Category Archives: Trips And Outings

Trying To Catch Up ๐Ÿ˜ช

Man, oh man… Commissions are delayed, and events/important stuff/trips just keep coming my way. My mom’s immigration process is taking a lot of work. Even with all this going on, I’ve started to make an effort to do some things that are meaningful to me daily, because otherwise I’m not enjoying my days… ๐Ÿ˜ž

I exercised plenty yesterday and today, did some more book outlining yesterday, made a good dinner too, and finished the first volume of The Rose Of Versailles. It’s definitely helping keep my spirits up and, of course, I also got a lot of commission work done, both yesterday and today, so at least there is progress.

Our date night was on the lazy side. We are both very tired. We had Publix chicken and watched TV, and that was a-ok. Sometimes, the simplest things can bring a lot of joy.

We also did a lot of deep conversing, which does not happen super often but I always enjoy. It invariably makes me feel closer to him and cements the bond we have. In a world where there is such little nuance, it really makes me happy to have someone with whom I can have serious conversations with –be it about religion, politics or other heavy topics, in a happy and calm manner. Even when we disagreed more than now, we still could talk about such things pleasantly.

Anyway, yesterday I went grocery shopping. In all our local stores, patriotic spirits are high!

That aside, our new goose, named Beetlegoose, arrived! The front of the house is definitely looking… well, let’s just say it rather matches the inside and the porch now:

Looking snazzy in his clown getup:

Christopher’s reaction was a mix of shock and resignation, bless him.

Lawyer Appointment With Mom ๐Ÿ’•

Hello, everyone, how are you? Today my mom and I had an appointment with our immigration lawyer. It went very well. We are working on her case now which looks to be quite easy (hopefully –apparently.)

I’ve been enjoying dressing “fun” again, this was my outfit for today:

I’m really over the moon about this new bag that I got on Teepublic, it goes with a lot of my outfits:

After the lawyer we had a little late lunch. I can’t wait to have my mom here so on some days we can take a leisurely walk to a cafe like this one and have brunch together, and with all she’s done for me, to always be the one treating her. I want to see her smile more, and more easily, and be less tired.

We parted ways at Don Pan. She took a car home, while I walked the two miles to my home:

I got a whole bunch of things at Dollar Tree for the citizenship party on the way. It was hot outside but bearable since I walked in the shade. I happened upon a feisty crow who was probably guarding their nest:

When I got home my friend Al (once my boss, who along with his wife officiated our wedding) was already there. He’s been staying at our house often due to work. Christopher was home early since he’d been to take his second Covid shot, and feeling the first side effects.

After this I just worked on art all day. It was a good day. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Motherโ€™s Day Weekend In Sebastian ๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿงธ

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you well. First of all I want to apologize for the inactivity –I am finally home again, and I am feeling better. Just very tired.

Though commissions are still a tad delayed, I was able to finish the warm-ups, and will be posting them shortly. I also got progress underway on three more pieces. I really appreciate everyoneโ€™s patience.

We had a nice time with family. My mom in law has a new fish. It is called a Plecostomus or simply Pleco. Itโ€™s the type of fish that suctions onto the glass with its mouth a lot of the time. Heโ€™s really cute and I love him. Heโ€™s big, too. I got a couple of photos of him just lounging.

One of the kids at my mom in lawโ€™s school made these play-doh snails when she told him I liked snails. Didnโ€™t he do an amazing job? I love them!

I brought my new bear, Beanie, on this trip, and cuddled him to sleep…

In the morning, Beanie and I had breakfast together.

My mom in lawโ€™s fluffy cat Spaz came to me for cuddles. Heโ€™s such a softie!

After breakfast we left for Renningers Flea and Farmers Market. Beanie looked out the window all the way.

At Renningers I bought some books, a handbag, a huge snail magnet and a couple of mousepads –one for me and one for my sis in law. Here’s my haul:

Afterwards we had dinner at Makoto’s and then played cards in the evening. I tried to sneak in drawing whenever I could, so I didn’t play cards all the time, but it was nice spending time with family even when I was working.

Grandma didn’t spend much time with us while we were playing. She fell asleep on the couch. I think she fell asleep praying… it was really cute.

Before bed we played a few rounds of Trivia Murder Party and I won once.

Now I’m going to post some art, finish unpacking and then get more art done. I hope you enjoyed your Mother’s day weekend!

Almost An American! ๐Ÿฅณ

I did it!! I did it! I passed my naturalization interview and civics test! Well… we did it. I couldn’t have done it without my husband’s support and the guidance of our excellent lawyer and his team.

This is the last post before I’m officially caught up on my blog, sans gaming posts. I have quite a backlog of playthroughs that I want to share, including some incoming Piofiore swag. This specific post is about my test though, and everything else that I didn’t catch up on other posts already.

The day of the interview/test, I woke up at 4:30am. The interview was at 7:00am, and I have a hard time concentrating early in the morning. So I got up early, showered, ordered myself a sausage egg McMuffin (thank goodness there were drivers delivering that early) and studied in the little bit of time I had left. I still struggled with some questions, such as how many voting members in the House vs the Senate, and I kept getting one of our Senators confused with the Governor. So in particular, I kept going over the questions that gave me the most trouble until it was time to leave the house.

Our lawyer sent another person from his office. She was really nice, but way too close to the appointment time (like, less than two minutes before we were supposed to go in, and didn’t really apologize considering we were supposed to meet 10 minutes early. It didn’t feel great, especially since she was 15 minutes late to our last Zoom meeting.)

Overall, though nervous, I felt fine going in. The agent was really nice, humming a little tune all the time and cracking jokes to help me relax. Eventually he began to ask me for paperwork, and when I opened the folder to sort through the stuff Christopher had carefully gathered for me so I could concentrate in studying, I saw this…

The great irony is that I was okay until then, holding my emotions fairly well, but at this moment I almost completely lost my s**t, haha… it was so sweet… any tense feeling I had did melt away, however. ๐Ÿฅฐ Truly, I only had one “problem” question. I got a single vocabulary question, I was asked to definite what is the oath of allegiance. I wasn’t prepared for that and it took me off guard, but I took a deep breath –of course, I know what it means. I just had to find the right words. I did find them, and passed with flying colors.

Overall, the interview felt rather short. I thought I would be more emotional and I was surprised that I wasn’t, until the very end, and then, when the agent congratulated me, my voice did begin to crack, and my eyes were swimming, but it wasn’t until I got in the car with Christopher that I had my little cry, and then I was okay. I called my mom, and began to send messages to let everyone know.

I was under such an unbelievable amount of stress for more or less a month, that it’s hard to describe the level of relief I felt as the day wore on.

Later in the afternoon, I napped on the couch with Christopher, and slept so heavily, that when I woke up I had a bit of a scary moment were my consciousness and body hadn’t caught up. I felt fully awake and tried to form sentences to Christopher 4 times, and each time I could hear my mouth say complete nonsense, but I really was awake, and hearing my voice fail to form worms was terrifying. I thought, no joke here, that I was having a stroke. But I did fully wake up, thank goodness.

Today we checked on my case on the USCIS website and its status had changed to this:

So, very exciting times, for sure! I’m so excited to be able to vote, join a political party, and maybe even serve on a jury sometime. I’m not an American yet, but almost. Soon I will be able to say “my country” and it will mean the USA, not Argentina. I will be able to say “I’m an American”. I’ve wanted to be an American since I was 7 or 8 years old. It was always my dream, and now, 30 years later, it hardly seems real! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽŠ

(On that note, the movie that GIF is from is so firmly embedded in my memory for sentimental reasons, that it was a big help for me in the test. There’s a lot of stuff I remembered about the answers because of the songs from that movie. ๐Ÿ˜… So, if the person who introduced me to it ever reads this (though we don’t talk anymore) thank you for that.)

Continuing to catch up on old stuff I didn’t get to post, while my fitness posts were put on pause, I still got the occasional walk in. Mostly, I didn’t track them, except for this one, but since I didn’t track anything else that day, there wasn’t much point in making the fitness post. This one is from April 9th.

It was late when I went on that walk, and I got to enjoy a beautiful sunset…

Not really following any proper sort of chronological order here –a couple of days prior to that, I received a lovely present from Kenny, a Build-A-Bear squirrel!

He also sent me a super cute Moomin lanyard:

At some point in time the pin I bought from Colby arrived as well. It’s so darn cute!

Also, I finally ate the Argentinean candy my mom bought for me. I hadn’t eaten these in forever, they are really good:

Last date night we went to Nami. I hope we can go again this date night but we’ve been spending a lot so it’s probably not super likely… I had this cashew shrimp plate, I’m dying to have it again:

Finally, I made milanesas last Monday. It was my second attempt in recent time and they turned out fantastic, unlike the last time. I was really proud of my hard work with them and we ate them for a couple of days:

And that’s it! I am fully caught up, other than the stuff I mentioned earlier. I’ll get to that as soon as I can. For the rest of today I have chores and art to work on, before it’s time to be together for date night. Maybe we will play with our trains tonight. ^_^

I hope you are all having a great week!

Anniversary Trip: Day 2 (And Home Again) ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿš‚

Here’s the second day summary of our wonderful anniversary getaway! We were up pretty early. I was excited to wear the outfit I had planned for today.

It was my cheeky Thomas sweatshirt, a brand new blue plaid skirt, my black boots with new black rainbow socks, and my Thomas backpack. Oh, and my Doctor Who scarf. I wished I could get a full OOTT photo but there was no full-body mirror in the room, so I got a regular selfie.

And a photo of the rest of the outfit, like this:

Then I got Coffee Cake out of his little sleeping bag and had breakfast while I waited for Christopher to be ready.

Soon we were on our way. We stopped to get breakfast first, but due to COVID (understandably… I guess? this really could have been done better while still keeping things safe) the โ€œfree, all inclusive” breakfast buffet was, err, interesting:

Leaving the “buffet”, we went to the train show. Coffee Cake continued to enjoy the views afforded to him:

The train show was a collection of extremely elderly people selling extremely old trains in a packed, very rickety church room. I didnโ€™t get any video or photos here, but they had a cute little display with a train running and the guy controlling it would make chocolate eggs jump up into the air with a loud POP! that really startled me and made me yell โ€œwhat the hellโ€ inside a church, but Iโ€™m a heathen now so thatโ€™s okay. The train popped three eggs. ๐Ÿฃ

After that, we went what was supposed to be the highlight of this trip, HR Trains & Toys, Inc:

This was followed by Zitnik Trains. Both were a letdown, for a few reasons. We’d been to HR Trains’ original location on our second anniversary trip, and while we didn’t buy anything, it was a huge highlight of our trip, and the seed for my interest in wooden track trains was planted then and there. But it seemed too silly, I suppose; I thought Christopher’s main interest were the HO scale and such. I had no idea then how much the liked the wooden ones.

By the time we visited again, HR Trains had been sold and moved to a new, smaller location, that did not have the magic or size of the original. In particular, the wooden track area was sad and minuscule, most its space taken by an old guy in an office chair, making it difficult and embarrassing for me to peruse anything without being in extremely close quarters with him. I saw some items I liked, but was so annoyed and generally let down, that we didn’t buy anything here either.

Other than that though, we enjoyed looking around the store, in particular I had fun looking at the G scale trains. Zitnik trains was smaller and less interesting, so I don’t have much else to say about that. We found no wooden track stuff at all there.

๐Ÿ’‚ Jack’s London Grill ๐Ÿ’‚

Then it was lunch time. I’d picked a place called Jack’s London Grill for our itinerary, and here was another highlight. This was an AMAZING place, the chef was from Surrey in England and the food was genuine and superior in taste, texture and presentation.

I had a pear cider, bangers and mash (well, one banger and mash –I asked for the lunch-sized portion) and a puff pastry stuffed with hot melted brie. For dessert, we ordered bread pudding.

Everything I ate was incredible. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I guess I’d pick the bread pudding because it was so different. Christopher had Shepherd’s Pie:

I took this next photo after asking him to smile properly. In his defense, I think his mouth was full. ๐Ÿ˜…

The order of things escapes me slightly here –we went to record stores, to bookstores, and to game stores. We also went to a vintage toy store that really stood out! That’s what I’ll be talking about next.

๐ŸŒˆ Bear Haven Land Company Vintage Toys ๐ŸŒˆ

This store was called Bear Haven Land Company Vintage Toys. It was much bigger than it looked on the outside and an absolute delight. They graciously let me take a bunch of photos. I’m sure you’ll recognize many toys you’d like to get your hands on, as I did! It was a real treat.

Here, I found a wonderful little Raikes bear! He was affordable, small and charming, so I brought him home with me. I decided to call him Raisin, because his color was just like that of the raisin-filled bread pudding we had earlier.

His face and paw pads are made of carved wood. Isn’t that cool? I’d seen bears like him before but none were cute enough for me to want to buy.

After that, we went back to the hotel and napped/watched TV. For dinner we went to a PhแปŸ place. The food was good, but the place was dingy, the lights flickered, and the service was so-so. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

After dinner we went back to the hotel for the final time, to toast our anniversary!

We cuddled and watched the last episode of Horimiya afterwards, which was very fitting to end the weekend… ๐Ÿฅฐ

We were tired, but happy. It was a wonderful way to wrap up our anniversary getaway.

๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿก Home Again ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ’•

And that brings us to today! We left quite early in the morning, after grabbing one final McDonald’s breakfast. And, yeah, Friday-Saturday-Sunday I am not doing fitness logs. I ate like a beast, though we also walked a lot. It was a time to enjoy to the fullest, so I have no regrets. โœŒ

When we got home, I found that that my Brown and Cony keycaps had finally arrived, after a million years delay. They’re very cute!

I spent the day taking care of the cats and snails, blogging, unpacking, doing laundry, and resting. We ordered Bento for dinner and I had some coffee and a Vauquita from Argentina, another sweet treat I hadn’t had in years. Vauquitas ( a play on the word vaquita, which means “little cow”) are “dulce de leche” bars covered in powdered sugar. They have a harder shell with a soft and crumbly inside. It’s very sweet and delicious but you can’t eat more than one at a time. It’s too sweet like that.

Tomorrow I have to shop for groceries and finish my chores 100% because Tuesday begins my 100 Daily Warm-Ups project and I have to study for my citizenship test all the harder! So I will end this post here. Also, tomorrow I’ll share all the treasures I found with you. I hope you enjoyed the recap of our trip!

Anniversary Trip: Day 1 ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•

Iโ€™m so happy, Iโ€™m so happy, Iโ€™m so happy…! ๐Ÿ˜ญโœจ I donโ€™t even know how many times Iโ€™ve said this over and over during the last 48 or so hours.

Not everything in our getaway anniversary weekend went as expected. Some things were way more amazing than planned, others were kind of disappointing, and others were unexpected surprises that we enjoyed a lot. I took lots of pictures and I canโ€™t wait to tell you about it all. Iโ€™ll be dividing my weekend summary in two posts, plus a third one for all the goodies I got. This is day one โ€”the best day, really!

(I should add, our anniversary is actually on May 11th. But the timing worked best for this weekend, so we celebrated it early.)

We left a little after 7:00am and had McDonald’s for breakfast. It was unusually good, we enjoyed it a lot. As a side note, I was really excited for my outfit for this day! Iโ€™d never worn my Lazy Oaf overalls until this day. They are my only โ€œdesignerโ€ overalls:

They also marked the beginning of the pandemic for me: the last thing I did before serious lockdown began, was go to the tailor’s to pick them up after adding some extra buttonholes. It was my last day out without a mask. The world changed a lot right after that.

My companion for this weekend was Coffee Cake:

Coffee Cake was pretty excited for his first-ever road trip:

Our first stop after driving a few hours was lunch at the Whistle Stop cafe (the name appears differently on the menu for some reason). This is one of the places that was a bit of a mixed bag. ๐Ÿค” The restaurant felt like much of this little town: run down and with caked-on dirt in places. But it was also so old, established in the late 1800s as a drugstore! A lot of its original appearance was still in place, which I found fascinating.

The food was okay, but because the place was fairly dirty, I didnโ€™t have much of an appetite. I had tuna salad, potato salad and a root beer float:

The root beer float didn’t look pretty or appetizing so I didn’t photograph it. I did enjoy the train theme of the place. It was perfect for our train-focused trip! And the staff was very nice, and there was an old man playing an old, slightly out of tune piano. Honestly if the place had been cleaner I would have liked it a lot more. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Almost across the street was our next stop, the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum:

Compared to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, there wasnโ€™t much to see here (again, comparatively). But they had a lovely model train display:

I got some video of it as well:

Here’s a couple more pics I took from this area:

Then, it was on to a stop that I was very excited about, but I didn’t really understand how awesome it would actually be. That was…

๐ŸŒด ๐Ÿฆ– Dinosaur World ๐Ÿฆ–๐ŸŒด

Iโ€™m making a separate section in this post to further emphasize how utterly incomparable, amazing, highlight-of-the-weekend this place was. I spent hours since then, thinking how to best describe its magic to accompany the 150-odd photos as well as videos that I took to share with you. I hope I can do my experience justice with words.

Imagine a literal Jurassic Park frozen still. Just as larger than life, just as mouth-gaping incredible. Craning up your neck to look at these massive dinosaurs that look like they could begin moving again any moment. I was LOSING MY FREAKING MIND (and wishing Nate was there to enjoy it with me because he would have lost it just as much). I was grateful for my mask that hid my face because for the first twenty minutes I was so overcome with happiness, surprise and excitement that I was trying not to cry.

For a bit of context… dinosaurs are my oddest special interest because it hasnโ€™t been a special interest that ever had a period of intense obsession, yet itโ€™s always been there, probably since I saw The Land Before Time as a very little girl (to this day, this is still my favorite movie of all time.)

The original Jurassic Park movie would later intensify this tremendously, but when I was younger, dinosaurs were a very boy-centered thing as far as toys, and I never ran into any very interesting scientific books about them growing up.

Later, as an adult, I discovered very charming dinosaur things such as the Gon manga, and the Umasou movies, and realistic toys such as Schleich dinosaurs replicas, which furthered my interest in an intense but quiet way.

So, itโ€™s always been this thing in the back of my mind, Iโ€™ve collected a lot of dinosaur things, toys, clothes and books over many, many years, but without it ever being an all-absorbing focused obsession. Even recently, when I got into trains, I looked for dinosaur themed train sets. So itโ€™s always just there, but itโ€™s never been set afire like this weekend.

This is the first entrance you see when you approach Dinosaur World:

It’s followed by a long, tree lined road. The trees are super tall, with hanging vines and moss. Already, things feel larger than life –you really feel like you’re driving into Jurassic Park! Then there is the main entrance:

From the moment you park, there are cute dinosaur friends to see!

This one stands right by the entrance to the gift shop, which then leads into the park:

It was all I could do not to buy everything I saw before going to the park. The gift shop was incredible, absolutely MASSIVE. I wish I’d taken more photos of it. We even came back a second time, on Saturday, so I could go through it one final time.

This is what you first see as you walk into the actual park itself:

I can’t emphasize enough how small you feel next to these things. They’re so big!

A few more dinos from this area:

Right behind them, there was a museum. I liked the museum areas a lot, but my favorite part were the life-size models.

In the museum there were animatronics, though. I loved those! Here’s a still photo of one of them:

And here is video of them all!

Now I’m just going to add a whole bunch of photos. I took too many to add commentary to everything, but I do feel all are worth sharing here.

The dinosaur you see in the last photo above was to the right of this arch. It went into a different area of the park:

See the “river” down there, near number 5? Those arches are what you see above.

The boardwalk it goes into was beautiful, kinda rickety in a good, fun way. All around you found yourself surrounded in this scenery:

To the right of the boardwalk bridge, there was this:

Some more dinos to see as you continued to walk…

Then it was time to visit the mammoths!

The covered picnic areas were cute:

Nearby, I saw a squirrel friend in their tree-stump home:

Here’s all that was to be enjoyed as you made your way to the Skeleton Garden:

Here are some photos of the Skeleton Garden:

The moss hanging everywhere really added to the atmosphere for me…

After saying goodbye to one more friendly dino, we enter the Carnivore Boardwalk…

This area was interesting. It had a sign warning that it could be too graphic for younger children. In fairness, it WAS kinda graphic, but also dynamic, detailed and extremely interesting. Some dinos were well-camouflaged, and it was fun finding them.

As you will see in the photos below, the dinosaurs were depicted hunting, fighting, and defending their nests. I’d “content warn” this, but… there were several toddlers looking at this without batting an eye, so I assume my followers can handle some dino-on-dino “gore”.

Every once in a while Christopher would take a photo of me with the models. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Another photo batch…

To give you an idea of how tall some of these guys were, here I am next to one of them:

Another big batch of pics…

I even saw an Argentinean dinosaur! Given the name, I guess remains were originally found in Salta? But this wasn’t specifically clarified.

Last batch of random pictures…

And a couple more “just for fun” ones:

That was it! After this, I went absolutely bonkers in the gift shop, and I can’t wait to share what I got with you, but I’ll leave all my treasures for a separate post. This post is so, SO long already, definitely the longest ever on my blog, and it’s not even done! So… let’s move on to the next topic!

After Dinosaur World we went to a few hobby stores. One of them, Toys+, was in University Mall, and next door to the hobby store area (by the same owners) was a normal toy store. This toy store had a lot of wonderful toys, including a respectable Thomas Wooden Railway section! Unbeknownst to us this would be the best selection we would find in the entire trip. We bought two battery-operated engines here โ€”Percy and Diesel. We didnโ€™t buy anything else (yet) because we expected to find so much more at the train stores.

We also went to a record store, where we got a few Laserdiscs, a vinyl record of the Tales From the Crypt soundtrack, and I got a vintage kidโ€™s magazine.

Shortly afterwards we arrived at the hotel. The town wasnโ€™t too promising. The hotel, called The West Wing and described as a โ€œboutiqueโ€ hotel, wasnโ€™t like, dirt cheap, but it wasnโ€™t expensive… it seemed like a good middle-of-the-road hotel though. Despite the area it was in, from the outside it didnโ€™t look too bad…

Later, after seeing ants all over the place, a roach, and noticing the general layout of the hotel, we noticed the old sign, which theyโ€™ve yet not managed (or bothered to) take down. ๐Ÿ˜

So I guess this used to be a cheaper motel, with a poorly slapped-on coat of paint. ๐Ÿ˜ซ I cannot recognize the shape of the logo. The top makes me think Super 8, but it’s wider? I don’t know. Anyway this kinda sucked. Because it showed, too. It doesnโ€™t feel great to stay in a hotel where you saw a roach, and piss ants all over the tables. Plus our bed smelled like the sheets had been left sitting while damp a long time. Overall it wasnโ€™t great, but we were happy together, and we made do.

The hallway was… creepily long.

After some rest, we changed and went to Terra Gaucha, a Brazilian steakhouse. This would be another highlight of our trip! โœจ

In spite of what I read in reviews, and in spite of mask wearing, this place didnโ€™t exactly take COVID seriously. ๐Ÿ˜… To my horror AND delight, the buffet/salad bar was open normally! The tables were all very close together and the place was PACKED. So basically if Iโ€™m destined to get COVID I got it here, for sure. I guess time will tell.

We were already there, so I decided to just enjoy what (other than masks) really felt like a normal, pre-COVID experience. I knew that wasnโ€™t great to encounter at this time of our countryโ€™s struggle with this disease, but I decided to let myself enjoy it and had my most enjoyable meal in probably a year or more. Definitely made up for that awful experience at Gulfstream’s Texas De Brazil.

Everything was amazing. Everything. I ate until I couldnโ€™t eat anymore. I drank too much. I was in a stuffed, half-drunk haze of the most utter, intense bliss.

Even writing it I go back to it and Iโ€™m so glad it happened. It was an expensive meal, but itโ€™s a memory Iโ€™ll hold very dear.

As you can see in the photo above, for dessert we had a Crรจme Brรปlรฉe, the most perfect one Iโ€™ve ever tasted. They knew it was our anniversary and decorated it very beautifully. It was a very nice touch:

Then we went back to the hotel and, after such a long day, finally rested, relaxed, and watched TV together on Christopher’s laptop. It was a lovely end to our tiring day. I’ll share the next one in an upcoming post!

Visiting Mom! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’•

Hello, friends, foes and strangers! Today was a good day too. Worked on art (even streamed!) exercised, did a heckton of chores and studied for the citizenship test for hours, and I also completed another route (the normal ending) for Nicola in Piofiore.

Iโ€™ve got an โœจ outfit of the day โœจ for today too:

I came across some cute chalk scribbles during my morning walk… ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐Ÿ’•

I also snapped photos of these pretty flowers around the neighborhood:

Over the last few days Iโ€™ve paid several more hundred worth of my debt! โœŠ The lightbox has seen an update:

Tonight Iโ€™m visiting my mom. Itโ€™s her 67th birthday this week, and we celebrated tonight by going to Oggiโ€™s, a very fancy local Italian restaurant that we had a coupon for. The entire meal was free, sans the tip. I had crab ravioli with lobster sauce. It was exquisite!

We also polished off a wine bottle between the two of us. ๐Ÿ˜… The restaurant wasnโ€™t very far, and we walked both ways. It brought a lot of memories. I know my mom will miss these views when she moves in with us…

Today I was able to get a hold of some Argentinian candies I have not eaten in like 10 years (some of them 20 years) so I want to talk about them in more detail in a future post. Right now Iโ€™m falling asleep so Iโ€™ll end this post here. Goodnight, everyone!

Off To A Good Start โœจ๐ŸŒˆ

Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ‘‹ It’s a brand new week. I feel like I’ve started it on the right foot –I got up really early today, at 6:00am, and went on my morning walk. I’m starting to feel in the mood to take outfit-of-the-day selfies again it seems…

As part of my morning walk I went grocery shopping. Today’s interesting find was a brand new burrowing owl nesting site. I didn’t get too close, as it’s not allowed to disturb the owls.

I had a nice snack after I got home! I was quite worn out. My bags were very heavy.

After that I worked on my “100 Days Of Warm-Ups” stuff, on housework, and I studied for the citizenship test. Then I went on another walk.

On my second walk I saw a beautiful drop of sap dripping off a tree.

I don’t know why, but I thought it was lovely, like a precious jewel…

I also saw a monarch butterfly. It was massive! But I was unable to take a photo, it was too fast, had things to do and places to be. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’จ

I’m sorry to make today’s post so short. It’s such a busy week and going to get busier, but I’m going to try to post every day (or just about.)

A Sunny Sunday ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฆ‹

Hello everyone! My determination to get back on the healthy (er) wagon is holding up. I’m doing better. Drinking water was easier today, and I went on two walks for a total of a little under four miles. I think I’m going to stick to this “early morning and sunset” daily walks for a while. They burn a decent amount of calories when they start to stack up, and they are relaxing and not too hard to do.

This was my outfit today when I went out in the morning:

It was a little hot but just lovely outside. There were many butterflies about:

I came home to find Kotoko as I left her –slightly less paranoid but only just, and still tripping balls. Her eyes wouldn’t go back to normal:

She began to act more normal around 3pm, and now at 10pm she’s pretty close to her regular self. I’m giving her the antibiotics and tomorrow I’ll give her more painkillers.

Because she pooped all over herself at the vet’s, we decided it was cat bath weekend. I trimmed everyone’s nails, managed to get my legs shredded by Tomoyo in the process, and then we got down to business. The cats were a lot angrier than usual, probably because of the nail trimming. Rosie was so upset…

Elliot came out trembling a little, but soon recovered.

In the afternoon I finished a commission for Nero (posted earlier) began work on a commission for Koneko, took care of the snails, did the laundry, dishes, and vacuumed the upstairs, among other odds-and-ends. Then I went out on my second walk. I was almost home when I met this very friendly cat:

Then I made dinner for Christopher and myself. Breaded chicken breast and salad. It was good. Had a little coffee for dessert.

Right as I was writing this post I took this photo of two of my snails. A little milk snail was quite horny (penis out and all) and fervently harassing a poor roman snail for sexytime.

Sometimes my roman snails will humor the milk snails in these endeavors (they can’t really copulate, not usually, anyway) but this time the poor pom looked so harassed. He kept trying to get away, but the milk snail was always partially on him, so it wasn’t happening. It’s hard to ever tell what snails are thinking, but it was so clear that this guy wanted nothing with this situation, that I separated them to different corners. ^_^;

And, well! Now it’s time to get ready for bed. This week promises to be busy and exciting. So I’m going to get a good night’s sleep.

It’s A New Day –Let’s Try Again! ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒˆ

Hello, everyone! And good morning to you all. I had a good night’s sleep, and started my day off on the right foot by going on a long walk. It was lovely. I saw a good amount of urban wildlife –some cranes, a friendly cat, squirrels, snails, worms, all kinds of birds.

The cat was very healthy looking, just beautiful, and so friendly. He followed me for a little while. I should have taken a better photo. He seemed happy.

This squirrel let me get quite close…

There were tons of little snails and their shimmery trails on the sidewalk. The snails were asleep, ready to be stepped on or cooked by the sun. So I picked up all the ones I saw and put them in the grass, easily over ten. There was also a poor worm jumping around like crazy. I helped it find its way back to the cool grass.

My plans for today are to do all my house chores, head to Target to pick up some dumbbells to strengthen my wrists and get a bike ride in in the process, and work on commissions some more. I hope your Saturday is off to a great start!