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31st-Dec-2011 07:07 pm - Fix it then
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I feel kind of peevish. Quite a few doll reviews out there - on Amazon, Wal*Mart, K-Mart, etc, are just so aggravating. People talk about things with no sense of responsibility at all. I'm not saying dolls never break but really, if your kid breaks them and you just go buy them duplicates what are they learning? "My toys break so my mom gets more."

If my toys broke when I was a kid (and yes, it did happen) I didn't get another one. If I wasn't able to fix it and make do, that was it. Since I liked my toys, I learned how to take care of them. I had a Fantasy Filly in a leg splint because my dad shut my bedroom door a little too hard. She fell off the shelf and broke.

It's not the manufacturer's fault, or even my dad's, really, it's not like he intentionally took it off the shelf and dropped it. Accidents happen, but I didn't get a new horse. I fixed her leg and played with her just as I played with the others. (She was my invalid pony and I actually liked her a little bit more for it. Even now I have a collection of not-quite-perfects and I love them for their individuality.)

Another thing I've noticed are the people who leave poor marks under the 'educational' rating on various sites. These usually accompany poor reviews of the items in question.

Dolls, in particular, can be educational. Since I liked them (and obviously still do) I learned how to fix them and preserve them to the best of my ability.

I wouldn't have learned that if a broken doll meant I got a replacement.

In turn, thanks to a certain level of fix-it resourcefulness, I'm also really good at fixing things around the house. My first solution isn't a trip to the store to buy a replacement. If I can fix it myself, it's money saved for something else that I might not be able to repair through DIY means.

(Obviously toys are not on the same educational level as, for example, books, but they can aid in a certain sense of creative fix-it-yourself, which is fun to watch kids do.)

This isn't my photo, but it's the Fantasy Filly I had. Her broken leg was in the back, on the right side if you held her nose to your face. )
28th-Dec-2011 12:56 pm - Give details!
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I suppose I'm only setting myself up for disappointment when I order used books from Amazon. After receiving two advanced-reader copies, multiple ex-library books, and a book without its cover, I put 'no advance-reader editions, ex-libraries, or torn out pages' on my Amazon profile. (A couple very nice friends occasionally gift me books from my main Amazon wishlist so I figured a notation would help. My uncle, for instance, probably wouldn't think to check.)

For Christmas I bought several books for my girlfriend and for myself under the 'used' category. I checked the seller's details very carefully but, lo, I still managed to end up with two ex-library editions and an advanced reader edition.

WHY can't sellers note these things in their product info? I'm so annoyed! I hate receiving books completely swathed in plastic stick-casing and library paraphernalia (can't read the front or back cover) and getting advanced reader editions or proofing copies (NOT FOR RETAIL SALE even stamped right across the cover) because it's really irritating! The book is not in great condition; it's not even the whole book! :|

Note to self: if it's a dollar or so more to just get a new copy of the book in question, just get the new version. Going with used is far too disappointing!
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I had news! My new camera is on its way and should be arriving on the 19th or 20th! Eeee, I can't wait. I'm completely disenchanted with my current camera (having exhausted its capabilities) and can't wait to try my hand at a new one with upgraded functions.

All you reader-types can expect an influx of doll, pet, and holiday pictures! My girlfriend and I are having a guest over for Christmas so I'll definitely be taking pictures of All The Things, as it were. ;) Eee camera camera camera~

My Christmas shopping included books and more books this year. My girlfriend gifted me with Spectra and Skull Shores Ghoulia, the latter having turned up at our local Wal*Mart. I didn't care for her swimsuit so she's been redressed in some ex-Bratz outfits and looks sassy indeed. I love her curly hair!

Kalli picked up Torelai and Skull Shores Abbey, also discovered at our previously unstocked Wal*Mart. I told her Torelai was the hype of the season, right up there with the original Abbey (still very HTF). We're hoping Abbey will show up on Amazon for under $20 next month, a la all good things come to those who wait.

I conquered the evils of Craigslist in order to get a futon frame and mattress. My efforts paid off with an excellent frame and a serviceable mattress; it's basically your standard sort of futon padding. I think it's really comfortable, but it's a little too big for the frame and might work out better as a bed if it's put on the floor. In the meantime it makes a very comfortable nest-sofa that Kalli really likes. We put cushions and small fleece blankets all over it.

Apologies about all the dust that's been collecting on this journal. It'll probably see a resurgence of updates very soon, pending new camera and all. :)

Bonus picture of the futon!

Image shows a light-colored wooden frame with a black futon mattress. It's resting in the 'bed' position with an autumn-themed fleecy blanket and cushion. Three cats are on it - two ginger kitties and one pure black kitty. The ginger kitties belong to Kalli and are named Sunfire and Phoenix. The black kitty is Piper.
9th-Nov-2011 02:26 pm - Wishlist~
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Of course I have a wishlist. Everyone who likes dolls has a wishlist!

Amazon (please let me know if this link doesn't work or dumps you back to the main page, site's a little weird).
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