There were mainly questions and I thought I'd run through them.
We are planning a Barbie roundtable for Third. Time has been a pain in the ass and we haven't been able to. I know C.I. is beyond tired. I know Ava really would walk out on Third today and that -- because they're a team -- C.I. would the second Ava said it was time.
That's not hatred of anyone or dislike. It's being tired. It's flying home on Saturday and having to stay up forever that night trying to pull together an edition.
It used to be so much easier and so much quicker and one of the things that no one ever really wants to address is that Third didn't use to feel like if they didn't have 12 pieces they'd failed for the edition. There used to five and seven pieces tops. And so that's changed.
But anyway, we are planning a Barbie roundtable, there just hasn't been time.
What is the Barbie room at C.I.'s like?
Did I blog on that? I may have. I never go back and read my stuff. More than likely Trina has. Betty's youngest child is a girl. Betty and her children and Ty and his boyfriend live with C.I. (Ava bought a place on the same street and Jess -- Ava's boyfriend -- lives there with Dona and Jim and their child. Ava and Jess' child is on the road with us.) The Barbie room is a room that you would never believe. There are so many Barbies in that room but there is also every Barbie doll house you have ever heard of. There are other dolls (same size) and their dollhouses. Some of that was already there (from C.I.'s now grown daughter) and some of it was added -- most of it was added -- by C.I. once Betty's daughter moved in.
They have the thing set up like lanes in a neighborhood. It's really magical. There are three 'streets' in the room so you've got six rows of houses (I hope I counted right) and it's just really something to see. Betty's daughter can disappear in there for hours. I'm not joking.
She usually grabs C.I. as soon as we get back to C.I.'s (sometimes I get dropped off my apartment, sometimes I'm too tired and I'll go to C.I.'s -- too tired? C.I. has staff and it's a lot easier to be pampered when I'm just so very tired) and it's time for Barbies. And C.I. will go in there and play with her and get on the cell phone and return calls -- while trying to make it whatever Barbie she's playing with making the call. :D (C.I. usually plays with Rachel. That's one of Barbie's friends with brownish red hair.)
Do I play? I usually ask for a "BIG" margarita and sit in there or lay in there (there is people furniture) and watch them play. I'll join in on a very minimal nature. Just because I'm tired. And about to take some weeks off. Not so for Ava and C.I. (Ava especially doesn't mind being in DC. We've been DC most of the week. When we're here, Ava's mother watches Ava's daughter. Her mother bought a house here just to be in town when we are so that she can have time with her granddaughter.)
What do I find most interesting about Barbies and kids and houses?
I find most interesting that at some point, the desire seems to be less inside the dollhouse. I've seen that with Betty's child and Rebecca's and now with Trina's granddaughter. At first, those kids will jam a ton of furniture in there. Then, as time passes, they want one couch and a chair or two and to have the open space on the first floor. They really love that space. I don't know why.
Who decorates best?
Of the kids? Betty's daughter. Because she can have anything. C.I.'s got a standing charge account for her at the Toys R Us. And she knows she can get anything there she wants. Betty's imposed only if it's Barbie. But C.I. created that because there was something Betty's daughter wanted that she and C.I. had decided to get and that Betty told her to wait on and didn't know the history of and then when C.I. arrived one Saturday, Betty's daughter told her and C.I. and she immediately went to the Toys R Us and it was gone. (I think it was furniture but it could have been Barbie clothes.) So the account was set up to avoid that.
Betty's daughter not only has an unlimited decorating budget for those Barbie houses, but she's also got tremendous style. My most recent project was painting a three story one to redo backdrops and to get rid of all the pink. She wanted very simple backdrops and told me she could just use wall paper. I told her to describe it to me and I'd paint it for her.
So that's the Barbie post from me for the week.
I mentioned in this post:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"