Today, Buddy and Sarah were sitting with the Starbucks Bearista bears. Maybe they still have some tension after yesterday though, because one of the bears was sitting between them both and Sarah wouldn’t look Buddy in the eye:
I turn around in the kitchen barely awake while getting my coffee and I see this. Can I please not feel threatened in my own home, elves? What is even going on. Are they threatening me or has Buddy finally cracked under Sarah’s constant abuse?
Well, at least they keep me on my toes. Here’s today’s Advent chocolate:
Yesterday I came to visit my mom and spend the night! We also went out for an early celebration of my birthday when Christopher picked me up. I had a wonderful time and my mom spoiled me so much that I really left feeling much better than when I got there! 😊
As soon as I got there Mom gave me a snack and I began to munch and work on the next warm-up for Nazz. 👀 I had Grogu for company on this trip.
Grogu investigates the snack…
My mom made me a huge childhood treat for dinner –cheesy polenta! It’s the best.
As ever, Sweeney alternated between a desire to play and a desire to kill me. He draws blood on every visit, but he really wants to play (until he doesn’t) and he really wants to be pet (until he doesn’t.) And it’s hard to know which is which. Ever since I moved away he’s always a bit pissy to see me, I think because he misses me. But he ends up curled up next to me by the end.
At one point as I was chasing him he put his front paws in my flip-flops, one in each. It was the cutest thing and I can’t believe he stayed like that long enough for a photo!
I ate waaay too much but my first day with Mom was lovely.
The next day, my mom gave me my birthday present early!! Since I won’t see her for my actual birthday. I knew from the shape what it was. 😁
ITS MY MAN
I’m turning 38. Thanks mom for humoring my immature ass. This was my first husbando ever when I was like 13 lol.
Afterwards, my mom made cheddar biscuits and mate cocido to have while we watched TV:
It was really cozy.
In the evening we went to Banchero! It purported to make true Argentinean pizza. Now, you won’t know this unless you lived and experienced it in Argentina, but Argentinean pizza is just, completely different, with the meltiest cheese, and amazing toppings. It’s the one thing I truly miss from my home country.
For twenty years, we hadn’t been able to find a place that truly replicated our original experience. So my expectations were very high!
Christopher ordered a meat lover’s. My mom and I ordered half morrón and half primavera which has EGG! And a piece of fainá for nostalgia’s sake, and an entire bottle of wine for my mom and I. It was a very expensive meal because these pizzas cost like, $25 each. But they are 100% worth that price. Trust me. At least ours was.
I asked Christopher to hold Grogu for a photo but he was difficult about it… 😠
Eventually I got Grogu to stand, although in her drunkenness, my mom was joining Christopher in his sabotaging efforts by trying to tip poor Grogu over with the pie knife:
Then she wanted to give him an olive as a peace offering:
The pizza really was as I remembered my last from 20 years ago. Met our expectations for sure! It was a big treat from my mom for my birthday… definitely a costly meal… Authentic Argentinian pizza on the beach isn’t cheap. But it was so worth it. I’m really grateful to my mom!
Side note, I love my palm sized Grogu so much, but sometimes he talks if his tummy is accidentally pressed and then someone inevitably goes “what the hell was that” and I can either say “me” or “my Grogu doll that I carry around everywhere”. It’s a lose-lose either way. 🙃
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.
Hi hi, everyone! After writing a long entry for therapeutic purposes that I didn’t make public (it was a bit too personal, and I don’t think I can ever feel sure my blog is no longer being stalked) I’m feeling a lot better. I hadn’t been doing too well, in particular in regards to my Littlespace, and getting related thoughts down helped a lot.
I did a bunch of Little-related shopping, nothing too crazy or expensive, just stuff that made me happy.
For starters I’d been trying to decide what to use for my studio bedding. After finding a very affordable Mandalorian set (around $30, pretty good considering I’ve seen it go for $70), I decided to go for it. I picked it not just because Grogu is a big source of Little feels for me, but also because it reminds me of my sis-in-law and that makes me happy:
When I went to Target to pick it up (I’d ordered the last in-store one online) I grabbed a few other Little things. A kinda-sorta storage thingy with a space theme, a composition book with a space theme too, a rainbow plate, a little dinosaur that can chomp onto things and hold on, and a Little Critter book (well, two).
I originally bought the Little Critter book for scrapbooking but that particular story ended up hitting so many personal (kinda sad) buttons that I bought a second copy to keep intact. Some aspects of it reminded me of feeling abandoned by a friend before (although in the book, Critter only feels that way, he isn’t actually –however his pain is so visceral and relatable. It’s very well written for a picture book.) Other parts reminded me of places my brain went to during the last trip when plans didn’t go as I hoped and dreamed. Basically it pushed a lot of buttons, I like this book a lot.
Here’s my little monching velociraptor:
I went on one more Little outing today after our friends’ baby shower. It was the first baby shower I attended where I played typical baby shower games, it was fun. But anyway I went to Dollar Tree after that and got everything you see here, didn’t spend too much at all. The greeting cards, books, and coloring books, as well as the Sesame Street flash cards, are all for scrapbooking. I also got some new crayons, a comic book, a MLP pencil pouch, a mini trash can for my desk and two new cups. The Simba & Nala one I plan to offer for Mwako to use during his upcoming visit. ^_^ I also have a baby lion plate that I keep just for him.
After getting home and taking the pics I had a wonderful snack with Mash:
In the afternoon, for the first time in AGES, I allowed myself a Littlespace activity. I worked on the cover of my new Littlespace journal:
Finally, prompted partly by the catharsis of my private blog entry, and by these indulgent activities putting me in a better frame of mind, I reached out to my super-sweet local Little friend whom I’ve neglected –still really just an acquaintance, because, due to my fears and baggage, I’ve been afraid to get closer. But I decided to make plans again. We should be having a sleepover just the two of us soonish, hopefully during the LAN. I’m really excited about just being Little alone with someone. Maybe this time it can work out better. 😊
There was one closing “Little” touch to my day when a lovely package from ODU arrived with my long-awaited Pupperoni Pizza onesie! It’s such a good design, I can’t wait to wear it:
I guess that’s it for my Littlespace stuff of today! If you follow me on Twitter you’ve already seen most of this stuff, but I hope you enjoyed the post anyways. It’s time for me to make dinner! It’s sausage ravioli.
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