1. We are having a beautiful fall in Iowa. Beautiful. Seventy degrees. Sunny every day. I'm sure we'll be sorry for it later.
2. Took the dogs tracking last weekend and they were both awesome. I had laid Blue's track across a parking lot and then between two buildings. He nailed the track across the parking lot, which is really, really hard to do (it was a bit windy, warm, and the track was three hours old). Between the buildings, I crossed in front of a stairway going down and when he reached it he went down the staircase, but then turned around and came right back up. He had a weird time with his plastic article (also between the buildings). He was off the track, came right back to the article and then acted like he couldn't find it. He finished up well, though. Billie was also awesome on her track, but whereas Blue will pull me if he knows he's right, Billie always thinks I might know something she doesn't know. I have to be very careful to go with her and yet not let her get too far off the track. This is particularly important as she's entered in a TDX test this coming weekend. She is more than capable of doing the track, if I am smart enough to go with her.
3. I went to my first WFC two weekends ago and had a great time. As I am wont to do at professional conferences at my day job as well, I didn't actually attend much programming. The hotel had an awesomely situated bar, however, that everyone passed through to get to the conference. It was so easy to find people (although even with that there were some people--I'm looking at you, shunn
--I never saw all weekend). Without giving a list of names, I'll say that I saw lots of people I wanted to see and had some great dinners, thanks to paulmelko
. One of the highlights (and there were several) was meeting Sheila Williams, who said really unbelievably nice things about my writing, which, who doesn't want to hear that.
4. Friday I have another appointment to get the clicking noise in my car fixed. This will be the third attempt. So far they've replaced the turn signal box and another unnamed part and checked all the wiring. It doesn't seem to actually affect anything important, but it is annoying. I asked the service guy how many parts there could possibly be in the steering column (where it is clearly coming from). More than you would think, he said.