Inktober52 – Week 18: WORLD

When I first thought about this prompt, I almost wanted to illustrate one of the worlds from the old LARP I used to play or maybe even the world from my tabletop game… I have an older illustration from back when our tabletop game reached one of the campaign conclusions. This is WAY back in the day when I used to draw by hand, scan the artwork, then color and edit it on the computer.

My style was a lot different back then and also, and I used to draw/doodle the campaign as we did each tabletop session. Since I don’t actually play any tabletop anymore, I don’t have a world to draw. I’m thinking of working on some stories very loosely based on those games. More like, inspired by. Definitely not something that I’ll be able to finish within a week for this prompt. So I’m just going with a very basic drawing idea.

I got the nub fixed on my tablet so I can do digital art again! YAY. Please don’t come at me if the world’s tilt and the moon and the sun and everything look strange. I went for a very low detail, cartoonish style for this one. I’m not an astronomy nerd. LOL. Thanks for stopping by today. It’s been an exhausting few weeks with the puppies. I’m trying to keep up with my posts!

Tablet Fixing

My drawing tablet wasn’t broken, but the nib on my drawing pen finally broke. I replaced the pen once in the past due to loosing the first. I love my Samsung … Tab A, I think is the model?

I would like an upgrade, but honestly.cannot justify it right now. I have an Otter Box case to protect it. 👋 Hi, I’m a klutz and technology gremlin. Any items I but usually need an extra layer of protection.

Older pen is the blue one. New one is black. Not 100% a fit, but it works at least. I like having a back up as well. So hopefully I can do my Inktober 52 drawing prompt now before this week’s comes out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Mother’s Day

I wrote my mom a long letter on this Mother’s Day card and set it out earlier in the week. Hopefully, it will reach her in time for Mother’s day. We honestly don’t keep in touch as much as we should. There are a lot of factors in this that I won’t go into right now, but I miss my mom.

I was a mommy’s girl growing up and I know that I was spoiled and favored by her compared to my siblings. This was definitely unfair and did cause some stress in my relationship with my siblings. I think as adults we’ve come to terms with this better. It was still a lot to handle though.

So I was adopted. And I don’t want this to become one of those Pro-Life versus Abortion posts. My birth mother was in a country where abortion is illegal. But honestly, I assume, if she really needed to, she could have found a way to do it. My parents met my birth mom before I was born and arranged the adoption. I actually got to see a lot of the paperwork recently. My mom sent me the files and all the paperwork for the adoption to me a few years ago.

Some part of me would eventually love to meet my birth mother, but I have no real way of finding out if she’s alive or not. I haven’t been able to find her on social media and the Philippines just honestly isn’t a hop, skip, and a jump away from the United States. I’ve reached out to a government office in the city where I was born, but the paperwork they’ve requested of me isn’t something I’m willing to just e-mail out.

Maybe this will be something that I plan as a someday trip in the future? I’d love to know if I have siblings. My mother makes it sound like I might. Or cousins. My birth mother seemed to know who my birth father was, but did not name him in the paperwork or on the birth certificate. So that would be something else I’d love to look into.

Okay! But I’m rambling! Wow. Hug your Mother today! Hug your motherly figures! Give them presents if that’s their love language. Or like in my MIL’s case, she likes the gift of TIME. Do things for the maternal figures in your life and appreciate them today. Today I appreciate so many strong mothers in my life. My birth mother, my mom, my stepmom, my mother-in-law, my sister, and all the other mother’s in my life!

My Step Mom

Thanks for stopping in today. I’ll see you tomorrow~!

Japanese Home Cooking

I found this cookbook on Overdrive/Libby through my local Library’s online checkout system and I absolutely love it. I’m biased and have an obsession with cookbooks. I know you can find recipes online, but there’s something nice about being able to just look at the recipe and skip over the talking part. Every cooking blog that I read online has to tell you SO much about something before the recipe. It seems to be a requirement for a cooking blog. (Says the biggest rambler and ranter in the Universe.)

I have a decent amount of cookbooks, which are sadly in storage right now… which I need to be cleaning out SOON~!

When I am in a better position, I will absolutely be buying this cookbook:

As an American with a love for Japanese food, I really honestly don’t know enough about Japanese Cuisine. So this sort of cookbook has been really helpful and insightful on what I don’t have a clue about due to cultural differences. I’ve only made Dashi from a powder. And I didn’t know there were SO many different types of seaweed that are edible.

The same goes for my knowledge about rice. I really love rice, but I don’t know nearly enough. I haven’t even taken everything from the book. I’m just showing you guys bits and pieces of the book that I wanted to save for myself. Again, I can’t stress how much I want to buy a copy of this one.

I love MOCHI. I’ve seen so many recipes on how to make it, but this one was really easy to follow. I’m not sure how brave I’ll be to actually try it though.

Okay, in the debate between rice and noodles, I can never decide. I love both of the starches so much. I still remember my one favorite little Thai restaurant in Atlanta called Malaya. The owner engaged in a debate with my ex-husband, my friends, and myself about this. He and I both agreed that both were really good. That ordering a noodle dish and then getting a side dish of rice was an absolute MUST. Of course, having soup was also included.

Just reading this cookbook has made my mouth water. And it’s sad because I ate dinner right before I started working on this post. So I’ll have to just grin and bear it for now. I took a lot of shots of this book, but I’m not going to continue to spam you guys with all the screenshots. Just know that it covers so much more.

If I kept going, you’d be reading an entire book … for ages. So I won’t be doing that to you guys, but just know that I would absolutely love to sit and read cookbooks with someone. It’s one of my favorite past times. Do any of you have a weird hobby that’s weird even in your own genre of the hobby? I’m also the weirdo that sits and peruses the website looking at houses and mentally planning how I’d decorate each one. House porn! Anywho, if you made it this far in the post, thanks for sticking around!

International No Diet Day

I still miss my Mango bird. She loved to steal a bite of whatever you ate.

My SO won’t be breaking his diet today, because he’s been doing so well with Keto. 20 pounds down! I’m so proud of him. I’ll probably try to make something for him today. Something that actually fits his diet. I’m not doing great on my diet, sadly. But it’s International No Diet Day! So let’s see what National Today has to say:

For myself, I’ve made some very easy and not really homemade cookies! It’s stupidly easy. Just take a box of cake mix! I used a butter cake mix. Use two eggs, half a cup of vegetable oil, and a splash of vanilla extract (I also added a splash of almond extract). You can mix this up and add whatever mix-ins that you want to make some delicious cookies.

For my cookies, I chopped a bar of white chocolate up into little chunks. Used a small bag of craisins. Then about a cup of pecans. I actually tossed these in just a tiny bit of the cake mix beforehand to coat it all. I tend to do that when I’m making cakes because it helps prevent the ingredients from sinking to the bottom of the batter. I have NO idea if that’s helpful in cookies. It was just a force of habit.

Bake at 350ºF for 4-10 minutes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

I tried the cup trick where you put a cup over the warm cookies and swirl it a bit to make the cookies rounder, but it did NOT work for me. *sigh* Not sure what I did wrong. But I’ve got some lovely treats to enjoy. Hopefully, everyone is doing well today and enjoying their Friday! See you guys tomorrow.

Revenge of the 5th

Another Star Wars Day? Not officially, but here’s some info about the day.

“Peace is a lie. There is only Passion.

Through Passion, I gain Strength.

Through Strength, I gain Power.

Through Power, I gain Victory.

Through Victory my chains are Broken.

The Force shall free me.”

The Code of the Sith

As obsessed with Star Wars as I am, I can’t find myself planning a vacation to Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I’m honestly not a huge fan of crowds and the last time I went to Disney was Magic Kingdom back in 2014. It was extremely overwhelming as far as crowds go and exhausting since we spent a long day there to get our money’s worth out of the one day we went.

I’ve started trying to window show for ticket prices since my step-daughter is starting to get to be the age where she can enjoy Disney. Her mom had talked non-stop about her Disney experience so she has high expectations. Her mom went during high school. Stayed in one of the Animal Kingdom hotels facing the Savanna (wake up and you can see the animals).

Price checking that one was a giant OOF. I know you can get some package deals for staying at the Disney Hotels as well as the park tickets. Yet I can’t imagine the discount being all -that- much. And personally, I’m going to want to enjoy my hotel just a TINY bit. That’s why I honestly would lean towards a Disney Cruise at some point. Or perhaps even just a Carnival Cruise. Though my motion sickness might make that an interesting experience. (From what I remember in High School when we had a cruise, it made me sick, but I stubbornly wouldn’t take medicine for it.)

My stepdaughter did express interest in Harry Potter World and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. So looking at the Star Wars Starcruiser Hotel was something I decided to go ahead and research. For interest and planning purposes. Every time I start to think about a vacation, the planning part always makes me just want to stay at home. Haha. The price tag for just the 2-night stay aboard the Starcruiser made my stomach do flip-flops.

As exciting as this sounds, I’m not sure my current wallet could handle this sort of voyage. I can’t even imagine doing this for something like my honeymoon. Plus I would never go on this kind of vacation without my stepdaughter.

For your 2-night stay, you can expect to go on this sort of adventure:

And just remember, this is just for staying at the Starcruiser Hotel. This doesn’t even include going to the actual Galaxy’s Edge Park. I suppose that would be a great way to end the stay. I just can’t see myself spending $5k then more money afterward for the parks and a different hotel. Staying at Disney Resort Hotels does have its perks, I do acknowledge that. I stayed at an offsite hotel the few days we were in Kissimmee (where the Disney Parks are) and you’re still looking at a $300/night price tag.

This most definitely would be a Star Wars fan’s dream vacation. I just don’t know if I could justify the price tag. Does anyone know some tips for saving money when going to Disney? Besides getting discounted tickets by listening to a timeshare pitch? (Don’t laugh, my ex-husband made did that for our trip to get us cheaper tickets. It was exhausting.) Let me know in the comments!

Happy Revenge of the Fifth! And Cinco de Mayo! Or the Battle of Puebla Day. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it commemorates a single battle where the Mexican army triumphed over France. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations.  (Okay, it’s really just an excuse for Americans to eat at Mexican restaurants and drink beer. *SIGH*)

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading my post.

May the 4th Be With You – Star Wars Day

I don’t remember exactly when it was that I fell in love with Star Wars. I just remember that I had to stay home from school sick one day. One of those actual sick days, where you can’t enjoy yourself as a child, because your misery outweighs the joy of skipping school. I think it was some time in elementary school.

My favorite channel back then was the USA television network. It just so happened that the Star Wars trilogy was playing on marathon mode that day. So tiny child me fell immediately in love with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. My girl crush on Mark Hamill was only second to my love for Robin Williams. It wouldn’t be until much later in life that I’d learn the disappointment that both men were old enough to be my father…

That literally sealed the deal for me. I was never a very conventional girl. I loved the black and white Nick at Nite shows. I loved live-action Batman. I dreamt about being MacGyver. And then I ended up wanting to be a Jedi like Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. I still remember finding a Star Wars novel at the flea market one Saturday. The house I grew up in was built in 1919 and my parents restored it to its former glory, sanding the floors and putting up period-appropriate wallpapers. They’d find furniture at antique dealerships and oftentimes, flea market booths.

Just a small portion of my Star Wars book collection.

There was one vendor at the flea market that had all kinds of books. He just kept stacks and stacks of books that he sold for $.25 or $.50 cents apiece. I can’t even remember which Star Wars novel was my first. It was never enough. It got to the point where the vendor would just hold Star Wars books aside for my mom and me to purchase each week. Some of them I ended up having to buy new. This was way before the Prequel Trilogy was ever even in the making.

“There is no emotion, there is peace.

There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.

There is no passion, there is serenity.

There is no chaos, there is harmony.

There is no death, there is the Force.”

Jedi Code

I ended up eventually falling in love with Leia and Han’s romance. I’m still bitter that the more recent round of movies scrubbed the entire Star Wars novel series canon down the drain. I mourn for Jaina and Jacen Solo, the twins of Han and Leia. And then their younger sibling, Anakin. The one thing that I am very happy and impressed with from the more recent Star Wars movies is the scene where Leia saves herself from space. They actually had a scene very similar to that in one of the novels. Luke had to move from one ship to another without any kind of suit on and used the Force to get himself safely through the ordeal.

Okay, I could rant and rave about how amazing Star Wars is all day so I’ll cut it short.

Enjoy your Star Wars day! I know that I will be firing up the movies and pulling out my LEGOs at some point during the day. I’m a nerd and a child at heart!

Free Comic Book Day

I won’t be going, but the first Saturday in May is free comic book day and I highly recommend going to your local comic book store to check it out! I wanted to post about this in advance so that folks would remember and be able to go out to find something. I actually don’t have enough space right now for any new books, but I really do love them…

I usually hit the classics… Green Lantern, Doctor Strange, Deadpool, Spiderman, X-Men … DC, and Marvel. There are some anime comic books that I’ve got in my collection. And then some smaller indie artists.

Once I walked away from a library books sale with a ton of books and comic books for just $20.

I saved the books from a sad life of not being read!

Some of the more recent comic books that I’ve bought are pretty nice. It gives me a feeling of nostalgia, although they’re a lot more expensive than they were in the past. But you should definitely go visit your local shop and help support them by buying some comic books and other items! Plus free swag is always nice, right?

Anywho, thanks for stopping by today!

20 Years Later

Blurred the name of my High School and the Reunion location, but it’s finally been 20 years since I graduated high school. It’s not as impressive as you’d think. I don’t remember most of the people from the yearbook. I’m actually not even sure where my yearbook is. I had to look at one online from the year before my senior year. I’ll probably look for my yearbook while I’m cleaning out the storage unit.

No reunion had been planned yet, but I started shaking the Facebook group and a small band of us got together to actually plan it. The local girls were able to do more than me since I’m a state away, but it’s nice to know that it’s actually in the works now. A lot of the people I’d actually want to see probably won’t be going due to distance and time commitments, which is a bit sad.

I don’t really remember most of my high school years. I don’t know if that’s the trauma I experienced. I was raped my senior year and my parents also divorced and had a messy split that year. Or a lot of the bad experiences in my younger adult years. I’ve also had two major concussions as an adult. Haha, so there are a lot of factors. I think it was a bit upsetting the first time I realized that other people clearly remember their childhoods.

It’s going to cost $2k for the space we are using for the Reunion, which is pretty on par for the type of place we are using. A brewery. We will be having our school colors as decoration and I think we might be having music from that era played? It’s a bit sad, but we’re winging it on throwing this together. It’s hard enough getting enough people to buy tickets. I didn’t attend the 10-year Reunion. What do you usually do at a Reunion?

I suggested that we vote on Class Superlatives like in the yearbook: Friendliest, Best All-Around, Funniest, Biggest Flirt, Most Likely to Succeed, Most Spirited, Most Athletic, Most Opinionated, Most Intelligent, and Best Looking. We’re also planning a raffle, but we don’t have items for it yet. Which personally sounds like one of the biggest parts. Not being local makes it harder to try and find things for the raffle. Maybe some things that even out-of-towners could use…

Sometimes mentally, I feel like I’m still a kid. Yet I know things have changed since I’m always wincing when I see “teenagers” around me. I can’t actually find ANY good photographs of me from High School or College so I suppose I won’t share those. Haha, maybe that’s just my luck. But have any of you experienced your 10-year or 20-year High School reunion? Tips? Favorite experiences. Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Hello May

May is packed with things! It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (I’m Filipino-American~! I don’t know enough about my culture though.) Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month (I don’t have BPD, but a number of folks I know do). And there are a ton of other holidays happening this month…

Today is May Day! It is a day of unity, togetherness, and rebirth; a day for everyone to come together and celebrate life as we know it! There’s the May Pole dance, making May baskets, and gathering flowers! I don’t really celebrate any of those things, but I’ve always found them very interesting! April showers bring May flowers. And gosh you can feel the end of the Cold Spring rains. We had some cool weather for a bit, but it feels like a distant memory already. The temperatures are climbing and my MIL’s garden is taking shape.

I love the Rock! He’s one of my favorite actors, plus his own talks about battling depression really inspire me.

May the 4th be with you and Revenge of the 5th are two really big Star War nerd days. I’ll be making a post on those days about my love of Star Wars!

Let’s just admit it’s an excuse Americans use to eat Mexican food… but I have some friends who have birthday’s on this day, so it’s a pretty great day in general!

I really need to get back on my diet, but I found this “holiday” to be a hoot.

Our Mother’s Day is at a different time than some other parts of the world. How strange. Don’t forget to tell your Mothers, Step Moms, and other Maternal Figures in your life that you love and appreciate them. And if they weren’t people that you loved and appreciated, then treat yourself to a great day for making due without them!

I grew up in a family that traveled with the military. My brother served in the Navy. So woo, Armed Forces Day!

Pools, BBQs, the end of school for some, and remembering those who died in service for the USA.

Personally, for the month of May, I will be working on cleaning! I need to go tackle the storage unit, but first I’ve been working on cleaning our bedroom. It’s been a bit of a struggle, but I’ve put small dents in the mess. I’m going to really do a huge change in the space in June while my stepdaughter is away at 4H Camp. Her room will be the staging area for all of the things I’m pulling out of our bedroom.

I need to clear out from under our bed and I’m going to put it on risers so I can end up fitting more underneath there. I honestly get exhausted and overwhelmed just thinking about it. Hopefully breaking it down into smaller pieces will help. I’ll just have to try and handle it the best I can for now. No sense in getting myself worked up before I even start the project.

Anywho, thanks for stopping in today! I hope your month of May goes well and that it’s jam-packed with lots of amazing things.