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Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Very short Update

Goodness, time flies these days...

What I've been up to since mid September:
  • Taught 2 four hour basic tracking classes at a women's event
  • Successfully navigated the King County Bus system, Amtrak, and the Portland Light Rail
  • Spent hours in Powell Books
  • Presented my domestic dog tgracking project at the International Society of Professional Trackers symposium
  • Took 4 bubble baths in 2 days - one on either side of the symposium - at fancy hotels in Portland
  • Discovered that the words "German" and "Bakery" go together quite nicely
  • Came home with lots of ideas about where to take the project from here
  • Decided to turn it into a field guide
  • Survived the annual audit at work, followed by payroll and 2 days of quarterly taxes -in one week
  • Knitted 2 of 6 scarves I need for Christmas presents (socks are not gonna happen this year)
  • Read 16 books - 9 fiction
Still to do in December:
  • Book club tonight -"The Help"
  • Bunco tomorrow night with ladies from my church
  • Knit
  • Knit
  • Knit
  • Vist my freind Ellen in Kirkland to help put out and light a bunch of luminarias on the beach to welcome the Christmas ships on the evening of the's becoming a tradition! I'm making biscuits and gravy for breakfast and we will have hot coco and perhaps a nice warm rum drink after the ships...
  • Knit
  • Mail scarves to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri
  • Get really serious about tracking dogs
Looks like I'll be keeping busy!

My Favorite Fiction Authors and Books

  • Suzanne Arruda- the Jade del Cameron mysteries: "The Mark of the Lion" "Stalking Ivory", "The Serpent's Daughter", "The Leopard's Prey" and "The Golden Cheetah"
  • Ken Goddard - "Balefire" and others
  • Stephen White - the Dr. Alan Gregory books are all great. "Kill Me" is my favorite.
  • Harlan Coben - anything he writes is great
  • Elizabeth Peters - Amelia Peabody mysteries

My Favorite Nonfiction Authors and Books

  • "Coyote's Guide to Connecting With Nature" by Jon Young, Ellen Haas and Evan McGown- 2nd edition coming soon!
  • Gavin De Becker - "The Gift of Fear"
  • "Deep Survival" by Laurence Gonzales- the best survival book I've ever read! Not a how-to, its more of a who does,and why.
  • Candice Millard - "The River of Doubt -Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey"
  • Anything that starts with "Peterson's Field Guide To..."
  • Tom Brown, Jr. - "The Tracker" and others
  • Mark Elbroch - "Mammal Tracks and Sign" and "Animal Skulls"