Posts Tagged ‘Kansas’
Charley and I went driving today so I could get some
pitchers pictures for my photography assignment. He was incredibly well-behaved and held still when I asked him to so that my arm wasn’t jiggled by the leash. It’s great because I like the companionship even if we don’t talk much. Here are a few of the pictures I got today.
Valentine’s Day was very nice. DH got home in the late afternoon and had a present for me. It was very unexpected! We went to IHOP for dinner. While it’s not a romantic location, we both like the food and it’s generally quiet enough that we can have a conversation. Which we did…about politics, dogs, and other stuff. Since I only get to spend about a weekend a month with him, that’s more important that some fancy schmancy dinner.
DH has been gone since 7 am today and won’t be home for another 2 hours, at least. The dogs and I slept in and napped most of the morning. You’ve seen the results of my afternoon. Tonight I plan to watch the beginning of the new season of The Amazing Race. It’s interesting to see the places they travel. I think I’ll work some more on my neck warmer. Looks like I might need it this week with the temperatures dropping again.
Tomorrow morning DH is bringing his car in for some work and I plan to follow him to town. We’ll have some breakfast and this great restaurant before I get on the road. I hope to have some time along the way to do get some more pictures…especially if there is still loads of snow left in Iowa.
Then it’s back to work and the usual stuff. I’ll be in and out of town again this week for meetings and training stuff. Yes, I’ll be glad when all this traveling back and forth to the Quad Cities is over. But I’m learning a lot about the college, which is extremely helpful. There is also an academic librarians meeting this week that I’m planning to attend up at our campus in Moline. So far all the librarians I’ve met here in IL and nearby IA have been extremely welcoming and helpful.
Now I’m trying to decide when I can travel over to eastern IL to visit my parents. I’m hoping for the first or second weekend in March. That sounds like it should be far in the future, but this year is moving along so quickly. Wow!
The weather this weekend has been perfect. Today we decided to play miniature golf. After that, we stopped for some ice cream and went to check out the big letters on the hill. The videos are from there.
These are things that I see on my drive home. Just thought I’d share.
We originally planned to go to the Eisenhower Center in Abilene today, but when we got to the town, we changed our mind and visited the Greyhound Hall of Fame instead. They have two resident retired racers, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Abbey.
|Greyhound Hall of Fame and Museum|
And here are a couple of pictures from the Oz Museum. Toto willingly posed for the pictures. It’s his official job at the museum. He’s paid in dog treats, of course!
On the front page of the paper tonight was the news that the Kansas legislature is requiring Regents schools (of which LittleU is one) to cut budgets u to 7% over two years. Doesn’t sound like a huge amount, does it? But this year we are on a flat budget. No gain, no growth, nothing added. To help make up for this guess what happens? Tuition goes up. Not too much and probably really not enough to cover things like rising energy costs, food costs, materials, etc. You get the picture.
Kansas does a lousy job of supporting higher education. Heck, at this rate, can you even say that they are supporting higher education? Sure doesn’t sound like it.
The state (and this likely applies to almost every state in this country) and the federal government are misspending our money. I hate to think what kind of waste we would see if an independent, honest audit was allowed. The outrage across the country would be unbelievable. And don’t think it’s just one party doing it.
Our politicians ceased caring about the people of this country a long time ago. The current presidential campaign makes me feel ill because of all the crap that is spilling out of the mouths of both of the two major party candidates. I’ve become so jaded that I really don’t believe an eighth of what any person in our state or national government says…because talking and action are two different things. Too much talk.
It’s time the people of this country find a way to really make ourselves heard. More than heard. Felt! I don’t know how to start this, but there has to be a way. I’m not a radical or anything even close. What I am is an American who is deeply concerned about the direction my country is taking. As an American citizen I have a duty to help find a way to fix it.
What are you going to do?