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Recap Of The Week ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐ŸŸ

Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ‘‹ Itโ€™s been a really nice few productive days! โ˜บ๏ธ First of all the other day I heard back from an old friend after reaching out. It was just so wonderful to know that he was okay, and that heโ€™s happy and doing well overall (aside from the occasional poor mental health that the current state of the country plus the pandemic has caused to so many of us.)

I ended up joining his server and itโ€™s quite fun to be in a place that is adjacent to my interests while also not being my usual group. It feels kinda fresh. ๐Ÿ˜Š

That day I also wore one of the newest ODU releases of my designs. ๐ŸŒˆ Iโ€™m quite fond of it:

Iโ€™ve gotten a ton of artwork done during the week. ๐Ÿ™Œ Got some cooking done. Grocery shopping done. Several baby snails have been born and overall my little clan is doing fine right now. ๐ŸŒ

Kotoko continually kept me company during the workweek. She napped near my feet and got petted a lot:

Today (well, technically yesterday โ€”Saturday) I couldnโ€™t take the stir-craziness anymore and went to Hobby Lobby. A couple of things caught my eye. There was a kit for LINE Friends bag charms. I LOVE Brown and Cony so much, but these are fairly obscure characters in the sense that you rarely see them in mainstream places outside of the internet. The kit itself was crappy but I was excited to have come across it.

I also saw a Spirit stepping stone. I took a photo for Nate to see whenever he looks at this post. ^_^

For dinner I wasnโ€™t very healthy but it was worth it. I made a big batch of homemade fries and had it with a little coke:

After dinner I finished shading all the shinies sketches so I might just finish all four tomorrow. ๐Ÿค”

Iโ€™m too sleepy to be able to write any more… guess Iโ€™ll proofread this tomorrow. Goodnight everyone. ๐Ÿ˜ด

Spirit & Rain Shirt Is Here! ๐ŸŽ

I’m sorry for being quiet. ๐Ÿ˜“ Between grocery shopping, moving a TON more posts from Instagram (still have over 1,500 to go) and commissions, I haven’t had much time for blogging. But I wanted to share this photo of a shirt that came in the mail today. I’ve wanted it for such a very long time:

As you can see the seller was lovely enough to send not just a print but also several stickers, for free! I can’t wait to wear it. I really love this movie. It’s one of the last truly great animated movies I remember seeing in theaters.

This shirt is by FoxLeap on Etsy, and is on sale right now. If you want to get your own, you can do so here.

That’s all I’ve got for you today, sorry that I have nothing else to share. Been feeling a tad burned out. ๐Ÿ˜…

Environmental Learning Center And Beach Outing!

On Sunday morning, we went for an outing! It was nice and cool out, really a beautiful day. I regretted not bringing a toy friend for more entertaning pictures… ah well…

We went to the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach first. I got a whole bunch of photos. Maybe I’ll use a couple as commission references later. ๐Ÿค”

I got a little video as we walked along:

I saw a really cute statue of otters playing together:

And some wind-chimey, suncatcher-ish decorations:

There wasn’t much wildlife to be seen, but there was color and charm everywhere, all the same, if one bothered to look:

The water was tranquil and beautiful:

We went up a sort of observatory where we could see the whole place from up high:

This little nook is what is called a “blind”. From there we had to turn around to go back. It was a really nice, private little corner with a single seat:

I tried to take photos of Christopher but didn’t have much success. ๐Ÿ˜ž

All in all he put up with being made to suffer the outdoors pretty cheerfully, though. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Here is a better view of the lake:

Before leaving we went to explore the indoor facilities:

I really liked the manatee skeleton:

There was some marine life to be seen in the aquariums. We were allowed to touch the starfish, but I didn’t want to bother them.

There was a little extra area to be explored on the way back to the parking lot. I saw a bat house and a coffee plant, among other things:

Also, suddenly a friend in the path! We walked around him:

After that, we went to the nearby beach. The sea was loud, but it gave you a peaceful feeling. The weather was perfect.

I picked up some shells to take home, and we went back to have lunch. It was a wonderful visit.

Grandma’s Birthday And A Fun Night ๐ŸŽ‚

This past weekend we went to visit with my mom in law in Sebastian, but before heading there, we visited Grandma in Port St. Lucie. Her 80th birthday is next week, but we celebrated it during this visit. Just Christopher, his mom, me and Grandma. It was really nice and intimate. Between all of us we brought her two sets of flowers, gift cards, a ton of balloons, and a chocolate ganache cake:

Of course Grandma couldn’t really blow out the candles, but she pretended like the best of them:

For the most part we all had our masks on all the time:

…but not while we ate, though we kept our distance. Still, I wished we had gone to the porch to eat and stay even farther away. I just worry a lot for Grandma’s health. But we needed to give her a bit of normalcy and celebrating, because this was still of of many firsts –her first birthday without Grandpa, and such a momentous one, too.

Later that night at my mom in law’s house we played Ticket To Ride. I really love this game. I had the blue trains, and was going for a very long route. Christopher blocked me off, with his mean little green trains. ๐Ÿ˜  But I didn’t give up, did the route all over again underneath, and won the game! Eat my steam, sucker. ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿ’จ

My mom in law’s cat Sissy kept trying to get attention and pets while we played. I took a ton of photos of her, but here’s just a couple:

Ok, I think that’s it for this post, too. Time to go to whatever is next on my drafts. Slowly catching up…

A Little Update ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒˆ

It’s been a while! I’ve had a few drafts sitting for some time… Last week I really just worked too much, and then had to pack for our Sebastian visit. A lot of stuff accumulated, so my updates will be a little disjointed and spread out among a bunch of posts of varying substance (this one doesn’t have much.) ๐Ÿ˜…

Here’s a colorful little snack I had the other day (I’m also officially out of extra coffee, so I’m sleeping properly again, haha):

As I mentioned offhandedly in a previous post, Tomoyo has asthma. We’ve purchased the device to give her the medicine (via inhalers, which have also been ordered and are in the way). In the meantime, I am trying my hardest to get her used to it by giving her treats with it, so she gets used to having it near her face:

Kotoko has been slowing down lately… we think she is feeling her age. She seems to grow more affectionate with every passing year,

This photo is from before I went shopping for groceries and for a present for Grandma’s birthday last week. It was my first time wearing that onesie by ODU. I like it a lot, it’s one of my new faves!

That’s it for this post, I’m moving on to my other drafts… hopefully fully catching up today!

A Busy Weekend ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ฆ

…and then some! I’m sorry for the lack of activity… I’ve got many posts and news to catch up on.

Where to begin. This past weekend I went grocery shopping and finally took down all the Christmas decorations –a heck of a job, took a whole day. I also set a bunch of things aside for donation, and scheduled the VVA pick-up. I’ve been drawing SO MUCH. To date, I’ve inked 19 commissions in less than ten days, as well as worked on personal art. Some of the commissions are highly detailed, stuff I pushed myself extra hard on. This is very unusual; normally, this much work would take me 2-3 months to do, and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING.

I’m absolutely NOT complaining though. My work has been an utter joy to me these past couple of weeks, and I do hope it sets a trend for the rest of this year.

I also took care of the snails over the weekend, and moved all of my adult snails that aren’t super tiny (such as Bulimulus guadalupensis) to one large tank. I still keep two small containers, one with random eggs and one with baby Roman snails. Anyway, that took a lot of work too.

Today we had to take Tomoyo to the vet. The short story is she has asthma. I’ll leave further details for another post.

Tonight I made salmon croquettes for dinner. It was my first time making croquettes of any sort. Christopher helped me get them to the right temp at the end but I didnโ€™t have help beyond that. They turned out really good:

In other news, I was able to get the stain off my new Animal Crossing Switch game card case!

Due to this and some other small issues, the seller refunded me, so I ended up using the refund to get a Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron all-over patterned shirt that had been on my Etsy favorites for AGES.

I have one more thing to share. This is kind of… a blast from the past for me, the LONG AGO past, the “when I was 7-8” past. So, you see, troll dolls were one of my earliest special interests… maybe the second or third I ever had. I liked troll dolls to such an intense degree, that they were the seed that began my Meganeea stories, though eventually all the little troll characters I had became simply elves (and then, animal-elf hybrids.)

I had some Russ trolls, and many Applause trolls, and for a while I had a single, giant, unwieldly Thomas Dam troll that I ended up giving away. But I always wanted a smaller, happier looking Dam troll of my own. And now I have one. Meet Celeste:

Celeste, by the way, was Soraya’s original name. And she was originally a troll (yes, really!) with blue hair. Her blue hair was lighter back then (Celeste means “light blue” in Spanish) but this particular troll doll has Soraya’s exact, current shade of blue hair, which is my favorite.

If you look at other characters of mine, such as Zรกdatann and Gideon, you can see that their facial structure is very troll-like still. ^_^ So that’s an odd bit of trivia for ya.

I have to go now and get ready for bed, though I still feel like I have a lot to write. But at least I wanted to make a post, because it’s been a few days. Hope everyone is doing well, the current state of the country considered.

It’s Been A Good Day! ๐ŸŒž

Greetings everyone! Well, today has been a wonderful day so far! Let’s see…

I decided to open more commission slots because I am working through them so quickly, but I didn’t think they’d sell so easily. ๐Ÿ˜…

I’m literally telling people “you can pick how your character is dressed and that’s it.” Like, they literally get no say in anything else, no WIPs, changes, nothing, and I must be doing something right because everyone is loving it and snagging them up, and sending me super sweet DMs when they get them, and tipping me (which was a rare occurrence before and now is happening often, especially with these slots.)

I’m so grateful and humbled by this! I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. It means a much happier me, and happier commissioners too…

Anyway, with five slots sold, I paid my awful ZOHO bill which was such a stress over my head at $150, paid some other debt, including chipping away at my Amazon holiday bill (and discovered that I had over $25 in rewards which I could apply to my balance if I wanted!) aaaand I may have ordered more keycaps.

And a Code Realize bag.

AND! I also found a far more economical source for my snails’ sphagnum moss, so I placed an order for that. Hmm, what else…

Oh…

OH!!

So as you may remember my biggest grief right now was the terror I felt over my mom’s health. She’s over 65, has heart issues and works at a freaking GAS STATION of all the things. With COVID going around, that was very scary for me to know. I worried constantly, and still do. But today my mom was able to schedule her appointment for the vaccine! She’ll have it in a matter of days! ๐Ÿ˜ญ Thank God.

Today I also finished reading the first omnibus volume of The Shinji Ikari Raising Project. It’s pretty dumb and fan-servicey, some of it is just WEIRD, but Shinji is adorable in it, and Gendo is an utter trip, so I’ll keep reading it for that alone.

In other news, I’ve realized I have a thing for yandere characters (when done RIGHT) so hooray for toxic tendencies I guess. ๐Ÿ”ช What’s funny is that I always found that concept super unappealing when described to me, but having experienced two yandere-ish characters in visual novels now (at least on the surface) I can’t help but finding them very appealing, as a fantasy, in a game or story.

That’s it for now… I guess? I can’t seem to stop drawing. Also I have cramps. Also I had too much coffee and now my eye is twitching. It’s been a while. Maybe I’m a little manic, heehee. Actually, I hope not. ๐Ÿ™ƒ Well, if in a month I have an utter CRASH and this blog becomes a torrent of depression, let the record show that I may have been a little manic in early January. But I really hope not.

Back To The Grind

Welp, Christopher’s gone back to work, and it’s time for me to put the house back to normal and get ready for all of the “beginning of the year” stuff. So I may be a little quiet for a few weeks outside of the blog.

Today my first custom keycap is here. It’s Grogu! I love him, he’s really perfect!

Random snail photo… snacrobatics?

Not much else to say. I’m busy, drawing a ton, output is excellent currently. It’s getting cold again which makes me happy. Organizing paperwork from last year, preparing to do taxes, and un-decorating. Just doing my best, but I’ve been quite bad at keeping in touch with people, I apologize for that –it’ll likely last into the month. Always does for me I’m afraid, but before the end of January I should be back to normal and less busy.

End Of The New Year Weekend

Actually, this is from yesterday morning, and I’ll probably get yelled at for posting it, but he has posted similar photos of me to Facebook in the past, so it’s fair game… right? ๐Ÿ˜… I always find them like this in the mornings… they are truly inseparable. ๐Ÿฅฐ

I’m back to my packed lunches and really enjoying them, though I need to start figuring out more variety. Also, between my Evatchi and other things, I got back into reading The Shinji Ikari Raising Project.

I’m reading more random things after cancelling my NYT subscription, which is good; I have a lot to catch up on. A bad experience with them left me with such a bad taste in my mouth that I don’t even want to get into it… but anyway at least I’m reading more.

The other day I got Kotoko a new pillow for her box by my chair. So far, both her and Rosie have been enjoying it a lot:

I know I’ve been fairly quiet since the new year –I kinda hit the ground running and over the past 48 hours got a MASSIVE amount of commission progress, like, really unusual kind of massive. Like “I think I might, MIGHT clear my queue this month” which if you know the state of my queue at any given time, is a lot. Best of all nothing is overdue right now. I’m back to being in control of it!

I haven’t wanted to lose momentum so I haven’t done anything else, I didn’t even take the tree or anything down yet. All I did was put my blog back to normal, and also in between art continued to transfer hundreds of posts from Instagram.

I’ve gotten to a point where I’m transferring posts involving people no longer in my life, and times I don’t necessarily want to look back on, so I’m redacting names when possible in those posts. However, the events, photos, etc I’m still including them. I want this blog to be a very complete diary of my life. I won’t redact anything unless I really feel I must.

In fact, once I’m done with IG, I may repost some old blogs and journals I saved here as well. Slowly reviewing all of this is helping me get closure in regards to so many things, and as I look back I find myself regretting less and less and being glad for the decisions I took along the way.

Today I’m going to go to Home Depot to get some pots and soil for my own planting purposes. Other than that, I’ll work on more commissions and do my chores… all decor I’ll take down tomorrow. I hope you had a relaxing New Year’s weekend!