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Halloween Pumpkin 1 by inspiredcreativity Halloween Pumpkin 1 by inspiredcreativity
Each year, a week before halloween, family and friends gather for a pumpkin carving party.
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Dirty-Paint Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
This one is my favorite, out of the four uploaded.

We were carving pumpkins in culinary arts junior year, and i wasn't very good; my hands shake too much to hold a knife still long enough to make my sketches come to life. It was really fun, though! Too bad i don't have a picture of mine, had a smile that almost cut him in half. We roasted the seeds when we were done. We even made some homemade pumpkin pies from the sweeter pumpkins that you can buy/grow, "pie pumpkins", and we sold them to raise money for our class.
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god, you cook too. If I wasn't already married to a good cook, I'd propose on the spot. XD

I think my partner carved this pumpkin. He has talent but no desire to use it.

Shaking is a bummer. I have a tremor from nerve degeneration. Is the shaking temporary, or permanent.

Do you enjoy cooking and baking? If you do, I have a few pastry recipes from my family in Czechoslovakia, as well as a traditional Tiramisu to die for. There is a poppy seed pastry made with poppy seed paste, and you can't eat it if you are going to be drug tested in the near future.
Dirty-Paint Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
I think the shaking may be permanent, i've had it since as long as i could remember. It doesn't really affect my handwriting, or anything as long as i keep my hands busy. But if i need to do something with precision, like carving or cutting, it's off to tremor town. If i keep my hands still i can see them shake.

I enjoy cooking and baking as a hobby, and I LOVE trying new things. I'm the only one in my family who will eat anything. Here's A Hilarious Story: During the summer, i had an extremely brief job at a KFC restaurant. It was my first job, and I really loved cooking at the time, and i wanted to be a chef as a career. Well my job fixed that dream pretty good. It was a mess! The customers were awful and the hours were worse, and i learned that i only enjoy cooking for myself and my family/friends. I couldn't seem to not burn myself, and my hand still has a few little burn scars.

I only had the job for three days before I left. A day later it burned down. I'm sure there's a joke there. No one was injured, which was good!
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The shaking is something you can probably control with some physical therapy. I have had to deal with my own brain disorders, and it is amazing how the brain can work through its disorders, given some effort. It sounds like your hand tremor, induced by precision hand work, is a brain "feedback loop" problem, were the brain keeps overcompensating to your hand's feedback signals. Hard focus on the task is the trigger. It is like walking on a narrow beam laying on the ground, which is easy to do. Put it up in the air, and fear causes you to over-focus and over compensate, causing you to wobble and perhaps fall. In your brain, this is probably being triggered at a much lower threshold than everyone else.

I'll send you a note with more about it and some Recipes. For Apple Strudel, the key is getting the dough tissue this, without overworking it. My Grandmother used to put her hand underneath the rolled out dough, kneading and pulling it with her knuckles. Getting that super thin dough is what gives you the pastry that melts in your mouth.

Traditional Tiramisu requires "lady fingers" which you may have to shop for. [link]

A real chef is not on the same planet as a fast food cook. Nevertheless, to be a good Chef, you have to have a passion for food. Cooking for family and friends can be very rewarding, assuming they appreciate it and don't take you for granted.

You are going to make someone special, a very good mate. Although, most men are PIGS. XD
Dirty-Paint Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
I can run pretty good, and I run for fun. I have a little problem when try to turn completely around (like 360 degrees) too fast, i stumble a little, but i've never fallen or had anything serious happen.

Thanks for the recipes! i'll have to try them out.
inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I used to do some cross-country running. It was sprinting that got me tangled up.

I think you will find that your hand tremor, induced by precision hand work, can be resolved over time, if you are willing to work at it. The younger you are when you start, the better the easier it will be and the better the outcome. You have probably been avoiding doing things that cause your hands to misbehave, but this is the opposite of what is needed. If pushed with tenaciousness, the brain will work around the problem.

Every time hand tremors, when induced by precision hand work, don't back-off. Instead, push harder, even if it gets worse. First, try to increase focus on each part of you hand and finger movements, while slowing down the movements. Then try decreasing focus and speeding up movement. Then try increasing focus and speeding up movement. Then lastly, try decreasing focus and slowing down movement.

The idea is to find the combination that your brain handles the best, even if the improvement is only minor. If there is no difference at all, just move on to the next step.

Every day, ideally at least twice a day, do a hand dexterity exercise. Keep forcing yourself to push through hand control tremors, using the best combination of focus and speed of movement, even if the tremor gets worse. Persevere, even if it takes a few years. It could go away much faster.

The brain is still developing and making many new synaptic connections until you are around 22 years old (give or take 2 years). So, what you do now is the most important time for getting the brain to adapt and work around problems. The brain will literally form new pathways.

It is your choice. You can also consult with a specialist, like a movement disorder specialist. Best of luck.
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