Smorgasbord Sundays: Some of My Crushes

CrushesWe have all had a crush. You see the person. You feel giddy. You smile a lot. You write simple staccato sentences.

While I’ve never been obsessed with any celebrity, there are a few who I had crushes on.

For this Smorgasbord Sundays post, I thought it would be fun to show you my crush progression from when I was a kid up to today.

Are you curious to see how I went from admiring Kermit the Frog to Jamie Oliver? There are a lot of people and even a cartoon fox in between!

Hehe, I had some ridiculous early crushes, so hopefully it’ll make you feel comfortable enough to tell me who you had a crush on or still do today. I’d like to know! Don’t be shy! :D

*~* Some of My More Memorable Crushes *~*

Kermit the Frog

Crush: Kermit the Frog from The Muppets

When: Daycare/Kindergarten

Reason: Despite being a scrawny frog with a weak voice, I really liked him because he was very friendly and sweet. I could tell that he was always genuine.

I loved the way he would sometimes blush when he got embarrassed (usually when Miss Piggy kissed him) and how his face would wrinkle up like he was sucking on a lemon. Plus his singing voice was so darn cute and kind-hearted.

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Todays Special Jeff the MannequinCrush: Jeff Hyslop as Jeff from Today’s Special

When: Daycare/Kindergarten

Reason: This is proof that I’ve always been into much older men! None of my friends had a crush on Jeff, and when I told them how I thought he was really cute, they would say something like, “Eww! He’s olddddd!” :P

Jeff made my heart flutter because he was so innocent. Sure, he never seemed to know anything, but he always had his heart in the right place! And you have to cut him some slack because he was a department-store mannequin – he couldn’t know about the real world, right?

It was so exciting how just by putting the plaid hat on his head and saying, “Hocus, pocus, alimagocus!” he’d come to life.

Maybe I really liked him because he wasn’t a human like the annoying, cooty-laden boys in my class. He was magical. And he was older. :P

Also, there was this guy who worked at the daycare I was at who always wore these kind of golf-style caps even though they weren’t fashionable. I used to pretend that Daycare Guy was Jeff. But trying to pull his hat off didn’t seem to amuse him…

Picture Source: Today’s Special

P.S. If you want to watch some full episodes of this awesome Canadian kids’ show, you can view them here. I recommend watching the one called “Hair”. You’ll laugh when Jeff keeps asking, “What is hair?” Oh, Jeff! You don’t get out of the department store, do you?

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MacGyverCrush: Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver from MacGyver

When: Elementary School

Reason: He was brave and ingenious. I loved how he was always where the action was and confident that he could make it through anything.

My mother, older brother, and I would often watch the show together, and I’d be on the edge of my seat in a position that looked like I was ‘skiing’ toward the TV.

The villain could bury him in a mountain of snow, pack it all down by driving a tank over the area, yet somehow, with just a paperclip, a piece of string, and a match, MacGyver would escape…again! He was the male-action-star version of Martha Stewart because he was able to make something amazing out of a few ordinary items.

Picture Source: MacGyver Online

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Indiana JonesCrush: Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones from all the Indiana Jones movies

When: Elementary School – Now

Reason: Not only was he daring, adventurous, and passionate, but he was incredibly handsome in a rugged, extremely masculine way.

I loved how he always found himself in precarious situations, but he made it out alive and with such swagger. He was cocky, but not too cocky.

Even to this day, Indiana Jones is the kind of man that I drool over. I’m not necessarily a Harrison Ford fan in general, but his portrayal of Indiana Jones was absolute perfection. Indiana Jones is noble, very confident, sexy, and smart. Plus he has a penchant for danger. *Heart beats faster*

Picture Source: Official Indiana Jones Site

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Zack MorrisCrush: Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell

When: Elementary School

Reason: Zack Morris was a smart-alec troublemaker who would always weasel his way out of sticky situations while winning over the girl of his choice. He was such a player!

I sometimes have a soft spot for bratty boys when they’re so cute and have a squeaky kind of voice like he did.

He was the ultimate prankster, too, and was the ring leader of his social group. There was never a dull moment if he had anything to do with it.

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David Silver

Crush: Brian Austin Green as David Silver on 90210

When: Elementary School

Reason: While all my female friends were in love with Brandon and Dylan, I was drooling over the scrawny, so-desperate-to-be-cool, music-pursuing dork. At the time, I thought he was the best part of the show because, yes, I actually thought he was the best-looking actor on the set!

When I look back now, it makes me laugh not only because of the outrageous shirts he used to wear, but also because of his antics to get attention from others were over-the-top.

Another reason I may have had a thing for David Silver was because he reminded me a lot of a boy in my class who I had a crush on at the time. :) Yes, I had a lot of crushes. I had a heart, so I used it. Now there’s just a lump of coal in its place. :P

I still remember the episode that he cheats on Donna and has sex with this other girl at the carnival in a car. I screamed, “Nooooo!” at my TV and felt so disappointed with him. After that, I liked his character a lot less.

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Leonardo DiCaprioCrush: Leonardo DiCaprio as Luke (the homeless boy) on Growing Pains

When: Elementary School

Reason: Geez, I think I’m seeing a pattern forming of me being attracted to the scrawny dude with a mushroom haircut because here is a second one.

I remember liking his character because he was animated and had this hopefulness in his eyes that was really charismatic.

And apparently I like homeless boys and not homeless adults since I liked him as a homeless boy on Growing Pains, but not nearly as much when he played a homeless adult in Titanic.

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Jonathan BrandisCrush: Jonathan Brandis as Bastian Bux in The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter and Barry in Sidekicks

When: Elementary School

Reason: I seriously must’ve been into guys who had this kind of haircut and who were skinny and innocent because this is now 3 guys in a row who fit the category!

Jonathan Brandis had that Boy Next Door vibe, and I liked how he usually picked roles where he played the underdog.

I was so sad to hear of his passing back in 2003.

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Robin Hood

Crush: Robin Hood – but only in Disney’s version of Robin Hood

When: Elementary School – Now

Reason: Yes, this is another crush on a non-human. He’s handsome (hehe, ‘foxy’), sly, eloquent, adventurous, romantic, brave, and noble. Plus he could handle a bow like no one else! It made me forget that he never wore pants.

Also, it’s weird, but he reminds me a lot of my boyfriend. :) I told him that, and he took it as a high compliment since he enjoyed the movie when he was a kid, too!

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EminemCrush: Marshall Mathers as the rapper, Eminem

When: High School

Reason: He was the bad boy – the one you go out with, but never take back home to meet your parents.

There was something about his smoldering, always-constipated stare that made my heart skip a beat.

When 8 Mile came out and his song, Lose Yourself, blew up everywhere, it was hard to get away from hearing about him.

I thought he was physically attractive despite him always looking angry and bratty. But my crush on him remained only on the surface level since his violent comments about his girlfriend and mother left me shaking my head in disgust.

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Dave NavarroCrush: Dave Navarro, the guitarist in Jane’s Addiction

When: High School

Reason: Okay, I didn’t care for his music. This crush was extremely shallow because it was 100% on his appearance. I loved that he wore a lot of black and that he wore nail polish and eyeliner. I thought it was very sexy because I had (and still have) a thing for gothic men.

He also had this mischievous look about him that intrigued me. I think it has a lot to do with the shape of his eyebrows and his facial hair. I can just picture him wearing horns, and that’s a ‘hell yeah!’ in my book.

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Kid RockCrush: Robert Ritchie as the singer, Kid Rock

When: High School

Reason: You may think this seems odd, but I liked his whole ‘trailer trash’ vibe. I liked how he looked like he never washed his hair. I liked his ugly I’m-not-trying outfits. I liked his obnoxious personality and song lyrics.

But I can’t say that I ever thought he was a talented singer. It was more like I bought into his marketed image. Sometimes the dirty guys appeal to me. I guess that’s strange.

Picture Source: Official Kid Rock site

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Tommy LeeCrush: Tommy Lee as the drummer in Motley Crue

When: High School

Reason: Once again, this crush is entirely superficial because I was never a fan of Motley Crue. I just thought Tommy Lee had awesome tattoos, and he had these ‘crazy-person eyes’ that captivated me.

I also liked how he was obnoxious and crude. He seemed like a true bad-boy rock star.

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Bryan AdamsCrush: Bryan Adams, the singer

When: High School – University

Reason: Haha, talk about going from crazy to tame! With Bryan Adams, it was never about looks – it was about his voice. He has that sexy huskiness that sounds like he’s been smoking since he was in diapers. And sometimes it sounds like his voice is going to give out.

Yup, when a guy has a voice that sounds like a death rattle, I have an internal, “Wowwww! Love it!”

Picture Source: Official Bryan Adams site

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Keanu ReevesCrush: Keanu Reeves as Neo in The Matrix

When: High School – University

Reason: After watching Speed and then seeing The Matrix, I was crushing on Keanu pretty hard. It wasn’t because I dig wooden acting. It was because of his voice. It’s not raspy, but I still liked it because he sounded like an easy-going jock with a bit more upstairs. Haha, I know he’s not a jock, but it’s just the way his voice sounds that reminds me of one.

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Scott SpeedmanCrush: Scott Speedman as Ben Covington in Felicity

When: University – Now

Reason: I only started watching Felicity when I was in university. For some reason, it never interested me in high school when it was actually on TV.

His portrayal of Ben Covington was wonderful because of all the little, sweet nuances he’d add that made the character seem vulnerable and emotionally-driven.

And, oh yeah, he’s super hot, too! I love the way he looks a little goofy (but extremely happy) when he smiles. He has a very friendly face and warm demeanour.

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David BeckhamCrush: David Beckham as a soccer player on the LA Galaxy team

When: University – Now

Reason: Okay, people make fun of his voice all the time, but I don’t think it’s bad. Besides, I’m distracted when I look at his face…and/or his body!

Soccer players have the best bodies of all athletes. Well, they’re right up there with basketball players.

David Beckham’s face is very masculine without being too hard. He has a metrosexual softness that I really like. You can clearly tell that he spends time on his appearance. And from all the photos of him without his shirt on, you can really tell that he’s in awesome shape.

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Viggo MortensenCrush: Viggo Mortensen. Period.

When: Now

Reason: I’m so intrigued by Viggo because he’s really well-rounded. He writes poetry, he acts, and he’s a musician. He started his own publishing company to publish the works of writers and artists who aren’t well-known. Also, he’s much older. ;)

I thought he was so hot in The Road. If you’ve watched the movie, you know that he was covered in dirt the entire time. Yes, I thought he was so hot. That’s when I know that I realllly like a guy – when he looks attractive even when he’s filthy.

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2PacCrush: Tupac Shakur or 2Pac, the rapper

When: Now

Reason: His voice was soooooooooo sexy! And I even loved the way his laugh sounded. I also appreciated how some of his song lyrics are more about hardship and hope instead of just money and fame like what a lot of rap songs tend to be about these days.

I respect him because he had a rough up-bringing, and I feel like a lot of his songs are classics. Some of my favourites are Thugz Mansion (the acoustic version), Life Goes On, Ambitionz Az a Ridah, and of course, All Eyez on Me.

It’s such a shame that his life was cut short.

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Jamie Oliver

Crush: Jamie Oliver

When: Now

Reason: He seems like such a down-to-earth guy who’s very humble and who genuinely wants to make a positive difference in the world, whether it’s by teaching people how to cook or trying to convince schools to offer healthier options to kids.

I also really like him because you could give him a few ingredients, and he’d start preparing a rustic gourmet meal on a plank of wood in his backyard. So charming!

He’s one of the few celebrities who I think would still be able to live a normal life even if he woke up tomorrow and his fame and fortune were taken away from him. I respect and admire people who can remain grounded despite overwhelming success and talent.

Picture Source: Official Jamie Oliver site

Okay, I think those are the majority of my crushes! Phew!

So…who did you have a crush on? I’ve aired out mine. Now it’s your turn! :D

Edit: I forgot to include a few former crushes, believe it or not! Who are they? Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Foxx, John Stamos (Uncle Jessie from Full House), and Ne-Yo…

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22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Sundays: Some of My Crushes

  1. Debi

    Okay – as a kid, Danny Bonaducci from the Partridge Family. Yeah, I know, the little redhead. But he was a doll and when he absolutely grew up and out of all the harshness that comes with child acting, he had a bit of brain on him too.

    Also as a kid and into my early teens, even after his death – Jim Morrison of The Doors. He could light my fire any day he wanted. I was saddened when I heard about him dying, but then it was okay because I could put on a record (yeah, I’m *that* old!) and hear him sing.

    Early teens – Ricardo Montalban and Charles Bronson. Do I have to explain why? :)

    Mid teens and even now – Lou Rawls, jazz singer. That man can sing me to sleep any night or day, thank you.

    And, since 1974, every boyfriend and serious relationship and husband were all told – you will be dropped like a hot potato if I ever get a chance with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. Even now, I still find him hot, but since that horrible duet a few years back, I have turned my back on him and told my husband he has nothing to worry about any more. LOL Many many years of being ready to leave for a one night stand has been crushed. I’m probably the only person on earth who didn’t like that match up, but it’s true, I really don’t.

    Now, my only crush is the guy here. And no, I’m not telling him, and no, don’t give it away. :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Debi!

      Hahahahaha! That line “you will be dropped like a hot potato if I ever get a chance with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin” made me laugh so hard! I really wish I were a fly on the wall so I could witness their reaction from a bomb like that! Hehehe, and it’s good that your husband doesn’t have anything to worry about. I bet he’s so glad about that horrible duet. ;)

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  2. Nicole

    Oh my gosh Mary, this is awesome! Haha! Seriously, although your range of crushes is astounding, I actually get the reasoning behind all of them. I *liked* Kid Rock’s dirty image. And you know what, Viggo has had me drooling for YEARS. Years, I tell you. I loved him in The Road! Dude, he was positively filthy during 90% of LoTR. O_O *swoon* I can get on board with a good sized portion of your crushes. Bryan Adams? TOTALLY get that about his sexy voice. Jeez.
    I have weird ones. Morgan Freeman. Sean Connery. Mmmmmm. Both of those men could just read the newspaper to me and I’d be all set!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      I was so nervous to put this list out there, but I’m glad that you enjoyed it. Haha, yes, my range of guys I like(d) is really diverse – I really don’t know “my type”, so I like many types. So many different things about a person that appeal to me.

      And…wow, you’re the only other person who has understood my crush on Kid Rock! I feel less alone. Most people just bulged their eyes out at me and then tried to analyze my facial expressions to see if I was joking or not. But I wasn’t, and then they start laughing. I’m not sure what it is about “dirty” men, but I like them in theory. In real life, I’d be telling them to wash up so I won’t smell them before I see them.

      Morgan Freeman and Sean Connery have great voices, and they have lots of confidence without being showy. I can see why you like them. :)

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  3. Carmela

    What a fun post! You took me through the whole range of emotions in one go: surprise, amusement, alarm, shock, glee, giddyness, regret.. Great writing! :)

    I’m pretty bad with crushes. I know they’re supposed to be nothing very serious but I never quite understood that when I was much younger. I didn’t have any crushes really till high school. I had (still have) a thing for Keanu Reeves. Not the I-want-to-marry-him-and-have-bajillion-babies kind though. More like, I-want-to-cryogenically-freeze-him-so-I-can-stare-endlessly-as-he-was-in-a-Walk-in-the-Clouds.

    The only other one I can think of is Hugh Jackman because the man can do anything AND still manage to look hot with all that man hair. Oh, and James Marsden. I love me a man who can sing. :D
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Haha, why were you alarmed? Which crush did it?

      And I’m soooooooo happpppppy that you enjoyed reading what I wrote. YAY! I probably could’ve written a lot more about each, but I tried to keep it short to spare you all. ;)

      HUGH JACKMAN! Yes! I had a little crush on him, but…oops, I forgot to include him. And, actually, I just love his hairiness. I love men who have hairy arms, legs, and faces. Maybe I should be with a werewolf instead.

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  4. Elyne

    I had and have a lot of crushes during the years :p
    * My first one was/is a guy named Koen Wauters he’s singer/presenter and pretty hot, he was hot back then and still is now, he was a sex symbol here in Belgium in the 80’s and the 90’s even I was like really little he was my first crush ever. http://blogimages.bloggen.be/medialand/1000-22bf95555dcc7aa22196293dc10bee8c.jpg i mean look at those puppy eyes!
    *Mike (Kirk Cameron) from Growing Pains! Again puppy eyes and that smile and when Leonardo DiCaprio before I knew he was famous (way before Titanic) he was so cute!
    *Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys, I was a BSB groupie and during my tween/teen years I was madly in love with him, I was so sad when they stopped :( But then they did a comeback and my crush is now completely over.
    *Leonardo DiCaprio again! Titanic and Romeo and Juliet came out and I was a teenagers and he was hearth-robber and broke my heart ;(
    * My consistent crushes over the years have always been Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp I mean they are sex symbols for something.
    * Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy he looks kinda bad boyish with overdoing it although we will never have something because he’s so short!:p (I’m like 1m81cm and he’s like 1m65cm) + after marrying Ashlee Simpson (I can’t stand her) he broke my heart too.
    *Chester Bennington from Linkin Park he has something about him that I find cute not sure what but he has something!
    * Travis Barker from Blink 182 puppy eyes! Those puppy eyes are doing it *melts*
    * My current crush is Jared Leto ( can you tell I’m into older guys?) He’s just perfect, the body (maybe a tad too skinny) those eyes (perfect) and when he smiles *melts* combine that with his voice and I’m all over him. Me a fangirl? Noooo! ( maybe a bit – ok a lot)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Elyne!

      That was really awesome of you to list your crushes, too. I had fun reading about all the guys who made your heart beat faster.

      Johnny Depp is so intriguing, and I like how he always changes up his look. He can pull off everything from grungey to dapper. One of my best friends in high school had the biggest crush on him and would mention him once a day! :P

      It was really shocking when I found out that Pete Wentz married Ashlee Simpson. They seemed really different, but who knows what they’re like in real life…

      I think Jared Leto looks amazing when he wears eyeliner. He can really pull that look off. It suits him because he has those piercing eyes.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Alexis!

      Wow, good for you for knowing what you like and sticking by it. Hehe, as you can see, my list includes guys from all points of the spectrum, and my tastes change quite a lot!

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  5. Marta

    Thank you Mary for feeling comfortable enough around us to share your “crushes”… and for giving me a welcoming environment in which to search out and dust off my frayed-shoebox of pre-pubescent memories ;)
    Where do I even begin?! LOL… it all seems so long ago and yet, these memories have little cranny in my heart that can transport me to those heart-thumping days you speak of. I too was wild for Jonathan Brandis but more so in the movie “Ladybugs”… that scene where he runs towards his blond girl-of-interest (while that “dream song” played) I swear I played that over and over and over and in my 11 year old mind that was me with my windblown-golden-blond hair running towards him. :) I was a huge fan of Zack although Slater had a bit of my heart also. In terms of TV series I was a huge fan of Jonathan Taylor Thomas (in part because he reminded me of a male classmate of mine ;) ). JTT was MUCH cuter then than he is now I must say though. I also really liked Urkle from “Family Matters”… Yes, the suspenders and all… What can I say, I like me a geeky keener. The one episode where he got de-geekefied I thought “yup, I knew there was some hotness under those big rimmed glasses”… He still looks good now, in a “odd” sort of way.
    And then Uncle Jessie from Full House… *swoon*
    Oh, Harrison Ford – I sooooo AGREE. Him, Keanu Reeves (speed), and Kevin Costner (he may not be a sly fox) but when he played in Robin Hood. Also, I must say that Patrick Swayze (I cried when he died) was incredible in Dirty Dancing and Ghost… I looove “unchained melodies” and was willing to buy, nay build, a pottery studio just so he could sit behind me ;)
    That was then, Now:
    Singers, I looooove me some PItbull (the raspy sound of his voice, the way he dances Bachata)… (going to get a drink).
    Scofield from Prison Break (have you seen that show!!?) If not, put all on hold and start watching it! ;)
    Toni Dovolani (from dancing with the stars)… maybe I have a thing for dancers???? Oh, he is yummy… Kermit has nothing on him (sorry Mary)… perchance I’m attracted to his dancing shoes (and tight dancing pants) because my hubby has two left feet (sshhhhh, don’t tell him I told you so… ;) )

    Okay, I’m putting my flashlight away… phew… my 30 year old heart is thumping’… I should go and crotchet or something… calm my nerves a bit ;)
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Y’know, I never knew anyone else in my school who liked Jonathan Brandis. Instead of thinking that I was the weird one, I automatically assumed there was something wrong with them. I mean…those eyes? That flippy hairstyle? The way he proved that the underdog could make it? What’s not to love? Haha, thanks for sharing that little Ladybugs clip on Twitter earlier today. Hehe, it’s been forever since I saw it!

      Hehe, I’d always laugh when A.C. Slater would tear his clothes off and reveal a spandex unitard. He really loved showed that he had muscles and dancing skills, didn’t he? And he had those cute dimples! Wait…why am I saying had? Hehe, it’s not like his dimples ran away – he still has them.

      I SO remember that episode where Urkle becomes all suave. Damn! See, give geeks a chance!

      You reminded me that I forgot to include Uncle Jessie from Full House on this list. I had a HUGE crush on him in elementary school. Those sexy eyes really did it. Although I could’ve done without his love for Elvis. :P

      I’ve only seen a few episodes of Prison Break, but yeah, Scofield has that piercing glance for sure. Hot! Or maybe he’s constipated. Sometimes, I can’t tell!

      Oh, I forgot to include Pierce Brosnan on my list. Hmm…I really had too many crushes, didn’t I? I mean…did I NOT like anyone? :P

      P.S. Don’t worry – I won’t tell your husband. Your secret’s safe with me. ;) Hehe, and your comment about crotcheting to calm your nerves made me burst out laughing! Thank you for that!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey April!

      Glad you enjoyed my looooong list of crushes. ;) Hehe, and I’m pleased that you remember Today’s Special, too. A lot of my Canadian friends seemed to have forgotten about it. How could they? :P

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  6. auntheathee

    We have alot of the same crushes! (I.e. Kermit, Eminem,etc.) The only difference is I usually keep my crushes-still have a thing for Kermit! I’ll add Jack Nicklson, jude Law & my all time fav Brad Pitt!!!

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  7. Reena

    Love this post! The first crushes I remember were Indiana Jones/ Harrison Ford, the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, and Antonio Banderas from Zorro. I still love me some Indiana and Antonio!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Reena!

      Oh, Antonio was so sexy in Zorro! And y’know what? I still haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast! Crazy, right? I need to rent it soon.

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  8. Sarah

    I’m totally in love with Jason Segal he is cute, funny and creative. I think he would be fun to be around and just listen to him talk. He also so looks like my husband so I think that’s why I am attracted to him. I have always liked the dorky fun dude..

    I love your Sunday posts by the way. This one was awesome!!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sarah!

      Haha, did you tell your husband about how he looks like Jason Segal? What was his reaction?

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed reading my Smorgasbord Sundays posts! :) They’re so fun to write, and they allow for more variety, even though I love to talk about beauty products.

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