Exactly a Year Ago We Were Unpacking

Tonight I looked over the last year’s worth of this blog, and I am pleased to report that I am still thrilled to be here. Tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of my job at ECU. I still marvel at the fact that we packed it all up and moved over a weekend and I started the new job the very next Monday.

Last week I spent a week in Boone working at the Watauga Humane Society rummage sale, which is something I’ve been doing for over 15 years. I truly love that rummage sale. Besides using my organizational skills to sort shoes, handbags, belts & luggage, I totally enjoy the other volunteers. Some of them are people who have been doing this sale for as long as I have or even longer. This year we made over $18,000. In years past we made more money, and we need to be thinking about ways to increase that amount once again.

While in Boone, I was a guest in my own house – that is, the tenants renting our house co-existed with us for a few days. It all seemed OK to me – I hope we didn’t bother them too much. We took the dogs along with us and they totally loved being there. It was cooler than usual last week – during the last weeks of July it’s usually kind of hot – but it was between the mid-50’s and the mid-70’s every day. It’s been a cool, rainy summer. Even in eastern N.C. it has not been as blistering as usual.

I DO miss the Boone summers alot – I love the green foliage and the cool weather crops – although to be fair, my basil in Greenville is doing fantastic and if I were living in Boone right now it would be moldy basil, if I had any at all! I also brought back a moderate case of poison ivy which is something about Boone I DO NOT miss – unfortunately I was not able to clip some jewel weed to bring along to help with the itch.

At work we’re having an executive retreat next week and I am supposed to be coming up with a 3-5 minute summary about the division I oversee. I’ve been pondering this and will add something about it soon.

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