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Summary Of Another Happy Week ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ

Hello everyone, how are you? ๐Ÿ˜Š Iโ€™ve had a really happy week so far. Christopher has worked late every night this week, which has been theโ€ฆ whatโ€™s the opposite of a highlight? Anyway, it was the one bummer about the week. I got used to having him home in the afternoons. ๐Ÿ˜” However, we still managed to have lots of quality time together somehow. That did make up for it, and was really nice.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Monday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Monday I got lots of commission work done, and that night I made a nice salmon dinner:

Also, I deleted the Twitter app again, at least for now. Really, the only difference it makes is that I canโ€™t look at my lists or follows (my Internet blocks still allow me to post and reply on my browser). I did it because the negativity was getting to me a bit again, and I was spending too much time on it. Iโ€™ll check in again at some point, maybe during the weekend (writing this part of the post on Wednesday, even though I’ll be wrapping it up Saturday or Sunday). But truly the benefit is always immediate. Suddenly I have lots of extra time and feel less stressed. ๐Ÿ˜…

Since I always have to be reading something, not using my phone/Twitter means that Iโ€™ve gone back to playing Wintertide Miracles as well as reading the Tarzan trilogy. Iโ€™m almost done with the last volume (The Beasts of Tarzan).

As Iโ€™ve read these books, I really marvel that they made a kidsโ€™ movie with this as the source material. Itโ€™s really kind of hilarious. These are not child-friendly books, but that is the least of the issues with them, really. ๐Ÿ˜… Let’s just say that I think today, Disney would not touch these books for a possible adaptation with a ten foot pole. I’ll go into more detail in a future post.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Tuesday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

I finally secured my new t-rex to the wall (and also to the shelf, just in case it tips over). Doesnโ€™t she look amazing! The Imaginext baby raptors and t-rexes are large, around 9โ€ tall, so that gives you an idea of how massive my new lady is:

On this day I also went to Target and to the craft store for ingredients to make handmade chocolates for my Valentines. ๐Ÿฅฐ I saw this little book while at Target and took a photo because it was so cute:

When I got back home, I once again sat down to get lots more commission work done, while Kotoko and Rosie kept me company:

I love having cats… I’ve enjoyed having dogs too, and of course rats, and hamsters, and birds. But the lowest-stress pets I’ve ever had have been cats and snails. Both have such a knack for reducing my stress levels. Even the snails do. I’ll set out to deep clean the tank, with some dread because it’s such a job that requires such a careful hand and full-on attention. Yet when I’m done, it has melted my stress away.

And, being as I am someone who enjoys almost constant quiet company, thanks to the kitties I do not feel lonely during my workday. It’s really nice. I’m grateful to have them.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Wednesday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

This was the best day of the week! The contractor was supposed to come work on our friendโ€™s future bedroom which needs to be finished ASAP. But there was a miscommunication and he didnโ€™t show. Still, I did all my chores in the morning, once again got a LOT of commission progress done, and watched almost the entire first season of Camp Cretaceous. I liked it a lot!

I spent the evening in very good company, got to go to Starbucks, and in the afternoon my polyam necklace came. Itโ€™s really beautiful and Iโ€™m going to be wearing it as much as possible. ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’•

Christopher came home a little later and I had a dinner of beef tacos waiting for him. After dinner, we watched Ghostbusters: Afterlife which was great. I drew until my iPad was dying, and then we cuddled for the remainder (about half) of the movie. And after that we watched more of The Secret of Blue Water in bed. It was a very nice evening. With him working so late I didnโ€™t expect to have so much time together, I know it helps when I have all my chores done and dinner ready, thoughโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Gotta work on that so we can have more times like these.

Anyway, I definitely got my fill of affection/attention on this day, so I went to bed blissfully happy.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Thursday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Christopher let me have a huge treat on this day (literally and figuratively)! The apatosaurus I wanted so badly!

Iโ€™ve been worried about just missing out on it since things just keep going out of stock and not coming backโ€ฆ so in exchange for cancelling my Pokรฉmon Legends: Arceus preorder, he let me have my apatosaurus. It was a no brainer, I can always get the game in the future.

I walked all the way back from Target with this big heavy box, which thankfully is still the smallest of the legacy boxes, because it has to be put together.

I couldn’t resist taking some outside photos…

I especially love the detail on the face, and being able to have it hold leaves in its mouth! ๐Ÿ˜„

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Friday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

On Friday I finally found a good place for my new dino friend, right above my computer area. I think it looks very majestic!

The afternoon and evening was very pleasant. Someone came to look at the room that needs work again, and our friend/future roommate came over in the evening. I made dinner for the three of us (salmon croquettes) and then we played Smash and Mario Golf: Super Rush for a while.

I did decently well in both games (for me). I’m terrible, terrible at Smash, which my old wrist injury doesn’t help with at all. The two times I managed to win (one being Friday night) was early matches before it started bothering me too much.

I love Ludwig, by the way. I donโ€™t have much chance to express that because there just isnโ€™t much merch or anything of him, but I adore him. I always play as him in Smash now (didn’t find Daisy as fun as I expected –still play as her in Mario Golf though).

After that, our friend played Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (for, I think, a couple of hours?) while we just enjoyed each other’s company and watched.

I think I might have to play this game myself, I never did before, and it looks so adorable. I think that was my favorite part of the evening, just sitting mostly quietly together, watching. Times like those are truly the happiest for the three of us, I think. I feel totally at peace, safe, loved.

When I’m feeling like that, nodding off, I just wish I could just fall asleep like that and wake up in bed the next morning not knowing how I got there.

โœจ๐ŸŒˆ Saturday ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

This morning I somehow coaxed Christopher outside, and we went to have breakfast together. ๐Ÿฅฐ Also picked up a small treat for our friend, since he’s showing up at some point this weekend.

I brought Picaรฑa along:

Christopher’s smile was looking unusually adorable this morning so I took a picture. I just love him so much, I’ll never get tired of looking at him smile like this. ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

The lights at this place were super cool!

Last two days I also got a ton of commission work done (all nine warm-ups that I had left) which have already been posted almost everywhere. I’ll be posting them here too in a bit (I’ll post-date them though so they don’t bury this post). After that, I’ll begin my weekend housework, and then, more commissions, of course.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Christopher’s Back! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Christopher’s back from his Texas business trip! He got here yesterday in the afternoon. I missed him tons. Kotoko did too, she lay on his chest immediately and wouldn’t stop giving him love bites:

As always he brought me a little souvenir:

The other day I bought this Crayon Shin-Chan chocolate egg at Kimchi Mart. It was exactly like a Kinder egg and the toy inside was of really high quality!

Today one of the new otomes for the Switch that I’ve had on pre-order came in. It’s Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani.

I’m really looking forward to playing it. Otome Kitten wrote a great in-depth review as always.

I’ll close this post with a pic of Celeste and my snack for today, a green tea bread from Kimchi Mart.

I hadn’t had these in a while. Hokkaido cream buns are my favorite but they were out of stock.

Week Off To A Happy Start! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’™

Today was a pretty good day. I got Grover all decked out for Christmas! He looks happy. Tomorrow Iโ€™ll decorate the house, maybe, if I have the time and energy.

During my walk today (when I went to get some wrapping paper and cards) I met a duck and a cat. It was odd to see the cat so close to Pines Boulevard, where itโ€™s so noisy, but he didnโ€™t seem to mind and stayed away from the cars.

After that, I worked on the remaining Christmas art, and finally finished it! Then Grover and I had an afternoon snack together.

I caught Kotoko enjoying a perfect little patch of sun, just her sizeโ€ฆ

I wore my new Attack On Titan shirt today, even got a compliment on it. ๐Ÿ˜ I really like it.

I worked really hard on dinner tonight. I made teriyaki chicken bowls. Christopher liked it and ate a lot so I felt really proud.

Now itโ€™s bedtime, so Iโ€™m going to sleep after reading a bedtime story or two.

Hope everyone has a lovely night!

We’re Off! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ

It’s time! Well, almost… Still got a few hours to go. In the meantime, now that I have everything ready, I’m exercising, working on art, and gaming, just passing the time and getting too excited.

Yesterday I got most of my packing done. Kotoko already knew what was up…

I was up so early and did so many chores and got so much art progress done, that finally in the afternoon I treated myself to an (admittedly rather frustrating) hour or so of this:

I found it really hard just as my friend Nate said the first one was. But I can’t give up on it, I will try again. I waited so long for this game and still expect it to be something I play on-and-off for a couple of years, as soon as I get past the learning curve.

Yesterday was date night. Christopher and I relaxed together, went out to have to a nice Tijuana Flats dinner, and then walked around Best Buy and Target. I got a new Switch case just for this trip:

It has Daisy on it, but no Bowser Jr. ๐Ÿ˜‘ It’s super cute though (Christopher, if you’re reading this I haven’t forgotten to pay you for it, I promise! ๐Ÿ˜–) I’ve really been into Mario stuff recently because of making good memories related to the games. I even put a whole Daisy-themed punkish outfit together that I’ll wear and take a photo of sometime soon. ๐ŸŒผ

Anyway… I’ll wrap it up here, it’s almost time to go. I’ll be sure to blog about our trip when I get back!

Pre-Trip Wrap-Up ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ’ฆ

Hi hi, everyone! This is another wrap-up of the last few days. Life is busy and happy and I donโ€™t have time to blog every day right now. ๐Ÿ˜…

Last Sunday I went to the Asian market to get some special goodies. One of the things I got were these panda chocolate balls. The decor in each little package made the white balls look like pandas. It was so cute!

The white shell was very hard. You couldnโ€™t bite into it right off the bat. But the inside was soft, delicious chocolate. You could bite into the shell after having it in your mouth for a little while. ๐Ÿผ

Hereโ€™s some kitty photos I took on Monday. Rosie and Kotoko:

Kotoko was dealing with a bit of an UTI earlier this week, and Tomoyoโ€™s asthma has been acting up terribly due to the dryer air that comes with colder weather. Iโ€™m trying my best to make them well.

๐Ÿ’• Visiting Mom ๐Ÿ’•

Monday night I went to my momโ€™s for a longer visit. I was very tired on Monday and didnโ€™t do anything really, I crashed on her couch as soon as I arrived. Itโ€™s very unusual for me. But the next day I had plenty of energy, got up early and went on my 10 km walk. I walked all the way to the beach!

I came to this beach recently with a good friend, but it was late, on a moonless night. You couldnโ€™t really see the sea and it was a bit spooky. You could hear it though. But this time I was able to get lots of beautiful pictures. It was so pleasant.

I even got some video:

On the way there, I met a neighborhood kitty with a sad-looking face:

And on the way back I came across a man walking his dog and his cat at the same time. I didnโ€™t get a picture of that, but it was interesting to see. Only the dog had a leash.

When I got back, I had a little snack and completed another event in Legend Of Mana:

Sweeney was so happy to see me. Tuesday is a workday for my mom, and I left the house before her, so he wasnโ€™t expecting anyone to be back before the evening. He was over the moon!

Shampoo, too, was a little ball of affection. I took a nap, and she stayed with me the whole time.

I spent all of Tuesday working on family gift art for Christmas, watching YouTube, and playing Legend of Mana alternatively. I brought my own lunch since my mom wasnโ€™t expecting me here two days as it was a bit of a last minute decision:

I did some events in LoM that I hadnโ€™t done in my original play through, so that was kinda fun!

Hereโ€™s a few screenshots. The art of this game is such a treat. Sometimes I have to stop playing and just stare at the backgrounds. They are gorgeous.

Iโ€™ve passed the halfway mark with the events now. Iโ€™m enjoying this trip down memory lane very much, but I do also just want to finish, because I have so many other games to play.

For dinner on Tuesday night, my mom made chorizo. It was really good!

Wednesday morning I went on the same walk. I donโ€™t usually do 10 km walks unless I know I wonโ€™t be able to do my evening walk. That was the reason yesterday too. I walked to the beach and back again.

After I got back, my mom and I had mate:

I think I may bring Bowser Jr. on the trip. I was going to bring one of my teddies but Bowser Jr. stands up so nicely for photosโ€ฆIโ€™m not sure.

The entire day was spent much in the same way as Tuesday, except it was my momโ€™s day off so she was also here. I worked on the very last piece of Christmas gift art and played Legend Of Mana until my Switch battery died.

In the afternoon, we had this for a snack (more like an early dinner for me):

Itโ€™s called a โ€œcoxinhaโ€. It was really good. It was filled with something like cream cheese and shredded chicken.

Today was Dรญa Del Dibujante in Argentina. My mom always has a little surprise for me on this day (it basically means, a day to celebrate people who draw). This was the present she got me:

Itโ€™s a pair of earrings shaped like pencil shavings! I love them so much!

Christopher picked me up in the evening. I missed him so much, I was so happy to see him again. Once home, I got to see some things that came in the mail, namely, this new Daisy shirt:

…and a game that Christopher got for us since it was finally on sale, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe:

And that brings us to now โ€”Wednesday night. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day for me; I have to do all of my pre-trip prep! Iโ€™ll be gone from Friday until Sunday and wonโ€™t be answering any DMs of any kind.

Iโ€™m besides myself with excitement for so many reasons. ๐Ÿ™ˆ I just want time to go faster! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ That was actually part of the reason I stayed longer at my momโ€™s. I really need distractions and to make time fly. But I think it almost just made time feel slower because I missed Christopher a lot.

Rainy Friday โ˜”๐ŸŒˆ

Today it rained all day! But I still had my morning walk. And it really was absolutely pouring, it had been all night, so the puddles were unbelievable. Water was high on like entire half blocks at times, coming well above my ankles:

But I had a big umbrella and my goat-patterned boots, so even though it never stopped raining I did my full walk. I was a little more tired than usual by the end, the umbrella is heavy and some areas were too flooded so I had to take longer ways, but I’m glad I did it anyway.

In the evening Christopher and I had some quality time together, we watched TV, had dinner, and played video games again!

My little snack:

I’m really, really enjoying playing Mario Party with Christopher, even though he wins so often…

Oh well, at least I came in second place.

I’m very busy, and will be this entire week, but I am excited, especially about next weekend, and about Jurassic World Evolution 2 releasing!! I have to make sure I get all my work done in time to have fun. I have to complete the gift reference sheet for Tibby, the Christmas arts for my family (3 pieces) and, actually, if that’s all I manage next week I will be very pleased, as it’s a lot of work. Here’s hoping!

Two Steps Back –And Forward Again! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Yesterday was a hard day. It kinda started Tuesday night when we went to bed and noticed Kotoko hadn’t joined us as is her usual routine. She was hiding in an unusual little nook under my studio bed and looked quite unhappy.

This was coupled with her vomiting even on an empty stomach (white foam) over the last few days, something that intensified in the previous 24 hours, with her appetite quite reduced. Since she had some loose stool as well during this period, and because she is old, it all became very concerning. Her hiding like that from us was the most unusual part.

We hoped so much to avoid a vet appointment, because it was at a minimum a $300 expense that we could ill afford. But yesterday morning, it became clear that we had to go, as she continued to hide from us and throw up. I took this picture right as we were leaving for the vet. She behaved very well.

On the one hand, thanks to the appointment I confirmed her ears are okay, her spotty eye is fine, the lump on her back leg is fatty tissue, and her teeth are also okay. She was given medication to control the vomiting, which has helped (she didn’t vomit anymore since yesterday morning) and a bunch of blood work, the results of which we should have today.

But on the other hand, I was SO discouraged. It was so hard to raise this month’s $500 for this month’s debt to take some stress off Christopher’s plate. I was so proud –even though I still have to raise more before November. But after the vet bill, we were set back around $300 (there was an additional $25 for other items for her):

To have such an amount removed from all of my efforts this month nearly made me cry with frustration. I’m drawing all the time, trying my best to make things okay, but I can’t catch up like this. We received a significant amount of help yesterday but it had us over $200 in the hole still. So even this morning, I was really sad about that.

It was when I came back from my walk that I had Christopher check and realized just how much we received in donations (since I had them sent directly to his PayPal) and my mind was blown!!

The entire vet bill and additional meds were covered thanks to your generous donations! ๐Ÿ˜ญ The $500 I made to put towards our house debt are once again, untouched. And, most importantly, Kotoko is feeling better. This photo is from the way back from the vet (I know, the photos are very similar) but even then, because of the fluids and anti-nausea meds, she was feeling better:

It took a while for the fluids to go into her (something for which they took her to the back) so I fooled around with the Jurassic World Alive app on my phone while we waited…

Anyway, I just want to reiterate how grateful I am, all I wanted was to not have this be such a painful hit for our finances, discouraging as it was, and in the end we received so much help that we didn’t have to lose the money saved for the debt. I am so grateful to everyone who donated!

To continue in regards to yesterday. When we got back home, though I was trying to stay cheerful for Christopher (who I could tell was doing the same) I felt really low. Christopher did his best to cheer me up, he treated me to Chipotle and Starbucks on the same day. But it took a while until I felt okay again.

At least though, I managed to push through my hated task of cleaning the porch. And boy, did I hate it. But it is done, and by the time night fell, I finally let the cats outside again, to their utter delight. They’re still there now, enjoying themselves:

I also planted more grass for them to eat while they are on the porch, something I know they miss a lot.

The place looks a good bit emptier with all that I’ve thrown away, but that’s fine. It looks clean. And since this was something that was angering and depressing me so much, I expect my mood to continue to improve today and over the weekend, every time I see it. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m also gonna clean up the house a little bit, since I am considering having a party the weekend after this one. ๐Ÿค”

During one of my cleaning breaks yesterday, while having my coffee, I read some of this book I got at the Swap Shop…

It’s very simple, but quite adorable. I like it because the stories are not about bears in general but about teddy bears specifically (as in, toys).

And that brings me to now! I’m having breakfast with Picaรฑa as I work on this post.

Anyway, today I really need to catch up on artwork, as much as I can. Things are not delayed per the queue, but they are per my monetary personal goals. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ This week just kinda went to heck, though thanks to everyone’s support it is turning around again! ๐ŸŽ‰

Say Hello To A Brand New Week! โœจ

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. ๐Ÿ˜

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 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. ๐Ÿ˜…

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!