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 (Orpheus I see...)
So today was group at the VA. We have two more weeks, I think, before this series is over, then a week or two break and back to it. I woke way too early today, but at least got some email and stuff out of the way before I had to leave for Seattle for the day.

[livejournal.com profile] ingvisson came by to pick me up and we were off. After group, we hied ourselves over to Woodland Park Zoo for the Loreena McKennitt concert; I had never been to the zoo, or to Woodland Park, but I would like to go to actually see the critters at some point. Apparently one of their giraffes just had a baby recently. All six feet of it. Yikes.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and her friends had got there much earlier than we did. I hadn't realized gates opened at 5pm or I would have skipped the travel office this week. She met us at the gate with my ticket and then took us over to where everyone was sitting. The concert was nice. It had been drizzling earlier in the day, but the rain held off for the music, which was very pleasant. I was kind of not in a great mood, though, and the zoo apparently has a height restriction for folding chairs - they can't be any taller than two feet. Which meant that partway through the concert they came and told me and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor that we had to fold ours up. Which left me with horribly creaking hips and feeling crampy sitting on a nearly nothing chair that was probably not even as good as sitting on the ground. During the intermission I hauled my chair down to the handicapped accessible area and set up there, where she joined me, because I was not going to be able to take another 45 minutes all cramped up like that.

My mood got slightly better when I was no longer in agony, unsurprisingly.

In the mail today, I got a royalty check for my poetry book. It was a whole $8.98. I was amused but pleased. Actual royalties from poetry! I am a professional, hear me roar! The mail also brought the annual balancing of the books for the escrow account attached to my mortgage. This meant I got a much more substantial check than I was expecting, which got immediately tossed into my savings account. I also got the last payment on Garuda from [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson, which also went into savings. That account is looking fairly healthy, but I have a ways to go yet to deal with the financial numbers that the Italian consulate seems to want to see according to their list of requirements they sent me a while back. They said something about wanting to see $50,000 over a six month period in all of my various financial accounts combined. I'm not sure how I'm going to accomplish that. I'd contemplate a loan to be paid back in full pretty much immediately after the visa application was approved, but I would have nothing to use for any security on a loan, without a car or a house. Anyway, I can but try.

I got an email back from a gal who had moved to Italy and had to come back due to timing issues. She said the financial stuff might be the hardest hurdle, but also that there was likely to be a fair bit of sexist asshattery against middle aged women attempting to move to Italy from the middle aged men who are generally the ones approving or denying the visas at the consulates. She said she took her very pretty young adult daughter with her the second time she went to the consulate (Houston) and got far better treatment than the first time, when she'd gone alone to make some inquiries. I am hoping that I will have a different experience, but I can't say as I'm expecting to. It's not like I have a hot young daughter to distract the bureaucrat with. *headdesk*

She says she's heard this kind of thing about most of the consulates, and that apparently different consulates have different sets of requirements. Houston apparently didn't require a criminal records check? Wow. Anyway, I just got the email from her this evening and I'm going to email her back tomorrow with some further questions; she's been very helpful and supportive in her response to my initial email.

And now, Tired Erynn is going to crawl off and attempt to get sleeps.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
I did a little bit of stuff around the house today and hauled one thing out to the garage, but mostly I was waiting for Qi and Dana to drop the day bed by. They did so about 3pm, I think, and I spent some time after that putting it together so I'll have a place to sleep tonight. It'll be more comfortable than the air mattress on the floor, thankfully. It'll also be easier to get the couch out around it, if someone buys it.

Irish class was a little easier on me this week than last, as I wasn't feeling well and had been really really stressed with all the cleaning and packing that had to be done. I still feel like I'm doing miserably badly at it, but I'm making an effort at least.

I got a note back from someone I'd contacted about replacing the burnt out heater from the living room. He's going to order the unit for me and get back to me about when he can come over and replace it, then that'll be another item checked off my list of stuff to do for the condo sale. The installation itself is really only a matter of turning off the circuit breaker, wiring the thing in, and reinstalling the grill over it, then turning the power back on. It shouldn't take more than about 15 minutes; this should cost me a little under $300. I should also hear back from the HOA's contractor about the bathroom repairs this week.

Thursday is group at the VA, then the Loreena McKinnett concert. It will be at the zoo, with festival seating, so I'll be bringing the camp chairs and some blankets, as well as my jacket, for when evening falls and it gets colder out.

I'm going to call my neurology doc this week and ask about the MRI results. The tech said they'd be ready to look at later that afternoon, but I don't know how long it will take for the images to get through the system and to the docs for examination. Anyway, can't hurt to ask.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (giftie)
To start out, the neurology appointment went about as I expected - the doctor is kind of mystified but there are no signs that this is anything potentially fatal. She's suggested an herbal remedy and if that doesn't work then come back and we can try an allopathic medication, though I want to wait until I am done with selling the condo and getting to Seattle before I do because one of the primary side effects of the med is grogginess and tiredness, so I do not need that right now. She was very thorough in her questions and exam and does not feel that an MRI or anything of the sort is needed as I'm not showing any symptoms of anything that would indicate it at the moment. She spent some time attempting to classify my headaches ("maybe it's not a migraine, classifications have changed in the past several years"), but none of their categories actually fit, so she decided okay, it's a complex migraine and some of my symptoms are anomalous, so maybe dizziness is actually part of it, who can tell.

After we were done, I talked to her about the phone call yesterday and she said they are supposed to ask, but I told her that there was a really heavy-handed attempt to make me take the schedule change and then the guy didn't get back to me. She said, "yeah, I know exactly who you're talking about" and said she'd have some words with him. It sounded like maybe they had received complaints about this guy before, so maybe some attitude adjustment will be forthcoming.

I got done with the appointment in time to actually get to my group. I wasn't there for the last session as I was supposed to be on my road trip. I missed the group and apparently they really missed me because they all cheered when I walked in the door. Definitely good for my ego!

After the VA, [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and I went over to Travelers, where I saw about half a dozen of my friends, including [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn, who was dashing in for some chai to go. We talked for a couple of minutes and he said that when I get to Seattle, if I need rides anywhere to give him a call and he might be able to take me places, so that was really sweet of him and I will possibly take him up on it if I need to get places I can't go by bus.

One of the gals who runs the Esoteric Book Conference was there - she'd said she had heard ripples in the community that I was leaving, then a second set of ripples about "OMG Erynn is selling her entire library." Of course, I said I wasn't selling the whole thing, just a good chunk of it. She wanted me to take it over to Magus because they give pretty good money (and one of the other EBC people works there); I said I was taking it over to Mary in West Seattle and she said that Mary paid pretty well too, so we shall see what we shall see. It was interesting to see the reactions of people to my situation.

After chai and food at Travelers, we went over to Magnolia for a Bach lute concert, which was really quite lovely and very enjoyable. Sadly, the musician hadn't brought any cds of his work to sell, which I found very surprising. The concert was about two hours, then we headed home. I stopped by at [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's briefly then walked back to my place from there. All in all it was a really good day. Weather was pretty good for the most part, lots of friends seen and talked to, good food, and some excellent music. How much better does it get?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (14 straif)
I sold Garuda today. He is going to a fine home with my friend [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson, but it still hurts. It makes the whole leaving here thing feel very immediate. I haven't driven in close to four months, so there was no use in keeping him, and all I was doing was paying insurance without actually having a reason to. I'll be getting my things out of him tomorrow or Monday.

I had a couple of friends come over today to buy books and other things. One of them spent $666, which gave us all a laugh. Pagans. Dude. That was so not planned. There are still a lot of books, music, and movies here, and I have a bunch of Pagan ritual tchatchkes as well. If people want to come and see what kind of Pagany things I have, please let me know and we can schedule a look. I'm not listing anything online for that. You can still look at the book listing until next Thursday, July 4th. If you're in the US and you want stuff, that's the deadline. I've decided I'm not going to try to do the Ebay thing because I won't be able to get acceptable shipping cost estimates to post on the entries. So next weekend I'll be hauling everything into Seattle (with help, obviously) and heading over to used book shops and probably Easy Street to see if they will buy the music.

One of the places I'd queried for a shipping estimate for Italy got back to me with a rough figure of $4,500 given the information I was able to provide. I know that the reality will be somewhat different, but at least it gives me a ballpark figure to work with. I thanked them and said if the visa was approved, I'd get back to them when I had more information about exactly where I would end up, and I filed it in the email folder with all the stuff I'm dealing with for the Italy relocation.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson were here tonight, not just to deal with selling Garuda, but because [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson brought over a Troma drag movie, "Vegas in Space," that really kind of has to be seen to be... on second thought, no. Don't see the movie. omg. soooooo bad. I say this as someone who actually thinks "Plan 9" is pretty hilariously bad. This one was just painful. It had some moments but I think the colors just made my eyeballs boil. The two of them are going down to Seattle tomorrow morning for Pride but I am not up to it.

I got tickets to a Bach lute performance on July 11th, which [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson will take me to. I also picked up tickets for Steamcon for me and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, as prices go up on the first of July.

I'm feeling tired and sad and stressed, but that's how these things go. I'll be fine in a while.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I've got the listing for the books and some dvds and cds I am selling. You can see what is available at this spreadsheet link. None of the $2 books are listed, and only the more expensive cds and dvds are listed. There is nothing on this list for less than $5.

NO SALES OUTSIDE THE US DUE TO SHIPPING EXPENSE. I will send all books at 4th class book rate and all dvds and cds by the cheapest method. I will have to haul things down to the mail out place on foot to check the shipping costs so only ask for something if you really want it. You can pay me for the books, I will get shipping costs, then you can pay me for the shipping and I will then send the books out. No items will be sent without both payments being made. Shipping costs includes any packaging.

I will take payment via PayPal at my inisglas at seanet dot com address. If you are local, you can come pick things up, and you can also look at the other items if they are still here when you get here - I will be taking some of this stuff out to sell it very soon so that it is not taking up valuable space in my apartment.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I'm having a sale of books, movies, and music today until 7pm and tomorrow from 2-7pm at my home across from Silver Lake in Everett.

If you're interested in coming, please message me and I will happily give you the address!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Today [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson, and Patrick came by; they were going to deal with G's bicycle, which has been stored in my garage. Patrick bought a bunch of books from me, and some cds and dvds, which all made me quite happy. I remembered that I still had a small stack of vinyl on a shelf, so I priced out that stuff, too. If you still have a turntable, maybe you'd be interested in that, as well.

I will be extending the book sale open house into Saturday the 22nd from about 2-7pm as well as Friday, because I know most folks work during the week, and a Saturday might be easier for people to come and browse things. Items range from pocket change (less than a dollar for poetry journals, pamphlets and such) to $250 for the 4-volume set of Katherine Briggs's Dictionary of British Folk-Tales.

My bicycle (cargo bike) is for sale, $500, includes lock, air pump, bike helmet, lights, and other gear. It's an awesome bike that I didn't get nearly enough use out of for various reasons. Tires will need to be pumped up and checked, and the chain cleaned and oiled again, but otherwise it's pretty much in new condition.

The weather was gorgeous today and I walked down to mail out a package for my mom. I had a scoop of mango yogurt at the Baskin-Robbins next to the mail place. I always feel like I'm listing a bit when I walk, but there's no alternative anymore. I'm considering giving up the cane and using hiking poles so that I won't feel like I have to lean all my weight on one side to keep from wavering around on the sidewalk. It's pretty weird to feel that way. [livejournal.com profile] lakmiseiru, I know you understand about the hiking poles business. It does mean that carrying one of my backpacks is likely to be a much more common occurrence in coming days.

I've been checking rentals around Seattle and under $1000/month is possible if I'm not terribly picky (and at this point, I'm not, given I'm only looking for temp housing). I'm not sure what lease/month to month is like these days. Some places list leases (6 months to a year is common, though 3 or 6 months occasionally appears). I'll be looking for a month-to-month, though, when I leave Everett. A fair number of them do allow small dogs, which is encouraging. There are, in fact, places in Capitol Hill, Belltown, lower Queen Anne, and the U District that seem viable, but I can't look into them until I have someone dealing with rentals and a move-out date for the condo.

Sally asked if I'd heard from our property manager yet. I told her if I hadn't heard by the end of tomorrow, I'd email him again and get confirmation. That sounded to me like a go-ahead for renting the place, but I want to get it from the management, and I need to ask him about finding a property manager for the condo.

So much to do.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
If you are local (or you want to drag your ass out here from wherever) I will be having an open house book, music, and video sale this FRIDAY, June 21st. Open house will be from 1pm until 7pm.

I have hundreds of books and cds for sale, along with a few dozen movies and tv series on dvd. A dozen or more Pagan books are signed by the authors, if that interests you. I have some rare and interesting things, as well as the usual stuff. There may also be some photocopies of academic articles and whatnot that I no longer need in the stacks...

If you want to come by and you don't have my address, please message me for it. I will be happy to let you know where I live so you can come and paw the books.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
I finished sorting the books today and sorted the cds. I'm still going to be doing some further sorting (some are signed and I wanted to keep those separate). I've got the cds grouped into piles of $1, $5, $7, $10, $15, $20 and then individually priced cds and boxed sets. I also sorted through the VHS and DVD collection as well. Tomorrow I'll be pricing some of those.

That was a lot of work, and a lot of shuffling things back and forth in piles.

I priced out the instruments last night, and sold some of the stuff to [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor today. Yay for a little extra cash to put toward relocation.

I figure if the cds don't sell at the prices I've put them on, anything less than $10 will go into a box and be taken over to a used cd place, probably Easy Street over in West Seattle. I think they're still buying cds. If/when it comes to that, I'll also put the individually priced stuff up on ebay and see how it does there. We were using Amazon as a check, but didn't go anywhere near the highest prices; some of the things I have are obviously collectors items, though, or just not available anymore. We shall see what the sale of my music collection nets me.

Everything is on the iPod, so I won't be losing it when I sell the discs.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
Tickets to NYC were bought yesterday. I'll be flying in late on the 30th of May and leaving early on the 4th of June. I have a place to stay when I get there, and someone to go to the event with. I need to talk to a few of the other folks I know there and see about going to places I want to see. There's a bar there with a TARDIS, and I want to see the Cloisters and the NYPL while I am there. I figure that will probably be about all I can stuff into the few days I will be in the city and still preserve my energy and sanity.

Saturday [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went down to Seattle for the Sherlock Seattle picnic. We had a great time; she hadn't been expecting much but got into some of the conversations folks were having. She figured it was going to be all fandom all the time, but this crowd isn't really like that. Yes, we love our fandom, but we also talk about all kinds of other things. After the picnic, we went to Mirch Masala for some pre-concert dinner, and talked with one of the gals from the picnic.

At the Medieval Women's Choir concert, we saw Brandy and Ted, and also Denny and Rebecca. The concert was glorious, all Hildegard music, with their soloist Marian Siebert, who is just incredible. After the concert a bunch of us went to Charlie's. I saw a text from [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands about tea and mochi. I was invited to come up with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, as things were still going, but it was late and the DoDC+3 was still in his crate, so we came back home.

Sunday I had a migraine and so I went to lie down in my room while the Irish class happened. I just didn't feel well enough to deal with it at all.

Wednesday I have a dental appointment and Friday I've got one at Otolaryngology at the VA, so that'll be one more step toward trying to figure out what's happening with me. Still dizzy, still not making any progress toward clearing that up at this point. It's exceedingly annoying. I'm getting a tiny bit of fic writing done, but that's about it.

I sent in an email about being a fic/writing panelist at the Sherlock Seattle con this fall. One of the local fans asked if I wanted to be on a panel she's doing and I said that sounded like fun, so we'll see what happens.

One of the things that I've noted is that sometimes certain qualities of sound cause the dizziness to be worse. The vocals at the concert, for example, were really triggering some dizziness for me. It sounded glorious, but it made my head spin. It was a fascinating sensation. I've noted that it also sometimes happens with certain types of music while I'm listening to my ipod at home. I don't know what that means but I'll be sure to mention it to the docs when I see them Thursday.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Sunny Day)
Once again sleep did not find me until it was already light out, but at least I spent the night working on the story I'm doing. I made some pretty good progress last night and will probably do some more writing tonight, crawling into bed with my laptop.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, up in the 70s - it's still 54 here at the moment, which is about what it's been in the daytime of late. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor came by and picked me up so we could go get groceries. I asked if she'd haul me to the mall so I could get some new jeans, as one of my pairs died a couple of weeks ago and the one I'm wearing now is about to give up the ghost as well.

Some of what I did ended up being standing waiting in one place for some time, which was more exhausting than I would have thought. The dizziness is still making things like that hard on me, and I was pretty fried when we got back to my place. She took her groceries home then came back over for a little bit to watch an episode of Raffles with me. Gods the innuendo in that show. I'm sure it wasn't directly intended but wow. Damned near inescapable and hilarious at the same time. Needless to say, I'm rather enjoying the whole thing.

Tomorrow (today really) is Irish class in the evening. Monday I have an audiology appointment. Saturday is the Sherlock Seattle picnic and the last of the season's Medieval Women's Choir concerts, presenting music by Hildegard of Bingen. Tuesday is the monthly steampunk social that most folks actually attend -- I don't know yet if I'll be going. It will depend on whether I can get a ride. I don't know if a place has been set for it or if it'll be at the AFK again. I'll have to check with folks and ask.

I'm still thinking a lot about what I need to do if things don't go well for me with the medical stuff. I'm spending too much time frustrated and depressed about it. That said, I'm doing my best to keep on doing what needs to be done; I'm staying as positive as I can, but contemplating any change like this is pretty overwhelming. I have plots and ideas, though. We'll see what happens.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy medievalist)
Music of the Spheres (concert at St James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave)

Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Free Preview:
May 7, 12 PM
Level 1 – Microsoft Auditorium
Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA


Homage to Saint Hildegard of Bingen: The unparalleled songs of the 12th-century German visionary are brought to life in a celebration of the recent canonization of this most remarkable woman: abbess, mystic, writer, poet, healer. Soprano Marian Seibert joins the choir and the instruments Hildegard so admired in a heavenly tribute to one of the most fascinating figures of the Middle Ages.

Pass prices: $25 door/$22 advance.

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KING FM announcer Sean MacLean has chosen to feature the Medieval Women’s Choir next week on Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus program in anticipation of our upcoming Music of the Spheres concert.
ON-AIR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 7
Hildegard von Bingen: Alleluia - O virga, mediatrix at approximately 8:16pm

Thursday, May 9
Hildegard von Bingen: O quam mirabilis est at approximately 8:02pm

More information at www.king.org/nwfocus
erynn: Gaelic merman image (asclepius rod)
So today I got strapped into a chair in a pitch-black booth with heavy goggles over my eyes. I was spun around, had lights flashed around in front of my eyes, and a variety of other things which left me very queasy as well as much more dizzy than I was when I walked in the door. Cold and warm air were squirted into my ears. Other things were done.

Current end result: my ears both respond kind of differently though both are within normal parameters. They are fine when tested by themselves but for some reason they are not working properly together, and that's what's making me dizzy. The why has not yet been figured out.

I have an appointment to talk with a doc on May 17th, which is about three weeks. I was told that if it's a benign positional vertigo thing, it should resolve spontaneously within three to six months of onset, which still includes probably an awful lot of Not Driving. This is currently inconvenient but my best-case scenario.

If it is for some reason migraine-related, things are not looking quite so positive. That would mean they have to figure out how to actually treat my migraines (and the related dizziness), and the system has shown no particular useful response to that as yet. I get very sick on pretty much everything they have given me in the past and the best I can do for them is knock the pain back some with tylenol with codeine and wait them out. My hope for an actual resolution if that is the case is vanishingly small, as I have very little faith in the VA's neurology clinic regarding migraine treatment. If they can't do anything about it, I may have to regard this as essentially permanent, though I don't want to have to consider it that way just yet.

Needless to say, I was really wiped out by the time I got done at the audiology clinic. I staggered down to the travel office with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to pick up my cash, then we stopped at an Indian place for a little dinner (at 5pm it was my first meal since about midnight last night, due to instructions not to eat for 4 hours prior to the appointment), and grabbed a few things for dinner with Denny & Rebecca tomorrow. I crashed pretty hard for a while and will probably be going back to bed again soonish anyway.

In really cool news, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got asked to record an Irish lullaby with [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn. I had hoped to get the two of them in the same place with an opportunity to talk about music in hopes that something like this might happen eventually, so yay for success, and go go gadget networking skills! She's off to Portland tomorrow morning for an Irish immersion course over the weekend. I'm sure I'll hear more about this project as it develops.

I'm actually really glad that, even when I feel like complete and utter crap, I manage to get a few things done with happy results.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (asclepius rod)
I've got my audiology appointment on Monday. One ear has been kind of achy but not in a sharp stabby way, just an undertone of ache.

Overall I've been feeling a little better, but still quite dizzy. I'm having more time when I'm not dizzy, which is pleasant at least. I still don't really have enough focus to write seriously right now, but I did get some work done on my fic.

Tomorrow is the Abney Park/Steam Powered Giraffe show, which I'll be attending with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and several of our friends.

I had kind of a scary moment today when the DoDC+3 threw up some of his food and a few minutes later had some kind of seizure in his front legs. It lasted a minute or two but he seems to be okay now. Given all the other stuff going on with me right now, I'm not sure I can cope with this on top of it all.

I'm generally feeling creaky and cranky and tired. I ordered 5 copies each of Ogam and Circle of Stones for the trip east yesterday.

And now I'm going to take the dog out and then go to bed.
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 (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.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
It's been a busy past couple of days. Today I had several folks over for bad movie night for Melody's birthday. We had a potluck, two Dr Phibes movies, and Mars Attacks. Food was tasty, much fun was had by all.

Saturday night was the Abney Park show down at Studio Seven. They had two opening bands and some aerialists. More stuff under the cut )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gir explode)
I was feeling pretty headachey yesterday and so went to bed early, about 10:30. I got up again at 3am and stayed up for an hour or so then went back to bed. Today was my VA group. I ran into Jeff from the CR group at Travelers and we talked for a while before we both headed off home.

Planning is in progress for this weekend, with the Abney Park show and the bad movie day/Melody's birthday. I got in touch with [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus about visiting her in Fresno after PCon. I dragged books down from the shelves to do some more research. My head still hurts.

It was immensely foggy today all day and I almost fell in the parking lot tonight on the black ice. It really is a ski slope out there. I do my best, but even just walking sometimes is a hazard.

Tomorrow, dishes and writing. Possibly in that order. If my headache calms down.

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