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A friend at work asked me to go for coffee this afternoon. We ended up hanging out at the coffee shop for a couple of hours and then decided to go have pizza for dinner. Yes! I played hooky this afternoon and it felt great. It occurred to me that this isn’t a bad thing to do if you only indulge occasionally. Really, it was great to sit and talk about different things that are going on in our lives and generally catch up. I will really miss hanging out with her…and we didn’t do this nearly often enough. Guess I’ll just be coming back to visit sometimes. She really has been a true friend and I’m going to miss that. It’s been such a long time since I’ve felt that cared for from anyone outside of my family. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a friendship that has felt this equal…with giving and receiving.

As I walk around the library and talk to students who I see frequently, I’m starting to feel a more sad about leaving. Don’t misunderstand…I have no intention of changing my mind and never did once I accepted the offer. But there are students who I’ve gotten to know a bit and will miss. There are a few who seek me out specifically when they need help. It’s a good feeling.

I’ve started packing up my office and it’s already starting to feel and look like an impersonal cubicle. It’s amazing how much stuff has migrated here over the past 15 months. Good thing I’m starting the process now. My office might take me longer than my apartment!

The IL trip was successful although it looked a bit doomed on Saturday. I looked at house that afternoon that was a dump and all the apartments I called about were already rented. Yes, things were getting desperate. While I sat at Pizza Hut enjoying some cheese encrusted pasta, I did some more calling while looking through the sparse rentals listed in the local paper. There was a studio available, but the owner couldn’t show it that afternoon as she had plans. We made arrangements for Sunday afternoon and I crossed my fingers. Showed up on Sunday, the place is clean and decent, and I’ve got a place to live. Yay! (Of course, in my excitement, I forgot to get pictures or video. You’ll just have to wait until I get moved in.)

Bonus things: Spending time with my in-laws, seeing my first snow flurries of the year, watching a big pink pig being pulled on a trailer down I-80, and finding another Christmas present at a shop in IL.

I got back to LittleUtown last night around 11 pm. Yes, I’m tired. It occurred to me that I don’t really like long car trips. Fortunately, it looks like most of my trips back to KS will be by Amtrak. It’s actually a bit faster, about the same cost as driving, and I can move around on a train. Works for me!

The only downside of the weekend travel is it cuts into the little time I have to spend with DH and the dogs. So, we’ve adjusted the moving plans a bit and I should be able to spend Thanksgiving with him at home. (Turns out he can’t help with the moving in because he has to stay in KS for a parade that Friday.) And I’m heading back to BigUtown tomorrow night to hang out and do some laundry.

You want to know more about the apartment? It’s a studio/efficiency, but is really divided up well so that the sleeping space is private and separate from the main living space. It has a good sized closet in the sleeping area AND a coat closet, so I’ll actually have a bit of storage space. There is a large counter in the bathroom and adequate counter space in the galley kitchen. The living room area has a large window that looks out at a cornfield across the road (so I’ll feel like I’m in my childhood home.) Walmart is about seven blocks away. The hospital is about two blocks away. And it’s on the south side of town, so I don’t have to drive through town to get to work. The college campus is actually a few miles outside of Kewanee. No chance that I can walk or even bike to work.

Now I have to start packing. It’s starting to feel like all I’ve done this year is move from one place to another. Wait! That’s because I have. *laugh* Fortunately, I don’t really have much stuff in my current place and that’s about all I’m moving.

Did I mention I’m tired?

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November 2008


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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