Sunday, November 15, 2015

Basset selfoui #dailyernest

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I need longer arms.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

It feels like winter is here - must start storing acorns 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Order of Operations

This is a crucial part of learning how to perform calculations and how to deal with life and all of its challenges. I'm starting to believe that the world and my fate is part of a large field calculation and that it is a good thing to step back and look at where things may go wrong and fix them. I'm also a big believer these days in object oriented living. Taking things down to their component parts and reusing and referencing them, saving time and redundancy. I wish the rest of the world felt the same way.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

All of the tracking

That's my kind of #5aday - thanks @simplymeasured #liftsocial

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I started tracking my food again - it is not helping. I am still eating way too much sugar. I'm still not getting enough of the green stuff.

I'm still eating like a four year old with a somewhat sophisticated palate.

At the same time, I'm making reservations for Michelin starred restaurants for my December trip to Paris.

Go figure.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


that feel like Mondays are hard.

I could use do over of Monday with part of Tuesday to boot. I'm looking forward to the rest of the week.

I wish I had more to say, but my mind is filled with calculations, bar charts and thinking about what Thanksgiving will bring.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Monday musing

There is no place I would rather be today 

Although this was pretty cool to wake up to 

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Some days it is just better to stay in bed or carrying it with you. 

Friday, November 06, 2015

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Happy Holidays from Starbucks.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Real life

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There is something to be said for flying from LA and  going straight to the office. This followed by  spending an hour in traffic  to sit for another three hours in class and then to come home to stream a sitcom and eat mediocre soup dumplings.

Nothing changes on the return to Seattle except for the 40 lbs of fruit we hauled back. There are the same bills,  bags to unpack and the same spreadsheet you were happy to close on Tuesday hasn't miraculously fixed itself. I sometimes wish this were not the case.

 I am glad to be home for the next month to deal with all of this and more.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Hump Day

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This year I have seen some spectacular things - Swaths of snowdrops in Lincolnshire,  the back roads of Southeastern Tennessee, Monet's Giverny in full bloom, Great Dixter at a quiet time of year, the Columbia Gorge with its salmon heading home to spawn, the northern New Mexico landscape in the winter and fall and the view below the Golden Gate Bridge by boat. Today, I finally made it to Joshua Tree.

In one word, amazing.

We didn't hike or pull off the road to see every marker or scenic point, but the drive and views were spectacular at 35 miles an hour.  The park is not too crowded this time of year and the weather was magnificently brisk, but manageable.  It made me realize that there are so many things I have yet to experience.  It has inspired me to start thinking and planning new travel itineraries.

All in all a pretty awesome hump day.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

The Inland Empire

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I find myself in the Redlands today. I am not down here for anything special. TH is giving a talk at a meeting and I tagged along to get some sunshine. Please note that the picture above was taken when I landed. Ontario was 2 degrees F warmer than Seattle this afternoon.

It seems weird not to be going to this specific meeting this year. I presented two years in a row, but I'm sitting it out this year and I'll tell you why.

I sometimes think we have meetings for the sake of having meetings.

I've been working at building programs and meetings for the last ten years. I strategized over time tables and room sizes and what topics will draw a good crowd. I spent a goodly three years working with an amazing group of program managers, scientists, industry folks to develop a great conference highlighting emerging technologies in weather and climate.

Here's the rub - What is the use of talking to the same people year after year? Are the same folks who lead the plenary session, sit on panels and are considered the big draws the right people to be up on the stage? I understand inspiring a crowd and hitting key points in policy or new directions, but sometimes I wonder if we should change the way we approach conferences.

--I've been involved in lightning talks - that is one way to change things up.

-- I've been on panels and that is another way to do things - but the mix of panelists and an engaged moderator are key.

 --I've stood in front of a research poster and prayed that someone would talk to me at the same time prayed that no one would talk to me.

 --I've wondered if anyone would come to my talk - the last one of the day on the last day of the conference usually placed in a session that has nothing to do with my topic.

--I've questioned if parallel tracks are effective.

 I think about ways to get people to come back at the end of the day and try and wrap up what happened. As our attention spans get shorter and shorter and we spend more of our time disseminating information during the sessions via social channels, I wonder if we're really engaging in the conference.  Sometimes I wish we could turn off the wireless (which we all begged and pleaded for in the past) in the conference rooms just to get people to pay attention to the speaker.

I know it sounds crazy, but I think it might be time that we rethink the conference/meeting framework and start thinking of new ways to engage with our peers.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Wishing and Plotting

Apes - go away, but come back for my lunch and biscuit walkabout #dailyernest

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There is something about the first Monday of the month that fills you with such excitement for the rest of the month, even if is the beginning of the Holiday rush.

The calendar is fairly empty, the new month beckons and I'm already whooped.

I looked out the windows at work and saw the dusk at 440 pm and by the time I left it was pitch black. I broke out my new long down jacket to walk the dog and I'm wearing slippers in the house.  After our hot and relentless summer, you would think I would rejoice in this weather, but honestly - I can do without Winter this year.  Let's skip it and go right to Spring.

My dream in life is to chase Spring around the world - go from zone to zone and let bring me hope and joy - new life and all the opportunities that come with sowing seeds, cleaning house and the lightness of April mornings and May dusks.

I was lucky enough to hit Spring in four different locations in 2015. I'm going for five in 2016.

I hope Tuesday goes better than Monday.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Happy November

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How dare October end so suddenly? I needed another week.

Happy November. It is time to get the content filled and some ideas down on the keyboard. I've missed writing and I'm not sure you have missed reading my rants.

I've been here, there and everywhere for the last six weeks.  None of it too exciting but I was happy to be grounded for eight long days. It gave me a chance to figure out what the rest of the year should look like and be ready to accept what it is going to look like.

I've been to New Mexico, Nashville and South East Tennessee, California, Portland, Yakima!, Chicago and back and forth across the city.

It is also NaPoBloMo. I will post daily (even if it kills me) and hopefully some of you will follow along.

Day 1 is over.