Sunday, April 21, 2024

Procedure Last Week

Well, my colonoscopy went well. Last Monday I had an EKG and a urine test at the hospital hours before I began drinking the cleansing solution. I'd bought a box of adult pull-ups the night before at Dollar Tree and began wearing them that morning. As people had told me, I needed to be in the bathroom a lot! At first I sat in the kitchen to drink the stuff, then moved to the bathroom once the need to use the toilet began. I barely slept at all on Monday, and did not shower on Tuesday before the procedure. My cousin drove me to the hospital and her son picked me up afterward. I did not fell anything during the procedure. A day and half without solid food me very hungry and I immediately had some cereal once I got home. I immediately felt better as the rest of the day went on. I spent most of the two days lying in bed.

I'd begun scheduling my posts starting on the 5th, to see how it works. It's been great, and the rest of the A to Z posts have been scheduled for their designated letter days. This was especially a good idea for the timeliness of the posts and for day of my procedure. Originally, I was to have been up at 2AM that morning, per the instructions that were sent to me regarding the solution I was to drink. The instructions had been for a two-bottle, two-dose solution, that I was to have begun on Monday at 6PM, and Tuesday at 2AM. But the hospital sent a 4-liter jug instead. So I now had to begin on Monday at 3PM, taking a dose every 10 minutes until the bottle was gone. I no longer had to be up at 2AM, but I'm sure I was awake by then, since I barely got any sleep on Monday night. 

I'm glad it's over now. It was said to be normal, and they now recommend having one every five years. 

Bonus Post: Barbie From 2020

 While searching my Facebook memories yesterday, this one from 2020 came up:


I then looked up "quarantine Barbie memes," and came across this article, which contained a link to this photo on Instagram:


And even more in this article.

This was perfect for a Sunday post. Kind of an A to Z bonus. 

Saturday, April 20, 2024

R: Ryan

 

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Ryan

Yet another confusing name in the Barbie world. Ryan first appeared as the name of one of Barbie's baby sister Kelly's little friends and was supposedly friends with Ken's little brother Tommy. Ryan was also the name of Alan and Midge's son in the Happy Family Line. According to this link, the Ryan in the Kelly line is Midge and Alan's son. Ryan was a toddler when the Happy Family line was introduced two years after the Kelly line, though there was no connection to Kelly mentioned when the Happy Family was produced. Confused, are you?

But the naming doesn't end there. The name Ryan appeared again in the My Scene Goes Hollywood movie from 2005. The doll is pictured below.


The Fashionistas line of 2011 reintroduced the Ryan name. This is the doll on the right in the photo on top of the page. This character also appears in the Life in the Dreamhouse and the Barbie Vlog videos. He was the twin brother of the character Raquelle, until she was retired. 

This is even more confusing. I have the feeling I missed something on this one. Anyone know otherwise? As long as Mattel holds rights to names, they likely will often be reused to the point of confusion like this one.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Q: Quick Curl

 

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"No setting! No wetting! No waiting!" was the slogan for the Quick Curl Barbie line. The dolls in this series came with thin wires in their rooted hair that could easily be bent into curly shapes. Deluxe versions of each doll were later released. The Cara doll (shown below in the Deluxe version) was among the characters in this line. P.J., Francie, Skipper and one-time friend Kelley (below) were also included.

Barbie's friend Kelley (right). 

Original and Deluxe Quick Curl Barbie

Cara in one of her appearances.

The Mod Hair Ken doll was also made around this time and is paired with Quick Curl Barbie in this commercial: 


Mattel also used the Quick Curl feature on its Miss America dolls, and on Quick Curl Casey, a 19-inch doll from the 1970s (not to be confused with Francie's friend Casey). 

Quick Curl Barbie is not to be confused with Magic Curl Barbie  of the early 1980s, which did require wetting the doll's hair. That would also mean waiting.

I'd also like to mention Sport and Shave Ken, from 1979, seen in this commercial:


EDIT (4/21): One of the videos I'd included was marked private so I removed it.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

P: P.J.

 

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A long-gone and forgotten friend of Barbie, P.J. was introduced in 1969, when Midge was first dropped from the line. Children wrote to Mattel asking what the initials stood for, getting the reply, "Nothing! P.J. is her name!" She lasted until the early 1980s when Midge was reintroduced. 




The Dream Date line of 1983 says that P.J. is Barbie's cousin, though this is generally said not to be true. 



 

This blogger thought that P.J. and Fluff, one of Skipper's early friends, looked alike enough to be sisters. That was never said to be the case, but if it had been, and if P.J. had been Barbie's cousin, then Fluff and Skipper would have been cousins as well.

 

Skipper's early friend Fluff (pictured on the right). 
Any resemblances?

 


 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

O: Olivia Rodrigo Videos

 

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Olivia Rodrigo Videos

This was the best I could find for this letter. Both videos are stop-motion. 


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

N: Nikki

 

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Yet another name that has been used in the Barbie line more than once. The name was used for Midge's soon-to-be-born daughter in the Happy Family line, but the name had been previously used for an African American friend of Skipper's in the Teen Skipper line of 1996. This is said to be the same character in Barbie's current friends line. She has been in the line since 2006, after Christie disappeared for the umpteenth time. Nikki's last name has been changed from Watkins to O'Neill, and she is said to be Christie's sister, as O'Neill has also been given as Christie's last name.






I'm beginning to wonder why Nikki was not referenced in the live action film, since she has been in many of the animated Barbie films.