I hope everyone is doing well! It was a busy week with the full moon in Virgo and daylight savings; springing forward and losing an hour of sleep can definitely take some getting used to! It was a busy week full of art, writing, hanging out with Tsuki, babysitting/tutoring, and joking with friends. The kids were cracking me up, coming up with all sorts of stories; one of the boys decided that he was the main character of the universe and that his mood controls the weather. One of the girls decided that I was 101 years old but that I either looked like I was 25 or 12. These kids are a riot. Life's definitely more enjoyable with them in it. If you are interested in learning more about the recent full moon, feel free to check out the videos below!
I woke up Monday morning extra cozy and snuggly in bed. It was quite tempting to stay cocooned I'm the blankets. My dream recall was fuzzy, but there was something about crystals, Care Bears, Teen Titans, and some kind of statue(s) coming to life. Details were hazy, but it felt like a lot happened. I woke up Tuesday tempted to curl back up and continue sleeping. I did not feel ready to get up and felt rather sleepy. Felt too early to be awaken, and my dream recall remained elusive, too, so I had no clue what transpired while I had been asleep.
It was another morning waking up extra snuggly and comfy in bed on Wednesday. It was way too tempting to go back to sleep. There might have been something involving a bunch of ditto in my dream and duplication/mimicry in my dream, but the specific details were super hazy. I was super tempted to stay in bed and keep sleeping again on Thursday morning. There was something about school and I think octopi in my dream, but specific details were rather hazy. It was another cold, sleepy morning on Friday where I was quite tempted to stay cocooned in my blankets. It got to the point where I was hovering close to falling back asleep. Dream recall was veiled in a thick haze, too.
I initially woke up on Saturday at 9 am, convinced it was Friday and panicking because I thought it was Friday, meaning I overslept. I was so freaked out and feeling guilty because it would have meant that I was way late for taking the boys to school, but then I realized it was Saturday. I felt ridiculous and couldn't comprehend why I had been so convinced it was Friday. I ended up falling back asleep because I was feeling quite sleepy. Then I had apparently turned off my alarm in my sleep because I didn't wake up until 12:30. There might have been something about my parents complaining about some buildings (wood working?) being torn down to create more houses, leading to more traffic on the roads as well as receiving a gift card from the family I normally babysit for, but the specific details were hazy.
My dream had been interesting. From what I could remember, I had been at some kind of amusement park (but it didn't seem like any one I had been at before). I had gone to this one attraction/ride; not sure what the point of it was, but I went through, taking my time and trying to spot the various animatronics. I remember seeing Little Foot from the Land Before Time, Scooby-Doo, as well as Barney and his dinosaur friends for sure, but there were many others. It sort of seemed geared towards children. I reached a point where you were supposed to go on this "roller-coaster" part of it, but it seemed to look more like a bumper car. It still seemed to have a designated path, but it was not a traditional coaster with multiple cars all attached. When I got off the ride, one of the staff came up to me and told me they had to close the attraction to search for my hat. Apparently, it had fallen off during it and that was a huge deal. I went to look for it, having a fairly good idea of where it would have fallen off. I easily found it without having to enter the attraction and went to tell the staff member. They seemed quite upset, and while the language they used was "professional," it didn't come across as kind. The gist of what they were saying was that I took too long and wasn't allowed back on. It basically sounded like I was nothing but a problem for them and took way longer than anyone else that had ridden it. I didn't see what the problem was since literally nobody else wanted to take part in it and did my best not to cry.
I ended up wandering around other areas of the "amusement park." There were plenty of families and kids there. I went over to look at some other ride/attraction. It advertised itself as a "scary" ride that required couples to go on it. It seemed like there were different "levels of scary." I was kind of curious about it to see what it was like, but I was by myself. The place seemed very strict on following its rules. I didn't plan on going on it since I was by myself, but there was some other guy I didn't know by the entrance. I think he wanted to ride it, but he was by himself. Apparently, there was some kind of sensor at the entrance that registered people's wristbands (it was some requirement of the amusement park place that everyone wear some kind of red wristband that seemed to resemble the smart watches/fit bits). The entrance decided to register us a couple, and the guy was really upset about it. I shrugged it off and decided to check it out; I had some knowing that the staff would get all upset if we didn't ride it, too, after being registered. They really seemed to be sticklers for their rules and all. The guy grumbled about it; we ended up sitting in the same row but with seats between us. Didn't seem to matter because the ride didn't seem to be in popular demand. Right before the ride started, the guy handed me some kind of stress ball, thinking I might need it, which was kind. Even though he was upset about how things played out, he still chose to be considerate and kind, which I appreciated. Turns out, the ride was not very scary, though. While it seemed to try to implement jump-scares and all, there were a bunch of ducks. Some of them were just plain adorable, too. There was even a little kiddie toy of ducks as part of it. I found it funny more than anything. It kind of sounded like Chris Luck was the announcer for the ride, too.
More happened, but it got kind of fuzzy. There was some mom with her daughter. The girl was probably in elementary school and wasn't afraid to share her opinion. At one point the girl was saying something about ditching (don't remember the context), and the mom started freaking out, trying to silence her by saying, "We don't use that word here." I didn't understand why she felt so strongly and was panicking about it, as if it was some taboo word. The mom was really trying hard to silence the girl, too, but the girl kept talking. Some other lady came up and started trying to get the mom to relax, saying something about it being easier to rein in a middle schooler that knows a lot than trying to dumb down and revert a child. The rest of the details are fuzzy, though.
My dream recall was pretty fuzzy when I woke up this morning. There was something about Pokémon, a pier, a Lego store, a mall, and wandering. Someone was with me; I seemed to know them in the dream, but I can't say that my waking self recognized them. It was interesting and kind of strange. More definitely happened, but that's all I could remember.
The boys were their typical selves this week, coming up with anime theories, discussing whatever crossed their minds, raving about their favorite games (Pizza Tower is a current favorite), and being a bit silly. At one point the younger brother claimed to be "God" and to be able to control the weather with his mood. The older brother went on this rant about how birds weren't real but were actually spy drones from the government. Their mom highly recommended a book to me this week, too, sending it home with me. Remarkably Bright Creatures was a book she read for book club, and she was impressed that I read it so quickly. The octopus was the best character, hands down. At one point the younger brother started talking in a strange voice and said what I thought was, "You don't know how much I need the bunny." I thought it was hilarious and really wanted him to have a bunny (but it turns out he said money). His brother was getting upset with him for being "weird," but I pointed out that he wasn't hurting anyone. The way I see it, if it's not harming anyone, why make a big deal about it? Why not let them be who they are and have their quirky moments?
I did some babysitting for another family over the weekend, and the kids were so excited to see me. It was rather touching that seeing me means so much to them. I know I'm definitely not for everyone, and when people are that excited to see me, it just makes me feel special. The brother and sister duo wanted to talk up a storm with me. They were pretty funny, too, with their choices in topics. They were so excited to show me what they've been up to, the different games they've been playing, etc. The girl even is getting super serious about starting up a small business selling bracelets and was all too eager to show me all of her new supplies; she also gave me a couple of bracelets that she made. She did get a bit upset at me--when she asked who my partner in crime was, my response was that I wanted it to be James from Pokémon. She was mad because he wasn't "real." I got into some deep conversations with her older brother, diving into the nature of people, the universe, and the like. They would say things about how weird they are, but I always do my best to accept them as is and be authentic with them, revealing that I can be quite the weirdo, too. We had a lot of fun together, and I cherish the moments I spend with these children.
Tsuki was her typical goofy self, although she did plenty of napping due to the cold weather and wanted to snuggle quite often. She enjoyed her typical birdwatching and wild playtime, too. Tsuki had a blast hanging out in a basket, playing with a paper bag, snatching paper beads, and being her nutty self. There's certainly never a dull moment with her around, and she always has us laughing with all her antics.
Artwork for the week included more paper beads (since Tsuki keeps snatching them and losing them around the house lol):
New Creativity Chronicles' articles included:
New Luck's List articles:
Life is certainly interesting, full of twists, turns, and unexpected surprises. Do your best to enjoy each moment and find the blessings amongst the hardships and challenges. Not every experience will be easy, but that doesn't mean that they're "bad." Be gentle with yourself along your journey because you're doing the best you can, learning and growing along the way. It's okay if you don't have all the answers. It's okay if you stumble or make a mistake. You're human, and you're allowed to be yourself entirely, flaws, areas of growth, and all. You're more than that--you're your strengths and talents, too. You're incredible, and the world is a better place with you in it. You deserve love, acceptance, and joy, so make the most of each day. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and have some fun!
Food for thought from Ralph Smart on Infinite Waters:
Food for thought to consider: