Author: themouselair23

Class Pet Hamster

For my favorite of the new release….the hamster. Not Richard Hammond, but this hamster: I am sincerely very sorry–for real, no snark or sarcasm here–for everyone who paid $50-$70 for the hamster from McKenna’s Loft Bed Set, and I am also very glad that I did not do that.  I sure hope this means that someone from AG is watching the secondary market and the various discussion forums to see what hot items to break out of larger sets like McK’s Loft to offer as stand alone packs. I was also seriously stoked to see that hamster set.  I had completely forgotten about the new releases and I was so happy to finally be excited about something released by AG again.  For $24 you get the cage, wheel, hamster, food dish, water bottle, and booklet on hamster care.  The bedding chips are fixed to the cage itself, the other pieces are removable. The wheel does spin, and stands freely easily.  The hamster also fits easily inside the wheel. The hamster has that soft flocking like …

Z’s Filming Accessories

Initially I thought I was going to pass up Z Yang but the more I read about her and see her “capsule collection” the more I am intrigued.  Her filming accessories ($28) could be used for any modern, so I picked them up on Friday. The iPhone gets full marks for accuracy, and I really like it.  However, when I went to test the strap on the back to see how easy the dolls could hold it, I picked up Logan first.  I had temporarily forgotten about his different hand molds and I had real difficulty finding a way to get him to hold the thing. The only way I could get it to work was to have him holding it on the outside of his left hand.  On Claire (a TM eyeswap with the standard hands) however, it was easier. She was able to hold it correctly just fine in either hand.  This doesn’t bother me because I’d rather have the instrument-holding hands even if it means they can’t hold the iPhone.  Everyone knows …

June 22, 2017 AG Release

*claps hands* Right, let’s get to it.  First off, I apologize for the layout of this post–for some reason it won’t let me post photos in a mosaic, or combine the images, on mobile.   Some of these items were also released prior to yesterday (like Z), but with graduation+job search+my mother’s passing my attention and focus (on pretty much everything) has been sporadic at best.  Figured I would cover it anyway.  Yup, it’s a McKenna redux and while I think McK’s came with better accessories, I like the color scheme for this.  One thing–and you can’t really see it because of where the doll’s head is but this is the only one on display–is the printed brick wall with posters and such on it.   The reason I have a problem with it is the same reason I have a problem with Tenny’s background on the stage.  It looks kind of cheap and I feel like it would be difficult to use with another character with the preprinted Gabby related images on the brick …

Can’t think of a title, sorry. Bear with me. Not doll related.

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry; and the month of May was a complete and total rollercoaster.  In chronological order: I graduated with my master’s degree, accepted a job with one of the best school districts in my area, won my third curling league championship, and my mother, who had been struggling with ALS for the past five years, finally passed on.  And with absolutely horrible timing, her funeral services ended up being on my parent’s 39th wedding anniversary.   I had thought that by the time she died I would know what to say about this.  However now that it has happened, I find that the only thing I can say is that I wish absolutely everything–everything–had been different…and that even when things were complicated (I am skipping decades of backstory, you’re welcome)…I still love my mother. One good thing was that because my university livestreamed the commencement exercises my parents got to watch me walk across the stage and accept my Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology. …

Maryellen Bed and TV Console

With all the excitement of the Praxis exam I hadn’t even opened my box with the Couch and Console from Maryellen’s collection back when they had them 25% off. They had shipped it Moron Post, so it had taken nearly a week and a half to arrive after it had been loaded on the Wells Fargo Wagon while the horses were being watered (eyeroll).  And yes, I paid $20 in shipping for this privilege.   I’d fetched it from the post office, loaded it in the boot of my car, promptly dumped it in the doll room and forgotten about it.   After the ridiculous fiasco of getting the cornstarch noodles in the sink so I could melt them–in which every little thing I did made the mess worse and I ended up with little noodle flakes all over the first floor of my house–I finally got the pieces out. Now I really like this couch.  Very versatile and sturdy.  Comes with two pillows, an Afghan, an autograph hound and about six yards of the …

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By the time I woke up on Saturday morning my husband, Forehead, had already left to judge a band contest in another part of the state.  I got up, got dressed in frumpy yet comfortable clothes, ate a small breakfast, and sat at the dining room table to make one last pass of all my study materials. I was going in to take the Praxis exam for Speech Language Pathology, the national licensing exam.  For three years I’d sat in this same chair, at this same table, working on projects, papers, assignments, exams, study sessions and my master’s thesis.  After the most ridiculous, exhausting, exhilarating and amazing three year roller coaster, things were finally winding down.  There was a time when I never would have imagined accomplishing all of the things I did while I was a student here.  Now we were all making plans, handing out resumes, scouting out new cities, new adventures and getting ready to scatter to the four winds.  The last item on this list made me sad; I’d liked all the girls in my graduate …

Keeping watch; Abby and Liberty

My spring break has mostly been spent studying for my Praxis (the Speech Language Pathology licensing exam).  I took a practice exam from my study materials cold with no review and while it was okay, it was not a passing grade so I’ve got work to do.  D-Day is in less than a month and while you can take the exam as often as you like, it’s $125 a pop so I would really like to get this knocked out the first time.  Prayers and good vibes are appreciated. I have been watching the growing pile of Maplelea expand in my room and have placed an order with my AG Rewards during Free Ship.  But today, I feel moved to post again about the double homicide in Delphi, Indiana.  Law enforcement has not released any more details of note, but as of this writing a search warrant has been issued for the property where the girls were found. The property owner has also been recently arrested on another charge (looks like the fellow has a problem …

Maplelea restocked on US Amazon!

There are 4 Saila and Léonie each, and there were 4 Charlsea but then I bought one.  Oops.  Funny how they just jump in your cart like that.  (In my defense, I used my Amazon Visa rewards points which brought the total for Charlsea down to $52.  And only God knows when she’ll get stocked again.) Outfits have restocked too, including some new releases.  Check it out!  

Abby Williams and Liberty German of Delphi, Indiana.

Friends, I know this isn’t doll related…but it’s really important.  This has been under active investigation for a few weeks now and I haven’t heard anything about it on my local news media, and I live in a fairly populated area. Monday, February 13 2017.  Delphi, Indiana.  A day off from school, Abby (13) and Liberty, or “Libby” (14) are dropped off at a hiking trail where they live by a family member.  The family member shows up at the time and place the girls were to be picked up, but the girls never arrived.  They were reported missing that evening.  Their bodies were found in that park the next day. I never realized how many young women and girls go missing until I started watching missing person documentaries (like Investigate: Disappeared) and reading the Websleuths missing person forums.  It happens all the time.  But what is mind boggling about this case…is that Libby was able to record video and audio of their assailant! Here is the website to the Indiana State Police with pictures …