Zoomba in the Park

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Gilly has been running her Zoomba classes in the park most of the summer, right across from the 
Grand View. 

Gilly (right): Hey, Sindy! Are you joining class?

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 Sindy: I'd love to but I'm trekking down to the Farmer's Market for some fresh produce, it's apple and pumpkin season now at the bakery. Oh, and I want to thank you, most of your students show up at the bakery after classes! Thanks, bunches.

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Gilly: I know the delicious smell from your shop wafts across the street. It's hard to resist. Upside is they have to come back to class and wear off those extra calories.

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Sindy: We do have some low calorie fruit drinks, and light lattes. I've been keeping multi-grain zucchini cookies in stock, the cocoa ones seem to be a favorite. I have to scram now...good luck with your classes. Thanks again, Gilly!

Gilly: You too, and class is always free for you if you have time. 

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A few minutes later, a small crowd arrives to start class.

Gilly: Hi Everyone! Let's get on the ground and get a few good stretches to warm up.


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Stretch and hold, now the other leg!


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Zoe: Oh, my this really gets a good stretch.

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Gilly: Remember you can also join our classes via Zoom, same fee, just in the comfort of your own home. Now let's do our other side...Stretch and hold.

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Barbie: Oh, love that music (up down, up down, up down) Now we are cranking!

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Gilly: Okay, now FASTER---you can do it, up down up down, UPPPPP down.

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(Ugh, grunt, phew, ow, ugh, grunt, phew, OWWW!)

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Gilly: NOW HOLD____that pose as long as you can, breathe slow and hold.


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Barbie: Phew and hold.....she says, arrrrrgh...phew.....

(40 Minutes Later)

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Gilly: Okay everyone on their back, get into your Vee positions. OKAY breathe and hold. Hold as long as you can. 
(Collective Groans......)
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Barbie: My shoes are too heavy.

Gilly: Keep those toes up! HOLD...don't forget to breathe.

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OMG....arrrrgghgghghgh!


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Gilly: How many are still with me? 

(One by one they heels hit the ground.)

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Kat and Gilly are the last two.

Kat: I think it was a tie, Gilly. Great class...everything hurts, LOL.

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Gilly: Thanks, everyone...SUPER class! See you Tuesday, don't forget to sign up and pay online. I can only take 6 out here, but if outdoors is full you can do Zoomba on Zoom in your home. Bad weather and we do it via Zoom. Have a great day!

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Gilly, Zoe and Barbie have a visit after class!  

Barbie: Oh, the smells from the bakery---honestly anyone up for a pumpkin coffee or a muffin? 

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Barbie: I'm starving...Sindy's Patisserie calls, definitely. I need to pick up buns for supper too. 

HOW DO YOUR DOLLS keep their 
SLIM FIGURES? LOL.

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Vickie's Long Day

Just one Day!

Early 7AM at Vickie and Joe's apartment
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Joe: Hey, Sweetie, time to get up? What not even a grunt?

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Cat: Purrrrrrrrrrrrr, purrrrrr!

Joe: Hmmm, she must have dashed out when I was taking my shower! 

(Meanwhile Vicky hurries to the bakery to pick up her order for her gals at Vickie's Vintage.)
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(Next at the Vickie's Vintage) 

Brrrirnnnngggg! 
Vickie: Vickie's Vintage, how may I help you? Yes we have two appointments open this afternoon, each between 1-2 and 2-3. Yes masks are required and we have gloves and sanitizer available for your use. See you then, Miss Emilie and Miss Colette.

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Brrrrinnng:

Vickie's Vintage, how may I help you? Yes, we are still open with appointments for your shopping safety. Six people are allowed in the store at one time for shopping. 

We have an appointment between 2-3 open, we also have our website, VickiesV@blank.com. 

Sure, many of our items are available online. Okay, we will see you at two this afternoon, thank you, bye.


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An hour later after coffee and a complete wipe down of the store.

Zoe: Vickie, everything is ready upstairs.

Vickie: Great, please answer the door! 

Zoe: It's Joe, Vickie.

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Joe: I guess the honeymoon is over...not even a goodbye this morning.

Vickie: I hollered at you in the shower, but you were singing. I hollered, "JOE, I'm leaving, I LOVE YOU! "

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Joe: Well, then, you deserve a good morning kiss, since I almost jumped on the cat in bed thinking it was you. 

Vickie: (*giggle*) Have a good day! 

AND HER WORKDAY Continues...! 9:30 AM

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Vickie takes the phone calls and deals with the online orders. The phone and the computer emails never stop.


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Zoe: That dress is perfect for you, Tanya. Shall I wrap it up. 

Tanya the bride: Please do, and I need some shoes and hose. And I should have everything. I can't believe we are finally getting married. We were originally scheduled for March, but I think a park outdoor wedding this Sunday will do. And this dress is perfect!


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Zoe: I hope you have a glorious day and a happy life! 


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Tanya: I hope so, the weather seems so up and down now, is it Fall or is it still summer?

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Tanya: Thanks again!

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Carly: Miss Colette, if you can't find anything down here, you can try upstairs, Zoe doesnt' have anyone up there right now.

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Colette: This is perfect and I vant deez one too, and zee other one in blue.

Many hours and customers later, the door stops banging, the phone stops ringing, everything is wiped down for tomorrow. 
And Joe shows up to take Vickie to the bank.


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Carly: Goodnight, Officer and boss, see you tomorrow.

Vickie: Thanks, Carly. We have another full day of appointments tomorrow, and I shipped out 14 orders today. We are starting to get requests for Halloween though, we will have to decide what to do?

Nikki: We could make the whole shop Halloween, we have enough stock...for just four weeks? Will people venture out for Halloween in masks, LOL? I wonder.

Joe: Yea, they probably will, more than they do now. It's a gamble though? Halloween is usually a busy night for the police department, but every night is Halloween now.

Vickie: I'll have to check the numbers and what online venues are doing for the season, and see what might be happening?


Much later, back home, Joe is grilling supper! 


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Vickie: Hey Officer, aren't you a bit under-dressed. 

Joe: It's hot in here, some idiot downstairs has their heat cranked up already, at least the deck out here is cooler. Dinner done in just a few minutes. How about some white wine, Sweetie.

7:30 PM

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Joe: Salmon, corn, I'm starving!

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8:30 PM
Vickie: I'm afraid to ask, how was your day?
Joe: Okay.  But, I don't know which is worse, the politicians, the protestors, or the looters. Things seem to be getting under control, today anyway. I just need a day off, the whole department needs a time-out. 

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Joe: HEY Cat, that is not for you...you have to get down. (He puts a generous serving of salmon on Cat's dish)

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Vickie: That's why I love you...you take care of both of us! 

Cat: Prrrrrrrrr, prrrrrrrr! 

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Vickie and Joe talk,  Halloween, the shop,
 the online business,
the protests, 
and more talk, 
elections, 
when are we getting married?
and talk.
Joe says if and when I can get some time off...?
and talk.


9 PM

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Joe: I'm stuffed, are you for dessert?...(Wink!)


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10PM

Joe: Okay CAT this is another thing we don't share! 

Lights OUT!



With Chicago Halloween events in question,

  SHOULD VICKIE's VINTAGE
Be a Halloween Shop for a month?
Please comment on this! 
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Emilie- C'est la Vie

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(With Colette getting all attention and drama, I was very excited to find this outfit online. It has no tags, but is 1997 Cool Careers, Fashion Designer-Emilie is convinced it is from Paree...she added a beret and red shoes.) 


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Emilie:C'est la Vie! This may not be Paree--but, I do enjoy walking in dees park! 



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Colette ees getting  manicure and hair done...which leaves me to enjoy  peace and quiet for all of dees walk. 

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Ooh, la, la, what is dis I zee in za distance! Hmmmmmm, mmmm!

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Emilie: I shall sit here and enjoy zee 'wildlife'.

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Henrie: Ahem, pardon me for bothering you, but do you know the direction to the bakery in this neighborhood. I have seemed to have become disoriented.

Emilie: Sindy's Patisserie?

Henrie: Why, yes, which direction?



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Emilie: Just deux blocks down and to zee left.

Henrie: Thank you, or should I say, Merci.

Emilie: Pourquoi oui, et vous etes les bienvenus.(Why yes, and you are welcome)

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Henrie: Please excuse my Montreal accent. My Mother was French and Father was all Canadian. I am Henrie Martin, if I may be so bold.

Emilie: Je suis Emilie, and I am from Paree. (Phone goes off) Pleez excuse, my employer calls, I am needed. Pardon moi, I must go.


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Henrie: But, wait, will I see you again? May I walk you---to...?

Emilie: Bon jour...C'est la Vie. (Good bye and such is life!) Wink! 


diorama, handpainted backdrop, grass and greenery.
Chair thrift store find

Emilie: 2000 Society Hound (greyhound) Barbie
outfit-1997 Barbie Cool Careers-Fashion Designer untagged, black hat, purse, red shoes(Sparklz)
beret from Mattel Flavas-Tres 2003

Henrie: Henry Higgins Ken doll 1996
new Ken clothes




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