Like ugly sweaters and fruitcake, the family update letter is a wonderfully annoying/possibly charming holiday staple. Here is our contribution to that time-honored tradition. (Note: In keeping with tradition, this post may have been embellished a bit.):
- Took his first sabbatical after 28 years at UConn.
- Scoped out a few promising spots to plant a CLEAR flag in the world of Ecosystem Services.
- Perfected his Shrimp & Grits and his Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza recipes.
- Wrote a book of poetry for undiscriminating children.
- Created an award winning Story Map on Connecticut’s Changing Landscape.
- Did lots of cool, complicated, thankless, behind-the-scenes stuff that continues to make CT ECO an awesome resource.
- Received her first dedicated geocache. Solidifying her status as the coolest of geo-geeks.
- Became a fitbit champion.
- Drilled lots of holes on the UConn campus in the advancement of green infrastructure science.
- Taught an undergraduate water course for a professor on sabbatical. Now encouraging the professor to take more sabbaticals.
- Staked his claim as father of the year by building a go-kart race track for his daughter on their “quiet corner” estate.
- Defied the “old dogs/new tricks” paradigm by teaching non-GIS geeks to use their smartphones to collect geospatial data.
- Coordinated the update of CT’s digital National Hydrography Dataset (in case you’re not sure where the water is).
- Memorized every word of the Curious George collection of books. She was a good little monkey, but always very curious.
- Helped communities think about the legal aspects of climate change, which no one would do of their own free will.
- Was finally rewarded for his tireless efforts in support of land use commisisoners everywhere. (Well at least in CT.)
- Added to his collection of grandkids and his fleet of boats to transport them.
- Started sharing her design talents with the rest of extension and even other colleges.
- Staked her claim as mother of the year by dusting off her vast and valuable Star Wars action figure collection and giving it to her boys!
- Introduced many in CT to the concept of Living Shorelines. We’ve lived with dead ones for far too long.
- Kept Bruce in line.
- Became an empty nester.
- Spent a lot of time thinking about how to squeeze a little more LID into land use regulations.
- Taught people geospatial gymnastics they can perform with nothing but a smartphone.
- Spent way too much time on a soccer field. Only recently stopped instinctively kicking things in the office.
That’s it! Hope to see you all in 2016!