|Yep, that's my guy. He's awesome.|
So much has happened in the last year, and I've obviously been
In my last post, I talked a bit about my internship with the Friends of Buford Park at the Native Plant Nursery. I completed my internship and was asked if I would continue to volunteer, leading the new interns in nursery operations so that the Stewardship Coordinator could go and do other work in the park. So, I continued to volunteer through the first week of August, harvesting and cleaning seed in the nursery.
|The garden was so overgrown you couldn't see the beds.|
|YAY Graduation!! Crystal and I were both so happy to be done.|
Two days later, I graduated from the University of Oregon with my Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. It was an amazing few days, and it was also absolutely exhausting. But, I'm so glad that we were surrounded by people that love and support us.
|Wading in the McKenzie, chasing after HS students.|
|Another "hard" day at the office.|
|A job with views like this is just intolerably hard.|
Over time, my job has morphed into restoration design, planning and implementation as well as education. So, the big fear that I had about not using my degree, well, it ended up being needless worrying on my part. I love the work I do! I get to spend time designing in the office, implementing projects in the field, and teaching kids about the importance of healthy of our watersheds (Hello riparian zone!) while working side-by-side them in the field. I keep finding myself outside, in beautiful landscapes thinking, "Can you believe they PAY me to do this?" I have so much fun with the students, working, teaching, even just talking with them. AND, I get to "scratch" my design itch.
I'm still working part-time at the UO as well as working part-time for the watershed council, but we're busily applying for my grant funding to make my position full-time, with benefits. I'm seriously hoping that works out. I love the work, I love the people I work with and I want this job to be what I do.
The good news of all of this, is that I'll likely be able to update more regularly with more about my current adventure, and probably less about my personal life.