Monday, April 27, 2009

books read this weekend

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami (interesting short stories about how people are affected by the quake; how their relationships or their minds work in the aftermath.)

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (Sort of a memoir/essay mixture gathered over ten years of the author talking about how running has formed his writing... and vice versa. Very interesting in the later part of the book, but reads somewhat flat in tenor).

Personal Geography : Almost an Autobiography by Elkizabeth Coatsworth (Newberry winner for The Cat Who Went To Heaven, a beautiful book especially early on with her recollections of her life as a child. She traveled alot and seemed not have a permanent home until comparatively late in life. Really wonderful book, highly recommended)

Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami (very fluidly structured novel which changes between different perspectives & essentially of a man whose inner life becomes very surreal).

Friday, April 24, 2009

long list of activities

my list : training Rosy for Manners I class, teaching her tracking, laying tracks for other people's dogs, running a friend's dog in a recent tracking test (learned that I need to keep my feet still & wait for the dog to work it out & get back on track. What a concept, keeping still!), and planning a new fence.

Not sure if I'll have a job after mid-May, but we'll see. I will go ahead & have the fence put in. Little Rosy is growing up and I don't think the current fence is up to her exploits. She's found out about the sport of squirrel chasing and has come awfully close. I think the squirrels should learn not to haunt this yard & the one next door. The next door husky has caught her third squirrel and I think she's gunning for more.

Still cooking, but nothing too exciting.

Still reading : just finished The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit by Michael Zadoorian. Wow! Great book of short stories, really terrific writing. Some of the plots are eccentric, and some are definitely adult oriented, but such a terrifically interesting book.