So I wrote about it. The minute breakfast was over they had gotten in the car, so that Phillip was smack in the middle of his after-meal hour as they made the short drive to Dr. No Halo No Entry. Below are some of my favorite Sophie strips spanning the years.
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Bake Kitchen Dough Maker. Bake Kitchen Stainless Table. Bake Kitchen Utensil Rack. Bake Shop Cake Display. Bake Shop Folding Sign. Bake Shop Soda Fountain. Baked Potato Bean Bag Chair. Ball of Yarn Chair. Balls of Yarn Peek and Find.
Balloon Animal Costume shoes. Barber Shop Front Counter. Barber Shop Waiting Chair. Be My Valentine Pedestal. Beat the Heat Hammock. Berry Bushels of Fun. Berry Good Flat Bed Truck. Best View Fireworks Boat. Big Bowl of Soup. Big Pile of KinzCash Bed. Big Pile of Kinzcash Chair. Big Pile of Kinzcash Couch. Blast Off Rocket Bed. Blue Bubble and Trouble Witch Dress. Blue Bubble and Trouble Witch Hat.
Blue Bubble and Trouble Witch Shoes. Blue Camo Shirt Dress. Blue Campkinz Platform Tent. Blue Paint Paw Prints. Blufadoodle Dial Tone Phone. Bold Blue Wall Panel A.
Bold Blue Wall Panel B. Bold Blue Wall Panel C. Bold Blue Wall Panel D. Bold Blue Wall Panel E. Born to Board Boots. Born to Board Helmet. Born to Board Pants. Born to Board Top. Bounding Big Top Cannon. Breakfast in Bed Robot. Build a Sand Castle Gate. Build a Sand Castle Moat Bridge. Build a Sand Castle Moat Corner. Build a Sand Castle Moat End. Build a Sand Castle Moat. Build a Sand Castle Throne. Build a Sand Castle Tower. Build a Sand Castle Wall. Bunny Zangoz Gumball Machine. Bunny Zingoz Candy Machine.
Butterfly Lattice Desk Chair. Butterfly Lattice Shelving Unit. Butterfly Lattice Side Table. Butterfly Meadow Wall Sticker. Cake Hot Air Balloon. Camp Kinz Canoe Paddles. Candy Apple Splat Hat. Candy Cane Room Divider. Candy Cane Ruffle Dress. Candy Cane Stained Glass Window. Candy Coated Flower Tree. Caramel Drizzle Candy Tree.
Carnival Cotton Candy Wig. Carved Flowering Tree Bench. Cash Cow Milk Dispenser. Castle on the Hill. Cat's Pajama Party Wallpaper. Celestial Flower Cup Car. Charming Caroler Top Hat. Charming Caroler Winter Boots. Cheerful Burrow Mushroom Lamp. Cheerful Burrow Woven Rug. Chef Gazpacho eStore Stove. Chef Gazpacho Kitchen Trolley. Chef Gazpacho Mega Stove. Chef Gazpacho Sandwich Maker. Cherry Hot Air Balloon. Chocolate Covered Caramel Tree.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Tree. Christmas Cheer Warm Boots. Chrome Double Slice Toaster. Circus Clown Car Chair. Cityscape View Panel 1. Cityscape View Panel 2. Cityscape View Panel 3. Cityscape View Panel 4. Cityscape View Panel 5. Clam Shell Drum Set. Clean and Green Fireplace.
Colossal Holiday Stocking Gift. Cookies and Cream Tree. Cool Moves Ice Sculpture . Coolest Thing Beat Machine. Countryside Cottage Coffee Table. Countryside Cottage Fireplace Oven. Countryside Cottage Garden Path. Countryside Cottage Harvest Bench. Countryside Cottage Harvest Table. Countryside Cottage Kitchen Counter. Countryside Cottage Rocking Chair. Countryside Cottage Veggie Garden.
Cowabelle Kinz Skirt with Leggings. Craning Orb Modern Lamp. Cream of the Cropped Hoodie. Creepy Candy Apple Tree. Crown of Wonder Display. Cruise Ship Deck Chairs. Cruise Ship Smoke Stack. Cruise Ship Water Slide. Dark Pine Grove Lamp. Dark Pine Grove Rug. Dark Pine Grove Tent. Dark Pine Grove Toy Box. Dark Pine Grove Wood Light. Day and Night Window.
Day Off Breakfast Machine. Decorate Your Festive Fireplace. Deep Relaxation Hot Tub. Deep Sea Creature Cove. Delightful Chest of Drawers. Descendants of the Dragon Statue. Dex Dangerous Action Figure. Diamond Ring Donut Stand. Dogbeard's Pirate Ship Ride.
Down with the Ship Cello. Dragon Sanctuary Mosaic Tile. Dream in Pink Piano. Drip Drying Clothes Line. Drive In Movie Screen. Drive In Snack Bar. Dunk a Zingoz Practice Booth. Eager Beaver Hard Hat. Earth Day Stained Glass Window. Easter Basket Porch Swing.
Eau de Skunk Perfume Bottle. Eau de Skunk Perfume Poster. Electric Guitar Coffee Table. Elegant Elven Coffee Table. Enchanted Elves Cross Pillar. Enchanted Elves Side Pillar. Enchanted Entree Dining Chair. Enchanted Entree Dining Table. Enchanted Toadstool Bedside Table. Express Your Elf Planter. Exquisite Holiday Christmas Tree. Extra Cheese Macaroni Seeds. Extra Warm Winter Coat. Extravagant Versailles Vanity Chair.
Extravagant Versailles Vanity Dresser. Fairy Den Toadstool Stool. Fairy Den Toadstool Table. Fairy Den Twig Chair. Fall Fair Room Divider. Fall Festival Fudge 3 Pack. Fall Festival Fudge 5 Pack. Familiar Faces Plate Rack. Fantastic Floral Comfy Chair. Fantastical Fantasy Floor Rug. Farm Time Kitchen Clock.
Feels Like Spring Mood Lamp. Festive Cheer Cookie Jar. Field of Flowers Flooring. Field of Flowers Wallpaper. Fine Dining Covered Chair. Fine Dining Place Setting. Fine Dining Square Table. First Class Dining Jacket. First Class Dining Pants. First Snow Apple Tree. Fishing Rod and Tackle Box. Five Star Waiter Pants. Five Star Waiter Shirt. Fizzy Zum Soda Machine. Flour Power Baking Set. Flower Mountain Train Ride. Flower Power Sectional Left Corner.
Flower Power Sectional Middle. Flower Power Sectional Right Corner. Flower Power Sectional Table. Fluffington's Art Desk Replica. Framed DJ Concert Poster. Fresh Berry Stand Fridge. Fresh Cut Fries Stand. Freshly Fallen Snow Tiles. Friendly Fiend Costume Claws. Friendly Fiend Costume Suit. Fun and Sun Beach Set. Fun Flavors Popcorn Stand. Fun in the Sun Bed. Gaggle of Googles Silkscreen. Gathered Under Glass Side Table.
Gear Up For Bed. Ghastly Crypt Bunk Bed. Ghost Pirate Ship Balloon. Giant Lily Pad Bed. Gingerbread Stained Glass Window. Glam Boutique Hair Care Display. Glamorous Golden Coffee Table.
Glamorous Gorilla Golden Statue. Glass of OJ Side Table. Gleeful Swing Dance Dress. Gleeful Swing Dance Hat. Gleeful Swing Dance Shoes. Glistening Gold Kitchen Countertop. Glow in the Dark Stars. Go Green Graphic Dress. Gold Sequin Coffee Table. Gold Reception Round Table. Golden Trend Kitchen Stool. Goo Goo Berry Parade Float. Goo Goo Berry Flooring. Goo Goo Berry Wallpaper. Good as Gold Carpet. Good as Golden Stove. Goo-Goo Berry Ball Pit. Grand Estate Bedroom Bench. Grand Estate Coffee Table.
Grand Estate Dining Chair. Grand Estate Dining Table. Grand Estate Side Table. Grand Estate Two Tone Rug. Grand Palace Harpsichord Stool. Granny Smith Apple Tree. Green bubble and Trouble Witch Dress. Green Bubble and Trouble Witch Hat. Green Bubble and Trouble Witch Shoes. Green Dotty Party Dress. Green Hanging Ornament Chair. Green Root Beer Lamp. Green Striped Tutu and Stockings.
Grey and Navy Celebration Suit. Grey Owl Acoustic Guitar. Grey Owl Clock Radio. Grey Owl Wonderful Waterfall. Gum Drop Clover Tree. Gummy Grub Dig Dispenser. Hair Care Supply Cabinet. Half a Webkinz Illusion. Hall of Haunts Ride. Happy Birthday Boy Hat. Happy Birthday Boy Jacket. Happy Birthday Boy Pants. Happy New Year Tiara. Haunted Halloween Gourd Chair. Heart and Soul Jeans. Heart of the Jungle Bed. Heart on the Sleeve Shirt and Pants.
Hearts Stone Arch Bench. Hide and Seek City. Hide and Seek Playground. High Class China Cabinet. High Class Christmas Tree. High Class Tea Trolley. High End Dining Chair. High End Dining Table. High End Dish Washer. High End Kitchen Island. High End Kitchen Sink. High End Sandwich Maker. High End Stainless Steel Stove. Hit the Club Hat. Hit the Club Jacket. Hit the Club Leggings.
Hit the Club Tiger Print Dress. Hit the Slopes Boots. Hit the Slopes Glasses. Hit the Slopes Hat. Hit the Slopes Pants. Hit the Slopes Top. Holidays are Coming Rug. Honeycomb Chest of Drawers. Honey Maple Lollipop Tree. Hot Banana Pepper Plant. Hot Cinnamon Hearts Tree. Hot Pepper Potted Plant.
Hot Rod School Bus. Ice Cream Cone Chair. Ice Cream Cone Table. Ice Cream Parlor Counter. Ice Cream Parlor Flooring. Ice Cream Parlor Register. Ice Cream Parlor Side Counter. Ice Cream Parlor Wallpaper.
Ice Cream Sandwich Seeds. Ice Cream Sundae Sofa. Ice Cream Sundae Table. Icepresso Table and Mug. Icing on the Cake Bed. Icy Party Punch Surprise. Incredible Levitating Pet Illusion. Interior Designer's Storage Shelf. Is This Your Card? Russell Best Buds Shirt. Russell Best Friends Collar. Jasmine Tea Serving Station. Jelly Bean Plant Seeds. Jolly Jubilee Christmas Tree. Jolly Jubilee Cinnamon Bun Oven.
Jolly Jubilee Dining Chair. Jolly Jubilee Dining Table. Jolly Jubilee High Chair. Jolly Jubilee Music Maker. Jolly Jubilee Peekaboo Gifts. Jolly Jubilee Side Table. Jolly Jubilee Sleigh Bed. Jolly Jubilee Wreath Poles. Judge's Choice Comedy Stage. Jumbleberry Jam Packing Station. Jumbo Jumbleberry Fields Sign. King's Feast Dining Table.
Kinz Air Directional Carpet. Kinz Air Hangar Storage. Kinz Air Moving Sidewalk. Kinz Air Terminal Seating. Kinz Air Traffic Control Tower. Kinz Air Vending Machine. Kinz Air Wall Dividers. Kinz Years Eve Ball. KinzFolk Photo Cutout Booth. Kinzville Academy Basketball Hoop. Kinzville Academy Cafeteria Tray. Kinzville Academy Front Row.
Kinzville Academy Gym Flooring. Kinzville Academy Gym Wallpaper. Kinzville Academy Middle Row. Kinzville Academy Recess Bell. Kinzville Academy School Supplies. Kinzville Academy Top Row. Kinzville Spelling Bee Stage. Kinzville Times News Stand. Kitti of the Nile. Kung Fu Zangoz Bopper. Lady of Fire Dress. Lavender Sleepover Mud Mask.
Lily of the Valley Bed. Lily of the Valley Dress. Lots of Dots Bathtub. Lots of Dots Battling Ships Table. Lots of Dots Bed. Lots of Dots Clock.
Lots of Dots Closet. Lots of Dots Coffee Table. Lots of Dots Counter. Lots of Dots Dining Chair. Lots of Dots Dining Table. Lots of Dots Floor Lamp.
Lots of Dots Flooring. Lots of Dots Laundry Hamper. Lots of Dots Sink. Lots of Dots Sofa. Lots of Dots Table. Lots of Dots Toy Chest. Lots of Dots TV. Lots of Dots Wallpaper. Lots of Dots Window. Lots of Stripes Wallpaper. Love Potion Problem Quest . Lovey Lark Spur Garden. Lucky Zangoz Gumball Machine. Magic Stone Skipping Pond. Magic W Fireworks Display.
Magical Feast Dining Table. Magical Forest Charm Stand. Majestic Meals Dining Chair. Majestic Meals Dining Table. Make an Impression Hat. Make an Impression Shoes. Make an Impression Skirt. Make an Impression Top. Manic Magic Prop Trunk. Manic Magic Show Flooring. Manic Magic Show Wallpaper.
Manic Magic Top Hat. Marine Adventure Boat Ride. Marine Adventure Side Table. Marine Adventures Bunk Bed. Marine Adventures Floor Lamp. Marine Biologist Tool Case. Mauna Loa Lamp Column. Mellow Yellow Wall Panel A.
Mellow Yellow Wall Panel B. Mellow Yellow Wall Panel C. Mellow Yellow Wall Panel D. Mellow Yellow Wall Panel E. Milk and Cookies Tree. Mind Over Matter illusioni. Ming Chi Coffee Table. Mini Egg Play Pit. Mini Lark Spur Plant.
Mint Baggy Hat Wig. Mint Chocolate Coin Tree. Modern Blue Leather Chair. Modern Blue Leather Sofa. Modern Glass Coffee Table. Modern Red Leather Chair. Modern Red Leather Sofa. Modular Sofa Corner Table. Modular Sofa Left Corner. Modular Sofa Right Corner. Mosaic Zingoz Flower Pot. Most Eggstravagant Egg Hat.
Most Eggstravagant Egg Shell Dress. Mother's Day Light Bloom. Mount Kinzmore Goober Sculputre. Moo's Ice Cream Cart Fridge. Nafaria House 4 Poster Bed. Nafaria House Cheer Dress. Nafaria House Cheer Pompoms. Nafaria House Floor Tile. Nafaria House Rigid Couch. Nafaria House Stained Glass Window.
Nafaria House Wide Tapestry. Neon Blue Cube Chair. Neon Dreams Wall Art. New Style Swing Hat. New Style Swing Shoes. New Style Swing Skirt. New Style Swing Suit Hat.
New Style Swing Suit Pants. New Style Swing Suit Shirt. New Style Swing Suit Sneakers. New Style Swing Top. Night and Day Chair. Night and Day Wallpaper. Number 1 Dad Mug. Nurture Nature Stained Glass Window. Ocean Breeze Beach Bag. Off to School Black Belt. Off to School Dark Shades. Off to School Hat. Off to School Headband.
Off to School Jeans. Off to School Shoes. Off to School Sweater. Off to School White Belt. Off to School White Shades. Olympus Goddess Outfit Dress. Olympus Goddess Outfit Headband. Open for Business Sign. Organic Sea Vaudeville Mask. Out for Dinner Dress. Out for Dinner Hat. Out of Control Pie Maker. Outdoor Ski Resort Café Table. Outta Sight Orbital Chair. Painted Egg Patio Table. Painted Egg Room Divider. Painted Egg Wall Divider. Party Hat Cookie Tree.
Peachy Keen Candy Tree. Peacock Tail Feather Chair. Peas in a Pod Bed. Peek and Find Case Files. Perfect Polka Dot PJs. Persian Cat Library Flooring. Persian Cat Library Wallpaper. Petal Print Beanbag Chair. Petal Print Princess Bed. Petal Print Privacy Shower. Petal Print Wood Flooring. Photo Shoot Back Drop. Pickleberry Relish Packing Station. Pie in the Sky Trampoline. Pile of Unstable Presents. Pioneer Cabin Room Divider. Pinballs and Pillows Bed. Pining for Pineapple Dress.
Pining for Pineapple Hat. Pink Dex Superfan Vanity. Pink Party Vanity Stool. Pink Polka Dot PJ. Pink Pony Judges Desk. Pink Reception Round Table. PJ Party Sleeping Bag. Planting Flower Patch Couch. Planting Flower Patch Side Table.
Play by Play Podium. Play Pile of Leaves. Playful Bucket of Popcorn. Plush Red Bleacher Lower Seating. Plush Red Bleacher Middle Seating. Plush Red Bleacher Upper Seating. Poison Apple Tree Swing. Polka Dot Checkers Table. Polka Dot Coffee Table.
Polka Dot Dining Table. Polka Dot Doggie Costume Dress. Polka Dot Doggie Costume Ears. Polka Dot Doggie Costume Feet. Polka Dot Halter Top. Polka Dot Kitchen Buffet. Pom Pom Chinchilla Flooring. Pom Pom Chinchilla Wallpaper. Pom Pom Winter Dress. Pop Diva Condo Flooring. Pop Diva Condo Wallpaper. Pop Diva Karaoke Machine. Pop Diva Main Stage Flooring. Pop Diva Main Stage Wallpaper. Pop Diva Recording Booth. On one hand, she could be very sweet. On the other, she had a habit of nitpicking me behind my back.
It was clear that I did not measure up to her domestic standards. Basically, she was the stereotypical mother-in-law I never had my actual MIL is low maintenance. Writing for Sophie, however, was a joy. She was a little one-dimensional at first, but I like to think I rounded out her personality over the years.
Like my real GIL, she had two dominant sides: But, really, both were sweet at heart and only wanted the very best for their loved ones. So no one could really blame her for that whole worrywart thing. As you may know, much of my writing reflects my life. Not necessarily anything verbatim, just the typical day-to-day stuff. In the meantime, I thought it would be fitting to eulogize Sophie in pictorial format. Below are some of my favorite Sophie strips spanning the years.
This strip is from January 1, , a little peek back at more boring times. What can I say? If anything, it was topsy-turvy. From a purely personal and professional standpoint, it happened to be one of the best years of my life. I got to travel a bit, too. Went on a book tour, visited many cities in the US some with my daughter for college visits , and even toured Italy with my husband for our 20th anniversary.
And of course, we should never normalize this. We were just curious. His mother was skeptical that some wayward Irish lad or lassie had once honed in on their pure-blood Eastern European lineage. But we found out her brother had taken the test and it also came back with the Irish gene. As for me, I already knew I was a mutt. My dad was full-fledged Ashkenazi Jew, his parents having emigrated from Minsk in Belarus early last century.
They settled in Turkey and formed deep roots there. My mother was born in Ankara and raised in Istanbul. As an aside, my husband and I traveled there for two weeks early in our marriage. I took to it so much, it honestly felt like home away from home.
I joke that my parents had a mixed marriage with their unique customs and traditions. Luckily, my siblings and I turned out okay, despite our confusion as to whether or not we should eat rice during Passover. But the biggest surprise? Over the last thousand years, there have been times when some groups of people were isolated from neighboring populations. Isolation gives populations a chance to develop a unique genetic signature.
When individuals from two or more previously separated populations begin intermarrying, the previously distinct populations become more difficult to distinguish. This combination of multiple genetic lineages is called admixture. Regions that border each other are often admixed — sometimes to a great degree.
This could be due to relatively few cultural and trade barriers between the two regions, as well as conflicts between the regions over the last thousand years. Okay, that makes sense. Chalk it up to war, trade routes, and fuzzy borders. I also concluded without checking any science to back it up that my mom had some Ashkenazi DNA in her as well. I was partially right. Ultimately, I found the whole thing fascinating.
But I have another confession for that test…. And no, we still have no idea. But it did lead me to create this storyline. I must tell you, my husband was NOT amused when he first read these strips. It actually creeped him out. But I thought it was such an amusing premise that I did it anyway.
I just took my older daughter to my alma mater, and it all came flooding back. I was just there! Yeah, okay, 25 years ago, but still…. My daughter is a high school senior and is actively looking at schools.
The evening before our official tour and info session, we drove by the campus. I was marveling at both the familiarity of the old and the novelty of the new mainly dorm buildings.
Finally, we came upon my old home away from home — the fine arts building. First, I emitted some kind of high-pitched scream that only dolphins can hear. Then I pulled over, jumped out of the car, and forced my daughter to take a gazillion photos of me in front of the building. She probably thought my body had been abducted by an embarrassing alien. This is the power of nostalgia. I remained mostly calm the next day during the actual tour.
Oh yeah, I also got even drunker on nostalgia by meeting up with old friends. It was EPIC — a word, btw, you should never utter in front of your teenager. She has yet to sort through her thoughts and narrow down her list, but I must say we had a pleasant bonding experience on that trip.
My husband was tasked with the majority of school visits, as he had more vacation days. His experiences were similar: I write about six months ahead. My only excuse is…well, life. Too much of it lately in a good way, for the most part. Rob turned half a century old. And a wayward drawing hand?
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