The weather on Saturday was amazing for late November. Sunny for the first time in days, and nearly 50 out. So instead of camping out on the exercise bike for my weekend exercise, I got out for a 7 mile walk. I'd been wanting to check the bike/pedestrian bridge across part of the Minnesota River that opened recently, so that's what I did, along with loads of other people. So late in the season and in the middle of the afternoon, there wasn't much to be seen besides ducks and geese for wildlife, though it will be a fabulous place to see migrating wildfowl in spring and autumn. But I was blessed to spot a lady with a huge camera on a tripod who was taking photos of a bird. She said it was a snipe...and it was (for real). So I got photos and video of my first wild snipe, and was also vastly amused by the way it jittered around as if it desperately had to run to the bathroom. I'd read so much about the species thanks to a book by a naturalist I enjoyed in younger years, so it was neat to actually see one, even if I didn't get to hear its unique flight.
Pleased to make progress with both my calendar picture and my novella, which is thankfully getting a little less stubborn.
Sunday was special. Right after church, I headed over to my coworker Dawn's house. First I had dinner at IHOP with her and Mark, (eggnog pancakes, how could I resist?) and then she and I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the local Markus theater, which has a big screen and recliners. That was a lot of fun. Got to see some of the more recent stuff she's added to her vast collection, and her long-running project with her home dvds. It was a good time.