I’m wearing one of my Christmas presents today! 🐌 Got this shirt from my mom in law:
I really like this photo too but you can’t see the shirt as well on it. It reads, “Be-leaf in yourself!” 🐌🍃
I continued to wrap up chores and make appointments today. For dinner, we went out to Pincho Factory with our friend and had some more discussion about his impending move with is even sooner than I thought –early February. I am so glad that I began the process of preparing his room weeks ago! We have a lot of work ahead, since we have to paint and patch it up.
On another note, Christopher bought this for me today, after we looked at a few together. I can’t wait to wear it.
Good morning everyone. It’s Monday once again and life has to go back to normal… I have SO much to do today, but I’m feeling really happy. Before I start my massive pile of chores, I wanted to share the highlights of the holiday with you guys.
🎄 Christmas Eve 🎄
To begin with, here is the outfit I wore for Christmas Eve. I felt pretty cute.
This pic is from the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Elliot was getting some cuddles from Christopher:
My mom and sis in law were already there from Wednesday night. We were waiting for my mom and our friend, to start Christmas Eve dinner. He got there much earlier than my mom so we played Monopoly. My sis in law won.
I lost first (no surprise there) so while they finished the game, I began to grate cheese for our cheese breads, and slightly grated my hand in the process. 😭
My mom finally arrived about 20 minutes before dinner was ready to be eaten. The food was amazing. Our friend and I worked on it together and I actually managed not to screw up anything too horribly. Or at all, actually. We had picaña, rice and beans, Russian salad, and cheese breads.
Kotoko wanted to sit at the table, so Christopher brought a tall chair for her. She stared at everything very intensely until she got a tiny piece of picaña for herself. 😅
I also got this cute picture of both of them together. It’s so sweet, I love it.
After that, we cleaned up and then we opened all our presents. I got a lot of wonderful things; my haul is shared at the end of this post. Our friend made wrapping paper angels on the floor but I didn’t take a picture fast enough so I just got this. The cats had fun with the paper too.
Then we exchanged our cards. Mostly, it was me having cards for people. My mom had mailed me hers earlier in the week, and Christopher did have one for me. But otherwise it was me giving cards to everyone as usual. 😅
There are things which I don’t share very openly on this blog (about my relationships and relationship dynamics, though if you follow my private Twitter you know what I mean). Maybe that will change a little this coming year, I don’t know. I may become more comfortable about it since our entire family is aware and, by and large, are all very lovingly (if teasingly) supportive of our lifestyle. But for now, I still wanted to share the two “cards” I made for the two people most important to me in the whole world, though they are a little edited for privacy:
These are actually 11″ x 14″ poster boards with printed construction paper on top, as well as felt, jewels, foam stickers, you name it. The characters were drawn digitally and carefully cut out. I put a lot of love into these things, and they were so big that I had to buy these large rolls of construction paper to make my own envelopes for them (and I decorated the envelopes too).
Then when the time came I was excruciatingly embarrassed to give them to the recipients, I ended up going into another room to look at Christopher’s card. 🙈
At the very end of the evening we began looking at our future cruise excursions again. Eventually our friend started screwing around with the page’s code… I’ll leave you to guess as to what his edits were.
(He has a bit of a warped sense of humor.)
🎅 Christmas Day 🎅
On Christmas Day, me, Christopher, and my mom and sis in law all went to Grandma’s house in Port St. Lucie to have Christmas lunch… dinner? It was at 3:00pm. And open presents for a second time. We had to wait while food still cooked so my sis in law, Christopher and I sat exactly like this for maybe two hours:
It was very cozy. Generally this part of the holiday is more stressful, for many reasons. It was this time too. But being on the couch with them like this, I was happy anyways.
For my gifts there, I got a few gift cards and this amazing snail plush that I’m naming Romaine:
After that we went to my mom in law’s house in Sebastian, to finally relax. I gave her roommate the presents that we had for her and she gave us two gift cards. There was a bit more present-opening, and once we’d sufficiently woken up from the meal stupor, we got an unnecessary (given our full stomachs) spread of amazing snacks set out, some alcohol, and the brand new retro Game Of Life that Christopher got for Christmas:
The rules were surprisingly detailed and difficult. Christopher was in charge of reading them as we went along.
For reasons that only Christopher and I really understood, me landing on this box was pretty funny so he took a picture:
In the end, my mom in law’s roommate won, but it was a close game. My sis in law HATED this game by the way. Haha. anyway here’s a photo of the resident pom, because I always have to post one:
🎁 My Christmas Haul 🎁
Ok, time to share my Christmas goodies! I’ll start with one of my favorite things. This was the present I got from Buddy, Sarah and Santa. I really wanted both of these and they were so much nicer in real life than I expected:
In particular the Daisy one is super adorable and really big for an Amiibo. I love them so, so much, I can’t wait to display them in my studio.
I’m pretty sure this book was from my sis in law. It starts to blur together who gave me what:
I already have one of these books (of a different sort, but same series) and they are super useful for writing!
From my friend Sammy (whom many of you may know as toddlergirl/babystar) I got this very cute set of Little People toys from my wish list. It’s characters from The Office!
Watching The Office with Christopher is a really sweet and important memory when it comes to our relationship so I’m super happy to have this set.
From my mom in law I got these adorable shoes that she had me pick during Black Friday:
From my mom I got this INCREDIBLE Jurassic World Legacy Brachiosaurus. It’s HUGE! I haven’t been able to put it together yet. I can’t wait!
Also from my mom I got this little gnome to put on the back porch. It matches another gnome she got me a while ago:
These cute little guys were from my mom in law. I love them so much! Can’t wait to put them around my studio as well.
It’s really nice that all of my family (pretty much) is so understanding and accepting of my Littleness that I can get presents like these for Christmas. It makes me very happy. 🥰
My mom got me a DYI mini library building kit:
Apparently, it’s supposed to look like this:
But it’s like, unbelievably small… It takes on average 20-40 hours to put together. I’m not sure I’ll have the patience. 😥 We’ll see. It’s a very cute concept, I just legitimately think it’s probably too hard for me.
I also got a bunch of gift cards. I don’t like to support Chik-Fil-A (that was from Grandma) but, she doesn’t know that and I’m not about to get into it. 😬
There was one other Amazon gift card, which I used to get more hangers for my clothes and this Sesame Street Bert and Ernie Tervis cup:
I gave the $10 gift card to Christopher as well as a small bit of cash and he put the rest of the money so I could have these games:
So now we’ll have even more games to play together when our friend moves in which is great. 😁
I also got a bunch of cute, funny earrings from my mom:
There was also the snail plush you saw earlier, and two t-shirts from my mom in law. I’ll share those when I wear them. One is a Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous shirt and the other one has a really cute little snail.
I’m super happy with all my gifts! I’m sure I’ll share more photos as I open boxes and put things together.
How was your Christmas? I hope you made lots of good memories! I know I did. And I hope to make many more good memories next year.
Today was busy. Worked on commissions, went shopping for groceries, as well as for bathroom supplies to make my bathroom which I’ll be sharing with our friend more “normal” (he’s moving in with us in just a couple of months) and for supplies for two Christmas “cards” I’ll be hand-making. I wore a new t-shirt today:
Christopher has been under the weather so I made him chicken and dumplings:
I’ve been very busy doing lots of things, emptying my library since that’s going to be our friend’s room, donating and trashing and moving lots of things, so I may be a bit more quiet on the blog until Christmas is over.
Hi everyone! Today was pretty good. I got a lot of YCH progress done, so if all goes well, tomorrow I should be posting six finished commissions. And you know, today we’re officially 25 days away from Christmas day!
Even though I was alone today too, I didn’t feel lonely and really enjoyed my entire day. I went on my long walk, went to Target, got to have UberEats, had a looong Zoom call with Christopher before bed and got to watch our friend work while I worked on commissions too which was wonderful and made it so I wasn’t one bit lonely at all.
Anyhow –here’s today’s snack!
I wasn’t expecting to find licensed Hercules fanfiction at Target, so I couldn’t pass it up…
It has surprisingly good reviews on Amazon. I’m looking forward to reading it.
This was my outfit for today. I really, REALLY liked how this looked on me. I’ve worked so hard on my body, for months now, and I continue to do so. To be truly happy in my own skin again is a wonderful feeling. I haven’t feel comfortable wearing something like this since I was in my early 20s.
My studio felt so cozy and Christmasy while I worked, so I took a picture…
Getting UberEats for myself is a rare treat that only tends to happen when Christopher travels. I ordered from Pincho Factory and it was delicious, though I can feel my skin suffering for it already… 😫
At bedtime, I played more Wintertide Miracles. And, I completed Impey’s First Christmas scenario.
Below are some spoilers for Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ so… don’t read any more if you plan to play it!!
This was, by FAR, my favorite scenario yet. Everything I loved about Impey in previous routes was intensified here. I’ve said it before, but I love how flustered he gets when the MC decides to be forward with him, considering how overly affectionate and over-the-top he always is. After declaring his love for her hundreds of times, when she actually asks to hear him say it, he loses his shit so much that he quite literally runs away from her in an incredibly awkward, very un-Impey-like fashion.
I also LOVE the MC’s ocassional loss of temper towards him, even the one odd tsunderey moment. She doesn’t act this way toward any of the other LI’s in any scenario. Her personality definitely changes the most when she is with Impey, including her interests towards machinery.
As far as her demeanor, I believe in the previous fandisc (or maybe it was the main story?) she violently hits him over the head with a book for falling asleep at the wrong time or something, which is SO unlike the very gentle MC. She’s much more entertaining when she’s with him.
That aside, can we take a moment to admire the backgrounds in this fandisc? They are beautiful.
Anyway, it was a lovely scenario… over much too soon.
Now I just have Victor left (sigh. SIGH. Not a Victor fan.) Then I guess I’ll do the triangle scenario, I’m curious about that.
Hello everyone! I hope you had a Thanksgiving weekend as wonderful as mine was. I wore my new white boots for the first time on Thanksgiving Day. I was so happy with my entire outfit:
Grover was my travel companion. It turns out if I bring down the cup holder, it makes a perfect little seat for Grover to be strapped in, seatbelt and all.
Thanksgiving was a bit less hectic, more peaceful than other years. A baby was born in the family on Thanksgiving Day so several family members were missing. Plus, some were not there due to just, family drama… 😞 it was a really nice meal together though. This was our spread, behind the table where we actually ate:
The weather was absolutely lovely, cool and overcast. After the dishes were done, we left Grandma’s house in Port St Lucie for my mom in law’s house. We did a quick stop at Big Lots first since it was the only open store. Christopher let me take a little Yoshi but in the end my mom in law was the one who bought it for me:
Once at the house, we got comfortable and our friend started mixing drinks. It was really cute to see his reaction to my mom in law’s roommate’s pomeranian; I’d completely forgotten that it would be there, and Christopher didn’t say anything on purpose, since our friend has a little pom of his own that he adores. The resident pom, Panda, was very happy with all the extra attention:
My mom in law made all the cats say hello to him too so they would stop being scared of his voice (because he doesn’t usually visit so they weren’t used to him). It didn’t really work, but Momo sat on him for a polite 30 seconds:
This evening was the most fun I had. We played Mario Party and Pictionary (it was my first time playing that) and I had two Mojitos which kind of destroyed me. This picture was taken earlier in the night. I was so happy to see Christopher smiling and having fun.
Naturally, he won at Mario Party, he usually does.
Christopher took this photo of me a bit later; I think I was well into my second drink by then and every time it was my turn to draw I basically dragged myself across the floor to the board. I half-slept between turns (pictured) and by the time I had to get up the next morning (at 4am!) for Black Friday, I was still kinda drunk.
It was the first time I went to sleep drunk and woke up drunk, but I didn’t have a bad hangover and I didn’t throw up. So… all in all, not too bad. 😅
As mentioned above, we were all up at around 4:00am. Black Friday in Sebastian is very chill… no lines, no stress, pretty relaxed employees too. Sometimes they even give out free hot chocolate and things like that. We went to Walmart, to Best Buy, to Petsmart, where I got a few presents for the cats…
…then to breakfast (McDonald’s) and to Home Depot. We then went to a few furniture stores, and by this point, while I’d fully sobered up from the night prior, everyone was starting to feel sleepy, myself included. Christopher passed out in one of the stores:
Ultimately a couch was purchased, and we went back to the house for a pizza lunch and nap. Later that day, a TV was purchased too, and a new Switch. Then we went to Makoto’s for dinner, a long-awaited highlight of this trip.
Once everything was set up, we played Pictionary and Mario Kart (well… I played Pictionary… by the time Mario Kart was underway I was passed out on the floor. I didn’t even make it fully through my second Mojito this time), but it’s okay, Grover can finish it for me…
Saturday was a little more relaxed. Christopher and I cuddled for a while before I got up, and then I went to get bread so my mom in law could make French toast. We had a nice relaxing breakfast. At some point we went out one more time, and my mom in law got me the new walking shoes I so desperately needed. Also, Grandma and I went to Michaels, and I got Mandalorian advent calendars for me and my sis in law. Here’s mine on the wall:
We left around four in the afternoon, and got home a little past six. After that, the three of us still hung out a few hours, had dinner, and watched Cowboy Bebop. Then we dropped our friend off and Thanksgiving weekend was truly over, since I’ll be spending all of tomorrow unpacking and catching up on chores.
On the drive back, I completed Saint Germain’s story in Wintertide Miracles.
Below are some spoilers for Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ so… don’t read any more if you plan to play it!!
I don’t know why, but I didn’t like it so much. He was all whiny and full of feelings the entire route. I don’t mind that with other LIs, and he’s certainly that way at times in the original game too, but I always enjoyed how he could be a little scary, even playfully during Future Blessings, and you never really knew what he was thinking. I don’t know, I found him a bit “much”. Regardless, here’s a couple of screenshots of parts I liked:
Finis is always fun, though. I think he will end up being the best part of the fandisc for me.
Something I forgot to share in my “before leaving” post is this Sesame Street Christmas Treasury I got. I meant to read it during the trip, just as I meant to play more of Wintertide Miracles, but in the end I was just too entertained enjoying my time with family.
This book is lovely, with illustrations from multiple eras. The vintage ones are my favorites.
I guess I’ll wrap it up here, tomorrow and Monday are going to be really busy for me. Plus, I’ll be releasing a new YCH, so please look forward to that. Talk to you all later!
CW: I’ve realized I’m discussing eating and weight loss a fair bit in this post in a casual manner, so I just wanted to give a heads-up about that right here in case you’d rather skip this post. 💕
Happy Halloween, everyone! Yesterday was so much fun. I had very precious time with friends, and time with family. A lot of my stress and blues has melted away. This had affected my appetite, and my calorie count has been really too low these past couple of days, so I hope now that I feel better, today I can eat more normally (you know how it is, when you don’t eat for a long time it’s like your stomach kinda closes up? I really wanted to eat, but it was hard.)
We went to a boring old-people flea market (but it brought back memories of pre-Covid times), to Best Buy, and then to Phở Bar again. I was a little upset that I couldn’t eat because I really like that restaurant, but just being there with people I love was enough.
I really liked my outfit for yesterday:
It has sort of bunny ears in the back:
My mom in law said that it’s kind of a waste to wear a baggy outfit like this when I’ve gotten so slim, but to be honest, I still really like to wear baggy clothes even if I get very thin. Heck, even more so depending on the situation. Baggy clothes just make me feel small, and the more I can lose myself in them the “Littler” I feel.
And I really did feel so Little yesterday at times. There’s a very perfect, hard to get to “sweet spot” between my innocent Littlespace and my “saucier” older headspace that is rarely pushed so intensely in a small period of time. It leaves me on such a high, it is dizzying. It could never get old.
In the evening, I made empanadas, my mom in law made jalapeño poppers, and we played video games. We played the newest Mario Party release (Mario Party Superstars) and an old Wario game for the Wii U. Both were such an absolute blast, and I actually won once!
I always pick Daisy, but I wish Bowser Jr. was an option because he’s so cute. 🥺 I’m always so happy when he shows up.
Anyway today Christopher and I are going to spend lots of time together and watch horror movies and stuff so I’m gonna get all my chores out of the way early and prepare some cinnamon rolls so he wakes up with the smell. 🥐💕
Oh yeah and I hope to get all the commissions that are due today, posted today, but it may be tomorrow. Probably today though. Enjoy your day, everyone!
Not much to say… it was a very busy day and I am very tired, and feeling a bit down. 😔 Just stress, I’m sure. I did get a ton of artwork and housework done. My appetite was kinda low, though. Anyway, here’s what I wore today.
I’ll say right from the get go that this post just feels weird, because it has literally three selfies, and that’s two too many. I like to document my daily outfits so I can replicate them later. But today I put two outfits together that I loved, and also wanted to show off my new choker, so you get three selfies. It’s an unusually narcissistic post, even for me! 😅
Anyway, today I went out to pick up an order at Hot Topic, making that into my walking for the day (over 10 km in the space of just under 3 hours, I took a break in the middle). This was my outfit for the walk, and I’m actually wearing pink tights because that skirt is way too short, but it’s harder to tell because ✨ filters ✨. They’re pretty pink IRL though.
Because this is, let’s be frank, a school uniform, I felt a little awkward wearing it, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as many compliments on anything I’ve worn in recent memory. Between that and the recent weight loss, my self esteem is doing kind of okay. 😁✨
Since I’ve basically put together an extensive punk wardrobe at this point, I’ve been wanting a couple of less basic chokers. I got this one today:
I also got one that is almost identical but it’s thin leather (this one is velvet) and rather than having the spikes all around like this choker, they’re only in the front –and they’re rainbow colored! That will fit a lot of my outfits very well. Actually I could just show the damn thing:
Speaking of outfits, after I got home and showered (it was very hot… I was literally dripping with sweat) I changed into another outfit for something special that I did in the afternoon. I’m pretty happy with this one as well (but, ignore the shoes… if going out, I’d be wearing my black boots):
I really like the changes to my wardrobe. My Little self is still there, though I definitely feel like I’ve switched headspaces to an older one. And that’s okay. I still like to draw my fursona in the younger range. But as far as the IRL me, I like my current headspace a lot. It just feels good, and different. And a bit more devious. 😈 In my same old, dumbass way.
I made sure to greet Christopher with his afternoon coffee the moment he walked in. ☕ I’m so happy that he hasn’t worked late these past two days! 🙏 After my chores were done, we played a couple games of Rummikub. We each won a round!
Then it was time to make dinner. I made chicken meatballs tonight!
Ready for the oven:
I wanted to serve some of Christopher’s favorite things to make him smile, so there was avocado and mozzarella cheese too. It ended up being a bit too much food, it was all surprisingly filling.
Now I’m just wrapping up chores and getting ready for bed…
Slowly we are getting through the week. I’m hoping we can have a relaxing, happy weekend with a few fun activities. 💕 Goodnight, everyone.
I’m not sure if today was good or bad. I guess part of the day was pretty good. I got a lot of commission progress done —this is the current piece, but everything that is due this month is fully inked or half colored already:
I also did a lot of chores, and gamed a bit here and there…
…and I put together a new outfit that I was pretty happy with:
But today was also a bit lonely for me, especially in the evening. 😞 Christopher was home later than usual for a Friday. And I just kept running into little issues during the day that soured my mood. It was too humid to do my full walk. I was spacing out and had a bag of steamed rice explode in the microwave. Taking a break after working for hours, I couldn’t get my Switch to play on the TV, and when I played handheld I kept dying with the same boss. 😫
But really… that’s all a bunch of nonsense. In reality, I’m worried about more serious things. I’m worried about someone I love, and about things I can do nothing to help or improve, as it is out of my hands. I can only offer support, with the knowledge in the back of my mind that, having been in a painfully similar mental place, there is no support I can give that can make a tangible difference. At least not beyond what I have done already. Only time can help.
Well… I suppose I can also work as hard as possible, because money helps indirectly. I can also not be a nuisance, a bit harder for someone like me, but I’m trying. 😔
Really don’t know what to expect from the weekend. It’s early, but I’m gonna try to get some sleep and see what it brings. It might be a good one. You never know!
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