Hey everyone! 🐻🌈🚢 You might remember that our big family vacation (a cruise) was postponed two years in a row. Then, the consolation trip planned after that second cancellation was botched as well. After so much disappointment, I’ve held any talk about it in –until now.
The cruise is (maybe? finally?) happening beginning next Thursday. I’ll be away for over ten days. During that time (6/23 to 7/5) I’ll be basically completely unreachable. We will have a friend stay over at our place to take care of our house and animals during our absence.
As the day draws so near, I have to start making final prep, even as my excitement will continue to be held in until we’ve all tested negative and safely boarded. I can’t help but brace for disappointment again. But there is a tiny hope burning inside me.
Already there was a disappointment: my mom can’t attend (USCIS still hasn’t completed her paperwork) and this means a $1,000 fine from the total cost, which is terrible. But it’s something we knew from the start might happen.
Apprehension aside… I had to smile today looking at my little Dante, the bear I intended to bring on this trip from the start, wearing his brand new travel clothes! I think he looks pretty dapper.
Really, the only potential complication is someone testing positive. So we are all trying to be as careful as possible regarding crowds and such. If it all goes through, I hope to have a lot to share with you when I get back!
I sewed crayon buttons onto the new friend our partner got for me yesterday! 🌈✨ And made her a bandana too with the lovely new fabric that has really bright vintage-style pictures of very colorful dinos. Now she looks extra special!
Here’s a couple of extra photos. She still needs a name necklace, but she does have a name now, as the title of this post indicates. It’s Sweet Potato! 🍠💕
With her chonky legs and horns, I can definitely decorate her with more candy and more pins and the like. She’s a fun plush for this sort of thing! I might go really nuts and saw a patch or two on her rump.
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!
Hello, everyone! I had a really lovely outing today. It was raining hard (a tropical storm is passing by this weekend) so Christopher dropped me off at Dollar Tree before work, and I took a car back. It felt so nice out with the rain. It was early, too, and I’d gotten up at 6:00am so most of my chores were done when we left the house shortly past 8:30am. I felt very happy and light.
This was my outfit for this rainy day! 🐸☔️ I didn’t actually take my Build-A-Bear bearlien with me, but I held them for the photo because I love them so much.
I was rocking a bit of subtle pride with my new Pride month kandi necklace and pan socks. 🌈✨💕
I only went to Five Below and Dollar Tree, but I found SO so many things, I was so very happy!
On a weird random note, I saw this at Five Below. You’re welcome. 🧀
(I really wanted to know if they tasted like cheese, but not for $4.00.)
After shopping there and at Dollar Tree, I went inside Publix for a small lunch and ate it outside watching the absolute downpour and reading Twitter. 🍗🥤
Then I came home with the groceries and all my treasures, which I’d like to share with you now. First in my haul is this whole bunch of Arthur stuff! It’s all from Dollar Tree.
I intend to paint the suncatcher with Poscas, and probably the canvas too. Some stuff is for relaxing, one of the books is for my library, while the other two are for scrapbooking. Might use the Colorforms for that as well.
Next, and one of my favorite things, is this massive variety of playing cards and flash cards:
Cards such as these are one of my favorite scrapbooking/collage tools! There’s Disney, Fisher Price/Little People, Dr. Seuss, Crayola, animals, dinosaurs, nature, and more!
Next, here’s some Arthur and Berenstain Bears puzzles!
Believe it or not I use this for scrapbooking as well. 😁
More scrapbooking supplies —a few cute greeting cards; rainbow, snail and space squirrel cutouts (can you imagine my luck?!) and a little book with very nice pages for making my collages:
These next ones were very interesting and I had never seen them before. Fantasy, dinosaur and space felt scenes by Crayola! 🌈✨ Will probably be used for scrapbooking as well.
Here’s some cute stickers ✨💕
Next is this dry-erase pocket. I wanted it to hold my daily to-do list!
Which, by the way; looks like this:
And now… for the real treasures… the Jurassic World Dominion goodies!!
Finally, FINALLY found some!! 😭💕💕💕 The photo speaks for itself! There’s a mini dry-erase board, a velvet art poster, figurines, a towel, Captivz eggs, and stickers! Here is a close-up of one of my favorite finds:
And of the Kinder Joy “egg”:
The figure in the Kinder Joy egg was honestly a real disappointment but I was still so excited to find it anyway. A much better prize are these coins from the much bigger eggs I shared recently, which come with some really good gummies too!
The coins are just like the Mario Wonder Ball ones (same company). Heavy, real metal. Beautiful!
I’ll end this photo set with a final pic of Squeak, the candy warden! 🐊🌈✨
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have a very lovely evening and weekend!
I love them!! As I’ve mentioned I often find so many newer BABs to be of really inferior quality, but I really recommend their bear-lien (and Spring Frog too) because they’re so soft and lovely! Nicely stuffed too. I’m stoked! 💕✨
Oh yeah –I got this backpack too!
I was taking advantage of their spring sale (the prices of some things were really great especially with the free shipping promo) so it was super cheap. 😊
I am now the proud parent of a Spring Green BAB froggy!! Guess what I’m naming him.
I had a $10 coupon so he was pretty affordable. I will say, I was assisted by the most “done with life” Build-A-Bear employee EVER. It was like making a bear with Daria as the employee. No smiles, no nothing. Lol. Anyway, I bought the boots new, but otherwise dressed him at home. This is what I first dressed him in:
After that I made him his name necklace (and yes, his name REALLY is “Dat Boi”), gave him a bandana, rainbow leg warmers, a rainbow frog pin, some colorful chain to decorate his straps, and a froggy onesie to wear underneath his overalls. Plus, of course, the shiny red “wellies” as the Brits call ’em. Now he’s ready to go on an adventure! 🐸🌈✨
Will you go with him? He wants to hold your hand, and hopes you won’t be too grossed out if he sneaks a fly or two during the walk. 🙊
I have griped often, and repeatedly, about the terrible quality of Build-A-Bear toys. There are BAB fans these days who did not get to experience the BAB plushies I got to make, 19 or so years ago. The quality was on a very different level.
But once in a while there’s still a winner: like my Ricky Parky, and now Dat Boi, who is also very much a keeper. I am expecting my Bear-Lien (who is arriving Thursday, and I am naming Orion) to hopefully also measure up!
E.T. and Bluey both have bandanas now, but E.T. still needs his necklace.
Jello, Cookie and Dusty have their bandanas too! 🌈⭐️ They just need to be decorated maybe with a pin or such. 🤔
Of course, Squeak has one now too! He helped, after all.
Yoshi, too, finally has a bandana too. A lot of my stuffies have been waiting a while.
A little later, I also made necklaces for Bowser, my new Giga (Cilantro) and the T. rex I showed off during Mwako’s visit (Curry) and my little purple Trike that I’ve had for over half a year (Grape Jelly). And I did make one for E. T. too. It makes me really happy to make these accessories for my toys, once in a while. 😊
You see… I’m very lucky to have friends now, but when I was a kid, I was truly all alone in that regard for almost my entire childhood. My toys were my friends, to an unhealthy degree. I know I would have put myself in physical danger to protect my toy “friends” when I was a little girl.
They were all I had. As tangible stand-ins for imaginary friends, those toys were the way my young brain coped with deep ostracizing (the lovely result of neurodivergence) and the resulting years of solitude, at least when it came to my peers. That, and books.
These days, while I still have an unhealthy *amount* of toy friends, they thankfully are no longer a replacement for real, human ones. But they are still friends and they still make me so happy. I know it may seem cringy and dumb, but I’m grateful that I never outgrew this.
And, that I have partners and family who don’t care at all if I carry a toy around. Someday I’m going to die, and in the grand scheme of things, eventually over the course of time I’ll be completely forgotten. As will we all. So I will be myself, and be happy, while I’m here, and keep sharing my silly toy stuff with you. It’s more than a bit cringe but I hope it makes you smile.