Then I headed for the city to drop off something for the Chap at the diocesan office. From there, I walked over to the State House to drop off paperwork of my own. If you want to skip over the cool discovery I made while there, you can jump right down to my incredibly awesome visit to our new library.
At the State House I handed in my signature form as a bill co-sponsor (!!) I'm already legislating--or trying to!
I collected my official nametag from my mail cubbyhole in the lobby of Representatives Hall--eventually it'll be relegated to backup status, because I also placed my order for the upgraded version: shiny, fancy, brass-edged, engraved with the State seal. I ordered business cards, too.
I checked out my assigned seat in Representatives Hall. Didn't get my top choice, but it's in the same geographical area and I like the view and it's convenient to the lobby and almost on the aisle.
That was my impression before my incredible discovery....
During a conversation with the director of the visitors' center (a constituent), I mentioned I'd just inspected my seat. Her colleague (a former Rep) asked my seat number. When I gave it, her eyes widened in recognition. It was an unexpected reaction, and when she reached for a copy of the House Manual to look it up, I started to worry that this particular chair had really bad karma, or a sordid history.
Quite the contrary, it's a most honourable location. Evidently one of its previous occupants was a higly respected Manchester legislator who had a long tenure and did many wonderful things. Consequently I left the State House in a very upbeat mood, determined to maintain my hallowed seat's excellent reputation.
If I can't live up to it, or enhance it, at least I'll try hard not to impair it!
Before going home, I stopped in at the new library. All month long, the books and furniture have been arriving and now everyting is in its place. Last time I was there, the stacks had just been positioned...in the interim there's been quite a transformation.
On my way in, I snapped the the Porter Adult Reading Area--located in the bumped-out front portion of the building.
Here it is--part of it.
I didn't get a view with the long reading table, or the window seats behind the leather chairs.
I sat down in one of the chairs (very comfy!) to examine a couple of books on dog behaviour. I checked out both of them, along with that highly-lauded book about the pig. As well as a history book.
"Our" reading room has a great view towards the historic Town Hall and the hills beyond.
In another reading room, there's a fireplace.
After a few additional errands in the next town over, I returned home in a glorious good mood. I'm glad to see ice forming on our little lake...I'm not accustomed to open water in late December, it doesn't look right.