weeps* and FAIL, epic fail, and fail whale and the like)

but she DOES have a skip it.

and now so do i. FINALLY


it was totally 80s night at the Blacks!

(funny side story about the Blacks. Shane, who i love. Shane, who may possibly be the nicest person i have ever met in my life. for serious. a shirt-off-his-back type of guy. Shane, who told me a story that i’m still laughing about, days later…. he and this other dude – whose last name is Dong – were booking ice time for hockey and sent an email around saying…’when you go in, it’s under ‘Black/Dong’…ahahahahahahahaha)

we hauled out the hula hoop!

and the jump rope!


don’t laugh at how, um, awesome i look

i’ve got these three on my side – (charlie’s angels?)

Josh, Samara, Emily. forces to be reckoned with.

  1. I love you and this post is awesome. I had all that same stuff but no Skip It. So jealous!

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    Comment by slynnro on September 23, 2008
  2. I remember the CPKids with the teeth! My sister had a boy named Barry Barlow, hahaha. Such a dork. Funny the things that stick with ya.

    “Long Duck Dong” :)

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    Comment by loren on September 23, 2008
  3. Ahh! So much fun! I never had a skip it either. I was a witch with the hula hoop though. I attacked it slow-like. I had stamina and staying power.

    I remember I had a ‘baby alive’ too. She would eat (loud with a motor) and then pee. I loved that doll.


    Comment by jenboglass on September 23, 2008
  4. Skip It rocks! When can we schedule a play date?! I’ll bring all my CPK dolls (Oh, yeah!) and, if you want, we can bake little brownies with my Easy Bake Oven!

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    Comment by differentkindofgirl on September 23, 2008
  5. i had an easy bake oven and i loved that thing it was awesome!!!


    Comment by LAVENDULA on September 23, 2008
  6. Loved Skip It, I still grab my neighbours to play with it when I can

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    Comment by Chantal on September 23, 2008
  7. Have you been to BabyLand General, in Cleveland, GA? It’s where the Cabbage Patch babies are born. It’s awesomely creepy.
    ps: I just added you as a Facebook “friend”

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    Comment by cristan on September 23, 2008
  8. You guys know how to party. lol I never had a skip it. Very cool!

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    Comment by Rhea on September 23, 2008
  9. Nice reminiscent post :) One doll I racked my brain trying to remember was the Popples doll.

    I had a pogo ball too. But no skip it. For some reason – i remember the commercial and found the counter option really funny. Even though I’m sure knowing me – that was the biggest appeal


    Comment by Janna on September 23, 2008
  10. My mom waited in line for FOUR HOURS for a cabbage patch doll for me and then she totally had to like snatchone from another lady. I wish I could have seen it. My mom was all of 5’4″ tall and like a buck five brawling with another lady. Awesome.

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    Comment by KD @ A Bit Squirrell on September 23, 2008
  11. I had all of those toys, too, but never a Skip-It, though I lusted after one! What was the deal with our parents? I also had over 60 My Little Ponies who played in my He-Man Castle Grayskull.


    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on September 23, 2008
  12. We had skip it’s at my school and I could NEVER figure them out. I could also NOT do the pogo ball. I have zero sense of balance. But I did have the rest of the toys you listed. Token only child here. ;-)

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    Comment by Miss on September 23, 2008
  13. I hated dolls so much, I was a transformer kind of girl, but I had to have a dang CPK…a preemie with the big bald head, a yellow windbreaker, jeans, and sneakers. Because we all put our preemies in jeans and sneakers. Duh.

    I did LOVE me some pogo ball!! I still have the scar from the gash it ripped across my shin in a botched attempt to mount the thing.

    Oh jeez, did that sound dirty? haha

    One thing missing from your list…the charm necklaces…the big chunky plastic chains with the giant plastic charms. The only Christmas gift I ever snooped and found. I felt so guilty it scarred me for life.


    Comment by AJ on September 23, 2008
  14. Dude, I still have my Debbie Gibson hat.

    How about you?


    Comment by gorillabuns on September 23, 2008
  15. aww now I miss my skip it and bogo ball. I was awful at the pogo ball but I rocked the socks off the skip it!

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    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on September 23, 2008
  16. Oh how I miss the 80′s! I had a skip-it but I always wanted a Teddy Ruxpin and never got it. And do tell, since you were a Debbie Gibson fan, did you have the Electric Youth perfume? I loved that stuff!

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    Comment by Katie on September 23, 2008
  17. I totally had a Skip-It. I was the coolest kid in grade 2 because of it. Ok, I was the coolest kid for like a week.

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    Comment by hillary on September 23, 2008
  18. Like, totally rad.


    Comment by Chris on September 23, 2008
  19. I loved all those toys! And I totally had a skip it…don’t forget slip n slide and Jem! Wooo.

    btw, “eleventy” is from Lord of the Rings and “I can haz” is from the LOL cats…nerdy much?? Why yes I am. Thanks for noticing :)

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    Comment by Heather on September 23, 2008
  20. I had a skip it! Loved that thing until the cup thing literally broke from the frayed rope.

    How about the Clackers? Huge glass marbles on a string that would Clack together when you motioned your arm up and down…it was fun until someone ‘put an eye out’.


    Comment by swirl girl on September 23, 2008
  21. I, too, was spoiled. But I never had a skip-it. NOW I WANT ONE.

    Looks like a great night!

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    Comment by Angella on September 23, 2008
  22. I never had a skipit either. I’m pissed. My daughter is so getting one tomorrow. For my own personal use, of course.

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    Comment by Shamelessly Sassy on September 23, 2008
  23. my favorite doll in the world was my cabbage patch preemie doll. it’s a little eerie- as my girls were preemies. I wrote about that in one post. i had a skip it, but since I had no coordination, i never used it.

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    Comment by Maya on September 23, 2008
  24. I loved my pound puppy. And my skip-stick. And my pogo ball. And my zip leg jeans with three pairs of socks worn at once.


    Comment by Moose on September 23, 2008
  25. I had a skip-it bumblebee that you could fill with bubble stuff and it would expel bubbles while skipping. BOOYAH.

    BTW – I’m impressed that you skipped-it and hula-hooped it without a drink in hand. Not that you drink a lot – it’s just if that pic was of me, I’d totally be holding something long stemmed.

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    Comment by katie ~ motherbumper on September 23, 2008
  26. I want a skipit! Looks like FAB exercise!

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    Comment by Haley-O on September 23, 2008
  27. Pogo ball! Oh my gosh, I had totally forgotten about that contraption!


    Comment by She Likes Purple on September 23, 2008
  28. He-Man, GIJoe, Transformers (when made of metal), etc… My sis had the CPK’s and Rainbow Brites and long live Jem and the Smurfs right? 80′s toys were way better. Although I am a techie and a bit jealous of today’s stuff. They’ve come a long way since my Atari and Commodore 64!


    Comment by Hockeyman on September 23, 2008
  29. Oh….that Cabbage Patch Kid looks like mine did!

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    Comment by Multi-Tasking Mommy on September 23, 2008
  30. OMG, you do NOT know how much I needed that laugh.

    I about died last night when my son turned the TV to Retro Teletoon and the FRAGGLES were on! I kid you not!


    Comment by Holly on September 23, 2008
  31. Well, I had a skip-it but I never had a cabbage patch doll, so there you go.


    Comment by thatgirlblogs on September 23, 2008
  32. Although I was only alive for three years in the 80s I did have a skip it. I loved that thing. I also had a cabbage patch kid. The skip it was the best though.

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    Comment by zandor on September 23, 2008
  33. We were too poor to have cool stuff. Sob! Sob!

    I did have a skip it … though we didn’t call it that at the time.

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on September 23, 2008
  34. I don’t know if any photos of me in the Debbie Gibson hat still exist, but there IS some old-school video of me singing, “Lost In Your Eyes” in the school talent show. Wearing the Debbie outfit & hat. SEXY.

    And DUDE! Me and Pogo ball were LIKETHIS. I never got a skip it either. I can’t wait until my kid is old enough for me to play with her toys.

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    Comment by heather... on September 23, 2008
  35. wow you just sent me back to childhood!! How I loved cabbage patch kids..and pogo-ing all day! Thanks for the great rewind.

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    Comment by Kate on September 23, 2008
  36. HAHAHA!! I love the first action shot of you doing the skip-it! Look at you go! Pointing your index finger at the ground, giving it “the business”–whoo hoo!

    And Oh how I remember the pogo-ball. Now, I don’t remember ever being able to jump more than once before falling, but at least it looked cool sitting in our garage.

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    Comment by The Over-Thinker on September 23, 2008
  37. Were you born in 1977?

    Did you have a pocket rocker with Tiffany tapes too?

    AWESOME post.

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    Comment by OHmommy on September 23, 2008
  38. I didn’t have a Skip-It. I had a lemon twist! You remember those?


    Comment by Renee on September 24, 2008
  39. I totally get the gazillion thing and you would fit in PERFECTLY at the Cantina. We call ourselves the Hyperbole Girls. Kim’s daughter’s gymnastics costs $32,000 a year plus another $20,000 for travel. I bought a $238 dress on e-bay for $79 (knew the brand, knew I would love it.) By the time my friend Pilar had told the story a few times it was, “Diane got a $750 dress on e-bay for $20!”

    We all know what we mean!

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    Comment by Di on September 25, 2008
  40. skip it was soooo awesome. i loved that darned thing and i was TOTALLY the same way. ALWAYS wanted one never got one.

    i’ve been checking out 80s tshirts and stuff for nostalgia (and cuz i just went to the new kids concert!) i found a few cute ones on they’ve got a totally tubular one, a 123 not it, child of the 80s… fun stuff.

    maybe they’ll make a skip it one. should we ask them to?


    Comment by michael-anne on October 21, 2008

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