erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
I hauled some books down to the mailbox outlet to have shipping quotes so I can send books to people. One person has already paid the shipping and I'll send her box out probably tomorrow or Monday. Still waiting on the others.

After that, I did some dishes and stuff around the house, then the real estate people came over briefly to look at the place. They are not currently usually doing short sales but they said the place was definitely salable, and that they would get back to me next week with their thoughts. I suspect they will refer me to someone in their office who does a lot of this. That's fine with me. The guy used to work for a bank and do short sale stuff all the time, so he does have a clue about the process.

This afternoon [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I hauled her little inflatable boat out to the lake and floated around for a bit. It was a gorgeous sunny day in the low 80s. We both slathered ourselves with sunscreen and we didn't stay out for too long, so I am hoping that neither of us will be all crispy.

Last night [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and one of his friends came by after I got back from picking up some juice. The friend, from Europe, said that he didn't think the Italian consulate would even know how to find an American credit rating, so he thought it would probably not matter what happened with the condo as long as there wasn't a bankruptcy or something. I don't know for sure how much he knows about this kind of thing or if that is even true, but he has apparently lived in several European countries, so there is at least a chance he might be correct. I still don't want to do anything that will hurt me too badly, but it did make me feel a little bit better about this whole thing.

And here below are a couple of photos from our boat trip on the lake today. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
More photos from last year's trip to Europe. These are from the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, from the grand parade. Most of the photos I got were taken really haphazard, holding my camera up over my head to get shots over the crowd. I was not the only one doing this. Below the cut, musicians and dancers!

On to Brittany! )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
After contemplating it for several months, I finally went to Lulu and spent all of last night and most of today putting together a 20-page hardbound photo book of my pilgrimage through Ireland and the Isle of Man. It's available by link only, not as an open search item on Lulu.com, so if you're interested, you can have a peek at the book by clicking here. It's $35, because it's hardbound and full color. I've got my proof copy on order but everything looked fine online. Once I get my copy (when I get back from PCon, as there's no way it would get here before I leave), I'll add a permanent link and information for it on my publications page over on Searching for Imbas.

There are a couple of pages of narration, and some material identifying where the photos are from and what they are, but beyond that, it's just some pictures of places I went and things I experienced. There are a couple of other people in some of the photos, but not usually faces, or the faces are far enough away to not be clear. This was primarily necessitated by the fact that I often simply couldn't get photos without people in them at some of the places. Two photos (of me) were taken by others, and the photographers credited. There's no ISBN, so it can't be got through Amazon or other online outlets. It's only available through the link. Anyways, please pass the word along to anyone you think might be interested.

I did most of the work on Firefox, but the browser wouldn't actually process the file to publish, so I had to switch over to Safari for the final work. It eventually got done. It was annoying, though.

This evening I went over to Lake Stevens hang out with the steampunks, and we plotted and planned stuff for the coming several months. March 17th we'll be having a tea & whisky tasting at my place. Other things are planned as well, but mine will just be a small, quiet affair starting about 2pm. If you're interested in coming and having tea and booz0rz with steampunks, let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is going to be starting up Irish classes in Everett soon. I'll post information as soon as I have it.

Tomorrow will be spent doing more PCon prep.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (OBEY THE FIST!)
Before I headed out to the VA today, I typed up a quick letter to deliver to the Patient Advocates office about the "educational" poster mentioned a couple of days ago. I didn't have much time, so I just dropped it off rather than staying to talk to them. I had to get up to my appointment, and the office would be closed by the time I was done. I did include my phone number and email address, so with any luck they will get back to me.

When I got up to the WTRC, though, the poster was gone! Denise had talked to Wendy. She didn't even get through the whole discussion -- she just described the poster (Wendy is blind so would never have seen it) and Wendy said she totally understood the objections, et voila, the poster she is removed. Now, with any luck, if there are further copies in other clinics, the advocate's office will be able to take care of that.

Several of the other women in the group today had heard me talking to the chaplain intern last week and they said they'd not felt comfortable with the poster either, so I got a lot of props for taking on the system and getting the thing removed.

KAPLAH!

Photos from Venice. Yep, I took them. They are pretty awesome. )
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 (Music by Leonardo)
My sweetie [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went out this evening to the Can Can, down in the Pike Place Market, despite that it was cold as hell (it's currently 30f) and very foggy, and that I was not feeling my best. [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn and his band, [livejournal.com profile] meddevi, and Jody Ellen from Abney Park were all there, and Jody Ellen had her new solo cd available. We had a lovely time, though we headed out pretty quickly once the show was over.

I took a bunch of photos, which are posted below. The lighting wasn't good and I was taking them on the phone, so you get what you get. It'll give you at least a little idea of the show this evening.

Here be photos. But no dragons. Sadly. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
books arrived

that is all
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Erynn Steampunk2)
So this evening [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went to the local steampunks' end of the world masquerade ball. The group is planning a series of parties this year on the upcoming SteamCon V theme, Around the World in 80 Days, so we were encouraged to costume appropriately. Beneath the cut are photos of me and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor at the party!

Come the apocalypse, we'll have to travel light! )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
I took Garuda down to the garage today and got his 120,000 mile maintenance (he's at 129,000 at the moment, but I was too busy with Europe this summer to take him before this). While that was happening, I went over and finally got my hair cut and bleached so I could re-dye it. Now it's lovely and short but that means my head is cold, and that'll take a while to get used to again. Hats, my friends. They keep my head warm.

While I was there, I looked into getting the windshield replaced. It's cracked almost all the way across, and has been for quite a while now. They said they could do it, and quoted me a lower price than the windshield replacement people who did it last time, so I said yeah, let's go for it. This means I'll be back at the garage tomorrow about 1pm for a while, while they replace the glass.

When I got home, I got the rest of my beta back from [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus. The britpicker did some work today, but I haven't seen anything back from her yet. I did talk to her for a bit on skype text chat, though. She was going to work on it today, too, and I'm hoping I'll have her notes back by the end of tomorrow.

I'd been hoping to go dancing with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor today, but the pulled muscle in my thigh from yesterday was still achy, so no joy there. I stayed home and finished up the beta edits so that I can deal with the rest of it when it arrives.

I uploaded a few photos from Prague, so here are four of them for you to have a peek at!

Prague )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Navy seal)
This year, the city of Auburn (which holds apparently the largest veterans day parade west of the Mississippi) had decided that even though they were going to allow a Corvette club and a daffodil festival float into the veterans day parade, they didn't want Veterans For Peace marching, because that would be in conflict with the purpose of the parade.

From the ACLU Washington website, The Greater Seattle Chapter of Veterans For Peace has participated in the Auburn Veterans Day Parade since 2006. Yet the city denied the veterans group’s application to march in the 2012 parade, claiming that the city chose only those applicants which most closely meet the purpose and goals of the parade. At the same time, the city has approved applications from a motorcycle club, a Corvette club, the Optimists and Kiwanis International, the Sons of Italy, and a Daffodil Festival float. The US District court ruled in favor of the VFP, and today I went down to march with the group. This necessitated getting up way early, despite having barely been able to close my eyes last night. I'm hoping to actually sleep tonight to maybe make up for some of it.

The Seattle Times reported on our participation. I saw reporters from KING 5 and KIRO 7 (I talked to the KIRO people while we were marching), and was told that Q13 was also there covering our participation. KING 5 has a short segment up on their website from this evening's broadcast. I can be seen in the first few seconds of film and the two photos in the gallery, off at the far right of the column, just behind the peace flags, carrying a VFP flag. I haven't seen the KIRO broadcast yet, so I don't know if any of the interview with me was used.

Our reception was almost entirely very positive. There were a couple of people who booed when we went by, but we were thanked for coming by quite a few people along the route. At one point, four guys who were standing next to some Civil War reenactors turned their backs to us, but I didn't see that as being any big deal.

The reporter asked me if I was bothered by that and I said not particularly. She asked what I thought about it and I said, well, it's their right. And, of course, that's exactly what we were doing in the parade today - expressing our first amendment rights and offering a challenge to the extreme militarization of American society. Four guys turning their backs on us along a parade route isn't even a pimple on the backside of the flotilla of grey whales that comprise "things in this world that disturb me." Nobody was violent, nobody was shouting slurs, nobody was trying to prevent us from walking along the street like every other group. I don't see what the harm could possibly be, and my feelings just aren't that delicate, thank you.

There were maybe about 40 of us in the VFP contingent. I had some lovely conversations with people both before and after the parade. We stood around for about an hour at the staging area, then marched a mile or mile and a half down the parade route, which I then had to walk back to the car. We all met up at a BBQ place for lunch afterwards but, with all the closed off roads in Auburn, finding it was kind of like running a maze. Thankfully, both a little paper map and my phone's map app allowed me to get there in a reasonable amount of time. I think there were about 34 or so of us at the restaurant.

I talked with several people about my trip to Europe this summer, as they were planning their own trips to various places for next year at different points. It was nice to be able to share some of my experiences so that they would find it a little easier to do the traveling themselves, a little less expensively.

I'd hoped that I could go dancing with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor this evening when I got home, but I didn't even get here until around 4:30, and by that time I'd started a headache (I think the barbeque sauce had something in it that triggered one), and within an hour or so, the idea of trying to move my legs much was a bit beyond me for the rest of the night. She didn't actually end up going tonight either, not feeling very well, but we'll try to get together tomorrow evening for some fireside snuggling after I get back from the veterans day dinner I'm going to with some of the women I've met at the VA in my group.

Overall, a pretty good day. If I find a clip from KIRO tomorrow, I'll post a link to that, too, whether or not I make an appearance in it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (giftie)
This morning didn't start well. I went to sleep at maybe 4:30am, only to be awakened by landscapers outside my bedroom window running a weedwhacker at 10:30am. Needless to say, this did not make the DoDC+3 very happy. By the third pass near the window, I gave up and hauled myself upright.

Email brought photos from Caitlin of the pomegranate ogam feda she made for me:

Pomegranate ogam feda from Caitlin

They look spiffy, don't they? She works with all kinds of wood and you can see her work or commission pieces from her here.

The mail brought my copies of Fireflies at Absolute Zero today!

Fireflies have arrived!

This means if you pre-order, you should get them before the official release date of October 31st. So dash on over to Hiraeth Press and do that thing! You can even look at the first several pages of the book there. The cover looks much nicer than this lighting makes it seem.

Last in the good news for the day department, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor reports that she has the preliminary sound files for the Circle of Stones prayers in Gaelic/Irish and will be working on making them nice for uploading so you can buy them soon! I don't know how long that will take, but you'll know pretty much as soon as I do when they'll be available.

Even with all the good news, I barely felt up to leaving the house today. I almost left getting the mail out of the mailbox for tomorrow, but the DoDC+3 had to be walked, so I had to put clothes on anyway. Glad I did.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Healer)
I've posted a new page on my Searching for Imbas blog with a map and photos describing in detail how to find Brigid's Wayside Well in Kildare, Ireland. Given the trouble I initially had finding the place, I thought it would be a service to other pilgrims. You can find the page here.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
Hung out with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht today and talked with him about possible PCon proposals. I've decided that one of them will be a session on Airmed, Miach, and Dian Cécht, regarding Irish healing deities beyond Brigid, but also dealing with their whole story and why I think most folks misinterpret Dian Cécht's motivations. Anyway, I need to come up with a halfway decent blurb for it.

I've been too aching and brain-dead today to do much of anything requiring actual focus, but I did speak to my neighbor who is on the condo board about the whole few months out of the country and temporarily renting out my condo thing. She said a few months would be more like a house-sitting situation and shouldn't be a problem with the board at all. It's not like I'm wanting to permanently rent the place out. I told her if I were going to do that, I'd be trying to sell the place, so no worries there. That said, now I need to find a "short term" (3 or 4 month) renter for next fall/winter. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht had a couple of interesting ideas on that might or might not work out, but I've given him leave to check into the possibilities. I'm also looking at a house exchange website, though that would require somewhat more flexibility than I might be comfortable with. I'm just not sure. Anyway, that's one large potential obstacle to my possible Venice plans out of the way.

I ran the outline of the EBC presentation past [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and he said it looked good, then suggested one possible addition to the outline, so I had him make a note of it. Always good to have reasonably complete coverage.

Email arrived today from Hiraeth Press with some possible cover art bases and I commented on the ones I liked best and sent the note back. I told Jason I'd try to have the edited manuscript back to him by Monday, considering how crappy I was feeling today. He's said no rush, but I'd like to get it out of the way as soon as I can so I can focus on the EBC presentation without distraction. The PCon proposals are also due the same weekend as the EBC is occurring.

As usual, I'm asking for suggestions -- what would you folks like to see from me at next year's PCon? I'm willing to entertain proposals from you all, as you often have some pretty good suggestions. When my own brain is not functioning at its best, I am especially grateful for your thoughts.

And, finally, seven photos from my travels behind the cut )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Breakin' Ur Geasa)
Four photos of the mural depicting Cú Chulainn in the Táin Bó Cualigne from Setanta Center in Dublin.

Dublin: Táin mural 1, From Setanta Center, Dublin

Dublin: Táin mural 2, From Setanta Center, Dublin

Dublin: Táin mural 3, From Setanta Center, Dublin

Dublin: Táin mural 4, Mural from Setanta Center, Dublin
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Breakin' Ur Geasa)
Four photos of the mural depicting Cú Chulainn in the Táin Bó Cualigne from Setanta Center in Dublin.

Dublin: Táin mural 1, From Setanta Center, Dublin

Dublin: Táin mural 2, From Setanta Center, Dublin

Dublin: Táin mural 3, From Setanta Center, Dublin

Dublin: Táin mural 4, Mural from Setanta Center, Dublin
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Inis Man)
Over the next few days/weeks, I'll be going over my photos from the trip and culling the bad ones. I'll also be posting some of the ones I like, though not in any particular order. Here are three from my day at Peel Castle.

Peel Castle door, Peel Castle doorway, Peel, Isle of Man

Peel Castle door, Peel Castle, Peel, Isle of Man

Peel Castle from the promenade, Peel Castle, Peel, Isle of Man
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Inis Man)
Over the next few days/weeks, I'll be going over my photos from the trip and culling the bad ones. I'll also be posting some of the ones I like, though not in any particular order. Here are three from my day at Peel Castle.

Peel Castle door, Peel Castle doorway, Peel, Isle of Man

Peel Castle door, Peel Castle, Peel, Isle of Man

Peel Castle from the promenade, Peel Castle, Peel, Isle of Man
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
Today began the process of getting things back together again. I tried downloading the photos from my camera, but the program(s) weren't recognizing the camera as being there at all, so I went and picked up a little card reader for the data card in the camera and have now got all the photos off the card (over 5,000). They were sorted into days, so I labeled them as best I could. I'll need to go through and delete the ones that are out of focus or not good enough, then I'll start posting selections of them.

The mail yesterday had brought the tax refund from Snohomish County for my property taxes, so I paid off two of my credit cards. Paying off one of them had been one of my goals for the year, so that makes me very happy.

Aside from that, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went out for some dinner at Clay Pit, then did a little grocery shopping over at Central Market, right there in the same complex. This means I will have things to stuff in my face for the next few days when I'm too exhausted to move.

I opened up all the boxes of mail I'd got. A few of the things I was looking for, I remembered that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm had carried back from Ireland for me, so I need to get in touch with her and arrange to pick things up. Probably not for the next few days, though. Almost too tired to move.

Also, you remember that black eye I got the first day in Ireland? This is it:
Erynn's black eye, Caves at Kesh Corran

Woke up maybe 10:30am and was up for a bit and ran a few errands, then went to bed for a nap mid-afternoon and didn't get up until about 8:30pm, when we had to go get dinner and catch some groceries. No idea what tomorrow will bring beyond sorting photos.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
Today began the process of getting things back together again. I tried downloading the photos from my camera, but the program(s) weren't recognizing the camera as being there at all, so I went and picked up a little card reader for the data card in the camera and have now got all the photos off the card (over 5,000). They were sorted into days, so I labeled them as best I could. I'll need to go through and delete the ones that are out of focus or not good enough, then I'll start posting selections of them.

The mail yesterday had brought the tax refund from Snohomish County for my property taxes, so I paid off two of my credit cards. Paying off one of them had been one of my goals for the year, so that makes me very happy.

Aside from that, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went out for some dinner at Clay Pit, then did a little grocery shopping over at Central Market, right there in the same complex. This means I will have things to stuff in my face for the next few days when I'm too exhausted to move.

I opened up all the boxes of mail I'd got. A few of the things I was looking for, I remembered that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm had carried back from Ireland for me, so I need to get in touch with her and arrange to pick things up. Probably not for the next few days, though. Almost too tired to move.

Also, you remember that black eye I got the first day in Ireland? This is it:
Erynn's black eye, Caves at Kesh Corran

Woke up maybe 10:30am and was up for a bit and ran a few errands, then went to bed for a nap mid-afternoon and didn't get up until about 8:30pm, when we had to go get dinner and catch some groceries. No idea what tomorrow will bring beyond sorting photos.

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