Sunday, April 28, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ball Game Date

 The Bulls won the game, Eli ate a tiny ice cream cone, and there was a whole fireworks show at the end (which was much awesomer than I would have expected).

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Darby in the Sun

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Porch Dinner

Last night I made a really easy dinner with what we had in the pantry, and it turned out very yummy - it felt light and healthy but also nice and filling.  

Chickpea and Tomato Curry

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger
1 Tbsp curry powder 
1 large pinch of coriander
1 large pinch of cayenne pepper
1 large pinch of salt
15 oz can of chick peas, drained
15 oz can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Saute onion, garlic, and spices in olive oil for 10 minutes
Add tomatoes and drained chickpeas
Bring to boil, then simmer for 10more minutes
Serve over rice or pasta

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Little Rock Painting

A couple more shots from the Art in Nature workshop...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bird Nest Helpers

Yesterday Eli and I ran a family workshop together in the woods called Art in Nature. To welcome and show gratitude for Spring, one of my projects was to build a sculptural "nest starter" - a circular orb filled with offerings for the birds to take and use in the construction of their nests.
 The first step was to gather grass, straw, leaves, moss, pine needles, cattail fluff, and anything else that might help a bird build a comfortable nest. We spread out and collected our natural items, then came back together to construct the orbs. It was neat how everyone built theirs a little differently and in their own style. 
Then we filled them with the things we had gathered, along with bits of twine, string, and wool. 
They turned out beautifully.  Hopefully they'll make the birds happy, too.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fence Lizard

This little friend at the Eno River state park had the awesomest metallic blue markings on it's throat...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Starting Something New

Yesterday was my first day on the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant unit at Duke. I will primarily be using iPads with the patients to create digital art, since the iPads can be easily sterilized. The unit has very strict rules in place to keep everything sterile and safe for the kids while their immune systems are suppressed, and most of my anxiety going into today was related to following all of the procedures and finding my way around the giant hospital.
This morning I met with my supervisor to talk about how it went and discuss ideas for moving forward. We sat in the sun outside the Weaver Street market. It was 80 degrees and sunny, with a nice breeze (e.g. perfect).

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The "Shwoopy" Roofed House of Dreams

 This house has been my favorite in Durham since I moved here. I will literally drive out of my way just to pass by and ogle it. And today, it was listed for sale.
It is in the best neighborhood, right across the street from an amazing park, and easy walking distance to the cutest shops and restaurants in town. Because of those things, coupled with the new kitchen and other upgrades, it's pretty much the perfect house, and that's not even taking into account the EXTREME adorableness (all of those factors also make it way out of our price range). Look at the shwoopy roofline and the arbor and the beautiful wood door! Here are some photos of the inside:
There is an open house tomorrow so Eli and I are thinking of dressing up like rich people and going to see it. You know how much I like looking at houses...

Thursday, April 4, 2013


For my "spring break" I went to Iowa for a few days and stayed with Anna and Joseph and Henry, who just turned one. I got some intensive toddler experience and also some much needed friend time.
Fun Fact: Henry currently has three and a half teeth.
 He is also very very into music. He loves turning the knobs on the radio, dancing (bouncing), and singing (harmonic babbling).We left Henry with Joseph and went to the super awesome local flea market. We helped pick out ten million glass bottles for Gina to use as centerpieces at her wedding this summer.
I wanted a lot of stuff at the flea market (that was too big to take on a plane).
 On Wednesday I babysat Henry While Anna had to go to some work meetings. It was for like 4 hours and I was exhausted. Parents are super heros.

Monday, April 1, 2013


(A work in progress)

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