Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Back to School Playlist: I Love the 80's

This month, school starts back up for most. The other day while walking through Walmart, I spotted the "back-to-school" section and I got really sad about the fact that I won't be returning to school (as a student) this year. What can I say--I love learning (I'm such a nerd!).

I've been working toward a higher education now for 6 years, so NOT going to school is like a loss of identity. All I know is how to learn and teach! That's not entirely true, I have tons of job experience. But teaching and learning are definitely the most challenging and rewarding jobs I've had yet.

When I see that AH-HA on students' faces--the realization that they just learned something new about the world they live in--that's the most rewarding moment to me.

Maybe I'll go back for a PhD, but for now, I need to figure out if that's what I really want. Before launching into more grad school debt, I should probably know what exactly it is I want to get a PhD in--Communication? Art? Psychology? I like so many subjects!

If you could go back to school for more education, what would you get a degree in?

For whatever reason, "back to school" always reminds me of those 80's Brat Pack movies. Probably because they're all set in high school (except for St. Elmo's Fire--where they're all recent college grads). I didn't actually go to school in the 80's, though that would have rocked my face!

I was born in 1986, but my older sister (who's 10 years older) was in elementary/middle school in the 80's, so all of her old toys were passed down to my sister and I. Luckily, we got to experience a little bit of 80's culture with My Little Pony, Lite Brite, Teddy Ruxpin, She-Ra, Jem and the Holograms, Care Bears, and more.

Is this not one of the creepiest toys ever? A talking animatronic bear?

Jem and the Holograms--truly, truly, truly outrageos!

Th e "Brat Pack" movies always made high school look so fun and cool. High school for me was just okay. I was super artsy and somewhat sporty. Due to this diverse portfolio, I didn't fit in with any one group of people. I guess I was like Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink--just a few good friends, part-time job and getting good grades.

How cute was Andrew McCarthy back in the day? :)

I did fall in love for the first time in high school (we won't go into THAT) and I also had my first real heartbreak. I discovered my nerd-like talent for learning. I learned that school administration does not consider "cheating" in typing class as "group work" (despite my best attempt to defend it). I learned that detention for two weeks sucks. I got an eating disorder, went through depression, recovery, and emerged more sane (arguably anyway). AND, I discovered group fitness--one of the greatest triumphs of my high school career!

What were you like in high school? Did you have a clique? Did you like school?

For this month's playlist, I tried to channel that 80's high school-pop vibe and pulled a few of my favorites from that decade. I like some of these so much that I even have remixes to use in my fitness classes :)

1. Electric Avenue by Eddie Grant

2. Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth
(I dare to try and not jam to this one!)

3. Don't You Want Me by The Human League

4. The Promise by When in Rome
(made re-popular in Napoleon Dynamite)

5. Tenderness by General Public
(also heard in the movie Clueless)

6. Physical by Olivia Newton John
(ultimate 80's workout song and video!)

7. 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton

8. Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Riders
(Classic one-hit wonder)

9. Hanging Tough by New Kids on the Block
(Is this not the most ridic video ever? ooooOOOoooOOOOOO)

10. Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benetar

11. Shout by Tears for Fears

12. Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money
(My favorite cover-band song!)

13. Party All The Time by Eddie Murphy
(Rick James + Eddie Murphy = BRILLZ!)

14. Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
(Breakfast Club, anyone?)

15. Take My Breath Away by Berlin
(Gotta love Top Gun!)

There are WAY too many to include! What's your favorite 80's song(s)?

Right now, I'm having a blastastic time in Austin hanging with my sis, mom and BFF! Stay tuned for a full update and pics!

Q.O.D. (question of the day): If you could go back to school for more education, what would you get a degree in? What were you like in high school? Did you have a clique? Did you like school? What's your favorite 80's song(s)?


  1. I feel so totally done with education right now. My MA just took it all out of me. I liked school just fine - didn't hate, didn't totally LOVE either. It was what it was.

  2. I won't be going back to school any time soon since it costs an arm and a leg and a spleen, but if I were to I'd go get my MFA in creative writing.

    Oh, and I totally grew up with all that stuff. I loved Jem but also Barbie and The Rockers.

  3. I am currently going back to school for my second degree. I am going for healthcare administration. I tolerate school to say the least but I also do very well since I am perfectionist. As for what I was like back in grade school and highschool? Well I was the loner fat girl. Things have changed so much!! lol

  4. Nothings better then the 80's.

  5. OMG - so many things about this post make me smile and cry at the same time. Your sister and i are the same age - and therefore, all these 'things' you speak of are music to my ears. And speaking of MUSIC - I LOVE that mix. I want to download it all for my ipod right now. I have a long run tomorrow - which I sadly don't feel much like doing - and this could be my ticket:)
    If I could go back to school - it would be to be a doctor I think. Crazy - I know:)

  6. My favorite music is still the 80s!!! I wasn't a teenager in the 80s, but my "cool" babysitter was and I wanted to be just like her...I think that is why I'm so connected to that music. Love it!

  7. I would get degrees in civil and mechanical engineering. That would have been interesting. Maybe also a degree in statistics. I was pretty much a loner in H.S. since my parents moved around a bit. Favorite 80's songs are Bizzard Love Triangle by New Order, The Look of Love by ABC, Tenderness by English Beat, I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler, True by Spandau Ballet, and I Melt With You by Modern English. I think I went over board here.