Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74: Abstract

Visiting Barcelona’s Parc Güell in the summer meant it was very hot and packed with tourists, but it was worth it to see the fabulous designs of Gaudí.  High above the city, it contains some interesting gardens and pieces of architecture.

Everything is in his trademark Moderisme style; even the benches are abstract versions of benches.

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The coolest things to me were all the amazing textures used, as well as the way he blended natural and artificial together.

You can find more abstractions at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #73 – COLD

When I think of cold climates, I think of mountains.  In the Picos de Europe in northern Spain, we took a cable car up to the mountains after spending the night at the parador there.

Though it was still summer, it’s always chilly up so high.  We hiked around for awhile and enjoyed the bracing air and the views.

You can find more cold at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

Maybe it’s a bit weird to be discussing ice cream in November, but I am obsessed with these at any time of year.

This box is totally empty. I ate them all.

Mochi ice cream is a Japanese treat that I have been familiar with for many years.  It is a small portion of ice cream covered by mochi, which is a dough made from glutinous rice.  Though mochi itself is not sweet, it is part of many desserts, such as daifuku, which is mochi stuffed with a sweet filling, like red bean paste or strawberries.

But I’ve always had to look for these desserts at Asian import stores.  When I discovered that I was able to buy mochi ice cream from my local grocery store with the rest of my weekly supplies, my mind was blown!

The My/Mo brand of mochi ice cream has a bunch of different flavors available, available all over the country in stores like Target or Kroger.  It is not particularly cheap; at full price, they are about $1 per piece.  But they are amazing.

Actual view of my freezer.

Japanese desserts are never quite as super-sweet as American ones, and the flavors are unique.  I have tried the mango, green tea, double chocolate, strawberry, and chocolate sundae flavors and they were all good.  I did not enjoy the green tea flavor as much, because I do not like green tea.  But I felt obliged to try it because it is such a traditional Japanese flavor.

I am particularly obsessed with the strawberry flavor.  These are currently my favorite dessert!  They are also conveniently sized to be 110 calories per piece.  I love having them in the freezer so I can eat one in the evening for just a little something sweet.  Itadakimasu!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #72–Waiting

Travel involves a lot of waiting, but sometimes it can be fun.  I often fill the waiting time by taking pictures.  One of my favorite “waiting” times on a cruise is waiting for the ship to set sail.  I love to be up on the deck, seeing all the sights.

In Barcelona, the port is pretty industrial, but there are still some good views of the city skyline in the distance as well as the beaches, and Montjuïc Cemetery on the hill.

 

Bon Voyage!

You can find more waiting at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

NaNoWriMo 2019 (fanfic excerpt)

Hi guys!  I’ve been working half-heartedly on National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, where participants write a 50,000 word novel in one month.  I did this successfully once before, but that was before I had a toddler!

This month I’m working on a fanfiction piece, continuing one of my favorite stories from childhood, The Horse and His Boy, part of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  I am not making huge progress, but who knows, maybe I’ll be able to finish it.  I really want to finish it, but it’s also taking up time that could be spent writing “real” novels.

I’ll probably put it on fanfiction.net when I am done, but for now, enjoy this except from the opening.  Feel free to leave feedback in the comments (this is a first draft).

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