Thursday, February 1, 2007

Where does the time go?

You would think that with no job and few responsibilities, I'd get bored. I'd certainly have time to do all the fun things I enjoy and still take care of the mundane but important errands. So far, that doesn't seem to be true. No matter what I do, I can't seem to take items off that to-do list faster than I put them on.

Laundry needs to get washed, emails need to be returned, groceries need to get bought, the dog needs to take a bath (quite desperately I should add), and the list goes on and on and on. These things are critical. How can I ever get to the fun stuff - the soul-enriching stuff - when these tedious tasks never seem to run out?

I don't really have that much I want to do: yoga, drawing, fancy raw food dishes. Maybe go to the park once in a while since it's actually sunny for a change. No job, and yet I still can't find the time. Where does it all go?

This is the battle I've been fighting for the month and a half that I've been blissfully unemployed. Today I solved the mystery. It's all about priorities.

Who says that I can't draw until after my "chores" are done? What authority figure of my past convinced me that anything enjoyable must be relegated to the bottom of the list?

Today, I did all the fun stuff first. I spent 3 hours drawing pictures, took a nap for an hour, and made a birthday card for a friend. I didn't do all the things on my to do list. Not even the ones with the "*" next to them, indicating this must get done today or else!

Guess what - the world didn't come to an end. In fact, nothing bad happened at all. The dog sure does stink and I have no clean socks for tomorrow. But dammit, I drew a cool picture.

Raw food dish of the week - Pizza and Chocolate Cake

I made these for my friend's birthday party. Because every boy deserves pizza and chocolate cake for his birthday, no matter how healthy he is. They were both fantastic.

Crust: Sprouted buckwheat, soaked flax seeds, red bell pepper, carrot, celery, garlic, Celtic sea salt.

Cheese: Pine nuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, red bell pepper, peeled lemon, garlic, Celtic sea salt.

Sauce: Tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, dates, olive oil, garlic, parsley, cayenne, Celtic sea salt.

Toppings: Any combination of (I made 4 different pizzas) spinach, shitake mushrooms, red bell pepper, scallions, avocado, cucumber, pineapple. The pizza pictured is pineapple, cucumber, and avocado.

Chocolate Cake:
Cake: Figs, walnuts, ground cacao.

Frosting: Pine nuts, macadamia nuts, blueberries, avocado, ground cacao, dates, agave nectar, water. The recipe called for cashews, but I didn't have any, so I used the other nuts instead. Cashews would have been better.

Decorations: Star fruit, kiwi, blueberries, shredded coconut. It's supposed to be a space scene, with stars and space ships, in case that isn't clear.

Drawing Exercise - Negative Spaces

This is an exercise from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, the chapter on drawing negative spaces - the spaces around the objects. I was actually drawing the spaces around the chair and then filled in the details of the chair afterward. I also got up in the middle and accidentally moved the chair, so if you look closely, some things don't quite line up right.

1 comment:

krystyna said...

Very interesting blog!
Best to you!