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Yes, I am alive! There's just a lot going on, which isn't much of a surprise this time of year. So...here's a little update:

I've been less stressed this Christmas and able to get more done so that's good. I sent out all of my Christmas cards (hope I didn't forget anyone!) and I'm almost done with shopping. I just need to pick up one more thing for the husband and I'm waiting for him to tell me what to get for my in-laws. Every year this task falls to me and I finally put my foot down this year. "They are your family," I insisted and told me it's too stressful for me to have to figure out what to get. I don't mind being the one to go out and buy it, but they are his parents so therefore it makes more sense to me that the ideas of what to get are his. Yeah, he still hasn't given me any ideas except photos, which isn't a bad idea but he really needed to have come up with this sooner instead of yesterday. Now there's no time for that so I made him try again. :P He may not come up with anything in time but I'm determined to let that be his problem and not mine (although I will probably still be embarrassed if it comes to that).

Speaking of the in-laws, we will be leaving town to go visit them next week sometime, probably Wednesday or Thursday. We'll stay for about a week, we'll spend Christmas there but not New Years. I'm taking my lap top with me so I'll still be around. Not that it matters...I haven't been posting on LJ like I should, heh.

For Christmas my mom said she wants to help me get a new sewing machine. The main reason I've been so lazy about updating my store for the past six months is because of my old, clunky machine. So I decided I really just need to buckle down and get a new one. That's the plan for the new year and then I'm hoping to get back to work on my store and finally get some brand spankin' new stuff done. I'd also like a serger...but I've never used one, nor do I know what to really look for when buying one so I'm not sure about that.

Oh! And I'm finally not sick anymore! :P I was sick over Thanksgiving and I got a round of antibiotics, but when I was done taking them my ear was still plugged up with fluid, not to mention my throat was still sore and I had a ton a drainage. Blah. I went back to the doctor and she put me on more (a different kind). After a few difficulties with some side effects I'm finally much better and today is the last day for those so I'm hoping I will be illness/medication free for the rest of the year at least.

The last day of school is tomorrow and my kids are thrilled about that. In fact my oldest son, who is a sophomore in high school, only has a half day today because of finals so in his mind it's extra good. Before leaving town I'm thinking I might take them to see "Tangled" because we've all been wanting to check that movie out. Well, there's a small list of movies we want to see but "Tangled" is at the top. We did see "Harry Potter" a few weeks ago.

On the dolly side of things, I really have no wish list. I suppose I would still like to get a PukiFee Pong eventually but I'm not in a rush. I would really like to pick one up second hand so I'm just being patient. I did sell one of my Dals though (Phoebe, my Rot Chan). I'm not sure Dals are really for me, but I can't part with my other one (Puki) just yet. Maybe I'll just end up keeping her as my "token Dal", haha. I am thinking I might try out an Isul but I want to see owner photos first. ;)

Random doll stuff: Did you see this message Lati posted on their website the other day? Here's what it says...

"Hello, this is Lati.

First of all, we would like to apologize about all the delays. We just released every single doll that we planned to release at the beginning of this year and it caused the terrible delay. The delay led us to a decision; we will not release any collection of dolls until we finish all the shipments, except the Christmas release which was already announced. We will concentrate on shipment as many of our customers advised. We would like to say sorry to our customers again and we promise that we will do our best to improve our customer service.

Thank you."

I'm glad to hear they are finally acknowledging the problem and deciding to finish what they started before making more. I still think if they had basic orders open all year long they wouldn't get nearly as bogged down...but it's their business not mine. :P I won't order from them again until I know they've got these crazy delays under control. Did they finally get all those pirates out or are there still people waiting for them? It's just nuts...but...I'm still curious to see their Christmas releases even though I doubt I will want to get one (I have not been tempted by a Lati in a long time...but...you never know).

Here's a bonus doll photo I took recently:

This is Cameron with a new little outfit I bought off Etsy...it's so cute!

Wow...I haven't written an LJ post this long in quite some time...but I'm finally done now. :P


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Dec. 16th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
What a cute photo! I am glad you are feeling better!
Dec. 29th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Dec. 19th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're finally feeling better--being sick over the holidays totally blows.

I decided this Christmas that since I was finishing up school, I'd deal with finals first, presents second. Now that finals are over, I can really start focusing in on this Christmas thing in earnest.

I learned to sew on a ye olde sewing machine that my grandfather bought for my grandmother in 1954. The thing was cast iron and do some serious damage if used as a weapon :D When we finally got a "new" sewing machine, it was a hand-me-down from my grandmother, and it was from 1985. Clearly, sewing is a priority in my house.

I've used a serger a few times. They take awhile to get used to (because they cut off the edge of the fabric--if you mess up, you can be screwed), but they are really handy. But kind of a bitch to thread. Poke around on the internet. I'm sure there's a few sites that can provide you more than enough information about what to get.

"Tangled" is on my list too. I'll probably try and convince my parents to see it with me some time this week :D Yes, it is a little odd seeing a children's movie with your parents when you're in your 20s, but I'm used to it by now :D

I don't have much of a dolly wish list either...mostly because funds are tight until I can get a part-time job again. I know I want another Lati to round out my collection, I'm just searching for the perfect one. And considering that I have no money, it's pretty easy for me to be patient about that :D

I'm not hugely active on DoA, but I do follow the Chatty Lati Yellow Thread. We were all over that message. We were very pleased with the action, because it shows that Lati does listen to their customers and takes their concerns into account instead of worrying about the almighty dollar. It would not surprise me in the least if they made the decision to have basics open year round when they finally get caught up on orders (my guess is late March or early April). I don't mind the delays, especially since by this point, most everyone who is thinking about ordering from Lati knows what to expect (although that doesn't stop them from complaining about the wait times, which is driving me FREAKING CRAZY). You should see what some people are posting on Lati's Q&A. I mean, I get that people are upset, but they're resulting to name calling and some VERY inappropriate language. Don't they know that they'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar?

All pirates are home, and I would guess that about a third of the HK Vampires are out already. After that we have the 5th Anniversary Grown Up Pury/Laches (which by our estimates, not a lot of people ordered), and then the Halloween dolls and the Christmas Dolls. So yeah, it's going to be quite some time before Lati gets all caught up.

Admittedly, I am SUPER tempted by Christmas Lea, even though I already own a pirate Lea. I figure, though, that Pirate Lea is tan and human, and Christmas Lea is NS and elfy, that they'd be different enough that I wouldn't mind having two of the same mold. I do really like sleeping Lea and sleeping Byurl, too (which is weird, since sleepers don't usually appeal to me). And they're not a bad price either, $280 for just the doll. And I did just graduate college, so I do deserve a present...
Dec. 29th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I spoke too soon about not being sick anymore, the sinus and ear crap came back a few days before Christmas. The good news is it isn't as bad as before, just a bit uncomfortable but I seem to be managing it pretty well this time with over the counter meds. Still, this being sick around the holidays...I'm so over it. Was I really that bad this year? It's worse then coal in my stocking. :P

"Tangled" was freakin' adorable! If you see it let me know what you think of it. I would love to see it again. :D

When are you starting grad school? I am a bit fuzzy on those details. Aren't you taking on online class in January? Getting a job at the same time should be too hard, I wish you luck with that.

I thought the Christmas dolls were cute, but not enough to tempt me. I do like looking though, and I think the face ups are so cute. I'm still thinking my next doll will end up being a Pukifee Pong. ;)
Jan. 3rd, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
Of course. It seems like I get sick around Christmas every year too. Only since I'm in school, it's kind of a good thing. It sucks being sick over break, but I'd rather be sick at home than sick at school. Not too sick, of course. My brother was super sick over Christmas last year and missed out on all the holiday sweets! Now that is a tragedy.

I finally got around to seeing Tangled last week--I LOVED it. It was very much in the Disney style of my youth. And the whole sequence during "I See the Light" was pretty much to die for. Although there were a few times when people were singing that I was like "I'm pretty sure this song was in The Little Mermaid." Just saying. But it's Alan Menken, so I really can't complain. I would LOVE to see it again, though :)

Officially, my first day of grad school is the 18th, but since I'm doing this thing online, I don't actually have to go to class until the 31st. And then I only have class twice a month. I also have a class that's every Wednesday from 6-9, but I'm thinking that it'll be better if I wait to take that class until after I get a job so I have a more open availability to work with during the hiring process.

I almost got a Christmas Lati, but then I realized that I only really want one more Lati to complete my collection, and that Lati is Unicorn Coco. So I'm officially on the lookout for one! I think once I have her in my possession, I'll be laying off the Latis for awhile. Not that I'm not open to the possibility of getting more later on down the road, but I'm just ready to be content with the dolls that I own.

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