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Since I'm half-packed and we're leaving in less than 24 hours it's probably time to announce that I am coming to WisCon. (Now watch me wake up tomorrow with Lorayne's cold or something.)

I'm not signed up for any panels, I'm not volunteering this year. I'm not 100 percent sure that this isn't going to end in disaster again. Depending on how I react to the various allergens in Madison I may be very low-energy, I may be sneezy and stuffed-up, I may be spending a lot of time asleep, I may be slow and forgetful due to being low oxygen, I may recuse myself rapidly from controversy or trouble if I don't see an immediate way to be useful.

I may have to leave panels abruptly due to coughing fits. We may be leaving town abruptly to get me back to Canada for treatment. (My out-of-province insurance isn't going to cover me for another serious asthma event in the same damn' city as the last one. That's kind of the definition of 'pre-existing'). We have a plan for this. It's as solid as we can make it.

Or we may have trouble at the border and not get there at all.

Or it all may be just fine. I really don't know. There's no way to tell.

But I'm on a new med (Singulair), and taking ALL the other ones, religiously, and so far my lungs seem to be willing to stay fairly functional. I'm bringing my bike. I'm hoping to stay an extra week and see friends. I'm cautiously optomistic.

A small request: if you see me, and we're friends, and you possibly can, grab me for coffee or food or a quick chat? This is almost certainly my last WisCon for some time, and if I do have a dangerous reaction, it's my last WisCon, period.

I know that I've lost touch with a lot of you due to missing the con and generally being offline and preoccupied trying to get my health under control. I'm sorry about it, and I'd really like to connect this weekend if we can, because you all are one of the communities of my heart, and to be honest I'm coming much more for y'all than for the "official" con.

If you or someone near you is wearing scent, I may have to back away rapidly. I'm sorry.

I'm not really accustomed to being a fragile little flower, you know? I'm still working out how to handle it.

Also, if there's a volunteer task I can do, something you need help with, that you can grab me for on the spot, please do. It's hard to contribute meaningfully when you can't make any promises, and I'll appreciate any chances to do so.

Getting back

May. 23rd, 2017 07:20 am
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!! ?? !!.... )@*(&$!! WHO NAMES A HORSE CLOUD COMPUTING???

I'm posting to facebook a series of "a year ago today"noting our movie across country. It's part of an engagement practice. (at this point, my computer decided to give me grief, before I could share with YOU)

Sadly, my personal computer is being very trying when it comes to supporting my communication efforts. Anyone use macs and have a favorite debugging tool?

I spent much of my free time Monday trying to sort out what is wrong. I was using ssh to access the machine's command line, but it would crash when I was trying to pack up my email directory. I have ordered a cable so I can put the machine in target mode and treat it like an external drive.

The Heart

May. 22nd, 2017 05:44 pm
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If you listen to podcasts, and are of a sex positive bent, you should check out The Heart. It's part of the Radiotopia family of podcasts, and it's really, really good. I could listen to Kaitlin Prest read the phone book, but what she's actually saying is much more evocative.

Warring fannish emotions

May. 22nd, 2017 02:08 pm
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[personal profile] kshandra
Load-in for BayCon starts on Thursday, and over on the Book of Face I'm starting to see desperate pleas from friends looking for people to work in their departments (including one person who, despite every attempt to avoid same, found out at the final staff meeting that they are running their department).

And I'm torn between feeling bad for my friends and wanting to help out...and schadenfreude that I got the fuck out when I did.

events of scale and non-scale

May. 19th, 2017 10:59 pm
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1) Calluna's graduating from Lesley's Counseling Psych grad program tomorrow.

I have this difficulty saying I'm proud of people, because somehow it always feels as if I'm somehow taking some kind of credit for what they've done. But I'm not, and I am.

(Since she somehow didn't have a lot of people with her at her Harvard Div School graduation, or, even if she did, mostly just remembers her mother being there, she has invited the whole world (but not her mother) to this one. By which I mean to say, my family (mom, dad, brother & wife) and her family (dad, step-mom, brother, and Cool Cousin. Unfortunately her brother isn't bringing either his much cooler wife, or the niecelings.)

My family has not met her family before. This graduation is happening at 9am. I am going to be a tad underslept, and also just a wee bit tense.

But. Also. Proud and pleased.


A long and somewhat pointless tale of getting stood up, and getting someone in mild trouble )

3) I got my new glasses. Woo hoo! The main obvious difference in the prescription strength is that colors are more vivid. The progressive part is fine -- stairs are great, no problems reading, no lines or what have you. It's just that if I turn my head too quickly, it takes my peripheral vision a bit of time to readjust, so I feel as if I'm doing one of those slo-mo special effect things where one part of the image moves, and then the rest of it snaps into normal speed to follow.

Pics

May. 17th, 2017 02:18 pm
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DSCN0179

"Button" buck-- see the stumps of antlers? He's probably just a year old or so.


three more )

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May. 16th, 2017 08:19 am
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A year ago i went wine shopping in Safeway for wines to move with us to North Carolina. (I don't think we've consumed any of them yet.)

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May. 16th, 2017 06:18 am
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The drive to Ohio on Sunday was very pleasant, except for a few moments of panic when my phone blacked out and a separate time when it seemed unable to connect to map data. I'd not turned around when, a half hour from home, i realized all my paper maps were still in my home office. I'm downloading "off line areas" to my iPad and to my phone -- I also ran over my data limits during the trip.

Bah, that was the negative -- which i am working to ameliorate for my return. The positive was that i had brunch with my parents in Chapel Hill (inadvertently choosing just the right time for Chapel Hill to be a ghost town: it was graduation and many folks were off in the stadium). The day was beautiful and, as i ascended the Blue Ridge escarpment, it was like watching spring run in reverse. I can't believe i've never noticed fringe trees before. Chionanthus virginicus is what i've seen around my new home. I thought i was seeing it as i drove through Virginia and West Virginia but apparently it's some other tree that flowers in a similarly delicate dangling manner -- at least at highway speeds.

I took a nice break in West Virginia driving down the New River Gorge to Thurmond. It's a National Park and almost a ghost town. I stopped for dinner in Chillicothe, Ohio. Some time i'll need to arrange my travels so i can visit some of the mounds remaining from the Hopewell cultures.

Yesterday i had a lovely lunch with KQ, a woman who i used as my pretend manager during the time working for the horrible horrible director KS. She's not managing now, as well, and i wasn't sure what to say. I thrive not being a manager: i'm not sure she's doing so.

Dinner was with my California colleagues and one of the local folks. I ordered a salad that was delivered with bacon bits on it. I chose not to make a fuss, and assumed i'd made the error in missing the meat in the listing. Having not had meat for such a long while, i found the bacon unappealing enough that i may begin double checking salad orders in the future if it's at a restaurant where they might add bacon as an elegant finishing touch.

Regarding the news, mutterings. )

GPOY

May. 13th, 2017 10:38 am
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I actually went out to the bar Thursday night. It was Bruce's birthday, and I've missed so many other important nights there (I'm still kicking myself for not going to his wedding reception) that I decided that I WAS going, come hell or high water.

And then Captain Paranoia reared his ugly head and tried talking me out of it.

So I whined a little bit about this on FB, and one of my friends/playa village-mates told me precisely what I needed to hear: "That fucker has the best timing. Kick him in the balls, and then go sparkle like the god damn princess we all know you are."

"Princess," I thought. "I can do that."

Selfie taken outside King of Clubs 05/11/17
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I have entirely fallen off of doing 30 in 30, which is a bummer, but "I can write a sentence a day" is not the same as "I can write a one-sentence story a day" and honestly I haven't been even wanting to write a sentence a day. I got new arm braces that let me knit without damaging my arms, and apparently knitting and writing take up the same space in my head, because since then I have had no interest in writing at all. The sweater's coming along great, though. I realized that I wasn't going to have enough yarn, and that entire brand has been discontinued, but some Ravelry stash-sleuthing turned up someone who had two skeins of it (after several responses of "Huh, I thought I had that but I can't find it now"), so I should be able to finish the sweater at least as a vest, and might even have enough for sleeves.

A friend came over for dinner tonight, so I tidied the living room and dining room before she got here, and did the dishes after. Now everyone's asleep and the house is tidy and the dryer is humming and it's so peaceful. We had really good conversation, full of belly laughs and deep feelings, and the late-night calm is the perfect counterpart to an exuberant evening.

Everyone's mostly asleep, anyway. Kit's working up to unassisted walking, and that tends to come with sleep disruption. They've been whimpering in their sleep a lot, and sometimes fully waking up. They don't generally need anyone to come in—they're a pro at self-soothing to sleep, and very good about doing it on their own if they can—but it's clearly not super restful sleep, and they've been pretty tired during the day.

All the adults in the house have also been sleeping badly. This morning I went to bed at 5, woke up at 8, and then went back to sleep and had a really horrifying nightmare about the end of the world. TW for solar apocalypse ) And then I woke up going ????????. Eventually I went back to sleep and had another dream about going around the city with some friends I hadn't seen in a while, and that dream also tried to turn into a nightmare (about it being our last hurrah before I died of heart disease that I'd allowed to go untreated) and I refused to let it. I don't often have conscious control of my dreams but for that one I explicitly would not let the scarybad storyline happen. So that wasn't terrible, at least, but it was not what one would call a restful night.

And J's had awful insomnia, and Kit's whimpering sets off the monitor and wakes X up. J and I have suggested giving up the monitor altogether, because if Kit actually yelled X would hear it through their bedrooms' shared wall, but X doesn't think it's time for that yet, so I think we're going back to me turning their monitor on when I go to bed, rather than them having it on all night. Anything that helps any of us sleep is a good thing.

I'm going to do the last of my chores and get to bed; I have Kit-time tomorrow afternoon while X and J have a date, and it'd be nice to get up early enough for some family time before that starts. Maybe if I go to bed a little earlier, I'll sleep better. Stranger things have happened.
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Because it's been a while, and I've picked up some new friends since the last one:

I was introduced to Jamberry Nails in 2015 by a dear friend. I'd always been a fan of my awesome friends' awesome manicures, but I gave up trying to maintain my own years ago - I'd spend all the money on having them professionally done, and I'd screw it up before I even got home from the salon (seriously, I dinged two nails beyond recognition once just getting back into my car). But after doing Jamberry's 7-day challenge, I was a convert.

The company has grown by leaps and bounds in the past two years, successfully landing license agreements with Disney/Marvel, the NBA and NFL, and DC (as a tie-in to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie). I'm reaching the halfway point in my current virtual party, and I could use a push to get to the next reward level.

Check out http://bit.ly/GGJamsSample for free samples to start your own 7-day challenge. If we're friends on Facebook (or willing to be), the party is here, and there's still plenty of time to get in on the games we've been playing.

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