Monday, April 29, 2013

Where'd My Groove Go?

My family and I took a lovely vacation to Niagara Falls, ON (Canada) for their spring break this past week. It was only for a few days, and we had some fun adventures:

A butterfly landed perfectly on my daughter's head at the Butterfly Conservatory. It doesn't look real, but it is!

This butterfly wanted to see what we were taking pictures of. (That's my sweet husband cracking up with his phone. Soccer obsessed, can you tell?)

This guy, I believe, is a Cane Toad. He was part of the venom exhibit, and is extremely poisonous. But what a fabulous face! I want to add him to my Alice series somewhere... or as a dragon. I don't know, but he just has such character!
This is from my hotel room. We had a "Falls View" room, with a window that opened up and let you look around.
One of my favorite shots of the falls that I got, while on one of the boats that goes right up to them.

Going into the Horseshoe Falls, I couldn't use my camera much closer than this, and we were entirely soaked (and freezing!) by the time we got back to the dock!
Oh, and my daughter has a new boyfriend. We approve. 
The kiddos. 

But now that I am home and I have shuffled everyone else out the door, I am finding my groove to be missing! The kids were dragging their feet. The animals were even fussing a bit. Returning to normal is hard work!

I even went for a walk. Groove is still nowhere to be found!

I'm going to try drawing out another dragon hatchling, and maybe that will get my head in the right place again. I think I'm overwhelmed with everything I have to do. I have my art stuff to get rolling for my studio, but I am also working on setting up another business and there are so many things to be done... I may have thought about that, and just short circuited. I don't have to do everything at once. I'm my own driver here. And yet... yup, totally overwhelmed.

Also, I miss carbs right now. I started a new plan with my husband (The Fast Metabolism Diet, which is a really stupid name for a non-diet type of plan where it's about healthy eating and rebooting your metabolism - weight loss simply being a side effect of that. And I DO need to lose 40 lbs.) Two days are carb heavy with lots of fruit and healthy grains, low fat. Then two days are protein heavy with almost no carbs and fat. Then you get three days of higher healthy fat and more balanced protein and carbs, and then you repeat each week. I'm on the second day of the protein part, and I swear that if a pizza went by I don't think I could be responsible for my actions. You give up a lot of things on this (wheat, dairy, corn, soy, sweeteners, sugar, etc) and I'm currently in the throes of feeling very intensely about why I like all those things.

VERY intensely.

If I painted a cupcake, I'd probably eat the canvas. And the brushes.

*sigh* Dragon... I was going to paint a dragon...


Nadia said...

O my...I do feel the same the pictures of A. and the butterfly! She is so pretty with that ginger hair! We also try for a low carb and vegetarian diet for some time now...with some fat fish and once or twice a week "healthy" meat and lots of fresh veggies. But I am not that good in excercise...think I need to work out a plan with that one ;-)

Lisa Graham said...

Wonderful to see your vacation up close. Niagara Falls is lovely...I have been there lots. I used to live in Rochester, NY.

Good luck with your new diet and getting your groove back.

Introverted Art said...

I had to show your daughter to my husband. His mom was a redhead too. you should have seen the smile on his face

Kyra Wilson said...

We've got a slew of redheads in the gene pool over here! :)

Kyra Wilson said...

I find I have to get the exercise in, or I have problems from sitting so still while working on my art. :) I'm motivated to exercise by working on art!

Magic Love Crow said...

Don't paint the cupcake! LOL! I wish you all the best on the diet! Believe you me, I understand! 40 pounds?? You carry your weight well! I love all the photos of your trip! Those butterflies are amazing! Take Care ;o)