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July 14, 2009

Otters!  I have recently learned that people love otters.  Evidence:

Families at Breakfast with the Otters

Families at Breakfast with the Otters

I attended the summer’s first “Breakfast with the Otters” last Saturday.  It was full of small children and delicious food. 

A family at the breakfast

A family at the breakfast

July 6th was the first summer board meeting, followed by a reception.  There was a fairly nice crowd, with donors from around the area.  I got to sit with “Mu,” who told me how she started investing when she was 15 with the change leftover from buying groceries.  Makes me feel a tad lazy, but…

"Mu" greeting Mr. Lowe

"Mu" greeting Mr. Lowe

Other than that I have been working on grants and sponsorship letters.  I was made the “Project Manager” of a summer communication plan with the top 400 donors at the museum. Our first mailing went out on July 1st and the second is slated to go out on the 23rd.  It involves a lot of ordering of “fancy” paper and colorful envelopes.  But seriously, it gives me a great opportunity to collaborate with the board members as an equal contributor to the project. 

Obie, the board president, who actually knows me by name!

Obie, the board president, who actually knows me by name!

I still hike, and hills are still difficult.  Last Sunday I lost a trail in the middle of a lake, which was great fun.  Needless to say, very wet shoes.

"Bridge" I walked across for half of the lake before it inexplicably ended

"Bridge" I walked across for half of the lake before it inexplicably ended

I have also started thesis work, beginning the interview process last Sunday, only to dread when I finish it to embark on the transcription process…

Susan’s dogs and cats have left, so the menagerie has dissipated.  Just before they left:

Susan's cat Zingo with a "cone of shame" because of an abcess that had to be drained.

Susan's cat Zingo with a "cone of shame" because of an abcess begging for tuna (with his meds in it).

WiLD Times…

June 5, 2009

So, this is the end of my second week at the Wild Center.  There are otters and porcupines, snakes and owls.  There is an owl the size of a teacup, a new tiny otter, and a muskrat that the Naturalists have dubbed “Big Willie.”  In addition to all the museum animals, my roommate has two cats, a corgi, a chinchilla, and a snake.  We have a crazy menagerie in our unheated cabin, but the cats keep the beds warm while we’re away.

At work I have been writing a Ben & Jerry’s grant and I am working on marketing opportunities with Stewart’s Ice Cream (new flavor out this fall!).  Needless to say, I always want ice cream.  Coffee Toffee Crunch most recently. 

I’ve been hiking and found a giant beaver dam:

Beaver Dam

And last Sunday it snowed while we were heading back:

Snow

There are four other interns here right now and two more still to come, so we have a pretty good community going on.  Though soon I will be wary of going out at night for fear of June Bugs…

I was almost attacked by geese when running, though I was approached by a friendly duck last night.  The store manager here had a bear in his driveway the other night, but he ate the garbage and went away.  I think that is about it from “The North Country.” 

Oh, I am also learning to run uphill.  It is a labor of love