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It seems like everyone has a little getaway place outside the city these days. You know, a small cottage in the Hamptons or a house in the country. So Rick and I finally decided to rent a little something upstate (near the Bronx). And it’s modest (one room). Without much of a view (no windows). Oh fine. It’s a storage bin.

You see my mother is moving out of my childhood home in Connecticut and apparently she doesn’t want to take all my crap keepsakes with her. Her loss. Because I unearthed some really valuable stuff in her attic.

My super rad jean jacket (with way cool buttons like, “Save the Alligator. Eat a Preppy). I can’t even remember why I stopped wearing this bad boy.


My junior prom dress. 1987 baby. 1987.


Will it fit?


Yes, it fits! No, I can’t breathe. Do you think my date is wearing his tux, with the matching purple iridescent bow tie and cumber-bun, right now?! God, I hope so.

Awesome records like Men at Work and Olivia Newton-John’s, “Let’s Get Physical.”


Nude pictures of Brad Pitt in Playgirl. I don’t know exactly how I acquired this but I’m sure I went to great efforts. I think it’s actually worth something now because it got pulled from the newsstands after a lawsuit. That Brad, he’s my shy guy.


And my class photo from 5th grade. I just happened to be sitting next to the love of my life (well, at least in 1981): Louie Permanente. Isn’t he dreamy?! That’s me. With the cool Dorothy Hamill cut. I cropped everyone else out of this picture. In my world, it’s just Louie and me.


And here is that super sweet Tara Moss. Louie LOVED Tara. I’m still not quite over it. Damn. She’s all happy, with her perfect, feathered hair.

And I stumbled on another photo. This one is from college. Yes, that’s contributing mama Daphne Biener. Of course, I got her permission first. Ok, maybe I didn’t.


Just goes to show, you can never have too much bang.

Rick ACTUALLY thought I might toss some of this stuff out. Come on. As if!

So we schlepped it all here…


I kind of feel all grown up now: a husband, 2 kids, a storage unit. Where did all the time go? Louie is probably thinking the same thing.

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We have another giveaway this week! Cheers to that. Fab stuff for your little one or great baby gifts! We are giving away…

An adorable “Made With Love” Footie Pajamas by Marie Chantal. $60 value. Beautifully made with the finest pima cotton fabric. Provided by the luxurious Posh Squeaks baby boutique.


The First Year Frame by Pottery Barn Kids. This beautiful wooden frame lets you you capture every detail, month by month, of that amazing first year. $44

This GENIUS waterproof, removable car seat cover from EmmaLu Designs. I mean, why don’t I have brilliant ideas like this? My car seat is so gross. Such a cute way to keep your child’s car seat stain free. $70 value.


And finally, something from another clever mama. Teething bling by Smart Mom. My 1 year-old has broken THREE necklaces of mine. Here is the answer. A cute teething toy that you wear around your neck. Pretty and practical. Plus, totally safe for your baby. The silicone material is non-toxic, latex-free and even dishwasher-friendly. $20


To enter this mama bird giveaway, you must be subscribed (just enter your email address below the menu bar and follow the directions from there) and leave a comment on the mama bird diaries this week. No pressure to be extra sassy and smart. You can write, “I want free stuff.” Good luck. I’ll announce the winner at the end of the week.

41 Responses to our upstate getaway

  • mp says:

    OK..first off you are #53 at Sarcastic Mom..do you know how long it took to go through to 53..I would think there would be a prize or something when I got here..hmm..

    Well I guess it was a bit of a prize..great blog btw..

    I hate you that you fit into that dress…really I do..

    My stuff is still in mom and dad's basement, they aren't moving anywhere. Dad asked yesterday; Do you want that grey blazer with the 85 on the sleeve..or can i give it to good will..I almost HURT the 87 year old man..MY blazer at good will?? WTF?

    So..is Brad really nekkid…I mean can you see IT?

    ps..the DH haircut ROCKED!!

  • Kimberly says:

    ok.. i think you have officially lost your right to complain about your weight! your PROM dress fits?!?!?! come on! after 2 kids, i'd say that's pretty damn good!!!! and please let me know when it's our weekend for the upstate getaway… i'll bring a pack and play if you have one crib;)

  • Gretchen says:

    I live really close to my parents and every time I go there they like to load the back of my car up with stuff. I couldn't get rid of anything and now it is really starting to haunt me.

    Anyway, I would love to win some free stuff πŸ™‚

  • Kerry says:

    hysterical! glad you had a fun trip down memory lane. this morning i was up early with ryan and we looked at my photo album from my post-college europe trip w/my ex-boyfriend. let's just say that i won't be going back to that backpacker/big hair/big eyebrow look anytime soon…!

  • Marie says:

    I want free stuff!

    Was Permanente really his last name? Do you have a giggle over his lack of permanency in your life? I can imagine how fun it must be to fire him. "Well you know how we called this position a permanent one? We didn't mean Permanente! Hahahaha!"

  • shay says:

    lol. At least you can still get the darn thing on!

    Oh and I had the same bangs!!! What was up with those anyway? Do you remember how hard they were to grow out?! Suckers took forever and looked like crap!

  • JoLynn says:

    Loved the picture's!! I miss that feathered Farrah Fawcett look!!LOL The free stuff would be awesome for my neice's first baby!! Woop's!!! Their I go aging myself again!!!

  • Betsy says:

    Hey I met a guy at a superbowl party- yesterday- that still had the feathered hair AND a wide toothed comb in his back pocket.

  • Oh this post was hilarious…We are planning a BIG garage clean-out this year and I may have to steal your idea for a post. I too had buttons on MY jean jacket that said things like "radical" and "tubular". And I most CERTAINLY would have held on to that playgirl. It's not tucked away in storage now, is it? πŸ˜‰

    p.s. Can we book that cute getaway spot on a free weekend?

    p.p.s. Kudos to you on getting into your prom dress! That is truly a feat to be proud of!

  • Abby Siegel says:

    You should see her pink one from senior prom. Also, Colin Hay from Men At Work has some solo albums out that are fantastic (check out acoustic versions of "Down Under" and "Overkill"-they are great!)

  • rachel says:

    Love this…we call our storage unit the halway-house (or puratory) for all the crap we're not ready to part with just yet. Sometimes we visit it, but mostly it just sits there waiting to be set free.

  • magpie says:

    I'm subscribed in a reader – does that count??

    I love your aimless archeology. And I'd love to win – my SIL is newly pregnant and needs stuff!!

  • Portia says:

    Love the trip down memory lane Kelcey..fortunately my parents are still holding on to some of my stuff…even though they moved from my childhood home to Florida a litte while ago. (circa 1998 but who's counting?) Anyway…can you believe that I'm NOT a mama but I have been subscribed for some time now? I am a Godmama x 2 though…does that count? I love this blog…keep it comin' Kelcey!

  • Michelle says:

    Go you, in the prom dress, you look so mint! "Save the alligator, eat a preppy", I think that's my favorite. You could auction off some of that stuff for a charity!! (You could get "mad duckets" for the Brad Pitt) Happy Tuesday!!

  • Francine Kasen says:

    When my mom purged the attic of my childhood home, she did it without warning and tossed a Ben Franklin Bridge sign a boyfriend had stolen for me which I had turning into a small table. It was way cool and I still miss it. (we're talking 33 years now!!)

  • Francine Kasen says:

    Hey! WTF ! You didn't show the Brad Pitt pic I wanted to see. Can you bring it down to Cherry Hill on your next visit? I'll make it worth your while!

  • Madmad says:

    You are too funny! And I had bangs like those… Remember all the Aqua Net to make them go up high. We might as well have been smoking cigarettes. Oh. Wait. I was. Oh well.

  • Jessi says:

    I love the jacket! I just bought all of my kids jean jackets from TCP. I was telling them how I could put patches and buttons on them and my oldest (who's 8) looked at me like I was from another planet. I am super jealous that you have all of those things from your teen life. I have nothing as it was ruined by the roof leaking in the garage and ruining the footlocker I had it all in πŸ™ At the time I was a teenager so it didn't mean much, now I miss it.

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