Actually, there has been no calm...just busy, busy, busy around here.
Sara had a HUGE tree plant event on campus that she coordinated. She was instrumental in having our University designated a 'Tree Campus USA' and securing a donation for $5K in trees.
There were nearly 100 volunteers to coordinate, and an enormous amount of pre-event prep so those volunteers could just walk up, grab a shovel, get some instruction and plant a tree in a pre-located, pre-dug, pre-prepped hole. The sponsor of the event provided food, shirts, hats for all the volunteers.
Needless to say it was a huge success, there were even news cameras there...but we haven't seen if anything was aired yet (at least nothing was aired during the football, on the football channel).
I rallied a rogue band of scientists to plant trees too. [Sara has helped out with a LOT of science outreach...it was only fair]. Here is a picture of J, Y and I. I believe the language barrier helped a lot in getting a commitment out of Y...
The weather was pretty bad, it stopped raining just long enough to gear up and rain harder...we all went back to the the lab soaked to the core.
Not to brag, but... Our group of three planted 6.6% of the trees that day, while being only a mere 3.5% of the volunteer crowd. yeah...pretty bad ass, I know.
Myself? Well, with all the sciency outreach/networking/board stuff I have been doing lately, I think my head is going to explode. But hopefully, not before thanksgiving... when we have 17 wayward lesbians coming to dinner.
Have you seen our house?
Its small. Very small.
But, yes, you should know by now... I have a plan. It includes a color-coordinated diagram, a seating chart and a disposable feature for when its clear things are out of control anyway. That element is the key to successful party!