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Time For More Pokémon Dungeon: Rescue Team DX! 🌳

This is such an unexpected gem for me. I really did not think I’d love this game so much and every time I sit down to play it (in short bursts) it makes me so happy. Anyway, I’ve accrued a number of screenshots to share with you guys.

If you don’t want any spoilers for this game, don’t read this post, please. I post screenshots freely and without further warnings or a cut, below.

I will die for Caterpie in this game… ✨🥺✨

I find the little interactions between Pokémon very rewarding to seek out. 😊

It’s also a nice/interesting detail that Dugtrio refers to themselves in the plural. 🙂

Got the statue a little while ago but haven’t been able to recruit one yet:

Not having a camp handy to recruit him was such a bummer!! 😫

It’s time to battle Zapdos! ⚡

“Oh s**t maybe not”

They are so stupidly cute!! 😭💕💕💕💕

A few more cool shots of the battle…

I’ve been grinding a bunch, now finally moving the story along!

This was funny. I defeated one Ledyba, and then recruited it. So it suddenly turned to attack its former mates! Then got confusion and attacked us again. 😆🐞

It seems I’m gonna be playing this game until I’m done with it because it is just so darn enjoyable and relaxing. So expect more blogging about it. 😉

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

I’ve started to allow myself to play my backlog without worrying about what I do or don’t finish. I’ve accumulated more and more games, not allowing myself to enjoy new games until I completed old ones. But I’m starting to feel that this is not the way to go about it. In particular, because I am slow player, so it creates a very discouraging situation for myself, for no good reason.

Some of my backlog is a bit ridiculous, such as the case of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, a game I desperately wanted to play, and yet, due to my own weird “rules”, kept in my shelf unopened for two years. 😓 I did finally start playing it, and will share screencaps below!

I’m also letting myself be a bit sillier with certain choices, I take my games far too seriously sometimes. 😅 Anyway I was very happy that I could choose to be a Totodile (one of my all-time fave Pokémon) and have a Cubone as my partner, another all-time fave. I named Cubone after my first Cubone ever from many years ago.

As for my team name… lol… interestingly, it wouldn’t let me do Smegma Ops but was ok with Smegma Ltd for some reason:

I think I played one of the Mystery Dungeon games before and didn’t enjoy it. And yet I am absolutely LOVING the style, cuteness and gameplay of this one. Caterpie is too adorable!

To wrap up the earlier topic though: In my childhood, I completed very, very few games. And yet, I have extremely fond memories of the games I played that I didn’t complete. For example, I never finished Chrono Chross. I don’t think I ever even got far with it. But my memories of the times I played it are strong. Intensely so. I teared up when it was announced for Switch.

One of my favorite PC games is Princess Maker 2. My progress with this game was always minimal. I replayed the same parts over and over. That enjoyment counts for something, I think. Right now I’m simultaneously playing a whole bunch of games. I am happier this way. I only make a rule not to play more than one visual novel at once, because I want to be properly absorbed by the story.

But as far as other games, I’ll be playing at least a few at a time going forward!

Jurassic Jumble 🦖

I’m running out of clever titles for my Jurassic-haul related posts… Anyway… my Jurassic Park Switch case by Numskull Designs arrived! This is one of my favorite items in my entire JP/JW collection. I collect Switch cases, but don’t have many because I’m picky with them. I have a Pokémon one, an Animal Crossing one, a Super Mario one, and now this one!

My only gripe is that it doesn’t have a stand like my others to hold the Switch while I play with a controller, something I do a lot in the backseat during road trips. But quality wise it’s amazing. No cost spared in materials and construction.

Here’s a little video so you can see the wonderful texture of the case. It’s truly my most beautiful case by a long shot, a true collector’s item.

I was surprised yesterday to find another Good2Grow #JurassicWorld topper! Now I have five different ones in my collection, not counting any of the Podz.

✨🌈 Atrociraptor 🌈✨

It’s here!! Such a cutie!

Lookit those li’l chompers 👀

He doesn’t come with batteries so I haven’t tested him yet, but I do look forward to it.

The next Jurassic item I will share is bound to be one of the Build-a-Bear plushies. I have a $10 certificate to use, but haven’t decided if I want Rexy or Beta yet. I’ll probably go tomorrow, though.

After that, expect the next batch in July. It’s my birthday and I’ve naturally asked everyone for more Jurassic junk. 😁 It is “Jurassic Summer” after all!

Jurassic World Evolution, Pokémon Legends: Arceus & More! 🎮🌈

Time for a gaming update! I’ve been trying to game more, because I have such a backlog. To that end, I made a new gaming-only Twitch account:

As well as an accompanying Twitter:

On this post I’m going to catch up on my gaming of the last few weeks. 😊

🦕 Jurassic World Evolution 🦕

I finally started playing Jurassic World Evolution. I love it!

Originally, I wanted to try it right as Jurassic World Evolution 2 was about to come out, so I asked for that as my only Christmas present from Christopher, and waited.

Well… I found JWE2 unintuitive, difficult, and just plain boring, since I couldn’t progress through the campaign. After being so hyped, I was so disappointed. Nonetheless, when JWE1 went on sale, I decided to get it and try. It was a huge difference for me! I put 10 hours in it in less than two days and got my first island to four stars. I did have some hiccups but got past them so much more easily.

Also, as soon as I created my first carnivore it immediately escaped and ate three people because I didn’t build the fence correctly. Whoops.

Once I beat this game I’ll likely try to go back to JWE2 and see if, with a solid understanding of the original, I do better at the second one.

⚔️ Pokémon Sword ⚔️

I FINALLY finished Pokémon Sword! That didn’t take long at all. Okay, in fairness I didn’t touch it in months.

CW: Some Pokémon Sword spoilers below I guess? Not really but still. Kinda.

Can I just say I really love the atmosphere in a lot of scenes in this game…

Curry time! Making curry for my Pokémon is kinda pointless (well, for the most part) but it’s still fun (and makes me crave real curry, every time):

I was so happy to see Bede come back at the end. He was my favorite character, honestly I wish he had been the main rival.

Here’s a few more shots I just really liked.

This was ultimately my winning team. I had to evolve my Mudbray to beat the game.

Here are all my favorite screenshots of the end of the game:

It didn’t bring me to tears or anything (I don’t think a modern Pokemon game can do that to me, unfortunately) but it was still fun. Might even get the expansion pass eventually.

Also –it had been so long since I started playing this game that I completely forgot how pretty the starting area is:

I’m done with Sword for a while, at least. Time for Arceus!

🗻 Pokémon Legends: Arceus 🗻

I got this game for Valentine’s Day. So it’s high time I put some hours in it!

It’s really pretty looking, though I’m not sure if it’s as polished as Sword/Shield. Somehow it feels like it isn’t? But that doesn’t make much sense. Don’t get me wrong though, it is clearly beautiful:

Also I love the shifty eyes everyone is giving you at the beginning:

My biggest gripe currently, coming out of Sword, is that I keep pressing the wrong controller buttons. But I’m sure the more I play the more I’ll get used to it. Right now it feels like it’s gonna be a very grindy game… but we’ll see!

⚙️ Chrono Cross Get! ⚙️

Finally, after weeks (actually, months?) of waiting, my copy of Chrono Cross arrived from PlayAsia! I’m so, so, SO super excited to revisit these memories!

That’s all I’ve got to share with you for now, gaming wise. Hope to catch you when I stream next!

Back To Normal 🌞

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. 💕

Back To Pokémon Sword!

After a couple of years’ break, I’ve returned to finish this! I’ve been in a big Pokémon mood recently, listening to old songs from the show and movies, and really enjoying battling again.

For what I’m sure are obvious reasons, my Greedent Nut Cake became my favorite Pokémon of this generation. He’s so fun to battle with! And he’s a squirrel!

Just look at my guy… such a cutie…

I saved some video of him playing:

And I’ll never get tired of Gigantamaxing him. It’s hilarious:

My second favorite Pokémon to battle with, from this particular team, is my trusty Mudbray, Sriracha:

Raichu is very cute too, but I still have to name her:

One aspect of Pokémon Sword that I’m not crazy about is choices that aren’t really choices? Like this…

It’s so annoying to me. More recent gens seem to always have this. Don’t give me choices that are virtually the same or won’t have any weight in game AT ALL, you know?

I do like this guy though, he has a really strong presence:

Anyway that’s it for now, I’ll be sure to post again as I complete my Pokémon Sword playthrough, for which I hope to get the expansion pass as well.

Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ [Final Overall Thoughts] ⚙️🎩

Well, it is done. I finished the last fandisc of this wonderful series, the first otome series that I ever played. In the post below I’ll share my favorite moments and CGs of this fandisc and some final thoughts on the series overall. After my husband brought me into the wonderful world of visual novels with the treat that was Ever17, this was a great introduction to the otome subgenre!

This post contains spoilers for Code: Realize ~Guardian Of Rebirth~ so… don’t read it if you plan to play it!!

SPOILERS AHEAD! BIG ONES! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

Welcome, April! 🌷🌼🌈☔

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.

This is my sorry face

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. 😊