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Pre-Thanksgiving Wrap-Up 🦃

Hi hi, everyone! Before I leave for the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s time to do a big ol’ wrap-up of the last week or so. It’s been busy!

I wanted to share the collector’s edition goodies of my copy of Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~. I didn’t get to look at those until after the Tampa trip, even though that’s when I started playing the game.

The collector’s edition came with several pins and a keychain:

Over the last day or so I already played one of the stories. Of course, I started with Van. As always, it was adorable, especially his interactions with Delly. You can read my impressions on that playthrough in my previous post.

Going back to last week (last Thursday to be precise) here is a cute squirrel I came upon during my morning walk:

After my walk, I had my coffee with Bowser Jr…

It was actually a pretty eventful day, but not much about it to share here. I did take a photo of another snack of that day, though. 😅

That’s all I’ve got for Thursday, I got basically nothing done but went to bed very happy. 🥰

This photo is from Friday. I was running around trying to get chores done, and Rosie decided to unmake my bed. 😒 She was still hiding under there. This has since become a new habit.

Later that day, I continued working on a Christmas wallpaper for Christopher, which you’ve likely already seen me post, along with a matching icon:

After that, I went on yet another walk. I went to Target too, to pick up these two things. A Yoshi plushie and a Mario Kart Daisy figure:

I put Daisy in my studio. I wanted a Yoshi plushie because Yoshi is Christopher’s pick in all the Mario games and it reminds me of him.

On Friday and Saturday I continued and mostly finished decorating the house for Christmas. Grover helped!

Reading Christmas stories with my morning coffee as the house starts to get festive around me is a lovely feeling…

Saturday was wonderful. I finished decorating the tree, though I still had some minor details left to do around the house. Our friend came to spend time with us, we played Mario Kart and Mario Party. He won Mario Party but the three of us won Mario Kart rounds.

I tend to do poorly at many mini-games but I love this one.

We also watched Cowboy Bebop (the new Netflix show). I know it’s not perfect and if I’d just watched the anime I’d probably hate it but, it’s been quite a while so I’m enjoying this new version a lot. I’ll probably revisit the anime afterwards.

It was a nice surprise that my problem with Mario Kart really was the Wii U controller. Playing on the Switch with a full controller, I even managed first place once, a rarity for me! And I came in second or third other times.

We went to Nami Sushi for dinner:

It was one in a string of fun, happy, comforting Saturdays recently, and I made even more memories that I’ll treasure.

On Sunday I completed the decorating for good. The tree looks very festive!

Here is Grandpa’s corner, with the candy I can no longer sneak into his hand when Grandma isn’t looking. But still, I make sure he has it.

This area is on the way to the movie/living room:

Here is the movie room with the Christmas village. I like to find different Christmasy streams to broadcast on the projector:

And here is the Christmas village in all its glory!

I got my Yoshi looking all merry, too:

I also put Christmas lights on my bunk bed. I forgot to turn on the fairy lights on this photo for extra effect, but Grover’s outfit still makes it all look extra Christmasy:

Outside, other than the wreath, I put up a new flag:

On Monday I did all of my packing for Thanksgiving and then Christopher dropped me off at my mom’s. Instead of dinner, we had a little “picada” and margaritas. It was delicious! But the alcohol made me very sleepy and I went to bed early. 😴

The next morning I got to work on two commission slots for Nero and Bluu. Grover kept me company. I really love this toy, I’ve slept holding it tight almost every night since our Tampa trip. 🥺💕

When my mom got home from work we went to the Youth Fair. The weather was amazing! Sunny, but cool. We started by sharing an arepa and walking around. Then we had corn with parmesan, garlic, butter and mayo:

Here are some random pretty photos I took around the fair:

A Christmas tree! The fair normally happens in April. It didn’t happen last year. Christmas stuff isn’t the norm, but it was nice to see.

Have one more photo of it because I couldn’t decide which one to use:

We rode a two story carousel. It was so pretty!

I was able to get photos of me and my mom. We were really happy.

I got a little video while I was riding:

At the end of the night, we had freshly squeezed lemonade and pinchos. The alligator in the photo is one my mom won for me in a crane machine!

Here’s one last photo I took of my mom, her hair was a little messy because it was so windy:

We had a really good time. By the time we went home we really were completely beat.

And that brings us to today –Wednesday! I had a lot of prep to do still once Christopher picked me up and we got home. I took care of the snails, the cats, more packing, and I made two banana walnut loaves for Thanksgiving. Christopher made me mac ‘n cheese and fried eggs for dinner, a very Little-feeling meal! 😁

That’s it from me… I will be gone until Saturday. Hope you all have a very, very Happy Thanksgiving!

Good Morning, Friends! 💙☃️

Good morning, everyone! I had my snowman cookie for breakfast. Pretty soon I’ll go on my walk (it’s cold!), do my chores, and then finish the last of the Christmas art and send it all to print.

I’ll probably decorate for Christmas this week, I don’t care if it’s early. Some years I’m just in the mood! I’ll also find a Christmas sweater and hat for Grover so he won’t be cold. I think I’ll actually go look for Christmas cards and paper during my walk, because I have almost all of the presents now, so I might as well start wrapping them this week.

Back From Tampa! 🥰

Not unlike last Saturday, this weekend was full of memories and things that are better suited to keep in my own heart than to blog about. They’re too special. At the same time, I was so overwhelmed with happiness and having fun, and being “present”, that I took very few pictures. But I’ll share what I have.

There was not a single moment of this entire weekend that was dull or anything less than pure bliss. We left around 7:00pm, stopped by McDonald’s (my food was pretty awful but I was too giddy to care) and once we arrived in Tampa I had another chance at dinner. We went to Bahama Breeze. I had a mojito and fish tacos. I carried Bowser Jr. around for a lot of this trip:

The next morning we could truly appreciate our hotel room’s unbelievable view:

We had tons of fun at Busch Gardens. I didn’t go on any rides and thankfully wasn’t harassed very much to go on any, either. I enjoyed just looking around and being together. Sometime in the afternoon we left the park to go have lunch at a highly recommended hot dog place:

When we went back to the park, they went on a few more coaster rides, and in between I got a Grover plushie as a treat that I’d been promised if I was good. This was a relief as I’d grown quite tired of being good all day and by the time I had Grover, I could start causing problems again. 😝

We had a very pleasant dinner at Outback, and then went to the hotel to rest. We were in bed pretty soon, and slept very heavily. Before we knew it, it was almost 11:00am and we’d only just woken up! Thankfully check out was at noon.

For lunch, we stopped by the same little British place that Christopher and I ate at during our five year wedding anniversary trip. It was as good as last time but it was a bummer that they didn’t have bread pudding this time. I had bangers and mash again, but I didn’t have cider since I’d just woken up.

And then, just like that, we were on our way home. I really, really didn’t want this weekend to end. It was hard to accept that it had to end, but Christopher did say that it doesn’t really end since happy things will keep happening. So I remained pretty cheerful and looked out the window with Grover.

I love Grover. I think he is the gentlest of all the Sesame Street characters. I like a lot of Sesame Street characters, but if I was to have one to hug at night, it had to be Grover. This particular toy is very special to me. I’m going to keep him forever.

Up there he’s showing off a cute snowman sugar cookie that I was surprised with just because. I love the cookie too, I can’t bear to eat it. Its scarf and earmuffs even match Grover’s fur. But I’m sure I will eat it tomorrow, since I took a picture of it to remember it by.

The ride back almost ended too soon. We were pretty cheerful throughout, Christopher was just bouncing in his seat at times playing air guitar and it was a delight to see him so happy.

At some point he took this photo of me in the back seat.

Even as I type this limited entry, I keep remembering little things from this weekend that made me feel so happy and Little –holding hands, having Christopher button up my jacket in the cold, getting Grover, and a bunch of innumerable other things that happened, and feeling overwhelmed with contentment and happiness. How do I go back to normal now? 😅 I don’t feel normal at all.

Well… I’m sure I will think of something… I have art to work on, and perhaps I’ll decorate the house early. My Christmas mood is just too strong. I’m on a very high “high” right now and intend to turn it into productivity all of this week!

Pre-Trip Wrap-Up 👀💦

Hi hi, everyone! This is another wrap-up of the last few days. Life is busy and happy and I don’t have time to blog every day right now. 😅

Last Sunday I went to the Asian market to get some special goodies. One of the things I got were these panda chocolate balls. The decor in each little package made the white balls look like pandas. It was so cute!

The white shell was very hard. You couldn’t bite into it right off the bat. But the inside was soft, delicious chocolate. You could bite into the shell after having it in your mouth for a little while. 🐼

Here’s some kitty photos I took on Monday. Rosie and Kotoko:

Kotoko was dealing with a bit of an UTI earlier this week, and Tomoyo’s asthma has been acting up terribly due to the dryer air that comes with colder weather. I’m trying my best to make them well.

💕 Visiting Mom 💕

Monday night I went to my mom’s for a longer visit. I was very tired on Monday and didn’t do anything really, I crashed on her couch as soon as I arrived. It’s very unusual for me. But the next day I had plenty of energy, got up early and went on my 10 km walk. I walked all the way to the beach!

I came to this beach recently with a good friend, but it was late, on a moonless night. You couldn’t really see the sea and it was a bit spooky. You could hear it though. But this time I was able to get lots of beautiful pictures. It was so pleasant.

I even got some video:

On the way there, I met a neighborhood kitty with a sad-looking face:

And on the way back I came across a man walking his dog and his cat at the same time. I didn’t get a picture of that, but it was interesting to see. Only the dog had a leash.

When I got back, I had a little snack and completed another event in Legend Of Mana:

Sweeney was so happy to see me. Tuesday is a workday for my mom, and I left the house before her, so he wasn’t expecting anyone to be back before the evening. He was over the moon!

Shampoo, too, was a little ball of affection. I took a nap, and she stayed with me the whole time.

I spent all of Tuesday working on family gift art for Christmas, watching YouTube, and playing Legend of Mana alternatively. I brought my own lunch since my mom wasn’t expecting me here two days as it was a bit of a last minute decision:

I did some events in LoM that I hadn’t done in my original play through, so that was kinda fun!

Here’s a few screenshots. The art of this game is such a treat. Sometimes I have to stop playing and just stare at the backgrounds. They are gorgeous.

I’ve passed the halfway mark with the events now. I’m enjoying this trip down memory lane very much, but I do also just want to finish, because I have so many other games to play.

For dinner on Tuesday night, my mom made chorizo. It was really good!

Wednesday morning I went on the same walk. I don’t usually do 10 km walks unless I know I won’t be able to do my evening walk. That was the reason yesterday too. I walked to the beach and back again.

After I got back, my mom and I had mate:

I think I may bring Bowser Jr. on the trip. I was going to bring one of my teddies but Bowser Jr. stands up so nicely for photos…I’m not sure.

The entire day was spent much in the same way as Tuesday, except it was my mom’s day off so she was also here. I worked on the very last piece of Christmas gift art and played Legend Of Mana until my Switch battery died.

In the afternoon, we had this for a snack (more like an early dinner for me):

It’s called a “coxinha”. It was really good. It was filled with something like cream cheese and shredded chicken.

Today was Día Del Dibujante in Argentina. My mom always has a little surprise for me on this day (it basically means, a day to celebrate people who draw). This was the present she got me:

It’s a pair of earrings shaped like pencil shavings! I love them so much!

Christopher picked me up in the evening. I missed him so much, I was so happy to see him again. Once home, I got to see some things that came in the mail, namely, this new Daisy shirt:

…and a game that Christopher got for us since it was finally on sale, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe:

And that brings us to now —Wednesday night. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day for me; I have to do all of my pre-trip prep! I’ll be gone from Friday until Sunday and won’t be answering any DMs of any kind.

I’m besides myself with excitement for so many reasons. 🙈 I just want time to go faster! 😩 That was actually part of the reason I stayed longer at my mom’s. I really need distractions and to make time fly. But I think it almost just made time feel slower because I missed Christopher a lot.

Selfie Time! Plus Other Stuff 🤳

I’ll say right from the get go that this post just feels weird, because it has literally three selfies, and that’s two too many. I like to document my daily outfits so I can replicate them later. But today I put two outfits together that I loved, and also wanted to show off my new choker, so you get three selfies. It’s an unusually narcissistic post, even for me! 😅

Anyway, today I went out to pick up an order at Hot Topic, making that into my walking for the day (over 10 km in the space of just under 3 hours, I took a break in the middle). This was my outfit for the walk, and I’m actually wearing pink tights because that skirt is way too short, but it’s harder to tell because ✨ filters ✨. They’re pretty pink IRL though.

Because this is, let’s be frank, a school uniform, I felt a little awkward wearing it, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as many compliments on anything I’ve worn in recent memory. Between that and the recent weight loss, my self esteem is doing kind of okay. 😁✨

Since I’ve basically put together an extensive punk wardrobe at this point, I’ve been wanting a couple of less basic chokers. I got this one today:

I also got one that is almost identical but it’s thin leather (this one is velvet) and rather than having the spikes all around like this choker, they’re only in the front –and they’re rainbow colored! That will fit a lot of my outfits very well. Actually I could just show the damn thing:

Speaking of outfits, after I got home and showered (it was very hot… I was literally dripping with sweat) I changed into another outfit for something special that I did in the afternoon. I’m pretty happy with this one as well (but, ignore the shoes… if going out, I’d be wearing my black boots):

I really like the changes to my wardrobe. My Little self is still there, though I definitely feel like I’ve switched headspaces to an older one. And that’s okay. I still like to draw my fursona in the younger range. But as far as the IRL me, I like my current headspace a lot. It just feels good, and different. And a bit more devious. 😈 In my same old, dumbass way.

I made sure to greet Christopher with his afternoon coffee the moment he walked in. ☕ I’m so happy that he hasn’t worked late these past two days! 🙏 After my chores were done, we played a couple games of Rummikub. We each won a round!

Then it was time to make dinner. I made chicken meatballs tonight!

Ready for the oven:

I wanted to serve some of Christopher’s favorite things to make him smile, so there was avocado and mozzarella cheese too. It ended up being a bit too much food, it was all surprisingly filling.

Now I’m just wrapping up chores and getting ready for bed…

Slowly we are getting through the week. I’m hoping we can have a relaxing, happy weekend with a few fun activities. 💕 Goodnight, everyone.

Ending The Day With A Smile 😊

Well, you know me, in spite of my earlier vent art (which honestly helped me to have drawn) I can’t stay down for long… so, just like yesterday, I pushed myself to have a good day! I talked to my mom in law today too, which also helped me feel much better. I’m so looking forward to seeing her.

I did a lot of chores today, and I went on my evening walk. I got some very pretty photos during it:

I made Christopher tacos for dinner. Here’s a picture of them with a new little friend that I’ve wanted to get for a while:

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Still Sleepy… 🥱

Morning everyone. Well… afternoon, I guess. Even though I went to bed in a much better mood (and still am) the night sucked. It was fine until around 4:30am, I think? Around then, the power went out. So, with that, a bunch of things happened in succession.

My mom’s UPS began to beep. I woke up, she stirred enough to start snoring loudly. Suddenly I had strong cramps —I’d probably just been sleeping through them until then. I waited a while, wanting to put on my earplugs but afraid because I wasn’t sure if the burglar alarm worked when the power was out, and if it’s not, I feel much less safe wearing my earplugs.

In the end I had to, I just couldn’t sleep otherwise. I put them on, but by then, without the fan or AC the room was becoming sweltering. I eventually managed fall back asleep, and the power took like two hours to return. Then I woke up again when my mom started getting phone calls from the gas station because the longish outage was causing issues that they couldn’t fix without her.

It was bad enough that she had to go to the gas station in person to fix the mess that the outage caused. I tried to get a little more sleep during that time, but just couldn’t. So maybe I will after I finish writing this post.

Other than that we had a pleasant morning after my mom got back. As usual, we had mate…

We let Sweeney and Shampoo out, and left the door open a bit. After a while, my mom’s landlord’s cat, Lincoln, came to visit:

My mom has a catnip plant, so she cut some pieces to give him and he absolutely lost his mind.

I’m feeling pretty good other than being so sleepy. I’m happy with my writing progress lately, and with commission progress today. Looking forward to some stuff coming in the mail. Crossing my fingers for a fun weekend (maybe).

Anyway, gonna try to nap, though Bangers’ look from above my iPad seems judgmental. I feel like I should be working. 😬

Hope you’re all enjoying your week! 🐪

Busy But Doing Ok 🌇

I’m really busy and don’t have much to say today –housework and art have me slammed. But I wanted to share the photo above, the colors were so pretty. Overall I’ve had a good day.

For dinner, I made salmon. Christopher was pleased with how it came out, made me so happy. 😌

That’s it for today, tomorrow we are hopefully going out, so I’m looking forward to that!

Two Steps Back –And Forward Again! 🙌

Yesterday was a hard day. It kinda started Tuesday night when we went to bed and noticed Kotoko hadn’t joined us as is her usual routine. She was hiding in an unusual little nook under my studio bed and looked quite unhappy.

This was coupled with her vomiting even on an empty stomach (white foam) over the last few days, something that intensified in the previous 24 hours, with her appetite quite reduced. Since she had some loose stool as well during this period, and because she is old, it all became very concerning. Her hiding like that from us was the most unusual part.

We hoped so much to avoid a vet appointment, because it was at a minimum a $300 expense that we could ill afford. But yesterday morning, it became clear that we had to go, as she continued to hide from us and throw up. I took this picture right as we were leaving for the vet. She behaved very well.

On the one hand, thanks to the appointment I confirmed her ears are okay, her spotty eye is fine, the lump on her back leg is fatty tissue, and her teeth are also okay. She was given medication to control the vomiting, which has helped (she didn’t vomit anymore since yesterday morning) and a bunch of blood work, the results of which we should have today.

But on the other hand, I was SO discouraged. It was so hard to raise this month’s $500 for this month’s debt to take some stress off Christopher’s plate. I was so proud –even though I still have to raise more before November. But after the vet bill, we were set back around $300 (there was an additional $25 for other items for her):

To have such an amount removed from all of my efforts this month nearly made me cry with frustration. I’m drawing all the time, trying my best to make things okay, but I can’t catch up like this. We received a significant amount of help yesterday but it had us over $200 in the hole still. So even this morning, I was really sad about that.

It was when I came back from my walk that I had Christopher check and realized just how much we received in donations (since I had them sent directly to his PayPal) and my mind was blown!!

The entire vet bill and additional meds were covered thanks to your generous donations! 😭 The $500 I made to put towards our house debt are once again, untouched. And, most importantly, Kotoko is feeling better. This photo is from the way back from the vet (I know, the photos are very similar) but even then, because of the fluids and anti-nausea meds, she was feeling better:

It took a while for the fluids to go into her (something for which they took her to the back) so I fooled around with the Jurassic World Alive app on my phone while we waited…

Anyway, I just want to reiterate how grateful I am, all I wanted was to not have this be such a painful hit for our finances, discouraging as it was, and in the end we received so much help that we didn’t have to lose the money saved for the debt. I am so grateful to everyone who donated!

To continue in regards to yesterday. When we got back home, though I was trying to stay cheerful for Christopher (who I could tell was doing the same) I felt really low. Christopher did his best to cheer me up, he treated me to Chipotle and Starbucks on the same day. But it took a while until I felt okay again.

At least though, I managed to push through my hated task of cleaning the porch. And boy, did I hate it. But it is done, and by the time night fell, I finally let the cats outside again, to their utter delight. They’re still there now, enjoying themselves:

I also planted more grass for them to eat while they are on the porch, something I know they miss a lot.

The place looks a good bit emptier with all that I’ve thrown away, but that’s fine. It looks clean. And since this was something that was angering and depressing me so much, I expect my mood to continue to improve today and over the weekend, every time I see it. 😊 I’m also gonna clean up the house a little bit, since I am considering having a party the weekend after this one. 🤔

During one of my cleaning breaks yesterday, while having my coffee, I read some of this book I got at the Swap Shop…

It’s very simple, but quite adorable. I like it because the stories are not about bears in general but about teddy bears specifically (as in, toys).

And that brings me to now! I’m having breakfast with Picaña as I work on this post.

Anyway, today I really need to catch up on artwork, as much as I can. Things are not delayed per the queue, but they are per my monetary personal goals. 😥 This week just kinda went to heck, though thanks to everyone’s support it is turning around again! 🎉