march 9, 2018

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“You do not become good by trying to be good,
but by finding the goodness that is already within you,
and allowing that goodness to emerge.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

 

hilarity (snapseed)

 

Way back in 2009 I attended the Humanity Academy (I talked about it in a 2013 post). Every couple of years our fearless leader, Marietta Watts (far left), brings us together for continued discussions. Today was just such an event with around 40 graduates in attendance. We did some serious work, but we also laughed…a lot. I was snorting. In fact, everyone at our table was snorting at one time or another. Admittedly, and I think all the attendees would agree, we were the fun table (I know you find that hard to believe).

 

let somebody else take the picture (snapseed)

 

Two-thirds of our table went through HA together in 2009; Annie Bassoni, Di Black (above far right), Ella Muhovic (below), and myself. (Marie graduated in 2013.) I hadn’t seen Di and Ella since we graduated, but it didn’t make any difference. We picked up where we left off, although I had forgotten just how funny Di is. I’d also forgotten that she sounds oddly like Comedianne-turned-Tea-Partier Victoria Jackson (except Di’s actually funny). She and Annie had us in tears most of the day. A co-worker’s husband, Beau Steenken, a graduate of the most recent HA class (below with Ella), was a brave man. Not only did he sit with us, he fit right in. He was a real treat to get to know, too. He’s one of the girls now; a keeper. The Humanity Academy helped me grow as a person, and from other graduates I was given some of the most meaningful friendships I’ve ever had. For many of us the Humanity Academy experience continues to enrich our lives at work, at home, and the world at large. We’ve got Marietta Watts to thank for that. The University of Kentucky is privileged to have her on the team, and we’re all better people because of her.

 

ideas (snapseed)

january 28, 2018

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“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

 

a cake wedge

 

The January babies of SCRC (minus Matt Harris since he was transferred to Young Library last year) had dinner to celebrate our birthdays. We were joined by The Lunch Ladies since we never celebrate their birthdays, especially poor Marie whose birthday falls in the 4th of July. We’re never at work on her birthday. So, this year, we decided to celebrate all our birthdays now. We enjoyed a fabulous meal, and afterward, we shared this hunk of chocolate cake. As you can see, it was huge. Even still, the photo doesn’t do it justice. It was nearly half a cake, and with the five of us each taking a generous slice from it, we still had leftovers. I think we may have started a new tradition, and I, for one, am very pleased by it.

 

January babies

june 13, 2017

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“Who wouldn’t feel happy upon receiving a bonus at work, being rescued from a mountain cliff, or clean water to drink in a desert? The trick is cultivating gratitude for the things we take for granted, and even the people and circumstances that normally make us hopping mad.” ~ Unknown

 

15 and 25

 

Last week Marie and I got our latest service awards. UK gives out service awards for every five years of employment. The kick is that you have to work an extra year to get each one. This year it was slightly longer since I’m now two months into my seventeenth year. And that’s alright because I think we’re both pretty happy to be employed. I know we’re happy to work together. What gifts! (and the clock is okay, too)

february 23, 2017

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“This week: Stop stressing over shitty people.” ~ Unknown

 

out of focus

 

The lunch ladies had special treats today. Mama Heis (Elaine) was in town and wanted to have lunch with the lunch ladies. She drove by campus to pick up Crystal, Marie and I, and we met Stacy at Ramsey’s. We enjoyed a few laughs, lots of hugs, good talks, and we all walked out without having pie in solidarity with my diet. I love my lunch ladies, and we all love Mama Heis. A good time – and full bellies – was had by all.

 

a gaggle of gals

october 7, 2016

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“Respect yourself enough to say ‘I deserve peace,’ and walk away from people or things that prevent you from attaining it.” ~ Jerico Silvers

 

party of four (snapseed)
party of four (snapseed)

 

Mama Heis (Crystal’s mom, Elaine) came to town and she joined the lunch ladies for a dining extravaganza at Ramsey’s. It was a gorgeous fall day in Kentucky, and with these three gals, life just doesn’t get much better. I hope you’re Friday was equally as special.

june 5, 2016

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“Listen to the wind. It talks. Listen to the silence. It speaks.
Listen to your heart. It knows.” ~ Unknown

 

granny and her babies
granny and her babies

 

This afternoon Marie and Robert Dale threw a high school graduation party for their oldest grandchild, Alexis (left). This young woman has endured a lot in her young life, and yet she has graduated with a scholarship to Campbellsville University. She’ll start in the fall. She’s pictured here with Marie, her brother Isaiah, and her first cousin/sister Skyla.

 

there's one in every crowd
there’s one in every crowd

 

Isaiah smashed cake on Alexis’ face, and someone repaid the favor. The last time I saw Isaiah he was a short, chubby little guy. Now his voice has dropped, he’s grown at least six inches, and he’s on the high school wrestling team. Marie and Robert gained custody of all three kids several years ago. The five of them act as a singular family unit so that you’d never know they weren’t parent and child. And they’re happy – all of them! Becky Ryder, Crystal Heis, and I carpooled to Paris for the party. They were a joy to be with of course. Seeing Marie with her family was a joy, but most of all, I was so proud of Alexis. She’s a beautiful, kind young woman who is going to do great things. Doggone it, I love a happy ending, and today was one. I was honored to be part of it.

 

Aunties
Aunties

november 18, 2015

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“Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine!”
~ Jennie Finch

 

new favorite
lunch lady reflections

 

The Lunch Ladies made a trek to the University’s latest eatery, la Madeleine. It seemed fitting that we should try French given recent events. We loved it the moment we walked through the door. They serve breakfast all day. Lord help me! They also have incredible desserts and pastries made fresh in the store every morning, so we were told. It’s a little pricey, but not so bad that we won’t go back. The Lunch Ladies alone will keep the place in business. la Madeleine wins Wednesday.

 

baby tart
baby tart

october 31, 2015

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“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.”
~ Ausonius

 

the crew
the crew

 

Look at those smiles. This was exactly what I’d hoped for at the reception, and every picture I have from last night shows nothing but smiles. I’m told Stacy Yelton was so proud of me and the work that she was fluttering about singing praises to everyone who would listen. She played tour guide and took my family up to the sanctuary where they all sang Amazing Grace together. I’m really sorry I missed that. How do you repay that kind of support? I’m speechless yet again.

october 30, 2015

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“You can’t make everyone happy. You are not pizza.” ~ Unknown

 

above and beyond
above and beyond

 

The artist’s reception for Sacred Spaces was held this evening at First Presbyterian Church’s gallery. Stacy, Marie, and Crystal took off work early to help me set up. I swear, I don’t know what I would have done without them. Annie Bassoni arrived with pinwheels and the most beautiful dahlia flowers. Jeanne Marie Hibbard’s incredible dips were a hit. Tamara Bayer’s enormous contribution of shrimp was enjoyed by everyone. I was, and am, simply humbled by their kindness. As the evening wore on, and I became more occupied with guests, I would catch a glimpse of Marie or Crystal from time to time. They were either refilling veggie trays and cider carafes, making coffee, or just making sure everyone had everything they needed. After the last guests left, I returned to the kitchen to find they’d already washed the dishes and bagged the leftovers. How do you ever repay that kind of friendship? Without their help I would have made a disaster of the evening, and I’d still be cleaning. Crystal and Marie leave me speechless, and I’m more grateful than words can convey to Stacy, Jeanne Marie, Annie, Marlon Hurst and the 50+ family and friends, new and old, that came to see the work.

 

the younger version of above and beyond
above and beyond part two

 

august 26, 2015

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“We get so worried about being pretty. Let’s be pretty kind; pretty funny; pretty smart; pretty strong.”
~ Unknown

 

Marie
Marie

 

Special Collections had our Open House today to mark the first day of classes. It’s always a fun time, but they (the committee that put this together) really outdid themselves this year. In celebration of the Sesquicentennial, they gave away cute little Cokes. Marie had her hair fixed just for the occasion (not really). She was, as usual, an incredible hostess. Everybody loves her, and rightfully so. Maybe the best part, though, was the photo booth. We all had way too much fun with it (see below). Marie, Crystal, and I waited patiently for our little strip. When it popped out I took one look and said, “I love us!” I do. I truly love these women, and all my co-workers, frankly. They all work really hard to make Special Collections a wonderful place to be.

 

i love us (snapseed)
i love us (snapseed)
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