Slimy Christmas Tidings ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽ„

Last night I cleaned up the tanks a little bit and added fresh food. My roman snails are enjoying their huge water soak dish so much. Sometimes two of them will sit there for hours. There’s one there right now even though it’s cold.

I hesitated to add this dish to the tank. It’s a calculated risk. A fall on top of it would surely cause shell injury. However, it is in the center of the large tank and nowhere near the edges. The mesh lid of my tank is covered in vines, and the snails don’t favor sleeping there, much preferring the glass walls or just burying themselves. Falls do happen, but they are always more like… slides, down the walls of the tank. So I think they are safe. And they enjoy this so, so very much.

But nonetheless I think I will try to find a plastic one that is similar. Or rather, softer plastic. This one is plastic but it’s too hard.

I really need to get to sharing photos of my little guys more often. I just love them so dearly.

Can’t wait for Christmas so I can nerd out with my new snail and slug book that everyone pitched in to get me. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ“š I hope it helps me take better care of my snailios!

What do you want for Christmas most of all? Do you think you are going to get it?

I’m starting to regret my good intentions of not sharing my wishlist anywhere. ^_^; But, I would be a hypocrite if I shared it now, so I won’t.

The Wrong Kind Of Present ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’ฉ

So… to say our elves left me a little speechless this morning might be an understatement.

I’d been showing Christopher photos of the things Nate’s elf did to see if they get a little more inspired, as in previous years. So, last night, Christopher left the elves a little note, asking if they could make cookies for me like Nate’s elf. I am sorry to say it did not go as I might have hoped.

And, this might have been just me, but I felt like Buddy’s eyes had a real f*** you twinkle to them:

Message received, Buddy. I won’t compare you to other elves anymore! ๐Ÿฅบ I’m not sure your behavior would be approved by Santa, though.

Christopher said that maybe all chocolate is really elf poop and he just wasn’t able to finish, but somehow I can’t derive much comfort out of that idea. I think Buddy and Sarah just feel like their job doesn’t matter because while I’m getting presents this year, none are from Santa. Santa’s broke. So it doesn’t matter if I’m good, and I guess they don’t think they have to be good either. ๐Ÿค”

That aside, if you somehow follow my blog and not Nate’s, his elf posts are so funny and cute… check him out here: https://natescoloringbook.wordpress.com/

A Productive Tuesday! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„โœจ

Tuesday was pretty busy. I worked on commissions and on Discord freebies. I found a neat Youtube video to fullscreen on all my monitors and put Christmas music on while I worked… really nice atmosphere. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ„

I’d also added some lights that I bought at Hobby Lobby (most of their Christmas stuff was gone) and a cute little Christmas dinosaur snow globe. I’ve always wanted a real snow globe and now I have a perfect one (though the snow settles super fast.) Here’s a little video of it:

It has music! And here’s a little look at my work area right now:

One of the Discord freebies I worked on was for Ruka. I’m looking forward to finishing it today:

When Christopher came home, we played Remember11 for an hour and right as we were going to stop Rosie stepped on the computer’s power button and we possibly lost all our progress. ๐Ÿ™ƒ That was bad but also hilarious.

Later, I made dinner: manicotti with Caesar salad and baked cheesy bruschetta. Christopher helped me fill the shells because I was having a tantrum over it PMS meltdown.

It was really good! I’m looking forward to leftovers. It was so good that I burned my mouth terribly and had to spit a whole lot of it out on a paper towel. I wanted to cry from the burn and also because it was so good I didn’t want to do that. But I was REALLY burning myself. Lol.

With this post I’m caught up on yesterday’s stuff, so it’s time to post about today (in a separate entry.)

It’s A Cold Tuesday Morning โ˜ƒ๏ธ

Good morning! It’s cold again. Yesterday I got everything on my list done, and more! Winter Friends YCHs are shaded, more presents wrapped, and not only did I finish the line art for ODU, but I finished the whole design! And I did go to Homegoods, and got a Christmas mug, as well as a Christmas glass for my milk:

This morning I discovered that Mojito had helped Sarah carry Buddy down so he could have his cinnamon and move again:

I’m really glad that he is okay, though I miss them in my studio already.

Goals for today would be, prepare some Trellos, finish the Winter Friends YCH background, and flat several commissions. I also really need to get my last couple of Code: Realize entries posted before my memory of those playthroughs fades.

I Have Sold My Soul To The Devil ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐Ÿƒ

Yesterday I came to a realization: 245 hours (or just over TEN. FREAKING. WHOLE. DAYS!!) is just about as long as I can play Animal Crossing before being bored by the grind. Namely, the grind to rearrange my town. I’m not a quick money maker in AC. The idea of demolishing the bridges I paid so much to create, and then to pay for them again, is something I find deeply demoralizing. I want to have fun in my town again, and honestly, I’m done grinding for it. I’m done.

So I said f*ck it, and resorted to questionable means. I will say the devil provides amazing, on-the-dot service. Everyone else says the same thing, too. I have no idea when the Animal Crossing devil sleeps, but he seems to reply to everyone with the same immediate promptness regardless of location.

Now that I’m a millionaire in AC, I need to figure out how to best put it to use. I may remake my town completely, but this time I need to think it through properly. After all, this cheating I did is a one time thing. I cannot replicate it at will. As much as I’ve gotten a ridiculous amount of bells, it is, regardless, finite.

Anyway, I’m already Christmasy there too:

It’s really nice to be enjoying the game again… perhaps with this level of freedom I can truly be as creative as I want with my town. ^-^

Merry Noon ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒž

I’m not eating very well… like, at all… But at least my plates look pretty:

I got the Christmas dino salt and pepper shakers at Hobby Lobby. They are so cute.

I continue to take snail photos constantly, but haven’t posted them in a fairly long time. Today when the snails were waking up, it looked like one was kissing the other. It was probably trying to eat the other’s shell (even though they have so many calcium sources!) so just in case I separated after the photo… it’s also just as like the first snail wanted to coax the sleepier one into sexytime though.

Now, this little guy. He’s always been my “slow” snail of the group, and likely the oldest. He’s also one of the smallest and his shell has always been rather white. I think as I received him he was already quite old. This week he became even more lethargic. I was, however, able to coax him into eating some sweet potato.

I think there is a fairly good chance that he is at the end of his life so I’m taking as good care of him as I can. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’•

Happy Monday! ๐ŸŽ„โœจ

Good morning, everyone! ๐ŸŒž Are you all done with your Christmas decorating? I’m very much in a Christmas mood, down to my healthy breakfast:

I accidentally touched Buddy’s foot this morning, nooo… ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ I’ll have to leave some cinnamon out for him so he can move again. It happened when I noticed them hanging from my lamp and tried to turn it on:

I’m sorry Buddy… this visit is my new favorite of this year so far, though. Really made me smile! But, I hope the blood doesn’t rush to their heads…

I haven’t posted a selfie in a while. I wanted to post one today to show the blanket hoodie my mom got me for Dรญa Del Dibujante (artists’ day, an Argentinean holiday) last month. This thing is… well.. imagine a hoodie that almost reaches your feet (front pocket included) made of thick fleece. That’s what this is. It’s AMAZING. I can’t get enough of it. I’ve even slept in it overnight.

I thought I was done messing around with the “Amazon wishlist I’m not sharing with anyone”, but yesterday I passed by Gamestop on my way to look for a card for Christopher and I saw this. It was one of those moments where you get literal sparkles in your eyes and a choir of angels sings in the background:

Christopher insisted it couldn’t hurt to add it to my wishlist so I did, but it’s officially the costliest thing there, so I’m not gonna hold my breath. ๐Ÿ˜…

My face, probably.

Really though! It’s just right. Right color. Right type of keys. RGB. Just the right size.

At the end of the day though… I’m most excited for the presents I’m going to give. Since Grandma is coming, I wracked my brains and came up with something for her, too (though she didn’t want anything…) but I got her some pajamas, a puzzle and a special little thing that even though it’s a Christmas present I’ll give her when we are alone. Because, it’ll have Grandpa’s picture, and if it makes her cry, I’d rather she not be put on the spot in front of everyone. I can’t have everyone opening presents but Grandma… no way.

Anyway, what’s in the cards for today…?

๐ŸŽ„ Finish shading Winter Friends YCHs.

๐ŸŽ„ Finish new line art for ODU.

๐ŸŽ„ Wrap more presents.

๐ŸŽ„ Go to Homegoods.

Those are the most important things. So… I’m off! Everyone, have a good day!

Buddy And Sarah In The Studio ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽ„

When Buddy and Sarah appeared in the studio yesterday, I was really hoping that they would move on to my little work area. That’s one of my favorite things about their visits, every year. I woke up so stressed, though, that I didn’t notice them right away, even though they were right in front of me! I hope I didn’t hurt their feelings.

Sarah was on the little shelf right above my monitors:

Meanwhile, Buddy was doing some snail-watching:

I’m going to enjoy having them so close to me today! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Everything’s Gone Wrong Again ๐Ÿ’”

Well… my stress-free time didn’t really last. I’m actually more stressed than I was two days ago (for completely different reasons) and this time, it seems like it’s just going to stay like that. I tried.

Grandma is coming over for Christmas… I think she’s almost 80 or thereabouts and with a bad hip. Even with all the precautions in the world, this idea scares me so much that I went to bed in tears. I understand that Grandma is just kind of… done with it all (as far as continuing to have her life on hold.) After all, Grandpa is gone, and she is alone. She wants to enjoy life. But with a vaccine so obviously near (multiple ones, at that) taking such huge risks boggles my mind. Very soon, we could all be safe (or at least, she could be) and we could enjoy regular visits. But if she gets COVID now, that will be the end of that.

It seems, however, that I am the only person in my family who feels this is any sort of thing worth speaking up about. I can’t go against everyone.

Ordinarily, Grandma coming here would make me so, so happy… I’m trying to just be happy, since I do not have an alternative.

To add to this, the porch is in utterly horrendous shape. I’d show a photo to make it clear just how bad, but it’s so bad, that I don’t want a photo of it in my blog.

The saddest and funniest thing is that some 30 minutes ago I was texting with Grandma, and she was all like “It’s okay dear, we can all eat in your beautiful porch to be safe.” Oh Grandma… ๐Ÿ˜ญ If you only knew. I look at it and I want to cry, again… I need a pressure cleaner to take care of it, but that wouldn’t get here until Grandma herself does, since she’s coming with my mom and sis in law whom I usually borrow it from.

So even if I decide I will be like everyone else and try to hope for the best virus-wise, I still can’t look forward to Christmas, because of this disaster. In order for us to even eat outside or anything, I’ll have to spend hours cleaning on the very day Grandma will visit. I just feel so helpless about it all.

Anyway. Whatever. Nothing matters. Haha.

Or, maybe I’ll just take even more work, so I can go and rent the pressure cleaner. It’s just that the rental is only for four hours. Maybe I’ll stress less if I do that. It’s better to do something, anything, right…? I still have time… I’ll see how much I can get done this week, and maybe renting one is possible. I can’t just give up, it’s not like me, but being the only one who finds some things important or necessary is just such a terrible feeling sometimes, I don’t know why but it makes me feel like I am all alone in some things. I have such a sad heavy feeling today and I don’t even know how to move on with the day but I’ll have to find a way.

EDIT: I feel better, since Christopher is going to actually buy a pressure cleaner, though I’ll be putting my January allowance to cover most of it. I’ll have to figure out more work regardless, to cover my ZOHO bill. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ But, having a pressure cleaner means the porch never need get to this point again, a big relief to be sure. I just wish I wasn’t the only one who cares… I know he just wants me to be happy and not stressed, but he doesn’t care how the porch looks, and in stuff like this I feel absolutely alone.

Anyway, I have an elf post as well, I decided to separate it from this because I have so many negative feelings here. But now at least I got them out.

Unusually, I don’t feel much better. Maybe if I start doing things around the house, I will. I’m just full of those “being a burden” feelings, like even if my intentions are good, it doesn’t matter, in the end everyone is troubled by me caring about things no one else cares about. It makes me want to disappear. I don’t know how I’ll get through today feeling so low, but I’m going to do my best.

It’s Time For Giraffe And Annika! ๐Ÿฑ

With Code: Realize ~Guardian Of Rebirth~ sadly behind me, it’s time to play Giraffe And Annika, hopefully to completion, before I can get my hands on Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~. Today I played for barely a few minutes, but it looks like a delightful time.

It was a treat to finally get to open this gorgeous box:

As you can see, it comes with an artbook, three tiny patches, and a music CD. The music in the game already sounds wonderful so I’m happy about that. It’s a gorgeous collector’s edition.

Annika is an adorable character. Sometimes she appears drawn, sometimes in 3D. She’s always very cute and a joy to play.

Oh, oh, guess what!! Drumroll please…

I GOT MY PRO CONTROLLER!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

Mwako bought it for me in exchange for two Telegram stickers, and since drawing him is hardly work, it’s so much fun, it was certainly worth the trade.

Just look how nicely it matches my case! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’•โœจ๐Ÿ’•โœจ๐Ÿ’•

For playing games like Giraffe and Anikka, this controller is a delight. I’m very, very happy!

And that’s it for this post. I’ll have more to share tomorrow!

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