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I’m off to Illinois this weekend to find a place to live. Things are moving fast now. Fortunately my in-laws like me and are putting up with me again for the next couple of days.

Hoping I find a decent place to live for the next year.

Glad that the next time I do this trip, I’ll be starting my new job. My January trip to Kansas will be by train, so I can sleep, knit, and read along the way.

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My dog nephew (yes, we’re one of those weird families who consider our animals as part of the family) tends to groan as he lays down. Almost like all the tension goes out of him as relaxes and he has to vocalize it.

Charley seems to have really enjoyed his visit…at least when I’ve been nearby. The main reason he came with me was to see if he’d fit into the household up here. After my brother and SIL’s older died several weeks ago, we offered them Charley to add a second doggy presence to their house again. However, Charley made his wishes well known. He is my dog and is determined to have things remain that way. Although he’s getting along fine with his cousin and has had a great time exploring the fenced backyard, it appears that he knows where he belongs. (Maybe he know from the moment he jumped into my car.)

Except for not having DH along, this has been the perfect visit. Relaxing. Great weather today. Wonderful people to hang out with. Yarn fun. A trip to Trader Joe’s.

Tomorrow I make the long drive back. Tuesday I’ll be back at work. It’s another short week that will be busy with one instruction session, weeding, getting things ready for Composition classes, making a couple more displays, search committee work, and anything else that is sure to pop up as we go along.

DH helped me move the big stuff, bed and love seat, down to LittleUtown this weekend. So, I’m basically all settled in and enjoying the quiet. And I finally got some pictures to share with you.

This is the living room area. I like having a nice big window. And being on the second floor means that I look out into the top of a tree, kind of like living in a treehouse.

I have NO counter space in the kitchen which makes cooking interesting. And the front door is right there on the left side of the second picture.

Then there is the bedroom area. We had these covered shelves that work well to divide the space up. I have a nice window in the bedroom area also.

If you come and visit, here is the front of my apartment. I’ve got the welcome mat out for you.

I finally got to knitting group last night after a few months absence. It was nice to sit, talk, and work on my socks. I’m almost done! It’s good I haven’t finished yet because I forgot the new skein in BigUtown.

Last night at Kiwanis, I was inducted and made an official member. I got a little pin, a folder full of stuff, and a hat. The woman who inducted me was the first female member of the club here. Really quite the honor!

The students are now back on campus and classes started today. The library is getting busier, although it’s mostly people printing out class schedules and stuff like that. It’s good to see the campus come alive. We’re starting to plan our instruction sessions. I’m also working on some new displays. One is going to be about the National Book Festival coming up in September. One of these years, I hope to attend it.

Friday bright and early I’m headed up to see my brother, SIL, and parents in IL. While there I’m heading to Stitches Midwest. My plan is to bring only a small amount of cash so I’m not too tempted at the huge market. I’m also looking forward to checking out demos and generally being around other knitterly people.

I’m heading out to Denver this afternoon for a conference. Not bringing a laptop with me, so I won’t be blogging for the next few days. See you when I get back! (maybe someday I’ll have DH guest blog for me. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?! *grin*)

And I’m knitting a sock. I might even have a finished sock by the end of the trip. About 4 inches into the first sock’s cuff at the moment.

Almost over

Posted on: July 27, 2008

I’ve got that vacation-is-almost-over depression setting in. A bit worse than the usual Sunday depression since I’ve had a wonderful week at home with DH and the dogs (and other house guests as well.)

The next several days are going to be very busy. I still have to finish preparing for my presentation at the end of the week. And then I’ll be home with enough time to do some laundry and pack for the trip to Denver.

I’m looking forward to the workshop at the end of the week, although I’d gladly do without making a presentation. Fortunately it’s just a 1/2 hour workshop format, so not as painful. Reference Renaissance promises to be interesting and informative. I hope to bring back some good information to share with work colleagues.

Also on the to-do list for the week is planning the training session for the university’s ambassadors (the students who provide tours to prospective tours.) I hope to finish the planning for SWARM International and start rounding up volunteers.

What else? I’ve got a program proposal to write for an upcoming conference. There is a program that I’d like to see us try with incoming freshman and I need to get the proposal/plan written for that.

I’ve also got a few follow-up things to do for the Summer Institute before I can officially declare my job done with that.

Then there is the usual job stuff, like gift books, reference collection weeding, desk hours, etc. And I’m the person in charge of the department for the next few days since our head is still on vacation. Whee.

It’s likely I won’t get much sleep tonight (which is typical for Sundays) as my mind spins through all the things I need to do this week.

I do think I was pretty successful about shutting that stuff off in general this past week. For me, that’s a huge accomplishment. It bodes well for the upcoming meditation retreat.

Yes, this is my life.

DH and I celebrated our anniversary early (since I’ll be workshopping on the actual day.) We went to see the X-Files this afternoon and then had dinner at Famous Dave’s. DH gave me a pretty pair of earrings that I’d seen in a shop window a few weeks back. So far, I’ve not got his present. Although I did have an inspiration today. Fortunately I’ll be in the neighborhood later this week where I plan to get his gift.

And KS is hot. HOT! And humid. I’m all done with summer now. kthxbai


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