Day 27 – My Favorite Dinner

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 27 - My Favorite Dinner - Dessert Tiramisu - Doodlewash

Many of you know by now, that when it comes to my favorite dinner, it’s any meal that comes with dessert at the end. The other night in California, I had a lovely Italian dinner that ended with a taste of tiramisu. As much as I adore dessert, I really just like a shared one, where I can get just a little taste. That’s all I need to feel satisfied that I’ve had a nice touch of indulgence. Sometimes, of course, the dessert is particuarly amazing and sharing bites becomes a bit of a game of showing appropriate restaint. Then there’s the last bite. The one that sits there for an excrutiating amount of time waiting to see who will be the one to take it. I have to admit to always offering it to the other person, but not just out of pure genorosity so much as wanting to quickly alleviate the awkwardness by making the temptation disappear.

I’m currently on a plane and heading home, after a brief but wonderful trip. Though I’ll miss the palm trees and magically consistent beautiful weather, it will be nice to be back home again. I’m never sure if on these trips I’ll be able to create a doodlewash at all. My itinerary never provides time for urban sketching so I find myself sneaking in a bit of painting whenever and wherever time allows. It adds even more of a challenge to these posts, but it’s equally fun. I love sketching and painting and couldn’t imagine a day without it. Even if I feel a bit rushed, the rush of actually managing to make something new is totally worth it. Truly, no matter how busy I think I am, I’ve never found it impossible to paint a little something. There’s always time in the day to do the things you truly love. 

There are still so many things I wish I could do each day, but choosing at least one of those things to do daily is a nice start. For me, it’s painting first and foremost with a bit of writing whenever possible. The latter hasn’t always been possible, but I’ve consistently made daily doodlewashes for 786 days! Whatever you love to do most, I hope you also make space in your life for it. We can’t do everthing we’d like to do each day, but with just a bit of effort and lots of determination, we can always do the things that matter most. Even though I paint daily, it’s still just a lovely diversion that I do when time allows. I’m not currently on a path to become a full-time artist. I just love making things. Simple littles sketches that reflect my life at the moment, so I can look back one day and happily remember that time in southern California when I enjoyed my favorite dinner.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 27 - My Favorite Dinner - Dessert Tiramisu - Doodlewash

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  1. Mama Cormier 6 months ago

    When I see your headings I like to guess what it is you’re going to show. I was totally off today. I thought I was going to see mac and cheese. Not sure why I chose that.

    • Mama Cormier 6 months ago

      I got the goldfish right.

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        Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

        awesome!! 😃👍🏻 hehe… that’s fun! Let me know how you do on the ones coming up (whatever they will be… I literally chose right before I paint and post it! lol)

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      hehe… I love that!! Mac and Cheese is actually a great choice. That would definitely be on my list!! 😃💕

  2. Lisa McClure 6 months ago

    I’m happy to hear that you had such a great weekend. Congratulations on completing 768 daily doodlewashes. That is a real commitment. As always, I love seeing your little works of art.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa!! 😃💕 Yeah, now painting has become a full on habit. hehe… I’m not sure I could stop if I tried!

  3. Jennifer McLean 6 months ago

    hehehe, the second I saw the heading I suspected I’d see dessert, I guess I’m learning about you. ;o)

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      hehe!! You are!! I also sketch dessert when I can’t think of what to paint! Lol 😊

  4. lisacihlar 6 months ago

    I adore tiramisu! And this is exactly what it looks like. Welcome home!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa!! 😃💕 Tiramisu is the best!! And it’s good to be home!

  5. Kaye Boggs 6 months ago

    Life Is Short,,,eat dessert first.

  6. Yvonne Reeder 6 months ago

    Tiramisu is decadent and bingeworthy! Alas you watch your health differently than I … mine is with a blood glucose meter and insulin. lol

    I so respect your commitment to create and have something to show for it! 👏🏻❣️👏🏻 I art a little every day too, even if it’s nothing of consequence – it makes my heart happy. ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      That’s such a wonderful thing to here!! Yes to that, Von! 😃💕 It’s not what we make, but the feeling that comes with it that makes it all worth while!!

  7. June Hadaway 6 months ago

    So glad you enjoyed your trip and got home safely. The terimisu looks delicious and I am sure it was. Congratulations on 786 Doodlewashes. What an accomplishment and a great way to keep and share your memories.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, June!! 😃💕 hehe… it’s good to be home for sure. And yeah, it’s quite a lot of doodlewashes. If I keep this pace it will be fun to look back several years from now!

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 6 months ago

    Hi this is your great outing n i inspired ur 786 days. I am also trying the promise do. …. done. Daily. The trimisu,
    No idea of the taste.but u apricieted may be tasty. So chier for the evening have a sip for me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Snehlata! 😃💕 Tiramisu is soooo delicious… hehe… but only in moderation of course. But as for sketching and painting. No moderation required. Daily is always the best!!

  9. Thomas Blanchard 6 months ago

    Yum! 786 days is quite an accomplishment. They say a habit takes only 30 days …. 786 days might qualify as a full on addiction!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Yeah…. My name is Charlie and I’m a Watercolor Addict!! 😊 It’s true… I’m full on addicted by now and totally loving it!!

  10. memadtwo 6 months ago

    wise, as always! and yum!
    I’ve complained about your comments being missing from my reader to WordPress as I was also complaining about a number of other things…maybe they will finally fix it??? (K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe!! 😃💕 Yeah… I was told it’s a known problem and they haven’t promised an ETA or even a fix for it. I’ll have to check again, but it’s a total bummer.

  11. Sandra Strait 6 months ago

    This looks good enough to eat!

  12. Sandra Gilbert 6 months ago

    Looks yummy. Sounds like you had a good time this weekend. Yay for you. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 It was a very lovely long weekend!!

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 months ago

    Yummy looking tiramisu – I can almost taste it. Glad you liked our end of the country. My son and his family had a wonderful time at your end last week.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 months ago

      Thanks, Shari! 😃💕 And cool… we had a little country swap! One day you and I must meet though… I think that would be so fun!

  14. Elizabeth Metz 5 months ago

    786 days! I don’t think I’ve done anything but *breathe* every day for that long.

    GO, YOU.

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