Saturday, May 30, 2015

Truly Me

American Girl has been doing a lot of revamping lately. First, the un-retired historical dolls got some outfit updates and were renamed the "BeForever" line of dolls. (The name is too cool for a space, apparently.)

Now, the My American Girl line has been renamed "Truly Me." (Why is there a space here and not in BeForever? Oh, the inconsistency!) Along with the new name comes a new outfit, a lilac dress with a silver belt and turquoise shoes. All the photos used in this post come from American Girl Wikia. It's a great site for finding information on everything AG.
The outfit is rather nice, in my humble opinion. I love the shoes - not surprising, since I gravitate towards shades of blue. I think it's a shame that AG continues to choose pinks and purples over and over again when there are so many other color possibilities. But, I know many young girls love pinks and purples, so I'm not surprised AG has gone this route again.

Did you know that the modern-day dolls (they've undergone quite a few name changes over the years, so I'll just call them this) did not always come in purple and/or pink outfits? Let me take you back 20 years ago, when the line was first introduced, and then we'll work our way back to the present.

1995: Mix and Match Outfit
Scrunchie, vest, button-up shirt, magenta leggings, and black ballet flats. A strong start for the purples and pinks.

1996: First Day Outfit
Wow, this one's bright!

1998: Red Jumper
Our Aunt J.'s first doll, Allison, came wearing this one. Allison doesn't have the hat or necklace, though - those were some of the accessories sold separately.

2000: Urban Outfit
Erm, not my favorite look. Wow, those shoes... XD

2002: Go Anywhere Outfit
From here on out, purple and/or pink is always represented. We own this outfit minus the shoes. I have worn the cardigan as part of my hippie Halloween costume. :-)

2004: Ready for Fun Outfit
We own this outfit too. The sneakers are some of our favorites. The jeans have fun embroidery on them but also have random slits at the bottom of each leg. One of these days we may ask Mom to sew them shut. Both the shirt and jacket are awkwardly short by today's standards.

2006: I Like Your Style Outfit
This cheerleaderish outfit with Ugg boots does nothing for me, but this was apparently popular once. XD It's unfortunate that this is the one time that light blue got a big role in an outfit.

2008: Star Hoodie Outfit
Our Aunt H.'s first doll, Haylee, came wearing this oufit. We have one from eBay in our wardrobe as well and wear it quite a bit, especially the leggings.

2010: Real Me Outfit
Yay, the outfit Bethany came in! Of them all, this is our favorite.

2012: True Spirit Outfit
I did not care much for this outfit, so I'm glad to see it go at long last. I say "long last" because it was around for 3 years rather than 2, which had been the pattern. The shoulders of the shirt were odd, and the tall boots with short skirt look is not for me.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Belated Birthday Post

It was Mom's birthday back on the 18th. She plans to spend birthday money on a year subscription to HI2 again when the time comes. Thank you, Mom! <3

Oddly, we didn't get our happy birthday message from HI2 until May 19, the day after Mom's birthday. It was this way last year too. I wonder if HI2 is just behind or if we screwed up and chose the wrong day when we created our account? Oh well, better late than never!

We didn't have much time to play HI2 on Mom's birthday, but the little time we did have we spent on Big Forest Isle. We had Pepsi ride Napoleon, the little 6/6 Welshie we found on her birthday last year. 
The only wild horse on the isle was this black beauty, a Lusitano stallion:

 Ha ha, HI2. It gave us a 6/6 equine one year and a 0/6 the next. XD

We then used the flute in the middle of the isle by the boulder convention. This dashing Danish stallion appeared:

So, it was a rather anticlimactic HI2 visit, but that's okay. We knew Napoleon was a lucky fluke last year - it makes him even more special.
 Love you, Napoleon. <3
Two awkward flute placements occurred later this week. I'll end with those. ;^)
light dapple gray Mangalarga Marchador stallion
piebald frame overo Chincoteague Pony stallion

Friday, May 15, 2015

Parade of Stallions

It's 5/15/15. So symmetric. On HI2, the 6/6 wild stallion drought continues. This has not kept us from finding tempting stallions so far this month, though.

Remember that Dutch Warmblood? Well, he has been named, and you know what that probably means. Meet Quincy and his adorable snip.
Then on Tuesday, we found this little dude in the livery.
Seriously, ponies don't get much more irresistible than this.

This evening, I was online at the same time as an HI2 friend who was selling this magnificent Maremmano. I tried to tell myself no, but it was no use. I could not let such an amazing stallion slip through our fingers!
We didn't yet have a fleabitten gray horse or a Maremmano, and now we have both!

So... we are failing miserably to wait patiently for that elusive 6/6 wild stallion and to keep to our one-new-horse-per-month rule. But it's May, Mom's birth month. And Mom loves the number 3. We can let this slide, right, Lily? Let Stormy love you!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

An Earthshaking Day

You probably think I'm going to tell you that we finally have captured 6/6 stallion on HI2. Like this stallion, perhaps:

Unfortunately, we have not. April came and went, and still no 6/6 wild stallion. This means Lily's going to win our contest, but she won't get her companions until somebody finally finds a 6/6 wild stallion. Seriously, where are they all hiding?

So what's with the stallion above? Well, I found him in the auctions the other day. He was going to the foreign bidder for only ~ $30k. Nobody else had bid with less than a minute left. I couldn't resist - it would be such a waste for him to leave HI2 forever. We haven't decided yet if we will keep him or send him on to the humane society for some lucky player to stumble upon. I guess we'll see how May plays out.

Back to the title of the post. Today literally was an earthshaking day here in the mitten. It happened at about 12:20 this afternoon. I was upstairs with Mom in her room. (Mom brought me up there to spend one-on-one time with me on my birthday back on April 21... and what can I say? My sisters and I always milk it a bit.) 

So, anyway, there we were on Mom's bed. I was snoozing against two ridiculously soft stuffed lambs. Mom was snuggled under a blanket typing one of her stories on her laptop. Then the house started shaking! This woke me up in a big hurry. The window, the TV mounted on the wall, and various other wall hangings rattled like crazy. It is sort of like what happens when a big garbage truck or thunder shakes the house, but this seemed more intense and kept steadily on for a good 30 seconds or so. Long enough for Mom to get up, walk to the window and look out at the seemingly oblivious neighbors outside, and start thinking she'd better get off the second story. Just as she disappeared down the hall to find her mom and sister, the shaking tapered off.  

The internet was initially quite unhelpful. It took a good 10 minutes at least before my sisters, who were in the basement all this time, could find any information about it on their laptops. But an earthquake did happen, alright, and we weren't the only ones who took notice.

It was a 4.2 on the Richter scale, which means it is considered "light." While felt by most people, earthquakes of this magnitude usually cause minimal to no damage. Even so, this earthquake is the most significant one to occur here in Michigan in decades, so people will be talking about it for quite a while. I'm glad I got to witness it, though I'm with Lily when she said she never hopes to witness anything stronger.