Sunday, January 12, 2020

Welcome Home, Joss!

Joss Kendrick is here!

I love her.

I think she has a very cute new face mold, and I like her meet outfit.

Most of all, I am so excited that a doll has a hearing loss, like me.

Joss is going to have a new name here. I am naming her Jenny.

Her hearing aid is tiny! It's half the size of the old pink hearing aid.

It pops into her ear, kind of like a LEGO. I added a dab of tacky glue to help it stick.

It only fits in her right ear, because it is rounded on one side to fit in her ear, and flat on the other side.

In Joss's book, she is deaf in her left ear and has partial hearing in her right.

I like her meet, it feels like something I would wear. I did not know that the decals on her hoodie were shiny.

I also did not realize that there is embroidery on the front left pocket of her shorts. I like it!

Her flip flops are very hard to get on and off. I thought I was going to scratch the doll taking them off. They are not going back on her.

Jenny is not going to be doing any water sports around here for a while! Although there is a polar plunge in February.

It snowed last night, so I changed her out of her meet outfit so she could play in the snow with her bulldog!

I am really excited abut this doll. I usually wait months or more to buy a doll after it is released, but I know that this one had to come home with me.

I will write another post about her books!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Joss Kendrick and her Hearing Loss

There have been rumors for a while that the new American Girl of the Year is hearing impaired.

And here she is, Joss Kendrick!

I am very excited that Joss is hearing impaired. I'm not crazy about her name, her clothes or her hobbies, but I am very excited that she is hearing impaired, like me.

I haven't read her books yet. I definitely will, I just didn't pre-order because I plan to get the doll, who comes with the first book.

I am very hearing impaired. My hearing has been impaired all my life. It has deteriorated as an adult.

Therefore, I have things I would like to share with you about my experience, so you can understand Joss a bit better.

I was discussing Joss with a doll collecting friend, who reminded me that there was a Sweet Valley Middle School book about a deaf character. I loved the Sweet Valley books, but I have forgotten this one.

That book is Won't Someone Help Anna?

My friend shared a summary of the book on this blog: Link

As I read the blog, I fell in love with the quote, "The new girl’s name is Anna Reynolds, and she’s not heroically deaf apparently. She’s just regular f*g deaf."

That's me. I am not heroically deaf. I am just regular f*ing deaf.

I mean, I still hear some things, and I am so grateful for them. 

I can hear the sound of water when I am canoeing or swimming, and I love that.
I can hear crunchy leaves in the fall when I step on them, and I love that.

I can hear voices, usually. I have trouble making out the words.

On the phone, I can no longer hear my sister's voice at all.

Music that I have listened to for years doesn't sound the same. Like in Muppet Treasure Island, there is this song in which the pigs chant "Boom Chochackalacalacka" as Piggy makes an exciting entrance on the back of an elephant. I can hear the drums, and maybe some of the chanting. 

So there are things that are hard about being hearing impaired, and I really hope that AG shows at least some of them in Joss's story.

When I like a song, I have to look up the words and memorize them. I can't hear the words in the music. That seems really relevant to Joss as a cheerleader.

When Joss goes surfing, she has to take her hearing aids out so they aren't damaged.
It would be 100% realistic for someone to call out something to Joss in that situation and she doesn't know what they said.

I don't care how good you are at lip reading or how good your hearing aids are. 
If you are hearing impaired, there is a good chance that at some point you get into a situation where you don't know what the other person is trying to say to you, and it is both embarrassing and painful.

If AG does not show that at least once in Joss's story, I will be disappointed.

I was in speech therapy from kindergarten to eighth grade. I was lucky in that I loved my speech therapist and had fun in that class and didn't mind getting dragged away from my regular class. 
But that doesn't mean that maybe Joss wouldn't be potentially embarrassed at going to speech therapy or feel left out at what her class did while she was away.

I don't speak ASL. People expect me to, but no one ever taught me. And no one I know speaks it, so learning it would not offer me any further opportunities to communicate.
Deaf people are not born with an innate knowledge of ASL. 

It's not heroic being deaf.

It's great that AG is making character hearing impaired. However, it's important to not just do that, but it do it right.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Katie and I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

Isn't she cute?

She's all bundled up for the cold weather.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Melody and Bo would like to wish you a merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Anne got mini Luciana for Christmas!

I definitely think that mini Luciana is one of the cutest mini dolls. Anne is completely smitten.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Twas the Night Before Christmas

It's the night before Christmas, and Kit is snuggled in bed with a good book.

I think that's a great way to spend Christmas Eve!

In Iceland, there is a tradition of giving books as gifts on Christmas Eve. I love it!
It might make it hard to go to bed, though.

You can read more about that here.

I love these pajamas for Kit and am glad that I bought them shortly before they retired.

Since Kit's bedroom is in an attic, I bet that it is cold in the winter.

Mara knows that Santa won't come until she is asleep!

I think that visions of sugar plums dance in her head.

I hope everyone is relaxing and enjoying today!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Ready for the Holidays

Are you ready for the holidays?

Melody and Bo are!

Melody should get under the covers, her bare legs look chilly!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christmas for Felicity

I am not gonna lie, Felicity is the queen of my doll collection.

Anne is the princess, in a matter of speaking, (she would not want to be called a princess), but Felicity is the queen.

These Christmas pictures of Felicity make me so happy.

I know the background is really too modern for Felicity, but it's much better than a blank wall!

I got the Noah's Ark for Felicity just as American Girl was discontinuing it, and this never fails to make me happy. I am so glad that I have this for my girl, and all the tiny pieces.

And she would certainly rather be playing in front of the fire than outside in the snow!

Felicity wishes everyone a merry Christmas!

Welcome Home, Joss!

Joss Kendrick is here! I love her. I think she has a very cute new face mold, and I like her meet outfit. Most of all, I am so ...