Monday, June 29, 2015

[Books Read in 2015] The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

"Living" Cynthia Swanson says "is not made up of details, but rather of highlights." Kitty (or Katharyn), the protagonist of the book lives in Denver (year 1962), has two distinct worlds and as the time passes, both seem like a reality. The premise is very interesting I must say but after 275 pages or so I felt the story dragged with too many details I didn't care for. 100 pages less and a tightened story line would have made this a much more compelling read.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

ZentangleAtoZ | J for Jetties

jetties zentangle

[Books Read in 2015] Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

This is by far the best book I read on how to cultivate habits in such a way that they stick around for a long time. I really love how Gretchen Rubin introduced the concept of The Four Tendencies. Once you know who you are, it is easy to strategize and improve upon any kind habit! An absolute must read.

Monday, June 15, 2015

ZentangleAtoZ | G for Gneiss

It looks hard, but it was so easy and so much fun. Thrilled with the outcome. :-)

Gneiss zentangle

Sunday, June 14, 2015

ZentangleAtoZ | F for Flux

I love flowers, a LOT. So, no surprise there on how much I loved drawing 'Flux'.

Rick, one of the Zentangle founders gives an interesting background on how it first originated -

 “We taught flux from the very beginning of Zentangle. Maria learned the inspiration for this tangle at a calligraphy class she took about 25 years ago. And if memory serves (which it often does, albeit reluctantly), Maria was drawing this patterns on that magical day when I interrupted her in her studio which sparked this amazing Zentangle adventure." Source: Tangle Patterns

zentangle flux

Saturday, June 13, 2015

ZentangleAtoZ | E for Echoism

Letter 'E for Echoism'. What I like most about Zentangle is that - there are no mistakes. If you don't like a stroke, it is an opportunity to transform it into some new. Just like Life where every decision (good or bad) has something new to teach us!

zentangle echoism

Friday, June 12, 2015

ZentangleAtoZ | D for Diva Dance (Forxtrot)

Here is a fun Zentangle for Letter D. Diva Dance comes in three variations - Waltz, Foxtrot and Rock 'n' Roll and I chose to draw the second one! If you wish to be in a zen like state after a stressful day, I would highly recommend to brew a cup of tea, put some music on and spend few minutes tangling. It is YogaForBrain for sure.

diva dance zentangle foxtrot

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ZentangleAtoZ | C for Crescent Moon

C for Crescent Moon, one of the first tangles any Zentangle beginner would learn. Very simple and can be adapted in numerous ways.

zentangle crescent moon

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ZentangleAtoZ | B for Bales

Next up for my ZentanglesAtoZ is - 'B for Bales'. There are so many variants for this pattern but I sketched the one I liked the most.

zentangle bales

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ZentangleaAtoZ | A for Ahh

While I was mindlessly loitering through Barnes and Noble one weekend, I stumbled upon a Tangling Drawing Kit by Penny Raile. Curiosity won over and I bought it on a whim. It has been three days since I am lost in this whole new world of Tangling and it gets exciting by the minute. Zentangle in particular is an easy-to-learn, fun way to sketch beautiful images by repetitive structured patterns. It was first created by Maria Thomas & Rick Roberts, 11 years ago! Just like learning any new language, I am planning to start from the basics by drawing A-Z Zentangle-original patterns. Today is 'Ahh', one of the very basic patterns with just strokes & dots. This makes great fillers. More coming up soon!

zentangle ahh

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Day 8 of Healthy Weight Loss

Couple of things am religiously following since adopting this healthy life style -

1. Eat when hungry and Stop when feeling full. If there is still food left, that will be the next meal.

2. Eat lots of veggies, fruits and drink green tea (without any sugar)

3. No white rice. When there is a whole gamut of whole grains to explore, why should we stick to just carb heavy white rice?

4. Walk at least 6K steps or more per day. 

5. Limited amount of sugar in take. Some days it is absolutely zero except for sugars from eating fruits.

These simple rules seem to be working as I am 6 pounds lighter as of today. 7 more pounds to go. Let us see how long it takes. I am in no hurry as I want this to be like a lifestyle change rather than a 'diet'. 

Day 7, here is how it went -

Morning: 6 soaked raw almonds, Warm water with lemon juice

Breakfast: Egg white Veggie Omelet with 2 Whole wheat bread slices

Lunch: 2 Rotis with Dondakaya (Tindora) curry 

Dinner: Oatmeal with Spinach dal and a 1/2 tsp Mango Pickle

Snacks: Green Tea, Cucumber Slices with a bit of salt

Monday, June 1, 2015

Day 7 of Healthy Weight Loss

Day 7, here is how it went -->

Breakfast: 6 soaked raw almonds, Warm water with lemon juice

Lunch: Left over Sprouted Mong Dal with a serving of Singapore Veg Noodles

Dinner: Brownrice-Avocado-Cucumber Sushi rolls, Blueberries

Snacks: Watermelon, Hummus & Veggies, Green Tea

Day 6 of Healthy Weight Loss

Things are going good in terms of me sticking to good eating habits and making healthy choices. I don't crave for white rice anymore which is great considering how much I love it. Also, I tried a new dish today - Kale Dal (with spilt green mung beans). It came out really well and ate along with some 2-day old barley rice + a dash of my mother's instant mango pickle. :-)

Kale Dal with Split Mung Beans

Day 6, here is how it went -

At 10:30 AM (woke up late): 6 soaked raw almonds, Warm water with lemon juice

Lunch: (a farewell lunch from my roomie at a Thai restaurant): Papaya Salad and Singapore Veg Noodles (ate only till I was no longer hungry; packed most of the noodles as take-home)

Dinner: Leftover Barley rice with Kale-Split Mung Bean Dal and Buttermilk 

Snacks: Watermelon

Weight On Scale: 143 lb