Happy Hump Day! ๐Ÿช ๐ŸŒˆ

Hello, everyone! How are you? It’s the middle of the week. I spent today at my mom’s too, including dinner, but I’m finally home now. I have a lot to do tomorrow, and I’m buzzing with excitement for our weekend trip!

I mentioned that I’d gotten my hands on some rare Argentinian snacks from my childhood that I would share with you. This Turrรณn & Manรญย by Arcor is the most significant one.

Turrones were the cheapest of snacks when I was growing up, costing just pennies. They are kinda dry and lightweight, a bit like eating cardboard. But they are rather filling, not just for a kid with a meager allowance ($0.25 a day, though eventually it went up to $0.50 a day… still very little you could buy with that money) but also for my mother when she was a young girl working in a furniture store that was commission only (no sales, no pay). These turrones kept my mom from starving at work during those days.

The recipe has not changed at all, not from her days, nor from mine. Even the package is very close to what it was, and fills me with nostalgia.

It’s a great snack to accompany my coffees, and under 100 calories. I got a few, but I asked my mom to get me a bunch more.

Sweeney was the same as last time. I got hisses, but I also got playfulness. He’s very excited and happy when I arrive, but he won’t let me get too chummy.

I tried to spend more time with Shampoo. She looks so different these days… She’s 17 years old and must be shaved to avoid swallowing her fur and dying of a blockage.

She’s fine, affectionate, energetic and healthy, but full of little scabs from overgrooming regardless, and so thin. You feel every bone… it makes me sad… She was once an absolute beauty:

I hope my beautiful Rosie doesn’t suffer the same fate. I do miss so much how Shampoo used to look.

Anyway. My mom made my favorite again, homemade fries and fried eggs. No one can make these things like she can –no one. In particular the eggs. There is a perfection to the consistency of the yolk that I have not seen accomplished in any setting, be it someone’s house or restaurant, no one else can do it. It’s a real treat.

Afterwards, we shared the surprise Easter egg I got from Christopher. He got it at Buenos Aires bakery.

It was so, so beautiful! It also had candy inside.

It was high quality, delicious chocolate.

Anyway, I’m home again, I’ve fed Christopher and made sure he had lunch for tomorrow. Now that I’m nearly done unpacking it’s time to get ready for bed. Tomorrow is gonna be a day of prep and packing –we leave early on Friday! I can’t wait!!

Visiting Mom! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’•

Hello, friends, foes and strangers! Today was a good day too. Worked on art (even streamed!) exercised, did a heckton of chores and studied for the citizenship test for hours, and I also completed another route (the normal ending) for Nicola in Piofiore.

Iโ€™ve got an โœจ outfit of the day โœจ for today too:

I came across some cute chalk scribbles during my morning walk… ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐Ÿ’•

I also snapped photos of these pretty flowers around the neighborhood:

Over the last few days Iโ€™ve paid several more hundred worth of my debt! โœŠ The lightbox has seen an update:

Tonight Iโ€™m visiting my mom. Itโ€™s her 67th birthday this week, and we celebrated tonight by going to Oggiโ€™s, a very fancy local Italian restaurant that we had a coupon for. The entire meal was free, sans the tip. I had crab ravioli with lobster sauce. It was exquisite!

We also polished off a wine bottle between the two of us. ๐Ÿ˜… The restaurant wasnโ€™t very far, and we walked both ways. It brought a lot of memories. I know my mom will miss these views when she moves in with us…

Today I was able to get a hold of some Argentinian candies I have not eaten in like 10 years (some of them 20 years) so I want to talk about them in more detail in a future post. Right now Iโ€™m falling asleep so Iโ€™ll end this post here. Goodnight, everyone!

Off To A Good Start โœจ๐ŸŒˆ

Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ‘‹ It’s a brand new week. I feel like I’ve started it on the right foot –I got up really early today, at 6:00am, and went on my morning walk. I’m starting to feel in the mood to take outfit-of-the-day selfies again it seems…

As part of my morning walk I went grocery shopping. Today’s interesting find was a brand new burrowing owl nesting site. I didn’t get too close, as it’s not allowed to disturb the owls.

I had a nice snack after I got home! I was quite worn out. My bags were very heavy.

After that I worked on my “100 Days Of Warm-Ups” stuff, on housework, and I studied for the citizenship test. Then I went on another walk.

On my second walk I saw a beautiful drop of sap dripping off a tree.

I don’t know why, but I thought it was lovely, like a precious jewel…

I also saw a monarch butterfly. It was massive! But I was unable to take a photo, it was too fast, had things to do and places to be. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’จ

I’m sorry to make today’s post so short. It’s such a busy week and going to get busier, but I’m going to try to post every day (or just about.)

100 Days Of Warm-Ups! โœŠโœ๏ธ

I want to do something a little different to finish paying off my debt (which sits at $3,950) in a reasonable amount of time. To this end, I am going to be offering a flat colored drawing (no background) with black lines, per day, every day, for a hundred days. Yes –really! And yes, I’ve thought this out carefully over the course of a couple of weeks.

So far, every time I believed I could accomplish something, and really believed it, I never failed. This won’t be easy, but I’m feeling confident. I hope you can believe in me too and support me with this project. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

I’ve taken hours of time and planned this out very thoroughly —PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE JOURNAL! ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ“Œ How It’s Going To Work ๐Ÿ“Œ

Each drawing will cost $36.35, which after PayPal takes its cut will leave me with $35 per day, per drawing. I will only do one a day, in the mornings, and I will be getting up earlier in the day to do this.

I may have to turn down characters with markings that are too complicated, but I’ll try not to. Because speed is of the essence, unfortunately I can’t simply charge more and accept complex characters, as this could veer me off track.

You can reserve your slot in advance. Dated slots are sold on a first-come, first serve basis, with the first slot starting on April 6th.

You can reserve multiple slots. But, you need to tell me the details when you book, or it’ll be artistic freedom. I need this to be as streamlined as possible. Please have ALL info/refs ready. ALL OF IT! Please. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅบ

You can order a slot as a gift, but you must have permission from the other person. Just have them comment on the journal to give permission if I don’t know you well.

On these days, work on slots will be suspended, and the date you are given to receive your drawing will reflect that:

๐Ÿ“… April 20-21 (Citizenship interview)
๐Ÿ“… June 12 (Going to a show)
๐Ÿ“… June 25 – July 5 (New England trip)

There may be things added that may push dates very slightly (such as my oath of allegiance ceremony which still needs to be scheduled.) But, in most cases, you will receive your drawing on your specific assigned day. In case something happens on my end and I need some catch-up time, please allow up to 48 hours for your art to be completed and uploaded.

This will not affect current queue progress. As I mentioned, I am specifically getting up an hour and a half earlier in the mornings for the next hundred or so days, to accomplish this. This is why I need to keep things simple.

For easy tracking, I’m creating a special Trello column in my queue, exclusive to this project, as well as a specific gallery folder here: https://www.furaffinity.net/gallery/marinaneira/folder/948236/

๐Ÿ“Œ Deadline/Accountability ๐Ÿ“Œ

This is a big project, and I want to treat it accordingly, by considering all possibilities.

Naturally I cannot foresee the future, and I could break my arm/get COVID/have a family emergency in the next 100 workdays. Should this happen, I will appreciate your patience and understanding. Even in the case of a big emergency, all slots will be completed in 2021 or refunded before the year is over if a catastrophe should arise.

Please note, I have no fear of this happening nor do I expect it to happen, and I’ve thought this out carefully, which is why I even looked at my calendar to foresee non-working days/trips/etc. Nonetheless, because of the unusual daily deadline and volume of slots, I still want to be able to say to everyone, “This is the date by which you’ll get a refund if something bad happens and you don’t get your art when I promised it”. So that would be, the last day of this year.

๐Ÿ“Œ Rules & Such๐Ÿ“Œ

๐ŸŒˆ You can choose the pose and expression, or leave it up to me.
๐ŸŒˆ NO WIPS, NO CHANGES –unless I miss something on your ref sheet.
๐ŸŒˆ Generic stuffed animals are OK for an extra $5. I’m ok with VERY SIMPLE non generic ones such as, you know, Elmo and the like. Feel free to ask, but I will turn down anything too time consuming.
๐ŸŒˆ Outfits can be your choice or artistic freedom. No complex diaper patterns or complex outfits. No kigurumis (these are very time consuming for me). JUST FOR THIS, as an incentive, I’m going to suspend my “no adults in diapers” rule!! ๐Ÿ‘ˆ
๐ŸŒˆ Very simple props are okay. Please keep it simple.
๐ŸŒˆ I’ll draw furry and kemonomini characters, as well as human kids/babies (no human adults.)
๐ŸŒˆ My usual terms apply (link). Wherever there is a conflict, what is mentioned in this journal is what goes, since this project is a little different.

๐Ÿ“Œ I’m Ready! How Do I Get A Slot? ๐Ÿ“Œ

๐ŸŒˆ Read EVERYTHING ABOVE. Write “I got it” on your comment so I know that you did.
๐ŸŒˆ Comment on this FurAffinity journal with ALL necessary information. Outfit references, prop references, everything. Try to keep everything to one comment. If things are artistic freedom, please say so. You can also contact me on Telegram (MarinaNeira) or Discord (MarinaNeira#1431) for slots. We have to share a Discord server for you to be able to DM me there. My Discord server is here: https://discord.gg/xtaYuVH
๐ŸŒˆ Be ready to pay via PayPal right away, I will provide you with a link. If you want to pay via Zelle instead, it will just be $35. Just send the Zelle payment AFTER I approve your slot to marina@marinaneira.com.
๐ŸŒˆ Don’t ask me to change characters/details once you’ve booked, please.
๐ŸŒˆ After you’ve paid, I will give you a Trello link and a due date/place in line.

๐Ÿ“Œ My Goal ๐Ÿ“Œ

I have a hope of having my mom living with us for Christmas of 2022. Itโ€™s a bit far-fetched, but I want to try. For that, I need to pay my debt ASAP โ€“ideally within the next three months, because I have to raise 10k to move my mom in with us. When you get one of these slots, youโ€™ll be helping me accomplish one of the most important goals in my life, especially right now โ€“to look after my mom while she is still here. The pandemic has really made me realize how our family members can be here one day and gone the next, and my mom will soon be pushing 70. I think it’s a goal worth trying for.

Iโ€™m really grateful to all my supporters and commissioners for helping me get there!

A Sunny Sunday ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฆ‹

Hello everyone! My determination to get back on the healthy (er) wagon is holding up. I’m doing better. Drinking water was easier today, and I went on two walks for a total of a little under four miles. I think I’m going to stick to this “early morning and sunset” daily walks for a while. They burn a decent amount of calories when they start to stack up, and they are relaxing and not too hard to do.

This was my outfit today when I went out in the morning:

It was a little hot but just lovely outside. There were many butterflies about:

I came home to find Kotoko as I left her –slightly less paranoid but only just, and still tripping balls. Her eyes wouldn’t go back to normal:

She began to act more normal around 3pm, and now at 10pm she’s pretty close to her regular self. I’m giving her the antibiotics and tomorrow I’ll give her more painkillers.

Because she pooped all over herself at the vet’s, we decided it was cat bath weekend. I trimmed everyone’s nails, managed to get my legs shredded by Tomoyo in the process, and then we got down to business. The cats were a lot angrier than usual, probably because of the nail trimming. Rosie was so upset…

Elliot came out trembling a little, but soon recovered.

In the afternoon I finished a commission for Nero (posted earlier) began work on a commission for Koneko, took care of the snails, did the laundry, dishes, and vacuumed the upstairs, among other odds-and-ends. Then I went out on my second walk. I was almost home when I met this very friendly cat:

Then I made dinner for Christopher and myself. Breaded chicken breast and salad. It was good. Had a little coffee for dessert.

Right as I was writing this post I took this photo of two of my snails. A little milk snail was quite horny (penis out and all) and fervently harassing a poor roman snail for sexytime.

Sometimes my roman snails will humor the milk snails in these endeavors (they can’t really copulate, not usually, anyway) but this time the poor pom looked so harassed. He kept trying to get away, but the milk snail was always partially on him, so it wasn’t happening. It’s hard to ever tell what snails are thinking, but it was so clear that this guy wanted nothing with this situation, that I separated them to different corners. ^_^;

And, well! Now it’s time to get ready for bed. This week promises to be busy and exciting. So I’m going to get a good night’s sleep.

All Done! ๐Ÿง†

Artistic freedom commission for Nero, also featuring Colby! Looks like Colby is all done with his meal. That was easy!

๐Ÿ„ Artwork is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie. You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Only the commissioner/giveaway winner & those featured in the artwork may repost with credit and following my Terms of Use.