Happy Aromantic Awareness Week!

Hello, human and vinyl beings! Today I have a very, very different post for you guys.

By the time you are reading this I will already be on the other side of the globe, visiting my extended family in Israel. I am scheduling this post, and next week’s post, for Saturdays like usual, but I probably won’t be checking my reader or replying to your comments.

First of all, I would like to note that aromantic awareness week didn’t start yet and will only start on Monday, but I wanted to write this before the week starts. It happens every year on the week after Valentine’s Day.

If you are currently very confused and don’t know what this is all about, let me tell you about aromanticism. I will only touch the very basics, but there will be a few links later for you to check out if you want to learn more.

You probably know that people have sexual orientations. Your sexual orientation means who you are sexually attracted to. Being homosexual, for example, means that you are sexually attracted to people that are the same gender as you. There are also romantic orientations, which means who you are romantically attracted to. Usually, your romantic and sexual orientations are the same. For example, a person who is heterosexual is most likely to also be heteroromantic.

This is different for asexual people (who don’t experience sexual attraction) and aromantic people (who don’t experience romantic attraction). I happen to be both aromantic and asexual, but there are plenty of asexual people who experience romantic attraction and plenty of aromantic people who experience sexual attraction. So in aromantic and asexual forums, for example, people usually write down both their sexual orientation and their romantic orientation. For example, aromantic pansexual or heteroromantic asexual.

Please keep in mind that asexuality and aromanticism are very different things, though they are many times confused.

But we are here to talk about aromanticism! As a person who is both aromantic and asexual, I feel like being aromantic affects me more in life. I have no interest in dating, kissing, or being in a relationship. I never had a crush on anyone. And in a culture where romantic relationships are considered to be natural for all people, it is very hard to not date and for people to understand that I don’t care about dating or want to date. This is how it feels for me, but other aros (aromantic people) may feel very differently.

Some aros are interested in traditional romantic relationships or in different intimate relationships. Queerplatonic relationships are a type of relationships that many times involves aros. That means a relationship that is different from a traditional romantic relationship but is still more meaningful than friendship.

If you are interested in learning more, try one of these:

Arocalypse, an aromantic forum

Various articles about aromanticism in Everyday Feminism

Untitledollover

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We Made a Survey, Our Commenting Policy, Work with Us

Hello, human and vinyl beings! Today we will show you multiple pages we added to our blog.

First of all, we made a survey for our readers that we ask all of you to answer. It will also become a page on the blog. You can get to the survey here.

Second of all, we made a commenting policy. None of the comments we ever got violated this policy in any way, but it’s important for us to write it down.

Here is the policy:

  • Please do not spam the comment section. You have to write about things that are actually related to the post or page. You are welcome to reference another post or blog and leave a link, or leave the link to your blog and we will check it out.
  • Swearing or bad language is fine, as long as it’s not directed at other people. For example, you can’t say “you are so fucking stupid” but we have no problem with “the pictures are so fucking cute”. But please keep in mind that other people may not like what you say and start a debate or argument.
  • Don’t try to start an argument, but you are welcoe to voice your opinion as long as you respect the opinions of everybody involved.
  • Do not discriminate against anybody. Any sort of xenophobic comment would be deleted (such as a racist, classist, or hmophobic comment). If your discrimination is intentional, your comment will be deleted. If it is unintentional, you will be called out and have to apologize.
  • If you see something that can be hurtful to anybody, don’t feel bad to call out the person who wrote it and explain why they are wrong to say that. We can usually spot hurtful comments, but we don’t know every single culture, religion, gender identity, sexual and romantic orientation, disabilty, and anyhting else that we forgot to mention in the world, so we appreciate your help.

Third of all, we invite you to work with us! We will make a page with more details, but basically you can cowrite any kind of post with us, become a contributing writer to this blog, or have a single post you wrote published here (with credit, of course) if you are interested.

Thank you so much for reading, and sorry this was published a day late! We are in the most stressing part of stage crwew – the plays and tech week – and also lost our computer for a while. Thank you for your patience.

Untitledollover

Blabbin’ with Gabi: The Liebster Awards, A New Pet, and February

Hi everybody! It’s Gabi here. Finally, I have another episode of Blabbin’ with Gabi. It’s only happening because Untitledollover was out of materials to make a certain craft, but let’s not complain!

First of all, February just started! February is my favorite month, because all the good things happen there! My birthday in on February 17th, and Untitledollover’s is on February 4th. It’s Black History Month, too! Time to go listen to some Blues music and watch Selma. It will be Valentine’s Day in a little bit, then Aromantic Awareness Week, and the Lunar New Year, and National Freedom Day, and so much more! Are you excited?

Second of all, there is an important item of news that we didn’t get to share with you yet – we got a pet! This is our first-ever pet, except for Tina’s annoying dog Fluffy that eats my hair at night and bites the legs of furniture. He’s also incredibly dumb, because he thinks both furniture and my hair are food, which they are not.

So when Untitledollover went to the American Girl Store on Blaire’s release she got us the best piece from Blaire’s collection – her piglet! We haven’t read the books, so we don’t know what their name is, but we call her Dakota, pronouns she/her/hers if you haven’t noticed. She is so adorable!

Dakota is awesome, but she does have some downsides. The first is that she’s a pig, which means she eats everything. Food, clothes, homework – you name it. Some of her favorites are apples and paper. Which is bad, because teachers get mad at you when you say the pig ate your homework. We had to learn that the hard way.

Another problem is that Dakota got me grounded, though it really wasn’t her fault. Turns out you needed permission from Tina to get a pet, and it even says so in the 500-page book of rules she has, so I was grounded for a week. Which is so over the top for just bringing a pig home without permission!

Anyway, now that you know Dakota, we have a super important announcement – we were nominated to the…

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Liebster Awards! Yay!

First, you acknowledge the blog that nominated you for this award. We were nominated by Liberty in Freedom Child here. We love all the writing stuff on their blog!

Second, you answer 11 questions the blogger gave you. I will answer them because I am the best doll/human around here.

  1. What is your favorite word, and, or phrase?

Probably “keep calm” stuff. My favorite is “keep calm and love bragging”, obviously. To brag means to recite poetry. We learned that in The Ship of the Dead.

2. If you could be any Disney character, which one would you be?

Hmm… though one. I think Mulan, because she can fight and kill and ride horses to death. Also, Mushu is there.

3. Would you rather be a celebrity, or just successful?

Probably be successful. I want to be a famous bragger and poet.

4. If you could have any magical pet, what would it be?

A dragon!

5. If you were a poster what would you say?

Keep calm and love bragging!

6. What’s your favorite TV show?

I don’t really watch TV… We have one but Tina stole it for her room. I love the Netflix shows Anne with an E and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

7. If you have Any Siblings, on a scale of 1 to 10, how much do they drive you crazy?

Addy is cool, so maybe 3 or 4? Something like that.

8. Whats your main goal in life?

To have my book of poetry published. It’s like a third done.

9. What would you do if you saw an old lady robbing a bank, but on her way out she falls, and hurts herself, right in front of you?

Call the police!

10. If you could live anywhere were would you live?

I don’t know. Probably in Boston.

 11. Is there any strange, or weird thing  you do all the time?

I raise my hand in class but then forgot the answer when the teacher calls on me.

Next I will give you eleven random facts about me!

  1. I really, really hate it when people call me “African American”. I am not from Africa, never been in Africa, and have no ancestors from that continent whatsoever.
  2. I started a poetry club at school.
  3. I am a junior and I don’t know what college I’m going to. Or want to go to.
  4. I love Hearth and Blitz because they are awesome fighters without actually being fighters. Like they don’t actually have weapons.
  5. Nonbinary ships are the cutest.
  6. I always forgot to charge my phone and laptop.
  7. I am obsessed with mail and mailboxes.
  8. Untitledollover just got us a Valentine’s Day mailbox. IT’S THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.
  9. I spell gray with an a.
  10. My least favorite subject is history. Nobody cares.
  11. I know around a hundred poems by heart.

Time to nominate a bunch of people!

We nominate everybody reading this post! If you didn’t do this already, go write a post now!

Your questions are:

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  2. Who is your favorite movie/book/TV show/anime/D&D character?
  3. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
  4. Gray or grey?
  5. Should the races Black, White, Brown, Yellow, etc. be capitalized?
  6. What is your favorite book genre?
  7. Who is your hero?
  8. What would you do with a million dollars?
  9. What languages do you speak?
  10. Pencils or mechanical pencils?
  11. What do you believe in that other people don’t (can be anything)?

Thanks for reading, everybody! I hope I didn’t bore you to death. If you answered our questions, link your blog or just write them in a comment!

Gabi

The Adventures of Awesome Addy and Super Stanley – A Photo Story

Hello, human and vinyl beings! I made a behind the scenes post for this photostory a long time ago, and was too lazy to upload it until now… but here we go!

It was just a regular day, and Awesome Addy was flying, answering her friend Super Stanley’s call. She wasn’t sure what was going on yet, but Awesome Addy assumed that somebody was in trouble as in most of their world-saving missions.

When Awesome Addy got to the street where Super Stanley told her to go, she landed behind a plant and looked around the street.

But she couldn’t see anything that deserved her immediate attention.

And then Awesome Addy spotted Super Stanley standing over a young, blue elephant right behind a rose bush. And the elephant was bleeding! Using her experience with injuries, she could tell that the elephant was losing a lot of blood. They had to do something – and fast.

Awesome Addy hurried over to Super Stanley and the elephant.

“Super Stanley! What happened?” She asked, breathless.

“This elephant jumped into this bush of poisonous roses,” they said. “They are in a very bad condition.”

“Could we call 911?” Awesome Addy asked.

“I already did, but Grumpy Gabi is blocking the ambulance. We have to get them to the hospital ourselves,” Super Stanely said.

“But how?”

Awesome Addy tried to think of a way. But she knew that the clock was ticking. Every second they spend here might cost the life of the elephant. Then she had a brilliant idea.

“I know!” she said. “We can use Victorious Vehicle!”

Super Stanley smiled. They had found a solution after all!

They jumped in Victorious Vehicle.

Super Stanley drove at top speed – 500mph. Addy knew they were doing everything they could, but what if it wasn’t enough? She could see the elephant getting worse and worse, and she couldn’t do anything to help.

They got to the emergency room, and Awesome Addy hurled in the elephant as fast as she could, hoping it was enough.

Turns out, it wasn’t.

Her vision still blurred with tears, Awesome Addy tried to calm down Super Stanley. She knew they could get very depressed in moments like that.

“We did everything we could. We tried. That’s what’s really important.”

Super Stanley’s sobs didn’t seem to quiet down, their body to stop shaking. Awesome Addy hugged them tightly.

“Just remember that-”

“Aduke McBride! You were supposed to clean up this room an hour ago, not play with your toys! You’d better start cleaning now or I’ll take your TV privileges!”

Awesome Addy sighed. Grumpy Gabi caught her.

“Fine,” she mumbled.

With a sigh, Awesome Addy went to her desk and started cleaning. In her opinion, it was way more exhausting than saving the world.

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I hope you enjoyed the photostory! I loved making it and hope to make more photostories in the future, once I get some ideas. Tell us in the comments if you would like to see more of the adventures of Awesome Addy and Super Stanley!

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Our Summer Fashion Show!

Gabi: Hi, everybody! Today you will be seeing (drumroll, please!) our summer fashion show!

So since it’s the middle of the winter here in the northern hemisphere, we decided to warm things up a little and show off all our new outfits we got in the past few months with a summer-themed fashion show! Let’s get started!

Gabi: First we have Kit, who is wearing the sun & fun outfit from- Kit, you are wearing the wrong shirt! And shoes!

Kit: Well, they just weren’t fashionable! I can’t be seen wearing that hideous outfit!

Gabi: Kit! You were supposed to wear the outfit I gave you! You ruined the show!

Kit: Oops.

Gabi: Get off the stage!

Gabi: And now we have Addy, wearing Josefina’s festival outfit. I love this outfit so much! The shawl is gorgeous, the shoes are adorable, and the shirt is actually really long so you can also use it as a nightgown! It really looks like something a farm girl from two hundred years ago will wear.

Kit: I might even wear it for Let’s Remember the 1800s Week.

Gabi: So what you guys need to know is that Kit thinks she is super fashionable because she makes up her own fashions and then acts like certain things she decided are super popular right now really are popular. She also likes to make up days and weeks and months when you wear certain stuff.

Kit: That’s not true! Everything I wear is fashionable! And Let’s Remember the 1800s Week really exists!

Gabi: The internet says otherwise.

Kit: If you were truly fashionable, you will know where to look for that information.

Addy: Um, can I go now?

Gabi: Next we have Tina in Nanea’s school outfit! It looks like Tina is going to school in the 1940s, where she belongs. Say “Dusty textbooks, here I come!”.

Tina: I am not going to say that, Gabi! I can’t believe I volunteered to take part in you fashion show! Electronics aren’t good for you, anyway. If you don’t stop now, you will be grounded!

Gabi: You are not my guardian, you are only the head of the house.

Tina: GABRIELLA HELENA McBRIDE

Gabi: Next!

Gabi: Now we have… Victoria Rose?

Victoria Rose: Hello!

Gabi: Victoria Rose, you are not in the show! What are you doing with that dress?

Victoria Rose: I found it.

Gabi: I don’t want to know. Why don’t you go play outside?

Victoria Rose: Okay!

Gabi: Thank God.

Gabi: Sorry about that, everyone! This was a disaster. We are also sorry about the short post. Untitledollover was sick for the last few days and also just became part of stage crew for her school’s play (it’s Into the Woods Jr.. Turns out, there are giants in the sky. There are big tall terrible giants in the sky) so she had very limited time to spend with us. But we’ll see you next week with a new post!

Kit: Stay fashionable!

Addy: Bye!

5 Products Worth Noticing from the Winter Release 2019

And… it’s me Addy! Finally! And I get to tell you my opinion about some products that were released in the winter release in the Truly Me line!

Actually, I’m writing this post because I need a break from When Dimple Met Rishi. It’s awesome, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a bit too much romance at once. At least I’m allowed to read it. I wasn’t allowed to read This is Where It Ends because there is “too much violence” or whatever. Not fair. I guess the Storm Runner is fine. But anyway, let’s get right into it the video! I mean the post.

S'more Fun Pajamas for 18-inch Dolls
I. NEED. THESE!

S’more Fun Pajamas

Yay! More pajamas! I love these. There is a long shirt, which is awesome. Did you notice the lack of oversized clothes for 18 inch dolls? Or, really, shirts and sweaters that cover anything besides your upper body? We finally have some. These PJs are so cute! I want them, but Untitledollover says there is no room in the budget or something weird like that.

Poolside Swim Trunks Set for 18-inch Dolls
Thy swimsuit of beauty

Poolside Swim Trunks

Finally we have a swimsuit that is not a bikini or a one-piece! Not everyone wears these, dummies. The swim trunks are gorgeous, the flip flops are so cute (they look like they will stay on your feet, unlike the other pair of flip flops we have), and the tank top is adorable! We might actually be getting this set, and maybe another swimsuit, too.

Camp American Girl™ Essentials
Tie dye shirt. TIE DYE SHIRT.

Camp American Girl Essentials

Around the house there were multiple opinions about this set. I like it a lot, especially the shirt. It makes me want to go camping! But Gabi says it doesn’t have enough high-quality stuff, blah blah blah, but I think it’s fine. It reminds me a lot of Luciana’s NASA visitor center accessories. I hope someone (hint, hint) buys it for us.

American Girl® Swimming Pool
The flat blue surface set

American Girl Swimming Pool

The floating unicorn thingie is adorable. The lawn chair is so cute. The games are perfect. But the pool.

No. Just no. How are we supposed to play with the pool, or even go into it, if it’s flat? IT’S FLAT. How is anybody supposed to play with it?! In my opinion, this set is a waste of money. Maybe you can use it as an ice skating rink.

Camp American Girl™ Hangout
Camp Awesome Hangout!

Camp American Girl Hangout

I love this set! Perfection. The cabin looks so cozy and fun! The accessories are awesome. I love the mugs and posters. The only problem is that you can’t really fit furniture inside, so it will be hard to make this a doll room. I also don’t like how AG recycled Julie’s popcorn from her snack set and the dominos from Rebecca’s bedroom accessories. But overall, this set is awesome.

Thanks for reading my opinion, everybody! Have a great weekend!

Addy

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What I Think About Blaire, GOTY 2019

Hello, human and vinyl beings! It feels like it’s been forever since I wrote a post here. Today I will tell you what I think about Blaire Wilson, she/her, Girl of the Year 2019.

First of all, I like that Blaire lives on a farm and her first book – she helps plan a wedding – is pretty unique. While I do like the idea of bonding over food and food and baking playing an important part in her story, Grace liked to bake and she was only released a few years ago so it’s not that original.

Blaire™ Doll & Book

My problem with Blaire? She looks just like Rebecca. Same hair only red, the same eyes, same skin color. Also, Blaire’s looks similar to TM #61 as well. We have had the combination of red hair and green eyes so many times before – with Mia, Maryellen, and Felicity, for example. I think American Girl could have done a much better job with the doll, but the meet outfit is awesome!

Blaire's Family Farm Restaurant

I love the idea of Blaire having a family farm restaurant set, and I love the furniture, but this set has almost no pieces and food! How are you supposed to play with it if you have less than ten pieces to eat and even less to cook? The restaurant is awesome, though, and totally unique. I especially love the kitchen and that you can rearrange it.

Image for Blaire's Party Decor from American Girl

Blaire’s party decor set is awesome! I think it should be named “wedding decor” and not “party decor” because it looks a lot like decorations for a wedding. The stand is really cool, I love its shape, and the paper decorations at the top are so pretty! But the stand. It’s so cool! It has fabric wrapped around it! It’s so awesome! I love it.

Blaire’s bridesmaid dress is… okay? I don’t really like how the dress is shorter in the front, and I don’t like how puffy it is. I think it would have looked better if it was floor-length, or knee-length and less puffy. And it had normal sleeves. The shoes are so cute, though! And the bow! I don’t really like collars, but I think it was a good idea to have a bunch in Blaire’s collection.

Image for Blaire's Floral Flair Outfit from American Girl

I’m sorry, but the tunic in this outfit is just ugly. Really? Bows? And buttons? On a tunic? Or, really, on a super short dress with leggings? The bow, leggings, and sandals are cute, but the tunic… ahhhhh! No. Just no. The bows make it look like an ugly holiday sweater, and I don’t like the style because it looks like a dress, and why buttons all the way down?

Blaire's Garden

Blaire’s garden is the best, and I might actually get it for myself. I might also get the gardening outfit, but that’s another story. The garden is so cute, and the chicken, and the eggs, and the plants. Oh, the plants. I love this set because your dolls can actually care for the plants and stuff. Oh, and the basket is so adorable! I need this set.

Blaire's Gardening Outfit for 18-inch Dolls

I love Blaire’s gardening outfit! It has overalls, which are the best piece of clothing ever invented, and they are overalls with shorts, which makes them even more awesome! I like the shirt, too – it reminds me of a cloud. And the boots in two shades of green are amazing! I don’t like the collar, though. I honestly don’t get the point of collars.

Blaire's In Bloom PJs for 18-inch Dolls

Blaire’s pajamas are… okay? I think they are a bit too fluffy and cloudy and “girly”, but if that’s your style, Blaire, then wear them! The shirt is really cute, except for the sleeves – I don’t get the point of the sleeves, either – and the pants are fine. They match Blaire’s overall style. I probably won’t get them, but I like them.

Thanks for reading, everybody! If you are looking for my opinion on the rest of Blaire’s collection, click here for the post I wrote about her a few months ago.