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I've been in an increasingly bad mood/not sleeping well for the past several days. It took me a while, but I've finally figured it out.

My sister's 59th birthday would have been Sunday. My mother's 88th birthday would have been on the 8th of October. They lived to 58 and 66, respectively.

I've been thinking a lot about Cindy lately. I realized, that like my mother, we never had a chance to really talk as adults. My mother, because she died before I grew up enough to actually talk to her like an adult.

My sister...well, until the last several years, she was never not impaired in some way. Drugs, alcohol, or both. Looking back, I have very few memories of her where she was straight/sober. I can honestly say I never really knew her. She moved out with my father (along with David) when our parents divorced when I was very young, and I didn't really reconnect with her until she moved back to Midland when I was in high school, two crappy marriages under her belt. Don't get me wrong, she was a nice person, but looking back I never got a chance to know Cindy-my-sister as opposed to Cindy-high-on-something.

I had the chance, later. But I was just so tired of dealing with her. For years she never contacted me unless she needed something--usually money, or to ask me to ask our brother for money. Or she would be all kinds of messed up when I'd call, but I ignored it, the way you do when you're so used to something you don't even notice it any more. I could never get past that deep-down exhaustion you get from dealing with an addict. I was always convinced that she would revert, and so I never took the chance to know her better after she sobered up. She made overtures a few times, but I never connected back in the way she wanted. I didn't (and still don't) have it in me to forgive.

Now I wish I had blown off all my commitments and driven out to Midland the weekend before I ultimately did. I might have had a chance to talk to her one last time.  

Damn it.

You win!

Sep. 20th, 2013 02:51 pm
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 OK, I have succumbed. Any suggestions as to where I can watch Person of Interest from the beginning?
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 Of the good:

The loan for the house is in underwriting. So far we are on track for a 9/10 closing. And I don't have to move in September! My sellers had to back out of their home, so they need the time to find a new place. I'm doing a leaseback for a month and I'll move in late October. Which is better for me since I won't have to run myself into the ground with shows and the move in September. Plus, it might actually be cooler. Though that's only about a 50/50 chance. :-)

The Austin Craft Riot Summer Show was a good one! Indoors with A/C and we got a lot of nice publicity. I sold both Dr Who switch plates (within about 5 minutes of each other), and wrapped up a few new pieces. Sales were solid for a non-holiday show. My friends J and L came and helped me tear down, which always makes things go faster.

Of the bad:

I've lost 2 more people in the last week or so. A fellow vendor, Jo Peshek, passed away in her sleep last week. She was fighting metastatic melanoma. She was funny and smart and a helluva lot of fun to talk to.

I got a call from the World's Best Niece on Friday. (An actual phone call, mind you. This is a rare occurrence.) She wanted to let me know that a good friend of the family, a man I've known since I was in grade school, had killed himself. Sheldon was my brother's best friend in high school and later; was the best man at his wedding. He lent me his beloved Buick to take my driving test. He was fabulous and witty and knew more about diamonds and jewelry than anyone else I've ever met. He had a wife and son. I'm torn between sympathy (I was suicidal in my teens) and rage (how dare he do that to his wife and son!). I've been thinking a lot about him this week.

Of the both:

Sunday morning I was driving to the show when I heard a tremendous "flap-flap-flap" from the front left wheel of the car. It went away after a while, and I went to my garage first thing Monday morning. My tire had decided to start peeling apart and bits had gotten all up in my brakes. My mechanic got all the bits out and put my full-sized spare on. When I went to Discount Tire, they discovered that all 3 of the tires were like that (probably due to having bad shocks/struts for about a year--fixed now). But since they were pretty new, they replaced them at a substantial discount. And it's a much quieter ride now!

Now i just have to get an alignment and inspection. And my car radio has stopped working--not getting any power--but I think that may be a fuse.

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 Oh yeah, I haven't told you about this one, have I? Let me sum up. Hmm. A lot has happened in the last week. I'll keep to the house-related bits.

I had Friday and Monday off this past weekend. I checked my email that morning and found several houses, one of which had a garage already set up for a workshop. Made appointment with Kay to go see them Saturday morning after I made a run to the farmer's market. 

Go to farmer's market. Buy stuff. It's drizzling, yay!  Head out to see houses.

Readers, I Fell In Love.

Not big, ~1200 sq. ft. Detached garage that was already fully wired and lighted and had a window AC installed. Lovely, lovely house. Some repainting needed--a red kitchen, really?--a small yard with well-established grass and trees, only two rooms carpeted (less to remove), etc. etc. Kay looked around and asked if we should just go back and put in an offer? I said we should go look at the others on the list because you never know. But I DID want to put an offer in.

The other houses were terrible. Every single one had obvious and monstrous foundation issues. So back home we go, and Kay starts on the offer paperwork. I clean. I text my sister-in-law about the house. She loves it too.

Loves it enough to offer me a substantial amount of money to help with the down payment, etc. (swoons)

I let Kay know. I have dinner, I go sign papers. They want more than it's really worth, for the neighborhood. So we sweeten the deal on the back end--cover closing costs, offer to pay for the appliances, etc., while offering a price more in line with the area/size of house, etc.

Sunday night they counter-offer. Monday, I accept, because I WANT THIS HOUSE.

Inspection is set for Wednesday. 

Inspection goes well!! The house needs new ducting as the original was crappy plastic and it's disintegrating. Also the dryer vent (it's always the dryer vent) is almost completely clogged. Plus some other issues, nothing major. We send off the amendment to the offer.

Thursday after work I give my 60 days notice at the apartment. Two hours later, Kay calls me to tell me they'll fix everything we asked for and probably some more besides. (Being nice to people's bottom line works! Woo!)

This morning I initialed the amendment. I contacted my loan person and told her to start the appraisal process. I'm seeing her Monday.

OMG I ALMOST HAVE A HOUSE.

And my timing SUCKS. I have a major show on the 17th-18th. Then WorldCon over Labor Day weekend. Then FenCon the first weekend in October. And I'm selling shirts at Brony Fan Fair in there too.

*breathes deep* I can do this, I can do this.


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I have seen more houses. I did not get the last house (they had 5 other offers and I guess I wasn't cool enough?), and none of the ones I saw this weekend were The One. Well, one was close...I would rent it but not buy it, if that makes any sense. Plus it is very close to a Seriously Horrible Neighborhood and I'm sorry, I've ridden that pony and it stole my lunch money. Twice.

There is one that is back on the market that I still really like. Kay is going to see if there are any red flags on the inspection (termites, demon portals into Hell) that would keep any sane person from putting in an offer. Because I do really like this one. If I can get it for what I consider a decent price and it does not have any of the aforementioned problems, I may put an offer in on it.

I haz sandals! I have not had sandals in many many many years. I wear orthotics and I had the bad knees, and, you know, reasons. But now I have good knees even though I still wear orthotics, so I got me over to the Local High-End Yes it's European Shoe Store and got fitted out with hand-sewn leather sandals that let me put my orthotics in them and I can walk in them and everything. (This may or may not have been precipitated by a Saturday that was 95F with high humidity and a bunch of smoke in the air blown up from Mexico. I'm just sayin'.) Expensive, yes, but I see wearing them for years. Plus, I can send them in for re-soling,etc. if they wear out. I wore them all day Sunday and my calves had to work a little differently but overall I give them an A.

I shipped everything off to ConQuest and now I'll be heading off to Boston to sell t-shirts at AnimeBoston. I'm going to a Red Sox game on Friday night with a coworker from our Boston office. I've also been talked into selling shirts the weekend after at A-Kon in Dallas. Gotta add funds to the down payment!

End of June is ApolloCon. 4th of July weekend is Anime Overload. August 17-18 is the Austin Craft Riot show. Labor Day weekend is WorldCon. I'm debating doing the Austin PRIDE  Festival that next Saturday. 
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 Well, it was a pretty busy weekend. I swung by the Swap Meet and sold enough of my semiprecious bead strands to fund a couple of lovely cabochons as well as a cow horn hammer. Which is a cut and polished section of cow's horn attached to a hammer handle. Cow horn makes  lovely non-marring hammers. Also dumped donated 4 large bags full of jewelry/rock magazines. Which is about 40 lbs of crap I won't have to pay to move this summer, so, win.

Headed out to the coin show, where I exercised remarkable restraint in coin buying. I also picked up another great world coin reference book. By then it was getting on in the day so I just went home.

Sunday was spent in the workshop. Got a lot done, but I need to spend most of this weekend in the shop as well--I have 2, possibly 3, shows in a row. Then I have to mail out art to ConQuesT in Kansas City.

The Most Amazing Appliance Repair Man was out again on Tuesday to work on the Damn Dryer. (He's a nice guy, very funny. When I asked him where the sock-eating dimensional portal was, without missing a beat, he replied "It dissipates when you turn it off. It's only active when the dryer is on.") The first time he opened up my dryer, he noticed that the previous owner had bypassed the safety cutoff--you know, that switch that activates if the dryer gets too hot?--it really bugged him so he brought the bits to repair that as well as the messed-up wheel. He said he wasn't going to leave me with a safety hazard like that. So he installed and tested it, and then took out a business card. He wrote my total and his address on it. I'm to use the dryer for a couple of weeks and then send him a check. And call him immediately if something happens. Customer for life? You betcha. (Added Bonus: his real name is Mike Holmes!)

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So, my brother is getting divorced, and all of a sudden he's like, "You need to get off the family plan, it costs me too much money", which makes me boggle a bit because I'm pretty sure his son and daughter, both in their early 20's, neither of which have ever paid a phone bill, are racking up waaay more data, etc. than I am. Whatever. (He also blames me being on the plan on his wife, which is, frankly, a lie.)

So today he texts me and it's all, We Need to do This Today After 1:30. I call AT&T and find out that we don't have to do the conference call to transfer the number (which would cost me $18). He can just jump on a web site, fill out a little info, and then they contact me. Easy-peasy, no fee.

Oh, no. Mr Princess-Doctor can't do that. Texts me: "Just get them on the phone. Call office number I dontnhavebtime to fiddle w web shit" (direct copy)

So I seethe for a few minutes, and I call AT&T, who calls him. And guess what? After having us wait on hold for almost 10 minutes, he's "busy". 

The lady on the phone was very nice. She left him a number to call back, and he can release the number, and then they'll contact me.

But he doesn't have time to get on the web. I call bullshit.

This behavior shouldn't surprise me; I guess I've gotten too used to having his wife (my Amazing Sister-in-Law) smooth things over for him. He's a passive-aggressive man whose mother never smacked him down when he needed it, is someone who has no interest in helping you out (see the $18) if he feels it will inconvenience him in any way. And he used to get mad at his son for exhibiting the same behavior....at least the Nephew has grown out  of some of it.

sigh. 

I need to get back in the workshop, but because my workshop benefactress is having a party tomorrow it will be Sunday before I can do it. I should work some more on my taxes and complete my application to the Austin Mini Maker Faire. But I may just go to a movie tonight.
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So, my brother is getting divorced, and all of a sudden he's like, "You need to get off the family plan, it costs me too much money", which makes me boggle a bit because I'm pretty sure his son and daughter, both in their early 20's, neither of which have ever paid a phone bill, are racking up waaay more data, etc. than I am. Whatever. (He also blames me being on the plan on his wife, which is, frankly, a lie.)

So today he texts me and it's all, We Need to do This Today After 1:30. I call AT&T and find out that we don't have to do the conference call to transfer the number (which would cost me $18). He can just jump on a web site, fill out a little info, and then they contact me. Easy-peasy, no fee.

Oh, no. Mr Princess-Doctor can't do that. Texts me: "Just get them on the phone. Call office number I dontnhavebtime to fiddle w web shit" (direct copy)

So I seethe for a few minutes, and I call AT&T, who calls him. And guess what? After having us wait on hold for almost 10 minutes, he's "busy". 

The lady on the phone was very nice. She left him a number to call back, and he can release the number, and then they'll contact me.

But he doesn't have time to get on the web. I call bullshit.

This behavior shouldn't surprise me; I guess I've gotten too used to having his wife (my Amazing Sister-in-Law) smooth things over for him. He's a passive-aggressive man whose mother never smacked him down when he needed it, is someone who has no interest in helping you out (see the $18) if he feels it will inconvenience him in any way. And he used to get mad at his son for exhibiting the same behavior....at least the Nephew has grown out  of some of it.

sigh. 

I need to get back in the workshop, but because my workshop benefactress is having a party tomorrow it will be Sunday before I can do it. I should work some more on my taxes and complete my application to the Austin Mini Maker Faire. But I may just go to a movie tonight.
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I had a pretty productive weekend. I slept late both days, but got a lot done around the apartment. I decluttered and cleaned both bathrooms--threw out all the old lotions and meds and such. Cleaned out the cabinets and scrubbed down the tub. I had a ton of those tiny hotel shampoos and conditioners and lotions.

Gamed on Saturday night after a long hiatus. Lots of fun! We got done early enough that I dropped by Macy's and used part of my gift card. I bought socks. (They were cute socks! With relaxed tops! And on sale!) There isn't much at Macy's that I'm interested in.

Paid my sales tax for the business. bleah. At least the State of Texas makes it very easy.

Workouts with Jimmy continue apace. My knees had no spring to them until Saturday--he works me hard! But it's what I want, as I need someone to chivy me along. (He's a Fringe fan!) We had another good workout today.

Had dinner last night at Kerbey Lane with [personal profile] seperis , her son,  [personal profile] amireal , and another friend of theirs. Fun!

I need to apply for more spring shows. And add all my new toys to the workshop.
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So far, I've had two sessions with my personal trainer. He works me hard, but not too hard. This was the right move, I think. I'm at least getting 2 hours of workout a week (up from zero, LOL), and in a week or so I'll start coming in on my off days to do other things. I think giving my body a little time to get used to this exercise thing again is a good idea.

Slowly but surely the apartment is emerging from the piles of crap. The living room is looking much better and I've been keeping the kitchen much cleaner.

I now have everything I need to start chasing again; there's just some assembly required. Sometime this weekend I'm going over to the workshop and assembling my chasing bowls. This involves adding tire weights to the cast iron bowls, and then pouring a layer of plaster of paris on top, leaving an inch or two. After that cures I'll add the resin and I'll be ready to start chasing again!

Still have a bit of a lingering cough from the Ick, but hopefully that will go away soon.

Can any of my photographer friends recommend a source for macro/jewelry digital photography lessons?

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I was working at IkkiCon this past weekend and started to get that weird feeling in my throat. Great, another cold.

About every 2 years or so, I get these weird dry patches in my throat, which, if I don't catch them early enough, lead my body into Snot Production Overdrive. Sometimes it just hangs around for a few days, others (like this week), it decides to move into my lungs and have a party. So I've been a) hoarse, b) congested, and c) coughing, with side trips into d) sneezing, e)wheezing, and f) sore throat. Plus bonus tiredness and mental fog! No fever, no green stuff (so no infection). Just general crappiness. It's really annoying since I get sick so very rarely. My immune system is overclocked, I swear.

I did leave work a little early today; thank goodness it was quiet this week and I was able to work on some background projects that didn't require much brain power. Had to cancel my first session with the personal trainer (Jimmy). We met on Monday and I think this is a partnership that will work.

I have made my way through both seasons of Teen Wolf. What fun! And we have to wait until summer for new episodes?

Justified starts back up next week. I have missed Raylan and Art and Boyd and everyone very much.

American Horror Story continues to be an insane mess and I'm loving it.

Saw Django Unchained. Probably the best work Tarantino has done in years. Completely over the top but Jamie Foxx (of all people) and Christof Waltz (the only good thing about Inglorious Basterds) are great, and Tarantino's use of background music continues to amuse me greatly.
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 Well, it's over and I'm back at work, but I'm taking Monday off and I already have Tuesday off, so two short weeks in a row FTW!

Saw The Hobbit. Loved it. Saw it in 48 FPS 3D. Loved it again.

Got Christmas presents and cards mailed off.

Last shows of the year went OK, even though my tent tried to eat my friend L's hand.

Got my commission piece finished and to the recipient's husband.

Finished wacky nerd presents on the 21st. Still haven't finished distributing them.

Had Christmas. Strike that; had FOUR Christmases:
1. At the in-laws. Gave and received many gift cards. Gave presents to very pregnant niece-in-law. Received my usual hilariously inappropriate gift from grandpa-in-law....Estee Lauder perfume set. LOL. (23rd)
2. At the brother's house. Stockings were filled. (We get kind of competitive about stockings...) Omelets made by The Nephew and home made eggnog and bacon. (24th morning)
3. At L&J's house. Gifts exchanged, ham and sides and cherry pie eaten. (24th evening)
4. At the sister-in-laws. More omelets, again made by the nephew. Presents exchanged. (25th morning)

...why yes, there is a divorce pending. :-(

Bit the bullet and reserved a place with airbnb.com in San Antonio for WorldCon next August. The commute from my side of Austin to downtown San Antonio is at least 1.5 hours, so staying in SA was for the best. Now if they would just get the dealer's info up on the website...

Came home from the last Christmas celebration to find the power out in my apartment. After checking that yes, they knew and had a crew on the way, I settled in and excavated/cleaned my desk area. Got it finished just as the power came back on. Now I'm slowly but surely reclaiming the apartment from my filth.

I was supposed to interview a potential personal trainer at the Y tonight but he had a family emergency come up, so I'm meeting him Monday. (Sister-in-law is getting me personal trainer! Woo!)

I will try to keep you better updated!

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I took today off to use up vacation hours before the the end of the year.

It was only a day off in the sense that I didn't go to work.

I met with a customer to give her the earrings she commissioned. I dropped off my wholesale order to Dragon's Lair (and got my check!). Then off to PT, gas up the car, grab lunch, and from there across the county--literally--to pick up a flash drive full of data *cough*Game of Thrones*cough* from the woman who had recovered my old laptop's hard drive. Then I drove a even farther south to the one store in the area that carries the most perfect hot chocolate mix ever. Back up the interstate with a side trip to the credit union to deposit aforementioned check. Pilled a friend's cat. Waved gaily at the huge crowds in the grocery store parking lots, since J, L, and J's mom and I are going to Threadgills tomorrow to have turkey dinner.

Tomorrow I plan on watching the Macy's parade, eating pancakes and bacon, taking care of the two cats I'm watching for friends while they're out of town, and from there to late afternoon turkey, followed by Skyfall. (I've already seen it, but really, Daniel Craig twice in two weeks is no hardship.) I'll probably call my sister somewhere in there.

Friday I'm getting my hair cut and then I'm hiding in my workshop. I hope to have dinner with my sister-in-law this weekend and maybe catch another movie. You won't get me anywhere near a mall or large shopping center for love nor money. I did my big-box store shopping last Saturday, when I got the TV we'd picked out for J's mom. Walked in, got them to find it, paid, walked out. Easy-peasy.

And while at the Most Confusing Shopping Center Ever today I saw people camped out in front of Best Buy. Eeeew. I normally wouldn't cast aspersions, but they all looked like they belonged on the People of Wal Mart website. I got the distinct impression that anyone who got between them and their precious "door-buster" specials would get knifed. And possibly eaten.

Christmas makes people crazy, I swear.
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So, I go back to work tomorrow after my 4 weeks off for my knee replacement. It will be interesting getting up at a set time and driving to work again. If history repeats I'll spend most if not all of my first couple of days digging through an enormous backlog of email. 

Recovery has been a bit different with this knee. The doc had to deal with a lot of bone spurs, so as a consequence I'm dealing with more post-surgery swelling. The incision itself has healed even faster than the first one did; it's as if my body went "Oh, you're doing this again. No problem." My surgeon's PA called me their poster child, I sent them cookies. (And Jeffrey Padalecki is officially part of their practice. She promised to harass him about his famous younger brother.)

I spent most of my time off being a complete slug except for going to PT and running errands and going to appointments that I could take care of so they wouldn't disturb work. I do have an appointment with my podiatrist this week to rework my orthotics since I am no longer bowlegged in either leg. :-) PT is coming along well though it will take a while for me to get full extension back on my knee. I hope to start going get back to the gym very soon. I'm soooo tired of being sloppy fat and having no stamina.

The Austin Celtic Festival may be my only late fall/Christmas show. I have my application and photos into a couple more but I won't hear from them until the end of the month. I'm going back into the shop this week to handle a Very Large Wholesale Order and a very interesting commission. 

I finally did a hard purge of my home workshop and sold 90% of my glass beads and set aside a lot of stone beads to get rid of at the next Gem & Mineral Society swap meet. Just not using them any more. (Then I went to the International Gem & Jewelry show. I bought cabochons, tools, beads for my kids necklaces, ammonites, and... 3 strands of beads made from sliced up amethyst geodes. I love the wholesale area.) And the Austin Gem & Mineral Society show is next weekend.

I renewed my lease and now I'm getting all new appliances in December! I'd love to move into a house with a garage but it's just not in the cards right now. At least I have a good workshop at J's garage. My friends made me a nice sturdy table for hammering and chasing, and I finally broke down and got my chasing resin. I really want to get back into chasing this winter.

Went out to try to find workout shorts and would up with a really nice new quilt for the winter. Why are all the affordable clothes in the larger sizes so damn fugly? I'm sticking to my t-shirts for now, thank you very much.







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Another Dragon*Con has come and gone. I saw [personal profile] wolfshark  and [personal profile] killerweasel  (though not at the same time, alas). Schedule conflicts kept [personal profile] wolfshark  and I from getting together, which was sad. Saw many many amazing costumes and took pictures of those I could. I was able to restrain myself (not wanting to walk helped) and only bought a bagful of books and a DVD (which was actually free)

Busy show, as usual. I really hate being open until 7, because by the time we get to eat it's after 8 and then all I want to do is go to bed.

The knee wasn't terrible, but I took my cane and used it without mercy all weekend. The airport security folks were very nice and waved me to short or empty lines, and neither of my flights were full, so I could sit on an aisle seat and stretch the Evil Knee.

I may be selling at WorldCon in San Antonio next year. TPTB at Dragon*Con have decided to move all the vendors (upstairs and down) into the Apparel Mart, a good 3 blocks away on the other side of the Westin Hotel. Needless to say, the vendors are extremely unhappy and most will be downsizing. So I went ahead and contacted San Antonio about a booth.

Got home and picked up my car from the mechanic's (ouch!), and then just about every day I've had some sort of medical appointment leading up to the surgery next Wednesday the 12th. The good thing about having had my other surgery this year is that all my deductibles have been met and I may have little to no out-of pocket expenses on this one.

Which is good, since my laptop caught a rootkit virus and is so borked I just threw up my hands and ordered a new one today. (It was 7 years old). I'm borrowing one for the show*  this weekend (as the lender put it, "It's already infected with VIsta, you can't do too much more to it") and my new one arrives Monday. $3.99 one-day amazon shipping FTW! I will take the old laptop in and see if they can recover/reformat it so I can pass it along to a buddy who could use a new one.

*BFF-- Brony Fan Fair. I kid you not.

More stuff

Aug. 22nd, 2012 11:07 pm
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The Austin Craft Riot show was nice. Load-in was easy, we had a lot of feet on the ground, and there was air conditioning! Sales were OK, nothing spectacular. I hope we do this again next year as it's nice to have an indoor show in August. They do need to redo the layout slightly to give us folks selling from tables some more room and a couple of escape corridors. I spoke to a couple of the committee members and they'll bring it up at the post-show meeting.
 
My neighbor was someone I vaguely remembered from my days running art shows at the Dallas Fantasy Fair/Fests. (We had a lot of fun making whispered comments, especially about the new trend in trashy clothing: Daisy Dukes--short-shorts--and cowboy boots.) And since she makes Tarot decks we did a trade for one of my necklaces and I scored a birthday present for a friend.

Got a lot of little things taken care of with the car and made an appointment to leave it with my mechanic while I'm at Dragon*Con to get the motor mounts replaced. Lucky I have that check for the pins, right?

When I was getting a ride to pick up my car at the shop we saw a police car pulled over but no other car. As we got closer the officer was talking to a guy. I turned and said "I bet he's walking around in his underwear and he's completely baked." Sure enough, as we got closer,. all he was wearing was a saggy sad pair of boxer-briefs and some Vans. And a really dazed expression. I now have another friend who thinks I'm a witch!

Only a couple more weeks until Knee Surgery #2. It can't come too soon. I can no longer extend my left leg all the way out, and now my lower back is giving me hell since I'm lurching again. Going through the airport for Dragon*Con is going to be So Much Fun.

I finally saw The Dark Knight Rises. It was interesting, when I could understand what the Hell Hardy was saying through the damned mask. It made me want two things: the Jonathan Gordon Levitt  Batman movie right now!, and to reread the Confessor arc in Astro City.

I also saw the Bourne Legacy.Bourne spoilers ahoy! )
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 ArmadilloCon went very well, sales-wise. I've had to put long hours in the workshop both weekends to refill my stock. Oh, darn. :-)

Seriously. 8-hour days both last weekend and this one. My hands hurt.

Delivered the pins at ArmadilloCon and finally got paid for them this week. \o/

Applied to get into the Cherrywood show again, but I'm not trying for Blue Genie. I've learned my lesson there.

Got new business cards. PK Graphics in Miami does a good job!

I ordered an ice cream maker from Google Goods. Received two, and let them know. Now I still have two, with their compliments. Until the World's Best Niece finally comes over to get the extra one.

IT'S A FREE ICE CREAM MAKER. HOW HARD IS IT TO MAKE TIME TO COME GET IT.

One of my coworkers left for another position in the company, so now we're kind of frantically trying to get a replacement. (Which is why I didn't go after that position; I knew leaving on such short notice would screw us over.)

OMG knee surgery cannot come fast enough. My left knee is hurting so much when I walk now. Back to limping too. Boo.

The knee will make Dragon*Con fun! And wacky! Luckily Scott knows I'm Register Woman again.

As usual, in the It Never Rains But It Pours Department: after months of no calls for dog- or cat-sitting, I wound up doing both over the last 2 weeks. The cats I had taken care of before, but the dog was new. Fennel is a lovely smallish dog, very polite, who loves being scritched.

Going to see The Bourne Legacy tomorrow morning with [personal profile] dremiel  and her son. Then back to the workshop. Austin Craft Riot Show the 18th!
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The Good:

My right knee is a very happy camper. Every medical professional that sees it is amazed at my progress (fat girlz rule!), and I couldn't be happier with the results.
My Enormous Enamel Pin Project proceeds apace. I'll get another 15 done this weekend, putting me at 75. I hope to get into the workshop early Wednesday morning and knock out the remainder of the trimming, corner-rounding, and base enameling, so when I get back to them the weekend after next, all I'll have to do is the design work, which should leave me a couple of weekends before ArmadilloCon to get things done for THAT. (I would get more done over my gloriously long 4th of July holiday weekend, but I have once again followed the siren song of Cash Money and I'm working at a local anime convention Thurs-Sun.)
I'm going to see Magic Mike on Saturday with [personal profile] dremiel and some other friends. It will be FUN.
I just finished The Black Opera by Mary Gentle. Excellent, excellent AU of opera and Italy.

The Bad:

My work PC caught a virus this week and I've been dealing with first trying to kill it, and then when that failed, getting my computer re-imaged with Windows 7, re-loading software, and dealing with printer drivers that don't want to install. Aaargh. Luckily it has been very quiet at work so I haven't caused too much hassle for my team mates.
I have gained back all the weight I lost during my recuperation. (My new swimsuit finally showed up, though. And I plan on getting back into water aerobics after next weeks' shenanigans.)

The Annoying:

I'm going to get the other knee replaced, probably in September. I went into my surgeon's office Thursday and the PA (wonderful gal!) x-rayed my left knee and showed me multitudes of bone spurs and a joint that is perilously close to being bone-on-bone. The arthritis is strong in that one. We're going to try an injection of something that should help improve the cushioning in the joint as soon as we get the go-ahead from the insurance company.  Since the folks running the one show I might have in September have been dragging their heels about things, I'm just going to write it off and plan on Celtic Fest in November. September is usually pretty slow in our department, and I've already warned my team lead that this will happen. At least I've already fulfilled all of my out-of-pocket expenses for the year so this surgery should be significantly cheaper. Plus, now I know what to expect, and I'll bounce back quickly.

So, how you doin'?

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....my goodness, I have been remiss in posting.

I am now walking much so better; only limping when I've sat too long and stiffened up (or when I'm tired). I finally have a halfway-decent-fitting swimsuit so I can start water aerobics next week at the Y in order to build up strength and flexibility in my left (non-surgeried) knee. It's still giving me fits, even though a cortisone shot to that knee a couple of weeks ago really helped.

I am working on a 115-piece commission for the World Science Fiction Convention--the committee for next year's show in San Antonio is providing my enameled pins to everyone nominated for a Hugo or a John W. Campbell award this year. So far I have 30 pieces finished and will get another 15 done on Sunday, and I hope to keep to the 15-per-week schedule so I can get them done in time to make new work for ArmadilloCon. And then the Austin Craft Riot has a show in August...and since I've already committed to run the Pegasus table at Anime Overload, I can't do the Austin Flea this time. Phooey.

My new workshop space is working out splendidly. My landlady has a portable AC unit in the garage and we've bonded over all sorts of things, including BBQ and pie. I'm still rearranging tools and I'm having some friends make me a smallish sturdy table that I can hammer and do chasing on. (And if anyone wants to get me an awesome birthday present, I could use 5-6 lbs of medium pitch from Northwest Pitchworks...)

Movies: I've seen The Avengers THREE TIMES (and would see it again!). Saw Prometheus. Still don't know if I liked it or not, but boy was that ever a Ridley Scott movie! MIB3 was pretty good; Brolin does an amazing Tommy Lee Jones. Cabin in the Woods was a great deconstruction of a horror movie. Waiting on Brave, Magic Mike, Savages, Spider-Man, The Bourne Legacy...Batman not so much.

Saturday: Went to the coin show today and came back with some doozies, including an Elvis coin from the Marshall Islands and a couple of amazing ones from Bulgaria and Russia and Greece. Got bread and peaches and tomatoes and mini pies at the farmers market and then I did the base coat of clear enamel onto 30 pin blanks. Hit Whole Foods for dinner and called it a day.
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Got into work on time, let everyone exclaim over my incision.

I had a couple of surprises waiting for me. The group had decided to go paperless!

And.

My cube looked like this:

Left side of my cube.
That is office supplies, my stapler, some pictures, and even post-it notes.

All of my stuffed critters.
This is all my stuffed critters. I saved the wrappers and put them in my inbox.

My computer monitor!
My monitor, with more tchoctkes and post-its.

  It took them FOUR FRIDAYS to do this, guys. I was 45 minutes into unwrapping when everyone stepped in to help. We filled 7 recycle bins (stomping firmly). There are more pictures on my flickr page. Click on any of the pics and you'll get there.

I feel appreciated. :-) :-) :-) :-)

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