Hugs, Old-ish Man Crushes, And Sugar Water Brown? Yes please.


You guys rock my world, I mean seriously.

Just when I thought I had hit a massive wall, the internets once again made my world seem a million times better. Thanks so much for all of the encouragment…. as always, you never cease to surprise me. (in a totally awesome find 2 prizes in the bottom of the cereal box sort of way.)

I really try to stay positive, and as much as I know it feels good to vent, most of the time I try to stay away from the serious stuff here on the old blogster. It’s not  because I don’t want to share these things, or because I’m afraid of straying too away from the funny, but I mostly refrain from talking about the personal stuff because it forces me to deal with it… and I spend a great amount of my time avoiding things in my head. I hope one of these days I will get around to really getting some of this stuff off my chest, but for tonight I’m going to continue avoiding it…

Speaking of, I’ve gotten back into listening to podcasts, and I feel like I’m learning so much. My roomie LA just got me into this podcast called “Stuff you Should Know,” and boy I’m realizing there is so much stuff I didn’t know. Like did you know that there are real life zombies? Or that there are people who literally dedicate their lives in these modern times to figuring out who Jack the Ripper was?  Or that the guy who originally started McDonald’s actually has the last name Kroc? Or that the Amish allow their young people time to run free and live with the regular people and that most of them return home? I actually already knew that last one, but only because of that Harrison Ford movie “Witness.” It’s a really great movie, but I really wish the Harrison Ford character had been played by Jeff Bridges.

In fact, I think you could really take any of those middle of the road old-ish guy actor movies and replace the lead with Jeff Bridges, and you would have an exponentially better movie.

Take “Pretty Woman” for example. Now put Jeff Bridges in Richard Gere’s role. Not the Starman Jeff Bridges, but “the Dude” Jeff Bridges. I bet he would have had a lot more fun with prosty Julia Roberts. Or what about Twister, one of my favorite movies ever? Can you imagine if Bill Paxton was played by hippie Jeff Bridges? As the tornado swept in and took out that outdoor movie theater, he would have been all- ” Fuck no tornado, that theater really tied the whole fuckin town together. Fucccckkkk man.”  Or I dunno. Maybe my old-ish man crush on Jeff Bridges is really getting out of hand. I can’t stop listening to the “Crazy Heart” soundtrack, and I’ve watched “The Fisher King” like 4 times this month.

Don’t worry John Cusack, you’re still my number one. I’ve watched Serendipity pretty much every night for the last two weeks as I was falling asleep. I don’t care what anyone says, cheesy as it is… “Serendipity” makes my heart beat. AND it also influenced me to read my favorite book of all time “Love in the Time Of Cholera.”

Wow, I’m clearly random tonight. I guess that’s what skipping out on blogging for nearly two weeks will do to a girl. I have this whole notebook of things that I’ve been jotting down that I want to talk about, and I’m going to try my damndest to spread it out over time and actually put up some decent posts, but so far, not so good.

In other randomness, I tried something this weekend that may have changed my life. (And no I’m not talking about cutting off a fish head, though that DID HAPPEN!) More about that later.

THE EYES KEPT BLINKING EVEN WHIST DECAPITATED!!!
THE EYES KEPT BLINKING EVEN WHIST DECAPITATED!!!

You see, I grew up being completely obsessed with chocolate milk. Not the kind that already comes mixed up for you, but chocolate milk of the Nestle Quick powder variety. Even as a toddler it was my favorite. Before I could even say “Mommy,” I could say “chocolate milk.” Not really, but I did say “dark Nah” which was my word for chocolate milk.I can’t explain to you the level of my love for chocolate milk, but I can tell you it used to be right up there with ketchup. In fact, I even drink it differently than I drink other drinks. It’s like I drink it from the back of my throat instead of out of the front of my mouth. Never mind, that all sounds kind of gross.

Regardless, Chocolate milk is a very important part of my “World O’ Happy,” other wise known as the things that are my most favorite in the whole wide world.

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At least 2 times a day until I was 14 I would pull up a chair to the kitchen counter, get my favorite light blue plastic cup from the top shelf, and pour 4 heaping spoonfuls of chocolately goodness into my milk. It would never fail that at least one of these spoonfuls would end up on the counter, stuck in the cracks for my parents to wipe up later. At some point in my early teens when it became clear to them that I would never become a clean scooper, Nestle quick was banned from my house forever. One day, I went into the kitchen to stir up my favorite poison, only to find that my powder quick had been replaced by the syrup.

Nomaam.com. Syrup chocolate milk just isn’t near as yummy. It doesn’t provide you with a mustache that has a real-life grainy texture. You don’t get the same lumps at the bottom of the glass that you can lick out with your tongue.

I bought the powder Nestle Quick for the first time in my adult life not too long ago, and was really disappointed to find that it just wasn’t the same. The magic was gone. It could be partially because I can no longer drink real milk, so had to mix my quick with a soy substitute, which is great with cereal, but it just doesn’t seem to mix well with powder. It really sucks donkey ass.

So this weekend, as LA and I were loading up on liquids to cure our hangovers as we headed out for a long day of fishing at my family farm, LA got really excited when she came across a bottle of YooHoo.

She’s all like, “OH MY GOSH, I haven’t had Yoohoo in like a million years, this stuff is like crack.” I’m like, “EWWWW, that’s like fake chocolate milk without milk in it.”

“YOU”VE NEVER HAD IT, HAVE YOU!?!?”

“Nope… Why would someone drink fake chocolate milk? It’s like that Dave Chapelle skit where that kid wants “sugar water purple” instead of Sunny D.

So she finally talked me into trying it. I woman-ed up and tried Sugar-water brown… and it was delicious!!!! I’ve spent the better part of this evening googling recipes to find out how to make my own version, since I’m poor and also because I like to make my own versions of these things. Turns out there is a reason I like it so much, and it DOES have milk in it.. kind of.

All the recipes I could find look like this:

  • 1/2 cup instant chocolate drink mix (Nestle Quik is best)
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3 cups water

Ahhh the magic of chocolate milk is back.

And so am I. Mostly.

I’ll be getting back to the dares and my regular posts very soon. I’m still getting used to my new job which is a thousand times more busy than my last job, but in a great way. My8 hour day feels like 3 hours. It’s going to take a little getting used to.

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  • http://vegetableassassin.blogspot.com Vegetable Assassin

    Dude, I've adored Jeff Bridges for years. The man is foxy. He just has something. Young Jeff Bridges was super hot (for a blonde) and even old Jeff Bridges is a crinkly old devil with a glint in his eye. I love him! And I too adore the Crazy Heart soundtrack just as I loved him in the movie. Awwww! And I'm choosy when it comes to country music because so much of it is godawful. That soundtrack though? Kick ass!

  • http://lonelybardinn.blogspot.com/ bard

    I couldn't even tell you how many tons of Nestle's Quik (now called Nesquik, apparently) that I went through as a kid. In addition to cold Quik, there was nothing like getting up on a Saturday morning for cartoons and heating up a pan of milk to add to the four heaping teaspoons of Quik in a tall glass. Add some buttered crackers or toast and you're all set for Scooby Doo!

  • ScoMan

    I was going to recommend you look up John Cussack on that makemebabies site. And Jeff Bridges now too. And the Quick bunny.

    You know, anything to keep you away from Tina Fey. She's mine!

    Your world of happy was great.

  • thebacksofmyeyelids

    I've always liked Jeff Bridges and admired his acting chops…and he clearly adores his wife of 35+ years – puts him over the top in my book.

    But I liked him in Starman too….one of my favorite lines is when he runs the yellow/red traffic light and tells Karen (Black?) that (paraphrasing here) he learned by watching her that a yellow light means to go very, very fast.

    Here is a way to deal with stress that works for me with my mom being terminal and all – I write in a private blog whenever something is eating me alive. I vomit all over the virtual page. Then I feel better. It helps. And no one ever has to see it.
    Try it.

  • badassgeek

    My wife watches “You've Got Mail” when she goes to bed. Thus, I can quote just about the whole movie.

    “A hot dog is talking! You need quiet while the hot dog is talking?”

  • http://lwww.lucysreality.com Lucy

    My head is spinning there is soo much fun in this ride of a post!!! I love the diagram and Yahoo, awesome but could have lived without the decapitated fish!!! Oh, I love Serendipity too!!!

  • http://www.postcardsandpassports.com meg

    i really loved that little diagram.
    every time I go to the states, I stock up on yoohoo, because I am slightly obsessed with it. everytime I drink it though, i'm always like, “what the hell even is this stuff??”
    okay, I remember this show that was on several years ago and it was called “Amish in the City” and it was a reality show that basically followed all of these Amish kids when they left home and had to decide whether or not to go back. HUH. I totally forgot about that show until right now. anyways…

  • http://edsfunnypages.blogspot.com Ed Adams

    I always pictured you with a unibrow when younger, but the 'stashe works too.

    Not that I picture a youger you.

    And don't try saying some bullshit about that 'stache being from the chocolate milk either.

  • http://thepqnation.com/showandtell SillyJaime

    I'm totally with you on the overalls thing. I miss mine, and I can't find a cute pair to save my life. BUT!!! If I find some, I'll let you know where you can get them. AND THEN WE CAN BRING THEM BACK.

    Also, I drink chocolate milk (if the Nestle Quik variety, of course) for breakfast and before bed. Because I live on that stuff.

  • http://www.nikkidz.blogspot.com Nikki

    I'm a syrup over powder kind of girl. And if you ever replace Bill Paxton again I will cut you! I love middle aged men.

  • http://dibblyfresh1.blogspot.com Sadako

    Did the eyes really do that?! SICK!

  • ambermurphy

    Have you seen The Mirror Has two Faces? That's my favorite Jeff Bridges movie EVA. Also, he's good in Arlington Road.

    Are you watching Serendipity so that you can complete my dare?

    p.s. I love the name Stella. I might choose the name Stella if I have a girl. Then we'll both be moms of Stella's. YAY!

  • http://watchoutworldimatwentysomething.blogspot.com/ JustMe

    Yoo Hoo was delicious yet watered down and fake. I guess it was mostly delicious because my mom hated that I drank it..

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    Wait…how long is your tongue if you can go licking the blobs out of the bottom of the glass? Or, how short is the glass???

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    Did you know that chocolate milk is the best hangover cure in the world? True story.

  • http://www.theinternalmakeover.com kathryn

    You GO, girl! I'm glad the magic of childhood is back for you…you're too young for it to be gone forever!

  • http://mommywantsvodka.com Aunt Becky

    Add malt powder to your chocolate milk and I swear you will see the baby Jesus for the first time.

  • CarissaJaded

    It was from the chocolate milk! I nare my real one fool!

  • http://www.kidtogrownup.com/ BobbiJanay@Kid to a Grown Up

    I love me some chocolate milk and overall's too. I wish that they would come back in style too.

  • http://www.mylittlebecky.com mylittlebecky

    she's back! and better than ever! i looooove chocolate milk. in fact, i have chocolate whey powder with coconut water and a splash of milk every morning. mmmmmmmm, i'm so grown-up.

  • herding Cats

    Sooooo…..yah I just want chocolate milk now. I love all varieties though: powder, syrup, Yoohoo, pre-made – bring it. Seriously though, your drawing made me pee myself it is so funny. And yes to bringing back overalls!

  • CarissaJaded

    It was from the chocolate milk! I nare my real one fool!

  • http://www.kidtogrownup.com/ BobbiJanay@Kid to a Grown Up

    I love me some chocolate milk and overall's too. I wish that they would come back in style too. What is your favorite Cusack movie? Mine is Grosse Point Blank.

  • http://www.mylittlebecky.com mylittlebecky

    she's back! and better than ever! i looooove chocolate milk. in fact, i have chocolate whey powder with coconut water and a splash of milk every morning. mmmmmmmm, i'm so grown-up.

  • herding Cats

    Sooooo…..yah I just want chocolate milk now. I love all varieties though: powder, syrup, Yoohoo, pre-made – bring it. Seriously though, your drawing made me pee myself it is so funny. And yes to bringing back overalls!