Sunday, November 29, 2009

I am (apparently) a dolly drama magnet!

I refreshed the tracking screen every hour or so, all day, and about 6:30 the screen changed: delivery failed.

So I got in the car and drove into Dallas. Went to the big Post Office to find out where an EMS package would have gone, and I know which Post Office to contact tomorrow. I have their hours and their phone number written down.

I also went to my office building. They let me into my suite, just in case somebody from my office had checked in and put the delivery notice on the front desk or my own desk or in my mailbox. Nada. The log at the security desk also showed no deliveries since Friday, whereas the updated status at the Post Office showed that somebody had allegedly left a notice.

So at this point I dont know if the nice folks in Korea mis-typed the shipping label, or what. Good news is, this is my order, in my name, so it should be easier for me to get to the bottom of the mystery.

And maybe she will just get calmly, quietly delivered to the office tomorrow?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

She's out of customs...

...and she’s heading this way!

“13:45 27-Nov-2009 (Korea time)”
“Departure from inward office of exchange”

So, I’m thinking she won’t make it to Dallas today, but almost certainly on Monday, which will save me an extra trip.

Warming up my “obsessively refresh screen” finger. Looks like I’ll be busy today. ♥

Friday, November 27, 2009


Nekokoi and Rorek, I took a look at their website this morning, and she’s lovely. I want to see her in the normal skin. And when I look at Luna, in the white skin version with the evening makeup and her face in three-quarter profile, I think she looks a bit like your baby sister.

As of this writing, Jessica is still stuck in customs, reason “other”. I’m trying not to refresh that page more than once an hour. I’m also hoping that “other” means they were closed for Thanksgiving and will be back at work shortly.

Blessing curls up with a good book while waiting for her sister to get here from Chicago.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Jessica’s in Chicago!

I have the tracking page up and am refreshing it every couple of hours. She’s over the pond and at the airport. One more think to be thankful for, today!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jessica has shipped!

She shipped today, with guaranteed shipping by Saturday the 28th, which means a trip into Dallas to pick up her box. I’m not waiting until Monday to bring her home!

This is all because I had Brother Sushi bring me the armoire, so I’ll have a place for her stuff and Blessing’s.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blessing’s first photoshoot.

Posing primly outside the veterinarian’s office.

Perched on a pumpkin, with Dolly the Llama.

It’s National Hug a Llama Day!

Dolly wants to eat Blessing’s necklace.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Another one goes onto the wish list?

A little bigger than a PukiFee, I think, and smaller than Beyla. Is this not the dearest little face?

Nekokoi, I am just dumbfounded at the delicacy of Blessing’s faceup. I think you ought to advertise on DoA; I think you could be as busy as you’d want to be and have a fairly painless way to get the money for your Vesuvia. [But maybe you already are as busy as you want to be.] When I post Blessing’s box opening and/or photoshoot, you are getting major props.

Rorek, I got your text message last night. Thanks! I’m so glad that Blessing arrived before my Jessica.

I am bribing myself with dolly playtime as a reward for tidying the living room and cleaning up the kitchen.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cuprit/Blessing -- the rest of the story

Nekokoi texted me yesterday, “Mystery Box is at PO. Wolfie’s picking it up today. I’ll let you know if it’s Cuprit this evening.”

“OK stuck in traffic. Going to temple from work tonight. Home very late. Love you!”

“Love you too. Possible box opening tomorrow? I’m in no rush anymore xD”

At which point I called her on the phone, and we talked for the next three miles or so.

I’ve done a simple post on the main blog. This one is for the pic-spam (round 1). More to follow after her face-up.

Here, from the shipping box, notations of attempted delivery dates and the date she was scheduled to be deported to Korea for a second time. [Details follow.]

Obligatory shot of the SOOM box. It’s a box. It’s pretty. It will go into the recycling bin once I get it home, if not before, but right now it’s holding her human calves and both sets of human feet. Plus her crazily immodest default costume; the only part of that I really like, is the cape. Thankfully, Nekokoi doesn’t expect me to keep any of it; she wanted it for one of her own characters.

Nekokoi holding the doll-in-pillow. I am going to ponder making a yoga-bag sort of thing, felted, in which to lug around the pillow when I go to doll meet-ups.

As modest a bubble-wrap mummy as we could manage, with her arms and one hoof part covering her girl bits.

Bald, blind, and naked except for the wings of doom. Her head cap is off because the magnet came out, and we were waiting for the glue to dry. The wings are totally gorgeous, with a PITA factor that is off the charts. It took two of us to wrangle the strings through her arm sockets before Nekokoi could tie on the wings. They would be perfect for a doll who is just going to sit behind glass in a display case, but not for one that is going to be keeping up with my eclectic life.

The sweater fits perfectly in front and all around the waist. The back waist length is too long, so it buckles into horizontal waves in the back; that might change somewhat if she were in sitting position. The necklace is just a skosh too long; it will probably be the perfect length for Jessica when she arrives. The waistband is a smidgen too tight. I will have to get creative in order to keep this skirt on. But considering I only had the default measurements from SOOM’s website and a few supplementary measurements from another DoA member, I am wonderfully pleased.

Her lovely face, eyes installed and the wig popped on. Wig-wrangling looks to be the new Olympic sport, chez Ravelled.

Here are the details of her almost-non-arrival [for the second time], a trifecta of goofs at SOOM, the USPS/EMS, and the management of Nekokoi’s apartment complex. Once more, SOOM shipped to the billing address; thankfully, the change of address that Nekokoi put in after the last debacle, was in the PO’s computer [even if the tracking number was recycled, and useless], so they knew where to forward the delivery notice.

When Wolfie picked up the box yesterday, an employee told him, “Oh, that box has been back there for days and days.” [See useless recycled tracking number, above.] She was scheduled to be sent back to Korea on the 23rd. Boggles. The. Mind.

The [alleged] managers where Nekokoi lives, are apparently never actually *in* the management office, and would seem to be the primary reason why delivery failed, twice.

But she’s here, and she’s safe. Nekokoi is going to try to get her faceup done tonight and/or tomorrow, because another wave of humidity is scheduled to roll through on Sunday. And I am very, very happy because the doll who was supposed to be my first BJD, actually is.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Jessica’s “before shipping”!

Payments acknowledged by Iplehouse. I’ll check status when I get home tonight.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A modicum of dolly news

I worked on the dialogue for Cuprit’s box opening, whenever that occurs. Nekokoi, please check your inbox at DoA.

I also have a draft for Jessica’s box opening, but so far no ideas.

I looked for the Korean sister’s email address, but I have deleted it. Will have to look up her phone number and see if she would be willing/able to help us out.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Jessica is paid in full!


I took a look at Luna while I was on their website, and she is so pretty; however, she does not call to me the way that Jessica did. I actually kind of like the babydoll PJ’s.


[Still hoping that Cuprit will get here before Jessica does.]


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

No dolly progress.

No knitting or sewing for Cuprit or Jessica yesterday. No response on DoA to my request for measurements for Jessica. But I pay her off day after tomorrow, woohoo!

No news of the whereabouts of my allegedly re-shipped Cuprit.

Am hoping to have enough oomph at the end of the workday on Friday to head up to the mini-meet at Saxby’s before the singles’ dance in Lewisville. Assuming that I like who is DJing. I may just decide to stay home and knit, or sew.