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[Random Thought of the Day] - And So Life Goes On
Aria - Say That One More Time...
So, I am back at work on this bright and sunny Monday. The A/C is broken and I feel the sweat pooling around my armpits. Humid happy camper, not quite. Aside from the piles of papers and mail and e-mails I have to sort through, so far so good. Just have to take a few minutes to regain my bearings.

In the meanwhile, I have been frantically trying to catch up to Life with half the physical energy I usually have. Yesterday was a pretty lethargic day, partially due to the heat, partially due to errands that needed to be run. The studio is a big ol' mess at the moment while we reorganize and install new shelves for all the books and supplies we've accumulated.

I haven't even had time to crack open my doll's box. It's been sitting in the kitchen for a couple weeks now completely untouched. Not that I don't want to open her box, really - it's just that I don't have the space or time right now. I'd prefer to have a dedicated moment to really enjoy her unboxing, rather than pull her out, dress her haphazardly and dump her into the display case with the rest of my girls. TwT *sigh*

Also, a good number of my BPAL orders came through! Most were shipped to my home address while one I had won on auction was sent straight to the studio. My inventory has been growing quite rapidly... but I think I have a much better idea of what scents I like to sniff and what scents I just might like to wear. I think I can finally slow down and be very selective as to what I purchase from here on out~

On the downside, I had purchased a bottle of Tamamo-no-Mae from a second-hand seller on LJ about a month ago. She mentioned she had a couple bottles and I purchased one. It was a rather impulsive buy, but I've heard good things about the scent and decided it might be worth the full 5ml bottle rather than scouting out imps. When I visited the BPAL will call in SoCal, I was really excited to sniff their sample bottle on their shelf 'o limiteds - it was just what I was looking for and expected it to be. Soft, creamy and subtly sweet.

Well, a month has passed and no word from said seller and it seems like the supposed owner of the second bottle has not received word nor package in mail either. I hate jumping to conclusions and all, but no one likes to feel like they were scammed. *sigh*

Interestingly enough, I don't feel angry about things - I just feel a little sad and disappointed inside. It wasn't a large sum of money (in comparison to doll items... more on that a little later), but it was a limited edition scent I was looking forward to owning. I left a message in response to the second buyer's inquiry comment so both poster and second buyer would have a heads-up that the package hasn't been received on either end.

As for dolly items, as totally expected, I joined a Mio order way back at the beginning of the year. As with all things Mio - especially on larger group orders, there always seems to be a certain amount of paranoia about things taking too long. This is my second "direct" order and it seems after I hit the second or third month of waiting, I just kinda forget about my orders so I don't feel that "OMGIMBEINGSCAMMEDTHISISUNPROFESSIONALBLAHBLAHBLAH!" sentiment that most seem to express on the forums. As much as I love her clothes, the wait is a bit long. I'm not sure if I'd be interested in joining a future order. That and it gets tiring to see people going ape-sh!t over the fact she's been AFK for whatever reasons when I'm just looking for updates.

And lastly, the LA Dolpa...

I have been seriously waffling over this for the past 3 weeks. As I hear more and more information about how things aren't quite panning out as everyone had imagined things to be from their announcement last year, I wonder if it's really worth the amount of money it would cost for me to fly to California, stay in a hotel, food, admission, classes, dolly lotto, items I'd like to buy, etc. When they announced that the Japanese vendors weren't coming and the event and classes would cost $XXX, a lot of my reasoning to really drop the money to attend sort of vanished. Attending while a resident of California (both North and South) would be "doable"...but from Hawaii? I really have to think about it.

...and so life goes on. Lots of stuff to catch up on and time doesn't seem to wait for anyone. ^_^;

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I feel that LA Dolpa isn't worth it (esp. if there are no Japanese dealers, which was the main reason I wanted to go) and I live in NorCal. It's not worth the $150 flight, hotel etc. plus the admission and that sort of thing. I think this one is just good if you have money to waste on it or if you live in SoCal and can drive there/home.

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aww, I really hope you get ur money back >_<;; and I hope it's not a scam (O___O)

yeah. . . the dolpa thing was a real let down with the japanese dealers not coming. . . (~~;;;)

hope to see your girl soon~v

I hope the bottle comes myself.. I don't feel like fighting for something that was about $20. It just kinda sucks to have that worrisome feeling that things were going to head in this direction when things became quite quiet on the other end.

I'm building some excitement over seeing my new doll... I had a chance to see a SwD Kaede while in California (friend's friend's doll~) and she was really cute! *sigh* Just need more time in the day... and space in the house. >_>;;

Though on the other hand I am not surprised that the Japanese Dealer part fell through, I'd sort of been saying it was going to be an issue for quite some time. ^^;;;

I mean I do think there will be some sort of LE like Masha and Olivia, it's just a matter if the LE is one you might actually want.

Personally, you should save for a Japanese Dolpa! ^_^ Plus, then you get to go to Japan!! (or if not Doll Show or I Doll)

I was half wondering how the J-dealer thing would pan out myself. It sort of seemed to be too good to be true. Perhaps it was in the end.

Hrmm.. now if they mentioned that they would be selling a lot of goods FROM these Japanese dealers on their behalf (or something like that), I wonder if it would change my plans any? *ponder*

I haven't been too heart-set on any other the dolls they've released as of late.. Which might just be a good thing for my wallet. :D

I'd love to attend a Dolpa in Japan~ *__* That's definitely a future goal of mine. ^^

I'm so sorry to hear about your bad experience with the BPAL seller on LJ! :( I hope she owns up. The BPAL community is usually pretty trustworthy, but I guess there are bad apples in every bunch... what a bummer. I hope you can find more Tamamo-no-Mae, too. Let me know if there's anything you're looking for- I have a fat ton of imps just sitting around in a drawer. XD

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