So not only is it Monday, but it's also the Monday after a week long staycation.
I'm not complaining, really. I was actually ready to come back. I feel fully recharged and ready to face the world.
But nothing made me feel better than a little 15-minute break where several of us flashed back to our childhood in the '90s. It doesn't seem like that long ago that I was feeding my Gigapet and slamming down pogs - but it was.
We were flashing back through Retrojunk. It's a pretty nifty website that has commercials, intros, outros ... almost anything and everything from the past several decades.
My flashback was simple, I immediately went to Eureeka's Castle. It's so much more than just a Saturday morning Nickelodeon cartoon.
It's a time when my biggest dilemma was staying indoors or going outside.
It's a time when there was a "Grandma's house," instead now, there is an empty house filled with childhood memories and of course, no grandma or grandpa.
I can still remember going to Grandma's house on the weekend, the smell of just-made breakfast filled my nostrils and the sound of cable television echoed from the living room into the kitchen.
My grandma was Spanish-speaking and not bilingual, however she understood English. My first language is English and at that age, I understood Spanish, but spoke very little, if even that.
My mom would tell my grandma that the rules were simple: feed me, watch me and change the channel to 27 at 9 a.m. so I could watch Eureeka's Castle.
So here I was at work, taking my break watching the intro, and I couldn't help but get a bit teary-eyed as I mentally became a 5-year-old once again.
The video and intro is so timeless. It manages to bring back these wonderful warm memories. It makes me sad to think these are only memories. My grandma passed away in 2009 and my grandfather just last month.
My sadness turned into happiness soon enough. I realized even though they are gone, we'll always have Eureeka's Castle and those early weekend mornings.
Some of the other reporters relished in my memory. They also mentioned some of their memories and, of course, I became excited because I remembered the same things.
What are some of your fondest memories? You know, those type of memories that no matter what, take you back to a more innocent and easier time in life?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. I really do suggest Retrojunk. They have so many great clips!
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