Cold Weather Lesson

Can I talk about the weather?

We’ve been struggling a bit with some well-below zero (F) temps around here. Not cold enough to kill the pine beetle infestation (you need 4 days of below -35F for that) but cold enough to make life darn tricky….

We’ve worked out most of the office heat issues. We have a great landlord and we have little mitsubishi electric heating/cooling units in most of the offices…. although we now realize it was a mistake to not install one in the bathroom…. but, generally, they are very efficient and cozy.

This morning I was outside messing around with the tractor (What? Am I the ONLY arts administrator who owns a tractor? I don’t believe it.) and I had my gloves on and off a few times and I was thinking, “Oh, I think it is warming up…. I feel pretty good.”

I went in the house and what was the temperature? A balmy one degree below zero.

So let this be a lesson…. you really CAN adapt to anything.

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Cold Weather Lesson

Freida Fligelman Book Signing

This just in from Drumlummon Institute.

Alexandra Swaney, co-editor of Notes for a Novel: The Selected Poems of Frieda Fligelman, will be signing copies of Frieda’s book at the Montana Book Company this Sunday, Dec. 21, from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Please join us if you can.Emily Donahoe, the arts writer for the Helena Independent Record, has written a marvelous profile of Frieda, published today in the IR’s Your Time section. To read Emily’s article online, go to http://helenair.com/articles/2008/12/18/yourtime/55yt_081218_frieda.txt

As many of you know…. Alex was our Folklife Director until her retirement two years ago and we adore her and her work.

Freida Fligelman Book Signing

WEEK THREE- WALLS, FLOORS & OTHER SURFACES Friday

FRIDAY: Today we are cleaning the new floors we’ve found in the last few weeks. Tidy & tape up cords. Vacuum if needed. Sit back & be impressed with yourself.

Oh, and if you are looking for cord organizing inspiration check out lifehacker.

Mmm… a quick search of “cord organizing” produced lots of articles.

So did “peripheral organizing” Especially once I spelled “peripheral” correctly.

I’m especially fond of this one because #3 shows my favorite thing… binder clips. (And, yes, I do use them kinda like this.)

WEEK THREE- WALLS, FLOORS & OTHER SURFACES Friday

WEEK THREE- WALLS, FLOORS & OTHER SURFACES Thursday

THURSDAY: We all spend so much of our lives in our office…. It should be a pleasant place to be. Today is an easy day. Spend 15 minutes surrounding yourself with things you love & getting rid of the rest. Update the pictures you have & toss the water (and coffee) stained notes that no longer apply to what you are doing. Dust. Take home the extra personal items that accumulate in everyone’s office. (All those jackets you wore in during the chilly morning and left here during the sunny afternoons.)

WEEK THREE- WALLS, FLOORS & OTHER SURFACES Thursday

WEEK THREE- WALLS, FLOORS & OTHER SURFACES Wednesday

WEDNESDAY: Today is about the walls, floors & other surfaces in places beyond your immediate work area.

Walk out of the office & walk back in. Take a fresh look. What hits your eyes first? What needs to be done? Spend 15 minutes (no more) on something that catches your eye. (I, personally, will be digging out my handy-dandy labeler and re-labeling the file drawers I moved around early this week. Um, yes, I DID just move FY09 into a fresh drawer…. and, um, YES, FY09 DID start July 1st…. baby steps, jeez.)

WEEK THREE- WALLS, FLOORS & OTHER SURFACES Wednesday

WEEK THREE- WALLS, FLOORS & OTHER SURFACES Tuesday

TUESDAY: Clean off the junk on your bulletin board (yes, I do have the holiday schedule from 1999 under all that junk…. I will toss it) & put up cards or pictures that inspire you. This includes the space around your computer monitor. It clutters the brain. Clear off & tidy up all the sticky notes around your work space…. Make it simple & peaceful.

WEEK THREE- WALLS, FLOORS & OTHER SURFACES Tuesday