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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!

Week Off To A Happy Start! 🌈💙

Today was a pretty good day. I got Grover all decked out for Christmas! He looks happy. Tomorrow I’ll decorate the house, maybe, if I have the time and energy.

During my walk today (when I went to get some wrapping paper and cards) I met a duck and a cat. It was odd to see the cat so close to Pines Boulevard, where it’s so noisy, but he didn’t seem to mind and stayed away from the cars.

After that, I worked on the remaining Christmas art, and finally finished it! Then Grover and I had an afternoon snack together.

I caught Kotoko enjoying a perfect little patch of sun, just her size…

I wore my new Attack On Titan shirt today, even got a compliment on it. 😁 I really like it.

I worked really hard on dinner tonight. I made teriyaki chicken bowls. Christopher liked it and ate a lot so I felt really proud.

Now it’s bedtime, so I’m going to sleep after reading a bedtime story or two.

Hope everyone has a lovely night!

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.

Summary Of The Last Few Days 🌈🍌🍞

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a happy Thursday morning. I decided to let a few days accumulate into a single post, since, well, I haven’t had much interesting stuff to share recently.

Christopher and I have been spending more time together in the evenings, and it has been lovely. Elliot keeps us company. He always comes to the couch when Christopher gets home. Unlike our other cats, Elliot tends to spend his entire day out on the porch and doesn’t visit me much, but he always comes in when Christopher gets home. I think he misses him.

We began our evening by playing Mario Party Superstars:

Christopher won, of course…

After video games, we watched Lamb. It was really freaking weird. The weirdness is not a problem, it’s great, but I felt like it built up a lot for no real payoff. It just wasn’t very scary either.

On Tuesday, my copy of Cupid Parasite arrived! Still a while until I get to this one. I’ll be playing my next otome the weekend after this one –the final fandisc of Code: Realize.

We will be taking a trip to a place that will be all decked out for Christmas, so it’s a perfect time to finally play Wintertide Miracles, especially with such a long car ride.

This is completely random, but I’ve been fooling around with wigs, and liked how this photo came out. 😁

In the evening we watched the latest Paranormal Activity movie. It was okay. I had a little snack:

Yesterday I went on my walk, and to shop for groceries. I caught a couple of shots of this pretty butterfly on the way:

There were also several ducks foraging for food, and I got a photo and some video:

When Christopher got home, I had the smell of coffee and banana nut bread in the air. 😊 It was my first time making it and it turned out decently good:

Here is Cerise ready to try some:

Afterwards I made panko-crusted tilapia for dinner. It was pretty good.

Anyway as you can see I don’t have much interesting stuff to tell even when putting a bunch of days together. Right now, I am busy working on Christmas art for family. After that, I will resume commissions. I am also really, REALLY pumped for our upcoming trip. I pretty much cannot think about anything else…

Today I have to do my chores early, so I’ll wrap this up here. Enjoy your day, everyone!

Busy Thursday 😖

Today was a bit rough. I was up early, did some artwork in the morning and helped Christopher be off to work. I worked some more on art after that, but eventually developed a really bad headache. As soon it started, I took something and lay down, and was drifting in and out of sleep for a couple of hours, but it hurt a lot all of that time.

Eventually I couldn’t keep wasting my day anymore. The worst had passed but it still felt as though someone had dropped a bunch of bricks on my head. I went around the house dazed for a while before I could properly restart my day.

I had a snack, and continued reading this book:

It’s a real gem. I say that both sarcastically and also not. I really like to collect books meant to indoctrinate children, for a variety of reasons. For one, that single solitary book can no longer be used to teach wrong things. Two, sometimes they’re unintentionally hilarious (this is one such case). And three, because I was exposed to such stuff a lot in childhood, it makes me nostalgic.

I’m going to let this excerpt speak for itself:

Bleetle-brows, amirite?

Anyway, it’s equally hilarious and sort of infuriating, but definitely entertaining. After my snack, I decided to take another two Advil because my day was still too full of work to do and I felt too sore and out of it. Then I mowed the lawn.

When I was mowing the lawn, this froggy was out in the sun (because it had just rained):

That’s right against the side of the porch, and the froggy was upset by my moving around and wanting to escape. So it went inside one of the drainage holes (into the porch) which you can see to the left in the photo above.

We did this little dance where I kept going on the inside and the frog’s head or butt would be poking out of the hole into the porch, but it would quickly move a little more toward whatever side I wasn’t on (I was just trying to protect it from the cats, but also from the lawnmower).

Eventually I shooed him into a large hole under the house so he was safe from both. 😁

Then, I did my housework… beds, laundry, litter boxes, dishes. I cleaned the fridge and took care of the snails. After that, I did the grocery shopping and got what I needed for the weekend, including the empanada ingredients. I’ll make the empanadas tomorrow morning so I don’t have to worry about that on Saturday, since we will hopefully be out having fun.

Today had ups and downs too, as all days do lately, but I really enjoyed our date night. I felt closer to Christopher tonight that I had in some time, on a really deep level, and it was pretty fun, too. I’m going to bed on such a high, that it’s going to be difficult to actually get to sleep. 😅

Goodnight, everyone.

Another Week Down 😴

First things first, here’s my outfit for today. Waifu shirt, because why not.

Today was mostly a very good day. Christopher and I spent most of it together once my chores were done. We shopped for groceries, played Overcooked, and watched Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop, a lovely movie with unique, beautiful aesthetics. It made me tear up at the end.

At some point, I made us coffee…

After that movie was done, we watched the Muppets Haunted Mansion special (I didn’t like it, even though Gonzo is my favorite character. Muppets are very hit-or-miss with me). Then I went on my walk. On the way there, I came across a standoff between a huge iguana and a bunch of ducks. You can still see the iguana in the video below, which I wanted to record because their interaction was funny, but the moment I approached, all the ducks made a beeline for me, scaring the iguana off, which is why it’s on the side:

They wanted food, and tried hard to be cute, nodding their heads and shaking their tail feathers. Alas, I had nothing.

(CW for upsetting animal accident talk below)

I was excited to take a 10km walk today. But just a few kms in, something really upsetting happened and I had to turn back. I was going to write about it in detail, but there is no point in dwelling on the memory beyond the following: I saw a little dog get run over on Pines. It was very upsetting –even for me seeing it almost a block away (though I was half a block from the crazed doggy at one point) for the poor woman who had gotten off her car to try to get the dog, and for whoever ran it over.

If you know Pines, you know it is a very busy road. It caused a big problem and I’m sure upset many people, as a great many cars had to stop very suddenly, and many noticed what happened. It was a big thing, though it was over in mere moments. I turned back immediately and called Christopher to calm myself a little, I was okay, but it just left me so sad. There was nothing I could do.

Once I got home, I jumped in the shower and Christopher put the Bagel Bites in the oven, a last treat before he goes back to work tomorrow.

We watched a documentary about a controversial topic that ended up being very depressing. 😬 But it was a good day nonetheless. Tomorrow I have to get lots and lots of work done… so I better get ready for bed or I’ll blow my bedtime again.

Yesterday’s Walk and Other Things

There’s going to be multiple posts today because I finally feel better and I’m catching up. So if you’re subscribed to be notified per post… sorry… 😅

Yesterday I resumed my walks. Because I’ve been in some pain recently, it’s been a little harder to push past my lack of motivation. 😫 But I’m doing it. I was rewarded, too, in the evening, by the beautiful photo you see above, and by running into this little guy:

Earlier that day, Christopher took me for a short driving lesson (more of a “let’s try not to be terrified of the car” lesson). I didn’t cry this time, so that’s something. But I did hit a curb.

Allegedly.

In the evening, after the driving thing, Christopher and I sat down together to play games. He played AoE, and I tried my hand at Patrician III, but have only gotten through the tutorials, so far.

Speaking of old games… I’ve been enjoying my walk down memory lane with Dungeon Keeper Gold so very much. I utterly love this game. This photo is from when I was playing it the other day, while working on commissions at the same time:

I’m getting right at the point where I’d always die before, so let’s see if I do any better 15+ years later… 😅 Actually that’s more like 20+, I suppose. Yikes. It’s such a good game, though.

In other things done to cheer myself up, I took care of my snaily friends (a chore, technically, but always a joy too, especially today as I found two hatchlings in the Pom nursery!) and I made name necklaces for all my new dinos. Blue and Toro get their movie/show names on their necklaces, but I gave names of my own to my new raptor, t-rex and indominus rex (two of them). I called them Frijol, Picaña, Carnitas and Cilantro. Now I have to make their little bandanas too, and they will be all set to appear in photos as I usually like to take.

Okay, got just a couple more posts to make and then I’m off on my second walk. It’s funny, sometimes I just get determined to feel better and get busy, and I just… do it. It isn’t always so easy, except when it is. 🤷‍♀️ I have way too much to do to let stress and such slow me down.

Just a Duck 🦆

Today was busy as heck… I’m feeling a little too stressed out, frankly. But we had a nice time hanging out together in the evening. Before that I had my walk, and took some pictures of a duck friend I came across on the way:

He wasn’t very interested in getting acquainted.

Sorry for the short post… so busy, tired and stressed. I hope I can start next week feeling less so.

Late Week Odds & Ends 🐱🐌🦎

Good morning, everyone! I’m back from my mom’s once again and her immigration process continues to proceed smoothly. Now she has her ID so, that was a significant and happy moment.

I had a special dinner with a good friend last night and got to see the beach at night. It really was almost pitch black other than the far-off city lights, and if I had been alone I know I would have been quite scared, by the darkness and by the random people in there that you could hear but barely make out the shapes of in the corners. But feeling safe, it was really wonderful to experience that strange atmosphere for just a few minutes. I wish it had lasted longer.

Now I’m trying to get myself back in gear, do all my overdue chores today, get back to exercising (I skipped my morning walk so I’m hopefully gonna do a 10k walk this evening) and finish the background for the pumpkin carving YCH. I’m looking forward to Friday, and to an outing next Tuesday with Mandie and Shelly.

I’ve collected a number of random photos that fit nowhere, so here they are. First it’s Elliot, having taken residence upon my unmade bed:

Tomoyo decided the freshly laundered rugs made a better place to “fit”:

Here is a large iguana I saw on one of my walks:

And finally, snail stuff. Last Tuesday when I cleaned the snail tanks I decorated the glass of the bigger tank with Halloween window clings from Dollar Tree. I think it looks pretty cute!

And that’s it! Time to get things done. Hope you’re all enjoying your week!

First Day Of Fall 🍂

Hi everyone. I hope you’re having a good Wednesday! I’m under the weather because of my period but still trying my best even with my walks and all. Today I took yet another different route.

This time I ran into a group of ducks. They were very tame. When I knelt down by them, they all scurried in my direction and got very close, perhaps waiting for a snack.

I had strong cramps during my walk so it didn’t feel great. Plus, the sky went from fairly clear…

…to doomsday-like by the time I turned back.

Once I reached Pines though, I’d left the worst behind me. Somehow, I didn’t get rained on.

By the time I was in our neighborhood again, the sky was clear and stunning:

In the afternoon I zoomed with my mom and worked on one of the next illustrations for Meganeea. This illustration, which features Gideon, will also be the next chapter banner for a few chapters going forward, replacing that of young Faahvrigüo. The book (pen and ink) version is fully finished. Now I just have to color it for the banner.

I also played more Legend of Mana. I’m blown away all over again by these gorgeous backgrounds…

The weather is quite bad… I’m not sure I can go on my second walk, but I want to try. In between that and my period I get depressed. But funnily enough it’s a really good gaming mood. So maybe I’ll do more of that!