Birds and Bricks

This is a 3 part entry all on the same page. You’ll see what I mean.

Birds

Along with Facebook, Instagram, and here, I am on Twitter. I’ve had an account for a little over 2 years now. I started in the middle of June of 2011, tweeting almost once everyday. Then came baby W and the little bird flew out the window.  Life moved along, a little differently for us, and I was back on for about another month. Then it was sparingly for the next year and a half, mostly for sharing my bloggings, which didn’t help me get any views. What the hey.

But now I’m back at it, slowly but surely. I still don’t know if I’m using the #s correctly or not. One day, I’ll get the hang of it and all 140 characters will be hashtagging it up.  This time I’m not only composing my own tweets, utilizing said #s (which I usually promptly delete because I sound like a dork), I have also responded to people/groups. Keep that in mind.

On to part 2!

Bricks

The bricks I happen to be talk about are LEGO® brand building bricks! Who doesn’t love LEGOs? (Please don’t hurl grammatical and nerdy corrections at me for saying LEGOs instead of LEGO. This is how I have been saying it all my life and I’m not changing it now.) No one I can think of, unless you step on one or more of those little multi-colored bricks in the middle of the night stumbling your way in to the bathroom.

Growing up we had both Duplo®s and regular LEGOs. Seriously one of the best toys ever made. I’ve  bought a few sets Duplos for the boys. Little J and W do a good job playing with them. They both use their imagination to create things and are starting play in the context of the set, fireman, zoo keeper, farmer, gas station people. T likes to chew and bang them together. Big J and I get in on the action too. We love LEGOs! It is something we can all play with as a family.

Thankfully, Little J only has one small set of a regular LEGOs, a fireman, his dog, and the multitudes of vehicles you can build with the bricks and other parts, right now. We play with it when the other two are down for their naps so no little pieces get lost or eaten.  I know that will change and we will be swimming in a sea of LEGOs soon enough. Then I will have to worry about being hated because I sucked up that one very important piece, that one piece that will complete the town of LEGOs that they have been working on for days and days. But for now the little ones are confined to a pencil box.

Birds and Bricks

How do these fit together? I’ll explain.

I checked out Twitter this morning because I follow news sources (NPR, BBC-UK, BBCA, WGN) along with some celebrities (mostly geeks and nerds with a smattering of comedians ) and “normal” people. The first tweet that was on my home page caught my attention.

                                                                                                                                        

Kari ByronKari Byron ‏@KariByron                                                  2h

http://www.themarysue.com/female-lego-minifigs/ 

More female Lego figures that don’t involve being a princess!

                                                                                                                                         

Kari Byron is best known as the female face of Discovery Channel’s MythBustersI think she is good role model for little and big girls alike. Along with doing crazy and amazing experiments, she is a mom. She has posted a few writings on geekmom.com, though not for a couple of years now.

Anyways, her tweet start my brain thinking about all my LEGOs and after a quick search, I found the “girly” set my sister and I had. It was Paradisanormal sized bricks that came in white, lime green, shades of pink, and tropical blues. It was a resort to build with pools and palm trees and almost all of girl mini-figures! They had ponytails, girlish clothes, fancy riding clothes, and bathing suits. There were girls grilling, swimming with dolphins, surfing, all sorts of stuff.

But the biggest things to me were the new hair and the freckled-faced girl with no make-up. Someone who looked like me.  Any of my little LEGO people could become a girl now with the ponytail. (Well, except the scruffy-faced men. They would just be scruffy-faced men with ponytails.)  All I had to do was pop her head and ponytail on any body and she could be anything I wanted to be.

Of course now there are many different hair styles, faces, clothes, and characters little girls can play with in newer sets. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Princess Leia from Star Wars are 2 that come to mind. I know Leia may have the title of princess, but she was a smart and fierce warrior. But I would be glad to see LEGO developing other interests in their female mini-figures. The project mentioned above, “Female Minifigure Set“, is now in the review stage by LEGO® CUUSOO. Keep your fingers crossed it gets made!

To try to tie it all neatly up, I replied to her in a tweet; not as elaborate as on here but I think I made my point. I don’t think I’ll ever get a response back and it’s all right (after all she had over 200,000 followers), but because of it, I got to remember a fantastic toy and hopefully see a glimpse at the future.

Following LEGO’s Fair Play rules, “LEGO®is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.” I just really like their toys!

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