Wednesday, April 23, 2014

dear diary...

dear diary,


i love the smell of
baking brownies in the oven and homemade tortillas by mr. branflake.

...i love the sound of
the piano.
it amazes me what two hands and eighty-eight keys can do.

...i love the taste of
a meal lovingly prepared by friends and the laughter on our lips as we dine together.

...i love the sight of
pinks and purples covering virginia.
i thought spring would never arrive.

...i love the feel of
choreographing to a beautiful piece of music.
there's something quietly beautiful about creation.

what do you love today?

*ps... thank you for your suggestions on Tuesday's post about books going straight to your heart. I'm still collected titles to compile in a post, so please share if you haven't!

** photo taken that morning I went to see the cherry blossoms.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Best Books

I've carried this quote around with me for sometime.* I often go back to it as my main inspiration when writing. I envy writers who can do this- who can captivate me with such clarity, my heart relates to it instantly.

I'm in search of books like the one above to teach me how to write better. Specifically, I'm searching for novels with prose so thoughtful, they almost speak a different language. Knowing this, I'm wondering:

What books have gone straight to your heart?
And why?

*When I say, "carry around this quote," I mean, "It's been on my Pinterest Board and I have the app on my phone."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

So this is Saturday....

 "Welcome to Saturday!"

Mr. Branflake said as we sat down at the incredible Arties in Virginia for their coveted chicken and waffles with a bourbon bacon syrup that will have you asking your waiter for a vat of it with a straw.

That was just the start of my first Saturday off this year. 

After chicken and waffles, I met Kristen for a gelato tour at Dolcezza Gelato Factory.
We had gelato fresh from the machine. It was heaven.

We then went to a Franciscan monastery and took a fascinating tour.
They basically constructed a replica of Jerusalem. 
And their grounds were covered in bright tulips, so we spent a good half hour outside taking pictures.
This photo is crooked but I am too lazy to learn how to fix it.
I'm sorry. 

Then we ate empanadas at the fabulous Union Market in DC.
So many hipsters, but still a lot of fun.

I went to a birthday party next, so bought some flowers at the market for the birthday girl.
Aren't they gorgeous?

My friend, Niki, made this almond sour cream and cardamom cake with mango curd and mango buttercream, aka heaven.

And that was my Saturday. 

How was your weekend? 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Magnolias in DC

 I love Magnolias.

In eighth grade, our very English, very proper teacher would take us out on walks after lunch. She'd point out the trees and flowers we passed and tell us about them. It must have been a funny sight to see this woman leading along eighteen boys and girls in their sailor outfits, going on a nature walk and stopping at every plant. Yes, I went to a private school and had to wear a sailor outfit. I don't know how they made that legal.

Anyway, she would teach us about these flowers and I remember loving Magnolias the most. I still do. They are perhaps the most elegant flower with the prettiest shades of pinks gradating throughout. I've tried to capture them on camera many times before, but this is the first year I actually liked the photos that came out. They're still not great- I mean, how can you really capture such a beautiful thing? But I couldn't wait to show you all the beauty out here in DC.

How are the magnolias where you are?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Artist, Interrupted

Hey all! I'm performing in a few weeks and would love for you all to make it. It's at the Visitor's Center at the Washington DC LDS Temple. It's going to be a fabulous evening of dance, music, and art by some of DC's finest. Oh, and there will be a lot of BYU alumni for all my Utah peeps.

Artist, Interrupted is an organization that supports women who've had their artistic careers somehow interrupted by family, work, or life in general. I'm honored to be a part of them.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cherry Blossoms in DC

Cherry blossoms in DC. I really have no adequate words.

And that's all she wrote.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Life Lately at The Washington Ballet

1. I got new shoes! My old shoes had about thirty holes in them and the duct tape holding in my feet were getting pretty ratty. When I walked in to my Teen class with my new shoes on, they all said, "Nooo!! We were going to buy you new shoes!" Haha! I didn't realize they were that bad.

2. I get to meet Misty Copeland on Monday! She's coming to the school to speak about her incredible life, including how she didn't take her first ballet class until she was 13, becoming the first African-American soloist at The American Ballet Theatre, and her new memoir she just wrote. I am beyond thrilled to meet such a legend and beautiful dancer. 

3. The school is offering professional modern dance classes taught by Company E, one of DC's greatest dance companies. They're free for the month of April and $6 per class starting in May. Classes are Wednesdays and Friday at 10 am. I've taken company class with them before and it was fantastic!

4. Washington Ballet is putting on Peter Pan at The Kennedy Center. I can't wait to get all dressed up to watch this world premiere- I've heard such wonderful things about it already.

5. I found out one of the teachers I teach with used to be in Alvin Ailey. In fact, he was one of the men in the Revelations film I grew up watching. So naturally I made him teach me the opening sequence. For those who know Alvin Ailey, you'll know what an iconic, life changing moment that was for me. 

6. I get to meet Misty Copeland. It's worth mentioning twice. 

Happy Weekend, My Peeps!

*Disclaimer: I am not a representative of The Washington Ballet. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own. I know you all know this, but I just wanted to make sure there isn't confusion about my role with the organization. I am a faculty member who has a personal blog and loves to share my love of dance with the world.

*photo of me by Susan Yee