Days 265 & 266 - Humbled
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Thank you all who shared your stories in your comments on my blog post from Thursday night (Day 264). I am so honored to have so many SparkFriends who are all doing good things for your own communities. You make my heart grow bigger.
I had a good day yesterday. It started with our faculty meeting. A tradition at the college is to have welcome gifts for the new employees at the beginning of the school year. The English professor Mike and I were both showered with gifts from the other faculty members and the Dean. Some of the gifts were funny (a shot glass with the parent college logo, a bowl of Skittles to soothe a stressed-out student) and some were touching (a piece of angelica root from one of the counselors who is native American, she told me about how her ancestors used the root as a medicine to calm yourself). It was a happy meeting with many warm sentiments shared.
I spent the day with Carla, the woman who had done the fiscal services part of my job for many years before retiring in 2014. She had come back for the month of July to fill in while they waited for me to start. She gave me much insight into the job, and gave me some much-needed training. She's coming back next Wednesday for another session, after I try flying solo for a couple days. I took her to lunch as a thank you for all her help. She's delightful.
At the end of the day, I found out that one of my Financial Aid technicians has decided to move back to Marysville and take a job at the main campus. She is really great, and I'm sorry to see her go, but glad that she'll be back in her home town and with her friends. She will be great in her new position. She also told me that my part-time FinAid tech wants to go back to full-time, which was a huge relief. That way, a new hire will receive superb training!
One of the best bits of news I got yesterday is that I'm going to have a designated parking space with a "Reserved for the Campus Operations Director" sign! Sometimes it's the little things that mean a lot!
I left campus just before 5pm and got home just as Steve was taking the dogs for their afternoon walk. I joined them, and then we came home to get ready for Joseph, Tim, and Lisa to arrive. We took them out for a quick boat ride, then came back and had wine and appetizers while dinner was cooking. We ate outside on the deck just as the sun was going down, and the stars were amazing! We could see the band of the Milky Way right overhead. It took our breath away.
Today is a tour of some local wineries (Steve has to work) and then Joseph is fixing dinner. It is going to be a great weekend!
I hope you experience something that takes your breath away today. It is both a reminder of the magnificence of creation and how infinitessimally small we all are in the Cosmos. We may be tiny, but we are magnificent too!
Keep Sparking, friends!