Shwirlwind

It’s been a rather crazy June, an even crazier July, and is looking to be a crazy August. So much for the lazy days of summer! For a quick run down:

  • May 31-Jun 1 = Cal States tourney, Santa Cruz
  • Jun 26-29 = Boston Invite tourney, Devens
  • Jul 3-7 = Potlatch tourney, Seattle
  • Jul 7-9 = Conference, Bethesda
  • Jul 9-13 = Visiting home in NJ, friends in NYC
  • Jul 17-22 = Conference, Toronto
  • Jul 26 = Mixed mixer tourney, San Rafael
  • Jul 28-30 = consulting workshop, San Francisco
  • Aug 6-7 = BioBarCamp unconference, local
  • [ Aug 8-10 = college friends reunion???, Atlanta ] – looking unlikely with my schedule and finances… :(
  • Aug 11 = open science informal meetup, local
  • Aug 15-17 = Wedding, Boston
  • Aug 23-24 = Spawnfest tourney, Seattle
  • Aug 30-31 = Labor Day tourney, San Francisco

Sometime in August I will possibly be moving to farther north on the peninsula, which means now is when the house hunting madness starts. We’re looking somewhere between Palo Alto and South San Francisco, though I guess if we’re willing to move up to SSF, we might as well go all out and give city living a try. But it really just depends on whether there are any decent and affordable 1 or 2 BR places that aren’t apartments. If we do move, I’m going to have to figure out how to transport my tomato plants, which have started outgrowing their little enclosures. I planted them in buckets for just that reason, but given how big they’ve gotten, I have no idea how they’ll react to 20 or 30 miles on the highway! They’re one of the only things I’ve planted that have thrived, so it would be sad if they didn’t make it.

Despite the crazy schedule, I’ve still found time to read (long flights and delays help). Since finishing “Kitchen Confidential”, I’ve read “Under the Banner of Heaven” and “Into the Wild” by John Krakauer, “Complications” by Atul Gawande, most of “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid, and am now reading “Merle’s Door” by Ted Kerasote. I’ve enjoyed all of them (and am now again running out of books to read…)

Off to prepare for my next conference!

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