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Happy Birthday, Iris and Noah!

I hope you're doing well! It's been a crazy week. To start off the week, Monday was Iris' birthday. Then I had this intense quiz boot camp, where months of work was crammed into 3 days; I submitted all of the resources and info, so now my new quiz is currently being built by the boot camp team. One of the boys I babysit ended up getting sick, so I ended up picking him up from school early and helping take care of him while his parents were at work. There was the normal babysitting and tutoring, and today is the older brother's birthday. Tsuki mellowed out a bit with the intense cold weather, but all the sleeping leaves her bouncing off the walls when I'm trying to get ready for bed.

As I was heading up to bed Sunday night, I witnessed a very strange phenomenon. Outside the window at the top of the stairs was what appeared to be a tiny star at my eye level halfway between my home and the neighbors. It wasn't a trick of the light because no matter where and how I moved I could still see it. It vaguely reminded me of the glitchy "LED firefly" incident, but it didn't flicker. The light more resembled the light we witnessed by the waterfall in Kansas City that was a fairy. It was strange, and I can't say I've ever witnessed anything outside the window like that before. The same light was back when I went to bed on Monday night, too.

It was extra cold Monday morning, which made it all too tempting to stay in bed and go back to sleep. My dream recall was fairly hazy, but Chris Luck was in it. He was announcing some special event that was taking place at a mall/at the grocery store my sister works at that's by a mall. There was also snow involved. More likely happened, but that's all I could remember once I woke up.

My dream recall was kind of fuzzy when I woke up on Tuesday morning. I know that it involved kids I currently babysit and used to babysit. At one point one of the boys I babysit regularly needed to borrow some of my sweatpants (not sure why), but he was excited that they were gray and had the name of the school he used to go to on them. Then in another part of my dream the girl I used to babysit all the time was back, and I was supposed to watch her again. She was at some kind of aftercare program at some kind of unusual school. She was looking for some kind of green crystal with an unusual name (can't remember what it was). Once I picked her up from the program, she started riding a scooter down the street (no idea where she got it from), and I had to chase after her on foot. She ended up at somewhere that sort of seemed like a mall and entered a restaurant. She started talking to the lady at the register about what food she wanted, and the lady started commenting on how kids weren't growing like they used to and that she knew why; she remarked that Chuckie in All Grown Up explained it all, and the dream transitioned to the characters being at some spooky location with a bunch of spiders and bats trying to solve a mystery. That's all I could remember once I woke up; I also woke up to the first snow of the season.

My dream recall was pretty hazy when I woke up Wednesday morning. It was another cold day, making it rather tempting to stay snuggled in the blankets and go back to sleep. Not sure what happened in the dream realm, but I woke up feeling fairly well rested. My dream recall was fairly fuzzy when I woke up on Thursday, and I was pretty tempted to roll over and go back to sleep. There might have been something about writing in my dreams, but specific details were so muddled when I woke up, I couldn't really say for certain. I felt fairly groggy and wanted to stay in bed Friday morning. My dream recall was hazy, too. I might have been building and creating websites and quizzes, but it's hard to say for certain.

I didn't want to get up on Saturday morning, preferring to stay snuggled in bed, so I remained in bed. I ended up sort of falling back asleep; it was a very sleepy morning, and the cold definitely didn't help. My dream recall was veiled in a haze, and it was tricky to remember any specific details at all. I didn't particularly want to get up this morning either, and my dream recall was a bit fuzzy. There was something about being in some kind of school gymnasium. There seemed to be some kind of exchange of gifts that was arranged. I had some kind of Tamagotchi I was playing with. I had arranged some kind of letter/scrapbook type gift I think. It sounded like one of the male students had rigged the exchange somehow, but I'm not sure how or why. That's all I could remember from the dream.

The boys are excited about their upcoming trip next week and the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. They have a countdown and everything. Plus, it's the older brother's birthday November 20th, so he's extra excited about that. The boys enjoyed discussing The Owl House and the various characters; the older brother has been watching videos all about the best of Hooty. The younger brother was bummed out that he missed a couple days of school this week due to being sick, but he's feeling much better now. It's been a busy week, but we're all looking forward to Thanksgiving break!

Tsuki spent a lot more time this week snoozing due to the drastic cold front that moved in; I can't say I blame her because I certainly didn't want to get out of bed when it's that cold. She often spent hours snuggled up with her blankets or being sprawled out by the vent on the stairs. Tsuki was rather miffed that the remodelers decided to show up on Tuesday; they claimed that the were going to finish, but they still didn't (and haven't shown back up since). She also enjoyed playing in the paper that arrived with packages, often burying herself in it to hide before popping out to attack people. She's such a goof.

New artwork for the week included:

I wrote a bunch more content for Creativity Chronicles this week! Feel free to check out the new art articles!

New articles included:

There's still so much to do with the holidays around the corner, too. Make sure to take care of yourself and practice self-care. I've been taking it easy this weekend after the intense boot camp, opting to watch some of Jackie Chan Adventures (it randomly popped up on the YouTube homepage, and I realized I missed the show). I also have been taking some time to play Pokémon Violet and explore the latest installment of the franchise. Life shouldn't be all work and no play; take time to do what you enjoy, no matter what it is. You should enjoy your life, so follow your joy and take some time for happiness. Have a wonderful rest of your week! Be gentle with yourself and stay blessed with love and light~

Food for thought from Ralph Smart:

Food for thought for the week:

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