Saturday, March 5, 2011

Barbie nostalgia

I really enjoy house-keeping. Including (no surprise) menu-planning when possible. Purposeful wandering in Publix and Trader Joes are little joys in my week. I did so good at buying groceries last week...and didn't cook once. Other than the above cupcakes.
I'm in the middle of a weekend nannying job. She's a great kid to sit for. The weather threw a kink in our plans so I've had to improvise (I'm not okay with her sitting in front of a TV all day, though she requests that).
So, being a good nanny I introduced her to Transmet pizza. Walked around Target and got her a Ken doll. Bought ingredients to bake a cake instead of going to get cupcakes. Baked a cake. Played barbies. Colored. Dinnered. Watched a movie. Danced. Bath, and done.
Baking a cake took around an hour. Wanting to be as cost-effective and time-efficient as possible I knew a mix would be best, and bleh. You can taste the difference. Moving on..."we" made the cake. I'd ask her to stir some of the batter and a minute later, "my arm hurts." I made the icing from scratch (which I think she'd never seen before) and was quickly informed it was too "vanilla-ey." I now have this huge, not-so-great tasting, pretty-to-look at cake. Fail.
Per mentioned, we played some Barbies this afternoon. I played with Barbies a lot as a child. So much that as we pulled out old Barbie clothes I started having flashback-central and found myself talking about when outfits came out, etc. Case in point...the top picture on the right, of barbie in the green mini dress, was the dress that came from "Totally Hair" barbie, and the green version came on Barbie's friend (Barbie's dress was pink; I remember this so well because I definitely had that one. The denim jewel on the bottom right...had that one as well. That bottom left picture...I don't think I would have let my dolls hair be like that (come on. I had a tool-box organizer to keep my barbie doll shoes organized. At age 8.). My poor mother. I remember her buying me a barbie whose hair you were supposed to cut and I cut it too short and just melted down. Sheesh.
Acid washed jeans? Yes please.
I saw this more recent piece and my jaw dropped a little. What. the. heck. and yikes.
A little more first barbie(s) were the Barbie and the Rockers line.
As I was putting the kid to bed tonight she said, "Diana, if I get up really early again we'll do what we did today and get up and play." Me, "OR, you'll stay in bed quietly." For some reason that didn't go over so well. Funny.

P.S. I got a $128 blazer from LOFT this week for $12. Score! I'm super excited about it.


  1. Love the pictures! I once brought a bunch of crafty stuff with me when babysitting and showed the little girl how to make a collage- after about 30 minutes she said "This is fun, but I think I need a break from so much crafts" lol!

  2. love the cake....even if it tasted bad, it looks amazing!!
    and the deal at LOFT!! AWESOME! I got a good deal there last week, too!! A shirt that was originally $79 I got for $22!! Wahoo!

    Love you, friend!

  3. Ha! I had the totally hair Barbie!!! Good times!

  4. I can still hear you singing Barbie and the Rockers! :) Love the beautiful rainbow cake even if it just tasted eh. My kids don't know that cake doesn't come from a box or that icing doesn't come from a tub. :)