Priddy‘s wonderful half of our trade!
What? WHAT?? 🤯 I got the job! 🥳 I only started looking two days ago. I had an online interview in like an hour, an in-person one yesterday, and boom! Hired! 😁 It’s less than ten minutes from our house by bike. Everyone seems really nice, too, and I think I’ll enjoy the work!
I celebrated my successful job interview with an indulgent lunch! 😋🌭🍟🥜🥤
Today was a SPENDY day. Being a freelance artist for SO many years, I had literally no normal clothes. So I basically had to buy a new wardrobe (a week’s worth of jeans/polos, some new headbands) even though my new job’s dress code is very relaxed. I want to be professional.
In addition, my phone was pushing the end of its best performance so Christopher bought me a new one. It’ll be my first time having an absolute top-of-the-line phone. I’m so excited about it.
Finally, I “needed” a backpack that was “me” but didn’t look like a kindergartener’s one, so I bought a Loungefly Jurassic Park one that fits my iPad and lunch (since I imagine I’ll draw some during my unpaid lunch hour that I have to take).
With the odd necklace/earrings, silly phone cases, colorful headbands and my backpack, I’ll still be “me”. Just… a VERY low-key version, lol. 😅
Some cool stuff at the claw machines in Round1!
OMG. I thought I’d die of old age before this was released! It had already been long announced well before July, which is when Mwako gave me the funds to preorder it as a birthday present. Months passed with no release date in sight, even as other countries were getting it. It was so frustrating! Eventually, I found it in the wild and just canceled my preorder. Both Target and Mattel really suck when it comes to preorders, at least for Jurassic stuff.
But I digress. Dreadnoughtus is here and it’s beautiful. And HUMONGOUS!!
The measurements were quite accurate. From tip of the head to tip of tail, it is about as long as I am tall.
✨ JOY!! ✨
I felt, and still do, that such a monster of a dinosaur really marks the end of my non-stop Jurassic collecting. I have Jurassic toys in the garage that Christopher is giving me for Christmas, and I keep lowkey hunting for that tiny Nasutoceratops, but beyond that, only a Colossal scale Trike would really get my attention now (probably).
Thursday, as always, is date night. You know what that means! LEGO time! It was actually our third sitting with this set. We try to savor them slowly.
The manual is thick, and full of movie references and photos. Here’s the cover!
I built the T. Rex and the minifigs, while Christopher built everything else. It may seem weird since this was my birthday present from my sis in law but even like this, it took us a while. I’d rather build sets together anyway, and I am very slow.
Here’s photos of the build in progress:
✨ All done! ✨
Well, mostly. I want to adjust the position of some stuff later.
After LEGO building was done, our partner and I went to get dinner at the food trucks near us. They looked pretty with all the lights as the sun was setting. The air full of wonderful smells and the sounds of happy people.
It was one of those moments that weirdly feel like they will stick in my mind, holding our partner’s hand, taking all of those things in with all my senses, the too-warm air yet pleasant atmosphere, a happy, safe feeling. It was a really nice evening.
This weekend my mom in law visited and we played the Jurassic Park version of The Game Of Life! My mom got it for me for my birthday.
And yes, that is alcohol in a sippy cup 😁 Although our partner added a bit too much gin for my liking this time…
It took us a while to figure out the rules. We were drinking, and Christopher, who would have been the only sober one, was on strong painkillers at the time. 😅
I loved the details on the board! It was so colorful. The dino pieces were great, too.
I hope we play it again. I really like our other, normal Game Of Life that we have, but I think most everyone else doesn’t like the board games I like so we only play them once. 😞 Even though while we play, everyone seems to be having fun.
I’m getting this as a birthday present from my sis in law… today is a good, good day!! I am effectively losing my s**t!! 😭😭😭 I literally just left this behind at Target after staring at it so much! Can’t wait to put it together with Christopher.
I’m running out of clever titles for my Jurassic-haul related posts… Anyway… my Jurassic Park Switch case by Numskull Designs arrived! This is one of my favorite items in my entire JP/JW collection. I collect Switch cases, but don’t have many because I’m picky with them. I have a Pokémon one, an Animal Crossing one, a Super Mario one, and now this one!
My only gripe is that it doesn’t have a stand like my others to hold the Switch while I play with a controller, something I do a lot in the backseat during road trips. But quality wise it’s amazing. No cost spared in materials and construction.
Here’s a little video so you can see the wonderful texture of the case. It’s truly my most beautiful case by a long shot, a true collector’s item.
I was surprised yesterday to find another Good2Grow #JurassicWorld topper! Now I have five different ones in my collection, not counting any of the Podz.
✨🌈 Atrociraptor 🌈✨
It’s here!! Such a cutie!
Lookit those li’l chompers 👀
He doesn’t come with batteries so I haven’t tested him yet, but I do look forward to it.
The next Jurassic item I will share is bound to be one of the Build-a-Bear plushies. I have a $10 certificate to use, but haven’t decided if I want Rexy or Beta yet. I’ll probably go tomorrow, though.
After that, expect the next batch in July. It’s my birthday and I’ve naturally asked everyone for more Jurassic junk. 😁 It is “Jurassic Summer” after all!
As time goes by, I’ve become really passionate both about the Jurassic franchise and about paleontology. These are completely different things, obviously. I have to say though, JP/JW absolutely had a major impact in my interest in actual, fact-based natural history.
Of course, Jurassic Park / Jurassic World, the franchise, is almost entirely pure fantasy —even more than I realized as a kid. But finding that out didn’t bother me? 🤷♀️ I love both things (fictional and factual dinosaurs) equally for different reasons. As I participate more in these Twitter communities though, I’m honestly saddened by the vitriol and the hate towards Jurassic Park / Jurassic World.
I see it mostly come from people seriously into paleontology and natural history, and to me it seems misplaced. I’m not the only person I know who became interested in the scientific aspect because of “cool monster dinos” as a kid. I dunno.
Expecting the movies to be realistic documentaries seems odd to me. Seeing the infighting / hate makes me sad. It’s easier to enjoy things for what they are and find common ground as we celebrate what makes us happy and passionate without always taking dunks at what others love.
With all the excitement, I forgot to open my giant Jurassic World Dominion Captivz egg! I meant to do it the night the movie opened (which is when we went to see it). I finally did it a couple of days ago, and took photos and video to share.
Here is a video of the really neat holographic eye which opens and closes:
The egg had a plasticky playmat and stickers. I don’t care for the game at all so the playmat was discarded 🤷♀️ The stickers are nice. There was supposed to be a dice for the game but it was missing in my egg.
Rexy on wheels!! This thing is hilarious.
Little Jurassic logo box with a dino inside. Very cool looking, I kept it for my shelf display!
And here are the little dinos. Lovely paint jobs and level of detail for such small figures!
Much as I love them this is probably all the ones I will buy. But I am glad to have them!