Here we go, then.
|Cali Swimmy waited in the car for me during the race.|
|Promptly ran into a student before the race.|
|The starting line.|
|FINISHED!! I was JUST across the line in this one, still|
dripping sweat, still red, still breathing hard, but all smiles.
|Ran into my student again, with her dad.|
|I'll take it! About what I expected.|
|These legs ran a half marathon!|
|Solfege and cowbells.|
|Duchess (long-haired cat) was here (my bed).|
|Some mornings, it's so hard to leave her...but someone's|
got to bring home the tuna.
|"It's okay Mommy. I'll nap for you today."|
|My coworker, Bonnie, was having a rough morning, so|
I did this.
|Trading one lab (piano) for another (computer).|
|Stopped at the Halloween store...the options are dismal. No,|
Spirit, I don't particularly feel like wearing a "naughty"
costume to SCHOOL.
|I got the race photo email on Thursday. This is from Mile 8,|
and it made me smile. I ordered one from the finish. I love
my swinging ponytail behind me!
|Because of midterms, I had to be at school|
at 7:00 in the morning.
|But in good news, I was able to wear my|
choir hoodie for the first time in ages.
|Our International Baccalaureate program held an International|
festival after school.
|Three muffins. Not sure if this is an art installation|
commenting on wastefulness and consumerism, or just
lazy teenagers. Hmm.
|The Bear. It's full name is Madison Bear Garden. I adore the|
Bear and hadn't eaten there in years.
|So I stopped in for dinner and a pint of Angry Orchard.|
|If the Bear has changed, it's only been to add more crap|
to the ceiling.
|I finally got my post-race cheeseburger. There was a point|
in the week where it occurred to me I ought to have said
burger at The Bear. DUH.
|Uh, Cali, you've got lettuce...just...there...|
|Selfie with all the carved-in names.|
|So turns out, Chico's getting a new arts center! The current|
Performing Arts Center is very out-dated.
After dinner, I wandered onto campus before an evening band rehearsal. Chico State might be a "mere" state school, but the campus is gorgeous. There's a creek running through it, so many trees, a rose garden, art and sculpture...it's beautiful.
|Kendall Hall, the admin building.|
|Laxson Auditorium, behind the trees.|
|Close-up of Kendall Hall. I learned this weekend that this is|
where the original Chico Normal School (a teaching college)
was located, but it was gutted by fire in the 1920s. Then
Kendall Hall was built.
|Chico's motto, "Today Decides Tomorrow," above the|
door to Kendall.
|The stories this old tree could tell!|
|Along the creek.|
|One of the foot bridges had collapsed.|
|I stopped by the rose garden.|
|...With my duck.|
|Trinity Hall bell tower.|
|Found some old friends in the band scrapbook!|
|Harlen Adams Theater. The last time I played in here was|
2001. It's still purple, but happily, the orange, pink and
yellow chairs had been updated.
|This is why I was in Chico.|
|I've been back to Chico a few times since 2001, but the|
ole Buffet had not.
|I did not stay here Friday night, but I once did during Finals|
Week after a nasty roommate situation got even worse.
Not the nicest hotel, but great old sign.
|I can think of worse places to sip tea and eat a protein plate|
from Starbucks on a Saturday morning.
|Class of 2001, baby.|
|It's just so beautiful!|
|Artsy shot of my French connections...|
|Five years at that school and I never once played the School|
Hymn, or even knew its words.
|The stapler was gone.|
|Chico has many things to boast about. I believe this is among|
the Top 10.
|I mean, I'm 5'2" so this sucker is well over 4 feet tall.|
|There was a fun Harvest thing going on where all the shops|
downtown were having sidewalk sales.
|Collier Hardware is a Chico institution. To the left of the|
aisle, bottom shelf: Yes, those are KitchenAid mixers in
every possible color of the rainbow.
|I was happy to see that House of Rice is still around. It's|
a packed-to-the-rafters Asian Imports store that reminds
of the Chinese population that lived in Chico back in the
days of the railroad and Gold Rush.
|I used to see movies here. It's not a movie theater anymore.|
|Even the backs of buildings are adorable.|
|I had never been in here. Not much to it for the $5 "suggested"|
donation that they pretty much insist you pay.
|An old church.|
|This massive old redwood took over the sidewalk years ago.|
|Dismayed to see that Tacos de Acapulco (Tacos de, to us)|
is now Tacos "Mary," complete with inappropriate
|Five and I.|
|I had decided to walk out to my last apartment, where I|
lived for my last two years. This was about three blocks
from there. I used to have to drive to school at night,
despite living so near, because I was afraid of being
attacked. Very, very profound.
|This is half a block from my old apartment. You get used|
to the train noise.
|I loved living here. I had a one-bedroom apartment. It was here|
where my parents surprised me with Millie in 1999. It was
the first time I truly lived on my own.
|Number 25 (upstairs) was mine. It was a nice little home for|
two years. I made it really cute in a "college chic" way and
I always felt safe there.
|There are five streets in downtown, where a lot of students|
live, and they go in this order: Chestnut, Hazel, Ivy, Cherry,
Orange. All tree names, and...do you see it?! They spell
|I had a bit of time so I drove up the Skyway to the town of|
Paradise. On the way back down, I stopped at this turnout.
|One last pic before the concert. That's the PAC.|