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My dad was down this weekend to help pack up the apartment in LittleU. Everything is out except for a few things in the fridge, plants, violin, and another couple of things that I can’t picture at the moment. I’ll be meeting him on Friday afternoon in Kewanee for the grand unload into the new place.

People keep asking if I’m excited. Truly at the moment all I feel is tired. It’d been nice if I could have just stopped life for a few days while I readjusted. Seems like change wears me out more the older I get. That said, I know I will be excited once it’s closer. And I’ve already made pages of notes about stuff for when I do get to the new job.

That’s about all you’re going to hear about the new job until February. I’ve decided that for the first two months (at a minimum) I’ll be observing things and doing my best not to make any permanent impressions until I really get a chance to see how things are. Meaning I won’t be blogging about it or talking about it in any way. Being a boss at this level will be a new experience (at least as a librarian) and I need to take some time to learn the college and my department.

In knitterly news, I’m almost done with the second pair of socks. I started the toe of the last sock in the pair this weekend. If I hadn’t been almost numb with exhaustion most of the time I had knitting time this weekend, they’d likely be done. Since I need to pay some attention to rows and stitch count, it seemed best to just let it be. The red scarf is done and just needs to be blocked. I still haven’t started the snowman and am not sure if I will this week or not. Maybe during the coming weekend.

Heading to CapitalT in the morning for a meeting. It will be the last time I see some of my colleagues from elsewhere in the state until I return for the state library conference in the spring. And I’ll probably only come back for that if my program proposal is approved. And only for that because I’m co-presenting with a grad student from LittleU. Hopefully with no tenure requirements hanging over my head, I’ll be doing much less presenting and traveling. Although I do still have an idea for a book and a couple of possible presentation ideas floating around in my head. (Sometimes I wish I could shut parts of my brain off.)

We watched a really cute movie this weekend, Danny Deckchair. If you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh and generally feel good, I’d recommend this one.

For now, I’ll leave you with a random picture.

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Found these little turkeys at the Hallmark shop in Kewanee. They were on sale and I couldn’t resist. Now if I just remember that I have them when Thanksgiving rolls around next year.

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I worked on the scarf this weekend while watching movies with MIL. It’s getting longer! Another good night of knitting and I should be done with this project.

Today (Saturday) DH and I took Charley along when we ran some errands in town. Our first stop wasn’t an errand though. It was the Linear Trail that snakes around BigUtown. It was such a beautiful autumn day. Perfect weather for walking a dog and hanging out together.

After the walk, we tried out the new local custard place. Delicious! Charley got a cup of refreshing cold water after we got done eating cheese fries and custard confections.

We rented Expelled from RedBox last night. Insightful, thought-provoking movie by Ben Stein. I’d recommend seeing it.

Enjoy the pictures!

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Metal Head

Posted on: November 1, 2008

Chipotle had a deal yesterday – if you came dressed in tinfoil like a burrito, you’d get a free meal. DH got in the spirit. Unfortunately when we drove up, the line stretched down the block and around the corner. We had dinner at IHOP instead. And DH didn’t get to show anyone his tinfoil head.

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Why do I always seem to be making constipated expressions in pictures?

I finished knitting the pumpkin last night around 10:15 pm. Now I need to felt it, which will have to wait until the weekend. At least pumpkins make good Thanksgiving decorations too. Think I’ll work on finishing the socks tonight.


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