June 4 09

Emily has mad love for four people right now…Joe Jonas. Zac Efron. Robert Pattinson. and…

wait for it…

Michael J. Fox.

this one, though.


not, you know, this one. The one who suffers from Parkinson’s disease and isร‚ย  old enough to be her grandfather (he was born in 1961 and she was born in 2001!)


I recently let Josh and Emily into the back-to-mommy’s-history vault to watch something from MY ERA. I am not sure who is usually more excited. When they watched The Karate Kid, I smiled for a week.

So, Back the Future and Back to the Future, part II it was.

and now my daughter has the hots for Marty McFly. (I guess the apple doesn’t fall far…speaks the mom whose walls used to house dozens hundreds of pages ripped out from Teen Beat and Bop. Rob Lowe. Ralph Macchio. Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen. Kirk Cameron. Corey Haim. and yes, Michael J. Fox)

and now I have to explain to my son that most of the “future” things in the second movie were actually pretty cool. I mean, he gets why the hover board was futuristic and now he totally wants one. and Marty’s shoes.


but when Marty was talking to Needles


child ali was all, “zomg Marty was talking to Needles on his giant wall-mounted tv!”

ali’s child is all, “but Mom, that’s just SKYPE”

touche, my child. touche.

It’s a different world, friends (it’s a world where the kids have no idea what A Different World was and what Dwayne Wayne glasses are! for shame!). my kids do not understand that I didn’t even know what the internet was until I was a senior in high school. and the only way I could get onto the internet was with a dial-up modem that was soooooo sllllllllow and that the only websites I knew were imdb.com and ubl.com and I thought I was the coolest person on the planet because I knew how to get to those sites. my kids do not understand that we didn’t have DVD players in the car. hell, we didn’t even have dvd players. They will never know what a betamax is. They will never know what a walkman is. They will never live in a world with car phones or cell phones that need giant bags to house the battery. My children have never SEEN a tape…and don’t understand what I mean when I say “mix tape” They will never understand the WAIT the what-seemed-like-ages for your favorite movie to come out on VHS for you to rent from blockbuster…that you couldn’t just download it. They will never need to use maps to find a destination.


so yesterday, on twitter, I confessed to the internet that I really had no idea if what I was wearing was a dress or a shirt.


my sister (who bought it for me. love) said DRESS. my husband said SHIRT.


Well, isn’t THIS a fun game?

dress? shirt? dress? shirt?

(we won’t talk about the cleavage issue that I didn’t even realize I had until I got to work and had to ask my co-worker, at least a dozen times, if she could see my nipples, because oh my god, where in the hell did these boobs come from?)

  1. you made the best mix tapes!!!

    Comment by adina on June 4, 2009
  2. Thanks for the flashback! Now I feel o.l.d.

    Since I’m feeling old, I gotta say I think your questionable piece of clothing is a shirt. If I was young I’d say dress. You can get away with either though. Lucky young looking biatch. (I know you’re not young – you gave that away in your post. *sigh* Teen Beat!)

    And oh yeah, I love your floors. Bootiful!

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    Comment by karen on June 4, 2009
  3. my 16 year asked what are those big discs? when she was 5.answer records.hahaha!and Ali that is a dress….

    Comment by LAVENDULA on June 4, 2009
  4. I saw Tunic- too short to be a dress.

    OMG I LOVED Back to the Future. I was more of a fred savage/joey lawrence girl myself.

    How funny is it that you and your daughter liked the same guy! also? a bit creepy.

    Mayas last blog post..Happy Birthday to Me

    Comment by Maya on June 4, 2009
  5. oh, Maya, I had Joey Lawrence and Fred Savage years too.

    oh, and Jonathan Brandis. LOVED HIM.

    Comment by ali on June 4, 2009
  6. I say shirt too, only because I don’t have the legs (or the balls) to wear a dress that short. Please ask your sister where she got it though, I absolutely LOVE it!!

    Comment by jen on June 4, 2009
  7. So I came down here to post Fred Savage FTW, and now OMG Jonathan Brandis I totally FORGOT about him. Major love back then. [Sad note, I just googled and found that he died in 2003. Never knew that.] That plus Zach and Slater from Saved by the Bell.

    My cousin (who is 2 years older than me, and who my mom babysat during the summers) and I used to pin those Teen Beat pages up on the wall and practice kissing on them. Mine remained usable. Being two years older (and having a sister two years older than HER), she was all knowledgable about french kissing. (I basically thought french kissing meant moving your head around a lot and opening and closing your mouth while kissing.) Her posters, for some reason I could not fathom, always got soggy in the lip region.


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    Comment by Della on June 4, 2009
  8. If that is, indeed, a dress, I gotta say I’d be scared to wear it as such. I think the way you’re wearing it in the photo is perfect.

    Speaking of perfect…has Emily watched Joe’s ‘Single Lady’ spoof video yet? I won’t tell you how many times I have. It took me at least five viewings to look past his delightful thighs…(and that seems so wrong to say!)

    Oh, one last thing – I sort of met MJF last week! He was in town for a charity golf tourney. The man who gave us the Alex P. Keaton and Teen Wolf is awesome!

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    Comment by fadkog on June 4, 2009
  9. i’d say shirt, but you know, i’m old (class of 89!).
    thanks for all the flashbacks!

    justmes last blog post..the bikini dream

    Comment by justme on June 4, 2009
  10. I think it’s both, dreshirt or shirdress!
    I know what you mean about your kids not knowing how far we have come. I think that the people born in the early 1900’s will be the ones who have seen the most change. How far we have come. OMG I think my daughter who is 28 still has to concentrate on a real clock because she grew up with digital!

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    Comment by Deborah Pucci on June 4, 2009
  11. Whatever it is, it’s cute.

    And — another reason our kids will never know what a Walkman or a bag phone looked like is that they were so clunky and ugly that they will never reappear as collectibles like funky old records players or radios.

    Comment by feefifoto on June 4, 2009
  12. I think it’s a shirt. It looks great!

    Comment by Heather on June 4, 2009
  13. I say shirt by day, dress by night. Just ditch the jeans when you get off work and you’re ready for going out on the town. That’s if you’re comfortable and brave enough to go that short. Just don’t bend over! LOL

    I loved Kirk Cameron and M.J. Fox. Actually, I still like MJF. I think he’s sooo sweet! My biggest crush was Shawn Cassidy, David Cassidy, and Rick Springfield. For my 13th b-day I went to a Rick Springfield concert with my Dad. Embarrassing to go with Dad, but so cool! Good memories!

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    Comment by Mollie Hubenak on June 4, 2009
  14. I also had to explain to my kids why all those things were cool! they so didnt get it. they can’t even believe that when i was their age there were no cell phones… and nobody had computers… that we thought back to the future 2 was sooo cool and they are like so what. btw, my 5 year old calls that movie “the one with bad words”

    Comment by rayli on June 4, 2009
  15. oh and definitely a shirt.

    but can be a mini dress with the right pair of heels.

    Comment by rayli on June 4, 2009
  16. I say shirt, only because you’re 31 now and it might be too short. But either way, it’s so cute.

    Also, how does Emily know who Robert Pattinson is? Isn’t the movie/books a little old for her? Also, tell her to stay away from MY BOYFRIEND! HE IS MINE!

    Comment by Kristabella on June 4, 2009
  17. I think it’s a dress. A very very cute dress. However! I would probably pair it with a pair of jeans anyways, simply because I wouldn’t want to do a Britney. I love it though. And I think it makes your boobs looks awesome! Just sayin.

    Katies last blog post.."By the way, you have two uteruses. Uterusi??"

    Comment by Katie on June 4, 2009
  18. I say shirt. It looks great the way you’re wearing it. I seem to recall that you’re not into leggings, but it would look adorable with a pair of mid calf leggings and ballet flats.

    Comment by NEWMOM on June 4, 2009
  19. Shirt or dress! I’m glad that you wore it as a shirt. It looks totally hip and cute that way. I wouldn’t want to subject people to MY cheesy white thighs if I were to wear it as a dress. Your thighs are probably smooth, tan and thin. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Suzys last blog post..Body Cavity Search

    Comment by Suzy on June 4, 2009
  20. Oh, how I loved all those boys when I was a young lass.

    I’m guessing it could be a dress…I hate my thighs though. I’d be wearing it with jeans ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Angella on June 4, 2009
  21. My vote is for shirt. It COULD be a dress, but my bet is that your ass would be hanging out. Which is not super work appropriate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Lyndsey on June 4, 2009
  22. I’d say shirt, because as a dress it might be a *WEE* bit short. But you could probably totally pull it off ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Jen on June 4, 2009
  23. I haven’t seen BTF in ages. Now I want to go see what the future was supposed to look like in 1985. (It was set around now, right?)

    Also, given your commando penchant and the fact that you don’t work in the adult entertainment industry, that is most definitely a shirt.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on June 4, 2009
  24. I vote shirt. Or a dress for little people.

    Comment by ClassyFabSarah on June 4, 2009
  25. Your daughter and I have the same taste in men. Too bad Marty McFly is even too old for me. And, you know, fictional.

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    Comment by Moose on June 4, 2009
  26. I’d call it a “top.” When I think of a shirt, I think it should have buttons. But that’s just how my brain works.

    Comment by Lu on June 4, 2009
  27. on me that would be a shirt.
    and to be honest your boobs look smaller here than they usually do.

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    Comment by Christine on June 4, 2009
  28. duh. shirt.

    And Alyssa Milano.

    Comment by Giblet on June 4, 2009
  29. I have a heterosexual crush on Michael J. Fox. Have you ever seen “For Love or Money?” Swoon.

    And I have an autographed photo of him too.

    Comment by Avitable on June 4, 2009
  30. Rotary dial phones, baby!!! My kids looked at one and said, “how do you use this?” LOL

    Yeah, in my last year of high school, the net was all text-based. damn usenet. I swear, my eyesight is shot because of those frickin’ green-text-on-black screens! grrrr…

    I’d say both shirt and dress. Depends on your mood. You can do both… especially with that rack, girlfriend! The Girls don’t look bigger, but certainly more “out there” — as if you’re wearing phyllo pastry, so stay away from cool breezes, freezers, and rooms with heavy duty AC! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Nenette on June 4, 2009
  31. Emilio always and forever.

    I like the shirt/dress the way you’re wearing it and it would also look cute with tights!

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    Comment by Julienne on June 4, 2009
  32. Today is my daughter’s birthday and our sitter gave her a gift. A book with a cassette tape that goes along with it. She had no idea what it was and is pretty ticked it won’t play in the cd player. And I think it’s a shirt. Looks great on you!

    Comment by Shan on June 4, 2009
  33. You look cute but I’m sure you’d get even more attention at the office sans pants!

    Comment by Kimberly on June 4, 2009
  34. mmmmmm Jonathan Brandis…. wait what were we talking about?

    Oh. Shirt. Yea, for sure. Bend over in it without pants and see if you change your mind.

    Misss last blog post..The one where I find myself

    Comment by Miss on June 4, 2009
  35. My daughter saw a movie that showed an early 80’s cell phone…you know, the one with the antenna and roughly the size of a box of kleenex? She was all WHAAAA??

    And I made my kids sit down and watch Goonies with me the other day. They loooved it. I was so proud.

    OH! And after seeing Lost Boys for the first time, my son (who’d been forced to watch Twilight by his sisters and cousins) walked away and then said “THAT is how I expect vampires to act.”

    and I think the dress/shirt conflict is based on a very complicated equation of:

    age + # of children x ability to bend over without showing off the panties / embarrassed expressions of kids = less than 25 is dress, greater than 26 is shirt.

    Comment by Anissa@Hope4Peyton on June 4, 2009
  36. Tunic.

    And I love me some Dwayne Wayne.

    Comment by slynnro on June 4, 2009
  37. Do you need to wear pants with it? If yes – say, at work, with people that you don’t want to fire you (my context), then it’s a shirt. “On the town”, where no one will fire you (and may even, with that splendiferous rack, provide free drinks – me? I like free drinks and am not about to apologize for how I get them), it’s a dress.

    That’s the most flexible piece of clothing *ever* and where do I get one? Or seven (different colours/patterns)?

    harmzies last blog post..More Vaseline

    Comment by harmzie on June 4, 2009
  38. Shirt.
    And remember when he got the fax in the bathroom?
    I always thought that was kinda awesome.

    Comment by moosh in indy. on June 4, 2009
  39. I vote shirt. Either way, you look totally adorable. I also agree with the others that said it would look awesome with tights/leggings.

    Comment by erin on June 4, 2009
  40. Totally a shirt. Looks LOVERLY as a shirt. I can’t imagine it as a dress…. It’s adorable!

    I LOVED Michael J Fox… And Ethan Hawke. I wrote Ethan a fan letter back in the day………

    Comment by Haley-O on June 4, 2009
  41. Tunic. Or, if I’m wearing it, crop top.

    Oh, Whitley. I miss Whitley, she was fantastic.

    Comment by Rhi on June 5, 2009
  42. shirt. they’re getting a LOT longer lately (thank god because YES I have boobs, too, and every shirt ends up looking like a crop top. Ha, just saw Rhi’s comment.)

    I used to listen to the radio with my BOOMBOX and every time a song was about to come on hit record. Then if the song sucked, you’d back the tape up and try again next song. Good times.

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    Comment by loren on June 5, 2009
  43. Shirt.

    And Back to the Future is one of my favourite movies EVER.

    Comment by mamatulip on June 8, 2009
  44. My 3yo recently looked at a pick of an “old school” TV with rabbit ears, and asked what it was.

    Comment by Mac & Cheese on June 8, 2009

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