erynn: Gaelic merman image (Bydand)
The photographer came over today and took a bunch of photos. I should get the link for the house listing tomorrow in email. He was pretty impressed by the condition of the place; I assume he ends up taking photos of places that are either appallingly decorated or the victims of enthusiastic hoarding a lot of the time.

I sorted through a large box of papers and stuff and turned it into a small box of packed papers and stuff then hauled that out to the garage. I also got the tv stand out of here, though a little later than I was expecting. The guy did call, so it wasn't problematic. I hadn't been sure I'd be able to go to the steampunk social this evening, but I did make it out there, and Qi has offered to loan me a small day bed to save my back from the evil that is the fold-out couch with an air mattress on it. The air mattress is fine, it's just the couch has a huge dip in it that is not doing me any favors. I'm very grateful, and she will probably be by Saturday or Sunday with the bed.

As to the couch, it is probably better that I just get rid of it. At this point, the bed isn't at all comfortable (I had suspected that would be the case) and just use the air mattress on the floor when I move, until I know if I'm going to be in Seattle permanently or whether I'll be moving to Italy.

I did get the FBI criminal check back (clean as expected) in the mail yesterday, finally. It's tucked in the file with the other papers for the Italian visa application.

Now that the photos are taken, I can relax a little and go through the papers and other materials still to sort in a somewhat more leisurely fashion. I still have to make sure to do a little bit nearly every day, but it's not the frantic rush to get everything done before the photos, as the past week and a half were.

Since I got the tv stand out, I've moved the long couch and then relocated the DoDC+3's crate to the space next to the computer. It's surrounded on three sides by walls and desk, and is right next to me, so he should get used to that much more easily than where it was hidden behind the long couch against the far wall. Poor little guy is coping as best he can, but it's all stressful for him.

Does anyone know what to do with a couch that has a not so great folding bed in it? I'm not sure I could sell it. Maybe I can give it away.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (14 straif)
I sold Garuda today. He is going to a fine home with my friend [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson, but it still hurts. It makes the whole leaving here thing feel very immediate. I haven't driven in close to four months, so there was no use in keeping him, and all I was doing was paying insurance without actually having a reason to. I'll be getting my things out of him tomorrow or Monday.

I had a couple of friends come over today to buy books and other things. One of them spent $666, which gave us all a laugh. Pagans. Dude. That was so not planned. There are still a lot of books, music, and movies here, and I have a bunch of Pagan ritual tchatchkes as well. If people want to come and see what kind of Pagany things I have, please let me know and we can schedule a look. I'm not listing anything online for that. You can still look at the book listing until next Thursday, July 4th. If you're in the US and you want stuff, that's the deadline. I've decided I'm not going to try to do the Ebay thing because I won't be able to get acceptable shipping cost estimates to post on the entries. So next weekend I'll be hauling everything into Seattle (with help, obviously) and heading over to used book shops and probably Easy Street to see if they will buy the music.

One of the places I'd queried for a shipping estimate for Italy got back to me with a rough figure of $4,500 given the information I was able to provide. I know that the reality will be somewhat different, but at least it gives me a ballpark figure to work with. I thanked them and said if the visa was approved, I'd get back to them when I had more information about exactly where I would end up, and I filed it in the email folder with all the stuff I'm dealing with for the Italy relocation.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson were here tonight, not just to deal with selling Garuda, but because [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson brought over a Troma drag movie, "Vegas in Space," that really kind of has to be seen to be... on second thought, no. Don't see the movie. omg. soooooo bad. I say this as someone who actually thinks "Plan 9" is pretty hilariously bad. This one was just painful. It had some moments but I think the colors just made my eyeballs boil. The two of them are going down to Seattle tomorrow morning for Pride but I am not up to it.

I got tickets to a Bach lute performance on July 11th, which [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson will take me to. I also picked up tickets for Steamcon for me and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, as prices go up on the first of July.

I'm feeling tired and sad and stressed, but that's how these things go. I'll be fine in a while.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
I got a text back from one of my NYC friends that I contacted and he will be happy to have me stay and to show me around the city a bit if I need to get out there for the Lammys. [livejournal.com profile] witchchild says that she wants to come to NYC to see me if I'm there, so that would be fantastic, too.

I got to go to the monthly Krakens steampunk social this evening with some friends, which I enjoyed. We talked about travel and politics and social responsibility and stuff like that. I talked about some of the changes in my life happening because of the constant dizziness. I'm not at the point of making an actual decision at the moment, but I am giving some serious thought to moving to Venice, where everyone walks, if I have to sell my place and move anyway. I've spent the last couple of weeks doing a lot of research into the idea and, while the paperwork would likely be a nightmare (when is bureaucracy not?) it does look doable. Toward that end, I was pointed to Duolinguo, a language-learning site that you can use to learn Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, and English. It's a pretty straightforward system and I've been playing around with it today for a while. Italian looks a lot easier than Irish, at least, in that it's a pretty regular looking romance language.

On the down side of things, I'm still feeling pretty crap and very tired. The dizziness makes it hard to focus for very long on anything, so even with relatively easy language lessons, it's something that turns my brain to much after about 15 minutes and I have to struggle beyond that. This, of course, is why I'm not working on my Brigid book for the moment. I need to get more used to dealing with this in order to focus on serious stuff. But maybe taking little bits of language work a few times a week -- between this and Irish -- I can work back up to being able to focus on my nonfiction.

One of the things that I would usually do for stress relief is meditation, which usually has a breathing component for me, but deep breathing is one of the things that makes the dizziness a little worse, so it's kind of counterproductive at the moment. I find that terribly frustrating. Actually, everything about this right now is very frustrating. Still, I'm doing my best to carry on. Sorry I'm going on so much about it lately. I'm trying to keep things in perspective.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (All Your Whiskey!)
I didn't do too much today beyond go to the AFK to hang out with the local steampunks. We had a really good turnout after last week's, where several of our number were down with the flu or some other ick that is just now letting up. There were nine of us tonight and things were still going strong when I headed out about 9, with a kink in my back. We finalized details for the Sunday tea & whisky sipping.

I stopped by the grocery store to get a few things. I was out of flour and was going to bake some scones for Sunday, so I had to get a bag, along with dog food, and whatnot. A little while ago I put a hunk of lamb in the crock pot to let it cook overnight. There are mushrooms, garlic, and some spices in with it.

I've been too tired today to work at all on the research and notes for the book, but will probably do some of that tomorrow. I ended up getting up today at about 4pm, which was later than I would have liked, but I was still pretty creaky and exhausted when I did so. Thankfully, I don't have any specific plans for tomorrow beyond "get up, shower, get dressed, take the dog out." Oh, and "have tea and eat." That would probably also be useful.

Speaking of tea, some arrived from Adagio today in the mail, but they neglected to send the tin I had paid for, so I had to email customer support and tell them to send it along. They'd sent a packet of tea instead of the tin. grar.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Raven Stealin' Ur Sun)
I got us tickets for Beowulf today, and it seems that [livejournal.com profile] mimerki was really enthusiastic and got tickets for herself as well. It should be a really cool performance.

There are plans in the offing for a March 17th tea & whisky sipping with steampunks here at my place, so if you are interested in coming, please let me know. I only have so much room in the old homestead. Also, on Wednesday the 27th of March, I'll be heading over to the AFK Tavern around 7pm to celebrate my birthday. Come along if you like. I don't plan to make a reservation for the day as I have no idea if anyone will be coming, given it's mid-week, but I'd love to see you if you want to come by.

My creaky parts continue on their usual creaky way. Some grocery shopping was done last night, including both rhubarb and some frozen peaches, so I am contemplating a couple of cobblers in the coming weeks. Brianna might have a line on a place to move to come mid-month, and we'll see how that goes.

Along with everything else, sleep is still for the weak.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
As you might guess from the infrequency of my posts recently, I'm still trying to recover from PCon and all that stuff. I'm tired and achy and breaking in the new boots is adding extra aches that I don't really need, but there's really only one way to actually get them broken in, and that's by wearing them for a while on a frequent basis. (That said, they are really awesome boots.)

Since [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor has started doing Irish language lessons just down the street here on Sunday evenings, I've started taking classes again. I've been too out of it to get down to Seattle much on days when I'm not actually dealing with a VA appointment, unless I have several things I'm doing on the same day.

I'm dealing with a lot of brain fog since I got home. Tiredness will do that, and really kind of aggravates it. The Everett Pagan meetup was pretty good. I knew several of the folks who came, which was nice. It's easier for me to be in a group when I know more people. One of the folks who came is a Russian guy practicing Slavic Paganism. He was pretty interesting, and showed us a necklace he'd made of his god and goddess, which was some really beautifully carved and polished wood. It'll be nice to talk with him more and learn about what he's doing.

The Medieval Women's Choir concert was lovely, as usual. [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson came along with us and seemed to quite enjoy himself. We really need to get tickets to the upcoming Beowulf performance with Benjamin Bagby, as it was again advertised on the back of the MWC program. I've wanted to see him perform this for years.

I've not had the focus to make further notes toward my Brigid book outline, but I'll be trying to do that later this week again. Tomorrow is the steampunk social, and I'll need to make plans toward my tea & whisky St Patricks Day thing with the Air Krakens. I'm not looking for a large group, so I'll be restricting attendance to about a dozen people.

Yesterday I emailed mom, as I owed her a response to a couple of her emails. I called a couple of weeks ago, I think, but I hadn't been posting regularly, so mom, I just didn't want you to worry that I'd fallen off the edge of the continent or something. I'm trying to keep up with things without stressing out too much.

There's a new Cadfael waiting to be viewed when [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor has enough time to come by for it. We had considered watching it last week but didn't quite find the time for it. Both of us are feeling pretty worn down, and she's doing allergy treatments that mean she's feeling crappier than usual recently.

Once I get more of my brain functioning than just the brain stem, I have emails that I need to answer. Sleep has been a precarious and rare commodity of late, more so than usual. It means I'm feeling more scattered than normal, as well. Probably contributes considerably to the brain fog.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
After contemplating it for several months, I finally went to Lulu and spent all of last night and most of today putting together a 20-page hardbound photo book of my pilgrimage through Ireland and the Isle of Man. It's available by link only, not as an open search item on Lulu.com, so if you're interested, you can have a peek at the book by clicking here. It's $35, because it's hardbound and full color. I've got my proof copy on order but everything looked fine online. Once I get my copy (when I get back from PCon, as there's no way it would get here before I leave), I'll add a permanent link and information for it on my publications page over on Searching for Imbas.

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

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

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

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

Tomorrow will be spent doing more PCon prep.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Genius Signal)
I do think the headaches have been, at least in part, the result of constantly wearing the bifocals. Today I'm wearing my old glasses again. I've been on the computer a lot today and am feeling some eyestrain, but I don't have the migraines that have been following me around for what seems like a couple of weeks now.

Today I catalogued nearly 60 books that had been sitting in stacks here in the living room. Several weren't found in the search (this happens from time to time, when an ISBN or LOC number isn't correct), and so will eventually have to be entered manually. I was glad to be able to get a few piles of books up off the floor, though.

Email brought my schedule for Norwescon -- I'm on four fanfic/writing panels and doing a poetry reading with some other poets. It should be fun, and I'm really looking forward to it coming up in March.

Tomorrow there will be steampunky things, though I am not certain of our exact location yet. It hasn't been decided whether it'll be at the AFK or out in Snohomish again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (praise manannan)
I spent a few hours today doing stuff around the house. I dealt with the guest bathtub drain (ugh), indulged in some banana bread that I made last night, did dishes, and did more toward finishing up prep for the PCon presentation. This evening I went out with friends to the AFK for some steampunk and Zombie Dice (I lost all three rounds - my zombie feets were not very quick). When I got home, I printed out the outline and the notes for the presentation and dragged out the big notebook to start scribbling things for the physical end of the presentation there.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor brought B home from the transit station and took her off shopping to Trader Joe's. We all had something hot to drink and watched an episode of The Tick. Much fun was had by all. She will likely be starting up an Irish language class up here in Everett sometime soon, just down the block. It'll be $10 per lesson, if anyone local is interested. I can give you details once they're hammered out.

And now, I am going to crawl off to bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Steamy time travel)
I got an email today that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm won't be making it down to PCon this year (I am sad), but we will get together sometime soon, with any luck, just for hanging out purposes.

B has moved in today. We discovered that the guest bathroom tub does not drain if one takes a bath. I'm going to have to get some drain unpluggy stuff for it tomorrow when the stores are open.

I have started [livejournal.com profile] ogam's flamekeeping shift, followed immediately by my own, tomorrow. Also, there will be steampunkery at the AFK.

I dredged through McQuarrie's Manannán dissertation and dug up incidents of Manannán as a healing deity. I also put together my basic outline for the presentation. Tomorrow during the day, I'll drag out my big pad of paper and start writing out the names of the 30+ deities so that people will be able to spell them properly (at least from the sources I've compiled) if they are interested in exploring these figures further.

Also, there is banana bread. Noms.

Oh, and here, have a vid from the Abney Park show I went to earlier this month:

erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
It's been a busy past couple of days. Today I had several folks over for bad movie night for Melody's birthday. We had a potluck, two Dr Phibes movies, and Mars Attacks. Food was tasty, much fun was had by all.

Saturday night was the Abney Park show down at Studio Seven. They had two opening bands and some aerialists. More stuff under the cut )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ogma)
I spent a goodly chunk of this evening delving about in books, looking up potential healing deities and other figures, and found quite a number listed here and there. I'm still chasing down some others. I found a note that may be of interest to [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and will be typing up a quick quote and sending it off to him in a little bit.

In pursuit of some of my research I have had cause to attempt to read Táin Bó Flidhais: "The Mayo Táin" by Stephen Dunford. I have a sneaking suspicion that he stabbed a thesaurus and let it bleed out onto the pages. It isn't pretty. It gets the story across, but his language is labored and not at all imitative of Early and Middle Irish tales. He cannot resist using some verbal detritus or other when a simple (or even a poetic) word will do. Here, for your delectation, is a sample sentence from this overwrought monstrosity:

Then, as her bosom throbbed and heaved with the quick deleterious pulsation and palsy of grief, and with her fair and beautiful face blanched with streaming tears, her ululating yowls of lamentation echoing united and multitudinous across the landscape, falling and rising in lingering cadences, Flidhais commenced a doleful and remorseful dirge in which she ruefully recalled and recounted every worthy action of her deceased husband and of his hallowed and atavistic progenitors.

As you can see, not much to recommend this version. It is, mercifully, slim.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's mom and one of her sisters will be in town shortly. Her mom may come to the Abney Park show with us tomorrow, and they will both probably join us on Sunday for the bad movie festival. We'll be viewing the two Dr Phibes movies and Mars Attacks. It should be fun.

Dishes were done. Food was had. Research was compiled. All in all, not a bad day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gir explode)
I was feeling pretty headachey yesterday and so went to bed early, about 10:30. I got up again at 3am and stayed up for an hour or so then went back to bed. Today was my VA group. I ran into Jeff from the CR group at Travelers and we talked for a while before we both headed off home.

Planning is in progress for this weekend, with the Abney Park show and the bad movie day/Melody's birthday. I got in touch with [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus about visiting her in Fresno after PCon. I dragged books down from the shelves to do some more research. My head still hurts.

It was immensely foggy today all day and I almost fell in the parking lot tonight on the black ice. It really is a ski slope out there. I do my best, but even just walking sometimes is a hazard.

Tomorrow, dishes and writing. Possibly in that order. If my headache calms down.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (salmon)
I actually felt together enough today for a change, and spent time with [livejournal.com profile] finnchuill's poetry manuscript. He arrived in Hawaii today and sent me a brief note about what he needs from me. I made a first pass through this afternoon and will be going over it again tomorrow to get a better feel for it.

I also spent time working on the healing deities presentation. I dredged up one additional name, but am still looking for more mythic/deific figures to add to my list. I could expand that list considerably if I were looking at other Celtic cultures, but I'm primarily sticking with Irish to keep things manageable.

Plans are being made for this weekend's Abney Park show, as [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I will be carpooling down to Seattle with local friends and grabbing some food beforehand. It'll be nice to introduce some new folks to the band and the local steampunk scene.

Sleep is still escaping me most of the time, but I was glad to be able to focus a little better today. I have compiled a couple of other contacts for my east coast road trip, and may get the chance to meet [livejournal.com profile] miss_adventure, who is going to law school in Toronto, which is pretty close to Niagara Falls. She says she will show me around the city, so I may spend a day up there instead of just the one night. Once I've got a more or less complete list of people, then I need to start actually figuring out travel times and visiting times to see who I will be able to fit in properly, and who I'll have to dash past for lunch or a cup of tea. I'd love to stay and hang out with people for longer, but I know that at least some folks are going to have to be a quick pass. There's so much ground to cover. Like Europe, there's only a limited amount of time I can spend traveling. That said, I'm so excited by the chance to see old friends and meet folks I've known online for years!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
My schedule at PantheaCon this year is looking like this:

Saturday: 1:30pm Immanion/Megalithica Author's Panel
5pm: ADF Suite, Photos & tales from the Ireland pilgrimage
11pm: Joint workshop on spirit work & PTSD with Jessie Olson - Wounded Spirits: Heeding the Call Through Trauma
Sunday: 9pm: Irish Healing Deities: Beyond Brigid

I paid my PCon membership today as well, before the reg fee went up.

I've got a poetry manuscript from Michael that I need to read over. I printed it out today but haven't got round to having a close look yet. He's in Hawaii at the moment, so it's not entirely urgent. I'll probably have a look at it later tonight.

I did some cleaning around the house today, and last night I got some steamers and mussels while I was out grocery shopping with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor so I had them today. It was really nice to have some shellfish again. I don't have them very often. I also got some groceries delivered (mostly heavy stuff) so that I didn't have to haul myself out of the house today.

When I got up this morning, it was snowing. It snowed very lightly all day but none of it stuck. The parking lot is coated with black ice tonight, though, after all the moisture froze over. It's overcast tonight, though, so it's not down in the 20s; in fact, it's 33f right now, which is warmer than it's been at night lately. I'm happy about that, at least.

I emailed my publishers at Hiraeth today to let them know I would be in their area. The publisher is based in CT. One of them lives in Boston, the other about an hour from Providence, so I may be able to get together with them while I'm out there, as well. That would be fun, I think. They are going to try to arrange it, at least, probably while I'm in Providence, as it would be the most central location for both of them.

Tomorrow, probably the AFK in the evening for steampunks. Thursday is group at the VA. I wish I could focus a little better right now.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Cthulhu attacks!)
Or something like them.

I did some work on the Circle of Stones file today, though I can only deal with a little of it at a time. Thankfully, several of the things that required entirely retyping appear several times in the text, so once I'd done them the first time, I could just copy and paste and be done with that aspect of it. (The four winds use the same poetic text, for instance.) Dealing with re-inserting foot/end notes is kind of a pain. I'm formatting them as end-notes first, so that I can access them a little more easily, but will turn them back into footnotes before I send the file off to Taylor and Storm.

Today's mail brought confirmation of my having paid off the consumer loan, and the title for Garuda, whom I had used as collateral for the loan initially. Tomorrow I have to go down to the licensing office and inquire about what I have to do to make sure the title has been transferred properly. I don't know if this qualifies as a sale or as something else; there are supposedly forms to be filled out and a fee to be paid, but given that I've got disabled vet tags, I don't think I actually have to pay the fee. It's not something I can figure out from the website, though, hence the need to actually go to downtown Everett and actually stand in line to talk to a human being who can help me sort it.

Anyway, Garuda is now officially MINE and nobody else's.

It looks like [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde may be joining us for the schmooze next Monday. She might have a ride down and not have to deal with the bus, which will be a vast improvement for her.

This evening, as implied, I went over to the AFK, where I hung out with Kier and Randolph for a couple of hours. We talked about writing and website stuff and fanfic and steampunk costuming. I had a pretty good time, and they said they had as well. Sometimes they show up, when they have time and haven't been too worn down by work to come out in the evening. It's good to see them. They'll be at WorldCon in mid-August, when I'll be over in Port Angeles for the Abney Park show. I still have to look into getting a room for the night over there. I believe I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht over there, but we have to work out the details when I see him again.

Tomorrow I'll be over on the Hill again, learning to tango with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor. I'm looking forward to this and also worrying about tripping all over myself. She assures me I'm unlikely to trip nearly as much as I think I will. We shall see. I'm probably going to have to invoke my inner ferret -- cats with no dignity. I shall probably have to dispense with dignity.

Anyway, Thursday promises bureaucracy and dancing. I suppose that's not too evil. Except for the bureaucracy part. I'll remember to bring the Shoggoth-B-Gon.

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