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16 July 2017 02:11 - "Gonna fall down any day now"
rosefox: The Readercon logo flipped to read R F. (readercon)
We are at Readercon! We are having a very good time.

We took the train up instead of driving. There was a mess leaving Penn Station—we had to get off our broken train and get onto another one at the last minute—and a friend couriered much of our luggage, so that was all a bit of a logistical headache, and it's stressful being bound to an external schedule. But I actually haven't missed having a car (or even thought much about leaving the hotel) and I definitely haven't missed being the only licensed driver for a long trip. Maybe the train again next year; maybe not.

Me being sick for the crucial two weeks (two full weeks! June 26 to July 10! let's never do that again!) when we would usually do all our planning led to many hilarious planning failures, including not packing enough underwear, packing the wrong bra, not bringing enough warm clothing for a freezing cold hotel, never getting around to going swimming (after much fuss about making sure we all had swim gear—though of course we forgot Kit's swim diaper!), not bringing toothpaste, not bringing enough cash for housekeeping tips, forgetting that my new eyeglass prescription means my hoarded last pair of contact lenses was useless, and not scheduling enough babysitter time. Rarely has my behavior.planning.agley tag been so apt. X and J did their very best to make up for my incapacity, but we're all used to me being the primary planner, and at this age Kit is very distracting and makes it hard to focus on planning. I suspect that we're going to go home, sleep for a week, and then plan out our entire schedule for next year in advance.

I gave a talk on habit reversal training for writers that was extremely well received. That was very gratifying and enjoyable, and set a good tone for the rest of the weekend. I attended a few panels, was on a couple more, read none of my book and knit none of my knitting, had a really lovely time hanging out with friends, stayed up very late—the usual.

Some of it has been a bit strange. I'm now at the age where my friends tell me about their divorces; I was not quite aware I had reached that age, but it's happened twice in two days, so here we are. (To be clear, I am very glad I could be there for those friends. I just wasn't expecting it.) No one's slept much except Kit, who remains an absolute champion traveler and has taken a solid two-hour nap every day we've been here, including on the train on the way up (and will ideally do so on the train home). But we're coping.

I was nearly falling asleep during my own room party, and then after it was done I went out to the patio because 1 a.m. Readercon patio conversations are a superb vintage I only get to taste once a year. We talked about consciousness upload and replication, which led to digressions on neuroscience, parenting, and karma. Good times.

I must go sleep a lot now. A whole lot. Tomorrow: home.
8 June 2017 04:57 - "Goooood niiiiiight"
rosefox: A silver spoon labeled "my very last, very small spoon". (exhausted)
Finalvacationing to-do list/wishlist tally:

* Prepare BookCon handout by June 1
* Read ILL book due back June 1
* Return book by June 1
* See [twitter.com profile] grahamsleight before he leaves on June 1
* Do BookCon panel and booth duty on June 3 (went very well)
* Go to a toddler's birthday party on June 4
* Meet first work deadline by June 5 (wasn't done early, but got it done)
* Go to arm doctor June 6
* Meet second work deadline by June 7 (see above)
* Write guest blog post by June 7 next week
* Read ILL books due back June 8
* Return books by June 8

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Hang out with X, who also has this coming week off
* Watch the StevenBombs
* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens on a day with nice weather
* Ditto Prospect Park
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time
* Read a book for fun? I hear people do this? ??? (tried but the book was boring. alas)
* Knit
* Sleeeeeeeep (actually managed this somewhat this week)
* Get a manicure

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Vacuum (or ask J to if my arms are sad)
* Change sheets (or ask J to if my arms are sad)
* Move clothes from valet to closet
* Clear off standing desk (newly added to the list)
* Catch up on laundry
* Promote Story Hospital
* Clean out inbox (and kept it pretty tidy)
* Watch Baby Signing Time and practice signing on my own and with the family

This week has been less than relaxing: I've had that work deadline to meet, I got way overpeopled on the weekend, J's been very ill with a horrid non-strep throat infection, X did something awful to their sciatic nerve, the arm doctor visit took three goddamn hours and effectively ate my entire day yesterday, and today was a comedy of errors without the comedy (train delays, my nail polish is insufficiently sparkly, no food until 4 p.m., I got a call from the daycare because Kit faceplanted and bit their lip and bled everywhere, meds I was supposed to pick up weren't ready yet, probably other things I'm forgetting). I wish it had been more vacational. I also wish I'd done any of that room-tidying stuff.

But on the bright side, I didn't have to deal with non-project work on top of everything else! I suppose sometimes that's all one can ask from a vacation.
31 May 2017 00:11 - "It's one of those lazy days"
rosefox: A tiny turtle and the caption "Tiny Turtle is Pleased". (pleased)
Updated vacationing to-do list/wishlist:

* Prepare BookCon handout by June 1
* Read ILL book due back June 1 (I decided not to bother reading any of my ILL books and just returned them all; between when I requested them and when I got them, I temporarily but completely lost interest in that project. I'll reorder them when the project front-burners itself again.)
* Return book by June 1
* See visiting friend before he leaves on June 2
* Do BookCon panel and booth duty on June 3 (if you'll be there, come say hi!)
* Meet first work deadline by June 5 (ideally much earlier)
* Go to arm doctor May 30 June 6
* Meet second work deadline by June 7 (see above)
* Write guest blog post by June 7
* Read ILL books due back June 8
* Return books by June 8

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Hang out with X, who also has this coming week off (planned for 5/31)
* Watch the StevenBombs (WHAAAAAAAAT and also I want Fluorite to be my gem grandma forever)
* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender (omg Allura would you STOP HASSLING PIDGE whose gender is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS thank you)
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens on a day with nice weather
* Ditto Prospect Park
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time (planned for 5/31)
* Read a book for fun? I hear people do this? ??? (still pretty sure this is a myth)
* Knit
* Sleeeeeeeep (ahahahaaaaaa I am so totally failing at this)

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Vacuum (or ask J to if my arms are sad)
* Change sheets (or ask J to if my arms are sad)
* Move clothes from valet to closet
* Clear off standing desk (newly added to the list)
* Catch up on laundry (The hampers are almost empty! It's a Shavuot miracle!)
* Promote Story Hospital
* Clean out inbox but of course it's cluttered up again
* Watch Baby Signing Time and practice signing on my own and with the family

That's more than I thought I'd get done! I am pleased.
rosefox: An irritated Vulcan slaps a thick-headed D&D-style elf. (dopeslap)
Sunday: I SLEPT. It was glorious. I spent time with X and Kit while J was gaming, and Pablo came over and we all hung out for a while, and then J and I put Kit in the stroller and walked Pablo home (it's so cool that we can do that). We kind of wanted to cook, but the good market had closed by the time I got there—I wish they didn't close so early on Sundays—so we ended up ordering in Chinese food. Kit had a nightmare or something and woke up crying at 1 a.m. but X got them back to sleep quickly enough. I got totally caught up in researching interactions between Europeans and First Nations in early-19th-century Canada but eventually made myself buckle down and get work done. These 10 a.m. Monday deadlines that my new boss is so keen on are hard to get used to. But I got to bed before 6, so that's something.

Monday: I SLEPT AGAIN. Two days in a row of good sleep meant I woke up super perky. I was awake at 1:30, up by 2, and showered and dressed and fed by 2:45. I did some work and made some calls and was generally useful. Kit went right down for their post-daycare nap with minimal fuss, and I Skyped with Miriam for a bit, with the baby joining us after they woke up. They were teething hard, so I had to cut the call short and go ply them with books and Tylenol and milk and food and cuddles and crayons. Poor thing. We ordered in again because Mondays are no-cooking days. J took out the trash and recycling because my arms were pre-ouched and I didn't want to push them into being fully ouched, and then X and J went to bed and I found myself with no obligations other than needing to do some laundry, which mostly does itself. So I put my arm braces on and sat down with my protagonist journey outlines for Valour Advances and reconciled them and made a timeline... and realized I forgot to put the romance in my romance novel. *sob*

Writing blather )

And now the second load of laundry is done and I get to go to bed at only 3:30 a.m.! So early! Maybe I'll sleep well for the third night in a row! I sure hope so, because tomorrow's workload is looking pretty intense and it'd be nice to have both time and brains for it.
7 December 2015 13:37 - "Dreamtime"
rosefox: A dark elf saying "WTF, man? Seriously W.T.F.??". (WTF)
I dreamed that J and I went to a gay bathhouse and hung out in a hot tub with a bunch of writers we know. Some actors who had recently played Doctor Who showed up, including Matt Smith and David Tennant. It didn't go the way you might expect )

Yes, I'm bummed that it didn't turn into a sex dream involving David Tennant. (Couldn't care less about Matt Smith, personally.)
26 February 2012 23:15 - "I learned it with my learnings!"
rosefox: A man looks dismayed, having just realized he did something foolish and a bit strange. (dismayed)
Tonight's dinner recipe:

1) Plan to make broiled chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, and spinach. Go shopping just before store closes. Get home. Realize you have bought chicken wings instead of thighs. Panic.

2) Look up a "Japanese" chicken wings recipe online. Think this looks pretty easy. Drink grappa. Slowly stop panicking.

3) Mix up a very basic sauce: 3 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp water, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup vinegar. Discover that the bowl you used was too small. Pour the sauce into a bigger bowl. Discover that most of the sugar remained in the smaller bowl. Scrape it out a lot.

4) Dredge chicken wings in egg and then in flour. Lay them out on a foil-covered baking sheet. Stick them under the under-oven broiler.

5) Realize you forgot something and immediately pull the sheet out from under the broiler. Spray the wings with cooking oil. Put them back under the broiler.

6) After broiling 3 minutes, discover that the sheet is wider than the heat source. Swap the center and edge wings and broil another 2 minutes. Flip wings over. Put them back under the broiler.

7) After broiling 3 minutes, attempt to pull sheet out from under broiler. Discover that the pointy bits of the wings have gotten stuck in the broiler. Laugh hysterically because it's that or panic again. Use a wooden spoon to extricate the wings. Count them to make sure you got them all because the last thing you want is to find one of them under the stove two weeks from now.

8) Put the wings in the oven at 350F. Baste with sauce. Set timer for 30 minutes. Whenever you smell the sauce turning into carbon, baste the wings again. Meanwhile, make mashed potatoes and sauté spinach.

9) Timer goes off just as your partner decides she wants to get beer. Turn the oven off and let the wings sit in there to stay hot while she goes out to the store. Spoon the carbonized sauce over the wings so they look like you actually managed to brown them. Attempt to find a place on a chicken wing to stick a thermometer to see whether they're done; give up and assume they'll be fine.

10) Partner comes back and reports that the supermarket is closed because it's after 10 p.m. Realize you knew that. Realize it's a bit late to be having dinner. Decide not to care.

11) Have delicious chicken wings, mashed potatoes, and spinach for dinner.
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