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In December 2008 Daniel and I traveled all over the place to see his family and mine. Earlier in the month I visited Andy in South Bend as she moved there shortly before to start a new job at Notre Dame University in the library there. Later in December we visited Daniel's family in Indiana and then Mom/Dad/Andy joined Daniel and I in Pewaukee for the holidays.


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I was comimg back from a trip through O'Hare for work and so I took the famed South Shore Line (Vomit Comet) to South Bend, not too bad a trip but the cars weren't in the best of shape


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The University was consumed with merriment - here's the staff/faculty Christmas party in the Main Building, there's a hand bell choir down below


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The building is an amazing structure, but perhaps the paint job here went a bit over the top


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Andy poses with Daniel's friend from college in Indiana now works in Student Services at ND


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Why prevent food recycling?


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This cookie should be much less cheerful - it's the last one left!


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Crescendo, bells!


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The Columbus murals in the Main Building have painted tassels surrounding them and the artists of a Milwaukee-area firm placed hidden characters amongst the tassels


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A hula dancer


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A fly-fishing hook


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Kermit the Frog


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A bowling pin


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What a fancy golf cart...perhaps a bit over done again though...


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It was cold...


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The Basilica of the Sacret Heart, the entrance near the Main Building says "God Country Notre Dame" a famous saying


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A soldier's helmet and I assume unit symbols of deceased alumni of ND perhaps from WWI


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Holy Chrism is prominently displayed at the back of the basilica


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Holy water


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Basil Moreau was the founder of the Order of the Holy Cross. Although the order was not the first to arrive in the area (the Jesuits as always had that honor in 1685 building a log chapel in 1686 on the short of St. Mary's Lake), the supression of the Jesuit order prevented their return and eventually the bishop offered the land in 1842 to the order for a university to be established within 2 years or the land would revert


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St. Mary on the top of the golden dome of the Main Building (color shifted to be green in honor of the Fighting Irish)


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I know you've always wanted to see a Snite in person, but I think they might be dead as it is named after the Snite family


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Andy in her fancy new office (sparse on the wall hangings, but I think she later fixed that)


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Later in December, Daniel and I headed down to visit his family in Columbus and ran into some WACKY weather...here you can see the effect of suspended ice in the air (ice-bow/halo)


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Thankfully the roads were ok when we passed through but perfect conditions for liquid rain freezing upon impact with many layers caused heavy ice on everything else


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EXTRA crispy with all this ice!


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A short while later we returned to Pewaukee to spend more quality time with Mom, Dad, and Andy - we got to play DOMINOS!


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Jude tallies the score


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Then it was off to the Country Inn & Suites for their light display - a bit cheesy but it was something to do and I got a discount at work


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PRODUCT PLACEMENT is everywhere!


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They even want me to buy a pet Mammoth - I won't!


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Sad little snowman!


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A line of penguins in lights


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Freaky light tunnel


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Well...it IS Wisconsin...


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Indeed it is...

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