Yesterday and today I visited my mom. It was a better visit than usual for me, because I was able to talk to my mom about a lot of concern and stress I had regarding her welfare and the future. I’d been keeping it all bottled up for the better part of two years, to the point of having nightmares and it affecting my everyday life, especially recently (this is somewhat related to the “things I didn’t want to go into detail about” in previous posts: basically the stress made it much harder to deal with other normal, everyday stressors).
My mom really listened to me and made me feel like everything is not all on my shoulders and like we can work together to achieve the things we want as a family even if not immediately. For now, we were able to secure another year at her current apartment, if at a much higher rent, unfortunately. But, small victories matter.
I am still stressed but I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest and I can breathe and focus on my goals again. 💕
Hello everyone, how are you? 😊 I’ve had a really happy week so far. Christopher has worked late every night this week, which has been the… what’s the opposite of a highlight? Anyway, it was the one bummer about the week. I got used to having him home in the afternoons. 😔 However, we still managed to have lots of quality time together somehow. That did make up for it, and was really nice.
✨🌈 Monday 🌈✨
Monday I got lots of commission work done, and that night I made a nice salmon dinner:
Also, I deleted the Twitter app again, at least for now. Really, the only difference it makes is that I can’t look at my lists or follows (my Internet blocks still allow me to post and reply on my browser). I did it because the negativity was getting to me a bit again, and I was spending too much time on it. I’ll check in again at some point, maybe during the weekend (writing this part of the post on Wednesday, even though I’ll be wrapping it up Saturday or Sunday). But truly the benefit is always immediate. Suddenly I have lots of extra time and feel less stressed. 😅
Since I always have to be reading something, not using my phone/Twitter means that I’ve gone back to playing Wintertide Miracles as well as reading the Tarzan trilogy. I’m almost done with the last volume (The Beasts of Tarzan).
As I’ve read these books, I really marvel that they made a kids’ movie with this as the source material. It’s really kind of hilarious. These are not child-friendly books, but that is the least of the issues with them, really. 😅 Let’s just say that I think today, Disney would not touch these books for a possible adaptation with a ten foot pole. I’ll go into more detail in a future post.
✨🌈 Tuesday 🌈✨
I finally secured my new T. rex to the wall (and also to the shelf, just in case it tips over). Doesn’t she look amazing! The Imaginext baby raptors and T. rexes are large, around 9” tall, so that gives you an idea of how massive my new lady is:
On this day I also went to Target and to the craft store for ingredients to make handmade chocolates for my Valentines. 🥰 I saw this little book while at Target and took a photo because it was so cute:
When I got back home, I once again sat down to get lots more commission work done, while Kotoko and Rosie kept me company:
I love having cats… I’ve enjoyed having dogs too, and of course rats, and hamsters, and birds. But the lowest-stress pets I’ve ever had have been cats and snails. Both have such a knack for reducing my stress levels. Even the snails do. I’ll set out to deep clean the tank, with some dread because it’s such a job that requires such a careful hand and full-on attention. Yet when I’m done, it has melted my stress away.
And, being as I am someone who enjoys almost constant quiet company, thanks to the kitties I do not feel lonely during my workday. It’s really nice. I’m grateful to have them.
✨🌈 Wednesday 🌈✨
This was the best day of the week! The contractor was supposed to come work on our friend’s future bedroom which needs to be finished ASAP. But there was a miscommunication and he didn’t show. Still, I did all my chores in the morning, once again got a LOT of commission progress done, and watched almost the entire first season of Camp Cretaceous. I liked it a lot!
I spent the evening in very good company, got to go to Starbucks, and in the afternoon my polyam necklace came. It’s really beautiful and I’m going to be wearing it as much as possible. 😌💕
Christopher came home a little later and I had a dinner of beef tacos waiting for him. After dinner, we watched Ghostbusters: Afterlife which was great. I drew until my iPad was dying, and then we cuddled for the remainder (about half) of the movie. And after that we watched more of The Secret of Blue Water in bed. It was a very nice evening. With him working so late I didn’t expect to have so much time together, I know it helps when I have all my chores done and dinner ready, though… 😬 Gotta work on that so we can have more times like these.
Anyway, I definitely got my fill of affection/attention on this day, so I went to bed blissfully happy.
✨🌈 Thursday 🌈✨
Christopher let me have a huge treat on this day (literally and figuratively)! The apatosaurus I wanted so badly!
I’ve been worried about just missing out on it since things just keep going out of stock and not coming back… so in exchange for cancelling my Pokémon Legends: Arceus preorder, he let me have my apatosaurus. It was a no brainer, I can always get the game in the future.
I walked all the way back from Target with this big heavy box, which thankfully is still the smallest of the legacy boxes, because it has to be put together.
I couldn’t resist taking some outside photos…
I especially love the detail on the face, and being able to have it hold leaves in its mouth! 😄
✨🌈 Friday 🌈✨
On Friday I finally found a good place for my new dino friend, right above my computer area. I think it looks very majestic!
The afternoon and evening was very pleasant. Someone came to look at the room that needs work again, and our friend/future roommate came over in the evening. I made dinner for the three of us (salmon croquettes) and then we played Smash and Mario Golf: Super Rush for a while.
I did decently well in both games (for me). I’m terrible, terrible at Smash, which my old wrist injury doesn’t help with at all. The two times I managed to win (one being Friday night) was early matches before it started bothering me too much.
I love Ludwig, by the way. I don’t have much chance to express that because there just isn’t much merch or anything of him, but I adore him. I always play as him in Smash now (didn’t find Daisy as fun as I expected –still play as her in Mario Golf though).
After that, our friend played Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (for, I think, a couple of hours?) while we just enjoyed each other’s company and watched.
I think I might have to play this game myself, I never did before, and it looks so adorable. I think that was my favorite part of the evening, just sitting mostly quietly together, watching. Times like those are truly the happiest for the three of us, I think. I feel totally at peace, safe, loved.
When I’m feeling like that, nodding off, I just wish I could just fall asleep like that and wake up in bed the next morning not knowing how I got there.
✨🌈 Saturday 🌈✨
This morning I somehow coaxed Christopher outside, and we went to have breakfast together. 🥰 Also picked up a small treat for our friend, since he’s showing up at some point this weekend.
I brought Picaña along:
Christopher’s smile was looking unusually adorable this morning so I took a picture. I just love him so much, I’ll never get tired of looking at him smile like this. 🥺💕💕💕
The lights at this place were super cool!
Last two days I also got a ton of commission work done (all nine warm-ups that I had left) which have already been posted almost everywhere. I’ll be posting them here too in a bit (I’ll post-date them though so they don’t bury this post). After that, I’ll begin my weekend housework, and then, more commissions, of course.