Sushi Cravings

Cat Eating Sushi Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Sushi” today, I figured a little cat might enjoy some the most. Philippe and I actually had some Sushi last night. We don’t really go out to fancy restaurants, so our sushi typically comes from the grocery store. I’ve been in the mood for all sorts of seafood lately, so I must be channeling my inner kitten. We had lobster tail this weekend, which often seems so fancy until you consider that lobsters share the same principal taxonomic category as insects. When I was a kid, fish was always fried and served under red heating lamps at a buffet, so I never tried sushi until I was an adult. In truth, it wasn’t love at first bite. It was a few years later before I would acquire a taste for it. Today, I find myself craving it suddenly and wanting to run to grocery store immediately to satisfy the urge. This never happens, of course, as I become distracted by some other shiny thing and then can’t bring myself to be bothered with making a special trip.

Recently, we were shopping at Aldi and found various kinds of frozen, thaw-and-serve sushi. The first kind we tried was delicious, so I gathered up all other varieties on the next visit. The problem with frozen sushi is that you have to actually plan in advance so it’s thawed in time to serve. Planning isn’t really a strong suit for Philippe and I, so our delectable jewels sat in their frozen treasure chest for a week or so before we finally set an alarm on the phone so we’d remember to thaw them. These days, I have to put nearly everything on my calendar with an alarm in order to remember, so it’s not that weird that I would also have to make appointments with a Japanese dish. It’s worth the extra effort in the end. I think, in some ways, when you have to put a bit of extra time into something it feels even more like a special treat.

Yet, time never seems to be available in abundance. And even on days where I seem to have a bit of extra time, I still suffer from a ridiculously short attention span. That’s probably why I always have multiple projects going at once. My Inner Child gets so excited about trying something, but can quickly lose that excitement while in the process of actually doing it. While this can seem perfectly dysfunctional, I’ve learned that I have to really listen to that inner voice. If something isn’t appealing enough to take the extra time, then it might not be worth pursuing. While practice and determination are extremely important, real success is always born out of true passion. Without that, it’s just a series of motions that fails to elicit any real emotions. When it comes to creating things from scratch, I find that it’s my passion that keeps me moving forward and generates the thrill that keeps me sketching stuff each and every day. I’m always in pursuit of that next cool path to take and fun idea to pursue. When I truly enjoy something, it’s a feeling that I can’t always explain clearly. It’s just an urge that leads me forward toward a path to happiness, much like sushi cravings.

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  1. Sandra Strait 10 months ago

    I’ve never developed a liking for sushi. The taste is fine, but I don’t like the texture. It could be I just haven’t found the right fish!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      To be honest, when we have the rolls, it’s light soy and wasabi that are my favorite parts! hehe So good! 😍

  2. Brenda Sommerville 10 months ago


  3. Linda 10 months ago


    • Marisela Delgado 10 months ago

      Linda, how are you? I hope you are well. Warm hugs! 💜

      • Linda G 10 months ago

        Good thanks, hope you are doing well too. Take care!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕

  4. Mary Roff 10 months ago

    Delightful painting, Charlie, and that looks like one very happy cat.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I was one happy cat as well. Love sushi! hehe

  5. Marisela Delgado 10 months ago

    😂😂😂 Your inner kitten….that cracked me up! You always paint such cute kitties! 😀 Your frozen sushi reminds me of when we buy strawberries. I have to immediately puree and freeze them for use later (milkshakes) or, by the time that I remember, they’re rotten. I’m like you. I do not find sushi appealing. I know you grew to love it, but I just don’t see that happening with me. Maybe I am wrong. Of course, I don’t like coffee either. 🏵 My mom and I ran errands the other day. We don’t go anywhere because Omicron got ugly here. We were hungry and drove past Good Time Charlie’s. We agreed: a full house, we drive away. It was empty. So empty that we thought it was closed. I had chicken fried steak. We hadn’t eaten out in over 2 months so it tasted so good, Charlie. They need an emoji of a chubby person, who just ate something good. haha haha Warm hugs, my friend. Maybe one day I will try sushi.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 You should totally give sushi another try. I love the wasabi with it as I like the burst of hot flavor. And, aww I’m so happy you got to go out and have your chicken fried steak. Gotta love the name of that place as well! hehe As for an emoji… when I pig out on something good, I just use the little pig one. It’s so cute!! lol And I think we all deserve to indulge and pig out on our favorite food every now and again (tomorrow is pizza night here! Yay!). It’s good for the soul! Much love to you!

      • Marisela Delgado 10 months ago

        🐷🐽🐷 You mean, like this? haha haha Yes, I love that restaurant name, too. Reminds me of someone sweet. 💜

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          Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

          Hehe!! Just like that! See? So cute! More to love! ❤️❤️

  6. Mugdha 10 months ago

    Hello Charlie,

    The kitten looks like it has already enjoyed some sushi and is now super excited because someone gave him more. Being vegetarian I didnt get a chance to sample sushi till recently when plant-based versions were created. People say it isnt sushi if it doesnt have seafood, but they said that about lots of stuff which actually tasted good when made plant-based. And I love how you actually get yourself to DO things… I tend to dream more than do more. It upset me for a long time but one day I realized that that’s me and it’s fine. As long as Im not dreaming of hurting anyone, it’s fine to just daydream too. 🙂 On that note,


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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Mugdha! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… as long as they’re all nice dreams, you’re totally fine. My curiosity is just so strong that I have to pursue things just to find out what they might turn out like. Sometimes it’s not super awesome, but other times it’s super cool. It’s always worth finding out which! 😉 As for sushi, I used to get avocado rolls a lot. Honestly, with a little soy and wasabi, my palette isn’t refined enough to pick out the fish sometimes anyway! lol Hugs to you!

  7. Robert Coleman 10 months ago

    Oh boy, that sushi looks good enough to eat. Better not save it fo tomorrow, though, unless you use it as bait when you go fishing! The kitty looks hungry enough to finish the whole tray. And that use of your phone calendar is so Charlie; why make a call when you can use it for an alarm clock? Love it!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… my phone app doesn’t get used much, but my calendar talks to me all the time. And yes, sushi is only good rather immediately… it would definitely be fish bait if left unattended for too long!

  8. Gary Middleton 10 months ago

    Sushi has never appealed to me. Your kitten seems to be looking forward to it though.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, sushi never appealed to me until suddenly as I got older. Now, it’s a craving!

  9. Varsha Koli 10 months ago


  10. Irene Hynes 10 months ago

    That sushi-eating kitty is awesome! I’m sure he’s looking forward to that fish!
    Your “doodles” are so much fun…

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Irene! 😃💕 I hope this brought a smile to your face!

  11. El Paso Mark 10 months ago

    I LOVE sushi! First experienced sushi many, many years ago when I lived in Hawaii, and have been to real sushi bars in Japan. And lo, today is sushi Wednesday. Sprouts has their sushi on sale Wednesday’s for 1 buck off. So Wednesdays are sushi day!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Awesome! That sounds like the best Wednesday ever!! 😃💕 Yeah, sushi is soooo delicious!

  12. Tracy Foster 10 months ago

    So cute! My kitties would be all over that box!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Tracy! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… this is a kitty’s dream!!

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