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.

Sweaty LARCHies in DC

On Wednesday, we (the second year landscape architects) took a nice little day trip to Washington DC to look at some cool memorials. We left campus around 6:30 and started driving. I, unlike almost everyone else, did not sleep because I hate sleeping on the bus. I also got to watch the sun rise, which was nice. I gotta say that it’s pretty hard to restrain myself from taking pictures of people sleeping because some people sleep in such funny positions. Also, the clouds looked cool in the morning.009Anyway…

We arrived four hours later, and upon stepping off the bus, felt the most uncomfortable, humid, and incredibly sweltering hot day we were about to endure. Seriously, it was awful.

First, we visited the FDR Memorial. We had divided into groups before hand that were each assigned a memorial to research and then tell the rest of the class about when we got to their memorial. I had the FDR memorial, and after stumbling over our notes, we walked through.

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Then, we visited the MLK Memorial.

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Then we had lunch. By this point, we were a pretty sweaty bunch and had already complained an awful lot about how miserable it was outside. The only available food stand was a kiosk selling overpriced hotdogs and hamburgers. (I mean, what would you expect at a tourist destination). My friends and I found a nice spot in the shade to eat.

Then we went to some more memorials…

Good ol’ Abe Lincoln Memorial

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The Korean War Memorial

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The Vietnam War Memorial

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The World War II Memorial

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And, of course…

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The Washington Monument! (Featuring me and some weird pigeons)

So we did have a good time and saw lots of things despite being drenched in sweat đŸ™‚ And would you look at that sky!