erynn: Gaelic merman image (Oiche Shamhna)
Things got done well and in time, with folks showing up about when they were supposed to. Sadly, [ profile] ingvisson wasn't able to come today, but [ profile] gra_is_stor was feeling well enough to come and attend most of it. She had to beg out of parts of the ritual due to her health not being up to it, but she did stay for a while afterwards for talking and snuggles.

The food was really fantastic (if I do say so myself) - roast chicken that turned out with beautifully crispy skin, gravy, roasted parsnips with herbed feta, steamed green beans, goat cheese brie, gluten-free cornbread, marinated and sauteed portabella mushrooms, rosemary bread, a cabernet-sauvignon and a chianti, and for dessert, baked pears with cinnamon and ginger, with fresh whipped cream with cinnamon. Tea included some really nice pumpkin-spice creme liqueur that was actually very tasty, brought along by Gary and Melody.

We lit a fire, had candles for the ancestors, and carved turnips into little lanterns. Folks enjoyed the ritual, and really loved the food. I was happy to be able to provide, and I have a good bit of really nice chicken for later, and can make chicken stock from the bones. It was well worth the time and effort that I put into planning and cooking. For those interested, the ritual text is below the cut.

If you're interested in the ritual, it's here. )

Yay games!

Oct. 27th, 2012 12:32 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Cthulhu attacks!)
Today I mailed out the copies of my books that I owed to people, so that's finally over and done with. Those of you expecting them should receive them soonish. I sent them book rate within the US and first class to overseas.

Later this evening, I went down to the AFK to play Munchkin Cthulhu with friends, and had a lovely time. I tried their veggie burger, which was actually pretty good as those things go. I almost won at Munchkin, but the three of them ganged up on me just as I was going to get the final level, and knocked me back down to level one. It was pretty hilarious. I'd dropped a level four monster and suddenly I had about 35 levels of monster to deal with, and nothing like that much firepower, so, dead. Back to square one. So it goes. ;)

When I got home this evening, I tossed together the informational email for the folks who are coming to Samhain on Sunday. I have my menu put together and just have to do a little shopping tomorrow evening for everything so that I can get cooking when I'm up and about on Sunday before everyone arrives.

Tomorrow afternoon [ profile] joyful_storm is coming by for tea and hanging out. I'll do my shopping after she heads home. Tonight I've got to write up the ritual to send off to [ profile] gra_is_stor so that she'll know what we're doing. She said earlier today that she's got a cold, and is hoping that she'll feel better on Sunday. I hope she'll be well enough to come, but can handle things alone if she's not.

And now, off to write ritual.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (totem seadragon)
Today was group at the VA. I took three copies of my poetry book in, and all three of them sold. Several of the other members want one, so I'll bring a few more next week. I think I will need to order some new ones next month. I also gave a copy to Leon and Allen over at Travelers when I stopped in today for dinner after my appointment. I have to remember to call VA dental tomorrow to schedule a replacement for one of my fillings. No fun.

Tomorrow I also have to go to the postal place and mail out a stack of books to people. And write the Samhain ritual. And then friends asked if I wanted to play Cthulhu Munchkin at the AFK tomorrow night, which I very likely will.

I have a tentative menu for Samhain dinner on Sunday. I haven't heard anything from Qi about the Krakens party at SteamCon this weekend, which means I most likely won't be going. There was a chance I'd be going just to hang out at the room party without attending the con, but it seems unlikely at this point.

My new MS Office 2011 arrived today and I installed it before I headed down to Seattle. It'll take a little getting used to, but it has a distraction-free mode where it blanks out the rest of the desktop while you're writing, so perhaps that'll be useful and I can get to work on the ogam in magic article for Abraxas sometime soon.

Got email from [ profile] druid_medb about our proposed session at PantheaCon, and she wants to come up for a visit to talk about it and plan things out. I told her what my current schedule looks like, so she can suggest a timeframe for her visit. It'll be fantastic to see her again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
I got a call from the VA today about the spirituality group, which starts tomorrow, not next week, as I had mistakenly thought. So I'll be going to Seattle tomorrow afternoon instead of having a day at home. Ah, well. I am looking forward to group, though.

Late this evening [ profile] gra_is_stor came by and we got a rough outline for the Samhain ritual, which I can put together on Friday in its final form. Tomorrow after I get home from Seattle, though, I'll be sending out a note to everyone who RSVP'd saying they would be coming, with a note about what they'll need to bring for the evening.

This afternoon I did inscriptions for the various books I'm sending out, which will probably go out on Friday, given I won't have time tomorrow. I'd thought I would be mailing them then but that's just not going to happen due to lack of time. I had company for a couple of hours and we talked about books and filidecht and trancework and such. It was fun and I was glad to see him again, as he'd been away from the area for quite a while before moving back.

I've got something in the oven because I'm still kind of hungry, but my stomach has been acting up way too much lately. I'm not thrilled with this, but I still have to eat. I'll have a nibble then head for bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
I was up and down all last night. Tried to go to bed at a reasonable hour and only slept for a couple. Stayed up went back to bed got up - sleep was not exactly optimal.

I didn't do much today. I did get confirmation from the few folks who will be here for Samhain, so at least was taken care of and I know now how many to plan for.

The post brought the card with the funds for the traded in computer, so now I just have to decide what to do with it. I'm debating updating my MS Word/Office but not sure as yet. I know they've changed it a fair bit between 2008 (the version I'm using) and 2011 (the current Mac version). It would probably be more useful to upgrade that than anything else I might do with the store credit.

I need to get some sleep. Later this evening is [ profile] joyful_storm's birthday party, and I said I would probably go. I'll see how I'm feeling when the time for getting on the road rolls around.

I hate insomnigrackles.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
I had been fairly certain Monday was my VA appointment but my calendar said Tuesday. I was up until about 6:30am and was too fried to wake up before 3. When I got up I called and canceled ehr appointment. I have no idea if I'd missed it or if it really was supposed to be today.

I went back to [ profile] gra_is_stor's place in the evening and finished putting her dresser together then headed home again. Sent out invites for my private Samhain. I also wrote and tried to send my email declaring my leavetaking from the schmooze but, thanks to the vaguaries of yahoogroups, my email didn't go through before I dropped my group memberships. The email bounced. I've asked GIS to forward it for me, given the kerfuffle. It would be awfully awkward to have to join the group and wait to be reapproved just to send an email saying I'm leaving.

Anyway, that'll be done and it is a huge load off my mind. I may be going ove to the AFK tonight if I have any energy at all, and I need to email M from GIS's band as he expressed an interest in going this week. That, though, is a matter for when I finally get some sleep, which I am not doing right now.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Oiche Shamhna)
The vigil last night was a good one. We had seven in attendance and the schedule for the night with things to do and listing of texts to read really helped keep the thing focused much better than in years prior. There was (as one might expect) an immense amount of food. The DoDC+3 was able to come with me and spent much of the night in his crate, but he did get to go out to run around in the back yard a couple of times off-leash, which he really enjoyed.

After the end of the ritual, I came over to [ profile] gra_is_stor's place. Sadly, I ate too much of some things I shouldn't, so my intestines are very very displeased with me. I'll probably be heading home in a while, though there's the pirate party here tomorrow for Samhain. I don't know that I want to have the DoDC+3 here for that, so I probably won't stay the night.

And now, to deal with various and sundry bodily issues. Hope your Samhain is an amazing and wonderful one.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Oiche Shamhna)
I went down to Seattle today to pick up [ profile] gra_is_stor. It took me two hours to get from my place down to hers, a feat which usually only takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Traffic was awful, probably at least in part due to the rain. It was, unusually for that time of day, far worse heading south than the northbound lanes were.

Once I got in, we hung out briefly at her place, then she and [ profile] joyful_storm and I all walked down to Edge to get the Box O Ritual Bits from the basement. I didn't want to move the car more than I had to, since I had a free parking spot not far from her apartment, and we'd need to haul a bunch of her stuff out to it before we headed north again. I talked to Robert a bit and told him that Datura was coming out in a paper edition. He was very excited and said he'd definitely get some to sell, so that's one mission accomplished.

I gave [ profile] joyful_storm a ride home, then we headed north to Everett again, where cooking commenced. Some guys were moving in upstairs when we arrived -- there was a rental moving van outside and half a dozen or so guys hauling stuff up the stairs. They didn't finish until nearly midnight, but at least they're quiet now. They're probably going to be doing rather a bit of banging around unpacking over the next couple of days, but I will be away for a couple of days; I'm catching up with some sleep on Sunday at [ profile] gra_is_stor's so I don't have to drive back here all sleep-depped in the morning. Monday will be her Pirate Party for Halloween and I'll be back down there again, but I'm guessing most of the moving in banging around part will be done by the time I get back late-ish Sunday. The DoDC+3 is coming with me so that I don't have to worry about getting my next door neighbor to take care of him for me.

The gołąbkis are in the oven at the moment. It will probably be 2 or 2:30am before they are done, given how late we got started. In a half hour or so I'll be checking on them and making the sour cream sauce to put on top. We need to be down to Seattle about 3pm tomorrow so we can do setup before people start arriving for the ritual. I need to spend a little time bookmarking the stories in the books we'll be using so that we don't have to hunt for them in the midst of everything else we'll be doing.

[ profile] gra_is_stor made stuffed squashes and pumpkin, which I won't eat, but I toasted the seeds after she was done and have nommed some of them. They were YUMMY. There are more of them, but I won't be eating the rest tonight. I had been planning on making a gluten-free rhubarb cobbler, but forgot to get the rhubarb while we were at the store. There will be metric tons of food at the vigil, so I'm not worried about anyone starving, so I didn't bother to run back to the store for it.

Tired Erynn is pretty tired, but we got a fair bit done today, at least.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Oiche Shamhna)
I'm doing progressively better with the cold, though I'll probably be toast by the time the Samhain vigil is over. I'll be staying at [ profile] gra_is_stor's place on Sunday after the vigil, as it's a much shorter drive to the hill than it is back up to Everett from [ profile] joyful_storm's place. I'm heading into town tomorrow to pick up things in Seattle for the ritual, and to pick up [ profile] gra_is_stor so that I won't have to make a trip to the hill before the ritual on Saturday.

There is some shopping and some cooking yet to do, but the ritual is sorted, I have the list of tales I have to bookmark and the stack of books to mark them in, and have been collecting some of the items I have to remember to take with me that aren't in the box over at Edge.

I'll probably be taking the DoDC+3 and his cage with me, so space in Garuda will be limited, but there will be enough for what I need to take along, and for [ profile] gra_is_stor and her harp. There's a good chance my LJ won't be updated until Sunday sometime, though I might have a little bit of time Friday at some point to post an update.

Scott Olsen regained consciousness today, though I believe that surgery is still likely to be necessary. His injury has galvanized veterans and military members to action in regards to the Occupy movement, which I think can only benefit everyone in the long run. We, as a nation, have been asleep for a long time, and this is a long, slow, and painful awakening to the realities we face.

I have to remember to get things mailed out tomorrow. I have my ballot that I filled out, and a box of books that the sib had shipped here because he couldn't get them to ship to him in Baghdad, along with some other stuff to forward to him.

I swapped over from Chrome to Firefox last night because I was having some severe performance issues with Chrome due to an unexpected update that the program didn't actually tell me about until it happened. Firefox seems, for the moment, to be working somewhat faster and rather better for me, though I've had to learn a few different ways of doing things. I'm okay with that; I like to think I can still learn new things when I need to.

I'm about halfway done with Disability and Religious Diversity and have found most of it pretty interesting so far. They had a few typos in my essay that I'm pretty sure I didn't put there (citing The Táin as "Thetain," for instance, wtf?), but overall I think it presented the material accurately and they didn't actually misspell my name, thankfully. I'm very much looking forward to the paperback edition of Datura arriving. The cover photo looked really lovely.

And now, some hot ginger tea adulterated with citrus Airborne to help kick the cold, and a dash of key lime juice to help flavor it a bit more. I'm hoping to crash sometime soon, as I woke up today about 2:30 with a nasty headache. That dissipated through the day, for which I am grateful, but I'm hoping it's not going to manifest tomorrow as well.

Blessings of Samhain to you all, whenever you decide to celebrate it!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Spock Paper Scissors)
I lay around reading in bed for a while this evening before getting up and ordering in some Chinese. I got it at a different place than usual, as they would be closing right about the time I'd placed the order, and this one would be open an extra hour or so. Sadly, it was about the blandest Chinese food I've had in ages. It seriously couldn't have all been down to my taste buds being splodey from the head cold. Sadly, this was necessary because when I'd initially tried to call the teriyaki place next door earlier, I remembered they are closed on Monday, so that was a total loss. At least I have something filling (if devastatingly bland) for tomorrow and I won't have to worry too much about what I'll eat if I'm stil feeling craptacular.

I didn't spend all day sleeping today like I did yesterday, though I probably should have slept rather longer than I did. Tomorrow I don't have anything scheduled. There's supposed to be the steampunk social at the AFK, but I've already pinged the Steamrats list and let folks know that I'm contagious and won't be there. I will have to see how I'm feeling Wednesday and whether or not I'll be able to go. Tomorrow I do have to finish up any edits to the Samhain ritual, given that it's happening on Saturday. I hadn't been meaning to leave it for so long, but I'm completely dragging and haven't had the bandwidth to cope.

And now I should really drag my ass back to bed. I have been fooded and whatnot and I need some sleep.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gir explode)
I spent a fair amount of today trying to download software updates, so I didn't post anything on the 20th. Not dead yet. I do, however, appear to be coming down with a cold after the con. Damn you con crud! *shakes fist impotently*

Beyond all the crap with failing downloads and stuff (failed downloads this week have led to my blowing my 3 gig for the month instead of being way under, as I would normally be), I've also dealt with dishes and done a response to comments on the Samhain ritual on the CR list. I'll need to make a few revisions to the text, but probably not too much. I'm considering going down to Seattle tomorrow to a cafe I know of with an actual ethernet connect in hopes that a hardwired net connect will fix the download problem, given that "network timeout" seems to be a part of it. I haven't decided as yet, though.

I'm also currently working on Burying the Poet for Mandragora with some of [ profile] finnchuill's suggestions for clarification and expansion. It's likely that will be finished up tomorrow, then back to [ profile] finnchuill for a last look prior to sending it out to Ruby Sara. I'll be pleased to finally have that essay off to the editor.

The weather and my biochemistry are working against me again, and I'm feeling crappy and vaguely depressed for no good reason. I had the happy light on for several hours today, but it was of limited assistance. There were a few moments today when curling up in a ball and sniffling seemed like a possibility, but I managed to refrain. I really hate it when I feel like that. I probably just need to watch something funny. It might help.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brighid's cross)
My essay for Mandragora, "Burying the Poet: Brigid, Poetry and the Visionary in Gaelic Poetic Traditions," is finished at 3156 words and has been sent off to [ profile] finnchuill and [ profile] alfrecht for their comments and suggestions. Finally! I think I've done pretty well with it, and now I can turn my attentions to finishing up details for the Samhain ritual that I have to deal with. Tomorrow is the CR schmooze business meeting, my VA yoga group, and picking up [ profile] gra_is_stor before we deal with Steamcon this weekend.

I was just glad to get the writing for this one out of the way. I still have an article to do for Phosphorus, but I may not get that finished before the end of the month (I'm thinking probably not, in fact). I have no idea if I'm going to be able to get that one together in that short a time. I've hardly got more than a paragraph or two in it at the moment. It's such a huge and messy topic that it can be hard to tackle, even if I do have one particular example I'm working from.

I went over to the AFK tonight to have dinner with Herb and one of his spawn. We had a pretty good time, and some yummy foods. I won't be there tomorrow for the weekly steampunk social, obviously.

Politics make me crazy. Topeka, Kansas has repealed its domestic violence laws to try to save money. Screw saving people's lives.

Mississipi has proposed a measure that will make fertilized ova "persons" under the law and may well criminalize miscarriage.

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with people? Get the hell out of my fucking uterus, damn it! For a bunch of people who claim they want government out of their lives, they sure love to jam it up women's vaginas.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy typewriter)
I got up this afternoon at 1:30ish with a really horrible headache and my everything hurting. I'm still trying to recover from the march on Friday, and my muscles are stiff and really painful. There's not much I can do about it beyond just trying to get up and move every so often so they don't just freeze solid on me. It hurts every time I stand up and I really hate that. At least the headache mostly went away after a hot shower, lots of tea, and a bunch of tylenol with a hit of valerian.

I hadn't really intended to do anything today except maybe try to sleep, but I was in too much pain to stay in bed. I did, however, manage to focus enough to get a little writing done this afternoon and into the evening. I started out with about 1100 words in my Mandragora piece and am now at just under 1900. I'm currently talking a little about my incubation chamber work, though I'm not going into great detail. I do talk a bit about some of the various deities and other entities I work with in that context, with a little about why and what they bring to it. I'm just glad I managed to get enough focus to be able to put another 800ish words into the essay. My target is somewhere between 3000-8000 words and this will probably fall on the lower end of it, unless I get thoroughly inspired and just take off with it. I've expanded a little so far on topics where my beta readers expressed a desire to see more, as well as adding the aforementioned new sections. I've got the new bits off to [ profile] finnchuill for his thoughts, though it will probably be a couple of days before he will be able to comment. By then, with any luck, I'll have some further material put together as well.

Next time I get down to Travelers, I have to remember to pick up some valerian and some feverfew for my headaches and muscle aches.

In the "this is next month" department, both the AFK Tavern's one-year anniversary and [ profile] mimerki's Pie Fawkes Night are happening on November 5th. I am planning to go to both. How can I lose? Pie and geeks and gamer geeks! Not to mention a pretty damned decent dinner late in the evening at the AFK.

Next week looks like Wednesday at the VA for yoga, then pick up [ profile] gra_is_stor to go to the schmooze planning meeting. I really need to get a few things done for the Samhain ritual by then, but am being frustrated by both body non-cooperation and by attempting to write to a deadline. Sadly, gotta get my arse in gear for the ritual stuff first. Anyway, she'll come up to Everett with me so that I won't have to swoop through Seattle to get her when I head out for Steamcon on Friday. Thursday we may be going to hang out with Charles for a bit to talk about Irish language lessons and such. There are plans afoot.

Friday to Sunday is Steamcon; we will probably go in about mid-day Friday and head back here Sunday after things chill a bit Sunday afternoon. I don't anticipate being gone later than early evening at best on Sunday.

I'm considering hitting the sack here shortly. I should probably do a bit of laundry tomorrow. Maybe I'll be less achy and miserable when I get up again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
I spent a good part of last night and most of today with one of my hips periodically in spasm, so I didn't get down to Seattle for the schmooze, and [ profile] gra_is_stor is still here with me. This is okay -- her place is still all paint fumed, given that her roommate was behind schedule on the whole finishing up the kitchen thing he was supposed to be doing. Should be okay by tomorrow. If I'm doing well enough, I can drive her home, otherwise I can drive her over to one of the bus stops and she can take it from there.

I'm doing better at the moment, but being in that kind of pain most of the day and last night has certainly taken its toll. Despite that, I've read about half of [ profile] brandywilliams's The Woman Magician and we also worked more on the samhain ritual that's in progress. We've got it pretty much done except for writing two meditations, and those won't be very long ones, textually speaking. We're pulling in Gaelic for some of the ritual, to be interspersed with the English for stuff like lighting and smooring the hearthfire and whatnot. I'll probably work on writing the meditations tomorrow.

Brandy's work always makes me think. She's issued me (among others) an invitation to join a women-only magical group (given the context of Brandy's text, women are presumably defined as those who define themselves as and live as women) based on the work she's done in the book. When she was first developing the material, she asked a number of people if they were interested, and I was among them. I wasn't at the time, primarily because I don't feel much connection to the traditions of ceremonial magic, but given what I've read and her deconstruction of the tradition in terms of gender and power, I think I could get behind what the group is doing, and am interested in pursuing it when the round of initiations begins. I think it would be interesting to work with this sort of revisioned material, to see if it has a more visceral appeal to me than the dualistic, male-centered ceremonialism I'm familiar with.

One thing that had me very pleased was that she directly addresses issues of intersexuality and transgenderedness in her discussion of women and gender. She doesn't shy away from tackling the hard stuff, but she never has. She'll be at the Esoteric Book Conference next weekend down at the Seattle Center, and I'll be heading down there with my copy of her book so that she'll sign it, but I'll also be very interested in talking with her about the material she's provided. Once I'm finished reading her book and talked to her, I'll be able to make a more informed decision about whether I wish to pursue the initiations.

I am so dammed proud of my many extremely talented friends. I am blessed to be in a place and a time where the most amazing work is happening in magic and in Paganism. It's not easy, what any of us are doing, yet it's necessary. Deconstructing and revisioning gender in magic and ritual, reconstructing historical Paganisms, delving into the mystical practices implied in mythologies and lore texts, directly engaging with deities and spirits -- it's all difficult, challenging work, but my friends and their friends are doing it. We breathe life into what we struggle with; we transform what we touch. It's worth the time and the effort we put into it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lynx at first glance)
Some of my relatives have returned to evacuated homes in Greenfield and everything is okay so far. Mom's husband's son is being moved to a nursing home from the hospital tomorrow. The surgery seems to have him resting easier for the moment, at least, so this is good. There are still a few folks I'm not sure about, but news is filtering in, so thanks, Mom, for keeping on top of all that and keeping me in the loop.

I did a little work on the lanai today, moving empty plant pots into the garage. I talked to Sally about the broken light globe and she's going to make sure I get a new one. I got invited to another neighbor's potluck on the afternoon of Sunday the 4th, just across the way. This is the lady who was brought to my door in the middle of the night back in the spring, and whom we had to call the ambulance for. She and several of the folks in the complex are having a bbq and she asked me to come along. I said I probably would.

Hauling the plant pots was pretty rough on my hips and knees, even though I took them up to the garage in two loads on a cart. It was moving them from the lanai out to the sidewalk and then onto the cart that was kind of hard on me. I'm a bit achy, but I've currently got a glass of pomegranate juice with some Kraken rum in it that's relieving me of a little of the physical and emotional stresses of the day. I also did a bunch of dishes and swept the floor to rout the dust vorpal bunnies.

Tonight is my flamekeeping shift. I got email back from [ profile] mael_brigde about the Queering the Flame essay. There was a typo that she marked, but I didn't see any other comments. She said it was really good and she was glad she'd been given the opportunity to comment on the drafts and to read the work. She said also that there was a lot in it that was very interesting, so I'm pleased.

I talked for a little while with [ profile] gra_is_stor about some of the things that were stressing me out today -- primarily the stuff about the storm and family and all that. I'll probably give my shrink a call tomorrow and see if I can get in to see her later this week or early next. This whole thing brought up some unexpected things and I kind of need to talk to her about it. She says I can call anytime to schedule an appointment between our usual ones if I need to, so I'm not worried about that.

Between a little work on the house and the various other things I was doing today, I haven't actually done any writing. I'm feeling too disconnected to do that right now. I know that [ profile] gra_is_stor has been doing some work with the Samhain ritual stuff, and that [ profile] joyful_storm has added a few comments as well, given that it's at her house. We're moving closer to a completed framework to hang the vigil on.

Tomorrow I'll be having [ profile] dmiley and his partner over for a couple of days. I'm really looking forward to spending time with them! We'll be out at the Shinto shrine in the afternoon, then out to dinner later in the evening. I'm expecting them in around noonish from Olympia, so I need to be up by about 10:30 tomorrow morning to be ready for their arrival.

And now I think I'll watch a dvd. Samurai Banners arrived today, and I've had Werner Herzog's Fata Morgana here from Netflix, so I should watch them and get them back there.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
I have [ profile] gra_is_stor here tonight, yay! We are working on the CR schmooze Samhain ritual. I've typed in the notes we have and emailed them to her and she's going to fill in notes that she took from the discussion on our ritual list to modify the list somewhat. We're discussing various bits and pieces of things that need to be done and dealing with how long we think various things are going to take. Music is being plotted and planned. Ritual texts are being assembled.

I also sent off an email to [ profile] finnchuill about the proposed visionary poetry workshop with some suggestions for things I'd like to see, and some technical bits and pieces for us to discuss. He's going to be taking a look at it tomorrow, I think, after he gets back from his camping trip.

Discussion is also underway in email on some Antinoan stuff for Foundation Day, which is the day after our Samhain vigil. Logistics are going to be slightly problematic, but ritual will be had. Mystifications may be in the works as well, possibly during the Esoteric Book Conference the weekend of September 9th, depending on how things work out.

My relatives in New England are battening down the hatches or just evacuating, depending on where they are. I am keeping them in my thoughts. It's going to be a rough one. Mom says it is projected to be as bad as the hurricane that blew through back in 1938, the year before she was born. Both mom and grandma talked about it from time to time when I was growing up, and I remember them telling me the stories. It involved the Deerfield River in Charlemont and the surrounding areas flooding massively, which swept away a woman who owned the indian trading post on the Mohawk Trail where my grandmother once worked -- the woman was killed in the storm. Naturally, I'm worried about my family. I'm hoping everyone is prepared and stays safe. My thoughts are with all my friends back east who are dealing with this -- may you all be well and may damage be minimal.

I talked to the sib today for a little while. He persuaded me to download Skype, so we chatted briefly. It was 10pm in Baghdad and about noon here. He said it had been 128f today, with dust storms. That sounds so horrifically insane that I just can't imagine it. It was nice to talk to him, though it does still pretty much just feel like a phone call. Maybe doing it with video would change that somewhat. Damn, videophones. We do live in the future. Where's my flying car and jetpack, dammit! (Cue Paul Simon. These are the days of miracle and wonder, and don't cry baby, don't cry don't cry...)

Later this evening I'm going to attempt a rhubarb cobbler with gluten-free biscuit crust. I'm hoping it works out. The cornbread we did the other day was really nummy, so it might just be okay.

The wireless is working out just fine so far. I got about three-ish or so hours out of it when it wasn't plugged in (documentation suggested up to four hours), so the battery will last a fair bit when I'm away from a power source so long as I'm not just hanging around online for no reason. It's very slightly slower than Comcast was, but I'm okay with that, considering how much less I'm paying for it. I also popped over to Netflix and eliminated streaming movies from my service, which cuts that bill in half (admittedly it's a very small bill, but everything helps). That'll also cut down on the amount of bandwidth I'm tempted to use. I was mostly using streaming vid when I was crazy bored anyway, so it was sporadic at best.

And now, back to the coal mines.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Tea (Breakfast) by Robertson Davies)
I took [ profile] gra_is_stor back down to Seattle today. She had a 1pm physical therapy appointment, so we headed down early and I dropped her off in Ravenna and then shuffled over to the VA. She left her stuff in the car so she wouldn't have to haul it all over, and I told her I'd meet her at Travelers after my shrinkage today. More ramblytimes below. )
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I had a lovely time this evening at the poly potluck with [ profile] gra_is_stor, though her roommate has continued with the paint fumes, so she'll be staying a couple of extra days. I have to go back down to Seattle again Wednesday anyway for my shrinkage, so it won't be an extra trip down there. She played her harp and sang at the performance after the potluck, joined by a friend of hers who is a percussionist. It was a lovely thing, and she sold a couple of CDs as well.

I'm feeling quite creaky at the moment, with one hip feeling pretty splodey, but she said she'd do some work on it, and I'll be taking some drugs for it in a few minutes, which should also help. Hopefully, I will not have a dose of DoDC+3 in my face during the procedure. I have to take him for a walk shortly anyway.

When I asked what other sort of thing folks would like to see at PCon, one person said something more about specific CR practice, like rituals, holy days, and whatnot. Last year I did the whole Living a CR Path thing, and the year before I did one on CR ritual, but I was thinking perhaps this year I could do a session where I took a couple of the rituals our group does and do a workshop on how we created these rituals in particular -- Samhain and the Manannán Midsummer, maybe. Talk about the texts chosen, the differences between the vigil format and a shorter afternoon or evening ritual, the set pieces we use in opening and closing rituals, foods chosen for feasts, how we're evolving our group's practice and things like that. It might give folks a bit more of a concrete idea of what we do and how to work on this kind of thing for themselves at home and with their own groups.

If I'm going to do this, I'll need to think about it for a few days, but the deadline for proposals isn't until September 15th, so I do have a week or so to put the proposal together.

And now, hauling the DoDC+3 out for his evening perambulation.
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I put together a proposal for PCon, as you probably noted if you saw my LJ earlier. I'm certainly inviting further suggestions for a second proposal; it can't hurt to try to get a second session in, after all.

[ profile] gra_is_stor and I watched The Cat Returns, Muppets From Space, and Curse of the Were-Rabbit today, so it was kind of a fun, lazy afternoon. I made a nice dinner for us with marinated portobello mushrooms, asparagus, and curried lentils that was quite tasty.

Later in the evening we worked on some stuff for the Samhain ritual for the schmooze group this year. We've taken a look at the program for the ritual a couple of years ago, sorted through some songs, made lists of tales, and considered some thoughts about stuff to do so that we don't end up just drifting through the vigil. We've got several tales that we've used more than once, that we really enjoy -- Airne Fingen, Echtra Nerai, and Aislinge Meic Con Glinne, among others. We're talking about doing a duet of a short Welsh song, and preparing a meditation or two. It should be a more organized Samhain vigil than in previous years, and we're both feeling pretty good about the preparations so far.

Tomorrow we'll be off to the poly potluck and discussion, where she'll be performing a couple of songs with her harp. I showed her a bunch of stuff I'd done a decade or so ago with Seirm, the Scots Gaelic choir that used to be a part of Sighe nan Gaidheal. (They have changed format and are now more or less a large band with singers.)

In terms of writing projects I need to do, definitely the article for [ profile] nancyblue, but I can't remember what else I'm supposed to be doing. I know I need to finish working on Circle of Stones, but I need both [ profile] alfrecht and [ profile] gra_is_stor to deal with different bits and to hear back from Storm and Tay about the possibility of the sound file for it. I also intend to do the Brigid Flamekeeping volume, which I can start soonish if all goes well. It's definitely getting to be time to get kicking on that one.

Other bits that are on the agenda eventually include a book on geilt and one on filidecht, and a planned second volume that specifically deals with ogam and magic and healing work. That's a more long-term project, though. The stuff on geilt and filidecht are more important at the moment, and will be particularly so after the geilt article comes out late this year in the anthology on disability and world religions.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
I've got a trip to the Shinto shrine coming up on Wednesday morning before I head down to Seattle for my shrinkage. David and his wife will be here Tuesday evening, probably staying with me overnight, then going to the shrine with me before they head up to Orcas. I'm looking forward to getting out to the shrine again, as it's been months since I've been able to attend a ceremony there. I'm hoping I'll get to Aki Matsuri next month, though.

I put in a call to the VA about the mindfulness study but have yet to hear back from anyone. I also haven't heard back from the Women's Clinic yet about the mammogram scheduling, but if I don't hear anything from them by next Wednesday, I'll just drop in and poke them about it. It's about par for them.

Early this afternoon I headed down to Seattle to see [ profile] gra_is_stor and watch Footloose in the park. It's the last of the Three Dollar Bill Cinema showings for the summer and there was quite a crowd out. The day was gloriously bright and warm, but a little too breezy as the afternoon progressed. [ profile] gra_is_stor did a little work on my back, which I'd strained a bit yesterday while I was picking huckleberries, before we headed for the park.

I was very amused because the last scene of Footloose is a big dancy prom scene, and everybody in the park (several hundred of us) all got up and danced like wild things. None of the folks who've joined us for the films before were with us this evening, so it was just me and [ profile] gra_is_stor sitting under the tree. We were fine with that.

She's here now practicing her harp for her performance on Sunday. We both have some writing to do tomorrow, and we figure we can do a little work on the Samhain ritual while she's here as well. I need to put some time into my PantheaCon proposal tomorrow, given that the deadline is mid-September. The sooner I get that together, the better.

At the moment, I'm looking at a proposal for a talk on Brigid with an emphasis on imbas, fire-in-water themes, and Brigid's similarities to Sarasvati, given that the theme for the con this year will be "Unity in Diversity." I can't say as I'm thrilled with the theme, as it seems kind of forced, but I suppose they're working on the problems perceived at last year's con. They can't improve if they don't at least make an effort. After I get a proposal down, I'll need to do a quick outline of the stuff I want to talk about so that I'll be able to do the necessary research and making of notes to be prepared for it.

Probably tomorrow I should also do a reminder post about the writing projects I've got coming up. I know I have several that either have a deadline or that I should at least get something started for. I have a request for one piece from [ profile] nancyblue for a new project she's working on. That'll probably be on CR and inclusiveness, which we'd discussed when she first ran the project by me. I also have the Brigid book to consider working on. I think there were a couple of other things on the plate as well, though I'll have to go back through my notes.

If I promised to write something for one of your projects (an anthology or something), please remind me, because I've been in running around doing shit mode and may well have forgotten it.

If we have a little time tomorrow and the weather is nice, maybe we'll go over to the park and pick some more huckleberries...


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