Monday, December 8, 2014

Temptation, I Can't Resist

I''ve been trying to get up to speed on my new photo-editing software. My old (very old) version of Adobe Photoshop isn't compatible with my new (very new) operating system. I'd rather not spend the money on the new Photoshop. So, I downloaded GIMP. I don't like the name (which originally stood for General Image Manipulation Program), but it appears to be able to do just about everything Photoshop can. The tools just aren't in the same places.

Also, I've been working joyfully on my drawing for Javier's artists' diary (click here), which means I've been completely absorbed and don't even want to take a break for meals. I'll be sharing my finished piece with you this week.

Speaking of food, I've eaten my way through a goodly amount of the sweets the Dowager Duchess sent me home with. Unfortunately, more were added to the assortment. Our sometimes-neighbor Jean asked me if I had ever liked any English chocolates. I told her my family used to always bring back a tin of Macintosh (now Nestlē) Quality Street chocolates. I'm not too bright. Jean and Ray returned that evening with a container of those. (All gone now.)

That same day, San Geraldo returned from the supermarket with a gift for me because I seemed a bit down — barquillos al chocolate (chocolate-filled wafers). (All gone now.)

And then there's a  store that just opened down the street for the Christmas season. It's filled with all traditional Andalusian treats and I felt obligated to try at least a few. (And, yes, all gone now.)

As if all the above were not enough temptation, Ana and David at our local fruit market have a supply of holiday goodies. Chocolate-covered nuts of just about every type, wine gums, and more. It took all my self-control to come home from there empty handed.

IN EASY REACH AT MY NEW COMPUTER (AND NOW GONE).
ALL THAT REMAINS...
I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO CHOICE.
RAINY WEATHER FORCED ME INSIDE.
STILL AT THE FRUIT MARKET.
(I'M JUST WAITING TO CLEAR SOME SPACE AT HOME.)
WOULD YOU SAY NO TO DAVID?


And that should explain why my blogging attendance has been so sporadic lately. Just too much temptation.

28 comments:

  1. A Not-So-Starving-Artist are you? =)

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  2. Chocolate feeds the soul. Don't deprive yourself - go for it.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Well, OK, but only because you said I have to.

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  3. All that chocolate yet you remain nice and trim. I'm so jealous.

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    1. Stephen:
      I'd say it's because, except for these binges, most of my habits are good. But genetics had a lot to do with it I think.

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  4. I can't resist temptation either! As soon as the quality street are opened, they are gone within the hour!

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    1. Hayley:
      I hadn't had Quality Street since before Nestlē took over. I enjoyed them as much this time around. But I'm thankful it took me more than an hour to finish them.

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  5. Mitchell you are a typical man who loves sweets.... I know the bad weather is an option for eating sweets because you are bored and there is nothing to do

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    1. Gosia:
      I had always heard it was women who love sweets... But, yes, that's it. It's the weather!

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  6. Ah, Quality Street and Liquorice Allsorts - heaven!
    Personally, I can resist anything except temptation.....I don't remember who said that but I wish I'd thought of it first!

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    1. Jean:
      I have an ability to inhale a lot of chocolate very quickly. Liquorice must be a more mature pleasure. All I need are few pieces to satisfy my craving for a while.
      That's a twist on an Oscar Wilde quote from "Lady Windermere's Fan." Lord Darlington says "I can resist everything except temptation." Yep, that about sums it up.

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  7. Have you been on the scales? I'd be weighing in much heavier than I'd like if I ate all that chocolate, but it sounds heavenly.

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    1. Linda"
      Up two pounds. Down two pounds. The story of my life.

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  8. Sounds like a very high sugar intake.

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    1. Andrew:
      I'm sure I read somewhere that if you consume a year's worth of sugar in one week the sugar turns to a perfect balance of protein, carbs, and fat. I'm sure I did.

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  9. We took a few bars of Godiva chocolate to our friend Naoko in Japan... then were not able to get together. What's a person to do? Throw them away? Take them back home? Of course not... we ate them ourselves to get over our disappointment of not seeing Naoko....

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    1. Sharon:
      Shame on Naoko for making you suffer so!

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  10. So THAT is where you've been, Mitchell! I am happy you have your priorities straight!

    My temptation today was Christmas SUGAR COOKIES!! I ate most of them!!

    I am i love with Diana K. and Ron approves too! I love her Canadian westcoast accent.....she says 'clear' so clearly..lol.

    Good to see you back. I will have to try Gimp...Ron's been telling me about it for a whole now. I hate new things.

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    1. Jim:
      I LOVE sugar cookies. Here the Christmas cookies are so filled with fat, you don't even have to chew them; they just melt in your mouth. (And they are SO good.)

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  11. I've missed a couple of posts -- just saw that you have a new iMac!!!! J'adore! ¡Me encanta! Great! Maybe one day you'll post a photo of your new setup? :)

    Happy sweets-eating!

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    1. Judy:
      There's not much to the set-up. Big monitor (which is also the computer), wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, wireless printer. It's so CLEAN... But the rest of the room is a disaster, so photos will have to wait!

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  12. Chocolate-covered nuts? Stop it - just STOP it!!!

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    1. Raybeard:
      Chocolate tastes good on anything... or, wait, is it nuts taste good with anything on them? Never mind. I'm sure you've got it figured out.

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  13. No, I would not say no to David.

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  14. David could sell me anything I imagine.

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    1. Spo:
      Yes, he could. I nearly bought an €18 bag of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts!

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