Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Stream of consciousness, it is...

I'm sitting at home today, weak thanks to Periodic Paralysis, and told myself to blog even if it's nothing more than a stream of random thoughts. So here I am.

I have loads of photos to share from over the past 3 months. I'm overwhelmed at this point and wonder if I'm ever going to post those blogs. I think I will, but not having home internet has definitely been an issue. It's not easy to blog from a phone, especially when the post is photo-heavy. It will get done...eventually.

I've left Facebook until further notice. Both accounts. When I return, it will be with less friends. It is high time I remove toxic people from my life, for the sake of my sanity and for the simple fact that their rants are delusional and highly offensive. I was advised last year to stop reading the news, so I deleted nearly every news source I followed on Facebook. I finally realized that I was still seeing the news because of friends posting about it. Counterproductive at the very least. Some of their commentary has been infuriating beyond belief, and I don't have the health for that. I am choosing to stand up for what I believe in - this pretty much amounts to the basics of human integrity - and if that means de-friending those who degrade my humanitarian views, so be it. I believe I am a very fair and tolerant person - more so than many - but the most recent disagreement crossed the line by leaps and bounds and I'm done. I'm blocking people I've known practically forever...20 to 30 years. It's not easy, but I will never, ever accept what they've said. I know I'm making the right decision.

On a related note, I will address the Duggar scandal when I can do so without the use of irate, derogatory language.

Hurricane season is a few days away. Living on the bayou, I'm at extreme risk and will have to come up with a solid plan for survival. I've never left town before, and I'm not looking forward to doing that, but I have no choice now that my apartment is so prone to flooding. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to pay for evacuation and restoration when the inevitable occurs.

I was happy to paint of couple of non-profit pieces over the last two months. My brushes and palettes are toast, though, so I've put away the paint and brought out the dry media. Feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for photos in real time. You gotta see my beautiful still life setup. I am so happy with it. When I can transfer pics from my phone to my computer and get back on Wi-Fi, I'll share the pics here. I don't know when that will be, though.

I've answered over 800 questions on Pretty crazy, but it's fun. Keep them coming.

I received a ticket to NOLA Time Fest, which happens in early June. I hope I feel like attending. Should be a lot of fun. Whether I can handle the crowd or not, I'll be passing through Louisiana to visit my nieces regardless. Can't wait to see my babies. I've been missing them terribly.

After a visit with the fam, it's back to Renal Clinic. MDA Clinic happens in June as well, a week prior. Not sure how I'll handle all of the road trips, but I'm going to give it my best shot.

Depressed about my weight. I bought a pedometer and it showed me just how active I am (on the days I'm able). It's surprising, really. Unfortunately, it's just not making a difference. My daily calories are below 1450 a day, but I'm at a standstill and all I know to do is make an effort to drop my calorie count further. I'm on MyFitnessPal and still learning to cook (something I greatly enjoy...I'll never stop learning). Maintaining a reasonably balanced diet is not easy with systemic disease, though, nor easy when living in poverty. I'm doing what I can, and I hope someday I'll reach my goal weight again in spite of a high protein and fat regimen. As long as I don't continue to gain and as long as my doctor remembers this and doesn't fuss at me, I won't have a complete meltdown.

I met Food Network's Simon Majumdar and his wife a few weeks ago. Really nice folks and so easy to talk to. I'll post a pic when I can stand to look at it (Simon looked well...I definitely did not).

No response from Subway. They'll be hearing from me again very soon, and I will be forwarding my message to the CEO. Will keep you all posted.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New painting, auctioned this past Friday

"The Universe Weeps"
12 x 16 stretched canvas

Rest in peace, Powell family.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tough Love. Or hate. I'm not sure.

Fed up with me.
Fed up with this BS.
I don't know if it's love or loathing
But I do know one thing
A change is gonna come.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

New Painting: "Fish In The Sea"

"Fish In The Sea"
‪Acrylics‬ on 24 x 18 stretched canvas
Donation to Child Advocacy Center

Sorry for the bad pic. Camera phone, vision impairment, and all that jazz.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Better late than never? 2015 Goals...

Yeah, I know. I suck.

No sugar coating about it. I've greatly slacked this year...gotten behind on so much that I've failed to share any goals for the year. At any rate, here they are as quick and painless as I can spit them out:

2015 Goals

1. Produce artwork for charity
2. Put a huge dent in my manuscript(s)
3. Cook one dish out of every cookbook I own
4. Attend at least two conventions
5. Renovate my website
6. Read a classic novel
7. Goal weight: 155 lbs

Wish me luck. From the way this year has started, I'm going to need it.