Dark Chocolate Sorbet. This is a very recent discovery, folks. Imagine my chagrin when I had to make the final call to end my affair with ice cream earlier this year. I was like, “Lord, I ain’t gonna make it!” Typically, I don’t care for dark chocolate but Cioa Bella Sorbet saved me! It’s an addition to my new menu and satisfies sweet carvings in a natural and healthy fashion. I’m making my way to the market to get more today and I know this sounds sick but I’m excited!
Acrylic on Paper. Copyright 2011 Totsymae
Exercise. I hate it. I’ve got other shit on my plate but my plate is no good if I don’t exercise. I use(d) Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners, Total Body Cardio and Walk at Home videos, in combination with walking/jogging in the neighborhood to establish my fitness program. Let me also let you in on a little secret, folks. I’ve had all of these CDs sitting around in my house for about four years and finally got around to opening up the darn package to use them. Ain’t that a trip?!
SheWrites. This is an online community of women writers at all levels. I remember wanting to reconnect with writers after months of not being able to attend my writers’ critique meetings anymore. I discovered SheWrites and credit the women there with me putting my writing cap back on.
Blogging. After a very stressful time, mid-year, I wanted to know what the big deal about this blogging thing was ’cause a lot of the writers on SheWrites was doing it. I had no direction, other than just knowing I had a lotta shit to say. Having found my voice through my local writers’ critique group, I decided to blog the way I wrote, pretty much. I still haven’t defined what the blog’s direction is, other than a collage of everything I am. Bear with me, please.
Character Sketches. I learned to redirect my thinking about the folk whom I’ve met in my life as creative forces in my art and writing. No, I wouldn’t want to be among some of them again and I’d wish them upon none of you. I’m sure you’ve met some interesting characters of your own. I was also challenged to try different ways to create artistically and whatever feelings I held for them, I need to send a shout out for the time spent knowing them, good or bad.
Cat Phobia. I’m over it. I’ve had one in my house over the last 5 months, so I ain’t scared of cats no more. Understand that I didn’t grow up around animals unless I was being chased by a dog, which I ain’t too fond of either. This fear of cats pouncing on me is now a thing of the past. Free at last, folks!
Hibiscus Tea. Never one to drink coffee (unless I was desperately cold & that being my only option), tea has been my thing. Over the years, I’ve tried a good number of herbals and this year it was hibiscus. Mostly, I drink it unsweetened. If I do get the urge to take the little bitterness out, I use an organic maple syrup. Only takes a little and it’s delish, y’all. A very relaxing drink when I’m stressed.
Reality TV. I know. Some of you don’t respect the programming but I ain’t mad at any of them. I won’t even lie to you. I might cut a fool for the right price myself. Besides, just like business folk have websites to promote themselves, reality TV is the new business card and I’m studying up on this trend in order to develop my own sense of creativity. My current favorites, as I’ve told you about before, are Braxton Family Values and Basketball Wives.
Taiwan. The folk there are so very kind. I could walk the streets to a 7 Eleven at one in the morning and never fear being accosted. I walked a lot there and enjoyed my brief interactions with the folk. There’s very little cultural diversity there and the folk are so willing to help a non-native. I’m telling you, I’ve never been met with such generous reception, for which I’m deeply thankful. Now, you may be asking yourself, “However did a country girl like Totsy adjust in Taiwan?” Folks, I did for the short time I was there. Found me some good eating restaurants and walked everywhere. Even went shopping on foot. Glad when I got back to the states though. I can’t rightly disclose all the whys now but maybe some time in the near future. I will say that little taste back into another world encourages me to continue exploring other countries.
Seoul, Korea Airport. Took me a nice nap in the airport where I laid over for some hours. It was empty there at 12 in the a.m. By 8 in the morning, it was bright and lit with folk as if they’d been there all along. I’d never seen an empty airport in all my days. Anyhow, that’s where I bought a lotta trinkets for folk back in the U.S. They were nice folk too but I suppose they would be since I was buying stuff. I’ve had funky customer service in my home country, so it was nice to be treated like Oprah as I looked for deals.
Flash Fiction. I had absolutely no idea what this was. I read a few pieces and then tried my hand at it. I loved it. In my off-blogging time, writing flash has become a way to get me up and going. I now have a small collection I hope to one day publish.
Of course, I learned other stuff too but for time sake, I’ll stop here. I hope you’ve collected good returns in your own discovery/learning bank this year. Maybe you wouldn’t mind sharing. I won’t judge you and I’m a pretty good listener. (wink, wink y’all)
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, folks!
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