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It’s interesting how much can change in a year. I don’t know why I’m often surprised because I tend to do things on whims…although I do that less and less the older I get.

At the beginning of 2008, DH and I were actually living in the same house. However the commute was getting expensive as gas prices started to climb higher, so I decided to live in LittleUtown during the weeks. This probably did save us some money and I know it saved quite a bit of wear and tear on the car. We’re trying to get these cars to last as long as we can.

Right at the beginning of the year I had my gall bladder out. The few bad gall bladder attacks were worse than anything I experienced from the surgery. My scars are even starting to fade. That was the only real health thing that either DH or I experienced. I’m always grateful for a year of fairly good health, minus a few colds and minor things like that.

Charley has been with us for over a year now. Maddie had that skin cancer thing, but has recovered just fine from that. Ginger has been her usual good self. It’s been over eight years since Maddie and Ginger joined us. They’re both slowing down and getting lots of white on their muzzles. It’s fun to look at pictures of them when they were younger. All three of the beasts have brought a great deal of laughter and happiness to our lives.

DH reached 18 years in the Army. Two more years until he can request retirement. I’m not sure which one of us is looking forward to it more. Although if he were to decide to stay in longer, I’m willing to support him. 2009 means we’re one year away from deployment. It’s still far enough away that it doesn’t seem like a real thing. I’m just focusing on a month at a time right now.

I never imagined at the beginning of 2008 that I’d be in charge of a library. Sure, it’s a smallish library but it’s still more than I was planning a year ago. I’m still in shock but as the new year begins I won’t have much time to really think about it. My schedule is quickly filling up and my list of things to do is getting long. Good think I like being busy and active in my career life.

Although the year had a few bumps and rough patches here and there (don’t they always?), it was a good year. I don’t know what 2009 will be like, but I’m ready for the new year and whatever challenged and blessings it brings.


Posted on: December 28, 2008

Our holiday celebrating is basically over. We are still visiting with family and maybe a friend of DH.

It was a really nice Christmas. We received great presents, among them a George Foreman grill, a recharageable massager (which DH already used on my knotty shoulders), a couple of gift cards, tasty food items, a pretty tote bag, and a fun lab poster.

The best part, as usual, was just hanging with family, including the various pets. It’s good to slow down, catch up, and be together.

DH will probably head back to KS Tuesday sometime. After he leaves, I’ll be doing laundry, cleaning my apartment, and generally getting settled back in. I’m planning to hang out with the SnB group on New Year’s Eve at one of the women’s home.

Friday, I’ll head back to work.

Hope everyone out there had a nice Christmas, too!

Best wishes for a peaceful, happy Christmas Eve. I hope that you are spending it with those you love. And no matter what you believe, you can still celebrate the selfless love and hope that this season is about.

Take a walk through my apartment with me.


It was a very cold day on the first day of winter. Temperatures were below zero and the wind chill dropped it even further. Despite the winter chill, I had to run some errands and do laundry. I pulled out my winter gear and bundled up. This kind of day makes me thankful that I have a warm place to sleep and live in.

We had blizzard-like conditions with the high winds and blowing snow. I was going to head to the 4Q to check out the yarn sale at the shop there. There was no way I was going to risk traveling outside of town once I looked out my window this morning. The video is taken from my living room window.


Okay, that one was a bit silly. Now for a more serious version (beginning with the Boar’s Head carol.)

A fun twist on a traditional holiday song.

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December 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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