A Closer AG Store to Me!

Okay, so today’s news about a new American Girl store going up in Charlotte, North Carolina?

Made me so unbelievably happy, y’all. You don’t even know, okay? Seriously.

I could not even hold my feels one tiny little bit, okay?

Until now, the closest AG store to me has been in Nashville, which is a good four-five hour drive away, and I’m just not particularly fond of Nashville.

But Charlotte? Three hours. I can do that trip in a day, or take a nice weekend and go to AG, go to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, do all that kinda stuff. Charlotte’s a beautiful town, it really is.

So I’m excited about this! I don’t know when it’s going to open, but I will definitely be paying them a visit sometime!

Photosets for All and Sundry: Mari Ventures Outside

So, while I have them, I’ve not really made many posts about my American Girls. I don’t know why! But it’s time to change that.

In one of my first posts on this blog, I talked about my first American Girl, Mari Campbell, gifted to me by Nethilia for my 36th birthday. She has pretty much been my pride and joy ever since. I’ve since gotten a second one – and looked at getting a third, though I shot that idea down hard when I realized I don’t have the space for a third – but Mari remains the First Arrival, and the most spoiled of the two. Outfits I buy are nearly always bought with the thought of “will this look good on Mari?” unless it is specifically intended for Elyse.

It’s a cloudy, somewhat icky day in Northeast Tennessee. It rained earlier and I’m told it’s supposed to rain again this afternoon, which put a kibosh on my plans to go outside and mow up the leaves so my dogs don’t get fleas. But, I realized that I had a perfect “go outside and play in the leaves” outfit, that had been bought for me by my mother specifically for Mari, and so I put it on her, took her glasses off – didn’t want to lose them in the leaves – and tromped outside to our leaf-filled backyard.

marioutside001She remains the most beautiful doll I own. Here she is by one of our fence posts.

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My Little Pony Comparison: A Tale of Two Mintys

I got to talking to beastsbelle (*waves*) over at Never Grow Up in her post about the new Canterlot Castle Collector’s Set 8-pony set (that can apparently be found for a pretty reasonable price at Costco right now!) and I had mentioned that I was probably going to do a compare contrast between the two Minty figures that are now currently in existence, since they are actually quite different. beastsbelle expressed surprise that there was another one – not surprising, because it was two years ago, and she only showed up on Taobao in very limited quantities (save for a few that ended up on ebay because of  greedy scalpers and one person who tried to Buy It Now sell her for A THOUSAND DOLLARS. This is why we can’t have nice things, people.) – and that made me decide that I should do this sooner rather than later!

Add in that this little comic here is basically summing me up today…


And today just seemed like a fine day to do that!

(Also can I just say that it is still weird – and cool! – to be able to say that I was talking to this blogger or that blogger? I thought I’d start this blog and then move on and forget about it like I tend to do, but I’ve stuck with it and now I’m getting over my social awkwardness and actually talking to folks? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?!)

So, go under the jump for a comparison of two Mintys! Both alike in dignity and… eh.

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REVIEW: My Little Pony Favorites Collection II and Rainbow Dash as a Shadowbolt

I have loved My Little Pony since I was a little girl of six, who got some pocket money from her grandparents and went with her mother to Lewis Drug in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and fell in love with a beautiful pink pegasus with blue hair and lightning bolts on her ass named Firefly. That little pony was my best friend all through my childhood, for real.  I watched Rescue at Midnight Castle more times than was sane. I fell out of pony collecting for a little while, other things began to hold my interest. But with the release of the Friendship is Magic 30-minute-toy-commercial TV show, I fell in love all over again. This being the age of the internet, something that I didn’t have when I was a little girl of six, I have made friends of my own age who love these little plastic horses just as much as I do.

I’ve gotten a weird little complex about these newest ponies though. They are my Pokemon. I GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL. Or, as I usually put it: PONY ALL THE THINGS! I’m not so much looking to collect EVERY variant there is but if they interest me, yeah, I’ll get them.  Mostly Playful Pony size ones, like the ones I’m showing here.  Fashion Styles too, mostly. This is why you can see on my shelf that I have an inordinate number of Pinkie Pie’s, since the Pinkie Pie’s Boutique line is made of girlyness and AWESOME and therefore, I love it.

I used to be worse about this, y’all. I used to insist on having the walking poses of each pony as well, but that just got silly and I stopped that. But this new Through the Mirror line is something I’ll definitely have to have, even if I already have Sunset Shimmer and Princess Twilight Sparkle. The only upcoming thing I know I’m skipping is this as-yet-unnamed playset because I already have every pony that’s in it. Yes, including Minty. A compare-contrast of the two Minty figures will come some other time.

So anyway, last week I broke down and ordered the newest Favorites Collection and special, more-expensive single pony from Toys R Us, and they arrived today, so that’s what I’ve got a review for you on!

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