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Big News

big_newsHey guys!!!

OHMYGOODNESSIAMSOSORRY!!!!!

I feel absotively, posatutley horrible for leaving you all out of the loop,

Funny story…

I was hiking in the woods when all of a sudden, I tripped and fell into a well and…

Haha. I thought I’d at least try.

But seriously.

I am SO sorry! I have been crazy up the wa-zoo, all good and great and super-D-duper things of course, all of which I will divulge because the truth is…

I have some major news to share with you all.

And I promise it will be worth your while.

But you will have to promise me that you can hang in there for at least a day or two.

Promise?

Good.

I miss you all and hope you are doing fantabulous!

XOXO

Wendi

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ALIENS HAVE TAKEN OVER!!!

If by aliens you mean grad school.

And if by take over you mean consume every waking breath, thought, movement and/or action of my life…

then yes.

Aliens have taken over!

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Your brain. Your brain in grad school. ‘Nuff said.

I am so sorry guys for my absence as of late. I am currently in my second semester of graduate school, taking my last two core (aka tougher than dirt) classes for my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I am LOVING every second of it, don’t get me wrong, but it is a lot of work.

Like, a lot, a lot. But that kind of comes with the territory. The good news is that after this semester is done, my last year (or so) should be smooth sailing. I’ll have the required classes done which opens up the opportunity for me to take course that really interest me. And we all know that learning about anything that we are passionate about makes school oh so much fun and an heck of a lot more easier.

I also have some “holy cowabunga!” good news to share with you all…

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Bernie Brewer and I have become quite the BFF’s.

I landed an internship this summer working with the Children’s and Youth Services Department at the Milwaukee Public Library!!!! I get to spend all summer learning and working with some of the best peeps in the world, sharing my love of all things reading with kiddos all day, every day. Well, not all day…I fully intend on hitting up every possible Milwaukee Brewers game that I can (speaking of the Brew Crew, only 40 more days until I will be sitting at Miller Park cheering on my team opening day!!!! WHAT?!) , spending as much time as I can with my friends and fam whom I haven’t seen in forever and a day, exploring the greatest city in the world (Milwaukee, baby!) and having a blast.

One word that can describe what this summer will be?

Epic!

I hate to wrap this up so early, but this lovely research paper is not going to write itself and as much as I would like, I don’t think my pup Thunder is up for the task either. He can sneak a sandwich off my plate when I’m not looking and has an uncanny ability to pee while walking, yet he hasn’t learned the ways of the laptop yet.

Weird, right?

I promise I will be bahhcckk (Terminator style) very soonly! I’ve got so much to catch you guys up on!!

I hope you all are doing splendidly splendid!

And if you do happen to see actual aliens, let me know!! I’ve always wanted to know how they keep their skin so blemish-free 😉

Question of the day: HOW ARE YOU?? Please fill me in on all of your life happenings!! I have to live vicariously through your fun and excitement 😉

Remember When…

I was doing a bit of garage sale hopping today (I am the Queen of bargains after all) and came across some pretty funky (and funky smelling) finds. Unfortunately the pink and purple sweater adorned with cats that I spotted was snatched right out of my hands (so close!), but I did see some other treasures that piqued my interest. One of these treasures included an old Sony Discman. Gosh do remember those? Picking up that somewhat ancient music box instantly transported me back to fifth grade, sitting on my bed in my Strawberry Shortcake pj’s jamming to Ace of Base. After I snapped back into the 21st century, brought on by the owner’s little dog who decided to start licking my leg, I longingly put the player back down and made my way back to my car.

As I driving home, I started to think of some of the other things that my future kids won’t have to put up with the pleasure of experiencing.

1. Discmans: Speaking of discmans, this monstrosity existed. And yes, technically it was portable and yes, technically you still see them on the Venice Boardwalk being held by men very interested in whether or not you like hip hop. But the Discman is the oft-overlooked stepping stone in man’s progression from Walkman to iPod. That, and the Mini-Disc player. But anyone one of us every get suckered into buying a mini-disc player? I didn’t think so.

 

 

2. Not KNowing What Was On TV While You Were Watching TV: The scene: Imagine turning on your television in the middle of whatever movie TBS was showing on a Sunday afternoon. Now imagine not knowing what that movie was called because you couldn’t find something called a “TV Guide.” It was a nightmare and while I wouldn’t wish it on my closest friends, I hate the fact that kids will never experience that mystery. Not knowing that you’re watching until twenty minutes in, is called “Building Character.”

 

3.Remembering Phone Numbers: Take a second and recall the phone number of your best friend growing up (I still can recall about five of my closet pals’ digits but that is probably only because I chatted with them pretty much as often as I breathed–and boy did my parents love that, especially since we had only one phone line). Now take a second and remember the phone number of ANYONE YOU CURRENTLY KNOW. Yup. I don’t even think I know my own number.

4. Using Pay Phones: Speaking of phones…yikes. I don’t miss these at all. Kids are lucky they no longer have to rely on owning quarters to make urgent phone calls. Though, they do miss out on freaking out squares by dialing a special number and hanging up twice. Yes, that’s how you made pay phones ring on their own. Now you know.

5. Writing In Cursive: To be honest with you, I’d be surprised if kids today even knew how to hold pencils. Everything’s on their texting machines and i-whatevers these days. But years ago, when we wanted to look professional, we wrote in cursive. And when we forgot how to write a lower case “f,” we just scribbled a print “f” and connected it to the next letter, praying nobody noticed. It was a way of life.

6. Blowing in Nintendo Cartridges: Has there ever been official proof that this even worked? We can all agree that we all looked like idiots treating Paperboy like a harmonica, right? No big deal. What I wouldn’t give to still be huffing that Maria Brothers cartridge. Then again, I certainly do not miss that friend who would use his lips while blowing on the game. When he came over, he’d be all “I’ll fix this” anytime the game froze, only to grossily kiss Mega Man with every slobbery blow. Ick.

7. Making Mixed Tapes: Kids will never know the satisfaction of putting a cassette in your stereo and waiting for your favorite song to come on, fingers anxiously waiting on the record button. A message to today’s children: mixes weren’t always made by iTunes. We had to work for these babies.

8. Fixing Cassette Tapes With Your Pen: So now that you’ve got your amazeballs mix tape, you invite your friends over. You announce “Check out this new ‘Beastie Boys’ song I recorded from 95.5 WIFC (shout out to the best radio station in Wausau Wisco!),” only to press play and hear the worst possible noise. No, I’m not talking about the verse that Mike D raps (that’s some Beastie Boy humor for you). The sound your stereo makes when it eats your tape. The only way to fix it? A pen and tons of patience.

 9. Getting Up Early On Saturday Morning For Cartoons: So what if I crawled out of bed at 6am on the weekend to only to drag myself over to the couch where I proceed to spend the next four hours watching Doug, Recess, Cat Dog and Rugrats while eating bowls of Frosted Flakes and Strawberry Poptarts! It was the. best!

10. Spending Time With friends Without Distractions:

Then:

Now:

Blowing in Nintendo games, the horrible sound of a dial-up modem, fixing cassette tapes with a pen. Yeah, these things kinda sorta sucked like a vacuum. But that’s why they were awesome! The degree to which we have advanced as a society simply boggles (and now Googles) my mind; we can access information anytime, anywhere with just a simple click of a mouse, a tap of an i-pad. You can communicate with people who live across the world from you and stay connected with friends and family with a mere text or Facebook message. We have most definitely come a long way in just the few years since I was a kiddo, but sometimes I miss those days.

I miss having epic Super Soaker battles in the backyard.

I miss the times when going out to Applebees once or twice a month felt like a special treat.

I miss not having to be ‘connected’ and ‘plugged in’ all of the time.

It’s funny; the advances in our technology and media were designed to make things easier and more simple for us, but in a way, haven’t those advances also made things more complicated?

Change is inevitable. Change is good. But just because things change, doesn’t mean you can’t every once in a while go back.

Which reminds me, I am SO going back to that garage sale and getting that Discman! I’ve got some serious La Bouche I want to hair brush Karaoke to 😉

Question of the day: What are some of the things you had growing up that you love to hate to miss?

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