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Oh wow I've been debating about posting this one for a good while. But I bit the bullet and finally did it.
I was worried this was kind of entering cringe territory but my friends claimed it didn't seem cringey and was moreso cute. ^^;
This was a fun experiment though! Hope you guys like it~
So for those who don't know, our home is really on the tiny side, so we needed to use all the space we could. The attic was the final room.
The chairs were hand me downs which also give it this kinda cool rustic look ^^
I use it for studying or when I'm doing watercolors.
So me and Markus have tried a few times to take care of plants, and unless they are indestructible they always become victim to our clumsy hands.
In this case we found an adorable little poinsettia all by it's lonesome at the store. We managed to kill the last one due to forgetting to water but it lasted a good long while before that happend.
Just like the comic, Markus was reluctant about it, knowing exactly what was gonna happen.
Hooo boy this was a 3 day adventure. Streamed most of the work too. I'm quite happy with how this turned out
Also honestly, Looking back at the last time I made a comic this big... The improvement is honestly shocking
It kind of sucks when you have a craving for something and it's virtually not available where you are. Austria's foreign imports are very minimal, so it's very rare to find something I'm familiar with. Most brands I knew as a kid just straight up don't exist on this half of the planet. I'm still getting used to it. Even something as simple as "Gingerbread". Ask for gingerbread and you get something not even CLOSE to the Canadian/American counterpart. Theirs is a white, not sweet or tart type of cake bread, the one I'm used to is the dark sweet and spiced version. I was whining about this for a while now so Markus bought some molasses for us to make gingerbread cookies that I was actually familiar with.
Some things you just can't remove from me, and random cravings of food back from Canada is one of them. I have this happen to me a lot. Sometimes I just want my crappy canadian products lol A great example is Kraft Dinner which is a really REALLY american Mac and Cheese. Thankfully that stuff IS importable via Amazon of all places but most of the time the only way I can get stuff is via a family member sending it to me.
Oh heck even my toothpaste has this issue. Many brands of toothpaste make me feel sick when used, so I found this ONE SPECIFIC brand in canada that works. And guess what doesn't exist in Austria? Guess who has 8 boxes of this toothpaste that was brought over via airport.
of course, on the other hand I am gaining new tastes and things I like as well. Groiggn and Gluhwein being two new winter season favorites. Both incredibly unhealthy lol
So like I've said before, our home is very VERY small. Like no couch level small. We finally figured out we could squeeze in a couch in one area of the house but it was gonna be tight.
I was mainly eyeing a simple red, non modern 2-seater couch. Some time went by and it was still just planned, we couldn't find what we were looking for anywhere because the measurements were VERY tight.
One day suddenly a local acquaintance came over to visit which confused the hell out of me (We've had like 3 visitors since I've been here). And in they come with this HUNKING BIG RED UGLEE COUCH LOL
The guy owns a local pub and was getting rid of the couches he had in the building, so he gave a whole set to us! The couch is now affectionately joked as our ugly red couch throne because we sit on it now for discord video calls.
Pardon my mumblings...
If there is one thing that is absolutely alienating, It's probably Christmas it'self here. Since I moved away from my family, Christmas has a very different atmosphere for me and I'm at best lukewarm about the changes. My own family always treated Christmas with lots of energy and always made a big deal about it. My mom would spend countless hours on the tree alone, not even counting the rest of the event. Lots of decorating, lots more attention to details and whatnot. More people, it was a full family get together, most importantly, with people I know. It feels strange knowing I won't see them this time.
Now I'm with a family that is much more lax, Instead of a get together with 7+ people it's now only 4, So no matter what it's going to feel smaller. It just.... feels like something major is missing, a spirit for the holidays. Maybe it's just the artist in me but I tend to be much more emotionally invested in holidays than the rest of his family, which is a little frustrating that we don't see eye to eye there. I have this need to emotionally open up but in a way... I'm getting greeted to closed doors if that makes sense. Even Markus is a bit guilty of "not quite getting it", as he sees it as more strictly materialistic.
The biggest alienating thing though, is I am basically celebrating with people I just don't know that well. They don't know me, and I don't know them well enough to really connect.
I can't give more meaningful or emotionally impacting gifts like I usually prefer, because of the emotional disconnect and it causes and awkwardness in the air of the entire get together.
I dunno, just wrapping the gifts this year didn't give me the usual excitement it normally does. Knowing that there's nothing special about the gifts, just kind of bums me out. Of course, the gifts we got MY family this year feel a lot more impactful than what we did for HIS parents.
I am particularly excited this year because despite everything I just said, me and his parents did manage to team up to give something "bigger" to Markus than what he would normally get.
If I'm lucky, maybe this is the start of connecting with them a bit better. I'm more exited about him getting his gift than anything else this year. Knowing we had to team up to get it to him, I know will mean something to him. (By this point, interactions with his parents weren't exactly known for going very smoothly)