Best of the 1980′s Fads

Given that we talk on the phone multiple times each day, we tend to cover a wide variety of topics. We might start out talking about what happened on Big Brother (the fact that Frankie is THE WORST and we are DEVASTATED that Donny is gone!!) but by the end of the conversation we could be lamenting the lack of drive-thru Starbucks in our general area. (Only two…and neither of them are even that close *sob*)

Earlier this week we found ourselves taking a trip down memory lane–’80s style (because y’all, seriously, the Trapper Keeper people tweeted us!!). Hold on to your neon leg warmers (over pegged jeans of course). It went something like this…

Lisa: What should we write about on Monday? I feel like we need something fun for to start off September.

Ashley: Totally. Nothing’s coming to mind. I’ll ask my Magic 8 Ball.

Lisa: OMG….MAGIC 8 BALL!! “Signs point to yes” that I’ll be getting Lucy one for Christmas! They were so much fun. I could get Bobby a Rubik’s Cube, too.

Ashley: Dude, I spent hours not solving the Rubik’s Cube. My sister, on the other hand, could do it in an hour. No, I’m not bitter or anything.

Lisa: Hate to break it to you, but I was a Rubik’s Cube master. I could solve it in minutes. I used to time myself to try to beat my own records.

Ashley: Of course you did.

Lisa: I was on a quest to make the Guinness Book of World Records in Rubik’s Cubing. I timed myself with my Swatch watch collection. That made it much cooler.

Ashley: If you say so. Although I did have a Swatch and loved it, it was really the plastic charm bracelet that defined ’80s accessorizing for me.

Lisa: What? Plastic charm bracelets? Was this a gumball machine prize or something? My mom would never, ever give me a nickel to get stuff out of those.

Ashley: NOOOOOOOOOOO! They were the bracelets with the clips and all the charms that were awesome. There was a phone, a lipstick, animals, and of course my favorite…the whistle!

Lisa: No, I have no idea what you are talking about.

Ashley: Oh, please. You do too. Hold on. I’ll send you a picture. The second you see it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

Lisa: Oh, hmmmm. Yeah, I guess that looks familiar. I’ve certainly seen that tennis racket before. Wait, weren’t those the bracelets that would get stuck in your big hair when you tried to pick it (not comb…you cannot comb through Aqua Net) in the girls’ bathroom between classes?

Ashley: HA! I knew you’d know what they were. Remember how the clips would break and you’d lose your best hairdryer charm? That was the worst! For birthdays, I used to go to “Gifts N’ Decor” because they had the biggest selection of charms. They also wrapped for free, which my mom loved.

Lisa: My friends and I always gave each other Swatch Guards. Remember those twisty pieces of rubber that you’d put on the face of your Swatch to color coordinate with your outfit?

Ashley: Did they serve any actual purpose?

Lisa: You mean other than to make your watch totally awesome? No, I guess not.  We used to stack up two or three Swatches on our wrists at a time. I loved my plaid Swatch. I’d totally wear it now if I still had it.

Ashley: I don’t think I was ever able to stack, because I think I only had one Swatch.

Lisa: Oh, you poor thing! I thought your parents loved you.

Ashley: They might have had more money for Swatches if they had gone with a drug store Halloween costume and didn’t have to keep replacing all of my lost charms.

Lisa: …or buy all the Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers. Did you love the 7 Up or watermelon the best?

Ashley: I’m from Texas. It was Dr. Pepper all the way for me.

We could have gone on and on all day about our love for the ’80s (we hadn’t even touched on Teddy Ruxpin, Chia Pets, or the California Raisins after all), but we still needed time for cleaning our houses grocery shopping watching hours of Hal Sparks on “I Love the ’80s”.

So slip on your jelly shoes, spritz on some Jean Naté body splash, pop that collar, and let the memories sweep you away. Weigh in with your favorite 1980′s fads in the comments!


Pinterest Nightmare #129: Tron Inspired Watch

Now that Lucy and Emma have started middle school, they have both decided they *must* have a watch so that they are not late to their classes. We thought about just running over to Target and getting them something simple, but then we remembered this gem. Welcome to Middle School girls…where time is of the essence…good luck figuring out when you need to be in Social Studies!

We adore Pinterest. We really do.

Where else can you find a quick tutorial for making biscuits that look like bunnies, a photo of a hedgehog wearing a sombrero, and a flow chart that diagrams all the dance moves in the Thriller video… all in the space of 5 minutes?!

But sometimes, Pinterest, you leave us wondering what went wrong.

Those are the times you give us: Pinterest Nightmares.


Pinterest Nightmare #129: The Tron Inspired Watch

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Okay, I’ve never seen the movie Tron. It may be a masterpiece that dynamically melds the worlds of science fiction, action, and drama.

It may be the best Jeff Bridges vehicle filmed in 1982. I don’t know.

But, I do know this: Everyone needs a Tron inspired watch.

Oh sure, scientists may have determined that glow in the dark material is hazardous to your health. Scientists are buzz kills. Maybe I don’t care if radiation causes a 3rd nipple to grow on my wrist. That’s my business.

And really, who needs to be bothered with pesky minute and hour hands on a watch? For crying out loud, are we in the Stone Age here? As long as I leave by semi-circle o’clock, I won’t be late for carpool!

Or you could just fasten on a watch you can actually tell time on so you are not late for your Comic Con Game of Thrones panel. It’s a tough call.

Oh, Pinterest. No…just no.


The Dose Of Reality Does The #IceBucketChallenge

Things here at The Dose of Reality have been really crazy the past few weeks, but that did not stop us from stepping up and accepting the #IceBucketChallenge to raise awareness for ALS. And by stepping up, we don’t just mean watching the video of Benedict Cumberbatch do the challenge on an endless loop (although, if we are being honest, we have done that, too!).

Every now and then we will get an email from the Dose children themselves random, anonymous blog fans who tell us that they would like to see more of our kids in blog posts!

What a better opportunity than this one to give the people what they want!***

***And also protect our very fancy yoga pants and our split ends from getting soaked***

It all started with Lucy being challenged by a fellow classmate.

Was Emma up to the task?

Looks like it is now Abby’s turn.

It should be noted that one of the Dose children is missing from this challenge (despite the call out from his sister). Bobby was not able to participate due to a broken leg (post coming soon). Don’t worry though, we all made donations on his behalf!

It was so much fun to participate in this challenge, albeit from the sidelines…hey, someone had to hold the camera!

As of the writing of this post, the ALS Association has raised more than $50 million dollars since this challenge began. During the same time period last year, it raised $2 million dollars.


We end today with this video. It is without a doubt the most heartfelt, genuine reason why this campaign is so important. And it is why at the end of the day, this challenge is about so much more than dumping ice water on your head.

Would You Rather: Clean Sheets Or Dirty Sheets?

I know that this title is probably somewhat misleading and might have instantly made everyone go, “Duh. Clean sheets. How can this even be a real question? Ashley clearly needs to get some more sleep before attempting to blog!”

Which, yes, I do, actually. Now that we are back into full-blown early alarm clock, school morning mode I do find myself a bit more tired than usual. Couple that with the fact that I discovered last week that I had been drinking DECAF coffee unwittingly for three straight days, and I think you can deduce that my brain is mush.

However, fortunately for all of you this would you rather scenario was crafted over the summer thanks to a conversation with my stepmother.

Her grandson is headed off to college, and we were discussing his dorm room bedding. She said that she bought him five sets of sheets, in the hopes that he will actually change them every few days.

This got me thinking. Was I supposed to be changing *my* sheets every few days, too?

So, of course, I reached out to Lisa to see what she thought. A little known fact about Lisa, by the way. She uses a different clean towel EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Apparently, this dates back to an unfortunate water roach, early morning, no contacts in yet incident from Aught 92. She didn’t want to explain any further lest she relive the horror all over again.

Knowing her towel issue, I figured she would be a frequent sheet changer and thus would leave me feeling even worse about my newly discovered slovenly ways. She assured me though, that sheets were a different matter than towels, and she is a once a week or sometimes even every other week sheet changer.


I feel like I am definitely more in the every other week to three category, but I can live with that.

It got me thinking, though.

What if I had to change my sheets every single day? As in, strip the bed, wash and dry the sheets and then re-make the bed with the same set of sheets every day for three straight months.


What if I had to sleep on the same set of sheets for three straight months? As in, no matter what has happened, I am sleeping on dirty sheets for 90 days.


Pretty sure you all know my answer on this conundrum!

Naturally, I am now asking the Dose Peeps to weigh in on this tricky Would You Rather scenario. Would you rather have to change your sheets every single day (and then re-make your bed with that same set of sheets once they had been washed and dried) for three months or sleep on the same sheets without ever washing them for three months?