Friday, November 13, 2015

What's Up?

Long time no see! Hope you all are doing well out there in the wide world.  Despite the lack of communication the Dooley family is doing well. 

The school year is moving by at a quick pace. Already semester one at BYU-H is done and semester two has begun. I really enjoyed the students I worked with last semester. My student development class was the best ever. I don't know if it is the kids I had or if I've finally become comfortable enough with the material to enjoy the class.  Probably a combination of the two; the kids were really awesome. The theater class was great also and the only downside to the semester is that it ended with graduation: Ingrid's graduation. 

I am very sad to say good-bye to my talented and devoted student worker Ingrid Veliz.  She has been a joy to work with these past 18 months and I will miss her.  I went to my first graduation ceremony here at BYU-H--dressed in my robes and all--just to see her graduate.  I'm proud of her and hope she does great things.

This semester is off to a good start though I only have the theater class. Not enough students enrolled in Student Development so my section was cancelled. I may still teach it second term but that is yet to be determined. Theater has four students enrolled and all of them are top notch. They all come in with some great basic skills, are go getters and enthusiastic.  I love when fate throws me a team like this! We are costuming Fiddler on the Roof this semester!

While beginning this second semester at BYU-H I am just past halfway through my first semester at University of Arkansas. My graduate program is awesome! I am so excited about everything that I am learning. My classes are: Global Sourcing, Adult Learning Theories, and Linkages in Technology, Economics and Societal Values. Global Sourcing is a study of the Global Fashion Industry, it's framework, laws, ethics, sustainability and all that jazz.  I knew it was complex but this class is opening my eyes to the vast complexity and interconnectedness throughout politics, cultures, and business. In Adult Learning I am studying the different theories of education as they apply to adult learners. Many of the ideas we talk about in class I can immediately apply in my teaching. It is helping me to be more confident and hopefully effective. The Linkages class is an intense study of  technology and societal values over all of human history in an effort to find patterns for sustainability.  It is a second term class so there is a lot stuffed into a short amount of time, a little stressful but a fascinating study.

I was also called to be a seminary teacher this year. Joy of joys! Seriously! I have always thought it would be fun to be a seminary teacher and have enjoyed the challenge. I team teach which means I only teach every other week. This is nice in some ways: get a week to get extra sleep, extra time to study, share other responsibilities. But in other ways it is not so great: don't feel quite the connection with the kids that I would if it were all the time, I slack off on my weeks off. I feel like this has been an inspired call from the Bishop as it has helped me to really focus on being a better teacher and it keeps me in the scriptures constantly.  I really have to manage my time carefully to be able to keep up with seminary and my other activities and I have felt the Lord's hand support me in my demands.

The biggest bummer so far has been that I haven't been running for a while.  Seminary makes it really hard to keep on my regular workout routine. I also have been inundated by injuries. I broke my toe a few months ago and it is finally starting to not ache.  I didn't run the Gunstock half marathon in October because I hadn't been training and it looks like I won't be able to run the Laie marathon in December. I was going to start up my running again this week (it's been my week off seminary) but I got the flu and was in bed--literally-- for 3 days. I'll go for a test run next week to see how far I can go.  That will determine whether or not I'll do the marathon.

I know you're wondering if I've kept up on my daily surf session and the answer is a resounding YES! Yes, even though I was deathly ill this week I have gone out to surf.  Yes, even though I had a broken toe I have surfed. Yes, even though I have been injured countless other times, I have surfed. Yes,  though life has been full, I have surfed. Today is 265 days. It hasn't always been easy and hasn't always been fun. I have learned a lot about myself by doing this experiment that I will have to detail in another post on another day.

I'd love to go on and catch you up on all the fun stuff going on in the life of the kids and Heath and Dave but I am plum out of time and will need to save that for another day too.  I really miss blogging and hope to make that a more regular part of my life again. It is nice to put my life into words to relive and re-experience it. Though I haven't been writing much I do look at my blog a lot: searching for pictures, recipes, favorite quotes, whatever. It is a powerful tool that I intend to implement more fully in the future.

Thank you for your patience with me as I grow and learn. I am grateful for the life I live and the people I am surrounded by. Hope to talk to you again soon!

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Cora's cooking

I have been working on my personal progress. I have to make 14 meals or help with them. Here are some of the things I have done. 

This was fruit topping to go on our crepes. 
Here we are eating some yummy great crapes.
Yummy tuna melts!
Pizza and salad I never knew store-bought pizza look this good.
Hot Diggity dogs for dinner.
Triple cheese Panini's Yum.
Egg in a hole!
Pancakes for breakfast. 
Smiling salad with a side of panini. 
  I also helped with making chicken nuggets.


New Favorite Cake Recipe!!!!!!

Front has batter recipe with a few variations underneath 

Back has frosting recipe 

Its all very easy and the cake is really moist and yummy!❤️��������
Happy Birthday Mom!!!��������

Recipe found on: Hershey's Kitchen 


Sunday, September 06, 2015

Be Better

“Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today. The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow. Thus continue to be a little better day by day” (Teachings: Lorenzo Snow, 103).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cora's Animal's

Hi! I'm checking in to post things on animals! I am like SUPER obssesed with animals.:)
See? I love animals. I want to have an animal breeding center and shelter in one with my friend when I grow up. Here are a bunch of pictures of animals i think are cute.

See? I love animals. :) :P


Introducing Cora!!!!

My mom said I could help with the blog! SWEET. I am in 7th grade just turned 12 and I love cats
but my mom is allergic so I just look at them online.

this week I am working on history day.  my mom is totally crazy with homework but she still surfs everyday. BLAH
see you soon!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Feeling Productive

Only a few days left until grad classes begin and I am doing a mad dash to organize my life before things get real crazy. Two weeks ago I started this crazy race with a 2 page, double column list of to-do's and today I am down to one single-sided, single-columned page. Woohoo!

Some of the items on the list were little like put a new battery in the clock, email someone, or cancel an appointment. But others were big--real big--and I had been putting them off for months. At least half of my list was filled with large tasks that required multiple small to-do's beneath.  These monsters had been haunting me and I really needed to get them off my back in a bad way.

One such project was sorting/filing/taking action on the huge pile of papers (mail, notes from school, etc.) that had accumulated over the last 9 months in my kitchen drawer.  Make that 2 kitchen drawers. It was bad. At one point it had gotten so overwhelming to me that I stopped opening mail and just stuffed it in the drawer instead. I'm happy to report that the drawers have been set back to their original purpose and my file cabinet is happily full. The amazing thing is it only took me 2.5 hours to get through it all. I sure wish I had done it sooner and saved myself all the grief and months of anxiety.

Another big project was culling my fabric stash. Recently we took on two boarders, college students, which necessitated Kirkham moving into the sewing studio room/guest room. Moving all his stuff into the room was a challenge and the poor boy has been living the life of a trapped hoarder this past month.  The floor was cluttered and piled high with a mixture of his stuff, my stuff and stuff Heath left when he went on the mission. I started by just going in for 15 minutes each night to fill a bag with donatable items. Just three nights made a big difference. At day 5 I had some extra time and I spent an hour in there repairing the closet shelves to better support the stuff we needed to store. And day 6, yesterday, I spent 3 hours and finished it all off.  In the end I had 7 bags of fabric, clothes, patterns, hangers, craft supplies and books to donate and now I have a clean and organized room to share with Kirkham.

Those two things alone would have been a great burden off my back however I have accomplished a lot more than that.  Remember a month or so ago I redecorated the front room? Since then I have also cleaned out and organized the pantry/storage room, cleaned out the front hall closet, cleaned out the bathroom cupboards and drawers, shredded and eliminated old files, cleared through all the kids craft and paper supplies and school supplies, cleaned my bedroom!, redecorated my office at the university, sorted through all my university files, transferred a bunch of my disorganized handwritten research and files to digital format, emptied my email inbox (it had 1000+ unread emails in it) and imported my several email accounts to one Gmail account with POP3 and forwarding. Yep, feeling productive.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Letter to a Friend

I'm cleaning out my email inboxes and came upon this letter I wrote to a friend. It was a good reminder to me today as I am preparing to start classes next week. Feeling a little overwhelmed this spoke peace to my heart and reminded me that yes I know I am doing what I should be. 

After you shared your thoughts in relief society today I wanted to share something with you but didn't feel I wanted to say in front of the class so I held back. You talked about not receiving that big confirmation that you were hoping for and it made me think of a conversation I had with Beth the other day.

I've been trying to decide if I am going to start a Masters program in fall. I have wanted to do it for a while and have felt an increased desire over the past year and Dave too has felt like it is time I should do it. But it hasn't come as a big GO DO THIS NOW AND DO IT THIS WAY! which I would prefer. Instead I've just kinda felt like I wanted to do it and I've had a lot to figure out on my own, a lot of research to do on different schools and stuff. Though I feel like I should do this I have also caught myself, in the next thought, thinking/whining "if heavenly father wanted me to do this he would tell me exactly what to do." I've had a lot of self doubt over whether I'm smart enough, have enough time/money, whether it is something I should be doing when all I've ever wanted is to be a stay-at-home mom.

In a conversation with Beth about this while Visiting Teaching she had an interesting insight. She said," if heavenly father didn't think it was a good idea don't you think he'd stop you?! He doesn't want you to waste money and time. He doesn't want you to inconvenience or disrupt family life. If he isn't stopping you you should do it."

Her comment immediately made me think of my students in my costume class. Though I am technically the designer for the shows I really just give them an idea and point them in a direction and tell them x is where we want to end up. Sometimes I give them more specific direction if it is important that it be done a certain way. I LOVE when I have students who say OK and just go for it. I HATE when I have students who ask me at every turn, "what do I do next? Is this button ok? Should they wear socks? where do I find the iron? do I need to try this on the actor?" I always stop students who are on the wrong track. (though sometimes I let them make a few mistakes knowing that they will learn something from it).

I think Heavenly Father is like a costume design teacher :-). He has a big master plan and sometimes he needs and wants to give specific direction and sometimes he just wants us to use our own initiative and make some decisions and maybe make a few mistakes so we can learn along the way. If we get too far off course though he will stop us. He wants this whole production to look beautiful in the end and he doesn't want any of his materials to be wasted. The moral of the story is pray always, be open to inspiration and revelation but when it doesn't come quite when or like you expect it, be motivated to act on your own and trust that He will stop you if it is wrong.

One line from the lesson today stuck out. Pres. Eyring said, "Continuing revelation comes to Stake presidents to lift them above their own wisdom and capacities." I swapped "Stake presidents" for "Dani" and realized Heavenly father doesn't need to give me a huge revelation over school because it isn't above my own wisdom and capacity to make this decision. It is something I can totally do and his lack of big signs is just a sign that he has confidence in me.

I think it is the same for you maybe? I love you and empathize with you. I know it is very difficult to uproot your family and leave everything you've known. I know how hard it is to sell a house and to sell and pack and throw away years worth of stuff. If there is anything I can do to lighten your load I will be there.

You will be missed dearly,

Monday, August 17, 2015

We Can Repent

In my Student Development class today we were discussing procrastination.  One of my students was leading the discussion. She asked, "How does procrastination make you feel?"

The immediate change in the room was palpable.  Shoulders slumped, brows furrowed. The air was suddenly heavy and thick. "Stressed" mumbled one of the students. "Tired" offered another. "It makes me worried and achey." sighed the final reply.

My mind suddenly flashed back to this morning's discussion in seminary. The topic was Adam and Eve being cast out from the garden. "How do you think they felt;" I asked, "how do you feel when you sin?" No words were offered then but the weight was the same.  Their hearts were heavy and their eyes sad. They knew the feeling.

I revealed my thoughts to my college class and confided "The answer is the same! We repent!". Like a fresh breeze the spirit whooshed into the room and filled us all up. An audible sigh of relief as I recited the definition of repentance in the bible dictionary, "Repentance is a change of mind, a fresh view."

"We can repent and start over." I reiterated as other excited whispers began to swirl across the room. "That reminds me of  . . ." and "I just read this morning . . ." and "remember when . . ." all briskly bubbled up into the discussion as the Spirit bore witness to us that the atonement is real. We are all sinners missing the mark in one way or another and we all need His help to reset our sights and be a little better.

I am thankful to work at a church University where I can share my impressions and testimony freely with my students. I love my job and the opportunity I have to be a seminary teacher, and that those two spheres can miraculously collide in ways that strengthen my testimony. I am so very grateful for my testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ; that a way has been provided for me to continue to improve and progress in every aspect of my life.
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