It's been a busy week full of babysitting, writing, hanging out with Tsuki, and creating art. It was also my half birthday this week (although, I didn't do anything to celebrate). It was also crazy hot this week, so Tsuki and I weren't all that keen about being outside. It did cool off some towards the end of the week, which was appreciated, but it still wasn't cool out.
We also had the full moon in Sagittarius this week! If you want to learn more about this full moon, feel free to check out the videos posted below:
Specific details from my dream were rather fuzzy when I woke up on Monday morning. The main thing I could remember was looking at different art supplies and writing articles about them. There was also something about being at this place that seemed like it was a mall. I ended up befriending robots and figuring out names for them. The powers that be didn't care for that or my respect for the robots, and they tied to eliminate me. I ended up lying low and faking my own death out of necessity, but the robots helped me because I actually showed them kindness rather than treating them like tools. More happened, but that's all I could remember upon waking.
My dream recall was pretty hazy when I woke up on Tuesday morning. My dreams had something to do with finding cool art supplies. Otherwise, I couldn't really remember anything. My dream recall wasn't much better on Wednesday morning; it was still rather fuzzy. I was looking for cool art supplies (and I think writing about them), and while I know more happened, I couldn't remember specifics when I woke up.
My dream was all over the place Wednesday night/Thursday morning. At one point I was attending some sort of school with Corliss. We were walking in the halls and passed up a classroom. One of our classmates' father was the teacher there (he happens to be a pastor in the waking world). Corliss managed to pull him aside into the hall to talk to him, so they could meet up later to discuss something. She was calling him some name that started with an 'H,' but his last name is Plants (plus, his first name doesn't start with an 'H,' either). Corliss was excited for her advising meeting. There was something about driving around, past a school, too. Kids were entering the school, and I saw one of the kids I used to work with and his younger brother. I called out to him, waving, as I drove by in my excitement to see him; he seemed happy to see me, too. There was something about working for some kind of school/child care program, too. We were traveling from some park back to a school building. Some of the kids from before care and my other jobs were there. They went to some kind of gym and started messing with other staff's supplies backstage, like an electric keyboard. Teachers were getting mad with them. I went up and discussed the situation with the kids, explaining that since the stuff wasn't ours, we shouldn't just help ourselves to it and that they weren't in trouble since they didn't know; however, if they did it again, we'd be talking to their parents. The kids all swore they would never do it again and seemed like they really had no clue that it wasn't available for them to play with. More happened, but that's all I could remember upon waking up.
My dream recall was kind of fuzzy on Friday morning, but what I could remember started off with being in some kind of school. There was a classroom rule where you couldn't use the word dumb, and the teacher started playing clips/episodes of Sailor Moon. At one point there was traveling. There were lights/UFOs that were zipping around in the night sky and combining into bigger lights. We seemed to be on a school bus for some field trip. We weren't supposed to look on the left at this settlement of what seemed to be a community of centaurs. They didn't like being on display; apparently, school groups were constantly visiting these settlements to "see how they lived." It seemed like the centaurs didn't have a choice and were forced into it. They seemed to be treated as inferior/second class citizens. Apparently, this was my 2nd field trip to this kind of settlement. I was a kid, and, apparently, the school year before I had created quite the buzz. I was at some kind of gift shop/café with my teacher, and I wanted to see their real homes and get to know them. Some kind of big shot appeared, like a prime minister or president of humanity of some sort. She acted all friendly and played it off that she just wanted to learn more about the situation. She was asking my teacher and me a lot of questions about the previous year's incident. She wanted to know why I'd ever want to go to their homes, giving off this air that the other beings were dirty and inferior, like they were merely some sort of spectacle for humanity's amusement. She seriously confused me; I saw them all as equal and kept making points like, they're people, so what's wrong with learning more about and spending time with other people? This was not a popular opinion. As soon as she heard my true thoughts on the matter, she had a personality flip. The big shot tried to intimidate my teacher so they would retract their support; my teacher and a handful of others supported me, and with their backing, I was able to do things that normally wouldn't be allowed. Normally, I'd be in trouble for even suggesting that they were people. There was this whole separation and elitist mentality humanity was entitled with. The big shot was pissed that she couldn't get her way. She stop acting nice, threatening us as she stormed off. My teacher wasn't intimidated and encouraged me to keep my values and stand up for what I believe in. That's all I could remember when I woke up.
My dream recall was rather fuzzy from Friday night/Saturday morning. I remember being on some kind of bus to go on what seemed to potentially be a school trip. Somehow, this tiny frog and a cat got on the bus and wanted to hang out with me. The trip lasted around 2 hours I think. I think something about Kansas City was mentioned. Pretty sure my brother and parents were on the bus. There was something about an art gallery. The frog and cat seemed to leave the bus with me. That's all I remembered when I woke up.
My dream recall was pretty fuzzy when I woke up this morning, although there was a lot that happened. At one point I was at the park, and there almost seemed to be a county fair going on. There were a bunch of giant tomatoes everywhere, and some contestants even designed their entries to look like stuff; one made this giant pirate ship completely out of tomatoes. There was also something else about my sister giving me grief, saying I had to go through her stuff and clean. One of cousins was around and got some M&M's from me before declaring that was the last sugar he would ever eat in his life. That's all I could remember upon waking up, but more definitely happened.
The boys and I had fun this week. We discussed anime like InuYasha, YashaHime, and Ouran High School Host Club. They enjoyed searching online to see which animes had plushie merch for sale. We discussed past merchandise from shows like Pokémon, and I was surprised to find out that the Pokémon waffles I remembered sharing with my siblings came out 22 years ago. They also enjoyed rolling themselves up in a blanket and creating a "human burrito." It was pretty humorous. We also watched some of Pokémon Master Journeys; I enjoyed seeing Chloe's growth as a character and found it ironic that Goh basically stole from Team Rocket to get Grookey. At the end of the week they decided that we should start watching Amphibia. I had never heard of it before, but it's pretty interesting. I enjoyed the message about self-acceptance and being true to yourself in the dancing episode. The overall messaging is pretty powerful, about not conforming to others' wishes (or what you think they are) and make yourself miserable. I am wondering what happened to Anne's other friend, though. We spent the afternoon watching it, and time flew by before we knew it, with their parents arriving home.
When I picked up the younger brother from his swim practice one morning, he walked out to the car with a doughnut since they were celebrating their first swim meet of the summer. I got a kick out of our conversation (so did Corliss), and it proceeded as follows:
Me: How's your doughnut?
Younger brother: Good. How's not having a doughnut?
Him: I thought you were going to say sad.
Me: It's not necessary sad, like if you're not hungry or a doughnut hater.
Him: No, it's still sad.
Me: But what if you can't have gluten?
Him: Get a gluten-free doughnut.
Me: What if they're lousy?
Him: That sounds like a you-problem.
Me: I'm not gluten-intolerant, though. I was giving a hypothetical.
Him: You're a hypothetical.
Me: Wow, I never knew.
Him: Well, today you're hypothetical. Congratulations.
Me: *laughs* You learn something new every day.
I love working with this family; they definitely keep things interesting, and we always have fun, hilarious conversations.
I enjoyed going for a walk and going to the park with April and Iris Saturday evening. It was a nice, laidback way to spend the evening, and I loved seeing them again. We've all been rather busy lately, but it sounds like I'll be seeing them again soon, so I look forward to it! Iris was a hoot like always; she has quite the imagination and made comments about having teeth in her hair (like they would bite me or something lol). I love my unofficial family!
Tsuki's been her typically nutty self this week. She basically called dibs on my sister's laundry basket and spent a large bulk of the week inside of it. Tsuki played in boxes, napped frequently due to the extreme heat, hung out with me while I wrote, and spent time on the porch when it wasn't unbearably hot out.
I played with a variety of art media recently, like scratch art, gel pens, liquid watercolor, water diffusing paper, pastel pencils, and watercolor pencils. Here's the artwork for the week:
I also wrote a new poem this week, so feel free to read it and share your thoughts! I'm also open to suggestions and recommendations for future writing pieces! I have other works in progress, so stay tuned for more stories!
Articles written on our blog this week featured these art supplies:
It's been a busy week, but I'm excited for the progress I've made with the art supply articles and how I've spent a lot of time with people that are important to me. I had hoped to have more financial abundance come into my life by now; I could do a lot of good with it, and I want to help other people. I'm just taking things one step at a time, though, and doing my best to enjoy the process as I embark on this journey of life. I'm super excited about next Saturday; Corliss and I will be seeing the Fruits Basket Prelude in theaters! There's a lot to be excited about and plenty of room to grow. Be gentle with yourself as you find your way; you're doing the best you can, so there's no reason to be hyper-critical. You're blossoming into your best self yet, and your light will be blindingly brilliant! Make time for rest, relaxation, and fun; while being productive towards your goals is important, it's also important to savor life and enjoy it. Don't postpone all your fun for another day; even if it's a little thing, do something you enjoy each and every day. Allow your soul to thrive, and bring in some laughter--it heals the soul. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and stay blessed with love and light, everyone~
Food for thought from Ralph Smart on Infinite Waters:
Food for thought to consider for the week: