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Week 9 Summary: Soots And Other Fun Things ๐Ÿ‘พ

March is here! It came so fast. March brings Christopher’s 39th birthday, Mwako’s visit, and the usual visit to the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition with my mom. Anyway, let’s get on with the summary!

๐ŸŒˆ Monday ๐ŸŒˆ

Let’s begin Monday with a photo of Rosie chilling by my work area:

You might remember the little “soots” that took over our house quite some time ago. The following isn’t something that happened specifically on this day, I’m just picking this part of the summary to share it.

They now appear to be multiplying at Christopher’s workplace, with some help from him (though almost no one knows this for a fact, since he is very sneaky about it).

The colorful little soots have made their way all over the factory –even the CFO’s office! Christopher sends me photos sometimes, so here’s a few:

For the most part no one has removed them, though some HAVE moved a little. They seem to be amusing a lot of people, it’s pretty great! ๐Ÿ˜

You might also remember me mentioning that on Valentine’s Day, our partner got me a pair of headphones, but they turned out to be the wrong ones. So we returned them and I got to pick out a new pair. I picked the Razer Kraken x Doraemon 50th Anniversary Limited Edition gaming headset, which was only ever released in China as an exclusive promotion. They’ve finally arrived!

They are lovely. I adore this color scheme SO MUCH! Very kidcore-y vibes.

I would like to get some of the matching add-ons too, if only the mouse, because it’s actually my favorite mouse model, and it’s been discontinued.

๐ŸŒˆ Tuesday ๐ŸŒˆ

On this day I was able to snap a pretty cute photo of Rosie and Tomoyo chilling out together:

Before grocery shopping, our partner and I went to get some wines. It was a nice little outing together, and he bought me a raptor wine stopper! It’s so cool.

I’m surprised to still come across brand new Jurassic World versions of these Good 2 Grow bottle caps/toppers/whatever they are. I found a pyroraptor one to add to my collection!

I forgot to post this on the day it happened, but a few days ago, the guys went to the grocery store and brought me flowers (the sunflowers, not the black roses, lol).

Sunflowers are my most favorite flower ever. They fill me with happiness. I wish I could always have some on my table, I’d never get tired of seeing them. It was such a nice surprise.

๐ŸŒˆ Wednesday ๐ŸŒˆ

Elliot has been enjoying the outdoor “hammock” a lot since I moved it to the sun, but in an unexpected way:

Oh well… at least it’s getting some use!

In a moment of weakness, after being informed that Dollar General can be a surprise treasure trove for dinosaur toys, I went and took a look. To my delight, I found a large stegosaurus of the same fashion as my large foam dinos (Mojito, Churrasco and Fuit Gummi) so I brought him home:

I also found some totally bizarre and hilarious tiny dinos that are very clearly meant to be Gon ripoffs:

You probably don’t know Gon, unless you’re a big comic and/or dinosaur fan, but it is a true underlooked gem in manga. I only own this one volume, it’s very short, and one of my treasures:

Drawn by Masashi Tanaka, Gon has no dialogue and no onomatopeias. Every frame looks like it would have taken a full day to painstakingly render–I say this as someone who has similarly spent pleasant hours absorbed in crosshatching a scene with pen and ink. This is to say nothing of the absolutely BONKERS full-page spreads:

Gon is some sort of vague Carnosaurs, with a more t. Rex-like head, although I’ve also seen him described as a Giganotosaurus. This is possible, since Gon was first published one year after the discovery of Giganotosaurus.

Somehow, Gon lives in a more modern world. He’s escaped extinction in some way. The manga follows his interactions with these modern species, which are never quite prepared for the force to be reckoned with that is Gon.

While often humorous, scenes of death (very sad scenes, really) can be crushing and sudden, only adding to the emotional intensity that this wordless manga provides.

Below are two examples from this particular volume –in one, a wolf-pup is completely crushed by a tiger’s gigantic paw. This comes immediately after the same tiger killed the pups’ mother:

In this other example, a bird steals a baby penguin and very cheerfully flies away to eat it. The contrast between the bird’s happy face, the terror of the chick, and the shared grief so eloquently depicted by Tanaka in the frame that follows, are impressively drawn and brimming with emotion:

There is an animated, CGI version of Gon. It is, in my opinion, a terrible adaptation in which all of the nuance and charm is lost. I mean… here’s a couple of GIFs from it…

You know what, maybe farts are in the manga too, I haven’t read all of it, it seems out of character for the manga though. I watched some of the anime and it was SO lame. Worst of ALL, the animals talk! Ugh.

I should point out that Gon also made an appearance as a playable character in the game Tekken 3:

He does have a fart attack in Tekken, so who knows, maybe it’s a thing. ๐Ÿ™„ In any case, it was very amusing to find this little toy set that basically shows Gon as a bunch of different species –including a parasaurolophus!

As a funny side note, when looking for Gon gifs I came an account on Tenor that clearly has a “special interest“:

So yeah, that was odd. Aaaanyway… on to Thursday!

๐ŸŒˆ Thursday ๐ŸŒˆ

Thursday evening the three of us went for a walk together. When we passed the local pond/lake/whatever you call it, the bullfrogs were LOUD. Our partner walked closer to the reeds and grasses by the water to find one of them for me. It was enormous.

๐ŸŒˆ Friday ๐ŸŒˆ

Friday was tank cleaning day, so I have a lot of photos to share. I also have some really cute lettuce-rasping action caught in video:

I ended up ordering a tree hide like the one the rats used to have. It looks really nice in the tank, and the snails seem to like hanging out inside it.

๐ŸŒˆ Saturday ๐ŸŒˆ

I continued to walk as much as I could, 4-5 miles every day. The weather is still mild compared to what will soon come. I snapped this pretty photo of a flower.

In the afternoon, I relaxed with more Legends: Arceus and a little snack. Then I had a nap.

๐ŸŒˆ Sunday ๐ŸŒˆ

Sunday evening I went on a walk with our partner and we hadn’t gotten far from the house when we saw this little (fake) LEGO table set out for bulk trash:

I don’t really have space for it indoors, so I put it on the porch with a pillow for the cats. It’s colorful and cute, I didn’t really want to just leave it out to be trashed.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. Next week is Christopher’s birthday, and tomorrow I’ll be taking Kotoko to the vet right by our house to do some more looking-into her vomiting that won’t go away and see if she’s actually lost weight or it’s all in my head. I’ll update you all next Sunday. Until then, I hope you have a happy week!

Taiyaki + Manga Time! ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ“š

Fish is part of a good diet, right? ๐Ÿค”

I really enjoyed this. Just lay on the couch with a few volumes of a brand new manga, my favorite coffee, and some taiyaki fresh out of the oven:

Also, I guess TokyoPop came back from the dead? Iโ€™m surprised they would dare/try to continue using this brand to publish under, but then again, I did buy this. Lol.

Speaking of –this manga is like, SUPER furry. You guys would love it.

This is just pure gold. By the way, the dude is a wolf bakemono in human form.


Silliness aside, I legitimately recommend it. I’m too busy to go into details about the story, but if you’re into Japanese folklore and animals turning into humans, and the idea of a tsundere fox god and his incredibly cute tanuki cub companion, you’re in for a real treat. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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…



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. 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.

Hello, New Day ๐ŸŒž

Good morning, everyone! Yesterday I had one of my last Christmas related packages (gift card stuff.) One of the items is a little keyboard I’ll be using for my Photoshop shortcuts, then it’s Cafรฉ Enchantรฉ, and the final volume of Bears Of The Ice.

I also got the latest English volume of Beastars and OH MY GOD, I had that thing read in like 20 minutes, finally we know who the killer is, but that wasn’t what excited me most about it. Anyway I won’t divulge more because then I have to add my spoiler tag and I just don’t feel like it.

The little keyboard is pretty cute, and it’s mechanical. It was just $14.99.

Besides art and chores, I’m going to spend a good chunk of the day continuing to move posts from Instagram to here (I’ve already downloaded all the photos and I’m just getting the text now.) There’s been multiple attempts at “hacking” into my account by some pretty sad excuse for a human being. ๐Ÿ™ƒ So I’m trying to get that content off so I can finally delete the account. I hate that it still exists at all.

Just in case I’ve beefed up the security in all my accounts. Two step authentication and all that.

That’s all for now, it’s time to get on with my day!