Year in Review 2012

Beacon Peak Hike, Death Valley

Beacon Peak Hike, Death Valley

We’ve had a very calm year, which is always good.  Dennis and I went to Las Vegas over my spring break as a jumping off point for hiking in Death Valley.  Las Vegas was…interesting, most especially people watching and discovering that Red Bull with vodka is the college kids drink of choice, so much for the war on drugs. Hiking in Death Valley was fantastic and it was great to be sweating in the sunshine in March .

My niece was married in Bay View, Michigan Labor Day weekend so that along with daughter Leigh starting a “real job” in Madison August 1st  was enough excitement for the whole year. allfamily

Leigh is finance and operations director for the United Council of UW Students.  (I had to look that up to get it right.)  The Council is supported by voluntary contributions from University of Wisconsin students and the mission is to lobby & advocate for the students. Right now the hot issues are university funding, limiting tuition increases and a Wisconsin “Dream Act.” That smashes my stereotype I was thinking Wisc. is way too cold to have undocumented high school graduates.

Leigh & Dennis Madison, WI

Leigh & Dennis Madison, WI

I was concerned about the finance part of Leigh’s job.  This is a kid who passed algebra by spending her every lunch hour with the teacher.  Leigh says not to worry: “It’s all QuickBooks Mom.”  Leigh seems to be flourishing in Madison.  It does seem like kids grow up later now.  Twenty-five years old and Leigh is for the first time in her own apartment with a salary, health insurance benefits and her very own bills to pay. Hooray!!

Leigh drove to Indianapolis for Christmas so we are having a very quiet holiday season. The first with just the two of us in 25 years! Dennis only has 2 days off work so we plan to spend any spare time cross-country skiing and catching up on sleep.

Jan skiing Mica, Rd.

Jan skiing Mica, Rd.

The Spokane community college libraries have been re-organized and the public library will be getting a new director.  This means we are both either are under new management or soon will be.  There is never a dull moment in library land.

Spokane Falls Community College Library
Spokane Falls Community College Library
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