Friday, October 01, 2010
A Lovely Autumn Adventure
I'm not supposed to have the twins during the day any more, based on Kristen's new schedule. Strangely, I find that I miss the little rascals! Kristen picked up yet another flu bug, so I've had them all week again. (BTW, she's much better and has them today). So yesterday I decided it was a good day to head north to the old work place for a little adventure. It is such fun to dress them up and take them somewhere to make everyone we see have a little better day - the smiles they bring to people's faces is such a fun thing.
So we headed up to CSU to say "hi" to the folks I worked with for so many years. We found so many changes on campus in the two years since I've been "retired." Much of it happened this summer - when I was there in July, I could hardly maneuver the stroller around because there was so much construction going on. Makes me wonder where they're getting the money for all these projects when the state is fussing about money all the time. But it sure looks nice. They have added a fountain and nice patio area with picnic tables to the east end of the building I worked in. The twins, who did not want a bath before we left home, were really wanting to take a bath here --
The campus is so gorgeous in the summer and fall. I always feel nostalgic when I walk around there - I don't miss the job per se, but I do miss the beautiful campus and the people. A large campus is like a microcosm of society - a small town actually. There is such an energy level as you walk around on a week day. If you come in the evening or the week-end, it is peaceful, almost eerily so. So I took a picture of the beautiful flower bed heading into the student center . . . .
. . . . and tried to get one of the littles posing in front - the sun was too bright . . .
. . . and they wanted to play with the flowers . . .
We headed into the student center to grab a little lunch. What a wonderful place for the students to eat, study, relax - so many areas for them to "be" have been added. We chose Taco Bell and ate lunch for $3.00. You don't see too many little ones eating in there, but they brought smiles to harried students' faces.
We rushed home to pick up the big girls from the day I like the least - Early Release Day - and decided to go out and brighten Great Grandma C's day in her Assisted Living apartment -- she is the eternal hostess and insisted on getting them some ice cream from the cafeteria -
Our lake has gone down tremendously - it is really owned by a ditch company in Greeley, and they take the water for irrigation when they need it. It usually goes down during the summer, but it is very low right now. The pelicans, who have been gone all summer, are back and wondering where their little cove has gone. They are spending their days, seemingly, guarding the smaller birds. The picture is fuzzy, but you get the idea.
I must go now and get ready to leave tomorrow for Maine. I have much to do and need to stay off the computer for the rest of the day! Ha. We will be with Kevin for most of the week. He and DC will play golf together on Monday for a T**n Challenge fund raiser. We'll be in the woods for half of the time, so I'll see if I can survive without connection with all of you! We'll spend a couple of nights with Groovy, stay at Midlife Mom's cabin and have dinner with them, and perhaps catch a few minutes with Maine Mom somewhere near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.
So I'll check with some of you tonight after the little munchkins are in bed, then from the hotel on Sunday, then I'll be out of touch.