Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's the prize that came in the cereal box

Has anyone else noticed that cereal has become less fun lately? It used to be that there was a toy inside sugary cereal, but now it's always like "collect 14 box tops and get a free spork," or "Eat 497 boxes of Sugar-O's and get diabetes." Recently, Mr. Darling and I bought a box of cereal, and it said that if you mailed in 3 box tops, you would get a free book from Hooked on Phonics. Yeah, cause that's what the kids want.

When I was a kid, we would buy the cereal for the toy that came inside, and then we'd open the box and reach our grimey little unwashed hands inside to rummage around for the toy, even though mom sad we had to wait, and then my siblings and I would get in a big fight about who got the toy last time and who gets to keep it this time, and then my mom would get mad and take the toy away and say that no one could have it. Ah, those were the good old days.

This is random and off-topic, but I watched part of the inaugural ball last night, and the reporter covering it on whatever station I was watching was wearing the ugliest dress I've ever seen. I'm no fashionista, and I typically don't notice red-carpet fiascos, but this was the worst dress I've ever seen in my life. If I find a picture, I'll share it.

Speaking of... nothing in particular... did anyone else notice that my Feedburner stat thing-a-majig says that I now have 190 readers? Don't get too excited, because I'm pretty sure it's lying. Yesterday I had 149 and now I have 190? I don't know about that. I mean, it would be nice, but it seems unlikely that 41 people felt suddenly compelled to subscribe to me yesterday. Anyone else noticing artificially inflated Feedburner numbers lately?

I'm feeling slacker-ish and unmotivated lately. Maybe one of these days, I'll dazzle you all with an amazing post. In the meantime, feel free to talk amongst yourselves.

23 comments:

Comedy Goddess said...

I remember a certain fascination with Quisp cereal because I liked the ad on TV.
Still like peanutbutter Capn Crunch.

Dingo said...

I agree that the cereal box toys just aren't what they used to be. I just have to content myself with the rawness at the roof of my mouth after eating an entire box of Cap'n Crunch straight from the box.

Legal Diva said...

My favorite cereal was Count Chocula... my mom would never buy it because it had marshmellows in it.

I promise I've been reading, but I've also been a bit out of the loop so I apologize for lack of commentary. I promise to do better this year!

wendy said...

We were never allowed to get sugar cereal as kids (although, on her most recent visit, my mom denied that tidbit of info...WHATEVER!). All the same, even Life and Cheerios occasionally had prizes and oh, weren't those the days! :)

Errant said...

it's always the case, everything is much funnier and more interesting in the past ..

Callista said...

cereal is soo expensive now...but I remember the days of the good ole toy inside the box and the fist fights over who got to keep it.

giraffegirl524 said...

everyone wants to charge more for much less (of the product)! and i think it's BULL.. they used to have some fun toys in cereal, but also in happy meals and now? WHY NO! let's spend $10 on a box of cereal to get a 50 cent toy. (exaggerating, but you get me).. i totally agree with you.

Autumn Joy said...

Lol. I WISH too many possible readers was a problem for my feedburner. I (finally) got it to work on my page and it told me that I had ONE reader....Lol.
Grrr I gave up. I moved on to making my blog a three column blog only to LOSE EVERYTHING and have to start from scratch. Ugh! (I fixed it, but I wasted a lot of time on fixing something that wasnt broken in the first place).
Glad to hear yours is at least flattering you with 41 extra "readers" :p
Love ya!
~Autumn

Fabulously Broke said...

My feedburner has been messed up too. Went from 1000 to 800 and now it's 900..

I just ignore them now.. LOL

I just hope it's scraper blogs (ones that steal your content) that are unsubscribing :P

Fabulously Broke in the City

"Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver."

Former Fat Chick said...

Lucky CHARMS...can't be beat...I would pick out and eat all the marshmellows, which REALLY annoyed the evil sister (I wonder why?) If I worked for General Mills, I would make a version of Lucky Charms that was Marshmellows ONLY...I would SO BUY THAT! (spoken like a true fat girl)

The Sweet Jelly Bean said...

Hi there - wandered over from the SITS comment thread of the day and wanted to say hi. I love the tagline of your blog (I majored in English so I feel your pain)!

-The Sweet Jelly Bean
thesweetjellybean.blogspot.com

Kristy said...

Hmm. I don't know about the reader, but I was wondering about followers... I can't get more than 24- no matter how often I comment to others! Ugh! I want to have lots of friends and comments!! Boohoo! =)

Erica said...

I just happened upon your blog and LOVE it. You are just too funny!

Laura said...

I do agree that this whole sending in box tops thing has to go....along with the codes on the tops of cokes (I mean wasn't the whole excitement about finding out if you won as soon as you opened your drink). Who wants to wait?

Cora said...

Best prize in the cereal boxes was about 1982 when there were Smurf license plates for bikes in the Smurf Cereal. The cereal tasted like cardboard, but we suffered through it, eating like three bowls a day just to get to the license plate at the bottom of the box. Of course, then we'd all fight over it. But, oh boy did I feel cool riding my bike down the street with my little metal Smurf license plate on the back. Ohhh, yeah.

missBee said...

We used to collect 3 tokens and get a Video (I guess that was in the olden days). Now they promote running trackers and holidays you'll never win!

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

I tagged you - http://sometimeslucid.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-got-tagged.html

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Being the youngest of five, we had the same arguments over the toy in the cereal box. I usually won because it was someting more appropriate for my age.
No wonder they still resent me.

And if that isn't enough this proves it..my word veri is "porru"
Poor me indeed!

Sassy Britches said...

Pttthhhtt! My mother would never let us have cool sugary cereal with prizes! I feel I've missed out on some great childhood rite of passage.

And I tried Feedburner for a day; it took me that long to set it up, and then it wouldn't post my posts. I got rid of it the next day. I wish someone could tell me how to properly do it because I'd like to be able to have subscribers.

Tranquility said...

My adult self doesn't like cereal, so I hadn't noticed the decline in quality trinkets yet. However, I recently indulged in a box of Cracker Jacks. Good 'ol Cracker Jacks - aah, the memories. I was so sad when the toy inside was a stupid riddle on a piece of paper! If I wanted a riddle, I'd google one. I wanted a bracelet that I'll never wear or a lick-n-stick tatoo that I'll never lick-or-stick.
So... I feel your pain and dissapointment.
Where did all the cool food box toys go?

The Polka Dotted Owl said...

Thanks for following my blog. That sounds so stalkerish, doesn't it?! I absolutely love reading your blog. My all time fav cereal would have to be Rice Crispie Treats. Oh yeah, they actually made a cereal out rice crispie treats. Heaven on earth really!

Lee said...

Thanks for following my blog! I"m following yours now too.
And I really want to see that dress. Could it have really been that bad?

And I never got toys in cereal. My mom always bought generic.
I was a sad, sad kid.

a mess of a dreamer. said...

hey lady - what's your email address? i ask b/c i'm the weird variety of blogger who just has to reply to comments received. :-)

In my opinion, we don't devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks. ~ Calvin & Hobbes