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More Pokémon Violet Thoughts 💜🌈

WARNING: SPOILERS!

As I might have mentioned here or elsewhere, I decided to continue playing Pokémon Violet partly because my friend Shelly got Scarlet upon my urging, partly because there are some aspects of the game I do enjoy, and partly because I want to be able to say “yes, I played the whole game” to people that are discarding the negative opinion of the game overall from players like myself that are so put off by the performance issues and poorly rendered graphics (which, I should note, is me comparing with prior Pokémon games: this franchise was never great in terms of visuals, but I felt prior entries were better, particularly Sword and Shield).

Another reason is that I’ve heard great things about the story, even from players who, like me, had a lot of issues with the game overall. I want to experience that story, and whatever else is good here, in spite of the bad. 😊 At my core I am a hardcore Pokémon fan since I was 15 years old (now almost 40). I’ll almost always enjoy a Pokémon game that is at least playable, even if plagued with issues like Scarlet/Violet are. It’s just that I don’t want to let my fan rosy-colored glasses make me unable to give the series criticism, especially when it is deserved.

My criticisms don’t mean “if the bugs didn’t bother you as much as they did me, you’re too easily satisfied”. They don’t mean “my experience is more valid than yours”. It is simply my experience, and I’ve never had such a buggy one playing Pokémon, ever, so I cannot simply ignore that, even if I am having fun otherwise.

🌈 Mystery Gift Pikachu 🌈

I downloaded my flying tera Pikachu so as not to miss out on it, but it was promptly boxed. I don’t care for this tera stuff. I really liked Gigantamaxing my Pokémon though… it was so silly. I’ll miss that.

🌈 Psyduck Pal 🌈

One of my favorite things in this game so far have been the Psyduck waddling all over the place. I am very fond of Psyduck, they were my first best friend’s favorite Pokémon. I couldn’t resist adding one to my permanent team for this gen. Just look how cute!

HIM SILLY

I name all my Pokémon. I named him “Ouchie”.

Following me around…

🌈 Exploring The World 🌈

The open world has a lot of shortcomings, all of which are better documented elsewhere. I was able to, at times, to completely lose myself in the moment, however. I don’t feel that the areas are too sparsely populated. There do seem to be too many items lying around though.

Here are some screenshots from when I was just enjoying getting lost, or enjoying the scenery.

🌈 School Life 🌈

I don’t have much to say about the whole school thing, except HOLY FRAME RATE, BATMAN. Ouch. Otherwise, I mean, it’s ok. I took a class or two. I have some screenshots.

I didn’t mention it until now but I should add I finally got my trainer looking “right”. I don’t have freckles IRL but I liked how they looked here, I like her colors. I wish for a skirt, but it is what it is, I’m much happier with this outfit than I was at the beginning of the game.

I admit, when Nemona took my to my room I had a moment of “oh man, I can’t wait to see how I can customize this room!” before I remembered what game I am playing. 😞 Lol.

🌈 Miraidon 🌈

Miraidon continues to be adorable. I was so put off by the “robotic” aspect of him at the start, but he’s so cute.

I do wonder how he processes organic food, however.

Finally got to ride him!

A little video…

🌈 First Gym Battle 🌈

My eyes are up here, pal.

The olive roll thing was silly, but easy enough. I do think battling some trainers before getting to the gym leader should be something you are forced to do. In general, though it’s annoying, the whole “we locked eyes –we must battle!” aspect of Pokémon is something that always felt important to me.

Not much to say about Katy. Her hat design was cute.

My trainer’s eyebrows make all selfies look like she’s being forced to take the photo under duress, I find it hilarious.

🌈 Picnics 🌈

I’m trying to concentrate on the good here… I’m trying… but I find picnics one of the worst aspects of this game, so inferior compared to camping, WHAT HAPPENED?? And the graphical issues jump out even more than at other times. Anyway have a cropped screenshot of me interacting with my new Goomy, Booger. I struggled a lot to catch one.

Miraidon napped during picnics. Again, being adorable.

🌈 Pokémon In The Open World 🌈

Along with getting hopelessly lost, a wonderful bonus of this game are the Pokémon roaming the open world, interacting with it, and with you, the trainer, in different and interesting ways.

Some are curious, some are shy, and some are aggressive. I enjoyed that.

🌈 Fuecoco 🌈

My Fuecoco, Scorchy, continues to grow strong and cute. Here he is taking a nap after running around.

I also got to terastallize him for the first time.

🌈 Bugs 🌈

Though usually minor, the bugs I’ve encountered definitely have taken me out of the moment. For me personally, the low frame rates are the worst. It is very, very annoying every time I notice it.

I’ve also had Pokémon clip through the floor pretty regularly:

Or float –sometimes a little, like in the example below, but sometimes a lot.

The worst bug is one I wasn’t able to capture. When the camera got too close to my face in one specific spot, my trainer’s face broke in a true body horror manner, floating teeth, the works, it was horrid, but every time I tried to screenshot it, all I got was an empty background, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. 🤷‍♀️ It was really something though since the face filled the entire screen. Lol.

I’ll have another post of my playthrough soon! I’m also still playing Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, and other games to a lesser extent. They are not abandoned, I just hop from game to game.

Exhausting Tuesday! 😫

Today was a long, rough day. For starters I had a very early appointment to finally get my passport. Christopher dropped me off, and I walked home after it was done.

I did get to see the really big Christmas tree at the City Center though, so that was nice:

At 12:30pm I had my optometrist appointment. It turns out I need progressive glasses. A few people I know have them, and while I am on the slightly younger end for needing them, my eyesight has always been awful so it isn’t too surprising. I hope it’s not too hard to get used to them.

On a different note, I apparently have enlarged optic nerves (one eye worse than the other) which I could have had all my life but could also be an early sign of glaucoma (scary) so I have to go get that looked into. I should have my new glasses in about a week.

This appointment took a long, long time, and by the time I walked the twenty minutes to my next appointment with the gynecologist, it was 3:45pm. There I waited another 45 minutes to be seen.

My period came at an unfortunate time, so I had to skip my wellness check –it was rescheduled for next month. However, my main reason to go was my incredibly sore boobies. I was reassured in that regard. So that’s all I have to say about doctor appointments for now.

🌈 Meet Sour Cream 🌈

When the guys came home from the panhandle, Christopher gave me the Furby he found for me. I’ve decided to name him Sour Cream! He will soon have a bath and brand new speaker.

🌈 Analogue Pocket Is Finally Here! 🌈

We waited so many months. Now our Analogue Pockets are in our hands! They are so beautiful. Mine is white and Christopher’s is black. I’m not playing with mine until the custom Bluey skin I’m having made is delivered, though.

Here’s one more random little thing I found. I saw this at Michaels, I like it so much. It’s an Elf On The Shelf puzzle!

That’s all I’ve got to share for this post!

Home Alone 🎄✨

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.

🎄 Friday Night 🎄

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

Kotoko kept me company nearby…

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 wasn’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.

🎄 Saturday 🎄

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 Pokémon Violet. I made a separate post about my early experiences with the game, which you can read HERE.

🎄 Sunday🎄

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 Pokémon 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! 😊

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.

🎄 Monday 🎄

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.

Pokémon Violet: First Impressions

TL,DR: The game is fun. It is also broken, embarrassingly so. It is very deserving of criticism, on which I go into full detail below. Should you get it? Your mileage may vary. Is it worth $60 if you’re not a hardcore Pokémon fan? IMO -not really. Not in its current state. Am I enjoying it? Yes. But I am a hardcore Pokémon fan, and that makes ignoring some of the issues somewhat (but not completely) possible.

WARNING: SPOILERS!

The starters in this game are all very cute –a bonus. I do hate all their evolutions though. 🙃

Starting the game…

First, I’m going to get the more fun stuff out of the way. As mentioned above, they did great with the starters. They are all simply lovable.

My choice was made before I even started the game up, though. How could I not pick this doofus?

He just looks so happy.

I’ll never evolve him. He’s so adorable! I named my Fuecoco “Scorchy”, though for a short while he was jokingly named “Taco Bell”.

Something that surprised me was Miraidon. When I first learned about this Pokémon I frankly hated everything about it. I also don’t like that we are stuck with this Pokémon (or Koraidon if you have Scarlet) for getting around. But I didn’t expect it to be anywhere near this loveable.

Or to literally manhandle me:

And I do like being able to take my Pokémon out of its ball:

This is cute, but similar fluff in previous games had much more appeal to me. It’s alright, though.

👎 And Now For My Griping 👎

I am sad to agree that it is not the best looking or playing Pokémon game I’ve experienced and particularly bad for any Switch AAA game. “Not the best” would be okay, really. The issue is that it’s the worst. By far.

I think I can absolutely love the Pokémon franchise and still offer valid criticism, and this time around I feel that criticisms are being WAY too easily brushed aside as “fans being fans”.

The stuff that is happening should in no way be acceptable for a $60 game one of the world’s best-selling media and video game franchises with a total revenue of $90,000,000,000 and counting. I’ll grant you that this is the entire franchise and not just videogames, but it’s still one of the top in that regard, currently somewhere in the neighborhood of 440 million at the smallest number I could find for video game sales ONLY.

It should be OK to voice that. It should not be brushed aside as “Pokémon fans being Pokémon fans”. And it should be OK to ask that they do better, we all know they can. Or rather, to ask Nintendo to give Gamefreak enough time to do the job they can do so well.

I’ll happily wait twice as long for a better game. And if fans who voice these complaints then whined about how long a properly finished game takes to build, I’d absolutely call that “Pokémon fans being Pokémon fans”, but that is not what this is.

On my end, I have experienced lags, my character sliding instead of walking, townspeople stuttering along rather than properly walking (in low populated areas!) Pokémon disappearing in and out of existence on the field, and gems like these:

(I slid off the wall after that scene.)

I love Pokémon. I want the franchise to continue to be awesome. This is not awesome, but it’s an OK game, I’m having fun. But I don’t feel emotionally invested at all the way I normally do because the glitches take me out of immersion again and again. I really loved Sword and Shield, and those games had valid graphical criticisms too, but they didn’t detract from my experience the way this one does.

I’ve only experienced mild issues yet, it might get worse (and has indeed been getting worse as I continue to play). This shouldn’t be happening, but I don’t blame the developers, I don’t think they are lazy. I think the deadlines being given are unrealistic and we are seeing an evident drop of quality as a result. We have been seeing it for a while, but only now is gameplay being genuinely affected, and I believe Nintendo needs to fix this immediately.

Even the most favorable reviews I’ve seen mention these issues to some degree, so I really hope Nintendo takes it to heart and allows the next game to be in development as long as needed, as well as release a patch to fix whatever is causing the worst problems. This beloved franchise deserves it!

Btw, I decided to not allow comments on this post because I don’t want to get piled on by the people that dismiss criticism as “hating”. I don’t hate the game. But I would bet money that even Gamefreak developers are upset at this release, that was likely rushed below their standards to meet a holiday shopping deadline.

Anyway, many years ago, I took a break between Pokémon generations and skipped like two of them. I may skip at least the next one to see if they get their act back together, and just play stuff in my backlog like Nexomon or Monster Crown instead. 😀

Hopefully I’ll finish Violet though… I’ll keep you posted! I do find humor in some of the bugginess, and since it’s not like I can’t make it disappear, I suppose that’s a good thing.

More Sims 3! 🌈🏡

As I recently mentioned, I started playing The Sims 3 (my first Sims game, actually) a little while ago. I actually decided to give it a try after watching this video by Izzzyzzz, which I recommend as it is very amusing and interesting:

Anyway I began by making my husband and our partner and they turned out scarily accurate to real life:

Here are some shots of our in-progress Victorian McMansion:

Here is the inside:

I also created all four of our cats. Later after working on the house a lot I decided to let everyone in… I didn’t realize that as soon as they started interacting with stuff it’d get annoying to try to switch anything around. 🤦‍♀️

As soon as I let them do their thing for a while, hilarity ensued. Every time Christopher went outdoors, he became miserable. Our partner kept harassing Tomoyo, and she kept tearing him up, no matter what he tried. He also tried to cook mac ‘n cheese and failed miserable, then left it to rot on the kitchen counter.

I have more screenshots but wanted to share at least a little bit for now. It’s really fun so far!

A Happy Time 🍟🍔

Tonight I had a bit of a party by myself! 🍔✨🍟🐊🌈

I installed The Sims 3 (I had never ever played a Sims game in my life) and got a Pikachu Happy Meal like all the cool kids have been doing.

Here’s my goodies!!

I really like the cards I got! ✨✨✨

After my very adult dinner I poured myself a sippy cup of Gray Whale gin and yuzu tonic to have with my Welch’s Fruit Snacks because I gotta tell you the Sims is F’D up, for someone who knew nothing about it I was shocked by how quickly things devolved into absolute chaos.

I played with a pre-set family this time, but next time I’m gonna create my own!

Time For More Pokémon Dungeon: Rescue Team DX! 🌳

This is such an unexpected gem for me. I really did not think I’d love this game so much and every time I sit down to play it (in short bursts) it makes me so happy. Anyway, I’ve accrued a number of screenshots to share with you guys.

If you don’t want any spoilers for this game, don’t read this post, please. I post screenshots freely and without further warnings or a cut, below.

I will die for Caterpie in this game… ✨🥺✨

I find the little interactions between Pokémon very rewarding to seek out. 😊

It’s also a nice/interesting detail that Dugtrio refers to themselves in the plural. 🙂

Got the statue a little while ago but haven’t been able to recruit one yet:

Not having a camp handy to recruit him was such a bummer!! 😫

It’s time to battle Zapdos! ⚡

“Oh s**t maybe not”

They are so stupidly cute!! 😭💕💕💕💕

A few more cool shots of the battle…

I’ve been grinding a bunch, now finally moving the story along!

This was funny. I defeated one Ledyba, and then recruited it. So it suddenly turned to attack its former mates! Then got confusion and attacked us again. 😆🐞

It seems I’m gonna be playing this game until I’m done with it because it is just so darn enjoyable and relaxing. So expect more blogging about it. 😉

Back To Normal 🌞

Happy Sunday, everyone! Time for yet another week’s recap. All of this week I felt very overwhelmed. There is so much to do… I don’t know how I can ever catch up… but I guess eventually I’ll manage it. Anyway, let’s get to what happened this week!

🌈 Monday 🌈

Monday was Mwako’s last day with us. We went out to breakfast and shopping one final time, and then he was off to the airport.

At Publix he sneakily got this Jurassic World Dominion shopping bag that he surprised me with before leaving… I love it!

We did one final Target stop, where I finally caved and got the Ankylosaurus that I’d picked up and put back on the shelf three times prior. At home, he quickly made friends with Bumpy!

Also at Target, I found this awesome coloring book of Turning Red. It has wonderful illustrations and activities –stickers, too!

I also got another Highlights Hidden Pictures book. I love these so much. The old-timey pen and ink illustrations give me life!

The last lovely find was this little gliding Bowser Jr.! Isn’t he adorable?

For dinner we had salmon. And that was that for Monday. I don’t have anything to share until Thursday because I was just so busy.

🌈 Thursday 🌈

For Thursday I have a few odds-and-ends. Firstly, I installed the bird feeder that my mom in law gave to me, and added a cob of corn for good measure:

Also –this is older, but I only photographed it today. It’s a very gently used The Lost World: Jurassic Park baby triceratops figure by Kenner:

Brand new, this can go well over a hundred dollars. She came out of the box and with no egg, but she was only $25… so I am happy.

Also, I hung my little Bowser Jr. from the studio ceiling so he looks like he’s gliding!

Today our partner and I released some ladybugs to fight the aphids in our brand new almond bush. The ladybugs were exposed to the heat for too long on the way to us, but most of them revived and immediately went to work:

Later in the afternoon, at the insistence of friends, I took a break to play some Pokémon Sword and have a snack:

I drank another of my Good2Grow Podz, this one is a baby T. rex, so cute!

🌈 Saturday 🌈

Saturday was stressful. Kotoko has been vomiting, sometimes a little pink (meaning there was blood, at least once). We’ve been in constant contact with our vet, and finally at her advice we brought her in. Kotoko was a very good girl, as always.

Multiple tests were done and we will see what the results say, for now we have special foods and nausea meds. Hopefully it is nothing serious.

In the evening, the three of us went out to dinner. We ate at El Balcón De Las Americas. It was a good place, we will go there again. Since we were a bilingual table, our very nice waiter gave us a bilingual dessert:

Later that night I decided to dress Grover up in pajamas, since all he ever does is sleep with me anyway:

🌈 Sunday 🌈

On Sunday I went on a little date with our partner while Christopher rested and enjoyed some solitude. He couldn’t get us out the door fast enough, but I think he would have enjoyed this place were it not for the heat. We went to the Yellow Green Farmers Market. The best thing was the smells –like fair food stalls on steroids! We had carne a la vara, with arepas. It was awesome.

The people at this stall could use some help spelling, but it was pretty hilarious:

A lot of people bring their dogs here. This pupper was at a stall that sold… either carved wood items of some sort, or candles, or both. I forget.

He or she was in fact a good guard dog, but only as far as other puppers were concerned. I could get this close without any sort of reaction! If any dogs got anywhere in sight though (even far off!) this pupper would perk up and bark fiercely… without ever leaving his or her little perch. 😁

Anyway, that was a lovely time. I’m really treasuring the memories made. 💕

Back To Pokémon Sword!

After a couple of years’ break, I’ve returned to finish this! I’ve been in a big Pokémon mood recently, listening to old songs from the show and movies, and really enjoying battling again.

For what I’m sure are obvious reasons, my Greedent Nut Cake became my favorite Pokémon of this generation. He’s so fun to battle with! And he’s a squirrel!

Just look at my guy… such a cutie…

I saved some video of him playing:

And I’ll never get tired of Gigantamaxing him. It’s hilarious:

My second favorite Pokémon to battle with, from this particular team, is my trusty Mudbray, Sriracha:

Raichu is very cute too, but I still have to name her:

One aspect of Pokémon Sword that I’m not crazy about is choices that aren’t really choices? Like this…

It’s so annoying to me. More recent gens seem to always have this. Don’t give me choices that are virtually the same or won’t have any weight in game AT ALL, you know?

I do like this guy though, he has a really strong presence:

Anyway that’s it for now, I’ll be sure to post again as I complete my Pokémon Sword playthrough, for which I hope to get the expansion pass as well.