erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
The headache was back today. This was not happymaking, but about par for the course.

I've sent off emails to people regarding handfastings that I was asked if I could do but would not be able to either due to time or distance, in hopes that they will be able to find other folks to help. I sent what references I could.

Got copies of my poetry book sent off to the sib and to a friend, which I'd been meaning to do for some time now. I also picked up a couple of things at the store while I was out, as I was in need of them.

Today I started making plans for my road trip out to Wellspring (and hence my trip to the east coast and back), putting together the basics of a Googlemap with driving instructions to various people and places. So far, without any diversions, it's about 6,500 miles. I have plans for other stops, but need to get addresses for them before I can add them to the list. It took me a while to figure out how to set it for multiple destinations, but I've finally got that figured out. It looks like there are a bunch of toll roads, primarily out east, so I'm going to have to actually carry cash and stuff.

Despite hating to deal with phones, I called the VA today to check on a prescription renewal (not a refill) that I couldn't do online. I had left a message last Friday but didn't hear back from anyone, and nothing had been showing up on the online database, so I wasn't sure if it had been dealt with. The nurse said the scrip had been dealt with and mailed out to me, so all is well. It's just miserably hard to get a live human being on the phone and I dislike the recursive voicemail menus. I can never be sure anyone has actually got any message I leave for them.

For writing, I opened up the files for the ogam article and printed things out so that I could sit down and make some notes and edits, but that's about as far as I got with that project. The headache wasn't really letting me focus very well, and I also have to put together my outline and notes for my PCon presentation. I'll see if I can spend a little time tomorrow working on that before I head over to the AFK for the steampunk meetup.

Late this evening, I texted [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, who had been having a rough couple of days, and asked if she wanted to come over for food and a snuggle on the couch. She was quite enthusiastic, so came by. I cooked then we watched an episode of Raffles, a 1970s adaptation of EW Hornung's criminal answer to Sherlock Holmes. We were vastly amused. I suspect there will be more of this in our near future.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Liberty & Justice OTP)
Today was another in a series of days spent slightly dizzy and out of it. I have to wonder if I'm not fighting off a cold or something. I've managed a little bit of work around the house, but that's about it. Still with the slight headache (it's better today than yesterday), but the dizziness was more to the fore.

Needless to say, I wasn't in any shape to drive, so I didn't get out to the Shinto shrine.

I did get a chance to go over the notes I was sent the other day about a PCon presentation and will be getting a few comments together for the woman who sent them. She's doing a session on Pagan pastoral counseling, talking about the community's need for some kind of recognition, and how Pagans are routinely shut out of the process even if they have qualifications within our own communities. It's important stuff and I'm honored she would think I'd have useful things to say on the topic.

As to the "unusual" bit of the day, I got an email through my website from a guy who was spouting some really awful racist nonsense six or so years back. He says he's changed and he's offered an apology of sorts to the community. I do believe people are capable of change. I don't know what he's been doing in the intervening years, so I can't speak to that. I do know that it takes some guts to offer an apology after something that egregious, particularly years later, when one might instead hope that it's forgotten. I'm posting it here below the cut, unaltered, for folks to read for themselves.

He's included an email address where people can contact him if they have questions. There's also a link included to a post where I talked about what he'd been saying, so that there is some context here.

Email here below )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I arrived here about 3:30, then we went out to have Chinese for late lunch. After that we walked across the street to a bookshop (I didn't find anything myself). We are now back at [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's place having a chat. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht's book has been delivered.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I arrived here about 3:30, then we went out to have Chinese for late lunch. After that we walked across the street to a bookshop (I didn't find anything myself). We are now back at [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's place having a chat. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht's book has been delivered.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I stopped right on time at abouto 2pm at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place, where we went for lunch at Cypress. Lovely lamb kebabs and middle eastern appetizers. She showed me around the garden and handed me a bunch of strawberries and snap peas and a few red and black raspberries for the road, which were very very yummy. I got back on the road about 3pm or so and arrived in Ashland at just after 8pm. I was in time to walk down to the Thai place about a block and a half away, where I had a very tasty dinner and then wandered back to the hostel.

I'm tired after a day on the road. Checkout is tomorrow at 10am, and my next stop will be Sacramento with [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster. There are only four people at the hostel tonight, all of us female, two deaf women and another, younger gal who is (like me) deeply engrossed in her computer. I'll be curling up in a cozy chair with a book in just a little bit, then bed early so that I can hit the road on time in the morning. I didn't sleep well last night, but I never do before I travel, so it was only to be expected. I've got a lovely knot in my right shoulder and will try taking something a little stronger than tylenol to try to resolve it before I have to drive tomorrow.

And now, curling up with a book.

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes! I really appreciate them.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I stopped right on time at abouto 2pm at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place, where we went for lunch at Cypress. Lovely lamb kebabs and middle eastern appetizers. She showed me around the garden and handed me a bunch of strawberries and snap peas and a few red and black raspberries for the road, which were very very yummy. I got back on the road about 3pm or so and arrived in Ashland at just after 8pm. I was in time to walk down to the Thai place about a block and a half away, where I had a very tasty dinner and then wandered back to the hostel.

I'm tired after a day on the road. Checkout is tomorrow at 10am, and my next stop will be Sacramento with [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster. There are only four people at the hostel tonight, all of us female, two deaf women and another, younger gal who is (like me) deeply engrossed in her computer. I'll be curling up in a cozy chair with a book in just a little bit, then bed early so that I can hit the road on time in the morning. I didn't sleep well last night, but I never do before I travel, so it was only to be expected. I've got a lovely knot in my right shoulder and will try taking something a little stronger than tylenol to try to resolve it before I have to drive tomorrow.

And now, curling up with a book.

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes! I really appreciate them.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gull at sunset)
Today was laundry and packing the last of the things I'll need for the week. I hauled everything but my bag with my clothes and stuff out to the car this afternoon. The poor DoDC+3 is kind of frantic. He knows I'm leaving because he's watched all the packing and whatnot. He was upset enough last night that I had to have him sleep in his kennel because he just wouldn't settle.

I spent several hours reading this and that for research and did the outline and remaining notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop this weekend. I've got a contact number for someone I'll be seeing in Portland on the way home. I'll be posting here about when I'm in town (July 2nd) and let folks know details if they want to meet me at Powell's and they're able to make it. It'll probably be early- to mid-afternoon, depending on when I get to [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's from Eugene.

I'm about as calm as I can be before I set out on a road trip. I feel like I did a reasonably good job getting things settled, considering how much I had to deal with before this trip. Any details I've forgotten for Ireland and Europe I can try to resolve while I'm home next week.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone when I get to Eight Winds, and to seeing [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster the day before. I'm trying not to think too much about everything and just go with it and let go of some of the anxiety. It feels like the launch of something huge (which it is), but I'm up to it. I probably won't sleep much tonight because I rarely sleep well at all before I take a road trip. I'll be up about 8-ish tomorrow morning and out the door around 10am, if all goes to plan. I like to get out just after the worst of rush hour has passed so that I don't get massively delayed by traffic. I expect I'll be in to [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place by around 2pm tomorrow, as usual, so lunch in Oregon City, then points south. I'll stop for the night at the Ashland Hostel; they have wifi so I'll be able to catch up with a little of the day and check in on everyone.

To the other folks traveling to the festival this week, smooth sailing to you and safe travels. Slán!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gull at sunset)
Today was laundry and packing the last of the things I'll need for the week. I hauled everything but my bag with my clothes and stuff out to the car this afternoon. The poor DoDC+3 is kind of frantic. He knows I'm leaving because he's watched all the packing and whatnot. He was upset enough last night that I had to have him sleep in his kennel because he just wouldn't settle.

I spent several hours reading this and that for research and did the outline and remaining notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop this weekend. I've got a contact number for someone I'll be seeing in Portland on the way home. I'll be posting here about when I'm in town (July 2nd) and let folks know details if they want to meet me at Powell's and they're able to make it. It'll probably be early- to mid-afternoon, depending on when I get to [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's from Eugene.

I'm about as calm as I can be before I set out on a road trip. I feel like I did a reasonably good job getting things settled, considering how much I had to deal with before this trip. Any details I've forgotten for Ireland and Europe I can try to resolve while I'm home next week.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone when I get to Eight Winds, and to seeing [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster the day before. I'm trying not to think too much about everything and just go with it and let go of some of the anxiety. It feels like the launch of something huge (which it is), but I'm up to it. I probably won't sleep much tonight because I rarely sleep well at all before I take a road trip. I'll be up about 8-ish tomorrow morning and out the door around 10am, if all goes to plan. I like to get out just after the worst of rush hour has passed so that I don't get massively delayed by traffic. I expect I'll be in to [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place by around 2pm tomorrow, as usual, so lunch in Oregon City, then points south. I'll stop for the night at the Ashland Hostel; they have wifi so I'll be able to catch up with a little of the day and check in on everyone.

To the other folks traveling to the festival this week, smooth sailing to you and safe travels. Slán!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane Membrane!)
Today I hung out with the folks in #writechat and #poetparty, talking about writing stuff and my recent poetry publication in Written River. Both were a good way to get my mind out of my frantic last couple of days before the road trip.

I got out to the store to run a couple of errands today that needed to be done. Work was done on the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop, and I remembered to scan and print copies of a page that had been forgotten yesterday, and emailed it off to the guy who was making copies of the other things. Further work on that can take place tomorrow. I dug out some copies of articles and such that might be relevant for one or more of the things I'll be doing at Eight Winds.

Speaking of which, does anyone have a copy of either of these articles:

Liminality in Early Irish Literature: The Madness of Suibhne Geilt by Bridgitte K. Slavin, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 2007 (didn't have page numbers)

The Irish Berdman: Kingship and Liminality in Buile Suibhne from Text and Transmission in Medieval Europe, Celtic Studies Publications 2007, pp 17-45

I think I'm reading my notes right on those. Anyway, if you have any idea where I might find copies, please let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address was added to the god of navigation. I edited the manuscript for Fireflies at Absolute Zero again and sent it off to Hiraeth Press.

I had lunch today over at Emory's. It was warm and sunny for a while, and I grabbed a cup of clam chowder and a salad out on their back deck, sitting in the sunlight. It was really pleasant, and a good break from the work I was doing. Later, at home, I made some lentil soup and had that for dinner. I may nibble something further before I go to bed tonight.

Tonight is also my flamekeeping shift, and the altar is lit up. I got [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands and the sib in contact with one another about the Prague part of my trip. He wants to spend a couple of days there, not having been before, and she's up for that and made a few suggestions about places for him to stay. I sent her email off to him so that they both have each others' email addresses and can work out the details between them. I'm not really in a position to be the go-between right now.

Answered a late email from [livejournal.com profile] ogam and hope that the answer was helpful. [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor are here again tonight, after having spent all day working on her moving.

Tomorrow: laundry, finish packing, finish dealing with the notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop. Everything I can do for the pilgrimage right now is done, as far as I know. If there's anything else, [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah will have to wait until I get home again next Monday before I'll have time and bandwidth to deal with it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane Membrane!)
Today I hung out with the folks in #writechat and #poetparty, talking about writing stuff and my recent poetry publication in Written River. Both were a good way to get my mind out of my frantic last couple of days before the road trip.

I got out to the store to run a couple of errands today that needed to be done. Work was done on the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop, and I remembered to scan and print copies of a page that had been forgotten yesterday, and emailed it off to the guy who was making copies of the other things. Further work on that can take place tomorrow. I dug out some copies of articles and such that might be relevant for one or more of the things I'll be doing at Eight Winds.

Speaking of which, does anyone have a copy of either of these articles:

Liminality in Early Irish Literature: The Madness of Suibhne Geilt by Bridgitte K. Slavin, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 2007 (didn't have page numbers)

The Irish Berdman: Kingship and Liminality in Buile Suibhne from Text and Transmission in Medieval Europe, Celtic Studies Publications 2007, pp 17-45

I think I'm reading my notes right on those. Anyway, if you have any idea where I might find copies, please let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address was added to the god of navigation. I edited the manuscript for Fireflies at Absolute Zero again and sent it off to Hiraeth Press.

I had lunch today over at Emory's. It was warm and sunny for a while, and I grabbed a cup of clam chowder and a salad out on their back deck, sitting in the sunlight. It was really pleasant, and a good break from the work I was doing. Later, at home, I made some lentil soup and had that for dinner. I may nibble something further before I go to bed tonight.

Tonight is also my flamekeeping shift, and the altar is lit up. I got [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands and the sib in contact with one another about the Prague part of my trip. He wants to spend a couple of days there, not having been before, and she's up for that and made a few suggestions about places for him to stay. I sent her email off to him so that they both have each others' email addresses and can work out the details between them. I'm not really in a position to be the go-between right now.

Answered a late email from [livejournal.com profile] ogam and hope that the answer was helpful. [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor are here again tonight, after having spent all day working on her moving.

Tomorrow: laundry, finish packing, finish dealing with the notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop. Everything I can do for the pilgrimage right now is done, as far as I know. If there's anything else, [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah will have to wait until I get home again next Monday before I'll have time and bandwidth to deal with it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
Today brought the sib's contact information, which went into the itinerary file. I need to send it over to the iPad again now that it's complete.

[livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid sent me the Eight Winds food plan menu and it looks like, aside from my tea and a few snacky things and juice, I won't really have to take any food things along. This means that I was able to stuff the cooler and the big camp stove back into the garage. I'll just take the single-burner propane stove I use when I don't need more cooking space. Unneeded things went into the camping gear bin that will stay in the living room until I get home and can re-pack what I won't be taking with me to Europe.

All my necessary camping gear went into my duffel bag, except the camp chair and a couple of candle lanterns, and all of that went into Garuda's trunk, so that's ready for Tuesday morning. I've packed about half of what I need for clothing and stuff, cleared up the project I was working on in the living room and stowed the crafts supplies, and put a bunch of research books away. Monday will be a laundry day, so that pretty much everything but what I'm wearing will be clean when I leave on Tuesday morning. Dishes got done. I weighed the bag I'm using as a carryon. It didn't have everything I'll be taking with me to Ireland, but it had a bunch of things in it I won't be taking, and it weighed slightly less than 11 pounds. I think I'll be able to get under the 22 pound weight limit if I consider everything carefully.

Tomorrow I concentrate on reviewing notes and sources for the Brigid and Sarasvati presentation at Eight Winds next weekend. I have to put [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address into my god of navigation so that I can find her. Directions to the campsite have to be written down in a place where I can find them, since last year the god of navigation attempted to have me drive across a lake to get there. Over the last week, the stress has been aggravating the whole acid reflux thing, which is kind of nasty, but I'm carrying on.

I think tomorrow I'll also put a notice on the pilgrimage email list that I'll be out of town for a week, so if anyone wants to talk to me or ask me questions, they should do so and I'll get back to them once I get home again. I'll have six days at home before I get on the plane for Ireland. Tomorrow is also my last flamekeeping shift before I hit the road. (I need to remember to pack a battery-operated candle so that I can deal with it while I'm in Europe. I may have to go buy one, as I can't find the one I had around here previously.)

Still crazy busy, but that's my life.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
Today brought the sib's contact information, which went into the itinerary file. I need to send it over to the iPad again now that it's complete.

[livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid sent me the Eight Winds food plan menu and it looks like, aside from my tea and a few snacky things and juice, I won't really have to take any food things along. This means that I was able to stuff the cooler and the big camp stove back into the garage. I'll just take the single-burner propane stove I use when I don't need more cooking space. Unneeded things went into the camping gear bin that will stay in the living room until I get home and can re-pack what I won't be taking with me to Europe.

All my necessary camping gear went into my duffel bag, except the camp chair and a couple of candle lanterns, and all of that went into Garuda's trunk, so that's ready for Tuesday morning. I've packed about half of what I need for clothing and stuff, cleared up the project I was working on in the living room and stowed the crafts supplies, and put a bunch of research books away. Monday will be a laundry day, so that pretty much everything but what I'm wearing will be clean when I leave on Tuesday morning. Dishes got done. I weighed the bag I'm using as a carryon. It didn't have everything I'll be taking with me to Ireland, but it had a bunch of things in it I won't be taking, and it weighed slightly less than 11 pounds. I think I'll be able to get under the 22 pound weight limit if I consider everything carefully.

Tomorrow I concentrate on reviewing notes and sources for the Brigid and Sarasvati presentation at Eight Winds next weekend. I have to put [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address into my god of navigation so that I can find her. Directions to the campsite have to be written down in a place where I can find them, since last year the god of navigation attempted to have me drive across a lake to get there. Over the last week, the stress has been aggravating the whole acid reflux thing, which is kind of nasty, but I'm carrying on.

I think tomorrow I'll also put a notice on the pilgrimage email list that I'll be out of town for a week, so if anyone wants to talk to me or ask me questions, they should do so and I'll get back to them once I get home again. I'll have six days at home before I get on the plane for Ireland. Tomorrow is also my last flamekeeping shift before I hit the road. (I need to remember to pack a battery-operated candle so that I can deal with it while I'm in Europe. I may have to go buy one, as I can't find the one I had around here previously.)

Still crazy busy, but that's my life.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gull)
Today I got out and got the AAA batteries I needed, and a memory chip for the camera. Papers that needed to be signed were signed, then turned into a PDF and sent off to the appropriate parties. 10 copies of my Brigid & Sarasvati packet were printed for Eight Winds, and someone else asked for the files so he could make more, as he was sure that 10 weren't going to be enough. I sent the files to him. He'll bring more copies with him to the festival.

The Airmed ritual was expanded with more direction about what's actually happening in it, and I sent it off to [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah. Everything else seems about as complete as I can make it without attempting to script the rituals, which just doesn't really seem appropriate for the ones in question. I need to email [livejournal.com profile] vyviane again about the herbs specifically for the Airmed ritual so that we're on the same page about that. She's been really busy trying to fill the last couple of slots - we had one person have to cancel, and he's wanting to get something back from it, so he's offering his space for a reduced rate. If you're interested, contact [livejournal.com profile] vyviane or let me know and I'll pass the word along.

I put together the visual aids (ogam letter graphics) for each of the writing exercises and meditations we'll be doing for the pilgrimage, and printed them out. I printed out the revised personal itinerary with the updated contact information for everyone that I have so far. I still need to get my sib's phone number and actual street address in Italy for the contact information file. The only address I have for him right now is an APO, which isn't much use if someone needs to know where I actually am staying.

I transferred a bunch of pilgrimage files over onto my iPad, where I have a program I can actually use to open .docx files, though formatting (in terms of fonts like the ogam font) isn't necessarily highly functional. I'm not sure how to transfer fonts into the program, nor have I been able to figure it out via the manual or the help website. It's not critical, but that's why I've made the ogam letter graphics files and printed them out.

I made some black eyed peas and gluten-free cornbread today. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor should be here shortly, after having hauled as much of her stuff as she could today. She had a couple of people to help, but not enough to get everything done in one day. I've just been too crazy busy to be able to help.

Tomorrow, more prep for Eight Winds. I have to start packing my clothes and any books and whatnot I want to take for others to have a look at, and I have to make sure that I have all the camping stuff I need. I'm pretty sure I do, but it wouldn't hurt to go through the list again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gull)
Today I got out and got the AAA batteries I needed, and a memory chip for the camera. Papers that needed to be signed were signed, then turned into a PDF and sent off to the appropriate parties. 10 copies of my Brigid & Sarasvati packet were printed for Eight Winds, and someone else asked for the files so he could make more, as he was sure that 10 weren't going to be enough. I sent the files to him. He'll bring more copies with him to the festival.

The Airmed ritual was expanded with more direction about what's actually happening in it, and I sent it off to [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah. Everything else seems about as complete as I can make it without attempting to script the rituals, which just doesn't really seem appropriate for the ones in question. I need to email [livejournal.com profile] vyviane again about the herbs specifically for the Airmed ritual so that we're on the same page about that. She's been really busy trying to fill the last couple of slots - we had one person have to cancel, and he's wanting to get something back from it, so he's offering his space for a reduced rate. If you're interested, contact [livejournal.com profile] vyviane or let me know and I'll pass the word along.

I put together the visual aids (ogam letter graphics) for each of the writing exercises and meditations we'll be doing for the pilgrimage, and printed them out. I printed out the revised personal itinerary with the updated contact information for everyone that I have so far. I still need to get my sib's phone number and actual street address in Italy for the contact information file. The only address I have for him right now is an APO, which isn't much use if someone needs to know where I actually am staying.

I transferred a bunch of pilgrimage files over onto my iPad, where I have a program I can actually use to open .docx files, though formatting (in terms of fonts like the ogam font) isn't necessarily highly functional. I'm not sure how to transfer fonts into the program, nor have I been able to figure it out via the manual or the help website. It's not critical, but that's why I've made the ogam letter graphics files and printed them out.

I made some black eyed peas and gluten-free cornbread today. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor should be here shortly, after having hauled as much of her stuff as she could today. She had a couple of people to help, but not enough to get everything done in one day. I've just been too crazy busy to be able to help.

Tomorrow, more prep for Eight Winds. I have to start packing my clothes and any books and whatnot I want to take for others to have a look at, and I have to make sure that I have all the camping stuff I need. I'm pretty sure I do, but it wouldn't hurt to go through the list again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Yet more things done today - I finished writing the closing ritual for the pilgrimage, revised the opening ritual, and dealt with a critical bit of personal paperwork that I need to go have witnessed and probably notarized tomorrow. I haven't heard anything back from the folks at Eight Winds, but I have a few days before I would really need to be concerned and, to be honest, if it comes right down to it I can buy stuff at a grocery store nearby and have somebody with a cooler store it for me. Not the end of the world if I don't have a menu for the food plan before I leave.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht was talking about possibly getting together with me after July 4th but before I leave for Ireland, which would be nice. I gather he's going down to the King Tut exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. I'd love to go but I just don't have time right now. It'll be here until next year and right now I have other priorities.

Exhaustion is really starting to catch up with me. I haven't slept well for quite some time, probably at least in large part due to stress from all the "you must be an adult" I've been doing of late. Sleep is for the weak anyway, right?

In addition to dealing with paperwork tomorrow, I have to remember to get AAA batteries for my headlamp and an extra memory chip for the camera. I also have to expand upon the Airmed rituals and look over the incubation rituals again and expand them a little, as they are really primarily outlines at the moment. Not that I intend to script everything, but that it needs at least a little stage direction and whatnot.

I feel like I'm forgetting something. Y'all tell me if you know what it is, eh?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
I got next to no sleep last night. I don't think I even closed my eyes until after 7am, and I woke up at 11:30ish this morning but didn't get out of bed. I knew it would be a bad idea to get up then, so I tried going back to sleep and got up about 2:30 in the afternoon. It took a while to get started after that, but I dealt with an interview/guest blog post that another writer will be putting up sometime soon on his blog. It's about my work as a writer and poet, but as he's a disabled person, he was also interested in my work as a writer affected by disability and was interested in the whole military/PTSD issue as well, so things had got considerably more in depth than either of us had quite expected. We'd talked initially a couple of months ago and I'd almost forgotten about it until I got his email today.

After dealing with that, I poked some at the closing ritual, but really didn't do much of anything with it. I got email back from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm that I need to respond to (just noting that I got your email and do intend to answer) about the other rituals planned.

Having got such a late start on the day, I didn't really eat much except have a little cheese and a cup of tea before it started getting late. I got email from one of the steampunks about meeting up at the AFK and I really needed to eat but wasn't feeling able to deal with cooking, so I went over and had dinner and we hung out and talked for about 90 minutes.

When I got home, I dredged around in the garage to pull out all the camping gear and make sure I had everything organized. I made sure I had sufficient propane for the camp stove, checked over the head lamp (batteries are working but I should pick up an extra set of AAAs just in case), and pulled all the stuff I'd been temporarily storing in the library out into the living room. The DoDC+3, of course, is having a minor anxiety issue over it, because he knows this means I'll be leaving soon.

Over the next few days, I have shrinkage at the VA, need to finish up dealing with the closing ritual and send that off to Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane, pack my camping gear and get it into the car, pack up clothing, get food for the trip, and make sure I have copies of my handouts for the Eight Winds workshop. I leave for California next Tuesday morning, probably about 10am. I'll stop for lunch with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab probably about 2pm, then head down to Ashland for the night. Wednesday night will be at [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's place in Sacramento, then first thing in the morning I'll be off to the Sierras for the festival. My posts during that time will likely be minimal.

I'll head back directly from the festival on Sunday and hope to make it to Eugene to stay with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker and his wife that night, then up to Portland for lunch and to see friends over at Powells for the afternoon and wait out rush hour traffic. I expect to be home late Monday night sometime.

I need to remember to breathe.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I have a whole fourteen days to get everything done before I have to leave for California.

What this entails:

Six days worth of daily readings.
Four rituals.
Packing for California.
Reviewing the material for the Brigid & Sarasvati presentation for Eight Winds.
Photocopying materials for Brigid & Sarasvati presentation.
Giving the warrior rituals and geilt material a once-over for my discussion with [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb.

When I get home, I have seven days to finalize everything for the trip to Europe:

Packing for Europe.
Making sure my carryon bag is 22 pounds or less.
Checking in with my credit union and credit cards to make sure they know where I'll be.
Pay July's bills.
Add European roaming/texting to my phone service.
Make sure house/dog stuff is dealt with sufficiently to leave.
Last minute review of all tickets, contact information, and dates.
Get Mom, the sib, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor up to date on all my European contacts.
Check in with my brother to make sure we're on the same page about when and where in Prague.
Make sure that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah have whatever might be necessary for printing out for rituals and stuff in Ireland.
Make sure all my meds are in order.

If I've forgotten anything on this list, I have to remember to add it to said list.

Have I mentioned that panic is slipping in?

What this means is, except for taking a break for the steampunk social tomorrow evening (essentially taking myself out for a couple of hours for dinner), I'm really not going to be very available to anyone. Certainly you can email or text me if you need me, but I may only be up to a really rushed response. I wish this were not the case, but this is so huge for me and it's really kind of hitting me like a brick right now. Please be patient with me. I may freak out a little.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
My UK train tickets arrived today via [livejournal.com profile] fififolle, along with her good wishes. I also got the money from [livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid for my road trip to California today, so that's taken care of. Given that I spent the day in Redmond with friends for food and catching up on all things Eastside, I didn't get any writing done, or anything else for the pilgrimage today, but I did get a chance to show off the new edition of Circle of Stones and my copy of Mandragora.

One of the folks who was at dinner tonight grew up on the east coast and, in fact, used to go to the UU summer camp in Rowe, just down the road from where I grew up in Massachusetts. Gods, it is such a small world sometimes.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I'd intended to spend more time today working on the pilgrimage stuff. I did, indeed, get to do that, but I didn't spend as much time on it as I wanted. I was hanging out with some folks in a livestream chatting a bit while one of them was working on fan art stuff. It was, as usual, a lot of fun.

Since the DoDC+3 was out of kibble, I walked down to the Safeway this afternoon. It was in the 60s here, and felt lovely and warm while the sun was out. Later in the afternoon we got a single rumble of thunder (which is about all the storms tend to do here most of the time) and a soaking but brief rainstorm, then it cleared up again. The sky this evening was peach and fuschia in the lowering western clouds.

I went through the emails on the pilgrimage list and checked out what I had already posted (and some of what others had posted) for resources and suggested/recommended reading, then spent some time adding to that list in a Word file so that I can remember what exactly has been sent and what still needs to be posted. I definitely need to post links to the various stories associated with the different sites we'll be visiting, and links to the archaeological and folkloric material that can be found online. There's still so much to do.

Given that I received several requests, I've requested five more copies of Circle of Stones to take with me next month to Eight Winds so that people can buy them from me. I still don't much care for doing direct sales myself, but it will provide some gas money, given that it's gone about $4.10 a gallon here at even the cheapest places, and California will be even more expensive. The very kind folks who invite me every year do send me some travel funds, but with the price of gas the way it is, a little extra from other sources won't go amiss.

On the Searching for Imbas blog, I also did a post about the release of the second edition of Circle of Stones, talking a bit about the context and a few other things, so it's more than just "hey, it's published again."

Okay, looking at this, I suppose I did get some work done today despite my futzing about with fandom. Damn, I keep forgetting how much one can do, even when they feel like crap.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GIR likes FOOD!)
I went with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to a friend's birthday party this evening. Her band actually played a seven-song set, though they are obviously still in the "we are practicing this material" stage. They sounded pretty good when the mix was right. There were some mic issues early on, but generally got solved, except for that one bit where the drummer got slightly over-enthusiastic. ;)

At the party I ran into a couple of local Pagans I had met previously at the Everett Druid meetup, and whom I've gamed with a few times before over at the AFK, though I hadn't seen them recently. They said we should get together and catch up on stuff. I said if they couldn't make it on a Friday, they could try coming by on a Tuesday evening when I'm at the steampunk meetup. There was some contemplation of that possibility. I would say that the world gets smaller every day, but given that the party was at a Pagan household in Marysville, it wasn't to hard to imagine that other local Pagans might show up.

Before the band's set they were doing some practice stuff, and I messed about with the djembe for a song or so. That was all my hands could take, sadly. I spent the rest of the party working on my arms and hands (which is kind of hard, because anything you do to one arm makes the other one act up). There was some effort to get me to sign up as their second percussionist so they had him free for guitar and stuff, but I knew I would never be able to handle that kind of stress on my arms and hands agin. Eventually I just hurt too much and had to hop in the car and come home. We'd gone separately because I had things to do here, and I wasn't up to hanging out during a lengthy rehearsal. I'd also figured that I was likely to want to leave earlier than she did.

Upon returning home, I messed around online for a bit. Right at the point where I was going to get up and make the rhubarb cobbler, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got back, so she got cobbler right out of the oven, just cooled off enough to be edible. It was very tasty and the remainder is now in the fridge awaiting later consumption.

Tomorrow [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht will be here about 9am before we go out to the Shinto shrine, then I have the Sisterhood of Avalon online chat at 2pm. I'm rather looking forward to it; I haven't had a chance to do anything like this in a while. (And no, that fiasco with the podcast does NOT count. Obnoxously drunk hosts were obnoxiously drunk. There is very little more annoying than Pagan podcasters attempting to be shock jocks. Feh.)

And now I'm going to contemplate something proteinous for dinner after having already had dessert.

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