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Aug. 24th, 2013 11:45 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Too tired for an entry thus a list:

The bathroom ceiling is done except the painting. That should happen by next Saturday latest. I was not looking forward to three Saturdays in a row when I had to get up at 8am so tomorrow I'm emailing the contractor's office to see if I can get an afternoon at some point.

Three boxes of glassware and teaware packed and taken out to the garage.

Went to the birthday part of one of [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's bandmates and had a lovely time at what is apparently one of Seattle's hottest nightclubs, though it didn't seem very interesting to me. I suppose I'm too much of a weirdo for a place like that.

Tomorrow: Irish class.

Now: collapse.

Next week: Tuesday = tit squish. Thursday = last day of group, then two weeks off. I think Geordie is supposed to come visit briefly next week as well, to pick up his books.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (red knot)
The visit from [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht didn't happen due to circumstances beyond anyone's control. That meant I didn't have to haul myself out of bed earlier than I'd wanted to, though I do rather wish I could have seen my friend at least in passing.

Instead, I dealt with a few things here then took the bus to downtown Seattle, where I did a fair bit of walking, and a bunch of elevator-riding at the federal building. I got a letter from the VA (actually three identical letters, because the amount I am getting didn't change until this January, for the first time in several years) stating the amount of my monthly benefit. I was a little puzzled by the building directory and went to the wrong IRS office the first time but found my way to the proper place eventually.

The IRS provided me with official stamped letters saying that I did not file tax returns for past years and providing information on social security, but their note didn't include the VA benefits, so having everything together is good. I suspect I am still going to have to go to an accountant and have them type up a quick letter citing the federal tax code that states I don't have to pay taxes (basically I don't want the Italian consulate thinking I'm not paying taxes because I don't feel like it, but to realize that I do not legally have to file a return because I have no taxable income). I think that would probably go over better than a letter just from me stating why I had no tax returns.

After dealing with the offices in the federal building, I wandered down toward the main Metro office and replaced my old photo ID bus pass for the disabled rate for a new orca card that pays the proper amount for the disabled rate and also has a photo ID on it. This one I can add money to online so that I don't have to go somewhere to buy a bus pass every month. Seems quite a bit more convenient, though it does have a chip that tracks your public transit use when paid with the card, so for people who value privacy, maybe not the best choice. Anyway, it's taken care of and now I won't have to sling cash in exact change if I take the bus anywhere.

I've got the contractor coming tomorrow to finish dealing with the bathroom ceiling. There's another person coming to view the condo tomorrow about noon. I got a call while I was down in Seattle from someone who wanted to see the place. I said I wasn't home, but that he could stop by and have a look. He paused for a minute and said "I need a realtor for that, don't I?" Yeah, buddy, you need a realtor to use the lock box. I guess I had thought he was one calling to bring a client by, but no. It's not that I'm unwilling to have my realtor entertain an offer from someone without a realtor, but I don't really want somebody in my place without a realtor with them if I'm not going to be hovering over them making sure nobody's making off with the laptop.

While I was downtown, I stopped and grabbed a little Thai food for a late lunch. It had been a while and I was feeling a bit of a peanut sauce craving. I took the bus home again and by the time I got back, I was feeling pretty exhausted. I spent some time sorting through the papers I'd been given today and putting them in order for the visa application, so that each year's papers are clipped together in separate little piles.

The consulate wants "original" papers from the credit union regarding my accounts, which I suspect means I can't just print my statement record from online. I have no idea if they want something with a signature on it or what, but I will try sometime next week to go and speak to someone at the BECU down at 99 and 112th. I find myself frequently wishing I had some guidance on this rather than just some confusingly-worded requirements from the consulate's email. I'm also still awaiting a response from my brother to my email. I'm guessing he's been busy at work for the most part.

Because I have to be up to let the contractor in at 9am, I'm going to try crawling off and getting some sleep. My head is kind of achy and I'm tired from everything I was doing today. So many things to do and not nearly enough spoons for all of them. feh.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
I called and left a voice message for the neurology clinic asking about the MRI. No response yet.

Group was today, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor took me down to Seattle for it. I had two different people come to see the place today. I emailed my realtor, who said that I could in fact sell the place from anywhere, and that I could have one of the people in his office have a power of attorney to sell the place for me if I preferred. I emailed my brother to ask him about some details.

I'm trying to figure out how long in advance I would need to make an appointment at the San Francisco consulate. They have a website for making appointments and I've registered for it but haven't got the confirmation email back from them yet.

I've been having trouble with incoming mail on the phone today, and this evening with out going mail on the desktop. I'm not sure what all is going on, but it's making things slightly difficult. Whatever it is will probably clear itself up by tomorrow.

Winged ants have been invading again for the past couple of days. It's that time of year but I'm not entirely certain where they're coming from. I've lined the outside of the lanai door with diatomaceous earth and tucked a little under the edges of the floor molding near the door where I've seen a few of them lurking. We'll see if that stops the incursion.

I'm supposed to have [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht drop by briefly tomorrow, probably sometime between 10:30 and 11am to pick up a couple of things. I am going to try to get down to Seattle tomorrow myself, on the bus, to go to the VA regional office for some papers that I need toward the visa application. I'm hoping I feel up to dealing with it, though I'm really not right now. At least the 510 goes directly downtown within a few blocks of the federal building. I just am feeling brain burnt tonight and part of me can't cope with the idea of getting on the bus tomorrow to deal with a bureaucracy.

When I got back from Seattle today, I finally baked the beets and made a big batch of borscht and gave a large bowl to [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to take home. We'd stopped for Indian food on the way home, then walked over to Central Market from there because there were a few things that I needed that I couldn't get at the Safeway down the street here.

Before I left today I also hauled a couple more things I'm getting rid of out to the garage. So, stuff accomplished today: moved things to the garage, called neurology, group, grocery shopping, email to my brother, email exchange with my realtor, initial inquiry toward a consulate appointment, two people seeing the condo, attempting to deal with ants, cooking.

No wonder I'm tired.

Oh, also, Storm sent me a note saying that people have reviewed my ogam book over on Smashwords. Yay for people saying nice things about my work!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Caracal cat)
The contractor came this morning and replaced the heater in the living room, and he took away the old unit for recycling. It took about 15 minutes, as I expected. The unit was tested and works fine. I cleaned the grates on the other heater units as best I could, but I wasn't able to get all the black off some of the bars.

My guts acted up a bit earlier today. I'm assuming it was just stress getting to me, as it's been a while since I've had stressy IBS symptoms. I suppose I was due. Thankfully, I seem to be okay now. I had a little bit of sushi next door later in the day and that was very nice. It had been a little while.

Late this afternoon somebody came by and bought the 2-drawer filing cabinet. I sorted through one of the drawers in the kitchen and got rid of some things I didn't need. Soon, I'm going to be sorting through the cookware and dishes to thin things down a bit. I also need to deal with all the various and sundry vases. I really only use one or two of them when I have flowers, and I don't need the rest. Speaking of which, it's time to get new flowers for the table, as the old ones were starting to shed. I figure it's nice to keep some on the table for when people come to view the place.

I was called by a real estate agent and asked if the place qualifies for an FHA loan. The answer is, no it doesn't. Apparently the condo complex doesn't take them. This is also apparently in the agent notes in the listing, which he apparently didn't read. I had emailed my real estate agency to ask, just in case anyone else asked me.

Still no new people through to see the place. After three people on the first day, I'd hoped that meant maybe I would see people through more often. I mean it doesn't matter if anyone comes or not, the place still has to be ready for them just in case. That bit is emotionally exhausting. I'm wondering if they are going to set up an open house at some point. When the realtor gets back into town next week, I'm going to email him and ask about that, considering it's been about a week now and only three visits. I'm not sure if that is good or really bad. *sigh*

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor should be coming by when she's done in Seattle tonight (that's about three hours from now, if things work as they usually do) and will run me by the bank to make a deposit. We're going to pack the chairs and the blankets in the back of the car as well, for tomorrow's concert. It was overcast and rainy today, so I'm not sure what the weather in Seattle is supposed to be like tomorrow evening. I'm guessing much like today.

I think I'm going to curl up and read for a bit.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Writy enochian keyboard)
I hauled in a box of stuff from the garage today, and dealt with the one in the cabinet under one of the living room bookshelves. I sorted through other things in the cabinets as well. I've packed another box of things and taken it out to the garage, rearranged the contents of the bookshelves, and now there's only one of the tall one that still has things on it in the living room. I'm not able to haul the empty one out to the garage myself, but it's ready to go when I have some assistance with it.

Tomorrow morning at 10am the contractor will be in to deal with the heater in the living room. That shouldn't take too long. Nobody showed up or emailed about the couch. So it goes.

My brain woke me at 9:45 this morning and now it's dragging me down into the primordial ooze. I did a little cooking this evening, and made myself a peach cobbler. It's very tasty. It's probably cool enough to stuff into the fridge now, as I'm considering just crashing early tonight. I have to be up around 9am to be sure I'm showered and dressed before the contractor gets here tomorrow.

I've been too exhausted lately to even throw a sentence together in the story I'm working on. It's been probably almost three weeks now since I've written anything that wasn't an email or a blog post. My brain feels encrusted in sludge.

A mixed bag

Aug. 3rd, 2013 12:33 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
There will be someone coming Thursday morning to replace the broken fireplace door panel.

I got up about 10am and got about 90% of the stuff I intended to done before the real estate agent showed up an hour early - but his camera was broken so all he did was take a look around, talk with me for a little bit, and leave the key box. I have a reprieve to finish up the work properly and then actually wash the floors before another agent comes by on Tuesday to take photos. Wednesday they will list the place. I have told them about the DoDC+3 in his crate, and requested no calls before noon, and they were amenable to this. He said he didn't think we would have any trouble getting approval for the short sale, so I am slightly more at ease. There are never guarantees, but I'm sure he has a good feel for this kind of thing.

Tomorrow, Sonia is coming to pick up the mattress in the morning sometime, probably 10:30 or so. When she's got that, I'll take a couple photos of the frame then see if I can persuade her and the person with the truck to give me a hand dismantling the frame and moving the small couch from the library into the bedroom so that I can sleep on that. Then I'll get the frame out to the garage and whoever comes to buy it can get it already dismantled.

I ended up stuffing a lot of things into drawers, and some into boxes to haul out to the garage unsorted and open, and then piled a bunch of papers and binders full of things into the library closet to get them out of sight. Now that I have a little time, I can sort through them properly over the weekend and on Monday.

I was so exhausted today that I took a soak in an epsom salts bath (I'm covered with bruises from moving things) and then took a nap. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came over for a bit before that and we caught up on what's happening with each other while curled up on the couch. After the real estate agent left, I essentially just said "screw it, I'm taking the rest of the day off," and gods have I needed to. I'm still so exhausted I'm numb and tingly. The dizziness has been worse the past couple of days because of all the physical effort I've been putting into things. I ordered chinese after I got up from my nap, and I'll be heading for bed again here fairly soon because I need to be up at about 10am for Sonia when she gets here. Then it's tackling the things that are left to do before Tuesday.

I also need to call one of the gals from my VA group, who said she might be able to help me out this weekend. I'm thinking perhaps on Sunday she can help me haul some boxes down to Seattle, as she says she has a station wagon.

Anyway, collapsing now.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I got up today about 10am, worked on stuff until Bill came by to pick me up at 2pm, went down to the VA for my group, had a blood draw for the baseline for the upcoming MRI, and then we had some food when he came to drop me off. I got in touch with Gary and Melody and asked if they could come by to help me haul the bookshelves from the library out to the garage and they agreed to come by.

While I waited for them I hauled more stuff up there. At one point I was wiping my forehead to get hair and sweat out of my eyes and a fingernail caught the top of my eyebrow piercing; it went flying. I had to grope around in the parking lot looking for it. One of the neighbors helped me. I think we spent about ten minutes looking for it. When I was finally going to give up, I found it again. Rinsed everything down with hydrogen peroxide and put the thing back together, so that's safe and dealt with.

It took us about 40 minutes or so to haul all of the bookshelves out to the garage. When Gary and Melody left, I started in on cleaning the fireplace. Aside from one pane of glass gone, it looks like a used but reasonably clean fireplace. I couldn't get anyone to come today or tomorrow, so I'm going to have to ask the real estate agent to take any photos of the fireplace from angles that won't show the broken pane. I'll work on getting somebody out to replace it as soon as I can.

The guy from the fireplace shop did call me today (I wasn't able to answer the phone when he called), and he left a message saying that if it's just a pane of glass, I could get it faster and cheaper from a glass shop and install it myself. Sadly, I can't get the tag ends of broken stuff out of the metal grooves and won't be able to put the thing in myself, even if I get the pane elsewhere. I've left another call for him but don't expect to hear back for another day or so, I'm guessing.

Once that was done, I cleaned out the stuff in my bedroom and got that looking pretty good. There's still a pile of stuff on the couch and the coffee table in the former library that will have to be dealt with, but that will be first thing tomorrow. I did dishes and am soaking the sinks with some bleach to try to get the sinks as clean as possible. Tomorrow I'll scrub down the counters and wash the floor.

I do still have a little stuff on the bookshelves her in the living room, and some stuff on the table, but most of that is going to be fairly quick to handle, especially if I don't sort and just put things in open boxes to take it out to the garage to get it all out of the way. Once the photos are done, then I can deal with the rest at a more reasonable pace.

Needless to say, I'm completely exhausted. I will be setting my alarm for 10am again today so that I have a few hours to work on things before the guy gets here.

And now, to bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Bydand)
To my great delight, and with my great gratitude, [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm and her husband came by this afternoon and stayed for several hours to help me out; Jack took me over to the U Haul so that I could get boxes and packing materials, and he packed several boxes of books for me. [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm swept the floor in here and then went out and swept out and organized what's left in the garage so that it looks a lot better and cleaner in there now.

I did a lot of sorting and packing myself, both before they arrived and while they were here. Most of the altars are dismantled and packed away. There are still several to go (I do have quite a few of them), as are all the various bones I'm keeping (at least until I figure out if some of them are legal to take to Italy with me if I go). I cleared out the coat closet of all the stuff I was getting rid of and rearranged things a bit, and cleared out the closet in the library as well.

One of my friends from back in the LGM fandom days dropped by briefly and picked up a big bag of fandom stuff for X Files and Lone Gunmen that I didn't want to just get rid of -- he will give things a good home, so I don't feel too bad about letting go of it. I was really happy to see him again, however briefly.

Tomorrow will be more packing of altary/Pagany things, and then hauling boxes out to the garage. If I have any energy left at all when I'm done with that, there will be more packing and then starting with thoroughly cleaning the bathrooms. I am not looking forward the the actual getting in and scrubbing things; I don't have a lot of energy for stuff like that and I can only do a little bit at a time. I'm needing to unclog my bathroom sink again, yay. *sigh*

Certain parts of the house are looking very bare. I'm going to have to rent a storage unit this coming week or early next. For the moment, I'll just store boxes in the garage, kept off the floor of the garage with some plastic garbage bags to keep them clean until I can arrange to get things together and have somebody start hauling things south for me.

Does anyone want a bag of three-ring binders? I have a bunch that I'm not using. They're perfectly good but are taking up space and I don't need them. Free to a good home.
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 (10 ceirt)
So nobody came last night for the bed. I am still waiting on word from the guy whose friend was supposed to come and help him (he couldn't last night) about whether they will be here tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning, sometime between 8am and noon, PUD will be here to pick up the freezer from my garage. It was here when I bought the place, and I haven't used it in forever. I wasn't sure if it still worked, but it does, which is good because they only accept working freezers and fridges for recycle. I spent a good 45 minutes shoving things around in the garage to get it accessible for the PUD people, then plugged it in and was happy to hear it rev up like some low-flying airplane.

Late this afternoon, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came by and we mailed off a couple more boxes of books to folks who bought them. Last day for buying anything from the database will be Thursday. After that we went to the UHaul to pick up boxes to pack the parts of my library that are staying with me. Once I get things suitably started with packing, I'll need to go rent a storage unit somewhere in Seattle to keep my things while I'm selling the condo and looking for a small place down there prior to (hopefully) moving to Italy.

One of the folks from the local steampunk group came by and picked me up, and we went out to join others of our company at a Mexican place over in Snohomish; it was a really lovely evening and we sat on the outdoor patio over the river in the sunshine and the cool breeze. The food was good, as was the company, but I couldn't stay too long after dinner, as I was tired and the dizziness was catching up with me.

When I got home I did a little bit of writing and some Italian language stuff online. Overall a very busy day, but I still feel very up in the air about what is supposed to be happening with the bed. I probably won't know anything until tomorrow evening after 5:30 from the guy who wanted to buy it. He's as much at somebody else's transportation mercy right now as I am. Still, this whole craigslist thing is annoying as hell and I'm not keen on using it much unless I have to. To date I have sold exactly Jack and Shit through them, though I am still holding out some hope about the bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
I got a text back from one of my NYC friends that I contacted and he will be happy to have me stay and to show me around the city a bit if I need to get out there for the Lammys. [livejournal.com profile] witchchild says that she wants to come to NYC to see me if I'm there, so that would be fantastic, too.

I got to go to the monthly Krakens steampunk social this evening with some friends, which I enjoyed. We talked about travel and politics and social responsibility and stuff like that. I talked about some of the changes in my life happening because of the constant dizziness. I'm not at the point of making an actual decision at the moment, but I am giving some serious thought to moving to Venice, where everyone walks, if I have to sell my place and move anyway. I've spent the last couple of weeks doing a lot of research into the idea and, while the paperwork would likely be a nightmare (when is bureaucracy not?) it does look doable. Toward that end, I was pointed to Duolinguo, a language-learning site that you can use to learn Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, and English. It's a pretty straightforward system and I've been playing around with it today for a while. Italian looks a lot easier than Irish, at least, in that it's a pretty regular looking romance language.

On the down side of things, I'm still feeling pretty crap and very tired. The dizziness makes it hard to focus for very long on anything, so even with relatively easy language lessons, it's something that turns my brain to much after about 15 minutes and I have to struggle beyond that. This, of course, is why I'm not working on my Brigid book for the moment. I need to get more used to dealing with this in order to focus on serious stuff. But maybe taking little bits of language work a few times a week -- between this and Irish -- I can work back up to being able to focus on my nonfiction.

One of the things that I would usually do for stress relief is meditation, which usually has a breathing component for me, but deep breathing is one of the things that makes the dizziness a little worse, so it's kind of counterproductive at the moment. I find that terribly frustrating. Actually, everything about this right now is very frustrating. Still, I'm doing my best to carry on. Sorry I'm going on so much about it lately. I'm trying to keep things in perspective.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
I know it's been several days. I've been at Norwescon and the panels were awesome and I had a good poetry reading and sold three books, but one of them got stolen by a kid at the reading while I was selling one to someone else. Please don't tell me I should be flattered that somebody wanted to steal my poetry, thanks. I had to pay for that copy of my book in order to have it to sell.

I came home late Saturday night after the Sherlock room party and spent most of today lying in bed reading because I was too tired to cope and I had a migraine.

At the con, one young woman from Eastern Washington U was doing a documentary on fanfic, so she attended all our panels, and I did an interview with her and pointed her to some of my other fic-writing friends.

I am hoping tomorrow I'll be feeling slightly more human. The iron supplements arrived while I was away this weekend and I took the first one today. It will no doubt be a while before I note any actual change.

Doing panels while dizzy and exhausted was a challenge, but I'm told I came across pretty well despite this.

And now, bedtime again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Raven Stealin' Ur Sun)
I got us tickets for Beowulf today, and it seems that [livejournal.com profile] mimerki was really enthusiastic and got tickets for herself as well. It should be a really cool performance.

There are plans in the offing for a March 17th tea & whisky sipping with steampunks here at my place, so if you are interested in coming, please let me know. I only have so much room in the old homestead. Also, on Wednesday the 27th of March, I'll be heading over to the AFK Tavern around 7pm to celebrate my birthday. Come along if you like. I don't plan to make a reservation for the day as I have no idea if anyone will be coming, given it's mid-week, but I'd love to see you if you want to come by.

My creaky parts continue on their usual creaky way. Some grocery shopping was done last night, including both rhubarb and some frozen peaches, so I am contemplating a couple of cobblers in the coming weeks. Brianna might have a line on a place to move to come mid-month, and we'll see how that goes.

Along with everything else, sleep is still for the weak.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
As you might guess from the infrequency of my posts recently, I'm still trying to recover from PCon and all that stuff. I'm tired and achy and breaking in the new boots is adding extra aches that I don't really need, but there's really only one way to actually get them broken in, and that's by wearing them for a while on a frequent basis. (That said, they are really awesome boots.)

Since [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor has started doing Irish language lessons just down the street here on Sunday evenings, I've started taking classes again. I've been too out of it to get down to Seattle much on days when I'm not actually dealing with a VA appointment, unless I have several things I'm doing on the same day.

I'm dealing with a lot of brain fog since I got home. Tiredness will do that, and really kind of aggravates it. The Everett Pagan meetup was pretty good. I knew several of the folks who came, which was nice. It's easier for me to be in a group when I know more people. One of the folks who came is a Russian guy practicing Slavic Paganism. He was pretty interesting, and showed us a necklace he'd made of his god and goddess, which was some really beautifully carved and polished wood. It'll be nice to talk with him more and learn about what he's doing.

The Medieval Women's Choir concert was lovely, as usual. [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson came along with us and seemed to quite enjoy himself. We really need to get tickets to the upcoming Beowulf performance with Benjamin Bagby, as it was again advertised on the back of the MWC program. I've wanted to see him perform this for years.

I've not had the focus to make further notes toward my Brigid book outline, but I'll be trying to do that later this week again. Tomorrow is the steampunk social, and I'll need to make plans toward my tea & whisky St Patricks Day thing with the Air Krakens. I'm not looking for a large group, so I'll be restricting attendance to about a dozen people.

Yesterday I emailed mom, as I owed her a response to a couple of her emails. I called a couple of weeks ago, I think, but I hadn't been posting regularly, so mom, I just didn't want you to worry that I'd fallen off the edge of the continent or something. I'm trying to keep up with things without stressing out too much.

There's a new Cadfael waiting to be viewed when [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor has enough time to come by for it. We had considered watching it last week but didn't quite find the time for it. Both of us are feeling pretty worn down, and she's doing allergy treatments that mean she's feeling crappier than usual recently.

Once I get more of my brain functioning than just the brain stem, I have emails that I need to answer. Sleep has been a precarious and rare commodity of late, more so than usual. It means I'm feeling more scattered than normal, as well. Probably contributes considerably to the brain fog.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
I didn't update in the past couple of days mostly because I was just too tired and too busy to get to it. I did spend a little more time doing some more conceptual/outlining work on the Brigid book, so that is genuinely moving along, though these things move slowly, as one might suspect. Group went well, though I didn't get to see [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor that night. I did see her today briefly, before Brianna and I went over to Gary's place for some gaming this evening.

Today I was mostly just too tired to focus on much of anything. I couldn't read much and actually spent a fair amount of time just playing Plants v Zombies because it was brainless. (As you do.) When we got home, I made more food and ate a little, then walked down to the store to pick up a few things to tide me over until I can get out for more, probably Sunday. I think I sprained a muscle in my right hand today, as it's much more sore than usual. I've been hitting it with a lot of liniment in hopes that this will help somewhat.

Tomorrow [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is starting to coordinate the Everett Pagan meetup, as the previous organizer is no longer doing so. After that, we'll be heading down to Seattle for the Medieval Women's Choir concert. It's at 8pm at St James Cathedral, as always. And now I'm going to try to get some sleep.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (seadragon in green)
And I'm kind of in that state today. I did go out to the AFK for the evening, though the usual folks who join me on Tuesdays had family in town so they weren't there. It was okay because I got some reading done that I wanted to deal with.

Today I mostly dealt with cleaning things up from the road trip, putting things away, and clearing the decks for working on the Brigid book's outline and whatnot. There's so damned much to deal with for that book, and I still haven't entirely decided exactly how to approach the topic and the material. And then there's the part where divination suggested I should make something for Herself before I actually write the book, and I haven't figured out what that something would be.

Anyway, my brain she is not working very well this evening so I'm going to crawl away and huddle under the covers with Plants vs Zombies or something until I fall asleep. If I haven't any brains of my own, perhaps the zombies won't get me.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Totem emerald moth)
Mostly a little catching up because I've been so bloody exhausted what with all the traveling and stuff.

We did get down to the con again yesterday, and one of [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's friends, who was one of the featured musicians, got us into last night's acoustic concert. It was lovely and low key and I enjoyed it a lot despite being pretty well doomed to feeling like week-dead flounder. We went to [livejournal.com profile] mythworker's panel with Thorn Coyle and the Grimassis and I took a photo on Thorn's tablet that Jason ended up using on The Wild Hunt today, which was quite amusing, as everyone was doing the hand on the chin looking dramatic thing that Jason does.

The concert was Faun, a German Pagan folk group, and members of Woodland and Treguenda, all of which I enjoyed immensely, though I will admit I was more enamored of Faun's global folk style. I already had one of Faun's cds but was immediately convinced that I have to get everything else they've ever done...

PCon the week before was immense and overwhelming, in its usual way. I got good turnout and good responses to pretty much everything I participated in. The Immanion panel was only attended by maybe ten people, so it was the least successful of all the things I did, but it wasn't really my show, so I wasn't too worried about it. Having hauled a whole suitcase of books down with me to PCon, I returned with only two, and sold one of those at FaerieCon yesterday, as Thorn Coyle had introduced me to Raven and Stephanie Grimassi as being a good resource person. They are apparently working on some kind of "Celtic" tarot or divination deck, but they don't know much of anything about Celtic anything. I told them I'd written a kick ass ogam book and they were interested in having a look so I brought one along and they bought it from me.

The Irish healing deities session was well-received and well-attended. My joint session with [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb on spirit work and trauma was well-attended for an 11pm session. We filled most of one half of a double room, which was really good not just for the hour but for the heavy subject material. We had at least three mental health professionals in attendance, and several folks who are dealing with different aspects of the material we were addressing. We got a number of requests to bring the session back again next year, at a more reasonable hour for people from the east coast and for folks who are not late-nighters, so we'll look into having the session at 7pm one one of the days if that's possible.

Among the discussions I had with people at the con, I talked to Chris Penczak about my trip east. During the conversation I inquired about maybe teaching a session on ogam for his people in New Hampshire. He said he'd run it by his board of directors but he thought it sounded like a really good idea, so we'll see if I can get a little extra infusion of some cash while I'm out there to help with gas for the rest of the cross-country adventure. I'll email him in March to just keep the idea in front of him, knowing I'm unlikely to get any firm response until I can pinpoint a date I'll be in Massachusetts.

My next priority is NorWesCon, in late March. I've already ordered more poetry books to take along, considering I was fortunate enough to sell out of them on the first day of PCon. They should arrive in a couple of weeks. Thankfully, that's all panels moderated by other people, so my prep there is pretty much rock bottom minimum. While I was gone, the Pilgrimage photo book arrived. A couple of the photos turned out a little darker than I was quite expecting, but they are okay. I'm looking into making the book also available in a paperback edition, which will be less expensive. I would probably sell a few more of them that way. That's a task for another day, however.

This week I'm looking at Wednesday shrinkage, Thursday group, and Saturday evening is the Medieval Women's Choir concert "From Santiago to Canterbury." It's at Saint James Cathedral at 8pm, if anyone is interested in going.

Once I'm rested up a little, it's time to work on an outline and a framework for the Brigid book.

FaerieCon

Feb. 23rd, 2013 11:13 pm
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I'm heading for bed a bit early tonight. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I were able to get down to the con this afternoon and see some folks, though the concert tonight was $35 per person and I just didn't have the money or the wherewithal for it tonight. We will probably head down tomorrow as well, and are hoping to be out of here by 2pm to hear the panel. We might have an opportunity to go to tomorrow's performance if one of her friends comes through.

And now, tired Erynn is about to go fainting in coils, so I'm gonna head for bed.

Have an awesome night!

Imbolc

Feb. 3rd, 2013 12:20 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Lá Fhéil Bride)
We did have a small Imbolc ritual this evening. There was fire, and there was water, and there was some harp music and some meditation. I made [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor some gluten-free lavender scones. They were a bit dry, but tasted just fine. Butter of course will help them a lot.

After the ritual, I took her over to the grocery store before I took her home. I picked up a lovely pre-cooked crab for under $4.50, which was quite a steal. I'll do something interesting with it tomorrow. Tonight I'm going to poke around in a few cookbooks to see what kind of ideas I can come up with.

I'm still dealing with the mild migraine and queasiness, which is not making me happy at all.

It took me a while to figure out the scanner function on the new printer, but I got things together enough to deal with the Geilt article that I posted earlier this evening.

While I was hanging out for a bit on twitter, I talked to a friend in St Louis and, since I'm going to be passing through there anyway (and meeting one of my other friends there), I will be seeing her, as well. Depending on when I arrive there, I may or may not ask to stay for the night. Mom is about four hours from there, from what she says, so if I get in fairly late, I'm not going to want to drive in the middle of the night. I have been promised home-made moussaka. This makes me happy.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Steamy time travel)
I got an email today that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm won't be making it down to PCon this year (I am sad), but we will get together sometime soon, with any luck, just for hanging out purposes.

B has moved in today. We discovered that the guest bathroom tub does not drain if one takes a bath. I'm going to have to get some drain unpluggy stuff for it tomorrow when the stores are open.

I have started [livejournal.com profile] ogam's flamekeeping shift, followed immediately by my own, tomorrow. Also, there will be steampunkery at the AFK.

I dredged through McQuarrie's Manannán dissertation and dug up incidents of Manannán as a healing deity. I also put together my basic outline for the presentation. Tomorrow during the day, I'll drag out my big pad of paper and start writing out the names of the 30+ deities so that people will be able to spell them properly (at least from the sources I've compiled) if they are interested in exploring these figures further.

Also, there is banana bread. Noms.

Oh, and here, have a vid from the Abney Park show I went to earlier this month:

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