Today we celebrate the wonderful avocado or at least attempt to sketch them. This is actually my first-ever attempt at sketching one as I realized I’d never yet tried. I’ve no idea why since this is one of my favorite foods and sketching food is one of my favorite things to do. At least, I enjoyed avocados as an adult. As a kid, I didn’t want anything to do with them. They were weird. But these days, I’ll scoop right into one as a snack or enjoy a little guacamole with chips. They’re also apparently one of the least expensive anti-aging miracles for the skin. Some have claimed they’re actually a fountain of youth, with a ridiculous amount of antioxidants that can reverse aging. I really just prefer to eat them rather than smearing them all over my body, but that’s quite an impressive résumé for a fruit. Yep, like many things that are savory, it’s a fruit not a vegetable and more specifically, a berry. But I just think of them as delicious.
We once bought some avocados at Costco, which was a bit of a mistake. Not only were we forced to buy in bulk, they were all at the same lack of ripeness. This meant that after waiting a week to try them, we had just a few days to consume them all. We didn’t take that challenge. As healthy as they may be, you’re not supposed to consume more than half of one each day, so several had to be thrown out. I guess we could have smeared them all over ourselves in an effort to stay young, but that would have freaked the dog out. Sometimes you have to just learn your lessons and move on. We actually just came from Costco, and resisted the urge to buy them. Instead we picked up a couple of bottles of champagne. The Kirkland kind is awesome, made in France as it should be, and such a great price. I always giggle though when we have it because it just says “Champagne” in large black letters on the label and looks perfectly ridiculous.
It’s been a lovely weekend here so far and I hope that each of you out there are enjoying an equally lovely one. I’ve managed to avoid doing many of the adult chores that I should have been doing, so all in all it was a pretty perfect day. I was going to take a little extra time to paint something else, but got distracted by other things as usual. I started looking up skin creams. I guess it’s never too late to start thinking about reversing the signs of aging. I imagined myself getting that silky skin of my youth. Not so much that it looks weird on my middle-aged face, but just a bit to soften the edges. I didn’t end up purchasing anything though, as it all seemed too expensive in the end. Perhaps, I should reconsider that oversized Costco bag and just stick to nature’s own remedy, basking in the healing effects of the amazing avocado.
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