Hi everyone. I hope you’re having a good Wednesday! I’m under the weather because of my period but still trying my best even with my walks and all. Today I took yet another different route.
This time I ran into a group of ducks. They were very tame. When I knelt down by them, they all scurried in my direction and got very close, perhaps waiting for a snack.
I had strong cramps during my walk so it didn’t feel great. Plus, the sky went from fairly clear…
…to doomsday-like by the time I turned back.
Once I reached Pines though, I’d left the worst behind me. Somehow, I didn’t get rained on.
By the time I was in our neighborhood again, the sky was clear and stunning:
In the afternoon I zoomed with my mom and worked on one of the next illustrations for Meganeea. This illustration, which features Gideon, will also be the next chapter banner for a few chapters going forward, replacing that of young Faahvrigüo. The book (pen and ink) version is fully finished. Now I just have to color it for the banner.
I also played more Legend of Mana. I’m blown away all over again by these gorgeous backgrounds…
The weather is quite bad… I’m not sure I can go on my second walk, but I want to try. In between that and my period I get depressed. But funnily enough it’s a really good gaming mood. So maybe I’ll do more of that!
Today I moved the new snails I captured to their bigger tank. I have a total of 31! Most are on the small side, but I believe they are young, rather than runts.
I confirmed that all snails in this new rout are of the same species, Zachrysia Provisoria (AKA, Cuban brown snail). They are different from my other snails. Their slime, in particular, is unbelievably slippery. When you handle these snails, much greater care has to be exercised in order not to drop them because of this. I also find the slime harder to wash off my hands than with any other snail species.
Still, they are snails, and that means they are stupid and adorable, and that’s really all I care about. I am due to shop for their veggies again, which means for this feeding I was stuck with too much “unhealthy” stuff, meaning romaine lettuce and cucumber. Of course I also provided squash, strawberries, carrots and red pepper, and even a kale leaf, but I prefer for the bulk of the feed to be dark leaf greens.
Anyway, my new rout was treated to what them surely is a wealth of delicacies they have never ever tasted before. Of course they all went straight for the cucumber:
After maybe two or three years of searching, I am delighted to finally have come across these guys. I said “one year” when talking about this before, because that’s how long I’ve been keeping snails. However, I’ve been hunting for them for far longer. I only ever came across their empty, sun-bleached shells, because they hide quite well during the day by burying deep in the soil. So, I’m really happy to have my own rout of Cubanitos after all this time. 🥰🐌
I wore one of my new getups today… well, the skirt is new, and the overall combination of things is new. I was pretty happy with it.
My preorder of Olympia Soirée arrived! I think this might be my only rated M otome so far? 😳💦💦
I’ve walked tons the entire week, so I guess tomorrow, if weather allows, I’ll go out on my bike instead. It’s less of a calorie burn, but it is fun and pleasant, it exercises different muscles,and will be a bit of a rest from my weekly routine which admittedly has been intense. I can’t hope to keep it up if I am not careful. Or maybe tomorrow I’ll mow and Sunday I’ll ride… we will see.
I guess I’ll say goodnight here. I’m going to bed with a very happy feeling in my heart tonight. I’ve had a wonderful evening.
My last bit of birthday stuff (mostly Amazon gift card stuff) is arriving today and some arrived yesterday! I really ended up spoiled beyond belief… I will say that, considering that luxuries such as these are gonna go out of the window starting in August, I’m so glad that I have so much stuff to have fun with for a long while.
🐣 Littlespace Stuff 🐣
First is this Bingo night light! I’m going to enjoy looking at it every day on my desk while I work:
Here she is all lit up! You can’t turn the light off –it goes off by itself after a few minutes.
Here are some more vintage unopened trading cards. Can’t wait to open these during Littlespace and then scrapbooking with them!
These things can be really hit or miss though. Sometimes I get a lot of “puzzle piece” type cards…
Next –more stickers!! Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and Crayon Shin-Chan this time. 👀
Then there’s another book for scrapbooking art into my journal. I have one more of these coming later today.
🌈 Other Cool Things 🌈
I had a lot of these books on my wish list and was really glad to get at least one. It’s absolutely fantastic! If you’re a writer I highly recommend it.
The way it works is, you look up an emotion, and for each emotion you get a wealth of expressions that you can use to express that particular state of mind. It’s just so cool.
Finally —this wasn’t a birthday present. I preordered this AGES ago… it finally came today. (*￣∀￣) ✨
I really did buy a lot of crap before things went south recently… 😅 and other than Grandma’s check (which I saved) I pretty much spent all birthday money right away, too… I wanna make sure it is clear no donation money went to any of this junk. It was either purchased before or with gift cards/money given to myself with the caveat that it was to be used for birthday treats.
Also. I think you all know this, BUT… my spending sprees often coincide with depression. Especially if it’s my Little side that is hit. 😓 You can often tell I’m depressed even if I’m seemingly super happy by how much s**t I buy in a given period of time, even if I seem super happy in my posts.
With that said, it definitely won’t be possible going forward for a while, so I’ll have to find a different coping mechanism. 👀💦 Thankfully, I have a lot to entertain myself… and the Zoom meeting with other Littles did me tremendous good too!
To be clear, no one has given me a hard time about this at all… but I worry about perception, so I wanted to set that straight.
I think that’s all for this post. I’m working really hard. Things are still fairly stressful at home, but taking time every few days to be Little is doing wonders for my mental health. I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!
Vegeta wants to send you good vibes for today!! ✊✨
Anyway, it’s Thursday. Tonight is date night. I also need to do a little shopping for my upcoming play date with Mwako while I still can.
🌈 Little Shopping Trip 🌈
I don’t want to spoil at least the visuals for Mwako, so I won’t post those things here. But I got some big crayons for his little baby hands, a bit of clay, some fun puzzle and activity books, and some other things to have a really nice little play date.
I also got some things for scrapbooking. A notebook, some Pokémon cards and such…
I’m looking forward to having fun with these things in my scrapbooks. Glad to be finding joy in that hobby again.
🎮 Nexomon Extinction 🎮
This game has been added to my extensive “to play” roster (also, this is the first time ever I can say I’ve literally collected games… I’m becoming like my husband.)
I never in a MILLION years thought I’d buy such a thing! 😅 This game is a very honest absolute knockoff of Pokémon. However, it seems to be a loving, well done homage, that a lot of older fans are enjoying. It was quite discounted the day I found it, so I figured I’d give it a shot. 😊 I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes.
💘 Date Night 💘
Tonight was date night! We had a few plans. In the end we didn’t get to play I Spy, though I ended up taking a picture of it at the beginning of the evening…
Instead we sat next to each other playing Age Of Empires. That was really fun. While playing I snacked on some yummy stuff that Apply Juice watched over so the cats wouldn’t try to get a taste:
Can’t wait to do the exact same thing next Thursday too! 🥰
Today is the first day of the LAN! I was up early to head to Gamestop about an hour and a half before opening. I promised Christopher I would do whatever it took to get his Skyward Sword joy-cons. I was first in line!
They only had eight. I was able to get one! Later in the day, the game, which he pre-ordered, arrived too:
After I got home I spent the rest of the day prepping. Finally right before everyone arrived I changed into my usual “first day of LAN” outfit:
Grogu was my little LAN companion. He has a necklace now –I’ll post a photo of that later.
A little later people began to arrive and soon things were quite busy. I accompanied our friend Ezequiel to get cider and he got me an early birthday present, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings Of Ruin! 😍
Buuuut… for now, I have something much more important to play first… 😏
🌈 Back To Domina 🌈
As you all known I’m beyond excited about finally getting my hands on my Collector’s Edition copy of the remastered Legend of Mana for the Nintendo Switch.
Originally a PS1 game, it is one of the most important games in my life and one of those media experiences that was life-changing: like a good book, there is a time before and after Legend of Mana in my life. To be able to return to this world in HD is simply beyond amazing.
Everything from the art, to the music (most of all the music) is sublime and gives me chills. The moment when you place down the mailbox and the music begins I just truly feel like I’m home.
The story is kind of all over the place, still, I love it just the way it is.
The Sproutling’s description of how you create the world from your imagination is very “Neverending Story” to me (which also happens to be my favorite book.)
Domina exists once again!
But before I actually ventured into town, I went back to visit Li’l Cactus, one of my (and many people’s) fondest memories about this game:
Part of my reason to love Li’l Cactus so much as that growing up we had a cactus exactly like this one. Well, it didn’t have a face or keep a diary, but you know what I mean. 😅 It bloomed once a year, I think for just one night.
Li’l Cactus, as his bio points out, is of few words. But he will write at length in his diary, as long as you go and talk to him after each adventure you have. It’s a pointless and adorable concept.
I didn’t get to record that bit, but after the above, he hops out of the pot and goes to write on those hanging leaves on the wood beam.
Here’s examples of his diary entries:
Then I did go to Domina, eager to see my favorite character not just of this game, but any and all games I’ve ever played:
I wondered in the back of my mind, why did I like him so much? I was soon reminded. Lol.
Add all of that to his uber-protective streak and he’s irresistible. 😁
Every character in this game is delightful. There’s funny things and hilarious bits of dialogue all over the place. Repeatedly talking to characters is rewarded.
The first boss! I remember shitting a brick when his massive shape filled my TV screen!
The nice thing about LoM is that, while it has an overarching story (…I think?) it’s comprised of many little ones. So you feel a quick boost of accomplishment time and time again.
With Elazul and Pearl’s first quest complete, it’s time to meet another two favorites once again –Bud and Lisa:
I remember that the first time (just as this time!) I felt terribly having to defeat them, especially poor Lisa…
But, Bud is so thrilled by your might that he begs to become your apprentice:
I’ve played further, but I’ll share that later. I wanted to at least share this bit for now. I really, really recommend this game. Especially to fellow Littles. It’s such a cute and colorful journey.
Today is an incredible, amazing, long awaited day! My Remambo package arrived with my collector’s edition of the remastered version of Legend Of Mana for the Switch!
I placed my order back in February I think? I don’t remember exactly, other than the game had just been announced and this edition had popped up for sale only on Square-Enix’s Japanese site for sale in Japan only. Now… I’ve gone on and on about this in multiple platforms, but Legend of Mana was a life changing game for me. It’s hard to explain what it means to me and why. It’s the first game I completed. It’s the first game that made me cry. The music still gives me chills.
I paid more for this edition when all is said and done (including shipping, shopping service fees, and the game itself) than I ever have for any game. Now that I’ve beheld what I got for my money I can tell you I could have paid twice as much as been just as happy. It’s incredible.
For starters, while the game was well protected, padding was minimal: the size of the box was almost the size of what I received! Just look at the comparison with the Switch game case. The goodies box is huge!
The sides of the goodie box are made to look like a book, something that is more evident when you remove the beautiful protective cardboard sleeve:
Opening that sleeve, you are greeted by the remastered soundtrack (two beautiful CDs) and of course, the one and only… Li’l Cactus!! 😭🌵🌸
The gorgeous CDs have Elazul and Pearl as the CD art:
Close-up of HIM!! Original videogame daddy husbando 👀💧
Now for the art book, hardcover and generously sized!
Truly a beauty, I was speechless…
My one and only gripe about it all, was that they didn’t make at least a few of the backgrounds full page. Or even two to a page. That is a missed opportunity to enjoy their beauty if you ask me.
Anyway, Li’l Cactus quickly found his new home upon my desk:
All of this stuff had me pretty overcome. I decided to put the game cartridge in for the hour of truth: would there be an English option or would I have to buy the digital English version? The entire box was in Japanese so I was mentally prepared for the latter.
What I was not prepared for (because I missed the release of it a month ago) was this sublime cinematic, a remake of the original opening:
I was shaking with tears going down my face when it was done, something this game repeatedly has the ability to do to me. This is the original cinematic, which for all its kitschiness (honestly, it looks like a PowerPoint presentation at times) continues to fill me with emotion to this day:
The new version is a perfect nostalgic reimagining, with the character and weapon selection progress flawlessly embedded into the visuals. It is simply perfect. I must have watched it six times already. 😅
I did confirm after the cinematic was over that the language selection was there, with English as my default. So truly, everything is perfect. Expect much LoM talk over the next couple of months!
Last week Christopher relented and got me the remake of Friends Of Mineral Town!
How I wish the “Harvest Moon” name hadn’t been forever tainted, but hey, it’s still Harvest Moon, despite the name change. 😁 The really nice thing is that even the standard version comes with a little manual:
Of course, back in my day (shakes cane) this was the norm. But as it certainly is not anymore, I was very happy to see it.
It’s gonna be a while til I play it. I’ve accumulated a veritable library of worthy, must-play Switch games. I really need to make a little time for myself to play them.
I’ve waited way, way too long to write this. This post is months late. As such, who the heck knows what I actually meant to write here? It was to be my impressions of this route, which I now vaguely remember (this will be the case for the next few posts of this sort) so I’ll do my best to remember with the screenshots that I saved.
This post contains spoilers for Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ so… don’t read it if you plan to play it!!