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Today is my Birthday!

I had the last four days off work and I managed to get a bunch of stuff done.  I worked on a commission for a friend and I tried my hand at stretching a canvas for the first time!  I also hung out with a good friend who has one-year-old twins.  We went to Ikea to have some fun and I bought two little dressers to help manage my accumulation of art supplies and other “junk.”  I will post over the next few days some photos of my productivity.

Happy Birthday to me!

Goldfish Painting: Continued

So I finally picked up the paintbrush again.  I had intended to finish this piece before Christmas.  I ran out of free time and then the new year got underway.  There is something about being snowed in and being bored at work that makes me apathetic towards everything good for me.  I’ve had free time coming out the wazoo, but haven’t picked up the brush or sat down to write at all.  Not only that, but I’ve been neglecting my health too.  I’m not into making new years resolutions, but I’m thinking now is as good a time as any to try to work some good things into my daily routine.  Here’s to good habits!  “They” say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit so I’m going to test that theory.  I’ll report back.

I added some yellow.  Originally I had planned to only add yellow and leave the orange to hold it’s own as the darkest value.  Upon studying my own goldfish I decided that there needed to be some white incorporated.  My Goldie has a white belly, so I threw that down.  I also noticed that the fish’s head is a darker shade of orange as well as appearing more solid than the rest of the body, because the scales are smaller I assume.  In order to maintain the saturated vibrant colors I’m shooting for and to replicate the dark areas on the original drawing I decided that tinting the orange with black would be the wrong choice.So, naturally, I chose red.  I love the outcome so much that I’m considering leaving the colors as is, and just adding the black outlines!

A Grocery List

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Fruits (any and all that you like, but here are my stand-by’s):

* Apples (fiber)
* Bananas (potassium)
* Blueberries (antioxidants)
* Grapefruit (curbs sweet cravings!)
* Strawberries (nature’s dessert)


* 100% Whole Wheat Pitas*
* Ezekial 4:9 Bread
* Ezekial 4:9 English Muffins
* Whole Wheat Wraps*
* Whole Wheat Pasta
* Plain, Old Fashioned Oatmeal

*It is very important that you read the ingredients. Look for whole wheat flour as the first and main ingredient. Do not buy it if there are more than five ingredients listed and DO NOT buy anything with the prefix “hydro” because that implies trans fat.


* Baking Potatoes
* Yams
* Spinach
* Green Beans
* Asparagus
* Salad Mix
* Baby Carrots
* Red/Green Peppers
* Cherry Tomatoes
* Onion
* Garlic
* Ginger
* Broccoli


* Eggs
* Skim Milk*
* Low Fat Cottage Cheese
* Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
* Reduced Fat Feta or Mozzarella

(*If you can’t do skim, than 1% is OK, just use it moderately!)


* Lean Ground Turkey
* Canned Light Tuna (in water)*
* Chicken Breasts
* Bison/Buffalo
* Lean Pork Tenderloin
* Egg-whites*
* Designer Whey Powder – Chocolate is my pref!
* White Fish*
* Salmon*
* Garbanzo Beans, Kidney Beans, Lentils

*Fish is controversial because of the mercury content. Opt for the chunk light tuna and eat it moderately, speak with your doc if you’re preggers. As for the egg-whites, they are an excellent source of lean protein, I highly suggest that you learn to love them as they will be your newly-defined abdominal’s new best friend.

Good Fats:

* Olive Oil
* Avocado
* Natural Peanut Butter
* Almonds
* Walnuts
* Flaxseeds/Flaxseed oil


* Canned Diced Tomatoes
* Low Sodium Soy Sauce
* Balsamic Vinegar (try White Balsamic on salads!)
* Non-Stick Cooking Spray
* Salsa
* Cinnamon
* Spices*

I recommend garlic, pepper, white pepper, and all seasonings Italian, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian…spices are the healthy way to add flavor!)

Sweet Tooth Navigators*:

* Swiss Miss Diet Cocoa* (the one with no hydrogenated stuff and 25 calories per serving)
* Decaffeinated Herbal Tea
* Stevia
* Agave
* 1 oz Dark Chocolate

*I omit Splenda and most sugar-free foods. Studies have shown that eating artificially sweetened foods (and drinking diet soda) can actually cause people to crave sugar and then OVEREAT it when they get a taste. I say, if you crave it – eat the real deal as a TREAT in moderation. More often you should just eat fruit, or try this: Sweeten Greek Yogurt with a pack of Swiss Miss diet cocoa and freeze… yum!”

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