|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.
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
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
The building is an amazing structure, but perhaps the paint job here went a bit over the top
Andy poses with Daniel's friend from college in Indiana now works in Student Services at ND
Why prevent food recycling?
This cookie should be much less cheerful - it's the last one left!
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
A hula dancer
A fly-fishing hook
Kermit the Frog
A bowling pin
What a fancy golf cart...perhaps a bit over done again though...
It was cold...
The Basilica of the Sacret Heart, the
entrance near the Main Building says "God Country Notre Dame" a famous saying
A soldier's helmet and I assume unit symbols of deceased alumni of ND perhaps from WWI
Holy Chrism is prominently displayed at the back of the basilica
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
St. Mary on the top of the golden dome of the Main Building (color shifted to be green in honor of the Fighting Irish)
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
Andy in her fancy new office (sparse on the wall hangings, but I think she later fixed that)
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)
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
EXTRA crispy with all this ice!
A short while later we returned to Pewaukee to spend more quality time with Mom, Dad, and Andy - we got to play DOMINOS!
Jude tallies the score
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
PRODUCT PLACEMENT is everywhere!
They even want me to buy a pet Mammoth - I won't!
Sad little snowman!
A line of penguins in lights
Freaky light tunnel
Well...it IS Wisconsin...
Indeed it is...
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