Friday, April 29, 2011

The Perfect Race

So, it was a really long winter and we got a bit loopy at the MacFuddle house. 

WARNING! If this post begins to seem strange/obsessive or plain boring, feel free to skip. As background, you should know that I belong to the best running group, possibly in the world, but definitely in this city, called "I Beg Your Garmin".  There are six of us with what I mentally call "Gold Status" as we have been running together consistently for almost two years, now. I use the term running loosely because as much as we run together we also gab together, travel together, do girly stuff together, etc.  I haven't cleared the "Gold Status" concept with the group so it is subject to heated debate, and change, if we don't get distracted by something else shinier.  We have other, newer members of "I Beg Your Garmin" who are terrific, too, and I promise to make something special for them when they reach "Gold Status". (Some of these ladies successfully completed another either 5K or half-marathon last Saturday and deserve some recognition so here you go: woot woot!)  For now, to the special "Gold Status" members of "I Beg Your Garmin", this post will eventually, unbelievably, circle back to you. There is a possibility you will be glad you suffered through. Everyone else has my permission to pretend to not see this post and I will never mention it again. 

So, the day PHD and I launched into a diorama discussion (Yes that is a TV in my hallway) and I had to Google dioramas to show him, I started obsessing over dioramas and minatures.   Not old-guy-creating-trainsets type minatures, these are cute ones! I have seen them called them "Art Boxes".  I think that is a better description and it doesn't seem so silly if I call them Art.  I created a display of Art Boxes in my hallway:

I had to crop the photo tightly so you couldn't see all the fingerprints all over my walls...

The Art Box in the centre is called "Magnets" to represent this post: I wouldn't lick that if i were you .  It may be hard to tell from this picture but the little guy is leaning against the monkey bars, with his tongue.

I call the bottom Art Box "Terry Fox" to represent the post QCM Race Report:

Meanwhile, Boy 2 was entertaining himself by building a square turtle on a pile of rocks,

 trying to determine how many shirts he can wear at once.

The answer is 5
 and catching a few rays.
Yes, that is snow in the background
PHD and Boy 1 went a different way...

Can you tell what they are trying to do?  Can you tell me?

While they were doing whatever that was, I made the Art Box on the top of the collection.  Here is the part where it may (or may not) get interesting for my running friends. The art box on the top of my collection (in the bad picture at the beginning of this post) is called "The Perfect Race". 

The picture doesn't do it justice but each one of the little people looks like one of the ladies in our group, Michelle, me, Maryann, Cindy, Margaret and Leanne.  I imagine the little members of "I Beg Your Garmin" running their perfect little race saying things like, "Training Works!",  "Surely she sees that pylon", "I'm not cold, do you think I have too many layers on?", "What a beautiful day!", "Can we go farther?" and "I didn't cry once!!". Then after at least one of them gets a medal, doesn't matter who, they all stop to talk and laugh.  See? The Perfect Race. 

So, we have learned two things today - spring needs to stay or I am in danger of losing my mind and I need a new camera along with some photography lessons, quickly!


I Beg Your Garmin said...

I LOVE this post! The diorama is "GOLD STAR" status for sure! Captures the group perfectly! So creative! Thanks for sharing your creative talents on our motley group - makes us feel special (is that "special" or just special...LOL)! tx

Carlene said...

Great miniatures Deb! But you got on thing wrong.... you forgot to make my mom running INTO the pylon... either than that, they are just fab ;)

We need to have a craft date... I will adopt you as my older crafty sister :)


P.S. We tasted other lemonade today on our run - Boy1 & Boy2 had the best!

Janette said...

Good Job Deb. Very enjoyable read.

Anonymous said...

Wow... that would be the Perfect Race. Maryann and I not fighting over a map, route or direction. She hasn't fallen over a pylon. I'm in the front instead of hunched over while work horse Cindy runs laps around me yelling Move It! Your not yelling at PHD as you pass the 16km marker as to the where abouts of Boy 2. No one is complaining and Margaret and I aren't comparing how black our toes are and who's nail is going to fall of first. Most importantly we are all skinny and petite!!! I think a more appropriate title would be FANTASY RACE :) GREAT Post Deb. Proud to be a GOLD STAR member of the "I Beg Your Garmin" Love Michelle

Deb said...

Aww, thanks everyone. You are so good for my self-esteem!! Gold stars all around!! Better yet, let's make them at our next craft date!