Chickadee Thursday

Sometimes, I let Chickadee play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for me. And occasionally when I do, I find new pictures in my phone’s photo library:

She loves the elephant villagers!

The Top Five–Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2020

Here we are, at the beginning of a new decade! I thought it would be fun to come up with a “Top Five” of the things I’m most looking forward to this year. I kind of wish I had something really big on my list, such as a family vacation like the one we took to Florida in 2018, or a trip to London, but I really don’t need grand events to come up with things I’m excited about! So here are the things I’m thrilled are coming up in the next year (more or less in chronological order):

  • Lego Modular Bookshop–I always look forward to the release of the new modular building on January 1st, but I’m especially excited about this year’s set, because like the Pet Shop, it is a building in two halves, which will offer me lots of options for displaying it on my Main Street! Actually, I was so excited about the set, I was in line outside the Lego Store 20 minutes before they opened this morning, just to make sure I got one of the 29 sets they had in stock (I did)!
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons–I feel like I’ve been waiting for a new Animal Crossing game forever. Sure, I’ve played (and enjoyed) Pocket Camp for the last two years, but it’s not a full game, and it’s just not the same. So if you’re looking for me on March 20th, I’ll be living the island life with my animal friends!
  • Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen–One of the highlights of every year for the last several years has been the release of the latest book in Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series. We’re nearing the end, with the last book set to come out in 2021, but until then, May will be a great month for reading for me!
  • Tokyo 2020–Everyone knows I love the Olympics, and I’m especially looking forward to this year’s summer games, because our whole family has an interest in Japanese culture. It will also be a bit bittersweet for several reasons, including the fact that it will be the closing bookend on Turkey and Bunny’s homeschool summer school experience (summer school began in 2008 with the Beijing Olympics), but in spite of that, it’s still going to be a fun time!
  • Great North American Oktoberfest–I actually thought this event, which is the first in what appears to be an annual event traveling to different cities, was going to be held in 2019 (and, as it turns out, I was right…originally it was scheduled for last year), so you can imagine my disappointment when we didn’t get to attend. I’m hoping that it won’t be postponed again, and I will be able to enjoy this experience in St. Louis in the fall!

The Animal Crossing Christmas Boutique

One aspect of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp I haven’t really gotten into is the fortune cookie system. I did go crazy for the Toy Day variety last December, but for the most part, I’m not willing to spend my Leaf Tickets on them. Until Bree’s Boutique Cookie was introduced recently. I love the upscale retail furniture items, and I especially love how easy it is to mix them with the glass roses from the 2nd anniversary event, the glass slipper from the Skye’s Lavish Ball fortune cookie, and some odds and ends I’ve picked up in other spots. But best of all, the Snowy Toy Day Tree from last year’s event is the perfect centerpiece to my new Christmas Boutique!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by Animal Crossing

It’s not often that I do a Sartorial Saturday post that focuses on one single brooch and nothing else (actually, I don’t think I ever have!), but today’s brooch has a special story.

I think I may have mentioned what a huge fan I am of the Animal Crossing series of video games. In the most recent game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, one of the big features of the game is designing and expanding a camper that is your home and means of transportation in the game:

Erstwilder, my favorite purveyor of brooches, recently launched a “Fan Favorites” collection. And I was excited to see the “Happy Glamper” in the collection, because I’ve always liked that particular brooch in its various colorways, but never added it to my wardrobe. Even though it’s cute, I wasn’t even going to buy it this time, until Ryan looked at it and called it an “Animal Crossing Brooch.”

Well, that was the end of that. How could I pass by a brooch that represents my very favorite video game? Lucky for me, I had been saving my reward points with Erstwilder, so I didn’t even have to pay full price. And it’s just as adorable as I expected!

I even temporarily re-designed my camper in the game, both in retro shape and colors, to match the brooch as closely as possible!

I can honestly say a video game has never motivated a fashion purchase for me before (although I did come pretty close to buying an Eevee brooch this summer!), and I’m not planning on making a habit of it, but I am glad that I was able to pick this one up!

The Arrival of Blathers!

This has been a very exciting week in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, because Blathers has finally arrived as a character who can visit your campsite or cabin!

I had actually given up on the hope of Blathers coming to the game in this way, ever since they added the “Blathers’ Treasure Trek” mini-game. And I had no idea this was in the works, so I was pleasantly shocked on Monday morning, and very glad I had been hoarding my Leaf Tickets so I could craft his desk right away!

Not only does he talk like he always has in the Animal Crossing Games, you can even occasionally catch him examining fossils at his desk, which I think is a nice detail.

Blathers is my favorite, um, civic worker? animal in the Animal Crossing series…now if they would just add my favorite special holiday animal (the Harvest Festival’s Franklin the turkey), I would have all of my favorites!

Roald and Aurora–A Penguin Love Story

Ever since I first started playing Animal Crossing games what seems like a very long time ago (seriously, getting close to two decades!), my very favorite villager has been Roald the penguin. I mean, how could you not love this guy?

Somebody as nice as Roald is clearly not destined to be a bachelor, so I was very excited when, at the end of last year, Aurora was added to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. There are several penguin gals in the series, but she is by far the nicest, and the perfect match for Roald.

Ever since she was added, I’ve been looking for photo opportunities that provide evidence of their sweet relationship.

Culminating with this spring’s wedding-themed game event, where I finally saw them exchange vows (with their penguin pal, Cube, officiating)!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp might not be a full Animal Crossing game (I sure am looking forward to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in 2020!!!), but it has let me have fun creating this little story!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp–Chilly Jamboree

I’m a little late, but here’s a look back at the January Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp event. It began with a Tortimer-sponsored gardening challenge, and has been the case for the last few events, moved on to a gyroidite scavenger hunt and then a fishing tournament. There were also a few new animals introduced, a cool addition of an ice skating rink, and some new fortune cookies (including Gladys’s Camellia Cookie, which contained some beautiful, snowy pieces of furniture, including a new Japanese bridge which very much reminds me of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Drum Bridge), plus some fun new clothing items. It was a little hard to get into the event right after Christmas, but by the time it was done, I discovered I loved the whole thing!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp–The Jingle “Toy Day” Spectacular!

It’s the most wonderful time of year in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! That time when Jingle, the black-nosed reindeer, comes to town to celebrate Toy Day! The Toy Day event just wrapped up, so here’s a look back at the fun event that lasted for the better part of a month.

It began with a gardening event. This time, the goal was to plant poinsettias to attract “elf hats” to the garden.

The rewards included furniture and clothing items, as well as bell ornaments (more on that later). I really liked displaying the Toy Day furniture items in the new cabin, which was added in the last update. And you can see the Toy Day gift for all, a snowy dollhouse, on display on the table:

The second part of the Toy Day event was a gyroidite hunt.

The prizes for that included clothing items, like this Christmas tree dress and star hood, and more bell ornaments. The end goal of collecting the bell ornaments was earning this beautiful blue Christmas tree:

There was also a special Toy Day fortune cookie, courtesy of Fauna, a deer who aspires to help Jingle deliver gifts. For the first time ever, I bought a five-pack of the cookies (three times!), and got tons of cool items (including a full Christmas market, light-up reindeer, and a gift sled), I used to decorate my campsite.

The final part of the event was a fishing tourney, and there were special holiday fish to catch…sweet shrimp, horsehair crabs, and lobster.

The rewards for the fishing tourney were different snowmen and snow sculptures:

There was also a special Leaf Ticket item…Jingle’s Holiday Balloon. I had been saving my Leaf Tickets for a long time to make sure I could get this item!

If all of that wasn’t enough, five new animals were added to the game as well, all with a wintry theme. My favorite it Aurora…I’ve been waiting for her to visit my campsite!

I like to think she’s Roald’s girlfriend. Speaking of Roald, I especially enjoyed dressing him in my new Christmas sweaters…he looks so pleasantly round and jolly in them!

I loved decorating and redecorating my campsite throughout the event…I don’t ever want to take the decorations down! I guess video games imitate life…

This has definitely been my favorite Pocket Camp event so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 holds, not just in Pocket Camp, but also for the new Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch that’s scheduled to come out!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp–The One-Year Anniversary Extravaganza!

The whole month of November, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has been celebrating their one-year anniversary! It’s been quite a series of events, and a lot of fun (and kept me occupied in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep because of my broken ankle!).

It started with a gardening event. Isabelle asked for help planting rosette seeds and catching flutterbows in preparation of the big party. The rewards included party tables and trays, decorations, and birthday candles (more on that in a moment).

The next part of the event was a gyroidite scavenger hunt. Finding the little Lloids allowed you to craft special party clothes, and also provided more opportunities to collect birthday candles. So what were these candles for? More party tables, and a special first anniversary cake!

There were lots of special clothes available during the event! An outfit to match Isabelle, a dress (and tuxedo) available for purchase with Leaf Tickets, and a whole party wardrobe that was easy to make with all the collected gyrodites!

There were special log-in bonuses, including Leaf Tickets, gold treats, and these cool puzzles tiles that make a fun picture at your campsite:

The third big part of the event was a fishing tourney, which introduced gold versions of the horse mackerel, olive flounder, football fish, and tuna. This time, the rewards included drink dispensers (lemonade and fruit punch), cheese and chocolate fondue fountains, and dessert trays.

One of the “gifts for all” was a music box that adds a new party memory to your scrapbook:

There was a big Leaf Ticket item that allows Isabelle to visit your campsite anytime. Also, note the cool fencing in the front, another gift for all, which I think really livens up the campsite:

And another gift…K.K. Slider’s party guitar!

Once all the anniversary rewards are displayed at the campsite, there’s a very festive atmosphere!

This is the biggest event Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has had so far…I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with for Year Two!