Saturday, April 22, 2017

Family Planning (Photo Story)

Brandy and Angelica stop at a bar for drinks after a day of shopping.

You can ask me about anything but the wedding. I’m all talked out on that topic. (Brandy)
Well, it won’t be long now, so I’ll let you off the hook. (Angelica)

It’s been a helluva week at work. I think I’ll have a glass of red wine. How about you? (Angelica, waving the waitress over)
Hmmm, I think I’ll try one of those fruity cocktails, but without the alcohol. (Brandy)

No alcohol? Don’t tell me your diet won’t allow for the occasional cocktail with a splash of happy juice. (Angelica)
No, I’m not counting calories. I’m abstaining for other reasons. (Brandy)

Oh my gosh, are you pregnant?! (Angelica)
Angie, please! (Brandy)

Don’t “Angie, please” me. I can tell when you’re hiding something. You get that look. (Angelica)
I am NOT pregnant. But when I am, you will know. (Brandy)


Brandy returns home from shopping. Tony is on the sofa reading the paper.

Did I tell you that I saw my doctor yesterday? (Brandy)
No, is everything okay, Babe? (Tony)

Mm hmm, I needed to do my biometric screening and I was due for a physical, so I scheduled an appointment with my doctor. I, um, told her not to renew my prescription for birth control pills. (Brandy)

What?! (Tony)
Don’t worry. She says it can take a few months to get out of my system, and we’ll be married by then. (Brandy)

But Babe don’t you want to enjoy life as newlyweds before adding kids to the equation? (Tony)
It’s a little late for that, or have you forgotten? (Brandy)

You know what I mean, and having Kayla in our lives is different. We get her a couple of weekends a month. That’s not the same as caring for a newborn 24-7. (Tony)
I don’t see any point in waiting to start our family. (Brandy)

I just think we should talk about it first. (Tony)
That’s what we’re doing right now. (Brandy)

Yeah, but… (Tony)
I thought you’d be excited about this. We’ve both talked about wanting lots of kids. I’m ready to get started. (Brandy)

Tony stops to really hear what his fiancée is saying. Then he moves to sit next to her.

Alright, just look me in the eyes and tell me this is what you really want and that it has nothing to do with your mother wanting grandbabies or me already having a child with Lea or anything like that. (Tony)

Brandy looks Tony in the eyes and smiles and then kisses him passionately.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Easy Way or the Hard Way? (Photo Story)

Deirdre hears a noise and thinks it’s Suze (the woman she’s renting the house from) coming to check on her and the baby.

Suze, is that you? (Deirdre)

There’s no response. She picks up the phone on the table nearby, but there’s no dial tone, which causes her heart to race.

She remembers that her cell phone is charging in the living room. She considers grabbing her sleeping baby and running, but knows that waking her suddenly will cause her to cry, giving away their location in the house.

She decides to try to retrieve her phone, hoping that the noise she heard was nothing to worry about.

She peeks into the hall and then tiptoes toward the living room. When she turns the corner, she sees a sight that nearly makes her heart stop.

What the he!! are you doing here? How did you find me? Why have you come? (Deirdre, becoming hysterical)
Walter’s eyes travel to Deirdre’s mostly flat belly.

It’s alright. Calm down. I’m not going to hurt you. I know about our baby. (Walter, speaking slowly)
Whatever you think you know is wrong. (Deirdre)

Don’t lie to me. We promised never to lie to each other, remember? I admit that at first I was upset that you would keep this from me, but I’m not mad anymore. The entire time we were apart, I could feel something powerful drawing me back to you. Don’t you see? It was our baby willing us to be together. I’m here now, and we can be a… (Walter)
I got rid of it, so just leave me alone. (Deirdre)

Walter speaks to someone else in the room, startling Deirdre because she thought he was alone.
Go check it out. (Walter)

No! (Deirdre)
Walter grabs her as she struggles to go after Sean.

Sean returns holding Alyssa.
Get your filthy hands off her!! Give her to me! (Deirdre)

Sean hands the baby to Walter.
Walter, give her to me now. (Deirdre)

Walter, who seems overcome with emotion, ignores her request. Instead he turns away and whispers quietly to the baby.

Walter, listen to me. You should go ahead and leave while you can, before I call the cops. (Deirdre)
How are you going to call the police without a phone? By the time they get here, we’ll be long gone. There’s no proof of forced entry. It’ll be your word against mine. (Walter)

I’m begging you to please just leave us alone. (Deirdre)
I’m not leaving until I get what I want. (Walter)

What is it that you want? (Deirdre)
I want you and our baby to come with me. (Walter)

Never. (Deirdre)
You can’t keep her from me. You have to know that. My blood runs through her veins. (Walter)

What are you saying? (Deirdre)

I’m saying we can do this the easy way…or the hard way. (Walter)

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 10, 2017

I'm Baaack!

Well, to be honest, I never left. I haven't been posting here much, but I've been reading and posting elsewhere as many of you know. I have so much to share that I really don't know where to begin...

I'll start with a brief explanation for my absence. This school year has been one of my busiest ever. I'm involved in way too many things- two of which I've already decided not to continue next school year. Plus my oldest daughter's Girl Scout activities have kept my weekends pretty full. While I've managed to find time here and there to shop and play, it's been really hard to find time to write and photograph photo stories.

Remember the story I wanted to write about the modeling agency? Well here are four of the main players. Nicolette Knight (middle) is CEO of Muse Model Management. Victor James is head of the male models division. Ginger Vanwyk (NEW resident) is over the runway division and Paulette is a runway coach. Paulette is thrilled to finally have an articulated body. I chose a Color Infusion body for her and I love it. The extra height and those ginormous feet actually make a lot of sense in this case. I have several of the models lined up already, and this story will be introduced in the coming months.

Also, I've rearranged the doll room make room for more dolls and this big a$$ dollhouse. Seriously, it's huge. It's six feet tall and five feet wide. It's actually made for 18 inch dolls, but I realized that it's perfect for housing multiple dioramas. The rooms are about 29 inches wide and 19 inches deep. I bought it so I could set up all my restaurant dios permanently. There's quite a bit still to be done, but these pics should give you an idea. I bought mine shortly after Christmas so it was on sale for over a hundred dollars less than what it costs now.

Tsushinami and My Cup of Tea are on the top level. All of the chairs in the sushi bar still need to be spray painted. The furniture is from the recently released Barbie furniture sets.


I need to spray paint the rest of the tables and chairs for the tea room. NEW resident below. Jeanine is having tea with her daughter, Carmen (Quinceanera Barbie).

Primo Tuscan Grille and Made Fresh are on the second level. NEW resident below. Zac Posen Ken has finally been crossed off of my wish list. He's keeping his first name, but no last name yet. Lavinia, who doesn't mind dating younger men, has captured his attention.


The pizzeria and Tastries will be on the bottom level.

Here are a few more shots of the doll room arrangement. My black work table with the IKEA storage unit underneath is against the wall that isn't pictured. Basically, it's more of a dumping ground than a work table at the moment, so I decided not to photograph it.

My big girl (8) gifted this doll house to her little sister (4). Never mind the mess. Her Barbies are terrible housekeepers. This house will be mine one day. And when that day comes, I will restore it to its previous glory. 

There are a few missing walls in the townhouse units, specifically the ones separating the bathrooms from the bedrooms. I'll get around to fixing that at some point.

The closet storage is still much the same. My married/engaged couples occupy the space on top of the chest of drawers. NEW resident below. See the guy in the boxer shorts? That's Yolanda's new husband, Chris. I think he looks like Chris Tucker. My husband thinks he looks like Chris Rock. One thing's for sure, he looks like a Chris. 

NEW resident below. Glamazon Adele is my first (and possibly my last) Fashion Royalty female doll. She is on the far right and will feature in the story about the modeling agency.

As far as goals for 2017, I really want to focus on enjoying my collection. I have a lot of great dolls, and I want to slow down on purchasing new ones so I can enjoy the ones I have. I went over the limit I set for last year, so I will keep that same number as my limit for this year. If at first you don't succeed, try try again. I will report on how many dolls over my limit I ended up with when I write my first purchasing post.

Until next time,