I heart Chicago! The El is urban fun. The Walnut Room at Macy’s State Street has traditional food and is housed in the oh so, shopalicious, block-wide, seven stories high, Marshall Field’s building. And, I love, love the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park. Look deep inside this gigantic piece of shimmering metal, see yourself and the city reflected there, and let your troubles float away.
We’re sort of on a kick about birds at the Blue Ridge Branch. Operation Wildlife volunteer Bill Whinery recently presented The Night Shift program, which featured 5 owls: Slate, Bopper, Bam-Bam, Bardleigh, and Foster. Here are some facts I learned about these beautiful birds:
Owl babies grow to the same size as their parents within 30 days of hatching, but they are big balls of fluffy feathers for many weeks.
My husband and I have three young adults. When our oldest started kindergarten, I drove her to school. One day as I watched her walk down the hall to her class, a teacher whose children had grown up said to me, "Tomorrow she will graduate." My thoughts were, how can this be? Today, that daughter is in her third year of college. Our middle child will graduate this year, and our youngest will graduate in 2013. I’m thankful for the advice from mothers who encouraged me to keep a journal of the cute things they have said.
Christmas!! Why not make some fun and unusual presents. Check out the book entitled Photojojo! by Amit Gupta. The subtitle tells it all: insanely great photo projects and DIY ideas. One of my favorite projects in this book is how to make photo slider puzzles and photo Rubik’s cubes. I have decided to try my hand at making both of these items.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve started replacing my car trips with bicycle trips. Grocery store, work, and even dates often now take place on my bike. Bicycle to the grocery store? Bicycle to work? You must think I’m crazy. I know sometimes my co-workers think I am. But when you stop to think about it for a minute, the benefits become clear: First, it’s cheap! With gasoline in the $2.50 range, even short trips in a car start to stretch the budget. Second, it’s fun and relaxing! I love the challenge of making it up a hill and the exhilaration of speeding down the other side.
Have you ever felt confused by all of your genealogy information? Like you are swimming in so many facts that it is hard to keep your head above the water? Well, the Midwest Genealogy Center has a new form that will hopefully help to alleviate your research hardships. Our new form is the Research Checklist. The primary purpose of the checklist is to keep track of what information you have already found on an individual and what you need to be looking for.
Every Monday and Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., we have Laptime at the Red Bridge Branch. Laptime is a time for parents or grandparents and children (3 and under) to come and learn colors, shapes, animals, songs and much, much more!
We start by identifying an animal; where they live, what noise they make, and what they eat. After we’ve identified the animal, we open with the song "If You’re Happy and You Know It."
My interest in astronomy was first fueled by growing up under star-laden nights and watching the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights) dance across the heavens. That appetite was further whetted after discovering a book my father had. It was a 1928 edition of In Starry Realms by Robert S. Ball, Sr (1840-1913). Not expecting to find it still in print, I was thrilled to find it on WorldCat.