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What day is it anyway?

Thursday

Where am I?

Calgary (home)

Weather

Nice day to be outside

What I did in my non-blogging life

As excessive as this is, I went out for breakfast again, yes that is three days in a row. I needed some time alone out of the house and a breakfast was the way to do it. I took a book and it was a very worthwhile experience.

The book is The Old Ways, by Robert Macfarlane. I enjoy reading about walking, and this book is exactly that, with loads of detail in the descriptions, erudition in the observations, and enthusiasm in the enterprise. I don’t like reading reviews ahead of reading a book or seeing a movie, but if you do, here’s a link to the New York Times.

I keep thinking I should be writing down all the places Macfarlane writes about, but I don’t want to stop reading to do it!

Once back home I have to say the pace slowed somewhat and it was not a very productive day though I did do 2 hours of volunteer work, plus a bit more. (I try and keep it to 2 hours a day, Monday to Friday, but that’s not always possible.)

I was a bit worried about Dog 2. I must have startled her because she started barking at me. Either that or I had hurt her, and that in turn would mean there was something painful around her head where I had touched her. Did she have an ear ache? A sore tooth? She is not an easy dog to handle so I had to wait a few hours for a chance to check, after she was calm again.

Luckily, she seems to be OK. I have no idea what set her off, though.

What I did in my blogging life

Had a Skype call about the business of travel writing and in particular how to be more productive. Well, it’s not rocket science. Like maybe going out for breakfast three times in a row isn’t exactly the brightest move.

Spent some time on picture editing. In New Zealand I saw so many inventive vanity license plates that I started taking pictures of them, and it has become a minor obsession. Today I went through some of the NZ pictures and pulled out about a dozen vanity plate shots to edit and post. I even gave them their own category, in the pull-down menu under “Jill’s blog”.

My Instagram today features the doorway to the church of Saint Clara or Klara, in Stockholm. I kept bumping into this church without looking for it, and one day I went inside. Gorgeous!

And here’s a NZ vanity plate for good measure.

RYDE, a vanity plate from New Zealand. "We can pimp your RYDE Custom car interiors."

RYDE, a vanity plate from New Zealand. “We can pimp your RYDE Custom car interiors.”

 

 

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