- I moved! I'm in my new house! Right now!
- I had a terrible cold! While moving! It totally sucked!
- I worked. (That one doesn't rate an exclamation point.)
- I volunteered! Tuesday mornings! Except for the day I moved!
- Wild ARC had their Volunteer Appreciation Potluck! I went!
So yeah, it was an amazingly fun, huge potluck with the awesome people of Wild ARC. (My contribution was cookies, most of which were eaten, I'm happy to report.) The staff did an amazing job on the decorations! There were tree branches along the walls with twinkle lights, fall leaves on the floor between the tables, and lots of cute owl balloons! (You can sort of see one in the photo below.) There was a slideshow of photos of this year's happenings, interns, volunteers, and of course, all the animal patients. I may have teared up a little. There were also trivia games, door prizes, and complimentary drinks. Each volunteer received a certificate, a 2013 Wild ARC calendar, and we got to pick out a photo of our favorite animal. I picked one with two beautiful crow babies, both of which I probably hand fed at some point this summer, not to mention cleaned up lots of their crow baby poop. (I may have teared up a little at the thought of all the crow babies. It usually doesn't take much.)
Oh yeah, and there was a hawk! Jeff, Wild ARC caretaker and falconer, brought along his 6 month old Harris Hawk, Tarook. He's a totally cute educational bird, and Jeff was awesome enough to take pictures of people who wanted to hold him. (Guess who jumped at the chance?)
|"Yeah, yeah, I'm a pretty bird. Whatever, lady. Hurry up and take the picture Jeff."|
I really should write about all the wonderful experiences I had at Wild ARC at some point. I've tried a few times, but the words don't seem to flow. It's simply been the best experience of my life. And yes, that includes all the poop cleaning...which is probably what I spent half my time at, come to think of it.