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Happy Earth Day-Birthday, Evan!

I hope everyone is doing okay and that the energies are treating you well. It's been intense this week for me and my friends. So much pressure, trauma, and onslaught of extreme emotions. I imagine it is, at least in part, related to the new moon solar eclipse, and the start of Taurus season on the 20th. If you want to learn more, feel free to check out the videos below:

I was pretty tempted to stay in bed and go back to sleep Monday morning. My dream recall was pretty fuzzy, but it involved travel and maybe creating something. I think I had been watching a group of kids with someone else and that we decided to take them to a zoo or something. There was something about driving through a wooded/foresty area. The moon was out during the daytime, too. That's all I could remember, though.

I didn't get much sleep Monday night, as things were going down with my friends and I wouldn't have been able to sleep if I hadn't been supporting them in their time of need (I was up later than I intended and didn't get things I planned on completed). When I finally went to bed (like 4 hours before I had to get up), things were in an okayish spot. Not good by any means but not nearly as dire. My dream recall was pretty hazy, but there was something about being at some hotel with April; there was some pool we were at, and my cousin Drake showed up. Something happened, and I ended up at what I'm guessing was a school since there were school-aged children involved. Maybe there was a plane? Not entirely sure; specific details were muddled. That's all that came to me once I was up.

My dream recall was quite fuzzy when I woke up on Wednesday morning. There was something about art/crafting and friends. Specifics were elusive, though, so I wasn't sure exactly what happened. I was tempted to go back to sleep when I woke up on Thursday morning. Specific details from my dream were murky again, but it involved creating art and connecting with friends. It was a struggle again on Friday morning, and it was an alluring prospect to go back to sleep. Details were fuzzy, but I think my dream might have involved travel. When I woke up Saturday morning, details were extremely muddled, and I couldn't decipher what transpired.

I enjoyed sleeping in this morning; it's so nice not having to get up early. So cozy in bed, too. My dream recall was a bit hazy, but I could remember a few bits and pieces. At one point I was somewhere with an indoor roller coaster. Not sure if it was someone's vision/goal or it really was like it in the dream, but there was something about a lot of peanut butter on the roller coaster, like the coaster would go through it. I think my aunt Lisa was with me. The next thing I could remember was being by this store/building by a field with my aunt Angie. The field seemed to have a party for my little cousin. Then there was another part that had me with this group of people. The group was getting paired up with people to compete/race. I got paired up with a boy from my elementary school, and we were supposed to pick Pokémon I think. More probably happened, but that's all I could remember once awake.

The boys were excited to be off of school on Monday; they loved having a 4-day weekend (and I didn't blame them). They enjoyed discussing anime, games, Disney, movies, and their dogs with me. The younger of the two brother's announced this week that it was the best day ever because a sub let his class watch Space Jam. Then he started talking about rats for some reason and how they were going into a deep fryer because they were returning to their homeland; apparently, the rats are bound to eternity and become rat-violi. They're an interesting bunch, and they definitely keep things interesting (hard to be bored with them around lol).

I also babysat another boy last minute Friday night. That kid is a hoot. His mom was telling me about the car ride home after school (they didn't tell him originally that I was coming).

Boy: Wait, the normal Jessica?

Mom: There's only ever been one Jessica that comes over.

Boy: But is it the normal Jessica?

Mom: The Jessica that knows Pokémon.

Boy: Good! It's the normal Jessica!

He had me blow bubbles for like half an hour so he could attack them. Then we played Pokémon; I was the Pokémon master, and he was all the Pokémon. I easily caught over 30 (even shinys and legendaries), it took probably over 50 tries to catch the alolan dugtrio (what he kept calling "dugarito") because apparently it took him forever to catch dugtrio in Pokémon Go. He told me that none of the other Pokémon masters had caught anything; it was like dang, so much for being Pokémon masters 🤣 The kid also chose me over dessert; his mom came home and asked what he ended up picking for dessert because he can never wait to dig into all the treats. When I told her that he hadn't even mentioned dessert, just finished his dinner and demanded that we go outside to play, she was genuinely shocked. I felt extra chosen.

Saturday was fun; my aunt really went all out with the decorations/theme for Evan's birthday party. Since his birthday is Earth Day, they decided to make it a space theme with his "first trip around the sun." It was super cute. I loved her creativity. It was great seeing family again, especially my aunt Lisa, who rarely comes into town. My aunt Kris was cracking jokes, asking if people had seen the "heavy house" after my aunt Vick asked if my sister had seen "The Lighthouse." I also got into conversations with my aunt Kris about things like the meanings of words (started off with her remarking that technically, all words are made up but society just has agreed upon meanings). It went a lot longer than I thought a 1-year-old's birthday party would go.

Sunday was fun with my two besties; we went to go see Makoto Shinkai's latest movie, Suzume. It was awesome and beautifully animated, but we weren't surprised; I have yet to see a piece by Makoto Shinkai that I don't enjoy. It certainly didn't feel like we watched the whole movie, either; when the credits started rolling, it felt like we had been there maybe half an hour rather than two hours. My friends remarked that we needed to watch the movie 5 more times just to make sure we've seen the whole thing 🤣 I have no qualms with seeing it more, and we might end up going to see it again in theaters (we did go and see Your Name 4 times in theaters back when it came out). We enjoyed each other's company, chatted, and had fun, but I was out later than I probably should have been (staying up until after 2 am when I need to wake up at 6:30 am isn't the wisest choice).

Tsuki was her typical goofy, adorable self, but no surprise there. She enjoyed plenty of cat naps and snoozing. Tsuki had fun with birdwatching, soaking up sunshine on the porch, and plenty of antics, constantly sneaking up on people to attack. She also had fun attacking me and launching herself at me. She's so goofy.

I finished another diamond painting this week; the moon and ocean scenery is so beautiful!

I wrote more new content for Creativity Chronicles this week and created new articles for Luck's List! Feel free to check out the newest articles!

New Creativity Chronicles' articles included:

New Luck's List articles:

It was a super busy week, and I was more than a little tired with all the goings on. I hope that next week is a bit calmer and that I am able to get a bit more sleep. Every now and then it's okay to prioritize the well-being of others over sleep, but it's certainly not a healthy habit for me to get into. My friends and I are getting ready to go watch Makoto Shinkai's latest film, Suzume, so I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend! Take care and make sure to have fun while giving yourself a little extra TLC!

Food for thought from Ralph Smart on Infinite Waters:

Food for thought for the week:

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