Today I went on a li’l spree! ^-^ I got some little carry cases for my earbuds, a super-soft Animal Crossing blanket, some bandanas for my toy pals and a yard of sparkly rainbow star fabric to make a bandana for myself.
But most importantly I made two new dino friends! They are BIG, and poseable!
These are officially licensed Jurassic World dinos which, in spite of LOVING Jurassic Park, I kind of avoid. I prefer simply dino toys with no sounds or fancy features and no branding. These two fit the bill so amazingly well that I couldn’t pick just one, and got both the raptor and the t-rex. 😁
I also bought some more little cases to organize my necklaces in the bathroom cabinet, a few more toys for the cats, and the main thing I’d gone shopping for: a bunch of oversized cheap t-shirts to use as nightshirts. I wanted enough for all the days of the upcoming trip without needing to do laundry.
For dinner we had beef tacos that Christopher made. They were great!
Overall I’m having some good days. I’m very busy and tired as we get closer to the trip but I’m trying my best to have everything ready, from the animals to packing to my artwork, to my mom’s immigration paperwork, while still taking care of myself in between. I’m really grateful to everyone who is being so patient with me as I get all the work done.
It’s date night! We went out to dinner tonight. This was my outfit for the day:
We went to Hi-Pot, though we just had ramen as we usually do. I give Christopher my meat and he gives me his egg. It’s a good trade. I had milk tea with boba, too, and brought Cerise along:
Afterwards we walked around a little, went to Gamestop. Christopher got Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt Of The NecroDancer for Switch and I watched him play that for a while while working on art. It was a pretty chill date night but we enjoyed ourselves.
Hello everyone, happy Wednesday! I’m still enjoying spending time with my mom. I’m not feeling so great physically though, enough that I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. So commissions that are just hitting their due date might see a small delay. Please bear with me. 🙇♀️
I’ve actually been under the weather since the weekend (again, physical symptoms) which led to canceling plans with a friend too. But I’ve continued working and have just been doing my best not to fall behind too much.
This morning we had breakfast and watched a few YouTube videos together. I introduced Beanie to mate:
Sweeney cuddled up to me during this time. I didn’t really bother or touch him and he stayed quite a while:
I played Giraffe and Anikka for a little while and drew a lot. My mom made a weird but good salad in the afternoon. It had cheese, olives, rice, tuna. It was bizarre but delicious.
Now I’m just relaxing and working on more commissions before it’s time to head home. I’ll post the daily warm-up in the evening, so look forward to that.
This morning I woke up to this cuteness next to me… Kotoko purring her heart out with her paw protectively (or is that possessively?) on Christopher’s sleeping head:
So yeah, that was adorable. Later, as she has the last few days, Kotoko came to spend time with me on the desk. She played with fishies for a while:
I had lunch with my friend Al today (it’s weird to just say “my friend” after years of saying “my boss” because even though I haven’t worked for him for years and years everyone still calls him “your boss”). 😫
Later Christopher and I went to Target for a pickup. We also got some date-night snacks and a birthday present for Nikki, his (our) sister:
Once home we watched TV and had snacks before heading out for date-night pizza…
Nothing terribly fascinating, just photos of my lunch and snack that I took the trouble to take and decorate but they just didn’t “fit” with my other posts of today.
I had fried rice with tofu and water chestnuts, avocado, and seaweed:
I really like tonic water… I don’t drink it too often though because calories. I haven’t gone back to counting calories proper yet, but I have had a few false starts. I’m sure I’ll be back in the wagon soon. In the meantime? Panda cookies:
Had a lovely evening with Christopher after grocery shopping. Watched him play games on his MiSTer while snacking and drinking some wine… then we had burgers and I drew while we watched Crashy Planes Air Crash Investigation. 😁 It was a very fun and relaxing time!
Here, have a train photo dump! After a month of playing, this is our setup before being dismantled. I’m sure we will make another in the future, but for now we need the space. This takes a LOT of room. 😅
Nothing else to add, really… just wanted to share the photos. Oh yeah, and it turns out our three new battery powered engines (Percy, Diesel and Thomas) are actually not compatible with other brands of track. So I’m trying to decide whether to modify or sell them. 🤔
I did it!! I did it! I passed my naturalization interview and civics test! Well… we did it. I couldn’t have done it without my husband’s support and the guidance of our excellent lawyer and his team.
This is the last post before I’m officially caught up on my blog, sans gaming posts. I have quite a backlog of playthroughs that I want to share, including some incoming Piofiore swag. This specific post is about my test though, and everything else that I didn’t catch up on other posts already.
The day of the interview/test, I woke up at 4:30am. The interview was at 7:00am, and I have a hard time concentrating early in the morning. So I got up early, showered, ordered myself a sausage egg McMuffin (thank goodness there were drivers delivering that early) and studied in the little bit of time I had left. I still struggled with some questions, such as how many voting members in the House vs the Senate, and I kept getting one of our Senators confused with the Governor. So in particular, I kept going over the questions that gave me the most trouble until it was time to leave the house.
Our lawyer sent another person from his office. She was really nice, but way too close to the appointment time (like, less than two minutes before we were supposed to go in, and didn’t really apologize considering we were supposed to meet 10 minutes early. It didn’t feel great, especially since she was 15 minutes late to our last Zoom meeting.)
Overall, though nervous, I felt fine going in. The agent was really nice, humming a little tune all the time and cracking jokes to help me relax. Eventually he began to ask me for paperwork, and when I opened the folder to sort through the stuff Christopher had carefully gathered for me so I could concentrate in studying, I saw this…
The great irony is that I was okay until then, holding my emotions fairly well, but at this moment I almost completely lost my s**t, haha… it was so sweet… any tense feeling I had did melt away, however. 🥰 Truly, I only had one “problem” question. I got a single vocabulary question, I was asked to definite what is the oath of allegiance. I wasn’t prepared for that and it took me off guard, but I took a deep breath –of course, I know what it means. I just had to find the right words. I did find them, and passed with flying colors.
Overall, the interview felt rather short. I thought I would be more emotional and I was surprised that I wasn’t, until the very end, and then, when the agent congratulated me, my voice did begin to crack, and my eyes were swimming, but it wasn’t until I got in the car with Christopher that I had my little cry, and then I was okay. I called my mom, and began to send messages to let everyone know.
I was under such an unbelievable amount of stress for more or less a month, that it’s hard to describe the level of relief I felt as the day wore on.
Later in the afternoon, I napped on the couch with Christopher, and slept so heavily, that when I woke up I had a bit of a scary moment were my consciousness and body hadn’t caught up. I felt fully awake and tried to form sentences to Christopher 4 times, and each time I could hear my mouth say complete nonsense, but I really was awake, and hearing my voice fail to form worms was terrifying. I thought, no joke here, that I was having a stroke. But I did fully wake up, thank goodness.
Today we checked on my case on the USCIS website and its status had changed to this:
So, very exciting times, for sure! I’m so excited to be able to vote, join a political party, and maybe even serve on a jury sometime. I’m not an American yet, but almost. Soon I will be able to say “my country” and it will mean the USA, not Argentina. I will be able to say “I’m an American”. I’ve wanted to be an American since I was 7 or 8 years old. It was always my dream, and now, 30 years later, it hardly seems real! 🥳🎊
(On that note, the movie that GIF is from is so firmly embedded in my memory for sentimental reasons, that it was a big help for me in the test. There’s a lot of stuff I remembered about the answers because of the songs from that movie. 😅 So, if the person who introduced me to it ever reads this (though we don’t talk anymore) thank you for that.)
Continuing to catch up on old stuff I didn’t get to post, while my fitness posts were put on pause, I still got the occasional walk in. Mostly, I didn’t track them, except for this one, but since I didn’t track anything else that day, there wasn’t much point in making the fitness post. This one is from April 9th.
It was late when I went on that walk, and I got to enjoy a beautiful sunset…
Not really following any proper sort of chronological order here –a couple of days prior to that, I received a lovely present from Kenny, a Build-A-Bear squirrel!
He also sent me a super cute Moomin lanyard:
At some point in time the pin I bought from Colby arrived as well. It’s so darn cute!
Also, I finally ate the Argentinean candy my mom bought for me. I hadn’t eaten these in forever, they are really good:
Last date night we went to Nami. I hope we can go again this date night but we’ve been spending a lot so it’s probably not super likely… I had this cashew shrimp plate, I’m dying to have it again:
Finally, I made milanesas last Monday. It was my second attempt in recent time and they turned out fantastic, unlike the last time. I was really proud of my hard work with them and we ate them for a couple of days:
And that’s it! I am fully caught up, other than the stuff I mentioned earlier. I’ll get to that as soon as I can. For the rest of today I have chores and art to work on, before it’s time to be together for date night. Maybe we will play with our trains tonight. ^_^
I’ve had my little bear, MoonPie, for quite some time now. I wanted to find an actual Moon Pie to give him for a photo, but for the longest time, I couldn’t. But the today I finally did!
So yeah… that’s it… just a photo of MoonPie with a Moon Pie, which by the way, are vastly inferior to Argentinean alfajores. I really don’t like Moon Pies all that much. Lol. But it makes for such a cute stuffie name!
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