Whimsy

This page documents some of my hobbies: backpacking, books, music, and running.


Backpacking

A selection of backpacking and camping trips, presented in ascending order.

Seminole State Forest
Campsites: Shelter, Sulpher
April 8-10, 2016

St. George Island State Park
Campsite: Primitive A
November 28-29, 2015

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
Florida Trailwalker Trails: Reedy Creek and Old Cabin
Campsites: Reedy Creek and Hidden Hammock
May 22-25, 2015

Myakka State Forest
Florida Trailwalker Trails: North and South Loop
May 2-3, 2015

Cayo Costa State Park
March 13-15, 2015

Myakka State Park
Campsites: Mossy Hammock, Prairie
February 27-March 1, 2015


Books

Goodreads: alnotaly
Presented in ascending order by date finished.

2018
The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget – Sarah Hepola
Butcher Bird – Richard Kadrey
Delicious Foods – James Hannaham
Lithium Jesus: A Memoir of Mania – Charles Monroe-Kane
Wonder (Wonder, #1) – R. J. Palacio
Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement – The Irish Jesuits
The Cure for Dreaming – Cat Winters
The Cutting Season – Attica Locke
A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
The Speed of Dark – Elizabeth Moon
Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness – Elyn R. Saks
The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts #1) – M.R. Carey
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
The Forever War – Dexter Filkins
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries #1) – Dorothy L. Sayers
Chelsea Girls – Eileen Myles
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed #1) – Octavia Butler
Raising Demons – Shirley Jackson
Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
Young Once – Patrick Modiano (translated by Damion Searls)
Becoming a Man – Paul Monette
Sacred Space for Lent 2018 – The Irish Jesuits
The Killing Hour – Lisa Gardner
Lady Knight (Protector of the Small, #4) – Tamora Pierce
Squire (Protector of the Small, #3) – Tamora Pierce
This Is Me Letting You Go – Heidi Priebe
The Vegetarian – Kang Han
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) – Laini Taylor
Tapping the Source – Kem Nunn
Murder Season (Lena Gamble, #3) – Robert Ellis
The Wasp Factory – Ian Banks
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2017-2018 – The Irish Jesuits
Meridian – Alice Walker
Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1) – Octavia Butler
The Lost Witness (Lena Gamble #2) – Robert Ellis
A Year of Daily Offerings – James Kubicki

2017
Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2017 – The Irish Jesuits
City Of Fire (Lena Gamble, #1) – Robert Ellis
The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood
The Kill Society (Sandman Slim, #9) – Richard Kadrey
The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan
After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter
The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education – Christopher Emdin
The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction – William Bynum
Shadow Country – Peter Matthiessen
Information: A Very Short Introduction – Luciano Floridi
Library: An Unquiet History – Matthew Battles
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
The Two Cultures & A Second Look: An Expanded Version of The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution – C.P. Snow
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin
A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir – Daisy Hernandez
Ascension – Jacqueline Koyanagi
Welcome to the Slipstream– Natalka Burian
Lying Awake – Mark Salzman
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
Arrival – Ted Chiang
The Kingdom of God Is Within You – Leo Tolstoy
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Aya (Aya #1) – Marguerite Abouet
Trashed – Derf Backderf
My Friend Dahmer – Derf Backderf
Strangers In Paradise, Pocket Book 6 – Terry Moore
Strangers In Paradise, Pocket Book 5 – Terry Moore
The Harder They Come – T.C. Boyle
The Dogs of Winter – Kem Nunn
Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8) – Karin Slaughter
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances – Neil Gaiman
Angela Carter’s Book Of Fairy Tales – Angela Carter – 900th book read on GoodReads since March 2008
How to Love (Mindfulness Essentials, #3) – Thích Nhất Hạnh
Home (Binti, #2) – Nnedi Okorafor
The Thing about Great White Sharks: And Other Stories – Rebecca Adams Wright
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wohlleben
Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics – Jason Porath
Frozen Footprints – Therese Heckenkamp
Nothing Gold Can Stay – Ron Rash
Binti (Binti, #1) – Nnedi Okorafor
Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life – James Martin, SJ
The Perdition Stone (Sandman Slim, #8) – Richard Kadrey
Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim, #7) – Richard Kadrey
Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season – The Irish Jesuits
Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson

2016
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power – Danielle L. McGuire
The Getaway God (Sandman Slim, #6) – Richard Kadrey
Kill City Blues (Sandman Slim, #5) – Richard Kadrey
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness – Sy Montgomery
Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim, #4) – Richard Kadrey
Aloha from Hell (Sandman Slim, #3) – Richard Kadrey
Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2016 – The Irish Jesuits
Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind – Sakyong Mipham
Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim, #2) – Richard Kadrey
Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim, #1) – Richard Kadrey
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War – Mary Roach
When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) – J.K. Rowling
Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History– Penny Le Couteur
Kundalini Energy & Christian Spirituality: A Pathway to Growth & Healing – Philip St. Romain
Cottonmouth – Julian Lee Rayford
How to Fake a Moon Landing – Darryl Cunningham
You Belong Here – M.H. Clark
Open House for Butterflies – Ruth Krauss
All the Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld
Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health – Lisa M. Sullivan
Neurocomic – Hana Ros
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas – Jim Ottaviani
Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life – bell hooks
Letters to a Young Scientist – Edward O. Wilson
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy – Christopher L. Hayes
When You Reach Me  – Rebecca Stead
Flee – Evan Dara
Disgraced – Ayad Akhtar
H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You – S. Bear Bergman
Girl in a Band – Kim Gordon
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen – Christopher McDougall
House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor – Lynda Barry
Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories – Joyce Carol Oates
Evil Games – Angela Marsons
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven – Sherman Alexie
Dragonslippers: This is What an Abusive Relationship Looks Like – Rosalind B. Penfold
Silent Scream – Angela Marsons
A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me – Jason Schmidt
A Head Full of Ghosts – Paul Tremblay
Sacred Space: Advent – The Irish Jesuits
Come Closer – Sara Gran

2015
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead – Sara Gran
A Hell of a Woman – Jim Thompson
Barefoot Gen: Volume I – Keiji Nakazawa
The Collected Stories – Amy Hempel
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things – Jenny Lawson
A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
The Prettiest One – James Hankins
Give Me Your Heart – Joyce Carol Oates
Don’t Talk to Strangers (Keye Street #3) – Amanda Kyle Williams
Stranger in the Room (Keye Street #2) – Amanda Kyle Williams
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers – Nick Offerman
The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street #1) – Amanda Kyle Williams
Divergent (Divergent, #1) – Veronica Roth
The Ice at the Bottom of the World: Stories – Mark Richard
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline – George Saunders
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank – Nathan Englander
Redeployment – Phil Klay
Who Killed John F. Kennedy? (Lose Your Own Adventure #1) – Justin Sewell
Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead – Barbara Comyns
Of Bread and Circuses: The Story of Bountygate and the 2012 New Orleans Saints – Reid Gilbert
An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments – Ali Almossawi
Thorn in My Side – Karin Slaughter
Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter
Non-Fiction – Chuck Palahniuk
The Martian – Andy Weir
Moranthology – Caitlin Moran
Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes – Karin Slaughter
Uncharted: Big Data and an Emerging Science of Human History – Erez Aiden
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir – Jenny Lawson
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War – Joe Bageant
Have You Seen Marie? – Sandra Cisneros
The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher – Lewis Thomas
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) – Madeleine L’Engle
I Just Got a Kitten. What Do I Do?: How to Buy, Train, Understand, and Enjoy Your Kitten – Mordecai Siegal
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions – Randall Munroe
Thief of Time (Discworld, #26; Death, #5) – Terry Pratchett
Now We Will Be Happy – Amina Gautier
An Ignatian Book of Days – Jim Manney
Save My Place – Olivia deBelle Byrd
The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber
Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs
Page (Protector of the Small, #2) – Tamora Pierce
First Test (Protector of the Small, #1) – Tamora Pierce
The Year of the Crab: Marine Animals in Modern Medicine – William Sargent
Hogfather (Discworld, #20; Death, #4) – Terry Pratchett
From Monsoons to Microbes: Understanding the Ocean’s Role in Human Health – National Research Council
Soul Music (Discworld, #16) – Terry Pratchett
The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories – Michel Faber
The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating – Elisabeth Tova Bailey
How to Leave Hialeah – Jennine Capo Crucet
A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
We Live in Water – Jess Walter
Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties – Ajahn Brahm
The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
Rage Against the Meshugenah: Why it Takes Balls to Go Nuts – Danny Evans
Detective Story – Imre Kertsz
Ordeal by Innocence – Agatha Christie
Tenth of December – George Saunders
M Is for Magic – Neil Gaiman
My Watery Self: Memoirs of a Marine Scientist – Stephen Spotte
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened – Allie Brosh
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances – Matthew Inman
Smut – Alan Bennett
The Silver Dream (InterWorld, #2) – Neil Gaiman


Music+More

2018
Shows & Performances:
Galactic, House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
Hurray for the Riff Raff, Somerville Theater, Somerville, Massachusetts
The Memory Palace, Somerville Armory, Somerville, Massachusetts

Albums (Purchased):
Rahim Alhaj – Letters from Iraq: Ould and String Quintet

2017
Shows:
Andrew Bird & Belle and Sebastian, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, Massachusetts
Against Me!, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, Massachusetts
Dinosaur Jr., State Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida
Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst, ONCE Ballroom, Somerville, Massachusetts
The Accidentals, Club Passim, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Albums (Purchased):
Hem – Rabbit Songs
James Brown – Soulful Christmas
Jeffrey Foucault – Ghost Repeater
The Accidentals – Odyssey
Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

2016
Shows: 
Titus Andronicus, Marquis Theater, Denver, Colorado
They Might Be Giants, State Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida
Of Montreal!, The Orpheum, Ybor City, Florida
Worriers, Epic Problem, Tampa, Florida

Albums (Purchased):
Beyoncé – Lemonade
BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
David Bowie – The Next Day
Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
Haley Bonar – Impossible Dream
Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea – Dead Wood Falls
Joseph – I’m Alone, No You’re Not
Monks of Senegal – Keur Moussa
Oscar Peterson – On Green Dolphin Street
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love
Shearwater – Jet Plane and Oxbow
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Tacocat – Lost Time
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive
Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances
Yo-Yo Ma – Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites (Remastered)

2015
Shows:
Built to Spill, State Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida
Metz the Band, State Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida
The Banditos, Fogartyville Community Center, Sarasota, Florida

Albums (on heavy rotation):
Allen Toussaint – Sweet Touch of Love
Beach Slang – The Things We Do to Find People Like Us
Dutch Rebelle – Rebelle Diaries
Etta James – It Takes Love to Keep a Woman
Fugazi – The Argument
Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors
Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food
Television – Marquee Moon
Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
The Underachievers – Evermore: The Art of Duality
Worriers – Imaginary Life


Running

This incomplete list is placed in ascending order.

Shipyard Maine Coast Half Marathon
May 11, 2019
2:09:01, 1094 of 2449 overall, 610/1697 women, 101/279 age group

TARC Blue Hills 12K – Trail
July 8, 2018
2:51:37, DFL with 3 wonderful people

TARC Summer Classic 50K – Trail
August 12, 2017
7:42:54, 29/47 overall, 10/18 women, 12/17 age group

Everglades Ultra 50K – Trail
February 18, 2017
7:37:40, 49/69 overall, 20/28 women, 5/5 age group

Florida Challenge Half Marathon – Trail
February 5, 2017
2:21:58, 86/161 overall, 30/74 women, 7/14 age group

X-Country Half Marathon – Trail
November 20, 2016
2:10:58, 69/165 overall, 23/72 women, 2/5 age group

Southermost Half Marathon – Virtual 
October 8, 2016
13.24 miles, 2:28:08

Beat the Blerch Half Marathon – Virtual
September 17, 2016
No official result, but pretty fun!

Long Play Races – Half Marathon Trail Run
March 6, 2016
2:22:43, 39/89 overall, 9/38 women, 2/7 age group

Scrub Jay 10K Trail Run
February 13, 2016
1:00:52.1, 50/115 overall, 2/6 age group

Croom Zoom 25K Trail Run
January 2, 2016
3:05:45, 53/102 overall, 23/56 women, 2/3 age group

Turkey Trot for Hope 5K
November 26, 2015
26:51, 275/1175 overall, 5/25 age group

Myakka Half Marathon
November 21, 2015
2:11:10, 149/423 overall, 87/307 women, 6/22 age group

Wildhorse 10-mile Trail Run
November 1, 2015
2:00:25, 11/26 overall, 5/15 women, 1/2 age group
Note: More like an adventure race with water crossing and ropes

John Holmes 9-mile Trail Run
October 10, 2015
1:36:27, 25/59 overall, 10/27 women, 2/3 age group

Crescent City Classic 10K
April 4, 2015
1:10:42, 8224/? overall, 3316/9171 women, 726/1418 age group
Ran dressed as a banana for my friend’s birthday

Trout Creek 5K Trail Run
March 29, 2015
30:24, 39/123 overall, 10/70 women, 1/3 age group

Florida Challenge 5K Trail Run
January 25, 2015
30:26, 58/138 overall, 12/62 women, 2/6 age group

End of the World Half-Marathon
December 8, 2013
3:00:00, 105/131 overall, 15/21 age group

Crescent City Classic 10K
March 30, 2013
55:59.01, 639/9366 women, 156/1485 age group

Azalea Trail Run 10K
March 23, 2013
57:44, 946/2375 overall, 42/160 age group

Crescent City Fall Classic
November 10, 2012
27:52, 141/892 women, 27/133 age group

Elephant Walk Triathlon
August 26, 2000
2:22:21
On a team with Dad

Turkey 5K
1998
34:36, 30/52 overall

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