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1990’s Nicktoons Return and this Cheap Ass Doesn’t Have Cable

1990’s Nickelodeon has been back for two nights now.  And I haven’t seen a damn episode.

I was so excited that these cartoons were coming back to television, and I still am.  And I think the fact that I am this excited and still haven’t seen an episode is a testament to my frugal nature.  In other words, I’m a cheap ass.

When I moved back to Ohio, I decided that I was going to be as frugal as possible.  Not because I don’t have a good paying job (I’m very lucky to have a job that allows me to support myself and pay all my bills, and still have money left over) that I love, but because once I got a job, I immediately thought, “I’m going to save for the future!”

In my head, my being a frugal little shit meant my kids were going to have college funds (should they choose to go), that I could have a great down payment on a house someday, that I could attempt to pay for my wedding by myself.  That I could take that road trip across the United States.

So I maintain my cheap ass-ness.  And here’s how:

  1. No cable.  Just Hulu and Redbox.
  2. I buy almond milk (longer expiration date) and mix it with water (because it’s so thick) for my cereal.
  3. I eat a lot of canned things…because it’s cheaper that way (I believe the sodium will preserve me better-pfft).
  4. I do not use lights if I have a television screen or computer screen on.  Candles candles candles.
  5. The heat is never turned on above 62 degrees.
  6. The air is never on for more than 2 hours a day.
  7. I go to the grocery store once a month and spend around $100 because I HATE GROCERY SHOPPING (no fresh fruits and veggies for me).
  8. I run/walk my neighborhood because I refuse to drive somewhere to work out.
  9. I RARELY eat meals with unless it’s with Mike on the weekends (Mike rarely lets me pay anyway).
  10. I don’t eat or drink at sporting events.
  11. I carry granola bars around with me.
  12. A 94% fat free box of popcorn usually lasts me for about two weeks of lunches.
  13. I fill up my garbage bags until they’re bursting.
  14. I don’t drive anywhere I don’t have to.
  15. I will watch my seasons of Roseanne and That ’70s Show over and over and over again if there is nothing on Hulu.
  16. I fall in love with purses from J. Crew, and then never buy them.
  17. I enjoy myself.

Please do not think for one minute that my quality of life is suffering.  I enjoy everything I do.  I do miss out on some things (like those damn 90’s Nicktoons) but the truth is that I can live without them.

It is by no means an admirable life of minimalistic thoughts or tendencies.  Just be thinking further ahead in life.  🙂


Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Daily Happenings


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90s Nickelodeon Cartoons to Return!

OH yes.  Take THAT.  If you’ll please first refer back to the post in which I tell you that I can, in fact, predict the future, we’ll go from there.

Are you finished reading it?  Okay.  So it’s true.  I can predict the future.  I said that often, I write things down and they come to fruition–much like the time that I wrote about how NICKELODEON CARTOONS SHOULD COME BACK.  You heard right, bloggy readers.  I did it again.  I will 1990’s Nickelodeon cartoons back onto the air!

Hold on.  Watch our beloved Kenan Thompson explain it to you:

According to Mashable:   “TeenNick, one of many networks under the Nickelodeon brand name, will air four-hour blocks of “classic” (by generation Y standards) Nickelodeon original content between the hours of midnight and 4 am.”

Starting Monday, July 25 at midnight, WE WIN!  Here’s the line-up:

“As Nickelodeon fan site Nickutopia shares, this is the lineup of shows that TeenNick will be airing during “The ’90s Are All That”:

  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  • The Adventures of Pete & Pete
  • All That
  • The Amanda Show
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Catdog
  • Clarissa Explains it All
  • Double Dare
  • Doug
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Kenan & Kel
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple
  • Nickelodeon GUTS
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • Rocket Power
  • Rocko’s Modern Life
  • Rugrats
  • Salute Your Shorts
  • The Secret World Of Alex Mack

In addition to these shows, “The ’90s are All That” will feature special appearances from popular Nickelodeon Stick Stickly. Frankly, I think I’m most excited about the return of Stick Stickly.” -Mashable

STICK STICKLY!  I blatantly wrote about Stick Stickly here.  I am just so so so excited!  I might have to get myself cable for this.  Really, I might.  Because this is the most glorious thing I have heard in MONTHS!


Posted by on July 20, 2011 in 1990's Nostalgia, When I Was Young


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1990’s Nostalgia: Hey Arnold!

Kid shows just aren’t what they used to be.  Everything is so damn educational now.  What happened to fun?  Sure, I agree that the TV can be used for educational purposes, but crimenetlies!  I’m just tired of all these people acting like TV was so bad.  We all turned out alright.  And the truth is that TV is meant for entertainment.  The beauty of being a kid is that you’re not forced to learn all day, and you’re not forced to work all day.  Sometimes, you just want to sit back and watch TV.

And let’s be honest–what adult doesn’t have some silly indulgence, be it a reality show or some other nonsense.  I love love LOVE the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but darnit, I know I’m not learning a thing from it.

So today, we rejoice in Hey Arnold!, and all it’s glorious characters.  From football-shaped heads, to unibrow girls in pink dresses, this is for you, Hey Arnold!

Below I have included an 11:00min clip (calm down!  it’s a damn cartoon-enjoy it) which culminates in that glorious episode in which Stoop Kid is afraid to leave his Stoop.  You will be chanting it in your head the rest of the day.

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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in 1990's Nostalgia


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1990’s Nostalgia – Pete & Pete

Pete & Pete!  A show born before its time.  From 1993-1996, episodes of Pete and Pete appeared on Nickelodeon.  The monotone narration, the absurdity, everything.  It came out before this type of show could be appreciated, and disappeared before it could really gain a cult following.

For cripe’s sake, it would probably be banned from television (or at least children’s networks).  Little Pete had a tattoo on his forearm!  A woman named Petunia that would dance when he twisted his arm.  Mom had a plate in her head.  And then there was Artie, the strongest man…IN THE WORLD!  The odd relationship between Ellen and Big Pete, and who could forget tiny Michelle Trachtenberg as Nona, the girl with the extensive pet cemetery.

And who hasn’t had an enemy like Pit Stain?  Come on, I know you remember Pit Stain.



Posted by on June 2, 2011 in 1990's Nostalgia, When I Was Young


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1990’s Nostalgia – Nickelodeon

The 1990’s are my golden age.  The music, the movies, the world.  Most people long for the days that they were in high school, but lemme tell ya–2000-2003 were not that grand.  Apart from holding onto my first relationship those years, and playing a little hide-n-seek in the cornfields, it kinda sucked.  Y2K was nothing, and then there was 9/11, not to mention heading off to college was some looming travesty for me.

BUT, everything turned out great, and the college years have a golden sheen on them, too.  To be honest, everything in my life has been pretty golden.  I suppose it’s just that the 1990’s are the decade that I long for…much in the way that I long for the 1950’s (even though I’ve never been there).

The 1990’s to me were odd and wonderful, grungy and poppy, Chumbawumba lovin’, teenyboppin’, horrible dance hit Hammer-Pants, Salutin’ my shorts and watching cartoons that I wasn’t supposed to.

So the first reason the 1990’s were golden to me?

GAH my world revolved around Nickelodeon!  Remember in the summertime, they’d have Stick Stickly in the afternoon?  I LOVED him.

U-Dip, U-Host, U-Pick!  It was effing brilliant!  And he’d let you pick you own shows, pick what to dip him in!  Seriously, best host ever.  I wish he would have been a VJon MTV (although Jesse Camp kind of rocked my world).

And Nickelodeon offered the best cartoons/television shows, some of which I will delve into at a later date) (Thanks, Wiki!):

























Posted by on June 1, 2011 in 1990's Nostalgia, When I Was Young


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UPDATE #1:  My break-out on my forehead has drastically improved!  No glasses today, and the secret is band-aids and neosporin overnight.

UPDATE #2:  I am going out for a margarita after work.  We shall see if the “NO GETTING DRUNK” rule can be applied. 


One evening, at Hugh Macrae Park in Wilmington North Carolina, Jenny and I went for a walk.  We did this a lot.  Sometimes we’d talk so much that we got winded.  Sometimes Jenny would lose her sunglasses to the turtles in the pond.  Sometimes we spat sunflower seeds and watched the Little Leaguers practice.  But almost always, we made sure to take a swing on the swing set before we went home.

That evening, we got SO mad that there were already kids swinging, kids that wouldn’t give up their swings.  But we understood.  Instead, we talked about how Jenny wanted to lick the moon, and staked out the swing set until we realized that we were probably being labeled sexual offenders.  But it wasn’t the kids we were eying up.  It was the swings.

Jenny also lived near a park with a swing set, and we walked there fairly often, too.

I believe we would have walked ANYWHERE just to swing.  And last night, I went on a walk while I talked to Jenny on the phone.  And as I walked, I came across a park with an entire open swing set…and I swung.  Just saying the words “swing set”–I love the way it sounds.  I used to love swinging, and then (like any teenager), I got too cool to do it.  It wasn’t until I lived in North Carolina that I started swinging again.

I have to say that I attribute part of this (most of this) to Jenny, who is an eternal kid, and who never gave up on the fun things we “grow out of.”  And thank God for that.  Part of it is because it truly feels good to fly through the air, to pump your legs, to stick that landing, or to eat mulch.  It reminds you what it is to be a kid.

So go be a kid once in awhile.  Don’t worry that sometimes your ass is too big for the swing.  And don’t worry–you won’t turn into Nickelodeon’s Inside-Out Boy.


Posted by on May 5, 2011 in When I Was Young


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