333 Ways to Get Kicked Out of T&T Emporium (Or Just One): Day 140

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“I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes, / my rage, forgetting everything”

– from “Walking Around” by Pablo Neruda

I didn’t do much at all on Thursday, but I did manage to stop Cookie from moving, so that was cool.

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On Friday, the lovely phone told me to wear boots. All I really had were my yellow rain boots. I made it work, though.

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Drago needed to replace some piece of furniture in his house. I still need his picture, so I brought him a golden stag. He gave me a biwa lute.

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I was okay with that too.

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Today, when I stepped out of my house, I talked to Jay. He had just broken the world record for the 100-yard dash, apparently, and he wanted me to spread the news. I actually thought it might have been a real errand. No such luck.

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I like how some fortunes are Saturday-specific…sadly, there are only two modern accessories in the game (oval shades and Gracie sunglasses) and I didn’t have either at the moment.

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I recalled how, in previous games, you would get kicked out of Tom Nook’s store if you stayed past closing time. With five minutes to nine and nothing better to do, I decided to test the Nooklings’ tolerance for late-night shoppers.

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Like mentor, like apprentice. I should try the other stores next.

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Lastly, I went to see K.K. Slider and requested K.K. Stroll, which turned out to be a secret song. He also played, as per his own choosing, K.K. Dirge (which I found wonderfully appropriate for Halloween) and K.K. Rock.

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Soy Happy for Sushi: Day 137

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“Stay near me—do not take thy flight! / A little longer stay in sight! / Much converse do I find in thee, / Historian of my infancy!”

– from “To a Butterfly” by William Wordsworth

On Monday, the bulletin board informed me that Halloween was in ten days, as if I would have forgotten!

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I needed some more candy. I only have five pieces. Sadly, that silly store closes at nine, so I couldn’t get any that day.

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The next day, I was implored to wear a cute accessory.

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Pretty cute. And very autumnal.

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Amy told me that the number of perfect fruit trees you have in your town does not, in fact, affect how quickly they die. Armed with this knowledge, I planted three more perfect orange trees.

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Kitty asked me for a butterfly. I figured, why not? I’ll get you a butterfly.

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But first, I talked to Phineas. He gave me a badge for seeing “more than [my] fair share” of K.K. Slider concerts. He’s right! I need to leave some K.K. for the other villagers! It’s not right of me to monopolize him like this!

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I brought a single lily to the island (by wearing it as an accessory). After that, it was a simple matter to catch an emperor butterfly. While I was there, I filled my basket with palm tree beetles and sharks.

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And Kitty was content.

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And I am sorry but I can’t help but picture her like this with it:

Meanwhile, Cally wanted fruit.

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I tried to give her two perfect oranges, but she thought that was excessive, so I just gave her one. Next time I get some perfect foreign fruit, I need to remember not to sell it so that I can give it to villagers when they ask for fruit and possibly get their pictures.

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On Tuesday, the lovely phone read the signs in the sky and concluded that I needed to wear some flashy bottoms.

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When I went back to my house, O’Hare came in and gave me a bamboo shoot, because I totally need more of those.

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I wasn’t sure that I had any flashy bottoms. I ended up wearing an argyle skirt.

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At that point, I went to McDonald’s and got the sushi platter DLC for all four of my humans.

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Poor Mordecai and Pinkie have contracted bedhead.

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Blake did too, but it’s not much different from his normal hairstyle.

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Well, the lovely phone was prescribing preventative headwear today.

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Mmm. Sushi.

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Here’s a ghost mask. Right now I have about six masks, and I think most of them are skeleton hoods.

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Clever Nintendo: Day 134

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“I realize that much will be asked of me, yet I am resolved to accept it as a great and splendid task.”

– Princess (formerly Queen) Beatrix of the Netherlands

Way back on October 5, I bought my first mask at the Able Sisters, a skeleton hood.

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And, as October 5 was a Saturday, I went to see K.K. Slider perform K.K. Chorale.

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The next afternoon, I managed to track down Jack, the pumpkin king.

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Jack wanted me to help him scare people. He can’t do it alone; he must getting up in his years. That seems to have happened to a lot of characters in this game (Kapp’n, Tom Nook, Tortimer—though Tortimer was always old, of course).

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Scaring requires two things: candy and masks. I got the impression that I’m supposed to collect as many of them both as I can.

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All the masks cost 1,031 Bells (which I noticed when I bought the skeleton hood). Nintendo took this opportunity to congratulate themselves for that clever, clever joke.

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Then I consulted the lovely phone, which told me to wear a dazed shirt.

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I decided to try wearing an unusually colorful getup.

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Kitty gave me a new nickname, but no one else has adopted it yet.

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Hm, that’s a lot of mushrooms.

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I tried chopping down the trees where Jessica found special stumps in my dream town, but, as Amy later told me, the stump status is not actually determined until the trees fall. So there’s really no way to know beforehand which trees are going to have special patterns.

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Sable has started talking about winter clothing now.

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Here’s a Frankenstein mask (called “monster mask” in-game).

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My persimmon tree is fully grown, by the way.

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Sadly, I missed the first fishing tourney completely.

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It didn’t seem like it was a very thrilling competition. “Ooh. You caught a bitterling. And it was a whole 3.50 inches long. How impressive.”

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Bug mask. I wonder if these masks are single-use, and that’s why we’re supposed to collect them?

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On the 12th, I requested K.K. Ballad from K.K. Slider.

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Another thing I missed was Explorers’ Day.

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The picture cut-out was still there, but I couldn’t get the special item.

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And also, I forgot about Pinkie’s birthday, which I had set as October 13th.

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One night, I found Gulliver on the beach. He spoke of tulips (tulips are deadly).

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And windmills. Which reminds me, I should build a windmill.

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Anyway, I was pretty sure it was the Netherlands.

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Today, the lovely phone told me to wear a dress.

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Sadly, Peewee moved away, but it’s fine because he sent his picture in the mail.

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Here’s Peewee’s picture, along with the windmill from Gulliver and the rice-plant bed DLC for October.

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My villagers wanted to know where I’ve been lately.

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Jessica came over today. In England, I’ve learned, they call fries “chips”—but just the thick fries. The thin ones they just call fries. She was surprised to hear that we have fried pickles here. I maintain that they’re better than they sound.

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Thanks for coming over, Jessica!

Citrus Senescence: Day 117

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“Yet year after year, it’s the same old cheer / And I grow so weary of the sound of screams / And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King / Have grown so tired of the same old thing”

– “Jack’s Lament” from The Nightmare Before Christmas

On the 26th of October, Cookie told me she was thinking of moving away soon. I stopped that line of thinking promptly.

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On the 28th, the lovely phone advised me to wear some pants.

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And in fact, I did go to a live show that night!

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On the last day of September, I was in dire straits. I still hadn’t caught a king salmon, and I knew they would be going away the next day, so I fished and fished. Along the way, I caught a pike.

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I also stopped O’Hare from moving.

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Supposedly, the king salmon can be found anywhere in the river during the second half of September, but I sure wasn’t finding any, so I went back to the river mouth. After saving-and-continuing a bunch of times, I finally, finally managed to reel one in.

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On the first day of October, the lovely phone told me to wear white patent shoes. I happened to have a pair in my dresser.

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Walking back from Pinkie’s house, I saw something that very much surprised me. Jack, the pumpkin king! I checked the date. Nope, it wasn’t Halloween yet! I didn’t talk to him because I didn’t have any candy or anything with me, and I was afraid he would turn all my stuff into jack-o’-lanterns.

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After that, I went to Jessnook’s town of Sandy. Jess told me that she had seen Jack too, and that if you talk to him, he’ll ask you to scare people for him! I’ll be sure to strike up a conversation if I see the ol’ pumpkin-headed fellow again!

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Jess has Zell in her town. For a second, he thought he recognized me (I’ve served coffee to him, and I’ve seen him on the hide-and-seek tour). He’s cool.

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And also, she has this cute hamster named Apple.

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We went to the island for a little bit. Thanks for letting me come to your town, Jess! It was really fun!

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Late on Wednesday night (technically, it was after midnight, so Thursday morning), the lovely phone told me to wear a cap.

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Then I went to Sandy and I CHOPPED DOWN ALL THE TREES MUAHAHA. Oh, except it was the dream version of Sandy. Jess recently posted a blog entry where she went to my dream town and found some rare stumps, so I decided to return the favor. However, all I found was this flower-shaped pine tree stump. It’s near the bridge on the right side of town.

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I didn’t see anything…

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This evening, my perfect orange tree sadly died, and I had to plant a new one.

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The Witching Hour: Day 106

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“It had pointed leaves which grew along green switches which radiated from the bough and made a tree which looked like a lot of opened green umbrellas. Some people called it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky.”

– from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

On Tuesday, I peeped into my game for a few seconds. The light of the stars glared down on my inattentiveness, cold and judgmental, or something like that.

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On Wednesday afternoon, the lovely phone told to wear a dress for financial luck.

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I stop to chat with Cookie right outside my house. As soon as I went inside, she barged in after me, announcing her arrival loudly.

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Then she gave me a rococo table that I had just traded her for her three lamp.

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The bulletin board announced the imminent appearance of the autumn moon. Luckily, it just so happened that the skies were going to be perfectly clear tomorrow, so everyone would be able to see it.

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Today, however, it was rather drizzly. Saharah’s droned greeting, the same as it always is, added to the monotonous atmosphere.

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As with last time, her makeover didn’t look half bad. The wallpaper, a mortar wall, was exclusive.

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Savannah and Cookie, like Cally and Victoria before them, demonstrated the immeasurable gap between Peppies and Normals.

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Thursday marked the occasion of the autumn moon. It looked no different from any other full moon. I was expecting it to be orange or something, but I guess that would be the harvest moon, which I don’t think is in this game.

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Isabelle was handing out wheat bundles in the plaza. I got one for each of my characters.

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There was also a face-cutout stand with a scarecrow and windswept wooden grass. And that’s all there is to the autumn moon.

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I think my tree got bigger, though. Don’t you think it looks bigger?

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On Friday…yeah, nothing happened on Friday.

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The last Bug-Off of the year was on Saturday, but I was unprepared and paid no attention to it whatsoever. What a shame. I think I still have the cicada stereo to get. It’ll have to wait until next summer.

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The lovely phone went on about corn and sushi again, then told me to wear a hat.

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I managed to snag the slushie machine for all four characters at Best Buy. That was the last day it was available!

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Here’s what the slushie machine looks like. What’s that, a pink slushie? I’ve never seen that before.

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When I started my game today, Pete gave me a letter from Nintendo containing a festival lantern. It’s nothing special. I ordered it from a Showcase house a while ago.

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I also found out that Savannah won the Bug-Off.

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Filled with newfound confidence, she was getting ready to move on to bigger and better things, but I cruelly crushed her hopes and dreams by begging her to stay.

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The lovely phone told me to wear a big-dot tank, but I didn’t have one lying around and it was too late to order it.

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One fish I urgently need to catch is the king salmon. It can only be caught in September, you see. Sadly, all I found were a couple dorados.

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I took my frustration out on Cookie’s catchphrase.

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Leif has been selling persimmons ever since T&T Emporium opened. Today I decided to buy one. I planted it near Frita’s house.

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Also, Gracie was selling a witch’s hat and witch’s robe that would make a fine Halloween costume.

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The Road to Happiness Is Paved with Red Bandanas: Day 100

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“A turning leaf stays partly green at first, then reveals splotches of yellow and red as the chlorophyll gradually breaks down…With their camouflage gone, we see these colors for the first time all year, and marvel, but they were always there, hidden like a vivid secret beneath the hot glowing greens of summer.”

– from “Why Leaves Turn Color in the Fall” by Diane Ackerman

Last night, I popped out of my house for a few seconds, just so I could say I hadn’t skipped the day. Although technically, it was after midnight.

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This morning, the lovely phone advised me to wear a short-sleeved dress. It seems that it cannot make up its mind about what season we are in.

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Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the fruit trees all got a little yellower.

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I liked the way this red bandana kind of matched my brown loafers.

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So it turns out that there actually is a Bug-Off this month. This has to be the last one, right?

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The Able Sisters were selling both a swell tee and a swell shirt today. They can’t make their minds up either!

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I tried to see Katrina, but it was nine o’clock, and she was already closed.

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Bad Blogger! Bad Blogger!: Day 98

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“My crown is in my heart, not on my head; / Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones, / Nor to be seen: my crown is called content: / A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.”

– King Henry VI, from King Henry VI by William Shakespeare

I’M SORRY I’M SORRY I’M SORRY I’M SORRY I’M SORRY. I just got so busy and I missed four whole days of blogging. Well, now I have a long post to write. Tuesday morning, I went to check the lucky phone and found out that I was supposed to wear a plaid dress.

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I ordered a plaid cami dress from T.I.Y. In the meantime, I wore a cafè shirt and a gray formal skirt.

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Cookie suggested that we build a bell in our town. Well, we have lots of Bells here. Over ten million, actually.

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I opened my gates a little before eleven and soon discovered that Gracie was standing in the plaza. What the heck?! I swear she was not there before!

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What’s more, she gave me the “official” theme. It so happened that all I had to change was my skirt, as I didn’t see it listed under “official” on the Thonky guide.

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Gracie was not especially impressed this time around, but she nevertheless announced her intention to open up a boutique in Odd Spot.

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She gave me a pulse tank—no furniture this time.

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At eleven o’clock, Jessnook arrived.

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We traded some stuff. Among other things, she gave me a rare pink wetsuit.

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She was curious to see the upper floor of the museum. Sadly, the gift shop was only selling carpets; no tools.

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Thanks for visiting, Jess!

After Jessnook left, I exited the game and didn’t return to it until after eight. By then, my plaid dress had arrived. It was hard to see in the darkness.

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Cally popped in for a random visit, giving me a six lamp.

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She subsequently fretted over how she hadn’t brought me a present (which she had) for inviting her over (which I hadn’t).

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I loaded my game Wednesday afternoon and discovered a message on the bulletin board announcing that it was Peewee’s birthday.

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I also found out that T.I.Y. was getting ready to close.

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The lovely phone instructed me to wear a cap. I thought a paperboy cap would work fine…

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…but this did not turn out to be the case. I swapped it for a purple cap and had no problems after that.

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Again, Leif tried to trick me into thinking that he was CLOSING FOREVER OH NO.

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I bought a round cactus from the gardening shop and brought it to Peewee’s party.

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Seems like a strange thing for a cranky villager to say…

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When I popped into the accessory shop, I discovered that Labelle was selling a royal crown! (And she called it a unisex item, but it’s part of the king outfit?) I quickly went to the post office and got some Bells.

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It was very late when I loaded my game on Thursday. I didn’t even bother to change my outfit. I ran into Phineas and got the “Expert Shopper” badge, mostly as a result of the crown.

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Same thing on Friday. Very late; almost midnight, actually. T&T Emporium was open (Timothy and Thomas!), but…

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…it was closed.

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Today, however, I started my game shortly before six in the evening. The lovely phone told me to wear unisex bottoms, which I interpreted to mean no skirts, essentially. I don’t see how I could be expected to swim in a skirt, anyway.

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Cookie confided that she was going to move away. I told her NO.

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With that taken care of, I went to see T&T Emporium, officially the first store in Animal Crossing with a revolving door.

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Now Leif just has this little corner over here. It seems they couldn’t bring themselves to get rid of him. As Lyle said, he’s the mascot of the entire shopping district.

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The furniture is now on the second floor. This is just dandy, except that there’s only one catalog machine, and it’s on the first floor.

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What’s on the third floor? Why, GracieGrace, of course!

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The furniture is just as expensive as I remember it.

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I bought every single piece of clothing, though. Gracie gave me a mannequin along with my first purchase. She’s so fancy; she wraps up everything you buy. And if you try something on and you decide to wear it out, she’ll wrap up whatever you were wearing before. It’s crazy.

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I actually remembered to see K.K. Slider tonight! First, I requested Steep Hill; then, Space K.K., and, finally, Go K.K. Rider.

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