I am feeling extremely overwhelmed. I have so much to do, with not enough hours in the day, and my mind is racing a mile a minute. I feel like there is this black cloud over my heading just waiting to unload. My students are constantly asking me “what’s wrong?” or saying, “you look tired.” sigh. If only my stressed thinking face was as graceful as Ms. Bardot’s…
I stumbled across this artist while going through some old magazines in my classroom. After a while they get trashed as kids look through them and cut ‘em up, so I i try to rotate the good ones and toss the scraps. Anyhoo, as I flipped through an AY Mag of July 2010, these beautiful watercolor images caught my eye. George Wittenberg paints these lovlies on his world travels (on 7x10watercolor paper) and mails them home from that country with one of their commemorative stamps! Why didn’t I see this two weeks ago?!?! I would have loved to do this from all the cities I visited in Italy over spring break. Oh, well. Something to look forward to next year. George has become quite popular in Little Rock Arkansas for both these postcards (over 300 of them!) and his work in his family Architecture business. This is one of the ideas that I wish I thought of first!
I have so many beautiful images to share from my trip to Italy, along with my new and improved packing list…things I wish that I had brought. I am still editing photos as I recover from jetlag, so in the meantime take a look at this amazing Vogue Italia spread. The photos were taken by Camilla Akrans, and just have a sensual and mystical atmosphere with a perfect pop of color.
You know that feeling that you get when you hear a REALLY good song… kinda nostalgic, kinda makes you want to cry, makes you want the one you love or want to be in love, definitely gives you goosebumps, and you don’t want it to end. I am still in this state of mind, geekily from the midnight show of The Hunger Games, partly becasue I am EXHAUSTED, and partly beacause I am smitten with the whole story. I am feeling a little bit like a 15 year-old teenager, but I kinda like it. After watching the movie, I can’t take this song off repeat. The words are somber, yet uplifting, often like what I want to communicate to my students dealing with rough waters. Sometimes, I just want to hand them a CD and say listen…it gets better.
The band Fun. really inspired me with their lyrics in the song, We Are Young. After just entering my late 20′s, AHH, I am really enjoying reminiscing about the past and the wonderful life that I have lived. I want my students, and really everyone, to take a moment and appreciate where they are in life. We all have a little young in us… so have a little FUN.
OH, MY GOSH!!! It’s finally here. Today is the day! You would think that I am talking about my wedding or that i am about to give birth. No, no. The Hunger Games comes out tonight at midnight, 12:05 to be exact! I literally almost took off work today because I am THAT excited. My students literally thought something was wrong with me because I was SOOOO happy! I absolutely can’t wait to see my lovely ladies and enjoy ourselves at Universal Citywalk. It is going to be quite the festival. I just need to stop by the store to pick out my China Glaze Capitol Colors nail polish… I am thinking either Electrify or Luxe & Lush, both full of glittery goodness. I already have my Katniss boots on… let’s get this party started and may the odds ever be in my favor… driving in traffic on the 101! Gale Hawthorne here I come.
I have been working on a series of posters that exhibit song lyrics to motivate and inspire my students. This was the first one I designed last year when I heard the song “Firework,” by Katy Perry. There are so many amazing artists that send a positive message through their music, and hopefully this is a way to connect with my students and show them their worth.
More to come…