Monday, February 04, 2008

Wanna do some reading!?

Heather called me Friday afternoon and asked what my plans were for the weekend. I had told her that I was planning on running out to Brainerd so could see Mom and Isa before they leave for their annual winter travels. She told me about a large book sale that was happening at the mall in Hibbing and that Tom and Steph and the boys were going up there for the weekend, as well. My plans then changed, because I really didn't think I had enough books! Okay, Mom & Isa, you might want to disagree with me, on that statement. Since the two of you have helped me move how many times and my books always came with each time! But. . . I don't have enough yet. I am missing so many books on each of the Presidents, and so many authors I don't have yet. So on Sunday morning I stopped at the gas station and filled my car with gas and off I went up North! I did really good, and left with only three bags (Heather had 4, though was only going there to get one)! Heather, Steph, Denise and I had fun looking through tables full of all sorts of books and we all got a wide variety to fill our reading needs for a short time at least!

Instead of reading in the afternoon, when we returned, we opted to do something else. Shawn, Heather and the Kako's went ice fishing and Denise and I went to Velma's for a visit. Always nice to see her! She is so full of love and laughter and knowledge! I headed back way late and didn't make it far. My eyes couldn't be propped open with toothpicks any longer, so decided to close them in the Wal-mart parking lot in Cloquet. Slept good and continued to drive southward. Made it as far as Forest Lake and then the snow arrived. Cruise control had to come off and I just crept along to Cannon Falls observing 3 accidents.

As soon as I got into the office I sent off a few emails and read the ones that I have received. One of them was from my high school principal. The only ones who were at Cherry during the time that he was there was just H,I and J and he left the summer after J graduated. Amazing to hear that during part of the time living in Howard Lake he was actually the superintendent in Cokato. If I wasn't quite so self-absorbed at that time, I probably would have known that and gotten in touch with him earlier. Its always a great feeling to be able to thank the people who have had a huge influence in my life. And I am fortunate that I have been able to track him down to do just that. Now the books are sitting in my car and I can hear them calling for me, so I must get busy. If I can get things wrapped up here, I can at least answer one of them today.

~jen~

3 comments:

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Interesting post Jen. Yes, you have books! In Becky's post, I
wonder if she got a picture of the
dogs running. Would love to see
that sometime. We had the minister
from Finland and his wife for dinner last night. Made "mojakka"
which they liked. Apple Crisp for
desert using apples we had in our
freezer. Randy would have gotten
along fine with them. He knows a
few words of English but also their
personality is such that easy to be
with. Explanation: Services on the I.R. got cancelled due to cold
windy weather and Randy would have
had them and their chauffeur for the night. dk

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

I would like to take a moment to clarify my amount of books. I clearly remember saying that I shouldn't go to teh book sale as I would buy too many books. Shawn had some bizzarre answer like "exercise self control" not sure that that means :). Steph says, I'll make sure she gets one bag of books - Well she did make sure I got one, came home with 4 and have read 4 books so far, sadly not one of them is the text book for the class I'm taking. I have to get through these books so I can donate them to a book drive we may be having in March :)
Happy Reading!!

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

If you want to relieve any quilt about buying too many books, take them to Half Price books after reading them... You'll earn money to buy more and won't accumulate more than you can store or carry. The only trouble is when you go sell books there, it is hard to not buy more!
-b