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That’s probably what I smelled like when I finally got back to the country house last night. So I took a shower and got all clean.

I helped our student group selling concessions at the LittleU’s opening football game yesterday. Do people only go to football games to eat? Seriously! Not really complaining though because they get at least $150 for every game they work (and they’re doing 3), which helps pay for members to go to things like ALA in Chicago next year. Good cause and all that.

And, although I missed most of the game, it was actually pretty fun. I had a great time despite the rush of people from 6 pm to 9 pm. Kind of brought me back to when I worked at the Fairbanks airport gift shop and we’d have the huge groups of Japanese tourists come through. The shop owner always had extra people on hand for those times and we stayed busy for about 3 hours straight. It was nice for the commission part. Of course, I didn’t personally get paid for last night…unless you count some Dr. Pepper, a hot dog, and a pretzel.

I did see a one touchdown scored in the game after I got done working. And then I left. The score was 35-0 in the fourth quarter and unless some miracle occurred for Western Colorado State, I think LittleU won. Always good to open the season with a team you can definitely beat. Gets people excited. I’m looking forward to future games. I did buy a season ticket this year and plan to hit all the games that I can.

DH has a parade tomorrow in Chapman. Not sure if I’ll go or not because it’s in the afternoon and it’s supposed to be another hot one. Tuesday I make the trip to IL. Staying with the in-laws for a night. It will be nice to see them again and visit a bit.

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Sarah Palin is McCain’s VP pick. Not unhappy with the choice. And that’s all I have to say about it.

Being tired after a busy week at work, I don’t feel like talking about politics. So, I’m not going to.

I will talk about this rather odd movie I watched last night, Unholy. It was kind of creepy, a bit strange, and full of uninspired acting. I would not recommend watching it. This was one of my Redbox picks for the week.

I also watched The Golden Compass this week. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood or something, but I didn’t like it nearly as much as I thought I would. Since it’s been awhile since I’ve read the book, I couldn’t do a good comparison between the two. I think (if they make the other two books into movies) that I’ll wait until they are out on DVD.

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It’s weird to think that next week I’ll be retreating completely from the world to learn Vipassana meditation. And when I say completely, I mean just that. No cell phone, no computer, no television, no books, no newspapers, no radio, no talking. What will the world look like when I return? During that time, we will once again honor 9/11, the Republicans will have their convention, gas prices will do whatever it is they are going to do, Gustav will likely blow itself out after wreaking whatever havoc it must, and generally the world will go on.

It’s a strange concept of retreating in a world where most of us are so completely plugged in some way throughout our waking hours.

Then I think about what retreat means.
1.a. The act or process of withdrawing, especially from something hazardous, formidable, or unpleasant.
b. The process of going backward or receding from a position or condition gained.
2. A place affording peace, quiet, privacy, or security.
3.a. A period of seclusion, retirement, or solitude.
b. A period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, or study: a religious retreat.

I will be withdrawing hopefully from unpleasant ways of dealing with the world around me. I am going backward so that I can move forward again in a new direction. I will be in a place that will offer me quiet. I will essentially be in seclusion from the world. And I will be with a group of other people seeking the same thing, to learn the meditation technique.

I retreat.

Cheese

Posted on: August 28, 2008

I was walking on campus today when I looked down at the sidewalk. There, on the expanse of putty colored concrete, was a bright neon green grasshopper. A pop of color on a utilitarian walkway. It reminded me that even on the dullest of days beauty can be found if you just look.

And that is my cheesy thought for the day.

Thank you!

Posted on: August 28, 2008

To all my readers who generously gave a bit to help a dog in need. Thank you! $900 dollars was raised overnight. Another example of how wonderful humans can really be!

The weather was so nice this weekend that we sat outside on my brother and SIL’s patio (which is quite lovely btw.) Considering that it’s very humid and hot here in KS now, I’m glad that it was such a beautiful Sunday.


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Upcoming

Mar. 10 - Photography Class

Mar. 11 - Quad Cities SnB

Mar. 12 - Lincoln Reenactor performance at BHE

Mar. 13 - Annual budget due

Mar. 14 - SnB trip to Galena

Mar. 16-21 - Spring Break

Mar. 16-18 - On the Front Lines library conference in Springfield

Mar. 19-22 - In Kansas

Mar. 23 - Orientation in Quad Cities

Mar. 24 - Photography Class

Mar. 26 - Spring Break for Academic Librarians workshop in Peoria

Mar. 27 - Supervisor Development in Quad Cities

Apr. 2 - Using Social Technologies in Library Instruction workshop

Apr. 6 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 6 - My birthday

Apr. 7 - Photography Class

Apr. 9-12 - In Kansas

Apr. 10 - College Closed

Apr. 12 - Easter

Apr. 13-19 - National Library Week

Apr. 13 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 14 - Photography Class

Apr. 16 - Evening Instruction Session

Apr. 17 - Information Literacy Summit

Apr. 18 - A Day of Books and Quilts at Toulon Public Library

Apr. 20 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 21 - Photography Class

Apr. 22 - Renegade Reference meeting in Bloomington

Apr. 23 - Illinois Library Day

Apr. 24 - Quarterly Supervisors Meeting

Apr. 27 - Weight Watchers

Apr. 28 - Photography Class

Apr. 29 - Supervisor Training in Quad Cities

May 5 - Photography Class

May 12 - National Library Legislative Day

May 25 - Memorial Day - College Closed

June 4 - RSA Users' Group meeting in Peoria

June 6 - SIL's birthday June 6 - Brother and SIL Anniversary

June 8 - Nancy Pearl at Bradley University

June 13 - WWKIP train trip to St. Louis

July 3 - Holiday - College Closed

July 4 - Independence Day

July 10 - Mom's Birthday

July 10-15 - ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

July 17-19 - Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL

July 31 - 10th Anniversary

Sept. 7 - Labor Day, College closed

Oct. 6-9 - Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria

Nov. 23 - Brother's birthday

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day, College closed

Nov. 27 - College Closed

Dec. 7 - MIL's birthday

Dec. 18 - DH's birthday

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 26 - Dad's birthday

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