4.29.2008

i'm having an 80's party

This week has been rough so far, and it's only Tuesday. Last week was rough too. I'm working my butt off to get everything done before the Wiksten photo shoot, and my life is eat, sleep, make patterns, sew, fix patterns, sew again, etc. Nonstop pattern making and fixing is so tedious, and I'm exhausted. I feel like a zombie/bum. I forgot to take a shower for two days. Gross.

So I thought I'd liven things up and have an 80's party. With myself. Also, my cats would be invited. At night while I sew, Seymour usually lounges on the pile of boxes under my work table while Sophia reposes on the ironing board. My plan was to make comments to them such as, "Aren't the 80's rad?" while I watch 80's movies on my lap top and work on patterns.

So I went to the video store looking for such movies as Better Off Dead, Sixteen Candles, and Can't Buy Me Love. All they had was Working Girl, which is so not the teen party movie I was hoping for. I've never seen it though, so I'm going to give it a try. When I was a kid in the 80's I wasn't allowed to watch anything but the Disney Channel (except for when I was at my dad's house, where I was only allowed to watch Steven Segal and Van Damme movies), so I missed out on all the fun teen movies at the time. (Although the Disney Channel did have some movies that were awesome in their own way, like the Fantastic Adventures of Unico, a Japanime movie about a little unicorn. Please tell me someone else remembers watching that. Also The Watcher in the Woods and Ice Castles.) But the movie I wanted to see more than anything when I was a kid was Can't Buy Me Love. I knew it was forbidden, but a good friend of mine owned a copy. Every time I went to her house I would hint that I wanted to watch it, and she'd say, "You want to watch this? You're such a loser, I've seen it a hundred times." And then I would lie out of shame and embarrassment and say, "I was just kidding. I've already seen it." To this day I still haven't seen it, and I still really want to. It's actually one of my life's goals. It seems like it shouldn't be hard to accomplish, but so far it's been impossible.

I have to warn you that after tonight my designs might end up having shoulder pads in them. Haha.

40 comments:

Chelsea said...

Ha! Your 80's childhood sounds a lot like mine. Except we didn't have cable so I was only allowed to watch musicals on VHS.

tiffany... said...

oh jenny!
you're so cute! happy 80's party!
i would love to join you!
i hope you get to watch can't buy me love soon... it's so good! i love it! adventures in babysitting is a good one too! and, teen witch! i highly recommend those to you!
good luck with your sewing and pattern making and showering and adjusting and partying!
you're like... so totally awesome! ya know?

MARICHELLE said...

hey Jenny - can't have an 80s party without the Music....

so here's an 80s playlist just for you:
1. A-HA - The Sun Always Shines On TV
2. The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
3. Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again
4. Erasure - Chorus
5. General Public - Tenderness
6. Howard Jones - What Is Love?
7. King - Love & Pride
8. Gary Numan - Are Friends Electric? (1979, maybe cheating)
9. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
10. After The Fire - Der Kommissar

Deann B. said...

I remember Unico... it was one of my favorite cartoons! Along with The Last Unicorn movie... (can you see a theme here?)

jenny gordy said...

The Last Unicorn! I saw that recently. I never saw it when I was a kid, but one of my friends has it on dvd now.

Tasha T said...

Hahaha! Reminds me of the "pizza party" my husband and I had last week. We ended up eating all $30 worth by ourselves. Lame. :)

Joses said...

Your childhood makes me sad. There are so many holes that need to be filled in. I recommend the following forgotten hits:

1) The Legend of Billy Jean. a strange meandering teen flick/on-the-run film with half of the family Slaters. Helen was the obvious talent; however, somehow Christian eclipsed her fame and never looked back. The sound track vaguely empowering in a feminine way if I recall correctly

2) One Crazy Summer. The sputtering informal sequel to Better off Dead. Curtis "Booger" Armstrong has been relegated to a far less funny supporting role as Ack Ack [sic]. Demi Moore is the new Monique. It is not the same beth, but it is, except waspy new england instead. No Ricky or Ricky's mom. Bobcat Goldwhatever is with stupid. The guy that was in all the Twisted Sister videos also stars and boils lobsters.

3) The Dark Crystal. This movie still terrifies the sh*t out of me. Probably because i cannot remember any of it and all I remember is the feelings that it illicited as a small child. I believe that Jim Henson had something to do with it as it as it has a very similar feel to it as some of the sequences in Labyrinth. There was one misguided attempt to watch it again in high school that involved hallucinagins, but this didn't work well for any of the parties involved

4) Legend. Tom Cruise in may his best role ever, perfectly cast as the boy hero in a mythical land. There is a Unicorn, a devil or demon played by Rocky horror's Tim Curry, a strangely passionate little boy who i swear is the selfsame kid from the tin drum, and the girl from ferris beuler's day off. Ridley Scot directs.

5) Krull. A british made fantasy film about the man who would be king if he could only slay a Super-powered, Fire Ball throwing, being of surprisingly limited power. Our hero has a magical throwing star that boomerangs back to him. Liam Neason's also stars in his first role as far as I know

Laura said...

zombie high five!

jenny gordy said...

Joe, I never knew you were so into the fantasy genre. I should have guessed when you spent your entire weekend watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you nerd. Never heard of Krull and am terrified of the thought of both the Dark Crystal and Legend. I almost rented One Crazy Summer tonight, but you know that I cannot tolerate the sound of Bobcat Goldthwait's voice for even half a second. I would immediately start convulsing in seizures on the floor were I to hear one syllable uttered by him. But you should put those on our Netflix (along with Can't Buy Me Love!!!) and we can have our own 80's party. It could be our b-day party, and cobi and hesse our only friends could come. and the cats.

alyson. said...

hehe, your cute Jenny. you had my giggling through the whole post. I wasn't forbidden to watch any of those teen movie either. to this day I haven't seen can't buy me love OR dirty dancing. and I was such a silly goody goody that even when I'd go over to friends houses for parties and their parents let us watch the movies, I was so afraid of getting in trouble that I'd go play in my friend's room, by myself, and maybe with one of their cats. :)

elly said...

jenny, jenny, jenny... what a way to send me off to bed!!! doug's getting an earful. "oh my gosh, and then she was like... she is SO hilarious!" but I wanted to tell you that I can identify with so much of this and I can't stop laughing.

you are the funniest person i know by having an 80's party with your cats. please! bring back the shoulder pad!!! (just like doug's demand to "bring back the fanny pack!")

13mimosa said...

What does it say about me that seeing you're watching this movie has made me want to watch it - all the more sad given that I've already seen it and know what I'm in for!

Lola Is Beauty said...

"With myself. Also, my cats would be invited." That is so cute! I admit I was obsessed with Can't Buy Me Love and watched it more than enough times for all of us. I thought the fashion was so cool - white suede fringed mini skirt suits anyone? I think Patrick Dempsey was the main boy character but I may be wrong...and I watched Pretty In Pink just yesterday - Molly Ringwald is the best!

Rita said...

Can't Buy me Love IS my all time favourite together with Pretty In Pink. Sigh... Looking forward to your new designs.

Lena said...

watcher in the woods!!
i loved that movie, and thought it was SO scary.

Anabela said...

I saw parts of Watcher in the Woods at a family friend's house (all the adults were outside getting drunk in the backyard and the teenage daughter of the family was watching it). I think I was about three or four, and it scared me so much I cried. I remember running to the bathroom and crying and crying. I didn't realize what movie it was until a few years ago. I watched it again recently and it's pretty good up until the end! The ending is silly.

stephanie said...

we didn't have cable, either. I always missed the Fraggles...i was so bummed. but, in the summer of '84 we got HBO! i stayed up late EVERY night and watched Risky Business over and over and over.
happy 80s party..be sure to take pics of your totally awesome 80s outfit...Like Gag me with a spoon!

Julia said...

ah yes, can't buy me love was definitely one of my favorites. your not having seen it is a serious problem that must be remedied immediately!

in other news, can't wait to see the new designs. i just now put together that you preparing for a photo shoot and hannah's "i have a photo shoot coming up" are most likely the same thing. you two are such a perfect pairing. so much talent all in one spot.

Grace said...

Hee hee! I just watched Can't buy me Love the other day on TV! I also loved Square Pegs (tv show) and The Facts of Life (that's when the crush on George Cloony started!).

And what about ET? Were you able to watch that movie? And the Goonies? Love the Goonies!

Stephanie said...

Hey Jenny,
Don't forget "The Goonies" with that Cindi Lauper Theme song! I was in High School in the 80's it was crazy fun! HA! I had some really big Hair!

brianna said...

You're so funny!

I also was only allowed to watch Disney and Nick...which was alright I 'spose! I love Unico! So funny you mentioned that. I'm currently hunting down a vhs/dvd. The Last Unicorn, the Dark Crystal...all so good.

I feel your pain on not seeing the cool movies from the 80's too...I was about 15 by the time I saw Dirty Dancing. So sad! I would've loved it as a kid : )

elly said...

oh and i also going to say just wait till you see Melanie's panties... RAWR! (I just saw this movie too for the first time.)

Wendy said...

I love Can't buy me love!! Patrick Dempsey at his finest. He has a little place in my heart because of that movie! "DONALD!" Watch it and you will understand! My all time favorite thing to do is put in Dirty Dancing and sew. I have seen it so many times that I don't have to look at it to know what they are saying. I have been a lurker ever since your piece in Ink. I live in KC and I think you are cool! (I am such a dork but whatever!) Where is the fabric store that you referred to? I hate how they are all chains and have more crafts than fabric. I loved your blog on machines. i am thinking of replacing my 20 year old Brother with an Ebay Bernina but I don't know if I have the guts to spend ++$500 on something that I haven't touched yet! Anyway, sorry for the long winded comment, sew on and I can't wait for your next blog!

-Wendy

elly said...

sorry for all the comments, I'm still thinking you are so hilarious. doug just made me watch the dark crystal with him a couple months ago for the first time and I made him watch another movie after it just so that I wouldn't have bad dreams. what's with the skeksis? that's one movie in my life that I got done watching and instantly said, "so my mom was a little out there with not letting me watch Smurfs, but she was definitely right on with protecting me from this one."

also, i'm going to be burned at the steak for this, but does anyone else see the resemblance of Aughra to Oprah? oh no she didn't! now, before you be hatin', check out this picture:

http://antiadvertisingagency.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/oprah20no20makeup21-1.jpg

jean said...

I love that you are having a party with your cats! I refer to mine as my co-workers. I have the best co-workers in the world. Sounds like yours are pretty fun too.

Lisa said...

I never thought I would find someone else who remembered Unico. I loved those movies when I was little!!!

Marianne said...

I had to smile when I saw this post as I did a Molly Ringwald DVD marathon the other day....loved it. 80s teen movies are the best. Oh and I can't wait to see the new Wiksten collection!

alysha said...

so glad to hare you are taking a much needed break.
and believe me if you see it you will also want to be Cindi Mancini. i have wanted to be here for way too many years. (she's also in Annie which scores her bonus points).
and that girl from ice castles and watcher in the woods....her voice is so creepy.

lesliewar said...

My friend introduced me to Unico in college! My dog's name is Beazel (although, I think it was maybe Beezle in the movie?). Can't Buy Me Love was one of my favorites! I also loved Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. SJP at her finest, haha.

sally said...

Jenny, you crack me up. I wish I was there so we could watch Can't Buy Me Love together...I'm totally an 80's movie-lover. Have you seen Say Anything? Love that movie, too.

Have fun at your party!! ;)

Lucys Place said...

Don't forget Pretty in Pink - brilliant. I'm a child of '73, so realyl dig those 80s flicks and songs. I'm feeling pretty much the same as you are, i.e. zombie-like. These late nights are doing nought for glowing skin. Good luck!

casey said...

I love the idea of an "80's party"! I've lately been watching a ton of movies from the 80's on tv... and I think part of it is because it brings back all the warm, fuzzy memories of my early childhood. ;) lol.

and I have to admit: I rather like some of the styles from that decade. though shoulder pads have never done much for me. ;) hehe!

Stacy Rae said...

Oh Can't Buy Me Love. I did love that one too and lucky me I had the same car as the pretty girl so I felt cool. Patrick Dempsey pre-nosejob and he looked fine! I can't take him seriously now since he's perfect good looks are fake.

Robin said...

So funny! Watcher In the Woods still freaks me out.

The Coys said...

Watcher in the Woods is the scariest movie! Friends tease me about it b/c it is a Disney film. Yikes - it still freaks me out thinking about it.

Lisa said...

this was a great post. I hope you fulfill your dream!

Erica said...

I just saw Ice Castles again and cried as hard as I did the first time...

claire said...

oh jenny (& joe)- hahahah!
you are both so obviously awesome.
and a lot of fun.

i'm a sucker for 80's movies, but one i can watch over and over again, is dirty dancing. i just love that rock & roll and all that dirty dancing.
i'm only going to say it here, and never again, but that patrick swayze... he can sure move.

jenniferz said...

Marichelle's song list totally, like, brought me back to my college days in the late 80s when my friends and I would, like, go dancing on Fridays at New Wave night at one of our local clubs. It was a MUST for them to play "She Sells Sanctuary" every time. Loved that song! And "Sixteen Candles", that came out the year I turned sixteen, I became convinced that I'd find love with a guy like Jake Ryan... ah, the naivete of a teenage girl! Thanks for bringing so many of us back to our 80s heyday! An 80s movie night with your kitties is totally awesome!

Leanne said...

I own the Watcher in the Woods (on dvd now) and have to watch it every once in awhile to remember elementary school slumber parties!