|The glorious activity jump|
Thursday – This evening my friend Kay Emslie and I taught our very first couponing class for our group Budget Butterfly. The folks at the Topeka Hy-Vee were very kind and allowed us to use their meeting room for the class. We had about 10 people show up; some came from as far as Burlington, Kansas. Kay and I had a great time sharing what we know about couponing with the class attendants. Kay approached me about a year ago wanting to start a couponing group. She and I are old friends and we both love couponing so we started Budget Butterfly. We never thought it would grow into what it has today. We are hoping to continue with the classes and organize coupon swaps as well.
Friday – Today I hosted a tour of Topeka High School for the Topeka History Geeks. Of all the tours we have done for the Topeka History Geeks, this one was the one I have looked forward to the most. Topeka High School is very near to my heart and I had not been inside the school since 1997. It is breath taking how absolutely beautiful the school is. See some of my favorite pictures from the tour below.
|This is the Polk St. entrance to Topeka High School|
|Every student remembers rushing up and down these to class|
|The beautiful Topeka High School Auditorium|
|A beautiful little spot often missed when reminiscing about Topeka High School, |
this is located in the area behind the auditorium seating.
|Topeka High Schools glorious Gothic style library|
|A closer view of the fireplace in the THS library|
|How lucky was I to eat lunch in this cafeteria everyday?!|
|Above the fireplace in the cafeteria|
|One of the many amazing views of the Topeka High School Bell Tower|
Saturday – Silverback Kansas invited its members to come out to the Jayhawk Theatre today and help clean it up. The theater has been left neglected since it’s closing in 1976 and is in very bad shape. A group of people are working to restore the theater to its original grandeur but it is going to take a massive amount of work. What we did Saturday is pull out carpeting that we estimated to be around 85 years old, remove garbage, sweep and vacuum the years of dust. We started at 8:30 and finished around 2:00 in the afternoon. Our hopes are that now that the theater is cleaner, it may attract investors who would like to see it restored. See pictures below.
|She was once very beautiful, she'll be again in time.|
|Sarah Peterson Herr and Brendan Jensen paused for a photo|
|The theater is getting closer to clean|
|Adina Mayhew scraping away at some nasty carpet glue|
|Truck loads of trash and old carpet were removed Saturday|
|Piles of trash lined Jackson St. while we worked. It all was taken to local recycling centers. |
Well almost all of it, that awesome sink made it's way into someones basement.
|One of my favorite people in the world, Jennifer Goetz, posed with me. We are so dirty yet so rockin' in our do-rags.|
|Talk about peas in a pod, I made a new friend in Adina Mayhew, we had a blast getting to know each other!|
Sunday – Today I have been able to reflect on a week that has been incredibly busy but also immensely rewarding. I was invited to breakfast with Phil and Fran Breedlove who are my former in-laws and my son’s grandparents. We visited, caught up on what is going on in each other’s lives and made plans for future endeavors. I also visited my Aunts for a short while this afternoon. My family is not conventional by any means but that sort of thing never really mattered much to me. I feel loved by family and friends, I feel that I am contributing to my town, and I feel that I am growing as a person. I may have failed at the diet this week but I feel that I have won in every other area.