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I have had a less than wonderful spring, what with quitting my job, conducting a job search in a recession, getting sick, not getting a job twice, having an allergic reaction to something in my garden, and still being unemployed, so I plan to enjoy myself thoroughly at the convention, 'cause Lard knows I need it!  Plus, I am sooooo excited to see so many awesome people that I unfortunately don't get to see more often!

I will be arriving in time for dinner on Thursday, which I think will include a margarita (heck, I'm not driving home, so there might even be more than one margarita!).  I am looking forward to the ROOO reception and hearing our GoHs read.  Friday, I will be helping with the Gathering.  I know I retired as co-coordinator, but it's hard letting go.  Especially since if I don't work set-up, I don't get first crack to see all the cool stuff at the Clothing Swap.  I've scored several awesome finds there in years past, and will again be wearing one of the dresses on Sunday night.  Saturday, I plan to eat and shop my way through the Farmer's Market, then I will be on 2 panels:

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
The Intersection of Religion and Fandom
Panelists from varying religious backgrounds will share their challenges and views about being religious and being a fan.
M: Carrie L. Ferguson. Isabel Schechter, Magenta Griffith, JoSelle Vanderhooft

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Why are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
Let's have a round–table discussion of this book by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. First published in 1997, with additional material in 1999 and 2003, it still has a lot to say about racial identification and development of same. How does it speak to the discussions happening in WisCon and online, particularly about safer spaces and how to organize them?
M: LaShawn M. Wanak. Seressia Glass, Isabel Schechter, Luke T. McGuff

Sunday will start with brunch at the Orpheum.  In the evening, I will be wearing one of my Clothing Swap dresses as I feast on nummy desserts and hear the GoH speeches.  Then, it's off to get pictures taken at the WisCon Photo Booth, then the Think Galactic party, where I will be for a good chunk of the evening, promoting our 2011 convention.

Things I would like to do that aren't yet scheduled:  
eat at the Italian restaurant across from ROO
eat at Noodles
eat mac and cheese pizza (Ian's?)
shopping at ROOO
shopping at the used books store 2 doors down from ROOO
have ice cream at the shop that tells you if you want healthy, eat carrots
Lunch and dinner every day with awesome people!

I'm sure my plan and reality will collide at some point, especially once I take a good look at the panel schedule, but that's my plan so far!
See you all there!


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One of my roomates can't make it after all, so we now need a 4th female non-smoker for Friday-Sunday. 
I am going up on Thursday without the rest of my roomates, so I'm also looking for up to 3 roomates for Thursday night.
Comment here or PM me.

ETA: I found a space for Thursday night, but am still looking for a 4th for Friday-Sunday.
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I've been excitedly assuming all you great people will be going to WisCon, but lately I've been seeing posts saying folks aren't going!  Oh noes!  Who's going and when are you getting there?  I'll be driving up some time on Thursday.
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Well, I am finally back in the land of the living and over that terrible cold/cough that plagued me for 2 weeks!  And what better way to celebrate than to work in the garden!  The hubby and I have been working dilligently and the garden looks wonderful.  Before I got sick, the hubby and a friend measured and cut recycled plastic timbers for vegetable beds, then the hubby and I installed them.  Then I got sick, so nothing happened for 2 weeks.  Now that I'm better, we leveled the dirt in the beds and moved some of the perennials in them around.  We also planted some seedlings with the help of another friend who likes weeding and was thrilled to come over and help us prep.  Today, I planted most of the seeds and did some more weeding.  I also got a major sunburn on my shoulders and arms.  Ouch!  I have got to remember to put on sunscreen even on overcast days!
Tomorrow, the hubby and I will finish the weeding, finish planting the seedlings and seeds, and then sit back and wait for things to start growing!  Unless it rains too much, and then we'll have to wait a day or two. 
I feel very accomplished (and sunburned).  :-)

still sick

Apr. 25th, 2010 04:44 pm
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Day 427
Ok, maybe not 427, but it's been a week and a half and I'm still pathetic.  I can breathe today, so that's a good thing, but I'm still exhausted.  Yesterday we went to a gardening event and bought some seedlings, then tried to go run some more errands.  I managed to make it through Costco because I leaned on the cart the whole way, but at the next stop, I sent the husband into the store while I napped in the car.  Today, I went to class and managed to be coherent, and on the way home, I even picked up a few things at Trader Joe's.  But then I collapsed into a nap.  Tonight will include the husband cooking his millionth meal of my sickness, and an on demand movie.  We switched to Comcast at just the right time, I swear.
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Does anyone know where the phrase 'sick as a dog' comes from?
I ask because I've been sick for a week now, and while I have felt lots of things (exhaustion, inability to breathe properly, soreness, etc.), I do not believe any of them are dog-like.  I mean, I'm not a pet person (or a dog), so I can't be sure, but the dogs I've seen never seem this miserable.  Maybe I've just never seen a sick dog?
Anyway, day 4? of lying in bed and being pathetic is starting to get a little old.  I'm hoping to be back among the living in another day or so. 
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After driving the hubby to the airport, I drove to not 1, not 2, but 3! bookstores!

I was feeling the need for some alone time away from the family after being here for a week, and it was just lovely. I did get 'lost' 3 times (once while talking on the phone and not being in the right lane, once because the hubby entered the address wrong into the gps, and once because the store moved 2 years ago and the yellow pages didn't know about it when I looked it up), but it all worked out in the end.

My 1st stop was Midway Books in St. Paul, where I picked up the following:

book loot )
Then, I went to Uncle Hugo's and spent the entire rest of my book budget for the year! Oops.

book haul )
My 3rd stop was Dreamhaven, but unfortunately, between their small selection of used books and the fact that I had already been to the other stores, I didn't end up buying anything there!  I did pick up a progress report for Diversicon, which I am thinking of attending. 

I am now going to commune with my darlings and devise a plan to get them into the house next week without the hubby noticing...

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Usually when I'm in town it's Passover (like today) and so I can't go out to eat or drink. This trip, however, is different from all other trips because I am staying through the weekend to work an event. That means that as of sundown on Tuesday, I can eat and drink out to my heart's content! Anyone up for lunch or dinner Wednesday or Thursday? I'm also going to make a book pilgimage to Dreamhaven and Uncle Hugo's, and possibly Midway Books in St. Paul. Anyone want to join me?
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This is a test of the cross-posting function. If this had been a real posting, you would have been notified of some exciting (or not) detail of my life.


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