Today was the first Monday since 2008 that didn’t involve an update to the countdown clock for the opening of the Bemidji Regional Event Center. The building opened this past Friday with two BSU hockey games – the women lost to No. 1 Mercyhurst in an afternoon game while the men lost to No. 2 North Dakota in the evening finale.
Having this building open feels like a giant weight has been lifted from the entire campus. Over the last few months, particularly since the end of this past school year, everyone involved in the project — myself included — has been wound pretty tight. It’s been months of deadlines, huge projects that need to be finished RIGHT NOW and a constant game of trying to guess what we had forgotten to consider.
I’m glad it’s over. The building is beautiful, and all of our hard work paid off. Now, we’re just tweaking processes and playing games. It’s a far better situation. I posted last night on Facebook that I hoped now we would all be at a point where attitudes, personalities and relationships can get back to normal. It’s been a grueling process, but we all deserve to celebrate now that we’ve survived.
Other things that should return to normal now that the building is open – posts to this blog, and my sketch diary. I’ve let the sketch diary slide for a week, and I need to get it going again. I miss it. Other things combined and conspired to keep me away from the sketch diary last week; it wasn’t just the final crush to get into the building. But I was so worn out by work that it made it easy to accept distractions.
My hope for a return to normalcy is relatively all-encompassing at this point. I hope it happens.