photo of Dorothy riding a bike with the Capitol Building in the background

Winter staff retreat in DC

Hello all,

Many changes since I last wrote in here! Last month I moved from Colorado to Washington, D.C., where I’ll be living for the foreseeable future. Half the people I mention this to think I’m crazy for leaving a place so rich in natural beauty, but the city has its own charm and I’ve been enjoying how much art and music there is to see here, as well as how easy it is to get around by bike and public transportation.

Last week, I got to meet many coworkers from the National Partnership Office in person for the first time during our winter retreat. We had three full days of team building, getting to know people in Yates and exploring the city. By far the silliest activity I participated in was an office scavenger hunt, during which we broke into teams and scampered about the National Mall trying to win points. I was part of a rockstar team that scored 2nd place – woohoo! Along the way I learned that I can do a passable cartwheel, something I haven’t tried since I was seven (see below for video evidence).

It’s a nice change to be in person after 8 months of remote work, and I’m grateful to have such awesome coworkers on the BIL-IRA team. As the year comes to a close I’m also looking forward to transitioning to my full-time role with the Forest Products Lab – but more on that next time!

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