#NaBloPoMo – When Barbie Went Digital

NaBloPoMo Blog Her prompt: What was the one toy that a friend had that you wished you had when you were little?

I met Melissa the very first day of kindergarten. We were best buddies through grade school. We are still friends today. I see her every time I go back to Toronto for a visit.

Growing up, she had everything. We would play in her basement playroom where one wall was floor to ceiling shelves of toys and games. She had an older brother, I have no idea where his toys were kept because these shelves were all Melissa’s things.

Melissa was the first to have the baby dolls that you could actually feed and have to change the diaper. She had the cool board games that incorporated VHS tapes. She also had Barbie Fashion Designer. She was the only one of us who had it, so of course we all wanted to play whenever we were over at her house. She must have been getting sick of it.

I have always liked designing clothes. Just the drawing part though, I couldn’t sew a bag if my life depended on it. I loved to draw and I would draw characters in all sorts of outfits.

Barbie Fashion Designer was a computer program that came out right around the same time as CD-ROM. It was great because you got to pick the type of clothes, you got to design the fabric and then Barbie would model the outfit you created in 3D. That was my favourite part, seeing what it looked like on Barbie. The software even went a step further and allowed you to print the outfit on specialized fabric-paper so one of your own Barbies could wear your creation.

Melissa let me print one once. It was kind of flimsy. It kept falling off and didn’t fit my Barbie nearly as well as it did the digital Barbie. That part was a little disappointing, but I didn’t care. It was all about the design and seeing digital Barbie wear it for me.

My parents never bought the computer program for me. I was getting to the age where Barbies were no longer considered cool. They figured there was no sense in buying it and then having me lose interest. Little did they know, I was the type of kid who didn’t pay attention to what wasn’t cool!

In fact, I am so uncool that I got a brand new Barbie just this week! Hubby did the groceries and came back with this for me. She is still in the box because I haven’t decided if I should keep her, or give her to one of my nieces.

2015-11-01 Scientist Barbie

Yup, that is Scientist Barbie! The back of the box says “Scientists study oceans, space, the Earth & even animals!”. She comes fully equipped with her lab coat, lab safety goggles and a microscope.

2015-11-01 Scientist Barbie goggles 2015-11-01 Scientist Barbie Microscope

Although it is very cool that Barbie is showing an interest in science now, she’s not quite there yet.

2015-11-01 Scientist Barbie Safety Code Violation

Those legs! Those Shoes! Clearly a safety code violation!

Good job Barbie, you’ll get there one day.

Share Your World 2014 – Week 49

This is the Share Your World Challenge hosted by Cee’s Photography. It’s been a while, but I’m getting back into things. I’ve really missed this one. The rules are the same. Four questions are asked every week and you have to answer them. Simple and fun! (Thanks Cee!)

share your world

Here is week 49!

What is your preferred hot drink: coffee, tea, water, hot chocolate, or other?

There is no competition here. Definitely coffee. It was an acquired taste but, coffee time in the morning is sacred for me now.

What was your favorite toy as a child  . . .  and now?

I think I’m going to have to say Barbie was my favourite as a child, although Puppy in My pocket was a close second. I had a couple friends I could play with, but mostly I played with my sister. We had a coffee table that also served as a trunk. It was FULL of Barbies, their clothes and accessories. I don’t dare say how many I had! This trunk is still at my parents’ place. It seems a shame to part with so many good memories. I had a big imagination with these dolls. Each one had her own name, career, best friend and hobby. Only my favourite ones had boyfriends though. I still remember all this made up information too. Funny what the brain retains huh?


Picture from Google image search


Winter Sports Barbie (1994) was my favourite. I named her Karen.

My favourite toy today is probably my iPad. I use my laptop more often, but I associate it with work, so I don’t count it as a toy. I use my iPad to fool around on Pinterest and get doodle ideas.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

I usually look at chocolate as a separate entity from candy, so I’ll say the chocolate factories and still doing their thing and it’s the candy factories that are wrecking havoc. In this case, I’d have them make Cherry Blasters. They are my favourite.

Would you want $100,000 right now or $120,000 in a year (tax Free)?

I’ll wait a year for more money. It’ll give me time to figure out what to do with it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week: I finished Christmas shopping. Now it’s time to wrap and celebrate 🙂

This week: I am grateful my boss is away for the week. She is more than just my boss. I am grateful to have someone like her around, but she asks a lot of me. I am on sick leave from work, but she keeps calling me and asking me to do things. When I say no, she tries to talk me into doing it anyway. Her being away means no phone calls and finally sick leave without having to do work.

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