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Daily Update - Monday Edition

Before I get started with today's daily post, I'd like to apologize for the unsecheduled hiatus. I got hit with a nasty case of Life, and just couldn't handle adding another 'responsibility' (heh.) to my day. I will, as always, endeavor to do better. :) I'd also like to welcome all the new faces! I'm happy to see fresh eyes, and hope you guys enjoy my entries!

Quote of the Day

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." --- Joel A. Barker; scholar, speaker


News

After much deliberation... roho and I decided not to go to FurFright. It was disappointing, but we'd arrive mid-late afternoon on Friday, and we'd have to leave early on Sunday to get back to Boston to snag our flight, and... it just didn't seem worth paying the airfare and hustling ourselves down there for at most, a day and a half. I'd feel like I was obligated to slave away in the Alley to recoup some of our cost, and... it would just be more stress than it's worth. I'm really disappointed, because there are so many wonderful awesome people I was hoping to see... but I'm really a Thursday-Monday kinda congoer.

The good news is, this gives me more time to prep for MFF! And you, dearest wonderful readers, get to help me direct my efforts, as I only have 46 days left to get ready. (Thank you, RB, for bringing it home how little time I have. Really.;) ) I have a lot to get ready for tomorrow's entry, but I'd like to give you guys some input on what sorts of things I bring to the convention. I have some special goodies in store, I'm really excited!

I am also going to be setting up some filters.. One for health/dieting discussion, and one for the online equine sim, Howrse. If you'd like to be added/removed to or from either of those, please let me know. The Howrse one particularly is opt-in, as I don't want to spam anyone with my pony nerdiness. :D


Art

Enough talk, more art! I have yet to scan new stuff I've doodled over the last week. :( I know, I know... slacker. I have some art-time on my to-do list for today, including a color test of a centaur commission, penciling out the roughs for a new commission, and I have a couple of jumbo badges I need to work on (I had forgotten them. I REALLY need some sort of database to track this stuff. >.>)

In the meantime, let's see who I have to share!

The art of Aimee Major

Aimee was one of my very first influences when I started doing 'furry' art, and watching her style evolve and change has been fascinating and inspiring. I stumbled on her DeviantArt account about a week ago, and wow. Alot of people will look at another more.. successful... artist and say, 'Wow. I want to be that good some day'... and yeah, I'm there. Gorgeous work!




Art of Jessica Sanders

Otherwise known as 'SightHoundLady', this is another artist I greatly admire. Her work reminds me of Jody Lee, for whom I have a great fondness. She also does a comic, which alas, I have not read. It's on my to-do list. :) Her website can be found at www.tapestryhounds.com. Check her out!





Know an artist you think I'd like? Send me a link!


Links

Authorized sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh is published -- I loved Pooh as a kid, and I'd love to read stories about the 100 acre woods to any children I might have (or as part of my spoil rotten plan for neices and nephews). I think I'm in the same boat as Elizabeth Bluemle, who is quoted as saying spinoffs and sequels tend to be "thin soup". Especially when it's a new author taking over a well-established franchise. Reserving judgement, however! And there is a new character- an otter! Everybody loves otters! (link courtesy of loboguara)

More supermarkets, please! -- I found this article astounding, as I have always lived in areas with an overabundance of grocery options available. I don't recall who I was discussing this with, but I had a conversation recently online about how expensive it is to eat well (was it you, haikujaguar?) compared to how cheap it is to eat junk food. I don't want to sound preachy, or like you should all go through your cupboards and toss your snacks, it just astounds me that in a country with so many food options available, we aren't doing more to ensure that those that want to eat healthy can access healthy food options easily. I like the idea of encouraging the creation and use of urban food gardens, and I hope that if there is a federal incentive to use of farmer's markets, that they give a boost to CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). For our household, we're discussing going in on a half-share CSA with a couple of friends (since there's just two of us, and I fear we wouldn't be able to eat all the vegetables before they went bad). Interested in a CSA for your household? Local Harvest.com has information on farms across the country, as well as tips for selecting the CSA that works best for you and your family. (Original link courtesy of gypsypet)

Got an interesting link? Let me know!



Okay, that wraps up for today. I will have my own art to share tomorrow, along with some polling questions! Have a great day everyone!

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enveri
Oct. 5th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
It seems to vary by area. I think it's a little more expensive where we live (Our community used to be a rural farming community, but is now considered a suburb of Chicago) due to.. well.. it being Illinois, but I'm specifically thinking of my sister-in-law in Boston. I think the closest 'real' grocery store to her is a Whole Foods.

Okay, I just checked via Google Maps.. she has 3 bodegas right next to her apartment, then Whole Foods, Shaws, and a Trader Joe's within a mile. Not as dire as I had thought. >.> At ANY RATE... heh.. I think the biggest problem is in the cities, where produce and fresh foods are more expensive. :)
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maggock
Oct. 5th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Ooo, I want to be on the health/dieting filter! That's something I'm doing now. :>

The supermarket thing is an interesting phenomenon I've read about elsewhere - it seems many poorer neighborhoods don't get supermarkets because the industry I guess deems those areas not profitable? I can't remember where I read that though. x_x
enveri
Oct. 5th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I had read/heard about that too, and... it bothers me, because I seem to remember reading that people under a certain income threshhold suffered more from nutrition deficiencies and obesity problems than people over it... and there is a correlation on the availability of healthy, affordable foods.

Obviously, I don't want to take away people's right to choose what they eat (heaven knows, I love me some funyons!) but I would very much like to see a wider variety of healthy affordable stuff available to everyone!

And re: filter - Sweet! I'll add you. :D
datalore
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
There is definitely a lack of grocery stores in the poorest area of our city. The last one closed claiming that it couldn't make a profit.

I think that we need to also get rid of the myth that it's cheaper to eat fast food. There is no way that an apple and a bit of cheese costs more than a Whopper. You can get a whole bag of apples for the price of a Whopper! People also need education in how to quickly and easily prepare "natural foods". You or I may look at a tomato and see tons of options from toasted tomato sandwiches to a complicated pasta sauce, but some people may not be able to think of all their options.
enveri
Oct. 5th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Or be intimidated by preparing fresh ingredients, definitely.

I know that I hated vegetables and hadn't the foggiest idea how to prepare them until I was in my mid-late 20s. So... Nutrition and cooking education, maybe? If you don't know what kind of possibilities exist, it's hard to turn down the whopper for a bunch of tomatoes and some bell peppers. (omnomnomnom!)
datalore
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Even for people who have cooked for a long time, it's hard to make things taste nummy. For instance, I just learned from Alton Brown that chili tastes nummier if you brown the onions, garlic, and spices first. I had usually just tossed them in and they would end up boiling, which doesn't give the same taste at all.

On a side note, when helping mom-in-law prepare salsa this weekend, I found a green bell pepper that had a big green worm sealed inside! No entry or exit hole, but a lot of worm poo inside the pepper. It must have been in there since it was a baby, and the pepper grew around it. Kinda neat. :)
enveri
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
O.O

I think I will examine all my peppers very carefully from now on! :D Very cool, but gaaah, that would gross me out so much. ;)
aureth
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
There are one or two CSAs in the Richmond area that I know of. May be a couple in Kenosha county, but I haven't checked.

I now drive by two roadside vegetable farms on my drive home from work, so I'm pretty covered for fresh vegetables in the summer. Just need to learn how to cook them into tasty things...I admit that I don't cook with enough vegetables most of the time.
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