Happy Presidents' Day, everyone. It's not an official holiday at Aurora University, where I had my first day today. Light traffic, probably because of the holiday. I mostly just filled out HR forms and got my computer and phone set up. My class doesn't start for another few weeks.
I had a three-day weekend between jobs, and spent it at my parents' in Wisconsin, with my sister's family, too. We celebrated the February birthdays: I made a felt-covered journal for my niece (inspired by Paper and String, one of my favorite felt blogs). I have a lot of those felt letters left from the Jesse Tree, so I'll be personalizing lots of things. We had a fun weekend with the family and played lots of games: Delmuti , Cranium, and Pass the Bomb.
I started a scarf for my brother-in-law (above). My sister suggested something conservative, so I decided to use this brown/blue/grey sock yarn from a swap partner in a cool "woven" pattern. I didn't realize it would curl at the ends, so if that doesn't block out, I may have to figure out some way to fix it. It's on size 3 needles, but I already have about a foot done, so I hope to finish it before winter is over.
While in Wisconsin, Ed, my sister and I went cross-country skiing. It was just like old times for me and Amy, complete with a bota bag of red wine! We went to Menomonee Park, which was really nicely groomed. The weather was great too. Ed and I hope to go back in March if there's still snow.
Another February happening: Chinese New Year. Ed and I braved sub-zero wind chills to see the parade. See photos at our adoption blog.Last but not least, I said goodbye after nine years at U.S. Catholic. (That's a picture of my office, before the big clean-out!) I didn't realize how sad it would be to pack up nine years of my work life. I threw a lot out, but I still had a lot of crap (now stored in our study/future nursery). I have a nice but temporary office at AU, so I won't be moving too much there very soon. On my last day (the 14th) I brought doughnuts and bagels for the whole company. There were quite a few tearful goodbyes. I made a lot of friends there, and did a lot of good work. I will miss it.
In the midst of all this, Valentine's Day kind of got lost. I didn't even see my "sweetheart" since Ed had class that night. I did have a drink with my friend Jane after work. She reminded me that when I taught her class for a semester about 10 years ago, I told her that I hated it and would never do it again! I hope I like it better this time around.