2013 in Review

Barring radical developments in the next few hours, I will finish calendar year 2013 having:

1. read 69 books, four of which were from my must-read list: Kage Baker's The Life of the World to Come, Terry Pratchett's Dodger, David Quammen's Spillover, and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

2. finished and sold one book of my own, Along Those Lines: The Boundaries That Create Our World, due from Paul Dry Books in spring of 2014.

3. logged 20 new life birds (bookended with Short-eared Owl in Virginia in January and  Burrowing Owl in Utah in June).

4. totalled 164 bird species seen for the year.

5. raised my life list to 410 species, partly because I realized I had never added the Eurasian Treecreeper I saw at Blenheim Palace in 1999.

6. added three (Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana) to the list of states where I have logged a life bird, raising the total to 35.

7. added three (ID, WY, and MT) to the list of states I have visited, leaving only WI, MN, OK, ND, SD, WA, OR, and AK.

8. seen one son graduate from college and another win the Funniest Ram on Campus contest.

9. celebrated my 27th wedding anniversary.

10. completed my 50th orbit around the sun.

Busy year.

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