Best Three Things About Jem and the Holograms

For those of you that didn’t grow up in the 1980s, you were deprived of one amazing animated series Jem and the Holograms.   It came out recently on DVD in 2011 and has now been included on Netflix.  It’s simply great (and truly outrageous).

Jem and the Holigrams was like a soap opera for kids and pre-teens.   It had music, romance, action, drama and comedy.  It was like Glee but 1980s style and animated.  It had great characters – Jem/Jerrica, her sister Kimber and the other Holograms, The Misfits, and of course Synergy.  It had the ability to keep you coming back for more – week after week, even when it focused all on Glitter and Gold Jem, it was still worth watching.  Now as I watch, some parts were cheesy but it’s still fun to watch.  I even remembered some of the songs which was crazy but also fun to sing along with. To be honest,  I even have the theme song on my iPod and everytime I hear it, I smile (and of course sing along)…Glamour and Glitter, Fashion and Fame, oohhh….This show made me want to be a superstar!

My obsession about the show after all these years should leave no doubt that it would make it into my blog.  There are so many best things about this show but I’ve narrowed it down to three.

1.  The Songs

2.  The Characters – especially Jem (she was my favorite)

3.  The Outfits

For those of you that did watch the show, you know what I’m taking about.  Songs like: Deception (Jem & the Holograms); Click/Clash  (Jem & the Holograms and The Misfits); Glitter ‘n Gold (Jem & the Holograms); I Got My Eye on You (Jem & the Holograms); and Makin’ Mischief (The Misfits).  There are so many others.  The songs in this show really made the show.

The characters, and there were many of them.  Jem/Jerrica, Rio (her love interest), the Holograms, the Misfits – Pizzazz, Roxy, Stormer, The Singers and Synergy – just to name a few.  I loved watching all of them.  Their stories, love interests and the awesome colored hair they all had.  Seriously Jem pulled off pink hair, Aja with Blue hair, Stormer with dark blue.  It was great.

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The final thing that I thought was the best about Jem was the outfits.  They were crazy, all over the place but so very cool to a young girl watching.  One of the great things was that if you had one of the dolls, they actually sold the outfits that they wore on the show.

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And for the others out there who are fans, here is an awesome Jem Mix! Enjoy

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Best Three Ways to Survive the Work Week

As we get closer to the end of the work week and the weekend, I had a few moments today to reflect back on my own work week.  For me, the last three days at work have been awful.  It is just a constant bombardment of things – one after the other, after the other.  Maybe its karma – I’ve always loved my work, loved diving in and getting things done but now (and the last three of my days are evidence of this) I just don’t want to be in my office.  I don’t want to work on some of the projects that I use to love, I just want to be somewhere else.  I know I’m not alone out there – there are probably hundreds, thousands and maybe millions of people that feel the same way as I do.So while I was sitting at my desk (staring up at the ceiling – I’m in a cubicle so no one was watching), I realized that there had to be some positives…there had to be some things that could help me survive the rest of the week and similar weeks that will be in my future (I wish I could say they wouldn’t but I’m a realist) and I was able to come up with three of the best that I would like to share.

1.  A good cup of coffee

2.  YouTube

3.  Earphones (and a good playlist)

My first choice to help me get through a a work week may not surprise a lot of people.  Coffee at the start of my day is essential.  There is just something comforting about that black liquid (with some cream and sugar for me) that just helps calms and comforts me.  I have actually caught myself a few times, closing my eyes and savouring the first taste.  Its great and for me, has a way of getting me through some tough days and weeks.  Thank you coffee!  I salute you (and I wish I could handle more of you in a day but I’m one of those people that need to limit)

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Image representing YouTube as depicted in Crun...YouTube – thank you (and thanks to my employer for not blocking you) because you are an integral part of helping me get through the work week.  Why you ask?  Well, its pretty simple.  Do you know how many hilarious things you can find on YouTube.  Who hasn’t seen one of the hundreds of videos of people doing the Harlem Shake.  Other videos such as the guy running into a frozen pool with the thought that the ice would crack – it didnt.  Or when owners tape the crazy things there dogs do!  It makes me laugh, and laughing is one of the best ways to forget about the work (for just a couple of minutes) and the stress and all the things you need to do.

The last way that I know always helps me get through the worst of weeks (or even a normal week) is teh fact that I always have my iPod with me at work.  I put my earphones in and use the playlists I have designed for such weeks and I just listen to the music.  It not only helps me focus and get done what needs to get done, it tunes out all the other things going on around me – the noise, the gossip, the office politics, the ‘pissing’ contests, etc.  It’s a magical tool and one that I would really miss.