Sunday, January 1

Living the dream

Dear Not-so-Gentle Reader,

Happy New Year! I am Sincerely Sorry it has taken me So Long to post again, but we still don't have regular access to the internet, and long, wordy posts are sometimes more than either Momma or I want to do on her iPhone.

Grandmomma and Grandpoppa are settled in the new apartment in an independent living facility, and Momma, my Big Sister and I are loving our New Apartment.  We all have good and bad days, but the Good Days are outnumbering the Bad Days now.

Today, Momma, my Big Sister and I went to the American Girl - Scottsdale store for the unveiling of Gabriela McBride. A friend of Momma's gave my Big Sister an AG gift certificate for Christmas so Gabby came home with us! (The in-store giveaway for kids was a tasty cookie and a small blank journal that looks like Gabriela's boombox.

I can't tell you how excited Momma and I are about the release this year of both Melody Ellison and Gabby - two Girls of Color in Six Months!

Momma and I did come away with mixed feelings about Gabby and her collection.


  • Finally - an African American Girl of the Year!
  • She is not a new doll - AG retired #46 earlier this year and she became Gabriele. AG is even offering Gabby's Meet outfit to some of the people who previously purchased #46.
  • An African American Girl of the Year!
  • A lot of her collection seemed to be reruns. A dancer? Marisol. Isabelle. Marisol had the trunk and cat. Isabelle the barre. The arts? Isabelle. Saige.
  • An African American Girl of the Year!
  • Theft must becoming more of a problem since Gabby's Meet box is different and a little more difficult to open and all the World pieces seemed to be sealed shut, unlike previous boxes that opened easily and had tissue inside.
  • An African American Girl of the Year!
  • The Crowds that people associate with new Girl of the Year releases were not there or at other stores. We got there a few minutes after the store opened and everyone was inside. Comfortably. However, there did seem to be more People of Color in the store. 
  • Did I mention AG finally made an African American Girl of the Year?!


We are delighted to welcome Gabby into our Vinyl American family since both Sonali and Cecile perished in The Fire. We just wish AG had put more effort into a creative doll launch. We're also wondering about the statement on the box:


The 18" Gabriela doll is available throughout 2017 and beyond.

So now they're not even limited editions? My prediction is poor Gabby is going to sell poorly since she has a smaller collection with lots of duplicates, and isn't limited.

Time shall tell.

What do you think?


Saturday, October 1

A fine fat arse


Last, but not least of my Phoenix Comicon 16 experiences, local author Diana Gabaldon signed me, too!

Gabaldon has written the wildly successful Outlander books, which are being recreated as a television series on Starz. 

Knowing how much Jamie Fraser appreciates a well-rounded arse, Momma asked Gabaldon to sign Mine!

I think that was a first for all of us!



Friday, September 30

Doll Trek:TNG

Here's another belated photograph from Phoenix Comicon 16 - Gates McFadden of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame playing with Clementine and I! (Gates had just had cataract surgery so she was wearing sunglasses.)

She obviously liked us and spent a few minutes talking to Momma about her own childhood dolls. 

Oh, and she signed Me right above Wil Wheaton's signature. 

I'm getting quite the autograph collection!



Thursday, September 29

Hello sweeties!

It just occurred to Me that I never shared this photo of Clementine and I with Alex Kingston of Doctor Who fame!

We met her on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Phoenix Comicon. She, of course, loved us and later that day signed our photo.

Thankfully, the power of our TARDIS backpack saved us, and the TARDIS bag Momma carried saved our signed photo when our house was destroyed that night by The Fire. 

All hail the TARDIS!



Tuesday, September 27

Taco trucks on every corner

Look at what Momma found for me! My very own taco truck!

The phrase "taco trucks on every corner" was stated by Donald Trump supporter Marco Gutierrez on Sept. 1, 2016, and has since received widespread attention during the 2016 United States presidential election.

National Public Radio news wrote that taco trucks "now straddle the worlds of political symbol and internet meme."

We can't tell you how much we want to get Target's Our Generation Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck and convert it into a taco truck!!