Chilling With My Mom Tonight!

Today Iโ€™m at my momโ€™s, until Wednesday night. Itโ€™s my first visit to my mom since starting my new diet and exercise regime so I have to admit, I was worried about this visit. My mom and I snack a lot, we drink a little alcohol too, usually, and I donโ€™t exercise while I’m there. I could not let it happen this time. Iโ€™ve simply worked too hard for what I’ve accomplished.

So, I made sure to get my second walk in before leaving for my momโ€™s, though it ended up being slightly shorter and also a bit too late, enough to get me scolded for being out in the dark for almost an hour. Whoops. ๐Ÿ˜…

But I had fun on this walk. I went to the pet store and took some cute pet photos. First some ferretsโ€ฆ

The bunnies were the cutest though, by far.

I also photographed some of the fishies there:

On the way back, I came across a mother duck with her older brood of ducklings. They had all nested down for the night and I know I got too close. They were immediately on their guard and I felt guilty for having bothered them for my dumb photo. However, as I walked away, they settled down again.

Once at my momโ€™s, we talked for a bit and then she made dinner while I spent as much time as I could on the treadmill, about 30 minutes. In the end I didnโ€™t exceed my calorie goal โ€”by THREE calories! Lolโ€ฆ it was close.

My mom made milanesas. They were perfect!

Tomorrow Iโ€™m going to continue my exercise, even while I’m here. Iโ€™ll still going to be up at 6:20am just like other days, and go walk outside for an hour and a half. I forgot my coffee, so Iโ€™ll be getting breakfast at the gas station on the way back.

Something that has made me very happy is that my art continues to progress well, in spite of literally walking 3 hours a day. I suppose that was downtime for me anyway, in little bursts throughout the day. Instead, my mind now rests while I exercise. My vision gets to rest too. There are truly a lot of advantages to my new regime.

Anyway, goodnight everyone! Hope your week is going well. Weโ€™re almost halfway there โ€”and fall is nearly here!

Ultimate Dinopedia By National Geographic Kids + The Hagwood Trilogy ๐Ÿฆ•๐Ÿ“š

Recently, I’ve been reading much more. And I did mean to blog more about my renewed reading habits, but there just hasn’t been any time. I’ll try to remedy that a little with this post. While I’ve been reading all sorts of things (including a LOT of manga) on this post I’m going to concentrate on two things: the book I am reading right now, and the series I just finished.

๐Ÿฆ– Ultimate Dinopedia By National Geographic Kids ๐Ÿฆ–

I’ve started reading this beautiful National Geographic Kids “Ultimate Dinopedia” and it is AMAZING:

When I picked it up some months ago, I was impressed at a quick glance –especially by the illustrations. But I did not expect it would be so informative or so respectful of its audience. If you are a dinosaur fan who actually knows little about dinosaurs, you will love this book, even if its intended audience is children.

Scientific books for kids do not usually (in my experience) give so much “we suppose”, or “it is believed” or “we imagine, but can’t actually know”. At least growing up, I saw much more “this is how it was” and now why or how we “knew” it was so. This book, however, tells you of specific paleontologist’s theories, and whether most other paleontologists agree with them or not. Even on the slightest illustrated detail, like a bit of flesh on a dinosaur’s face, it will tell you: “we think it might have had this thing –we have no way to know”. It is a book of suppositions and generally agreed upon ideas about these wonderful creatures.

For all my love of dinosaurs, I do not know much about them. I hope as I read this book I can at least learn to identify basic species as well as the time periods they lived in.

๐Ÿ“š The Hagwood Trilogy ๐Ÿ“š

Over the past few months (starting at the time of the ill-fated New England trip that didn’t happen as planned) I’ve been reading The Hagwood Trilogy. It is comprised of Thorn Ogres of Hagwood, Dark Waters Of Hagwood, and War In Hagwood. It is written by Robin Jarvis. Without a doubt, it has been an unforgettable journey, the sort of dark fantasy series that will stick with me for a while, and I do not come across often.

The protagonist is a little werling boy called Gamaliel Tumpin. Werlings are a species that can shapeshift (AKA “wergle”) into animals of approximate size of their own or smaller –think hedgehogs, birds, squirrels, mice. They can also wergle into insects or other things, with potentially grave consequences, which definitely plays into the story.

I was familiar with Robin Jarvis’ writing from The Deptford Mice Trilogy. Much like in the Deptford Mice books, the Hagwood series is a pretty gruesome affair involving tiny cuddly critters, none of whom (and I do mean NONE) can you afford to get too emotionally attached to, because Jarvis has zero hesitation about giving major protagonists (including very likable ones) quite grisly ends, often completely out of nowhere. Once you are familiar with his work, you basically hold your breath through any book of his, praying that your favorite character doesn’t die.

Jarvis also has an uncanny knack for generating villains that not only do you love to hate, but you can actually be afraid of. Every time Rhiannon, The Queen Of Faerie, appears in the Hagwood books, you are very glad that you are safely on the other side of the page, and you half wonder if she can still reach you with some of that horrendous dark magic.

WARNING: I’m gonna get extremely spoilery below, so do not proceed unless you’ve read this whole series or don’t care if it’s spoiled for you.

HEAVY SPOILERS BELOW!

๐ŸŒˆ September Warm-Ups [14 of 30 – Ryne] ๐ŸŒˆ

โœจ Here’s warm-up 14 of 30! โœจ This one is for kadajkitten.

๐ŸŒˆ If you would like to participate in my September Warm-Ups, please see this journal: https://www.furaffinity.net/journal/9967252

๐Ÿ“Œ Please make sure to read it carefully and fully, and follow all the rules to get your slot/s!

๐Ÿ„ Artwork is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie. You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Only the commissioner/giveaway winner & those featured in the artwork may repost with credit and following my Terms of Use.

๐ŸŒˆ September Warm-Ups [13 of 30 – Liliana] ๐ŸŒˆ

โœจ Here’s warm-up 13 of 30! โœจ This one is for shaymin144.

๐ŸŒˆ If you would like to participate in my September Warm-Ups, please see this journal: https://www.furaffinity.net/journal/9967252

๐Ÿ“Œ Please make sure to read it carefully and fully, and follow all the rules to get your slot/s!

๐Ÿ„ Artwork is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie. You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Only the commissioner/giveaway winner & those featured in the artwork may repost with credit and following my Terms of Use.

Off To Mom’s Today ๐Ÿ’•

I’m just back from my morning walk so here is the morning post. I spotted new owls today! As well as the usual ones. The new owls are in an area where another nest is cordoned off, but that entrance has seemingly been abandoned for months, maybe years. The owls were quite far away from it, and did not have a perch. I could not get a good picture, but here they are:

Other than that, I met a kitty on the way back. He knows me well, and is affectionate. I only see him (her?) once in a rare while, though.

Got a little video when he/she was walking up to me, too:

Anyway, today’s a busy day, as ever. Someone is coming to do work in the house, and I’m going to my mom’s later, too. Today, two warm-ups are due, so I’ve got to get cracking. Have a good day, everyone!