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Subject:be the change
Time:09:21 am
I have realized, in dusting the empty corners of my quiet little journal, that it has been about a million years since I have checked my friend list and when I try to, it just makes me sad because it is largely a collection of ghosts. Most often, I post doll pictures publicly and private junk privately, so if you have added me and I have not added you back, please! Speak up! I am scatterbrained and I'd be happy to make new friends! There are wonders untold in my friends locked posts!

Here's a photo of Vincent to entice you.
I do have one baby who isn"t going anywhere. #vincentvictorvonfluffnstuff #nofilter
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Subject:Me and a bit more me
Time:06:51 pm
I made a blog post! Not too deep, just a recap of what I've been up to. Sometimes it helps to take a moment and realize I have actually  been checking things off of my list...

I really do intend to blog more. I feel a unsure of my audiences and I want to keep it an open space for my art but also maybe babble about dolls? I dunno. I miss doll babble in general.

Things here are quiet and Spring feeling. We spent Saturday with my parents and that was really nice. They invited us out to dinner and a movie.  The Jungle Book is very good! And I generally don't go for 1.Disney 2.computer animation 3.animal movies so that's saying something. They did a very good job of making Shere Khan terrifying and keeping the animals pretty animal-y. King Louie was odd though. No medical news about Mom, yet.

I spent the afternoon at a friend's house and we had a lovely lunch and chat and it woke me up a bit. This weather has everyone peeping out their doors and stoopin' or meeting up in the park with a bottle of wine. All good things. I feel like I need to start making regular dates with friends. Now that the kids do their own thing, I don't see the momma pals often enough and time keeps getting away from me. It's almost May! I'm not sure how.

I need to buy some cloth napkins and I want to buy some ceramic tumblers from my other momma pal. I need to up my summer hosting game.

Nothing else. I got a new shirt for tiny Mat that is exactly the sort of shirt actual Mat wears all the time. And tiny Kat has new pants like a pair I have an new hair like I have and they have tiny phones now so they can worry about trying to stay "in the moment" with each other. :P Did you know the grey in Mat's beard are from the real thing?? I'm so gross.

meta

Happy Wednesday. Come over. Bring a doll.
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Time:10:34 am
newbarbie
Barbie has new bodies! Here's the Time article about it. I think it's pretty great, though I do not understand why Mattel is not a fan of joints for Barbie. I mean, I get that this is a huge retooling and jointed limbs for all ofthe new bodies would price them waaay up (the basics are only 9.99!), I just hope they go there someday? Maybe. I think most fans are just excited about new hair and skin colors and cute clothing pieces. I mean, this looks like a pretty comprehensive overhaul and that is good. It's weird to me that they don't cite Monster high as an influence. It must have been, right? I am excited about new shoe possibilities and I bet the petite clothes fit Blythe.

(Also do not read the comment on the Time article. Wow. I have honestly NEVER understood the vitriol spewed at Barbie, but now the comments for "fat Barbie" make me just want to turn off the computer and run away.)

I think Imma get that bloo haired gal. With this and girl heroes with lightsabers, little Kat is pleased with the world.
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Subject:climb on out
Time:02:04 pm
The long weekend was long.

We had plans to get out and get drinks and go dancing with friends Friday night but my bestie had agreed to sit with the boys and she was sick and exhausted and I felt her relief when I said we'd cancel. Toby hadn't been sleeping well all week and he was still sniffly, so I felt the pull to stay home and baby everyone. I think it worked.

We spent went out both Saturday and Sunday searching for a kitten to adopt, but came up empty handed. Saturday we checked the adoption centers at a few Petco/Petsmart stores. Sunday the boys spent most of the day with their uncle at Dave & Buster's (a big restaurant/arcade) so Mat and I tried some shelters. It was fun to drive to new parts of the city, but that's a lot sad animals and disappointment. I remain steadfast in wanting a very young cat for Vincent's sake and I want long hair for my own. I have begun to poke around breeder sites a bit. I dunno

We almost spent Monday at the art museum, but Gideon had a lot of homework to do (sigh) so Mat and I just spent the time planning dinners and got groceries for the week. We tend to fly by the seat of our pants with meals and shop daily, but that's not ideal. I made granola bars for the week and we got caught up on Downton and finished Hemlock Grove and read. All good.

We even had some snow! We had just been seriously contemplating what a winter without snow would feel like and we had flurries on Sunday. There is a huge storm forecast for the end of this week. I'm excited.

I have been at the bottom of a blue funk lately and I need to stop. I think it has been a lot of things swirling around but mostly I think it's the tipping of the scale away from creating and towards consuming. I need to make and to share. I need to check things off of my list. I am also fighting off Toby's sick with only limited success. Mat says my curls fall out when I get sick which is funny and also true.

I think I have a fever right now maybe?

I need to put a hat on my flat hair and get back to painting.

Uncle Nosferatu! WIP

finally winter paint water drinker
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Subject:I can’t make my mood match the weather
Time:04:35 pm
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Subject:A meeting of myths, monsters, and legends
Time:03:07 pm
Saturday was our annual Halloween party!

I haven't talked much about it here because I have been so preoccupied with the house that I sort of let the party just come together on its own. We asked friends to bring snacks or drinks and we bought a few things the day of, but otherwise there wasn't much party prep. The house was already decorated and our costumes were sort of deliriously easy this year. The theme was myths, monsters, and legends. Toby planned on being zombie Michael Jackson from Thriller since *last* Halloween, he had the outfit and just needed a wig. Gideon decided to be Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, so we thrifted two dress shirts and a suit jacket for him and Mat brought home a small lab coat. I sewed half the lab coat to half of the suit jacket and did the same with the two shirts. I gave him a piece of fabric as a rough ascot and he wore a top hat we had and uniform pants. Mat was Bigfoot and he just bought a costume because buying that much fur would be way more expensive than a finished costume. I wanted to be Medusa, so I bought a boatload of rubber snakes that I wired and painted black and just wore a black Victorian dress because I liked it. I bought a good makeup kit and some sealant last year and they came through again this year. (Best Halloween purchase ever.)

The last minute cleaning scramble was real and I finished everyone's makeup with literally no time to spare, but the party went off without a hitch. My friends are all amazing sports and they brought food and looked great. The weather was perfect, around 60 degrees, clear and crisp, so we were mostly set up in the alley. The kids played a scavenger hunt to find printed pictures of cryptids hidden on the block and otherwise roamed in a creepy gang. They are getting so big. My kidless friends boggled that these were the same kids from last year, as they have begun to grow taller than some of the adults. There were littles in the mix too, which meant that I had to keep them from roaming too far. I honestly have begun to wonder if they'll ever not want to party with the olds...

I've made some mental notes about things I'd like to do for next year. I think we need to switch out some light bulbs inside the house and make it moodier. This year everyone wanted to see the new rooms and stairs, so it worked out, but I think we can do more to make for a creepy atmosphere everywhere. We might do an ocean theme next year, so lighting could be huge. I wanted to get some spotlights with moving filters for outside this year, that would be the perfect excuse to. There's always more.

Anyway,pictures!

Myths Monsters and Legends

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Subject:Punky Pumpkin
Time:03:43 pm
Pumpkin Patch!

We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch earlier this month, and it really is one of my favorite family traditions. Pumpkins and sunshine and apple cider doughnuts go a long way to making a great day. Gideon is almost as tall as me now and Toby knows his angles. Otherwise, nothing changes. <3

Pumpkin Patch! Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkin Patch! Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkin Patch! Pumpkin Patch!
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Subject:doll baby
Time:11:56 am
Brothers

Brothers

I have never had any trouble turning Gideon into a doll. He has big puppy eyes and super straight hair and he translates well. I have realized, though, that Toby's face is a changeable thing and he is in constant motion and his eyes are not quite hazel and not quite brown and his hair is not straight but not wavy... I can't catch him the same way. A friend said that Toby is like a real life emoji an it's the best description of him I may have ever heard. I considered a Pukifee Pongpong for obvious reasons, but that sculpt is really just too fey.

So, Toby doll is just serious. He is trying not to be caught in a lie or he's about to toot. I need a lighter wig and a whole wardrobe and to make his freckles darker, but  he's in there a little. Real Toby likes to be little, so he likes doll Toby a lot. He sings songs and refers to himself as "The little TT" because it cracks me up every time.
I have to get him a little iPad so he can play Minecraft and ignore Kat doll when she calls him.

Tiny TT

boys

boys
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Subject:second verse, same as the first
Time:03:19 pm
I caught Toby's cold. I keep getting sick and it is STUPID. It is just a head cold, but it is making me sleepy and grumpy and blah blah blah the same.

We had snow Friday and now it is gone again. The tortoises are home from the cold room but it has been too cold overnight to let them stay out full time. I think we woke them up last year just in time for snow, too. Hopefully this week stays warmer.

I finished the golden animal costumes, bird fox and horse. I brought them in for a test fit and all seems good except for the wings -- I need to make the closures on them more secure, which I thought might happen. I have to make the briars next. I'm anxious to move on to other things.

Still no word from the principal, though I did attend the school budget meeting on Friday. I didn't have my questions answered, but I feel like I have a lot more information now. It is a frustrating situation all around. I think I'll write her again, some sort of response would be nice. I may also move to phase two of my plan, which is to reach out to other parents who have kids in the program...

We had friends over Saturday and talked more about opening an after school program. It is either the best idea ever or insane. Now we're talking about making it STEAM and Spanish integrated which would be amazing but probably totally beyond all of us? I dunno, dream big. We are all watching small programs fill to bursting overnight because the area is ripe for the picking. Of course, sometimes talking about the reality of these things makes you want to hide under your *other* dreams of just going full ARTIST and letting Mat finish his PhD.

I dunno.
I'm grumpy



This is great. Mat's got an appointment to finish his arm with Seth this summer. I need to figure out what I want next. Shoulders, I know that.

I commissioned a girl in Italy to make me a few knitted things for Kat doll and they arrived and I am so happy that now I can dress her up in sweaters and a hat and legwarmers before it gets too hot for that. I want to take pictures. My studio is a glitter mess.

Gideon has a grey and black striped knit hat that he loves and wears all the time and he left it at a parkour gym over the weekend. (Did you know those exist? It seems they do.) I need to call around and see if I can find it, it makes me sad that he lost it. I like hats.

**update! One text later and it is found! I love momma pals that know to grab lost hats.**


I need coffe and to dry my hair or put on *my* hat and go get Toby. I hope your Tuesday is passing quickly if it is as lame as mine seems to be.

xo
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Subject:up down sideways
Time:12:21 pm
Long weekend was long! Made longer by a snow day. Even longer by kids skipping a half day today because Toby is a bit sick. Long weekend has not ended.

Friday the 13th was nice. Valentine's was fun. Monday was awful. To tell the story, I'd have to talk about frozen pipes and towed cars, but it is all resolved now, so why do that? I felt like we spent the day teetering on real disaster so mostly awful was fine in the end. Bonus: we cleaned 1/4 of the basement.

We also discovered iMovie. Toby and I made this:


Mat and the boys made this:


Friends are visiting this weekend and we are going to the Lego art exhibit at the Franlkin Institute.  We also absolutely *must* get to the Ritz to see What We do in the Shadows (Successfully funded!) Now I need to go clean and take some pictures and feed some kids.
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