Saturday, October 31, 2009
Well, the bad new first... I did not cross the lines with any flags. The good news? It was all my fault... as they started up the ladies 3 minutes early, I ran quickly and easily passed all but 2 young girls in tutus in the first couple of minutes. I did not get passed until just after the halfway mark by 2 guys, and I think 4 guys passed me total (one ten year old tutu girl stayed ahead of me the whole time and won for the females) but after the first one "tagged" me AKA stole my flag (which you could only start doing after the halfway point), I had no more to be taken away :) so a few said "tag" as they passed, but I just shrugged my shoulders and kept running. But what a perfect day for a run. Me and my "flag." I think I placed 6th overall, I counted about 50 people who ran (as opposed to the 20 last month) with a time of 24:23, and after I finished I felt FANTASTIC (we'll give credit where it is due, to the winningest Tom Brady jersey), nothing I did last week. Banera (not to be confused with her older sister Bananas) was awesome to be there and cheer me on. What a sport. I love her! And I can't wait to run next month. And I talked to the race director, and she said that since I won in the female division last month, I can run for free in December!!! Mr. D will be so happy!! I love running!!
Running Ruth Dowling at 4:27 PM
Friday, October 30, 2009
My tubby tummy got so many dirty looks (or flat-out stares) at the high school today. Possibly, 1) They thought I was a Juno-wannabe pregnant high schooler, or 2) They were jealous of my super creative (pregnant) Giselle Bundchen "costume." Probably the latter. Easiest DIY costume I have ever done: favorite pair of jeans + three scarves+ favorite Patriots jersey = awesome. a little unnerving though, now that I look at pictures. I really do look pregnant...with scarves, of course. also of note, tomorrow I am running in a 5k where I just found out we will each be handed a flag and if someone passes us they get to take our flag (kind of like a sick game of tag) but if you pass someone you can take their flag. each flag is worth $1 when you cross the finish line. My only goal is to keep my flag... And thanks again to Bananas for the tulips. I love them but I think there is one in my home who loves them more than me. They are a welcome distraction for the Kevs from the lack of moths due to the premature utah winter.
Running Ruth Dowling at 10:35 PM
Thursday, October 29, 2009
BLACKBERRIES went on sale at Sunflower Market yesterday at 2/$3, so of course I had to buy as many as possible. (What?? They are usually $4 to $5!!) And yes, I eat them a pint at a time. Combined with this: And some of these: The total of my lunch: just over $3. Take that economy, recession, and McDonalds. Who needs your filthy calorie filled Big Macs in order to have a cheap lunch?? NOT ME.
Running Ruth Dowling at 4:36 PM
There is a reason why I do NOT like the cold and this is why: WE HAVE NO HEATING IN OUR APARTMENT. No A/C I can handle, because we just open windows and turn on fans or swamp coolers. But then it gets cold and freezing air goes rushing through our bedroom via said swampcooler as if he had left the window open. So last night, I attempted to seal up the perpetrator, and this is what I got: Also last night we (belatedly) watched the Biggest Loser, aka best show on TV. Heartbreakingly wonderful. Best quote of the night: "I no longer want to just exist. I want to LIVE." (Abby, who lost both her children-- a toddler and newborn, and her husband in a car accident 2 years ago). And I awoke this morning, opened the front door to let out (a very desperate) kevs and he just about yelped as a bouquet of tulips fell into my house!! (I think it was bananas???) So... today was a good day.
Running Ruth Dowling at 2:49 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I am absolutely in love with Curly Girl Design. Mostly because I am fairly certain I could do most of this stuff myself and it is just so stinkin' cute! Also... yesterday we got our first dental exams since we have been dating (4 years!!). NO CAVITIES!!! :) And I got my new eyeglasses that I FEEL are completely different from my old ones, but probably not since even Mr. D has not noticed the new frames.
Running Ruth Dowling at 12:13 PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
It is snowing outside. SNOWING!!! October 27th. Not even Halloween. So much for that no snow till January I was hoping for. Thank you, Utah. ::sarcasm:: P.S. GIVE ME MY AUTUMN BACK!!!
Running Ruth Dowling at 2:46 PM
Monday, October 26, 2009
One work of art destroyed and another one created in the space of just a few short hours. Karma? I don't know for sure. Probably. What I do know is the second that bowl came smashing down from the drying rack onto the kitchen floor, in that split second, a part of me BROKE. I never even got to take a picture of that bowl, one of the first "paint your own pottery" pieces I made for Mr. D in the early days of our marriage. Fortunately, this piece has survived a few beatings and while chipped still retains much of its personality. And, of course, here are the newly acquired works of art I have been eagerly anticipating... thanks to Blog2Print. The printed copy of my first 300 posts. They are absolutely glorious. You see, its not like I choose to believe it, its just a FACT that I have long since accepted. When I create a work of art, a part of me is left in there, a part of me that will live on long after I do. Perhaps that is part of the pull of an artwork... that it somehow houses its creator in a way that no photograph can. Maybe that is why I feel the need to give away my art instead of selling it or keeping it all. I want my family and friends to have a piece of me they can keep with them always. While I know that I will in all likelihood see friends, family and loved ones pass on ahead of me, I never thought I would have to see the end of one of my works of art. Its probably so pathetic. I painted a bowl. It only took me a few hours. So why can't I stop crying? It was my painting. It was my art. It was me.
Running Ruth Dowling at 8:13 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Do you know that feeling of being completely dazed and confused as to where the last 3 or 4 hours went? I just spent the afternoon/evening watercoloring. It was glorious. My brain is still reeling. I feel like I did after my 5k today, heart racing, body sore, exhausted but proud of my accomplishment. Speaking of accomplishment, I placed 61st overall in women, and 20th in my age group (19-24, which unfortunately is the same category of the women's cross country team, at least 10 of which ran this race, of course beating me!). Results are here. No pictures or fans at the finish line for me this time, though. :( Everyone was just too busy (or sleeping, or working, or forgot, or had their fantasy basketball draft...). But thats ok, because... Little D feeding the birds french fries in NC this summer. So Classic. Off to do laundry and clean the house before my day ends!
Running Ruth Dowling at 9:33 PM
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Before the big PetsMart HOWLoween contest Driving to the big contest with Mr. D Our friend Kanga (the Zebra with pink fingernails) and her brother (the giraffe) from last year (who, incidentally, was a pumpkin last year!) !! The Kevs' Canine twin of the day! And out of about 30 canines... KEVS WON THIRD PLACE!!!! Including bragging rights for next year, a $5 gift card, and oodles of cat treats. Needless to say, I am already crafting his costume for next year in my mind.... :)
Running Ruth Dowling at 10:17 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
Favorite Shenanagan-esque things said in my classroom (so far) this year: Student: "Mrs. D, could you please for just one moment pretend that you are an art teacher?" Me: "You mean pretend that I am a good art teacher?" (Confused) Student: "No. I meant pretend that you are indeed a teacher of art." Me: "We are NOT carving pumpkins again...half the class has cut themselves!" Student (who, incidentally, had cut himself while carving a pumpkin): "Mrs. D you are so negative. You realize that means that half the class has NOT cut themselves!" (and later, the same day...) Student: "So... does that mean we can't do stained glass anymore?" (!!!!) Student: "Why do we need to draw in a sculpture class?" Me: "Because most sculptors sketch out what they are going to sculpt before they sculpt it." Student: "Well then. I suppose you are an excellent teacher of drawing. And apparently sculpture." Student: "Will plaster dust really KILL me, or just make me really sick if I eat it?" Me: "Probably just make you really sick. Why?" Student: "Mrs. D, I just ate plaster dust." (!!!!!!) In response to the question I posed at the start of the school year, "What do want to do in this class?": Student: "Blow stuff up." Me: "Um... what else do you want to do?" Student: "THIS!," presenting me with a paper with the words "Insane Clown Posse" scrawled all over it. The best part about this student is that is nearly all he has done in my art class. Repeatedly. Except the words have transformed to "Insane in the brain," after we talked about self-portraits. A special ed student (whom I adore, and knows me through my student teaching last year) randomly walked into one of my classes and announced I was pregnant. When I confronted him about it, he said he didn't remember who told him that, only that, "The baby was in your belly and now its gone. But don't worry, because it is only hiding and will be back again soon." (!!!!!!) And of course... *drumroll please* Student: "Sorry I wasn't in class yesterday. I had swine flu. Do you want to see my doctor's note?" Awesome. It will certainly be a holy miracle if I survive this school year (or even semester) without catching anything. :)
Running Ruth Dowling at 9:14 PM
do you ever get the feeling that all the problems you have (which do, indeed, seem monumental at the time) pale in comparison to the problems of those surrounding you? “The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honor (or dishonor) to the latest generation.” -Abraham Lincoln just keep swimming... (or running, in my case!)
Running Ruth Dowling at 3:51 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Remember this post? I know we are still a few weeks away, but I am usually so excited to put up the Christmas decorations that I am willing to put up the Halloween stuff earlier than (most normal people would consider) usual. Plus, we take Kevs to Petsmart for the Halloween Costume Contest this Tuesday (we hope). He is such a good sport! Lets hope he wins some sweet prizes to make up for all this torture...
Running Ruth Dowling at 7:54 PM
Friday, October 16, 2009
Well.. sort of. You see, in our "home" there are three separate living spaces. Q&A(&b) are on the main floor, we are on the top level, and J has a little cottage of a home (AKA reeeeal small, poor girl!) attached to the back of our house. J has a 13 year old cat, Sissy, who actually gets along very well with Kevs, mostly because she is so mellow (old age does that, I hear). So the story is, she found our little kitten on the outskirts of BYU campus Tuesday (he was one of the many ferrel cats that wanders that campus), carried him home, and then accidentally left the door open on Wednesday, he wandered out, and into my arms and home, where he has been the last two days!! The best part about this story is that J was planning on keeping him!! So all my worries about finding him a good home are gone, because he'll be just another stray added to the Cherry Lane Collection!! In even better news (and you thought it couldn't get better), Kevs seems to have taken a fancy to his new playmate, and as we speak, he and (soon to have a real name) Kitten are frolicking and chasing each other in the front yard. Its like Kevs is six months old again with one of his brothers... I love happy endings.
Running Ruth Dowling at 4:08 PM
Well, I have posted Mr. Kitten's info on craigslist and KSL's lost and found sections. So now we just wait. He is so darling. And loves being inside with us. Poor, poor Mr. D has been sneezing like crazy the last day since Kitten came into our home, even after I spent two hours cleaning the house. :( I hope we find his home soon enough... or get him a really good new home.
Running Ruth Dowling at 1:20 AM
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
poor, poor Mr. D. I'm sure he had no idea when he married me that I would be responsible for bringing seven strays into our home within the last two years. But...It was raining as I came home and was talking with Little DK on the phone... and I found this little guy. Crying. Hungry. Cold. Wet. Outside the stairs that lead to the front door of my home. I mean, what else could I do? So, I fed him (definitely a HIM. NOT fixed. three to four months old?) and what does he do? Finds the Snuggie, turns it into his nest, and falls asleep on my couch. How did Kevs take it? Like he does with everything... a lot of heavy drinking :) And... my freezer. HC on sale at Smith's ($1.25-$1.77 each!! I got 20.) PS did I mention that Healthy Choice should really consider me as their postergirl? FOR REAL.
Running Ruth Dowling at 8:24 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
my room on friday. PUMPKINS EVERYWHERE. And here is K's injury... the worst sustained in my class. Knife went right through his palm!! At least I know he was the only other student who truly "felt my pain." But both our hands are recovering nicely (sorry to scare you, dad) and I started to get feeling back in my finger this evening (success). I'm going to have to say that Mr. D and I are not pumpkin carving this year. Maybe we will just make pumpkin stew again.
Running Ruth Dowling at 10:31 PM
Let me just level with you for a minute. I love my job. I really truly do. Teaching kids to make art is almost as exciting for me as actually creating it myself. I just loathe grading. I try to make deadlines as flexible as possible so grades can trickle into the computer but no...the end of the term just messes all that up. SO to sum up, I need to make sure I remember a few things I have learned this Term: **NO MORE BUSY WORK. It takes so much longer to grade, and even if its important, I just need to group the grades together so it is a compilation grade, like having 5 things to grade in their sketchbooks instead of 2, even if it means putting stray papers in there. **To go along with no busy work, more thought out projects that take TIME to do. No more of these "get em done in one class period" projects. Its not worth the grading hassle. **No more DAILY participation points. I can keep track of them daily, but I only need to put them in the computer once or twice a term. So much less hassle. **WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING?? I have been plagued with this question since I got this job. What is the most important thing for these students to learn and am I facilitating that learning process? I don't feel that I have this term. But I am learning and I am trying hard. **No more sharp objects without serious lecture before, during and after passing out said sharp objects. **It is GREAT to have a continuous, semester-long or year-long project going on that students who finish up first can work on without overwhelming the other students with more work on top of what they haven't already finished. I have done this for painting and foundations in the form of altered books but have yet to come up with an idea for sculpture. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. **HAVE FUN. If I am not enjoying myself, then I am not doing my job, AND I am miserable. The days that I am most stressed out are the ones where I need to chill out the most, and enjoy my time teaching. P.S. Grades are not the most important thing. The most important thing is that the student is able to find his or her own niche in art, to be able to create something that did not exist before. It is most important that my students leave my class better people than they were coming in.
Running Ruth Dowling at 1:04 PM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
(As promised, FOR BANANAS) Me, Em and Charfield's Mom. My poor little finger is nearly at full recovery (except still no feeling). I was by myself (well, with lots of drunk UNLV fans and a few nice BYU fans I didn't know) at the BYU game (beat UNLV 59-21) all but a few minutes when Em came to see me!! And Mr. D sat with me before the game, but most of the time, he was busy working like this: So my 6 hours in Vegas were... awesome and spent entirely at In-N-Out, and the UNLV Stadium :) St. George was lovely too... what a great mini-vacay.
Running Ruth Dowling at 7:25 PM
Friday, October 09, 2009
When we lived with this view in 2004-2005... And I (constantly) did crazy things like this on camera... Was a bad influence on ACM... She taught me how to climb in caves. And we sure did have a fun (and snowy) freshman year. I don't even know if she will see this. But I found this video today and (other than being mildly embarrassed at my goofiness) I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of love I have for this girl. ACM, I am so glad we are friends. 5 years and counting... :) PS I miss you. I really couldn't have asked for a better spanish class comrade, running buddy, roommate, and foodie (like me!) all rolled into one giggly package. <3
Running Ruth Dowling at 12:04 AM
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Let me premise this post by saying that everyone is FINE. I am fine, my students are fine, we are all just a bit klutzy/uncoordinated/whathaveyou... yeah you heard that right. blood. in my classroom, on my own fingers even. with only 28 students i thought we could manage carving 30ish pumpkins for our friends at widley farms. i thought wrong. my classroom is still by some miracle actually clean, but i had at least 15 students cut themselves whilst carving in the last hour. so i am completely rethinking pumpkin carving with pearing knives. hint: DONT DO IT. Also, of all the crappy carving tools I got from Target (shakes fist angrily) only about 7 remain. out of dozens. i cant believe i was so concerned about how messy my classroom would get, when really i should have been concerned about how easily my students could have/did hurt themselves. I feel like a TERRIBLE parent. and teacher. guess what? Stained glass just got eliminated from my curriculum today. i cant take all the bandaging. what am i, a school nurse?? In a related story.... I went to the school nurse because i bled through the bandage on my middle finger (of course), asked the nurse for some more bandages and she said, clear as a bell, "Someone needs to tell that art teacher to stop carving pumpkins... too many people are getting hurt." !!!!! "Um, I AM that teacher." (Awkward silence) "And I know we need to stop carving." (more awkward silence) "O-ok, I'm going to get back to my class... make sure no one else has cut themselves." "Well, Mrs. D, just so you know, if your finger doesn't stop bleeding, you're going to need A STITCH." The only thing I hate more than the sight of blood is the thought of stitches.
Running Ruth Dowling at 4:20 PM
Sunday, October 04, 2009
I wouldn't talk about a series of frozen entrees unless I was CRAZY about them... and I am!! These new Healthy Choice frozen meals (my favorites are the entrees but they are all great) actually look like what you see on the box, are healthy for you (as opposed to just being "low-cal/low-fat") and taste AMAZING. Seriously, I have had the potstickers, pumpkin squash ravioli, mediterranean pasta, spinach parm... oh, I could go on forever. plus, if you go to their website, you can get a coupon for trying it!! Long story short, its 5 stars, two thumbs up, and definitely worth trying at least once.
Running Ruth Dowling at 12:22 AM
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I have said every semester since my senior year (since I've gone every semester) that THIS will be the last time I make the trek up to SLC to watch conference. Well.. THIS IS. FOR REAL. But it was wonderful, sister-(and Makayla-) filled and just such a great experience. I'm so glad I went. Plus, we got our pictures taken a bunch of time... so maybe we'll be in the Ensign next month?? I can dream, can't I? Have I mentioned lately how much I love my sisters??? They are AWESOME.
Running Ruth Dowling at 11:17 PM
This week got off to a rough (stressed out) start, but certainly ended on a high note. While I wish we had a picture of EVERYONE, the cousins shot will have to do until the next big reunion! I wish I lived closer to ALL my family. (that means you, mom+dad+daniel) Miss you guys!!!
Running Ruth Dowling at 12:58 AM