Eugene

Feb. 20th, 2013 10:42 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I'm in Eugene and fried crispy. I should be out of here about 8 am and will be at Powells in the afternoon. If you'd like to get together there, let me know!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I've got all my stuff and things packed. Had pizza for lunch, so there will be leftover pizza for breakfast tomorrow. Folded the laundry and stuffed what I needed in my backpack, put the rest away. Spent several hours pondering the bits that I need and organizing things so that I will have minimal work to do in the morning beyond stuffing things in the trunk and in the passenger seat (juice, a water bottle, a little pu ehr tea, the smaller backpack with my wallet and stuff in it). I have to remember to dry out and bring along the electric kettle for the hotel room. Charging stuff for the iPad and the phone have been stuffed into the electronics bag. The SD card is in there with the cords.

[livejournal.com profile] lwood contacted me today with our room number. Much squee was had by all. Email from the Ashland Hostel confirming my reservation and instructions for getting in if I arrive after hours. I have checked the weather and it looks like there will not be snow in the pass, so that's all to the good.

Dishes got washed. I went over to the Safeway near the AFK to fill up Garuda (I had a .40/gallon discount awaiting me, yay!), and to pick up dog food for while I'm gone, then had dinner at the AFK so as not to generate lots of dishes that I'd have to wash tonight before bed.

Tomorrow morning I'm up at 7am and should be out of the house by 9am, which should put me in Portland/Oregon City by about 1pm, depending on traffic. One of my Portland friends might be joining me and [livejournal.com profile] martianmoocrab at Cedars in OC if she gets the message in time.

I had [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor over for a little bit after I got home from AFK and we watched the rest of The Tick with Brianna. And now I am about to head for bed in hopes that I will be able to get a little sleep before I head out.

I'll post before I leave and then again when I get to Ashland. Y'all have a good time without me!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (17 onn)
Tomorrow I'll be in Portland for the afternoon visiting friends and should be home by midnight. Looking forward to being home. If anything awesome happened when I wasn't looking, you'd tell me, right?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (17 onn)
Tomorrow I'll be in Portland for the afternoon visiting friends and should be home by midnight. Looking forward to being home. If anything awesome happened when I wasn't looking, you'd tell me, right?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I stopped right on time at abouto 2pm at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place, where we went for lunch at Cypress. Lovely lamb kebabs and middle eastern appetizers. She showed me around the garden and handed me a bunch of strawberries and snap peas and a few red and black raspberries for the road, which were very very yummy. I got back on the road about 3pm or so and arrived in Ashland at just after 8pm. I was in time to walk down to the Thai place about a block and a half away, where I had a very tasty dinner and then wandered back to the hostel.

I'm tired after a day on the road. Checkout is tomorrow at 10am, and my next stop will be Sacramento with [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster. There are only four people at the hostel tonight, all of us female, two deaf women and another, younger gal who is (like me) deeply engrossed in her computer. I'll be curling up in a cozy chair with a book in just a little bit, then bed early so that I can hit the road on time in the morning. I didn't sleep well last night, but I never do before I travel, so it was only to be expected. I've got a lovely knot in my right shoulder and will try taking something a little stronger than tylenol to try to resolve it before I have to drive tomorrow.

And now, curling up with a book.

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes! I really appreciate them.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I stopped right on time at abouto 2pm at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place, where we went for lunch at Cypress. Lovely lamb kebabs and middle eastern appetizers. She showed me around the garden and handed me a bunch of strawberries and snap peas and a few red and black raspberries for the road, which were very very yummy. I got back on the road about 3pm or so and arrived in Ashland at just after 8pm. I was in time to walk down to the Thai place about a block and a half away, where I had a very tasty dinner and then wandered back to the hostel.

I'm tired after a day on the road. Checkout is tomorrow at 10am, and my next stop will be Sacramento with [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster. There are only four people at the hostel tonight, all of us female, two deaf women and another, younger gal who is (like me) deeply engrossed in her computer. I'll be curling up in a cozy chair with a book in just a little bit, then bed early so that I can hit the road on time in the morning. I didn't sleep well last night, but I never do before I travel, so it was only to be expected. I've got a lovely knot in my right shoulder and will try taking something a little stronger than tylenol to try to resolve it before I have to drive tomorrow.

And now, curling up with a book.

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes! I really appreciate them.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I'll be out of here in about 10 minutes, heading south for Portland, then Ashland for the night. It's 53f and drizzling here (as usual) but I'm hoping the weather will improve as I head south. Everything I can do here is done except stuffing my clothes pack Garuda's boot. I'm sipping my morning cuppa Irish Breakfast (the Floating Leaves House Black is in the car already) trying to get enough caffeine into my system for the road.

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone. May your travels be safe and wonder meet you on the road.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I'll be out of here in about 10 minutes, heading south for Portland, then Ashland for the night. It's 53f and drizzling here (as usual) but I'm hoping the weather will improve as I head south. Everything I can do here is done except stuffing my clothes pack Garuda's boot. I'm sipping my morning cuppa Irish Breakfast (the Floating Leaves House Black is in the car already) trying to get enough caffeine into my system for the road.

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone. May your travels be safe and wonder meet you on the road.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea addict)
From the Floating Leaves blog:

The new spring Oolongs arrived about three weeks ago and they are opening up beautifully. I have been very happy with this season's tea. A lot of them have very full flavors with an exquisite softness underneath. Many people have already tasted this season's teas with me and the feedback has been very positive.

Normally by this time, I would have been able to choose my favorite tea for the season, but it has been difficult for me to make a decision. I like the warm and full-bodied 2011 Muzha Tieguanyin. I like our Dong Ding Traditional that has a solid mouth feel, whereas our Dong Ding Select is very soft and gentle through many, many infusions. I like the boldness of the Buddha's Hand, which at the same time, feels so soft on the palate. The high mountain Oolongs are all unique, but wonderfully complex with creamy, buttery textures. If you haven't tried out this season's teas yet, please do!

I am also very excited to share these delicious new teas with some tea friends in Portland. I will be in Portland on June 29th and 30th to present four tastings: a Baozhong Tasting; a High Mountain Oolong Tasting; a Dong Ding Tasting, and an Aged Oolong Tasting. If you live in Portland or know friends who you think would like to join me, please pass on the information. For detailed information and to sign up, please contact:

David, Portland Tea Enthusiastis' Alliance (PDX TEA):
www.pdxtea.org
mail@pdxtea.org
971-258-2832.

Special thanks to Jan Ellis and David Galli for putting this event together in Portland.

Safe home

Feb. 23rd, 2012 11:19 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
We had a lovely day with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab and other folks down at Powells, had dinner at Cypress with the Mooncrab's sister, and then hit the road about 7:30. We got home about 10:30 and unpacked Garuda. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and M will be here tonight as I just don't have the juice to deal with taking them back to Seattle, but they're sitting on the couch having a nice chat. I'm going to go grab some food here in a moment, then there will probably be the whole collapsing in a heap thing.

I've had a wonderful con and a great road trip; it's always the most fantastic thing to see my friends, both at the con and on the way down and back.

Much love and appreciation to everyone along the way.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
Starting out about 10:30 this morning, we headed north from [livejournal.com profile] lwood's Oakland abode. Aside from the initial Oakland traffic and out through the Bay Area, things were pretty calm and collected. We stopped in Cottonwood for lunch and to see [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's sister; she's a lovely person and I was delighted to meet her.

Proceeding north again, we galloped through the pass and got most of it done before dark. We had some light rain, mostly of the "you are driving through a cloud" sort, and got into Eugene about 7:30 or so. Dinner with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker and his wife were accomplished, then north again to the undersea lair of the [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab. This time, we actually even have wireless, zomg! She's been telling me for ages that a net existed, but she couldn't figure out how to get me onto it. This issue has been resolved and all is well.

Tomorrow, we'll be heading down into Portland for the ritual pilgrimage to Powell's, and to meet any and all Portland-area folks who want to hang out and schmooze with me! I'm expecting to be there by 1:30-ish, I'm guessing, and we'll stay for several hours.

If you want to come see us, please ping me privately for my phone number if you don't already have it. You can text me or, tomorrow after 11:30am, you can try to call, though the Crab Cave is in a sinkhole for phone reception. Email or LJ messaging is likely to be most efficient for getting to me before we actually get into the city.

Thank you to all the kind and wonderful folks who have made the trip so far a wonderful one! And I hope I'll see some of you tomorrow. :D
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
Back now from dinner, which was fucking awesome with awesomesauce and little doom sprinkles. They had multiple things that [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor could eat, so they win on many levels.

The drive to Portland was mostly okay, with some sleet and hail south of Olympia, but visiting with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab for lunch was lovely. She gifted me with the Munchkinomicon expansion pack for my Munchkin Cthulhu game. There will be mayhem. Much mayhem. I promise.

Setting out for points south, we met with rain, sun, snow, hail, sleet, and just generally craptoid weather. There's snow enough in the pass just beyond Ashland that chains are required, at least tonight. I don't know what the passes will look like in the morning, but when I stop to gas up I'll ask at the station because they usually keep an eye on these things. I do have chains in the car just in case, but I'd like to know ahead of time so that I can have things ready if necessary.

There were communications kerfuffles regarding the hostel; the owner had been unable to reach us by phone (some kind of interference and not able to leave voicemail), so she emailed me about 4:30 this afternoon but, unlike my usual habit, I hadn't checked my email at the rest stops. We showed up in Ashland a little before 9pm not having heard from her, not knowing the key code to get into the place. I couldn't find it in the dark and the snow, so I parked down the street at the Minute Mart and asked the clerk, who wasn't sure where the place was. I left the car there and walked up until I found it, then brought the car around to the little lot in the back. There was one slot left in the 3-car parking space, so we parked and I walked up to the back door, where the owner had left a note for me on the door saying she'd emailed and I could call her at her home number if I had any questions.

Email was checked, and we got into the place and set ourselves up in the room before heading down to the Standing Stone Brewpub for dinner. Given that I'd left a couple of very frustrated messages on the hostel voicemail when I hadn't any clue what was going on, I called the owner and told her what had happened and said please ignore the frustrated messages, so I think we're cool with the technological malfunction, given that all is well.

Check out time tomorrow is 10am. She said she should be back by then. There's another pair of young women here and a young guy in another room. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I have a little private room to ourselves, so all is snug and happy. I'm at the hostel desk and she is sitting on the couch in front of the fire, where I will join her after I'm done here and have caught up with a couple more things online.

We're planning on hitting the road by 10 and trying to stop somewhere for food after the pass. I don't know that we'll be able to find anything [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor-safe in Yreka, but I'm giong to do a little web searching to see what might be available. One never knows. She at least has things she can nibble until we get somewhere lunchward, maybe as far as Redding. We're more likely to find edible food for her there. If anyone has suggestions for multiple-food-allgery-sensitive places we might stop along the way to Oakland/Berkeley in Northern California on the I-5 corridor, please let me know.

And now, off to deal with final bits and pieces before I collapse in a heap from a really stressy drive. So Very Glad that I decided to reserve a room here rather than deal with the pass tonight! This makes for a much happier Erynn.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea club!)
Today was given over to the steampunk New Years recovery tea, and what a lovely tea it was! I took [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor out to a very nice, roomy place in Snohomish replete with llamas, pwnies, and other various and sundry wildlife. And that was just outside the place...

There was quite a good crowd there, and some wonderful conversation was had by all. Tea and snackies occurred, along with a white elephant gift exchange, at which I got a very nice Chinese style teacup for loose leaf oolongs. I was also given a nice bag of jasmine green by someone who'd bought Way Too Much of the stuff and was never going to drink it before it died of exposure. I was happy to bring it home.

We met some lovely new people there, guests from Portland, who were the cousin and cousin's spouse of one of the local steampunks. Fantastic geekdom conversation was had by all. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I cuted at everyone again.

Once we got back here, I checked the email then sat her down in front of the TV for a shot of Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, which she'd not only never seen before, but never even heard of. I told her that they'd stolen a character from it and stuffed him in, almost unchanged, as a villain in The Tick animated series. Of course, Strangelove is also the source of a huge number of tropes in subsequent movies and TV shows, so it's always interesting to look at the effect it's had on American popular culture.

I noted on twitter that I was showing it to her, and got a variety of responses from some of my friends there. I had a conversation with one of my fandom friends, who said she'd been born in 86 and just didn't quite get the zeitgeist of the movie, having no experience with Cold War mentality. I told her I was extremely glad that was the case, but she certainly saw it for the brilliant farce it was. It's the sort of movie that, if you lived through the whole mess, is so dark you have to laugh so as not to go a little bit nuts with the memory of it all. It kind of speaks to my own nuclear nightmares, particularly given that, as a communications person, I was always worried that any of a certain particular class of messages I sent out frequently would end up being That Message, and the world as we knew it would end. It's a hard one.

After all that, I dived into a beta project for another fangirl friend of mine, which I'd promised to do but didn't do thoroughly enough the other day. She took it down and let me finish cleaning it up, so that she can re-post and it will look much better. I had done a really quick job and had missed an embarrassing number of things. I really hate it when that happens.

Anyway. Tea. Steampunks. Strangelove. Quite a day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Airmed)
Yesterday was a pretty full and busy day for me. I hauled cobbles for [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's back porch flower bed. I potted a bazillion plants. I made dinner. By that time, I was utterly fried, so after dinner I collapsed in bed and didn't get up until morning. I think I might be kinda-sorta caught up on sleep. Ish.

The day itself was gorgeous and we got a ton of stuff done. I did a boneless leg of lamb roast and then sauteed veggies from the garden. We tried to do some leeks, but they were hard as rocks. She says she will use them for broth, which is probably about the best she could get out of them like this. They were at the bolted to seven feet tall with flower buds on them stage, so I wasn't sure if they'd be usable anyway.

I spent some of yesterday reading essays in Survivors' Songs: From Maldon to the Somme, a book on English war poets, and thinking about my experiences at the Mensa AG, which only continued to illustrate how thoroughly clueless civilians can be. I'll probably write more about that when I'm home and not borrowing the Crabby One's computer. I need to pack up here soon and head northward, but I wanted to check in and let folks know that I hadn't actually fallen off the face of the earth, I just passed out dead tired before I managed to write anything yesterday.

Soon: on the road. I'll post again when I get home.

Tea Club!

Jul. 3rd, 2011 11:18 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea club!)
I had a great day today down in Portland, where I visited with [livejournal.com profile] siro_gravity, [livejournal.com profile] sillysilly, [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch, [livejournal.com profile] smcinpdx, and Raevyn at the Tea Zone and Camillia Lounge. It was a very nice little place, with a good selection of teas of all sorts. They also had some good food and what looked like really nice cocktails, many of which were tea-infused. One of the waiters there was sporting a leek tattooed down the back of one arm. I asked if he was Welsh or if he just had an allium fetish. He said he was Welsh, and I was the only person who had ever actually asked him that question. Apparently, most people ask if he's a cook. It also turned out that [livejournal.com profile] siro_gravity knew him, which was pretty cool. There were several once-removed mutual friends among the group, which was also really nice.

It's possible that [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch and [livejournal.com profile] smcinpdx might come up next weekend for the Abney Park concert, if it hasn't sold out already. We talked about art and writing and steampunk and other fun stuff for several hours before people had to depart. When we finally split, Raevyn took me over to a picnic/birthday party for a friend of hers in a tiny park on the edge of a cliff over a railyard, where we spent a couple of hours enjoying the sunshine. The park was one of those queer central places where there were a lot of obviously queer and trans folk hanging out and having a good time. Very friendly-feeling place, and it was nice to spend time there.

After that, I headed back to Oregon City, where [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab was just finishing up her gardening stuff for the day, so we popped out and grabbed some dinner together. I'm pretty tired and looking forward to getting home again. Tomorrow will probably just be me hanging out here and trying to get a little rest. It's been a great trip but right now I'm kind of ready for it to be over. Tuesday I'll be heading north again as soon as I'm upright, showered, dressed, and caffeinated.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Genius Signal)
Today I headed down to Portland by myself to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht for his Ireland and the Grail lecture. I talked to some of the folks I saw yesterday and hung out with him for several hours. There were quite a few interesting conversations, and we walked down to Powell's so that he could pick up a couple of books he'd wanted. We stuck around to hear the keynote speaker this evening after the big fancy dinner was done (we didn't go to the dinner).

I talked to several people about my presentation from yesterday and have made another potential professional contact regarding that topic. All in all, I have to say that the whole thing was received with considerably more equanimity and interest than I'd suspected. It's not like it's a happy thing to talk about, after all. There were, however, a lot of folks who are social workers or therapists or folks who deal professionally with the field who rarely get to talk to anyone about this stuff, so to hear someone speaking about it publicly seems to be a bit of a novelty.

Tomorrow I'll be heading over to the Tea Zone to meet some of my local friends. [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab will be staying home as she has some gardening stuff she wants to do. [livejournal.com profile] shantak just got to Portland this morning at 3am from the Bay Area and has permanently relocated here. I'm not sure if she'll be up to meeting me, but I'll still be here Monday as well, so I might be able to see her then if she's not up to tea.

I'm quite tired tonight but feel like I've accomplished a fair bit. Tomorrow should be a fairly low-impact day, which I'm very much looking forward to.

Thanks again to everyone who made the AG such a great experience for me!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea club!)
Portland peeps, join me at the Tea Zone (address and map in previous post) at 2pm! Be there or be a parallelogram!

[livejournal.com profile] shantak -- that means you're welcome too!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
It looks so far like [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch and [livejournal.com profile] sillysilly have responded. I'm still waiting on [livejournal.com profile] siro_gravity but will ping her on her LJ. I'll need to phone Raevyn.

Somebody suggest a tea house or cafe where five of us can get together in the afternoon for a few hours with minimal expense to hang out and talk. A coffee house would be okay provided it does not smell strongly of coffee and that they actually serve tea. I'm allergic to coffee and a too-strong coffee smell makes me extremely nauseous.

I figure getting together at a cafe or tea house would free anyone from the obligation of playing host, and folks could come and leave as they need to according to their schedules. Given the way I've been sleeping (or not) of late, I should be available by noonish tomorrow to meet you all. Parking availability is, of course, a necessity, even if I have to pay for it and keep plugging the meter.

Let me know, eh? :D

ETA: The Tea Zone is downtownish at510 NW 11th. Here's a map. They're open Sunday from 10am to 8pm. They're 5 blocks from Powells.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Boys will be rapists)
My presentation today went very well. Both [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht were there with me, as was [livejournal.com profile] danicia's mom, who was the programming director for this year's con. She actually introduced me and was extremely interested in the presentation as she, like [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab, retired from the Navy as a chief. There were two other women in attendance, one of whom was an attorney who took cases like this against the system. There were about a dozen or fifteen people who showed up, and one guy from the Coast Guard had a lot of good stuff to say and was really wonderful as a participant. It was very much an open discussion session, more than just me lecturing, and that felt really good. We did have the obligatory clueless guy asking stuff like "what about people who file false reports" (yes, it happens, but considering what happens to people who report at all, anyone reporting falsely on stuff like this has to be insane to pursue it) and "what can we tell women when they're going in the military so they can avoid being assaulted?" (oh, hey, let's teach women how not to be raped -- yeah, let's teach men to keep it in their pants, fuck you very much).

One guy was a sex educator and he was extremely interested in this whole topic. He suggested that I talk to the various organizations for sexologists and sex educators/therapists about the topic, as he said he's been going to conferences for those organizations for something like 15 years, and he's never heard anyone speak on the topic before at all. Apparently, getting some education out there to the educators would be a good idea. It might be something I could do from time to time. He gave me his card, and info on the two organizations that he's a member of, so we'll see what happens with that. If I'm able to handle the idea, it could be very helpful to folks who are in the business of helping people recover from sexual traumas.

After my session, we went to [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht's session on Celtic werewolves, which I think went over quite well. We were joined by [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's sister, and then the three of us went out for lunch. It was the Mooncrab's birthday today, so we celebrated that as well, then sister took off and the two of us returned to the con. We had some good conversations, one of which was with the national Mensa treasurer. He was handing out free scotch and doing glasses adjustments (I believe he's an optometrist in his daily life). We ended up having a long conversation with a table full of people about my talk, warrior issues, and other related stuff until the treasurer had to go to the national board meeting, but the conversation continued without him. One of the women at the table was a recently-divorced officer's wife who had been teaching stuff like The Art of War to officer candidates. Another woman had been talking with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht for a couple of hours after his presentation, and whose son is interested in working with people with PTSD, and is also very interested in Celtic topics, so the work we've been doing with the schmooze related to the warrior rituals really fascinated her.

Overall, it was an excellent day. I'll be going back again tomorrow by myself, and will then haul [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht back over to his cousin's place at the end of the day. I'll be able to get the con parking rate for my car, since he's a registered guest of the hotel for the night.

Sunday will be my day to visit with the Portland folks I've been wanting to see. I need to make a couple of brief phone calls, but [livejournal.com profile] siro_gravity, please get in touch with me and let me know when on Sunday you'd like to get together. Definitely shoot for afternoon if possible. Morning is going to be a bit much for me. [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch, if you're no longer feeling the ick and not contagious, please let me know, as I'd love to see you as well. I also want to take some time to get together with Raevyn, whom I met at Eight Winds last weekend, and who is also in the area. Maybe we can coordinate something group-ish. I'm sure it would be a fascinating afternoon of talk and art, if that's the case!

My thanks to everyone who was so supportive today, both at the con and long distance. Your thoughts and good wishes were greatly appreciated.

And now, laundry.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Genius Signal)
I'm up, mail is checked, and I'm about to deal with the whole getting ready thingummy. I've been pilled and now I need to get showered, dressed, and fed before we must away. Mensa, here I come.

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