erynn: Gaelic merman image (OBEY THE FIST!)
Before I headed out to the VA today, I typed up a quick letter to deliver to the Patient Advocates office about the "educational" poster mentioned a couple of days ago. I didn't have much time, so I just dropped it off rather than staying to talk to them. I had to get up to my appointment, and the office would be closed by the time I was done. I did include my phone number and email address, so with any luck they will get back to me.

When I got up to the WTRC, though, the poster was gone! Denise had talked to Wendy. She didn't even get through the whole discussion -- she just described the poster (Wendy is blind so would never have seen it) and Wendy said she totally understood the objections, et voila, the poster she is removed. Now, with any luck, if there are further copies in other clinics, the advocate's office will be able to take care of that.

Several of the other women in the group today had heard me talking to the chaplain intern last week and they said they'd not felt comfortable with the poster either, so I got a lot of props for taking on the system and getting the thing removed.

KAPLAH!

Photos from Venice. Yep, I took them. They are pretty awesome. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
Hung out with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht today and talked with him about possible PCon proposals. I've decided that one of them will be a session on Airmed, Miach, and Dian Cécht, regarding Irish healing deities beyond Brigid, but also dealing with their whole story and why I think most folks misinterpret Dian Cécht's motivations. Anyway, I need to come up with a halfway decent blurb for it.

I've been too aching and brain-dead today to do much of anything requiring actual focus, but I did speak to my neighbor who is on the condo board about the whole few months out of the country and temporarily renting out my condo thing. She said a few months would be more like a house-sitting situation and shouldn't be a problem with the board at all. It's not like I'm wanting to permanently rent the place out. I told her if I were going to do that, I'd be trying to sell the place, so no worries there. That said, now I need to find a "short term" (3 or 4 month) renter for next fall/winter. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht had a couple of interesting ideas on that might or might not work out, but I've given him leave to check into the possibilities. I'm also looking at a house exchange website, though that would require somewhat more flexibility than I might be comfortable with. I'm just not sure. Anyway, that's one large potential obstacle to my possible Venice plans out of the way.

I ran the outline of the EBC presentation past [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and he said it looked good, then suggested one possible addition to the outline, so I had him make a note of it. Always good to have reasonably complete coverage.

Email arrived today from Hiraeth Press with some possible cover art bases and I commented on the ones I liked best and sent the note back. I told Jason I'd try to have the edited manuscript back to him by Monday, considering how crappy I was feeling today. He's said no rush, but I'd like to get it out of the way as soon as I can so I can focus on the EBC presentation without distraction. The PCon proposals are also due the same weekend as the EBC is occurring.

As usual, I'm asking for suggestions -- what would you folks like to see from me at next year's PCon? I'm willing to entertain proposals from you all, as you often have some pretty good suggestions. When my own brain is not functioning at its best, I am especially grateful for your thoughts.

And, finally, seven photos from my travels behind the cut )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
I brought you home some gondoliers:

Gondoliers
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
I brought you home some gondoliers:

Gondoliers

Venice!

Aug. 13th, 2012 10:09 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
We headed out on the train early-ish today, after swapping the more expensive rental car for a cheaper one. The train stopped at every podunk town on the way, but we got there eventually. Once we got away from the train station, the city was not nearly as crowded as either of us had expected. We wandered along the streets and over the bridges, grabbing some lunch and making our way to St. Mark's Square. I took a lot of photos, as one might expect, but the line for the cathedral was quite long and I really wanted to go out to Murano and see the glass makers and the museum there.

We took the "bus" (foot ferries) out to Murano and were pretty much immediately herded into one of the glass factories for a short demonstration. I did buy some glass, but with the sib speaking Italian, we actually got 10 euro off the price marked on the shelf, which was a nice discount. After a little something to drink (it was hot today and very sunny), we wandered across the bridge to a small glass museum - it's not the famous one with the glass sword and whatnot, but they had a really fantastic collection of 1st and 2nd century BCE glass of many different types. I wasn't so impressed by the post-15th century stuff or,really, the modern art glass, but I was pleased to have gone. Away from the immediate vicinity of the museum and the glassmaker, the streets of Murano were almost deserted. Of course, half the population was probably away for the annual August holidays.

There were a lot of places for sale or for rent in Venice. I'm half tempted to see if I can find a way to spend three months or so there, just exploring things. A day, or even a week, would be utterly inadequate to see all the cool stuff there is to be seen. It would be a hell of a lot of walking, but it might just be worth it.

I'm looking now at mailing most of my stuff home, as I have clothing and everything already there, and just traveling with the delicate stuff and a change of clothes, toothbrush, and the electronics. The change of clothes would be in case something went splah with the airline and I ended up stranded overnight. I doubt it's very likely, but things do happen. What gets mailed out from the base at Aviano will be US postage rates rather than overseas rates, and considerably cheaper than mailing it from an Italian post office.

We got dinner once we returned to Venice proper from Murano, getting seats outside along one of the canals. I wish I'd been able to stand up on the boat back, as I'd have gotten some really incredible photos of the Grand Canal, but I was too tired to even consider it. Even right now, my feet and ankles are rather swollen, and I'll be taking some pain meds before I go to bed. We got back to the train station just in time to catch the train heading back to our stop. There was a little excitement there, as at one of the stops, a woman had her purse stolen. There was some yelling and flailing and the train pulled out. Not much anyone on the train could do.

Once back in Aviano, we stopped briefly for a gelato, which was a very pleasant way to end the evening. Tomorrow is the sib's birthday. We're going to stick close to home for the next couple of days, talking to some of his friends and seeing some of the local sights. There's a castle in Aviano that I might be able to see. Thursday is my flight home, in the morning. I am so very tired but wouldn't trade a minute of all of this for anything.

Venice!

Aug. 13th, 2012 10:09 pm
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
We headed out on the train early-ish today, after swapping the more expensive rental car for a cheaper one. The train stopped at every podunk town on the way, but we got there eventually. Once we got away from the train station, the city was not nearly as crowded as either of us had expected. We wandered along the streets and over the bridges, grabbing some lunch and making our way to St. Mark's Square. I took a lot of photos, as one might expect, but the line for the cathedral was quite long and I really wanted to go out to Murano and see the glass makers and the museum there.

We took the "bus" (foot ferries) out to Murano and were pretty much immediately herded into one of the glass factories for a short demonstration. I did buy some glass, but with the sib speaking Italian, we actually got 10 euro off the price marked on the shelf, which was a nice discount. After a little something to drink (it was hot today and very sunny), we wandered across the bridge to a small glass museum - it's not the famous one with the glass sword and whatnot, but they had a really fantastic collection of 1st and 2nd century BCE glass of many different types. I wasn't so impressed by the post-15th century stuff or,really, the modern art glass, but I was pleased to have gone. Away from the immediate vicinity of the museum and the glassmaker, the streets of Murano were almost deserted. Of course, half the population was probably away for the annual August holidays.

There were a lot of places for sale or for rent in Venice. I'm half tempted to see if I can find a way to spend three months or so there, just exploring things. A day, or even a week, would be utterly inadequate to see all the cool stuff there is to be seen. It would be a hell of a lot of walking, but it might just be worth it.

I'm looking now at mailing most of my stuff home, as I have clothing and everything already there, and just traveling with the delicate stuff and a change of clothes, toothbrush, and the electronics. The change of clothes would be in case something went splah with the airline and I ended up stranded overnight. I doubt it's very likely, but things do happen. What gets mailed out from the base at Aviano will be US postage rates rather than overseas rates, and considerably cheaper than mailing it from an Italian post office.

We got dinner once we returned to Venice proper from Murano, getting seats outside along one of the canals. I wish I'd been able to stand up on the boat back, as I'd have gotten some really incredible photos of the Grand Canal, but I was too tired to even consider it. Even right now, my feet and ankles are rather swollen, and I'll be taking some pain meds before I go to bed. We got back to the train station just in time to catch the train heading back to our stop. There was a little excitement there, as at one of the stops, a woman had her purse stolen. There was some yelling and flailing and the train pulled out. Not much anyone on the train could do.

Once back in Aviano, we stopped briefly for a gelato, which was a very pleasant way to end the evening. Tomorrow is the sib's birthday. We're going to stick close to home for the next couple of days, talking to some of his friends and seeing some of the local sights. There's a castle in Aviano that I might be able to see. Thursday is my flight home, in the morning. I am so very tired but wouldn't trade a minute of all of this for anything.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
Having got the laundry done, we went off to see a couple of local sites. One was a little church/shrine up on the side of the mountain where a local guy had a vision of the Virgin Mary back in the 20s or 30s. It's now a church/park/bar (yes, you read that right) where the locals go and hang out. After that we went to an underwater cave system that is the source for a stream, coming out of a deep, blue hole under the side of a cliff. It's pretty dramatic. There's a little restaurant there and the locals consider it a tourist spot, thought it's essentially unknown otherwise. It's apparently very popular with cave divers. I'll have to look up more information about the place once I get the sib to give me its name again. We also visited another river's headwater, where it comes out from under the mountain in enough volume that there used to be a water-run mill there. Some pretty dramatic stuff.

The sib went off to do a couple of errands and left me to catch a little rest here, then we went out to dinner at a restaurant at the edge of a pond, on a fish hatchery. They grow their own trout and serve them at the restaurant. Very tasty, and had a lovely conversation with his friends.

Tomorrow we'll be heading down to Venice on the train. Once we get out of here it'll be about an hour's trip. We called Mom on Skype and talked to her for a little bit; she was pretty excited to hear from us. And now, I'm really fried, so it's time to wash the green dye out before I go to bed. Had to re-apply this evening because there won't be enough time for it tomorrow. I'm just hoping I won't collapse from exhaustion tomorrow - Venice is supposed to be hot and sunny, and I'm already really tired. I'm getting near the end of what reserves I have and am looking forward to getting home.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
Having got the laundry done, we went off to see a couple of local sites. One was a little church/shrine up on the side of the mountain where a local guy had a vision of the Virgin Mary back in the 20s or 30s. It's now a church/park/bar (yes, you read that right) where the locals go and hang out. After that we went to an underwater cave system that is the source for a stream, coming out of a deep, blue hole under the side of a cliff. It's pretty dramatic. There's a little restaurant there and the locals consider it a tourist spot, thought it's essentially unknown otherwise. It's apparently very popular with cave divers. I'll have to look up more information about the place once I get the sib to give me its name again. We also visited another river's headwater, where it comes out from under the mountain in enough volume that there used to be a water-run mill there. Some pretty dramatic stuff.

The sib went off to do a couple of errands and left me to catch a little rest here, then we went out to dinner at a restaurant at the edge of a pond, on a fish hatchery. They grow their own trout and serve them at the restaurant. Very tasty, and had a lovely conversation with his friends.

Tomorrow we'll be heading down to Venice on the train. Once we get out of here it'll be about an hour's trip. We called Mom on Skype and talked to her for a little bit; she was pretty excited to hear from us. And now, I'm really fried, so it's time to wash the green dye out before I go to bed. Had to re-apply this evening because there won't be enough time for it tomorrow. I'm just hoping I won't collapse from exhaustion tomorrow - Venice is supposed to be hot and sunny, and I'm already really tired. I'm getting near the end of what reserves I have and am looking forward to getting home.

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