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Lilly Lee - Week 3

June 18, 2015

This week has been crazy busy! On Monday Asena was out for her friend’s wedding. Which gives me a chance to perform the skills I’ve learned from Asena in the last two weeks. 

Backing up Asena while she’s away, I answered phone calls, prepped the Council binder, opened Nick’s mail, and collected all information from the phone calls and mail to archive in binders and Excel documents.

Along with covering Asena’s day off, I continued to work on the Interstate project. Nick gave me a new assignment: researching about Memorial Coliseum. What is really interesting about the Memorial Coliseum is that the building is an indoor arena located in the oldest part of what is now known as the Rose Quarter in Portland. The arena is home to the Portland Winterhawks. I am fascinated by the building structure, it was designed by the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

New assignments are coming my way left and right, a never ending cycle of projects. Being able to work on individual projects, search updated news feeds, and listen to Council meetings is a little hard to tackle; and impressive.

A new project I am working on from Liam is to research the Climate Action Plan. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and Portland City Council have a goal of reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. We surely need every resident in Oregon to work together to help achieve this goal.

Story Time:

Every Monday we have a staff meeting, and Nick talked about how he bought some books at the Rose City Book Fair over the weekend. He got a book called Manual of Oregon Trees and Shrubs, and asked if anyone wanted to borrow it. I raised my hand because I wanted see if this book could potentially be a gift for my partner. He has been a lead climber for over almost two years now, and is working on getting his arborist certification. Wanting to buy this book, I looked online, and it was way out of my price range. When I told Nick thank you for letting me borrow the book, I also told him I wanted to buy this book for my partner because he’s working on being a certified arborist. Nick gave me his copy, and he signed the book with a message. Wow! Nick is a wonderful person. And I’m grateful to be working in his office.