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A Very Happy Thanksgiving ๐Ÿฆƒ๐ŸŒˆ

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! I gotta say, other than feeling suuuper queasy on Friday morning for an hour or so, this Thanksgiving was one of my favorites in recent memory. I hope yours was nice, too! Let me tell you all about mine below.

โœจ๐ŸŽ„ Thursday ๐ŸŽ„โœจ

We were off around 9:00am. My companion for this trip was Othello, though I also brought Bluey for sleeping. First things first, we went to McDonald’s. I needed to eat something so I could take my painkillers (I was on my period during this weekend).

Christopher was out at some point…

Getting to my mom-in-law’s house felt really magical. There was a tree this year, and it had lots of presents underneath! Othello was really excited and had fun exploring it:

I sat underneath for a while, looking and wondering at the presents, and playing Pokรฉmon on my Switch. I felt really small and happy.

Pretty soon it was time for dinner. I’m usually not big on Thanksgiving dinner but it was at my mom-in-law’s house this time around, and so delicious! I wish we always had this holiday (and all holidays actually) here.

There were many pies… pumpkin, chocolate pudding, shoofly… I tried a bit of everything.

After dinner, Pan cuddled with me…

We went to bed early, since we’d be up at 3:45am for Black Friday.

โœจ๐ŸŽ„ Friday and Saturday ๐ŸŽ„โœจ

On Friday we did a little local Black Friday shopping (mainly Funko Pops for sis-in-law) and then went to Orlando to drop her off at the airport. After that we had breakfast at Keke’s (a little lackluster compared to the last time we were here) and after a little more shopping, we went back home to my mom-in-law’s house.

Christopher and I did soooo much napping and relaxing. I drew and played Pokรฉmon Violet –kept trying to find a Goomy to no avail. Mom-in-law and partner stayed busy, washing the car, running errands and shopping for groceries. They made a wonderful chicken salad for dinner, and afterwards, we played UNO Flip! and then watched a movie, “Luck”. It was cute.

On Saturday we went to a big local flea market that our partner had never been to with us. It’s always fun to look at all the kitschy knick-knacks. Usually I go off on my own a lot, but I stuck closer to family this time. I found a dolly I liked a lot before we left, and Christopher bought it for me. I’ll blog about her on a separate post. She’s a Horsman dolly from 1973.

After the flea market, we went to The Wagon Wheel for a delicious pizza lunch. Then it was time to go home! If it wasn’t for my worry about Rosie, I would have wanted to stay an extra night… we had so much fun.

โœจ๐ŸŽ„ Buddy And Sarah Return! ๐ŸŽ„โœจ

A big, unexpected surprise when I walked through the door was that already, Buddy and Sarah were back! Maybe I misremembered but I really thought they’d be back December 1st, not today. It really felt like a magical moment as I did not expect it at all!

The two of them were busy opening the present I left them. Maybe they’ll write me back sometime during the month. I think it’d be fun to exchange a couple of letters while they are here.

On a different note, I came home with a new Little People toy! I saw this at Walmart while picking up a toy for my friend Snow. I already have a Little People red-haired guy who looks so much like Christopher. But this one does even more! And he comes with a cat! So he bought it for me.

Speaking of toys, I had a couple of new ones to put under the tree when we got back! Unwrapped, since I’m not gonna wrap my own presents and it’s pointless for our partner to wrap something I’ve already seen. When we went to Target, he got me this Sesame Street figure set I had on my wish list:

And also this Bluey watch! It has games and you can hear Bluey and Bingo’s voice. It’s so cute!

That’s all for my Thanksgiving weekend. It was really wonderful and passed too quickly. The next exciting holiday event will be Zoo Lights on Friday, and since now I have a really good phone, I’ll be able to take nice night time photos of all the Christmas lights at the zoo! I can’t wait to share.

Home Alone ๐ŸŽ„โœจ

Happy Monday, everyone! I didn’t mention this anywhere because I didn’t want to broadcast to the world that I would be alone in this massive house for three nights and days, but that is what happened. My husband and our partner went to visit Christopher’s sister (my sis-in-law) along with Christopher’s mom way up in the Florida panhandle.

I decided to stay behind for a number of reasons. One of them was that I had a massive mountain of presents to wrap, a lot of accumulated chores, and I didn’t want to stress out the animals by leaving them alone for so long right before the Thanksgiving holidays.

I was also looking forward to it. I can be a little bit naughty and eat tons of junk food, order takeout, watch cartoons, play video games, blast any music I like throughout the house… it’s a dream!

On the other hand, at night it is very lonely and scary. This house is very big, so I sleep with one eye open. But I had a good time. Now my guys are back! And I can tell you all about my weekend home alone.

๐ŸŽ„ Friday Night ๐ŸŽ„

As soon as everyone was gone I sat down to relax with a little reading:

Kotoko kept me company nearbyโ€ฆ

I really adore stories about toys, from the toys’ POV, so I am loving this book. I even have my own Raggedy Ann and Andy:

After some stories and a Christmas cake, I began to work on a vast backlog of housework, some of it delayed by weeks. I wasnโ€™t done until 8:00pm. I made the house all merry to enjoy the evening…

Then I placed my order with Wahbi Sabi and jumped in the shower. I saved my brand new Pikachu Christmas pajamas to wear this weekend!

I finally got to get cozy in them while I waited for my food to get there…

…then had my coveted Spam sushi and corn cheese on a Christmas bowl and cup. Of course, I had my Coke on my Bluey Christmas cup, while watching some Bluey Christmas shorts, as well as Verandah Santa and Christmas Swim on the CRT!

You can’t tell in these photos, but my cutlery was Bluey themed too. Also, the placemat!

The food was delicious, a cheap but huge treat from my favorite Korean restaurant:

For dessert I had a Christmas cake and some almond milk!

Then with the dishwasher going, it was gift-wrapping time! I watched the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon since I’d never seen it before, and then watched the movie, which I’ve seen a thousand times and utterly love.

I wrapped presents until I felt just tired enough to go to bed with the cats and with Pokemon Violet on my Switch. My bed looked so cozy all lit up!

And Rosie was already waiting for me…

I didn’t play too long, I was so tired. I set up my character and then cuddled up with Rosie and was out like a log.

๐ŸŽ„ Saturday ๐ŸŽ„

This was a very long day, and one on which an incredibly rare occurrence happened: I stayed in my pajamas all day. I normally hate this, even if I’m sick. But they are cute and comfy and I was so busy. To give you an idea of the job I had in my hands, even after hours and hours of gift wrapping last night, I wrapped pretty much non-stop from 9:30am to 8:00pm tonight. I stopped only to eat lunch. That is a lot of presents. I didn’t count them but there must have been over 50, maybe 60. Here’s some of the mess…

I’ve been buying presents for my family since August. They are all presents from me and also from Christopher, to all our family and friends, and then there are our partner’s presents to Christopher, and Christopher’s family, and I wrapped that, as well. It was a lot of work but I can’t wait to see happy faces when the surprises are revealed.

Here’s the results. The stockings are full too. There are a lot of small presents hidden everywhere so it’s really a lot more than you’d think at first glance.

Alas, a ribbon has already dropped. I reattached it.

For the entirety of the weekend (but most of all on this day), I had vintage and not-so-vintage Christmas and/or Thanksgiving cartoons playing, and it was lovely. Here is a collage of GIFs from some cartoons I watched throughout the weekend.

In the middle of my gift wrapping, Christopher surprised me with these photos…

I SCREAMED!! How to choose just one? But I had to. It was hard because I always wanted a Furby Buddy and this one is an obvious match to this Furby, surely they have always been together. But I wasn’t about to leave this little voiceless guy abandoned in a thrift shop! Christopher got him for me. I can’t wait to have his voicebox fixed.

After that, I had yummy snacks and drank wine while playing Pokรฉmon Violet. I made a separate post about my early experiences with the game, which you can read HERE.

๐ŸŽ„ Sunday๐ŸŽ„

With all the gift-wrapping fully out of the way, today was a more normal day. I did my chores, including taking care of the snailies, sent some Trellos, worked on holiday cards, and wrote my letters to Santa as well as to thank and welcome Buddy and Sarah:

I ordered takeout again, and had it while playing more Pokรฉmon Violet. It was really good!

The cats haven’t spent much time with me, but Tomoyo eventually did come to see me… here she is sitting on my lap:

With all commission information retrieved, and especially with multiple unsavory permabanned people having their Twitter accounts reinstated, I decided to officially delete my art accounts as well. I’m all gone from Twitter, again. It’s an amazing feeling!

And, I’ll be really active elsewhere! I’ll be active here, on Telegram, on Discord and on FA. So please don’t be a stranger! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Anyway, it was actually at the end of the day that I began all my chores. But before bed I managed to get the snail tank and litter boxes cleaned, the animals all fed and watered, dishes done and put away, and the laundry too. Trash taken out, showered. Before bed, I had one final little feast. Wine, a sandwich, and Elf sugar cookies:

It was a fruitful day. And fun too. I even had a Zoom call with my mom and made some art progress! Plus posted old art too.

And then it was bedtime again, my last night alone.

๐ŸŽ„ Monday ๐ŸŽ„

My guys FINALLY came home today! I feel like I’ve been all alone for forever. Anyway, today was a calm day of chores and prep. I prepared for my passport and doctor appointments that I have tomorrow. I also plan to drop by Target Optical and finally get my eyes checked. I’m really worried about some drop in my eyesight, and about intense pain in my breasts. I hope some of those worries can be set aside after tomorrow.

Another thing I did was prepare a seasonal outfit for Igloo, since she will be joining me in some upcoming travels:

I also shipped out a couple of badges, chose, scanned and printed some coloring pages from my collection to have fun with during the season, worked on art, and was able to make some more decisions regarding online stuff. As it turns out, every Discord server I checked out is pretty dead. Telegram is okay… I lurk on one busy community chat. I disabled automatic media downloads for groups, which helped with some issues I was having.

I also realized that Reddit is AMAZING at solving my FOMO issues: I can do a quick daily browse of the subreddits I follow, maybe post a little here and there, and all is good. And it feels FAR less toxic than Twitter. So I may delete Discord again, with intention to actually put effort in being active on the Telegram chat I’m in, and from time to time, I will check Reddit.

That aside, after a weekend of utter indulgence, I’m back on my fitness wagon, so you’ll see those posts begin to pop up again.

I dressed up nice to greet my guys…

I also made the house very merry and festive…

…and served a comforting, good meal –chicken curry on rice. So when they got home, everything looked beautiful, the house smelled amazing, there was Christmas music softly playing and everything was in tip top shape.

I really, really missed them so much. I felt bad for missing out on the family trip, but when I think of all that I got done, I simply have no idea how that would have been doable without this long weekend all to myself.

I hope you found this post entertaining! I’ll update after tomorrow’s errands.

It Crimustiem!! ๐ŸŽ„โœจ

Have I told you guys I freaking LOVE Christmas!? I love decking the house out for it, planning, buying presents, wrapping them, writing cards and decorating them with stickers, having Christmas playdates where we watch Christmas cartoons and color Christmas coloring books and eat Christmas cookies. I love watching Christmas movies and listening to carols on repeat and hosting holiday parties. I. LOVE. IT.

I actually just kinda lump Thanksgiving together with it because Thanksgiving night marks the start of our evening Black Friday gallivanting, and everyone is on a Christmas mood by then: it’s Christmas sweaters, and Christmas music, everyone wishing everyone else Happy Holidays, and free hot chocolate and cookies here and there.

This year I am more excited than I have been in many years. So excited about surprises I can’t wait to give, and about some goodies I hope to get. About going to see Zoo Lights Miami during one of their ugly sweater nights and wearing this:

…and about hosting a holiday party with our friends, going to LEGOLAND when all their Christmas decor is set out, SeaWorld Orlando (same), and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party –I can’t believe ALL of this is actually happening! AND —GET THIS!!— we get to stay in the official LEGOLAND Hotel, in one of the Kingdom themed rooms!!

โœจ๐Ÿฐ LOOK AT THIS THING!! ๐Ÿฐโœจ

I keep looking at it oh my god, are you serious, is this for real? I don’t care how tight a fit that child bed is for me, I am sleeping in it, and my toy companions on the top bunk. Fuck! I’m so excited!! Anyway…

๐ŸŽ„ The Christmasing ๐ŸŽ„

Where to begin? I guess I’ll just share random things. But first… a seasonal snack to stay pumped! I had this as I began the decorating…

For starters, here is the bird-and-squirrel feeder I keep by the front door. It’s been made merry as well and I intend to make a point of keeping it very full til year’s end.

I hung my Jurassic World Dominion advent calendar from the wall. I’m so excited to enjoy it!

My little ficus tree (I think it’s a weeping fig tree) has also been decorated, because I love it dearly:

The cats have their yearly cardboard Christmasy abode! Here is Tomoyo enjoying it. Surprisingly, she hasn’t chewed it yet.

I bought a new wreath and decorated it all by myself! Everything in the wreath was added by me. It has multicolored lights.

The old wreath, which has yellow lights, was also revamped and placed on the garage door:

Also, I worked on a special stocking for the special guy in our lives:

Here they are all together. Next year I’d like to make custom ones for Christopher and I as well:

Can’t forget my snabies! ๐ŸŒ

I made their entire area merry…

A lovely surprise I had when the first bulk of the decorating was done, is that Buddy and Sarah dropped by early to leave me an amazing early gift!! The LEGO City advent calendar that I wanted so much!

I set it up and it’s all ready for adventing. ๐Ÿ˜ I never had a toy advent calendar until now and I can’t believe I have TWO this year!

You guys won’t believe what Target had…

I love it especially because she is sitting on sand! It’s so perfect for Florida. She’s now hanging from our tree!

And speaking of the tree… here it is in the dining room. There’s more track underneath of it than usual because it is a LEGO train this year!

Gently moving…

Some pretty ornaments:

I try to add merry touches everywhere in the house. Here is the foyer…

This is the game room, where I’m going to be wrapping presents all weekend:

Even Dragonite is feeling festive!

The kitchen…

The guest bathroom!

And the movie room!

The neighborhood is starting to get festive, too:

But I think our house was first. I am so pleased with the outside of the house…

Here you can see it from the street at night:

Last night we went on a walk, and stopped by Publix to get some provisions for me for the weekend, and I got to see the Pines City Center tree! It was already up, and so pretty!

This weekend I’m gonna be in my Pikachu Christmas pajamas, wrapping presents, writing cards, eating Christmas tree shaped Little Debbie cakes, watching Christmas movies, listening to Christmas songs and drinking wine from my Bluey Christmas sippy cup. I am SO excited.

You know, if you couldn’t tell. Anyway, as of this post, I have:

  1. Posted all stuff from Twitter that I hadn’t gotten around to posting here yet.
  2. Officially no longer “synced” between both places because I’m going to be deleting all non-art accounts within the next 48 hours. Right now the main thing stopping me is being in the middle of a DM with Build-A-Bear. Once I resolve that I’ll delete that account and the others.

Also, if you’re waiting for a Trello from me, it is being sent today. Thank you for your patience with me. That’s all for now!

Porch Nap After Partying Hard!

ใŸใใ•ใ‚“่ธŠใฃใŸๅพŒใ€Fidget Spinner ใฏๆœ€่ฟ‘ใฎใƒ›ใƒผใƒ  ใƒ‘ใƒผใƒ†ใ‚ฃใƒผใง็ดๅญใจไธ€็ท’ใซๆ˜ผๅฏใ‚’ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

After a lot of dancing, Fidget Spinner napped with Kotoko at our recent house party.

๐ŸŽ NOTE: My Furby and Moncchichi posts often contain Japanese text (usually with an accompanying English translation). This is because both of these fandoms are bigger in Japan than elsewhere, particularly for 2005 Furby. Thanks for understanding!

The Cat’s Meow Cafรฉ ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿงถ

Today we went to a “cat cafรฉ” for the first time! It was fun, but calling it a cafรฉ was definitely overly generous. They had like, one canned coffee and maybe like one table? They charged $18 (what??) PER HOUR to play with the cats in a setting not unlike what I’ve seen at Petsmart where you can do it for free. It was really a bit much.

There are reviews of multiple families with children showing up only to leave with sticker shock and crying children because they can’t afford to pay so much as a family. Imagine as a family of four, for example, mom, dad and two kids paying $72 to play with cats for a single hour, not including any snacks/drinks (not that many were available at this “cafรฉ”). It’s kinda wild.

It is an adoption place, which also means you are dealing with multiple unsocialized cats, cats that will growl and scratch, and have multiple fights among each other.

With all this said Christopher and I really enjoyed it. There was one kitten, Lio, that stuck with Christopher for the entire hour and I wish so much we could adopt…

Here’s a bit of video as well:

There were also three siblings named Mario, Luigi and Bowser. Playful and adorable. I played a lot with Luigi.

One more random sleepy friend: