A few notes, and things I wanted to mark down:

Went down to Davidson last night for the annual Conarroe lecture, whose guest speaker this year was the author Lorrie Moore. It was nice to see Joel again–looking well and dapper as always–and to hear his infamous introductions. Plus, got to see good Davidson friends. As is my custom, I picked up a couple of books for autographs–this time for Annie, whose entries on the celebrated autograph bookshelf are only getting started. Moore wrote a funny inscription to her, but Don DeLillo’s is still in the lead for funniest, I think.

Mary’s brother, Jerry, passed away following a brief illness. Losing her younger sibling has been difficult.

Dad has upgraded the exhaust system for his ‘Vette, and I was able to get behind the wheel for the first time last weekend. It certainly boogies.

Brian and Heather’s nuptials will be early next month–Jules and Thomas have cameos in the ceremony.

Zoe, who last month tore a tendon in one of her back legs, has recovered as well as anyone could have expected. Though she still cannot put weight on the leg, and she’s reduced to hobbling around on her other three legs, she has returned to a somewhat normal level of activity for an old dog. I am relieved not to have to worry about “helping her out” as the vet suggested I might need to do.

I’m back on the FitBit. We’ll see how long it lasts this time. And now that my daily morning routine is re-adjusted following coming to work at Mitchell, I’m back on the elliptical, too. I wish I could do more.

Work at Mitchell continues to be challenging and fun. I enjoy the many opportunities I’m having to be creative.

And Kelly’s blog, which is just a couple weeks past its two-year celebration, just hit 1,000,000 page views. I am incredibly happy for the success her story has had. Its resonance continues to reach new readers every day.