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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. :)
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FInally! An entry! This will be a general update cos I haven't posted in so bloody long!

Starting back in June... I attended a few days of Convergence, a local SF convention. I arrived on Thursday, and crashed out on the floor of [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain's room until it was time for his Dresden Files game. The game was fun, the con was fun and I'll probably be there at least a little next year.

On Sunday night, the 3rd, me and [livejournal.com profile] phineus went to fireworks at Lake Normandale. It was very nice (if INSANELY crowded), and for the first time in my life I actually saw lightning bugs. :)

Monday the fourth a bunch of us went to fireworks on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. Very crowded again, but I was SERIOUSLY jazzed. I got video of some of it, but I took the shots weird and I have to find a way to rotate the images for display. :P [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain and his mom, [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn and [livejournal.com profile] phineus were in attendance. Before the fireworks we had dinner at [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain's place, and the chicken-hot dogs were fantastic.

The rest of July, August and September were fairly uneventful, but I'm probably forgetting stuff. If I recall later, I'll add another post! October though... Something did happen. I, [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain, [livejournal.com profile] ataramos and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn went up to the North Shore of Lake Superior for a weekend. That was the 7th to the 9th. We stayed at the Viking Motel, a little flytrap motel I found on the Net. I liked it, but I'm fairly sure [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain wasn't thrilled. However, despite that it was a lot of fun. We hit Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, Pallasaide Head, and a few other places, and ate at Betty's Pies and another place my brain isn't recalling the name of. I came back with pictures, which I still have to post, and a rock that is 1.1 BILLION years old. All in all, a good time.

This week has been mostly me lying around; I took three days off, two of which had nothing to do with the trip! I worked a total of two days this last week. Oh! Also, I've joined a MUD called Flexible Survival; it started as a SexMUD, but it's evolved rather oddly into Survival Adventure/Horror and Science Fiction. Its a blast. ;)
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Well, me and [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain got back into town about 1:30 or a bit after- we left at 6:55 AM, so we made slightly better time than the trip out. Initially, the plan was to head out at 9 AM, but I was feeling antsy and REALLY wanted to go home. Also, I'd found a goof in my bank balance and needed to get to TCF to straighten it out. As it turns out it was caused by the teeny print on the TCF website being misread by my crappy myopic eyes on Wednesday when I paid the Discover card- I thought it was at 284, when it was at 204... Oops. No real damage though, I beat the posting of the thing that would have nuked me, and got cash in. Whew! I'll note that I would have been screwed if we'd waited. Thanks for being willing to bail early, Dave!

In general the con was a lot of fun. However, I didn't get my sleep schedule switched around, so I was getting tired and sleeping at really inconvenient times. Also, I didn't really get crap don on my writing- 700 words before we left today plus chapter 19 was it. Under 2000 all told. I have a LOT of catch-up to do!

I got three sketches- One from Shauntae Howard of Rabbit/Phooka, one from DarkNatasha of Savannah, and one of Sorien/lamia. I'll try to get them scanned and posted on FA soon. And that was MFF for this year- its good to be home!
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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.
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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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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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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.
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And at the crack of the last minute I manage to get the damned thing done. I'd initially planned on writing it on the way out to MFF on the train, but I just couldn't get the mood up. I then thought I'd do it on the way home, but the unintentional audience of the person sitting next to me, combined with the fact that I scored that rare seat on the train with an outlet had me watching movies (Hellboy 2 and Wall-E (again!)) and listening to music the whole way back.

I had planned to get it done on Wednesday or Thursday night, but thatfell through when I found out I didn't have to work! So, here it is at last.

Buffy Horror 21: Music, Blood & Dust )
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So after a short nap I cleaned up and headed in, only to find out that the two extra days of vacation I'd requested when I learned I still had days I needed to burn, that had been turned down, had apparently been approved! Thus, I am now at home instead of work, and I'm just heartbroken. ;)

Anyway, other than that, here's the Monday convention report. Mostly it was me saying goodbye to a few people, taking a $70 (OUCH)taxi ride to Union Station, a relaxing trainride back and [livejournal.com profile] ataramos picking me up at the depot. All told it was a good con, and I'm preregistered for next year. I'd have my reservation in with the hotel already, but the MFF folks want people to hold off as there are still details being worked out on the room block being allocated. I'm betting they're increasing the sise of the block, and working on things like discounts on the internet and such.

On that, here's hoping.

Fortunately, there are better plans in store for next year's trip. The plan as it stands is that I'll take the train to Milwaukee where [livejournal.com profile] bluedeer will pick me up. From there we'll drive to the hotel, which is about an hour. We'll split the room cost, and I'll kick som gas money to him. MUCH cheaper than this year.

Like as not I'll not be doing anything for Thanksgiving. The folks don't have anything planned (other than going to the neighbors for a Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner), so I may beg off running out there. I'm going to start figuring out what I'm getting people for Xmas, and what I'd like to get as well.

Heh. Its kinda nice- I REALLY didn't wanna work tonight.

Sunday!

Nov. 24th, 2008 06:12 am
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The last day of the con. I had breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain and 2 in the hotel resturant, and it was as usual very good. I still wish they had traditional hash browns, as the potato dish they serve instead would be MUCH better with steak or other meat dishes. O well. ;)

I helped [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain load his stuff (and the tea party stuff sans coffee pot) into his car, then wandered the con for a while. I arranged the last of the sketches I wanted to get, and picked up the pic that Flinters was doing for me. After all that, I went back up to the room to watch football as I traditionally do on Sunday-At-Con. I'd have been down in the bar for it, but the Westin's bar is decidedly NOT a sports bar.

Everything wound down, and Nina from Altered Realities MUCK flopped in the room for Sunday night. We watched Wall-E (again, but I love it), and I putzed around on the net until I crashed.

As I type this, its Monday morning, and I've most of my crap packed or pre-packed. [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae is going to take the coffeepot home for me, so I'll have a far less obnoxious amount of crap to get home on the train. Yay! And thanks. ;)

With luck I can score a ride to Union Station with someone. If not, I have enough cash for it, no problem.

Only bad things during the con: It looks like someone swiped my Sorien door hanger which [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn drew for me, and I had connection troubles Sunday night. Oh, and getting kinda ill (upset stomach and related) on Saturday. It was a lot of fun otherwise.

However, I AM looking forward to getting home. [livejournal.com profile] ataramos, I'll call from Union Station when I get there- that should be around 2:15 PM. I should pull into the St. Paul depot around 10:31, but I'll call around 8 or so to confirm that. See you then!
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Okay. I drove to the train with [livejournal.com profile] ataramos Wednesday morning, and she took the car home. (Thanks again by the way!) The train ride was nice and uneventful, except for my neck getting all cranked up. [livejournal.com profile] bluedeer picked me up at Union Station... And we figured out that I should have gotten off in Milwaukee and met him there! O well, I'll know for next year. :) I also found out that there is a depot nearer to the con as well! Live and learn.

After a drive to the hotel where Skye's net-connection for his GPS kept crapping out, we got to the room- Wow. HUGE rooms, flatscreen TV with NO trouble hooking up my DVD player... Very nice. We ditched our stuff and went down, meeting up with some of the constaff. We chatted with Datahawk and [livejournal.com profile] nemet, then with Nemet we went to Ram Steakhouse... And I spent way too much money for a VERY good meal. No regrets at all... Other than from the negative reactions from the two bottles of Sam Adams I had on the train... :P

We get back to the hotel, and we helped pack the registration packs- kinda fun actually, being a bit buzzed and competing to see who was fastest. When that was done, I headed up to the room to zone. We tried to watch 'Young Frankenstein' but we were both falling asleep, and crashed.

And now its 6:15 AM, and I seem to be back on my screwy con-time: Crash early, Wake early. O well.

Fairly soo we're going to head out for breakfast, and to get the party supplies. See you who are coming later today and tomorrow!

Edit TEA PARTY AT 5 PM TODAY! (Or later if the cookies are late- but I think it'll be fine.)
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3:30 AM and I just had steak for dinner, long with a Mike M's 'Hoppy Gnu Beer'. Very nice! Its potent too. :) From about 7 PM to 12:30 AM I was out cold, as I was utterly fried from all the baking. Scotty L. stopped by and received his offering... Hee. I would have slept longer, but Spaz decided he wanted me to get up.

Wow. Disjointed post!

Anyway, I head to the train depot in a few hours. [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain will deliver the cookies, and [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae will deliver a donation to the charity auction for me. I SO need this vacation. :)
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I've been utterly unambitious of late, and I've gotten very little of the things I need to do around the house and otherwise done. I need to paint the garage doors, prime and paint the windowframes (can't do it til we determine what we need in terms of primer and such), vacuum the front and back rooms and my bedroom, rearrange the furniture in the front room, and a bunch of other general chores. I also need to get the synopsis for the Sunday game done, and I have something I need to do at work as well that I've been putting off.

Its not depression or anything, I just haven't DONE it. I've been feeling kinda blah, and I think it has two roots- my lousy sleep of late and the fact my allergies have been driving me crazy. Regardless, I'm going to get it ALL done this week.

... My addiction to City of Heroes hasn't exactly helped either. :P

Other than this, I've looked into fares on the Megabus to Chicago. Migod, it's cheaper than the taxi fare from Union Station to the hotel! $40.50 ROUND TRIP!! Wow. Guess how I'll be going to the con! Now all I have to do is get the money for the convention together...

Finally, I plan to make fried chicken thighs and mashed potatoes this week, probably Tuesday or Wednesday- I need to get buttermilk tho.

Last rambly bit- my car is having issues again. The antilock brakes have some kind of problem, so Dad his it to work on and I have his til its fixed. Its safe to drive, but the brakes are standard with the problem rather than antilock. O well.
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Its early morning and I'm back at the Holiday Inn East in St. Paul. I'll be here through Thursday night/Friday morning, and maybe that weekend as well- But I'm not sure there. Its not too bad, I can type and chat on the net between rounds and such, but the $40-a-week in gas it costs to get here makes it definitely not worth it as a permanent account. Hell, that kinda disqualifies ANY account on this end of town!

I haven't finished the primer-coat on the garage doors yet, that will probably happen this morning when I get home. Yesterday I was too tired and achy, and spent the day kinda lying around. As she mentioned in her journal, [livejournal.com profile] ataramos is back in Wisconsin for about a month, and I hope she enjoys the trip! It's gonna be interesting to see how Lady reacts to her not being there, as Ata is kinda Lady's 'human.'

In other things, I also didn't go to fireworks on the 4th- neither I nor Ata really felt up to it. Maybe sometime this week I'll go to Hancock or one of the other flicks I've yet to see.

Other than that, its a night.

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