So, this is the weekend. On Friday, we worked all day in our "new" office building (Character. It has Character.). In truth, I like the new place a lot--everybody is close by in this single building and I have nice view of the Red Herring. Hung the last picture on the wall and all was good. We got a lot done, ran home to feed the livestock, and then packed up for...
the Kathy Mattea show at the Research Park. We grabbed some Jimmy Johns and chips, a coupla beers, portable, comfy chairs, and got there about 6:30. Lovely outdoor stage. A nice slope (In Champaign-Urbana?) created clear sight lines and we had perfect weather. Roughly 1500 sweet, nice, polite midwesterners and their children and their dogs and their picnic baskets, applauding Ryan Groff's amazing voice and then nearly two hours of Kathy Mattea, featuring songs from her Coal CD as well as her mainstream work. All free. Because, y'know, we live in the C-U.
Followed by Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market--wonderful food, a sweet beagle up for adoption (Sigh), and a certain Chancellor making the rds., shaking the hands. Yard work made us feel very accomplished, followed by fresh grilled chicken (from the Moore Family Farm), fresh sweetcorn from the Market (and it has hit its peak!), fresh broccoli from Finnemurph Farms :), and two very small and extraordinarily tasty strawberries from same farm. Of course, there was the matter of the small back to school shopping trip squezzed into the afternoon. New clothes and Barnes and Noble required.
I like living here.