Animal Crossing New Leaf US: A Hysterical Fan

Stalk Market for Monday, July 22

AM: 53
PM: 49

I have a lot riding on the stalk market this week. I sunk the most money ever into it and purchased 6,000 turnips. If you have a high price this week, you’ll be my new best friend. :P So far my prices have me terrified. And needless to say I’ve got a sticky note going to input prices from all my towns. If one of them has a high price I’ll advertise most on twitter.

Let’s see, it’s been an eventful few days. I guess we’ll start with:

Bug-Off

I have been hoarding bugs for a bit. I had butterflies from around town, bugs from the island. I had a little of everything. I took notes as I turned in bugs from what I thought would be least to most points. The most bugs I turned in were Agrias Butterflies (11) and they scored anywhere from 69-97 points. My island bugs really didn’t do that well, but I think I just had bad luck with them. My cyclommatus and horned elephants didn’t even break 90 points. The Horned Atlas got from 81-94 points (I had 4 of them). The goliath beetles looked promising. I only had two, but they scored 110 and 112 points respectively. My final bug was a Horned Hercules and he scored me my winning 134 points. From my horde of bugs I got:

  • Cicada Stereo
  • Beetle Chair
  • Mini Butterfly Table
  • Honeybee Chest
  • Spiderweb Clock
  • Butterfly Wall

Not a bad haul! Even though I could have sold those bugs for a lot of money. Between my towns the only Bug-Off item I’m missing now is the Firefly Lamp. I have a few extra bug-off items to trade (honeybee chest, cicada stereo, caterpillar sofa) if anyone has a spare Firefly Lamp.

Felicity stalking a cicada

Felicity stalking a cicada

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Later That Evening

After the hullabaloo of the Bug-Off had died down I went to see K.K. Slider. A lot. I requested about 25 songs from him when all is said and done. I was hoping he would give me his picture, but he didn’t. I imagine you have to go for 20 separate visits to get that elusive item.

I sat in every single chair.

I sat in every single chair.

Shrunk boogied. No one else showed up for the concert.

Shrunk boogied. No one else showed up for the concert.

Public Works

Before the Bug-Off began I was out and about watering, pulling weeds, just doing menial chores when Kitt approached me with a fabulous idea for Hanabi:
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I don’t know why everyone wants chairs and hammocks and stuff. You know what I want? A different bench. No one has suggested a bench. All I’ve got to work with is the default bench and it’s not very exciting.

Ok, not everyone wants a chair. Sheldon wants a solar panel. Clean energy is great. And some part of me almost wants to put this in just because I haven’t build anything beside a zen lamp in a while, but I’m still holding out.

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Campers

I almost dread going into the camping tent since Hanabi is full. I’m afraid that some adorable creature will be in there that I won’t be able to coerce into moving in. (I’m looking at you Annalise and Bunnie!) Fortunately the last couple of campers have been…not my favorites. For example:

yes weirdo. (Are you a dog? ) I'm the mayor.

yes weirdo. (Are you a dog? ) I’m the mayor.

Glad you like it here. Boost our economy and then be on your merry way.

Glad you like it here. Boost our economy and then be on your merry way.

Today's camper makes me hungry. Naming him T-Bone is just cruel. Now I want a steak.

Today’s camper makes me hungry. Naming him T-Bone is just cruel. Now I want a steak.

Club Tortimer Hopping

In the evening I decided to try my hand at island hopping again. I had (IMO) a pretty successful run.

Muumuu!

Muumuu!

I found chocolate bars. I bought one to give as a gift. And then I found the Muumuu. Muhaha! Now I can eat all the chocolate bars I want and wear the muumuu. Actually a few of the islands I visited had the muumuu. I bought another one either to give to Yumi or to give away as a gift.

Then I took a break because I had scheduled a house visit with Victoria (more to come on that later)

And then I island hopped a bit again. I came across a sand castle I had to have it. Unfortunately I was short 3 medals. I mentioned that, but the person on the island just left, so I went and did a tour by myself and bought it.

Me in the muumuu with the new sand castle in the beach room. Ahh relaxin'

Today in Hanabi

Today has been very eventful. I checked my mail and had a letter from Victoria. I thought it would contain a tumbleweed or something to thank me for letting her visit, but she sent me her picture! Yay! Now if she wants to move I can let her go without regret.
Victoria's Picture

Words of wisdom from Victoria's picture.

Words of wisdom from Victoria’s picture.

Badge Man

I didn’t see him at all yesterday (I wonder why?). But today he was walking around ready to hand over my first K.K. Slider badge.

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Don't tell him I just muted the performance and let K.K. pick over and over while I watched TV.

Don’t tell him I just muted the performance and let K.K. pick over and over while I watched TV.

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Fashion Check

I was hoping I would see Gracie this week. I only need one more positive evaluation before the Home Center upgrades to the Department Store.

She wants to see an official outfit

She wants to see an official outfit

Gracie wanted to see an “official” outfit. Naturally I did a little research and enlisted the aid of Yumi’s vast closet I was able to put together an outfit without ordering anything.

Here’s what I wore:

  • white police cap (EU DLC)
  • pilot shades (they were in my Labelle’s)
  • waistcoat (GracieGrace during “sale”)
  • white formal pants (Gracie Grace during “sale”)
  • white leather shoes (Gracie Grace summer)

There are official socks/tights but I didn’t have any in Kasen or Hanabi, so I just went sockless. I thought about throwing something on since she always seems miffed when I don’t have anything other than the style she wants to see, but I didn’t know what would go well with official so I decided against it.

Me cowering before my eval.

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As you can see, the fashion check went well. With any luck the Home Center will have a notice on the bulletin board tomorrow about its upgrade. I can’t wait to stop stealing Kasen’s fertilizer! If I do get the department store this week I may have to hold a party. :) We’ll wait and see.

Horticulture

Because I’m made of money (not) I planted two money trees around the fountain (using Yumi’s golden shovel). I only put about 60,000 bells in each hole. But I have the rich town ordinance and a pretty good feng shui room, so I’m hopeful that they’ll grow. I’m also slowly putting blue roses all around the fountain.

Hopefully that grows into a money tree.

Hopefully that grows into a money tree.

And that’s all I’ve got so far. Fingers crossed about the department store!

P.S. I received a US copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!

Animal Crossing New Leaf: Pages of a Fairy Tale

Stalk Market for Friday, July 19

AM: 72 Bells
PM: 65 Bells

Getting Around

In an effort to see the world and enrich my catalog and the catalogs of others (that’s a highfalutin way of saying we traded) I visited Aleh of Hope village Monday night. His town was very pretty!

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Club Tortimer

I’ve also started to ask Kapp’n to let me visit go to the island with other people. I feel like this is stretching the truth a bit. I don’t actually care who’s on the island. I go over, see what’s for sale, and leave. Rinse and repeat. I feel a little bad when I do it because half the time I don’t even say hello, but I’m on a mission to find stuff! So far my mission hasn’t been going all that well. I found a red wetsuit that I had to have.

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The next day I saw a blue wetsuit I didn’t have, but I refused to spend all my medals on another wet suit. Then I found the cabana screen I needed…I didn’t want to buy it because I could find that on any old island, but I bought it so that next time I saw it it wouldn’t tempt me. The only cabana item I’m missing now is the wallpaper.

I still haven’t found anything I consider really exciting on Club Tortimer, but I’ll be going to hunt again after I get a few medals.

Cabana L☆cke

The outside of her house is a cabana. Kind of goes against Hanabi’s zen theme, but what’re you gonna do? I didn’t want a clone of Vella’s house. I suppose when it’s expanded I can add the zen exterior shape so it kind of matches.

As those of you who have read for a bit know, I’m pattern-challenged. But Pikopuri magazine’s August issue had an awesome hibiscus pattern, only I didn’t like the color. They show the full grid of the pattern, so I was able to recreate it and then tweak the color on it to something I liked. Yeah, it’s a little much as wallpaper and floor, but I think I’ll leave it for a while (like the emerald encrusted green set doesn’t make you a little nauseous).

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No more Deep Thoughts

Last night I fished out the last scallop I needed to complete my pirate theme. The last item I needed was a keg. The theme isn’t really on display yet, it’s in my museum room with all the DLC and spotlight items I haul out when people visit. I hope to put it in L☆cke’s house if she ever gets another room.

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Suite Dreams

Thanks to everyone who submitted their dream address! I hope to slowly visit you all. :)

So far the only village I’ve dreamed about is PikoPuri village (yes, the magazine I mentioned previously). Each magazine comes with a book of the most awesome dress designs and cutouts, so I was really excited to visit their village. But, sadly it wasn’t nearly as enchanting as the magazine. There were no paths. There was no order to the village. The houses were tiny and the only patterns you could take home was the flag and the things that say “Photo Spot”—which I initially thought said photo soot.

If you'd like to visit the village, here's the code.

If you’d like to visit the village, here’s the code.

I'm chuckling nervously because I thought the sign read "photo soot"

I’m chuckling nervously because I thought the sign read “photo soot”

This is the pikopuri princess. They have her dress as a QR code and I believe this cutout might be in the June-July magazine.

This is the princess's (older?) sister.

That cute dress is actually in the August magazine.

That cute dress is actually in the August magazine.

Mikuro, my Hero!

I asked my friend on twitter if he would trade something for the three pieces of 7/Eleven DLC I am missing. Apparently he had everything I could have possibly traded him, but gave them to me anyway as a present. I hope someday I can repay his kindness! The hardest part about trading with him is the time zone difference (since he’s in Japan and I’m in California). Even using the internet I got the agreed meeting time wrong. Or rather, the site I was using didn’t take daylight savings into account and I ended up opening my gates an hour early… **yaaaaawn**

But I had a blast meeting up with Mikuro and showing him around my sleepy town. Apparently the only animals awake at 7:00am are Kitt and Sheldon

Begin flurry of net whacking and random emotions!

Begin flurry of net whacking and random emotions!

Strutting my stuff in my new 7/Eleven uniform. ♥

Strutting my stuff in my new 7/Eleven uniform. ♥

Mikuro and I playing dueling harmonies on Kitt's piano

Mikuro and I playing dueling harmonies on Kitt’s piano

So that's how he stays so fabulous...

So that’s how he stays so fabulous…

"delicious!"  ww

“delicious!” ww

Glossing over the rest of yesterday…

I had Katrina and I wasted all afternoon hauling over 4 residents from Kasen and 4 residents from Quantico as well as L☆cke and Vella, only to find out out of towners getting their fortunes told didn’t count toward Katrina opening a shop in town. Grumbles.

Oh, and the prize from Gulliver from Easter Island? A moai statue. Pretty cool.

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Turnips Unloaded

The high point of yesterday was visiting Shinkuu of Bakatown and selling my turnips for 473 bells apiece. Thanks Shinkuu!

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I am very jealous of that awesome bell! I think it'd go great in Hanabi.

I am very jealous of that awesome bell! I think it’d go great in Hanabi.

Wait, what?! hahaha

Wait, what?! hahaha

I made just enough off of that to give to Yumi in Kasen and push her to the 10,000,000 bell mark. Hooray! I think I’m going to hold out until August 1 (to get interest), buy the summer Gracie series, and then continue on to 20,000,000 bells and beyond. I haven’t had a good stalk market week in any of my towns in a while, so maybe now’s the time to sink a million bells in it?

Badge Man

After coming back from Bakatown the badge man gave me the Pro Turnip Trader badge. This has much more to do with the kindness of others letting me sell than my prediction skills which are notoriously awful.
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Today’s Highlight: Gracie

Just in time for the picture of my outfit of the day (mine are usually not very exciting or changed often enough) Gracie showed up. She wanted to see an ornate outfit. After doing some research I decided to borrow from Yumi’s giant collection of Gracie clothes.

I'm glad she doesn't judge me when I show up. This is the crazy stuff I normally wear. Yup I wander around in wet suits a lot.

I’m glad she doesn’t judge me when I show up. This is the crazy stuff I normally wear. Yup I wander around in wet suits a lot.

My ensemble is:

  • hair-bow wig
  • pink lace-up dress
  • rainbow tights—they were on sale in my Kicks. Only others are fishnets
  • Leopard Pumps—apparently these are the only ornate shoes

I was really torn about whether to wear an accessory or not. There are no ornate accessories. I decided I wanted to wear the heart shades anyway. They’re considered “cute”, but since they’re from Gracie’s store I hoped she wouldn’t mind.

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I was relieved when she told me I looked like I’d come straight out of a fairy tale (a Lolita one maybe?). Her reward for nailing the outfit was a Gracie Chest…which was exactly what she gave me last time I passed her evaluation. So, I’ve got a Gracie Chest to trade!

Public Works

They only new public work I’ve had requested recently comes from Soleil and is not going to be put in if I have my mayoral say: a modern bench.

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tl;dr? yeah. me too.

P.S. I received a US copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!

Animal Crossing New Leaf US: I gotta ROLL!

Stalk Market for Wednesday, July 17

AM: 120 Bells
PM: 84 Bells

I’m starting to sweat. I need to unload my turnips in the next day or two. My towns’ prices have been less than great. Anybody out there got good prices?

Nothing earth shattering has occurred in Hanabi over the last few days. I’m still looking for Pascal each evening and scorpions. At least I’ve been successful catching scallops. I only need a keg and a vintage telescope from Pascal now.

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Man Hair

The most exciting thing that happened today is that I unlocked boy’s hairstyles a couple days early. I never kept track of which hairstyles I had tried, so I thought I had two more to go, but this morning as I sat in the chair Harriet told me:

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I wasn’t feeling comfortable enough in my femininity to try one today (despite my pop bloom dress or pink wetsuit). Harriet thought she had offended me with her offer.

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Public Works

Despite all my wanderings yesterday and catching the eye of my villagers, I was only able to score 1 public work project from Barold. I think you can get more than one a day (though probably not from the same resident) but I never really paid attention before.

Barold thinks we need a camping cot. I have one of those over in Kasen. I think since we have a hammock in Hanabi we don’t really need a camping cot too.
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Today Sheldon decided we could use a fire pit. I would back that idea, but I didn’t really leave enough space around the campground for one…unless I chop down the trees south of it and/or get rid of the water pump. And I think a fire pit would look silly plopped somewhere away from the campground. Probably not going to put that one in any time soon.

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Despite the new public works, I’m busy tearing down regular street lamps and replacing them with zen versions. That project should be done the day after tomorrow and maybe someone will request something I actually want to build before I get desperate and put up that weird rice thing (Is it a drying rack? I don’t know much about um rice production).

I think villagers want camping related public works projects to entice more visitors. We had the most adorable horse visit yesterday. If I could have kept her I would have.

Meet Annalise

Unfortunately Hanabi is full up. I’m actually thinking about letting Victoria go if she asks. I’ve been eyeing the real estate where her house is for future development. It’s a huge empty space—or would be if Victoria moved out.

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Annalise is snooty, and my conversations with her showed that, but I think she’s cute enough to pull it off. Too bad you can’t put them on a waiting list.

Badges

The badge man showed up for me twice as well. Once for my prowess catching sea creatures (blame Pascal) and once because of street pass (blame all the other games in the house).

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There are still 4 badges I don’t have at all:

  • Weeding: pull up 500 or more weeds (for bronze). That’s gonna take forever
  • K.K. Slider: watch K.K. Slider More than 20 times (for bronze). Soon to be remedied thanks to Jen’s tip
  • Neighborhood Traveler: Visit a different town 100 times (for bronze). Who wants me to visit? I need to get out more!
  • Dreamer: Visit the dream suite 50 times (for bronze). Yeah I don’t do much dreaming. I guess I should try for 1 dream a day or so until I get this. Submit your dream codes!

Gulliver’s Travels

I hadn’t gotten this quiz before in my English or Japanese games, so I was excited to see it. My favorite part of it: one of the choices was “Yoshi’s Island.” While I wanted to pick it, I did not, so I expect a super cool gift in the mail tomorrow.
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Quarantine

In unrelated news Felicity has been sick for days and I’ve been nursing her back to health. I think she’ll be better by tomorrow and hopefully will send me something awesome to show her appreciation for the bitter, nasty medicine I’ve been bringing her.
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I don't want to know. Just take the medicine. Where's the Purell?!?!

I don’t want to know. Just take the medicine. Where’s the Purell?!?!

Misc

Though he keeps trying to move out (are you sending him enticing letters, Stephen?) Julian insists we're BFFs. Damn straight.

Though he keeps trying to move out (are you sending him enticing letters, Stephen?) Julian insists we’re BFFs. Damn straight.

P.S. I received a US copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!

Animal Crossing New Leaf US: All Bloated and Bulbous

Stalk Market for Monday, July 15

AM: 87 Bells
PM: 56 Bells

I bought a lot of turnips this week for 92 bells each, so I’m hoping for a good turnaround. The perfect fruit market is much safer, though not nearly as lucrative.

Scallop Capers

I haven’t had any success even spotting a scorpion in the past couple days. I get bored running around town hoping to spot one or saving and continuing over and over and over again. When I get sick of scorpion hunting I go scallop hunting. I haven’t been very diligent in either town about obtaining the pirate ship theme. In my Japanese town I have a very hard time catching scallops. In Hanabi chasing them down seems much easier. I don’t know if it’s due to my lucky room or that I’ve gotten better at chasing them, but I’ve found one each night for the past few nights. I have a soft spot for Pascal, so I always give him the scallop and listen to his deep truths.

it is awfully slimy...

it is awfully slimy…

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So far I’m missing the following from the Pirate Ship Theme:

  • barrel
  • keg
  • vintage telescope
  • pirate’s armor (needed in Hanabi, I have it in Kasen)

There are only 11 items in the theme. I only need a few more encounters with Pascal and then I’m going to have to go back to scorpion hunting for real. If only I could bait them somehow. “Here scorpion. Come eat this tasty kitty villager.”—Just kidding Felicity.

Haven't seen any scorpions recently, just tarantulas.

Haven’t seen any scorpions recently, just tarantulas.

I even chopped down a bunch of trees so I’d have a more open area in the south. After a catch the bugger I’m putting in another cherry orchard for fun and profit.

Public Works

Victoria suggested a new bridge that I really really want to put in…only not in this town. I wish you could swap public works. She wants a fairy tale bridge. I would gladly put that in in Kasen. Unfortunately I haven’t had it requested there. I want a zen bridge for Hanabi.

scale that figure down a bit. I think it clashes with the eastern harmony we've got going on.

Rooney, my top requester, came through for me. He wants a zen streetlight. That I actually want. I need to replace the two streetlights I already have with them and sprinkle them throughout Hanabi for ambiance.

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Grooving with K.K.

I’ll admit I always forget to go see K.K. on Saturdays. It’s even worse since they sell his album in the store so I feel like I don’t have to sit through his snooze fest show. (Don’t hate me! I get impatient while the credits roll). But I was reading through my Japanese guide and it says that after you listen to his show 20 times he gives you his picture. There’s my incentive!

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Best Buy DLC

I stopped by Best Buy (purchased nothing) and downloaded my rolling suitcase yesterday. Imagine my glee when I found out it can be customized! It can also be ordered from the catalog, so any non-US (or US Best Buy-less) friends that need it let me know and I’ll hook you up.

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(not remade) rolling suitcase

(not remade) rolling suitcase

It wouldn’t be DLC without one of my townies trying to steal it off me before I can even get it home.
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Misc. Villager Shenanigans

Unicorn Staring Competition

Unicorn Staring Competition

twinsies? What will Jared say...

twinsies? What will Jared say…

That wasn't quite the impression I got.

That wasn’t quite the impression I got.

um. thanks.

Bug-Off!

The next bug off is this Saturday. I’m nervous about it because I have Japanese class this Saturday afternoon Class cuts into about 5 hours of my day because class itself is 3 hours long plus commute, plus food before or after…That means that I’m either going to have to stock up on bugs I think might win and play before I go to class or change the time and play after class—I’ve never changed the time in Hanabi. I adjusted my JP 3DS clock when I went to Japan, but that’s been the extent of my “time travelling”. I don’t even really care about a trophy. I just want more of the set items because, if you haven’t guessed it, I’m kind of a completionist.

Fortunately my order of magazines from yesasia arrived in the mail today. Specifically, Nintendo dream. It has a section about the bug off in the August issue. It lists relative point values for bugs. I don’t know if it takes into account bugs on the island. Here’s a translated chart:

Name Approximate Points Location Time
Dynastid Beetle 50-70 on trees 17:00-7:59
Saw Stag Beetle on trees all day
Tiger Beetle on the ground 8:00-18:59
Raja Brooke 60-80 by fresh water 8:00-18:59
Birdwing near flowers 8:00-15:59
Goliath Beetle on palm trees 19:00-7:59
Elephant Beetle on palm trees 17:00-7:59
Rainbow Stag Beetle on trees 19:00-7:59
Lantern Fly on trees 4:00-7:59;
16:00-18:59
Cyclommatus on palm trees 17:00-7:59
Oak Silk Moth on trees 19:00-3:59
Golden Stag 80-100 on palm trees 17:00-7:59
Horned Hercules on palm trees 17:00-7:59

So it looks like the only safe bets are the two most expensive bugs in the game. Looks like I will be hunting on the island this week and lamenting my loss of profit this Saturday.

The Myth of the Slushie Machine

Willow from Sunnydale (is that a Buffy reference?) came over this morning with a slushie machine and a white officer’s hat. Thank you! Proving definitively that the slushie machine does exist, and that it was given to EU via a letter from Nintendo delivered by Pete. I don’t know if it’s also a regular catalog item, but due to its scarcity (and the fact that I can’t find it in JP guides) I think that it’s not. Thank you so much Willow! Now I need to find some other item to obsess over. LOL.

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Today’s Open Hanabi

It was plagued by disconnects. Thanks for bearing with me! I wish you could have visited for longer Tama! We’ll have to get together again. Thanks to everyone for coming. I hope you had fun. :)

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P.S. I received a US Copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!

Animal Crossing New Leaf US: Totally WOW!!

Stalk Market for Friday, July 12

AM: 132 Bells
PM: 201 Bells

Ha! I told you it would spike. Not hugely, but I would have sold if I had turnips.

Slushie Machine?

A plea to readers. I had a friend looking for a slushie machine. I found it in the Prima Guide. It claims to be available from Timmy and Tommy. But I’ve never seen one. I can’t even find it in the Japanese guides. I went through every single home in my happy home showcase in my JP game looking for one. All of the homes in there are from my time in Japan. And there are a lot of homes with kitcheny themes. I didn’t find a single slushie machine. My current theory is that the slushie machine is DLC that hasn’t been released yet. So, I’m asking you to prove me wrong. Show me a slushie machine. And I don’t mean a picture of it in the guide. I mean a picture of it in someone’s house. I want proof of its existence!

Hanabi Open House

I didn’t open this week. I’m planning to open Monday morning July 15 10am-noon PST (GMT -8). Come on over if you are able. If you’re not already on my friend list, the dream suite is a great way to visit Hanabi. The dream address is:
4500-2096-7539

Everybody Loves Rainbows

Ok, I’m kind of liking these summer showers because of the rainbows. I just wish I knew they were coming so I wouldn’t water first!

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Happy Birthday Victoria!

Today was Victoria’s birthday. I knew it was coming, but I’m a horrible procrastinator so I hadn’t gotten a gift for her. After consulting my handy book on villagers I found that she likes sporty clothes’makes sense for a racehorse. I was lucky to find a #4 shirt over at the Able Sisters. I wrapped it up and popped over for the party.

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Photo a Day Outtakes

Yesterday’s photo was supposed to be me digging up a fossil. I found everything but, including:

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Today in Hanabi

I’m waiting for it to rain. It just looks like it wants to. I watered anyway, but I swear it’s going to sprinkle for an hour. I really need someone to suggest the weather box…

Redd’s in Town

Let’s see what he’s brought.

This wild painting is legitimate. However I already have it. Perhaps I should have Locke buy it for trade...

This wild painting is legitimate. However I already have it. Perhaps I should have Locke buy it for trade…

This fonzie-like version of the scary painting is a fake

This fonzie-like version of the scary painting is a fake

This great statue is legitimate. I purchased it.

This great statue is legitimate. I purchased it.

The quaint painting is a fake. The real one has a white hair covering.

The quaint painting is a fake. The real one has a white hair covering.

P.S. I received a US copy of Animal Crossing New Leaf from Nintendo. Thanks, Nintendo!