Saturday, December 13, 2014

A brief update.

I work at the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement at CWU. We coordinate volunteer opportunities, create/host community events and offer leadership training. Recently I oversaw our Giving Tree program (collecting gifts for kids in the community), helped with the Holiday Extravaganza (35 holiday craft tables for community kids to come and make with/for their parents) and aided in Fall quarter's Unheard Voices, which is a quarterly program that focuses on one cause/organization and helps them out. We did a winter clothing drive with ASPEN, an agency that helps victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Photo Dump:
Due to my superb folding skills, this box (roughly the size of a mini-fridge) was FULL of coats, sweaters, gloves, socks, beanies and scarves. There was a second box full just to the right of this photo. In total I believe they collected over 130 pieces of clothing. It was awesome.


My first ginger bread house! I can't believe I'd never made one before. It was crazy amounts of fun!

Details of the different piping I did on the roof.


Side view! It is so cute I love it!

The back view.
One of my mother's houses.
Her other. Sorry for potato - my phone is so old and falling apart it's sad. Rumor has it that Katherine is sending me a nice Galaxy that she got from her bf's parents (since it doesn't work with her plan, and she doesn't want to unlock it).
Just one small taste of the success of our Giving Tree program. We had several hundred gifts and stocking stuffer bags. This is just one angle of the room in which we stored them. Initially they were in our office....everywhere.

Each school/daycare center had their own numbers, and we tried to keep them organized (which helped enormously with both keeping track of them and being able to get in and out of the office).

 
Another corner of the office.

Wrapping around the front desk (where I work 50% of the time).

....continuing around. This was AFTER we'd moved at least 100 of them into another room.

Other corner of the office.... I also didn't take pictures of the book cases, upon which we'd stacked about 30 stocking stuffer bags.

My office. These pictures were all taken about 4 days before we finished. It represents only about 2/3 of the total gifts we collected. It was crazy.

The view from the front desk.
My job is fun - I basically just make crafts and help people all day. I enjoy the people I work with for the most part, but I won't be able to stay here forever. It doesn't pay enough and I'm far more capable of doing better work than I currently do. 


Feel-good experience my friend Nick shared. I met him through imgur and he's a solid person

Hilarious picture is hilarious. I love the idea of "yard fiddlers" being some kind of natural pestilence like deer or gophers, and which appear regularly when people are outside sipping coffee or pruning the roses. 

This is a picture of me before I went to a July 4th celebration.

Badass sign from the protests of the Iguala Mass Kidnapping. It says "They thought they could bury us but didn't know that we were seeds." 

A view of my Minecraft home. I built it out of opal (really kick-ass block that came with the mod my friend and I were using that changes color - horizontal changes give you gradient, vertical changes give you a new color). The tall tower is my launch pad (I use a hang glider to get around, it's amazing). 

The changes I planned for my blog are going to have to wait until I have more money and better technology to use. I may start using the office computers during my lunch break, but I doubt it. Most likely I'll continue to be an only-occasional blogger until I have the time and resources to post more regularly - not to mention I don't exactly have anything exciting to share. I have some big plans for this next year, though, so we'll see where I'm at next Christmas!

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