Yeah, I know, one year ago I was swearing up and down that I would NEVER do this again! But then my competitive side took over and convinced me that I needed to run the Utah Valley Half Marathon again. Why? ... try and do a little better on my time and have a race that I didn't want to die doing. I signed up WAY early. (I need the motivation of a race to make me train). I will admit that I have been very glad to have the excuse of this race to go running. It has been a bit of a stressful (to say the least) couple of months. I actually got to where I liked running and was glad to have the stress relief it provided.
Em, Gavin and Josh all signed up too. It was so nice to have Josh to train with. I love running at night but don't often do it (not very wise for a girl to run alone at night). It's much more fun to have people at the starting line ... and finish line!
It was a beautiful day for a race! Pete met me at mile 10 and ran the last 3 with me. I am pretty sure I would have laid down and still be in the gutter on University Ave if he would not have been there prodding me along. I definitely did better because he was running with me, he was a great motivator! I felt much better than I did last year. I shaved 5 minutes off my time. So all and all I had a successful race.
I won't swear off doing another one ... but I am not totally committing either.
After 10 years of teaching I am saying goodbye. 1 year elementary, 9
years high school. I am an art teacher -- that is who I have been! I love my job! I love my
school! I love my classroom! I love my people! I have had the
privilege of working at the greatest school.
In October my sabbatical was approved. In February I was accepted into
the grad program at BYU, In April I was awarded the "golden child."
Word started to get out to the students in the spring.
This came as no surprise. I had lots of time to prep myself. It didn't make it any easier. I knew packing my classroom and saying goodbye was going to be the hardest change of all.
My classroom has been like my own little studio.
I am pretty sure I have had a dream job!
I loved bringing my friends and family to my classroom to make stuff.
It became a little tradition with my nieces and nephews.
It turns out that Kimi D. is a natural!
"You really want to give all this up?" she asked me.
No, yes, I think so, I don't know!
I have spent more hours of my life the last 9 years in this classroom than at home.
I always loved the way my classroom felt. I hope that my students did too. I am having a hard time imagining not being in my classroom every day.
How lucky I am to have spent 10 years being a teacher at an amazing school. I have made lifelong friends who have influenced me for good. I am so grateful for that. I hope that the mark that I have left on my school, students, and coworkers is a positive one.