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Surreal

That’s the best way I can describe my current state.

I recently spoke with my academic advisor and was informed that my graduation date is August 30. So now I can say on my resume that I officially obtained my bachelor’s on August 30, 2020.

After 14 years of struggle, it’s finally over!!!

During the final days of class, I actually reopened one of my domains for the purpose of chronicling my new art journey. I’m really excited because Ken got me a new Wacom tablet for my graduation present. The only issues I face now are (1) my arthritis, and (2) managing my time between work, Miyu, and house chores.

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Post Shower Doodles

Last night, as Miyu was preparing to go to bed, she noticed that a peculiar sketch of Papa’s head was open on my tablet in Procreate. So, she picked up the pencil and started completing the drawing (by adding his body). 🙂

I can’t believe it’s already been almost a month now since my last post. It’s been strange going back to the office at work, but because of the recent rise in covid cases, now I’m back to teleworking again and I feel so much more comfortable.

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Dear Dragonfly

Yesterday morning as I was standing by to wave Miyu off on her way to school, I noticed a dragonfly resting on a tree right outside of our door. I was just looking around and enjoying the quiet when I suddenly noticed its presence. Miyu’s group started to leave and I waved at her. There was a huge wasp that flew around that tree so I quickly went in and went about my day, but I was still happy to see the dragonfly. It’s not often I see one just hanging from a tree branch. They’re usually wizzing by carrying about their little lives. Aside from butterflies, I think they’re the only winged insects that I actually like.

Since I had a holiday off, Miyu came straight home from school and as it happened, Ken was not feeling well and stayed home. I told Miyu about the dragonfly so of course she was excited and had to see for herself. I read some folklore and mythology surrounding the dragonfly and told her that they used to be dragons, so they’re kind of like dragon spirits, or just spirits in general. I like to think of them as guardian spirits/fairies. To me their wings are so incredibly beautiful. I think that’s why I like to think of them as fairies—because of the pattern of their wings.

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Letting Go

Since Miyu started school, I noticed that when I pick her up, she always gives me a drawing on a thin sheet of square origami paper. The drawings depict the most significant event of her day. For example, the first memorable drawing she gave me recently was of her classroom and a wandering bee. She recounted what happened and the excitement of her fellow classmate who told her about it. I thought it was the most charming thing ever, that she was compelled to share her memory with me through a drawing. That, as if, since she doesn’t have any other means to do so, she had to draw it out to explain to me how significant this event was to her.

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Getting to know my tarot decks

In an effort to get to know my growing collection of decks, I thought I would try doing more daily cards instead of full on spreads—just for those ones I feel like I’m having a hard time connecting with or understanding. The challenge will be integrating this into my chaotic morning routine (especially with my returning to the office very soon), but I think this is the only way for me to really get to know them and their meanings. I feel like intuitive reading is a concept for more advanced users who’ve already mastered the foundations. On that note, I’m definitely aware that I’m still very much a noob.

I already know that on some mornings I just will not have the time to do any dailies, so I’m glad that I have the app version for some of my decks, especially the Shadowscapes. The deck has a whispery, dreamy type of feel to them but sometimes I feel like there’s a lot going on in each card and I have a hard time grasping the meaning. Still, I think the artwork is phenomenal and I’m very happy that it’s a part of my collection.

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My New Tarot/Art Corner

Last night, as I was trying to sleep and failing, I came up with the idea of moving my desk to make room for my multipurpose table that I currently had stowed away. I thought maybe if I sacrifice some entry room into the office, I can finally have my tarot/art table after all. Well, I couldn’t wait for tonight so this morning I asked Ken to help me move my desk and viola! On display are the new decks I’m currently working with. I have more on the way.

I’m very grateful and super excited. 🙂

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Will there be thunder soon?

A bright message will come from the stars?
A bright message will become a reality?
A bright message will manifest?

I don’t know if I interpreted that correctly, but like Tarot, I’m finding Lenormand really fun so far. There’s thunder in the forecast in my area but recently it hasn’t been very accurate. So, hearing the winds howling outside on this hot, humid, cloudy day, I did the sensible thing and consulted my new Lenormand deck. 🙂

I received my new Maybe Lenormand and Shadowscapes Tarot deck yesterday. I absolutely love them. I feel like my ML is like my own psychic Ask Jeeves or Batman’s Alfred. Shadowscapes is definitely more dreamy and otherly, like the messages are coming from another plane entirely.