erynn: Gaelic merman image (Seshat)
Today I got a lot done, starting with making my appointment with the consulate.

I'll be meeting with the visa applications office on October 9th, a Wednesday, at 11:15am. I talked to [livejournal.com profile] lwood and she will make sure I get picked up at the airport, hauled around, and taken to the appointment in time. ([livejournal.com profile] finnchuill, I do intend to at least visit briefly if I'm able while I'm down there.) I will be going down the day before the appointment and returning the day after. This is between the Sherlock Seattle con and SteamCon. I didn't want to put it off until toward the end of the month, as [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's birthday falls right around then and my brother has a deadline we're working toward.

I talked with my brother on skype for a bit and hammered out some details with him; he needs to make sure my appointment is before November 1st, when his contract with the AF active reserves expires so that it shows best for our financial purposes. Between the two of us, we don't quite hit the $50,000 figure I was quoted in a consulate email, but perhaps with his already being in residence and offering me a place to stay, what we do have will suffice.

As soon as I get a plane ticket (I need to talk with a travel agent to make sure I get a ticket that can be cancelled if the visa is rejected), I can give him the travel date for his letter of invitation form, but I expect it will be around mid-December. I figure if I give it 60-ish days, that should be reasonably sufficient. He's heading off to Austria in the morning for a week for a huge motorcycle rally and will get back to me with more details when he gets home again. We should be able to wrap up the letter of invitation bit by the the middle of the week after he gets home. I am going to ask him to post me the document as well as send me a PDF as I don't want to have them say "you need the original" when I get there, and not be able to provide it.

The contractor came and finished up the bathroom in a few hours, starting a little after noon. The place still smells a bit chemical in here, after the primer and paint. I had to air the place out with both doors and all the windows open for a while today. It'll be a couple of days before it smells normal, more than likely.

I spoke on the phone with BECU; they called me after our email exchange to get specific details about what I need. They apparently have a standard immigration form letter that they can fill out and notarize for me that should meet the consulate's requirements, and can also provide a letter stating that I am a member of the credit union in good standing. The notarized letter costs $18.

Now I have to locate a CPA who can deal with the other bits of this for the second "letter of reference" and to explain in writing why my income is not taxed and that I do not have to file tax returns. I've sent a couple of online inquiries to different offices but not received any response. I suspect I'll have to either bite the bullet and phone someone, or actually walk into an office with papers in hand and ask if they can provide what I need. I should get BECU's letters by late next week and will be able to take them with me when I talk to a CPA to demonstrate what I need. Do any of you local peeps know one that you would recommend?

I did some further research on overseas health insurance and have found something that more than satisfies the consulate's requirements for under $200 a month, so I will get that together closer to the appointment so I can take the documentation with me. This is a better deal, from what I can tell, than one of the places someone suggested to me earlier. They seem to cover more stuff. I am going to fill out the VA document to enroll in their Foreign Medical Program and have them mail the authorization to me c/o my brother at his APO box so that if it takes a while to process, it will get to me anyway.

An email was sent to the regional USDA veterinary office to inquire about vets in the Everett and Seattle area who are qualified to do the paperwork for the DoDC+3 when it becomes necessary. I don't expect a response before the middle of next week due to the holiday. The EU compliant ID chip arrived in today's post. I'll need to make an appointment to have him chipped and redo his rabies vaccine. He needs his nails clipped, too.

I emailed the consulate about the type of plane ticket I need and apparently someone was at their desk because less than half an hour later I received my answer - I need a one-way ticket if I am applying for a residence visa. I sent back an email thanking them for their prompt response. I think this "one question per email" thing is probably the best way to go, given they can provide a one-sentence response and it only takes a minute for them to do it. Seems far more likely to actually get a useful response with this method. Currently, mid-December one-way Seattle to Venice tickets start at just under $900 on a few of the online discount sites. Other sites start at $1200 and go up from there.

Because I made the consulate appointment today, I spent a lot of the day in kind of a panic. I called mom and talked with her for a while to let her know what's going on. She sounded a lot better and said the bronchitis had cleared up, much to her relief. Al's doing better as well, so things are going pretty well at her end of the world. I passed my brother's greetings on to her, as I'd told him I was going to call her when I was done texting with him.

I did go with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to the party this evening. There were dancers and fire dancing, and there was music. It did help get me out of my stressed out state. I discovered that dark chocolate flavored red wine and blueberry lavender muffins are a godlike combination that must be tasted to be believed. I rode home with [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson because he was ready to go when I was, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was going to stay and play a couple more songs. A couple of dancers from Olympia had just arrived as we were leaving.

I have a road opener candle going on my mantle at the moment. Any and all bureaucracy-smoothing, gate-opening magic/juju will be gratefully welcomed. All good thoughts are appreciated.

*runs screaming into the distance*

This weekend: bill-paying, laundry, more preparation of emails, and further evil plotting and planning.

Next week: Wednesday is shrinkage and Geordie arrives for an overnight visit.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
The contractor came in to do another examination of the bathroom ceiling today. The water in the insulation was, apparently, the result of a tub overflow very shortly before the ceiling was opened up. One of the people upstairs was home - she said there hadn't been an overflow, but she's not the only one who lives there so she may not have known about it. There is no mold in the ceiling of my bathroom. No running of water in the upstairs bathtub, sink, or toilet produced any dripping water. There was no water in the plastic that had been put up Saturday. None of the woodwork inside the ceiling was wet. All is well, and repairs will continue as anticipated, so this was very good news.

Someone came by to see the place today, and I have an appointment for somebody to come on Thursday at 1pm to have a look as well. No idea if there is any actual interest, but things are progressing. While waiting for the realtor and client to come and go today, I took the DoDC+3 outside up to the dog area and sat in the sun on one of the benches for a while, just soaking up the sun.

I got my brother on Skype today for a little while. We talked about the idea of him coming to the consulate with me, which he says he's willing to do if it won't interfere with his work, so that shouldn't be a problem. He doesn't think it would be too necessary, though he agrees that modifying how I look temporarily will probably help. The largest thing that he may be able to do for me involves dealing with the money end of things. He's got quite a bit saved up from when he was in Baghdad a year and a half or so ago; it might be enough to deal with the monetary requirements the consulate wants fulfilled. He needs to ask some questions to find out how it has to be arranged so as to work best for us, and if we can do this before early next year it would be for the best, as his current Active Reserve contract ends around the end of the year; he's going to have to wait again before he can sign up with them, and the economy over there is no better than it is here, so he'll be living on that money while he tries to find work.

That said, if I can sell this place and get through the visa application process reasonably quickly, I'll be able to help him out once I get there, given that I have an actual substantial monthly income that isn't going away. I was grateful and relieved, because it's that monetary aspect that concerns me most about this process.

I did some more work on my Italian language online, sorted a little more of the kitchen stuff, and hauled the sorted items out to the garage until I can figure out how to deal with it.

Today I also called mom and talked with her for a little while. She's got bronchitis again but is dealing with it. Her husband's diabetes complications are ongoing, but they are dealing with it as best they can. The herb that I'd mentioned to her as being recommended by my neurologist for migraines has apparently (possibly in combination with the co-q-10 she has been taking) resulted in a drastic reduction in the number of her migraines. She usually has 15 or more of them in a month. This month, her grand total of migraines was ONE. She is thrilled and hopes that this continues.

I have not had any particular success with the herb so far, but I will see about adding the co-q-10 to the regime and find out of that will help at all. It's gawdawful expensive in the stores around here, but apparently you can get it a lot more cheaply online. I'll have to look into it. The past few days I have been headachey again and, though it wasn't too bad, I did have a headache again today for a while. This one was more transient than the usual migraines, more like just the combination of stress and fibromyalgia that sometimes hits me and leaves me with pain in my head.

Once again I am left feeling like I did very little today, but actually got a fair bit accomplished. It's strange how so much of the progress in my life right now comes in what feels like nearly invisible increments.

Tomorrow, shrinkage. Tonight, deal with the dishes before I crash. Limbo is uncomfortable, but I have to live in this and muddle through as best I can.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
I spent most of the day today with a headache again, of the mild but spike-in-the-eye variety. I emailed my brother and will wait for his response, whenever that happens to be. It's not urgent as I haven't even had anyone come see the place after the first day.

The hide-a-bed couch got sold and hauled away today, then I shifted where the little day bed is in the room so things were easier for me to reach from it. I did a little Italian study online, though I didn't get far with it, mostly due to headache-induced lack of focus. Money got deposited in the credit union from the sale of the bicycle and the couch just a few minutes ago, when [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came by to pick up some basmati rice and help me run the errand.

Beyond that, there was the start of some sorting through kitchen stuff. I went through one of the lower cabinets and one of the upper ones and sorted through stuff. I'm starting a small collection of things that need to be sold or given away. They are currently sitting on the kitchen counter but I'll be moving them to the living room bookshelf until I put a box together to carry stuff out to the garage. That'll probably be tomorrow, when I'll do more sorting.

Right now, probably because of the headache, I'm feeling a bit tired and down. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a clearer day for me.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (10 ceirt)
The contractor arrived this morning right about 9am, when he was supposed to. There is a big hole in the bathroom ceiling, all plastic tarped over so that the room is usable. Contrary to what the initial guy from their company had said, the leak upstairs is current and not good. The insulation in the ceiling was soaked, not "bone dry" as previously reported. I can only conclude that the probe the guy was using was not working at all for some reason. At any rate, yes, they are definitely going to fix it, but they have to also go in to the place above me and fix the leak in the bathtub in that unit that has been causing this damage. The contractor will be back again next Saturday, but might also have time earlier this coming week to come in and work on it. He said he would keep me posted if he was able to come earlier. The project should be done by the end of next Saturday if all goes according to plan.

I'm not entirely certain everything will go according to plan but, regardless, I don't have to pay for the repairs so I'm okay with the situation. The contractor will probably tell me more next time I talk to him.

Today I sold the cargo bike! A couple came up from Seattle and had a look, reinflated the tires for a test-ride around the parking lot, and declared it a good enough deal that they didn't even try to haggle on the price. Finally, success! I knew I was pricing it reasonably and that it was only a matter of finding the right buyer. Apparently somebody down in the Seattle area is selling something similar for $900, so they saved several hundred by driving up to Everett and buying from me.

Through the suggestion of an online thread, I found a link for a form for what appears to be the invitation letter my brother needs to send. It looks like a thing that will have to be filled out when I actually have an appointment with the consulate, as it has an expected arrival date blank to fill out. It also apparently declares that he would be responsible for me for time eternal or something like that, if it's accepted. He knows I wouldn't be a financial burden on him because I have enough to take care of myself quite well over there, so with any luck he won't have any issues with the document.

I am beginning to wonder if the possibility of getting my brother over here to go to the consulate with me for my appointment (when it happens) might be a good idea, as several people noted that the consular employees tend to be more inclined to talk to "the man of the family," if you will. I don't have a male traveling with me, obviously, but if my brother is going to invite/sponsor me over there, then perhaps having him at the appointment with me, as well as his paperwork, might be useful. It certainly couldn't hurt that he would be able to talk with them in Italian and he'd have a better understanding of the generalities of the system than I do. Anyway, I sent him the link for the form and asked him to check in with his friend at the town hall to see what comments she had about it and what to say on it if this is indeed the proper form. I'll email him later and ask him about the possibility of coming over for a couple of weeks while we get that worked out, once I'm ready and have an appointment.

Another box got packed and hauled out to the garage today. I sorted through the box of photos and photo albums and reduced the volume considerably, getting rid of duplicates, blurry photos, over/underexposures, extraneous pics that no longer have meaning, and the like. I think I cut the volume of actual photographs down by more than half, which was a very good thing. The actual process was a bit emotionally rough, as going through the photos dredged up a lot of memories, some of which were not the best.

A note to my friends on Capitol Hill - the Sherlock Seattle con is coming up the weekend of October 4-6, to be held at the Broadway Performance Hall at SCCC. Is there any chance one of you might be willing to let me crash at your place on a couch or something the nights of the 4th and 5th so that I can walk to the con and not have to cadge a ride down and back every day? I'd be happy to buy you dinner or something in return. I'm quiet and pretty self-contained, and I'll be at the con probably until late-ish in the evening, so I wouldn't be cutting into your personal space all that much, I hope. Even if all you have is floorspace, I can bring my backpacking air mattress (tiny but really effective) and a sleeping bag to sleep on for two nights. Anyway, if you're willing, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
The person came by this morning to look at the couch. She hadn't brought anyone to help her move it, and she thought for some idiotic reason that it would fit in her mid-sized hatchback that was already full of shit. Um, no. Needless to say, she did not leave with the hide-a-bed.

Nobody came to see the condo today, but I got sorting and packing done. I brought in a box full of notebooks (got rid of almost all of them, as they weren't actually filled with anything currently or futurely useful), and then sorted through the two-drawer filing cabinet and got that emptied and out to the garage. I packed one box of papers and records (VA and financial) and hauled that back out to the garage.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came by for a while today, and I gave her some things I'd been holding for her. We talked about her moving her bike from my garage at some point. We also went for a walk around the lake while the weather was nice. It got all cloudy toward the end and we thought it was going to rain but it hasn't yet. There was also some dish washing and floor sweeping, which has to be kept up with in case someone drops by with ten minutes' notice or something.

I talked to the sib today on Skype and he's on his way out of the country on his motorcycle tomorrow for a few days. He said next week he would talk to a friend of his at the town hall and ask her what he needed to say for the formal invitation letter, as the Questura hasn't got back to him yet; as with so many bureaucracies, people only want to do the bare minimum to get by and then go home for the day. At least in his friend's case, they'll be more inclined to actually be helpful.

Yesterday I signed up for the Fodor's travel forums and am now talking to a woman from the UK who moved to Venice last year with her husband. I've been reading his blog and it's been lovely and actually quite useful in terms of things I might expect as I go through the process, though of course they are from the EU and so their move was considerably less complicated than mine will be, and they are working over there now.

No word yet from Qi about when tomorrow she might be over with the bed she's loaning me. I did email her an inquiry today but haven't heard back. I'll try calling her tomorrow after I'm up and about and see if I can get hold of her.

Overall, a busy and productive day, even though (as usual) I feel like I've got not nearly enough done. I know I don't have to kill myself on this, but I still feel like every minute not spend Doing Something is an egregious sin against my progress in getting out of here.

Ah, well.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (fern spirals)
Although PUD told me that the freezer pickup would be here between 8-noon, they told the driver between 9-1. Thankfully, he showed up at 9:30 and picked up the unit, no trouble. Sadly, that meant I was out of bed about two hours before I actually needed to be.

Spoke with the sib briefly on Skype today. He's still trying to get details about the letter of invitation that he needs to send me. He is working on it.

I packed one box of books today, then realized that I really ought to clear out the stuff I'm getting rid of first, so there will be room for dealing with the boxes. That will have to happen probably sometime this weekend. I need to email Mary and ask her about checking out the collection. If I can get her to come up with a vehicle and take away what she wants, that'll be considerably easier for me, then I can haul the rest to Half Price, as there is one here by the mall in Everett.

A bit of writing got accomplished today, so that means another scene in the continuing fic saga I'm working on was finished. I will admit I spent rather a lot of time feeling mopey though, and staring out the lanai door. I emailed the realtors and asked what progress they had made, but have not heard back from them. I suspect I won't until Monday. On the other hand, they were in and out of here so quick, and seemed a bit off, so I wonder if they weren't having issues with all the Pagan stuff here. I could be wrong, but I was kind of getting that vibe.

I sent in an email for a quote to replace the heating unit that went out a while back. I have the money to fix it, I just need to get them in with the replacement unit so that it will be in good condition when I sell the place. I still haven't heard back from the condo's contractor about the water damage in the ceiling of the guest bathroom and will email our property manager again on Friday to ask him if he will poke them again. Then I need to replace the half-broken smoke alarm in the hallway with a smoke alarm/co2 unit. The cover hangs half off because my hands aren't good enough to just open the thing properly and last time the battery died (in the middle of the night), I had to pry the thing off with a screwdriver so I could replace the battery and stop the bloody thing from screaming. So it currently functions but dangles a bit.

I re-listed the bed on craigslist because all the people who inquired about it flaked out on me for various reasons. I might have a couple of possibilities from the new listing. We shall see what happens. I have decided it's the full package or not at all. I don't want to have to deal with selling the frame and the mattress set separately. It's a screamingly good deal at $400, as I paid nearly that for just the frame when I first moved in here.

Anyway, things are happening, they are just going slowly. I figure if I do a few boxes of books every day, they will get done eventually.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
Today I didn't do a whole lot physically, after having dealt with four hours of book sorting yesterday. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went and got Garuda's tire dealt with. I got some of the maintenance records printed out (he's going to have to talk to his accountant to see where the ones prior to 2010 are), and found notes in the LJ regarding the maintenance I had to have done in Ashland in 2010, so that's all good.

I talked to Sally, my next door neighbor, today. She said the board has been talking about my request and it's looking pretty good for chances for me being able to rent the place out. She told me that Brian, the property manager, would probably get back to me early next week about it. When I hear from him, I'll ask him about a manager to deal with renting/maintenance/etc for the place when I leave it. I don't want to have to mess with anything if I don't have to - if there's someone who can deal with it professionally so I don't have to worry, all the better.

We went over to AFK this evening for Gary's birthday. I took him one of the signed books I was getting rid of and gave that to him; he was thrilled with it, so I was very pleased that he'd got something he liked. After that we went to the Everett Pagan Meetup out at one of [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's bandmate's place. There was a fairly large crowd for a while, and a fire on the deck in the back. I was talking a little with a few of the folks there about moving; I mentioned I would be selling my drums and Michael said to just let him know how much I wanted for them and he'd buy them, so I need to take a quick look at reasonable value for used instruments in order to give him a quote on them.

I spent some time in Skype text with my brother today as well, talking about various things regarding moving to Italy. He was saying that he thought Venice was fantastic to visit but not so great for actually living there (and since he is actually over there I'm taking his opinions into account). I said, if Venice wouldn't be so great, where would you recommend? He said Verona, Udine, or Trieste, so I have been looking around at stuff about those areas as well. Once I get over there (he is very confident I won't have any trouble with it) we can road trip around and look at the cities in question and check out the lay of the land, the most walkable areas, and all that stuff. I figure that while I am enamored of Venice, if other places would suit better (and more cheaply) I can still visit Venice just by hopping on the train pretty much anytime I like. And cheaper means more space, so there might even be a spare room for guests instead of just an air mattress on the floor in the living room.

The other thing I spent a great deal of time on was looking for studios/one bedrooms in Seattle. Capitol Hill may not have anything available in my price range, but the U District seems to have a fair number right around campus and the Ave. That would be more than acceptable for temporary lodging while I deal with paperwork for Italy and suchlike things.

I only got about 350 words written today, but I have had some epic writing days lately for my fic, so I'm not that discontent about it. I'll work on it some more tomorrow, and do more sorting on the books in the library and then start on the poetry/writing books in the living room for stay/go purposes.

Lots and lots of things to do, but I am hanging on as best I can despite my rising stress levels. I'm considering asking my shrink if I can see her twice a month instead of just once, while all this is going on. It might help me deal a little better with all the stuff that's coming up around this.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (triple nerd score)
I called mom for a bit today and just missed my Uncle Eddie, who had come by for dinner. They usually go to his place for holidays because mom hates cooking, but this year it was her turn. We talked a little bit and then I scarpered off to get ready to go to see The Hobbit. I quite enjoyed the film, but we did end up having to stand in line (inside) to see it. I hadn't ever been to a movie on Xmas before and didn't realize that a lot of people do that thing. I won't be doing it again. Cinebarre, though, was a pretty nice place. They serve actual food and drinks, so it's a 21+ only establishment. At least I was spared screaming juveniles.

I'll be looking forward to seeing the other movies in the trilogy. As with LOTR, some details were changed, and there's material there explaining background from stuff like The Silmarillion and other Tolkien trivia. I was quite amused by Radagast the Brown. Mom said she remembered me reading those books under the covers with a flashlight when I was a kid. Yep, I did that. It was the days before phones were unhooked from walls, and they did not yet glow in the dark or contain books. (is old)

Late this evening I was hanging out in a chat with a bunch of fangirls and got shipped with somebody. My fannish life is complete. (If you do not understand this reference, just ignore it, because it is silliness of the first water.)
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea addict)
This evening I finally got out to Otherworlds, the steampunk shop in Edmonds. I went with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for steampunks dancing, and we did mostly waltz type things and some English country dancing. I was a little dizzy by the time I sat down, and the hips and knees didn't hold out for more than an hour or so, but I think I did okay. The proprietors are tea geeks like me, and she is into teaware and we geeked about ceramics and teas for a little bit after the dancing. I got a teacup and saucer much like the ones I inherited from my father's mom. She's apparently having a hard time selling the antique Japanese ones (Merit, Trimont, etc) because people believe that the glazes or paints are lead-based. Considering that I mostly just display the old ones, it's not that much of an issue for me.

Tomorrow evening I'll be picking up [livejournal.com profile] ogam at the train station downtown in Seattle. I think I'm shipping him over to [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson's place after that.

And, under the cut, Mom with Santa! )

Visits!

Nov. 22nd, 2012 02:09 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy typewriter)
So [livejournal.com profile] man_of_snows came by this afternoon for a visit. He's been out in Idaho teaching in an MFA program and I haven't seen him in quite some time. He came down from Bellingham where he's been staying with his partner. It was lovely to hang out with him. We went for a walk around the lake, then had some lunch at Emory's. When we got back we talked about poetry and writing and shared a few poems and quotes from things. He picked up a copy of my book and then had to head back north, as he had pies to make this evening before tomorrow's foodie festivities.

Tomorrow, it's gaming at the AFK. I've got a confirmation for my friends from California on Friday afternoon here at my place. Looks like it's going to be a fair bit of low-impact socializing for me, mostly around here. That's always nice, because so often I end up going out to visit people, and seeing folks here is a lot lower impact on my energy.

Today's mail brought a book from a fan of mine in Bulgaria, about sacred sites and tourist sites in the country. He covers quite a few churches, basilicas, and monasteries, several Thracian sites, and some natural areas as well. It's bilingual in English and Bulgarian, so it's unique in my collection. There are a bunch of really nice full-color photo plates, as well.

I'm still poking at my fic, which is currently at 27,027 words. I'll probably get a little further into the scene I'm working on before I head to bed. Tomorrow, MUNCHKIN CTHULHU!

Finally!

Sep. 11th, 2012 01:38 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ogam sequence)
Jeff was over this evening and helped me finish up the PowerPoint part of my EBC presentation. He mostly sat and helped me when I got stuck, but that was an exceptionally useful role and I was very glad to have his company. He said he enjoyed watching my creative process, so both of us win!

I sent the resulting file off to the tech guy for the EBC so that I don't have to carry the presentation with me. The only thing I'll have to remember is the actual outline (on paper, which I usually use when I'm speaking). I still have a little bit of expansion to do on that, but I have the rest of the week to work on it, and there's not much else that has to be done. It's just a question of adding in a few keywords to help me remember some details. It's a relief to have the most complicated part of it done.

After Jeff took off, I had some dinner and got a little work done on my fic. I did a beta for someone else, which pleased me immensely, as she's a new writer in the fandom and it's always good to see new people giving us fun stories.

Jason from Hiraeth emailed me today. He's got a short (in need of a little editing) blurb for my book from one of the other poets they'd published. She'd apparently been going to tell him she didn't have time, but peeked inside and got so hooked that she read the whole thing through and wrote back really quickly. I have to admit I'm very tickled by that.

Mom received the disc of photos I sent her and has been enjoying them. I'm delighted I was finally able to get all those pictures to her.

I guess today I was making up for lost sleep because, while I didn't actually turn off the lights until about 5:30am, I slept until 4:30 this afternoon. I still feel kind of out of it, but was glad that I got everything done that needed to be in the 3 hours or so before Jeff arrived. All in all, a pretty successful day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
I was feeling pretty under the weather today and a little slow. I hung out with some friends online for a while, and tried to take some photos for the EBC presentation, but the lighting wasn't working. I'm not quite sure how to fix it, but I'll try something different tomorrow for the same pieces.

The CR schmooze was this evening and I ended up hauling the laptop over and showing some of the photos from the first half of the trip. I was too tired to stay afterward for dinner at Charlie's. I'm not sure anyone actually went this month. I did get to see [livejournal.com profile] wire_mother briefly, though he had missed his ferry, and his backup foot ferry wasn't running because of the holiday, so he didn't get there until after 8pm.

When I got home, I put my trip photos (and some others) onto an SD disc that I'm going to send to my mom, along with a little USB drive that can read one. That should take care of her problems pulling photos from any of my websites. I'll need to mail them out to her later this week.

And Tired Erynn is really tired so I'm going to crawl off to bed. With any luck I might even get a little sleep tonight.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I'm awake somewhat earlier than I intended (the chorus of roosters outside is quite insistent), but I wasn't sleeping well anyway, due to pre-travel anxiety. We'll be out of here for the airport in about 90 minutes or so (leaving here about 8am), then I'm to be abandoned to the graces of USAirways. The system won't let me register for the flight online, but that shouldn't add too horribly long to the process. Still, the earlier I get there, the better I'll feel. I'd rather get through everything then wait than have to hurry my arse off at the last minute.

The sib has been an awesome host. I am seriously contemplating spending a few months next winter (2013) in Venice, at least in part to escape the Pugetian gloom. Besides, the sib has a friend on Murano who is a retired glass blower who might be able to help me find an apartment for rent. How bad like?

And now, leftover pizza for brekkies, a shower, finishing up the packing, and down into Aviano for the sib's morning coffee.

See you soon! *kermitflail*
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I'm awake somewhat earlier than I intended (the chorus of roosters outside is quite insistent), but I wasn't sleeping well anyway, due to pre-travel anxiety. We'll be out of here for the airport in about 90 minutes or so (leaving here about 8am), then I'm to be abandoned to the graces of USAirways. The system won't let me register for the flight online, but that shouldn't add too horribly long to the process. Still, the earlier I get there, the better I'll feel. I'd rather get through everything then wait than have to hurry my arse off at the last minute.

The sib has been an awesome host. I am seriously contemplating spending a few months next winter (2013) in Venice, at least in part to escape the Pugetian gloom. Besides, the sib has a friend on Murano who is a retired glass blower who might be able to help me find an apartment for rent. How bad like?

And now, leftover pizza for brekkies, a shower, finishing up the packing, and down into Aviano for the sib's morning coffee.

See you soon! *kermitflail*

Aquileia

Aug. 15th, 2012 06:48 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
Today the sib and I went to Aquileia to see some Roman ruins and look in at the museum. Italy without Roman ruins would have been a bit sacreligious, but this place had been a port city back in the day. The river in question has dwindled immensely over the centuries, but the foundations and such are still there.

We saw the bascilica, which was really fascinating, and it is famous for the mosaic floor that they found beneath it, with animals and fish and a few human figures, restored and open for viewing. Behind the bascilica is a cemetery wherein all the graves are of men who died during the first world war. I think it was the saddest place I have been through the entire trip, because there were so many people there from just a very few years.

The museum was smallish but four floors of stuff, and it had a really incredible collection, including a bust of Antinous, a torso that might have been Hadrian (the armor was identical to what I'd seen photos of on a much larger than life statue previously), and a ton of really fascinating artifacts, including a bunch of engraved gems, one of which was an image of Abraxas. I really wish I'd had my bifocals with me, as there was so much that was just in that space between where I could see with my usual glasses (further away) and what I can see without glasses (not close enough for me to focus), so I missed a lot of detail on gems and coins that I really really wanted to see. Sadly, the museum did not allow for photographs, or I'd have taken a bunch of them. They had images ranging from a fragment of Diana of Ephesus to Romanized Isis to Serpais and the Dioscuroi.

I'd been hoping I could get a book of the museum catalog, but not only did they not have a gift shop, they didn't even have a brochure about the collection! I was sorely disappointed.

We also visited a medieval walled city in the shape of a nine-pointed star. Much of the outer wall is gone now, but bits of it can be seen, and we had to enter the city through one of the one-lane gates. We went into the city square to have a little liquid and a bathroom break, then drove around a little bit and went for a very short walk.

My packages got mailed out, I picked up a little briefcase-sized bag because I'd forgot I also had to carry home the little clock I got in Prague and the backpack I have was not quite large enough for it. I did check the USAir carry on policies and I can take two bags with me. It's still smaller and lighter than carrying the big backpack with everything in it. I haven't been able to check in for my flight online, so I'll have to do it when I get to the airport tomorrow, sadly. All that's left tonight is a little dinner and collapsing in a heap, then packing the last few things into my bags in the morning to depart. I'll post before we leave for the airport then, if I'm able, from the airport itself pre-departure.

For all you folks at home, see you tomorrow!

Aquileia

Aug. 15th, 2012 06:48 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
Today the sib and I went to Aquileia to see some Roman ruins and look in at the museum. Italy without Roman ruins would have been a bit sacreligious, but this place had been a port city back in the day. The river in question has dwindled immensely over the centuries, but the foundations and such are still there.

We saw the bascilica, which was really fascinating, and it is famous for the mosaic floor that they found beneath it, with animals and fish and a few human figures, restored and open for viewing. Behind the bascilica is a cemetery wherein all the graves are of men who died during the first world war. I think it was the saddest place I have been through the entire trip, because there were so many people there from just a very few years.

The museum was smallish but four floors of stuff, and it had a really incredible collection, including a bust of Antinous, a torso that might have been Hadrian (the armor was identical to what I'd seen photos of on a much larger than life statue previously), and a ton of really fascinating artifacts, including a bunch of engraved gems, one of which was an image of Abraxas. I really wish I'd had my bifocals with me, as there was so much that was just in that space between where I could see with my usual glasses (further away) and what I can see without glasses (not close enough for me to focus), so I missed a lot of detail on gems and coins that I really really wanted to see. Sadly, the museum did not allow for photographs, or I'd have taken a bunch of them. They had images ranging from a fragment of Diana of Ephesus to Romanized Isis to Serpais and the Dioscuroi.

I'd been hoping I could get a book of the museum catalog, but not only did they not have a gift shop, they didn't even have a brochure about the collection! I was sorely disappointed.

We also visited a medieval walled city in the shape of a nine-pointed star. Much of the outer wall is gone now, but bits of it can be seen, and we had to enter the city through one of the one-lane gates. We went into the city square to have a little liquid and a bathroom break, then drove around a little bit and went for a very short walk.

My packages got mailed out, I picked up a little briefcase-sized bag because I'd forgot I also had to carry home the little clock I got in Prague and the backpack I have was not quite large enough for it. I did check the USAir carry on policies and I can take two bags with me. It's still smaller and lighter than carrying the big backpack with everything in it. I haven't been able to check in for my flight online, so I'll have to do it when I get to the airport tomorrow, sadly. All that's left tonight is a little dinner and collapsing in a heap, then packing the last few things into my bags in the morning to depart. I'll post before we leave for the airport then, if I'm able, from the airport itself pre-departure.

For all you folks at home, see you tomorrow!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
Today is the sib's birthday, and we did local stuff -- driving up in to the mountains to visit a tiny but very lovely little Italian mountain town, getting lunch at a farm restaurant where they grow and make nearly everything they serve (so much less expensive here than anything like it would be in the US), and taking a drive to a gorgeous lake, where we did a little bit of walking. I met some of his friends on the base, and we picked up boxes to ship my stuff home in. Three flat-rate boxes, and the stuff going into the small pack I got in Prague, and I'm set. Everything I'm shipping has been packed and the customs forms have been filled out.

Tonight we had dinner at a really good restaurant that specializes in seafood (the portions were bloody huge), along with one of the sib's friends. Her husband is out of town on assignment, or he'd have been along as well.

Tomorrow there will be mailing stuff out, a visitation of some local Roman ruins, and a little bit of less fancy eating. I need to check in for my flight tomorrow, as the website won't let me do it yet today, but then I'll have my boarding pass in hand and can just go through security and directly to my flight.

I am so tired. So so very tired. Can't wait to be home again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
Today is the sib's birthday, and we did local stuff -- driving up in to the mountains to visit a tiny but very lovely little Italian mountain town, getting lunch at a farm restaurant where they grow and make nearly everything they serve (so much less expensive here than anything like it would be in the US), and taking a drive to a gorgeous lake, where we did a little bit of walking. I met some of his friends on the base, and we picked up boxes to ship my stuff home in. Three flat-rate boxes, and the stuff going into the small pack I got in Prague, and I'm set. Everything I'm shipping has been packed and the customs forms have been filled out.

Tonight we had dinner at a really good restaurant that specializes in seafood (the portions were bloody huge), along with one of the sib's friends. Her husband is out of town on assignment, or he'd have been along as well.

Tomorrow there will be mailing stuff out, a visitation of some local Roman ruins, and a little bit of less fancy eating. I need to check in for my flight tomorrow, as the website won't let me do it yet today, but then I'll have my boarding pass in hand and can just go through security and directly to my flight.

I am so tired. So so very tired. Can't wait to be home again.

And also?

Aug. 12th, 2012 11:12 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
The sib passes his greetings to everyone.

And also?

Aug. 12th, 2012 11:12 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
The sib passes his greetings to everyone.

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