Day: April 4, 2012


So, some of you know I have 1 sentimental collection- 12 Madame Alexander Dolls.  I started this collection when I was 8 or 9 years old because my grandma collects them.  The first one I got was near my birthday and we were at FAO Schwartz in San Francisco.  They had a special edition snow white doll that I wanted so badly, begging my grandma to get it for me as a birthday present.

She said “you can’t take care of a special doll like that”.  This was a well justified comment as I was a messy, messy kid.

“I promise I will take good care of it.”  I have always done well when given a challenge and a challenge it was!  Over the years I have treasured my dolls, displaying them proudly as  a beautiful collectible, a reminder of my relationship with my Grandma, and a mark of my childhood dreams and ambitions.

I’m proud to say I still have most of my dolls including my original love Snow White:

Snow White Winter Doll 1990 Disney Princess Special Edition Series

I’ve only had two doll casualties over the years.

The first one was when I was 13 or 14.   My cousins were staying at our house and my little cousin Elizabeth decided to play with my dolls.  This included taking out the braids to my Hungary 1981 Alexander doll.  The rest could be redressed and salvaged but not the Hungary doll. I’m not kidding when I say I was devastated and oh so angry.   What made it worse was that nobody seemed to care about my loss and brushed it aside as ‘kids do things like that. Isn’t that amusing…’.  While that may be true, it doesn’t help another kid who has seen her prized possession destroyed.

Ever since this happened I have always tried to be more sensitive to a child’s sadness over a lost toy or game.  It may seem stupid to us but it may be a big deal to them.  My dolls staying in pristine condition meant that I could take care of something, that I was independent, and responsible- traits that have always been at the top of my must have list!

Anyway, I was pretty upset but never thought to replace it figuring it was an old doll and unreplacable (this was before ebay!).  However, recently I happened to check on ebay and there it was for a great price! (great and bad thing about Alexanders is that most of them do not go down or up in value from the price they are originally sold at ).  The child in me was vindicated and happy to see the doll return to my collection- love when I can do that!

The doll is restored! Madame Alexander Hungary 1981

Anyway, the 2nd doll loss happened a few weeks ago.  Because of my chronic pain I occasionally have my apartment cleaned.  On one such occasion they cleaned, left and I thought nothing of it.  The next day I noticed the clothing on my Alexander India 1980 doll was askew.  To my horror as I adjusted the sash the head came off! And then the elastic inside broke and the whole doll became dismembered!

Have your children look away! The trauma!

Initially upset I emailed the cleaners and they were actually amazingly sympathetic and offered to pay for the doll to be replaced.  She even said she felt ‘sick inside for me’.  Afterwards I found out that occasionally an old Alexander’s band will become brittle and snap without any provocation.   I offered to pay for my cleaning and still working that out but am still grateful for their sympathy (much more so than I got from the loss of my Hungary doll!).  They are honestly the only thing in my apartment I really care about.  Maybe some of my Christmas ornaments are as valued but that’s the only thing I can think of to compare.

Fortunately I also found it on amazon for a good price (not quite as great a deal as Hungary but its more rare).  Now all of my dolls are restored and looking beautiful! Hopefully my grandma won’t read this blog but if she does she will probably forgive 2 casualties after all these years!

Madame Alexander India 1980

I’m not a nick-knack kind of person and I admit I’m being a bit melodramatic for comedic effect, but everyone should have a collection right?  I have my books and my dolls!  What do you collect?  Do you have anything from childhood that you treasure?  I think anything that we value as a child is extra meaningful as an adult.  I know its just a possession but its symbolic of the child I was and the relationship I still have with my grandma, who is one of my best friends (and who has always seen my potential despite the mess!).  I’m grateful to have both dolls back and that it all worked out.  🙂

My Dolls are:


India 1980

Hungary 1981

Scotland 1986

Betsy Ross 1987

Gone with the Wind-

Scarlet Picnic 1994

Mrs O’hara 1992

Poor Scarlet 1998

Ashley’s Farewell 1996

Little Women-

Jo and Beth 1986

Jo Goes to New York 1995

Snow White Winter 1990

My Doll Collection


April Randomness

Here’s one of my random posts!


My new freezer is awesome but I also tried out my foodsaver for the first time this morning.  I got a great deal and am excited to add it to my garage of culinary gizmos.  There’s just something about seeing vacuum packed food that makes you feel like you’re in the future!

My first saved food!

I’m hopeful that the eggs will stay yellow with the air being sucked out.  I’ve had bad luck with freezing eggs.  They get kind of gray and gross.  It makes cooking breakfast in advance hard and I hate cooking breakfast.

The limes and peppers are leftover from my last bountiful basket.  I hope to use them for salsa and hopefully there will be tomatoes in the next basket, which I am getting on Saturday!  My friends Erin and Kate are splitting 2 baskets with me. Oh la la!  It is really exciting to wonder what you are going to get and everything has been so delicious the anticipation is palatable!

(Using the foodsaver and freezer supposedly food can last for 2 years! This should save me a lot of money throwing away uneaten food).


I have mentioned it a few times but in recent years I have become a fan of essential oils, particularly from Doterra because their oils are not merely aromatic.  They help me with my pain, ward off illness and even boost my mood. I used to have a roommate who was super into essential oils and it drove me crazy so I will spare you a spiel.  I just wanted to share a new idea my friend Jill told me about.

With a low thyroid I get dehydrated more quickly so I have to focus on drinking lots of water.  My new trick is to put Doterra lemon/lime oil in my water and it is sooooo good!  Its so much better than a wedge of lemon or lime.  Its sweeter and less bitter than you’d expect.  Its really delicious.


On a related note I have found a rub for muscle relief I love.  Its called Badger Sore Muscle Rub.   It’s one of the only muscle rubs I’ve tried without menthol which provides mostly placebo relief.  Essential oils are great but sometimes too strong for use in public.  Badger rub provides relief but it smells nice and lemony, not overpowering.  The little container goes a long way and at $10 its a great price!

I could easily wear this to work or around town and nobody would notice anything offensive.  Its a wonder product!