polychrome_pen: (Deuce & Cleo - Monster High)
We've been having a fun discussion over in [livejournal.com profile] monster_high about some thoughts on reaching the property's fifth anniversary (Summer 2010 was when the dolls started becoming available in stores).  I wrote up a little questionnaire to help facilitate sharing, and reading the varied responses has been both enlightening and nostalgic.  I mean, I never really thought that Monster High would not only go this long, but be going so strong at this point in the timeline.

It's funny, I had just finished Pharmacy school when MH debuted.  I was studying for my boards, and the line was a nice shiny distraction from the stress that was threatening to devour me at the time.  MH's wonderful posabiltiy and detailed character diaries/bios allowed for something that I could get lost a little bit in, and I am still grateful to the property for that.  (The other thing I really got into at the same time was She-Ra.  I DEVOURED that series over the summer as "rewards" for spending time studying! XD)

Questionnaire responses here )

I've really been enjoying the "Core 8" lately (Frankie, Draculaura, Clawdeen, Cleo, Deuce, Lagoona, Ghoulia, and Holt).  They have so much great going on design-wise.  Picking up the recently-released vinyls has given me an all-new appreciation for the great design work that went into that first batch!  (Here's hoping we get a Holt vinyl at some point.  Poor boy has basically been forgotten!)

My Amazon exclusive "Collector Draculaura" arrived today, and while she's a bit strange, she doesn't disappoint.  The hair is a bit of a dry mess, it's true (and they didn't do the large front curl that's in all the promo pictures, but even so, the overall presentation is superb.  Little touches like the box being coffin-shaped (wonderfully reminiscent of the cutout shape on the original boxes), to having a removable lid, and nice stiching on the dress.  The face feels a bit...off.  Like, definitely not the cheerful Draculaura face she usually wears.

But I actually like that too, the more I reflect on it.  It goes well with the more somber tone of her Diary.  And OMG, the diary is practically worth the price of admission alone!  I lovelovelove that we finally get some of Ula D's backstory answered, including her true connection with Dracula explained!  And can I just fanboy all over the place that she's actually ROMAN?  I need another Draculaura in a toga, stat.

Basically, I hope that this doll does well enought that we might someday see other characters join her in fabulous editions.  How cool would an Egyptian Queen Cleo and Spartan Warrior Deuce 2-Pack be?  Or a Sea Goddess Lagoona?  Or a Holiday Ghost of Chrismas Spectra?  Or a Traditional Phantom/Christine combo Operetta?  Haha, basically I want this to turn into some kind of historical cosplay theater sub-line. XD

But really, this Draculaura has reminded me why I loved the character in the first place.  I think she's become really one-note and annoying as the series has gone on (seriously though, tell me that her ridiculousness in the specials isn't infuriating).  Draculaura is a happy character, yes, but it's supposed to always be tempered by kindness and consideration for others.  (She is the character that tries to make "normie" Jackson comfortable in the Monster world and goes against type hanging out with werewolves, after all.)  And maybe a little bit of pain underneath (though well hidden).   I guess I just want her character to have a bit more depth - nobody who's been alive for 1600 years will be without a plethora of interesting stories to tell!

Winx Love

Apr. 24th, 2014 12:23 am
polychrome_pen: (Winx Trio)
Catching up with the first eight episodes of season six, I've fallen in love with Winx Club all over again.  It's funny, I'll go through these periods where I don't think about the series at all and feel like it doesn't mean much to me anymore, but then I'll watch a few new episodes and everything "Blooms" Haha, I went there back to life again.
Season Six spoilers below, obviously. )
I'm so curious where things will go from here.  Here's hoping Nick gets their act together and airs the rest of S6 soon.

Also, are we getting any Jakks dolls in the US for S6?  If not, I'm going to go bankrupt importing the Italian Bloomix designs.

And also, I may have just bought a few more of the old Giochi dolls.  I found a seller in the US who had several of them for a really good price and just couldn't stop myself. XD
polychrome_pen: (Ken)
I fully intended to do a whole picture-heavy post for this, but kind of ran out of steam.  Let's just sum it up this way: OVERWHELMING.  Between Monster High, Ever After High, Winx Club, Masters of the Universe Classics, Integrity Jem & the Holograms, random Disney Store purchases, some Pullips, and lots of Vocaloid Figmas....I need a break from toys for awhile.

I have so much stuff still in boxes that needs to be dealt with.  (You know, when I feel I have to "deal with" toys, I think there's a significant problem going on here.)  But seriously, things that remain in the boxes take up so much more space that I'm almost entirely out of room.  Sure, there are some things - like stuff Integrity produces - where I'll always keep the boxes, but lots of other stuff needs to be deboxed like whoa.  I should take a few of my next days off and just have a deboxing/photo party.

But taking a line-by-line look at things.

Ever After High: This is probably currently my favorite line out of everything.  The dolls are full of great details, and I love the universe and characters of this franchise.  I am reminded of how I felt when Monster High was a new thing, and it feels nice.  But I go into EAH with more of a game plan.  Only new characters and a maximum of one other version (right now that's Legacy Day because THEY'RE  AWESOME).

Monster High:  I feel that with Ever After High coming along, my interest in Monster High is starting to wane a bit.  The line has been going for 3.5 years now, and while I wouldn't say they're running out of steam by any means (some of the most recent lines like New Scaremester have been some of the best!), my ability to keep up is just not there anymore.  I still have so many of them in the boxes going all the way back to the Wave 2 (aka "School's Out!" line).  I'm entertaining the idea of culling the herd at this point and only keeping 1-2 versions of each character (sans the boys, of course - I'll pick up every release of them).  I just need to corral this into something a bit more manageable.

Winx Club:  Added lots here this year, with the Harmonix, Sirenix, and Dark Sirenix Trix lines!  Jakks makes nice dolls for Winx, but I really with they had better character selection and could still be found outside of Toys R Us.  These were a pain in the ass to find for me.  I'm not sure what the future is for Jakks-produced Winx, but it doesn't look too good.  Still, if they go I'll be sad to say goodbye to Winx again.

Masters of the Universe Classics:  Against my better judgement, I signed up for the 2014 subscription.  I did the quarterly shipping option this time, however, in hopes that I can deal with the packages better four times a year instead of twelve.  I really want my complete She-Ra line, though, and that's really why I signed up.  They continue to be awesome figures pretty much all around as well.  The crown jewel of the year was Castle Grayskull, though.  That thing is huge and I have no idea what to do with it.  XD

Integrity Jem & the Holograms:  This is a gorgeous line.  All the attention to detail is amazing.  Integrity's prices blow, however.  Glitter & Gold are the only character duplicates I have, and I'm probably going to try and keep it that way.  All of these are still boxed too, which makes me sad.  They definitely deserve display space.

Japanese toys: This was the year I started getting into Figmas and Nendoroids.  They're really adorable and poseable.  They different faces and looks add a lot of personality as well.  For the moment I mostly just have Vocaloid characters, though I plan on adding the Sailor Scout figures as they come out.
I picked up a couple Play Arts Kai Street Fighter figures as well.  They have great sculpts, but the joints are a bit wonky.
I also added several new Pullips/Taeyangs this year as well: Batman, Catwoman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, and Peter Pan!

Disney: I caved to several of the Fairytale Designer Collection sets.  I got  Snow White/Prince, Rapunzel/Flynn, and Aladdin/Jasmine.  I wanted the others, but they got snatched up crazy fast.  I also picked up the set of four Frozen dolls, and they're tons of fun (especially next to the cheap Mattel versions).  Hans jacket is actual corduroy!

Barbie: Not much in 2013.  A few of the Life in the Dreamhouse dolls (Ken, Midge, and Raquel), a few of the Fashionista guys, and some collector dolls (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a few Twilight dolls, and Batman '66)

Anyway, I picked up other tidbits throughout the year, but just looking at the list above makes me a little sick.  It was way too much.  January has brought several more purchases, but I definitely need to step back and take a good long look at what I have/catalog it.  I'm pretty much out of space for display and enjoyment now...and without that why continue buying?
polychrome_pen: (Deuce & Cleo - Monster High)
I haven't rambled about my collection in quite awhile, so I thought I'd detail a few bits here.

First off, I have finally taken the plunge and picked up some glass shelving units! It all started when my brother gave me an awesome display case for Christmas. I pretty much immediately earmarked it for my Masters of the Universe Classics collection, as the shelves are only around 12 inches tall. Perfect for action figures, but most doll lines (including Monster High boys) would have trouble fitting. Unfortunately, the shelf is still at my parent's house because it was too large to fit in my car (aside from the fact that I'd have a hell of a time moving a glass shelf by myself - can anyone say shattered glass mess?) But after that, Mom, Dad, and I made a little trip to IKEA, where I finally had the chance to see a display case that they sell in person. At only $65 a piece, I picked up two of those. They have at least 16 inch high shelves, which will even fit a Gene or Tonner sized doll! All three shelves should be arriving the last weekend of February when my family plans to come up and visit.

I'm not sure what to use the two IKEA shelves for yet. I'm thinking about one for my Winx collection (finally an excuse to debox my Simba Winx!) The other will probably go two Monster High, at least in part. I have a ton of MH stuff still in the box simply due to no display space. However, I'd still like somewhere to display my Jewel Riders and/or Dragon Flyz. Maybe I should have bought a third IKEA case. XD Well, once I get everything situated, I'll be sure to snap a few pics.

In terms of overall collecting trends, things are looking pretty much the same

Action Figure wise, I subscribed to Club Eternia, so it's monthly MOTUC for me, yay! The only problem there is that it's becoming a space issue, and I haven't even deboxed everything yet. Other lines include Young Justice (I WILL get everything to build that Collect and Connect Hall of Justice. It's going to be awesome), adding Justice Leaguers off of Ebay here and there, and continuing the new Thundercats 2011 line. I saw they released a six inch Cheetara, so now I'm tempted to get that scale as well, but I need to draw the line somewhere, and the 4-inch line simply has better character selection (I just picked up King Claudas!) I pick up the occasional DC Classics character, but now that that line is basically defunct, I'm not sure what's happening there.

Doll wise, things are in a bit of flux. I've decided to scale back my Barbie collecting a good deal. I'd like to try and keep to to Ken stuff as much as possible, but of course I enjoy the media tie-in dolls like Star Trek as well. I just think I'm going to have to attempt being a bit more ruthless in what I pick up that's Barbie related.

I'm anticipating the new Winx from Jakks Pacific to be out this year, since the show has been revived in the U.S. on Nickelodeon. Hopefully the upcoming Toy Fair will have a bit more information regarding this. Whether or not I end up getting them is really going to come down to character selection and sculpt at this point, however. I own Winx dolls in three different scales from three different manufacturers. Do I really need to add a fourth series of Winx dolls? If they produce more of the boys than Sky and more of the Trix other than Icy, I'll probably be sold even if I don't like the sculpt as much as the other three lines. If it's mostly retreads, I'll probably pass though.

Monster High. Oh, Monster High. I love this line, but it drives me crazy at the same time. Half of 2011 was basically a crapshoot in terms of finding anything, so I'm hesitant to jump in again full force. I actually never picked up Dead Tired or the Classroom dolls because there was so much coming out, and I didn't think I'd have time to hunt for everything. Go figure those were the easiest dolls to find. It eventually just started to become a bit of a chore and really not fun (can anyone say still trying to find a basic Abbey without resorting to Ebay scalpers? Thank goodness the word on the street is that they're doing a second run of her to drop around May). That feeling was mollified a bit when I was able to snag Skull Shores, the three new girls (Toralei, Nefera, and Operetta), and part of Sweet 1600 in January. But still, I want to be able to walk into a store and find a reasonable selection. If Mattel can do this with Barbie, they should be able to do it with MH.
So I'm thinking of scaling back on what I pick up going forward for this line. New characters are an obvious must buy, and anything of the guys I'll continue to get, but I'll probably be evaluating each sub-line going forward more stringently. My general rule has been all or nothing with each sub-line, but perhaps I'll start breaking that if there's only one or two dolls in a sub-line that I really like.

Actually, scaling back will hopefully happen a bit across the board. I simply need to be more choosy in what comes home with me. Not only for space issues, but I have tons of stuff from 2011 I haven't even deboxed yet. I almost need time to process all that before I move forward with getting much of anything this year.

Anyway, hopefully I can do a non-toy related post soon!

Toy Talk

Aug. 8th, 2011 03:06 pm
polychrome_pen: (Default)
It's been quite some time since I geeked out over toys and dolls, but I've been meaning to get some thoughts down since SDCC 2011.

I'll break this down by brand/collection. )

Anyway, that's my toy rambling for now. When I get School's Out Lagoona and Abbey, I'll probably have a deboxing party for Monster High.
polychrome_pen: (Default)
Twenty-Ten was a strange year – a year filled with periods of frenzied activity followed by periods of lax restlessness. I think this facet of real life spilled over to my toy collecting as well, as I seemed to go through spurts of buying and inactivity. Three major lines dominated my collecting this year: Monster High, Masters of the Universe Classics, and Barbie/Ken.

So while basically the first half of the year was pretty devoid of collecting, early summer was a huge month for Ken, Barbie, and similar-sized friends. I used some graduation money to reward myself with some items from the summer sale and a small line I’d been eyeing for a long time (One Modern Circle). Once I started thinking of some of them as characters from a story I’ve been kicking around a long time…well, I started on a quest to get a doll of every major character. XD

Late Summer/Fall saw the debut of Monster High, a wonderful line that I didn’t originally intend to get so caught up in. However, the attention to detail combined with unique characterization and stories for each character in their journals and the webisodes really won me over. The “core line” of eight is definitely my favorite, but newer lines are great as well!

Around the same time that Monster High came out, I ordered Prince Adam and Orko from Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC) online, which sent me on a quest to get the rest of the MOTUC for the year. This is such a fun line of figures (it helps that there are several great cartoon series out there for it), and I’m stoked that it encompasses all the eras of MOTU – mini comics, original line, 200X line, Princess of Power, and New Adventures! I also purchased the subscription for 2011, so definitely looking forward to one or two new great MOTUC figures every month in the coming year.

Firsts for 2010 included my first 1/4 scale doll (Tonner Zatanna in October), first Barbie playline purchase (the first wave Fashionista Ken in February), first MGAE products (Bratz Boyz Cameron and Dylan over the summer), first Integrity Toys purchase (NuFace Lukas) and the first time I’ve actually started collecting a line from the ground up as it’s being launched (Monster High). It’s also the first time I’ve really experienced an online retailer (Matty Collector). 2010 also saw no new Pullips/Taeyangs or Winx joining the collection, which felt a little strange. So 2010 could be said to be a year where the scope of what I collected really expanded, but older lines saw little to no growth.

Two Packs were very prevalent among my purchases this year for whatever reason: Deuce & Cleo, Harley Barbie and Ken, Toy Story 3 – Made For Each Other, Speed Racer Speed and Trixie, Vintage Repro Campus Spirit Barbie and Ken and Campus Sweet Shop Midge and Alan, Mary Poppins Jane and Michael, Bratz First Date Braden and Yasmin, Beauty and the Beast Mattel, He-Man vs Superman, Skeletor vs Lex Luthor.

And now for the Top Ten Dolls of 2010!

See who made the cut! )

Looking forward to in 2011:
1. Ken’s 50th Anniversary!
- Three guys in the next Barbie Basics line!
- My Favorite Ken Vintage Repro
2. Further amazing and creative lines from the Monster High corner.
3. First LIV boy.
4. Four new ladies in MOTUC (and Bow!)

NaNo Update

Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:02 am
polychrome_pen: (MOTU - He-Man and Teela)
Or rather, a lack thereof. I totally didn't get back into writing during my November. Something between a lack of motivation and time ended up being my downfall, I think. Barely cracked a thousand words.

Thanksgiving was really nice, though. The forces of the universe must have all been in harmony, because I had Thursday through Monday off (five days total!), and it was really awesome. Did some shopping on Black Friday, but ended up spending more on Amazon and the Matty Collector Cyber Monday sale (Battle Cat is MINE). Still, it was great to spend the time just browsing around with my family and enjoying the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

I got a Christmas tree in Target (before Thanksgiving!) and now have it proudly set up with a few ornaments. Others should be hung this weekend when I have a bit more time. Just having the lights on really cheers me up after a long day at work, though! Ah, I'm such a sucker for all things Christmas.

Speaking of which, let me know if you want a Christmas card! I'm going to be working on them this weekend.

This is the first Christmas season that I've really spent away from home (not counting last year on my rotations when I went home every weekend), and I really miss the little things, like Mom making cookies and decorating the tree together. Watching Christmas specials or just enjoying the lights of the tree with a hot drink. I've got a few days off coming up in the middle of a week, and I think I'm going to go home and just try to soak up a little of that Christmas spirit that feels somehow lacking so far this year.

In other news, toys shopping in my new town was abysmal until a little while ago when I found not only the Wal-Mart exclusive DCUC Zatanna and Kamandi, but the Monster High plush Deuce and Cleo as well! I was so excited to FINALLY find something I'd been looking for actually in my area. If only I could snag a set of the Gloom Beach dolls. Though I did find out that a TRU Express opened up in the outlets just down the freeway from me, so I'm planning to check them on Monday and see if they've got the new MOTU Classics 2 packs or the new Fashionista Kens.

Anyway, I'm off to bed. These 10:30 to 9:00 days are really draining me; they're just so insufferably long and it feels as though they take up my entire day.
polychrome_pen: (Deuce - Monster High)
And then I'll be on my way to my new place (and job!)

Packing has pretty much been a nightmare. I've been tripping over boxes for days (like OMG, fourteen boxes of books). Packing up my library seriously took forever, because I was also sorting at the same time. My parents offered to let me leave my bookcase here full, so I picked books I wasn't likely to read any time soon (or had already read recently) and filled it up.

Dolls and figures took forever too. I layered the loose ones in plastic totes using towels in between for cushioning. Though with the Pullips and Taeyangs I dug out their original boxes and repackaged them for stability's sake. Boxed dolls were packaged various ways into large cardboard boxes (so glad to find an old giant computer monitor box!) Those were all loaded into my car tonight, since I didn't want them to be in the moving truck with the rest of my stuff. I would be crushed to find them damaged from the heat. Not all the dolls and toys are coming either, but most of them. And Dawn of the Dance Cleo should be arriving at the new place sometime next week. Heh. I needed a trial order.

I'm leaving lots of my DVDs for the time being as well, though I'll reevaluate that once I see everything there. DVDs are easy to transport compared to dolls and books.

You can really tell my priorities by how I handled my clothes, though. I literally just laid them in my trunk! Whereas I spent days carefully packing the other things!

Anyway, I hope the drive goes okay tomorrow.

Whew!

Sep. 27th, 2010 09:06 am
polychrome_pen: (Default)
I feel as though I've been running around like crazy lately getting everything put together for the move this coming Friday. The living room looks like a tornado went through, strewing pots, furniture, and all other manner of household items around.

I started to box up my room today, and - sentimental person that I am - I took pictures of the room. It's the last time I'll probably ever see my childhood room that way, and I wanted to preserve it for my memory's sake. After the pictures, though, came the boxes. I have dreaded this for years; I mean, I always knew I had a huge library of books, but the amount of DVDs I have kind of surprised me! Apparently I've been squirreling lots of them all over the house. XD

My parents have offered to let me keep a full bookcase at home, so I'll have to decide what stays here (a job for tomorrow!) I'm going to have to find good, strong bookcases in order to house my collection. A good media storage case would be nice too.

My toy/doll collection is also going to have to be evaluated. I plan on leaving some of them at home - probably some of the older Winx (the Simbas are going to be coming with, though, since I haven't actually displayed them yet). Pullips are definitely coming, as are Monster High and Masters of the Universe. Not sure yet on the older collections like Jewel Riders and Dragon Flyz, though I'd love to finally be able to display them as well. Which means I need to look for display cabinets or something...Gah!
polychrome_pen: (Sokka rainbows)
Well, yesterday's interview seemed to go well. They didn't offer me the job right there or anything (not that I was expecting that by any stretch of the imagination), but everyone seems nice and I'd be happy to work there if they do offer. I definitely liked the variety that the job entails - working in two different community pharmacies and doing one day a week of SNF (skilled nursing facility: aka nursing home) medication chart review. They said they're working on getting the second community pharmacy up and running at this point, so realistically it could be several weeks until I hear from this place.

In other good news, I got a call about a HOSPITAL job today. Hospital is my dream out-of-school job. This hospital is about three hours north of my current location. Kind of isolated area, but not nearly as small of a town as the last place. Heh. Target is my marker for the presence of civilization. So I go in on September 3rd to speak further with them and their staff. That's how they worded it. Is this even an interview? Better wear a suit just in case.

I also sold all four of my listed textbooks on Amazon yesterday! I only listed them the previous night! So yay for a little bit of money coming in. :)

Also, I found the Bratz Boyz today at K-Mart! So excited to finally have them. I've been checking stores for weeks hoping I'd find Cameron and Dylan. Here's to hoping them get along with the Monster High gang. XD

Wish List

Aug. 11th, 2010 09:25 pm
polychrome_pen: (Pullip - Jade)
Just really here for my own use, but feel free to take a peek. :)

This got a bit long, didn't it? )
polychrome_pen: (MOTU - He-Man and Teela)
Big surprise! I broke my buying moratorium. Were you shocked? Me neither. XD

BUT. I did not break it for just anything. Oh no.

TONNER finally made something that I desperately HAD to have, and of course it was a Comic Con exclusive, sold through a different company, and in a limited edition of 300.

Look behind the curtain to see this beauty! Also includes after-show toy-related blathering! )

On a completely unrelated note, I passed both of my Pharmacy Licensure exams! Now I get to wait impatiently for the Board of Pharmacy to issue me my license number.

And also a big thank-you to [livejournal.com profile] iyreia for the awesome souvenir from the zoo! It's beautiful! I hope to pick you up something just as awesome when I head to the Walt Disney museum soon. :)
polychrome_pen: (Ken)
After much deliberation, I have decided to enter a self-imposed toy buying moratorium. The Rufus and Takeo that I bought as a reward for finishing my tests are on their way, as well as a rare Jewel Riders purchase that I couldn't pass up for the price. But the binge is really and truly over now.

I think the only things I would make an exception for now are possibly a Monster High Clawdeen (I think I'm going to end up caving and getting one now after taking photos of the others) or a new Disney Fairies Vidia.

The moratorium will end either when I get a job and a steady income or some time after the Alice Cullen Twilight Barbie comes out. Not right away, because I realize that would be in like...a month. Let's hope the job comes before Alice!

I just haven't been motivated to look for jobs, though. Until I have that letter saying that I've passed Board #2, I don't feel like my applications will even be considered because I'll lack the "minimum qualifications necessary" (aka licensure in California). So I'm pretty much stuck until I hear the news one way or the other.

So to amuse myself, I've been deboxing/photographing things I've had sitting around for ages like some Mattel Winx, Monster High, and a few Barbies tomorrow. I even started a Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ry_sabir/ to contain some of these photos. But I didn't realize they have a monthly limit on how many photos you can put up!
polychrome_pen: (Deuce & Cleo - Monster High)
So I know I joke about this quite often, but it seems that it really has come true faster than I ever expected: I have reached critical mass in terms of both toy display AND storage in my room. Even after doing a good bit of shifting in my closet today, I really only cleared some things off of the floor and stuck them on the shelves.

But did that stop me from picking up Frankie, Lagoona, and Draculaura today at Wal-Mart and TRU? Of course not. It's so easy to ignore your own space limitations when your standing there in a store surrounded by really awesome toys.

My collection has really gone through some explosive growth lately, and it has not been without its share of growing pains. Aside from the space issues, the Silkstone Ken I ordered on eBay appears to have been in the possession of a smoker. There was brown gunk ALL OVER his stand and shoes, and his white shirt and jacket have brown stains on them! That really, really irks me. There was NO MENTION of that in the listing, and the pics are strategically taken to minimize showing ANY of these very apparent flaws. I fully intend to replace him at some future point in time with a MIB version. But in the meantime, I need to attempt to launder the clothes and see if I can't get the stains out. ~_~ *sigh*

I may have reached the point of selling some things if I want to add any more, but in truth I am attached to everything in the collection at this point. Is that a sign of being a hoarder? I feel like it sometimes. So many books, DVDs and toys...it's just an untenable situation. So I finally sat down and made a list of the lines that I collect. This list should serve to guide me and (hopefully) keep my collection in some semblance of order and prevent it from growing so huge that it falls and kills me in my sleep.

Here if you want to see it and a small wishlist )
polychrome_pen: (Deuce & Cleo - Monster High)
Ever since I've been done with school and studying for my boards, I've been buying toys and dolls like crazy. I don't know if it's three years of pent up stress or what, but I've been doing serious retail therapy lately.

The hoard...it GROWS )

I'm leaving at 6 am tomorrow morning for Seattle and the San Juan Islands for about a week. It's seriously been three years since I had a real vacation. Note: I consider a real vacation to be longer than a week.

Also, I was supposed to take the first part of my board examinations today, but ended up paying a fee to postpone it. I'm pretty sure I wasn't ready to take it, and really didn't want to have to wait the three month penalty period if I didn't pass.

Anyway, I will see you all in a week!
polychrome_pen: (Default)
Wow...I can't believe that my last entry here was on March 30th.  That just makes me all kinds of sad.

Suffice to say that the last two months have been pretty busy.  I finished my last rotation May 7th with being able to watch an awesome open heart surgery from beginning to end.  But I was definitely glad to be done with the whole rotations thing.  Doing pointless projects and hanging fliers around the hospital was not exactly the best use of my time there.  Our class spent a week back at the main campus after rotations doing a board review class, which was mildly helpful.

And May 15th, I graduated with my Doctor of Pharmacy.  And almost a month later, I still feel weird as heck when I think about it. 

In the ideal world, I would be starting a residency in a few weeks, giving me a leg up later when I would look for good jobs.  But as my last entry said, I did not match with a residency program, and am left mildly directionless.  So I have put out applications (and so far been turned down) to multiple possibly employers.  I can understand why, however.  Before I have my license, who will really want to hire me?

So, I have been studying like mad since getting done with school in preparation for taking the first part of my boards on June 17th.  After that, I leave the next day on a vacation to Seattle until the 28th, and will hopefully take the second part of the boards a couple of weeks after getting back.  To say I am apprehensive about taking these tests is putting it mildly.  If you don't pass, you have to wait THREE MONTHS to retake, which in my current jobless state would really, really suck.  I want a good employer and some monies, please.

A few months back, I wrote a letter to myself through FutureMe.org for the occasion of my graduation.  It went as follows...

Dear FutureMe,
Wow...can you believe that you've finally made it to the end of Pharmacy School?  Does it feel like the ending of a horrible nightmare, or are you the tiniest bit nostalgic (like I know you are).
Looking back, how does it feel to have spent the last six years of your life pursuing a goal in higher education that at first you didn't even really want, but then slowly grew to kind of enjoy?  At any rate, I bet it feels fucking awesome to be done with UOP and school.
I'm writing this wondering if you'll be ready to embark on a Residency, going to work for CVS, or maybe something entirely different.  The road of life is a little foggy at the moment, so I hope the sun shines through for you and things all worked out to their best.
As you move on from Pharmacy school, don't ever let the soul-sucking nature that your career can have affect your dreaming.  Like Holly Lisle is so fond of saying, follow your dreams.  Get better at piano, write a damn novel, see the world and taste the wine of life for the first time in your life.  Don't live the sheltered, tiring existence you have for the last ten years.
And last of all, take care of yourself.  Lose weight.  Get fit.  Become fucking hot, and prove all those dickheads wrong.  It's your 10 year reunion in another four years, after all.
Cheers, and the best of everything to you.
~J, 2/1/10


On a non-graduation note, I have been really getting into Barbie Collector lately.  My collection has grown from my three Star Trek dolls to around 22 (including some vintage repros that are on their way).  This is all very surreal to me.  Not only was Barbie/Ken always the kind of "taboo" line for me to collect as a guy, but this is possibly my fastest growth of a collection EVER.  I really enjoy the history that this brand has - I mean the fact that it's been around long enough to even have vintage repros really scores points in my "sense of history" category. 

But when I pass both board examination, I think I'll reward myself with a new Pullip and Taeyang.  I haven't gotten any of them in a long time.
polychrome_pen: (Drake of Jewel Riders)
Direct me to it, please?

Well, my hopes were dashed.   Looks like I didn't get a residency like I'd hoped.  Maybe "dashed" is too strong of a word.  I'm not actually sad about NOT having to work super hard for pennies for a year, but I did put a lot of time and effort (and money!) into all those apps and interviews.  Now it all just feels like a big fat waste of time.  And I would have enjoyed the opportunity to learn lots more.

So I consoled myself by picking up the Twilight Barbies and the Princess and the Frog off of Amazon. XD

But in all seriousness, I feel incredibly directionless now.  I had put most of my hopes into getting a residency, and now I'm not really sure what to do.  I'm afraid of retail pharmacy - it's incredibly soul-sucking and tiring - but most hospitals don't actually hire that many pharmacists.  So I kind of see myself just falling into a retail position by default.  Which makes me sad.  I should really look up the contact info for some of my pharmacist friends and see if they can't hook me up with some sort of hospital job.

But on a more fun note, I just finished my fifth rotation last week, and they gave me $125 work of gift cards at the end!  I was in complete and total shock.  And touched, too.  I'm going to miss that pharmacy and its crazy antics.  One of the cards was for the the theater, so I'm definitely going to go catch How to Train Your Dragon this week.  Must support animation in the theaters!
polychrome_pen: (Winx Trio)
I placed my order for Winx in Concert Bloom, Flora, and Musa from a German seller on Ebay. Hopefully in about two weeks my Simba Winx collection (only one of each girl) will be complete. It ended up being Believix Tecna, Roxy, and Layla, and Concert Stella, Bloom, Flora, and Musa. This does it for me for the Simba Winx dolls too - though really awesome, they are just too expensive for me to get any more, I think. Except if they made any of the guys. Heh.

Though I am thinking of ordering one or two of the Giochi Preziosi Disney Fairies. I have to support any iteration of Terence, after all!

And after seeing Avatar in theaters I desperately wanted some of the figures, but couldn't find a Neytiri after searching in five stores! Five! I was so dejected after even TRU failed me. So you can imagine my squee when she was at the last store I went to on a whim (plus, she was the last one there). I looked on Ebay the day I got her and saw one going for $75! That is just crazy. I'll get pictures of those figures up sometime soon. They're too awesome to not post.

Sorry for the toy-centric ramblings of this post. Real life updates will come soon, along with the promised doodles. :)
polychrome_pen: (Pullip - Jade)
There were so many good dolls and toys that I got in 2009 that it was hard to pick just ten, but here goes!

With pictures! )

Comparisons

Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:36 pm
polychrome_pen: (Merlin - Merlin goofy)
After finishing my first week of the second rotation, I almost can't describe how much happier I am here. And "here" is a Psychiatric Hospital. XD

What it really comes down to is having an organized preceptor. Each week she has me reviewing patient charts based on specific disease states. Like last week it was patients with depression, and this coming week is patients with bipolar disorder. Also, I do a longish write up on the disease state each week.

So I not only feel that I'm actually learning things/refreshing my memory here, but my time is way better spent. I also work on specific projects - like making write-ups on the different flu vaccines that I have to present to the psychiatrists next week. Goodbye, boring-ass paper filing and standing around! The experience is really almost like night and day.

It doesn't hurt that I'm done by around 2:30 each day. :D I'll definitely be sad to see this rotation go (unlike Nuclear Pharmacy).

I still enjoy the place I'm renting, though I'm thinking of bringing a few more toys back with me. I miss having them around. I ordered the Star Trek dolls during the Barbie Dream Sale for super cheap, so it'll be nice when they show up. But now there's free shipping at Pullip Style too! I'd so order one if I hadn't just made the other sizable order. :(
Though I don't know if I'll be able to stop myself with those new Disney Fairies dolls. They have Terence, and Vidia!

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