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Still Sleepyโ€ฆ ๐Ÿฅฑ

Morning everyone. Wellโ€ฆ afternoon, I guess. Even though I went to bed in a much better mood (and still am) the night sucked. It was fine until around 4:30am, I think? Around then, the power went out. So, with that, a bunch of things happened in succession.

My momโ€™s UPS began to beep. I woke up, she stirred enough to start snoring loudly. Suddenly I had strong cramps โ€”Iโ€™d probably just been sleeping through them until then. I waited a while, wanting to put on my earplugs but afraid because I wasnโ€™t sure if the burglar alarm worked when the power was out, and if itโ€™s not, I feel much less safe wearing my earplugs.

In the end I had to, I just couldnโ€™t sleep otherwise. I put them on, but by then, without the fan or AC the room was becoming sweltering. I eventually managed fall back asleep, and the power took like two hours to return. Then I woke up again when my mom started getting phone calls from the gas station because the longish outage was causing issues that they couldnโ€™t fix without her.

It was bad enough that she had to go to the gas station in person to fix the mess that the outage caused. I tried to get a little more sleep during that time, but just couldnโ€™t. So maybe I will after I finish writing this post.

Other than that we had a pleasant morning after my mom got back. As usual, we had mateโ€ฆ

We let Sweeney and Shampoo out, and left the door open a bit. After a while, my momโ€™s landlordโ€™s cat, Lincoln, came to visit:

My mom has a catnip plant, so she cut some pieces to give him and he absolutely lost his mind.

Iโ€™m feeling pretty good other than being so sleepy. Iโ€™m happy with my writing progress lately, and with commission progress today. Looking forward to some stuff coming in the mail. Crossing my fingers for a fun weekend (maybe).

Anyway, gonna try to nap, though Bangersโ€™ look from above my iPad seems judgmental. I feel like I should be working. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Hope youโ€™re all enjoying your week! ๐Ÿช

Memory Mondays #4 | Having Mate ๐Ÿง‰

I realized before I left on my trip that a Memory Monday would come while I was gone, and another right as I got back, so I quickly pre-scheduled both of them. These will be shorter, but I didn’t want to break my streak.

In the photo above, my dad is giving me mate to sip. Mate is like a tea you drink in a wooden, metal (with wood on the inside), leather or natural gourd, and drink with a metal straw that has a filter at the bottom (this type of straw is called a “bombilla”). Something like tea leaves is packed into the gourd, and sugar is sometimes added. Most people in Argentina drink it with hot water. Some people drink it cold, and in that case it’s called Tererรฉ (a word of Guaranรญ origin) but we always had it hot.

Mate is pretty high in caffeine, but in general, as soon as you are old enough to sip through a straw, you’ll be given at least some mate. even as a very young child. This is because the ritual of drinking mate, usually daily in the mornings and afternoons, is an important family-and-friends bonding experience, so your parents wouldn’t want to leave you out. Everyone drinks from the same straw and gourd. The gourd is refilled for each person.

A fun tidbit: if you don’t want any more mate, simply say “Gracias” (thank you). But don’t say thank you too early! If you say it when you are returning the gourd to the “cebador” (person making the mate for the group) after just your first one, they will assume you don’t want anymore, and you’ll be skipped in subsequent rounds.

It can feel odd if you are new to it, to be continually served without giving a word of thanks until you’re done –but that’s how it is.

A final note: did you know there is a mate emoji? I used it in the title of this post too. It’s this one! ๐Ÿง‰

Happy Wednesday To All! ๐Ÿฆ‹ ๐Ÿง‰

Hello everyone, happy Wednesday! Iโ€™m still enjoying spending time with my mom. Iโ€™m not feeling so great physically though, enough that I have a doctorโ€™s appointment tomorrow. So commissions that are just hitting their due date might see a small delay. Please bear with me. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

Iโ€™ve actually been under the weather since the weekend (again, physical symptoms) which led to canceling plans with a friend too. But Iโ€™ve continued working and have just been doing my best not to fall behind too much.

This morning we had breakfast and watched a few YouTube videos together. I introduced Beanie to mate:

Sweeney cuddled up to me during this time. I didnโ€™t really bother or touch him and he stayed quite a while:

I played Giraffe and Anikka for a little while and drew a lot. My mom made a weird but good salad in the afternoon. It had cheese, olives, rice, tuna. It was bizarre but delicious.

Now Iโ€™m just relaxing and working on more commissions before itโ€™s time to head home. Iโ€™ll post the daily warm-up in the evening, so look forward to that.