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Apr. 8th, 2013 03:37 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I've not been keeping up with this as I usually do, mostly due to health issues and busy-ness. I feel like I've been running in circles with the health stuff, but I have felt slightly less dizzy most of the last two days. I was feeling cautiously confident enough today to drive over to Alderwood (entirely on surface streets) to get a new laptop, which I had been contemplating for several months. The iPad is useful for a lot of things, but not for actual serious writing when I am away from home. I love the desktop and it's big screen, but I obviously can't haul it around with me, so the answer was to get new laptop. I got a MacBook Air and have transferred a fair amount of the stuff from the desktop onto it, but am going to have to install Word the long way round by attaching the laptop to the desktop and using the desktop's cd/dvd drive. This can be done it just takes a little bit of workaround through a sharing utility. It's not something I've done before but the instructions are reasonably clear.

I did okay with the drive. I was also going to go into REI and get a liner for my sleeping bag, but they are currently having their 20% off sale and the place was packed to the gills. The line for checkout was at least 20 people long both times I poked my head in to look, on my way to the Apple store and after I'd had some sushi. I'll just order one online, as I don't have to have it until I'll be heading east. I figure that I am going to have to soak myself in bug repellent through the midwest if I'm camping and I'd rather not get it all over the inside of my sleeping bag if I don't have to. Liners can be taken out and washed very easily, where down sleeping bags are somewhat less amenable to this process.

I can't say as I quite want to brave I5 right now, as I am still experiencing dizziness, and I don't know if it will intensify unexpectedly. (This is why it is "unexpected.")

I've been having ear stuffiness and a low-grade ache in my left ear, along with some tinny qualities under speech or music that has happened a couple of times for a few minutes. It's been disconcerting.

Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went to see Benjamin Bagby perform Beowulf, and we had a lovely time. We saw [livejournal.com profile] mimerki and [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm and their partners, and I think I recognized but didn't talk to one of the gals from the Sherlock Seattle group. I got a copy of the Beowulf dvd after the performance. I was really glad I went, even though I was feeling pretty crappy Saturday. I'd paid a lot for our tickets and had been wanting to see this for years, so it was worth the effort to get down there.

The venue for Irish class has flaked out on us and so the class this evening was held here at my place at the last minute. We may need to continue doing this for a while. Since both [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson either do or will have keys while I am back east, they can continue to use my place if need be when I'm gone.

Mom called and left a message this morning while I was still asleep, though we probably wouldn't have talked long if I had been up to answer. She's been dealing with bronchitis and laryngitis again, though she sounded better in the message than she did when I talked to her last week or so. She was just wondering if I was doing okay, which I mostly am.

Saturday I also got my reading glasses, which work just fine. I'm pleased with both pairs and am glad that I got them, even if vision wasn't necessarily part of what has been causing the dizziness. We'll see what happens when I get into the VA on the 15th for the hearing tests.

I'm still not feeling focused enough to do nonfiction writing, so I have been working a little more on the fic I was writing earlier this week. It's progressing nicely. I was just about on top of it enough to participate okay in Irish class, though not quite where I'd actually like to be in terms of brain-fog. At least I'm able to do something; it's been really frustrating to feel too out of it and too dizzy to focus on anything at all. I can't even tell you how much I hate feeling like I can't do anything.

Come what may, I will get out to the east coast. Even if I have to drive more slowly than I usually would, I am going to get there.
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 (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 (writy medievalist)
The Medieval Women's Choir had their final concert of the season this evening. As always it was quite a treat. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor went with me, and we met [livejournal.com profile] neo_lvx there. Sadly, [livejournal.com profile] tedgill wasn't in attendance, as Gamelan Pacifica was having a concert at the same time. This is one of those times I wish I had perfected that whole bilocational ability thing. I really would have loved to see both performances.

I hauled my library book back to the Suzzallo today, but I got there just after they had locked the doors. There were some book drops out between the Suzzallo and Allen libraries, so I just had to go around the building to drop it off. Got myself a hat, as well, more of the sort I'd been looking for when I ended up with the two I have right now.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went over to Cedars at 50th & Brooklyn for a little food after the concert then headed back here, where I did a lot of cleaning and tidying, then stuffed a rhubarb cobbler in the oven.

I'm sort of more or less ready for my guests tomorrow. We'll see how many folks actually show up for my Lovecraftian soiree. I'm not sure what time Geordie is supposed to be arriving in Everett. I need to email him tonight so he gets it before he leaves Vancouver. I need to make sure he takes the right bus to get off at the South Everett freeway station, so that he can walk here if I've got a housefull of people when he arrives.

And, on that note, I'm away for tasty tasty hot rhubarb thingummies.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
I didn't do a lot today, but I did get some dishes clean and went over to visit with some friends at the AFK for a couple of hours this evening.

I'm confirmed for going up to Vancouver from the 19th-22nd to help out [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde after her surgery. I'll be able to see Bruce and Heather while I'm up there as they should be in town.

My creaky parts are still incredibly creaky, though I tried to give my arms at least a bit of a rest today. They're doing slightly better. I did write a drabble (a 100-word fic), but that was the work of about ten minutes and not much of a strain.

Tomorrow is Seattle to watch [livejournal.com profile] meddevi and [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn perform.

My parts hurt a lot. I wish they didn't. Pain is so damned tiring. It just chips away at you a little at a time when it never goes away. Don't get me wrong, I'm very fond of my life, I just wish there was a little less ache in it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I was subjected to karaoke tonight by [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and friends. I think I might have recognized six songs tonight, out of the several dozen we listened to. A couple of people could actually sing, including the DJ, but it was pretty tragic, made bearable only by three gin and tonics. I suppose one could say I had fun, but that was mostly because I was there with my sweetie and a couple of other friends, not because the music was any good. Or even recognizable. I stopped listening to pop music in about the mid-80s, so anything after that is pretty much a mystery to me. If they'd been singing in Gaelic I'd have had a far better chance of recognizing songs. Hell, if they'd been singing in medieval Latin, I'd have had an easier time of it.

Anyway, I survived. I made [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor drive because I knew I would require fortification to get through the evening. $3 well drinks are good enough incentive to sit and cope.

I sent off an inquiry to Hugo House today about potentially setting up a reading there when Fireflies at Absolute Zero comes out. They want more information, so I sent them off to my publisher, and they're coping with the rest of it. I find the whole thing utterly terrifying, but it's part of the whole publishing a book business, so I have to cope with it. I also talked to Keely Hyslop, a poet from the Bay Area that I met via twitter, who will be up here in late March, about possibly doing a reading together somewhere. That would be fun. She wrote poetry about pirates, so hey, that's gotta be awesome!

Tomorrow, steampunk meetup. Wednesday, shrinkage and Irish language class. Thursday, group at the VA. Friday... umm... I think there was something Friday. Gaming at the AFK maybe.

My week, let me show you it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
My project for today was writing up my proposal for next fall's Esoteric Book Conference. The proposal I put together was for Ogam: From Medieval Manuscripts to Modern Magicians and is intended to cover aspects of the medieval and modern use of ogam for both magic and divination, from engraved objects used for magic to modern uses of ogam in sigils and other magical operations. It's not something they have ever had anyone present on, and I'm someone they could put on the program as a female practitioner, which they have been sharply short of in years past. I sent it off to them this afternoon. We shall see what happens.

If you're a woman and you do anything magical or have any interest in some specific aspect of magic that involves a literary tradition, please propose something for the conference. The closing date for submissions is January 15th, so please submit something soon! We really need more women presenting at this event.

Today's Seattle trip was for the seasonal Medieval Women's Choir concert. This year [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams isn't performing, but she and [livejournal.com profile] tedgill were in attendance. [livejournal.com profile] alexwilliams had a heart attack earlier this month. He's doing okay, but did not come (for other reasons) tonight. They had given his ticket to [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx, who perched with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I in the front row next to the harper. When she saw that the harper played a medieval bray harp, she was giving the whole thing the big chibi eyes.

I talked with [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams briefly about PantheaCon and the Sisters of Seshat ritual. We're doing the Moon rite in a slight variant from what's in her book. She says that we'll be working from scripts rather than having to memorize a bunch of things for something like this. That was an immense relief. We are supposed to be doing the first initiation locally for the Sisters of Seshat sometime during January. It's on my calendar, but I don't remember the date right now. It looks like I'll be doing the speaking part for Brigid (she said it was probably typecasting...).

The concert itself was lovely, if shorter than the usual program. The soloist was having a little bit of a voice thing going on this evening -- she probably had an oncoming cold or something, though she still did a fabulous performance.

After the concert, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor went over to talk to the harper and to Margriet; she's on the waiting list for an audition for the choir, so she wanted to introduce herself and to ask the harper about medieval harp geekery (a successful endeavor!). When she was done getting her music geek on, I took her and [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx over to B&O, which has had a year's reprieve from their impending eviction from the building they've been in for decades. We were overjoyed to see the notice in the entry of the restaurant. I got dinner for the three of us, then dropped [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx at home in the U District.

It looks like I will be meeting [livejournal.com profile] man_of_snows and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht on Monday, probably in Mount Vernon, as a compromise between Everett and Anacortes. I asked them to suggest a place to meet. There's really no decent place for that in Anacortes that I'm aware of, at least not indoors. I'm looking forward to seeing both of them.

Tomorrow will be Sherlock Holmes with steampunks. Yaaaaay!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Marlene in a suit)
I didn't get down to Seattle early enough to turn in the library cards, but I did get down there to see [livejournal.com profile] activegnome perform in Queer Cabaret this evening. I had a lot of fun. We had pirates, an operatic performance of the Twist, country songs about wet kitties, roller girls, and a hilarious sing-along karaoke by Ko$ha, among others.

Afterwards, several of the performers and a few of us from the audience went over to Night Kitchen for after snackies. Much tastiness was had by all.

Monday is the CR Schmooze. I should try to pick up a whiteboard and markers, and get a key for the schmooze box made, given my copy was on the ring that was stolen or went missing. I'll see if I can do that this weekend. I also need to review the April schmooze reading material so that I have some idea what we'll be talking about.

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