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Summary Of A Happy Day ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒป

Today was a wonderful day. We had our early Valentine’s Day tea (coming in a different post) I went on a fun long bike ride, and got a long-awaited package in the mail.

As if that weren’t enough, Christopher surprised me by purchasing the espresso machine that I wanted. I only really got into having hot espresso in like, the last week… so him buying it completely threw me for a loop. He showed me the order on his phone while we were having tea and it made me cry, I was so surprised. It’ll be here Monday.

It’s a beautiful red so it will match my kitchen redecor:

There was a time when I did this at a restaurant I worked at. I wasn’t bad at it, so we’ll see if I can learn again. I’m so excited!

โœจ New Rainbow Keycapsโœจ

It took over a month, but my rainbow keycaps from AliExpress are here! Like my keyboard’s original keycaps, these are also clear (the letters, symbols and numbers, I mean) so the RGB effect still shows through beautifully:

I’m over the moon with it, as you can imagine! It fits my overall aesthetic very well.

๐Ÿฅ• A Ride With Slinky ๐Ÿฅ•

I was anxious to burn as many calories as possible after our high tea. I took a different route today, because it gets a little boring otherwise. I rode toward Tree Tops Park.

I decided to bring Slinky in my basket. Though she seems conspicuous in the photos, she was well hidden most of the time other than the lid of her hat. But I could see her, and it made me really happy. I’ve always wanted to take a stuffed animal in my basket.

I came across a little park on the way, with a huge lake in the middle and one path going all around:

There were several ducks and other birds present:

I even got a little video of the guy above:

I found a cow in a field. If it had wanted to come up to me, I would have been able to touch it.

It looked back at me with interest three or four times; I could see the white of its eyes. But it was too preoccupied with eating to engage with me.

I also came across this… thing, painted with a golf and tennis theme. It’s some electrical thing, or something of the sort, but it was so cool, I had to take a picture:

Finally, I was at Tree Tops Park. I didn’t go in, I just went straight on because it was such a nice path.

Maybe a half mile after this sign, a little more perhaps, I turned around because sunset was fast approaching. I had over an hour ride home against strong wind, and sunset was in 15 more minutes. The roads weren’t super well lit, so I panicked a little bit. I was quite far from home to be on my bike.

Night had just fallen properly when I made it back to familiar territory.

When I went through the door my legs were shaking from the effort, but I rode a total of over 12 and a half miles. I’m proud of myself. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐ŸฅŸ Ham & Cheese Empanadas ๐ŸฅŸ

Pretty much as soon as I walked in I began to work on dinner. I made ham and cheese empanadas for the first time.

They turned out alright –I need to use a different cheese next time.

That’s all, I suppose, but there will be a separate post for fun tea photos!

Last Few Days ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ’ญ

Last weekend my mom and sis in law came to visit. We played games, and Christopher cooked lots of amazing food, so we didnโ€™t have to go out for the most part. So that was really nice, and Iโ€™m missing them already. Thereโ€™s some things in regards to which only my sis in law seems to understand me… and Iโ€™ve been feeling so isolated recently. The visit somehow makes the isolation harder.

My green card came in the mail, itโ€™s really amazing to have it and no longer have to carry my passport, work permit, and the letter that made my expired temporary green card โ€œvalidโ€ (it expires because thereโ€™s such a backlog that your card expires before they can process the new one, which is why they send the letter and then you have to carry both things. God forbid you lose it!) Citizenship is gonna be next, so now we are looking into that.

Months keep going by, years even, Iโ€™m going to be 37 this month. In the back of my mind I still measure time by how long it has been since the โ€œbad stuffโ€ of a couple years ago, when I had the fallout with my friend, and everything got complicated in our friend group. Things were very lonely already since then, and with the pandemic even more so. We take so much for granted… I would give a lot to be able to go back for just one day to happy times with friends I miss, walking around the swap shop, drinking together, going to nice places to eat together, having parties… at our parties I often sit and draw and ignore everyone (at least at the LANs) but in my own quiet way I enjoy everyoneโ€™s noise and company so much. Who knows when we will have another LAN.

Iโ€™ve been trying to go out, to get out of my own head. Last Monday I went to Tree Tops Park. I got some nice pictures.

I was hunting for snails in the park, but I saw none. I did see and hear cicadas which I love, I saw many lizards and a huge iguana up a tree. I saw many spiders, and a few beetles, and flowers, and berries.

This was my favorite photo of the day, two beetles having an, err, intimate moment:

Here are some of the really beautiful flowers I saw:

I also found an interesting shell:

I believe it might have possibly belonged to a common heath snail, AKA helicella italia, but I am not certain.

Anyway, generally, I suppose my mood is a bit low… but not in a โ€œIโ€™m seriously depressedโ€ way, more in a โ€œthings are really blah right now with no change in the horizonโ€ sorta way. I havenโ€™t seen my mom in like five months. That just boggles my mind. Itโ€™s unbelievable to me. Somehow we are managing, but for how long? How long can I go without seeing my mother? How long will we all have to manage for?

Anyway I donโ€™t want to get too grim, so as a final, silly thing to add to this rambly post, here is a very odd decoration I saw at Petsmart:

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

The “Before” Times As We’ve Come To Call Them ๐Ÿฅบ

I realized that I never posted this photo from back when I went to the park last September. It seems like forever ago. I miss going out. ๐Ÿ’” Iโ€™m wearing a onesie I designed for ODU in this photo!