Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easta Time is da time for da eggs!

HaPpY eAsTeR! 

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only because of the spring flowers, new baby animals, pastel colored dresses, and chocolates, but also (and probably most importantly) because of Christ's resurrection. 
Although I do not personally like hard boiled eggs, I happen to love dying them at Easter time. The funny thing is that my sister Tammy and I certainly enjoyed dying the eggs more than my little niece did. Just to give you an idea of the way Tammy and I dye eggs- picture eggs of all creation of colors, with designs created from white crayons. Flowers, swirls, words, sunrises, etc. Of course, being the literature lovers that we are...we had to decorate a couple of our eggs with poetry! Dying eggs and reading poetry out loud with my sister - Oh happiness! (Sadly, I don't have any pictures)
Here is a copy of the poem we took segments from to decorate our eggs! 

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any--lifted from the no
of all nothing--human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
by e.e. cummings

Of course Easter also included family, friends, ham, sour cream potatoes, way too much candy, a successful Easter egg hunt around the backyard with the grandchildren, Strawberry Shortcake, and a new Jenny delectable concoction thanks to skinnytaste: EASTER CUPCAKES!!

I finished my last day of classes, which means I am heading into the storm of finals. (ugh, I can already feel my brain starting to hurt) BUT- in just 8 short days, I'll be free of finals and driving in a car full of my favorite girls on our way to the beaches of CALIFORNIA!!
"Oh California, I'm coming home
Oh make me feel good rock 'n roll band
I'm your biggest fan
California I'm coming home" 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Duke and Daphne the Dating Ducks

It's Spring!!
The trees are full of blossoms, the flowerbeds are overflowing with tulips and daffodils, and all of the couples are out walking hand in hand. It reminds me of that scene from Bambi when all the animals start getting "Twiterpated."

I celebrated the coming of spring this year by going to the Holi Festival of Colors. At this Hindu festival, hundreds of people all come together to throw bright colored chalk in the air as well as on each other. The explosion of the colors is really exciting, but the high concentration of chalk during the toss is hard on the lungs. By the end, you are covered in color and in desperate need of a shower (or four). This year, for some reason, my hair actually stayed a lovely shade of green for days...but the celebration of Spring was worth it.

I love Spring. I love seeing the flowers and even the couples popping up all over campus. My favorite couple by far is Duke and Daphne. Duke and Daphne are two mallard ducks who like to leave their duck pond every once and a while to experience campus life.(Yes, I named them) There are lots of ducks at the pond on the southern edge of campus, but Duke and Daphne seem to be the only ones brave enough to adventure off to the human world of BYU. I like to imagine that Duke is taking Daphne on little dates away from the pond. Duke is quite the Romantic duck!

I've seen them in various places on campus: Cuddling in the grass outside the music building,  going for a bite to eat in a mud puddle by the library, strolling (waddling) midst the high concentration of students on the side walks, and flying over the BYU bookstore. Honestly, the first time I met Duke and Daphne - I almost stepped on them because I was not expecting a duck in the middle of my walk to class. They don't seem to mind, or notice, the thousands of students walking around them...maybe they are too much in love...or maybe they are just silly ducks. Either way, seeing them always makes me smile. I think we shall be good friends.