I'm in the midst of preparing for Sock Summit. I'm instructing again which is a huge honor and opportunity for me to hob nob with some of the most amazing people I have ever met. The Sock Summit teachers are bright, accomplished, and incredibly interesting. As I listen to each of them I find myself thinking, "I want to be like that when I grow up!" I was so intimidated and overwhelmed by the experience at Sock Summit '09 that I barely talked to anyone and I wrote down even less. This time I want to do better so I am more participant than observer and I want to remember all the cool stuff going on!
I've also been working with an amazing non-profit called The Soluna Institute. Soluna wants to address diversity issues and especially gender diversity. We started out focusing on gender diversity but it just became obvious that it was impossible to extract gender from general diversity conversations. I'm really proud of what we'll be launching next month. We are trying to expand the diversity conversation and really get everyone to talk about it in terms of action and start small strategies that will help evolve a corporate culture. This isn't about "we should do this" but really it is "how can we make this work for us?"
Summer hasn't been terribly enthusiastic in our corner of the world. I'm not complaining. I don't like the heat but I do like sunshine and we seem to be getting sunshine and cool mornings. I think it is about perfect. I did manage to grab a shot of my honeysuckle I was talking about before. If I can keep that thing going and get the clematis at the other end, maybe we can hide that ugly porch.
Don't let the ribby greyhound in front worry you. She is actually a very healthy weight but right when I took that picture she was sniffing something deeply (probably poo). I free-feed the dogs which means I just leave down bowls of food all the time. This works great for the greyhounds but Oscar, my beagle mix, has gotten tubby. Actually tubby is a kind description. He and I really need to start walking!
I'll leave you with some adorabuhlness. Frankie covering his nose but leaving his fanny hanging out. Doesn't it look bare nekkid?