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While I move and get settled I will not have internet access. My wireless modem should arrive by Monday and I hope to be back online by the beginning of the week.

Have a great weekend everyone! Mine will be bittersweet.

And until I return, I’ve scheduled posts of Christmas music for your viewing and listening enjoyment.

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While life is kind of exciting around here at the moment, there isn’t much to really blog about. Or maybe I’m just being modest. Meh.

The office packing has begun. Tomorrow night I plan to work on packing up the apartment. The library is doing a food drive beginning next week, so I’ll bring in any non-perishables I don’t want to mess with transporting. It’s a “food for fines” thing and if we aren’t doing something like that (and do charge fines) at my next place, I think I’ll start it. Fines don’t really add much money to the budget anyway and it’s a goodwill thing for the students.

I spent an hour on the phone and internet yesterday getting all my utilities set up for the new place. Decided to get cable and am hoping that I won’t become addicted to TV again. I’m watching almost none anymore and am much more relaxed. Decided to go with wireless internet since the only extra expense was the router and once I have that it’s ours to keep. The only other thing I’ll probably get once I’m there is a subscription to the local paper. It feels good to have that stuff out of the way.

Joined a scarf exchange on Facebook. Waiting to hear from my partner about any allergies and preferences before heading out to buy yarn. Fortunately we have until mid-January to get the scarf knit, so I’ve got some time.

I was given a gift from the library today at our staff meeting. It’s a LittleU Christmas ornament. It will fit in with the general idea of our Christmas tree. DH gets me an ornament each year that is supposed to signify something significant about that year. My time here has been an important part of my life and it will be nice to hang that next year. There will be no tree this year since I won’t be there to put it up and I’m not moving all that stuff with me. I might get one of those little live trees in a pot so my apartment isn’t completely un-Christmasy. But that’s about all I’ll have room for.

In general, I don’t feel all that sad about leaving. I think it hasn’t completely sunk in yet and probably really won’t until next week when I’m walking out the door. Also, the one person who has had been my closest ally and friend here has also found another job. Things are definitely going to change around the LittleU library in the next several months. I wish them well.

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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I have finished knitting the heel flap on Sock 2 of Pair #1. (Sorry no pictures yet!) I will be turning the heel – maybe tonight. After getting the gusset done, it’s pretty much smooth sailing/knitting to the toe. Depending on how busy/tired I am this weekend, I will probably have a complete pair of socks by Sunday night.

Time to wind the next skein of sock yarn. It also might be time to stop by the LYS for some thicker yarn for warm winter socks.

Can you believe it’s mid-August? Looking forward to sweater and wool sock weather.

In moving news, I’m almost moved into my studio. Actually slept there on the air mattress last night. After that I’m really looking forward to having a regular bed! I’ve been unpacking things as I bring them over and am fairly settled already. One great thing about a small space is you have to be very selective about what you have. There is a large outdoor light outside my sleeping area window and I’m considering getting blackout curtains for that window. It’s nice having my own space here. I am sitting with my decision not to get cable, so I’ll either not watch tv during the week or I’ll watch movies.

Our Walmart now has a Redbox in it and I’ve rediscovered the joy of renting $1 movies. While I still like Netflix for those hard to find things, I like being able to drive over to Walmart and grab a movie quick. Seems like a decent selection of fairly recent stuff. And you can reserve online. (Okay, I’m starting to sound like a Redbox commercial.)

We did 14 tours for international students today at the library. I was responsible for organizing all of this and I’m very pleased with how smoothly it flowed. I’ve already shown you the brochure I designed. In addition to that, they also received 50% off coupons for the library’s coffee shop. I was glad we got to participate and hope that this will continue. There are some other follow-up things that I’m planning, but I’m sure that it will be less students than we saw today.

Tomorrow, I’m off to pick up a gift book collection for the library. Between all the teaching and everything else this fall, I’ll have another gift collection to process. It’s going to be a busy fall around here.


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