erynn: Gaelic merman image (Seshat)
Today I got a lot done, starting with making my appointment with the consulate.

I'll be meeting with the visa applications office on October 9th, a Wednesday, at 11:15am. I talked to [livejournal.com profile] lwood and she will make sure I get picked up at the airport, hauled around, and taken to the appointment in time. ([livejournal.com profile] finnchuill, I do intend to at least visit briefly if I'm able while I'm down there.) I will be going down the day before the appointment and returning the day after. This is between the Sherlock Seattle con and SteamCon. I didn't want to put it off until toward the end of the month, as [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's birthday falls right around then and my brother has a deadline we're working toward.

I talked with my brother on skype for a bit and hammered out some details with him; he needs to make sure my appointment is before November 1st, when his contract with the AF active reserves expires so that it shows best for our financial purposes. Between the two of us, we don't quite hit the $50,000 figure I was quoted in a consulate email, but perhaps with his already being in residence and offering me a place to stay, what we do have will suffice.

As soon as I get a plane ticket (I need to talk with a travel agent to make sure I get a ticket that can be cancelled if the visa is rejected), I can give him the travel date for his letter of invitation form, but I expect it will be around mid-December. I figure if I give it 60-ish days, that should be reasonably sufficient. He's heading off to Austria in the morning for a week for a huge motorcycle rally and will get back to me with more details when he gets home again. We should be able to wrap up the letter of invitation bit by the the middle of the week after he gets home. I am going to ask him to post me the document as well as send me a PDF as I don't want to have them say "you need the original" when I get there, and not be able to provide it.

The contractor came and finished up the bathroom in a few hours, starting a little after noon. The place still smells a bit chemical in here, after the primer and paint. I had to air the place out with both doors and all the windows open for a while today. It'll be a couple of days before it smells normal, more than likely.

I spoke on the phone with BECU; they called me after our email exchange to get specific details about what I need. They apparently have a standard immigration form letter that they can fill out and notarize for me that should meet the consulate's requirements, and can also provide a letter stating that I am a member of the credit union in good standing. The notarized letter costs $18.

Now I have to locate a CPA who can deal with the other bits of this for the second "letter of reference" and to explain in writing why my income is not taxed and that I do not have to file tax returns. I've sent a couple of online inquiries to different offices but not received any response. I suspect I'll have to either bite the bullet and phone someone, or actually walk into an office with papers in hand and ask if they can provide what I need. I should get BECU's letters by late next week and will be able to take them with me when I talk to a CPA to demonstrate what I need. Do any of you local peeps know one that you would recommend?

I did some further research on overseas health insurance and have found something that more than satisfies the consulate's requirements for under $200 a month, so I will get that together closer to the appointment so I can take the documentation with me. This is a better deal, from what I can tell, than one of the places someone suggested to me earlier. They seem to cover more stuff. I am going to fill out the VA document to enroll in their Foreign Medical Program and have them mail the authorization to me c/o my brother at his APO box so that if it takes a while to process, it will get to me anyway.

An email was sent to the regional USDA veterinary office to inquire about vets in the Everett and Seattle area who are qualified to do the paperwork for the DoDC+3 when it becomes necessary. I don't expect a response before the middle of next week due to the holiday. The EU compliant ID chip arrived in today's post. I'll need to make an appointment to have him chipped and redo his rabies vaccine. He needs his nails clipped, too.

I emailed the consulate about the type of plane ticket I need and apparently someone was at their desk because less than half an hour later I received my answer - I need a one-way ticket if I am applying for a residence visa. I sent back an email thanking them for their prompt response. I think this "one question per email" thing is probably the best way to go, given they can provide a one-sentence response and it only takes a minute for them to do it. Seems far more likely to actually get a useful response with this method. Currently, mid-December one-way Seattle to Venice tickets start at just under $900 on a few of the online discount sites. Other sites start at $1200 and go up from there.

Because I made the consulate appointment today, I spent a lot of the day in kind of a panic. I called mom and talked with her for a while to let her know what's going on. She sounded a lot better and said the bronchitis had cleared up, much to her relief. Al's doing better as well, so things are going pretty well at her end of the world. I passed my brother's greetings on to her, as I'd told him I was going to call her when I was done texting with him.

I did go with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to the party this evening. There were dancers and fire dancing, and there was music. It did help get me out of my stressed out state. I discovered that dark chocolate flavored red wine and blueberry lavender muffins are a godlike combination that must be tasted to be believed. I rode home with [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson because he was ready to go when I was, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was going to stay and play a couple more songs. A couple of dancers from Olympia had just arrived as we were leaving.

I have a road opener candle going on my mantle at the moment. Any and all bureaucracy-smoothing, gate-opening magic/juju will be gratefully welcomed. All good thoughts are appreciated.

*runs screaming into the distance*

This weekend: bill-paying, laundry, more preparation of emails, and further evil plotting and planning.

Next week: Wednesday is shrinkage and Geordie arrives for an overnight visit.

Home again!

Jun. 4th, 2013 08:33 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
It was a very long day, but now I'm home again. It'll be a day or so before things get back to the usual, and I'm going to have to take my desktop in because either the fan or the hard drive is rattling, but the computer's still under warranty until mid-August, so I'm good.

Thanks to everyone in NYC who made my trip so delightful. I hope I'll see you again!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Totem fishing cat)
I discovered this morning (thankfully not after having trudged there in the rain) that the Met is closed on Mondays. Instead, I trudged in the rain to the Natural History Museum, where I had a long but fun day. After the rain it was a little less hot, though still somewhat humid.

I have acquired a few photos and a couple of videos and will be posting once I get home, as it would be a little more work than I want to deal with right now. Tired Erynn is pretty tired.

Checked in for the flight and will pick up my tickets at the airport. I have to be up at about 5am, so I'm crawling off to bed here very shortly. I shall see you all tomorrow evening when I get home!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Poet)
I read at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe! I won the Bisexual Book Awards Poetry category! There will be photos soon, and when videos are up on the intertubes, I'll have some links there, too.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy medievalist)
Yesterday we did get to the Cloisters, and we also got to a couple of the galleries at the Met. We saw the Egyptian temple, and also the musical instruments and part of the arms and armor galleries. As it was, we didn't really have time for even all of that.

There was a walk through Central Park (I saw a small heron of a species I'm not familiar with on the lake), and lots of hopping onto the subway, and a trip on the Staten Island Ferry (D lives on Staten Island). I had a really fantastic time, though I spent most of the day on my feet. The dizziness was definitely getting to me but I had forgotten my cane at D's place. Today I do have it with me. I'm hanging out with Zoh in Brooklyn at an artist's studio where she's working on some of her clothing stuff and selling some of her clothing (very spiffy, steampunky prints on skits and some tops) and plan on taking things easy today.

The VA called yesterday to set up a neurology appointment for me. The earliest they can get me in is July 11th. Given that I figure I need to make a decision about my living situation in August, this doesn't bode well for doing anything that is going to resolve the dizziness before then. I imagine there will be an MRI involved at some point, though I have no idea, and no way to tell until I get in to see them. This is going to take months more to deal with.

Tomorrow, I'll be hanging out at least for a while with [livejournal.com profile] witchchild and doing the NYPL tour. There may be live music tonight, and there will be a birthday part among steampunks at The Way Station, which is a bar that has a TARDIS in it. Fun will be had, dammit. ;)

Still hot and humid (in the 90s) and very sunny.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
Both flights were exactly as I like them - uneventful and pretty much on time. I went through the metal detector line at Seatac, not the radiate your bones line, so that was happymaking. I have had food. I have been driven over the Brooklyn Bridge. I have seen the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building from the plane, lit up at night. It's all pretty cool.

Tomorrow we will be running around doing things, Saturday I'll meet up with Zoh at some point and stay Saturday night with her, then Sunday I'll be met again by my host for the reading/awards ceremony/afterparty and come back here for the rest of my stay. We haven't got entirely concrete plans as yet, but we'll talk about that tomorrow and I'll contact Zoh and [livejournal.com profile] witchchild for last minute details, as I have their text numbers.

Whee!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
So [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht brought some folks by on Monday, and we had a lovely time talking and watching The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, as you do. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was here as well, and that was very nice.

Yesterday I did some laundry in prep for my flight out tomorrow morning. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is supposed to be here after band practice tonight so that we can get out early in the morning. I need to pack and to do some dishes before I even think about going to bed tonight. Today I did a lot of editing and also wrote over 7,500 words on the fic I'm working on. That felt really good and, if I get the other stuff done in a reasonable amount of time, I'll see about getting the next scene started as well.

Right now, though, I'm going to try to get some food. I have tentative arrangements with folks for NYC, which includes some steampunky awesome - always a treat. I'll be sure to post when I arrive in NYC at my friend's place to let folks know I am safe. It will likely be at some ungodly hour of the morning or very late at night, depending on if there are delays or weather problems.

From what I saw of the forecast, it looks pretty warm out there, though apparently it's been raining. I need to figure out what clothes to bring along. It's been chilly out here (currently 49f) and rained like crazy most of the day.

Wish me luck, folks. Sunday is the big day.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Tibetan chant)
I've been pretty busy writing fanfic lately, and dealing with tired and creaky and prepping for the trip to New York and all that stuff. I talked to my mom and she is okay; they tornadoes were supposed to go through their area but went around, so I am relieved by that.

I've been in touch with folks back east about my trip and am hoping to see several people while I am out there. One of the women who came to Ireland with me last summer will be coming to the poetry reading and awards ceremony, so it will be fantastic to see her again.

I am still dizzy with no end in sight. I called the otolaryngology clinic on Thursday and asked about neurology, as I haven't heard anything from them about the consult as yet. The gal I saw in oto the week before will call them and ask what's going on; the consult was received so they should be trying to schedule an appointment for me. Perhaps I'll hear from them before I leave next week. Maybe.

Generally speaking, I wish I were a little more focused, but I'm working on getting there. I'm pretty sure I'll eventually be able to deal with nonfiction writing again and my research, it's just going to take time. Which is disappointing, but that's life. On the up side, I've had a little progress, in that I'm able to write at all. Today I've spent doing some editing and checking for continuity in the story I'm working on, but that's very slow going because it's so detail-oriented.

Tomorrow [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and some of his peeps are supposed to visit on their way back from Seattle. I'm looking forward to having a little company and doing Pagan schmoozing. I'm also supposed to review a piece that [livejournal.com profile] wire_mother sent me, and am hoping to do that tomorrow night, provided I have the brain juice.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy typewriter)
Today and yesterday I've mostly been working on fic, as it's about all my brain can handle right now. Irish class was yesterday and that went okay. I picked out the poems I'm reading on June 2nd in NYC and revised that list after an email exchange with Sheela. Talked with Dom about arrival and departure times and confirmed a few things about my stay there. Beyond that, I'm not really up to much. I've been working on online Italian lessons and doing okay. Hopefully some of it sticks. The dizziness continues unabated.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brigid Poet)
And I just bought my plane tickets. Here's the information:

The Bi Writers Association announces its inaugural Bisexual Book Awards, to be held June 2nd in New York City. The first bisexual book awards, anywhere, ever! Both BWA programs, Bi Lines VI: A Multi-Arts Celebration of Bisexual Writing and the Bisexual Book Awards, will merge so that Bi Lines becomes the multi-arts entertainment that precedes announcement of the winners and bestowal of the Awards. The double event will b e held at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, in the East Village, on June 2nd at 6 :30pm.

The inaugural awards will have seven categories: Bisexual Fiction, Bisexual Non-fiction, Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica, Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror], Bisexual Poetry, the Bi Book Publisher Award and the Bi Writer Award. Most of the categories were dictated by the types of bi-themed books published this year and what genres they fit into. Book categories are open to bi book authors of any orientation. BWA also wanted to honor one superlative bi/bisexual/pansexual/fl uid author with the Bi Writer Award, given to the best bi author of the year of any book genre. Bi Book Publisher of the Year will go to the publisher who has published the most bi-themed books and done the most to promote them and to support their authors.

"Getting a bi-themed book published is often difficult. Bisexual books and authors dont have the same opportunities for recognition that other books do. The main LGBT book awards only has one category for bisexual books and others have none. The Bi Writers Association decided that we need to do more to promote publication of bisexual books, an d to recognize and celebrate the bi-themed books that do get published, their authors and their publishers. Throwing our own Bisexual Book Awards, where we could have more categories to recognize the achievements of bi book authors, seemed like the best way to do that. We're very excited about our very first awards season!" says Bi Writers Association founder Sheela Lambert.*

Advance tickets to the double event, Bisexual Book Awards and Bi Lines VI, hosted by the Bi Writers Association, are available on the Nuyorican Poets Cafe website.

Event Location: Nuyorican Poets cafe is located at 236 East 3rd Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. AKA Reverend Pedro Pietri Way. Zip code 10009.

***

So the BiLines even starts at 6:30pm and I'll be reading there with a bunch of other poets. Tickets, according to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe website, are $10 and can be got at http://www.nuyorican.org/calendar.php
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
I've been asking myself about the whole deadlines thing for the Lammys and re-read the emails carefully, which was good, because it turns out I'd misread a bit. The Lammys were talked about (only two bi categories this year) and a new set of bisexual writer awards was proposed in that same email without too much of a break between topics, which is what I've sent in my book for. Still pretty damned cool, and stuff like this has to start somewhere, so yeah. Possibly New York, but not for exactly what I'd thought.

NYPL. The Cloisters. A cool bar with a TARDIS in it. These things I definitely want to see. And we'll see what happens.
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.

oops

May. 7th, 2013 01:43 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
So that VA appointment today? Wasn't actually an appointment.

Apparently central scheduling has been sending out appointments recently that the clinics didn't make, and this was one of those. I got to the clinic and was told the appointment had been cancelled, but nobody had told me. Well that's because nobody had cancelled it because the clinic didn't actually even know. Anyway, I did get travel funds for the trip, but it was bloody inconvenient for both me and [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson.

I hung out for a little bit today with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor after I got home, then came back here. The day was gorgeous and hot, in the mid-80s, which was really really nice after all the chilly weather we'd been having. I'm not sure when it will be going back to its normal grey state.

I mailed out the copy of my poetry book to Sheela today. It should be there tomorrow or Wednesday. We exchanged some emails after I got home. She wants to know if I can be in NYC for June 2nd if I'm a finalist for the awards. I got email back from my publisher about it, and they were very excited. They're gong to contact Sheela and find out what, if anything, further needs to be done, and possibly arrange for one of them to be there if I'm actually going to be there myself. The lowest round trip airfare I found today was $322, which is doable, provided I find a place to stay in NYC with one of my friends out there. I do have a couple, and have some inquiries out. I can't afford a hotel room, but I can certainly afford to get to NYC and back. On the other hand, what would I wear to a Big Gay Awards Ceremony? (Things I either already have or can afford before I go...) Anyway, I'll figure it out if I need to get on a plane.

Crap days

Apr. 19th, 2013 12:52 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
Yesterday was a pretty crap day. I was really dizzy all day long and pretty down about the whole thing. I managed to beta a fic for a friend, but that was about all I could handle. I was doing slightly better today and managed to finish up the fic I was working on for an April fandom exchange, so that was pretty good at least.

I sent off email to Ian Corrigan with a backup CC to another ADF druid I know (in case Ian for some reason isn't getting my emails), letting them know that I've cancelled for Wellspring. I had kind of wanted to wait until I heard back from Ian about this before I made any public announcement, but it's been a few days since I sent my initial note and I've heard nothing. It's just time that I admitted trying to get out to Wellspring this year is an unrealistic hope. Nothing is really going to fix it before I'd have to go and I shouldn't push myself on this.

Thankfully, next Wednesday I have a visit with my shrink and can talk with her about this. That usually helps some.

I still feel like crap, generally speaking, but am trying to refrain from sinking into a morass of negativity beyond just cancelling the trip. That I can't focus enough to write nonfiction is problematic, but less important for the moment.

For those folks who were hoping to see me either at Wellspring or on my trip out and back this year, I'm sorry. I wish things were different but I have to be realistic about my situation. With any luck, maybe I can do this next year. I'm still holding out some hope for Eight Winds, later in the summer. Perhaps things will be more stable for my by then.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
Traffic was smooth today though, as usual, semis were a bit of an issue. I swear they are not paying any attention to whether or not they are even in their own lane. Grar.

Had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab and got myself on the road again. From Everett to here was a little under 10 hours. The clear weather and leaving an hour earlier than I usually do meant that I wasn't driving here in the pitch dark with snow falling all around (which usually ends up taking closer to 12 hours with those weather conditions). My Garmin was giving me some trouble through the passes. I'm not sure it was continuing to find satellites properly. I found it hideously annoying, as it would re-find the satellites every mile or two and tell me once again to keep driving for X number of miles on I-5 South. That went on for about 45 minutes. I'm thinking it may be time to replace the beast before I head east this summer. I may stop in Medford on the way home and see what they have, since Oregon doesn't have sales taxes. It'll be at least a little cheaper that way.

I'll be off shortly to forage for dinner. It being 7pm, I should have a pretty good selection to choose from. I may go to the Thai place just down the street, but there's a pretty nice pub that [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I stopped at last year that's more than acceptable as well.

The Ashland Hostel has changed management but is still just as spiffy and inexpensive as it has been in years past. Still a big thumbs up from yours truly.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I've got all my stuff and things packed. Had pizza for lunch, so there will be leftover pizza for breakfast tomorrow. Folded the laundry and stuffed what I needed in my backpack, put the rest away. Spent several hours pondering the bits that I need and organizing things so that I will have minimal work to do in the morning beyond stuffing things in the trunk and in the passenger seat (juice, a water bottle, a little pu ehr tea, the smaller backpack with my wallet and stuff in it). I have to remember to dry out and bring along the electric kettle for the hotel room. Charging stuff for the iPad and the phone have been stuffed into the electronics bag. The SD card is in there with the cords.

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

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

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

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

I'll post before I leave and then again when I get to Ashland. Y'all have a good time without me!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Inis Man)
I sorted out the photos I need for the pilgrimage presentation today. I had initially thought it would be easier just to slap the whole bunch onto the SD card and sort through them live, but this was me on crack. Today I spent a few hours sorting through and choosing photos that gave a feel for some of my experience, put them into folders sorted by locations, and then slapped them into one über-folder, which I did load onto the SD card and which I can turn into a slideshow with [livejournal.com profile] lwood's help when I get down there on Wednesday.

I sorted out my motel reservation in Fresno for visiting with [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus after the con. Books, visual aids, and other things are packed into my rolly bag. The laundry is in the drier and will be all nice and clean to be packed in my carry bag tomorrow. I also sewed my Isle of Man triskele onto the bag today. Cords and batteries are mostly sorted, and stuff in progress is sitting on the dining table awaiting completion. Tomorrow I should have everything packed up except my meds and stuff that I need on Tuesday morning before I hit the road.

Had a lovely chat with the #writechat peeps over on twitter early this afternoon. I hadn't talked to them in several weeks, as I'd either been busy or asleep until too late to really participate. It was really nice to catch up with a few of the regulars.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
I've decided to change my approach to the whole photo thing and will deal with it tomorrow evening. I've got an appointment for tomorrow afternoon to have Garuda's brakes and tires checked so that all will be well when I hit the road Tuesday.

I stopped on the way home and did some errands, and one thing that I found was some imported ginger beer that is actually alcoholic (and in no way beer-y) that tasted really good over at Central Market. Alder smoked salmon for my sweetie in California has been acquired, along with a bottle of Whidbey Island port that I figured I would bring down with me and we could try. Other things I needed to acquire toward other purposes have also been attained.

I got this forwarded to me this evening, for anyone who might be interested:

Seeking lesbian and bisexual women who served in the military!
We invite you to participate in a study focusing on your life experiences as a lesbian or bisexual woman Veteran and the challenges you may have faced.

The goal of the Women Veterans' Survey is to better understand the specific experiences of women Veterans and promote their health and well-being. We are especially interested in hearing the diverse voices within our communities.

This is an anonymous, web-based survey conducted by researchers at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. For more information, please go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/womenvet, or contact the Women Veterans' Survey staff at (206) 277-1511.


One of the researchers doing the survey is my shrink here at the VA. Their identification of persons eligible to take the survey is slightly problematic, but I'm going to talk to her about the wording of it so that it will hopefully be at least a little less insensitive to trans women.

This afternoon before group, I went in to talk to the woman who runs the Addiction & Recovery Clinic, who had been passed my letter from the Patient Advocate's office. She was the one who saw to it that the HIV poster was taken down when I initially made the complaint. She had called me but I hadn't been able to get in touch with her by phone. We spoke briefly. She thanked me for bringing the issue up -- apparently she'd been uncomfortable with the poster herself. I was kind of curious as to why she hadn't taken any action about it before, but so it goes. She did ask if there was anything else that I thought should be done. I told her I wanted to be sure the poster was not in any of the other clinics in the hospital, and that they should get HIV awareness/education posters that actually reflected reality. She agreed that this would be an excellent thing and that she would look into it.

Result!

The last thing I did at the VA today was check in with the women's clinic about getting a refill on my tylenol with codeine. I have to actually speak to someone about it. I still have one left, so I didn't need/want to wait around at the pharmacy near closing time. I told them to mail the scrip to me, but that I would be out of town for the next two weeks, starting Tuesday. I'm hoping that they won't try to deliver it while I'm out of town because I think I have to sign for it and I'm not sure if Brianna will be here, or if she can even sign for it on my behalf. I forgot all about the signature thing while I was there. Regardless, the order is in and I should at least be able to pick the stuff up at the VA next time I go in, if it gets returned there for some reason.

And now, contemplating my bed. Possibly even getting into it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (chibi!Erynn)
I was having an immensely hard time transferring my photos from the computer to an SD card today. I spent several hours messing with it, only to have the computer decide not to transfer the same number of pics I'd asked it to, repeatedly. At this point, I've given up and will be hauling the iMac down to PCon with me for the informal chat in the ADF suite. It'll be awkward and a pain in the ass, but easier on me than trying to figure out WTF with the photos that are refusing to transfer.

While I was out picking up the card I tried to use, I got myself a Cthulhu Fluxx game, which I shall look forward to playing with my various and sundry co-conspirators.

Beyond that frustration, not much happened today. Tomorrow will be group at the VA and Tuesday I hit the road for California. I emailed my mechanics to make an appointment to have Garuda's brakes and tires checked on Friday so that I know everything is in working order when I head south. The rest of Friday is going to be dedicated to the rest of my packing and last-minute prep. I don't expect to get everything done on Friday, of course. I'll be doing laundry Monday, most likely, and finish packing my clothes that day. Tuesday morning before I hit the road, will be actually packing up the computer.

Called the Momster today and talked with her for a while to catch up on all kinds of things. We talked a little about the upcoming cross country road trip, and my plans for bits of that. I'm looking forward to it immensely.
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.

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