Happy Birthday David Bowie

Cassette circa 1983
Cassette circa 1983





I already had Let’s Dance on vinyl but didn’t want to just tape my album.     I needed to have the actual cassette too.   I still had my Sony Walkman I won from CJBK a couple years earlier.  I loved the way the 5lb Walkman hung off my the waist of my jeans, and the way its spongey headphones  doubled as a hairband. This tape was a play/eject/flip/play/eject/flip/play/eject/flip/play kind of tape.  It was my favourite thing to listen to when I was 14.

Every January 8  I have celebrated David Bowie’s birthday in one way or another.   Listening to him, wearing him, getting my kid to wear him.  He once asked if I was married to David Bowie.  Where would he get such an idea?

My kid and I in our Bowie shirts 2007.
My kid and I in our Bowie shirts 2007.







Today I’ll wear my Bowie necklace and listen to Bowie  at the Beeb – a fantastic compilation featuring a live performance from 2000 with a sexy version of Let’s Dance. 

Happy Birthday David Bowie,  with 30+ years of admiration and not-married-to-you-kind of love.


How texts used to look

1984 Grade 9 Notes_2





Do kids today have anything to hold on to other than their phones? Don’t get me wrong –  I love my new iPhone and all that it does.  But in 20 years, will people be able to have trips down memory lane by looking at old texts the way I do with old notes?  How do they determine the mathematical likelihood of romance  by writing out your name + BOY’s name with T R U E  L O V E ?  Or gems like this:   I was going to my locker, he was passing by so I go “Hi BOY”.  He turns around he goes “Hi.”  He was looking after me with this smile on his face.  BOY2 was there.  WOW.


This is what happens when you want a pet and don’t get one

When you want a pet and don’t get one, you name stuff.  In my case, I decided to make a walnut a pet, and named it Wilma.

Walnut named Wilma

There was also a balloon named Bert.  If you know anything about balloons you know that they are fine for a while and can, in lieu of a pet, make a nice companion.   But in time, they ever slowly start to lose life.  Until there is nothing left but a limp, lifeless, empty balloon.    So I did what anyone would do when a pet dies.  You give it a proper send off.

1984 Bert the Ballon - Under the Lids





If you’re wondering what happens to a balloon after 30 years, it becomes hard and brittle.

Bert the Balloon_2




Of course my kid wants a dog but there is no dog in our family’s future.  But he seems happy just to name fish. RIP Julian.  Long live Beckham.

Bert – you were a good balloon.

Blissdom Sponsor Love

BlissDom 2015 goodies
BlissDom 2015 goodies

Attending the Blissdom conference was something I had wanted to do for over two years, and finally in October 2014 it was going to be my turn!!

I’m usually great at conferences and networking – but doing it on my own without knowing anyone was a few steps out of my comfort zone.  Thankfully the brilliant Blissdom leaders had a Newbie Lounge.  By the time I finished my first plate of nachos and salsa, I met other Newbies and together we were Newbies-no-more!

The sponsors greeted us all with open arms and plenty of goodies, whether we were new to the blogging world or seasoned bloggers.   I have to say the Tim Horton’s travel mug is the best insulating/not dropping traveller I have.  Thanks Tim’s!!



Have you ever invited friends over for a visit, then realized the house is a mess, you don’t have anything to drink, and there’s no food?  That’s how I’m feeling about my blog right now.

I’m a double-newbie:  new to Blissdom and new to blogging.  I know what I want my blog to look liked and this basic blue, no-fun font, and boring layout is not what I had in mind.

I know what I want to say on my blog too.  I hope that the few moments people will spend under the lids will be a fun break in their day.  But I’m not quite there yet either.

So until then, I’ll do a quick company’s coming tidy, stop by the liquor store, and order take out.   You’re welcome to pop by any time.

Hello World!

Yearbox 1980-1984

Welcome to Under the Lids – a lighthearted look at life from my yearboxes.

I started to keep stuff around 1980. 

There was no rhyme or reason as to what I kept other than at the time, it was very important to me: concert tickets, movie stubs, rocks, a feather, clippings, notes passed in class…the list goes on.  Each year I started a new yearbox for no purpose other than to keep my stuff, and go back whenever I wanted.  About 20  years ago I organized the boxes, labelled them and put them in storage.

Who did 11 year old me have a crush on? (more like who didn’t she have a crush on).  What movies did 17 year old me go see?  What concerts did 28 year old me see with my then boyfriend/now husband?  What did 44 year old me do yesterday?

Take a trip down memory lane with me as I go under the lids for a nostalgic look back at music, movies, fashion, pop culture, and always a little bit of Bowie.