erynn: Gaelic merman image (red knot)
The visit from [ 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 (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 [ 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 (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.

[ 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.

[ 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 [ 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 [ 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 (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I had three different people come and see the place today. I figure we're off to a pretty good start. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Well, except the MRI, but that's different.

Today I found out where the MRI will be (up in the radiology department on the second floor). I stopped up on Capitol Hill today at Laughing Buddha and had some of my jewelry removed for the MRI and they'll put it back in tomorrow when I'm done. [ profile] ingvisson and I stopped for some Ethiopian at Queen of Sheba between dropping some boxes at the storage unit and dealing with the jewelry.

I was supposed to have somebody stop by around 7:30 to pick up the couch. They said they were five minutes away and would text me. They still haven't showed up. I've told another person I still have the couch. We'll see what happens tomorrow. yay craigslist flaking. I mean, I hope the person didn't get in a car wreck or something, but it has been pretty annoying.

My back hurts. My neck hurts. I'm a little creaky and cranky. I'm contemplating food but mostly I'm contemplating crawling off to bed, as I was up this morning at 8:30 so I could be up and about when the guy showed to replace the fireplace glass. That took about 45 minutes and now all is well.

Overall I am doing pretty well, I'm just frustrated with the flake factor. I really hope the condo sells quickly.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Eggplant)
The attorney came today and we talked about the questions I had. I mentioned to him the "god bless you" bit in the packet from the law firm describing the hardship letter. He said he hadn't been aware of it (but he hadn't read every document that they give to people), and that he agreed it wasn't a great thing. He also said he suspected that yes, it actually does make a difference because so many of the places that do the approvals are in states like Texas. He wasn't thrilled with it, but there isn't much anyone can do. He did say he'd talk to the people in his office about it, though. Maybe, at least, the packet won't go out with that in it.

There is a slim chance that the short sale won't be approved unless I'm in default. He said in that case it could take a year or more to sell, but that I could just stop paying the mortgage and walk away. He did advise that I keep up the HOA payments if that happens, because being in arrears on the HOA payments makes it that much harder to sell, but he didn't think this was a likely situation in my case.

We had a pleasant and clear conversation, and I'm a lot more confident in where I stand right now. Once he left, I packed another box of stuff. I cleaned some more, and I took the CD player, the DVD player, the VCR, and the surround sound system out to the garage. I took photos of the electronics (except the VCR, which [ profile] gra_is_stor wants), and listed them and the mission style tv stand on craigslist. I sold both the CD and DVD players today, I have someone coming to get the tv stand tomorrow, and someone bought the bed frame today, so it was a really successful day in terms of removing some items from my list of concerns, and I got most of what I asked for. I've also listed my Kitchen Aid mixer, as that's going to be too large to deal with in a tiny apartment. I do have a small hand mixer that will do for the stuff I generally need, and I'll keep that unless I get approval to go to Italy.

I emailed the contractors about the repairs for the bathroom water damage and they will get back to me about scheduling for next week, to let me know when they can come and how long the repairs will take.

Tonight I washed dishes and floors, I hauled out more trash and recycle, and I went down to the store and got some flowers for the table for the photos tomorrow. Everything is about as ready as I can get it with the time I've been allotted. There's still a lot to do, but I have accomplished an immense amount today. [ profile] ingvisson says that he's good with taking stuff down to the storage unit whenever we have to go to Seattle, so that means I'll be slowly but surely getting things out of the garage. That will reduce the number of things that have to be moved when I do actually vacate the condo.

And now I'm going to try crawling off to bed because I'm exhausted and my head hurts. With any luck, tomorrow evening I'll be hanging out with steampunks (assuming I can get a ride). Also, more sorting and packing.

Of the packing of things, there is no end.

erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
Today Sonia and Doug came by and picked up the mattress and box springs. I was able to list the bed frame. Here's the link if you are interested.

I went down to Fred Meyers with [ profile] gra_is_stor to get an appropriately sized air mattress and some sheets for the bed in the couch, which we moved into the bedroom. I got the wrong size the first time around, so we went back, returned them, and got the right size, whereupon I set things up and will be going in soon to crash there.

Further small bits of furniture were carried out to the garage. Papers and various books of shadows were sorted through, most of it went into the recycle, and some went into the pile of things that will be going to the archival library. I cleared out most of the stuff from the cabinets in the living room bookshelves, giving me some space to deal with what I need to have here in the house but which can be out of sight. I still have some sorting left to do here, then I can deal with the stuff I'd packed out to the garage just to get it out of the house for the photos.

There's still some cleaning to do (washing floors and suchlike), but that can happen late Monday so that it's actually still clean on Tuesday when the realtor gets here with the camera.

I really am just so exhausted right now. I'm going to try to have a slower, quieter day tomorrow that doesn't involve leaving the house beyond just walking the dog. Irish class meets here tomorrow evening and I'm debating whether or not I'm feeling up to dealing with trying to pour words into my brain. They can certainly still meet here, I might just be hiding in my bedroom while class happens, though.

Strange as it feels, I actually nearly have an end in sight, at least for the current round of sorting and packing. I need to deal with the laundry closet, which is going to be a rather hefty job, but a lot of things can probably just be tossed from there. Kitchen drawers need to be sorted through. I should probably also do a clothing sort again at some point soon, and get rid of anything I haven't worn in a year or more.

At this point, the library is entirely empty except for the closet, which mostly at this point consists of packing materials, a dog crate for travel, and some things that have been sorted through but which I haven't yet either packed or taken to the garage until I figure out how to deal with them. I can't have a garage sale here, as it's against the association rules. I'm uncertain about trying to list individual things on craigslist, seeing as I've had pretty rotten luck with actually selling much of anything so far. I've had a couple of inquiries about the bicycle. One gal from Portland will be up in this area next weekend. She was considering checking it out of I still have it then. Mostly, people inquire about things, I tell them that yes, I still have it, and they don't even bother getting back to me again or they say "yeah, okay, not going to do it" for whatever reason. Someone today asked about the bed frame but can't get a vehicle until Monday. I told them to check back with me Monday to see if I still had it. I have no idea if I'll hear from them again.

Anyway, I have to take the DoDC+3 out, then it's off to bed for yours truly. I have zero plans for anything prior to noon tomorrow so I hope I will actually be able to sleep at some point.

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. [ 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 (tree of life)
Yesterday I tried to get online to update folks, but LJ was having trouble and I couldn't get in to read or to post. Thankfully, it appears to be fixed at the moment.

Yesterday was a dental visit to the VA. The minor pain I'd been having in one tooth turned out to be the grand canyon under one of my fillings. They had to remove the filling (which I expected) and the intern said they might need to do a root canal. Thankfully, that wasn't the case, but they did have to rebuild a huge chunk of the tooth. It's possible this filling may need to be replaced by a crown if there are any problems with it, but we shall see. I have a late June appointment for a cleaning and we can check things out again then.

Overall, still tired, still dizzy. I have an appointment at Otolaryngology tomorrow, and [ profile] gra_is_stor will drive me there. I finished up a story and posted it, and it has been getting some nice comments, so I feel pretty good about that, at least.

One of the things that I've noticed is that some kinds of music (like the Hildegard concert) make the dizziness worse. It's by no means the only thing, nor the only kind of music, but it was very very noticeable while I was there in the cathedral. I get this effect at my desk while listening to the ipod sometimes, as well.

A little while ago I was trying to get into a jar of sauerkraut from a local company and it was the most impossible thing I think I've yet run into. The lid to the jar was plastic and I eventually ended up having to literally break the lid off the jar in order to get to the stuff inside. I went to the company's website and left a comment about it. I swear, my hands are going to be a mess for hours after this. It's hard enough getting into jars already - I don't need to have to use a fucking pickaxe to get into things. Anyway, the kraut is nice, but I can't go through that again. Just, no.

Yesterday, memberships for the Sherlock Seattle con went on sale, so I got mine.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Raven Stealin' Ur Sun)
I got us tickets for Beowulf today, and it seems that [ 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 [ 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. [ 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 [ 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 [ 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 [ 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.


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 [ 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 (10 ceirt)
I spent most of today fighting with a migraine. Despite that, I managed to get more research together, helped move B's stuff into the garage, fed folks dinner, got a new house key for B, and have fed myself a couple of times. She'll be here to stay for a couple of months starting tomorrow. Things went pretty smoothly -- once she got here, we had the truck offloaded and stuff into the garage in less than half an hour.

Thanks to everyone for your support regarding my rant of yesterday. I greatly appreciate it and, yes, I'll be talking to the patient ombuds if I can track one of them down next time I'm at the VA. I'll try to get in half an hour or so early. Maybe more than that, as if I get there before 2:45, parking tends to be a horrifying mess.

I'm about to crawl off to bed in hopes of tempering the headache.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
I went out to a meetup this evening, after moving all my research stuff back onto the table from the library. I had a good time, but my lungs just ached from being outside the house for the length of time it took me to drive down to Lynnwood.

Most of the past week, our entire area has been under an air stagnation warning. What this means is that we've been socked in with fog that has an awful lot of nasty particulate matter in it. The air has been more toxic slurry than anything else, and I really feel bad for my friends with asthma and other lung conditions. I'd been tolerating it moderately well until today -- I wasn't out of the house for more than five minutes before my lungs started to ache.

Thankfully, NOAA suggests it's going to clear by mid-day Tuesday, so I'm hoping we'll have either some rain or a good wind to blow this shit away. It happens most winters, though I don't remember it having been this bad in quite some time. It's the sort of fog that puts one in mind of London pea soup in Sherlock Holmes stories. Visibility is low even during mid-day and at night it's nearly hopeless.

I don't mind actual fog, composed of mostly water vapor, but this -- with the extra added attraction of turning into black ice on my parking lot -- has been awful. I can't wait for it to be over with.

Tomorrow: research and steampunk social.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
I went off with [ profile] gra_is_stor this evening to a women's dance night at a local bar. We had fun and stayed for about two hours, but I only danced a little, and my hip was bothering me from it. I did enjoy myself, I just hate how my parts rarely want to cooperate.

When I got home, I had some food and had a fire for a while. I also went through and burned about ten years worth of old bills and financial documents that I don't need anymore because I don't want to put stuff like that in recycle where it can just get snagged for ID theft. I was starting to run out of storage room for them.

It's down to 23f here at the moment and I'm really not a happy camper about the cold. I've got a mild headache as well, which is also not happymaking. I'm probably not going to make it out to the Shinto shrine tomorrow because of creakiness. At least the day was sunny, though! That was an improvement, at least.

Tomorrow I'm going to try to get some work done on the PCon presentation.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Eggplant)
Yesterday was mostly quiet, though I did go out to the AFK. I did more planning for the east coast trip both last night and today, and I also made my reservation with the Ashland Hostel for my trip down to PCon in February.

Sadly, Ruby Sara isn't in Chicago anymore, as she's moved back down to Texas. This, however, means I can take toll-free roads around Chicago rather than driving through. I will have an opportunity to visit with the awesome [ profile] storyfan in KZoo, though, which I'm very much looking forward to. We've been writing in the same fandoms off and on for some years now. I put in a note to Owen in Providence about visiting the NECTW folks there on my way from Plymouth down to NYC.

I have a few folks to visit in NYC, one of whom will be out here later this month. I need to start making a list of places I intend to visit while I'm on the road.

While I was in Europe, I was defeated by my camera's continuous shot setting and finally, today, got it figured out. It's not nearly as fast as my previous camera, but it will do. I missed a fair bit of stuff that I would have liked to get while I was overseas because I couldn't figure out how to turn on the multiple shots function. At least now I will be able to do a little better. It does make a huge difference, given how much my hands shake. I really rely on that setting to compensate for the muscle tremors.

Today I've been having more of the "left eyeball feels splodey" headache. It's not quite bad enough to be disabling and I suspect that it had to do with the snow that came today. It only just now got down to 32f, but it had been raining/snowing much of the day. The streets and the parking lot are clear, but the cars and the grass do still have a little snow on them. I'm sure it will be gone by tomorrow, unless we get more tonight.

Tomorrow is the first of our 10-week VA group sessions in the new year. They know I will be gone for a couple of weeks in February, as I always am, but I wouldn't want to miss tomorrow's session due to either a migraine or snow. Either would be horribly annoying.

I spent a little of today giving thought to compiling my list of Irish deities/heroes who have some association with healing. I haven't actually set pen to paper yet, but have been dredging through my memory banks to get a few listed, along with the context. The headache, though, has made most things a little more laborious than they really ought to be. Staying focused is hard.
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I'm feeling kind of awesome and kind of sniffly. My friend [ profile] fififolle, whom I met this summer, said that I was one of the highlights of her year:

I had rather an up and down year writing-wise, but a highlight of my year was meeting in person the lovely erynn999, someone who inspired my writing in early days, showed me what good slash is, and continues to do so. Thank you, sweetie, for coming to visit me!

I'm so touched, Fi - you are amazing and wonderful and always welcome under my roof anytime you are in the same hemisphere.

I went to the Post-Apocalypse steampunk tea at Kier's place over in Greenwood for a couple of hours and had a lovely time. I played Martial Fluxx with friends, shared info about the Sherlock Seattle party on January 6th with one of my friends, and learned that there is an Abney Park and Steam Powered Giraffe show in Everett in April that I want to go to, since it's about 15 minutes from my place.

When I got home, I ended up writing a 3,300 word outline for a fic I want to do later this year when I've got the article on ogam finished and a good start on the Brigid book. Geordie says that he'd be interested in doing a panel on esoteric poetry at the Esoteric Book Conference in September, and put him in touch with [ profile] alfrecht, who wants to propose one with us and Ruby Sara, who edited the Datura and Mandragora anthologies.

Now my left hand ring finger is all numb and hurting. I'm going to have to lay off the keyboard for a couple of days and to pay my bills tomorrow.

Tired Erynn will now crawl off and go to bed.
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I woke with a mild headache that hasn't at all gone away today. [ profile] gra_is_stor came over at my request and we watched Howl's Moving Castle and The Musgrave Ritual from the Granada Sherlock Holmes series. I did some laundry and finished up the lamb and chickpea curry. I'm about to crawl off to bed and hope that the headache goes away before tomorrow, as she would like to take me out to a steampunk ball tomorrow evening down in Edmonds. I have no idea if I'll be up to it or not.
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I was tired today - the postal carrier rang the doorbell and left books for me, which means I was up before I'd really wanted to be today. I did get up and do the usual daytime things (shower, get dressed, tea, something vaguely resembling food), but didn't have a whole lot of umph for anything else.

This evening I went next door for pizza and some cheap chianti so that I didn't have to cook, which was good. I watched about half of Hugo on Netflix streaming but found it kind of boring. Maybe I'll watch the rest of it later, but I don't know. I'm looking forward to The Hobbit tomorrow despite mixed reviews from friends. Beyond that, no idea what I might do. They do serve actual food at the cinema, though, so I'll probably have food there while we watch.

Lowell Ford, whom I visited down in southern California a few years back, might be coming up to the area to visit people this summer, so I might see him and his wife Linda again. He says he'll let me know if/when plans are solidified. I have two inquiries about doing weddings/handfastings in August this year; I haven't decided quite yet what to do, though one of them is from a gal who works at the AFK. Once their date is set, I'll talk to them more about it. I'm very likely to do that one. The other is from a couple in Wenatchee; I'm not in a place this week to make a decision about it but I need to email them back and get a few more details about it.

And my creaky parts, they are creaking. I ought to take them to bed.

If you celebrate anything this time of year, have a happy one.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
I was up for a few hours this afternoon, went to bed with a mean headache about 7:30pm,, then got up at about 11:45 so that I could get something to eat. I stayed up to read a little, took the dog out, and am getting ready to go back to bed. [ profile] gra_is_stor stopped by briefly, after a walk around the lake that I hadn't been feeling well enough to accompany her on.

Tomorrow, [ profile] alfrecht and other friends. I hope I'm up to it.


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