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Good morning and happy Monday everyone! You have me today as Patrick is off on his annual fishing trip this week. Hope you had a great weekend. I have to admit, all I wanted to do yesterday was nap and watch television yesterday which is usually out of character for me on a Sunday. I think it had to do with the weather. We have been so used to the heat and sunshine that an overcast day with cooler temperatures seemed like a strange and unfamiliar change of course. Is this really August? Speaking of August, it’s back to school for students in Central Iowa. And, this year, one of those kids is my son. I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that I am the mother of a kindergarten student. Evan starts school on Wednesday and I am already a little emotional. He’s going to love it, but I think we are both a little anxious. Yesterday, when I asked him if he was excited about it, he responded, “Mom, I don’t want to talk about it.” Come to think of it, I don’t want to either.

What did you think of the Olympics and the closing ceremonies? I was more glued to the competitions this year than in previous years. There were so many great stories behind the athletes this year that you couldn’t help but he compelled to watch. And at the end of the day, it’s that human component, not so much who wins that makes the games so fascinating to watch. Des Moines Register sports editor Bryce Miller covered the Olympics from London and wrote about some of his favorite moments. He said he’s never experienced anything like watching Jamaican Usain Bolt run. You always hear people describe places as being so quite “you could hear a pin drop.” Bryce said right before Bolt raced, there truly wasn’t a sound coming from the 80,000 people in the stadium because there was this intense anticipation of watching one of the greatest runners of all time. Gives me chills just thinking about it. What was your favorite moment? Like so many others, I was inspired and touched by South African runner Oscar Pisouris. How could you not root for him?  I thought the closing ceremonies were just ok. Sometimes the momentum of a big event gets slowed down by too much “artistry.” Some amazing singers but the music didn’t really move me. In fact, it seemed to slow the whole thing down a bit. But all in all, I loved the London Games. Brilliant!

The State Fair is off to good start thanks in part to mother nature. I worked at our Cast your Kernal tent on Friday and had a great time. I always love working at the Fair. In part, because it’s a great opportunity to people watch and it always amazes me how many people will take the time to cast their vote in our unscientific poll. They’ll even wait in line to do. I think it only further illustrates how serious Iowans take their role in picking the President.  My favorite comment from a morning show viewer this year came from a guy who said “I just want you to know that I watch you every morning in my underwear.” I don’t know whether to laugh or be afraid. 

Have a great day everyone and we’ll see you tomorrow!