Monday, November 30, 2009
he's a goofy goober... Second half of today was MUCH better...lots of love, texts, calls, letters (from grandpa phil!), gifts/flowers/food from everyone (and I got my appetite back for a yummy meal!). Thanks, mom for all the work you had to do for me 24 years ago. You are amazing. And everybody else? Thank you for being a part of my life. I love you so much! Thank you thank you thank you.
Running Ruth Dowling at 9:26 PM
Happy birthday to me. I got Reese's from the school PTA... that I could smell from across the room in a gift bag even as it was coming through my door. Those will go right to Mr. D, that is for certain. I also got my appointment for the H1N1 on Thursday. And our "real" insurance kicks in tomorrow. And I'm still terribly sick. I finally had to tell my 3rd period why they can't be eating food in my class before lunch. I just couldn't stand it anymore. I am older, more tired, hungrier yet repulsed at the sight of food than I have ever been in my life. 24 is exhausting.
Running Ruth Dowling at 1:23 PM
Sunday, November 29, 2009
well, i went a successful 3 and 1/2 months of school germ-free as a total germaphob, washing my hands on an average of 10 times a day or more. And of course, today, the last day of vacation, I get sick with a cold? awesome. I suppose I should be grateful that at least for a few days, my nose is so stuffed up I only smell on an average level. But my range of foods I feel like eating has boiled down to juice and mashed potatoes. probably not all that healthy. :)
Running Ruth Dowling at 3:06 PM
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I have been spoiled rotten this year. And its not even my birthday or christmas yet!! I will have to take pictures of the pile of gifts I have been given. Among the list so far (so I don't forget): my parents and brother flying out here for a week/feeding me/doing my dishes/hanging out with me, VS shopping trip with A :), gingerbread house from A and DK, sweaters & scarves & flirty apron from parents/DK, jewelry organizer from in-laws, about 8 books I gifted to myself (compliments of all my credits from swapping books on Paperbackswap.com, the greatest internet invention ever), wireless mouse & not one but three pairs of slippers & the cutest BYU jacket EVER from Mr. D. Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled. I don't deserve any of this. But I still miss my family so much.
Running Ruth Dowling at 5:05 PM
Friday, November 27, 2009
You, too, can teach your cat to touch the doorknob to announce that he wants to go outside. Unfortunately for him, it is now a well-known REQUIREMENT in our household to do the "trick" if he wants to be let outside, much to the delight of my parents and brother this weekend. Good boy, Kevs.
Running Ruth Dowling at 7:46 PM
The familia went home today. This last week has been so wonderful. And then my wonderful sister, A, took me to some birthday retail therapy, which made me feel MUCH better. She made me a cake from scratch for my birthday, too. I love her soo much!! But, now that Mr. D is off at work for the rest of the day, I need a little room to vent. This pregnancy has turned me into Superwoman, complete with super-smelling powers. I can smell ANYTHING (and I mean ANY.THING.) and for some reason it all smells terrible. Granted, it varies from day to day what exactly makes me want to lose my nose, but today its been everything. The only thing I've been able to stomach without nearly (and I say nearly because, knock on wood, I haven't puked yet) losing it is Aunt Michelle's mashed potatoes. I don't know what she puts in there, but its the only thing that I can eat anytime with the guarantee of not feeling nauseated. This is the first time in my life where eating chocolate doesn't make everything better. boo. But on the positive side, the other night I came to bed absolutely bawling because I felt fat (haven't gained a pound but my weight is definitely redistributing to my stomach already), freezing cold (when does the whole "I'm pregnant and overheated all the time" thing kick in??), and completely overemotional. Mr. D just wrapped his arms around me, wiped away my tears and told me everything would be Ok. And sometimes Ok is all I need.
Running Ruth Dowling at 5:28 PM
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I know its so cliche, but its that time of year again. I am grateful for... My faith The gospel My amazing parents My sisters. and DK. Mr. D Kevs Mr. D's Humor My health Eternal Marriage Living so far away from my family but still being able to see them so often :) My in-laws My job... I love being an artist and a teacher :) Mr. D's job Being able to read and have access to clean water Mr. D's extended family... otherwise known as my "Utah Family" My wonderful friends Growing up billingual Love. What are you thankful for this year?
Running Ruth Dowling at 11:29 AM
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The line for Opening night Twilight (shown here) were almost as ridiculous as the line that wrapped around the mall for the newly opened In-N-Out burger... And someone brought their cat??? (It actually wasn't me) K and B. COLD COLD COLD. E and I before the big show. We were giddy with excitement, can you tell? And this book is brilliant. I am only halfway through it but I definitely recommend it. It helps put everything in perspective for those of us soon to be working moms.
Running Ruth Dowling at 7:12 PM
Ok, so I know this probably should not trump my last post (which you should read if you missed it) but I FINALLY got a flirty apron!! I felt so Pro while making the salad for dinner tonight... :) Thank you mom and dad for my new mini-wardrobe, including this piece that I will surely wear every day!! Also, SPECIAL thanks to Kana for giving me my first international birthday present of the year!!! SUPER CUTE!!! I miss her so much!! He's going to make the best daddy.
Running Ruth Dowling at 6:51 PM
Yup, the rumors are true... This (and 4 other) little sticks are proof that Mr. D and I are going to have a baby!! [It says "YES +" by the way) And thanks to Concessa for giving us our first baby outfit last christmas! (DK bought the bear). So here I am at six weeks this past Sunday! Just a little crankier, more tired, and WAY more emotional (I cried at the gym during a hallmark commercial while on the treadmill... is that normal?!?)
Running Ruth Dowling at 3:09 PM
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
ok...I suppose it was technically this morning. At about 6:30 am I woke up and felt like my entire body was on fire, my stomach cramping like crazy. I jumped out of bed and ran out of the bedroom. I felt like I was going to die. My head started throbbing and the closest thing I can compare it to was the time(s) I donated blood and passed out...oh wait, that happens every time I donate blood (and fortunately no longer allow myself to be guilt ed into into it, I'm talking to you, Red Cross). Anyways, it was awful. I think I was hyperventilating. I started screaming for Mr. D and when he finally heard me, I told him I was sick and something was wrong and he had to give me a priesthood blessing. The wonderful husband that he is, he obliged and while I don't even remember what was said, as soon as he took his hands off my head, everything I felt washed away and I could breathe normal again. Mr. D mumbled something about not feeling well and I assumed he was just too tired and went back to bed. As I was walking back to bed, I noticed him laying on the hallway floor and, feeling exhausted, shrugged, walked past him and collapsed into bed. The next morning Mr. D informed me that immediately after he had given me that blessing, even though he felt fine before, he suddenly felt very ill and that was why he had to lay down for a few minutes, until it went away. I know that while many of my friends who will be reading this are Latter-day Saints, I do have a few who are not. And while this may seem like an odd post for me to make, especially since I have no idea what happened to me (my mom's theory is low blood pressure), I felt today like I need to testify how much I believe in my religion. I know that there is a God and that he does answer prayers. Last night was one in many instances that that has been proven to me. And the proof is not always in immediate relief, but most of the time (and especially important, in my opinion) in the small and simple things that happen to me every day. I know there is someone out there who loves us more than we can comprehend and he is watching out for and paying attention to every detail in our seemingly insignificant lives. And I know without a shadow of a doubt that even if I were suddenly rendered unable to do the things that I love like reading, running, or creating, or even if my family and loved ones were suddenly taken from me, there is something undeniable that will always be mine, and that is my faith. And with that faith I can always be happy, because I know that He will never give me or any of us more than we are able to handle. I am so grateful first and foremost for my faith and knowledge of the restored gospel. And then everything that my life has been blessed with as a result: my parents, siblings, Mr. D, Kevin, job, home, health, talents and friends. I love having my family home for the holidays!!!
Running Ruth Dowling at 11:31 PM
Friday, November 20, 2009
3 naps, 3 jetlagged ohio family members, one midnight showing, and one schoolday later, here I am. I cannot believe the chaos that was the Twilight midnight (well, 12:14 if you want to be technical) show. It was a cute movie, but I know everyone has an opinion so I won't go and spoil it, you just have to go see it for yourself. That Taylor Lautener doesn't look like ANY high schooler I have ever seen, even on steroids... much less a 16 year old! And I will probably never get over how creepy and pastywhite that kid is that plays Edward... Anyways, I will post pics from last night soon. Now off to another nap then to see A's lighting design show, Children of Eden on campus tonight. Wish me luck on my second night attempting to stay up past 9.
Running Ruth Dowling at 4:31 PM
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I love, love, love my blog. And here is why: people actually read it. And they check up on me through it. Case in point: My amazing mother. When I spoke with her on the phone yesterday, the first thing she told me was that she had read my post that day. And she was wondering if I had gone on a run yet(I hadn't). And actually, before I spoke with her I thought I could get away with skipping out on the run... as that post had been hours ago, and I no longer felt like running. But that phone call filled me with a sense of responsibility. SO I WENT FOR A RUN. Not a huge run by any means, but a few well-paced miles. And it felt SO good. Thanks, mom. and a little PS: My parents and DK are flying out here as we speak for a week of family get-together-ness!! I am so excited. And today I have to master the art of using my time wisely (which I am still an amateur at), as I navigate my way this afternoon to a long nap, run, and houseclean before the family comes in at 8. And then (hopefully) another nap as I prepare to go see a midnight Twilight showing with the shortie cousins here. Its going to be an exciting week and a half, I can feel it :)
Running Ruth Dowling at 2:15 PM
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Do you remember when I used to be like this? Ok, so that isn't actually me and I've only run on the beach a dozen or so times in my life, but... ok, here is my confession: I have not gone on a run in over a week. A week!! The last time I did that was after my first half marathon! I am not injured sick, super busy, or otherwise unable to run, I have just BECOME LAZY. Oh, sure I'll call it "a funk" all I want, but the fact is, that I have just been lazy. And the messed up part about it? I've actually lost weight (although it is probably just muscle mass). I don't get into too many of these funks of laziness, but it never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to fall off the bandwagon. But do you want to know a secret? Whenever I realize I have allowed something of importance that makes me happy fall to the wayside, I do one simple thing: I PUT IT BACK IN MY LIFE IMMEDIATELY. Which is why today, after school, no matter how cold it is or how much I want to sit around and watch Tyra, I AM GOING FOR A RUN. What are you going to do today to make yourself happier????
Running Ruth Dowling at 12:47 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I have been thinking long and hard about what to do for my 400th post. And since nothing really came to mind, I will just talk about the phenomenon that seems to be happening all around me... babies. Approximately 6 of every 10 women I know are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or talking about trying to get pregnant. Not to mention I have a friend who teaches health and I sat in on her class during one of the reproduction lectures. Is it something in the water? Who knows. What I do know is this: When it comes down to it, every baby that is conceived is a miracle. During the entire process, so much can go wrong. Even just one step is skipped, and the whole thing is thrown out of funk. Just the fact that (nearly) every female I know of is fully capable of growing a human life form inside just a small portion of their body really blows my mind. Which got me (somehow) researching miscarriages and loss and adoption and freaking out about how something going wrong is really a pretty common occurrence and how on earth will my body ever be capable to do something so miraculous. And so much of the "bad" that happens to women in pregnancy is not because they had some bad fish or forgot their prenatal vitamins for the say... it happens out of chance. Meaning it is usually not preventable, simply inevitable. But do you know what I realized this weekend? I have been able to train my body to race 13 miles in under 2 hours not just once, but twice. I have struggled through 3 hour workouts and devoured entire boxes of Hostess brand pastries in one sitting, and yet, every time my body was able to pull itself back into balance. The human body is truly amazing. And honestly? I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life. I am finally sleeping as much as I need to, eating better than anyone I know, and still managing to pull out a few hours of exercise a week. I think its safe to say that I have done all that I need to. And I trust my body to do the rest.
Running Ruth Dowling at 6:37 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
some days are like...today. Not bad, but not great. I feel like I'm moving in slow motion. But this made me feel a little better. Did I mention that one of my (favorite) students has taken medical leave this week? The Leukemia came out of remission. Sometimes it is so hard to only be able to stand by and watch...
Running Ruth Dowling at 4:33 PM
Sunday, November 08, 2009
I know, I have been a bloggacker (Blogging slacker?) this week. But there has just not been that much of interest going on with me. LK, on the other hand, one of my very best friends, turned 20 yesterday and competed in a (sprint) TRIATHALON!!! What an inspiration!! Here she is running the 5k portion of the Tri. Getting ready to bike 10 miles! And changing in between the cycling... To SWIM a mile!!! I am pretty sure all I could swim would be 10 feet... if my life depended on it! And of course, after the big finish with her victory balloons and flowers... boisterously flamboyant, so EVERYONE would know that this crazy girl decided to compete in her first tri on her birthday... I mean who does that?!?! LK, YOU ARE AMAZING. GREAT JOB, WOMAN!!
Running Ruth Dowling at 7:29 PM
Monday, November 02, 2009
Today was...one of those days. NOT my best day. The best way I think I can describe it, is I feel like Kevs in this picture: Yup, like I am a feline having a stare down with a car. Stupid, pointless, you will never win, etc... Nevertheless, it happened and its now over with. Tomorrow will be nothing but better. I actually had a student ask me today, "Mrs. D, are you sad?" (me) "No, I'm actually mad. Pretty upset." (student, in low voice): "Mrs. D, did Mr. D do something wrong??" How could I not laugh? I was upset over some paintbrushes students left out with paint, effectively destroying them. It seemed so silly compared to what I could have been upset about. Leave it to a (self-centered) high schooler to give you some perspective on life.
Running Ruth Dowling at 6:30 PM