erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
This afternoon [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb and I headed down to the VA for group. She waited for me and then we went over to Travelers for some dinner and up to the Hill so that I could take her by Edge and Elliott Bay Books. I dropped her at her hotel down in Pioneer Square in the evening and then headed home. She'll be able to walk to the train station tomorrow morning at OhGod:30. We had a pretty great time and did a lot of work on our presentation. We've got enough stuff together to pretty much take it from the outline we have now, but we can also do some polishing and additional work via email, so we're good on that. I need to remember to scan a couple of things and email them to her.

When I got home, I talked with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, who is almost ready to upload the sound files for Circle of Stones. She's working out a few final graphics issues and, with luck, the file will be available (she said $5 but I want to check in with her one final time before I announce that for sure) tomorrow on BandCamp.

I checked a bunch of tickyboxes for Norwescon's panels this evening. We're required to pick 10 or more so that they have an ample field to choose from. I ticked 10 boxes and reiterated my time restriction (nothing before 2pm if possible), so that should be good. Mostly fanfic panels, a couple of writing/publishing panels, a couple of poetry panels. I figure I'll get a few of them and it should be fun.

At the moment, my upcoming schedule is kind of spotty, but I have the following things on it, at least tentatively:

Amanda's Birthday: December 9th
Medieval Women's Choir: December 15th
TENTATIVE: [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde: between December 17th-19th
I believe [livejournal.com profile] ogam gets here December 18th
Queer Pagan Meetup: December 20th
Air Krakens End of the World Masquerade: December 21st
Sigillaria: December 23rd
The Hobbit with Steampunks: December 25th
[livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn and [livejournal.com profile] meddevi at the Can Can: December 30th
Shinto New Year: January 1st
Air Krakens Post-Apocalypse Tea: January 1st
Sound of the Baskervilles' Holmes birthday party: January 5th
Seattle Sherlock fandom's Holmes party: January 6th
Abney Park show: January 19th
Bad Movie Night: January 20th

I'm also looking at planning a bad movie party with some of my friends in January.

If I've said I would do something with you and it's not on this, please let me know. My memory is like a steel sieve.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Spock Paper Scissors)
Tried to get to bed before midnight last night and was in bed for a whole maybe two hours. Yay. Up and down until about 1:30pm.

I got up and hung out a little bit in #writechat, then caught up with email and other online things. Once I'd got a little bit of wherewithal together, I made a sort of gołabki thing - I didn't have enough brain space or energy to actually wrap the filling in cabbage leaves and bake it, so I just sliced up the cabbage and fried everything up together then added the sauce I would have put on top of the cabbage rolls and ate it like that. Tasted about the same and was a lot less effort when I didn't have any spoons for complicated cooking skills.

I walked down to the Safeway today to pick up the sour cream for the sauce, and also picked up light bulbs for the lamp in my bedroom. On the way, I stopped at [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's place and helped her move a desk so that she could finish emptying out the boxes still in her bedroom. Apparently she's pretty much done with that now. We walked down to the Safeway together; it was drizzling when we started, but by the time I got home, I was wet enough that I had to change my clothes. Yay autumn. Updated my Searching for Imbas publications page with the poetry book.

Later this evening, she came by with her sister and we hung out for a while and talked.

Tomorrow is a VA dental appointment at 1:30, then Tuesday a medical appointment at 3pm. Maybe I'll go to the AFK Tuesday evening.

I answered a couple of emails and started looking at progressive voting guides for information about some of the initiatives and candidates I was less familiar with and will probably fill out the ballot Wednesday, when I have a little bit of brain space for it.

Bed very soon.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ogam sequence)
Today I was down at the VA for the first session of the spirituality group. It was great to see everyone again, and I was happy to be there. I didn't stick around to wait at the travel office because half the time it's not in the system yet by the time I get down there after group, so I'll pick up the travel funds next week when I go in. I did wander over to the hill to wait out the traffic and took a couple of copies of Circle of Stones over to Robert. He was quite pleased to see them.

I hung out at Elliott Bay Cafe for a while and read, then wandered over to a sushi place on 12th that I hadn't been to before, as they were having a quite reasonably priced happy hour. Got myself an unagi roll, a short plate of four different pieces of nigiri, and a cup of genmaicha. It was just enough without being too much; my stomach is still out of sorts from the other night and I'm having trouble with the acid reflux again, ugh. I really wish it would settle down.

When I got home, I did a fair bit of scanning of images for the EBC presentation. I think I have most of the stuff I need. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht checked over my dates for me on my listing of manuscript sources for ogam texts and marginalia; he pronounced it good. Tomorrow I can spend some time trying again with photos of things I need, and doing a few more necessary things, then Saturday I can probably finish up expanding my notes so that I have a coherent presentation together. Jeff's coming by Monday, I think, given that I wasn't really up to trying to get home during rush hour and wasn't sure I would be feeling well enough to actually work tonight. Things turned out better than I expected, but I was glad for the time just sitting and reading.

Fic brain has set in and I've started a (hopefully) short story in a new fandom. I don't have time for anything really long, but I do want to write something, and I'm not quite in the right headspace to work on the Brigid book yet. I'm waiting until after the poetry book comes out to get deeply into that. I also have to put together quite a few more blog posts with photos to cover the pilgrimage and my trip.

The other thing I need to do tomorrow is choose some pull quotes from my poems for the publicity for Fireflies at Absolute Zero. Two projects. Two small projects. I think I can manage them before I head over to the AFK to play Cthulhu Fluxx with friends tomorrow night. Also, mailing out stuff to mom tomorrow. Must do that.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
So today was more stuff needing to be done. I entered all the phone and contact addresses into my iphone today (I'll re-check them tomorrow to make sure all the numbers are correct - I have trouble getting numbers mixed up sometimes). I talked to Expedia and the airline about making sure I could pick up my tickets at the airport with just the printed out email (I can) and confirmed my flights, collecting their confirmation code while I was at it. Outbound from Seattle leaves slightly later than originally anticipated but that's okay. We're still going to have to deal with rush-hour traffic to the airport, and it won't affect my transfer time at Philly.

I was going to write up the one last ogam meditation today but got sidetracked, and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht is here, so we watched The Whisperer in Darkness together and the various extras, which were great, as I rather expected them to be. A note has been made on my checklist of Stuff To Finish Doing and I'll get to it tomorrow.

The whole entering things into the phone was time-consuming and pretty painstaking, given that I have such trouble with numbers. I don't want to mess something up and not be able to contact someone. Anyway, I'll check them again tomorrow, as I said. Addresses were entered into my pilgrimage notebook for the web cafe and the outdoor supply shop in Douglas so that I can have net access and pick up fuel for my camp stove when I get there off the ferry.

Last minute lists of things that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane will be bringing were checked against various lists of things needed for rituals. I copied out the useful Czech phrases that [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands provided for me. I still need to look at the French clips on YouTube that [livejournal.com profile] eydimork linked, though I can also consult with [livejournal.com profile] ogam and [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm when I see them Tuesday.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, and I went over to Emory's for dinner this evening. She's over at her new place with [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson doing some more moving/unpacking tonight and should be back eventually, as she has to take him home and he's south of here while her new place is north.

Today's mail brought a guide to benefits from the VA that was actually clear, concise, useful, and gave me information about my particular situation. For instance, I thought I'd been rated at 70% and unemployable but I am apparently at 80%. It doesn't make any real difference when it comes to receiving services, but it's still useful to know.

I'm feeling pretty emotionally exhausted just from dealing with nit-picky last minute details, but I rather expected I would be at this point. There's pretty much no bandwidth for anything else right now. I appreciate all the support everyone has been giving me on this, you're all awesome, so let me just remind you of that right now! Thank you.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
So today was more stuff needing to be done. I entered all the phone and contact addresses into my iphone today (I'll re-check them tomorrow to make sure all the numbers are correct - I have trouble getting numbers mixed up sometimes). I talked to Expedia and the airline about making sure I could pick up my tickets at the airport with just the printed out email (I can) and confirmed my flights, collecting their confirmation code while I was at it. Outbound from Seattle leaves slightly later than originally anticipated but that's okay. We're still going to have to deal with rush-hour traffic to the airport, and it won't affect my transfer time at Philly.

I was going to write up the one last ogam meditation today but got sidetracked, and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht is here, so we watched The Whisperer in Darkness together and the various extras, which were great, as I rather expected them to be. A note has been made on my checklist of Stuff To Finish Doing and I'll get to it tomorrow.

The whole entering things into the phone was time-consuming and pretty painstaking, given that I have such trouble with numbers. I don't want to mess something up and not be able to contact someone. Anyway, I'll check them again tomorrow, as I said. Addresses were entered into my pilgrimage notebook for the web cafe and the outdoor supply shop in Douglas so that I can have net access and pick up fuel for my camp stove when I get there off the ferry.

Last minute lists of things that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane will be bringing were checked against various lists of things needed for rituals. I copied out the useful Czech phrases that [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands provided for me. I still need to look at the French clips on YouTube that [livejournal.com profile] eydimork linked, though I can also consult with [livejournal.com profile] ogam and [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm when I see them Tuesday.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, and I went over to Emory's for dinner this evening. She's over at her new place with [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson doing some more moving/unpacking tonight and should be back eventually, as she has to take him home and he's south of here while her new place is north.

Today's mail brought a guide to benefits from the VA that was actually clear, concise, useful, and gave me information about my particular situation. For instance, I thought I'd been rated at 70% and unemployable but I am apparently at 80%. It doesn't make any real difference when it comes to receiving services, but it's still useful to know.

I'm feeling pretty emotionally exhausted just from dealing with nit-picky last minute details, but I rather expected I would be at this point. There's pretty much no bandwidth for anything else right now. I appreciate all the support everyone has been giving me on this, you're all awesome, so let me just remind you of that right now! Thank you.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (extra meds)
I've got a lot of my list of things done today. Credit card companies were contacted about my travel, the writing/creativity exercises were edited and printed out (and transferred over to the pod), texts were sent and received from the sib in Italy so that I know I can contact him. Itineraries were given the final edit and sent off to mom, the sib, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor so they will know where to find me on any given day. My carry-on bag was packed and weighed, coming out to just under 22 pounds, which includes a number of things that will be either weigh less by the time I have to carry it onto the Manchester to Rennes flight, or they won't be in the bag at all. I think that will work out okay.

Things I still have to do include writing up a meditation for the day when I'm not teaching, entering all the contact info for everyone I'm visiting into my phone, picking up ribbons for tying on the clootie trees at the wells (a small spool of ribbon from a crafts/fabric store will be just fine), calling the phone company about a European roaming plan, and making sure all the last minute packing details are attended to.

I also need to do a quick listing of essential phrases I may need in French and Czech. The sib will be with me in Italy, so I won't really need them for Italian. Stuff like "where is the nearest bathroom," "I am lost," "can you help me find the police," "please," "thank you," "where is an ATM," and "do you speak English" are on the list. You know, the stuff people really should have a clue about how to say. ;) If any of y'all can help me out, please do let me know. I would deeply appreciate it.

No doubt other things will raise their unattractive heads at some point, but right now that's about all my brain is coming up with. And so, to bed. Mostly to curl up with a hot pad on my cramping parts, and read for a bit.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (extra meds)
I've got a lot of my list of things done today. Credit card companies were contacted about my travel, the writing/creativity exercises were edited and printed out (and transferred over to the pod), texts were sent and received from the sib in Italy so that I know I can contact him. Itineraries were given the final edit and sent off to mom, the sib, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor so they will know where to find me on any given day. My carry-on bag was packed and weighed, coming out to just under 22 pounds, which includes a number of things that will be either weigh less by the time I have to carry it onto the Manchester to Rennes flight, or they won't be in the bag at all. I think that will work out okay.

Things I still have to do include writing up a meditation for the day when I'm not teaching, entering all the contact info for everyone I'm visiting into my phone, picking up ribbons for tying on the clootie trees at the wells (a small spool of ribbon from a crafts/fabric store will be just fine), calling the phone company about a European roaming plan, and making sure all the last minute packing details are attended to.

I also need to do a quick listing of essential phrases I may need in French and Czech. The sib will be with me in Italy, so I won't really need them for Italian. Stuff like "where is the nearest bathroom," "I am lost," "can you help me find the police," "please," "thank you," "where is an ATM," and "do you speak English" are on the list. You know, the stuff people really should have a clue about how to say. ;) If any of y'all can help me out, please do let me know. I would deeply appreciate it.

No doubt other things will raise their unattractive heads at some point, but right now that's about all my brain is coming up with. And so, to bed. Mostly to curl up with a hot pad on my cramping parts, and read for a bit.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
When I was in California I had accidentally rested my feet too long on the rim of the firepit and my flippies delaminated, so I had to buy new ones today. It was a trip over to REI for a pair of decent Tevas and some extra wool socks and a couple of other minor items I need for the trip. I got sushi for lunch. Laundry was done and everything unpacked and sorted. I haven't yet sorted and folded the clean laundry but I'll deal with that tomorrow. We went briefly over to the AFK so I could say adieu to the steampunks, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor met up with her bandmates, then one of her new roommates came by afterwards for some blueberries & yogurt.

Camera software got installed in the computer. I'm making a list of things that have to be done before I head out on Monday. My plane leaves at about 11:30 in the morning.

Many things got sorted into categories and stuffed into small bags (I have a bag for USB cables and plugs and such, one for the set of ogams I'm taking with me, etc and anon), some of the camping gear that's remaining here got stuck back in the camping gear bin. More needs to go back in there tomorrow, I just didn't have the brain cells today. Money was retrieved for [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for the pupsitting duties. There were a few frustrations regarding Immanion's doing a giveaway of Circle of Stones, but things are sorted and if you're interested in winning a signed copy of the book, check the contest out over here. I won't be mailing anything out before I return, but apparently the processing for the whole thing won't be done until mid-August anyway, or at least that's the impression I got.

Photos were taken while I was visiting with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker. Here we are looking all SRS BIZNZ.

Jason & Erynn SRS BIZNZ

My camera had died while I was away and I had to buy a new one, but since I was in Oregon I didn't have to pay the sales tax, so that wasn't too awful. It does pretty much all the same things the old one did at a third of the size and maybe half the weight.

I have invitations to three different July 4th parties tomorrow. I don't know that I'm even going to be able to leave the house. So Much Stuff To Do. *headdesk*

I sleep now.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
When I was in California I had accidentally rested my feet too long on the rim of the firepit and my flippies delaminated, so I had to buy new ones today. It was a trip over to REI for a pair of decent Tevas and some extra wool socks and a couple of other minor items I need for the trip. I got sushi for lunch. Laundry was done and everything unpacked and sorted. I haven't yet sorted and folded the clean laundry but I'll deal with that tomorrow. We went briefly over to the AFK so I could say adieu to the steampunks, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor met up with her bandmates, then one of her new roommates came by afterwards for some blueberries & yogurt.

Camera software got installed in the computer. I'm making a list of things that have to be done before I head out on Monday. My plane leaves at about 11:30 in the morning.

Many things got sorted into categories and stuffed into small bags (I have a bag for USB cables and plugs and such, one for the set of ogams I'm taking with me, etc and anon), some of the camping gear that's remaining here got stuck back in the camping gear bin. More needs to go back in there tomorrow, I just didn't have the brain cells today. Money was retrieved for [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for the pupsitting duties. There were a few frustrations regarding Immanion's doing a giveaway of Circle of Stones, but things are sorted and if you're interested in winning a signed copy of the book, check the contest out over here. I won't be mailing anything out before I return, but apparently the processing for the whole thing won't be done until mid-August anyway, or at least that's the impression I got.

Photos were taken while I was visiting with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker. Here we are looking all SRS BIZNZ.

Jason & Erynn SRS BIZNZ

My camera had died while I was away and I had to buy a new one, but since I was in Oregon I didn't have to pay the sales tax, so that wasn't too awful. It does pretty much all the same things the old one did at a third of the size and maybe half the weight.

I have invitations to three different July 4th parties tomorrow. I don't know that I'm even going to be able to leave the house. So Much Stuff To Do. *headdesk*

I sleep now.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane Membrane!)
Today I hung out with the folks in #writechat and #poetparty, talking about writing stuff and my recent poetry publication in Written River. Both were a good way to get my mind out of my frantic last couple of days before the road trip.

I got out to the store to run a couple of errands today that needed to be done. Work was done on the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop, and I remembered to scan and print copies of a page that had been forgotten yesterday, and emailed it off to the guy who was making copies of the other things. Further work on that can take place tomorrow. I dug out some copies of articles and such that might be relevant for one or more of the things I'll be doing at Eight Winds.

Speaking of which, does anyone have a copy of either of these articles:

Liminality in Early Irish Literature: The Madness of Suibhne Geilt by Bridgitte K. Slavin, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 2007 (didn't have page numbers)

The Irish Berdman: Kingship and Liminality in Buile Suibhne from Text and Transmission in Medieval Europe, Celtic Studies Publications 2007, pp 17-45

I think I'm reading my notes right on those. Anyway, if you have any idea where I might find copies, please let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address was added to the god of navigation. I edited the manuscript for Fireflies at Absolute Zero again and sent it off to Hiraeth Press.

I had lunch today over at Emory's. It was warm and sunny for a while, and I grabbed a cup of clam chowder and a salad out on their back deck, sitting in the sunlight. It was really pleasant, and a good break from the work I was doing. Later, at home, I made some lentil soup and had that for dinner. I may nibble something further before I go to bed tonight.

Tonight is also my flamekeeping shift, and the altar is lit up. I got [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands and the sib in contact with one another about the Prague part of my trip. He wants to spend a couple of days there, not having been before, and she's up for that and made a few suggestions about places for him to stay. I sent her email off to him so that they both have each others' email addresses and can work out the details between them. I'm not really in a position to be the go-between right now.

Answered a late email from [livejournal.com profile] ogam and hope that the answer was helpful. [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor are here again tonight, after having spent all day working on her moving.

Tomorrow: laundry, finish packing, finish dealing with the notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop. Everything I can do for the pilgrimage right now is done, as far as I know. If there's anything else, [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah will have to wait until I get home again next Monday before I'll have time and bandwidth to deal with it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Insane Membrane!)
Today I hung out with the folks in #writechat and #poetparty, talking about writing stuff and my recent poetry publication in Written River. Both were a good way to get my mind out of my frantic last couple of days before the road trip.

I got out to the store to run a couple of errands today that needed to be done. Work was done on the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop, and I remembered to scan and print copies of a page that had been forgotten yesterday, and emailed it off to the guy who was making copies of the other things. Further work on that can take place tomorrow. I dug out some copies of articles and such that might be relevant for one or more of the things I'll be doing at Eight Winds.

Speaking of which, does anyone have a copy of either of these articles:

Liminality in Early Irish Literature: The Madness of Suibhne Geilt by Bridgitte K. Slavin, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 2007 (didn't have page numbers)

The Irish Berdman: Kingship and Liminality in Buile Suibhne from Text and Transmission in Medieval Europe, Celtic Studies Publications 2007, pp 17-45

I think I'm reading my notes right on those. Anyway, if you have any idea where I might find copies, please let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's address was added to the god of navigation. I edited the manuscript for Fireflies at Absolute Zero again and sent it off to Hiraeth Press.

I had lunch today over at Emory's. It was warm and sunny for a while, and I grabbed a cup of clam chowder and a salad out on their back deck, sitting in the sunlight. It was really pleasant, and a good break from the work I was doing. Later, at home, I made some lentil soup and had that for dinner. I may nibble something further before I go to bed tonight.

Tonight is also my flamekeeping shift, and the altar is lit up. I got [livejournal.com profile] tdancinghands and the sib in contact with one another about the Prague part of my trip. He wants to spend a couple of days there, not having been before, and she's up for that and made a few suggestions about places for him to stay. I sent her email off to him so that they both have each others' email addresses and can work out the details between them. I'm not really in a position to be the go-between right now.

Answered a late email from [livejournal.com profile] ogam and hope that the answer was helpful. [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor are here again tonight, after having spent all day working on her moving.

Tomorrow: laundry, finish packing, finish dealing with the notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop. Everything I can do for the pilgrimage right now is done, as far as I know. If there's anything else, [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah will have to wait until I get home again next Monday before I'll have time and bandwidth to deal with it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Yet more things done today - I finished writing the closing ritual for the pilgrimage, revised the opening ritual, and dealt with a critical bit of personal paperwork that I need to go have witnessed and probably notarized tomorrow. I haven't heard anything back from the folks at Eight Winds, but I have a few days before I would really need to be concerned and, to be honest, if it comes right down to it I can buy stuff at a grocery store nearby and have somebody with a cooler store it for me. Not the end of the world if I don't have a menu for the food plan before I leave.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht was talking about possibly getting together with me after July 4th but before I leave for Ireland, which would be nice. I gather he's going down to the King Tut exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. I'd love to go but I just don't have time right now. It'll be here until next year and right now I have other priorities.

Exhaustion is really starting to catch up with me. I haven't slept well for quite some time, probably at least in large part due to stress from all the "you must be an adult" I've been doing of late. Sleep is for the weak anyway, right?

In addition to dealing with paperwork tomorrow, I have to remember to get AAA batteries for my headlamp and an extra memory chip for the camera. I also have to expand upon the Airmed rituals and look over the incubation rituals again and expand them a little, as they are really primarily outlines at the moment. Not that I intend to script everything, but that it needs at least a little stage direction and whatnot.

I feel like I'm forgetting something. Y'all tell me if you know what it is, eh?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I have a whole fourteen days to get everything done before I have to leave for California.

What this entails:

Six days worth of daily readings.
Four rituals.
Packing for California.
Reviewing the material for the Brigid & Sarasvati presentation for Eight Winds.
Photocopying materials for Brigid & Sarasvati presentation.
Giving the warrior rituals and geilt material a once-over for my discussion with [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb.

When I get home, I have seven days to finalize everything for the trip to Europe:

Packing for Europe.
Making sure my carryon bag is 22 pounds or less.
Checking in with my credit union and credit cards to make sure they know where I'll be.
Pay July's bills.
Add European roaming/texting to my phone service.
Make sure house/dog stuff is dealt with sufficiently to leave.
Last minute review of all tickets, contact information, and dates.
Get Mom, the sib, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor up to date on all my European contacts.
Check in with my brother to make sure we're on the same page about when and where in Prague.
Make sure that [livejournal.com profile] vyviane and Jhenah have whatever might be necessary for printing out for rituals and stuff in Ireland.
Make sure all my meds are in order.

If I've forgotten anything on this list, I have to remember to add it to said list.

Have I mentioned that panic is slipping in?

What this means is, except for taking a break for the steampunk social tomorrow evening (essentially taking myself out for a couple of hours for dinner), I'm really not going to be very available to anyone. Certainly you can email or text me if you need me, but I may only be up to a really rushed response. I wish this were not the case, but this is so huge for me and it's really kind of hitting me like a brick right now. Please be patient with me. I may freak out a little.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Caracal cat)
It was another "wake up after 1pm" sort of day, but around 3pm I managed to haul myself down into Everett to the Snohomish County offices and talk to an actual human being about the tax exemption thing. Nobody was in line, so I didn't have to wait, though some folks came in after I did, and they had to while the clerk was talking with me.

I had pretty much all the information they needed except for one thing, which I could look up on my phone instead of having to go find paperwork somewhere. The online packet wasn't entirely accurate -- the extra page it gave for previous year refunds was not actually the form that needed to be filled out, but the clerk just had me sign, date, phone number and put my address on the proper forms and said she'd fill them out for me. This was good because just doing that little bit on three forms left me with my hand in a knot and my wrist aching. Yay carpal tunnel? There are reasons why I type instead of writing things by hand unless it's absolutely necessary. The clerk said they had "two and a half people" working on the backlog, but that it would take three to six weeks, "maybe less," for me to hear back about whether the exemption had been approved or not. She was pretty sure it would be. She said if it were approved, I'd get a letter from the county and then a check. If I'm lucky, it might get here before I go to Ireland, which would be lovely.

I did get down to Seattle for Irish class, which was nice. I also picked up paper for the printer and ziploc bags for the freezer, which I was out of. After class, I got some work done on my feet by Patrick, who says I have plantar fascitis in my left foot. The right wasn't nearly so bad. He asked why it might be worse on one foot and I explained that I limp a fair bit, and I tend to favor my left hip when I do, so that's probably what got it started. He suggested some exercises for it but I'll also talk to my doc in the women's clinic at the VA when I see her later this month. Maybe she can refer me to orthopedics or something.

Tomorrow I'm back at the VA for the weekly group. Saturday is the Medieval Women's Choir concert, and Geordie will be in town. Sunday is the Lovecraft movie afternoon. Monday is the CR schmooze. Tuesday I have dinner with Paul, who's visiting from the Netherlands, and his local sweetie. I'm not sure when Geordie's actually visiting me here and staying at my place, but I imagine I'll be hearing from him soon.

I have to do stuff. And things.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (spices)
Every so often, the kitchen's arrangement annoys me. Things need to be shuffled around, extraneous stuff needs to be jettisoned, and things need to be hauled here and there. The past couple of days were a bit of that for me. I had the tea on top of the breakfast bar. It wasn't really blocking too much over the sink, where I spend a fair bit of time when I'm cooking or cleaning up, but it did present something of a wall if I was over further, and I've been very much in quest of things that will help allow more light into places where there hasn't necessarily been a lot. It's one of the things you do when living in a cave, like I do.

The new arrangement sacrifices a little counter space, but I've got rid of a bunch of recyclable stuff and packed some vases and other things up in a top shelf of the cupboard, so that freed up a little room. It feels a little lighter now, and I've shuffled the cookbooks down a shelf in their bookcase so that I can use the top shelf for a few of my hats, rather than having them stacked on the counter. There's more decluttering that needs to be done around here, but I feel like I've got a good start. Here's a look at the results of my efforts:

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My toes that I was worried about last night were still somewhat sore when I got up, but I think I'd only pulled some muscles a little rather than actually spraining anything. They haven't been bothering me much today and should be fine by tomorrow. A little while ago I walked down to the Safeway because I had a craving for chocolate and there wasn't any except some powdered cocoa in the house - also, I was out of sponges from my cleaning frenzy. I picked up a few other things as well, and when I got back I ended up having an avocado instead of a piece of chocolate (Lindt 85% dark), but at least I have it here for when another craving strikes!

I tried watching Fellini's 8 1/2 tonight but either I really wasn't in the mood or it was just too disjointed for me, because I didn't care for it at all, and I stuffed it back in the Netflix envelope and carried it down to the store with me to send back. (We stopped having mail pickup here some time ago, as the box kept getting broken into. Delivery isn't a problem so far.)

I have to remember to call the VA office in Kansas to ask about my travel co-pay tomorrow. Also, steampunks.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
I just got the email saying that tickets are now on sale for the 2012 Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle. Remember, I'll be speaking there this year on ogam and magic. I hope I'll see you there!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Magical Sigils)
Today I hauled [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and M back to Seattle then met [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands and [livejournal.com profile] mimerki very briefly at Remedy Teas to deliver a copy of [livejournal.com profile] dpaxson's The Way of the Oracle (signed of course) to TWH. Immediately having done that, I headed back north to pick up [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson and a hard drive enclosure, which it turned out I didn't actually need, due to the fact that the drive I already have did in fact have a USB2 port on it and I had a cable in one of my boxes that I could use.

Stuff and things were transferred, but I haven't yet been able to move my old mail to my new computer. I've got the mailboxes, but none of the contents. The computer itself currently has two conflicting admin accounts, and the two are talking to one another only minimally, so I may have to erase the new computer entirely, transfer the information, and then reinstall OSX Lion and the extra bits that [livejournal.com profile] lwood had given me in order for everything to work together harmoniously and without two admin accounts snarking at each other across the great divide.

I got teriyaki chicken for the two of us while we futzed with things and poked at manuals, then I took the unused drive case I'd got in California back to the local Best Buy for my money back, and hauled [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson back to his place, whereupon I came home and synched the new phone with my iTunes so that it has everything on it that it's supposed to. I'll deal with synching the iPad tomorrow.

The cloud did in fact eventually download the email that I'd saved onto my iPad, so that bit works, but I'm still kind of flustered about the potential loss of all my other emails and the information in them. We'll see what happens. I still have the old computer here, deciding to hang onto it until the entire transfer is dealt with, then I'll give it to [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson, as it will be a fairly significant upgrade to his system.

I'm still busy trying to adjust the settings on this critter so that it does what it's supposed to. Some of the new OS's settings and habits are a little odd to me, but I'll adjust. I'm just glad I have some time to myself in the next few days. I am so entirely peopled out I can hardly handle it. Tomorrow is my flamekeeping shift. That should help me settle back in a little more. Getting back into my ritual routine should be a comfort. I need to do some work in the incubation chamber as well, as Himself noted to me during the Echtra, Immram and Aisling workshop. I didn't really get into journeyspace beyond being told to hit the incubation chamber when I got home; I was too distracted by the room and the people to try to go deep, but the workshop wasn't designed for folks like me, it was designed around beginners to journeying, and I think for that it did a pretty good job.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
Umm... I got showered and dressed? I fed myself? I took the dog outside?

I think that's about it.

I still feel like crap. I'm cranky and headachey and skipped my VA appointment today (I did call in to cancel, about 2:30 am). I was awake until about 8:30 this morning. I have to get out of the house tomorrow to pick up some supplies for Saturday's Imbolc crafts session and parsnips to roast for Sunday's Imbolc ritual gathering.

Sure as hell hope I'm able to get out of the house tomorrow.

GAH!

Dec. 7th, 2011 01:53 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I have a horrible feeling I'm supposed to be doing something Friday and cannot for the life of me remember what it is. There is nothing on my calendar for that day, but this may just mean that I have forgotten to add it to my list of Stuff.

Tomorrow, yoga and hanging out at Travelers. I will probably be seeing [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx there when I'm done at the VA.

Thursday, spirituality group at the VA. Possibly talking to folks at Occupy Seattle at the Sanctuary tent, depending on what's happening there. They have been given an eviction order that is apparently supposed to happen mid-day Friday sometime, so I'm sure things will be in chaos.

Friday is ??? I also don't know if I've committed to do something over the weekend, for I have no brain and therefore must weep.

At the moment, if there are no actual plans and this is just my hyperactive anxiety gland, I will WRITE dammit. I have a ton of stuff to work on.

Today I went over to Occupy Everett and helped set up a large banner, then went with them over to Firewheel for part of a meeting on Occupy's role in protesting and trying to prevent foreclosures on people's homes. Occupy Seattle and Occupy Tacoma just yesterday helped prevent the eviction of a family who actually had money to pay the mortgage but with whom the bank was refusing to work. There's a lot of hinky stuff going on. There was an attorney at the meeting this evening who was talking about the issues, laws being proposed in other states to help alleviate the problem, and what local legislation might be proposed, along with thoughts on actions here locally.

After that, it was over to the AFK for the steampunk social. One other gal showed up and we had a lovely talk about all kinds of things, from steampunk costuming and props to the SCA to Plants vs Zombies to bad movies. All in all, it was a pretty good day.

Just as a heads up, Jason from Wild Hunt did a really good, thoughtful editorial on Pagans and the Occupy movement. It is well worth reading if you've not done so already.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
Accomplishments today:

1. hanging out in #writechat
2. scheduling lunch for tomorrow with Robert before he leaves for NYC
3. dishes
4. sent the partial draft of the Mandragora essay off to [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill for his thoughts
5. some emails
6. food

Okay, that's a little more than I thought, but it's still not all that much. I am currently sitting at the computer with an Absolut pear & tonic. My hip hurts. Robert will be here around 1pm for lunch tomorrow. I'm dreading leaving the house this week, but I have stuff that needs/wants doing.

Tuesday: exterminators coming to look at my ant problem
Wednesday: yoga, steampunkery
Thursday: Chinese poets reading
Friday/Saturday: ?
Sunday: Geordie in town for the schmooze
Monday: schmooze

Somewhere in there, I need time to breathe and to get some writing done.

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