erynn: Gaelic merman image (kermitflail!)
It looks like [ profile] man_of_snows will be here tomorrow about 1pm. Tagh and Beth might be here Friday from California, as they're visiting her family not far from here. Still haven't firmed up anything with [ profile] alfrecht for the weekend.

I got the DoDC+3 in to the vet this morning for his dental and nail clipping. He's all cleaned up now, and two of his lower front teeth were removed, but he's doing just fine. I was considering going for a haircut today and to deal with Garuda, but I was too tired. I came home and grabbed a little more sleep between dropping the Pupulator off and picking him up, so I called and made an appointment at the garage for Garuda for Monday afternoon and I'll go to the hairdresser while they're working on the car.

Books were sent to England and Ireland. The electric toothbrush the dentist recommended for me was on sale for $50 off and I had a $10 off coupon, so I saved a bunch of money on it when I went by the drug store today. We'll see if it vibrates my teeth out of my head when I try using it tonight.

I did spent time writing and the fic is now at 25,242 words. Yay me! I think I'm doing pretty good. Knocked out a major scene today and now and heading into the home stretch.

Gotta do dishes and a couple of other things before I head for bed tonight so that the place will be clean for company.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lynx at first glance)
Last "night" didn't get to bed until about 10 am or so. Maybe 10:30. I wrote about 3,000 words over the course of the night, but when I woke up today, I was still pretty numb from the overnighter. Tomorrow morning I have to get up ungodly early and take the DoDC+3 off to the vet between 8-8:30am to drop him off for a dental visit. After that I'll see about getting Garuda in for an oil change and an overdue maintenance visit. If that works out, I'll also head across the street and get my hair cut, finally. I really hate when it gets in my eyes like it is.

I've potentially got visits coming up with friends in the next two weeks. [ profile] man_of_snows might be here on Wednesday. I'm going to see if there's a way to get together with [ profile] alfrecht this weekend or next week. Got an email from [ profile] druid_medb about her taking the train up and staying for a few days the first week of December to do some plotting for PCon.

I was too tired and lazy today to cook, so I ordered in a pizza, then [ profile] gra_is_stor came by and drove us both out to Central Market, where we did some grocery shopping. I wasn't really in any condition to drive, so that was really what I needed.

Writing today was really really slow and has mostly consisted of re-reading what I've got so far and doing a little editing, but I did get to talk with my beta and run the bones of the final scene past her, so I know more what I'm shooting for, and about how long it's going to take me to get there, at least in terms of number of scenes I need to deal with. That's always a good feeling.

And now to bed, because I still feel like run over rodent.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
The tea I thought was happening today is actually set for tomorrow. I set my alarm for noon when I didn't have to and texted the person about 1:20 only to be reminded it was Tuesday. That dealt with, I went over to [ profile] gra_is_stor's place, where I hung out with her and [ profile] ingvisson and put together most of a computer armoire. When we broke to take the DoDC+3 to the vet, [ profile] ingvisson headed home. The DoDC+3 behaved more or less well enough until we got to the nail trimming portion of the experience. He got really frantic and bitey, so we left the shortest of his claws alone (only one) and scheduled a dental for him next month. I've never taken him in for any dental work and it looks like he may lose the two front lower teeth because they're very loose. His claws will get trimmed to a normal length while he's under for the dental work.

Upon finishing up the canine torture, I dropped him home, grabbed something quick to eat, and went back over to [ profile] gra_is_stor's place to finish up the furniture assembly. Upon finishing that up, one of her cats came up and I petted it, only to find it was having... intestinal issues. I will just say that there is no greater love anyone can have for their girlfriend than helping her clean up her poop-encrusted cat. *shudder*

Home again after that, but too tired to finish up the writing I was going to do today. Tomorrow, tea for an hour or so, then steampunkery in the evening, but I'll try to finish up the publicity piece between tea and steam.

All in all, a very tiring day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Today Mandragora arrived in the mail. I was, as one might imagine, utterly jazzed by the whole idea.

Erynn & Geordie with Mandragora

Here's me and Geordie at Travelers, waving the book with our stuff in it. We are happy. Sooooo happy.

Erynn & Caera at Travelers

And here's me and [ profile] gra_is_stor at Travelers. She's happy, too.

But my deep, dark secret?

This is who actually writes the books...

The one who really writes the books

The day was gloriously sunny and warm, and we spent a while having chai at Travelers. I showed Leon the book (he was duly impressed). When we wandered over to Edge, I showed it to everyone there, as well. It's kind of the thing one does, after all. The schmooze turned into a pretty good discussion of trees in Celtic lore, as well as a discussion of tree as cosmological center, the Jupiter Giant columns, and various and sundry sacred omphali. (I think that's the right pluralization.)

Tomorrow is dinner with [ profile] paganpaul, who's in town from the Netherlands. Wednesday I'm picking up Geordie when I'm in town for Irish class and he'll come back up for a day or two. Stuff and things require doing, and we still have a fair bit to talk about. Much of today was spent with both of us squeeing about The Book. As you do when you're an author with a brand new pretty.

I'm tired and hoping that I'll actually manage to get some sleep tonight. I didn't sleep well at all last night and I was pretty creaky when I got up this morning. I'm hoping there won't be a migraine in the offing tomorrow, given how I felt for part of today.

When I have the Brigid and flamekeeping book together, I'm seriously thinking of approaching Scarlet Imprint to do the publication. I don't know if it's quite up their usual alley, but one never knows. They're already publishing my stuff, and some of the book will be ritual work, while much of the rest will be essays and other material about Brigid, about flamekeeping, probably about poetry, and about the whole complex of things from a CR perspective, or at least from my CR perspective (which is about all I can say about anything I write these days). Given that they're also doing paperback editions these days, it wouldn't price the book out of everyone's reach, and I'd love to have a gorgeous edition for the altar of the sort that they tend to produce.

Anyway, that's a concern for when the book is actually written.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
I got a callback from Comcast today, before noon, so it went to my voicemail. When I called them, I got a young guy who tried to walk me through the same shit as before, as though no other tech had ever thought of them previously and I was possibly too stupid to have followed directions if they had. He said he would have someone else call me back tomorrow before I leave the house, or later this week, but not on Thursday, given I'm away then. Next time I speak with anyone I'm demanding a supervisor and telling them to just cut my bill by the amount I'm paying to AT&T and call it done. It's a pain, but there doesn't seem to be fuckall they can do about it.

This evening I went with [ profile] gra_is_stor and [ profile] ingvisson to a small Beltaine celebration out in Arlington. It rained copiously, but we dashed between the bonfires anyway. It was a pleasant evening, given that I wasn't feeling all that well. Today has been a very down day (hormones, we hates them we does my preciousss), but I had fun anyway. When I got home, I made dolmas for dinner. It was 12:30 by the time I got them into the oven, but they were done with already mostly-cooked rice and lamb, so I only had to have them in the oven for half an hour. They were very tasty, though. Most of them are now sitting in the fridge for later.

Tomorrow I'm heading over to Nicole's class for 3:30, then to the AFK for the steampunk social. I'm not even going to try to think beyond that right now.

[ profile] ingvisson accidentally caffienated the DoDC+3 (he left a tea mug on the floor where he was sitting when he got up and didn't think about picking it up before the dog got into it) and the beast was slightly overstimulated. He's currently in his crate, gnawing a bone and contemplating life. I'm hoping he'll be mellower in a few minutes when I head for bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (17 onn)
Today I bought my ticket from the Isle of Man to Liverpool on the Manannán. The ferry leaves Douglas at 3pm on July 28th and arrives at 5:45pm. The ferry from Dublin to Douglas, however, leaves at 1am and arrives in Douglas at 5:45am -- the departure time isn't unreasonable for me, as a night owl, and I do have a reserved seat, so I'll be able to sleep. Getting to the dock at a little after midnight to check in might be challenging, but I can always get a cab if necessary. I didn't reserve a seat on the ferry to Liverpool as they have a cafe and a restaurant on board, apparently, so I can nurse a cup of tea for a fair while and they may also have wireless. If the weather's good, I can go out and wander on deck a little as well.

This evening I was also able to catch the sib online on Skype just before he headed out to work. I sent him my flight information from Venice, and told him when I would like to be picked up in Prague. He says he's very excited, and that my timing is excellent, because I managed to get him out of a big inspection/war game. I'm very much looking forward to the road trip from Prague down to northern Italy.

My flight from Venice leaves early-ish, in the 7:30am range, so I'm not sure if we'll spend the night before in Venice or if we can drive in. That'll be up to him. For all I know, he may have a friend there with a spare couch or something that we could crash with. I've been updating my itinerary doc with the various notes about flight numbers, departure and arrival times, and all that stuff. Once I have all the various tickets and reservations for lodging, I'll fill out the rest of it with contact information for the places I'll be staying so that I can be in touch while I'm in the area. I'm also going to leave information about where I'll be and who I'll be visiting with a few people here, like [ profile] gra_is_stor, so that folks can check in with me if I've been silent for anything resembling a suspiciously long time.

I'm still waiting to hear back from the various B&Bs in Penrith that I've contacted. If I can't get one, I'm sure there's a motel or hotel in town that will have a room, probably for a somewhat equivalent price. I checked into the one hostel I could find in town but, sadly, they're already pretty much booked up for the season at this point. They're right along the Coast to Coast bicycle route and always have cyclists and backpackers there in the summer.

I took a trip over to Lowes today to pick up some diamond bits for the dremel. I will need to get a couple more, as the moss agate is rather harder than I'd expected and I've worn the diamond off the ones I got. What has been truly fascinating is that the high speed of the bit's movement means that there's a flash of fire inside the stone as I'm doing the work, so it feels very magical.

While I was at Lowes I also bought a new horizontal blind for the lanai door. The vertical ones have been kind of mangled by the DoDC+3 when he freaks out about the other dogs outside. If the blinds have been partly closed, he'll end up biting them, so he's destroyed a couple of the slats. With the horizontal blind, I can just lower it enough for privacy, but not so low that he can reach it and bite it when he's in one of his frenzies. That should resolve the issue. It is, however, a two-person job. [ profile] gra_is_stor says that she'll help me out when she gets here tomorrow afternoon before her band rehearsal.

Today was, again, a very headachey day. My stomach has been giving me a lot of trouble as well, as I think I noted last night. Today I finally gave up and took a tramadol, an extra pill for the acid problem, and also one of the anxiety pills, which seems to have helped a bit, as both my stress and my stomach are calming down a bit. I've eaten really sparingly today and had only one small cup of oolong tea when I got up so as to have enough caffeine in my system to be sort of functional. I'm still not quite together, but with the slightly lowered anxiety level, the stomach does seem to be reacting less. Right now I'm having a bowl of mushroom udon.

Lastly, I did a beta for a friend's fic today, and had a lovely time reading it over. I think the fandom in question is really going to enjoy the story.

I've not been sleeping well lately. I really think the stress of crossing the Canadian border hit me harder than I expected. The stomach trouble has been manifesting since I got home from the trip, and I'm sure that the border crossing crap has had something to do with it. The anxiety about buckling down and dealing with booking transportation and lodging has also taken its toll. Believe me, I'm not at all sorry I'm doing these things, but I have to remember that I do have PTSD and an anxiety/panic disorder and that doing something so very far outside of my comfort zone is going to cause my anxiety to spike pretty hard, with all the accompanying physical symptoms. At least when I have some idea of what the triggers are, I can try to step back and work through it. It's hard, but worth doing. Excitement is its own kind of stress and I have to remind myself of that. Even happy things mess with my system, sometimes too much.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (totem bluejay)
It's still below freezing out there. There's two inches of hard packed snow and ice in the parking lot. My car is buried under about eight inches of snow. It snowed a while this morning and into the afternoon, lightly, but stopped and has not, so far, restarted.

The snow out there has a thin ice crust on top of it now, which means the dog doesn't want to walk on it. He's really nervous about the snow and ice. Fluffy snow he'll play in, but once the parking lot starts icing over, he gets very persnickety. I can't pick him up and carry him over the problem spots because I'm quite honestly afraid of falling and wrecking both of us.

I've called and cancelled my Thursday group. There is no way I'm going to try messing around with the parking lot tomorrow, or the roads, which are still quite bad out there in many places, including near here on I5, where a downed tree blocked the park and ride northbound ramp at 112th, near my house.

Getting the poetry book done was good. I'm really glad to have that put together and sent off. Now all I have to do is fret about it until it gets published in late October. ;)

My next project has to be dealing with the revisions to the Imbolc ritual text and the PCon presentation outlines. I'll see what I can do about those tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
The temperature has been hovering around 32/33f for the last several hours. We got light snow all morning and into the afternoon, putting down about another inch over the course of the day. Right now it's being slightly melty and there was a very slight drizzle for a while.

The parking lot has about an inch of ice on it right now, but the sound of water dripping is everywhere outside. With any luck, the temperature will rise tonight instead of fall, and we'll have some melt instead of it freezing over again.

I walked down to the store a couple of hours ago to get things in case the weather got nasty again tomorrow. I will most likely make chicken and dumplings tomorrow; I got a whole chicken and will happily hack it into gobbets and turn it into tastiness.

Email arrived today from Jason at Hiraeth Press, who says we have a date of mid-October to November 1st for the release of Fireflies at Absolute Zero. I need to get it finalized and sent off to him this week.

I took a couple of pics of the DoDC+3 tonight. They were taken with my phone and my shaky hands, so enter at your own risk. Devastating Cuteness herein )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GIR likes FOOD!)
Today was a fairly quiet day. I went to the AFK with [ profile] gra_is_stor and met Gary and Melody there for a little gaming at about 2pm. The place was pretty quiet when we were there, but I was delighted that they were open. We played several varieties of Fluxx (Martian, Stoner, and Zombie), Cthulhu Munchkin, and Give Me the Brain, another zombie game. While I'm not particularly fond of zombie movies, I find zombies themselves pretty amusing. They are certainly a monster of the zeitgeist.

We were joined a bit later in the afternoon by Charles, who played a few rounds of Martian Fluxx with us, then a bunch of rounds of the quick and simple Cthulhu Dice.

Sadly, [ profile] gra_is_stor's tummy has been distinctly uncooperative the last few days, so she wasn't feeling too well. We departed from the AFK about 7pm and headed back here. I'd had a bit to drink and wasn't fit to drive, so Charles drove Garuda for us, and we lit ourselves a fire in the fireplace and put on Babette's Feast, which [ profile] gra_is_stor hadn't ever seen. I really do love that movie and will sometimes get a bit sniffly at its playing, as I did this evening.

When the movie was over, Charles was fetched home by his roommates, and we are now having a quiet evening here doing our own things. The fire is still on, but slowly dying. The wind has been very high today and there are a lot of branches down all over the place. It was reasonably warm over the course of the day, but it got considerably colder as the sun went down. It's about 37f now, and will probably get colder over the course of the night. It rained a fair bit. Someone said that Everett was supposed to get rain (as we did) mixed with some snow (none seen yet, thank the Gods).

My shoulder and neck are bothering me and I will probably be crashing very soon. The DoDC+3 was an utter pill today. He's managed to destroy one of the flaps on the vertical shades that cover the sliding door out to the lanai. I'm going to have to find something that he can't destroy when he goes into one of his frenzies at the door when one of the other dogs goes by. He has been biting at the shade, and has torn a chunk off the bottom of one and ripped another down completely. A few of the others have small chunks taken out of them. The shade is light plastic and I'm wondering if wood or metal of some sort (it has to be white or off-white, in accordance with the HOA agreement) would withstand difficult dog treatment. I'm rather annoyed with him, as he was also being a pill with Charles while we were watching the movie. He spent most of the day in his crate today to get him to calm down.

Anyway, the day has been, overall, a decent one but I'm achy on one side and annoyed with the beast. No writing got done today, obviously, given that I wasn't home to write, nor at the keyboard while I was home.

Tomorrow is looking like a day with Nothing Going On, which I am perfectly happy to maintain. Too much stuff and too many people. I'm glad that the seasonal steampunk tea isn't on Boxing Day but is, instead, on New Years Day. I know there is a steampunk stitch & bitch but I'm not particularly interested in going. I was told that I could bring my long wool coat and some lining material and Qi would help line it again, but that would mean I'd have to go out to a fabric store tomorrow and then out to Snohomish to get together with everyone, and I haven't the wherewithal to deal with it. I just want to stay home and maybe write and/or curl up in a corner and not do anything all damned day. Tired Erynn is currently well and truly tired.

Recap: Gaming with friends at the AFK was epic fun. Babette's Feast is filled with many kinds of win. And food porn. Dogs can be utter pills. I am tired and achy. I am not doing a damned thing tomorrow if I can avoid it.

Tuesday, I'm calling the VA and telling Julia that yoga at 2pm is too early for me to be in Seattle, and trying to get into town at that hour is more stress than the yoga relieves.
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'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 (erynn999 merman)
I spent the majority of today working on two things -- the Queering the Flame essay, and sorting and shelving my catalogued Celtic books as I browsed through them looking for source quotes for the essay. The essay itself has gone from 8 to 10 pages in the last couple of days, so I'm pleased with my current progress, though occasionally frustrated by my efforts to find particular sources and quotes. I spent the better part of an hour poking through a box of photocopied papers looking for Patrick Ford's The Well of Nechtan and "La Gloire Lumineuse". I was ultimately successful (I knew I had a copy somewhere), but I also found that it is available on Googlebooks as one of the in-the-clear sections of Myth in Indo-European Antiquity. The entire book isn't available, but the fact that this whole section was is very useful.

One of the things I hit upon today regarding the tradition of perpetual flames in Ireland is an idea that actually supports a Christian origin of Brigid's flame. This is that traditionally all the flames in Ireland were extinguished and had to be re-lit from the Bealtinne fires atop the hills. If this tradition is true, there would be no Pagan perpetual flames in Ireland. The idea of a flame's perpetuity may well come from Patrick's lighting of a flame on the hill of Tara before the druidic flame was lit, and the prophecy that if the flame were not extinguished that very night, it would always burn and would eventually mark the fall of Paganism, as related in Muirchú's Life of Patrick. The salient quote is this:

The wise men answered: "'O king, live forever!' This fire, which we see lit this night before the fire of your own house, must be quenched this night. Indeed, if it is not put out tonight, it will never be extinguished! You should know that it will keep rising up and supplant all the fires of our own religion. The one who lit it, and the kingdom he is bringing upon us this night, will overcome us all—both you and us—by leading away everyone in your kingdom. All the kingdoms will fall down before it, and it will fill the whole country and it 'shall reign forever and ever.'"

Were the perpetual flames at Christian monasteries actually symbolic statements of Christian triumphalism? I think it's possible. I think it should be explicitly stated that it doesn't matter if the origin of Brigid's flame is Christian or Pagan, what really matters is the practice as it is used today in Pagan spiritual communities, and the intents and benefits of those practices.

I'm still working through [ profile] mael_brigde and [ profile] alfrecht's notes as I mess with the article. I have to keep going back and to make sure I haven't missed anything significant. I haven't looked at the article as a whole since I've added a couple of pages, but I'll probably do that tomorrow, after I've finished up working on it for the night. It's still not anywhere near finished, but it's fleshing out nicely at this point, which always feels good. It's hard to stay focused, but I think I've managed to do so reasonably well today, despite the several-hours' interruption for shelving books and digging through photocopies. Of course, now the library floor is covered with paper, and that'll need to be dealt with tomorrow at some point. I really need to develop a better filing system than "pile shit up." It's nice, at least, to have my space to myself again so that I have room for stuff like this and don't feel guilty about invading someone else's space when I have to keep going back and forth into the library for things.

Today was overcast, but significantly warmer outside than it looked. It rained for a while, though it didn't pour down buckets like it did the other day. When I was out walking the DoDC+3, I happened upon a little green and brown Pacific Tree Frog in the grass of the dog walking area, which is the tiny species of peepers that sing outside at night. I was kind of tickled to see it. According to wikipedia, they're the only species out here that sings like that, so I know I've identified the culprits. It was really quite cute. They're apparently capable of changing their color to a limited extent to match their environment, which is pretty cool. I hadn't known frogs could do that.

I'm feeling very crampy tonight, and my right hip is giving me fits. I hope that I'll be doing better tomorrow, but I suspect not. With any luck, I'll be through the worst of the crampybits by Monday, when I'm supposed to go talk to the guy who's interviewing steampunks. I sent him an email asking where he'd like to meet, but haven't heard back yet.

In the mail today, I got a cd and a final first edition copy of Nazza, a little volume of poetry by the young poet from Vancouver who came down to visit a couple of months ago. It has a blurb from me on the back, and one from a guy who wrote a book about Greenpeace. I haven't had a chance to listen to the cd yet, but am looking forward to it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GIR likes FOOD!)
I went over to the Navy support complex to pick up [ profile] alfrecht after his first class of the quarter and hauled him back here early this afternoon. I'd got a call from [ profile] mael_brigde and I don't think she'll be making it down to Seattle for the schmooze on Monday, so at the moment it's looking like it's only the three of us here at the house.

We had steamers for dinner this evening, mostly mussels but some clams, and corn on the cob with some rosemary diamante bread. It was exceedingly tasty. After dinner I showed the guys a couple of episodes of due South, which neither of them had seen before. Very amusing stuff, both the pilot episode and the first ep of season three, where the new Ray was introduced.

After we watched that, I made ladoos. The whole rolling them together process was a little more annoying than I'd have liked -- they're slightly crumbly when they're done right, so getting them to stick together was a bit of a chore. I also made berbere paste and then some mesir wat (Ethiopian lentils), which we'll have tomorrow once we get home from the steampunk tea, with doro wat, that I will make then. The lentils are actually usually better the next day, while the chicken is fine just as you make it. I also have some yummy mustard greens to go along with the whole thing.

The day today was absolutely gorgeous, with fabulously warm, sunny weather. It's almost 2am right now and it's still 57f, which is warmer than it's been most of the days recently. Sadly, the DoDC+3 got a little full of himself and was a pill today. When I tried to take his collar while he was going ballistic at one of the dogs outside, he turned and bit me. He didn't break the skin, but I do have a couple of little tooth-sized bruises on the back of my hand. This is frustrating and not at all a good thing; I'm not sure what to do about it. I made him stay in his cage for several hours after that until I had calmed down.

Weather for tomorrow looks to be about mid-70s and mostly sunny, so I'm very much looking forward to getting together with the local steampunks. Tea! Ladoos! Sunshine!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (It's raining)
It was another day with insomnigrackles by the boatloads. I got to bed about 5:30 this morning and got up again 5 hours later with sun streaming in the window. I don't mind the sun part at all, trust me. Sun is a good thing. I am, however, going to try to get to sleep before 1:30 tonight. We'll see how well this plan works.

I spent most of the day doing laundry, which needed to be done but was not exactly a thrill ride. There are still dishes to be done, but I may just wait until tomorrow to get to them. Writing is still not happening, though another ficcy plotbunny has risen up to strangle me. It would be nice if some of that creativity would get into my nonfiction writing. Seriously. I swear my nonfic muse is in complete hibernation, if not suspended animation.

The cold nights, down in the low to mid 30s, have left me creaky and a bit cranky. My neck is sore and achy. I still have to put sheets back on the bed. I hung out for a while in SL with [ profile] lysana and talked about goth music and the collapse of western civilization as we know it, though not as linked phenomena. Damn, my life is exciting, isn't it?

Tomorrow I need to take the goose out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge so I'll have time enough to brine it properly before I roast it Friday. Today's dinner was tasty, if simple -- chicken bits with salted kumquats, bay leaf, peppercorn and cinnamon stick, as a riff on a Moroccan tagine. I had it on top of brown rice. It was very very nummy.

This week I visit the VA twice, once for group and again to see Nina about a neurology consult for the migraines. Even though I feel like I've got no energy at all, I'm still very much looking forward to everyone coming over on Friday for dinner and bad movies. It'll be nice to have a house full of people again for the evening. I also need to get out this week and pick up a couple of ink cartridges for my printer, which ran out Friday when I was trying to print stuff for the gaming session that got cancelled on Saturday.

And now to pry myself away from the computer, pill the dog, and make the bed. Only two more days of dog-pilling left.
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I had a pretty cranky day today. I spent something on the order of 90 minutes both online and on the phone with my credit union trying to get things straightened out with my HOA over the "missing" check. Cut for whiny ranting. )
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The past couple of days, the DoDC+3 has been doing better. He's back to jumping up and down from the bed, bouncing around, and has a couple of times wanted me to throw a toy for him. Today was his last day of pain meds and antibiotics, though the anti-inflamatories will continue for another two weeks. We'll see how he does tomorrow without the pain meds. He was kind of urpy this morning when he woke up, but thankfully he didn't make a mess on the bed. It's always disconcerting to wake up to that.

Today consisted of doing laundry and parting out a couple of chickens to freeze. They came chopped up (except one of the breasts wasn't split, so I had to go at that one with a knife) so all I really had to do was put convenient parts into appropriately sized containers and stuff the whole mess into the freezer.

The condo's HOA vaguely annoyed me in that they sent me a notice that I hadn't paid the special assessment in September for the deck repairs. Given that my credit union automatically sends this stuff out, all I had to do was go in and search back to September and get a picture of the cashed check. I printed out a copy and will be presenting it to the property manager with a "yeah, try telling me again how I didn't pay you." Yay for convenient electronic record-keeping.

Tomorrow is the first session of the Seattle CR Schmooze study group. I haven't heard a single peep from anyone objecting to the materials I suggested, so that's what we're getting. I did get an email from one gal who came last month that she wouldn't be able to make it tomorrow and could I save copies of the handouts for January for her, so I'll be sure to do that. [ profile] mael_brigde won't be able to make it down from Vancouver, but hopes to in January as well, from what I understand. There does seem to be rather a lot of interest, at least. We'll see how things turn out as far as actual people being there tomorrow evening.

The 11th I've got a Medieval Women's Choir concert ticket. The 18th I'm gaming. Tuesday the 14th, with any luck, I'll be able to see [ profile] thewronghands when she's in town.

I need a snack and then maybe to head for bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lynx at first glance)
The DoDC+3 hasn't been eating much today and had an upset tummy, but when he's been up he has been active. He was worrying at the mesh tube the vet had slipped over him to brace his ribs. Even if I'd put the Cone of Shame on him, it wouldn't have kept him from messing with it, because he was getting one leg inside trying to get it off. Rather than have him continue to struggle with it and possibly hurt himself, I decided to take it off him and just let him rest comfortably, which he's been doing since I did so.

Not much else happened today. I need to get out at some point, probably Saturday, and get some grocery shopping done. My dental appointment is tomorrow afternoon and I'm really not thrilled, but I do have the Dark Side of Oz at 9:30 that night over at the SIFF cinema at the Seattle Center. I'm not terribly eager to wait around in town for all those hours, but I really can't see going back to Everett and then driving down to Seattle again the same day.

I could swear I had something else this weekend, but I can't remember what it is. If somebody knows, please remind me. I need to get some photocopies together for the CR shmooze on Monday as well. I have some decisions to make over the weekend about that, because mostly I just have some rough notes on the stuff we wanted for it, rather than page numbers in specific volumes. Anyway, that needs doing.

I have some goat curry with lentils in the crock pot that's nearly ready. I ordered in Chinese for dinner tonight as I didn't want to wait around until the curry was done before I ate.

And that's all the news in the World of Erynn for the moment.
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The Pupulator is doing much better today. He's more active and eating and drinking more or less normally again, hopping up and down from the couch with most of his usual energy. He's still not taking flying leaps from couch to couch, but I would really prefer he not at the moment.

This morning, I woke a little earlier than usual but was still tired, so I brought him up onto the bed with me for a couple of hours, where he snuggled in happily against my body or my feet, both under the covers and on top of them. He was utterly thrilled to be up on the bed again and didn't want to get down when I wanted to give him breakfast and take him outside. I did finally persuade him close enough to the edge that I could lift him down without having to perform acrobatics to do so. I still won't be letting him sleep on the bed with me all night for at least another week, for fear of accidentally kicking or poking him in my sleep. I'm sure he'll be peeved about it.

In the evening, I went over to the AFK Tavern for the inaugural meeting of the Air Kraken Hunter's Guild and (just incidentally) the Cheshire Dragon's birthday. There were probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 people there at the peak of the evening and much fun was had by all. Quite a few of the Seattle crew came up as well, including Von Karsh, [ profile] sepiachord, [ profile] artvixn, [ profile] helix90, and Tinplate and his wife. There was a lot of talk about SteamCon, naturally, and Von Karsh had copies of the newly printed Rise of Aester LARP guidebook with him. It was quite the weighty tome, with photos of quite a few of the local steampunks in it in their characters. They are, incidentally, opening a new session of the LARP on the afternoon of December 4th with a "Murder on the Orient Express" style mystery to introduce folks to the system.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (The Pupulator)
Today was encouraging. The DoDC+3 is drinking more, though he does have to be encouraged toward it. He's eating well, though, which I think is a very good thing.

He's been moving in a rather more spritely fashion, as well. He was trotting around the house a little bit today, and did a fair imitation of his usual "take me out" dance. He's also hopped down from the couch a couple of times without incident, though I would honestly prefer he not do that just yet. As long as he's not faceplanting, though, I suppose we're all right. His bruising is pretty much all gone from what I can see without actually spreading him out on his back to take a look. His abdomen has gone back to its usual pinkish color, at least.

He's been about as happy as he can be in the crate next to the bed at night. He still looks up longingly at the bed itself, but he's not tried to jump up onto it. I'm grateful for this. He hasn't been all frantic at the door when people go by in the past couple of days either, but I suspect that's more because he hurts and is tired than because he's over it. Perhaps, though, if he goes through a couple of weeks without going off about the people/dogs outside, he might get used to not doing it and relax a little about it. That would please me, if it were the case.

I headed down to Seattle for my VA group today in the rain. It's been warmer again, and much more normal weather for the region. I will admit I was feeling a higher level of anxiety than usual, but the combination of rain, dim lighting, stress over the pupulator, and the interview I did yesterday was a bit of a challenge. One of the gals in my group had a really severe anxiety attack due to someone trying to grab her backpack on the way in, so I gave her a ride home after group. She's in Seattle so it wasn't at all out of my way to take her, and that helped her immensely.

Tomorrow is the official inaugural meeting of the Air Kraken Hunter's Guild (Everett Steamrats) over at the AFK Tavern. There's an art show opening then, and we should have a pretty good turnout. We've got the Red Room set aside for the group. Festivities start at 7:30, though getting there a little earlier might be okay, as by 7pm traffic is probably going to be calmed down enough to be negotiable. I'll probably grab some dinner while I'm there as well. I'm very much looking forward to seeing everyone, and the arts installation. I love having such a creative community around me! I have to remember to take those games over that I've set aside for them, as well.

Writing on the Brigid essay hasn't been going so well, but I'm having a hard time focusing on the more academic stuff. I do have to put together the packet of copies to be handed out next Monday at the CR schmooze this week, though. I'll try to take care of that on Thursday. Notice has been sent out again to the SeaPagan list and posted on my FB page.

I did, however, post an update today on the Warriors and Kin blog about the release of the Pentagon's study on DADT. Apparently 70% of the military feels that having us in the ranks openly won't be a problem. Needless to say, Republicans are outraged. Please get in touch with your congresscritter -- if we're lucky we may be able to see this policy repealed by the end of the year.

And now, to pill the dog.
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I was rather worried about the DoDC+3 today, as he started out the day pretty tired and didn't really want to eat or drink anything. Once I brought his dish to his cage, he did eat about half a bowl (a normal amount) of kibble, so that was good, though I don't think he's had as much to drink as I'd like. He may just have been feeling crappy, but he did turn up his nose at some broth earlier today. Later, though, he drank some but wasn't too keen on plain water. I'm not surprised, given how spoiled he's been getting about his food in recent days, but better that he get something.

Later in the day, though, he showed a little more energy. We went for a somewhat longer walk today than the last couple of days. He's still moving very slowly, but he led me not just up to the usual walk area, but across the parking lot to the smaller area under the cedar trees to check things out. I felt that was a really good sign. I'm still trying to figure out what's okay and what's not enough at this point. He has been sleeping in his crate in the bedroom a lot; I put one of my pillows from the bed in there because he can't actually get up onto it, and he seems to like that a lot. Right now he's up on the couch lazing around. He wanted me to rub his tummy today, which I did (very gently).

Overall, I think he's doing well but I'm slightly concerned about whether or not he's getting enough to drink so I'm going to be trying to encourage a little more liquid intake. Most of this, I'm sure, is just due to the fact that I've never actually had to pay attention to how much he's been drinking before. I put a bowl down for him with a half-gallon jug to keep it full, and when it's empty, I put more water down.

This afternoon I spent some time talking with a woman at the University of Maine as part of a study of women veterans who are members of Veterans for Peace. It was an interesting conversation and she asked about the kinds of activism I've been doing, as well as my time in service and my thoughts about women veterans issues. VFP isn't doing the study themselves, they're not affiliated. The woman who's doing the study is a veteran herself. VFP is, however, interested in women veterans' attitudes and experiences with the organization, apparently in the interests of dealing with issues of recruitment and retention.

I (and apparently an awful lot of other women members) feel that they don't put nearly enough emphasis on women veterans issues. There's almost nothing coming from national about the topic and the local groups that I've seen rarely address this either. If it helps raise some awareness and kickstarts a little action, I'll be very pleased, though.

I gave her the url for the NPR interview I did a couple of years back and will be sending her the warrior rituals our CR group did in the interest of illustrating how some communities deal with these issues. We talked about how different people approach and engage with activism and that that constitutes. There are differences between folks who are willing or able to go out and be arrested at protests and those who are, for various health or other reasons, more able to be activists through writing, public speaking, and financial support of organizations. Both of these approaches are necessary, really.

We also talked a little about activism I've been part of outside of VFP and veterans/DADT issues, including Pagan community organizing, queer community stuff, interfaith work, and AIDS/HIV work. It was a pretty good conversation and, though it was stressful in that I had to talk about things in my past that are very painful to the point where I was quite literally shaking as I typed (we did the interview through IRC), I felt good about having done it. I think that people speaking out about their experiences is important, even if all it does is illustrate that others are not alone.

She also mentioned that she and another woman vet were going to be doing some kind of writing project (presumably an anthology) and was very interested in having me write something for it, but that call for papers will be some months away.


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