My new office as I drove up on my first day.
My office. It isn’t on a window, but as I sit at my desk, I can see out a nearby window.
That pine tree is one of many in a narrow strip next to the building. It’s owned by the state or federal government as a protected habitat for Preble’s Jumping Mouse. A lot of locals are skeptical about the need for this, but I’d much rather look out my window at trees than a Home Depot parking lot. So I say, “Yea for the mouse.”
On the other side of the room, the windows look out on Pikes Peak. I took a photo out that window every morning as I arrived and posted them on Facebook on Friday like this.
Tuesday — the “cloudy” day.
I started a list of birds seen from CBS property. I think I had seven species by the time I went back to Illinois after my two weeks. Magpies, Blue Jays and Red-shafted Flickers in particular seem to like to hang out by, and on, the building.
For the first week and a half of my visit, the weather was unseasonably warm. Wednesday of the second week got up to 75°, a 112-year high. And then there was Thursday.
It was 29° out on Friday morning when I left for work. I braced for the cold, but there was no wind and little humidity and it actually felt warmer than 40° with humidity in Chicago. I was fine with just a spring jacket.