This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

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

October 6th, 2011

Orlando, here I come! (Well, in July) @ 06:22 am

Current Mood: content

Final, painful decision made. Good part: I am going to Ascendio, the Harry Potter Convention at Universal Studios, Orlando, in July! SO EXCITED!! Bad part: I'm not going to the 2012 Discworld Convention in England. Believe me, that hurts. I've been to every one since 2002, been planning for it for the past year, and will desperately miss seeing my friends there.

It feels so good, though, that I can stop obsessing on this decision.

Now, need to cancel my hotel room in England, buy my membership in Ascendio, book my room in Orlando, start looking at flights across the continent...

October 4th, 2011

Conventions - I would love to have your opinions @ 09:19 pm

Current Mood: confused

Ascendio: Does someone want to argue that I should not go to Ascendio, the Harry Potter Convention in Orlando in July, or that I shouldn't buy a Merlin's Circle membership that will get me into all the ticketed events? Including the evening at 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Universal Studios when we get to play after the park is closed to the public!? The membership price is very expensive, the hotel price is exorbitant, and I'd have to fly diagonally across the country. And I think I have myself convinced that it's worth it and that I'm going to go.

Lubricus: Well, I don't really need input on that one. Are you kidding? A Harry Potter slash convention about an hour's drive from here? I've already got my membership.

The Discworld Convention: I need someone to tell me that I really should go. I've gone to the past five and always had an incredible time. I already have my membership and my hotel reservation. But Jinxster, Elfie, Archer, and Esther will not be there this year, and since the biggest appeal of The Discworld Convention is seeing people I only get to see every two years, I'm really bummed about that. The trip is obviously very expensive for me since I have to travel overseas. Sooo, as heretical as it sounds, I'm considering not going. Never thought I'd say that.

If I'm willing to spend the money, I could go to both Ascendio and the Discworld Convention. But am I sure I want to? I hate making big decisions like this. It's hard enough for me to decide what to have for breakfast in the morning.

September 25th, 2011

And one other thing to factor in. @ 03:03 pm

Current Mood: undecided

If we wait until mid-January to see Seminar and How to Succeed, either or both plays may have closed by then. That would be an awful tragedy. Maybe I am willing to plan this for November.

When are you going to see Alan on Broadway? @ 01:32 pm

Current Mood: Undecided

Seminar with Alan Rickman is going to be showing at the Golden Theater starting October 27 for previews. Don't know when the official Opening is - I have conflicting data on different websites. One article says it is Sunday November 20th, but the website says there is no show that night.

My friend Tom has to be in New York City anyway from November 17th through 20th. If we traveled at approximately the same time it would be convenient for him and would save me some money.

On the other hand, the following Thursday is Thanksgiving, and I leave for Loscon that day. Although I do quite a lot of traveling, it is very stressful for me, particularly the packing and the flights. I don't like the idea of having three days to unpack from Broadway in New York and pack for a convention in Los Angeles.

Actually, I would rather go sometime in mid-December. Or maybe even in January after the Holiday hysteria. (Spend New Year's Eve in NYC?!)

If we're going in November, I want to get the decision made right away. I'm fretting about getting the best seats that I can.

Since I'm traveling across the country for this, I want to see Seminar twice. And it would be a shame not to also see Daniel in How to Succeed in Business while I'm there.

November 17 is seven weeks away - I wouldn't have to wait so long, and yet I'm worried that I'm not giving myself enough time to plan things.

September 21st, 2011

I'm too tired and sore to post @ 07:14 am

Current Mood: sore

There's things I want, I really need to talk about. One is when I'm going to go see Seminar on Broadway with Alan Rickman. It would be convenient for my friend Tom to make the trip in mid-November, when he'll be in New York anyway. But I'm so over traveling. Even going to Vcon next week sounds tiring, and it's only a four hour drive and I'm staying just two nights.

Soo, I'd like to put off going to New York, until at least December. Maybe even until January. On the other hand, November would mean opening night. Gotta decide, good tickets are probably already disappearing and I need to arrange using Hilton points for a hotel.

Then there is Ascendio. There is always Ascendio, there in the background, calling my name. No real hurry except if I'm going I have to start saving money now.

Still keeping under 1300 calories per day. Did 30 minutes worth of 115 calories on the Wii Fit Plus yesterday. I think I'm trying too many of the new exercises too soon. My right thigh is killing me this morning, which is an improvement from yesterday, when everything hurt. And I'm just too freaking exhausted and tired all the time. So no exercise for me today.

September 18th, 2011

Sunday Morning BRL @ 06:58 am

Current Mood: blank

1272 calories consumed yesterday. Not bad, not good. Did 31 minutes on the Wii Fit Plus and burned, it said, 112 calories. I spent more time on strength training than usual, and my abdominals are complaining about that this morning. I may skip working out today. Five days a week sounds pretty good, and I have a Westercon meeting this evening.

It's pouring outside. Blah. Have I mentioned recently that I hate rain? Which is to say that I hate the weather here in the fall, winter and spring. The relatively mild temperatures are nice, though. And we actually had a period of warm, sunny weather, most of it while I was in Las Vegas. Did I mention that it rained in Las Vegas? Which it never, ever does according to the locals.

I've spent way too long recovering from the past 8 months, and am verging on the point of just being lazy. I haven't unpacked yet and I will soon be out of clothes if I don't begin on the pile of laundry. There are bills to pay as well as the usual chores. I haven't even started on unpacking the stuff I brought home from mom's and haven't finished putting the things I bought at Reno away. And my calendar desperately needs to be updated. My hair and nails both need attention. And I need to call Elizabeth and set up a date to see the girls this week. And I absolutely must make at least a quick stop at the grocery store today. Nutrisystem doesn't work well when one has no fresh fruit.

Chatted with Elfie for quite a while yesterday. We had a lot to catch up on. She is into Sengoku Basara fandom now. Me, I stick with Harry Potter and Discworld. Although I will watch almost anything with Johnny Depp or Robert Downey Jr.

Tom is pestering me constantly to decide when I want to go to New York to see Alan Rickman in Seminar on Broadway. The truth is that I really don't want to go until December, and after Christmas would be even better. But if the show really flops it might not be running that long. Oh, but I am sooo done with traveling for now. I have Vcon in a couple weeks, but that is only a four hour drive from here and I'm staying just two nights. I'll get to see some people I haven't seen for at least a decade.

I am still stuck on whether to go to Ascendio 2012. There's no way I can afford it - it would be super expensive, especially because I would be traveling diagonally across the U.S. On the other hand, it would be such a huge adventure and experience that I can't see how I can not go.

Dear gods, but my posts have been boring lately.

September 9th, 2011

Has it really been ten days since I posted? @ 03:40 pm

Current Mood: tired

Tom took me on a four-day trip to Las Vegas to help me recover from the effects of nine months of work and responsibilities and worries and grief. So I spent the entire time being totally irresponsible. I drank way too much every day and lost way too much gambling and spent almost six hours in the spa in the Venetian. We saw Phantom of the Opera (the LV version is abbreviated but spectacular) and Penn & Teller. I had a magnificent time.

Today I am trying to recover from the vacation designed to help me recover. We got into SeaTac very late last night and I slept less than six hours, but then took a 4-hour nap later in the morning. I haven't thought too much about unpacking yet.

Tom is here for a few days, and I spent some time this afternoon trying to find mom's papers that we need. One search would save me about $1,000 in property taxes. The other issue is trying to get Bank of America to release my Trust money. Tom suggested they feel they need the money more than I do.

I decided while I was in Reno that I am going to spend a couple days at Vcon in Vancouver.Not so much for the convention itself, but I've gotten in touch with people on FaceBook that I haven't seen in years who will be there.

Kathy and Faeon did a great job of cleaning up my house while I was gone, so I can take several items off my To Do List. Maybe that gives me the leeway to watch a DVD this afternoon. I'm really ready to lie back down.

May 25th, 2011

Home @ 01:42 pm

Current Mood: tired

Home from Mt. Rainier. Lots of peace and quiet there, which is what I wanted. Weather wasn't bad - some fog, but whenever water fell from the sky it was snow, not rain, so I was happy. Did a little bit of snowshoeing. At one point I was on the snow about two feet above the parking lot, and decided to jump rather than risk slipping. I landed on my feet just fine, but then fell flat on my face. My nose and chin got badly scraped. Hardly hurts a bit, but I look like something from a horror movie and feel like everyone is staring at me.

It's raining here. Some things never change.

April 17th, 2011

More trouble than it's worth? @ 11:21 am

Current Mood: grumpy

I knew Kathy was going to help clean out mom's house. I was moved when Elizabeth said she would keep her promise to help me like I helped her when her mother died, and overjoyed when she said the girls could come. Not real surprised that Memphis has to come. Was not expecting Mandalynn. Sean wants to see the house one last time, and he and Lee will be there to do heavy lifting (How much of that will there be to be done the first two days? That's as long as Sean can stay.) Now Elizabeth's niece and her two grown daughters are going to join us, driving in from Michigan, and also a dear friend of Kathy's just to babysit. Everyone thinks it's going to be a great party. We have nine days to get that house totally empty - totally - and cleaned. Almost 2,000 square feet plus a three car garage with workshop. This is no party, folks.

Cut for those who don't want to know the details. )

Good gods, why didn't I just rely on my own nieces and a good cleaning service? I mean, like I don't have enough on my mind without playing travel agent and hostess?!

January 18th, 2011

Home @ 05:25 pm

Current Mood: exhausted

I'm home from New York, where I actually did get to see Alan Rickman in person, and I am still astounded at the awesomeness of that. I did not do the stage door thing, for reasons I intend to go into later, but much of which involved cowardice. But all of the other worrying was totally unnecessary. Driving through Queens and Brooklyn was no big deal, everything was easy to find with my navigator, and although I was out on the streets fairly late at night alone, I was alone with several dozen theater attendees. I am so damn glad I made the trip; definitely one of my better decisions. Only wish I could have stayed longer.

November 27th, 2010

Loscon! @ 12:01 pm

Current Location: Los Angeles
Current Mood: good

I love L.A. passionately. I also love Loscons. There are SO many good people here that I only see once a year. My flight here was awful - the baby in front of me cried practically non-stop the whole two hours. And Thanksgiving dinner at a Swiss restaurant was rather disappointing. But Friday I spent greeting friends and attending programming and had a great day. Unfortunately, I drank and ate way, way too much, so I woke up late today and feeling groggy. But cigarettes, coffee, a gorgeous omelet and a Vanilla Bean Frappucino have cleared away the cobwebs. There is a Starbucks right in the middle of the hotel lobby, which is doing terrible things to my budget and waistline.

In a little while I'm going to catch a couple program items, then go shopping with Tom and John Hertz for tonight's Prime Time Party. We run a rather upscale room party from1:00 A.M. until 7:00 A.M. Takes a lot of effort and sure makes for a long day, but it's always worth it.

September 14th, 2010

I'm home! @ 08:46 pm

Current Mood: exhausted

After a 26 hour trip, I am home. I'm going to go to sleep now.

August 19th, 2010

Morning Post @ 06:47 am

Current Mood: sleepy

From NutriSystem Board:
I stayed up far too late last night packing and doing laundry, then couldn't go to sleep because of heartburn. Was half-asleep at 5:30, bothered by pain that started in my bad ankle and went clear up my leg, when I heard some strange noises - a muffled ringing followed by tapping. Got up to see what it was (never did figure it out), and the pets thought that meant time to get up. So I'm due a nap this afternoon, after a noon business meeting.

The weather cleared up yesterday and stayed in the low 70s. Skies this morning look dreary and gray; looks like we may get some rain with the high around 70°. On the other hand, temperature at 6:30 A.M. is 60°.

The meeting at noon is with 'Papa Jack.' He wants to make me Executor of his estate. Everything he has goes to Alex, and he has realized that no one else is more interested in making sure she gets the full benefits without S&E being involved. Jack is Elizabeth's old boyfriend. He bonded with Alex much the same way that I did with both girls, and is treated by S&E even worse than I am. He's only in his late 60s, but not in the best of health. I try not to think about how I'll handle it if Alex ends up with so much more in resources than Justice, but there's no use worrying that far ahead. I'll make it up to Justice somehow, just as I've been doing all these years.

June 10th, 2010

Waaa! Don' wanna go home tomorrow! @ 11:30 pm

Current Mood: sleepy

Today I went swimming and got a little tan and bought blingy clothes and lost some of the money I had won gambling and got to see David Spade's show, which was totally hilarious. Oh, and drank a lot. But now I'm sober and need to get to sleep so that I can get up and get packed in the morning.

June 9th, 2010

Who really cares what day it is? @ 01:35 pm

Current Mood: silly

I am fairly drunk. I have this tall souvenir glass filled with a frozen blue coconut flavored drink. On top of a Colorado Bulldog. And it is barely 1:00 in the afternoon.

I own a new pair of rather blingy jeans.

I can't recall when I felt more decadent.

For my overall gambling this trip, I have won $410. I don't think I want to gamble anymore, because it really makes me feel bad that at one point that was $470. Which is silly. Because one does not come to Las Vegas to make money. One comes here to spend money on entertainment by losing it gambling. If you want to make money, you stay home and work.

In just over three hours I meet Tom and Pete Sleight for a light dinner and a night at a comedy club. I think I should stay in my room until then, for fear that, if I leave it, I won't be able to find it again.

It's Wednesday already?? @ 09:04 am

Current Mood: groggy

I totally overate yesterday. Breakfast was a huge berry-filled crepe, lunch was a big cinnamon roll, and dinner was salad, steak, and lobster tail. My one complaint is that the otherwise delicious steak was overcooked - I should have sent it back.

I have discovered that my favorite drink - Kahlua, vodka, cream, and Coke - is known as a Colorado Bulldog. I met a bartender who does an excellent job making them, and who has a sister that lives about 15 miles from me!

Played just a little bit of video Double Bonus Poker, and won $55. Of course, I've spent far more than that, including a not-cheap pair of sunglasses.

Didn't actually swim, but did lie out by the pool for 20 minutes. Got a bit of color but not a touch of sunburn. There's a bar/cafe by the pool where I got a frozen pina colada.

Weather today is supposed to be partly cloudy with temperatures 'only' in the high 90s.

Slept okay, but had a long, complicated dream about David Spade (we're seeing him tomorrow night). This morning I'm feeling blah after yesterday's overeating and drinks, but not planning on letting it slow me down. This evening we're going to the comedy club in the Four Queens downtown.

My biggest regret is that I can't responsibly afford to use the spa - I'd love to have a facial or massage or some toxin-reducing, refreshing treatment.

June 8th, 2010

VACATION!! @ 08:52 am

Current Mood: giggly

I'm going to have to change my negative opinion about Alaska Airlines, at least when flying First Class. They have Coke Zero, they served me a delicious snack of hummus with pita bread and raw vegetables, and later this summer they will have WiFi available on flights.

The trip here yesterday went smoothly, and now I am happily occupying a room in the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. For 'dinner' last night I had huge a Banana Foster Crepe - it was absolutely magnificent. NutriSystem? What's that?

My plan for the next four days, in order of priority, is Sleep, Gamble, Drink, Eat, and Swim. Sleeping in this morning until I woke up naturally at 7:00 A.M. felt totally wonderful.

And the very best part of all - it isn't cold and raining! Seattle is still having weather typical of March. Here the sun is shining and the high temperatures are over 100 degrees. Yay for sunlight!!

December 25th, 2009

Christmas Day in an Airport @ 05:29 am

Current Mood: contemplative

Today I fly home from my vacation in Keystone, Colorado. I hope I find the time and incentive to sit down and describe it. It may very well have been the best vacation I've ever taken. It was what I needed and what I dreamed it might be.

I drove back to Denver yesterday to stay in an airport hotel, and in a few hours I'll be in a plane on my way home. I have mixed feelings about that. The weirdest thing is that Faeon will not be living there anymore. I have a three bedroom home that I share with a dog, two cats, a bird, and a fish.

Hope everyone is enjoying Christmas. Seriously, in the situation I'm in with the girls, I am perfectly happy to be spending the day traveling.

December 9th, 2009

In summary @ 06:57 am

Current Mood: indifferent
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I am home.

I have a cold. And possibly a bladder infection.

I don't get to see my girls until next week, and that will be the last time until after Christmas.

I'm 58.


I have four virtual gifts in my profile!

I'm getting a new GPS Navigator, which should arrive tomorrow.

Half-Blood Prince was released on DVD yesterday.

To all my dear friends, I apologize that you won't get Holiday cards from me this year. I have decided not to celebrate Christmas, or even recognize it. The people I feel I must give gifts to are getting money or gift cards. No decorations, no wrapped presents. I'm not going to be allowed to share Christmas with the girls this year, and that sucks all the joy of the Holidays out of me. I'm leaving for Colorado next week, where there will be snow instead of rain, and I hope to have solitude, peace, and maybe even some fun. I'll be in the air, flying home, on Christmas Day.

December 7th, 2009

I'm living in the airport in Austin, Texas @ 01:57 pm

Current Mood: annoyed

It's not sitting in the airplane for an hour while they tried to fix it that I mind. It's not having my flight eventually canceled that I mind. It's not being booked with another airline on a flight that takes off 8 hours later that I mind, even though I had to go through Security a second time and I have an awful seat because I don't have premiere status with Alaska Airlines.

But getting up at 4:45 AM and getting on a flight that leaves at 4:40 PM... That ticks me off.

This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

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