If you read this, whoever you are, wherever you are: I hope you’re doing okay. I hope you find happiness. I hope you choose kindness, every day, for yourself and for others. I hope you forgive yourself, and forgive others. You probably only have this life. Treasure it.
I got a special gift from our partner today, albeit with a lot of teasing involved, some of it a bit mean. 😝 But then again, that’s what pushes those buttons the hardest for me… And now I have a new friend! 🥰🌈✨💕
A triceratops! It’s SO chonky and big, so soft. When you squeeze it, it kinda pushes back in the nicest way. I still have to name them. I’ll use the new fabric I got for their bandana, and make them a necklace when I think of a name. I might sew some cute buttons to them too. 😊
Today we also bought our first truly nice piece of furniture in all the time I’ve been with Christopher (almost 10 years now). A REAL couch, a good one, not one that will be worthless in five years. It will be here on Thursday! My husband and our partner are sitting on it here.
It took a long time (weeks) of looking at so many couches and asking for so many quotes. Trying to make the best, smartest decision. Along with our beds it’s the most important piece of furniture in our house, usage wise. So it’s a big deal. I can’t wait to enjoy it with friends!
When I went shopping with family yesterday, I got a few things which I posted on my latest Jurassic Stuff post. I left these odds-and-ends for a separate post since they are random and not Jurassic World related. To start with, for just about $2.00 I got these scrapbooking pages! 🌈✨✂️📔
This pair of ceramic snails cost me just $1.50. A nice addition to the snail decor surrounding my tank! 🌈🐌
Found some really neat dinosaur fabric too! I can’t wait to do stuff with it! 🌈🧵
Here’s a close-up of the fabric! 🦖🦕
It’s so pretty and colorful. I’ll have to make a bandana for myself if any of the pieces are big enough, or maybe a pocket cover on one of my overalls.
Tonight was really special. As a very rare treat, we took my mom in law to Zuma in Miami for her birthday. 🥰 It’s one of the fanciest restaurants I’ve ever eaten at, with the fanciest being Nobu. Had a really wonderful time with my family/partners! Amazing food too. 🍣🍱🥩✨
I didn’t take photos of my food but here is the non-alcoholic drink I had. It was a strawberry basil something or other. Really interesting and yummy! 🌿🍓
Our partner walked Grandma to the back of the restaurant to take some photos while we waited for our food, keeping her company and giving conversation. He’s always a real gentleman.
After dinner, we walked outside by the pier and took photos together and of the scenery. We were laughing so much and enjoying each other’s company. This was one of my favorite photos we took. We all look so happy.
Here I am with just my mom in law. She’s a lot of fun to be around. Very lucky to have her in my life. I love her!
Here’s a couple of photos of Miami near the restaurant!
The city at twilight was beautiful to look at. It was a really wonderful evening!
Tonight we went to Cinébistro on a very special date night! 🥰 Finally it was time to see Jurassic World: Dominion. After literally not shutting up about it for months on end, the big night finally came! I got treated to a really wonderful meal, the seating was super comfortable, the screen was huge… and the movie was all I had hoped for and more!
I brought my T. rex, Frijol, with me, and had my usual Jurassic getup (shirt and backpack, and a triceratops baby necklace):
He was excited, too! 🦖👑
I will say that as far as this film was concerned, my expectations were modest, and my desires simple: I wanted awesome dinosaurs to fill the screen and alternatively rampage things, be awe-inspiring, be cute, be conniving, and/or be loud, or a combination of all of these things.
I wanted to see the old beloved cast (hello Jeff Goldblum, boy did you age well 🤤👌) interact with the new cast, which really grew on me over the years. I wanted to see Blue’s baby, Beta, be adorable. I wanted to stifle a scream each time I recognized a favorite dino. I wanted a movie I’ll want to rewatch. Suffice to say, I got all of that!
The following picture was, of course, taken before the movie started and before we got our food –this was the pre-show and I put my phone away when the trailers started.
NOTE: After the photo, there will be a cut (unless you’re reading this in email form, I think). After the cut will be my thoughts on the movie, which WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. You have been warned!
Yesterday I went on a little snail hunt as part of my daily exercise! 🐌🌈 It was rainy and perfect snail catching weather. ☔️💧💧💧 During my walk I spotted some BIG mushrooms! 🍄
I ended up adding 18 new snabies to my rout! 😁 Of course this is only their isolation tank. After deworming and monitoring for parasites, they will join the group in my 20 gallon tank. 🐌🥬
After that, Christopher took me to my mom’s! We had mimosas and played Kerplunk.
This was the Jurassic World Dominion version!
I brought Orion along with me. They watched us play! 🧸👽🌈
I always ask my mom for the same dinner… always involves fried potatoes made from scratch! 🍟🌈 We watched the first Jurassic World movie while we had dinner.
Last night I played a lot with the cats, especially with grumpy ol’ Sweeney. He seemed so happy in spite of still being grouchy and bitey. This morning they both perked up and began to follow me around as soon as I came out of the bedroom! 🐱💕
Sweeney kept talking at me and cocking his head in the cutest ways… 🥺
Now I’m sitting here with Orion, working on a commission and ready to watch Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom! Then I’ll be all ready for tomorrow… I’m so, so excited, I just can’t wait!
I have to say I utterly love this bear. For sure they’ve become one of my top favorites. So, so glad I didn’t miss out when they released them!
Anyway tomorrow is the big day. Jurassic World Dominion day. To say I am excited out of my mind would be an understatement! We have tickets at 7:00pm, CinéBistro! I am counting down the hours!
To be completely honest, I bought them for scrapbooking, but they are such wonderful magazines that they promptly made it into my permanent collection!
I was SOO happy yesterday because for the first time I got a rare prize coin in one of the Jurassic World Frankford gummy eggs! I love it! It’s Blue 😁
I’ve never found a rare coin before, I was so happy!
Yesterday I had to reorganize a bunch of stuff to place my Carnotaurus up on top one of the bookcases. Tomoyo decided that she wanted to eat his hands when she saw him on the floor 🙄 thankfully I saved him before she did any damage! Now he’s babysitting Frijol and Bangers. 😁
Soo happy about this find!! So many wonderful things released in the advent of Jurassic World Dominion. I hadn’t seen the Bumpy or Dilophosaurus ones before!
Some close-ups out of the package!
Today the Dimetrodon that my mom sent upon my request arrived. It’s small, but really cool! Although his tail is glued a little crooked. Oh well.
Here’s the extreme damage effect in action!
Speaking of my mom, I’m going to visit her today and stay overnight. I hope everyone has a nice Tuesday!
Last night our partner dared me to fit underneath the low bed. 😬 With a bet for a new dinosaur toy in place, I confidently did, which rather impressed him. It was claustrophobic, and I cried a little when he started to tickle me while still in that enclosed space, but I won my new dinosaur toy! 😁
So today I left the house very early and went on a long, long bike ride, 12 miles total, to Super Target. I wanted to see if they had the newer Rowdy Roars. They didn’t, but it was a fun ride and fun store crawl anyway (and I did come home with stuff.)
Some pics of the ride:
Here’s a couple more I didn’t decorate because they were panoramas:
Here’s a really strange house with a caved-in roof. I’ve been seeing it from a distance for years when we pass it by, but today was the first time I’ve been able to take a really good look, and photos. It never changes or sees any repair.
Now for my finds. I’m building a veritable collection of tiny backpacks. They’re affordable and so versatile! Both of these are gems, I recommend them! Starting with the Turning Red one:
Here’s the Pokemon one, super cute too!
Here’s my prize for fitting underneath the bed (lol) a #Jurassic World Dominion Funko Pop Giganotosaurus!
He’s a big boy! 👀 I generally hate Funko Pops but I couldn’t resist this guy. My mom also bought me the t. Rex one. That one won’t be here until July though.
Finally… though again I’m not at all fond of Funko Pops, I can’t resist
coughsexyoldmencough Dr. Malcolm. So I got him too. 😁
My new Carnotaurus friend is here, and I’m so delighted! He was only a little bit late. Like the other Colossal figures in Mattel’s Jurassic World line, this one doesn’t disappoint. He’s huge! The legs and tail need to be snapped into place, but then he’s good to go!
His pupil is a bit off center, giving him a wonderful side-eye that I simply adore!
Look how happy he is! I hope he’ll make friends and get along with everyone.
Hello, everyone! I had a really lovely outing today. It was raining hard (a tropical storm is passing by this weekend) so Christopher dropped me off at Dollar Tree before work, and I took a car back. It felt so nice out with the rain. It was early, too, and I’d gotten up at 6:00am so most of my chores were done when we left the house shortly past 8:30am. I felt very happy and light.
This was my outfit for this rainy day! 🐸☔️ I didn’t actually take my Build-A-Bear bearlien with me, but I held them for the photo because I love them so much.
I was rocking a bit of subtle pride with my new Pride month kandi necklace and pan socks. 🌈✨💕
I only went to Five Below and Dollar Tree, but I found SO so many things, I was so very happy!
On a weird random note, I saw this at Five Below. You’re welcome. 🧀
(I really wanted to know if they tasted like cheese, but not for $4.00.)
After shopping there and at Dollar Tree, I went inside Publix for a small lunch and ate it outside watching the absolute downpour and reading Twitter. 🍗🥤
Then I came home with the groceries and all my treasures, which I’d like to share with you now. First in my haul is this whole bunch of Arthur stuff! It’s all from Dollar Tree.
I intend to paint the suncatcher with Poscas, and probably the canvas too. Some stuff is for relaxing, one of the books is for my library, while the other two are for scrapbooking. Might use the Colorforms for that as well.
Next, and one of my favorite things, is this massive variety of playing cards and flash cards:
Cards such as these are one of my favorite scrapbooking/collage tools! There’s Disney, Fisher Price/Little People, Dr. Seuss, Crayola, animals, dinosaurs, nature, and more!
Next, here’s some Arthur and Berenstain Bears puzzles!
Believe it or not I use this for scrapbooking as well. 😁
More scrapbooking supplies —a few cute greeting cards; rainbow, snail and space squirrel cutouts (can you imagine my luck?!) and a little book with very nice pages for making my collages:
These next ones were very interesting and I had never seen them before. Fantasy, dinosaur and space felt scenes by Crayola! 🌈✨ Will probably be used for scrapbooking as well.
Here’s some cute stickers ✨💕
Next is this dry-erase pocket. I wanted it to hold my daily to-do list!
Which, by the way; looks like this:
And now… for the real treasures… the Jurassic World Dominion goodies!!
Finally, FINALLY found some!! 😭💕💕💕 The photo speaks for itself! There’s a mini dry-erase board, a velvet art poster, figurines, a towel, Captivz eggs, and stickers! Here is a close-up of one of my favorite finds:
And of the Kinder Joy “egg”:
The figure in the Kinder Joy egg was honestly a real disappointment but I was still so excited to find it anyway. A much better prize are these coins from the much bigger eggs I shared recently, which come with some really good gummies too!
The coins are just like the Mario Wonder Ball ones (same company). Heavy, real metal. Beautiful!
I’ll end this photo set with a final pic of Squeak, the candy warden! 🐊🌈✨
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have a very lovely evening and weekend!