I'm not one for sending Christmas cards. Mostly because I'm cheap. And also because I'm lazy. But I'm not against doing a "letter." Except that I do it as a blog post, because I'm cheap. And lazy. But I do like to do a year-end summary thing, and a lot of people do that as their Christmas card. But I do it as a blog post. Sometimes it's a New Years thing, sometimes I don't do it at all… This year it's my "Christmas card."
So Merry Christmas from myself and my boys (Ret, Nemo, and Pyrite)! And I guess Indie and Ery too, though they're pretty much in hibernation at the moment.
It's been a great year for us. Of course the start of the year was largely consumed by me coming off my high from my trip to Antarctica last year. And catching up on sleep. But soon it returned to being consumed by school. And my once-a-week internship at the Alsea Hatchery working a fish trap, among other things.
After my job in Alsea ended I was once again unemployed. Then in May I began my first REAL job! I was hired on for a 6 month position with the Western Oregon warmwater fish program with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. It was a job that I LOVED and look forward to returning to next spring.
On June 11 I graduated from Oregon State University with a double bachelor's degree in Fish & Wildlife Sciences and Zoology, and a minor in Chemistry. Though I was not the youngest graduate (who was 19), I was close, and was one of the 180-ish students graduating with more than one degree. I was honored the night before with the Senior of the Year award at the graduation party for the Fisheries & Wildlife department at school. This is an award I first learned about freshman year, and have dreamed of winning since then.
I also moved out of my apartment in June, and bought my first home! I am now living in a 37 foot 5th wheel toy hauler, that goes wherever I need it to go. Currently it is parked outside of Monmouth, on my grandma's farm. I love living out there, and Ret does too! It is there that I acquired Pyrite, my second cat. He was less than a pound when I caught him, and is now quickly approaching six pounds.
So this year has been a big year. Or at least the first half was. The second half was not as exciting, mostly containing working, and now unemployment. I keep myself busy with volunteer projects and fishing, and of course geeking out for Christmas! And the start of the year more than makes up for the calm of the second half.
Working, graduation, and buying a home. Now I enter the real world. I am several months in to paying off loans now, with more loan payments kicking in shortly. We have entered into the real world, and are loving every second of it. The boys run around outside all day, and I do whatever needs to be done. It's been a great year, and I hope it has been the same for you.
Merry Christmas everybody, and may your new year be blessed!
Current Location: Eugene, OR
Current Mood: Christmassy :)