Currently reading: Starter Villain by John Scalzi ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: Try Tracking! by Carolyn A. Krause ๐Ÿ“š

While I think tracking sounds like fun, I think the logistics are a little too complicated for us at the moment.

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I am definitely a blog post glancer. I like to follow blogs about a wide variety of subjects, but I donโ€™t want to spend hours keeping up on everything so I skim through and look for stuff that catches my attention. I also have a tendency to keep things as unread for days (or longer) that I intend on reading, but itโ€™s pretty rare I actually make it back to them and eventually just declare bankruptcy and mark all as read.

Currently reading: Hey Ranger! by Jim Burnett ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: Momentum Is Your Friend by Joe Kurmaskie ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: Try Tracking! by Carolyn A. Krause ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: Barking by Turid Rugaas A quick read for sure, lots of discussion of types of barking but not a ton of concrete plans for addressing it. Iโ€™ll probably need to re-read parts a few times.๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: Barking by Turid Rugaas ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: When Pigs Fly! by Jane Killion It didnโ€™t have as many novel training ideas in it as Iโ€™d hoped, but there were some good tidbits. ๐Ÿ“š

Quarry Hill Nature Center turns 50 this year and at the all staff reunion I got these cool stickers. Now the difficult dilemma of what to stick them to.

3 stickers. Quarry Hill Nature Center 50 years with a leaf. Outsider Quarry Hill Nature Center. Quarry Hill Nature Center stylized with a sun behind and the pond in front on a round sticker.

Today is #ShowYourStripes day. Hereโ€™s the temperature change in Minnesota since 1895. Source: ๐ŸŒŽ

Vertical stripes that are redder to the right, representing higher temperatures more recently than in the past.

Went to see the new Pixar movie, Elemental, this afternoon. Visually it was very cool, and I would have loved to explore Element City more. As far as the story goes it was only so so, and pretty predictable. The drama near the end was a bit over the top, but the resolution was cute.๐Ÿฟ

Giving up on The New Click to Calm for now because Nova just doesnโ€™t seem treat motivated to make much progress using the techniques from the book. Instead Iโ€™ve started reading When Pigs Fly! by Jane Killion and am finding my self nodding along with the descriptions of the dogs in the book. Hereโ€™s hoping I can find some ways to get Nova more excited about training. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿพ

New bike day! Trek Verve+ 3 Lowstep ๐Ÿšฒ

Black lowstep e-bike against a garage door

After weeks of hot weather and no A/C, itโ€™s working again and Nova is taking full advantage by laying on her the vent in the dining room. ๐Ÿพ

Black dog laying down on top of an air conditioner vent looking out the patio door window.

Currently reading: The New Click to Calm: Solutions for All Dogs in a Challenging World by Emma Parsons ๐Ÿ“š

This has been on Novaโ€™s reading pile for a while but she never seems to get around to it, so I guess Iโ€™ll have to read it for her.

Finished reading: Smuggler’s Cove by Martin Cate ๐Ÿ“š

I really enjoyed this book, a nice mix of history, theory, and recipes. Now I really want to build my own home tiki bar.

Big day at work today, I was awarded Instructor rank at Mayo Clinic.

Certificate: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science confers upon David A. Williamson, M.S. the rank of Instructor in Health Care Administration June 1, 2023

That time of year when itโ€™s necessary to carry a water bottle not for me, for the dog, has arrived. ๐Ÿพ

Black dog in pink harness drinking water sprayed in her mouth from a water bottle.

A perfect day to do some riding on the Douglas Trail ๐Ÿšฒ

Currently reading: Smuggler’s Cove by Martin Cate ๐Ÿ“š

Trying a new cocktail today, Anders Ericksonโ€™s Bourbon Blackberry Smash.

purple drink in a glass with ice and blackberries

Bourbon Blackberrry Smash (Anders Erickson)

  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 3/4oz Maple Syrup
  • 4 lemon slices cut in 1/2 (remove seeds)
  • 4 Blackberries
  • 6-8 Mint leaves

Giving a try instead of running things myself using Hugo to try and reduce friction for posting. Still working on updating the theme, but the old posts are in place (for the most part).

Started listening to Emily Hanford’s Sold a Story podcast after seeing it mentioned on Hacker News this morning. It’s got me reflecting pretty hard on how we were taught growing up, and what I was taught about teaching reading when I was studying for a teaching license. As someone pursuing secondary grade licensures I didn’t have much direct exposure to how young kids were being taught to read, but I definitely saw the impacts of kids not being strong readers by the time they got to classes I was in.

Blog Posts Don’t Have to be Long

After reading Blog Posts Don’t Have to Be Long by Tracy Durnell, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to post to my blog again. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but didn’t feel like I had enough to say but Tracy’s blog has been a bit of an inspiration to just post what’s on my mind and not worry so much about it.

I’ve had this new theme update in progress for several months, but didn’t feel like I had anything to write so it never got published. It’s a modified version of the Hello Friend theme by panr.