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I spent OVFF being happy, a bit tired from burning the candle too much, and surrounded by friends who made my internal happy meter keep breaking new records.

For those who do want the full song and dance. )
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Read more... )So, for my birthday, I went to Context this year, local to Columbus, Ohio. After lunch at Wendy's and another trip to Jeni's, and a trip through the dealer's room, I said my goodbyes to everyone, and my birthday con was over.  
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 Tagged along with [livejournal.com profile] pondside , [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyvanman and [livejournal.com profile] rms_butterfly  to Confluence.  There, I attended Ann Cecil's memorial, and let myself cry for a good friend.

The con and filking )
Ride 43, taking it slow like I'm middle aged or something. )
My darling husband is glad that I am home, and I am glad to be home, too.

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 [livejournal.com profile] pondside and I are home from Contata safely.  Long drive, but lovely trip.  I shall post more about the con a bit later, but I can say I had a lovely time, and everyone was simply kind and wonderful to me there.

Sparkle was very glad to see me again, and so was my darling husband.  The boys are off seeing their Nana, so I shan't see them until the weekend.

Repairs to the van are complete, (Master cylinder, rusty brake lines, new motivator for the windshield wipers.)  and we shall pick it up today!  

Today's question:  how will it feel to get back on the bike?  We'll find out!
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 Marcon was busy, busy for me.  

cut for length )

There's never enough time at a con anyway, and so much less so at one at which I am working!
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 I found out a friend of mine of twenty eight years, Ann Cecil, passed away this morning due to cancer.  She was always so kind to me, from when I was a teen in fandom to offering me space in her room at Confluence in recent years, helping me afford to go.  It hurts so much to realize I will never see her at a con again.  She was genuinely one of the nicest people I have ever known.

I got a chance to see her one last time at Christmastime, at her holiday party.  I'm so glad I went.

I also had a doctor's appointment today.  I may have fibroids, or endometriosis, or uterine polyps, or even cancer.  So, on Friday, I get to go have an ultrasound to get a further idea of what ails me.  I am too upset about Ann to really get freaked out about my own bad possibilities, but it was bad news I didn't want to hear.  I'll also have a mammogram, since I'm due, and the place that does the ultrasound also does those.

I seems to me that bad things come in threes.  I'm waiting for the third bad thing.
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 As a local, and low on money, I commuted an hour back and forth to the con this weekend, which means I missed a lot of the late night stuff so I'd be safe to drive.

notes on the con )

Many thanks to my darling, darling husband, who made it possible for me to go this weekend on such a shoestring budget.  I woke on Monday with hardly any voice and a case of con crud.  I apologize to anyone I infected Sunday with all the hugging and kissing goodbye.


May. 31st, 2010 06:36 pm
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The Report, cut for length )
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[Poll #1570182]
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Saturday was busy, busy.

cut for length )
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On Friday at the con, cut for gushy length )



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And tired Judi is tired, but very, very happy.  I had a lovely time, and everyone was super nice to me all weekend, and I shall post a con report later, but I need to fall over.

Plane trips home:  Read more... )

It was a wonderful, fulfilling trip, but I am glad I am home again.  Work tomorrow.  Moby Dick and SYMBOLS!:  the review.
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I have had the things that *always* happen to me when I travel; I was pulled aside for the "special" patdown and luggage search, and saw deaf people in the airport.  This time, I was not alone in being pulled aside, as the ten people before and after the guy from Kuwait were likewise searched, including the blonde four and a half year old girl.

In Houston, I was behind a deaf woman and her friend interpreting.  The woman voicing spoke Spanish, so I wondered if Mexican / Hispanic sign was the same as American Sign, so I watched the deaf signer intently.  The interpreter caught me at it, and asked what I was looking at.  *BLUSH*  I explained that I knew sign, ASL, and was curious about Mexican sign, and caught/Blush.  They laughed, and all was well because I was a fellow signer, and not someone being awful about the handicapped.  We chatted for a bit, and yes, ASL is used on both sides of the border.  (And in Canada, too!)

Once on the ground, Chris O. got me at the airport, and we checked me in, and we had brunch.  Suppertime was at an Afghan restaurant, and the food was wonderful, and I sat with Lynn Gold and Jim the concom chair and Tricky Pixie at the low tables, for ambiance.  Hard to stand up afterward!

I slept like a rock, and ate brunch with a fellow guest, Chris O'Shea (spelling?) from Britain.  It started out as a ten o'clock breakfast, but I talk a LOT, and so we lingered over coffee until one...He is so charming and sweet!

I am currently in [livejournal.com profile] pondside and [livejournal.com profile] shaddyr   's room, posting.

I am bouncy and happy, and at least two people said I brought sunshine back into the sunshine state, I've been so hyper.  [livejournal.com profile] pondside  has a saying, that I am "Judi, made of sunshine and pie," so this is funny for me.
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OVFF was relatively low-key for me this year, which is a good thing, because it meant that I could relax and have fun without stressing!

Thursday, I got to socialize, and ate dinner with [livejournal.com profile] markbernsteinat a nice chinese place, with good hot tea.  This was important, because I could barely talk!  I ended up having to go home for the night, so DH could work in the morning.

Friday, my van broke down at the bus stop as I let the kids off at school.  I had to wait for the tow truck, and my DH to drop me off at the hotel.  I almost didn't make TOYBOAT's concert!  (But I did, and it was a blast!)  I also picked up their new CD, and i can recommend it as a good, fun listen.

The Pegasus Concert went smoothly, and I felt like I was in good form.  I really loved signing Batya's nominated song; I'd never heard it before, and it was soooooo kewl!  Practise made perfect, too.  I was able to keep up with [livejournal.com profile] hsifyppah's rollicking tune, (for which she won her first Pegasus; congratulations!) and was grateful for all the times I'd listened to the CD.  [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyvanmanhad made me a copy of recordings he'd taped live of some of the other songs so that I could practise a bit, and I think my performance was the better for it.  Thanks, dude!

Saturday, I attended several workshops, and helped [livejournal.com profile] catsittingstillwith her rounds workshop.  My voice didn't hold up well with my cold/ smoke inhalation irritation, though.  I was able to sing "Green Willow" for Cat, though, playing the countermelody on the guitar as I sang.  Sadly, [livejournal.com profile] pondsidewasn't feeling well at the con, and we didn't get to do the songs we'd been practising together before the con with [profile] solomons_pond, although he did do chamberfilk, and very well, too.

Saturday night, I was able to play instrumentally along with [livejournal.com profile] peteralway, which made me very, very happy, because it sounded so nice with me fingerpicking on guitar, and he on the dulcimer!  Someone joked "How do we follow *that*?"  Well, [personal profile] sweetmusic_27( Thank you, Bill!) had another violin instrumental that followed quite nicely!

I had to crash early, because I couldn't burn the candles as much as usual, being a bit sick.  Still, I did make both Saturday and Sunday's YOGA class with [livejournal.com profile] quadrivium, and felt tense muscles stretch out of griping.

I went to Jeni's ice cream twice; once after the banquet, when I'd budgeted for dessert in my diabetic planning, and then there wasn't any.  [livejournal.com profile] catsittingstilland Donald took me.  On Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] markbernsteinand I did a field trip before the jam, and he was thinking about getting some in a cooler and taking it back to Michigan!

The jam seemed like it ended earlier than usual.  But this year, I did make the trip to the Mongolian BBQ.  [livejournal.com profile] mgucciardgave me Duckcon CDs and DVDs of Seanan and Tony and Vixy, so I could practise signing them, too.  Thank you again!

Outside the Dead Dog filk, peteralway had his telescope set up, and I got to see the moon, and Jupiter!  I could see four moons, all lined up, and brown stripes!  Sooooo kewl.  I went inside, and told everybody, and lots of people trooped out to take a gander, too.  When my DH and kids arrived to pick me up, it was still set up, so they got to have a look, too.

Sparkle, looking through the eyepiece, said. "I see dots."
I said, "Yes, those dots are the planet Jupiter and four of its moons."
Sparkle pointed up to the sky.  "I want to go there."

So do we all, sweetie.  So do we all.

edited to fix LJ names

In Context

Aug. 30th, 2009 01:42 pm
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Context was nice.  The hotel is a sprawling one, with lots of marble and waterfalls.  I'm told that next year's OVFF will be there, which will be odd for me.  Consuite was gone and well away down the hall to the middle of nowhere, though I had plenty of wonderful conversations and interactions there.

There was a  most excellent panel about whips, run by a stuntman/movie consultant that was most kewl.  As one of the volunteers, I got to have a whip cracked about my waist, and neck, which done by the expert, did not hurt.  He showed how lots of films that do floggings with whips put the scars all wrong by demonstration, which was unnerving, but interesting.  He was accurate enough to put out a row of lit candles by cracking his whip at them.  he explained the physics of whips, and covered how to tell when movie whip effects were faked.

I ate dinner with [profile] rms_butterfly , [livejournal.com profile] pondside , and [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyvanman before Michael Longcor's concert.  (And a shout out  of "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"   to Pondside, 'cause it's her birthday today, and she deserves to be happy!)

Moonwulf's concert was full of literary songs, appropriate to the theme of Context.  It was a really nice concert to do, with a couple of new songs I hadn't heard yet that were very satisfying to sign.  I like the "Sailing After Blackbeard" one a lot - very rousing, and made me want to growl "RRRRR" afterwards, despite the fact it's a song about *chasing* pirates, not being one!

Following the concert was open filk, and I stayed until after midnight.  There weren't a lot of singers:  me, Pondside, Moonwulf, Tom Smith, and Juanita, and two people who sang one song each from the back of the room and disappeared pretty quickly.  There were a number of people hanging out with us and enjoying the music, so it was pretty neat.  I ended up singing a LOT more than I usually do.  My practice has paid off; I sounded better than I usually do, too. 

One thing of which I am proud was that when I started to mess up on the guitar, I kept the vocal line steady, dropped the guitar, and picked it up again a half line or so, playing more simply.  Can I tell you how incredibly sweet it was of both Moonwulf and Tom to pick up backup guitar parts to strengthen my performance on a couple of songs?  Thank you guys!


Aug. 29th, 2009 01:21 am
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Nice literary con, strongly supporting writers, right in town here in Columbus, Ohio.  Somehow, I've never been until this year.  Tonight, I signed Tom Smith's concert, and tomorrow evening, I'll sign Michael Longcor's concert.

I loved signing the Watchman love song, and many, many old favorites.  Tom rocks, and is a sweetie to boot.  I look forward to seeing more of him at the con tomorrow, too, and maybe actually *talking* with him!

I actually played 3-4 songs on the guitar in open filk tonight.  I'm still not very good with chording (melody plucked out yes - chords, no), but it was a small, forgiving audience.

Oh, yes, and I scored a copy of Rosemary and Rue!  (Judi does the happy dance, and I am so excited about reading it!!!)

Back home at my house, after a drive where I kept being blinded by lightning, which at least kept me awake from the adrenaline.  Falling over now that my dh has de-corseted me (which sounds more fun than it is, with Sparkle being awfully wakeful waiting up for mom.)


Jul. 27th, 2009 12:43 pm
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I'm going to try to post this again; yesterday, I had huge issues with LJ trying to add things I had not typed, and losing bits of the things I tried to hide behind a cut.

Home safe, had a wonderful con.


The con report! )

The kiddos and darling husband are glad to see me back.  Life is good!


Jul. 24th, 2009 11:50 am
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I'm off to Confluence in Pittsburgh, PA.

Randy always runs an excellent filk track, and I look forward to hearing some groups I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing before, as well as old friends.

I'm also excited to see my friend Beth, who introduced me to fandom when i was a teen, and thereby saved my sanity, and made me realize I was *not* alone.  She gave me "home."

I am grateful to my darling husband, whose flexibility in being willing to do so many weekends alone this year has let me go and do things otherwise not possible.  Hugs, darling!
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Loooong post follows, it is to be hoped with pictures  )  and [livejournal.com profile] runnerwolf  sat on rocks and took in the view.

I got a SCIENCE! lesson.

This stuff?  Jeffrey tells me is bullwhip seaweed, the stuff from which scientists make agar, the stuff you put in petri dishes so that bacteria will eat and grow!  He used a handy-dandy pocket knife to cut off ends and show me the interior.  It was not slimy on the outside, it was slimy on the inside.  He was able to get a horn-like sound out of it, but it wasn't loud.  I called to the people on the lookout above to light the bonfires to warn Gondor, but they were oblivious.

I spent a large part of the afternoon plucking out melodies from the Echo's Children songbook on classic guitar.  And people sang along, so I did pretty well.  jeffreycornish played along with me on dulcimer, and jerilynn (I think) on flute, and this moment may be one of the happiest of my entire weekend.

I spent a lot of this con in odd spots, really *talking* with people, deepening friendships and exchanging stories.

When I went to bed late, late on Saturday night/ Sunday morning, my head had no sooner touched the pillow than I thought about how amazingly happy I was.  And a little tune popped into my head, and swirled about.  I squeezed out my door, dashed back up to the main room, grabbed the last piece of paper on the printer, and scribbled madly.  Once again, just like last year, [livejournal.com profile] shaddyr was on hand with tech help to get the song recorded.  She recorded me on her computer so I wouldn't lose the melody to Morpheus overnight.  She also pointed out that the melody would sing very well in a round, and echoed me as I sang it to show me.  (I think hours of playing Echo's Children may, I say may have had an effect!)  After a year of only practising music with no creative spark, I get it again while being immersed here.

Sunday at Pondfilk, [profile] solomons_pondgot me up early so I could go to the UU service with them.  It was funny;  I heard a pleasant voice chirping back to him and actually looked in my bed to see who else was sharing it with me, because my inner fuzz did *not* match the awake, coherent, happy perk found in that response.  My subconscious must be such a faker, it was in fact me talking.

The UU service went well.  Everyone was pleasant and nice, and we sang ( and I signed), and [livejournal.com profile] runnerwolf did the homily.  It's been a long, long time since I've been to my UU locally.  I ought to see if there is a closer one to me now.  The Lundervilles played with [profile] solomons_pond  and [livejournal.com profile] pondside , and made pretty, pretty music.

When we got back, several of us fed pondside's new fish at Pondside.

Wingman!  (Or is that Finman?) photo courtesy of  [Bad username or unknown identity: jeffreycornish] 

In the afternoon, muscial fiends of John's (Dr. Filk) came to play and remember him.  It was *very* crowded.  Good music, good folks.  Very emotional.  Feeling slightly overwhelmed, I crept out on the porch and found a number of the other filkers already there, for similar reasons.  At some point, folks made me eat after I'd lost track, and was trembly.

A bunch of us went out to eat dinner at John's Place, and I had maple lamb (where else but in Canada?)  Let me see:  [livejournal.com profile] raishaan , [livejournal.com profile] slweippert , dawn, [livejournal.com profile] jeffreycornish , [livejournal.com profile] runnerwolf , [livejournal.com profile] mysticwinds , me (and another gracious lady who commented during picture taking that she didn't want her photo online, so ...) took over a line of tables down the centre of the place.  I was in the centre, and felt like I was pulled in both directions from conversations on the table ends that I wanted to join in all at once!  And mysticwinds recommended a chocolate mousse that was NOM NOM NOM!

Oh, oh!  Just or [livejournal.com profile] hsifyppah:"MAD SCIENCE!"

With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jeffreycornish for taking and posting it!  I got to buy her and John's CD there; [livejournal.com profile] motherinlawtree had brought them.

Late night, with much chatting and song.  Early morning Sunday.  I cried when I left;  I didn't want to go.  Petal sat in my lap on the way to the airport and comforted me in her sweet, puppy way.  Doggie kisses help.

The flights home were not as dramatic as my adventures in arrival.  I did scare myself in Seattle, because I mis-read where my gate was, and trammed on those underground trains all over the airport looking for my flight home.  I got there just as the plane pulled into the gate, so I did not have time for lunch.  We somehow lost time on the flight, so in Memphis, I had just enough time to briskly walk to my next plane and board, no supper either.  (Bad diabetic!  Living on sugar soda and airline cookies and granola bars not good!)

On the Seattle to Memphis flight, I talked to a couples counsellor who had training from a famous doctor who has also written books about raising emotionally intelligent children, which I have studied for my line of work.  I told him I had a strong marriage, but was always looking for things to maintain and keep things happy.

On the ground in Columbus, I maintained my help deaf people on trips streak by interpreting a minor issue with baggage for a deaf couple back from Vegas.  We chatted until my husband and Sparkle arrived to pick me up.  They missed me on the first loop past, and I heard Sparkle wail as she caught sight of me and the car kept moving.  She thought my husband was going to leave me...They got me dinner ASAP (I was SO starved,) and I got home safely.

As predicted, I slept the night with a Sparkle necklace wrapped about me!

Edit:  the pictures jeff posted bigger now, I think...but the cuts are strange?

Thank you so much, [profile] solomons_pond and [livejournal.com profile] pondside , for inviting me and having me out.  I had a lovely time, and didn't want to leave to come back home.
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Safe in Victoria, I am having a relaxing, wonderful time.  The weather is cool and clear.  The company is delightful, the harmonies sweet, and I after I went to sleep I got a full night's rest.

Here at Pondfilk, I have a double mattress on the floor in the studio, a room perhaps ten inches wider than the mattress, which fills it side to side and right up to the furniture against the walls end to end.  Japanese like, I kick off my shoes outside the door, slip through the door that can only open sooo far, and step onto my bed as if it were a tatami mat.  It is a quiet, private place, so very nice after all the crowds at the airports.

We've practiced for the UU service tomorrow today, so we're fairly ready for that.

People all about me are being creative - crafts, music, cooking, conversation - bliss!  I keep beaming at folks, anyone whose eyes I meet.  And they all smile back.  I love fandom.


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