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Saturday, August 29th, 2015
2:24 am
Something pretty nice is happening for me... I think. Apparently I associate lj with saying personal clandestine things. That's what you guys are using it for, right?
I am nervous As Hell, but tentatively excited about where I'm going to live tomorrow - Am mostly packed with moving truck arriving '2-4pm.' Apparently they'll descend like a locust swarm and zip through your move brilliantly, but possibly with a minimum of communication in English involved. hmm. *g*
The movers aren't the point, the fact is that I kinda seriously financially gambled on a place and had to/got to choose the housemate myself. Nervewracking-but there was one big plus in the profile of the place - pets allowed. Plus good location. Which beats the fact that the place needed a good bit of repair and updating... and got only so far on that. But in one sense, the difficulty pet owners have finding spaces meant candidates would be invested and possibly short on... finickiness?
And so now, I get to live with a dog. Which hasn't been the case in... well, gosh, is it since I left for college? She's a charming, likely well-behaved(because well-exercised & socialized 2ce weekly) lab mix. And the guy at the other end of the leash seems relaxed, fun, saavy, socially-decently-adept, cool. Good energy, talks well but with economy, and also, he wore this green threadless ribcage/birdcage t-shirt to get met. http://bit.ly/1MTKcaE Also, nice nature-loving dog name.

Geez, how I hope this move goes well tomorrow. Geez, how I hope dude and I don't kill each other after the first two weeks (we both have a certain multitude of possessions. We could drive e.o. nuts. We could thingz/clutter {OR clash over aesthetics I'd hate/tv noize I'd hate, verbal missteps or stubborn wills, even...} ourselves to death.)

I think I'm really documenting how I feel now because I don't often hope out loud 'in public.' I don't expose my investment in risky things, because it seems things always go a-little-right, a-little-wrong for me... and I generally keep a sunny, balanced disposition while securing the storm windows, bracing for the worst I can imagine. And believe me, I am, here.

Girl, you buried the lead here. I Get. To. Live. With. A. Dog!! I hope this'll be just heaven.


(I really hope this guy and I don't kill each other. So So Much. Do you know how many ways this could go so wrong?! But I'm feeling myself invest in a roll-with-it approach already.) Sh00t, hope is so scary.
... hope I get some sleep before tomorrow ...

Dog! *sproing* *g*
2:20 am
Something pretty nice is happening for me... I think. Apparently I associate lj with saying personal clandestine things. That's what you guys are using it for, right?
I am nervous As Hell, but tentatively excited about where I'm going to live tomorrow - Am mostly packed with moving truck arriving '2-4pm.' Apparently they'll descend like a locust swarm and zip through your move brilliantly, but possibly with a minimum of communication in English involved. hmm. *g*
The movers aren't the point, the fact is that I kinda seriously financially gambled on a place and had to/got to choose the housemate myself. Nervewracking-but there was one big plus in the profile of the place - pets allowed. Plus good location. Which beats the fact that the place needed a good bit of repair and updating... and got only so far on that. But in one sense, the difficulty pet owners have finding spaces meant candidates invested and possibly short on... finickiness?
And so now, I get to live with a dog. Which hasn't been the case in... well, gosh, is it since I left for college? She's a charming, likely well-behaved(because well-exercised & socialized 2ce weekly) lab mix. And the guy at the other end of the leash seems relaxed, fun, saavy, socially-decently-adept, cool. Good energy, talks well but with economy, and also, he wore this threadless ribcage/birdcage t-shirt to get met. http://bit.ly/1MTKcaE Also, nice nature-loving dog name.
Geez, how I hope this move goes well tomorrow. Geez, I hope dude and I don't kill each other after the first two weeks (we both have a certain multitude of possessions. Could drive e.o. nuts. Could thingz/clutter {OR clash over aesthetics I'd hate/tv noize I'd hate, verbal missteps or stubborn wills, even...} ourselves to death.)

I think I'm really documenting how I feel now because I don't often hope out loud 'in public.' I don't expose my investment in risky things, because it seems things always go a-little-wrong, a-little-right for me... and I generally keep a sunny, balanced disposition while securing the storm windows, bracing for the worst I can imagine. And believe me, I am.

Girl, you buried the lead here. I Get. To. Live. With. A. Dog!! I hope this'll be just heaven.


(I really hope this guy and I don't kill each other. So So Much. Do you know how many ways this could go so wrong?! But I'm feeling myself invest in a roll-with-it approach already.) Sh00t, hope is scary.
... hope I get some sleep before tomorrow ...

Dog! *sproing* *g*
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
12:24 am
Got any Peruvian currency languishing?
Long,long time no post!

Llamas like travel! *g*
I am about to see the Amazon and Macchu Picchu with my mother in October. Anyone have some Nuevo Sol, or céntimos to spare that you'd care to exchange with me? I've been advised to make sure I have small currency as well as larger, for the various support people we should tip, small purchases, etc. Will be popping by Harvard area Am Ex, or banks to exchange more as well.
Friday, March 30th, 2012
2:15 am
Reminder: Saturday move! Also, Friday packing help?
Heyy,
For those who expressed interest and have the time, come join the crew helping me complete my move THIS Saturday, March 31st. Starts 9am; coffee&donuts and later pizza or other meal-age will be on hand.

I'll ALL Points Bulletin this too: ANYONE who can give me help tomorrow with box packing will have my undying and massive gratitude,and other incentives too. I am realizing I am behind and rather seriously worried about achieving full readiness for the Saturday moving 'locust swarm.' Such swarms *can* be understanding, but I've got to do my best here. Can ya spare a couple hours? :-)

Really-- I would SOO love the help tomorrow packing boxes, and I will feed you and can even discuss other compensation.


Note this also; I really will be listing a bunch of stuff up for grabs-- the landlords are allowing me to put give-away things in the basement for the following week. Sewing machine table, washer and dryer, couple display stands, other neat stuff!
Friday, March 16th, 2012
7:54 pm
Postponing 'Open House' til next weekend!
Hiya!

Earlier when I mentioned my local house move, I listed the possibility of doing an 'Open House' of stuff I'd like to see find new homes, especially women's clothes but a broad array of stuff. I said a likely date would be tomorrow, 3/17, Saturday.

NOPE! I'm gonna postpone that til next weekend, though I sure realize the plethora of social events, including opening of 'Pride & Prejudice' that weekend (hey, go to Theatre@First's or Somerville Theater's websites on it!).

Comment here if you think you can stop by for a bit Saturday of next week. Options of arranging time with me in the interim(drop by for tea? or for Sunday also possible!

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
6:56 am
'Ask Dr. LJ': Boston cuisine treasures
Heya,

And old college housemate, sometime lover too, is coming to Boston and we're having dinner this week. I recall various people's posts of great restaurants, including the obscure treasures{both localvore and word-of-mouth up-and-coming spots; think Journeyman), and I'd love to hear recommendations or see links to your past reviews of them.

I tend to like the more 'exotic' cuisines, like the Turkish fusion at Oleana. So Sweet Cheeks may not quite do it for me. Also, $$ range, not madly money.
The area to target is T-accessible or near Hynes Convention Ctr. But I'll push for something farther afield if it's particularly 'can't miss.' I wonder if Chilli Duck or Cafe Jaffa are worth a try...
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
2:46 am
Jet, I mean, Owl Post at the ready
So, it seems I am a bit of a jetsetter this last quarter of 2011. I have now spent Thanksgiving at Universal Studios and Disney and lived to tell the tale. It's true, a couple of these rides have, in fact, been great fun, and Ye Olde Wizarding World pretty charming.

Which reminds me to comment that for those who know me well enough, I am glad to send a cheery postcard via OwlPost 'from Hogsmeade' here. To you or a kid of your close acquaintance(not international post, sorry). Please either give me your address below or email it to me(or request my email by offering yours). Or suggest arrangements. I was quite enchanted when one of you did it for me- the postcard's still on my fridge. *glow*

I'm here til late afternoon Monday, so I've got a bit of time to manage this. DO ask by 10am Monday or so. Cheers! Hope your Thanksgiving was cheerful... and a bit more traditional than mine among the palm trees. :-)
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
2:31 am
Oh, Canada! It's a Beauty way to go
Kuu-lukookoo-koo-lukookoo-koo-lukuku-kooloo-kuckoo! Take off, to the Great White North! Take off-

So, I'm travelling to Canada on Sunday. Churchill, Manitoba, to be exact. Not just Winnipeg airport, but way the way heck up north. Should be sweet to see Canada go by in the little plane...

This is for the celebrated purpose of looking at polar bears, all next week. I know, pardon??!


Well, it works like this: Mom, being bereft of husband this year(and yes, there was dementia), is bringing us daughters(2) along to **safely** watch polar bears migrate from inside a funky 'tundra buggy' contraption out in the wild. As you would see in the link, Churchill is _the_ place from which to watch this.

Plus, apparently they also prowl around right by our bunkbed-style housing all night. Cool idea, Mom!
And also, I'm a bit bemusedly amused to watch her delightedly build up a pretty gargantuan and impractical bucket list.  Right now,  am very willing to give her her head on this, especially if somewhere in this, the nightmares she's been suffering{really they're about reading crime novels at bedtime. Mainly) subside a little.

I still think we're all quite a bit mad to be doing this-- but I could go for some mad adventuring.

Two Things 1) does anyone have stranded Canadian currency they'd like to exchange w/me? 2) anyone want the two pumpkins I have, that I haven't got time to make into pie, etc. ? Got seeds too.

I'm flying out Sunday midday. Yep, should asked sooner, I know.


p.s. the icon is the only one I have with snow present; no revenge themes here. that I'm aware of, muahahaha.
p.p.s. Stupid fonts


Monday, October 31st, 2011
9:10 pm
Happy Halloween! And Samhain and all
I wanted to be posting my results from a pumpkin carving night recently.  Am very fond of it. But my newly refurbished laptop means using PhotoScape and I'm not managing the file resize of the image right. FotoManip fail.

Instead, here's my icon, with which I'm also a bit in love. And ok, she sorta looks like me, morphed in a Mucha direction. I want one of these beasties- if I only had a paddock/'dogpen'/reinforced cage for it. And fields and forests for it to roam, hunt in, etc. Muahaha.
It'd definitely tear up my place if I left it to roam the rooms while I go dancing to ENSMB. I hear they're not on yet!

And tomorrow will be for Day of the Dead remembrances. Especially of my Dad, and his eldest sister, whom we lost this year.

Current Mood: brooding for the mood of it
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
4:38 pm
Show today- some of you may not know I'm doing this!
The Summer Radio Theater show is going to rock, and it opens tonight.
I directed part of this show, the third installment, 'Three Skeleton Key.' And it's a 'humdinger,' a real scare thrill!
It has been an amazing experience, doing my first real stage directing. (have directed a podcast, and cable tv stuff a long while ago, have done a little rehearsal assisting) I'm in that proud, teary phase now- amazing rehearsals on stage this week! Here's spiff promo stuff:

Join Greater Boston’s premiere audio theater troupe The Post-Meridian Radio Players for a trilogy of suspense, adventure and thrills! Official Website  and Facebook Page. We're in the SJournal today too!

July Performances: Thursday 14th & Friday 15th at 8pm. Two shows Saturday the 16th! 2pm and 8pm!
Show Location: Urban Promise Church, 204 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville.
Tickets via Brown Paper Tickets, reservation fill-out, and at the door. $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors.

Right before HP7, or during or after a lively day at Artbeat? Sat. 2pm show to escape the heat! - a/c's going strong!

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Sunday, May 1st, 2011
3:10 am
Idle fussin'
Did anyone else notice that the illustrious FireFox 4 teaser page is touting its 'Firefox Live firefox cubs' with an (adorable) image of a RED PANDA?!?
We are too sly to fall for such tricks, Firefox!

But it turns out I _am_ late to the joke: 'firefox' is actually a term for 'red panda.' Oh.
Then I was going to object to 'cubs' for fox babies too, but apparently it's also acceptable, along with 'kits' and 'pups.' And they really do mean red panda cubs... although btw, red pandas are not bears(like giant pandas are) but are of the raccoon family.
Thus their babies are properly called 'kits.' Except that cubs is apparently ok too.
Particularly in the case of... yes, red pandas.

ok, fine.
Friday, January 14th, 2011
3:08 am
'Mirror, Mirror' or Calliope Disambiguation at Arisia
Sheesh, I almost forgot to do this. And it's a week ago now someone brought this up.

That Calliope, doing panels all over Arisia?
She is, in fact, not me. Yes, she's poly, and kinky, and has 'a June Cleaver-esque love of cooking from scratch' just like me ... but she is still not me!
'Still not King.' heh And you can't really tell by her bio that we're different entities. *g*

To disambiguate a bit: she's shorter and thinner than me, has incomprehensibly _straight_ and lighter hair, without curly bangs even, gah!, doesn't seem to love corsets like I do, and is from NY. NYC, as I recall.
Most of this subject to change, I suppose.
Which of us is the I.S.S. Enterprise Evil Spock, eh? Or Evil Willlow?! You be the judge. *g*


I mentioned this last year too: http://kissoflife.livejournal.com/195895.html I was pretty thrown by it then. Now, eh, have seen her at a couple cons - and she seems to feel weird around me, or weird about being friendly. She actually initially drew me into a pissing contest about who has more precedent for it as a nickname-- I'm a good bit older than she is, so that would be me who 'wins.' *g* Her primary-ish partner is awesome and vivacious and kinda looks like Jonathan Coulton in a wheelchair, and she's, well, alright. She's a bit withdrawn sometimes, and may not love crowds as much as she loves panels. 6 panels!
My hunch is that she wants to establish herself as authority on a variety of subjects, and worries that I'll disrupt that process when it's closer to my home ground. Since I don't presently do panels and she's 'gotten there first,' I'd doubt this would happen. But neither am I going to change my natural inclinations, or ensmallen my presence at stuff I'm interested in. Our interests just happen to coincide. (*checks* yep, still feels weird)

It was pretty funky having someone I know well quip about what madness OUR panel will be with OUR cast of characters talking this weekend!(Poly 201, Saturday). And I even felt a bit pouty that it wasn't me scheduled to be in the fray. Maybe I'll pop by... I actually have the last two years, at which time she wasn't in it. It's the lure of communing with 'our peeps' that keeps us coming back.
'Hah, it isn't just a fandom, it's a lifestyle.' Such cries ring out all over the Con, of course.

In general, I, myself, will be flitting all over the place, especially Friday and Sunday. *curtsies* Hope we cross paths and get some hugs in this weekend, folks!

Current Mood: doppelgängery
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
3:09 am
Another 'that's a tough, odd state of mind' sort of post. (like the one about my tire flats)

Tonight, not long before I leave AZ, two of our four dogs got into a massive fight. One, the recipient of the initial attack from the other, even bit me hard as I hefted the first one in the air to separate them. I have a perfect pattern of shallow dog jaw punctures and bruises as souvenir - it didn't really hurt. But more than this, I'm left with a surprising feeling of betrayal and hurt about it that I can't really process fully.
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Anthropomorphizing or no, I feel shaken again, for the umpteenth time this year. Shaken, I think, that remedies and attention don't necessarily heal. That being caring and giving doesn't magically accrue you good life and health. I really didn't know that I was counting on this in some inappropriate way.

After all this, I and my sister had a long talk, about a bunch of family things. It was a hard talk in a number of ways, but also a way to come down from this. At the end of it, in which I was fairly tearful, she mutely reached out to hand me her Fawkes, the plush toy Phoenix from her recent visit to the FLA Harry Potter park. It's very big and suitable for cuddling and, yes, I hope it will help me sleep. It's beautiful. And I could use its healing tears and its strength. And its unconditional responsiveness to loyalty too. Fairytales are so comforting, after all.
Sunday, December 5th, 2010
3:11 pm
'Never thought this could happen' 'I'm falling, falling'
I am **dying** to see Real Genius again!  Dying!
Ah, and my sister wants present requests, so bingo. But can I wait that long??!
This can console me in the meantime. And, sure, a hundred Youtube clips. But I need a roomful of us, hooting at it, is what I need.

weegoddess can relate to this: somewhere in my storage clutter is a cassette tape, from when I held up a tape recorder to the tv to capture every, and I mean every, song and abutting scrap set of dialog in it. Yes, even from the credits roll. My standing alto voice audition for awhile has been the 'You Took Advantage of Me' rendition from that end roll. They never recognize it as such. Not even at MIT!

My sister and I played that tape a hundred times and more. Standard exchange:
me to sis: {three clomping steps}Whatcha doing?
Sis: Self-realization, I was thinking of the immortal words of... {pauses, supplies someone current, proceeds with an actual answer}
Don't even try to tell me you haven't done this too. Sis and I found that grammar muckup hilarious too, btw.

Oh, and I'm not falling, incidentally. *g* Things are going pretty wonderfully. With hecticness.
Not trying to get someone, anyone to hold a Real Genius foo here, either. Just, squeee!

Current Mood: it was hot and I was hungry!
Sunday, November 28th, 2010
12:39 pm
I awoke to that phrase 'I Stand Alone,' and the song commencing in my head. A rather stark awakening. Very distinct, which is unusual for me.

My head was telling me that today I have some hurdles to face and no small odyssey in managing them.
This is fitting; after a lovely night of birthday celebration at Persis's, I found that my 'tire with the slow leak' has become tire that can hiss out as much air per unit of time as my trusty cig-lighter-operated air pump can push into it. Dead tire. Good thing I had only gone a few hundred yards from her house before discovering its deadness. 20 minutes of pumping, out in the cold reading a book patiently, made it clear I was going nowhere.
I do not, in fact, stand alone. The household kindly let me spend the night, and that is a wonderfully warm bed. They are wonderful.
But I had surfed the net before sleep enough to suspect what seems now confirmed; at least the first 4 candidates as tire sources in these parts are closed on Sunday. So I went to sleep having no idea what my options would be. Still not clear. I am amused at my head's choice of a morose gothy power anthem to set me on my way. Thanks for mocking me, head.

But I suspect I will find one. And I intend to find a way to do it with least disruption to this sweet household. Walking to town would be good, and it _is_ sunny out.
You may be about to prod me about 'my spare tire.' Duh, you say. The tire I didn't replace the last time I needed it over a year ago. I don't have a designated donut-y spare tire; it's always been a regular tire in there. Having the pump scored me one on resourcefulness; I was proud. Not about this, though. Hmm.
Now to help clean the birthday house and then get to this adventure...
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
1:17 pm
BaitCon Sunday return ride?
Hi,

I *should* be talking about these last two weeks in New Orleans, caring for 4 dogs and this whole menagerie, and also about New Orleans swing dance, and I will! But this first:

If anyone knows of BaitCon persons who are leaving the site by 10am Sunday morning, I'd love to barter for a ride. Got a radio play recording session to be at, by 2pm! Anyone?
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
5:02 pm
Calliope-- she's everywhere this year
See, admire my Mardi Gras 'Altar Tree' on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?pid=30907932&id=1054136979


Oh, lovely tree! Notice especially the pic of the Muses beads, blinking shoe and blinking lava lamp-- I am fond of the Muses. You're surprised?

As you'll read in the caption, it's a special year for being Calliope. HERE I can say that that name, my nickname/scene name for about 18 years, is well on its way to making my year strange- I hope, gloriously strange.

The Krewe of Muses dedicated, as their honorary Muse...
...
... Calliope!


I was pleased. I had a frantic hour of 'I must get down there!,' til I remembered that oddly, they don't use the Muse herself on any floats or throws... and so I'd get as much out of pics online as I would being there. No one would even be chanting 'Calliope.' Which is difficult to chant, admittedly.

There are 16 pages of pics on the Muses Krewe page. I am content, I have seen it all now. Besides Friday was a fun Opening 'Dracula' Night(which I hope will bear much fruit. Hope.)


Calliope, the Muse of Epic Poetry. Actually, the NOLA Krewe gals think it's eloquence in oratory. Not so different *exactly,* but some. I prefer it aimed at news-history storytelling minstrels and the like.

“Happy are they whom the Muses love.” - Hesiod
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
11:25 am
Fine. I never do this, but I will let fly with an unqualified rant.

Car mechanics infuriate me, even the supposedly most trustworthy ones. I have taken my Accord to some of the best of them, and I still come away with massive distrust. rant flame onCollapse )
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
11:08 am
Don't say 'never' to 'Never After' - 'n grab your tix at the ticket window
I know we all have boobs and farm shares on the brain; add some lesbian heroines and dragons too!

For anyone who's still waiting to buy their 'Never After' musical (yes, the 'Lesbian Fairytale Musical') tickets, which is Theatre@First's fall show playing THIS weekend on the main stage of Somerville Theater, it's starting to sound like there may be big lines at the theater before each show. Flattering, yes, but relaxing?

I say, buying tix tonight after Diesel, or whenever you pass through Davis Square, is a very fine idea.
Tip: you save almost $5 by buying them at the box office. Box office hours: 4-8pm daily.

I am going to the box office around 6:30pm tonight to buy some; if you're at Diesel, come along to get yours too(keep me company, grab an ice cream *g*)
And I'll be at or going by Somerville Theater the next couple days, and would be happy to help buy yours if you want to make a Paypal or other arrangement with me. Comment here or email me, calliope-underscore-cate-at-yahoo and I'll help you.

Here's general show info, and the online tix sales is here.

Don't miss Cee's new musical, or the show that likely over 40 of your friends are in. That's a wall of beautiful sound, and catchy take-home tunes, that is!

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Monday, June 29th, 2009
11:02 am
Brief Baitcon writeup
'Yay, we had ice cream. Too bad it wasn't in the summer!'

A lot of fun quips flying around this slightly damp, infrequently sunny Baitcon. Really, we only suffered light afternoon sprinkles, and Sat. evening 'briskness.' "Oh, look, a golden disk thing. I wonder what it does?" Overall, it was quite warm and lovely.

the short, the long, the glory, not so much with 'the skinny!'Collapse )
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