Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Christmas Presents from the Past

Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a child Christmas is even more fun. I remember not being able to sleep because I was trying to hear Santa Clause. Never did hear him. I finally figured out Santa wasn't real when my mom started getting lazy and wrapped the gifts from my parents with the same wrapping paper from Santa.

A couple of my friends were talkiing about the toys we wanted as a kid.

Here are some fun toys of my childhood.


DREAM PHONE GAME

One of 24 incredible boys really likes you. Now you just have to find out who by calling his friends for clues!
Play a boy's photo card and call his number on the electronic touch-tone phone! Listen to a clue about your secret admirer's clothes, sports, foods, or special hangouts. Then search the gameboard to identify who he is and who he isn't.
Calls are private unless someone plays a Speakerphone card - then everyone hears that clue! If it's a Share a Secret card, just you and one friend listen together!
To guess who your secret admirer is, make a special call to that boy. If you hear him say, "You're right! I really like you!", you win the game!
The game changes every time you play. Boys give different clues and the secret admirer changes too!


DREAM PHONE COMMERCIAL



GIRL TALK GAME

This game was first sold in 1988. This is basically a turth or dare game. I will never forget playing this with my friends during sleepovers.  Now I look at this game differently because this game plays on insecurities. You are punished when you didn't do the dare or the truth by putting a zit sticker on your face.  It basically saying to make fun of people who have acne. However, it is just a game. 


GIRL TALK COMMERCIAL


GUESS WHO? GAME
This is one of my favorite games. Sadly, I don't have this game anymore.  I still think as an adult it is a fun game.  It sort of like the game Battleship. 


GUESS WHO? GAME COMMERCIAL


SIMON SAYS GAME
Simon is a memory skill electronic game.  I played for hours because I wanted to keep pushing myself because each time you get the pattern correct it gets harder and harder. If you have dementia I would not suggest this game. 



SIMON SAYS GAME COMMERCIAL


TITANIC BOARD GAME

Titanic game became extremely popular when Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet came out in the movie theater. I still have my game. It is a fun game to play with people. 




SKIP IT GAME
When I was in elementary school I remember our school have a bunch of these to check out for recess.  You put this on your ankle and it spun around in a 360 degree rotation while you continusouly skipped. It counts the number of skips so we always had skipping competitions. 

SKIP IT GAME COMMERCIAL


POGS 
How to play POGs, you need a slammer. A slammer is a plastic or metal POG. 
Each player creates a stack of their POGs, with the image side face-up. The first player throws the slammer at their opponent's stack of POGS< with the goal of sending them flying. The ones taht land face-up go that player, and the rest goes back in the stack. Then the next player goes. At the end of the game, whoever has the most POGs wins. If you're playing for keeps, that may mean that the loser goes home empty. 
POG craze actually began in Hawaii, where a teacher had children play the game using cardboard milk bottle caps because it was a fun way to help with math.  POG stands for passion fruit, orange and guava, and was originally the brand of Hawaiian tropical drink.  

I never played the game I just traded with people and collected them. I still have all my POGs. I would love to see this come back. 


POG GAME COMMERCIAL



NINTENDO GAMING SYSTEM
Who doesn't remember Nitendo gaming system? My favorite games were Super Mario Brothers and Super Mario Racing game. I still own it and all my games I had. 


GAME BOY
I was so excited to get this for Christmas because now I could play all my favorite games I played using the Nitendo Game System but in a system I can take anywhere. 




TALKING NANO BABY
It first came out around 1997. It took me a year to get one of these because they were so popular. People were buying them for $500. My parents couldn't afford to do that so I had to be patient. My frist one was a Tamagotchi dinasour one until I could get the Nano Baby and Talking Nano Baby or Cat. Later I also got a Sabrina the Teenage Witch Salem Giga Pet. 
These taught kids responsibility. You had to make sure they were fed, played with and teaching it right or wrong. Parents who don't want pets these are the best toys ever. 
I remember schools started to not let us bring them to class because they were a distraction and they went off all the time. It was okay when they first came out because not many kids had them, but once they were able to get them pretty much everyone in my classes had one or more. 
I still have all of mine. 





FURBY 

In 1998 they took the technology of pocket pets into a bigger creepy pet. The classic Furby can with one another via an ingrared port located between their eyes. They first speak entirely "Furbish", a language with short words, simple syllables, and various other sounds. They will speak less and less Furbish and more and more English as they "grow". 
I got one for my birthday in 6th grade.  2 years later I got a baby Furby. 

Here is a creepy story. My first Furby started to wake up in the middle of the night and not shut up so I took out the batteries. Well, the Furby kept going off without batteries. I still have my Furbys but they are in my attic. 




DEAR DIARY
Dear Diary is basically a journal, planner, calculator, contact information.  Sadly, I didn't keep this because I would have loved to read what I wrote in it.


EASY BAKE OVEN

My mom had an Easy Bake Oven as a kid so she bought me one too. It was a lot of fun, but I now look at it as a waste of money because the baking mixes cost alot for what it makes and they don't have gluten-free options. 



BARBIE 



SPICE GIRL DOLLS

Spice Girls rule!! I had Ginger and Baby Spice dolls 





 AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS

I will never forget Christmas morning opening up a American Girl Doll.  I remember telling my mom I really wanted Felicity or Samantha.  Sadly Samantha is retired and at this time you can't get them unless you go onto eBay. I still have mine and in its orginal box and clothing.  My mom always made sure I took good care of my toys. 






 BEANIE BABIES

 Beanie Babies mania was insane. People were beating each other up to get certain Beanie Babies especially the bears. I had a friend who spent $300 on the Princes Diana bear.  Sadly, a lot of them are only worth $1.00-$10.00.




PILLOW PEOPLE
The Pillow People were plush, square-headed dolls released in 1986.  They had stuffed arms, stuffed legs, and had names like Mr. Sandman, Pillow Fighter, Punky Pillow, Mr. Thunderclap, Sweet Dreams, Rock-a-bye Baby, and Big Footsteps.



MY LITTLE PONY

My LIttle Pony launched in 1982 and ran till 1992 and to 1995 globally.  There were 150 million pnies sold in the 1980s. In 1997 it had a rival, but sadly they proved to be unpopular and was discontinuted in 1999. In 2003, the brand had a popular rivial which closely resembeled the original toy line. 



POLLY POCKETS

Polly Pockets hit the stores in 1989. They were plastic cases that opened to form a dollhouse with doll figurines were less than an inch tall.  I had a lot of them.  Now Polly Pockets are a lot bigger. Do kids today eat them because I don't remember the tiny size to be a problem?  




This was a few of my favorite toys I loved when I was child. What was your favorite toy(s) as a child?  





Saturday, November 24, 2018

Explorer Academy the Nubula Secret Nerd Blast Book Trailer




SYNOPSIS

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he
joins an elite school for explorers.

Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?

Readers can get in on the excitement with puzzles and codes embedded throughout.  


BOOK EXCERPT


Praise for EXPLORER ACADEMY Series

“This series opener from a new imprint of National Geographic is a fully packed high-tech adventure that offers both cool, educational facts about the planet and a diverse cast of fun characters.” ―Kirkus

“This exciting series opener introduces young readers to the joys of science and nature.” ―Publisher’s Weekly

“Sure to appeal to kids who love code cracking and mysteries with cutting-edge technology.” ―Booklist

“A fun, exciting, and action-packed ride that kids will love.” ―J.J. Abrams, director and
screenwriter of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lost,” “Alias

“Inspires the next generation of curious kids to go out into our world and discover something unexpected.” ―James CameronNational Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and acclaimed film-maker

“Explorer Academy is sure to awaken readers’ inner adventurer and curiosity about the world around them. But you don’t have to take my word for it, check out Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, and Lani’s adventures for yourself!” ―LeVar Burton, host of “Reading Rainbow” and “LeVar Burton Reads

“Absolutely Brilliant! Explorer Academy is a fabulous feast for the mind and heart — a thrilling, inspiring journey with compelling characters, wonderous places, and the highest possible stakes. Just as there’s only one planet Earth, there’s only one series like this. Don’t wait another instant to enjoy this phenomenal adventure!” ―T.A. Barron, author of the Merlin Saga

“In the midst of fast-paced action, Explorer Academy captures the power of learning through exploration. The excitement of hands-on discovery is modeled in Cruz’s adventures, which encourages kids to take on the mind-set of explorers.” ―Daniel Raven-EllisonNational Geographic Explorer and Guerilla Geographer  




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Trudi Trueit is a gifted storyteller for middle-grade audiences. She has written more than 100 books for young readers, both fiction and nonfiction, including The Sister Solution, Stealing Popular and the Secrets of a Lab Rat series. Trueit lives in Everett, Washington.  

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My Friend Tries Committing Suicide



 How do you help a friend who doesn't want to help themself? I am sad, scared and angry. THere is so many emotions I am going through at this moment. 
On Wednesday her co-worker was getting into her space and he wouldn't stop. This triggered flashbacks to being a kid with her family member molesting her. Luckily she asked for help. We told her to get into her car, lock the door, call her boss and call 911. She got into the car and left work but she didn't report it. She wanted to make sure she is okay. She also is a cutter and she told us she is cutting herself. Finally, she came to us. We thought she was doing okay, but I guess we were wrong. 
Last night she took a whole bottle of Zoloft. There were more than 70 pills in the bottle. 

She was suppose to come over to my house and do a real thanksgiving dinner because she has never had a real thanksgiving dinner. Then we were going to put the tree up and watch some Christmas movies. Well this didn't happen. 

I am going to not use real names for privacy. 
This morning we got a call from Bob saying she isn't talking right. She was telling him she randomly had two more cats in her house. My mom called her. She was making no sense. She ran over to her house. There she was laying on the ground out of it. She was in and out of blacking out.  Her breathing wasn't good. Bob called 911 on his way to her house. 

Finally, the cops came and then the ambulance showed up. They rushed her to the ER. 
My mom picked me up and we flew to the ER. We get to the ER and see she had a huge gash in the back of her head and her lip was bleeding. The doctor comes in and asks questions. She kept saying she took the pills on Wednesday night, but yesterday she was at her roommates mother house for Thanksgiving.  We told the doctor her situation and what happened on Wednesday. The doctor asked her what she did yesterday and she said she was with us. They couldn't pump her stomach because it isn't like she took all the pills an hour or so ago. She kept telling the doctor she took all of them on Wednesday, but her roommate's mother said she didn't act weird other than being quite. 

The worst part is she can't remember when she was born or her mother birthday month. She barely remembered the street she lives in.  
She didn't have her insurance card so she called her sister. You have to understand her family is very mentally and physically abusive to her. She is 22 years old and don't need her parents, but she is too afraid to stand up for herself. The next minute her sister is telling her she is flying from Georgia to Michigan tonight. The look on her face was panic and fear. 

Then her co-worker who sent her into a sucide attempt called her. He was telling her to get her sexy butt out of bed because it is 1:00pm. Why did she miss yesterday? Get this she had this weekend off so there is no need for him to call her. I grabbed the phone and asked if he is at work and he said yes. I asked him if he worked with her on Wednesday. He replied "Yes." I told him I would like to speak with the manager ASAP. He did not want to let me talk to the manager. Finally the manager got on the phone. I told him exactly what happened. I also told him I don't know if she will press charges or not at this moment. 
She finally got out of the ER and into a room at the Hosptial. We charged her phone. She listened to her voicemail and her manager said he has suspended the co-worker until everything is investigated. 

Then to top it off the doctor said there a big chance she won't go to a psych hosipital because they can't force her to go. 

What can we do?  I am scared for her. She is so stubborn and makes every excuse why she can't go to a psychologist and/or psychiatrist.  

I have learned some key warning signs:
  • Says "I would be better off dead" "I'm not worth it" For example, my friend constantly was saying "I am going to the desert to die alone. You won't miss me."
  • Hoarding weapons such as knives, pills and even guns. For my friend it was alcholol, drugs and knives. 
  • They have a feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, and being trapped. They believe it won't get better. 
  • Hate themselves. 
  • Feel guilty and shameful. 
  • Feel like a burden
  • Withdraw from others. They want to be left along. 

When you have someone you know who is talking about sucide or has tried to then it is important to:
  • Listen to them
  • Let them talk about what is upsetting them. 
  • Don't judge them. 
  • Stay calm. 
  • Let them know you love them and they are important to you. 
  • Take the person seriously. Ask them if they are feeling suicidal. 
  • Important to NOT argue with them. 
  • Dont make them feel bad by saying something like "Your suicide will hurt your family" or "You have so much to live for" or "Look on the bright side."
  • Don't lecture them on the value of life. 
  •  If you promise you will do something then do it. Don't make promises you can't keep. 
  • Don't try to fix their problems or give advice.
  • Don't blame yourself. You can't make someone love themselves 
How can you help them?
  • Encourage them to seek help. My friend at this moment avoids it but I won't quit suggesting it here and there. 
  • Keep talking to them. 
  • Reassure things will get better. 
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great service. I did call them a few times to find out what I can do for my friend. 

My friend learned she has lots of people who care about her. She had so many vistors today. I love her so much. It is so hard seeing someone you love go through this. Try to stay positive, show love and keep putting things in her path tha make her smile and enjoy life even if that is sending them funny cute memes 1-3 times a day. 

Some really helpful resources and articles:

If you or someone you know is in crisis or in need of immediate help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This is The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free hotline available 24 hours a day to anyone in emotional distress or suicidal crisis. I hope you found this to be helpful. I will keep you posted. Please send her prayers. 


Friday, November 23, 2018

Jinxed by Thommy Hutson Book Trailer Blast



SYNOPSIS

High School Can Be a Real Killer

Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack

Innocent childhood superstitions …

But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy Hutson graduated from UCLA and launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!

His career then took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY (Bio Channel), NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Bio Channel), MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (Chiller) and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th (Starz/Anchor Bay).

He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.

Thommy also produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.

He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.

Continuing his passion for uncovering the stories behind the story, he went on to produce CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, which is the most comprehensive look at the popular film franchise.

He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening…with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”

Thommy also wrote the screenplay for Syfy Channel’s supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE, which was a trending topic on social media the night of its release.

As an author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version distributed by Simon & Schuster reached number one in Amazon.com’s Movie History & Criticism category. His latest novel, the teen thriller “Jinxed,” (Vesuvian Media) is the first book of a trilogy and has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans…Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Homage and originality…Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.”

He is currently scripting a film for The Hallmark Channel as well as writing another book that definitively details the history, making, and legacy of another fan-favorite genre film from the 1980s.

A member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association, and an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.  

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SYNOPSIS A local cop. A US Peacekeeper. A divided Tokyo. Years of disaster and conflict have left Tokyo split between great powe...