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Birthday Fun! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‚

Hi hi, everyone!! ๐Ÿ‘‹ Guess what today is. It’s my birthday! ๐Ÿฅณ Of course you know, because I’m the kind of person who doesn’t shut up about these things. ๐Ÿ˜ The first thing I woke up to was a birthday greeting and Amazon gift card from my mom in law. I think I had spent it literally ten minutes later. I’m terrible.

But anyway, got even more stuff I’m looking forward to arriving now. Today was extremely overindulgent. ๐Ÿ˜… But I have been so sad, and so stressed, especially the last week. I am a lot happier.

๐ŸŽ Opening Presents ๐ŸŽ

The first present I opened arrived some weeks ago. I didn’t know who it was from until today –thank you very much to my friend Kiba! It’s Felix Salten’s “Forest World”:

Felix Salten is a writer best known for the books “Bambi” and “Bambi’s Children”, but he also wrote “Fifteen Rabbits”, “Perri: The Youth Of A Squirrel” and many other wonderful books, which are often heartbreaking and full of death, but also hopeful and with beautiful descriptions of the wonders of life and of nature.

As I continued opening my presents, it turned out (based on the included gift notes) that I got some from Bluey and her gang! ๐Ÿคฏ What is this sorcery?

They sent me the Shadowlands board game, and some stickers! Thank you Bluey, Coco and Snickers! I think my friend Mwako was involved in making it happen, though… ๐Ÿฆ

The next package was from a dear commissioner, whom I love to draw. He has a very cute mouse fursona, a weakness of mine! His name in the community is Fieval. He sent me some Bluey figures! Thank you very much, Matt! ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ’•

It was finally time to open my biggest present. I was very excited, so I saved it for last, and… HOLY CRAP!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•โœจโœจโœจโœจโœจโœจ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ *sobs*

I lost my freaking mind, it’s so cute!! Again, I suspect a tiny lion had something to do with it… although it still seemed to come from either Bluey or Bingo. Who IS the keepy-uppy expert? Was that ever established? I can’t recall. ๐ŸŽˆ

You know… I wish I could have told 7 year old me that I would still be getting toys from multiple people for my 38th birthday –from people who also, like me, like toys and kiddy things as adults. That I would have a tank full of snails and four cats, and a library, and a husband who’s kind of a big kid like me in some ways too and makes me feel safe and loved… and drawing every day… what a life. I hope nothing happens to take it all away, but even if it did I would be so grateful for all I had until today.

๐ŸŒˆ Littlespace Shopping ๐ŸŒˆ

Earlier in the day, my friend Snow sent me a present too! Some birthday monies to spend however I wanted today. So I decided to go out. And I finally made an outfit around my new Bluey shirt!

I really love it a whole lot! I wore my boots because it was sprinkling when I left but in the end I didn’t need them. It was sunny all throughout. ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒปโœจ

Oh yeah… I know this is a petty side note, but I get asked “where did you get X thing” a LOT when I post “Little” stuff. Like multiple times a day on Twitter, often by complete strangers. It gets very old for meโ€ฆ I feel like I am used as a catalog mostly (usually) by people who almost never talk to me or don’t even follow me, even though 90% of the stuff I post can be found if you put 10-15 minutes into a Google search. If we are CLOSE friends then feel free to ask me via DM. ๐Ÿ˜Š I don’t mind telling friends. I just don’t like feeling used because someone is lazy.

I have a mask but itโ€™s not in this photo. Iโ€™m wearing a mask indoors again when shipping and such, to be extra safe, but I am vaccinated! โœŒ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐Ÿ’‰

I had a lot of fun on my walk, but was definitely glad that I brought a bottle of water (something I’m bad about) because the heat was quite unbearable. Here is my Little birthday treasure hoard from that excursion:

One of my favorites was this squirrel which will likely be displayed for the entirety of fall every year going forward! And speaking of squirrels and fallโ€ฆ another fun fall squirrel thing I got was a garden flag to put at the front of the house. Have I mentioned Iโ€™m excited for fall? ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฐ

As you can see in the first photo I also got fall, Christmas and Birthday stickers, a new pair of scissors, and some Pride tape. And these amazing scented gel crayons! ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Small softcover books make great, cheap scrapbooking suppliesโ€ฆ although a part of myself dies when I cut up a brand new book, even if I bought it for this specific purposeโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ญโœ‚๏ธ

One of the nicest thing I got was another Highlights Hidden Pictures puzzle book. These are a massive Little button for me.

I love the old-timey art and the level of difficulty is precise to my usual Little age headspace. Here’s some sample pages… ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ I love it so much!

Thank you again, Snow, for all the nice play things I was able to get! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿ“ฆ Mail Day ๐Ÿ“ฆ

As if so many wonderful things weren’t enough, when I got home there was stuff in the mail for me. One was the Bella Sara card packs I ordered a while ago:

I’ll use them for scrapbooking, but opening card packs is also a big Littlespace activity for me, so I’m very excited about them.

The next really blew my mind!! I specifically asked my mom for the Vegeta figure for my birthday because it was so cheap… like $12. I knew she wanted to get me something, I didn’t want her to overspend on me! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Especially when she’s spent THOUSANDS recently on immigration… WHY… ๐Ÿ˜ข

Anyway… she kept messaging during my outing wanting to know if I was home. It was because of this:

So… yeah… one of the most wanted most expensive things on my list. A gorgeous artbook of my first otome experience, Code: Realize ~Guardian Of Rebirth~.

It even has art I’ve never seen before, so I was quite overcome with emotion by this beautiful present from my loving mom.

๐Ÿ’• Date Night ๐Ÿ’•

After ALL of that, Christopher and I had our date night! I had a really fancy snack and perhaps a bit too much wine. Bangers is protecting my yummy hoard!

Like last time, we played Age of Empires together-but-separately (side by side):

Later we watched a movie. I was too full from snacks to have dinner. ๐Ÿ˜…

Christopher petted me for hours while we watched. I was half dozing off between the wine and all the happy feels and just feeling sooooo good, it was a wonderful evening and I felt so loved and safe.

Now it’s time for bed… thank you, everyone, for all the presents and good wishes. You made me so happy. I guess I’ll have more things to share throughout the weekend as they arrive –but tomorrow I really gotta get some work done! โœŠ๐Ÿ’ฆ Goodnight, everyone…

I Am (Somewhat) Healed ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Yesterday I came to visit my mom and spend the night! We also went out for an early celebration of my birthday when Christopher picked me up. I had a wonderful time and my mom spoiled me so much that I really left feeling much better than when I got there! ๐Ÿ˜Š

As soon as I got there Mom gave me a snack and I began to munch and work on the next warm-up for Nazz. ๐Ÿ‘€ I had Grogu for company on this trip.

Grogu investigates the snack…

My mom made me a huge childhood treat for dinner –cheesy polenta! It’s the best.

As ever, Sweeney alternated between a desire to play and a desire to kill me. He draws blood on every visit, but he really wants to play (until he doesn’t) and he really wants to be pet (until he doesn’t.) And it’s hard to know which is which. Ever since I moved away he’s always a bit pissy to see me, I think because he misses me. But he ends up curled up next to me by the end.

At one point as I was chasing him he put his front paws in my flip-flops, one in each. It was the cutest thing and I can’t believe he stayed like that long enough for a photo!

I ate waaay too much but my first day with Mom was lovely.

The next day, my mom gave me my birthday present early!! Since I wonโ€™t see her for my actual birthday. I knew from the shape what it was. ๐Ÿ˜

ITS MY MAN

Iโ€™m turning 38. Thanks mom for humoring my immature ass. This was my first husbando ever when I was like 13 lol.

Afterwards, my mom made cheddar biscuits and mate cocido to have while we watched TV:

It was really cozy.

In the evening we went to Banchero! It purported to make true Argentinean pizza. Now, you wonโ€™t know this unless you lived and experienced it in Argentina, but Argentinean pizza is just, completely different, with the meltiest cheese, and amazing toppings. It’s the one thing I truly miss from my home country.

For twenty years, we hadnโ€™t been able to find a place that truly replicated our original experience. So my expectations were very high!

Christopher ordered a meat loverโ€™s. My mom and I ordered half morrรณn and half primavera which has EGG! And a piece of fainรก for nostalgiaโ€™s sake, and an entire bottle of wine for my mom and I. It was a very expensive meal because these pizzas cost like, $25 each. But they are 100% worth that price. Trust me. At least ours was.

I asked Christopher to hold Grogu for a photo but he was difficult about itโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ 

Eventually I got Grogu to stand, although in her drunkenness, my mom was joining Christopher in his sabotaging efforts by trying to tip poor Grogu over with the pie knife:

Then she wanted to give him an olive as a peace offering:

The pizza really was as I remembered my last from 20 years ago. Met our expectations for sure! It was a big treat from my mom for my birthdayโ€ฆ definitely a costly mealโ€ฆ Authentic Argentinian pizza on the beach isnโ€™t cheap. But it was so worth it. Iโ€™m really grateful to my mom!

Side note, I love my palm sized Grogu so much, but sometimes he talks if his tummy is accidentally pressed and then someone inevitably goes โ€œwhat the hell was thatโ€ and I can either say โ€œmeโ€ or โ€œmy Grogu doll that I carry around everywhereโ€. Itโ€™s a lose-lose either way. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

My Birthday Is This Month! ๐Ÿ˜

I really just want one thing and one thing onlyโ€ฆ books. Books books books! ๐Ÿ“š All the books. It’s all I have on my wishlist, but I have a lot of them. Soโ€ฆ yeah: https://amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1WV2OHLDIQH9C?ref_=wl_share

I have writing reference books, manga, history books, art reference books, novels, everything really… ๐Ÿ˜… I hope to continue to do lots of reading this year. Thank you to anyone who feeds my reading habit lol.

Tired But Happy

Iโ€™m sorry Iโ€™m so late with new posts, especially fitness ones. The last three days have been a blur of housework and other stuff. Grandma and my mom in law are visiting now. We had a lovely evening and they are staying until Sunday morning.

Iโ€™m really happy especially for the time I had with my mom in law tonight. I felt like we were a little more close than usual. When that doesnโ€™t happen for a long time, I try to pretend it doesnโ€™t get to me. But the truth is it really does and my relationship with her is deeply important to me… so tonight, I am very happy. I hope she was proud of how nice the house looked, I did my best and I wanted Grandma to be pleased, but I think deep inside itโ€™s my mom in lawโ€™s approval I crave most of all. I really do love her very much. I think she knew I tried really hard.

It sounds stupid to write that… Iโ€™m not 10 years old. But cleaning this house is hard for me. A part of me wants to be respected as an adult and the other wants to be praised like a little girl. It can be hard to reconcile those two parts of me, but tonight, both parts of my heart feel happy.

I made Christopher another birthday brownie because (he says) I ate most of the first one:

Iโ€™m getting in bed now, with Rosie purring my by ear. Iโ€™ll catch up on posts as I can… hope everyone is doing well!

Christopher’s Birthday! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฅณ And Other Stuff

Hello everyone! Iโ€™m sorry that Iโ€™ve been quiet for a few days. Iโ€™m overwhelmed, tired, and today just kind of sad too, though I donโ€™t want to talk about that here.

I meant to make this post on the 9th, Christopherโ€™s actual birthday, but didnโ€™t manage it. We had a lot of fun! Even though it was just us, I had a bit of a party atmosphere ready when he got home, including the presents you all sent:

Iโ€™m really grateful to Mikey, Kinder and Wish who were sweet enough to send train track switches for him. I got him one as well, which made for five packs, or a total of ten switches. He was really surprised and happy, and we played with them all evening!

For โ€œcakeโ€, I made him brownies and decorated them:

We tired ourselves out playing and even had vintage episodes of Thomas running on the projector. It was wonderful. Afterwards we had pizza. I meant to even decorate the pizza but I forgot.

Playing with trains with Christopher is the only time I feel fully comfortable being Little with someone. Like, not self-conscious at all, not forcing or faking anything. Only happiness.

Itโ€™s definitely that sort of activity (though I donโ€™t think he likes to be reminded of this). I canโ€™t help thinking of that aspect, though. And I am really one hundred percent in heaven, itโ€™s this thing that is “just for us”, and there was a moment when we were there sitting surrounded by trains, cross-legged, watching an episode of Thomas in that enormous projector screen, I felt so small and happy, and reminded yet again, that I really married my best friend. I canโ€™t believe I married someone who would do this with me and enjoy it unironically. To this day I am baffled by my good fortune.

This is unrelated, but Kotoko has been climbing higher and higher on the condo, which considering her arthritis, is quite an unusual sight. Here I got some photos of her and Tomoyo, whose ear happens to be flipped wrong. Thatโ€™s always funny.

Remember the whistle Christopher got me at the train museum? I removed the wrinkled sticker, sanded all the glue down, designed my own on sticker paper, trimmed it with washi tape, then added multiple coats of spray-on gloss Mod-Podge over the space of two days (of course I covered the tip with painterโ€™s tape). Afterwards I used a hard coat, brush-on waterproof Mod-Podge which gave it a nice wood-like texture and excellent protection.

Even the end tip of the whistle is red. It looks so much better than how it was. Itโ€™s all my own now! But Iโ€™m glad we got it at the museum. For one, because of the memory of getting it there and supporting the museum. But also because it just sounds so damn good.

That asideโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve been doing tons of housework. Also playing a little bit of Cafรฉ Enchantรฉ. And today, my little Percy came in the mail:

Percy is one of my favorite trains, but I donโ€™t think this train figure captures his innocent face at all, or even his proper shape. Maybe later Iโ€™ll find a better Percy.

Christopherโ€™s Early Birthday Party ๐ŸŽ‚

Today we had a little something to celebrate Christopher’s upcoming birthday. It was just us two and a friend but I still did my best to decorate the house and make it feel like a party.

I’d tasked Jessie with bringing an ice cream cake that was just the right size for three. I don’t think he could have done it more perfectly: the cake was about the size of my open palm with my fingers spread out, so it was tiny, but it even had Christopher’s name! We thought it was adorable, and the giant candles just fit:

He also brought really good ice cream from a very fancy parlor. I made beef empanadas, and humita empanadas too, we had some snacks, and a lovely time overall.

We played cards, Mille Bornes. Jessie didn’t like it, but in fairness Jessie doesn’t like any of the things we like, and isn’t shy about reminding us… I wish we could find things to do together that he has interest in. But I think we all had a good time anyways.

I would have liked to have a proper get-together with several friends. Unfortunately, family was supposed to be here this weekend, but canceled on us. So by the time I tried to invite friends, everyone but Jessie had plans. That was a bummer, but well, I tried. the family visit was postponed to next weekend.

It was still a nice time for Christopher, I hope. But we miss our friends. We miss parties. Covid is really wearing on us… I hope we can have a LAN at the end of summer this year.

Grandma’s Birthday And A Fun Night ๐ŸŽ‚

This past weekend we went to visit with my mom in law in Sebastian, but before heading there, we visited Grandma in Port St. Lucie. Her 80th birthday is next week, but we celebrated it during this visit. Just Christopher, his mom, me and Grandma. It was really nice and intimate. Between all of us we brought her two sets of flowers, gift cards, a ton of balloons, and a chocolate ganache cake:

Of course Grandma couldn’t really blow out the candles, but she pretended like the best of them:

For the most part we all had our masks on all the time:

…but not while we ate, though we kept our distance. Still, I wished we had gone to the porch to eat and stay even farther away. I just worry a lot for Grandma’s health. But we needed to give her a bit of normalcy and celebrating, because this was still of of many firsts –her first birthday without Grandpa, and such a momentous one, too.

Later that night at my mom in law’s house we played Ticket To Ride. I really love this game. I had the blue trains, and was going for a very long route. Christopher blocked me off, with his mean little green trains. ๐Ÿ˜  But I didn’t give up, did the route all over again underneath, and won the game! Eat my steam, sucker. ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿ’จ

My mom in law’s cat Sissy kept trying to get attention and pets while we played. I took a ton of photos of her, but here’s just a couple:

Ok, I think that’s it for this post, too. Time to go to whatever is next on my drafts. Slowly catching up…

Birthday Present From Kitty! ๐Ÿ’

I’ve had this in my drafts for a while, but been too busy to post it. I got a wonderful birthday package the other day, from my friend Kitty! It was full of wonderful things:

A card clearly picked for me since I love colorful things and I LOVE dinosaursโ€ฆ a gorgeous badge with very loving little nods to things I love, drawn by Kitty herself of course. Photos of Kittyโ€™s new ratties and her cat too. But the very best part was the snail embroidery she made.

I just canโ€™t get over how much that made me smile (I actually criedโ€ฆ it had been an overwhelming week, and that last bit of something so sweet and so lovingly made, was a strong reminder that I have good things and good people in my life that care about me.)

Here’s a close-up of the badge:

I put it all on my corkboard. I can see it all while I work and it really makes me smile!

My Birthday ๐ŸŽ‚

Todayโ€™s my birthday! I finally got to open the box with my birthday bear on it (Wilfy, whom Iโ€™ve named Toby). The outfit I put together for him fit him really well! I think heโ€™s got to be one of the nicest Charlie Bears I have ever seen.

I also got to open the gift from my friend Riley. The second Escargot book! Itโ€™s so cute and I canโ€™t wait to read it with Christopher. These picture books really are a must for any snail lover.

I really wasnโ€™t expecting to get to go anywhere today. Though I was so happy to get my new bear, it was a really sad and also very stressful day. Iโ€™m gonna go into more details about that in a later post.

But our friend Kris very generously offered to take us out both to distract us and to celebrate my birthday. He let me pick anywhere I wanted. That was a huge treat as well as seeing two of my best friends. It really made a bad day end a lot better. It felt a little odd to dress up to go out given the circumstances but I tried to be kind to myself.

I hadnโ€™t put together an outfit in a while and Iโ€™m really happy with this one. I took MoonPie along:

We went to The Tavern. Our table was lovely, next to the fireplace, but the light also made it hard to get a good picture, as you could tell in the photo:

I had a fancy drink:

Sorry the photos are so bad, the light was really poor as I said… anyhow, it was a nice enough evening after such a day. Now Iโ€™m 37. Happy Birthday to me!

Christopher’s Birthday Dinner And Other Things

I wore one of my Lil Comforts wristbands today! ๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿ’•

Had veggie nuggets for lunch:

Later in the afternoon I made a bracelet to match the pansexual necklace I made yesterday, as well as a dino one to boot ๐Ÿฆ–

I actually meant to make a matching bracelet for my clunky dino necklace, but ended up making another necklace that matches this bracelet better.

In the evening we celebrated Christopherโ€™s birthday again (today is actually his birthday.)

I made him dinner, and a brownie cake for dessert. He was happy so I am too! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆโœจ