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Merry Christmas, everyone! I thought about drawing Santa Claus for today but I had already drawn him just a few days ago and I wanted to draw something different focusing on one of the less-known Christmas present givers. Today I did a drawing of the Christkind, an angel who delivers presents to children on Christmas Eve. (The name literally means “Christ Child” in German.) In many parts of Germany and Austria children believe that it is the Christkind who delivers the presents instead of Santa Claus.

Even though the Santa Claus imagery can be found all over the world, there are people in some parts of the world who have rebelled against it by insisting on believing in the Christkind instead of Santa Claus.

When I was in the second grade my school did a unit in December called “Christmas Around the World,” where I was briefly exposed to other figures who brought gifts instead of Santa (such as Befana and the Three Kings). That was the only time that this subject was even discussed when I was in elementary school. (By the way the Wikipedia has a list of all of the Christmas and winter gift-bringers listed by country.) Last year I went to the Christmas Village in Baltimore on opening weekend, where I got my first-ever glimpse of the Christkind, who was brought over from Nuremberg, Germany to help with the Christmas Village’s opening ceremony.

It was pretty refreshing to draw something different for Christmas Day. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Since today is Christmas Day, I’d thought I would once again embed an animation that I did last month called The Gift of the Dinosaur. I originally made this animation with the expectation that it would be shown on the video screens of the Greenbelt Makerspace that are located in the front windows so any passers-by would see it. Except the video screens currently aren’t working and no one has found a way to fix them so my animation was never shown. Anyway, here is The Gift of the Dinosaur. Enjoy!

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I finally finished my latest animation on the day before Thanksgiving. For the past year-and-a-half I’ve been attending the animation meetups that are held on Sunday afternoons at the Greenbelt Makerspace and we decided to do some special short Christmas animations that would run in the monitors that were recently erected in the windows of the makerspace. Even though our animations aren’t due for another few weeks I decided to take advantage of this week’s enforced downtime due to Thanksgiving Day (it’s hard to find work because so many people are currently out of town) and get mine done early so I can focus on other things. So here is my latest animation, The Gift of the Dinosaur.

Here’s the story behind The Gift of the Dinosaur. I had participated in Inktober for the first time in 2017. On the day I was leaving for the Washington, DC chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School I did a quick drawing featuring the event’s emcee, Reverend Valentine. She is a burlesque performer and she loves dinosaurs. Recently Build-A-Bear Workshop had started carrying dinosaurs that one could choose to have stuffed and take home instead of a teddy bear and it had a blue t-rex dinosaur. So I drew this scenario where Reverend Valentine gets the blue t-rex from Build-A-Bear Workshop while wearing her pasties and thong while adding a fantasy scenario of what if that stuffed dinosaur was real. (LOL!)

For my animation I loosely based the girl on what I imagine Reverend Valentine might have looked like as a child but I basically made a more generic child. Since the main human character is a young child I had to replace the pasties and thong with a nightgown since, like many children around the world, she would be opening her present on Christmas morning soon after waking up.

I’ll admit that I ripped off the original premise of the Jurassic Park movies (dinosaurs cloned from the blood drank by mosquitos that were preserved in amber for thousands of years). For the record, I saw the first Jurassic Park movie and I really enjoyed it. I saw the second movie and, while it had its moments, I felt it was just a retread of the first one. I haven’t seen any of the other Jurassic Park or Jurassic World movies since the first two were released mainly because going to the movies have become so expensive that I’m not willing to pay a lot of money to see the same storyline being rehashed over and over again. It would be cheaper to just buy the DVD of the first movie and watch that one over and over again.

I was also inspired in a way from reading a series of graphic novel reprints of the comic book series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, which I checked out of the local public library. As you can tell from the title, it’s about a girl and her dinosaur. It’s a really well-written series and I enjoyed them. If I ever earn a decent income to the point where I can afford splurges, I will buy that series because it is that good. My animation focuses exclusively on the dark side of getting a pet dinosaur. (LOL!)

For the software I decided to try this free graphics program that I downloaded a few months ago. It’s from Autodesk and it’s called SketchBook. The free version has a lot of features including doing a rough flip book animation. I took a course on Lynda.com (which I’m able to access for free through my public library) on SketchBook Pro and I found that the main difference between the free and paid pro versions is that the latter has more brushes to choose from.

I did the vocalizations and sound effects using the free open source program Audacity. I basically pushed my voice into the upper ranges in order to have the girl say things like “ooooohhh” and “wow”. I decided to do my own sound effects instead of spending time doing Internet searches for the proper sounds. I did the unraveling of the ribbon by taking a roll of toilet paper and unraveling that. I ripped up a sheet of paper in order to simulate the sound of the girl ripping wrapping paper. I did the rattling box effect by dropping a box full of unbreakable stuff then putting that sound on a loop. I ripped velcro to simulate the dinosaur emerging from the box. For the falling Christmas tree I knocked over a padded guitar case with the guitar still inside. For the final scene I purchased a bag of pretzels and recorded myself eating them. I recorded my own burp after I ate a meal that’s heavy in gas then drank down a glass of water mixed with baking soda.

As for the music, it’s the song “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” from Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas piece The Nutcracker Suite. I downloaded this version for free from YouTube’s collection of songs that creators can use for free in their videos.

I did most of the drawings but, to save time, I turned to OpenClipArt.org for the Christmas tree, the wallpaper, and the couch. All three were basically background elements so I didn’t feel the need to spend the time drawing them and it left me free to focus on what really mattered, the girl and the dinosaur.

For those of you who have been following my animations over the years, you’ll probably recognize a painting in the background hanging over the couch. It’s the final scene from my earlier animation The March of Liberty, which is the same animation that was shown outside on a giant screen at the 2017 Light City festival in Baltimore.

The animation wasn’t too bad except I found that animating the opening of the present to be a bit tedious and it drove me crazy at times. But it was worth it at the end when I saw the litter girl eagerly opening her present. If someone was paying me, I would have been more obsessive about accurately showing the girl opening her present to the point of doing a live action filming of myself unwrapping a box so I could use that as the basis of doing a very accurate gift opening. But I’m not being paid to do this. I really need to focus more on finding work that pays money so I could pay the bills so I had to simplify it to the best that I could. It was still tedious to animate the opening the gift part despite trying to simplify it as much as possible. The rest of the animation was less tedious and I was able to enjoy the process better.

I basically exported the animation and sound effects from the separate programs and assembled them with the music together in iMovie.

Thankfully I was instructed to make a short animation so I had no problem with doing this one by myself within a week. I decided to upload this animation online since not everyone will be able to go to the Greenbelt Makerspace and see it in the video windows.

I’m basically happy with the way the animation turned out. It’s a short animation that has a coherent story and I was able to make it run in just under one minute. I’m glad that I finished this animation so I can move on to other things.

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It seems like this year the retailers are starting Black Friday earlier and earlier. For the past couple of weeks my various retailer apps (which I only have installed on my smartphone for the coupons) were going off announcing stuff like “Check out our Black Friday Preview sale!”

Black Friday Preview sale?!? I can’t believe that it’s actually a thing this year. I was at The Disney Store in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia a few days ago when I saw that this sign announcing that Black Friday sales were underway. (Granted, I went there on a Friday but it was on November 16—a full week before Black Friday itself.)

I have a few photos on my hard drive that I took not too long ago that will give you an idea of what to expect this holiday season. I found some cheap plastic ukuleles and a Jurassic World chocolate dinosaur at Five Below.

Five Below, September, 2018

Five Below, September, 2018

The Target in my area has just gotten a whole bunch of new stuff recently. Like Five Below, Target has a line of ukuleles but these ukuleles are made of wood (instead of plastic like Five Below) and they look like they are higher quality.

On Sale at Target

Target recently got a line of these dolls that are based on famous characters from older television shows and movies that are still beloved today. Here is Tootie Ramsey from the TV show The Facts of Life.

On Sale at Target

Here’s Bela Lugosi in his most famous movie role as Count Dracula in the early 1930’s horror film Dracula.

On Sale at Target

I used to watch Married With Children on a regular basis so I found it hilarious that someone had made a doll based on Peg Bundy.

On Sale at Target

I have to admit that the doll manufacturer was really creative with the Star Trek dolls. They didn’t just make doll versions of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock but they made versions based on the classic episode “Mirror, Mirror.”

On Sale at Target

Here’s the doll version of the main character from the TV show Action Jackson.

On Sale at Target

Here’s a deluxe package featuring Jeannie and her master, Captain Tony Nelson, from I Dream of Jeannie.

On Sale at Target

I also briefly browsed through the Funko Pops where I found this really cute tyrannosaurus rex based on Jurassic Park.

On Sale at Target

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I’m currently in this position where I’ve finished the previous freelance projects for others and I’m in the early phases of a short new project for someone else that involves animation. The temperature had been dropping to freezing for the past couple of days and today all hell broke loose as a storm that combined rain, ice, and snow hit my area. I decided to stay indoors at home today because of the ice.

These days I’m very cautious when it comes to ice ever since I went through two falls a week apart in early 2011. The first happened when I was in Florida with my then-husband and I missed a step going down into the hotel’s lobby bar. The second happened one week later when I was in Annapolis and I slipped on an icy patch on the sidewalk. That second fall was enough to snap my hip replacement completely out of alignment and I ended up undergoing hip revision surgery later that year. (That was the first in a chain of hellish events in 2011 where I had the hip surgery then my husband abruptly walked out on me just three months later and he made such an abrupt 180 degree turn from loving husband to being totally nasty towards me. I also discovered that he left me for a severely mentally ill woman, which totally shocked me and many of our longtime friends. I barely survived the insane drama that year.)

I tend not to go out when there’s ice on the ground unless I absolutely positively have to. I take a cane with me if I have to go out in icy weather. I just don’t want to go through another hip revision surgery, especially since I no longer have the economic security of being married to a NASA employee with a decent paycheck and great health insurance. Not having government-funded health care like so many other nations do (such as Japan, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Canada) totally sucks.

Today I really didn’t have to go out anywhere so I opted to stay inside. I spent the enforced weather-related downtime working on this latest project that I’m doing for someone else. It involves making a short animation. I don’t want to go any further into this project at the moment. I’m just going to share a rough drawing for my animation project that I did today. I did the initial drawing using a 4H drawing pencil then I outlined it and colored it using ink. I did the drawing in the same notebook that I used when I participated in Inktober (which ended a few weeks ago). Well, without further ado, here it is.

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Here is the last of the Halloween posts for this blog. I meant to write this sooner but I got distracted by Inktober, the recent midterm elections, and a lot of other things that are currently going on in my life.

My local Unitarian Universalist congregation, Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, decided to hold an all-ages Halloween celebration on the Sunday before Halloween. It started with an all-ages Sunday service. There were two choirs who performed. One was the children’s choir, which was all decked out in Halloween costumes.

Halloween Sunday Service

The other was the adult choir, where everyone also wore Halloween costumes.

Halloween Sunday Service

After the service ended there was the usual social hour. There were a few adults who also wore costumes, like this Jurassic Park-themed one, complete with a baby raptor dinosaur breaking out of an egg.

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Halloween Sunday at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

While the social hour was going on I was busy with decorating my car trunk for Trunk or Treat. Here is what it looked like this year.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Here are the photos I shot of other people’s decorated car trunks.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

There were games for children to play and there was lunch served as well. There were people of all ages walking around in costumes.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

I tried my hand at decorating a skull-shaped sugar cookie. I struggled with the icing because it was a bit on the hard side.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

This was the best I could do for decorating my skull cookie.

Trunk or Treat at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

I also shot a video of the day’s festivities including the costume parade, which went on during the Sunday service.

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Not too long ago I went to Target where I saw that there is yet another addition to the Fingerlings line. In case you’ve forgotten, the Fingerlings are a line of robot animals that sits on your fingers (hence the name) and they cost around $15 each. I have the monkey and the unicorn but I have to admit that I’m kind of smitten by that baby dragon. (No, I didn’t buy it. I’m trying to conserve my money as much as possible these days.)

Target also had adult Halloween costumes on sale that are totally wacky to say the least. They actually have a costume where one can dress as a LEGO brick.

If LEGO bricks aren’t your thing, you could dress up as food. Seriously! You could dress up as a taco for Halloween.


Or you could dress up as a bowl of cereal with milk in it. It looks like a bowl of Fruit Loops. I guess if Lucky Charms or Captain Crunch is more your thing, you are out of luck. (LOL!)

You could also dress as a slice of pepperoni pizza. LOL!

Target had plenty of candy and snacks available for people to give away to trick or treaters, including this box of  Jurassic Park candy lollipop dinosaur claw rings.

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All those months of dealing with my ex-husband ending all further alimony payments, getting one job where I was promised that I would eventually get full-time hours only to not being able to even get 20 hours a week after working there for four months while the boss was job hunting himself, and only being able to get freelance piecemeal work began to take a personal toll on me. I really wanted to take a vacation for just a day or two but I couldn’t afford to do it so I was trapped. But then I got my current gig where I was helping a therapist prepare for a series of upcoming webinars that are slated to begin next month so I managed to get just enough money in that I could do something fun.

However the best I was able to afford was taking the Metro to Tyson’s Corner Center in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. It was better than nothing so I decided to go for it. It was raining heavily that day but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. Besides, I was riding a Metrobus to the nearest Metro subway stop so I didn’t have to worry about driving on slippery roads. I rode the Silver Line Metro to the Mall. When I arrived at the plaza that has the entrances that are located the closest to the Metro station, I noticed that it looked pretty deserted due to the rain.

That’s in contrast to past visits where, depending on the time of the year, there is usually some kind of activities for people to participate in, whether it’s playing with a giant chess set or a giant ice skating rink.

I found out that this year is the 50th anniversary of Tyson’s Corner Center and there were signs touting this fact everywhere.

I walked past the Microsoft Store. I can count the number of times I’ve actually stepped inside of that store on one hand. I walked past the entrance but I didn’t go inside on this trip.

I’ll admit that I only went to this mall for a change in scenery. I didn’t do much shopping because money was still too tight for me at the moment. I basically shot photos of whatever appealed to me at the time.

At least I found out that Golden Girls socks are actually a thing this year.

Pez dispensers have always been a bit on the kitschy side but Pez has really outdid itself with pink flamingoes Pez dispensers.

I made a brief stop inside of the Apple Store, where I saw the latest computers with the large monitors.

I also got a look at the new iPhone XS, which has received a lot of press for its over $1,000 price tag. I have to admit that the iPhone XS has nice sharp graphics on its screen. If the phone allowed for people to do their own upgrades (such as adding more memory or replacing the hard drive) it would be one thing but, as far as I can tell, this smartphone is just like all of the others where you can’t even open your own phone and it will ultimately be disposable once it stops working completely. I’m going to stick with my Samsung Galaxy J3 phone for the time being.

I came across this kiosk that I haven’t seen on previous visits. It’s for a store called b8ta and it sells a mix of Google products and technology products that are created by smaller companies.

I made a brief stop inside of Build-A-Bear Workshop where I saw these cute Halloween plushies and a brontosaurus on display.

I eventually made my way to the American Girl Place. I haven’t been there since last December so there were plenty of new things to see. I saw that Felicity Merriman, the historical doll who’s supposed to represent the American Revolution era, has been taken out of retirement and is now available for sale once again. She’s on display with Addy Walker (who represents the American Civil War period) and Samantha Parkington (who represents the first few years of the 20th century that’s known as the Edwardian Era).

Here’s another historical doll, Nanea Mitchell (who represents Hawaii around the time of the Pearl Harbor bombing) with some new accessories available for sale.

Maryellen Larkin, who represents the 1950s, relaxes in her trailer, which is sold separately from the doll. The details of this trailer are pretty impeccable.

Kit Kittredge, who represents the Great Depression, sits behind her newly released vegetable stand.

Last year I saw Z Yang for the first time. Even though she’s a contemporary doll, this one caught my eye because she’s into photography and videography like I am. I learned that she is among the dolls who will be retired soon. I would say that I’m sorry to see her go but I’m still a bit cash-strapped at the moment so there was no way I could afford this doll and her accessories. There is also the issue of space because I really don’t have enough room to have a huge collection of large dolls.

This doll in the next photo was a bit of a surprise. Gabriela McBride was released last year as American Girl’s Girl of the Year Doll for 2017. Usually the Girl of the Year doll is on sale only from January 1-December 31 then she is retired. I was surprised to see that she was still around in 2018. I still remember last year the times I tried to take her picture but the first time I failed because the phone on my previous smartphone (Droid Ultra) began to act erratically and it wouldn’t take any photos while I was at the store yet it finally worked after I returned home. The second time I brought my older Canon DSLR with me but that effort failed because I had to be elsewhere and I shot photos at that other place before I arrived at the mall and I ran out of battery power by the time I arrived. My smartphone worked miraculously until I got to Gabriela McBride and my smartphone camera decided to stop working. The third time was finally the charm when I arrived last December with a Canon PowerShot camera that I purchased used off eBay and I took some photos of that doll and her accessories without a hitch. I thought that she would be retired at the end of 2017 just like her Girl of the Year predecessors but it wasn’t the case with her.

The country singing pair of Tenney Grant and her friend Logan Everett were also slated for retirement but I didn’t bother with taking their pictures. I had already shot them and their accessories on a previous visit and there wasn’t anything new with those two.

I managed to check out the 2018 Girl of the Year. Her name is Luciana Vega, she’s a Latina, she’s into STEM, and her big dream is to work for NASA so she could go to Mars.

American Girl went all out with the space theme. In fact, one of my Facebook friends who works for NASA was posting approvingly about this doll earlier this year. (He’s the father of two daughters—both of whom are now young adults—and I’m sure he would’ve bought this doll for them if they were still kids.)

Seeing this doll in person I have to say that she’s gorgeous and her clothes are literally out of this world. (If there were ever human adult versions of her dresses, I would definitely want to buy them.) She has gorgeous black hair with a purple streak in it. If I weren’t so cash-strapped, I would definitely feel tempted to buy this doll.

Her accessories, which are sold separately, includes things like astronaut ice cream and a replica of an Apple Watch.

There are corresponding books, one of which comes with the doll and the other two are sold separately. A few days before I came to Tyson’s Corner I was at the library where I saw a young girl checking out a pile of books, including one of the Luciana books.

Among her separately sold play sets is one that resembles a STEM makerspace. There is even a cute robot dog.

If it weren’t for the fact that this STEM maker station cost $100, I would say that it would be a cool thing to purchase for the local makerspace in my area for the kids to play with.

I thought that this robot dog came with the maker station but I found out that this robodoggie is sold separately for $35.

There is also a space telescope so Luciana could look up at the stars.

Then there is this NASA space laboratory and a NASA space suit for Luciana to wear. I can understand why my Facebook friend was gushing about Luciana online. In fact, this capsule reminds me of my ex-husband, who works for NASA. If we were still together, I definitely would’ve urged him to go to the American Girl Place with me so he could see this in person. I also would’ve told him that we could stop off at Wasabi afterwards because I was trying to get him to consider the two of us eating there before he abruptly left me just three days after Christmas and three months after my hip surgery in 2011. (I had gone to Wasabi for the first time when I was still married in October, 2011 but I went by myself that time.)

The details of this capsule are pretty astounding. My ex-husband definitely would’ve gotten a kick out of it if he had seen it for himself in person.

Yes, it’s sad that visiting the American Girl Place so we could see this NASA space laboratory together is another thing I’ll never get to do with my ex-husband but that’s the way things go.

My ex-husband was never into dolls and normally I would never have been able to get him to even step one foot inside of that door. I think I may have gotten him to make a rare exception and actually visit a doll store because he definitely would’ve been impressed with the painstaking details of this NASA space laboratory.

Luciana is totally rocking this astronaut space suit.

For families who want to purchase Luciana and her accessories but who are cash-strapped, there are Mega Construx kit versions.

Like other Girl of the Year dolls, the American Girl Place has a designated space where people can have their selfies taken with a standee of Luciana Vegan and a space capsule.

The sign said to turn the handle and look inside but the door handle was broken when I was there.

The best I was able to do was to shoot through the door window.

American Girl sold separate Washington, DC souvenir t-shirts for dolls. They also had matching shirts for their human owners as well but I only shot the doll shirts.


I didn’t spend much time in the store beyond Luciana and the BeForever historical dolls. But I saw this car that looked cool. It reminded me of that Volkswagen that American Girl came out for the 1970s historical doll Julie Albright a few years back.

I also shot these two outfits that were released just in time for the upcoming winter holiday trio of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

After my visit to the American Girl Place I ate a sushi dinner at Wasabi, which is the place that delivers food on conveyor belts and you could pick which plates you want.

After dinner I walked around the mall a bit. I found a temporary Halloween store that was selling costumes. This year they have costumes based on that mega-popular video game Fortnite. (I’ve seen kids play that game and they can’t seem to get enough of it. I haven’t tried it myself as of this writing.)

I did get a chuckle out of this obvious parody of My Little Pony‘s Rainbow Dash, even though I know nothing about Fortnite‘s Rainbow Smash.

They also had two costumes based on the late artist and TV personality Bob Ross. A couple of friends or lovers could dress up together as Bob Ross and one of his paintings, which I find hilarious.

Just a few feet away from the Halloween store is a Christmas store. This is crazy. Halloween and Thanksgiving haven’t even happened yet and there is already a Christmas store.

Just a few days after I took this shot of these Grinch ornaments I learned that someone is coming out with yet another remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas that will be shown on the big screen. I guess that’s why there was a display of these ornaments. I personally think that doing yet another remake is so unnecessary. I have the original 1960’s TV special on DVD so I can always play that one on my TV screen instead of paying over $10 to see the remake in a movie theater.

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Yesterday I drew the same real-life person for this year’s Inktober as I did for last year’s Inktober. Today I drew a different real-life person whom I also drew for Inktober last year.

Today’s official Inktober prompt word is “precious.” I know a burlesque performer named Reverend Valentine who is the emcee of the Washington, DC chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, which is where I first met her. She is into geek culture (you should see the photo of her female Darth Vader costume and, yes, the link is definitely NSFW) and she especially loves dinosaurs. Last year I did this drawing where I imagined her as buying a stuffed blue T-Rex from Build a Bear Workshop while dressed in pasties and a g-string (LOL!).

For today’s prompt I did a drawing of her based on one of her boudoir photos that she has posted online and I paired her with Devil Dinosaur from the Marvel comic book series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. To make it more relevant to today’s prompt word, I had her utter the same dialogue that Gollum uttered in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. Here’s the drawing I did.

Shortly before I did that drawing I had checked out four volumes of graphic novel reprints of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos from the local library and I enjoyed reading them.

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Not too long ago I went to Target to buy a loaf of bread and sit in the Starbucks area surfing the Internet. I currently own two Fingerlings, a monkey that I purchased from the now-shuttered Toys R Us and a unicorn that I purchased from the same Target store as my most recent visit. While I was at Target I noticed that the store had gotten a new shipment of Fingerlings. Not only did I see a unicorn in a color scheme I had never seen before but there are now panda bear Fingerlings.

Target, August 14, 2018

I also saw monkey Fingerlings that now come with an even smaller plastic monkey under the Fingerlings BFF label. This small monkey is meant to purchase on the tail of the larger Fingerling monkey. Based on what I saw in person, I don’t think this tiny monkey is electronic at all.

Target, August 14, 2018

Target, August 14, 2018

Target also got these large plush Fingerlings monkeys known as Hugs, which have very long arms (so these monkeys can hug someone). When you press a button they make random chatter noises that are identical to what their smaller electronic robotic counterparts can make.

Target, August 14, 2018

Here is how tall a typical Fingerlings electronic monkey measures against one of these plush hugs.

Target, August 14, 2018

I have a friend who’s totally dinosaur-mad. In fact, she loves it whenever I sent her pictures of some dinosaur products that are on sale. I found this board game that’s based on the Jurassic Park movies.

Target, August 14, 2018

I found something else that my friend would like even better. As I was walking down one of the Target aisles, I heard a strange noise. I turned around and found that Target had got a shipment of FurReal pets that were shaped like baby t-rex dinosaurs and one of them was turned on to make a noise every time someone walked past. I have to admit that this dinosaur was not only totally cute but it was very attractively designed with bright colors.

Target, August 14, 2018

I also shot a short video for my friend so she can get the full idea of how totally awesome this FurReal dinosaur robot really is.

If I wasn’t financially struggling so much, I would’ve bought this critter for myself on impulse.

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