This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry


August 14th, 2012

Yes, I've been on Facebook again... @ 10:03 am

Current Mood: groggy

...but it's because the Misti-Con and Ascendio pages have become like chat rooms, and if you fall behind you're completely lost. It is calming down now, though, as Ascendio is over and Misti-Con isn't until next May.

The big thing in my life at the moment is Lubricus, which is an adult Harry Potter slash convention being held in Renton (about an hour's drive for me) this weekend. I could hardly believe it when I heard about it -- it's like it was designed just for me! There are several people who are going to be there whom I have at least met on line, so I don't have to worry about feeling alone in the crowd as I sometimes did at Ascendio. I'm pretty much ready to go except for actually putting stuff into my suitcase, and my biggest worry is how to keep my blue wig in place during the ball. (Yes, it is the Blue Ball.)

The real reason my life is total insanity, though, is that on August 22 (Arrrgh, a week from today) Elizabeth, Justice, Ale, and I are making a trip to the Midwest, first to visit Elizabeth's sister and niece in Holland, Michigan, and then down to Chicago for Chicon, this year's World Science Fiction Convention. More on that trip after Lubricus. We'll be gone over two weeks.

Trying to get everything done in preparation for what is basically a three week vacation has sometimes brought me to my knees. But in general I have been doing better than I would have expected. My biggest problem is keeping my mind on the job at hand instead of worrying about what exactly is going to happen or what I have to do in the future. I've had some days when I'm a mess. But I've had a couple days during which I was surprisingly productive.

One thing that has helped me keep myself together is giving up my 5 days a week at the gym. After I decided I'm not going back to the gym until we get back on September 6, I felt like a large obligation had been lifted from my shoulders and I could function much, much better. I am confident I can get back into a good regime of aerobics and strength training when all this travel is behind me.

Today I am having trouble getting started with the day. I should have had the Tuesday morning chores done an hour ago. That's partly why I'm pouring out my mind here, to try to clear it. I have a Yoga program on my iPad that I need to try.

In the past week I have had to replace Justice's phone, Chenelle's phone, and my Kindle, as well as incurring a $510 septic repair bill. This has all contributed greatly to the madness. At any rate, Justice's phone just arrived, so I'd better text her.


P.S. Alex wants to be called Allie now, which would be fine, but she spells it Ale. Well, it's her name, so I'll respect her wishes.
 
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From:[info]veridari
Date: August 14th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I think you find Lubricus to be quite a bit different than Ascendio. I haven't been to Ascendio, but I have been to other bigger cons (as well as to Azkatraz back in 2009, which is where I first met all the Snarry fen).

The small nature of it is what makes it so much fun. Not crowded, personable and with so much fewer people you get comfortable so much more quickly. It's quite easy to strike up conversations, and the panels are really VERY fun to attend. My favorite last year was the Drarry vs. Snarry, where the moderator gave each group their own flip pad on an easel and a big marker and our own side of the room, and we had to write down why our pairing worked so much better and what their tagline should be. I can give you the link to the writeup for that panel (which is really fun to read) if you'd like.

I just know you'll have a GREAT time. I really look forward to meeting you!
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From:[info]vimeslady
Date: August 15th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
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I would love the link to that writeup for the Drarry vs Snarry panel.

We'll all have an awesome time! See you in a couple days!
From:[info]veridari
Date: August 15th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
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Here is the link for you:

http://lubricus.livejournal.com/15919.html

See you in a couple of days! <3
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From:[info]vimeslady
Date: August 15th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
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LOL! That's terrific! Considering how much fun it was to read, it must have been a real blast to have actually been there!

This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry