I hope everyone is doing well! It's been a rather chilly week here, so it's been difficult getting up in the morning--it's way too tempting to stay cozy in bed. The energies have been a bit intense, too, leaving me exhausted at some points but pretty energized at others (mainly at night). I'm guessing it's in part due to the full moon. If you'd like to learn more about this full moon, feel free to check out the following videos!
It was tricky waking up Monday morning because I struggled falling asleep Sunday night (another night of feeling energized and then groggy and tired in the morning). In my dream there was something about going to visit a bird that people lined up in drones to come see. We visited my brother that lives out of state at one point, and his dog was scared of his roommate. There was something about visiting this aquarium, and it had this pair of what seemed to be a "sea unicorn" (they looked sort of like a cross between a dolphin and a unicorn/horse). One was blue and the other red. There was something else about the Powerpuff Girls, but the rest of the details were hazy.
It was another night of struggling to fall asleep and being extremely tired when I woke up. There was something about these paper collage/sculpture art pieces, April coming over for dinner but not knowing where things were, and Corliss disappearing in my house and turning up to be playing some kind of strange video game. More likely happened, but specific details were extremely hazy, so that's all I could remember upon waking up on Tuesday morning.
When I woke up on Wednesday morning, my dream recall was shrouded in a thick haze. There might have been something about making collages and melting crayons, but specific details were elusive, so I didn't remember much of anything. My dream recall was rather fuzzy when I woke up on Thursday morning, too. I think there was something about making paper sculptures, but I was unable to remember any specific details once I awoke. It was a bit of a challenge getting out of bed Friday morning, and dream recollection was fuzzy. There seemed to be something about creating paper sculptures and writing, but specific details were elusive when I woke up. It was pretty tempting to go back to sleep, too.
It was a challenge getting up on Saturday morning; I just wanted to stay in bed, in part because it was extra chilly. My dream recall was pretty hazy. I think I was in some kind of class, but specific details remained elusive in the waking state. It was extra chilly again this morning, which made it extremely difficult to find the motivation to get up and leave the cozy confines of my blankets. My dream recall was fairly fuzzy, but I could remember being at some kind of school. We were expected to put on some kind of performance, and the teacher was handing out snacks and packets (maybe a script?) out to all the students near the stage. She also mentioned something about the girls needing to wear a pink dress for the performance, and there was a bin of various pink ribbons that seemed to be for us to make the dress out of. The teacher might have been pregnant. That's all I could remember once I woke up.
The boys were eager to tell me about how they went to October Fest over the weekend at the zoo (one was going to write about the experience for extra credit in his German class) and how there was a Nightmare Before Christmas display. They loved discussing anime, theories, video games, Fact Fiend and Food Theory videos. The younger brother was telling me all about this slap game that is full of different kinds of gloves you use to slap people and how there are a bunch of meme sounds in it. The boys also enjoyed discussing characters they'd like to see appear in Super Smash Bros, like Mr. Krabs, Thomas the Tank Engine, Kermit the Frog, and Jack Skellington. It was interesting to hear their line up and how the characters would battle. The older brother also wants to see InuYasha characters/English voice actors voice the various characters in The Nightmare Before Christmas. They were excited for the trailer for the new Mario movie, but they told me that the trailer was "CG animation cringe."
One afternoon when we were driving from the older brother's school to the younger brother's school to pick him up, we saw my dad walking. I commented, "Oh, look. There's my dad walking to get a lottery ticket." He wanted to know how I knew it was my dad and how I knew he was going to go get a lottery ticket. I explained that my dad often walks to 7-11 to get lottery tickets (which is the direction he was heading) and that since he was wearing the same clothes and looked like my dad, it was my dad (plus, he waved as we drove past). The boy I babysit then proceeded to plan out how many years it would be until he could walk and buy lottery tickets. He seemed to forget his birthday was in about a month, tacking on a whole extra year instead of a month. We then got to discussing his upcoming birthday. When we got back to their house, there was a whole slew of packages sitting on their porch, one of which was a box of Cottonelle toilet paper. The boys wanted to know why there were so many packages, and I remarked, "Oh, look, your parents ordered toilet paper for your birthday present!" The older brother immediately exclaimed, "What?! NOOOO!!!" I got a kick out of it. After he thought about I think he realized that his parents wouldn't do that, though (lol).
Then there was the afternoon when a fly flew into my car while we were waiting for his younger brother to come out of school. The older brother started freaking out and shouting at me to kill it. It was strange since the fly wanted out but kept veering away from the open windows at the last second. Eventually, I got it out, and he started insisting that I close all the windows to be safe. I told him that it'd be fine, but he was convinced we "needed to be safe." When I asked him what he thought the fly would do to him, he replied, "I don't know. Fly around and annoy me." I pointed out that the fly, although it could be annoying, wasn't dangerous. He wasn't convinced, but the fly didn't come back. I just didn't see a point in closing the window, cutting myself off from the incredible fall air on the off chance the fly came back. Sure, it could be a bit annoying, but it wouldn't hurt anyone, despite his belief that it would put us in danger. It was interesting to observe the great lengths people will go to over something so simple.
Tsuki was her normal goofy self, and she was excited that the remodelers didn't show up much this week. It was a pretty sleepy week for Tsuki; she didn't race around, bouncing off the walls, nearly as much as she usually does. Granted, she still had plenty of her silly antics (like trying to climb up walls and steal food), but it was more subdued than normal. I'm guessing it was an energetic thing since I was wanting to sleep a lot, too.
Artwork for the week included:
I wrote new pieces for Creativity Chronicles this week! Feel free to check out the new art articles!
New articles include:
It's been an interesting week. I've been focusing on taking things one step at a time and doing a lot of observing. Lots of people have been freaking out lately, even over little things. When I ask about why people are reacting a certain way, they can't normally answer, which is interesting. I've definitely been allowing myself to take it easy more often since my body has been demanding more rest; this weekend I've stayed in bed until almost noon, which is pretty unusual for me. Me from the past would have given myself a hard time since there's plenty that can/should be done, but I allowed myself to be. I was comfortable, somewhat groggy, and not ready to get up, so I didn't force myself to. It was rather relaxing and peaceful.
I spent some time enjoying a bit of anime (I watched a couple episodes of Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and funny videos on YouTube. While I could have "used my time wisely to be productive," it felt right to do so. I've worked rather hard for most of my life, so finding the right balance of living your purpose and enjoying life is essential. We didn't come here just to work; life is a gift we're meant to enjoy, but so few of us actually do. I'm curious to see what the upcoming season will look like. I wonder how much humanity has grown since all of the craziness started. Beautiful experiences are around the corner, but we may have to weather some intense storms before we reach them. Allow yourself to follow your joy and listen to your heart; you'll be amazed at what happens when you do. Be gentle with yourself, take care, and have a wonderful rest of your weekend! Stay blessed with love and light, everyone~
Food for thought from Ralph Smart:
Food for thought to consider: