Autumn break by the numbers

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The Foo Dog Garden at Allerton Park. It was 56 degrees when we arrived.
Hello, autumn? Please come back.

9
Days together.

1,100-plus
Miles driven in those nine days.

2
Films seen: Lola rennt (1998) and Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (2004).

2
Plays seen: The Book of Will at Northlight and Hard Times at Lookingglass.

2
Geocaches found, the first of which represented 8 of 15 in the challenge on which we are working and the second of which marked the nineteenth find since beginning this pursuit. (Yes, we are doing this quite slowly.)

3
Parks visited.

0
Games played. We worked on a puzzle, instead.

1,000
Pieces in the puzzle.

1
Zoo visited — our holiday tradition.

9
Chapters in our latest podcast obsession, Accused. We finished eight of those chapters while on break.

7.75
Books finished. I will finish the final one hundred pages of The Road to Jonestown (Jeff Guinness) today.

5.25
Hours slept last night. I sleep better when they’re home. Sigh.

Project Feederwatch

img_6870The 2017-2018 season of Project FeederWatch began on November 11, but there is still time to register for this wonderful program.

From the Project FeederWatch website:

Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.

Anyone interested in birds can participate. FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like: the schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath, or plantings that attract birds.

If you plan to participate, set up your feeders and commit to keeping them filled throughout the season. Use a variety of feeders and seed to attract a greater variety of visitors. For more information, check out this site.

Book notes

I have recently acquired the top three books on the stack, finished the bottom four plus Conversion (Katherine Howe), and been reading the rest.

From Hard Times (Charles Dickens):

p. 47
It was one of the most exasperating attributes of Bounderby, that he not only sang his own praises but stimulated other men to sing them. There was a moral infection of clap-trap in him.

p. 277
“I beg your pardon for interrupting you, sir,” returned Bitzer; “but I am sure you know that the whole social system is a question of self-interest. What you must always appeal to, is a person’s self-interest. It’s your only hold….”

From Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson):

MARWOOD: Never discuss your family, do you?

WITHNAIL: I fail to see my family is of any interest to you — I have absolutely no interest in yours — I dislike relatives in general, and my own in particular.

MARWOOD: Why?

WITHNAIL: Because… I’ve told you why… we’re incompatible. They don’t like me being on stage.

MARWOOD: Then they must be delighted with your career.

WIRHNAIL: What d’you mean?

MARWOOD: You rarely are.