This past week in Geneva started out as frustrating as all the other recent ones, but halfway through, things took a marked upswing. And I may have made a new friend, too! I’ll explain on the next page!
It’s funny. Shari isn’t anything special… I mean, she’s nice and all, but she’s not as cool as my best girlfriend Tiffany or even Gabi… But when she said she was thinking about moving, I had to try and talk her out of it simply because she’s a monkey. They’re so rare, I couldn’t let one go. Even if she’s not as awesome as some of the others I’ve known. (But I still hope she might be in touch with other monkeys and lure them into moving here!)
I don’t know what the problem is with the Snowboys. I’ve tried making the head the same size as the body and also a bit smaller. The ratio is throwing me off and I just can’t seem to get it right. It’s so frustrating! Especially because they always sound so disappointed in you when you finish building them and they come to life. To be honest, they’re a bit ungrateful…
However, later in the week, I hit upon the perfect ratio somehow because I made two perfect Snowboys! The head needs to be a bit smaller than the body, and I think I wasn’t making them small enough, maybe. I know for sure I wasn’t making them too small. I just hate how picky the Snowboys are. The Snowmen and Snowmams were never that bad.
My mother sent me a nice letter that read: “Darling Chris, Remember how much you loved the stew I’d make in the winter? Maybe you can try making it yourself now! Don’t burn yourself! – Mom” The idea is lovely, but instead of sending me some ingredients or a pot or something, she sent me a space heater! I’m supposed to cook stew on a space heater?! Not to mention that it doesn’t go with the wintry decor of my snowman or ice rooms… Don’t want my furniture to melt!
I have to admit that when Gulliver woke up and described the country he was heading to before he shipwrecked, I was honestly stumped. Usually there’s at least one aspect of his description that clues me into the location even if the other hints are a mystery to me. He was talking about a creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, which sounded completely insane. But then he said it was where you can find durians, so I just went ahead and looked that factoid up and found out it was Singapore. Phew!
No way was I going to let Gabi move out. Mind you, since Toy Day, Limberg hasn’t tried again, and Chow hasn’t even tried once! It’s so unfair that the people you like a lot keep trying to move and then sometimes succeed (Snake, I’m glaring in your direction… well, I would if I knew where you were… sniff), but the people you’d love to be rid of just linger on like a bad rash. Sigh.
When I saw the sign that Deirdre was going to be the new resident, I immediately rolled my eyes. It sounded like another one of those snotty girls, but lame snooty, and not fun bitchy like Tiffany. Of course, when I went to welcome her the next day after she’d started moving in, I changed my opinion. She kind of has evil eyes. So we’ll see where that goes. Also, I didn’t know what animal she’d turn out to be, but Deirdre? Deer-dree? Duh!
So Gulliver’s letter said: “To Chris, Thanks for your help, pal! I’m here, safe in Singapore, so I’m sending a thank-you gift from there! It’s that thing with the head of a lion and the body of a fish. Cool! From Gulliver” And he sent me this crazy-ass merlion statue that spits water. It’s just as freaky as I imagined it would be!
So I managed to make two perfect Snowboys this week (I threw in a Snowman at one point because I needed more bingo numbers, but the other days were just failures), and I got this snowman couch and the snowman carpet. The room is starting to come together. I just hope I can get the whole set before the snow melts away in the spring. If I can keep the failures to a minimum, I might just pull it off…
I was super-excited to see Redd’s tent in town, because it’s been a dog’s age since he was last here. (A fox’s age?) Unfortunately, the only painting that looked genuine I already had hanging in my museum. So… one of them isn’t the real deal, right? This fox, I swear to God. He doesn’t show up for months at a time, and then when he does, he has nothing for me to buy! And I don’t even feel like I have that much in my museum already! It’s so frustrating! I’ve half a mind to turn him in to the authorities… but then where would I get my sketchy artwork to hang in the museum?