...for a different kind of girl

silent surburban girl releasing her voice, not yet knowing what all she wants to say about her life and the things that make it spin. do you have to be 18 to be here? you'll know when i know.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

i just realized i have the same hairstyle as i did when i was six

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Most days, I figure I am too. However, because this is the most wonderful - and busy - time of the year, I'll try to keep this post as short and sweet as my sister and I were in this antique photo. Before I go on, I'll allow you a moment to get the requisite "Awwww! Weren't you adorable as a six year old!!" out of your system.

Good now? OK.

To me, this picture says a few things.

Me - "Pssst! Since when do we get gifts for Independence Day?"
My sister - "Shhhh! You're going to blow it for Labor Day."

I'm haunted by my great-grandma's love of crocheted apparel and my mom's love of dressing my sister and I alike for a large chunk of our childhood.

Wonder what else I think this photo says? Look in my eyes up there. Can't you just see my brain gears spinning? Based on my gift (do you remember Husker Du?), chances are I was thinking "If there's an Easy Bake Oven under the tree for that kid, I am out of this family tomorrow!"

You can pretty much assume the knowing little smirk on my sister's face was a good indicator of what she ended up getting. Yes, I'm haunted by my sister's keen ability to produce delicious treats with nothing but the power of a light bulb.

I'm also haunted by her blonde, naturally curly hair and the way she shot up past me to a sleek 6'1" in seventh grade and has always been mom's favorite, but bygones. Don't let her adorable face fool you, my friends, for this sweet faced cherub is the same girl who grew up to chuck a knife at me when we were in our 20s.

Anyway, what I want to say with all this is I hope you all have a lovely Christmas with your own family. I'm planning to take some time to fulfill my visions of hugs and happiness and game playing (that Husker Du game is STILL in my mom's basement!) over the next couple weeks. Even now I must be off so the boys and I can go to my mom's to decorate Christmas cookies with my sister and two nieces. If the day dissolves into chaos and knives are tossed, at least they'll be covered in delicious frosting.

Merry Christmas, my friends.



Blogger motherbumper said...

DUDE! I just got my first easy bake oven YESTERDAY - yes you read that right: YESTERDAY. From @TwoBusy @GoonSquadSarah @AdamPKnave and @Schmutzie. I've never felt so vindicated in my entire life. Or at least the past 24 hours. BTW, my sister was my mom's favourite too *fisty bump*

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:17:00 AM  
Blogger Logical Libby said...

So, you have the same hairstyle, but are you also still rocking that awesome sweater vest?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:51:00 AM  
Blogger Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Aw, the 2 of you look so cute.
Yeah, I loved my Easy Bake oven; but my mom was a control freak so I made very little cake....
Wasn't everything crocheted back in the day?? My mother only knit so I coveted crocheted things.
Merry Merry!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:54:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin McKeever said...

Husker Du! I remember playing that around the kitchen table for hours with my family. No knives were thrown, though.

Merry Happy, dearest FADKOG and family. Cheers!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

My sister and I made the best apple pies in our (yes, shared) EBO. The crust was a pale brown from being rolled in our dirty hands for so long. The apples were green and worm-filled picked fresh off the tree out back.

I'll never forget the look on my mother's face when we gave her the first one we baked!

Happy holidays to you and yours.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 9:09:00 AM  
Blogger 1blueshi1 said...

Merry Christmas to you & yours, O Faddest of Kogs! Have a wonderful holiday.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 9:15:00 AM  
Blogger Craig said...

See, I've always figured you get a hairstyle that works, and just go with it. . .

And 'Husker Du'? Sounds like some bastard-German Nebraska farmer thing. . .

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 9:43:00 AM  
Blogger Brian o vretanos said...

Merry Christmas, FADKOG.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Christina Lee said...

What eh hell is Husker Du??? Oh and the crocheted sweaters--it was a thang back then, wasn't it?

A very Merry Christmas to you as well!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I was just thinking yesterday my hair looks like it did in college - in the 80's - minus the sky high "mall" bangs.

I think have that same crocheted sweater - but in hot pink and white.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger lime said...

if it's any consolation i had that same granny square sweater. i wore it for my kindergarten picture.

wishing you a merry christmas free of knife throwing.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Bijoux said...

I had the same hairdo as you AND the exact same version of Husker Du. You are my twin. Have a beautiful Christmas. Hugs to you, my Bloggie Friend.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous TwoBusy said...

a. As soon as I saw the picture, "New Day Rising" starting raging through my skull. Sorry: when I think Husker Du, I think Bob Mould.

b. Nobody looked good in the 70s. Not kids, not adults... nobody. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault.

c. Wait... she THREW A KNIFE AT YOU?

d. I'm not sure if decorating cookies and tossing knives is better or worse than decorating knives and tossing cookies.

e. Merry Christmas, oh fadkog. Hope it's a great one for you and yours.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 2:39:00 PM  
Blogger mommymae said...

bob mould would be so proud.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 3:27:00 PM  
Blogger Zip n Tizzy said...

I do believe Lava cakes were inspired by someones memory of their EBO cakes. Purely overated. I don't remember Husker du - Now who has the deprived childhood?
Happy Holiday - See you in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:31:00 PM  
Blogger Chasity said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only non-twin sister who was forced to endure matchy-matchy outfits. I swear I spent most of my childhood trying to remind my mother she had my sister three years AFTER ME and that we were NOT twins. Wow, that flood of memories just came up out of nowhere. Maybe I'm just bitter because she got the easy bake and I never did.

Merry Christmas, FADKOG. What's Husker Du?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

So is Husker Du some mass produced Amish game or something? I never had that OR an Easy Bake Oven so I'm officially deprived. And depraved.

There is 11 years between my younger sister and me and she was still always the favourite. Even before she was born. I swear!!

Merry Christmas girl!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 5:11:00 PM  
Blogger Swirl Girl said...

I totally remember the Husker Du! And my grandma's ugly crochet knitted sweater vests. And {ack} the shag. Twas a true Husker-Don't!

Happiest of Holidays to You FADKOG!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 5:45:00 PM  
Anonymous sherendipity said...

Merry Christmas, my darling.
Have a safe and happy holiday.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 6:51:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Merry Christmas back to you!
It took a lot of years for me to try something really good (can we say baklava this year?).

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 8:39:00 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

Is it just me or does Husker Du sounds dirty.

BTW, I love the hair. I had the "mom gives a bad perm" style when I was that age.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger bernthis said...

I had a similar "incident" with my sister. Happy Christmas to you and BTW- I also got stuck wearing crochet crap only I LOVED it at the time

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous jennyonthespot said...

But for the love of frosting, lick all the frosting off the knife before you throw it ;)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 11:30:00 PM  
Blogger Kate Coveny Hood said...

I had that same hairstyle when I was eight. Probably the last time I ever had bangs. I don't care how popular it is now - it's not a good look on me...

Merry Christmas to you!

Thursday, December 24, 2009 5:17:00 AM  
Blogger Bogart said...

Merry Christmas...and a very good round of Husker Du to you!

Thursday, December 24, 2009 7:47:00 AM  
Blogger The Savage said...

I don't have a hair style. Though I do tend to manscape my face.
I only vaguely recall Husker Du.
You are my favorite so that huge points on your side (even though I do live closer to your sister).... Your way with words trumps any cooking ability, height or blondness she may have.

Thursday, December 24, 2009 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

This is why we only put out butter knives at family functions. I, too, am still waiting for my Easy Bake Oven.

Merry Christmas FADKOG!

Thursday, December 24, 2009 4:19:00 PM  
Blogger AiringMyLaundry said...

Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I rocked Husker Du. I now understand that I rocked it because I was the only one interested in paying attention.

Furthermore, Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009 8:45:00 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Can't say I remember Husker Du. Easy Bake Oven? Yeah, but only because I bought my daughter one when SHE was little.

I love looking at old pictures. I dig those vests!

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009 9:11:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Never knew the band was named after a game.

Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009 9:26:00 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

1. I gave Younger (15) an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas this year. It's never too late. Go splurge on yourself!
2. My brother..yes BROTHER...and I have a photo taken in those exact same crocheted red-white-and-blue vests. Seriously. Are we related? Of course, my grandmother also tortured me with a knitted purple pant, sweater and matching hat set (yes, the hat had a pom-pom, why do you ask?). Can you top that?
3. Merry, merry to you too!
4. Word verification is "greastre" which would only be better if it was greasture.

Saturday, December 26, 2009 9:37:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt Juicebox said...

My sister got two of the best gifts ever - the Simon game, you know with the lights? And a pink Charlie's Angels radio. I wanted to smother her in her sleep.

Sunday, December 27, 2009 5:38:00 PM  
Blogger The Lady's Lounge said...

Oh but you were so adorable!

And yeeahh... this is the Hüsker Dü of my childhood:



Sunday, December 27, 2009 8:16:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I never had an Easy Bake Oven either, but I really don't remember wanting one either. I preferred my mother to cook and bake for me. ;)

Sunday, December 27, 2009 9:57:00 PM  
Blogger Melissa @ I Pick Pretty said...

I know that look well. It's the same one I wore when my brother received a Nintendo (the OG version) for Christmas, and I received something else not worth remembering that wasn't a Nintendo.

Am I remembering correctly that Husker Du was a metal band, or did the game predate the band? Man, I'm old. Er, hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 8:21:00 AM  
Anonymous A Vapid Blonde said...

The way my Christmas Eve family dinner went, I totally should have chucked a knife at my Brother. And I broke my easy bake oven like immediately, then tried to make more cakes using a regulart light bulb and *home made* cake batter. It wasn't so good.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 02, 2010 1:13:00 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

the only thing I think when I see husker du is Huskeroos from Weeds. that is all. heh.

Monday, January 04, 2010 11:19:00 AM  

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