Saturday, February 28, 2009

i love running

and running with friends makes it even better. MC was so good to run the Nutcracker 5k with me in December. And L, thanks for the 6-miler today!

Friday, February 27, 2009

The greatest gardening website ever

If you want to know how to garden. And wouldn't you know it, if you google "How to be a gardener" it directs you to the BBC (already my homepage and favorite website, but then it gets better!!!) and you can get a username and password and you have access to ALL THIS AWESOME STUFF.

This is going to be the greatest growing season of my life. I can tell. I was so grateful for my little young garden, especially when the first of Lucy's 5 kittens died early on and we were able to bury him there. Poor little Jude.

Plus, it can't be any worse than last year when I spent over a hundred dollars (much to Mr. D's dismay) buying these plants: the back row were tomato plants and strawberry plants that died a slow death throughout the summer due to drowning and lack of sun, while my front row flowers took on a life of their own and dominated the sidewalk throughout July and August. They would not be tamed. So go ahead. Give back to your mother earth. Its time to get tree-huggery!

This year... I plant SEEDS.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I threw my first pot on the wheel today... a little bowl!
For him.

And I have officially started on a new art project. I have the canvas, the inspiration, the paints, now all I need is the time. I have a conference to go to tomorrow, but I think I can get started on the sketches before then.

My heart is about to burst I am so excited.

My Utah Family (well, at least a part of them)

Big B (Top Far Left) got his mission call last night... Roseville, California reporting June 3! He was so excited, with all his (Utah) friends and family gathered around him at Grandpa's. 

Continuing a discussion on "decency"

My grandma emailed this to me today about my little incident yesterday... and I laughed so hard I was crying. This is one of the many reasons why I love her and her sarcastic not-so-conservative spirit!!
"Poor Mrs D!  You forgot that artists' nudes are pornographic.  Tsk, tsk!  Now your poor students will only have to look at scenery, fat women with small waists, men with big hats and mustaches, or something abstract that they'll never understand.  You must remind them that they must NEVER visit an art museum, gallery or Paris (the worst!).  sigh.  Don't feel bad about this - who knew?  Should this list also include the Baby Jesus, always fat and naked?  They'll never know the beauty and majesty or the muscular strength of the naked male, or the soft curves of the naked female.  Poor things.  Don't despair - perhaps you'll be lucky enuf to get a job somewhere where these things are appreciated."
Which will probably not be an elementary school. Don't get me wrong. I loved elementary teaching. But I want to be able to look at and talk about REAL art, FREELY (without worrying about censoring every little thing or things....) Is that so wrong?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Oh, you're just not cut out to be a high school teacher... you're so great with little kids and you're too nice!"

today was awful. i am a mess. but it was just one class.i love high school. i really do. i love being able to have deep intellectual conversations about art with these brilliant students. i have just finished crying about the lesson i taught because it was 1) my first day of teaching high school, 2) the first visit from my professor while i am teaching high school, 3) i did not prep as much as i should because i went to the jazz game last night and got home at midnight and 4) I showed a few clips from art21 (a PBS contemporary art documentary) and some of the student were offended because there was inappropriate material in it... that i did not notice when i watched it.
so what did i do? i fumed and i cleaned the ceramics room and i thought about how stupid of a teacher i was not to notice those sorts of things and have a better plan in the first place while listening to the AP art history discussion and i fumed some more. what if i LIKE working with high schoolers??? i don't WANT to teach elementary, so why does everyone expect me to?????
i am so mad about so many things and i need to go on a long run. thats all i can say for now. blech.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Kitty 'Cura and KG

When I was younger I was fascinated with the prospect of having a cat (I always seem to want what I cannot have).
That is where Kitty 'Cura (short for De Locura...of craziness) came into the picture... she was the stuffed cat I received as a I was a baby. Now I have a mittened kitten of my own, that does not mean I have forgotten Ms. Cura. Besides, KG seems to like her...

This article (and this poor woman's blog) broke my heart and allowed me to re-discover why I do what I do and how I am who I am.

We had the  most beautiful Saturday this weekend...a refreshing taste of Spring. Kevs and I raked leaves (well, I raked while he frolicked around and protected the pile from passing strangers, as shown here) and I am so excited for my garden. I will begin planting next week if the weather holds!

Friday, February 20, 2009

How do you make a work of art to show your disgust, your protest, your feelings about something you feel so strongly about yet don't know how to express?

Lucky Me.

I had to get out of bed this morning SO early (even though I fell asleep around 9pm). I looked over at Mr. D just before I left because he had groggily woken up to look at me, smile and roll over, covering his face with the comforter. It was then that I realized: I am a very lucky girl.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Going Bowling Preggers....

Me (with my bowling ball tummy) and my friend C with her REAL 8 month pregnant tummy... Maybe foreshadowing the future...someday in like 5 years? Mr. D though this would make a funny picture and he wants me to send to to our families. I've decided thats too mean, to get their hopes up, but hopefully my real pregger stomach won't be this big?? I am sure I will document it here in the next few years if and when it happens... :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Never quite the perfect housewife

I made the most perfect german pancakes this morning for Mr. D's birthday. Which was good since while taking his near-perfect-yellow-cake-with-Reese's-peanut-butter-cups-baked-into-them out of the oven (with one hand, mind you. usually I do this just fine but yoga from yesterday made my arms like limp noodles) and... I dropped it on the floor, as the entire thing FLEW out of the pan. True to form, my carbohydrate-addict cat raced to the kitchen floor at my side to start eating. Gross. I stood there in shock for a few seconds, while I heard D talking to his mom on the phone in the living room: "...oh, yeah, she's making me my birthday cake for when we leave for dinner in half an hour, it should be really good..." which, of course, started the waterworks. I grabbed my keys and raced to the supermarket (I know, on a Sunday) to grab an Oreo-covered cake and put the remainder of the Reese's I was saving to sprinkle on top of my now-trashed cake, just moments before leaving for dinner with extended family. Sigh.
Happy 25th, Handsome.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Little T.

One of my favorite Valentines from yesterday.

Translation: "I'll miss you Mrs. D. so much. Love, T." (yes the same boy from the last post who wrote to his mom instead of president Obama about how bored he was in this class and to save him.)

He handed me this valentine with tears in his eyes and as he looked up at me and whispered, "Please don't go." Teaching is really my calling in this life and at that moment I fully realized my impact on these students. What a powerful profession.

Memories from the honeymoon... strawberries and orange juice

I got this for Mr. D for Valentines, along with some...other things from one of the greatest stores I have ever been to. A bit pricy, but well worth the money. He loved it all.
We really had the BEST Valentines Day, mostly because I have one of the most thoughtful Mr.'s on the planet...we visited with A and she had bought heart-shaped pizzas and other goodies for a lunch for all of her work friends (and us!). Then D had to go cover the BYU women's basketball game at 3, so I ran a few last minute errands and had A over for some Scrubs watching. 
After dinner, Mr. D had the idea that we should go get flowers for my sister, his granny, his cousins and aunts that live close to us. I love that man! We spent the rest of the evening visiting with the women in our lives that we love. It was truly a wonderful, fulfilling Valentines.

Friday, February 13, 2009

last day at the elementary school

Today was so amazing I just had to double post. I did cry, in front of both my classes, when they gave me this. Each of their names is written by them on a stone, so I never forget them...

Today was the pivotal moment of my career

To say that today was the greatest day of my career is not so say much but to say that it is one of the happiest days of my LIFE is not. I have never felt so loved by so many so much in one, short school day. I received so much candy, so many cards and so many hugs I could just explode. Today solidified the fact that I want to be a teacher for the rest of my life.

Important announcement PLEASE READ

As I will be starting my High School student teaching experience on Tuesday, I have made the executive decision to (for at least the remainder of my student teaching experience... through April 13th) make my blog only available to those of you currently reading it (instead of being public, like it is now). Not that I really have anything to hide, but I would just prefer my students to only look at my art blog (which will stay public), instead of this one, which I feel is a bit more personal. If you would like to have access to my blog after Monday, please let me know in a comment, or email me at 

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dear President Obama...

We wrote letters to Barack Obama today in my class. Most of the students' requests were pretty standard (help poor people, give money to school, etc) but I did find out that one girl's dad had died recently. Amazing how sometimes the outcome you get from these 8-11 year olds far surpasses anything you thought would happen. There is really something magical about children at this age.
Especially ones with a sense of humor. :) Translation: "Dear President Mom, I am very bored. Please help me. Sincerely, T."
My last day is tomorrow. I would be lying if I said I wasn't sad. I hope I don't cry in front of them...that would be embarrassing.

P.S. I am also having the students evaluate me, and one of the comments a student made was "Mrs. D is so beautiful." I know it had nothing to do with art, but it made my day.

Chloe and Co.

My Graphic Novel Comic, just moments after completion. Yeah, its not my best work but at least I've gotten back into watercolor. And I had a lot of fun with it, even with the difficulties that came with keeping my cat from drinking out of my water bowl, my watercolor palette, and the actual freshly wet watercolor paper. Kevs, you will never be allowed in my studio when I have one someday.I realize now that I need to work on my color mixing, as I always end up with purples, greens and pukey yellow greens that all are about the same. The same thing happened when I was mixing colors with oil paints. Maybe that should be something I work on this summer: perfecting my color mixing to make the colors I want. I think I need to buy better red pigment.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

blessings for those who wash their sinkful of dirty dishes even though they have the flu

We were supposed to have a family in our ward over for dinner tonight, on account of the fact that they just moved in a few weeks ago, and on their first day our ward, the wife sat next to me in R.S., we chatted and she seemed really nice. I had to cancel dinner tonight because I am sick (the influenza, as usual). So, just an hour ago, she, her husband and three-year old boy came over and brought me THIS:
Well, not the snoopy cat in the right-hand corner, but you get the jist. Is it too early to say think I just found my new best friend? What wonderful thing did I ever do to deserve something like this? Tonight, I will feel like a queen as I sip on my orange juice and eat my homemade chocolate chip cookies. Feeling sick was never so good so good so good!

H2 oh

I've been thinking a lot about germs lately, mostly because I am surrounded by them. And listening to NPR or the BBC where they talk about people in this African community who grow organic produce (with no pesticides) and people actually buy them, mostly because it is grown clean and with good water, not like the water that litters the muddy, feces-infested streets they walk on daily. I thought, "What would I do without clean water?" and I didn't have a good answer that didn't start with "Dasani" or "Brita."As one who has always detested Soda, and after being semi-vegan for a year still finds it hard to drink milk, all I drink is WATER! And you know what? I love it! I have about 15 works of art floating around in my mind... if only I had the energy to put it ALL to canvas :( Maybe after student teaching is done.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Breaking 25!

Well, I finally did it. 6 months after I started running, I have finally reached my goal of running a 5k in under 25 minutes! Thankfully, L was running with me and kept up my pace for the first half, as I kicked it into gear for the second half. I made it through the finish in 24:44, with L close behind me at 25 even. We had our gentlemen there to greet us at the finish line and I HAVE NEVER FELT BETTER! What a feeling. I would post pictures but I forgot to remind my dear hubby to bring the camera. Oh, well. I will remember next month!

Friday, February 06, 2009

I am totally stealing this from because I LOVE IT and I hope I remember it always:
"There is nothing more important than your health.


So please, make the time for YOU. Take care of your body by getting regular exercise and eating healthy foods.

You only get one YOU, so why not take care of it the best that you can? Do it for you, your family, your dog, your mailman, or whatever motivates you. Just get it done. Now is a good time to start, don’t you think?"

I miss him.

Mr. D. is away for work and I won't see him till Saturday.
 Watching Family Guy is not the same without him.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Yes, I have witnessed it all around me, maybe even been a part of it a handful of times, but never in an art class.

Today someone attempted to cheat in my art class.

We are continuing work on our Graphic Novel Comics (as I have started calling them) and three students had turned in their completed work in once of my classes. A student in the other class complained to me that she couldn't find her GNC, and I kept encouraging her to look around the classroom, as I was still attending to the needs of 38 other students. She came back to me in tears, as she realized that someone else had taken her GNC, colored it in with crayon, and turned it in as their own work.

Long story short, I was furious. I had a chat with both students and the student who did the cheating apologized (after insisting it was theirs) and will not get credit on the project (whoop-de-do, a 0 out of 10) and the poor girl who's project of three days is now ruined can start over (but she will already get full points whether or not she finishes). I obviously don't think the punishment fits the crime, but can think of no other (fair) way to solve this dilemma. I am exhausted and have a headache and feel every part of my body drained of energy. I hate today.

Word of advice?? DONT CHEAT IN AN ART CLASS. YOU WILL GET CAUGHT and it hurts more people than you think it will (unless you are selfishly thinking of only yourself, in which case you should realize it WILL hurt others. duh). AUGH.


Last night I had a dream...

In that Dream I was finishing a painting I have not yet started. All I will say for now is that is will be a gift for someone not in my family (where all my art usually goes) and I saw it clear as day in my Dream. Now I have to go buy a canvas and start working.

I've never had artistic inspiration in a Dream form. I kind of like it.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Thiebaud Cakes!!!

My morning class' sculpee cakes in the manner of Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud... cute!

aaaa ha

In one of my middle-of-the-afternoon-nap-stupors, Drew took this picture. I guess my cat likes to sleep with me? And I sort of smile when I sleep?

Biggest Loser Inspiration

"I have to love my body more than I love food." (Girl on the Green Team)

"Learn to feed your SOUL in different ways, and that deeper hunger that is driving you to a self-destructive behavior, acknowledge it." (Jillian, Biggest Loser Trainer)
I love Jillian's quote because a mom of 5 was talking about how even though she worked out for 3-4 hours a day for 30 days, she only lost 2 pounds in 3o days because she was not able to control herself around food. Food for thought.

And that made me think about all the food related product placement, which I must admit I am a sucker for: Yoplait, Cheerios, Extra gum, etc.

I can't even tell you how much I love this show.

Something else I love? That the snow is finally melting. I love Spring!!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Happy to You, Bananas.

For living so close to my sister for the last four years, it's sad to me that I don't have more photos of the two of us (me in white and her in the black shirt). This one was from last spring's General Conference in Salt Lake City. She is coming over tomorrow (yay!) so hopefully we will have a few more pictures :) Happy 22nd Birthday, Little Bananas!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Flirty Aprons!

While I was cooking in my cute date-night clothes Saturday night, the thought struck me: Why shouldn't I be wearing a cute apron to match my cute outfit underneath?? I looked down at my oversized, solid red apron and decided I would research a cute apron. I am ALL about quality form and function. And, from this website, I have narrowed it down to my favorite three (in no particular order):
What do you think??

merging my loves

I love collage.
I love magazines. 
*especially these seven I currently get*
Sometimes I even merge my two loves to create magazine collages.

BUT I do love my newfound freedom with the computer... especially now that I have learned how to make collages in less than a minute on my Picasa! No scissors or glue required!
*I am so very excited for these five new magazines I will soon get*

magazine addiction and U.S. Air SkyMiles

I love magazines. 
I love the way they look when they stick out of my mailbox. 
I love the silky feel of the cover as I open the full color pages and eagerly dig into newfound knowledge.
I love that I can read a whole magazine in less time than it takes to read a novel and remember more information from the magazine.
Reading a magazine that is tangible, in your hand is a zillion times cooler than reading something online. Because you can mark it up, tear out pages you want to use, or dog-ear pages you want to share with someone or remember.
Why I am talking so much about magazines? Because I love them. I currently receive, monthly:
Runners World
Women's Health
Vegetarian Times
Art in America
Sports Illustrated (Granted, that last one we got D for his birthday last year)
*And I only plan on continuing subscriptions for the first two, because I literally read every article in RW and WH, cover to cover. 
THEN I got this AMAZING letter in the mail. I had over 3000 Skymiles that will expire in March (Thank you, U.S. Airways), which wouldn't be a big deal because it is not enough to get a free trip to Hawaii... 
They had an offer for redeeming my miles for MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS. THAT MEANS THEY WOULD BE FREE. My heart skipped a beat and I knew what a had to do.
Now I am also subscribed to: (mind you, these were all free for at least a year, since I "paid" with my Skymiles)
Women's Day
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