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This is where I’m supposed to tell you about me.  Stuff like how I’m happily married and a mother of two and I was born on a Monday and it was cloudy.  All of that.  But, really, this is already all about me.  This whole blog thing.  Pretty self-centered, eh?

But maybe I should tell you here about where I get off trying to sell myself as a writer.  My resume, if you will:

  • Well, I’ve written a ton of feature stories for magazines (none that you’ve heard of).  If you Google top five things to look for when buying a digital camera, you might find me.  My parents are so proud.
  • I spent my early career in politics and worked as a speechwriter.  You know that speech where President Reagan said, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!  Gives you goosebumps, doesn’t it?  Yeah, I didn’t write that.   No, I was in 7th grade social studies class watching it from an audio/video cart.  But it inspired me when I had to write speeches — speeches like why liberals suck.  (Important, because I am one.)
  • For the past six years I’ve worked for a charitable grant-making foundation where I review grant proposals and write up evaluations about

    This old milk campaign lied to me. I still look like the girl on the right.

    nonprofit-led ventures.  (Feel free to just vaguely nod along here.  Even my family and friends don’t get what I do.)  I love my day job.  But you may be surprised to learn I don’t get many opportunities there to write about Cabbage Patch Kids or Shaun Cassidy.  I know, isn’t that a shame?  Enter, my blog.

  • Here are a few other relevant things you should know.  I’m also an award-winning short story writer (see here), an award-winning essayist (see here), an award-winning copywriter (see here), and have carried out a successful written lobbying campaign (see here).  I usually try to downplay these accomplishments so I don’t come off as bragging.  Well, and also there’s the fact that most of these things occurred when I was in grade school.  Oh, that, and plagiarism might have had something to do with at least one of them.
92 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2011 3:17 pm

    Since you’ve mentioned Shaun Cassidy, I’m now compelled to subscribe to your blog. I was going to marry Shaun Cassidy when I was three. You would think I’d be bitter since he turned down my proposal, but no, I still love Shaun Cassidy.

  2. October 16, 2011 6:29 am

    Well, now. You have sold me. First, I noticed your avatar picture is an old school photo. I used to have mine up there as well, complete with my tortoise-shell framed glasses, butterfly collar and blonde hair. Second, you’ve mentioned Shaun Cassidy a few times. I professed my undying love for him in my post, How I Survived My Brothers. And I’d like you to know he is all mine, sorry. Third, I really should stop counting because it’s getting annoying. So to sum up, I love your blog.

    • October 16, 2011 2:26 pm

      Wow! Nothing like checking my blog today and having all these nice comments waiting for my “approval.” Yes, I noticed when I saw you on FP that your blog has a similar theme (parenting, pop culture, childhood). Although, you can take credit for being around a lot longer than me. In blogworld that is; that’s not an age jab (because I think you’re a bit older than I am, heehee). Thanks for reading!

      • August 1, 2013 11:42 am

        Wow. This is where it all began, Angie. (sniff, sniff)

        God, I was such a dork back then!

  3. October 31, 2011 11:02 am

    I love this blog Angie! You are right – it IS nice to see that others have taken the time to write about things from the “good old days” such as the Sears Wish Book and JC Penney Catalogs of the 80s. I appreciate you commenting on my blog, I haven’t posted there since June or July. I have since launched a website for children of the 80s called underscoopfire.com. I currently have 6 contributors who basically have their own blogs and just send me stuff they’ve already written to re-post for new eyes. If you’d like to have any of your pieces posted on our site I’d be honored to have them (of course crediting you as author). Let me know – howdeck@yahoo.com – and feel free to check out the site! We have a podcast as well!

    • November 7, 2011 10:58 am

      Thanks, HowardtheDeck (nice name)! I will absolutely check out that site and would love to contribute some time. Glad you stopped by my blog!

  4. November 13, 2011 4:02 pm

    Fun Blog!

  5. December 9, 2011 4:40 am

    You have a real knack for this, keep it up, I fell in love with your writing after the first post :D

  6. December 15, 2011 6:53 pm

    Very funny! I like your style.

    • December 16, 2011 4:57 pm

      Thanks, MJ, for stopping by and subscribing!

      • December 29, 2011 5:41 pm

        Hey Angie, I just noticed your little news clipping shows Broken Bow, NE. Do you live in NE still? I’m originally from Omaha. :)

      • December 29, 2011 8:01 pm

        I love Omaha — what a great city! I go back there to visit friends a lot. I spent most of my life in Nebraska.

  7. January 16, 2012 1:59 pm

    Hi Angie, I’m in Northeast NE… fun blog you have here.

  8. kzackuslheureux permalink
    January 17, 2012 2:02 pm

    Nice Blog, Nice photos… I was born in ’78… I had three older brothers, so after giving birth to my third boy I was tricked that the fourth would be a girl… now I have four boys. Thank God I had those brothers to teach me what all this is about.
    I’m just starting up with this blog thing and have yet to write on much of anything, and certainly not anything of the cultural geography I love… but it will all come eventually. Now I need to go before my toddler gets into my crayons, again.
    http://www.kzackuslheureux.wordpress.com

    • January 17, 2012 2:07 pm

      Yep, that sounds like chaos right there. Good luck with that. No, really, sometimes it sounds fun. I have enough pets though that this is all I can handle. Best wishes on your new blog.

  9. January 21, 2012 4:07 am

    Found your blog on FP, congrats! I like your sense of humour :)

  10. Mary permalink
    January 23, 2012 1:41 am

    Loved your blog ! hoping to visit more- : )

  11. January 27, 2012 5:07 pm

    Angie – I have nominated you for the HUG Award.

    For further information please refer to my nomination post (http://30yearsofgrowingpains.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/a-hug-to-cherish/) and the general information on the HUG Award here (http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/comment-page-1/#comment-484)

    Congratulations!

    • January 27, 2012 7:39 pm

      Awww, thank you! Your support and kind shout-outs really mean a lot to me.

  12. February 4, 2012 11:08 pm

    You know what’s weird? I’m trolling through your site, and on top of seeing a lot of super witty writing, I also see an abnormal amount of the same people making comments on both of our blogs. Do we know each other? Are you, by chance, my creepy neighbor who never comes out of the house? Just curious. Either way, great stuff. =)

    • February 5, 2012 5:58 pm

      Hmmmm…you do look awfully familiar. Maybe that was you who did that riveting timeshare presentation that my husband and I attended in Kauai about 2002? You introduced yourself as “Summer Joy” and then later we heard your manager call you “Stacie”. Wasn’t that you?

  13. February 9, 2012 3:17 pm

    I’m in awe…we should bow down to your presence and award wall. :)

    Sounds like we group up during the same time and have a a couple of kids. We might understand (enjoy) each other’s posts. Although, I’m not an award winning anything. I’m just me with a lot to say. It’s funny. Well, I’m a legend in my own mind anyway. I find myself incredibly amusing.

    Hopefully we’ll become blogging pals! Signing up to follow your posts. Come by and holler at me sometime!

    Sandi

    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com

    Lake Forest, CA

    • February 9, 2012 3:17 pm

      that’s supposed to say “grew up” not group up. Damn auto correct…wait, dang typo!

  14. John-Paul permalink
    February 10, 2012 12:10 pm

    To say I was happy to find your blog would really be underselling it. I have two reasons to be happy. (1) Your blog is great, and (2) I am trapped in a similar world to yours and it partially vindicates my own pathological obsession (vindicates here should be loosely defined). Love your work.

    • February 11, 2012 2:19 pm

      Thanks, John-Paul! Do you have a blog? If not, you should get one and wax poetic about your own childhood. It’s very cleansing and good for the soul. My soul has just ordered a new pair of purple legwarmers as a result.

      • John-Paul permalink
        February 11, 2012 3:06 pm

        But of course. Man of Errors. Funny you should mention legwarmers – I once wrote about the shame of being a boy who wore legwarmers.

      • February 11, 2012 3:16 pm

        Wait, how do I get to it? It isn’t linked from your gravatar. Is it manoferrors.com? Is it via WordPress? What is the internet and what is a computer? Is it like that large box that spits out money at the bank? These are all questions I need to answer before I can find your blog.

  15. John-Paul permalink
    February 11, 2012 11:55 pm

    Sorry, it’s manoferrors.wordpress.com

  16. February 16, 2012 7:39 am

    I’m just saying ‘hi’ because I have subscribed to your blog! Your posts look really interesting and I look forward to reading more x

  17. February 16, 2012 11:28 am

    As one of my favourite bloggers in the whole wide world, I’ve nominated you for a fancy schmancy award. Hope you like it! http://jessseeker.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/this-is-just-so-unexpected/

    • February 16, 2012 11:49 am

      Thank you! So very nice of you to give me a shout out. Very humbled by that and the news that I am not the only one mourning a lost scrunchie.

  18. February 17, 2012 3:00 am

    Found your blog via Paprika’s and I love it! So glad. Looking forward to reading more of your hilarious writing.

    • February 18, 2012 2:11 pm

      Whassup, Rebecca! Thanks for subscribing. My plan is that eventually I will steal away all of Paprika’s followers (insert evil laugh that sounds like a cross between Snidely Whiplash and Gargamel). I need to journey over to your blog as your gravatar has intrigued me.

  19. February 22, 2012 11:21 am

    I’m a post and a half in and I’m already a fan. Thanks for stopping by my blog! our life lessons from Three’s Company is an uncanny portrait of my childhood as well. THANK YOU. :)

  20. May 4, 2012 2:38 pm

    Angie, I have been catching up on some of your older posts. I am saving a bundle on anti-depressents now. You really do make me laugh. Thanks.

  21. May 11, 2012 5:08 pm

    Just discovered your blog and will probably spend much of my weekend reading it. Thanks for giving me something to do, since I had nothing planned

    • May 13, 2012 10:20 am

      Hooray! I love to help people waste their weekends. While you’re reading, please note that many of the posts were written when I was supposed to be vacuuming or making someone’s sandwich or walking the dog. Thanks for following…

  22. May 21, 2012 1:05 pm

    I’m in! I had a bet with my best friend that I would marry Shaun Cassidy (http://somethingfathappened.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/teen-idols-frank-to-justin/) and I wasn’t no 3 year old, I was at least 12. I loved him. Love yer blog. Very fun. Very blonde.

    • May 22, 2012 12:35 pm

      Yeah, I don’t know that, at such a young age, I loved him like I thought I did. It might’ve been the fact that his name just went really well with my swingset chant. In other words, I think you have a much better claim on him. Okay, I’m off to read your teen idol post to see how my list stacks up.

      Thanks for subscribing.

  23. June 19, 2012 8:16 am

    Dear Angie, c/o Childhood Relived,

    You have made it to my blogroll for your attention to the craft of Storytelling. Thank you for your reflections on the human experience.

    I feel like we have lived parallel lives; I am frequently reminded of my royal blue and fuchsia leg warmers when I read your work.

    Sincerely,

    http://ctolle.com/

    • June 20, 2012 4:40 pm

      Thank you! What an honor — I checked out your blog and it’s a great site! Storytelling happens to be a great passion of mine. I so appreciate you stopping by.

  24. June 22, 2012 9:00 pm

    I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger Award because your blog is full of awesomeness! Thanks for sharing! :)

    http://zamaghirang.wordpress.com/

  25. August 6, 2012 10:36 am

    Congratulations! Because I enjoy reading your blog so very much, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! I hope you’ll accept!

    http://diatribesandovations.com/awards/

  26. August 11, 2012 12:20 pm

    Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I hope you enjoy the extra little bit of sunshine sent your way today. To find out more about the award please check out my blog at: http://csgomez79.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/sunshine-award/

  27. August 18, 2012 8:53 am

    Life lived ass-backwards is fun and full of surprises which shouldn’t actually be surprises. Take for instance, reading tons of posts on someone’s blog, following them, and THEN reading their “about” page. Yeah!…that’s how I roll!

    You grew up in Nebraska?!?! Wow!! I had a traumatic childhood memory there, and drove through it once in the dead of night!

    • August 20, 2012 10:57 am

      Yeah, I know. I do that too. It’s like you don’t even know someone until you read their About page and discover they buy the same brand of peanut butter as you.

      You’re going to have to write about that Nebraska trauma on your blog someday. Yet another blog post that you’ll have to credit me for. Please tell me this one won’t also involve dogs pooping out condoms.

      Wait…I suppose by “trauma” you may mean a legitimate trauma, as opposed to just having to walk through the Buffalo Bill museum and look at stuffed badgers. In which case, by all means leave that story between you and your therapist.

      • August 20, 2012 1:02 pm

        You can rest assured that the story does not involve condoms, badgers or badgers wearing condoms as party hats.

  28. August 23, 2012 6:38 pm

    Loved the Reagan speech part! Great humor!

  29. September 2, 2012 6:36 pm

    We’ve nominated you for a Seven Things About Me Award http://simplyomblog.wordpress.com/
    Trisha & Carolyn

  30. September 3, 2012 3:11 pm

    I love you “about me” page. You have a great sense of humor.

  31. September 10, 2012 4:30 pm

    Your blog is great, really funny! Love your humour!! :)

  32. November 18, 2012 12:32 am

    Just discovered your blog! We happen to be born in the same year. 1975. Sounds so ancient. Only difference is that my memory isn’t as good yours. Now, I know where to come when I need a refresher on Pop Rocks and Abba Zaba candy bars!

  33. December 2, 2012 8:27 pm

    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award. I love your blog! http://thethirtyyearoldme.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/yowzaliebster-award-nomination/

  34. January 2, 2013 10:30 am

    You got me at “liberal” damn you.

  35. January 18, 2013 1:03 pm

    As usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short. I, too, nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award since I didn’t see any indication of it on your home page. Then again, I had waaay too much fun in the 70’s so it’s entirely possible I just missed it. If you care to check it out, here’s the short link: http://wp.me/p1XDRR-aD. If it’s not your glass of Tab I totally understand, just wanted to let you know I think you’re groovier than Marcia Brady.

    • January 22, 2013 9:07 pm

      Aw! An award…and not even the kind that says “Participant.” Thanks for this nod — and thank you for reading!

  36. January 31, 2013 9:10 am

    Hi, Angie! ^^ I find your posts very delightful. I had an AWESOME childhood, too. How I wish I could talk about it the way you do.

    I have nominated you for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD. Here is the link, should you accept the nomination/award: http://chrissantosra.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/whee-an-award/.

    More power to your blog. Take care. ^^

  37. March 5, 2013 1:49 pm

    I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Feel beautiful! :)

    http://factorymaid.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/beautiful-blogger-award-aka-holy-shit/

  38. April 3, 2013 5:00 pm

    Blogging is totally new to me, and I have to say that your humor is totally engaging! You are an inspiration.

  39. April 25, 2013 9:57 am

    So I just started this whole blog thing and will be updating mine as soon as a learn the in and outs. I love that I stumbled across you :) You are a funny person…

  40. May 12, 2013 1:23 am

    As an 80’s child, I think it’s necessity I follow this blog! I’ve read through 3 posts after it popped up on my dash as something I might like…thanks for the travel back in time!

  41. June 21, 2013 9:34 am

    I love your sense of humor. I choose YOU to be the first blog I follow! Have a nice day!

  42. June 21, 2013 1:23 pm

    Nominated you for a couple awards :)

    http://factorymaid.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/honored/

  43. August 26, 2013 1:15 pm

    I think I am going to really like your blog! :)

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