Friday, July 25, 2008

Last week it was Frank Bidart, this week's picture is of Frank the horse! At least his ears. I took this photo when I was riding Frank in Colorado. It was my second horse ride. We rode up a rocky path and then down a rocky path in the Rocky Mountains. I was worried he would stumble, but he never did. We rode up Glacier Basin and looked down on Glacier Creek. It was one of the best parts of our trip to Colorado.

The photo on the right is Michael and I in our fashionable bucket hats at Bear Lake. You can't see from the photo, but they say Colorado on them. Maybe I will start making bucket hats with the Caffeine Destiny logo on them. Would you buy them? I know you would!

If you are wondering if I saw any elk, I did not. Max saw a herd of them. My brother-in-law Howie saw a bear. I am envious, but I saw lots of bunnies, and I got to ride a horse!

I'm reading Plainsong by Kent Haruf. Laura and I went to see Mama Mia on Wednesday. I never really liked those Abba songs when they were popular, but I loved watching Meryl Streep sing them!

The photo on the right is the view of the Rockies from the YMCA at Estes Park, where we stayed. Colorado was gorgeous but it was good to come home to Oregon.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Leaving Tomorrow for Colorado

Last night I went to hear Frank Bidart read at the Tin House reading. He was great. He read outside and it was dark by the time it was over. He said something - which I am no doubt misquoting here - about how the most important thing for a poet to do is to figure out how to get on the page their own understanding of how they determine meaning.

Yes, I have totally mangled that. But it makes sense in my head!

I stood in line to get my book signed. He knew Robert Lowell, so I read some letters to Frank Bidart from Robert Lowell this morning, in my Letters of Robert Lowell.

Tomorrow we are heading for Estes Park. Laura is going to cheer camp at OSU, so she won't be with us. She'll be cheering! 

Here's a link to an Estes Park web cam!

I ran 14 miles today. Now I need to pack!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Police and Elvis Costello

We saw Elvis Costello and the Police on Friday night!

I ran 9 miles today.

I am reading Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje.

More soon.

Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July!

It's the 4th of July and Max is in Washington D.C.! Laura and I bought fireworks today and I saved some for him.

I ran 6 miles today. I made a pasta salad to take to Holly's and we're leaving soon. Debbie's in town!