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Happy December!

It's hard to believe we're already in December. Time doesn't feel real at all; it just keeps flying by. I hope everyone has been enjoying 2022 so far and that they're staying warm! It's been quite cold here lately, which makes me want to stay snuggled indoors with Tsuki rather than go anywhere.

I ended up falling back asleep on accident Monday morning; apparently, it was quite the sleepy day. From what I could remember, my dream involved hanging out at what seemed to be a McDonald's play place with my parents (but it was the one from when I was a kid, not the smaller, newer ones). My mom wanted me to order White Castle for her and the others and had me taking orders to place a mobile order. More probably happened, but the next thing I could remember was babysitting Iris; apparently, we were meeting Corliss for her doctor's appointment. When we went to her appointment, the hospital/doctor's clinic had a library on the first floor. Iris wanted me to check out a book for her. I told her that I wasn't sure if my library card would work at this library, but the receptionist scanned my card. Turns out it worked, but they spelled my last name wrong; it was missing an 'E' and had an extra 'R' in it. I think more happened, but that's all I could remember once I woke up.

I was somewhat groggy when I woke up on Tuesday morning. I was tempted to go back to sleep, but I had to go get Tsuki and hang out with her while people were working on the floors. My dream recall was super hazy, so I wasn't sure what transpired. I was tempted to stay in bed when I woke up on Wednesday. My dream recall was fuzzy when I awoke. There was something about art and art supplies I think. I could remember moving a ceramics project at one point, and that it hadn't been dried/fired yet. When I was moving it (something to do with my family--not sure the exact reason), it started crumbling in on itself. I think I had worked a long time on it, but I shrugged it off after trying to fix it a bit. I then started turning it into a ball of fresh clay, ready to create something else. More happened, but that's all I was able to recall.

My dream recall was pretty fuzzy Thursday morning. I think there was something about a catalog/directory full of art supplies or art articles, but I couldn't remember specifics. My dream recall was pretty hazy when I woke up on Friday morning. There was something about art supplies and writing articles and maybe full storage data, but specifics remained elusive. It felt like a lot happened, though. Dream recollection was pretty fuzzy on Saturday, too. There was something about a collection of information or database I think, involving art. Specific details were elusive, and I was feeling rather groggy and tired.

I could remember more from my dreams when I woke up this morning, although it was a bit hazy. It involved spirits/ghosts. There was one that was a kid that was hanging out in my room. I let him be because he wasn't harming anyone or causing trouble. Apparently, it used to be his room, and he started acting up, causing trouble. He started demanding he get his room back and started acting out and trying to harm people. I put my foot down, informing him that he was fine to stay if he wasn't going to harm anyone, but if he kept it up, I would bring in help to remove him. I'm not sure if it was his uncle or what, but another spirit came in, resembling a giant spider. He wanted to help the boy get what he wanted and seemed of mal intent. I think I got people that knew exorcism or something involved, and the spirits weren't happy. It seemed like the spirits got minions in the physical realm to come do their dirty work because these people with bad energies and malicious intent started showing up, trying to kidnap me and my friends. The group had definite black magic vibes. We all ended up fine in the end, but they tried to torture us; I'm guessing it was to get me to crack or something and let the spirits come back/get what they want. It was kinda vague. I know they wanted me to be scared, but I wasn't. I'm guessing it was a step-into-your-power moment. Pretty sure more happened, but I wasn't able to remember anything else when I woke up.

While the boys were still on vacation this week, I did still do some babysitting. I ended up watching Iris for over 12 hours on Thursday (6 am to 6:30ish pm). It was fun but also a long day; Iris has what seems to be endless energy. We ended up meeting with Corliss in the afternoon and hanging out. What I found the most interesting and ironic is how we ended up meeting. Corliss forgot she had a doctors appointment, and we ended up meeting her in a library nearby. I didn't remember until after meeting with her, but a recent dream had me babysitting Iris and meeting Corliss; Corliss was at a doctors office, but when we met with her, the bottom floor was a library. Granted, the dream wasn't exact, but I rarely babysit Iris (especially for a whole day), and it had all the key facts involved. We did have a lot of fun while we hung out, and Iris kept going on about how it was the best play date she ever had and that she wanted to spend the night/stay forever. It was cute.

I went with my parents and sister to see some winter lights at the zoo. It was pretty cool, but it got old fast since my parents ditched us to go to some special event; my sister and I kept doing laps around the zoo, waiting for the event to finish. We were quite ready to leave when the event was finally over, but then our parents wanted to walk around and see all the lights. My sister and I didn't understand why they wanted us to come with them if they were just going to ditch us. It really didn't make sense.

Tsuki was bummed this week, starting with the floor clean up that happened on Tuesday. We weren't allowed on the floors on the main level until after 6 pm, and she wasn't thrilled about being confined. Tsuki did appreciate that I was there with her, snuggling up with me and the blankets, but she started to get stir crazy as the day continued. Overall, she was excited that I was home with her for most of the week since the boys were out of town. Tsuki didn't know what to make of Iris, though. She was wary of Iris, but she didn't run away and hide like she did with my brother and Yogi; Tsuki was always in the room with us but kept herself at a distance. She spent the evening/night on Thursday hiding in the closet since my brother came into town with his dog, Yogi; she not a fan of them since they're so loud, large, and unpredictable. It took forever to coax her out of the closet on Friday, but she stayed out of the closet as long as I was in the room with her. Tsuki refused to go downstairs, though; she doesn't trust them. It took less time to coax her out of the closet on Saturday, and she was happy to spend the day with me again. Tsuki was super happy when my brother and Yogi left this morning. She felt like she could finally relax and felt safe enough to roam freely throughout the house and on the porch. She'll be disappointed that I'm babysitting again starting tomorrow, but at least it won't be all day.

Artwork for the week included some canvas art made with chalk markers and liquid watercolors as well as some paper beads:

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

New articles included:

While I've been spending a lot of time working on Creativity Chronicles, I've also made sure to take time to relax. I've played more of Pokémon Violet and have even watched Jackie Chan Adventures. Iris and I also met up with Corliss for a few hours; it's great to be able to spend time with your loved ones. As the holiday season kicks into high gear, make sure to find time for fun, rest, and relaxation. It's way to easy to get caught up in massive to-do lists and neglect self-care. Prioritize your well being, be gentle with yourself, and allow yourself to do what you love. Life's too short not to. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, full of love, laughter, and light!

Food for thought from Ralph Smart:

Food for thought to consider:

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