32 Flavors — well maybe of vegetables

Trader Joes low carb options
Trader Joes low carb options

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt:
“32 Flavors.” (Vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely?)

Unfortunately I won’t get  to taste 32 flavors in the near future, certainly not of ice cream. I’ve started on the usual New Year’s resolution of dieting. After a few years of having thyroid problems, my meds are finally straightened out, but my weight is now up. I decided to try Dr. Oz’ Total 10 diet— which really is just a tweaking of the South Beach diet (on SB, I lost a lot of weight 9 years ago, so I know it works). …So I don’t get 32 flavors of ice cream…but I do get a smoothie every morning. I mostly do berries and banana, but sometimes add greens.

The Dr. Oz diet allows a small amount of the grain Quinoa because it is a complete protein. Quinoa tastes bland, but has the consistency of figs—without the sweet taste, kind of like chewing a mouth full of tiny seeds.

So no 32 flavors for me 😦 I don’t really crave ice cream, but more salty snacks like potato chips. To satisfy that craving, I’m allowed nuts, but since I tend to eat too much of them, I took a trip to Trader Joe’s for some low carb snacks. The photo to the right is the result of my trip. Left to right: Brown Rice/Quinoa Spaghetti tastes just like regular wheat pasta. If you are gluten free, I highly recommend it. Cruciferous Crunch Medley has shredded cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and kale. I roasted it with olive oil, salt and pepper (in the pan at the bottom of the photo) but I think it would be better as a slaw or stir fried. And last, Crispy Broccoli Florets: The package does not tell you how it got crisped, but seems to be freeze dried (?). It actually is not bad as a salty snack substitute. The whole bag is listed as one serving (220 calories) but I can only eat about one third at a time.

As they say, “don’t do something today, you will regret tomorrow.” So right now I’m going to skip the ice cream (and the potato chips) and stick to my broccoli.

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Are you a visual blogger?

Bay-side, Ocean City, New jersey
Bay-side, Ocean City, New jersey (taken with a lousy iPhone 4)

I realized while writing (or lack there-of) my posts related to #Blogging101 that I am a visual person. Gee that’s obvious isn’t it! I am amazed by how well, (and how long) people can write, spilling their thaughts into their blogs! (Like Brooke E. Wayne and MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO) On the other hand, I can only write one or two paragraphs. I have been trained by being in business to be concise and frugal with words. And also since I have so little time to spend on my website/blog, I find I need to be that way on my posts.

I am drawn to blogs that are visual in nature—like photography bloggers, especially travel photography bloggers like desleyjane who inspired this post. I just want to jump into some of her pics like Queenstown NZ and Lifou, South Pacific!
Another inspirational photography blogger is . She recommended her new camera (with plenty of background to support her choice) here.

I’m hoping to one day soon get a DSLR and start posting my own pics. Do you have a favorite camera that helps you create inspiring photography? What inspires you when you are browsing blogs? Is it the writing or the photos?

Any recommendations for new blogs to follow would be appreciated!

Sharing some awsome music by an amazing musician: Will Champlin

banjoI want to share my love of Season 5 The Voice Top Three finalist Will Champlin. He is an amazing musician, singer, songwriter and all around awesome person. If you don’t know his story, he is the Voice Season 5 #ChampsReunionNYCthird-place winner, known for stretching the limits of re-arranging and re-imagining the songs he chose to cover. I’d really like to design an album cover, or at least an iTunes single cover. Here’s one of my designs I did in honor of his coming to play in NYC last year. The concert was amazing. I went to see him with my son. He has a lot of followers know as #Champs. We all came together in person after meeting through following Will on twitter. We dubbed the event #ChampsReunionNYC. Everyone was so nice, enthusiastic and generally just good people. It kind of reminded me how the #blogging101 community is here. Everyone is so supportive to each other.

After The Voice, He is now going the indie route. I’m including a link to his new single “Eye of the Pyramid.” I love everything that Will does but I especially love his new album. Not only is the music incredible but the message in his lyrics are very uplifting. “Eye of the Pyramid” features the uncommon combination of sitar & banjo, both played by Will, plus Will‘s amazing voice!  The song’s message is the struggle to own yourself–& not get self-worth from owning things & making money.

Say Your Name

I am still playing with what I should call this blog. Since I am mostly looking to advance my client base, I’m wondering if it should just be my name. I’ve used this title: Art & Soul, off and on for a while.
I do like my tag line:

All things design & art related…& maybe some that aren’t

Who I Am and Why I Am Here

I’m a graphic designer looking for clients. My expertise is music and movie cover design. I also have a background in editorial and catalogs. I’m here not necessarily to get “followers” but to learn how to use WordPress to build a portfolio website for my graphic design. I have been playing around with it, but want to see what blogging 101 has to offer before I publish my whole portfolio.