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I got home from Midwest Furfest yesterday around 4 PM or so in generally good order. No item that I'm aware of has gone missing, and I had a pretty good time. We had the Pizza Shootout on Saturday around 12:30 PM, but we're waiting on one person's vote to determine who won. As we'll have one person abstaining, and it's currently tied with two people's remaining votes (including theirs) I think it should be considered a tie!

I only got two pieces of art this year- one from DarkNatasha (a badge) and one from Cara Mitten (of my character Arath in our Pathfinder game, which resumes a week from Saturday). As predicted, I spent more than I wanted to and most of that on food.

I met up with varied people, some who I knew and many I didn't, and I was able to sleep EVERY NIGHT OF THE CON. Woot! I slept well last night as well, and now I have to change back to my usual vampire pattern. I'm looking forward for next year. :)

Definitely next year I request a NON-TOWER room; bloody things are teeny.
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Okay. I'm up. Today I head out with friends on the drive to Chicagoland and Midwest Furfest! I've got all my crap packed, and aside from a few dishes in the sink I'm essentially ready to go. I'm looking forward to this- I definitely need a vacation.

In the previous three weeks ending last Thursday, I want through one of the longer bouts of insomnia I've had. I think it was longer than usual because there were multiple things contributing to it- stress (of course), a need for a change, bedding overdue for a change, allergies and I really need a new mattress.

Other than that, things have been mostly quiet... Mostly. Two weeks ago while coming home from work I had the tie rods on the front right wheel snap whilst on the ramp from 35W Northbound to New Brighton Boulevard. For those that don't know, the tie rods are what hold the wheel in place and allow it to turn. Well, they snapped and that wheel no longer turned!

After a three hour wait and a tow to my folks place, I got home using my mom's car. a few days later it was fixed, and its back running fine.

That pretty much sums up recent events. I'll post again from the con.
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I arrived via Greyhound at the Cumberland Avenue station at 3 PM yesterday, and was picked up by Sparhawk, a friend from Flexible Survival MUD. We had a touch of trouble finding the hotel from the station (it was hiding from us, I swear!), but we eventually found it and I got checked in. I ditched my stuff in the room, then we had dinner at Sally's, a pizza place with EXCELLENT deep-dish pizza. I would definitely eat there again, and might before the end of the con.

I lazed about after Spar left, just hanging out in my room for the most part. I slept 9 hours, only waking when Housekeeping knocked- I'd forgot to put the more politely worded 'stay the fuck OUT' sign on the door. I got up and had breakfast, then just bummed about until [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn arrived at about 2 PM.

I had dinner in the lobby restaurant (knicknamed '10-Forward' for the goofy curvy-padded decorative wall-things), having the pot-roast sandwich- pricy but VERY good.

And now I'm in my room. Woo!
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To taking Greyhound to Furfest. I'll leave EARLY Wednesday the 16th, about 5:55 AM and I'll get back home early Tuesday morning, about 1 AM. Woot! I'm looking forward. Its a no-stop trip, and on one of the NEW buses, with the internet and power hookups. So I'll be able to futz on the computer all the way there and back.

I'm gonna try (HA!) to control my spending- as the big commission I was considering is lacking an artist (I was planning on commissioning DarkNatasha, but she can't attend), I think I'll try to get just two commissions, with the rest of my spending being food.

Also- we're about 2 weeks off my annual Halloween party! I'm doing it more potluck, so all I have to deal with is the bird, mashed potatoes and the cranberry sauce. I'm farming the rest out to other people. If you were invited in past years, you're invited this year. :)

BWAH!

Apr. 7th, 2011 02:59 pm
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Okay- I got the hotel room locked down for MFF for Wednesday to Monday. I have 2 beds arranged, so woot. Now to confirm person #2, and to determine if anyone else will be in there with me beyond that. In other news, I got my state tax return on Tuesday, which is the fastest I've ever gotten it- I only filed on the 1st! Now I just have to figger out how I'll be getting there. I've heard that if I do the overnight run on Megabus its both low-ridership and cheap as dirt, so I'll be looking at that as well as the train, and maybe going by car as the last option.

This should be a good con- I'll have a bit more money than last year, especially if I try to sock a bit away in addition to the funds I'll have from the tax return. Woot!

Oh, and as a totally unrelated note to the roommates- I may have a bunch of 60 watt bulbs shortly, via the folks membership with on of the big warehouse stores- I can't recall if its Sams or the other one. I'll also have the long florescent bulbs. Not sure when, but likely before midweek next week.

Today...

Apr. 1st, 2011 12:49 pm
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Taxes- Done! I'll be getting about $1500 Federal, $500 State and $500 property tax rebate- that last would have been $1700, but I have renters and the percentage of the house that they use whacks that down- O well, I'd rather be able to pay monthly bills. About a grand will go into the credit card, and the rest is my trip in November to Midwest Furfest. Woot!

Also done, groceries. I was within $4.00 of my guesstimate of the cost, so I'm getting better- unfortunately, no coupons. ANOTHER thing I need to get better on!

What's left is a crapload of cleaning, a bunch of boxes to break down for recycling (and for declutterization purposes), the rest of my laundry and general other stuff. My brother is coming over today and we're gonna see what we need to do to fix the door into the garage- the screws are stripping out. He thinks he has a (scary) permanent solution, but we'll see.

Bills are also due, but that's maybe 10 minutes on the net and phone.
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Okay- the cookies I donated went for $30, with a starting bid of $10. Woot! Not as good as past years, but I think there were fewer cookies this year. Also, I bought a box of rocks- Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz and Turquoise from China. The smoky quartz alone is worth more than $30.
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I DID get rid of the headache, finally. All it took was more Ibuprofin, food and about 8 cups of strong tea. The incredible steak sandwich I had certainly didn't hurt! In the sports bar they have here, called 'Red', they have a small menu but what's on it... OhmyfuckingGod is it good. The steak sandwich was easily worth the $16. Oh- While the service was slow to get to me (there was a mixed mob of Furries and businesspeople almost to standing-room-only), once they DID get the order it got to me fast. The kitchen area is just off to the side, and if you wanted to you could watch the prep. The bar is well-stocked, and I'm highly tempted to try a few less common things... At least less common to me, like various mixed drinks.

While I feel fine now, I didn't sleep worth a damn. I did get SOME sleep, just... Fitful. Not too-much-caffeine fitful, but brain-won't-shut-up fitful. I think I'll be writing today at some point. :)

Right now I'm waiting on [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain, whom I'm splitting the room with ([livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn is here too), and we'll probably get breakfast.
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Okay, I'm here. Rome 316. I've had a headache all day, and I napped for a while hoping it would go away... No such luck. It was caused by lack of sleep + no caffeine + neckstrain, and I didn't take anything for it when I first felt it, so it dug in like a tick.

I'll be okay, but I'm not up for much. I'm going to go down and see if I can't get my registration packet, then maybe yap on a MUCK for a while, maybe get a snack or something.
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(Sigh) No writing today, mostly due to prep for the con. We leave for Midwest Furfest around 6 AM this morning, and I should probably get some sleep. The cookies are done and packed up, my stuff likewise other than toiletries and closing up the suitcase. I'll post as usual from the con- Its a weird year- There'll be more than one person still at home this year! I guess that's good and bad.

I guess that's it.

Bleh,,,

Nov. 17th, 2010 06:13 am
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I didn't get any writing done yesterday or (yet) today. I tried, but I just stared at the laptop with no idea where to go. I'm safe- plenty of time after all given I'm over 42k words, but its still frustrating. Oh well. I WILL get some done today, just not this morning. I'll read a while more and crash soonish.

I've got the laundry done, so I just have packing and baking left before the trip. We leave around 6 AM Thursday. I should probably get a few things yet from the store, and I'll print out a 'to do' list for the cat care while I'm gone.
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Okay. Another chapter done, this one a little shorter than the others. I'm partly through chapter 10, but I'll put thatup when it IS done. Other than that, Midwest FurFest is next week. Woot! I'll be heading out on Thursday morning with [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn, and we'll be there through Monday- However, [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn is bailing on Sunday and getting a ride home with [livejournal.com profile] foeclan as I understand it. I'm only making a small batch of cookies this year- Peanut Butter and Peanut-Butter Chocolate Chip, mostly just for the purpose of donating them to the charity auction.

Other than that, I got my flu shot today and ran the car through the wash. I'll do more housecleaning before we head out as well, and I'm still waiting on further roof-fixing news. More on that when I know more.

Anyway, here's the latest chapter. Current word count including the partial chapter 10 is 24,194.

Bear False Witness Chapter 9 )
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Got back from the con last night at about 11 PM. The trip was uneventful, aside from the idiot taxi driver dropping me at the wrong station (the Amtrak/Metra station is in Glenview, and the station he dropped me at, just a Metra station, was down the track in the VILLAGE of Glenview). Fortunately, it was right on the line and taking a single stop trip on the Metra fixed things. It was STILL stupid. For future reference: Get the cab number, the driver's name, and note pickup/dropoff times so that they can track the mistake and not do it again!

Anyway, I got home. Cleaned up the mess of dishes in the kitchen, refilled the dry food bowls and water for the cats, and relaxed. Whuf. The con was a lot of fun, but I'm glad to be home.

Which brings us to today.

The house is now using Comcast for phone, internet and cable! Qworst has been told to fuck off with details why, and all that's left is sending the modem back and switching my Visi account (my former provider) to a basic dialup account to maintain my email and (horribly out of date) website.

WE KAN HAZ INTERNETZ! :)

Other than that, I have a headache. I'll live, and things seem generally good. I go back to work tonight, whoopie, but I only work two nights this week.
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But it'll be back in 2010! It'll be at the Hyatt O'Hare, which is fucking HUGE. There is no need for an overflow hotel its so huge! Woot! Bad side is that it doesn't have a lot of real close food. But the massive convenience otherwise is gonna be great.

I had a good time, and the charity brought in over $12,000 after the con-donation. Nice!

I'll be in my room tonight, and at 8 PM or a bit after I'll have the new Star Trek movie in. If you're at the con and reading this, we can watch movies and eat pizza. :) Room 1027!

Oh- I head home tomorrow. I need to be at the Glenview station, and I wanna get there by 1:30. The train will pick me up at 2:39, and I should be back in the cities by 10:30. The ride home from there is arranged.
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The cookies, 24 chocolate chip and 24 peanut butter, were sold in the charity auction for $60. I did good. :)
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Okay, here's the sort-of lowdown.

I arrived on Wednesday, having had a nice quiet trip on the train. The only part of the trip that was bad was that my left knee started hurting for no apparent reason- o well. The transfer from the Empire Builder to the Metra was pretty smooth, and I got the hotel shuttle with no problems. Of course, it isn't a vacation without some form of snafu.

In this case, they tried to give me a single-bed rather than two beds. I got ahold of [livejournal.com profile] takaza, and with his help and my original confirmation email it got straightened out. I spent some time wandering around, helped bag the registration packages, had dinner at RAM and collapsed somewhere around 11 PM. Not exactly in that order, but whatever.

Thursday was when the Ravening Horde started to arrive, and I spent time chatting with people and generally just being here. Thursday never has much going on, but I did get my registration. I had breakfast at the hotel ($11 buffet! Woot!) and dinner with [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain at RAM. We got comp'd an appetizer plate by the manager- woot again! Free food for the win!

Nina from Altered Realities arrived while we were out eating, and the prearranged pickup for his room key was no problem. I got ahold of [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae and arranged to get the donation cookies from him on Friday morning, and once again crashed around 11 or so.

Friday was the actual start of the con, and things were good. Breakfast buffet again, and some chatting and waiting til things opened up. I have a pic being done by Jen "Spunky" Seng of Hybrid, a possible supers concept, and Shauntae Howard is doing a pic of Deyn from the Traveller campaign. I'll be getting a pic of the snakewoman character I've got from DarkNatasha this morning; she's fiddling with the facial structure to get it to work too.

Last night I got together with [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain again, ending up with him in a room with varied friends- some I knew, some I didn't. But I had a few bheers and a slug of something vile- 'Southern Sweet Tea' or some such. All I know was this shit tasted like Vicks Formula 44. O.o In any case, I had a touch too much, and the pair of us left the gathering. WHile I sobered up we sought a restaurant for dinner- Buca De Beppo was the result, and the spaghetti and meatballs was excellent.

I spent some time talking with [livejournal.com profile] itico, and eventually got to bed somewhere around midnight.

And that brings us to today. I'll report on that later. ;)
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Because He created Morning. :P

I hate morning. Bleah.

But, my slow-ass waking process aside, I DID actually manage to sleep past 5 AM! For me at-con, this is a GOOD thing. Now if I can keep that up for the rest of the vacation...

One nice thing- the con-rate for the breakfast buffet is already in effect. :)
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Okay, I'm here! Had a bit of trouble with the room, but with the aid of [livejournal.com profile] takaza and the fortuitous paranoid saving of reservation confirmation emails by myself, it got sorted out. :)

I'm in room 1027, see whomever is coming soon!

Only real bad thing: My left knee is killing me, and I'm not sure why. :P
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Okay, changed the travel plans to the convention for next week. Instead of going to Milwaukee and riding with [livejournal.com profile] bluedeer to the hotel, I'm coming into Glenview, IL. Its about 20 miles from the hotel, so no matter which way I take to the hotel from there, it'll be affordable. The difference in ticket price? Nine bucks. :)

So I've posted to the [livejournal.com profile] midwestfurfest LJ for a ride to the hotel from the station. In any event, I don't have to stress at all now.

MFF Stuff.

Oct. 14th, 2009 09:33 am
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The train tickets are set up, the room was reserved LONG ago, my time off is approved and rides to and from the train station(s) are (for the most part) arranged. Woot!

I'm in the main hotel, with three others at this time. See you all there!

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