erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
I was contacted by the referred realtor today, and we are going to schedule something for next week for him (or one of his associates, as he's out of town most of next week) to come over and talk about the condo and my options. He said he's done over 900 short sales, so he obviously has a clue here, which I am pleased by. They also have a real estate attorney affiliated with the office, who can answer questions for me if I have any. This will no doubt come in handy regarding tax issues, as I don't want to be stuck showing a "profit" I have to pay taxes on that is actually just me in a huge financial hole.

Craigslist came through for getting rid of the chairs, but I was listing them for free to just come and haul them off. It seemed about par for the course here. I still haven't sold the bed. On the up side, it looks like the guy who picked them up will be sending the chairs and a bunch of tables to a school in Africa, so they will be put to good use. Go go gadget activism.

As far as books, I packed another box of poetry books, then spent much of the rest of the day sorting a lot of my other books into categories on separate shelves or in separate sections so that they will be at least vaguely organized when I get around to packing them. Huge shelf of shamanism, several shelves on Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto), astrology, etc. I'm afraid I was wobbling around a fair bit with the dizziness from all the activity. While the vertigo doesn't go away, it does sometimes get worse with a lot of activity, and I was really active today. Despite that it feels like I'm just shuffling things around, I'm actually consolidating things so that they'll be easier to deal with as I pack them. Needless to say, this cranks my anxiety level like crazy.

The condo association is going to wash the windows on Thursday. I pulled the screens from a couple of the windows but wasn't able to get the one out of the window in my bedroom. They're just going to have to suck it up, because it was leave it there or break the thing. It wasn't quite the same as the others. I don't know if it's in backwards or what, but I couldn't get it out from the inside and I'm not going to go around the back of the building to try to deal with this.

Tomorrow is shrinkage. Thursday is neurology, possibly my spirituality group (if I get out of neurology in time), and then a Bach concert over in Magnolia. Friday the condo association's contractor comes in the afternoon to look at the damage to the bathroom ceiling in the guest bathroom. Saturday, Jay is coming by and there will be bad movies. That's about as far ahead as I want to think right now.

I need some tylenol.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
I've decided to change my approach to the whole photo thing and will deal with it tomorrow evening. I've got an appointment for tomorrow afternoon to have Garuda's brakes and tires checked so that all will be well when I hit the road Tuesday.

I stopped on the way home and did some errands, and one thing that I found was some imported ginger beer that is actually alcoholic (and in no way beer-y) that tasted really good over at Central Market. Alder smoked salmon for my sweetie in California has been acquired, along with a bottle of Whidbey Island port that I figured I would bring down with me and we could try. Other things I needed to acquire toward other purposes have also been attained.

I got this forwarded to me this evening, for anyone who might be interested:

Seeking lesbian and bisexual women who served in the military!
We invite you to participate in a study focusing on your life experiences as a lesbian or bisexual woman Veteran and the challenges you may have faced.

The goal of the Women Veterans' Survey is to better understand the specific experiences of women Veterans and promote their health and well-being. We are especially interested in hearing the diverse voices within our communities.

This is an anonymous, web-based survey conducted by researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. For more information, please go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/womenvet, or contact the Women Veterans' Survey staff at (206) 277-1511.


One of the researchers doing the survey is my shrink here at the VA. Their identification of persons eligible to take the survey is slightly problematic, but I'm going to talk to her about the wording of it so that it will hopefully be at least a little less insensitive to trans women.

This afternoon before group, I went in to talk to the woman who runs the Addiction & Recovery Clinic, who had been passed my letter from the Patient Advocate's office. She was the one who saw to it that the HIV poster was taken down when I initially made the complaint. She had called me but I hadn't been able to get in touch with her by phone. We spoke briefly. She thanked me for bringing the issue up -- apparently she'd been uncomfortable with the poster herself. I was kind of curious as to why she hadn't taken any action about it before, but so it goes. She did ask if there was anything else that I thought should be done. I told her I wanted to be sure the poster was not in any of the other clinics in the hospital, and that they should get HIV awareness/education posters that actually reflected reality. She agreed that this would be an excellent thing and that she would look into it.

Result!

The last thing I did at the VA today was check in with the women's clinic about getting a refill on my tylenol with codeine. I have to actually speak to someone about it. I still have one left, so I didn't need/want to wait around at the pharmacy near closing time. I told them to mail the scrip to me, but that I would be out of town for the next two weeks, starting Tuesday. I'm hoping that they won't try to deliver it while I'm out of town because I think I have to sign for it and I'm not sure if Brianna will be here, or if she can even sign for it on my behalf. I forgot all about the signature thing while I was there. Regardless, the order is in and I should at least be able to pick the stuff up at the VA next time I go in, if it gets returned there for some reason.

And now, contemplating my bed. Possibly even getting into it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (OBEY THE FIST!)
Before I headed out to the VA today, I typed up a quick letter to deliver to the Patient Advocates office about the "educational" poster mentioned a couple of days ago. I didn't have much time, so I just dropped it off rather than staying to talk to them. I had to get up to my appointment, and the office would be closed by the time I was done. I did include my phone number and email address, so with any luck they will get back to me.

When I got up to the WTRC, though, the poster was gone! Denise had talked to Wendy. She didn't even get through the whole discussion -- she just described the poster (Wendy is blind so would never have seen it) and Wendy said she totally understood the objections, et voila, the poster she is removed. Now, with any luck, if there are further copies in other clinics, the advocate's office will be able to take care of that.

Several of the other women in the group today had heard me talking to the chaplain intern last week and they said they'd not felt comfortable with the poster either, so I got a lot of props for taking on the system and getting the thing removed.

KAPLAH!

Photos from Venice. Yep, I took them. They are pretty awesome. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Misogyny)
I attempted galettes today. I need to actually sift the buckwheat flour, because the stuff I have has the little bits of husk in it from when it was ground, and it is slightly annoying in the finished galette. I also need some practice getting them thinner and flipping them so they don't break apart. They tasted pretty good, though.

I've finished the basic digging through books that I'd planned for my healing deities presentation. I have five pages of notes, plus the text of one poem that I do plan on using as part of the presentation. I have 32 named figures and half a dozen or more unnamed ones who are mentioned as doing something that heals themselves or another person, or who are invoked as a part of a healing procedure or ritual. It's been quite interesting. Tomorrow, when I'm not dealing with Brianna's moving stuff in, I'll be working on an outline.

I'm ranting a bit here, but it's not that long. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Navy seal)
This year, the city of Auburn (which holds apparently the largest veterans day parade west of the Mississippi) had decided that even though they were going to allow a Corvette club and a daffodil festival float into the veterans day parade, they didn't want Veterans For Peace marching, because that would be in conflict with the purpose of the parade.

From the ACLU Washington website, The Greater Seattle Chapter of Veterans For Peace has participated in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade since 2006. Yet the city denied the veterans group’s application to march in the 2012 parade, claiming that the city chose only those applicants which most closely meet the purpose and goals of the parade. At the same time, the city has approved applications from a motorcycle club, a Corvette club, the Optimists and Kiwanis International, the Sons of Italy, and a Daffodil Festival float. The US District court ruled in favor of the VFP, and today I went down to march with the group. This necessitated getting up way early, despite having barely been able to close my eyes last night. I'm hoping to actually sleep tonight to maybe make up for some of it.

The Seattle Times reported on our participation. I saw reporters from KING 5 and KIRO 7 (I talked to the KIRO people while we were marching), and was told that Q13 was also there covering our participation. KING 5 has a short segment up on their website from this evening's broadcast. I can be seen in the first few seconds of film and the two photos in the gallery, off at the far right of the column, just behind the peace flags, carrying a VFP flag. I haven't seen the KIRO broadcast yet, so I don't know if any of the interview with me was used.

Our reception was almost entirely very positive. There were a couple of people who booed when we went by, but we were thanked for coming by quite a few people along the route. At one point, four guys who were standing next to some Civil War reenactors turned their backs to us, but I didn't see that as being any big deal.

The reporter asked me if I was bothered by that and I said not particularly. She asked what I thought about it and I said, well, it's their right. And, of course, that's exactly what we were doing in the parade today - expressing our first amendment rights and offering a challenge to the extreme militarization of American society. Four guys turning their backs on us along a parade route isn't even a pimple on the backside of the flotilla of grey whales that comprise "things in this world that disturb me." Nobody was violent, nobody was shouting slurs, nobody was trying to prevent us from walking along the street like every other group. I don't see what the harm could possibly be, and my feelings just aren't that delicate, thank you.

There were maybe about 40 of us in the VFP contingent. I had some lovely conversations with people both before and after the parade. We stood around for about an hour at the staging area, then marched a mile or mile and a half down the parade route, which I then had to walk back to the car. We all met up at a BBQ place for lunch afterwards but, with all the closed off roads in Auburn, finding it was kind of like running a maze. Thankfully, both a little paper map and my phone's map app allowed me to get there in a reasonable amount of time. I think there were about 34 or so of us at the restaurant.

I talked with several people about my trip to Europe this summer, as they were planning their own trips to various places for next year at different points. It was nice to be able to share some of my experiences so that they would find it a little easier to do the traveling themselves, a little less expensively.

I'd hoped that I could go dancing with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor this evening when I got home, but I didn't even get here until around 4:30, and by that time I'd started a headache (I think the barbeque sauce had something in it that triggered one), and within an hour or so, the idea of trying to move my legs much was a bit beyond me for the rest of the night. She didn't actually end up going tonight either, not feeling very well, but we'll try to get together tomorrow evening for some fireside snuggling after I get back from the veterans day dinner I'm going to with some of the women I've met at the VA in my group.

Overall, a pretty good day. If I find a clip from KIRO tomorrow, I'll post a link to that, too, whether or not I make an appearance in it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
I did a little writing on a fic today (I should crack 10,000 words before I go to bed shortly), hung out with some friends on livestream, and did a little cooking. Aside from that, my day was really quiet, which I needed.

I have to go to bed soon because I've committed to walking with Veterans For Peace at the Auburn veteran's day parade. It's one of the largest in the country and the VFP had been informed this year that they would not be able to march, not because of any violations of parade rules, but because the Auburn organizers didn't like the idea of veterans interested in peace. This morning, a court ruled that they had to allow the VFP to participate on first amendment grounds, so the local chapter is asking to have as many members as possible show up. I'll have to get up hours earlier than I usually do to be able to get to Auburn by 10:30am awake enough to cope.

The weather right now is 31f, and it will likely be quite cold tomorrow, so I'm going to have to consider what I want to wear for the parade. It will need to be warm enough for when I'm not moving, but not all sweaty when I'm walking. I have a few ideas, but I'm also planning on layering a few things and taking off a sweater or whatever if I don't actually need it. It's more my legs than my upper body that I'm concerned about, as they tend to get colder, but I do have a silk underlayer that I'll be putting on.

Tomorrow evening, if my legs haven't fallen off, I'm supposed to go out dancing with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor. We'll see how I hold up. Anyway, sleep soon. I've heard there will be press coverage of the parade due to the first amendment issues, so who knows, I might be in some of the parade shots on tv tomorrow night.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Feminist dialectic brings 'em)
About Iron Maidens: an E-Anthology

Iron Maidens is an e-anthology with a purpose. Two purposes actually.

This anthology was born to fill a gap in the speculative fiction reading experience. Far too often in fiction, especially speculative fiction, strong female characters have faced sexual abuse somewhere in in their past. Frequently it is their only motivation for their acts of heroism, valor, and general kick-ass attitude. While there is a place for tales of sexual violence – both to show how terrible it is and to show that survivors can be more than just people who were once victims – it is not the only thing that can spur women into adventure. Women are fully capable of holding their own within the worlds fantasy without having first been subjected to sexual violence. We would like to prove it with a collection of stories from many voices across the fantasy genre.

The second purpose is directly linked to the first. All sales of Iron Maidens will be donated to the organization SAFER: Students Active for Ending Rape. In their own words SAFER “empowers students to hold their universities accountable for having strong campus sexual assault policies and programming.” This student run, all-volunteer collective is active on many university campuses across the United States, offering a variety of resources to help students, facility, and parents work together to make our universities a safer place to learn. Their cause is admirable and their goal is one we should aspire to hold everyone to in all phases of life – before, after, and during college. By helping them we help us all.

I hope you are as excited about this project as I am! Please take the time to check out our submission guidelines and frequently asked questions. If you have any questions please email ironmaidensanthology@gmail.com. (Please title the email “Query – [question summary]“) Thank you for taking the time to visit!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I finally finished one of the books I'd got from the Suzzallo today, and hauled it back. The last few sections didn't have much that I actually needed or was particularly interested in at this point. I was too tired to do much else today. I'd really intended to be in bed before now, but such things are sometimes not to be. The group at the VA today was pretty good and I was glad I'd been able to make it.

Next week there's no group and I'll be going up Tuesday to see [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde to help her out, as she had surgery today. I'll be gone from the 19th to the 22nd helping take care of her, and visiting with Bruce and Heather and possibly Pete if I get in touch with him beforehand. I know he's been busy with a just-released Bruce Lee documentary.

It looks like [livejournal.com profile] lupagreenwolf and [livejournal.com profile] smcinpdx will be up tomorrow and I'll probably meet them at the AFK, as she wants to show him the place. I've been invited out to play Munchkin tomorrow there too, so that's probably what will happen.

I wanted to do some work on the pilgrimage packet stuff today, but got sidetracked. Initial deadline for some of that material was supposed to be today, but I know that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah are a little behind the ideal schedule as well, so I'm not feeling too bad about it as yet. I did get my Queering the Flame paper off to Jhenah, who is doing her Masters on conclaves of holy or fairy women, particularly those living on islands. She wanted to know if there was any evidence for pre-Christian flametending practice for Brigid, but I had to say that I hadn't really found any. Best to offer the evidence I'd found; there's enough information in there for her to chase down some other stuff that's non-Brigidine, which should be useful to her anyway.

I also got an email from [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb today asking about the warrior rituals, and working on a project of rites of return and healing for people in spiritual communities. Part of her work is on spiritual healing and PTSD, which is - as everyone here knows - a deep interest of mine. I sent off a copy of one of the final drafts of the paper on geilt and PTSD for the Disability and Religious Diversity anthology. She's considering proposing a ritual for PantheaCon next year, so I referred her over to [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht. Both of us are behind the idea.

I know that Selena Fox of Circle Network did a ritual for vets this year (which I didn't attend), so it would be interesting to see a script for that one and check out what has been done, and what veterans might do for one another, as opposed to civilians attempting to serve a community of veterans.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's bandmate loaned me his Thermarest sleeping pad to see if it was going to work out for me for my camping trip, but it's not got enough loft to be good for my back, and it's very short. I'm going to have to look into the more expensive ones at REI to see if they would fit the bill any better. I still have some time before I will have to have one, so I'll have a little time to save up to get something that would work for me with the fibromyalgia and the bad hips and shoulders.

I feel like I didn't get much done today, but looking at it, I did get a few things together that needed to be done, and they were in fact important things. Sometimes I feel like if I'm not constantly busy, I'm not actually accomplishing anything but that's certainly not the case. I need to be more forgiving of myself and my use of time. I do get things done; I do a lot of work, I just don't always recognize it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Navy seal)
This is on Michael Moore's site, but is important information. If you'd like to get the links as well as the story, click on through.

Story below the cut )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Liberty & Justice OTP)
The Washington State senate just passed the marriage equality bill, 28-21.

Thank you to the legislators who voted on the right side of history tonight.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Feminist dialectic brings 'em)
I had known that Occupy Everett was being evicted tomorrow, but the county moved up the schedule on getting them out, and was not going to allow them access to any of the dumpsters or recycle or other resources tomorrow, so they put out a call for folks to come down today and pick up things that had been donated, and help with clearing out whatever could be done this afternoon.

I went down to pick up the camp chair and the five-gallon water bag I'd left for them to use and ended up helping out with some of the cleanup for an hour or so. KSER, the local public radio station, was doing a live broadcast from the encampment this afternoon at 4pm. The guy hosting the show said it was the first time they'd ever done a show outside the studio, and he and his assistant seemed pretty interested in everything that was going on. Everybody was asked if we wanted to be interviewed on the radio. I figured why not, so I spoke to the woman taking names. She asked what I wanted to talk about and I noted that veterans issues were important to me. I ended up being the second person they interviewed, for maybe three minutes.

I stayed for a while after that, but it was getting colder and darker and eventually I was shivering. Everyone said I did a good job and was pleased with what I'd said. I'm told that the show will be archived on the KSER website at some point and hope that I'll be able to link you to it when I find out it's up. I spent a bit of time while I was there talking to someone who worked for the city. Zie declined to be interviewed on air due to concerns for their job and potential conflict of interest, which I could respect. We had a good conversation, but I had to leave because I was just freezing. I hadn't expected to stay nearly so long so I hadn't worn my long wool coat or a heavy sweater. I'd intended to stay maybe half an hour and help out a little, but ended up being there for nearly 90 minutes, by which time I was too cold to stay any longer.

Staying that long was probably a mistake. I wrapped myself up in warm things when I got home, made myself some hot tea, and some dinner, but I'm still not feeling quite right. I'm really exhausted and aching, and I'm hoping I don't come down with a cold. With any luck, getting some rest tonight will help. I will probably actually sleep before 5am tonight.

I also got a call this evening from [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde with an update on her condition. She will need surgery but they caught this quite early while the tumor is very small and, if she is lucky, she won't need chemo or radiation. She's got an MRI appointment for January 9th (the day of the next CR Schmooze) and hopes to come down for a couple of days shortly after that if all goes well, before she has to go into surgery again. At the moment, provided the MRI results are good, she has an excellent prognosis and I'm definitely pulling for that to be the case.

Between all that, I got another 2,000-ish words done on my fic, leaving me currently at 65,300 and going. I might write for a little longer before I go to bed, given that the muse is being kind to me at the moment, but I'm awfully tired and am not sure how much longer I'm going to last.

Tomorrow night, Hatsumode at the shrine. I doubt I'm going to be up to going down to Seattle for any dancing, given how I'm feeling right now. Sunday is the steampunk tea party. I need to pay bills tomorrow (January's VA check came in last night) so that I don't have to worry about it later.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (It's raining)
My last load of laundry got finished up today. I'm glad to have that out of the way. Everything is actually folded and put away, with guest sheets actually in the closet in the library now, instead of in the hallway linen closet. It'll make things easier when I'm looking for clean sheets that actually fit my bed, given that all of my sheets are red, green, or black, and the fold out couch in the library is a vastly different size to the one in my room.

I got an email today from my old friend Jim Locke, catching up with me and talking about the entries I did here when his mom died. It was nice to talk to him, though I'm not sure if he's got time to write back again. It would be nice to stay in touch, though.

I've had a lovely, quiet, restful day at home, filled with work on my fic. I'm up to 63,300 at the moment and will probably do some more before going to bed. I find it much easier to focus on my writing and actually sit down to do it when I'm alone here. Last night I was up until about 7am this morning reading and playing Plants v. Zombies. Insomnigrackles are part of the explanation, but just relaxing into my personal space again probably had something to do with it. I'll admit it's feeling really nice to have some time and space to myself for a change. I've been very much peopled out lately. This doesn't mean I don't want to go to Hatsumode at the Shinto shrine or the steampunk New Years tea, but it's nice to have a few days where I don't have to focus on anything or anyone other than just me, the DoDC+3, and whatever is online that I'm dealing with at the moment. I haven't had nearly enough down time of late.

I did a little updating to the Occupy Everett website, as some of the calendar information was changed at the GA today. I picked up the necessary changes on their twitter and implemented them on the calendar and the main page. That, thankfully, took maybe 20 minutes, tops. Updates also got sent to the CR Schmooze list about the upcoming January through March schmooze topics, our Burns Night celebration, and preparations for Imbolc. I'd been putting off dealing with that because I'd just been too tired and overwhelmed with everything to focus much on it.

I really should catch something else to eat tonight before I try going to bed. All I've had today were some greens from yesterday, a bowl of udon with kimchee, and some popcorn. I'm feeling a bit noshy and need something slightly more substantial. Don't quite know what I want at the moment, though.

The case on my laptop cracked slightly today from wear. It didn't get dropped or anything, it's just getting kind of old and is really heavily used. I'm considering getting it replaced next year sometime, so if anyone has opinions on the differences between Mac OS 10.6 and OS 10.7, please let me know what you think. Also, if you've used iWork to create Word files, I'd like to hear if there are any compatibility issues, given that Word is more or less the standard in the publishing world. I need to know if I'll have to buy a new edition of Word if I upgrade my computer. My current version has been freezing when I try to quit and I have to force quit it for the program to actually close. I'm having similar issues with Firefox sometimes on shutdown and I'm not sure if it's just that I'm running an old machine, or if it's some inherent problem. I know that Safari had been crashing on me a lot before I switched over to Chrome, and there were some functionality issues with Chrome that led me to try out Firefox. Anyway, system and software comments are cheerfully welcomed in that regard.

And now, back to some writing.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (It's raining)
There was a fair bit of quiet hanging out today before I took Geordie down to the bus station. We talked a little, read a little, and ate a little. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was getting ready to leave about the time we were. She was doing a little better but not feeling that great while she's been visiting. I had a really rough time sleeping last night due to an uncomfortable tum myself.

I waited with Geordie down at the bus depot, where we had a cup of tea together awaiting the Greyhound to Bellingham. We talked about poetry bookshops and poets and Diane di Prima and City Lights and other such things. I told him that I'd take him down to Open Books, the poetry bookshop in Seattle, next time he came down if we had time. I should probably take him along to Elliott Bay, as well, because they have a pretty good poetry section. I did tell him last night about Poet's Market because he was asking me for suggestions about where to submit poetry to magazines and journals, and most of what I've been doing in the last several years has been prose, so I'm not up on current markets.

While I was at the bus depot, I finally got a call back from Julia at the VA, and got a chance to explain to her about why I was leaving the yoga group. She was glad it wasn't anything to do with the group itself. I told her it was just too early for me, and the stress of dealing with getting there before I'm really awake, and the whole thing about dealing with driving to Seattle (and the travel office when I'm done) was more stress than the yoga was actually relieving. I said if I lived in Seattle, or if the group was up in Everett, it would be a lot less of an issue. She quite understood, so I felt pretty good about finally getting to talk to her about all of it.

Once everyone was off to their respective destinations, I got home, made some dinner, and tossed laundry in the washer. I'm still working on drying load #3, and I have another to do tomorrow, as well. For dinner, I baked a couple of chicken legs with some jerusalem artichokes, herbed feta cheese, and pine nuts. When that was ready, I sauteed leeks and black curly kale as my veggie. It was really quite delicious. I had a little of what's left of the wine I opened a few days ago as well. All very nice.

I got a bit of writing done once everyone had departed, too, amidst the rounds of Plants vs. Zombies. I'm at 60,066 words at the moment. I have been having a bit of a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht in his LJ about the new Sherlock Holmes movie. He missed one of my favorite scenes when his back was turned!

Mom emailed and said that the bronchitis has cleared up really quickly, like flipping a switch, and she's doing much better today, except that her voice is still kind of rough. She's definitely going to finish out the prescribed antibiotics, though. Don't want those suckers to come back. I'm really glad she's doing so much better today.

Tomorrow will be another day at home. I messed around a little with my graphics program to edit one of the photos I'm looking at for the Occupy Everett calendar, but I'm not sure the photo itself will be large enough to use for the space I want it on the cover. I'm going to have to go to the AFK at some point, for a faster connect, and do a little uploading of various pictures to check out how the graphics work there. It's way too slow here for me to even consider working on from my own wireless network. I'm not that familiar with graphics programs, but once I figure out sizes, I should be able to put something reasonable together. And maybe I can get a little help from some of the other more tech-oriented folks while I'm at it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Feminist dialectic brings 'em)
Most of the day today I stayed home with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor. She hasn't been feeling well the past several days, but was at least doing a little better today. She did stuff and practiced her harp, and I played a lot of Plants vs Zombies, and had a consult with my partner-in-fic online, though Random was interrupted regularly by stuff on her end. Plotty bits were done.

This evening I went down to talk to some of the Occupy Everett folks. The encampment is being removed (entirely peacefully) Friday, but the community tent will be staying as an information point for folks to come and learn about the movement and for distribution of info about events and actions happening in the community. The meeting was specifically to deal with some publicity stuff. One guy wanted to do cds with some photos on them. I'm not really up on that sort of thing, but we did figure that we needed a little info sheet (with black & white photos) on who Occupy Everett is and what the main points of whole thing are about. We've got one guy on that project, and I said I'd take the photos (I copied them to my laptop), review them, and put together a calendar for next year with the photos and some information about a dozen of the main points we're working on. The info sheet needs to be done end of the week or so; the calendar project can take a little longer than that. We'll just do it through Lulu.com so that we can link to it through the Occupy Everett website and let folks order it, as well as having some on hand through the community tent. I spent about 90 minutes there -- we had six people show for the meeting and, given it was a very last-minute thing, I think that wasn't too bad.

I'm not hugely talented with graphics, but I can probably put something reasonable together with one of the templates there online. I did, however, have to go through probably 700 or so photos to find things that were actually in focus enough and of reasonable enough quality with enough interest to potentially be a part of photo collages or individual images for the cover and for twelve months. I ditched the ones that didn't look too useful to me so as to save room on my laptop's hard drive. Once the photos are all dealt with and uploaded to Lulu for the project, I can delete the rest of them as well.

Tomorrow, Geordie's coming down from Vancouver. I'm picking him up at the Everett bus depot at 2:15. I also have to remember to call the VA and talk with Julia about canceling the yoga thing. Tomorrow evening is also the steampunk social. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor will be off with some musicians working on musical things and then, I believe, heading back home to Seattle.

Overall, a pretty quiet day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Earth: where I keep my stuff!)
Via [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands, a page with some material on the NDAA from the Portland Wiki. It links to actual texts of the legislation, and to several articles from the Huffington Post, so take those particular links for what they might be worth.

I didn't go to yoga today, as I was too creaky first thing when the alarm went off. I did go later for my monthly shrinkage, however. Even just an hour makes a huge difference to me in how much I can cope with in any given day. I didn't sleep well last night, being crampy all night long from my VA visit yesterday. The dog was restless as well, which didn't help. At this point, I'm contemplating dropping the yoga group because, while I'm mostly enjoying the yoga itself, I'm just not up to being in Seattle by 2pm most days. I usually do 3pm appointments by choice when I have the ability to choose.

We went to Travelers after I got out of the VA, where we met Patrick, then we headed off for the CR monthly business meeting. We got the first quarter of the year sorted, and I have to work on writing the Imbolc ritual. I've uploaded the two files I told people that I would put on the list for folks who wanted to read more stuff about the geilta and PTSD. We also decided that we were going to permanently move the schmooze back to second Mondays of the month -- we'd been doing first Mondays because [livejournal.com profile] wire_mother already had a commitment that night, which doesn't exist anymore, so the second Monday is probably better for everyone anyway. First Monday tends to conflict with holy days at the beginnings of the month.

Tomorrow I have my spirituality group, then hanging out for a bit at Travelers until the traffic clears a little. Friday [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor will be heading over to the AFK with me to meet with Gary and Melody and a few other folks for food and some gaming. Saturday is the Medieval Women's Choir concert and Sunday is the new Sherlock Holmes with the steampunks.

I really need to breathe. Thursday and/or Friday I have to do laundry. I really don't want to go about naked in this weather.

Breathing. Breathing is good.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GIR likes FOOD!)
Aside from setting up the RSS feed for Occupy PNC, I didn't do much today. There was a little cooking, but no cleaning up anything. I'd considered doing dishes and laundry but wasn't much up to it. I did make a Moroccan style chicken with salted kumquats and olives thing, and popped a frozen pumpkin pie in the oven. The pie is still slightly warm.

I was annoyed that I had to get into a bottle today by way of a wrench, given that my hands don't have enough of a grip to be able to open things like that without help. I swear, there's vacuum sealing, and there's supergluing the fucker shut.

I wrote for a while today and am currently at close on 49,000 words at the moment. Feels good to accomplish something.

Mom tells me Al has had eye surgery for retinal tears and such and that he's got to cope with the post-surgical treatment for the next couple of weeks. It sounds like a massive pain in the ass, but at least he'll still be able to see. She's supposed to finally get high-speed internet tomorrow, so that's something good, at least. My brother says he is down to single digit days left in Baghdad and that he will be going home to Italy when he gets out of there. He says he's looking forward to sleeping at home in his own bed again soon. I'm massively relieved for him.

Tomorrow is my evil VA appointment. I'm going in a little early to pick up [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, who is going to come with me for moral support, then we're meeting folks at Travelers and heading over to Araya's Place for dinner with them afterwards. She and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht will be coming up here with me for the night. I have two further VA appointments after that this week as well -- yoga and the spirituality group.

Tired creaky bits are tired and creaky. It's time for bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Feminist dialectic brings 'em)
The Pagan Newswire Collective has started a new project, the Occupy Pagans and Heathens blog. I've set up an RSS feed for it on LiveJournal at [livejournal.com profile] occupypnc for those who are interested.

The feed has not picked up the three posted articles yet, but should update at some point today.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Shinto shrine)
I crawled out of bed this morning at the ungodly (for me) hour of 9am so that I could be out in time to get to the Shinto shrine for the ceremony today. I was tired, but it was a very nice morning anyway, and when I got to the shrine I saw [livejournal.com profile] mimerki, [livejournal.com profile] varina8 and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht there. The first two named were seated on the floor, while [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht found a seat in the row of chairs in front of me. I didn't really get to talk much with any of them until after the ceremony, when there was mochi-making. Gods, there is nothing like fresh mochi made by actually pounding the rice -- the stuff made from mochi flour just cannot compare.

I didn't go out to the Inari shrine today. Possibly next time I'm out there, though maybe not, given I was planning on going out for the midnight New Years ceremony and it'll be too dark to want to deal with the path out there. Anyway, next time I get the opportunity, I'll take a walk out there.

After the shrine, I came home and did a little in #writechat. It was pretty slow today, only a few of us there. One guy was ranting about how all writers these days are shit because they want to be loved and they listen to other people. He wants to make ART, even if people hate it.

I am of the opinion that making art is work that requires study and practice, along with the development of one's own voice as a writer. But a lot of that work comes through imitation of other styles as you learn the tools of the craft. You have to know how and why some things work in order to try something new. Musicians don't play jazz without first learning their scales, so why should it be any different for writers? Of course, I'm probably one of those writers who insists upon being loved and adored by all and sundry, therefore sacrificing my artistic integrity.

Later in the afternoon I took myself over to Firewheel Books and met with a couple of folks to do some basics of WordPress. We spent about an hour, and now we have two people who can log in and have a basic competence on the differences between posts and pages, making a post sticky, adding links to the sidebar, and adding items to the calendar.

Got home before 7pm and had a little dinner. I've also been doing some writing today as well. I'm currently at 46,000 words and will probably write some more tonight before I go to bed. Monday I'm not planning on doing anything. There is the west coast port shutdown planned with Occupy Seattle, but I'm going to be in Seattle three days next week already, so I'm not keen on adding a fourth. I wish everyone luck, though, and safety in the endeavor.
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I didn't feel well enough to go down to Seattle today. Everything ached with a vengeance. I was up around noonish and pinged [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor about the fact that I wasn't going to show and then went back to bed for a few hours. I got up again at 4:30 but didn't revive at all. I went next door to Amante's for dinner because I just couldn't face life, the universe, or anything, and had some rosemary chicken ravioli. Eventually I was alert enough to be able to deal with the dishes. 8:30pm saw me out the door to deal with my grocery shopping for the month over at Central Market. That took me about an hour.

Upon my return, I futzed with the Occupy Everett site some more, fixing a few of the obnoxious problems that I wasn't able to deal with last night. I think I have enough of a clue now to be able to address most of the basic stuff that the other site admins are going to want to do with it. I've figured out the calendar system so that I can get both single and recurring events on there without difficulty, as well as adding things to the calendar as I could find them on the OE Facebook page. I have a few ideas for other pages we may want to add so that things can be easily found by anyone wanting to find them.

I'm planning on being at the Shinto shrine tomorrow morning for the ceremony, then back here for a bit to rest up before I head over to Firewheel for the 5pm meeting with the OE web admin folks.

In doing a little more looking around regarding the Defense legislation that was approved and will be sent to Obama, which people are saying gives the military permission to hold US citizens on US soil, here is the actual text, which does not actually say that:

SEC. 1032 . REQUIREMENT FOR MILITARY CUSTODY.

(a) Custody Pending Disposition Under Law of War-
(1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (4), the Armed Forces of the United States shall hold a person described in paragraph (2) who is captured in the course of hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40) in military custody pending disposition under the law of war.
(2) COVERED PERSONS- The requirement in paragraph (1) shall apply to any person whose detention is authorized under section 1031 who is determined—
(A) to be a member of, or part of, al-Qaeda or an associated force that acts in coordination with or pursuant to the direction of al-Qaeda; and
(B) to have participated in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners.
(3) DISPOSITION UNDER LAW OF WAR- For purposes of this subsection, the disposition of a person under the law of war has the meaning given in section 1031(c), except that no transfer otherwise described in paragraph (4) of that section shall be made unless consistent with the requirements of section 1033.
(4) WAIVER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY- The Secretary of Defense may, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, waive the requirement of paragraph (1) if the Secretary submits to Congress a certification in writing that such a waiver is in the national security interests of the United States.
(b) Applicability to United States Citizens and Lawful Resident Aliens-
(1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States.
(2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to a lawful resident alien of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States.



National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Engrossed in Senate [Passed Senate] - ES) Sec. 1032


Whether or not any of this is particularly right is another question entirely, but at least it doesn't say that the military has absolute discretion to imprison anyone at any time for any purpose. It is at least somewhat mollifying.

Today's mail brought my annual Social Security notification, and for the first time in several years I'll actually be getting a little more money in my check. That will be a relief. I'm still trying to kill some of my credit card debt, and this and the VA pension both go up for 2012. I've also made the final payment on the condo special assessment for the decks, which frees up more of my budget to deal with those damned credit cards. I swear I shall get rid of another one of them this coming year. The one with the lowest interest is about 9% and the highest is around 24%, which is insane. That's the one I'm working on right now.

A little writing got done today on the fic. It is approximately 44,000 words now. Busy Erynn is busy.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Feminist dialectic brings 'em)
First thing today, I called the VA and talked to the woman in charge of the yoga group. She looked into the whole computer mess and said that the aide who had been supposed to enter people as present had mistakenly marked me as a no-show. She was going to change the entry herself, and next time I'm at the VA on Tuesday, I can collect for this Wednesday. She wasn't sure why the guy in the office wouldn't even look at the paper she'd given me. Anyway, it's at least fixed and I can collect my travel funds next week and don't have to worry about the whole no show thing.

I popped down into Everett today to pick up my boots, but the guy said the zippers are still on order and they might be ready by next Thursday or Friday. I shall phone and find out.

Since I was in Everett, I headed over to the Occupy encampment and talked with one of the guys about getting the admin password for the website. They do WordPress. I use Blogger for Searching for Imbas but I figured WordPress couldn't be that hard to figure out, given I have at least a little bit of knowledge of webby things. I was given the password and hung out to talk for a little while. Some of the other folks came back from doing a grocery run. One was a young gal who had just lost her home a few days ago and had come to the encampment so she'd have a place to sleep. I brought her back here so she could have a hot shower, and gave her a bottle of TheraFlu, since she'd had a nasty cold for a week or two, in the hopes that it might at least help her sleep.

After I dropped her back downtown, I came home and banged away at the Occupy Everett website. I revamped the front page information, added some links, entered a page of information on their camping and good neighbor policies, plugged in a Twitter widget so that people can see the twitterstream for #OccupyEverett, and worked on the events calendar.

It's the calendar stuff that's giving me the most trouble. The layout of the template for the site leaves the main information column a little too narrow for the display of the calendar items text, and I'm not sure how to adjust the calendar's column width. I'm going to have to ask around about CSS and see what can be done. I was beating my head on my desk for a while and at one point accidentally deleted the Events page entirely and had to recreate it; it wasn't quite as hard as I'd feared, but I'd prefer not to have to do it again.

A couple of the other Occupy Everett folks who have the password want to know how to get into the site and update or change things as necessary, so Sunday evening about 5pm I'll be going over to Firewheel books and teaching them the basics of getting in to the dashboard, how to add pages and posts, and how to add things to the calendar. I'll probably also add a sidebar widget so that the site will display new wall posts from the Occupy Everett Facebook page. That'll let people keep up with what's going on in a number of different ways.

I am now poking away at my fic, which is currently at about 41,900 words. It's going slow but sure and I'm reasonably pleased with my progress, given how much else I was messing with today.

My hips are being pretty creaky. I'm hoping to get down to Seattle for a march against violence that the Veterans For Peace are requesting presence at, but that'll depend on how my hips are doing by 2 in the afternoon. This is the same route that left me not able to walk for three days, so I need to be able to actually get down the hill and back up it again, because I don't think I'll be able to handle it if I get into downtown and can't get back to my car.

Sunday is a Shinto ceremony at the shrine, and the thing with the OE folks in the evening. Monday is a huge action to shut down the west coast ports, and Seattle expects to have a very large contingent. I am debating whether or not to go, but that will depend entirely on whether I can walk and whether I have any spoons for it at all. I can't make up my mind until I know how I'm doing on Sunday, at the very least.

Mom says she is supposed to be getting actual web access that doesn't involve dialup, so I might be able to send her photos in email now. I'm hoping it all goes smoothly.

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