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Happy Halloween and Happy November!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, and start to November! This past week got quite cold, and it felt rather lethargic. Feeling rather drained and on the verge of burnout, to be honest. Tsuki spent lots of time sleeping, and I couldn't blame her. Seems like a lot of people are feeling this way, too, as I've heard my friends and others in my life remark about it. Hopefully, things will start calming down before the holiday season goes into full swing.

Monday morning was rough. My sister had a coffee bar shift and unintentionally woke me up an hour and a half before I needed to be up (when I already need to be up early), and I wasn't able to go back asleep, no matter how much I wanted to. It wasn't fun, especially since I already struggle falling asleep in the first place. Dream recall was incredibly murky, and the only thing I could remember is that Kim Possible was somehow involved. Tuesday ended up being just as rough with my sister being noisy and waking me up way before my alarm again. Try as I might, I couldn't fall back asleep, and it left me so exhausted (really didn't help that I struggle with falling asleep in the first place as it is). My dream recall was pretty fuzzy, but it had something to do with The Wild Thornberries. For some reason Eliza was named Ariel in the dream, and her father kept calling her Uriel, much to her dismay. She ended up talking to him about it, and they reached some kind of agreement/understanding. It seemed like this was some kind of skit/game that kids used in school to learn and express their feelings. There was also something about my aunt Lisa mentioning my grandpa, but things got really muddled.

Wednesday morning was somewhat easier in the sense that I wasn't woken up early by my sister so I wasn't as tired, but it was still so cold. When it gets to be that cold, it becomes a great challenge leaving the warmth and comfort of the blankets. My dream recall was a bit hazy, but it involved the characters from How to Train Your Dragon at one point. Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid, and Stormfly were exploring, and I think Dagger had been trying to stop them/teamed up with someone. They were shooting boulders at Hiccup and Toothless at least, trying to take them out. There was something else about being with my parents and siblings, going on maybe a walk or a hike. My parents just started complaining and making a fuss about something, insisting we stop and go back for whatever reason. Details got real fuzzy, and that's all I could remember once I woke up.

I woke up rather groggy Thursday morning, and it was all too tempting to stay in bed and return to sleep. Dream recall was incredibly murky, and I couldn't remember a thing that transpired. I wasn't as tired when I woke up Friday morning, but it was still a challenge waking up and getting out of bed. Dream recall was fairly hazy, but it seemed to involve some scavenger hunt/field trip. I had been with a group of kids. We ended up at some place that seemed like a zoo, Chuck E. Cheese, and children's museum all at the same time. It might of been a class of students, but it was hard to tell. At one point I pulled one of the little boys aside and was trying to get a better understanding of how he was feeling/his reasoning for decision-making. He tried to pretend to be oblivious and lie a lot, but there seemed to be something troubling him deep down. More likely happened, but that's all I could remember.

I was fairly tired when I woke up Saturday morning, and it was a bit of a struggle getting up (thankfully, I didn't have to do anything, so I could stay in bed as long as I wanted). There was something about gas prices going really low (they were like $1.29 per gallon) for some reason. More definitely happened, but that's all I could remember--the rest of the dream was veiled in a thick haze. I was a bit groggy when I woke up this morning; I wouldn't have been upset with being able to sleep in more, but I had to go take care of the dogs I started pet sitting. My dream recall was somewhat fuzzy, but I remember meeting up with the older brother of the boys I babysit and that I was supposed to take him to school. He got repeatedly distracted while we were walking to a school (it wasn't his normal school--it seemed to be some kind of small, private school--and I'm not sure why we were walking). Because of him getting super distracted, he ended up like 10 minutes late to the school. His teacher greeted me outside and asked if we could exchange numbers so I could let them know the next time he was running late; he didn't seem to be in trouble, though. Not sure why he was at that random school or what it was about, but that's all I could remember once I woke up.

The boys had a fairly normal week for the most part. They were excited to discuss new Funko Pops as well as some new theme park that Universal is building, speculating what rides they might feature. Construction has been going on at the schools for over a year now, and when I picked them up after school, they were telling me all about how the whole entire massive school was crammed in one parking lot around lunch time because the construction crew cut a gas line. It sounded dreadfully overwhelming, and I was proud of the boys for how they handled it--a sea of rowdy students is no easy feat.

Tsuki was her typical goofy, adorable self. It got quite cold this week, so Tsuki enjoyed plenty of cozy cat naps and snuggling by the fire and space heater. With the colder weather, she definitely spent a lot more time snoozing (not that I blame her). She had fun playing with the paper as well as spying on people from the railing. Tsuki was also quite happy that a bunch of kids didn't ring the doorbell for Halloween because she's terrified of the doorbell and always runs off to hide. It was a pretty chill week, and Tsuki loved being able to take it easy.

Artwork for the week included more diamond art:

I continued to create new content for Creativity Chronicles and YouTube shorts this week! Feel free to check out the newest articles and shorts!

New Creativity Chronicles' articles included:

Please, be gentle and take care of yourself. You are important, and your needs are valid. If you need to take a break, take some time off, and just relax, do so. Take time to fill up your cup. Yes, it's important to complete your to-do list, but how successful will you be if you're completely exhausted and have no energy to do so? Prioritize your well-being. There's nothing wrong with putting yourself first from time to time; it doesn't make you a horrible person. You're allowed to be human. Don't belittle yourself or neglect your needs. You're worthy, so treat yourself as such. Do what's best for you. Wishing you a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Food for thought for the week:

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