This sketch is on an 11 x 15 inch sheet of Wave paper which is cheap drawing paper that's almost as absorbent as Kleenex®. I used sepia and red Pentel Color Brushes (dye-based, fugitive, fun!), while standing in front of the bathroom mirror.
Yesterday was a great birthday. Dick left me with 4 pieces of almond toffee in dark chocolate. (We have to dole it out or I wouldn't be able to stop eating it.) It was a fabulous day. I worked Saturday and Sunday so I could take today off. The few minutes I did use the computer Facebook bombarded me with b-day greetings from friends far and wide. MANY, MANY THANKS. That's very fun. I appreciate every single note!
I didn't even mind riding on the indoor bike! (It was about 18 degrees.)
Dick came home early and took me to Gorkha Palace in Northeast. I went ages ago with my friend Tom for the lunch buffet and was blown away by the variety of flavors.
It's even better at dinner time.
The waiter brought out small crackers to munch on while we waited. Little rectangles of crispy-puffiness. They made me smile.
We had samosas which are one of my favorite things in the known universe! They were the best vegetarian samosas I've ever had, and the best samosa period, in 25 years!
The plain naan was a thing of rare beauty and deliciousness.
We shared a vegetable curry that was delicious, simple, and rich and a shrimp dish full of zucchini (and lots of shrimp). The vegetables in both dishes were cooked perfectly so that they were tender but not mushy. The staff is attentive, but not intrusive.
Birthday or not I can't remember having a happier meal in a restaurant. I started humming!
I was so happy (and a little high on the orange Fanta I drank with my meal) that I sang my birthday song as we turned into the alley—"It's my birthday…" (Don't worry you'll never have to hear it.) Dick laughed.
Earlier when we were leaving the alley I had turned to Dick (who was driving) and with barely contained eagerness over the fact we were going to the Gorkha Palace, asked, "How come we don't go out for your birthday, but we go out for mine?"
And without missing a beat he said, "Because you're a princess."