Monday, March 23, 2015

The 80s from A to Z

Today is a big, big day in the blogosphere. More than 1,000 people have signed up to participate in the A to Z Challenge.



And today is the day we all get to reveal our themes.



For 2015, I'll be spending April rewinding to my favorite decade...



It's my decade. I turned 10 in 1980, so the 80s were the entirety of my adolescence. The music...



...the movies...



...the TV shows...



...will always have a special place in my heart!



So join me April 1-30 as I take you through the 80s, starting with A and ending with Z!




If you don't know what A to Z is, I highly recommend it. I made so many great friends last year. Sign up here.

127 comments:

  1. Yay Stephanie... some of my favorite movies and music came from the 80's.. I was 20 in 1983, it really was a fun era .... my oldest daughter was born in '81. I'm sure this will bring up great memories ♡

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    1. It was a fun decade. I think both the 80s and the 50s stand out as colorful, fun decades, even though they weren't perfect.

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  2. That's a fun theme! There was an innocence to the movies back then. Plus a shortage of hair spray due to all the hair metal bands.

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    1. True...I'll be mentioning them at some point, even though I wasn't into that kind of music.

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  3. Looking forward to it, since I was in HS and college in the 80's. Great music and movies!

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    1. Especially the movies--we had some great movies in that era.

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  4. Sounds like great fun. Like Bijoux above, I was in high school and college in the '80s, so I'm looking forward to it.

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    1. Yes, even in college we're well aware of what's on the radio and on TV! It's only as we get older that we go off on our own and stop following the crowd.

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  5. I love your theme - the 80s is my decade too - I was 8 in 1980. So many wonderful things. I shall definitely be stopping by your blog at every opportunity. You even have the Lost Boys in your movie posters up there - that's the film I blame for my vampire movie collection :).
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  6. There were definitely some good movies and fun TV shows from the 80s. Can't wait to see your posts, sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.

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    1. I'm already ready to get started!

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  7. I reckon yours will be the only fun one :)

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    1. There were some last year that I LOVED. I always try to make my blog fun, though. I guess it depends what you're interested in. Some people find history fun, science fun, travel fun....

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  8. Seen every single one of those movies, Only one show I didn't know. Flash Gordon? Guy in red suit.

    I was ummm zilch in 1980, give me 5 more years and then I'll be a little above 0 lol

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    1. The Greatest American Hero? It's probably better known for its theme song.

      "Believe it or not, I'm walking on air, I never thought I could feel so free--e--e. Flying away on a wing and a prayer. Who could it be? Believe it or not, it's just me."

      Here's the open for the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_ZUSQQdoS4

      I think it's probably better known as George's answering machine message on Seinfeld!

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  9. Ooh the 80s! I was more of a 90s kid though I was born in the 80s and do remember all the great shows!! Do you remember a show called Small Wonder?? I'm currently watching it on antenna tv ...such a weird and creepy show lol

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    1. That was a weird show! I seem to recall it was on a channel nobody watched maybe Fox or the WB before they were those channels? I didn't have cable in my bedroom so it was one of the few channels I got that wasn't ABC, CBS, or NBC. So I'd occasionally watch it because I had no other choice...but I do remember thinking it wasn't very good!

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  10. Woo-hoo! That sounds like so much fun. :) Have a great week!

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    1. I'm having fun writing them so far! I just wrote "R" yesterday. I always write my blogs a month in advance, then end up bumping half of them for guest blogs and last-minute things I come up with--but not during A to Z!

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  11. Awesome. I recognized every pop-culture item on there. Yep, also a child of the 80's (turned 8 in 1980). I'll definitely be visiting your blog a lot :)

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    1. That's the second person who turned 8 that year! You're just slightly older than my sister, I think. She was a little more into 90s things because her generation had to set themselves apart and be cooler than the previous generation. (R.E.M., Nirvana, etc.)

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  12. That's going to be awesome Steph! I am going to be here every day. (you know, like I am anyway) ;)

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    1. LOL, I'm right there with you, out here every day!

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  13. I've never done A to Z, but I enjoy reading what everyone else comes up with. I'll be reading yours.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Thank you! I didn't know about it until the theme reveal last year. That was when I signed up, so last year I was #1,999 or something crazy. I don't think anyone ever got around to reading mine who was just going through that list, but I read as many as I could and that's how I found some of the people I'm still reading today.

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  14. cute choice. i graduated h.s. in 81 so some things will be familiar and others, not so much. :)

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    1. My husband graduated high school in the early 80s, so his perspective on the 80s is different from mine. He was in college by the time I was in high school, so when I talk about late 80s things, he's only partly aware of what I'm talking about.

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  15. I couldn't love your theme more! This is going to be all kinds of awesome. I mean, it's going to be totally rad. ;)

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    1. LOL you have it down! The only bad thing is, I have no idea what I'll do next year.

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  16. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this theme. It makes me happy - and nostalgic - just thinking about it. :)

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    1. It's been a blast so far just writing them (I finished "R" last night). I've actually learned a few things along the way.

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  17. YESSSS! :D My kind of theme! Looking forward to walking through the 80s with you in April!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    Out of Print, Fiction authors and their shorts

    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

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    1. Yay! Can't wait to read yours, too.

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  18. I love your theme, Stephanie! Looking forward to your posts. And that Perfect Strangers pic brought me back. I thought Balki was hilarious.

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    1. I saw him in something not long ago (but I'll be darned if I can remember what!), trying to be all dramatic. The funny thing is, he was/is really talented but he was SO talented, he ended up painting himself into that corner. Although like lots of other 80s actors, he has worked steadily for the past 30 years. He may not be a megastar anymore but he's getting paid to act. Many people would love to have that career, even as a character actor!

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  19. I'm an 80's kid too - as my twin Tash said, we were 8 in 1980. I could name all those TV shows! ;P And the movies - Lost Boys, Labyrinth, Footloose - FAB!

    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
    FB3X
    Wittegen Press

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    1. I never saw Labyrinth but I fell into the "Footloose" trend right along with everyone else. I had the soundtrack album and listened to it over and over again.

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  20. Woo hoo!!! I did the 80s for my A-Z posts in 2013. LOVE IT!!!

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    1. I'm a relative newbie to the challenge. Hopefully I'll figure out what my theme will be next year while I'm reading everyone else's!

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  21. Definitely going to love this trip down memory lane! Thank you, Stephanie, for choosing an 80s theme! :)

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    1. You're welcome! I'm having a lot of fun writing them.

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  22. I was 35 in 1980 and I watched Ghost Buster and loved Dirty Dancing. I remember a lot of the TV shows but forgot the names, lol. I was working in my shop most of the time so that's why I'm probably less knowledgable than most but it was a great era.

    I'm looking forward to reading your A to Z posts.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I'll probably feel that way about whatever we call this decade. (The 10s?) "I was writing through the whole thing...I dunno what happened."

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  23. It sounds like a heap of fun. I always learn so much during the challenge, and am very grateful that so many people are less lazy than I am.

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    1. LOL yeah, posting every day is a lot of work.

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  24. Awesome! I can't wait to read your posts. Even though I was born in the late 80s and feel like I missed out on the fun, I still love watching 80s movies. They're some of my favorites, even if they're a little cheesy. :)

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    1. Some of them are pretty cheesy, for sure.

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  25. What a fun theme! I love the 80's, too. Last night my daughter and I watched the pilot of Magnum P.I., which premiered in 1980. Great decade.

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    1. I see Magnum P.I. on TV sometimes and laugh at how cheesy it seems now!

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  26. I was born in the 80s so I technically count as a 90s kid, but I do love the decade :) Looking forward to what all you'll include on your list!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - The crazy thing about Hungarians...

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    1. It's great to see younger generations appreciate the 80s. I've been watching 90210 lately on YouTube--that's probably your generation. I tried to watch Dawson's Creek, but it got really boring when they went off to college. So I skipped to the finale, which was just a billion kinds of depressing.

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  27. Ah yes. The 80's! Loved 'em. Great theme.

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  28. Yay! I turned 12 in 1980 so I am right there with you. I'm looking forward to your posts. :)

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    1. Just writing the posts is really taking me back.

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  29. I love the Eighties! My university had an Eighties-themed dinner awhile ago, and I felt so old to be one of only a handful of people there who actually was alive in the Eighties, let alone could remember the decade. I have a particular love for Eighties music (especially when I find it on vinyl), and I sleep under a framed vintage Duran Duran poster. I also love the stuffed animals of the Eighties, and don't think the modern versions of things like Care Bears are quite the same.

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    1. I was a HUGE Duran Duran fan back in the day. My parents wouldn't let me hang posters in my room but I would have wallpapered it in Duran Duran posters if I could have!

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  30. Cute theme :) I was in my 20s in the 1980s :) (well then I turned 30 in 1987, but spent most of the 1980s in my 20s) Looking forward to reading your posts!

    betty

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  31. Love the 80s! I was six when they started, so just a few years behind you. I can't wait to see what you share. I've got my neon and Aquanet all ready to go. ;)

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    1. And don't forget your miniskirts and crazy plastic earrings!

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  32. Great ideas. I hope to read more about these soon. :)

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  33. I was 16 in 1980 and I love the 80's! It was my fun decade for sure. I thought the long coats some guys wore was so cool. This will be fun to go down memory lane and I already saw one of my favourite TV Shows-The Greatest American Hero:)

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    1. Someone above didn't know what it was, so I linked to the opening credits--although I think that had to be an extended version. No opening credits lasted a minute and a half, even back then, right?

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  34. Absolutely adore your 80s theme! Can't wait to relive fond memories!

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    1. I'm finding as I'm writing them that often it's more a reflection on how much things have changed since then.

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  35. That's a nice broad theme, there should be lots of possibilities there!

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    1. Yeah, it's tough to come up with some of the letters. Q, X, and Z are always tough. I think my X this year is the same as last year, now that I think of it. But what are you going to do with that letter--x-rays? Xerox? Bleh!

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  36. I turned 6 in 1980- so I am so excited for your theme. I love the 80s and feel like that is when most of my childhood took place. :)

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    1. You were a 90210 child! I've been watching that show lately and it's interesting to go back to that decade, too, actually.

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  37. Sometimes I feel I lost the 80s. Will be fun to see what I missed :)

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    1. Big hair and lots of color. And GREAT music!

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  38. The 80s were good to the cast of Different Strokes

    the 90s not so much

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    1. LOL, good point! I think there are a lot of actors like that.

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  39. I love the 80s, especially the music! What a great theme idea.

    Yvonne

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    1. Thank you! Hope I'll live up to all the excitement. Lots of pressure!

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  40. I liked the movies better than the music in the 80s and some TV but not a lot of it. And McGyver hair.

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    1. I was just thinking today about how mullets weren't a part of it. One reason was that there were WAY too many things for M (MTV, mullets, malls...) but the other is that I think that's one of our worst moments!

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  41. Wow. I was older, but I still think I saw every single one of those movies. Can't wait to see your posts :)

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    1. I've never seen Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal but I've seen the rest. I have seen parts of Labyrinth--and I think Jennifer Connelly is probably among the most beautiful women ever born.

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  42. Great picks, I know some of these

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    1. I thought they'd be familiar to most people!

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  43. The 80s! Gotta love it! The 80s had the best music but not necessarily the best hair.

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    1. Not our best hair moment, for sure. The perms were the worst!

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  44. totally awesome! i'm digging this theme! and my friend Nikki would love it too. lots of 80s fans!

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    1. There are! I'm surprised how many I'm seeing in the comments today.

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  45. I was born halfway through the 80's and I still love it! It's my favorite decade for music. This should be fun!

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    1. I love the 50s and I was never there...although there was an obsession with the 50s during the 80s, so maybe that's why! Even in elementary school, we were doing "50s dances."

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  46. Awesome theme. Will definitely be around to read your posts!

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  47. I love the 80s! The Princess Bride and Labyrinth are two of my favorite movies. And I'll still take 80s music over any other decade. Looking forward to it!

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    1. I've never seen Labyrinth but you guys have me thinking I should!

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  48. Oh that'll be fun :) I was born in 82 so just a little of the 80s are mine :)

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    1. So many youngsters here! You were a teen in the 90s, which was quite a different experience from the 80s, I'm sure!

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  49. The music: Oh, Simon... Yep, that's was my '80s.

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    1. I had a huge crush on Simon for a while there...

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  50. Fantastic! I'm off to tell Vidya Sury about this. She's a girl who loves the '80s! :)
    Good luck with the challenge, Stephanie.

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  51. And here I was, assuming the 80s belonged to me! :D Hehehe. I love the way you presented your theme and am eagerly looking forward to reading your posts Stephanie! ;-) I turned 17 in 1980.

    Love, Vidya

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  52. Hi Stephanie. What a cool theme! Looking at those pics, weren't the '80s a comparatively innocent time. I have you on my blogroll so I will pop by when the spirit moves me. :-)

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    1. They do appear as though they were fun and carefree. The 50s seem that way, too...I think because the pop culture of those decades stands out more than other decades, but there were dark periods. It's interesting how that happens!

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  53. 80's is my fave decade.
    Just seeing those movies and tv shows make me so excited.
    Love the bands then too.
    Seeing Scott Baio in that collage brought me back to my teen years.
    Yay for the 80's.

    http://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  54. It was awesome being a kid in the '80s. I look forward to your posts.

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  55. Traveling back in time to the 80s should be a lot of fun. See you there.

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    1. We'll just hop in our DeLorean and go. Okay, that was dorky, I admit...

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  56. I'm a child of the eighties too, so I'm definitely going to follow your posts.

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  57. Like you I am a child of the 80s, too. A-ha, Guns and Roses, Bonjovi, Madonna, Cindy, Gloria Stefan, the list goes on an don. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  58. My daughter was also a child of the 80s and it was so much fun! Looking forward to all the memories you are going to stir up!

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  59. I love the 80's too. I graduated from high school in '85 so that was my decade.
    Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

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  60. Oh Holy, shoulder pads! It was such a wonderful age. Look forward to reliving it!

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  61. I turned 10 in 1982, so I'm following you :-)

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  62. Ah, the 80s. I graduated from high school in 1989. so I was a complete 80s kid. Some of it I loved, some I didn't. I'll be reading what you write.

    This A to Z thing sounds like fun, but I'm not sure I can blog every day. I've done the Halloween countdown every year, but began sacking off on that last year because of work and trying to write posts that didn't get repetitive.

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  63. The 80's was the BEST decade.
    I remember those shoulder pads and the 'big' Farah-Fawcett hairstyles...
    It had the best music too!!!

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  64. Gotta love the 80's. :) Your posts are going to be a lot of fun!

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  65. What fun. 80s had a lot of good stuff.

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  66. Great theme, Stephanie! I love the 80s. I look forward to reading your posts.

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  67. I was in my 30's in the 80's and it was a great decade for me. Some of the best times of my life! Gonna love your theme.

    Arlee Bird
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  68. This will be awesome! I was born in 1980 so the 90s are more my era but I have a soft spot for the 80s. That was the time of computer games that came on a cassette tape and took half an hour to load. And you picked some of my fave movies! Actually, Back to the Future was the first film I saw in the cinema (aged 5!)

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  69. This is a great theme! I also thought about doing a throwback-style A-Z but I decided against it for now--maybe next year :) Looking forward to reading your posts!

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  70. Sounds like a great theme! The 80s encompassed by young adulthood. Looking forward to your perspective. Jean from Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer.

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  71. Oh my GOSH I'm so excited to start following your blog! I wasn't born until 1983 but the 80's have always been my favorite!

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