I'm a Geek
One of the passions the girls and I developed this winter/spring was for Project Runway, a weirdly addictive reality show where a bunch of clothing designers vie for a big prize that will help them in their career. The show is filled with outsize personalities, people you love to hate, people you love despite the fact that their talent is clearly not quite up to the others--all that gooey reality show goodness. And because when I was a kid I wanted to be a clothing designer (no one who looks at me now would believe that, since most days I am Mom Shlub, and quite cheery about it) I find it rivetting.
Okay, so last week when we were in NY on holiday we went to the huge Toys R Us in Times Square so that Younger Girl could take photos for her classmates, who didn't believe there was a three-storey high ferris wheel inside the store. We wandered through the store and into the Barbie section (which is a huge temple to all things Barbie and is, of course, pinkpinkpink) and there collided with a bit of Project Runway neepery. One of the projects on this season's show had been to design an outfit for a new "My Scene" Barbie. The winning designer was Nick Verreos, a very talented designer who was eliminated from the contest just short of the final three.
So there, as we turned a corner, was Nick's Barbie. All three of us (SG, YG and I) giggled and shrieked and said "Oh my God!" and agreed that while it looked miles better on a full-sized adult human, it was really cute. And Sarcasm Girl turned to me and said, "God, I'm such a geek!" Then, accusingly, "God, you're such a geek." Guilty as charged.