November 18, 2004
Who Set Time to Warp Speed?
Holy Toledo! Where the heck did the time go? I know I'm busy but this is just insane. How about just the highlights from the last week or so?
Work has been frantically busy but good. My boss is happy with me. I'm happy with him. I'm blocked on some of my testing, so I am moving forward to the automation stuff. Scary but not too bad, I hope. All of Lori's stuff is now out of my office, I have it set up the way I want it and my artwork is moved. I'm just waiting for it to be vacuumed and for someone to turn up the heat. Somehow, with out an extra 3 computers, a monitor and another body in the office, it's a heck of a lot colder in there.
I've set up the community for our cultural field trips and it looks like we have a museum trip planned for the 18th of December to the Seattle Art Museum. It is currently showing Spain in the Age of Exploration, 1492-1819. I'm looking forward to that.
On the 10th, I had a great fall at [A] night and hurt myself. It's over a week later and I'm still in pain. I'm beginning to think that it might be more than just a pulled muscle. However, the soonest I can get in to see a doctor is Monday. Let's hope I don't rupture something over NERO weekend. Most likely, it is just a sore muscle.
On the writing front, I've updated both of my author websites. I have created the Grants Pass Call for Submissions website. I got a story accepted for the anthology Down & Dirty 3. I have a flasher being published in MOIST in December 2004. I'm still waiting for word from my editor on my Dragonlance gig. Plus, I'm writing up my part of the DDC 7th Sea LARP that Bill and I are putting on. I will be working on the NERO Race packages soon.
I took the five kittens I had left to the Seattle Animal Shelter Adopt-a-thon where four of the five were adopted. Xander was the only one not adopted and he has been a needy bugger ever since. I do have a couple of good prospects. Hopefully, he will be adopted by Thanksgiving. I'm not sure if my cat will forgive me but, she ran into the kitten room this morning and refused to come out. So, I left her locked into there with Xander. I'm hoping all will be well. She hasn't really hurt him before and there are hiding places in the kitten room small enough for only him. I did notice that he stopped meowing for attention once she was in the room with him.
I've bought a new desktop computer that happens to be a laptop. It is a Dell Inspirion 8600. Hans helped me pick it out. I also bought a new laser printer. They bought should arrive next week. I will transfer a whole lot of my writing from my old computer to my new one after I set up the file system the way I want it to go. It will mostly be my desktop computer but, if I really want to, I will be able to take it with me on trips. More likely, for trips, I'll stick to my iBook because it was less expensive and less of a hit if I lose/drop/etc it.
This coming weekend is my first NERO event. I will be shadowing the other storyplotters and NPCing two characters. One is a hoopty, much hated NPC noble who will be making a surprise visit. There are bets on whether or not someone is going to try to assassinate this noble while she's there. Personally, I won't be doing ANY fighting at all So, if something happens, the character is dead. (I think.) The other NPC is one of my own imagining that then got massively twisted by the rest of plot staff. I was going for something simple and mysterious. Now, this second NPC is certainly mysterious but... not so simple anymore. I still have to pack for the weekend. It promises to be cold.
I've come to a realization but I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. Some of you might remember me talking about wanting to take a castle crawl across Europe a couple of years back. First it was going to be in 2000. Then, I decided (as 2001 rolled around) it would be more like 2004. Recently, while talking to Leigh-Ann, I realized several things at once:
- It was 2004.
- I have the money to take my European castle crawl trip.
- I have the vacation time to take my European castle crawl trip.
- I have no one who is able to go with me on my European castle crawl trip.
- I don't want to go on this trip alone.
I really want to take this trip but a trip like this is best taken with someone else who would appreciate sharing the adventure. I am simultaneously happy and sad. Happy because, if I wanted to, I could do the trip as I had planned. Sad because I realize I don't want to by myself. At this point, the castle crawl isn't that important. But, I want to go back to Europe or to Japan or to Australia. I want to spend some time in another country again. I've missed it and I feel like I'm missing out. Like I'm going to blink again and my opportunity for travel will be gone again.
I don't suppose anyone out there would be interested in joining me for a 2-3 week trip to Europe or a Mediterranean Cruise this coming year (2005)? A serious "I have the money and vacation time saved up" interest?
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