Christmas Spirit

Written by Suzanne on December 3, 2012

What puts you in the Christmas Spirit? For me, it’s music. I love holiday classics being sung by a choir and favorites by vintage, retro and modern entertainers. I also love the new album, Christmas Spirit, by brother and sister duo Alden Blake, age 14, and Lydia Jayne, age 11.

Without any parental help they’ve arranged, performed, recorded and produced wonderful Christmas tracks available for download. 10% of proceeds go to the World Wildlife Fund.

These kids are amazing! Alden Blake’s arrangements and Lydia Jayne’s voice add an innocence and fresh sound to beloved holiday songs such as Winter Wonderland, Silent Night and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Take a listen, download a track, share with your friends!

Click the link and get into the Christmas Spirit!

http://lydiajayne.bandcamp.com/album/christmas-spirit

Album Art by Alden Blake.

Christmas Spirit released 01 December 2012
Lydia Jayne: Vocals, Percussion
Alden Blake: Guitar, Bass, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Ukulele, and Percussion.

Newfangled Holiday Chips

Written by Suzanne on November 19, 2012

This week, the loss of Hostess treats packed the interwebs via social media. Meanwhile, another classic snack is bringing an unusual sweetness to their usual saltiness. Pringles was once known as “The Newfangled Chip”. What an advancement for potato chip loving fans Pringles must have been! Let’s look back and watch in amazement:

Their newest newfangledness is adding in holiday sweetness with flavors like Pumpkin Spice, and White Chocolate Peppermint…for a limited time only, of course.

Put the Twinkie down for a second and let us know. Anyone try these Newer Newfangled sweet & salty concoctions?

For more holiday flavor/product mergers, click here to read an article by USA Today.

Thanks Mr. Stoker

Written by Suzanne on November 8, 2012

“Abraham “Bram” Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.”—Wikipedia

Thanks to Bram Stoker for giving us the story of Dracula. The stories, spoofs, and spin offs that have emerged from the idea of Dracula are quite mesmerizing.

Bella Lugosi as my favorite Dracula.

Leslie Nielsen wins for best comedic Dracula.

Christopher Lee way before Tim Burton’s time.

Gary Oldman as funky looking Dracula.

Count Chocula, because every vampire knows you’ve hit the big time when you’re on the front of a cereal box.

Talking Cats

Written by Suzanne on October 30, 2012

If you’ve been around the web at all the last few years, you’ve probably seen these two Talking Cats. We can’t understand a word they’re saying, but it doesn’t seem to bother them one bit.

Back in the 70′s, we had Morris the Cat (aka America’s Favorite Cat), talking to us via our rabbit eared TV sets. Now Morris we could all understand.

A Facebook friend posted this video by a French speaking cat named Henri (aka Henri, Le Chat Noir). His somber words, thankfully in subtitles, inspired this post.

Henri on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/henrifb
Henri on Twitter: http://twitter.com//HenriLeChatNoir
Henri’s store: http://store.henrilechatnoir.com/
Henri’s book: http://henrilechatnoir.com/book.html

Bob Ross Remixed

Written by Suzanne on October 28, 2012

Bob Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995)

Throughout my pop culture blogging years, I’ve talked about the American painter, art instructor, and television host named Bob Ross. He’s best known for his television show that aired on PBS called The Joy of Painting. I was a teenager when his program started. I frequently tried painting “happy little clouds and trees” just like he showed me.

After clicking on the Google Doodles image featuring Bob Ross, I found this interesting link titled 5 Happy Little Things You Didn’t Know About Bob Ross.

While watching old clips of Bob Ross’s show, I am reminded of retro television host, Jack LaLanne, also known as  The Godfather of Fitness. Both promoted happy thoughts, trying new things and believing in yourself. Many have been influenced by these teachers as they coached and counseled us via our TV sets.

Mister Rogers also comes to mind, another positive influence and also a PBS icon like Bob Ross. You’ve probably seen the Mister Rogers remix  floating around our cyber-neighborhood, by Symphony of Science’s John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios. Here’s a happy little remix of Bob Ross.

Where the Website Ends

Written by Suzanne on October 16, 2012

When I was a kiddo, I loved Shel Silverstein’s poems. I’d carry The Giving Tree, A light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends around with me and recite his poems to anyone that would listen.

Random, poignant, weird, silly, funny, moving… Silverstein’s poetry take you one place and then another, always igniting imagination. The one constant I remember was the feeling of connection I had when I read them. I could join Ickle Me, Pickle Me and Tickle Me too, on a ride in their flying shoe. I connected with the boy and his Giving Tree.

When people ask me why I like exploring the internet so much I reply, “I like being connected with people and ideas.”

I haven’t posted here for a long time. I thought maybe my enthusiasm for this project had come to an end. My website has made me aware of so many great stories, some fiction and some real. I don’t think this journey has ended yet. It might take a new shape, go another route, or stay pretty much the same, but I know housewifeinhollywood.com is a fun way to be connected with people and ideas.

Put Something In
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.
~Shel Silverstein

Did you recite any Shel Silverstein poems when you were a kiddo?

Mr. Blue Sky

Written by Suzanne on January 31, 2012

While pinning over at Pinterest.com I came across this sweet treat. They call it Blue Sky Jello. My Pop Culture Syndrome took one look and called it “Mr. Blue Sky Jello”. It’s the perfect dessert for the Electric Light Orchestra fan in your life, even if that fan is you.

 

Click here to get the recipe.

Are you an ELO fan? Come on, you can tell me.

Of course some people might take a look at the Blue Sky Jello and want to call it “Fluffy Little Clouds Jello”.

Visit http://bobross.com for Bob Ross painting supplies and information.

Follow me http://pinterest.com/suzannehih

Fifties Chix

Written by Suzanne on January 18, 2012

My internet travels led me to writer Angela Sage Larsen. Angela is the author of the Petalwink book series.

Turns out we have something in common, we both grew up loving reruns of I Love Lucy, and we both wondered what it would be like living in the 1950’s.

Angela combined her interest in the 50’s, love for storytelling, and her great imagination to create a fun book series called the Fifties Chix.

Watch this video and find out what inspired Angela to write Fifties Chix and how she came up with some of the character names. Keep a look out for the cool retro pics.

Angela was kind enough to send me a copy of her first book in the series called “Travel to Tomorrow”. This series is most likely geared toward tween and teen aged girls, but I’m a kid at heart and thought it was a great read. First off, I love the idea of time travel and the 1950’s. You have no idea how many times I’ve watched the movie Back to the Future! Well, maybe some of you do.

The five main characters are sketched out beautifully with Angela’s words and illustrations.
Let’s meet two of the Fifties Chix characters:

Meet Judy:

Meet Beverly:

From sock hops and soda shops to 50 years later. How will the Fifties Chix get back and will they even want to?

If you have a teen or tween in your life that loves to read, point them in the direction of the Fifties Chix.

Visit author Angela Sage Larsen at http://www.angelasagelarsen.com

Stop by http://www.fiftieschix.com for all things Fifties Chix and join the Fifties Chix fan club.

Like the Official Fifties Chix page: http://www.facebook.com/FiftiesChix

Psyched

Written by Suzanne on January 10, 2012

When the USA Network series Psych debuted years ago, my mom was intrigued. I took a look at the commercials and wasn’t impressed. I’m still unsure why that was, but I didn’t view an episode until a couple weeks ago. A friend commented on Facebook saying I’d probably really like the show, so I decided to finally tune in. I was psyched to find out that Netflix offers instant play of the first 5 seasons.

After viewing the pilot, I knew I was hooked. Here I am dealing with PCS (Pop Culture Syndrome) and so are the lead characters in Pysch, Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster. “fake psychic. real detectives.”

Pop culture references abound throughout every episode usually with an emphasis on the 1980’s.

Take a look at the official Psych website, watch Psych Outs (bloopers), take some fun quizzes all about the 80’s, and watch some Season 6 episodes.

http://www.usanetwork.com/series/psych

I’m not usually into crime stories, but the comedy and great characters of Psych keeps me interested. Do you watch Psych? Are you a newbie like me, or have you been a die-hard fan from the beginning?

For the die-hard fans out there, have you seen James Roday & Maggie Lawson in this fun Kevin Pollack interview? Isn’t it cute that Roday & Lawson are a couple in “real life”?

Stay tuned to the USA Network for all new episodes of Pysch starting February 2012.

Happy Birthday David Bowie

Written by Suzanne on January 7, 2012

David Bowie will be 65 on January 8, 2012.

Rock stars and Johnny Depp appear ageless, so what’s in a number really?

http://www.davidbowie.com

http://www.facebook.com/davidbowie