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A Magical Saturday ๐Ÿฅฉโœจ

Today is finally over. It was an incredible, wonderful day! Christopher and I are both so exhausted we can hardly move or think straight. We had a lovely time with our friend doing all sorts of fun things, but I don’t think what we were doing mattered that much, just that we were together.

We really missed the sorts of days we’ve been having. I think we both thought at times maybe days like these were gone permanently. And, the exact way these days used to be, is in fact gone. Things change, those are memories. But I think these are even happier days and happier memories. I want to make so many more.

My day was off to a good start right from the get-go. I took my walk and came across a squirrel friend who had a big nut:

After my walk I did all my chores and changed into the outfit I prepared for today. I felt pretty cute in it.

Then I played Legend of Mana and worked on today’s warm-up while we waited for our friend to arrive to spend the day with us. Christopher also showed me a bunch of fun YouTube videos and we enjoyed that little time together.

Finally our friend was there and we headed out to a train store I’d long wanted to take Christopher to, but it was shut down for COVID until recently. I brought Heidi along today!

The train place certainly was fun, I took a lot of pictures:

They had a bunch of Thomas items but no Thomas Wood or Thomas Wooden Railway. However, these O-Gauge of James made my heart leap. I wish I could have bought either of them, I just love James so much.

But, I’ll always have my little wooden James, the first train Christopher ever bought me, on our outing to the train museum, and he will always be very special to me.

After the train store, our friend took us to a French place he knew well. It had a lovely atmosphere and the food was amazing (in particular, the cheese plate we started with) but service was rather poor. They were having a party, and it slowed things down to the point that we didn’t get our cheese plate until the 35 minute mark, maybe longer? And our main meal 15 minutes after that or so. We were so desperately hungry by then.

I forget what I ate… some sort of crรฉpe. It was good and that’s all that matters.

After this, we went to the house to hang out a little. Christopher napped while we checked the needed ingredients for dinner. Then we woke him up and dragged him out with us to shop for what we were missing.

I helped my best with dinner, while Christopher and our friend took care of the meat –the hard part– and some other stuff. I prepared rice (poorly, Christopher had to save it) and made pretty good chimichurri.

The picaรฑa was amazing:

Here it is served with the rice and beans:

And a final photo of it by itself (no Heidi) for good measure. It was so good, I can’t post just one!

I am WAY too full. But, my heart is also full. I feel so loved and looked after, and so happy. In a little bit I’m gonna be watching anime with Christopher while we cuddle, and then I’ll be falling asleep with these warm happy feelings. Tomorrow I’ll wake up full of energy and start the day with my walk… then the lawn… then some art. It’s a good life lately.

Date Night At The Village Tavern! ๐Ÿ’˜

Hi everyone! Today was a wonderful day. Just getting a lot done, we had a wonderful date night, and in general, little things here and there are just… making me very happy.

To begin with, here’s a morning photo of Tomoyo and Elliot creepily staring me down. They held their pose and stare for several minutes, it was rather unnerving:

Then I have a daily owl from today’s walk:

I published a new chapter of Meganeea today, with three illustrations. You can read it here if you would like. ๐Ÿ˜Š

In the afternoon I played Legend Of Mana for a little while. A while after that I had a big burst of energy/emotions for… reasons, that I desperately needed to walk off ๐Ÿ™ˆ so I took my second walk in spite of this insanity:

When I got back, Christopher was home. I was able to coax him into having a date night dinner out. So I put a new outfit together (parts of it are new) and I brought Vanilla Bean with me. We went to the Village Tavern.

I took this photo of Vanilla Bean in the car but she ended up looking kind of wonky. This also distracted me into not putting my seatbelt on until a few streets later. I’m not sure why, I’ve been forgetting that once in a while. I’m paranoid about wearing a seatbelt, so it’s weird.

Our wait wasn’t very long. I took this selfie of us while our table was being readied. I hope we can take photos like these without masks soon…

I felt like celebrating tonight, so I got a chocolate martini. Vanilla Bean had a sip too:

Rather horrifyingly for a $120+ teddy, she got some chocolate on her paw in the process. Thankfully it was easily wiped off! Well… ultimately I want to enjoy my stuffies, and take them on adventures, so the odd stain or such is not the end of the world if it happens. It’s just life.

I should say, this drink always does a number on me. I’d have to drink four glasses of wine to get as plastered as this one drink gets me, I don’t know why. Christopher says there’s vodka in it, which I never drink, so I guess that would explain a lot.

Needless to say I was absolutely obnoxious the entire evening, and yet in my drunken state managed to beat him at two rounds of Tetris. By the end of our game time, however, the pieces seemed to be going all in the opposite directions I wanted them to go. The connection between my hands and my brain was quite fuzzy. But I didn’t care, it was so much fun.

Tomorrow should be fun too. Goodnight, everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Say Hello To A Brand New Week! โœจ

Hi guys! I hope your week is off to a good start. Mine feels like a continuation of the weekend, because Christopher stayed home and we spent almost the entire day together. It was so nice!

I went on my two walks. It was raining hard for the first one but I went anyway. I was quite soaked when I got home but that’s alright. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me –not when I’ve managed to lose five pounds in a week! I’m ecstatic and I feel so energized. If I don’t walk my walks now, I feel antsy. ๐Ÿ˜

For my second walk it wasn’t raining so I took a couple of photos:

I also said hi to my little owl friends:

I came home with more snails again, oops. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I need to stop.

Christopher and I watched a documentary on movie ratings and the last Jurassic World movie, Fallen Kingdom. I really liked it. Blue is so cute, I’m so glad I have such a nice toy of her.

While we watched the first movie, our elderly cat, Kotoko, climbed quite high on the cat tree. She seemed pleased with herself, but it made Christopher a little nervous. ๐Ÿ˜…

In between movies we went to have Starbucks and to walk around Target. Since I’d already had lunch, I just got my coffee and Christopher had pizza. I bothered him by taking photos.

At Target I got a new blouse and two more musical dinos for my sand/beach bucket:

I also found a Snap Squad velociraptor! It was the only one. It’s so cute.

Tomorrow I’m going to visit my mom, so I’m looking forward to that. It’ll be a busy day though, because I didn’t manage to finish today’s warm-up. So tomorrow I have to make really sure I stay on track, the whole day.

Still –it’s okay. I was happy that I spent time with Christopher today. Tomorrow I’ll catch up for sure!

Weekend Wind-Down ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

Today was so, so lovely. This entire weekend was. There’s a healing quality to certain days, that leave you feeling like you can do anything, and that life is really worth living. I feel that way right now.

This morning I took a different route on my walk. It’s kinda bland. Tomorrow I may do my usual one. It’s nice to do something different though, so, since I do two walks a day, I may do this one in the morning and the other one in the evening. I took a couple of photos during this walk…

Here’s a squirrel I met! He had a nut. Or maybe it was a kernel of popcorn? Either way he was obviously protective of his loot:

After my walk, I sat with Christopher while he had breakfast. We watched a movie (we’re getting through all of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World movies). I took this photo of him because Kotoko and Tomoyo were waiting for him to finish his cereal so they could drink his leftover milk. The atmosphere was… intense.

After the movie was done our friend came over, and we went to lunch together, and then to Spirit Halloween. I brought Circo with me:

Whenever I’m in the backseat like this and the two of them are just talking their talk in the front, I feel so small. It’s definitely a very Little feeling and for sure part of why I felt so content the entire evening. It just does something for me. Ironic, I hated the back seat when I was actually little.

We had Chipotle for lunch. I hadn’t had it in forever. I find myself enjoying meals like these much more happily now that I am exercising and watching what I eat.

At Spirit Halloween I bought a couple of fishnet stockings which are an… unusual addition to my wardrobe. ๐Ÿ˜ But as I said, I’m branching out. I also got a couple of new skirtalls in the mail, very cool ones (as in, the fabric is very breathable) that should work well for my walks in the heat. I’ll be trying those out tomorrow.

After we got back from Spirit Halloween, the three of us watched the first Jurassic World movie. It was so cozy and I don’t remember feeling so utterly content in a while. It was my second time watching this movie. I liked it much better this time around. Tomorrow Christopher and I might watch the next one.

I was super happy with how today’s warm-up came out. I’m finally giving myself license to play around with brushes and other commercial-use assets. Even though assets such as these brushes, or patterns, or commercial-use stock photography are literally made for artists to use, I always felt very reluctant to take advantage. I’ve gotten over that mental block, however, and it is bringing me a lot of joy in these latest few drawings.

I guess that’s all I have to share today, other than, I just feel so happy. I have not felt this happy in a long time. And seeing Christopher also be happy, after such a nice day, is a feeling that utterly completes me. He’s been so stressed. I know not every day can feel this way, but I’ll treasure the memory of each and every day that does.

Meet Grape Jelly! ๐Ÿ‡

I had to go back for her, okay? I had to. Ricky Parky saw her picture and insisted she had the same eyes as him, or something, and that I had to bring her home. Look, I don’t know, but she’s mine now. She’s sitting next to Ricky and Femur now.

Also, I would have ordinarily trashed her carry pouch but I just know someday in the far future rats will come into our lives again… so I put the pouch away in the rat stuff bin.

Thankfully my heart was VERY set on the little trike, because these were hard to leave behind too, especially the giraffe!

That’s it for this post! My hug has grown… again. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

Craft Store Outing ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚

Today I went out! Thanks to kind commissioners/friends I was able to pay some more debt this morning and during my outing got some goodies at the craft store. I went grocery shopping, too.

On the way, I had some fun with the JE Alive App did some wild dinosaur spotting:

I saw this at Public and it really cracked me up. Iโ€™m not sure if you guys have seen these dog toys. Multiple lines seem to make dog toys that closely and hilariously resemble existing IPs –I’ve seen them at both Publix and Target. They are REALLY bold sometimes. Iโ€™ve seen a suspect Totoro before, and now this โ€œCookieโ€ with ears! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿช

Now for a couple of cutie things I saw today at the craft store. ๐Ÿฅฐ First this SUPER cute trike, I hated leaving her behind:

Grogu was more interesting than cute (his eyes look just plain wrong to me) but it was a really big plastic bank. I hadnโ€™t seen those in a long time.

Iโ€™m so ready for the season, can you tell?? ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽƒโœจ

Some fun leaf foam stickers too!

These are four packs of scrapbooking shapes. I took a second picture so you can see the ones underneath. Very cute and versatile! Also they were 50% off. Can’t beat that!

Cute wooden shapes to decorate my new bed! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒป

A neat sticker book I found today! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ’๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŠ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ๐Ÿฏ

I canโ€™t wait to play with thisโ€ฆ but Iโ€™m also excited about Halloween before then lol ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿฆ• I’d like to share them with my friend Mandie.

A wee dinosaur box to store some junk I currently have on the floor:

Last thing. A fat quarter. Not very exciting-looking, but Iโ€™m gonna use it to make tiny bandanas for plastic dinosaurs and thatโ€™s definitely exciting.

Then again my definition of exciting is subjective. I’m easily excited.

My Dino Family Has Grown! ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•๐ŸŒดโ˜„๏ธ

Somehow, even in my deep love for dinosaurs, I’ve avoided Jurassic Park toys/the franchise apart from the original movie. This is ironic, because the two biggest factors behind my dinosaur love, at least in childhood, were The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park. The latter was the first “really scary” movie I ever watched which at the time felt like a milestone. It still gives me the same thrill today.

I think I wanted to make my affection for dinosaurs more… pure? Lol. As in free from brands? But the result is that I’ve missed out on amazing things, like Jurassic World Evolution, the original novel (which I own but never read) and stuff like Camp Cretaceous and of course the AMAZING figures in the toy line.

The most recent change to this was getting the raptor and t-rex figures I named Bangers and Mash. I was so pleased with them that I began to look for more in this line –both the Imaginext and “normal” lines, honestly I’m not familiar with the specifics, but I got a few new dinos, and now most of them have arrived.

It’s also very unlike me to get toys that have movements or make sounds. I generally dislike this. But Jurassic World toys are so unbelievably cool in this regard, that I couldn’t help it and do not regret it.

The first two I want to show off are these Indominus Rex and Carnotaurus:

Their chibi proportions make them appear irresistible cute!

The Carnotaurus “Toro” is by far my favorite. He can blink, which I wish worked better (you really have to push) but he is so adorable and lifelike:

Here is his chomping action:

Even more adorably, he can look from side to side! This is truly excellent toy design.

Indominus Rex is a little fiercer-looking. You can feed her, but she will get mad if you touch her while she is eating:

This is another Indominus Rex, of the cheaper Imaginext line. I saw this at Walmart while I was with Mwako and found the concept of it hilarious. A little dino goes on its back, and supposedly Indominus Rex should fiercely and easily shake this cheeky hanger-on right off.

Instead, it is a rather futile effort, as the little guy just will NOT LET GO.

I have to admit, I was not bummed out by this failure. I like that the little dino won’t be easily lost, since he’s determined to stay on, and Indominus Rex just hangs its head so dejectedly after the failed attempts that I found it hilarious.

Those are actually poses I like to keep them on, but if you keep his head at the lowest setting, he looks SUPER sad. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Finally, I was able to find a differently-colored pair of t-rex and raptor in the ridiculously affordable XL Imaginext line. Bangers and Mash were from Walmart and sold separately for a very reasonable price, while these two come as a set on Amazon, for even less money:

And yes… I do expect to name all my dinos and give them some sort of flair. That’s what all my toys get! ๐Ÿ˜

I have just one more coming –actually, she already came (it’s Baby Blue) but I wasn’t too pleased with the paint job so I’m having her replaced. And there are two more, massive dinos I want, and I truly mean massive, but they are $50 each. I put those in my wish list for now. ๐Ÿ˜… Maybe for Christmas? I’m not sure my mom will humor me that much. It’s not the cost, it’s just that a brachiosaurus that goes past my knee might be too much.

On a final note I am very excited for the Jurassic World Evolution game coming out in November. I hope I can get it. ๐Ÿฅบ I swear in no year of my life have they ever been so many games I wanted to play!

Pumpkin Drinks Are Back, But I Might Be Done…

Starbucks pumpkin drinks are back, so I had my first one of the seasonโ€ฆ Got a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. Sadly, it was almost totally flavorless. ๐Ÿ˜ž

Iโ€™m not sure why I still try. I hadnโ€™t had Starbucks in months for this reasonโ€ฆ There are three locations near me, and they all botch simple drinks (no special requests/mods) every time. My husbandโ€™s too.

It didnโ€™t use to be this wayโ€ฆ in particular when the newest one opened it could be counted on to make perfect drinks. Then it steadily declined. And no one wants to be a Karenโ€ฆ so Iโ€™ll often trash my full $6 drink, a rare treat, rather than complain to a tired barista. ๐Ÿ˜ข The times I have asked for it to be fixed or remade were when I was with someone else who would have felt uncomfortable if I simply stared at my drink and didn’t drink while they did.

And you may say, “well donโ€™t buy overpriced Starbucks at all then” but I don’t go there for the good “coffee”. The chain has been a steady presence in my life where many important memories were formed & parts of my books written. Sometimes I just want to go back, and enjoy a syrupy drink… it shouldn’t be so hard when I never ask for any modifications to them.

I still sometimes have the occasional perfect (or, you know, just moderately enjoyable) drink, but it’s so rare. I had already gone from “Starbucks through the year” to “Starbucks only at Fall & Christmas” (because those drinks seemed impossible to screw up) and now… it may be just “Starbucks at Christmas”.

Until that gets botched too. Lol. I dunno. I may give a PSL one last try. I’m just bummed, man.

Mwakoโ€™s โ€™21 Visit ๐Ÿฆ Day Three

๐Ÿ–๏ธ At The Beach ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

I think today was my most favorite day of Mwako’s visit! It was definitely our “Littlest” day. We went to the beach and played lots of Littlespace games later that day back at my house.

We were up very early and off to Target to get some beach toys since I didn’t have any. Mwako got me a bucket, some scoops and a saxophone playing parasaurolophus!

I wore my Wen swimsuit, which I love to pieces still, and my new Toy Story Land hat that I got during the last Orlando trip. ๐Ÿ˜

Mwako took lots of photos of some –some candid, some I posed for. I think these might be the only photos of me at a beach ever.

There was a lot of seaweed, and I didn’t want to go into the water because it required wading past it. So Mwako basically dragged me screaming into the sea, I wish I was joking. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ Then I clung on to him like a barnacle, and didn’t want to go back into the beach because of wading into the seaweed again. There was SO MUCH of it.

While we played in the water, a vehicle came and swept a lot of the seaweed on the beach away (or rather, “tilled” it into the sand). So at that point we went back to play on the nice clean beach.

My large blue bucket was quite unmanageable. I wasn’t able to make a big castle with it, I guess the sand was the problem. Being full of seaweed, it easily fell apart. But I was able to make a few small structures! A tiny city of sorts.

My parasaurolophus simply stood by playing an ominous tune on his sax.

Eventually the village was done! It even had bushes for decoration. A peaceful neighborhood, for the time being.

Mwako doesn’t really like his picture taken, but he approved of me taking this one from far away. He is looking for seashells for me to decorate my houses with.

All of these beautiful beach photos were taken by Mwako.

Of course, I had to “enhance” them with stickers… ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Here’s a couple more he took of me:

At this point my sax-playing parasaurolophus decided it was time to give in to his dinosaur instincts and destroy the town.

Just like that the poor entire town is gone. For some reason, after this I felt very satisfied, and just sat staring out at the sea in contemplation.

…before sentencing my parasaurolophus to be drowned when the tide came in as penance for the wanton destruction:

(In the end he got lucky, we had to leave before the tide came in. He lives to destroy again!)

๐Ÿฃ๐ŸŒˆ Littlespace Time ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฃ

After the beach, we went to a McDonald’s Drive-Thru and it was the perfect hour: they had Sausage Egg McMuffins AND fresh fries! I had one of the most delicious breakfasts in months. Then we got back to my place, showered, and feeling quite refreshed, began our Little time!

At Mwako’s suggestion, we watched The Owl House, a show I am new to. I liked it a lot! Here is Mwako’s play area with the big crayons:

Mwako colored very, very fast. One could hardly keep up with him!

I just colored one drawing, of Cookie Monster with… err… a neighbor? Cousin?

I basically finished, but want to add some more details later:

I also started on a new squirrel page:

Multiple Owl House episodes later, our wrists hurt and we needed a snack, so we headed downstairs.

๐Ÿฟ Intermission ๐Ÿฟ

For a snack, I had coffee and a chocolate rice krispie treat! Mwako had juice and Lunchables.

๐Ÿงฉ Time For Games ๐Ÿงฉ

Next was board games! We played Bluey’s Shadowlands.

The physical execution of this fame is atrocious, lol. I can’t recommend buying it. It’s a cool concept, however it is very poorly done. Materials wise, I mean. Mostly it’s the palm tree mechanism that is a problem. But the game looks nice.

Still –we had fun with it. Mwako won!

๐ŸŒˆ Waffle Block Fun ๐ŸŒˆ

I love waffle blocks so much! They are my favorite type of block by far. We had so much fun with them. I made a little house! The house had windows, a path, a fence, a lawn chair, a satellite dish and two bushes.

Mwako made two things. The first was an Evil Lair Of Liony Doom (my name). I took many photos because I thought it was extremely cool.

He also made a cat carrier, with a handle and all:

Of course, we had to have the cats try it…

Elliot had regrets.

Rosie’s opinion was similar:

At this point Christopher was getting home so we put the toys away, and once he arrived, we went to our anticipated ramen dinner.

๐Ÿœ Hi-Pot Dinner ๐Ÿœ

Hi-Pot is one of our favorite restaurants and we were happy to introduce Mwako to it. We hadn’t had it in a long time and it was as good as ever.

Since I don’t often get to go out these days, I changed all over again just to go out to dinner:

As I was setting the alarm when we left, I noticed the sun on the Ring camera and it looked pretty so I took a capture:

I had… OMG… I had too many eggs. Christopher gave me his egg in exchange for my meat. I also ordered a side order of egg thinking it would be one egg but it was two. It was a massive amount of delicious eggs.

After we got home I almost went straight to bed, just kinda crashed, I was so happy and so full. Mwako leaves tomorrow… I will miss him lots. And I’ll back to work, work work! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Mwakoโ€™s โ€™21 Visit ๐Ÿฆ Day Two

For our first adventure, Mwako and I went to Fern Forest Nature Center! We had so much fun walking the trails and engaging in conversation about so many different things. I brought my little troll doll, Celeste, to take some photos.

๐Ÿ“Œ Warning for a photo of a very tiny ๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ SPIDER ๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ a few photos ahead (it’s tiny) and a couple photos of a SNAKE in a tank at the end. ๐Ÿ

A good amount of the trails we picked had boardwalks. It was very hot in spite of the sun not being high in the air yet. While no significant wildlife was about, we spotted tons of interesting things, logs, mushrooms, just small pretty things in nature.

Coming off the boardwalk trail, we went to the Wetlands Wander South trail next.

Down this ledge, it looked as though a troll just like Celeste, or a goblin or elf, might live! Mwako said it probably housed snakes, though. ๐Ÿ˜

Here’s the tiny spider I mentioned at the start of the post. Just minding its own business under a leaf! ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ

Some of these photos look very “samey”… I should have made more of an effort in posing Celeste.

These two were a couple of my favorites, though:

And now for the highlight! Mwako spotted this tiny tortoise on the trail. We thought it might be dead at first glance, but no!

It really was the perfect size for Celeste!

After the photos we gentle put it in the grass where it couldn’t get stepped on.

Before leaving the nature center we went inside one of the buildings to cool off. There was a snake there! Celeste said hi to it.

For lunch, we went to The Tavern! It was a huge treat. I had a crab cake and a crรจme brรปlรฉe .

The crรจme brรปlรฉe was made perfectly. Mwako and I shared it!

Tomorrow we are going to the beach at Mwako’s suggestion. Very, very excited about that! ๐Ÿคฉ We will bring toys to play in the sand. It’s going to be so much fun, I’ve wanted to go to the beach in a Little sort of way for pretty much ever!