After a long seasonal pause, my Roman snails are mating again!
After a long seasonal pause, my Roman snails are mating again!
Snaily friends (big and little ones) had some TLC tonight –tank cleaning, soil airing, and such. So here’s a couple of pics!
The snails were having a social gathering last night. They love soaking in fresh water!
My apologies. I didn’t notice the snail’s extended peepee. It was that kind of party, I guess!
Here is one of my deeply-buried snails coming out just enough to eat. The rest of their body was still buried. I thought it was so cute. 🥬🐌
New snails are born! 🐌🍼
Bad picture because they are so small at this stage, but here is one up close! 🐌🍼
I’m going to miss my little gastropod gang too, but I know our friend will take good care of them.
Yesterday I went on a little snail hunt as part of my daily exercise! 🐌🌈 It was rainy and perfect snail catching weather. ☔️💧💧💧 During my walk I spotted some BIG mushrooms! 🍄
I ended up adding 18 new snabies to my rout! 😁 Of course this is only their isolation tank. After deworming and monitoring for parasites, they will join the group in my 20 gallon tank. 🐌🥬
After that, Christopher took me to my mom’s! We had mimosas and played Kerplunk.
This was the Jurassic World Dominion version!
I brought Orion along with me. They watched us play! 🧸👽🌈
I always ask my mom for the same dinner… always involves fried potatoes made from scratch! 🍟🌈 We watched the first Jurassic World movie while we had dinner.
Last night I played a lot with the cats, especially with grumpy ol’ Sweeney. He seemed so happy in spite of still being grouchy and bitey. This morning they both perked up and began to follow me around as soon as I came out of the bedroom! 🐱💕
Sweeney kept talking at me and cocking his head in the cutest ways… 🥺
Now I’m sitting here with Orion, working on a commission and ready to watch Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom! Then I’ll be all ready for tomorrow… I’m so, so excited, I just can’t wait!
I have to say I utterly love this bear. For sure they’ve become one of my top favorites. So, so glad I didn’t miss out when they released them!
Anyway tomorrow is the big day. Jurassic World Dominion day. To say I am excited out of my mind would be an understatement! We have tickets at 7:00pm, CinéBistro! I am counting down the hours!
Yesterday was tank cleaning day. One of my little guys had a
milk calcium porridge mustache right over his little lip!
These two were really enjoying their pumpkin treat:
Happy Easter, everyone! This was a very fun week, especially the weekend. I went kayaking, decorated for Easter, did some relaxing kiddy activities, got some new toys, and saw a sunflower field among other things! So I have lots to share. I hope you enjoy this post and that your Easter weekend was wonderful! 💕🐣
Today I was a bit under the weather. My throat was bothering me (I tested negative for COVID). I spent a lot of the day in bed, sleeping lots, after a totally sleepless night due to coughing. Tomoyo kept me company and our partner got me lunch. By the evening I felt better.
Once I was feeling a bit better I took care of the snail tank. It was fun to watch them soaking and enjoying their fresh water bowl:
Tuesday was a blah day. I got work done and I played video games, and I’ll share the gaming stuff on a separate post so I don’t have much to say about today.
At around 5:00pm Christopher called me on his way home from work and as I was laying there on the phone call I noticed a pink “soot” firmly stuck to my sweater, under my arm no less. I’m not sure when it got there. It was one of the ones on the stairs banister though.
I walked to Target to get these guys today. The moment I saw them online I knew I had to have them. I’m a sucker for toys with plastic heads, and they are the perfect size to carry around with me! Plus I can decorate their carry bags with pins and patches! 🌈✨🌟
I’m going to call them Jello (Rodian) Cookie (Wookie) and Dusty (Ewok). They come with really cute cards to write their name and personaly traits!
On my way back from Target I got another photo of the building demolition. The first building is all gone, and soon this one will be gone, too:
At one point both Christopher and Kotoko came to visit me in my studio while I worked on commissions. They are so cute together.
Today’s dinner was panko-crusted tilapia!
I completed the Easter decor today!
A blue “soot” appears to have reached the chandelier…
I hadn’t brought out all the bunnies in a couple of years, so it was nice to see them again:
One chore I wanted to get done before bedtime was the tank clean and food change, and I managed it. I also gave the snails a lot of calcium mush and they lost their minds over it as usual:
This morning I got up VERY early (around 5:00am) because I wanted plenty of time to do all my chores, finish a commission and make some necklaces too. I made necklaces for almost all my toys that didn’t have them. Below you can see Toklo’s and Bluey’s!
After I was done with that, Jello helped me decorate my marker box:
It turned out pretty cute. I put Umaru-Chan, Bluey, Doraemon and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid stickers on it:
By 3:00pm we were on the road. I felt pretty cute with my outfit on this day and having a brand new friend to bring along.
One of my favorite things that fill me with kiddy feels, on the rare occasions when there is a remote chance of a toy I’ll like, is to get a Happy Meal when leaving on a long car trip! And since they have the Sonic toys right now, I had one:
Both the burger and fries were GREAT. It was one of those rare times when you get really fresh and perfect ones. I let Jello have a bite:
I had a special treat after my Happy Meal, a Super Mario Wonder Ball! You can’t find these easily anymore.
When we got to my mom-in-law’s house, there was a wonderful dinner of nachos waiting for us. Then we had some drinks (I had a really fancy gin and lime tonic) and played Jenga and Yatzee!
I went to bed with Jello and Pokémon Sword until the guys came and we had our usual anime time (still watching Tenchi Muyo).
It was a very pleasant end to our day. 😊
I was both excited and apprehensive for this day. It would be my first time kayaking. I’m pretty clumsy, and I can’t swim. They had a life jacket for me and I would be riding tandem with our partner, but had a lot of worries about dragging him down by being dense and slow to learn.
The first step was to bring our kayaks down, close to the water.
Already, I was really impressed by the view, and got many pictures:
This photo of my two guys is one of my favorites that I got today as they were fooling around and joking together. It’s gonna go on my desk for sure.
Then it was time to set off!
As it turns out, I did really well once I got the hang of it. I was proud of that. I could paddle really fast, too!
These photos were taken right after we came out of the river all wobbly-legged. 😵
Christopher and I had to sit and watch the kayaks. While we waited for everyone to come back, I played in the playground for a bit since it was empty:
Even Christopher got on the swings for a short while:
Once home, we showered, and really were too tired for anything other than lazing around on the couch, occasionally drinking and eating, which was very pleasant. My mom-in-law bought ingredients for us to make our own pizzas which was fun. Here’s mine.
The bacon was burnt, but that’s just how I like it! 😁🥓
Today, of course, is Easter! Happy Easter, once again, to all. We had lunch at Grandma’s before finally heading home and relaxing. In the morning our partner walked with me to the sunflower field I’d seen near the entrance of my mom-in-law’s neighborhood. Sunflowers are my favorite flower, so I really wanted to take a picture of Jello next to them. Jello is very photogenic:
Aren’t they just so pretty? Sunflowers really make me happy.
After we got home and I unpacked all of our suitcases, took care of our pets and got everyone’s laundry going, I sat down for a snack and a couple of Easter treats. One was an egg I snuck from Grandma’s. It had an unexpected surprise inside!
Unfortunately it wasn’t… super edible… but it was very cute, don’t you think?
Anyway, tomorrow is a really exciting day for me. The first wave of Jurassic World: Dominion toys is officially released, and Christopher is allowing me to buy a whole bunch of them –but I can’t have any yet. Basically, I will be buying my own Christmas and birthday presents all in advance, and that is a-ok by me. I am so excited to go both to Target and Walmart and you can bet I will be at the Target door anywhere from a half hour to an hour prior to opening.
I’ll post photos of my haul before it is stored away, of course I can’t open anything but that will be fine. I’ll get excited all over again twice this year!
Today was tank cleaning day! My snails got a fruit mix and a calcium mix in addition to their usual food, which this time included carrots, squash and red pepper. They went absolutely nuts for the calcium, so have a GIF set of them losing their two-neuron minds in the dish:
I love watching them try to get a bit of calcium off their upper “lip”, lol. 😆
This week was beyond busy with our friend finally moving in, and prep before that, all the craziness during, and the mess in the house afterwards, which is sure to take weeks to put in order. I am very happy, but we are all exhausted. So, there won’t be a lot of writing in this post. Just pictures and a bit of captions to accompany them.
Here’s two very cute photos of Rosie I took early in the week:
In the evening I moved my beloved bike out to the porch now that the cover came. It’s necessary, we need the room. But the cover is pretty good, I think my bike will be okay.
Tuesday night I made ham and cheese empanadas for dinner. Still not happy with the results, so I’ll use a different recipe next time.
Wednesday was very pleasant. I went on a walk and found that our local Starbucks is finally allowing indoor seating. So for the first time since the pandemic began I was able to sit, eat, read my book, enjoy the company of other human beings in this setting. I actually legit teared up for a moment, as this is one of the things I have missed most deeply from the Before times.
Even got a cake pop!
I also went to Target and came across a lovely Bumpy figure; it looked a bit worse for the wear (just the packaging) which made me think it had been forgotten in the back and then put for sale. I was delighted and didn’t pass her up.
Out of the package she is very cute indeed with different points of articulation, even on her tail!
On the way back I spotted these little ferns growing out of a tree trunk, I thought it was pretty:
I also passed by Kimchi Mart and later in the day got to enjoy a wonderful snack:
Finally, this was tank cleaning day, so I got some photos of my guys, as it’s been a while:
Our friend’s move was on Friday. During it, he rolled his ankle, quite badly. It got enormously swollen. 😞 Still with help we managed to get his room set up and all of his things in the house, and on Sunday we went to IKEA to get a table and look at some desks (in the end we just got the coffee table).
He couldn’t really walk for long, so Christopher and I took turns pushing him around, which was fun. And we got to have meatballs!
It was a good but stressful week. It’s also been very chilly overall.
In spite of the upheaval at home, art still got done. Personal art, commissions, and a gift!
That’s all for now!
Hello everyone! Well, this was a wild week to put it very mildly… I ended up not having time to blog at all, so everything is in a single post so I can catch up once and for all.
Starting with last Sunday, we spent the whole weekend actually working on the future room for our friend. This was supposed to be a small, simple job, but due to issues we found we had to strip the paint off the walls, plus we also found holes that need fixing, etc…
The three of us are doing all we can on our own, and our friend even removed all of the popcorn ceiling by himself which was hellish to do and took hours:
But as for the rest, ideally we need to hire someone –and fast. The first quote we got was stupidly high and out of eight leads no one else is getting back to us. We have just a few weeks to complete the room so it’s adding a bit of stress right now for sure, especially because even if we hire someone, we still have to paint it ourselves, install the closet system, etc… hopefully we won’t have to do the whole job ourselves. 😓
Monday was a great day that ended terrible. Like, the worst. 😅 But first, let me get a cute snail photo I took on this day out of the way:
That’s one of my Cuban snails. I’ve grown extremely fond of them. I love the little ridges on their shells, the way they get their bluish bodies so stubby or so long, and how they shake their shells to get things off of them. I also have a few hatchlings of my own now and they are even cuter.
Anyway, as planned over the weekend, Monday evening our friend came over and we left for Kura Sushi in Aventura. This restaurant has a conveyor belt system that we were all very excited to experience. I dressed up a bit and off we went.
Side note, but being in the back seat of the car with my two most special people in the world in front, is probably the Littlest I ever feel. I know I’m not alone in this (there’s so much art in the community of precisely this thing, lol) but being in the back seat just playing with your toys, coloring, or playing video games, while your caretaker/s discuss complicated things you can barely begin to understand so it all goes over your head, is something that gives me and many other Littles the safest, coziest, happiest feeling –bonus points if it’s raining. Even if I’m grouchy, this always makes me feel better.
I brought Ramen Noodle along on that day:
As for the restaurant itself, it was an utterly lovely experience. I really thought this would be a place we would come to again and again. The conveyor belt was really cool:
The top belt (not visible here) brings specific orders to each table. The belt you see above is where food is always rotating and passes by all tables. I tried all sorts of things, both sweet and savory. This milk tart was one of my favorites:
I also tried takoyaki for the first time (didn’t like it very much) sesame balls, and these fried rice thingies which I liked so much, I ordered it twice:
And one of these wonderful things (who knows which?) made me, and only me, very brutally ill. And now none of us wants to go again to play food poisoning roulette with our bodies at this restaurant again. 😞 Even though we loved it so much otherwise. It was such a lovely experience until that happened.
Since now I will go into detail about being sick and it’s gross, you’ve been warned. Skip to Wednesday if you don’t want to read about that.
So actually this started Monday night. Around… 11:30pm. I started getting stomach cramps that felt like I was being simultaneously knifed and kicked in the stomach. This lasted a long time, until my body decided to empty its bowels spectacularly, to the point that there was a non-insignificant amount of blood mixed in.
Here Christopher began to do some research while I just lay on the bedroom floor trying to disassociate from my terrible situation. Since all of my symptoms to that point matched food poisoning that could be waited out at home (even the bit of blood) there was nothing to do but stay hydrated and wait.
In between the nausea, stomach cramps, fever and headache, I did not sleep much. When I did, sometimes it was on my floor futon, sometimes it was on the floor. Sometimes it was sitting on the toilet. At some point I could not hold things in anymore, and my body, quite done emptying out of one end, decided to switch gears and empty from the other. I vomited many times (lost count, really). When the sun started to rise I still felt atrocious. And right around then, my food poisoning cramps started to improve only for my period cramps to start. Bad ones.
Christopher stayed home from work, thankfully, as I would not have been able to look after myself. I was extremely weak (legs barely holding me if I went to the bathroom) and spent the entire day queasy and in pain. But I stayed hydrated, and in the evening I was finally able to eat a mild meal that he made for me:
After eating, I was able to shower, and spend time in the couch watching TV. I was so absolutely spent from being so very sick, that I had no problem sleeping heavily once it was bedtime despite having slept on and off all of Tuesday.
Wednesday I was on my own again. I was able to get out of bed and do a few things, including commission work. But I also had cramps all day from my period. It was still a slow, tiring day. I feel like I spent a lot of this week in some sort of pain or discomfort and a lot of exhaustion… still, compared to Tuesday, I felt pretty well.
Thursday was exciting because my long-wished-for t-rex came in the mail! It’s so cool and massive!
Dinosaurs make me so damn happy. I love them. It’s like with my Charlie Bears. Just utter joy when looking at my dinosaur toys, the bigger they are the happier they make me.
Anyhow, I put him on a high shelf with my baby t-rexes and raptors. Now I just have one left that is a must have: the apatosaurus. Hopefully I can get it before it disappears from shelves.
Thursday was also date night. We had an AppleBee’s gift card, so we decided to go out. I had an appetizer plate for my meal.
Christopher had a sandwich… I think? I took this photo before his plate came.
We hadn’t been here in a very, very long time. It’s a bit of a shocker how much these prices have gone up. I know it’s not just here, it’s everywhere, but it’s bad. Still, we really enjoyed our meal. It’s nice to have a little outing like this once in a while.
After we got home, we played Smash for a while, and then watched Don’t Look Up. Really enjoyed the movie, and just cuddled throughout rather than working on my iPad as would usually be my habit. It was nice.
The weekend was wonderful. By this time, I had fully recovered from my food poisoning ordeal as well as from my period. And in the evening, the Yoshi Build-A-Bear plushie that I got as a Christmas present from my friend Island came in. He’s so cute!
Friday and Saturday our friend came to spend time with us. As always, it was lovely. We hung out for a bit on Friday; I watched the two of them play Smash (he wiped the floor with Christopher, repeatedly) and then we went out to Bento for dinner. Lately though, he’s been making an effort to spoil my blog photos… 😑
He went home soon after dinner, but Saturday we all spent even more time together.
A lot of that day was spent watching our friend create a 3D render of our back porch. I was amazed by how fast he did this, even though it took a couple of hours, it was still incredible to me, and fun to watch. I worked on a commission while this was going on, and Christopher had fun playing some of the records he’d accumulated but not yet listened to. Once the render was finished, we went out to eat again. I will try to update this post with a few images of the render later, because it was so cool.
When we got back, we played Mario Golf Super Rush for the first time. It was pretty fun.
I took a break to make cookies, and then we played some more. Then we played Smash for a while, I even won once which was a complete fluke… Wish I got a screenshot because I’m sure it’s never happening again.
Also, I think by this point I’m gonna try to main Ludwig, I just like him a lot.
Playing Smash really hurts my drawing hand, so after a few rounds I just watched the two of them play. Unlike Friday, Christopher mostly wiped the floor with our friend. 😬
We might have all hung out today (Sunday) too, but our friend had a very early workday on Monday, like 4:00am early. So I spent today doing lots of chores while Christopher rested (but he did help me too, and drove me back from the grocery store, and made a really wonderful dinner for us).
Since soon I’m going to be looking after both of them, I really want to get back into taking care of the house properly and on a good schedule. So I washed all the sheets and towels, deep cleaned all three bathrooms and the kitchen, refilled the critter feeders and planted more grass for the cats, did the dishes, laundry, and grocery shopping, made the beds, took care of the animals… it was a lot of work, hours and hours, but I felt pretty satisfied with the results.
Tomorrow want to deep clean the snail tank, mow the lawn, and finish a couple of commissions. I also would like to go on my walks again since the holidays got in a way of them a lot.
Christopher should be home early since his booster appointment is in the afternoon… hopefully, we hear back from someone about the room work.
I’ll post at least one finished commission tomorrow but hopefully more. I’m so grateful to everyone for their patience! 🙇♀️