Mouths Wide Shut

Prompt: Are you a picky eater? Share some of your favorite food quirks with us (the more exotic, the better!). Omnivores: what’s the one thing you won’t eat?

I’m ready for all the smoke that may come my way, BUT it has to be said:

I don’t eat/like the following
  • bacon
  • chicken
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • eel
  • ketchup
  • peanut butter
  • pickles
  • turkey
I order these things all day
  • butternut squash soup
  • ceviche
  • goat cheese
  • goat curry
  • grilled octopus
  • grilled squid
  • guacamole
  • soft pretzels
  • tzatziki

With it all laid out in front of me I think it’s safe to say I’m probably a picky eater. If I had to pick the one thing I won’t eat…bacon.

I’m not taking any questions at this time.

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In Transit

Prompt: Train stations, airport terminals, subway stops: soulless spaces full of distracted, stressed zombies, or magical sets for fleeting, interlocking human stories?

This one really depends.

For instance, I see airport terminals as the soulless spaces full of distracted, stressed zombies. People are either rushing, standing impatiently, or sitting in somewhat comfortable seats. Everyone has some place to be, but they are nowhere near their destination and it shows.

Now subway stops are a different animal. In my eyes this is where you can get a glimpse of fleeting, interlocking human stories. I think it’s because people are moving about their day and only stopping for relatively short bursts of time (e.g. the minutes it takes for the subway to arrive and get them to their next stop). It’s also daily transit used in countless people’s lives. Everyone has a destination in mind in the same city limits and could share the same route five days a week without ever noticing who they share it with.

I wouldn’t be surprised if these weren’t the “popular” takes, but it’s all in how you view it I suppose.

artist: @artoshtu

Twenty-Five Seven

Prompt: Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?

I would say, “Hellooo art class!”

A good portion would be allotted to both taking a course and practicing. I mean, with this kind of time there’d be a chance I could draw something halfway decent by end of year! (we could only hope)

Remaining time would go towards a podcast I started a while back, but put on hold due to editing and recording issues. I figure with the extra hour a day I could really work out any kinks with recording and even possibly start editing myself…? (probably not on the editing but I can dream)

In short, I’d use my extra sixty minutes for creative pursuits which probably wouldn’t have been my answer a few years ago…Interesting how things shift.

artist: @artoshtu

Local Color

Prompt: Imagine we lived in a world that’s all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you’re given the option to have just one object keep its original hue. Which object (and which color) would that be?

My mother’s ring.

To this day I’m still not certain how she came to own or even when she started wearing it, but I’ve been obsessed ever since I first saw it. The ring itself is composed of three metals- yellow gold, rose gold, and I believe copper (I think). Yellow gold makes up the band and olives, encompassing leaves of rose gold and copper.

I was obsessed with this ring for years and finally just started wearing it leading up to my college graduation. Turns out she was actually planning to give it to me when I graduated only to realize I’d already started wearing it. Needless to say it’s been on my hand ever since.

Of everything I own it’s easily the thing I most hold dear. So if I existed in a world where there was no color…this ring would be the one thing I’d still want to appreciate in its entirety.

artist: @artoshtu

Custom Zodiac

Prompt: You’re tasked with creating a brand new astrological sign for the people born around your birthday — based solely on yourself. What would your new sign be, and how would you describe those who share it?

Symbol: Maned Wolf

Element: Earth

Color: Rust, Terracotta

Day: Tuesday

Quality: Cardinal

House: Bad Fortune

Ruler: Mercury

Tarot Card: Queen of Swords

Body Part: Ears

Metal: Bronze

Numbers: 3, 9, 23

Plant: Golden Chain Tree

Season: Winter

Stone: Moss Agate

Strengths: Adaptability, Creative Sparks, Dependability, Practicality

Weaknesses: Lack of creative follow through, Moody, Working oneself into the ground

Photo by Mario Mendez on Unsplash

By Heart

Prompt: You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

Hands down it would be “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Disney’s Encanto. Why? Because I’ve watched Encanto three times this month, the song is in my playlist, and whenever it comes up I let it play all the way through- no exceptions.

Do I try to sing all the parts? Damn straight.

SIDE NOTE: My favorite part is a tie between Pepa and Félix’s verse or Dolores’ verse.

My second choice would be “Stand Out” from Disney’s A Goofy Movie. I love this song so much I bought it from the iTunes store back when it wasn’t available on Spotify. That’s my level of commitment.

Could there possibly be a theme with my answers…maybe…but…

All I need is half a chance
A second thought
A second glance to prove
I got whatever it takes
It’s a piece of cake

artist: @artoshtu

Let It Be

Prompt: A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Do I have a bone or two to pick with this? You betcha.

First is none other than the Fontina Grilled Cheese from Panera Bread. When I tell you this sandwich had the most amazing combination of cheeses…just thinking of it makes me hungry, BUT I’ll break it down:

We were given four cheeses– fontina, monteau, sharp cheddar, and smoked gouda. I hadn’t even heard of fontina cheese before this sandwich and now I can never go back. That’s what this sandwich did to me.

By default it came on a country rustic loaf. Now was I a fan of the loaf? No, but that’s what was great about Panera- you could substitute! (and probably should of in this case)

My next grievance is with Yard House over the very missed Sweet Tart Martini. I can only describe it as liquid sour jolly rancher. Sounds amazing, right? Now imagine the heartbreak of heading to Yard House for dinner and finding out it’s no longer on the menu.

For those wondering, I present the ingredients:

– raspberry vodka – DeKuyper Pucker Island PunchDeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple – Sweet & Sour

Do I have hope that one day these items will return to their rightful place on menus? No. Do I know where to locally buy these ingredients? Yes.

artist: @artoshtu