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All Done Packing! ๐Ÿงณ๐Ÿงธ๐ŸŒˆ

Good morning everyone! Packing to spend an entire WEEK away from home is not easy… especially because I want to bring eight outfits (and I mean “Little” outfits, so, a lot of bulky overalls, accessories, etc including THREE pairs of shoes and three face masks to be able to match properly), eight nightshirts (I really don’t want to deal with laundry), basic toiletries (including necessities in case I should get my period), Franklin and Beanie (I will carry Beanie most of the trip), a blanket and neck pillow (there is not just the flights but so… so much driving… hours and hours… I want to be comfortable), my Nintendo Switch, my iPad, a book to read, and some snacks.

I think that’s it…It took effort and very careful sorting of everything into little packing bags, but everything fit quite comfortably. Considering how I normally pack for even a weekend trip, the fact that I went all out just to see how close I could get to actually bringing everything I wanted, and the fact that I am bringing TWO bears (since Franklin absolutely HAS to come to Vermont Teddy Bear factory) I really did kind of, well, amazing. This is all I’m bringing:

Franklin is snug inside, waiting for his special day:

Franklin has a lot of bittersweet memories attached to him. But ultimately I cling to all the good ones. Franklin was a very special birthday present special-ordered for me on July 16, 2011. That means on Franklin’s next birthday he will be ten years old. That’s kinda nuts.

I always wanted to bring Franklin back to his birthplace, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, where he was made. I wonder if anyone will remember him. Franklin was well known by VTB staff at one point, and once, when his head came off (yes, really!) he even went to the hospital, and they sent me a photo of him in a gourney attached to a honey IV drip:

Post-op:

Realistically though… I doubt anyone at VTB will remember Franklin. Laura is no longer there, and in general, things do not seem to be the same at that factory and I believe they haven’t been since their “Crazy For You” bear gaffe that caused people at the company to even resign. But I still am excited to check this off my bucket list.

Speaking of excitement, I’m starting to allow that to happen. Our vacations have been repeatedly canceled due to COVID, so, it’s hard to get excited anymore, but slowly it’s happening in spite of myself. ๐Ÿ˜…

I’m insanely busy every day, working on commissions, doing last-minute adjustments to my packing, making sure the animals are ready… it goes on and on. Yesterday I went quickly on an outing to get snacks, the tiniest umbrella I could find, and a luggage tag. I ended up snagging a few other goodies I ran into:

This one was especially neat, for sure:

Also, those bandanas are incredible. I gave one to Bizcocho and the other one to Franklin. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Ok, I have to do some chores, get something to eat, get art done. Off I go!

Date Night Fun And A New Friend!

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a nice day. Christopher and I had our date night yesterday, and we enjoyed playing with this I Spy book. Christopher bought it for us to play together after @maplesadventures_ reminded him of them. It was really fun!

Today, Turrรณn arrived, and sheโ€™s even more beautiful than I hoped!

I know, I know… too many bears recently… I wonโ€™t lie, Iโ€™ve done a fair amount of retail therapy, I feel like absolute garbage, I miss my friends, my mom, my sis in law, my mom in law. I miss the park, I miss the coffee shop and the stores I frequent on my walks. Iโ€™ve slowly managed to put out of my mind the canceled/postponed things like the musical, the Tampa trip, the cruise, and if Iโ€™m honest, very likely Megaplex as well, I mean, I can hope, but a part of me doesnโ€™t want to hope for anything for this year. Itโ€™s less painful that way.
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Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll regain a sense of normalcy soon, Iโ€™m very adaptable, but all of this kinda happened right when a particularly brutal PMS began, and now Iโ€™m just waiting for my cramps to come so I can have peace again, then my mood will stabilize and my headaches will go away.
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Iโ€™ve had a few bad art days (I still call them that despite finishing at least one commission a day, it just doesnโ€™t feel like enough progress). Iโ€™m the queen of โ€œIf youโ€™re a professional you donโ€™t wait for inspirationโ€ and I stand by this still. But itโ€™s been a tough couple of weeks, so if youโ€™re waiting for stuff from me, be it personal commissions, trades or commercial work, please know itโ€™s coming, just a tad slower than usual.
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The good thing is, these slumps always precede massive output, at least for me, regardless of what caused them. So be prepared for that!

Anyway, something really wonderful about Turrรณn is that her ears are a little poseable! I just love her so much. I canโ€™t wait to take my new bears on outings.

Meanwhile… sad little bears (and kittens and donkeys) just want to go outside again. ๐Ÿ’” From left to right, Coffee Cake, Fish โ€˜n Chips, Franklin, and Bizcocho.

To cheer up, I ordered mini donuts from @minidonutworld! Loved them!! Perfect PMS treat ๐Ÿ‘Œ Turrรณn liked them too!

They were so, so cute!! ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ’•โœจ๐ŸŒˆ And I have five left for tomorrow.