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I’m self-diagnosing myself with Seasonal Affect Disorder. Or maybe it’s just holiday let-down. We’re entering that time of year when people tend to den, hiding out in their warm houses waiting for winter to pass and spring to appear.

When we lived in Alaska, I don’t remember this sort of post-holiday blahs. People often ask if it was difficult dealing with the darkness and cold, but there were so many things going on that I never really got the winter blues. The darkness seems worse here, maybe because there isn’t all the snow to reflect the moonlight. And the beauty of the northern lights makes up for all the cold and darkness.

I think that this will pass as I continue to get more settled into life here in Illinois. Life is finally starting to get into more of a routine, which I’ve really lacked in the past couple of years. While I enjoy some variety, the older I get, the more I appreciate the comfort of knowing where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing most days of the week. Routine makes it easier to handle the unexpected. At least for me it does.

I do have my upcoming trip to Kansas to look forward to. And there is knitting on Wednesday night. I also discovered that the River Music Experience does a drum circle on the 4th Saturday of every month. I’ve always wanted to have a chance to participate in a drum circle on a regular basis. It’s one of those things I enjoyed in my former life as a music therapist.

But, overall, I’m doing just fine. I’ve been knitting and have a couple of almost finished projects that I’ll share soon. My Chia Hippo is sprouting and my Aerogarden is growing away. I’ve started reading Travels With Charley and checked out Lolita today. I ordered a handheld Garmin GPS device and a beginner’s book on geocaching, so I’ll be starting some outdoor adventures soon despite the winter weather. I also set up the Playstation to keep occupied when there isn’t anything on tv and I don’t feel like watching movies, reading, or knitting.

Life is good.

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January 2009


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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