review: Hello, Cutie!

Hello, Cutie

Hello, Cutie! Adventures in Cute Culture by Pamela Klaffke

As you have probably gathered, cute things are fully within my area of interest. And you know that the first thing I did with this book was flip through to see if Blythe was included. Good news! She’s first mentioned on page 17, and Klaffke is clearly a fan, too. She writes about finding Blythe forums online, which fed her enthusiasm for the doll. I turned the page and there’s a photo of several of the Blythe enthusiasts I follow! How cool! She goes on to write about meeting up with Blythe folks in her area and the things that make Blythe cute. There are a few short digressions into Forum Drama, which feel a little out of place amidst the book’s general tone of positivity, but mostly it’s about why people love Blythe and other cute things. Throughout the book, short features highlight people who make or collect cute things. The whole thing is really a celebration of cute things and an exploration into why we love them. It was published in 2012, so sadly a lot of the online links included are either gone or out of date (many of the blogs, for example, have been abandoned in the intervening years) but many of them will still lead to further information.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Mott Community College Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system

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it’s a sunshine day

Well, it was, at least. We were originally forecast to have some rain this weekend, but we hardly had any. Hurray for sun! It’s been such a rainy, cool spring so far that it seems like the sunny days are more valuable. I took advantage of the sun and finally did some much-needed weeding in both the front and back yard gardens. It seems to be a banner year for dandelions, though a lot of my perennials are a bit behind due to the cold and wet. We also took advantage of the sun to run around with Coraline and Brodie in the yard quite a bit and take a number of walks.

Coraline

Coraline is full-on teething. She’s lost a couple of teeth that we’ve found, and at her first visit to our vet on Friday, he said that she has definitely lost quite a few baby teeth already. So far she hasn’t destroyed anything by chewing it to death, but we’re keeping a pretty close eye on her.

Coraline

Coraline

She’s so attentive and interested in everything! (When she’s awake.) Her ears flop over in a very cute puppy sort of way and she’s pretty much irresistible.

Coraline

She’s also so pliable. Karl lifted her up and she was like, “oh yeah, I’m just hangin’ here. Whatevs.”

Coraline

Coraline

In that last one, I missed the moment where she attempted to lick Karl’s mouth. Eww!

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bunbun

We were out in the back yard yesterday after work, K was trimming the dogs’ nails and I was snapping pics in the gardens. I noticed that a violet was blooming already:

pansy flower

in the AC Unit garden, and then to my surprise I saw this:

tiny bunbun hiding in the leaves by the AC unit

A tiny bunny hiding! It was small enough to fit in my hand had I opted to try to touch it (which I didn’t), and it was sitting very, very still. At first I was afraid that it might be dead, but K poked it gently with the stem of a dead leaf and we could see it breathing.

tiny bunbun hiding in the leaves by the AC unit

tiny bunbun hiding in the leaves by the AC unit

A little while later K breathed on its face and it scampered under the AC Unit. I guess it’s time to clean up that area! Much as this guy is super cute, I don’t want him to make a home and eat my greens. I don’t have any idea how the dogs managed to miss his presence. It seems like they would’ve smelled it at least, but I’m glad they didn’t.

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