I’m trying to catch up on posts regarding new goodies I’ve gotten. I can’t really post everything as my blog was really neglected for a long time (though, you wouldn’t be able to tell since I post a lot when I catch up and it’s all properly post-dated). Anyway! Today’s post is about coloring books.
Even though I’ve been collecting coloring books for the better part of five years, I don’t think I’ve actually ever voiced that. I don’t use them: I keep them for scanning and then printing into Bristol board, my favorite method for coloring. This also allows me to keep certain irreplaceable books pristine, such as the NIB collection I got on eBay of Muppet Babies coloring books (from the original show) or the set of Moomin coloring books, all in Swedish, that I found brand new at Goodwill of all places.
One of my newest finds is this Mandalorian coloring book. I love it!
This might be one of the few that are more for collectible purposes only rather than ever printing and coloring, but I never know if a friend I happen to have over might like to color them.
Ok, this was a HECK of a find! If you know me well, you’ll know that I love, LOVE Hercules. It’s one of my favorite Disney movies. Herc merch isn’t that easy to find, but a coloring book?? In 2022?? What? I jumped on it. It even has holographic stickers!
Here’s one of the inside pages…
So, the Bluey one I’ve had for a few months. But I don’t think I’ve showed it yet. Since I’m showing the Berenstain Bears one, I figure I might show this one also. I’m so excited for the season, so I can use these!
The Berenstain Bears one is AMAZING. It is SO thick, and the scenes are my most favorite sort of thing to color. I can’t wait!
The Bluey one is actually an activity book for the most part. But I’m really excited about it too!
I would like to share the goodies I got on my trip! I’ll start with the fanciest thing I got which was this beautiful Alaska bag! I got it in Juneau. It’s big!
I also got this super cute Hello Kitty coloring book from a lovely anime store in Seattle!
One of the things I got at the Space Needle was maybe a pencil case? Or a Switch Lite case? But, I am keeping it for my upcoming Analogue Pocket later this year.
Here’s a pretty glass trivet I got in Alaska. I’ve been using it every day since we got home!
Space Needle rainbow mug! I got it as a pencil holder, because it can’t even be put in the microwave (what’s up with that??)
Lots of random Alaska goodies! Many bear themed things, Taku Glacier Lodge stuff, and though you can’t see it very well, a little pin of a bear riding a salmon that our partner picked for me.
Close-up of the pin, along with a coin and some other items…
Postcards, greeting cards, and stickers for scrapbooking! Both from Canada and Alaska. And one of my favorite things from the entire trip: Mr. DNA’s Book Of Dinosaurs, which was a complete surprise from our partner while at Pike Place Market. I really treasure it!
More Space Needle goodies, and also some Canada ones! There’s an Alaska sticker there too.
A couple of Norwegian Encore goodies and an Canadian wildlife keychain!
I’m really happy with the two NCL Encore souvenirs I got. This Christmas ornament is shaped exactly like our ship!
Finally here is a close-up of this medallion. I thought it was really neat.
Happy Sunday, everyone! Time for yet another week’s recap. All of this week I felt very overwhelmed. There is so much to do… I don’t know how I can ever catch up… but I guess eventually I’ll manage it. Anyway, let’s get to what happened this week!
🌈 Monday 🌈
Monday was Mwako’s last day with us. We went out to breakfast and shopping one final time, and then he was off to the airport.
At Publix he sneakily got this Jurassic World Dominion shopping bag that he surprised me with before leaving… I love it!
We did one final Target stop, where I finally caved and got the Ankylosaurus that I’d picked up and put back on the shelf three times prior. At home, he quickly made friends with Bumpy!
Also at Target, I found this awesome coloring book of Turning Red. It has wonderful illustrations and activities –stickers, too!
I also got another Highlights Hidden Pictures book. I love these so much. The old-timey pen and ink illustrations give me life!
The last lovely find was this little gliding Bowser Jr.! Isn’t he adorable?
For dinner we had salmon. And that was that for Monday. I don’t have anything to share until Thursday because I was just so busy.
🌈 Thursday 🌈
For Thursday I have a few odds-and-ends. Firstly, I installed the bird feeder that my mom in law gave to me, and added a cob of corn for good measure:
Also –this is older, but I only photographed it today. It’s a very gently used The Lost World: Jurassic Park baby triceratops figure by Kenner:
Brand new, this can go well over a hundred dollars. She came out of the box and with no egg, but she was only $25… so I am happy.
Also, I hung my little Bowser Jr. from the studio ceiling so he looks like he’s gliding!
Today our partner and I released some ladybugs to fight the aphids in our brand new almond bush. The ladybugs were exposed to the heat for too long on the way to us, but most of them revived and immediately went to work:
Later in the afternoon, at the insistence of friends, I took a break to play some Pokémon Sword and have a snack:
I drank another of my Good2Grow Podz, this one is a baby T. rex, so cute!
🌈 Saturday 🌈
Saturday was stressful. Kotoko has been vomiting, sometimes a little pink (meaning there was blood, at least once). We’ve been in constant contact with our vet, and finally at her advice we brought her in. Kotoko was a very good girl, as always.
Multiple tests were done and we will see what the results say, for now we have special foods and nausea meds. Hopefully it is nothing serious.
In the evening, the three of us went out to dinner. We ate at El Balcón De Las Americas. It was a good place, we will go there again. Since we were a bilingual table, our very nice waiter gave us a bilingual dessert:
Later that night I decided to dress Grover up in pajamas, since all he ever does is sleep with me anyway:
🌈 Sunday 🌈
On Sunday I went on a little date with our partner while Christopher rested and enjoyed some solitude. He couldn’t get us out the door fast enough, but I think he would have enjoyed this place were it not for the heat. We went to the Yellow Green Farmers Market. The best thing was the smells –like fair food stalls on steroids! We had carne a la vara, with arepas. It was awesome.
The people at this stall could use some help spelling, but it was pretty hilarious:
A lot of people bring their dogs here. This pupper was at a stall that sold… either carved wood items of some sort, or candles, or both. I forget.
He or she was in fact a good guard dog, but only as far as other puppers were concerned. I could get this close without any sort of reaction! If any dogs got anywhere in sight though (even far off!) this pupper would perk up and bark fiercely… without ever leaving his or her little perch. 😁
Anyway, that was a lovely time. I’m really treasuring the memories made. 💕
Hello, everyone! First of all, I want to apologize for my absence/commission delay which I hinted at but did not fully explain. Being sick three times (never COVID but always sucky) having a weekend-long Easter visit with family, an almost week-long visit of my dear friend Mwako during which time I did not work at all, dealing with important travel paperwork AND having my period on top of it all, meant that no commission work got done whatsoever.
I am now back at the tablet and getting things done, so you all will be getting your WIPS and/or finished pieces over the next few days. But before that –here’s this week’s summary!
🌈 Monday 🌈
Monday was a special day. It was the Jurassic World Dominion street date for the new toys! Christopher and I made a deal: I could spend up to $200, and anything I purchased would be set aside for my birthday and Christmas. This suited me fine! I went to Target and Walmart and came back with a cart full of things. 😁 Although, the new displays were not out at Target, a very nice employee got me everything I wanted from the back.
I also passed by Five Below on the way back and scored a few nice Super Mario finds!
A Super Mario Easter egg and Mario Kart UNO cards! The UNO cards I plan to use for scrapbooking. I loved that the puzzle below had Bowser Jr. in it!
It was otherwise a quiet, busy day, prepping the house, doing chores, and drawing.
🌈 Tuesday 🌈
On Tuesday, it was more and more prepping. I had a lot to do. But I did take some time to myself in the morning, walked to the mall, had a snack there, and bought some pins to decorate my new Galactic Pal bags:
🌈 Wednesday 🌈
Wednesday I was up at 5:00am to finish prepping the playroom. It took more work than you imagine, simple though it looks (lots of lugging stuff downstairs, plus putting the mat together, moving furniture, building the tent –tricky on my own) but I think the end result turned out really nice!
The couch looked cozy…
Stuff for outdoor play!
Ricky Parky had not been down to play in quite some time!
Tomoyo was really interested in all the toys…
At least she couldn’t bite this. She definitely tried to bite other things.
I used my travel pillow as a chair for Cookie:
Everywhere you looked it was colorful and full of toys and things to do, games to play, books to color…
Out of the Jurassic World Dominion release, there were a couple of cheaper dinos that I bought for myself so I wouldn’t have to wait to play with them, such as this cute Imaginext gal. She’s really expressive! You can move her up and down and side to side by the tail, open and close her mouth, and change her facial expression! Her arms move too!
Coloring books and games…
I love this Jurassic World version of TOMY’s classic Pirate Pop-Up game!
My new T. rex friend was looking for trouble…
Here’s Ricky all ready to “pretend” camp indoors!
Bluey was ready to welcome Mwako, too!
More friends and fun things to do! 🌈🌟🚂 Socks was a little surprise gift for Mwako.
On Mwako’s first night with us, we went to Blue Ginger, a fancy sushi restaurant where the food is served in little floating boats. It was wonderful, I was so happy we got to go because it’s one of Christopher’s favorite places that we can so rarely afford, and Mwako treated us all.
🌈 Thursday 🌈
On Thursday we took Mwako to my (currently) favorite park, Marhham Park. I picked a very colorful outfit, and brought Cookie along on her first outing:
First we did a quick Starbucks run for breakfast at the house.
Cookie tried her first cake pop!
Once at the park it was time to explore. I love this place, with its pine-needle covered floors. It looks kind of otherwordly in places. The more I explore Florida the more I find beauty I didn’t know it had.
Here’s a couple of pics I got of me and Mwako:
It was overall a super nice time. I did at one point get chased by a few bees and really panicked and ran for a long, long stretch, leaving Mwako and my partner well, WELL behind. Later they told me that as I did that, they heard what had to have been a gator jumping into the water, mere feet from us. They said it definitely sounded like something bigger than a grown man.
What makes that a bit scary is that on recent Googling I found out a woman was attacked by a gator during a jog at this same park. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was that same area. 😬 I guess it’s a good thing that I was running!
Anyway, I’ve been doing stops at Walmart/Target/Dollar Tree/etc, and here are some finds. First, a couple of Uncaged Wild Pop-Ups:
A couple of super cute cups from the dollar store, Berenstain Bears and Arthur-themed:
And some Jurassic Wold stickers:
🌈 Friday 🌈
On Friday, we went to Butterfly World. This is truly the perfect time of the year to go! The amount of butterflies was off the chart, like stepping into a fairy tale world.
First, here’s an all-butterfly set of photos. They were just so pretty.
A cute caterpillar friend!
The birds here are very tame and friendly:
This one was taking a little bath:
This one was… feeling territorial?
I didn’t know canaries ate lettuce, did you?
This little guy was tucking in for a nap. 😊
In the museum and insect area, the moths were my favorite, but everything was beautiful and interesting:
Here’s a wriggly mealworm. These guys are small, but they can bite! If they didn’t I might want to have them as pets.
We bought a couple of plants before leaving. An almond bush which was part of the reason behind the trip, and a mimosa plant as a gift for our dear Christopher. 🥰 After Butterfly World, we went back to the house to play some games in the playroom I’d set up.
We played the T. rex pop-up game first. It was lots of fun! I jumped every time. 😅
Then we played Yeti In My Spaghetti for a while, before it was time to set the table for our burger dinner.
I had special fancy dino paper plates for the occasion! I had to get another one though because someone spilled his drink all over me and my T. rex… 😑
🌈 Saturday 🌈
Let’s start this day with a photo of Tomoyo, laying elegantly as she does:
Mwako continued to humor me by driving me to Targets so I could look for more Jurassic World Dominion stuff. So in the morning we were off, first breakfast at Starbucks and then to Target.
I was very excited at this particular Target because it was my first time finally seeing a Dominion display!
Some neat things I saw (but didn’t buy) were this Pokémon themed Labyrinth game by Ravensburger and this Jeep Wrangler R/C car, Jurassic World themed. I was really tempted by the car… 😅
Ultimately, I came home with this super cute Elmo backpack and Jurassic World Dominion set of minis, both of which Mwako was kind enough to treat me to:
Once home, it was time to move on to some backyard fun! Well… back porch fun. We blew some bubbles, for starters, but I don’t have photos of that. It was fun, though. Ricky sat and watched, it had been a while since he came out to play, as I mentioned:
New T. rex was excited to get into the chalk so we quickly moved on to that.
Playing with chalk was so much fun. I never got to do this as a kid, believe it or not. Chalk was something we only had at school, and colored chalk? What is that, anyway? So, silly though it may seem, this made me really happy.
Ricky Parky had a blast too!
The cats were very curious about the chalk, smelling it, rolling in it, and just being generally very interested and wanting to be involved in our playtime.
Rosie was arguably the most interested of all:
I tried drawing Mwako, a snail and a subrosian for Christopher (that one ended up being my favorite):
I also drew one of our house “soots”:
Mwako did a pretty spiffy job of drawing Stitch!
After that it started to sprinkle, so we went back inside to continue our fun.
A pause for more Tomoyo, this time giving me a half-hearted but playful air-swat:
Time to play some more! First some Jenga…
We each had a cute snack. Since today was special, I picked one of my Good2Grow Podz. Grogu is so cute!
I had my veggie chips in my Bluey bowl, not that you can tell…
The movie for the evening was Brother Bear, an old favorite. It’d been a while since I last saw it. We colored with crayons while watching and just had a nice time.
After the movie, Mwako, my partners and I all went to mini golf. That was a lot of fun to do late in the evening! They closed just as we left.
🌈 Sunday 🌈
Today, Sunday, was the last day with activities, since Mwako is leaving tomorrow.
I opened my minis in the morning while having some quiet time to myself. They are so cute!
Look at that adorable tiny carnie, a perfect little chonk:
Being time for another outing, I got dressed up, new backpack and all:
I picked Dusty to accompany me today:
We took Mwako to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park today. This was a lovely setting to take photos of Dusty in, just like Marham Park with Cookie:
Here are some random pics without Dusty in them. Of course I still have to add stickers.
Here’s Mwako looking super cute in the outfit I picked for him to wear. Pink looks great on him, I think!
Our time at the park was fun but exhausting because it was so hot. Once we got back home and freshened up, we sat down to have some “kiddy time” again. First we laid down the Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It! board game:
It’s a high quality game, with a massive board and very cute pieces:
It’s a collaborative game, either all players win, or the “pigs” win. We enjoyed it, and it certainly has lots of replayability.
At some point, I don’t remember when, I ate this cute chocolate Easter sheep:
After the board game, we played with blocks. It may seem silly, but don’t knock it til you try it. With LEGO, you still have to “think”. There’s something incredibly relaxing about playing with big-ass blocks. Once you let go, all your adult worries melt away, if only for a little bit.
I “play” in a bit more of a conventional manner, making “houses” for my Thomas The Tank Engine Mega Blok figures:
In you go:
Incidentally, I was wearing my bear kigu. It really helps put me in a certain kind of mood when I play with toys such as these. 🐻
Mwako, for his part, is far more chaotic, creating some impressive (and sometimes slightly frightening) creatures:
This here has to be one of my favorite photos of this visit…
We drank as we played and ended our evening in the little tent, just laughing and kinda pouring our hearts out to each other in a tipsy haze. This ended up being the most memorable portion of the week for me. It was such a lovely end to the visit, and left me feeling much closer to my beloved friend of now quite a few years, and looking forward to another visit later this year.
I know this was a very long post. If you read it all, I’m so grateful! Hope it was enjoyable. 😊
Happy April, everyone! Boy, this was one stressful week, but it did have good moments regardless. Not only was our house painted this week, but we cleaned the back porch (a grueling task every time as you might recall) I was on my period for half the week, had to do our taxes, go to an appointment at the Social Security Administration office, I visited my mom to celebrate her birthday, and went on a couple of outings with my husband and our partner.
So if you are among the multiple people I’ve left on read these past few days… I am so sorry, and you are still on my mind, and not forgotten… it’s been a heck of a week… I’ll be catching up with messages as the week rolls on.
I also played a lot of Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ (I’m on Cantarella’s story right now) and we are watching Tenchi Muyo so I felt the above GIF was appropiate. ^_^
🌈 Monday 🌈
Monday was fairly quiet. I worked on commissions and did housework, but was a bit subdued due to my period. Our house began to be prepped for painting on this day.
For lunch, I made toasted rice balls for our partner and I. He’d never had them before.
Got to use my new Bluey plate, cutlery and bowl, so that made me happy.
And speaking of Bluey –here is a coloring book I got recently:
The pages are kinda thin, so I’ll just scan and reprint on thicker paper when I want to color it. This is actually how I preserve most of my coloring books, including many vintage ones!
🌈 Tuesday 🌈
Tuesday was the Social Security appointment (for my name change). It went smoothly, other than the security guard at the entrance being so intimidating towards everyone, especially older people who could not understand English nor understand what was going on. Even though inside plenty of signage indicates accommodating if you need an interpreter, the officer was aggressive and angry towards these poor mostly Latin people who barely spoke English and were so confused and even frightened by his demeanor. 😠
Once that was done, I walked to Target. I saw these traffic cones on the way that grass had grown right through. Seems the grass around them was mowed without the cones being moved a few times. I thought it looked interesting enough for a picture:
By the time I got home, a lot of progress had been done on the house painting. Here is a before and after at that point in time (I’ll have a final update next week):
I didn’t have much time to admire the house. I had to finish all my chores, and pack, and then our partner drove me to my mom’s. She and I went to dinner pretty soon after I got there to celebrate her birthday:
I had primavera pizza! It’s my favorite because it has egg:
Once we got home, my mom opened her birthday present. Christopher bought her a laptop (her computer was ANCIENT). She was really happy –Sweeney tested it immediately! Meanwhile, Shampoo enjoyed laying on a crinkly paper bag. To each their own.
🌈 Wednesday 🌈
Wednesday was my mom and I’s usual peaceful morning of TV, mate, and conversation. I also drew and played a bit of Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ here and there.
Gumdrop had his first taste of mate!
My mom had a really big surprise for me! She was able to find my favorite childhood cookies, which I have not had for over twenty years!
They have zodiac signs on them:
A close similar cookie was Pepperidge Farm’s chessmen chocolate cookies, but I think they were discontinued in my area a long time ago. I can’t find them anywhere anymore. Anyway, my mom got me like three bags of these, so that was a wonderful surprise!
For Wednesday night dinner, my mom made fries (my favorite)!
As if that weren’t enough, she made a legit Argentinean bizcochuelo for dessert, another big treat. The mix was yet another childhood favorite that she was able to acquire recently through a shopping service.
After dinner, my guys picked me up. At home I had yet another wonderful surprise waiting for me! At first I couldn’t find Yoshi anywhere and I was sure our partner had hidden him or placed him in some sort of unfortunate situation, as he tends to do to my toys. But Yoshi turned out to be waiting for me on my desk, and he was holding the Limited Run visual novel I’ve been begging Christopher for!
It’s The House In Fata Morgana. I’ve heard many good things about it.
That, and watching TV and cuddling all together, made for a wonderful end to my day.
🌈 Thursday 🌈
I forgot to share this other surprise my mom gave me during my visit! Last time she got me the Mafalda figure and magazine. This time it was Manolito:
On Thursday I walked to Target to pick up an online order. I wanted to get one of these dino clickers, mostly as a desk fidget toy. His head and legs click when you move them. He’s really cute.
For date night, I made another massive snack spread, while the guys continued playing Kirby and I watched. Didn’t get quite so drunk on this day, but it was still a nice time.
Also, on this day, more engines arrived!
They are so, SO well made, utterly perfect in every way! I received Thomas, Percy, Gordon, and my favorite boy, James!
The facial expressions are great; Percy’s in particular is hilarious:
I wish they’d given James his angry face, but I love them all.
Can’t wait to get my hands on Henry, and Cranky when they remake him too.
🌈 Friday 🌈
Since we had our date night in on Thursday, Friday was our day out. First we went out to ramen!
The atmosphere outside was spooky. Not only was it rainy, but the Everglades were on fire, and you could clearly see the smoke amidst the clouds. Our car was covered in ash!
After lunch we went to Monster MiniGolf. It was really fun! We took this photo of one of the animatronics:
I don’t even know who won. I just know it wasn’t me and I had lots of fun. Before going home, we passed by Dollar Tree, where I got a couple of Arthur puzzles, a giant dinosaur coloring book, and a velvet dino coloring stand:
I also got a little bandana for my Grogu:
Then we went home to bed and watched TV for ages, it was very cozy. 🥰
🌈 Saturday 🌈
Saturday was exhausting. I did lots of chores, and helped a bit with the porch cleaning (I did a bigger amount of that yesterday, but on Friday our partner did most of the remaining cleaning). Then I put all the furniture back. It looks wonderful, even if it was a lot of work:
I also redecorated the litter box area a bit. 😸 Some things still need to be hung back up (a lot was taken down due to the painting) but there’s only so much time in a single week…
The porch and chores such as laundry basically took my entire day, but I was able to relax a little in the evening.
🌈 Sunday 🌈
On Sunday our partner and I went on a little solo date, it’s not a common occurrence since we generally prefer to do everything the three of us together, but Christopher had been desperately craving some alone time to just veg at home without us being our usual obnoxious selves around him. 😅
We went to the Perez Art Museum Miami, and to Wynwood for lunch and a little ice cream. We saw some cool stuff but I didn’t get any photos other than these:
After that we were on a quest to find fancy soaps, which we didn’t find, but I got these cool crayons:
Then I made dinner and we just relaxed. That was the end to a week that was at times fun, at times stressful, but good overall, as most weeks have been lately. There’s a lot of love in our home and I feel very lucky, even if things are hectic sometimes and it seems like we never stop doing things. 😊
Finally got my Megaplex 2019 print from the I Love Megaplex contest framed! Later this year I will get it printed as a massive canvas print but this will do nicely for now. Thank you very kindly to Madshy for such lovely art and to Megaplex staff for, well, everything they do! 💕💕💕
Behold my jazzed-up furry princess scepter!! 🐾✨ 🎀
As you might recall, it was a lovely gift from my friend Snow. I wasn’t sure how I would display it, but trust me to find a way! 🎀
This one is pretty special and quite the lucky find, as I saw it go unsold twice on eBay and tentatively made a… REALLY low offer, I was sure the seller would tell me to go pound sand, but they accepted! 🎉
Maybe I should do an unboxing video, but I got commissions to work on and not that kind of time. I’ll probably do a photo set though.
It’s so amazing to have something like this, never opened!
Also got a batch of new stickers from Redbubble and a heck of a ton of stuff to decorate (water bottle, pencil cases, a tray) but I’ll do that when I’m back home from visiting my mom. Excited about it though!
That last one is like my entire aesthetic in a single sticker!! 🎀💕🐥🧸🍪🍭🍫🌈🌟🍄🌸
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