*clap clap* gather ’round, chillren, it’s story time
I was in Goodwill a few weeks ago (November 21st, to be exact), when I found The Thing That We AG Fans Hope To Find Sometime In Our Lifetimes™. Namely, a doll foot sticking up out of the mound of stinky stuffed animals. I pounced on it like a vulture.
The foot belonged to a ratty Lindsey Bergman who probably spent most of her years in the dire straits of someone else’s childhood. She had wiggly legs and smelled like dust and old books, but after a total body cleaning, a restringing that cost me some of my sanity, and a new wig, she really looked alive again.
I forgot to take before pictures. Whoops. I was definitely not acting like I’d found Cibola and Atlantis and the map on the back of the Constitution. Pfft. Having renamed her Pyper (I was considering Sierra, but I thought Pyper sounded better), I started in on her and sort-of-just-now-two-weeks-ago finished her. I was awaiting new batteries for my camera. Ahem.
(I apologize in advance for nightmares or loaded questions from younger siblings.)
Her original price ($6), plus the restringing kit ($8 on Etsy) and her new wig ($25 from Zazou Dolls) brings the grand total of what I paid for her to $39. That’s 66% off MSRP. Of course, she isn’t a brand new doll, but she’s in really nice condition. Well, she is now.
So this is Pyper Kennedy, my sixth doll.
Pyper’s always half-way into a project. Be it experimenting with record scratch or scratch spins, she’s never idle and likes to stay busy. She’s been ice skating since she was five, but lately she’s been spending a lot of time coming up with slightly unoriginal EDM.
She’s never been one for showing off, though. It’s not because she’s particularly humble, but more because of chronic self-confidence issues. So despite her hobbies, she doesn’t do any recitals – and the Youtube channel she made six months ago for her music still has no content on it.
Pyper’s quite social, but she often feels alienated because she tends to be the “friend mom”. She sometimes wishes people wouldn’t come to her with their problems, even though she loves helping them work through things. Being a natural leader isn’t a talent she appreciates anymore, mostly because she often wonders if her advice is even any good.
Yet there’s something about her that makes everyone trust her. She’s the first to speak up for a cause she believes in and the last to back away from a daunting project. This kind of attitude, combined with her insecurity regarding her ability, breeds a lot of guilt and self-doubt. And since she’s usually the leader, she feels she can’t allow her problems to surface.
So she keeps busy. She withdraws a bit at times to make more music, practice more moves, and wonder if she’s any good at anything. She knows she’ll reach a breaking point sometime. But until she can’t stand any more, she’ll work on her EDM and perfecting her Salchow jumps.
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One of my Unreasonable New Year’s Resolutions™ is to post on this blog more. I still love dolls, and even though I’m not the little eleven-year-old AG blogger I used to be, that doesn’t mean I can’t be part of the fun.
Has anyone else noticed a decrese in AG blogging recently? I can’t tell if it’s the fandom fading or if I just need to find some new blogs.
Whatever it is, the situation isn’t getting any better with this blog laying dormant. Hehe.
Here’s to a good 2019. Happy New Year!
Sayonara for now,