Hey, I’m Not Done Yet

That’s right! I may have graduated but school is still in session. I’ll be heading down to Savannah to do a short master of arts in industrial design program at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). It’s only a year and a quarter but I am very excited to be living in a completely different city all the way down south. Right now I’m packing, and even though I’ve had five years of experience to get this right, it’s still a complete and jumbled mess.

I Did A Lot This Summer

It’s been way busier than I expected for not being employed. My mom and I traveled to China where we spent time in the city I was adopted from and also toured the absolutely sublime and awesome karst mountains of Guilin. Here’s a pic of that:

Since I didn’t have a job but wanted money, I did some freelance residential planting master plans for a few clients. It was way more work than anticipated but it was cool to feel like I owned my own business. Here is my summer workspace:

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Also, the Log and I went to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Actually, he asked if I wanted to come along and I told him that I didn’t really want to be very helpful and he said he still wanted me along anyway. Our campground was next to one of the smaller lakes so it was nice and quiet.

We did a lot of hiking and wandering, but it was too windy to go canoeing which was disappointing. Especially since the logo for the park is a guy carrying a canoe.

Unfortunately, we ended up leaving early because the forecast had predicted rain for the rest of the evening so we couldn’t sit outside and have a fire or really do much of anything without getting soaked. It’s ok though because we saw a moose on the way out of the park! Very exciting! Also, we stopped at the filming location for the motel in the TV show, Schitt’s Creek. It was pretty cool!

Here is a picture of the motel.

We also stopped at Niagara Falls. Amazing! But it’s kind of disappointing how close the buildings get to the falls and river.

What else… I hung out with Log and his cool family during their vacation. We went fishing and hiking and winery touring! I also got to spend a week with Log, moving him in to his new apartment outside of DC before he started his swanky new job. We were both sick for the whole week but still managed to see the Smithsonian, the zoo, walk around the National Mall, and spend a day in Georgetown where Log’s office is located.

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Recently, the family all flew to Texas to visit some family in San Antonio. We walked along the River Walk in the city and saw the Alamo (which was not the most exciting) and the other missions around San Antonio. I had a great time talking with the family and playing with my little cousins!

Most most recently, me and some of my LARCHie friends all went down to Logan’s bay house and we just hung out and talked and had campfires on the beach. A final get together before I have to head down!

Today

Today I am baking bread and packing. I’ve been trying to move my life in a more sustainable, less wasteful direction for a while now and there’s lots of waste in food packaging. I’m also trying biodegradable silk dental floss which will be interesting and invested in some mesh, reusable produce bags. I’ve been trying beeswax wrap to replace plastic wrap and got some reusable ziploc bags for my birthday. A present which my sister responded to with, “I used to be jealous of the presents you got.” Or something to that effect. My favorite thing though are my collapsible takeout containers that I bring to restaurants so if I have leftovers, I don’t have to waste the disposable takeouts. I also started carrying around silverware in my backpack and purse, as well as a small cloth napkin. I get quite excited about all of it.

So there you have it! My summer highlights. Stay tuned for next week when we trek down to Savannah.

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Not Dead!

Hi everyone! My summer has been pretty busy with work and furniture painting and getting ready for study abroad (please follow my blog on study abroad, Zoe’s Abroad Adventure, for irregular updates on my abroad happenings).

Some exciting news about the rain gardens I designed and planted at the Governor’s Residence last summer… THEY ARE NOT DEAD!!!! They also aren’t quite what I had planned but live and learn. I got to visit them last weekend during the PA Governor’s Residence Block Party. It’s really cool to be able to visit them from time to time and see the Residence staff who are all superb people! Here is how things are leafing out at year one:

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Here is me standing beside one of the boards I made. Brown-eyed susans and cone flowers are in bloom behind me 🙂

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Another view of the Sun Garden

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The Shade Garden from behind

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The Shade garden from the front. It’s a bit slower-growing than the sun garden but most everything is still alive which is good enough for me at this point!

Also, they actually installed my rain barrel!!

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Art things have been coming all summer!

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Fractal Table (still for sale)

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Starry Night/travel/nature themed table!

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I finished my internship with Navarro and Wright on Wednesday so I have plenty of time to panic before I leave for Iceland 🙂

 

Home Now, But Not for Long

Home Now!

Yay! I am home! I actually have been home for a week. I was pretty productive. I got an internship, painted a coffee table, finished an essay and cleaned my room (sorta). My internship is with an engineering firm but they have a few landscape architects on staff. It’s also close to home which is good. I plan on biking at least a few times per week because I am out of shape yo.

Graduation is Boring

I’m sorry. But it is. Last weekend, I went back up to State College for my BFF Haleigh’s graduation. It was held in the BJC because she’s in (or was in) the Eberly College of Science which is pretty big. Anyway, the whole ceremony could be run so much more effiencently. But I guess tradition trumps speed. About half the time was taken up by people introducing other people and the other half was taken up by people who cheered for way too long when their graduate’s name got called.

Coffee Table

Here is a picture of the coffee table I painted for my friend. He wanted a radioactive waste barrel, an eel with three eyes, and a fish with a cowboy hat hidden somewhere. The resolution of this photo is definitely not good enough for  you to be able to tell which fish has the hat on.

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Not for Long (Because I am going to Germany!)

STAY TUNED FOR A VERY IMPORTANT POST!!!!!!!

3rd Year, Oh Dear

So we are about one day from my return to school. Today being the last full day at home :(. But here’s to the start of junior year! Woo. But, plot twist, I am not living in the dorms this year since, partly due to my actions (or lack there of) I did not actually request an on campus housing contract…haha oops. Consequently, I had to look for an apartment off campus. And after an emotionally exhausting winter of searching, I found a wonderful little place down town. Sadly, it is incredibly far away from the Stuckeman building where most of my days are spent (as you may recall from my previous posts). But at least I’ll get more steps in

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Vincent, on the left, with all his body parts still intact. Parsley is behind him on the right.

Another new and exciting thing this year, I have birds!!! Two cute budgies named parsley (the green one) and uh… well I haven’t actually named the other one. I just call it Little Blue Bird. They both hate me at the moment but hopefully one day they will not hate me! That’s the goal anyway. Little Blue Bird is not the original (or OG as the young folks are saying) inhabitant, however. I had originally bought a different bird (named Vincent), to accompany Parsley but in a sad turn of events, Vincent escaped from the cage. His freedom was not long lived as the ferocious cat decided he looked delicious, so she ate him. It was SO sad.

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Little Blue Bird now on the left. So cute! And still living!

 

A frightening and also exciting thing that happened over the summer: I got accepted into Schreyer Honors College! I mostly did it because I want to wear the gold medal at graduation. Not sure if all the extra work and that whole “honors thesis” thing will be worth it but it’s too late now!!! Additionally, I’m banking on getting a free t-shirt at Schreyer orientation. Luckily, there is a separate orientation for gateway students and incoming freshmen because I’d rather not have to feel like a dumb lump next to all these newbie geniuses. Personal feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited to be in Schreyer! (Even though I have continual issues with correctly spelling “Schreyer”. That “e” before the “y” really gets me. Anyway, I actually think it will be a beneficial experience and what not. AND priority scheduling! No complaints about that!

So anyway, it’s definitely going to be an interesting year!