This morning I woke up to the most wonderful surprise! 🥺 After our morning cuddles, Christopher told me to go check the door for a package. This was waiting outside for me! I can’t stop looking at it! 😭🌈✨🍪
Of the sets that appeal to my special interests this topped the list… I would have been so bummed to miss it, but I was fully resigned to that fact because I did not expect new sets for a while. I can’t wait to put this together with Christopher on another date night! 🥰
🎀 Marzi 🎀
During the recent effort to remove stuff out of storage and donate what we do not use, I came across my little Marzi. Marzi is my only “true” doll. I do not often post about her because I know that, unlike my teddies and dinos, many people find dolls creepy. 😔
So I had to make the decision, either display her properly or donate her no matter how much I love her, because it is a pity to keep such a beautiful, high-end dolly in a bin. I could not bear to part with her, so today I gave her a little TLC!
Her beautiful long hair was clean but a little frizzy so, following online advice, I combed it perfectly, wet it, combed it again, conditioned it, and combed it again.
I read I should let the conditioner dry hard before rinsing, so I did that. She was very patient!
I really love Marzi as much as my teddies… I wish people didn’t hate dolls so much or find them so creepy but I know it is nothing personal. 😅 I just love most toys though.
Soufflé kept her company and took selfies with her, I think he might have been flirting though. 😎
After I rinsed most of the conditioner off Marzi’s hair, Soufflé helped to comb it.
Here’s the end result! These two photos are very similar, but I wanted to properly show the ribbon on Marzi’s hair.
I love how poseable she is. She looks so cute with her little hands behind her back.
Marzi had actually been on display in my library for a long time. But when our partner moved in, I gave up my library (a very small sacrifice for the reward). A ton of my things got moved or donated, but Marzi went into semi-permanent storage. I’m really happy to have her out again.
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. 💕
Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for a recap. I was sick for a bunch of this cold, rainy week, but in moderately high spirits regardless. So I’ll begin with some musings before the actual recap. You may already have heard me go on about the following a bit on Twitter, but I wanted to expand here.
I drew a LOT this week, felt very creative, getting back in touch with a part of my artist self that I’ve kinda abandoned over the last ten years. I’d say the last couple of years have brought me the most joy art-wise. I feel more fulfilled when I draw than ever before. And yet… I’ve felt these past six months like the furry community, specifically the babyfur community, may be kinda moving on from me and some other artists.
I see a lot of established artists like myself struggle to fill slots, including artists that were once in high demand. Maybe it’s the economy, maybe it’s algorithms, all I know is I am not the only one (which is some comfort).
Basically, I’m trying to branch out, at least before I give up on commission art altogether. I’m trying to go back to my cute little characters from 10+ years ago, my non-furry art (even if it’s little animals, it predates my furry days) which has more mass appeal.
I’m also going to be doing the odd fan art. If you want to support my babyfur stuff I’m always here to do it. I just feel like there is less demand for that part of my work these days. So, rediscovering myself as an artist this week has been refreshing, even though the uncertainty regarding funds does have me very worried.
🤧 Monday 🤧
Nothing much to say for Monday. Had a quiet but busy day at home. All I have to share from this day is a picture of Rosie.
☔ Tuesday ☔
I’d been getting pretty stir crazy, so, on this day, I got permission from Christopher for a Starbucks treat, and went out. It was rainy. I spent some time at Starbucks, and once I was done with my food, I walked to the bookstore.
At Barnes & Noble I got a plushie and a book. I also read this picture book which promptly made me tear up in the store. I would have bought it, but it was like twenty bucks. I ended up buying it on Amazon as soon as I got home.
Usually I share a little bit of the inside of a book. But I feel like a lot of the punch of this book is lost if you show any pages. It’s a bit like a little comforting, hopeful song, and a book I intend to keep near my desk to read when I need to remind myself that all bad times are temporary. I really, really recommend it, even if you are an adult, it’s a nice thing to have.
The other book I got was Growing Grouchy. A very cute little story of Oscar’s birth and early years. And a little chick that I named Gumdrop.
Here’s a couple of close-ups from that book. I love the cameo of little grumpy Bert:
And a photo of Gumdrop with the hat I picked. I’ll make him a bandana and name necklace soon:
🐤 Wednesday 🐤
Wednesday was another day of arting. In the morning I had a Zoom call with my mom. Then I went on a walk (it was rainy again, but nice and cool out):
…and had an acai bowl for lunch:
Not much else to say about this day. I’ve just been working so much every day this week, I didn’t leave much time for leisure. 😅
🏮 Thursday 🏮
Ok as far as Thursday, first let me get my lunch out of the way. I made my own Mexican-style corn thing and it was very yummy, I had queso for a dip:
The best part of Thursday was date night. I’d long been excited about it because we planned to watch Turning Red. I was very turned off by this movie when I saw the first trailers and images, but as I heard more about it after its release, I got a little more interested.
Well, I’ve got to say, it is my favorite Pixar movie in years! The expressions and body language of the characters absolutely make the movie. As some have stated, it is cringy, but in a delightful, purposeful, “that’s the joke” sort of way: your early teens ARE probably the cringiest part of your life, after all.
It is also a love letter to the late 90s/early 2000s, a pivotal point in my own life. I was a bit of a late bloomer, since I was Mei’s age in 1997, but it was around the time the movie takes place (a few years after that, meaning I was older) was when I was emotionally in the same place Mei is in the film. I still found it deeply relatable, even more so because it was just my mother and me during a large part of my late childhood and all of my teens/early adulthood.
Conflict was inevitable, especially as I got older, but I was much less “my own person” than Mei is (too afraid to do so) and had no friends to fall back on, other than one girl for a couple of years. So, it would take me until I left the house at 30 (!!) to slowly begin to feel like voicing serious disagreement, let alone anger, to my mom was allowed.
These days, it is much less of an issue for me. Like with Mei, having other people giving you perspective really helps you to be your own person, standing on your own two feet –and eventually you don’t need that either.
Anyway, between watching an animated movie (something I haven’t done in forever) and getting a Happy Meal, WITH a toy I actually cared for, this was a very “Little” night! I was over the moon when I saw that Mario Kart was the theme!
To make things even better, I got Bowser, and my burgers where some of the best I had in a while, with very juicy pickles. I even used my Bluey placemat for the first time!
After the movie we just hung out and had quality time together. It was a lovely evening and the highlight of my week all around.
This was a very busy day. I worked on art all day, and we went shopping to like four different stores for groceries. That was actually very pleasant, and I got treated to my favorite sandwiches from the Argentinean bakery. But it is always so hard to step away from my work.
We had a lovely dinner at home in the evening. Here is a photo of Kotoko and Elliot that I took in the early afternoon to wrap up the post:
Tomorrow we have an outing, and Sunday a dinner with friends, so I’ll do the weekend on a separate post in case I end up with a lot of photos.
Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve had a happy week! It’s been very busy for us, as all weeks have been lately. So, as has become the norm for my blog, I just have one long post to catch you all up on the week’s happenings.
For starters, I am sick again. It seems I had one week of relief in between head colds. It’s very mild (milder than the prior one). Just really annoying. Anyway! Let’s begin.
🍛 Curry Dinner! 🍛
On Tuesday night, I made Japanese style curry. I’ve had many previous attempts that didn’t turn out so great. Finally I figured it out, trying a new recipe which I doctored a bit. My guys loved it, as did I, and I’m looking forward to having it again with different meats.
🎂 Christopher’s 38th Birthday Dinner 🎂
Wednesday was Christopher’s birthday! He got his remaining presents in the morning, and in the evening, we went to The Capital Grille in Downtown Miami. It was an extremely fancy restaurant, a real treat, so I dressed up a little.
Christopher was… excited.
All the food was wonderful, but I didn’t have my phone (forgot it in the car) so I didn’t take many pictures. Here is one of the appetizer, though, Tuna Tartare:
It was spicy. We also got a picture of Christopher with his birthday dessert:
🧸 Toklo 🧸
Toklo now has a new ribbon and shirt. He still needs his name necklace, I’ll work on that next week.
The shirt is pretty funny, it was a Build-A-Bear online exclusive.
🚂 Date Night 🚂
For date night, we had one more round of playing with our trains before putting them away. We’ll probably play again in a month or two; I’m sure I’ll want to, as my new Thomas things begin to arrive later this month.
A little video…
Toklo got to play with us too:
The cats always love to observe and walk among the track. They don’t destroy anything, they just get excited by it all.
Afterwards we had tea. They gamed for a bit while I kept fiddling with Instagram, setting up my new art account. It was a nice, chill end to a lovely evening together.
🏴☠️ Rosie 🏴☠️
Have some cute photos I took of Rosie. I woke her up from her morning nap and played with her a little. She is such a soft, sweet little thing!
🥞 Pancake Breakfast 🥞
This weekend, Christopher’s mom and grandma came to visit and celebrate Christopher’s birthday. We went to Nami Sushi for Friday night dinner and to a Thai place on Saturday evening. On Saturday morning, we had pancakes. Christopher made me a mouse-shaped one, so I decorated it:
It was very yummy!
Unfortunately I spent a lot of the weekend in a very crabby mood due to being sick. I am not very sick, but it is annoying. It makes it harder to do anything, and I am constantly sleepy. It also got a lot colder on Saturday night, and the cold makes me lazier. Hopefully I get my energy back again real soon.
📦 Goodies From This Week 📦
I have a few new things to share. One is this new top I got on Etsy. It appears very wrinkled in this photo, but it’s really very cute:
I also got a Super Mario coloring/sticker book and a Camp Cretaceous activity play-pack:
Finally, we went on a Goodwill stroll yesterday, and I had two happy finds. One is this lovely old storybook:
And the other is this awesome, massive Sesame Street blanket that I covered my futon with. I love it! It is like new, and only six bucks.
That is all for this week’s post. I am tired, and busy… I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and I look forward to sharing another week of art with you as I get back to my drawing board on Monday.
I came to visit my mom this week! Our visiting schedule has mostly resumed, with COVID thankfully winding down. She ordered coxinhas again and we had them for dinner.
Below are some spoilers for Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ so… don’t read any more if you plan to play it!!
In the evening I played Wintertide Miracles a little more.
Recently I finished Finis’ route/scenario, it was very sweet, with some beautiful art…
And some pretty funny moments, adding to prior ones.
Currently I’m on Shólmes route. I’m kinda ready to be done with this fandisc if I’m honest, I have so many other games I’m super excited to play, which unlike this fandisc have choices/things to actually do, lol. Plus, I find Shólmes kind of boring, generally… I do like it when he’s jealous though.
Also, this was hilarious. Good old Impey.
For a late lunch today, my mom made the rest of the Giacomo Capelettini that she bought for my last visit. Again, a huge treat to enjoy this taste from my childhood!
For dessert we had flan made by the same person who made the coxinhas. It was incredible!
We watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which my mom has been watching for a while but I am new to –I loved it, I’m sure Christopher will be hooked too if he starts watching it.
Alright… it’s the second of January and that officially marks the end of the holidays for me! I’m back to work and back to my exercise and diet. I’ve updated the blog back to normal and should be taking the house decorations down today. And here is my little summary of New Year’s Eve.
I went out on my walk in the morning, since I’ve been skipping them more than I’d like. I met this little slimy friend:
They usually go to sleep on fences like this and burn in the sun, so I moved them to a safe spot.
The night before I got some sparklers for New Year’s Eve:
Dinner was a lot of snacks, and beef empanadas that I made. I had a nice little spread set out. 🥳
I took these photos of my studio after the latest remodel. I love how it looks with all the pretty lights! Only the multicolored lights are my Christmas decor, but I may leave those permanently too… I like them too much.
While I made dinner, Christopher and our friend were having fun modifying a couple of Gameboys (a Gameboy and a Gameboy Color). It was a super cool mod, I’ll probably post video of it later. I love watching and listening while they work on a project. It’s a warm and fuzzy feeling.
We lit some sparklers before dinner and some after. I had fun with them. The neighbors did lots of fireworks too, right across the street and we brought out chairs out and our drinks and watched. It was so nice!
Also, my new bootleg iPhone cases finally arrived on New Year’s Eve:
What do you mean you don’t know who Cooke Mooto is? And surely you’ve heard of Bird? THE Bird? Also for some reason Bert and Ernie are drinking (possible) alcohol in a school bus.
Anyway, that’s that, and it’s time to get back to work! There is a lot going on right now… catching up on commissions, finishing the room for our friend to move in, last minute prep for the cruise (on that note –I am not going to any conventions this year, just a heads-up) so I better get to it all. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2022, and thank you for all your support over the last year!
I’ve had random cute/kidcore themed things accumulate so I figured I’d share them all on a single post! First, here is a really cute Sesame Street cereal I got at Target the other day:
They had a box with Cookie Monster on the cover which I liked better, but it was cinnamon flavor and I’m not really into cinnamon flavored cereals.
On the same Target outing I got this little plate, it reminds me of my friend Blankit:
Last Tuesday, my friend Shelly came over and we had lots of fun watching Christmas movies and doing Christmas activities! We Watched the Muppet Christmas Carol and Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas. Then we did a dinosaur foam craft:
Later in the week, I used these dinos to do a practice run for a couple of really important Christmas cards I’m going to be hand-making:
I think it turned out pretty good! We hung it in the dining room:
Another Christmasy activity Shelly and I did, was build gingerbread houses. It’s harder than it looks!
My first attempt quickly began to fall apart:
Eventually I managed something half-decent:
I ate a piece of my failed first try, but it smelled better than it tasted.
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!
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