Hi guys! I hope your week is off to a good start. Mine feels like a continuation of the weekend, because Christopher stayed home and we spent almost the entire day together. It was so nice!
I went on my two walks. It was raining hard for the first one but I went anyway. I was quite soaked when I got home but that’s alright. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me –not when I’ve managed to lose five pounds in a week! I’m ecstatic and I feel so energized. If I don’t walk my walks now, I feel antsy. 😁
For my second walk it wasn’t raining so I took a couple of photos:
I also said hi to my little owl friends:
I came home with more snails again, oops. 😬 I need to stop.
Christopher and I watched a documentary on movie ratings and the last Jurassic World movie, Fallen Kingdom. I really liked it. Blue is so cute, I’m so glad I have such a nice toy of her.
While we watched the first movie, our elderly cat, Kotoko, climbed quite high on the cat tree. She seemed pleased with herself, but it made Christopher a little nervous. 😅
In between movies we went to have Starbucks and to walk around Target. Since I’d already had lunch, I just got my coffee and Christopher had pizza. I bothered him by taking photos.
At Target I got a new blouse and two more musical dinos for my sand/beach bucket:
I also found a Snap Squad velociraptor! It was the only one. It’s so cute.
Tomorrow I’m going to visit my mom, so I’m looking forward to that. It’ll be a busy day though, because I didn’t manage to finish today’s warm-up. So tomorrow I have to make really sure I stay on track, the whole day.
Still –it’s okay. I was happy that I spent time with Christopher today. Tomorrow I’ll catch up for sure!
It was a good one, for sure! Here’s my outfit for the day. We went to lunch at Chuy’s earlier, then I enjoyed another long walk by myself. I’m not sure if the weather became more tolerable or if I finally decided that I was getting just too depressed indoors. My clothes were literally drenched in sweat upon my return. But, I am happy, and I enjoyed wearing this even though it was a bit warm:
More urban wildlife spotted. He was big!
As I mentioned, Blue came in! Here she is:
I love her! I gotta get around to posting a video of all her cool sounds and movements.
My preorder of Kitaria Fables also came in, as I mentioned yesterday. I can’t wait to play it!
During my walk I came across this shirt at Five Below. I was bummed they didn’t have my size, it was the only one left, but I got it anyway to use as a sleepshirt. I always need more of those!
I bought other clothes during my walk. It was a very rare moment of seeing something in a store window and almost screaming. I’m very picky with clothes since as you know I have a completely bizarre wardrobe. Now, these items I won’t post just yet. I’ll share them as I create outfits with them. 😏
I sold more commissions today, and, and… something AMAZING happened!!
It’s done!! It’s DONE!! 🥳🎊🎉🎈 Now I don’t owe my friend any more money. I can start saving to look after my mom!
I also finished the daily warm-up and now I have a giant pile of chores to tackle… but I feel happy and full of energy. I can’t wait to greet the day tomorrow! I feel like I can do anything! ✊
What a totally amazing day! We went to the Swap Shop. It brings back a lot of old memories. It was much deader and emptier, but somehow smelled worse than ever. Still, good company will make the dirtiest and most mundane place in the world wonderful, as is always the case. We had a lot of fun. And, I bought three books! I only spent $3.00.
My original goal was to keep Pinocchio in my library, while the other two would be for scrapbooking. However, upon inspection at home, all three books turned out to be so nice and in such lovely condition, that I cannot bear to use them in such a manner. They will all be permanent library additions.
In particular, while flipping through the Little Golden Books Story Land compilation, I came across a blast from my childhood. This was, in fact, the first-ever book in English I ever owned:
As a child, I understood very few words in this story. It’s really odd to see it again and now understand the words. Not all of the illustrations from the story are in this book, but reading it, I see the missing illustrations that are seared into my mind. This book stuck with me, because I could NOT figure out the story from the illustrations alone, and I remembered this frustrated me a lot! 😅
Here are a couple of photos of the other books:
We were done with the Swap Shop fairly early, and from there went garage saling. We didn’t buy anything, but it was fun anyway. Then we went to get coffee, did some work around the house, and went out again for lunch. We had Mod Pizza!
Earlier in the day our friend pointed out this lovely little mushroom to me. I am always in wonder at how quickly they pop up and how perfect they are. Nature is so beautiful. Anyway, I had to take a picture!
After our friend left, Christopher, his mom, and I hung out, I finished the daily warm-up, watched Christopher play video games, and generally amorously harassed him as the entire morning left me feeling a little too hyper.
Before having my dinner, I went on another walk. I was doing quite well with my calories (and not feeling overly hungry or tired!) and I didn’t need to, but I wanted to finally have a banana pudding cup. 🍌 It was worth it and the walk made me feel even better anyways! 🐒
During my walk I spotted another cuban snail shell, it was even more frustrating than usual because it was still brown (as in, not sun-bleached) and had snail remnants! Aaagh. 😫 Most of it had been eaten by ants, but looked fresh. Where ARE these guys??
Our friend promised me he’d get me some of those snails from his yard and I hope he doesn’t forget and gets me a LOT. I’ll gladly put out the other tank again for some cuban snailios.
Also during my walk, I was able to create an Einiosaurus!
Just look at this cutie!
Oh yeah… some stuff came in the mail, such as my last Jurassic World dino (Baby Blue) and my pre-order of Kitaria Fables. Also –I paid yet more debt!
Now I’m off to do my chores. I feel rejuvenated for sure. I feel like I’m improving my art speed, making progress with debt, improving my physical shape and health, and I have fun things to look forward to next week. I just feel good. It’s a good Saturday.
I had to go back for her, okay? I had to. Ricky Parky saw her picture and insisted she had the same eyes as him, or something, and that I had to bring her home. Look, I don’t know, but she’s mine now. She’s sitting next to Ricky and Femur now.
Also, I would have ordinarily trashed her carry pouch but I just know someday in the far future rats will come into our lives again… so I put the pouch away in the rat stuff bin.
Thankfully my heart was VERY set on the little trike, because these were hard to leave behind too, especially the giraffe!
That’s it for this post! My hug has grown… again. 🤦♀️
Today I went out! Thanks to kind commissioners/friends I was able to pay some more debt this morning and during my outing got some goodies at the craft store. I went grocery shopping, too.
On the way, I had some fun with the JE Alive App did some wild dinosaur spotting:
I saw this at Public and it really cracked me up. I’m not sure if you guys have seen these dog toys. Multiple lines seem to make dog toys that closely and hilariously resemble existing IPs –I’ve seen them at both Publix and Target. They are REALLY bold sometimes. I’ve seen a suspect Totoro before, and now this “Cookie” with ears! 🤣🍪
Now for a couple of cutie things I saw today at the craft store. 🥰 First this SUPER cute trike, I hated leaving her behind:
Grogu was more interesting than cute (his eyes look just plain wrong to me) but it was a really big plastic bank. I hadn’t seen those in a long time.
I’m so ready for the season, can you tell?? 😩👌🍁🍂🎃✨
Some fun leaf foam stickers too!
These are four packs of scrapbooking shapes. I took a second picture so you can see the ones underneath. Very cute and versatile! Also they were 50% off. Can’t beat that!
Cute wooden shapes to decorate my new bed! 🌈✨🐝🌞🐯🐶🧸🍔🐼🌻
A neat sticker book I found today! 🌈🦒🐘🐊🐢🐝🐯
I can’t wait to play with this… but I’m also excited about Halloween before then lol 🎄🦕 I’d like to share them with my friend Mandie.
A wee dinosaur box to store some junk I currently have on the floor:
Last thing. A fat quarter. Not very exciting-looking, but I’m gonna use it to make tiny bandanas for plastic dinosaurs and that’s definitely exciting.
Then again my definition of exciting is subjective. I’m easily excited.
Somehow, even in my deep love for dinosaurs, I’ve avoided Jurassic Park toys/the franchise apart from the original movie. This is ironic, because the two biggest factors behind my dinosaur love, at least in childhood, were The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park. The latter was the first “really scary” movie I ever watched which at the time felt like a milestone. It still gives me the same thrill today.
I think I wanted to make my affection for dinosaurs more… pure? Lol. As in free from brands? But the result is that I’ve missed out on amazing things, like Jurassic World Evolution, the original novel (which I own but never read) and stuff like Camp Cretaceous and of course the AMAZING figures in the toy line.
The most recent change to this was getting the raptor and t-rex figures I named Bangers and Mash. I was so pleased with them that I began to look for more in this line –both the Imaginext and “normal” lines, honestly I’m not familiar with the specifics, but I got a few new dinos, and now most of them have arrived.
It’s also very unlike me to get toys that have movements or make sounds. I generally dislike this. But Jurassic World toys are so unbelievably cool in this regard, that I couldn’t help it and do not regret it.
The first two I want to show off are these Indominus Rex and Carnotaurus:
Their chibi proportions make them appear irresistible cute!
The Carnotaurus “Toro” is by far my favorite. He can blink, which I wish worked better (you really have to push) but he is so adorable and lifelike:
Here is his chomping action:
Even more adorably, he can look from side to side! This is truly excellent toy design.
Indominus Rex is a little fiercer-looking. You can feed her, but she will get mad if you touch her while she is eating:
This is another Indominus Rex, of the cheaper Imaginext line. I saw this at Walmart while I was with Mwako and found the concept of it hilarious. A little dino goes on its back, and supposedly Indominus Rex should fiercely and easily shake this cheeky hanger-on right off.
Instead, it is a rather futile effort, as the little guy just will NOT LET GO.
I have to admit, I was not bummed out by this failure. I like that the little dino won’t be easily lost, since he’s determined to stay on, and Indominus Rex just hangs its head so dejectedly after the failed attempts that I found it hilarious.
Those are actually poses I like to keep them on, but if you keep his head at the lowest setting, he looks SUPER sad. 😂
Finally, I was able to find a differently-colored pair of t-rex and raptor in the ridiculously affordable XL Imaginext line. Bangers and Mash were from Walmart and sold separately for a very reasonable price, while these two come as a set on Amazon, for even less money:
And yes… I do expect to name all my dinos and give them some sort of flair. That’s what all my toys get! 😁
I have just one more coming –actually, she already came (it’s Baby Blue) but I wasn’t too pleased with the paint job so I’m having her replaced. And there are two more, massive dinos I want, and I truly mean massive, but they are $50 each. I put those in my wish list for now. 😅 Maybe for Christmas? I’m not sure my mom will humor me that much. It’s not the cost, it’s just that a brachiosaurus that goes past my knee might be too much.
On a final note I am very excited for the Jurassic World Evolution game coming out in November. I hope I can get it. 🥺 I swear in no year of my life have they ever been so many games I wanted to play!
I think today was my most favorite day of Mwako’s visit! It was definitely our “Littlest” day. We went to the beach and played lots of Littlespace games later that day back at my house.
We were up very early and off to Target to get some beach toys since I didn’t have any. Mwako got me a bucket, some scoops and a saxophone playing parasaurolophus!
I wore my Wen swimsuit, which I love to pieces still, and my new Toy Story Land hat that I got during the last Orlando trip. 😁
Mwako took lots of photos of some –some candid, some I posed for. I think these might be the only photos of me at a beach ever.
There was a lot of seaweed, and I didn’t want to go into the water because it required wading past it. So Mwako basically dragged me screaming into the sea, I wish I was joking. 🤦♀️ Then I clung on to him like a barnacle, and didn’t want to go back into the beach because of wading into the seaweed again. There was SO MUCH of it.
While we played in the water, a vehicle came and swept a lot of the seaweed on the beach away (or rather, “tilled” it into the sand). So at that point we went back to play on the nice clean beach.
My large blue bucket was quite unmanageable. I wasn’t able to make a big castle with it, I guess the sand was the problem. Being full of seaweed, it easily fell apart. But I was able to make a few small structures! A tiny city of sorts.
My parasaurolophus simply stood by playing an ominous tune on his sax.
Eventually the village was done! It even had bushes for decoration. A peaceful neighborhood, for the time being.
Mwako doesn’t really like his picture taken, but he approved of me taking this one from far away. He is looking for seashells for me to decorate my houses with.
All of these beautiful beach photos were taken by Mwako.
Of course, I had to “enhance” them with stickers… 😬
Here’s a couple more he took of me:
At this point my sax-playing parasaurolophus decided it was time to give in to his dinosaur instincts and destroy the town.
Just like that the poor entire town is gone. For some reason, after this I felt very satisfied, and just sat staring out at the sea in contemplation.
…before sentencing my parasaurolophus to be drowned when the tide came in as penance for the wanton destruction:
(In the end he got lucky, we had to leave before the tide came in. He lives to destroy again!)
🐣🌈 Littlespace Time 🌈🐣
After the beach, we went to a McDonald’s Drive-Thru and it was the perfect hour: they had Sausage Egg McMuffins AND fresh fries! I had one of the most delicious breakfasts in months. Then we got back to my place, showered, and feeling quite refreshed, began our Little time!
At Mwako’s suggestion, we watched The Owl House, a show I am new to. I liked it a lot! Here is Mwako’s play area with the big crayons:
Mwako colored very, very fast. One could hardly keep up with him!
I just colored one drawing, of Cookie Monster with… err… a neighbor? Cousin?
I basically finished, but want to add some more details later:
I also started on a new squirrel page:
Multiple Owl House episodes later, our wrists hurt and we needed a snack, so we headed downstairs.
🍿 Intermission 🍿
For a snack, I had coffee and a chocolate rice krispie treat! Mwako had juice and Lunchables.
🧩 Time For Games 🧩
Next was board games! We played Bluey’s Shadowlands.
The physical execution of this fame is atrocious, lol. I can’t recommend buying it. It’s a cool concept, however it is very poorly done. Materials wise, I mean. Mostly it’s the palm tree mechanism that is a problem. But the game looks nice.
Still –we had fun with it. Mwako won!
🌈 Waffle Block Fun 🌈
I love waffle blocks so much! They are my favorite type of block by far. We had so much fun with them. I made a little house! The house had windows, a path, a fence, a lawn chair, a satellite dish and two bushes.
Mwako made two things. The first was an Evil Lair Of Liony Doom (my name). I took many photos because I thought it was extremely cool.
He also made a cat carrier, with a handle and all:
Of course, we had to have the cats try it…
Elliot had regrets.
Rosie’s opinion was similar:
At this point Christopher was getting home so we put the toys away, and once he arrived, we went to our anticipated ramen dinner.
🍜 Hi-Pot Dinner 🍜
Hi-Pot is one of our favorite restaurants and we were happy to introduce Mwako to it. We hadn’t had it in a long time and it was as good as ever.
Since I don’t often get to go out these days, I changed all over again just to go out to dinner:
As I was setting the alarm when we left, I noticed the sun on the Ring camera and it looked pretty so I took a capture:
I had… OMG… I had too many eggs. Christopher gave me his egg in exchange for my meat. I also ordered a side order of egg thinking it would be one egg but it was two. It was a massive amount of delicious eggs.
After we got home I almost went straight to bed, just kinda crashed, I was so happy and so full. Mwako leaves tomorrow… I will miss him lots. And I’ll back to work, work work! 😫
Hi hi, everyone!! 👋 Guess what today is. It’s my birthday! 🥳 Of course you know, because I’m the kind of person who doesn’t shut up about these things. 😁 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. 😅 But I have been so sad, and so stressed, especially the last week. I am a lot happier.
🎁 Opening Presents 🎁
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! 🤯 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… 🦁
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! 🐭💕
It was finally time to open my biggest present. I was very excited, so I saved it for last, and… HOLY CRAP!! 😭😱💕💕💕💕💕💕💕✨✨✨✨✨✨🌈🌈🌈🌈 *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. 🎈
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.
🌈 Littlespace Shopping 🌈
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. 🌞🌻✨
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 me… 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. 😊 I don’t mind telling friends.I just don’t like feeling used because someone is lazy.
I have a mask but it’s not in this photo. I’m wearing a mask indoors again when shipping and such, to be extra safe, but I am vaccinated! ✌🌈✨💉
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 fall… another fun fall squirrel thing I got was a garden flag to put at the front of the house. Have I mentioned I’m excited for fall? 🐿️🍂🍁🌰
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! 🖍️🌈✨
Small softcover books make great, cheap scrapbooking supplies… although a part of myself dies when I cut up a brand new book, even if I bought it for this specific purpose… 😭✂️
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… 📖🖍️🌈 I love it so much!
Thank you again, Snow, for all the nice play things I was able to get! 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
📦 Mail Day 📦
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! 😩 Especially when she’s spent THOUSANDS recently on immigration… WHY… 😢
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.
💕 Date Night 💕
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. 😅
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! ✊💦 Goodnight, everyone…
Even though I’m not doing okay mentally, I managed to be pretty helpful in the yard without as much whining as I feared I might have done. I ended up in a ton of pain but I helped raking leaves and with Christopher we put down two pallets of sod together. I also did a lot of pressure cleaning.
More than anything I am relieved that considering how I am currently feeling I managed to be cheerful most of the time because I really don’t want to bring my family down with my nonsense, again.
🐛 Working On The Yard 🐛
My mom in law found a cute caterpillar while raking leaves so she let me take him to a safe place. He was such a cutie:
Here’s some video of the little bugger, too:
I really didn’t want to be the first one to tap out (and I only stopped maybe 15 minutes before everyone else, after working since before 8:00am) but I was actually crying by that point because of the terribly pain in my old wrist injury. I think it’ll be okay though.
These photos are from when I came back inside. Almost every area of uncovered skin looked like my arm. 😅
Oh yeah –the fridge behind me is the new fridge. It was delivered today. It’s a pretty nice fridge.
Here are some photos of our freshly sodded and pressure cleaned yard and house. The first pallet had some kinda bad squares, but Christopher said it will all grow in very nicely.
After going back in, I showered and sat down to relax for a bit. I had a package to open.
🎈 Birthday Present From Drake 🎈
My friend Drake sent me a really fancy birthday present! It’s a very cute (but very good, it’s not a toy) crayon sharpener. I hope to use it on the next Little playdate.
Mojito was admiring it too!
Thank you Drakey for such a very lovely present. 💕✨
🐰 Scrapbooking Time 🐰
After that I worked a bit on my scrapbook and watched Crayon Shin-Chan. Mignon wanted to watch so I prepared his little chair for him to sit on.
And that was that for the day. Eventually I began working on chores. Grandma made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. The day didn’t end on a bad note. Perhaps I’ll cheer up tomorrow, I’m going to try!
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