WB 6-24-17 Part 2

Sorry I had to split the WB into 2 parts its just the new AG stuff has a lot of images.

Fourth : American Girl has changed there website and it looks really good. I took several screen shots for it. All the new items are exciting. The one new item I am the most excited about is the Grand Hotel and accessories for it. The second thing I am exited about is the new Truly Me accessories set. They also have all kinds of new outfits and accessories from Truly Me. Found this on AGDN New Kitten from AG arriving at COSTCO stores on 6-22-17 . It is so cute. Wellie Wishers have a new pet his name is Norman and he is a Gopher. He will be released on Thursday 6-22-17 and he reminds me of the Ground hog in the movie Ground Hogs Day. Look at the post about Nanea I saw on AGDN I am so excited. AGDN was also talking about the new look anticipation on 6-21-17 I have screen shots of that below also. I am sorry if it seems a little disorganized but from where I have had this cold I am kind of disorganized this week. LOL. Ok that is all for now talk to you next week.

 

P.S.- I was getting ready to post this and something else very interesting on a fellow bloggers page. A sneak peak at the new AG Truly Me Custom catalog I can’t wait for it now that I have seen this post. Here is the link http://www.dolldays.com/single-post/2017/06/23/Leaked-Truly-Me-Customization-Line-Catalogue

WB 6-24-17 Part 1

Weekly Blog
(WB)

The blog post of the week that tells what’s new in the doll world and what we have been doing all week. We also announce the winner of FW in our WB. We also will give the WYL for the month if it have been posted the if it is the last post of the month. We try hard to keep up with thing going on in the doll world without neglecting our family and friends so sometimes you may see more info about things we had not seen when preparing the WB. We do apologize if we miss something.
Please join us every Saturday for WB.

Hi Girls and Guys. Sorry to say this week we do not have a winner of FW because we didn’t get any votes. It has been a slow week for us at home due to me having a summer cold and the weather being either so hot you can’t breath or raining and storming. Well just because the dolls and the people haven’t been doing much doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to tell you about because we do and there is a lot. I also wanted to tell everyone I am sorry the Photo Shoot never happened as was planned but life happens sometimes and I may be able to get one up for the next month. We have a few issues going on right now and we are trying to get them taken care of. I will be doing a special post this we not sure the day yet but it will be to tell a little about our family. I also may be getting a new phone this week so hopefully the pictures will look better when I get that. We are currently working on a few new things for the BLOG and I will get the info on those things closer to there completion. We also are very sorry our COM didn’t get posted. The phone we took the pictures on messed up and we lost all our step by step photos.

First: Two of our favorite Youtuber and Bloggers have some new crafts. The blogs are http://myfroggystuff.blogspot.com/ and http://www.americangirlideas.com/ Please go check them out.

 

Second: We have an event in a nearby city called Kingsport and the event is called Fun Fest. They are having two very special acts in concert they are Huey Lewis and the News and The Bare Naked Ladies. I am not going to get to go but I was so excited when I heard they would be there. Here is the website to find out the info if you are going to be near us http://funfest.net/ . Let us know if you will be in the area maybe we can try for a meet up.Reveal-Poster-Web

 

Third: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is on Saturday August 19, 2017. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The campfires, the laughs, the racing, the music, the sights, smells and the check off your bucket list. Fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR, and if history’s any indication The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside the Last Great Colosseum! Join us at America’s Night Race. See you in August. It’s Bristol Baby!
Tickets for Adults start at $69 while Kids Tickets (12 & under) are ONLY $10. I took the countdown picture at 6:36 am on 6-19-17 http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/tickets/bass-pro-shops-nra-night-race/?utm_medium=web&utm_source=bms&utm_campaign=DaleJrAlpha . The sadest thing aboout this race is that Dale Earnheart Jr. will be doing his last race here.

Fourth: This will be in WB post part 2.

 

 

FW 6-21-17

Its that time of the week you should know what to do but if you don’t here are the directions.

  1. Look closely at our models in their outfits.
  2. Decide which you like in the outfit best.
  3. Give me your thoughts and your vote for the outfit and model.
  4. Let me know by Friday so I can tally it up to see who won.

Our models this week are Cassey and Maryellen. The outfit this week is called Fluffy Pink.

WB 6-17-17

Weekly Blog

(WB)

The blog post of the week that tells what’s new in the doll world and what we have been doing all week. We also announce the winner of FW in our WB. We also will give the WYL for the month if it have been posted the if it is the last post of the month. We try hard to keep up with thing going on in the doll world without neglecting our family and friends so sometimes you may see more info about things we had not seen when preparing the WB. We do apologize if we miss something.

Please join us every Saturday for WB.

The FW winner this week is Maryellen.

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Maryellen

This week our truck got fixed and so we will have some new photos to show you. Some of the photos will be in Sunday’s Father’s Day post and others will be in a special photo shoot will be posting on Monday. We also will be doing our first Photo Story (PS) next month.

I saw on American Girl Doll News that there is a new hair color going to be available for the Truly Me line from AG. She also was talking about summer releases with an AG cashier and was told most of the releases will be furniture and accessories.

American Girl Ideas has 2 new crafts this week they are cupcakes and a razor for your dolls. I am excited about the razor the most and it goes along with a previous craft she done for Pads and Tampons that I am going to craft for KayKay because she will soon be starting that stage of life and we bought her a practice razor a few months back.

We went out yesterday to McDonald’s and ate lunch and bought a few things we did get one new item for our dolls. At Wal-Mart we got a My Life accessories item and it is a Tablet and Smart Watch. Here is a picture of them and also pictures of us at McDonald’s. Also I ment to tell you some of the My Life As dolls are on sell right now at Wal-Mart for $14.97 instead of regular price of $$27.97 and a few of the play set accessories are on sell to for $5.97 instead of regular price of $7.97.

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I got this info from https://dollsbetweenus.wordpress.com/

Fortune magazine had an article today about Mattel’s plans to turn things around across their brands, including American Girl.  Key points:

  • Turnaround plans focus on emerging markets, faster pace of toy development (oh no!) and the digital play experience
  • In the past year, Mattel stock has fallen 28% while Hasbro’s shares have risen 29%
  • CEO says American Girl has been poorly managed (you knew someone had to take the fall for the perma panties…)
  • Revitalization of American Girl will take longer than expected
  • Need to speed up new product development time from 18 mo to 6 mo

None of these points speak to American Girl’s original beloved concept of your doll being special friend for life, crafted with care yet able to be played with and loved.  Their plans sound more like ‘this Barbie doll’s leg will fall off in 4 months, but no worries — pick another one up wherever you shop.’

 

WYL 6-16-17

What You Like

(WYL)

What you like is a monthly post we are going to start doing to see what you like best out of different categories of items relating to the doll world. There will be 4 categories with 2 items each in them and you pick the ones you like. Then in the last WB of the month we will have the results.

PLEASE VOTE!!!

This week in our first WYL we are going to be using Our Generation (OG) items for our choices. On OG’s website they have tabs and subcategories in those tabs.

First Category is Tab “Meet the Dolls” subcategory of regular dolls.

Arianna OR  Jesse.PNG

 

Second category is Tab “Accessories” subcategory of Retro Fashion.

Country Fair OR  Tennis Togs

 

Third category is Tab “Accessories” subcategory of Fun and Adventure.going 1 OR going 2

 

Last category is Tab “Bookshelf” (there is no subcategory in this Tab).Pajama Party OR Shelby Stables

Let us know what you like by next weeks WB on 6-24-17.

BOM 6-15-17

Book of the Month Is…

BOM 6-15-17

The Silence of the Lambs is a novel by Thomas Harris. First published in 1988, it is the sequel to Harris’ 1981 novel Red Dragon. Both novels feature the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, this time pitted against FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling. Its film adaptation directed by Jonathan Demme was released in 1991 to box office success and critical acclaim.

Plot summary

Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, is asked to carry out an errand by Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI division that draws up psychological profiles of serial killers. Starling is to present a questionnaire to the brilliant forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter. Lecter is serving nine consecutive life sentences in a Maryland mental institution for a series of murders.
Crawford’s real intention, however, is to try to solicit Lecter’s assistance in the hunt for a serial killer dubbed “Buffalo Bill”, whose modus operandi involves kidnapping overweight women, starving them for about three or four days, and then killing and skinning them, before dumping the remains in nearby rivers. The nickname was started by Kansas City Homicide, as a sick joke that “he likes to skin his humps.” Throughout the investigation, Starling periodically returns to Lecter in search of information, and the two form a strange relationship in which he offers her cryptic clues in return for information about her troubled and bleak childhood as an orphan.
When Bill’s sixth victim is found in West Virginia, Starling helps Crawford perform the autopsy. Starling finds a pupa in the throat of the victim, and just as Lecter predicted, she has been scalped. Triangular patches of skin have also been taken from her shoulders. Furthermore, autopsy reports indicate that Bill had killed her within four days of her capture, much faster than his earlier victims.

On the basis of Lecter’s prediction, Starling believes that he knows who Buffalo Bill really is. She also asks why she was sent to fish for information on Buffalo Bill without being told she was doing so; Crawford explains that if she had had an agenda, Lecter would have sensed it and never spoken up.

Starling takes the pupa to the Smithsonian, where it is eventually identified as the Black Witch moth, which would not naturally occur where the victim was found.

In Tennessee, Catherine Baker Martin, daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, is kidnapped. Within six hours, her blouse is found on the roadside, slit up the back: Buffalo Bill’s calling card. He traps her in an oubliette and begins to starve her. Crawford is advised that no less than the President of the United States has expressed “intense interest” in the case, and that a successful rescue is preferable. Crawford estimates they have three days before Catherine is killed. Starling is sent to Lecter with the offer of a deal: if he assists in Catherine’s rescue and Buffalo Bill’s capture, he will be transferred out of the asylum, something he has continually longed for. However, Lecter expresses skepticism at the genuineness of the offer.

After Starling leaves, Lecter reminisces on the past, recalling a conversation with Benjamin Raspail, a former patient whom he had eventually murdered. During therapy sessions, Raspail told Lecter about a former lover, Jame Gumb: after Raspail left Gumb and began dating a sailor named Klaus, Gumb became jealous and murdered Klaus, using his skin to make an apron. Raspail also revealed that Gumb had an epiphany upon watching a moth hatch.

Lecter’s ruminations are interrupted when Dr. Frederick Chilton – the asylum’s administrator and Lecter’s nemesis – steps in. A listening device allowed him to record Starling’s offer, and Chilton has found out that Crawford’s deal is a lie. He offers one of his own: If Lecter reveals Buffalo Bill’s identity, he will indeed get a transfer to another asylum, but only if Chilton gets credit for getting the information from him.

Lecter insists that he’ll only give the information to Senator Martin in person, in Tennessee. Chilton agrees. Unknown to Chilton, Lecter has previously hidden in his mouth a paperclip and some parts of a pen, which were mistakenly given to him by untrained orderlies over his many years at the asylum. He fashions the pen pieces and paperclip into an improvised lockpick, which he later uses to pick his handcuff locks.
In Tennessee, Lecter toys with Senator Martin briefly, enjoying the woman’s anguish, but eventually gives her some information about Buffalo Bill: his name is William “Billy” Rubin, and he has suffered from “elephant ivory anthrax”, a knifemaker’s disease. He also provides an accurate physical description. The name, however, is a red herring: bilirubin is a pigment in human bile and a chief coloring agent in human feces, which the forensic lab compares to the color of Chilton’s hair.
Starling tries one last time to get information from Lecter as he is about to be transferred. He offers a final clue – “we covet what we see every day” – and demands to hear her worst memory. Starling reveals that, after her father’s death, she was sent to live with a cousin on a sheep and horse ranch. One night, she discovered the farmer slaughtering the spring lambs, and fled in terror with one of the slaughter horses whom she named Hannah. The farmer caught her and sent her to an orphanage, where she spent the rest of her childhood, along with Hannah. Lecter thanks her, and the two share a brief moment of connection before Chilton forces her to leave. Later on, she deduces from Lecter’s clue that Buffalo Bill knew his first victim.
Shortly after this, Lecter escapes by killing and eviscerating his guards, using one of their faces as a mask to fool paramedics. Starling continues her search for Buffalo Bill, eventually tracking him down and killing him, rescuing Catherine. She is made a full-fledged FBI agent, and receives a congratulatory telegram from Lecter, who hopes that “the lambs have stopped screaming”.
While writing the letter, Lecter notes to himself that, while he will track down Chilton, Clarice assumes, correctly, he will not come after her. He also predicts correctly that saving Catherine Martin may have granted Clarice some relief, but that the silence will never become eternal, heralding her motives for a continued career at the FBI. Clarice eventually finds rest even after Lecter’s letter, sleeping peacefully “in the silence of the lambs”.

Characters

  • Clarice Starling
  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter
  • Jack Crawford
  • John Brigham
  • Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb
  • Barney Matthews
  • Ardelia Mapp
  • Dr. Frederick Chilton
  • Catherine Baker Martin
  • Senator Ruth Martin
  • Paul Krendler
  • Noble Pilcher
  • Albert Roden
  • I. J. Miggs

Literary significance

The novel was a great success. Craig Brown of The Mail on Sunday wrote, “No thriller writer is better attuned than Thomas Harris to the rhythms of suspense. No horror writer is more adept at making the stomach churn”. The Independent wrote, “Utterly gripping”, and Amazon.com wrote, “…driving suspense, compelling characters,…a well-executed thriller…” Children’s novelist, Roald Dahl also greatly enjoyed the novel, describing it as “subtle, horrific and splendid, the best book I have read in a long time”. Author David Foster Wallace used the book as part of his curriculum while teaching at Pomona College and later included the book as well as Harris’s Red Dragon on his list of ten favorite novels. John Dunning says of Silence of the Lambs: [it is] “simply the best thriller I’ve read in five years”.

Accolades

  • The novel won the 1988 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.
  • The novel also won the 1989 Anthony Award for Best Novel.
  • It was nominated for the 1989 World Fantasy Award.

Film adaptation

Main article: The Silence of the Lambs (film)
Following the 1986 adaptation of Red Dragon (filmed as Manhunter), The Silence of the Lambs was adapted by Jonathan Demme in 1991. The Silence of the Lambs became the third film in Oscar history to win the following five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. It stars Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter.

Musical adaptation

In 2005, comedian-musicians Jon and Al Kaplan parodied the story, especially the film, in Silence! The Musical. It premiered Off-Off-Broadway and has since had productions in London and Los Angeles.[citation needed] In 2012, the Los Angeles production won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards for Score, Lead Performance, and Choreography.

I got all my Info off WIKIPEDIA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silence_of_the_Lambs_(novel)