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After due consideration, I think I need a name for a small starship. Writing stuff under here. )



On other subjects, I survived the summer trip to see the family, though I had the lovely adventure of having the exhaust drop on the Jeep while traveling the NY Thruway. Thankfully my AAA membership was current and I was able to get a tow to a muffler shop in Canandaigua that was able to get me a new midpipe and catalytic converter (ouch!) and have me back on the road with only two and a half hours of delay.

There's not really a whole lot to say about the last few months.

I read a lot and despaired for the amount of romance crammed into otherwise interesting books. I read a very good original fiction novel by a fan author I enjoy and wished she had written more in that universe. Tanya Huff got me hooked into another series of hers.

I knitted some, but nothing that interesting since I focused on finishing a pair of socks identical to the last pair I knit except for being half an inch shorter in the foot. I'm currently juggling a few doll projects. One is finished and needs to be dyed and blocked, the others are all still in progress. Since one of those is destined to travel to Utah with the one that needs to be dyed I'm trying to focus on that one. Unfortunately the last couple days have been very, very bad with my hands so the 00 needles aren't fun.

I got an awesome haircut that I need to go have trimmed . I should have about two weeks ago actually. Wish me luck in getting it cut the same way again by a different stylist since the one that did the original is back in Massachusetts. There is one stylist I am pretty sure can do the cut, but I can't remember her name (I only had her cut my hair once before) so hopefully she'll be working and I can get her.

I lost a bit more weight, just enough that the awesome jeans I bought on clearance for $3.60 require a belt. I'm very glad I didn't spend more on them or I would be ticked.

And I think that gets everything caught up. Get ready for the NaNoWriMo spike in postings. :)

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After due consideration, I think I need a name for a small starship. Writing stuff under here. )



On other subjects, I survived the summer trip to see the family, though I had the lovely adventure of having the exhaust drop on the Jeep while traveling the NY Thruway. Thankfully my AAA membership was current and I was able to get a tow to a muffler shop in Canandaigua that was able to get me a new midpipe and catalytic converter (ouch!) and have me back on the road with only two and a half hours of delay.

There's not really a whole lot to say about the last few months.

I read a lot and despaired for the amount of romance crammed into otherwise interesting books. I read a very good original fiction novel by a fan author I enjoy and wished she had written more in that universe. Tanya Huff got me hooked into another series of hers.

I knitted some, but nothing that interesting since I focused on finishing a pair of socks identical to the last pair I knit except for being half an inch shorter in the foot. I'm currently juggling a few doll projects. One is finished and needs to be dyed and blocked, the others are all still in progress. Since one of those is destined to travel to Utah with the one that needs to be dyed I'm trying to focus on that one. Unfortunately the last couple days have been very, very bad with my hands so the 00 needles aren't fun.

I got an awesome haircut that I need to go have trimmed . I should have about two weeks ago actually. Wish me luck in getting it cut the same way again by a different stylist since the one that did the original is back in Massachusetts. There is one stylist I am pretty sure can do the cut, but I can't remember her name (I only had her cut my hair once before) so hopefully she'll be working and I can get her.

I lost a bit more weight, just enough that the awesome jeans I bought on clearance for $3.60 require a belt. I'm very glad I didn't spend more on them or I would be ticked.

And I think that gets everything caught up. Get ready for the NaNoWriMo spike in postings. :)

I'm home!

Sep. 9th, 2008 09:53 am
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And I've slept so I can post. :)

The cats got FAT while I was gone. I know they tend to overeat when I'm gone but, wow, they are pudgy. :D They'll lose it in short order if the pattern holds. I think they boredom eat (or maybe comfort eat) when I'm not around.

I'll be writing up a knitted hat pattern soon and I think I'll put it up for sale. I need to set a price though, I suck at that. Time to research what knitted hat patterns tend to sell for.

By the way, anyone on my friends list have a noggin that measures 20" around? I've test knit the 22 and 24" sizes but I don't have a convenient 20" skull to try the small size on. I'll post a photo of some of the hats I knit later and if you have a 20" head and think you'd wear one we can talk. :)

More knitting related updates to come later.

Now to get to the unpacking and assorted post-trip chores.

Home!

Aug. 23rd, 2007 01:35 pm
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And it's going to take forever to catch up on everything, even if I did have email and skimmed LJ/GJ/IJ/JF while I was gone.

Well it took 18 hours to make the drive this time, not the best of trips this year. I got a good start (for me) on the road at 8:20am (which, considering there is only one bathroom and my brother leaves for work at 5:50am and Mom leaves at 6:30, isn't that bad) and while I did forget something it wasn't important.

The problem started after I got into New York, the first toll booth for the Thruway (Canaan for those that know the area) had an "emergency" and would be "closed for some time" after I had already passed the last exit before the toll. So I sat and waited for about an hour, at which point the lack of restroom was becoming an issue. So I checked the map and decided to cross the median and head back to catch the exit for route 22 from the eastbound side... and missed it somehow. :P So back into Massachusetts I went, stopped at the service plaza and then took the first exit off the 'pike (route 20 north) which was fortunately a zero toll (as the first five exits on the Masspike are). I then drove route 20 back into New York and caught interstate 90 westbound in Albany. The sad fact is that four hours into my trip, when I would normally be about an hour past Albany, I was still in Massachusetts.

Other than that most of the drive was uneventful.

At one point in New York I was hit with a strong scent of fried chicken, in an area with nothing but farms (made a nice change from manure, that's for sure!) and I can only surmise that one of the cars I passed was running biodiesel made from the fryer grease of the local KFC. The scent was so strong I craved fried chicken for the next fifty miles.

Both border crossings were quick and painless, only two cars ahead of me both times.

About 10 kilometers before the bridge back into the US the Jeep informed me that I had a "rear lamp failure" so I need to see what burned out. At least I hope it was just one bulb burning out like the time it said "brake lamp failure" and not a major issue. I just had the shocks replaced all around so I'd like it to be a simple, cheap, fix.

Michigan treated me to quite an impressive light show while I was driving on 69 and 475. The rain must have been stored up somewhere because it was like trying to drive in a waterfall for the short stretch of 75 before the first northbound rest area. I stopped there and waited for it to lighten up because it was basically impossible to drive in.

I did continue on after about 15 minutes, though it was still a bitch to drive in it was only "raining at night on an unlit highway" and not "OMFG, did I drive into Niagara Falls?"

When I started to have problems keeping my eyes open around midnight I stopped with the intent of napping while the rain passed by. This of course meant that when I returned from the restroom the rain had stopped completely. So I opened the windows and let the cool, damp air keep me awake as I booked it that last 150 miles home.

By the time I got home (2am) I settled on just brining in the stuff I had in the cooler, called the folks to say "home and safe", petted the cats, bathroom, PJs, bed.

Speaking of cats, mine must comfort/boredom eat, the younger ones are a pair of butterballs.
tephra: (kitty squid)
So I can now read LJ/JF/IJ/GF and my email without fear of spoilers. Yay!

Between my mother's doctor appointments, and my father's doctor appointments, yesterday and today were the only days I really had time to do anything with Mom. And even then she had appointments both days.

The Jeep needs some work so I'll be going with her for her 7:15am appointment for her MRI (WTF, who makes appointments at that hour?) and dropping my Jeep off on the way so the shocks can be replaced. Once again there have been unforeseen bills to keep me from getting the AC recharged so I'm sweating out the weeks here quite literally. Realistically I only really need AC for the few weeks I'm here but man, when the Jeep has been sitting in a parking lot for a few hours on a bright sunny day in the mid-80s I really want the AC fixed. *dies*

For those wondering when I'm heading home... well I expect I'll be here for another week. We'll see if Mom is up for the things we didn't get to do on her normal days off... schedule permitting. Once I know one way on the other on those I'll have a better idea of when I'll be heading back.
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After all that hassle with the passport I didn't even get asked for an ID to get into Canada. I did to get back into the US though. I managed to hit both borders at times where I only had to wait for two or three cars ahead of me, talk about a nice change of pace.

Instead of the traditional thunderstorm around Albany this year I was treated to FOG, off and on pea soup fog from Albany all the way to my folks' place. :P

The internet here didn't need fixing for a change, but damn I have a lot of software to update....

[Yes, I did get my passport. It arrived while I was at Anthrocon. That would be... eight? maybe seven, weeks after I applied and paid the extra for expedited service (two to four weeks). I'll be writing a letter to try to get that fee back since I paid for a service I didn't receive. Somehow I doubt anything will come of it, the government wiggles out of things that a business would be held to, but it can't hurt to try and I could really use that cash back.]
tephra: (stunned)
Due to the fact that the shortest route between home and the family involves a short cut through Ontario, I applied for a passport back in May. Since that was cutting it far too close with the normal passport wait times (and impossible with the current 10-12 week wait due to increased volume) I paid the extra for expedited service, which claimed I would get it in 2-4 weeks.

I'm currently in the 6th week. I want to travel in 2 weeks, but could push it back a week or two if I had to, but I have to get there before the end of July to settle some paperwork.

So I went and checked the progress of my application online... and I'm not in the system. *OMGWTF!!*

It will take two days to get a response to my email (which they recommend over the phone for prompt service!?) but now I'm in a complete ball of gut twisting stress. Yes, worst case, I can drive down and around the Lakes and get there without leaving the US, or maybe I can still get through the border with just a drivers license (I need to check that) but what has me tied in knots is the fact that in order to get your passport you have to send your birth certificate with your application....

The government has lost my birth certificate... with a passport application that includes things like my mother's maiden name and my social security number.

I think I'm going to be sick.

Home again

Jan. 24th, 2007 12:10 am
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The cats have been cuddled and are now inspecting the luggage. (Patches is giving everything a very through sniffing.)

Sleepy-time now.

I'm home!

Aug. 25th, 2006 10:16 am
tephra: (stunned)
I got in at midnight and I've had two cats within 5 feet of me ever since. :)

It's going to take forever to catch up on the LJ and email. :P
tephra: (kitty squid)
Well the plan was to leave Wednesday morning, and as always happens with my leaving the folks' place that seems unlikely. It looks like tomorrow will be so full of last minute running around the city with mom that things like packing are unlikely to occur. So consider this a reschedule to leaving Thursday.

And now for the absolutely huge LJ interests collage. )
tephra: (stunned)
For the few people that might be wondering where I have run off to that I haven't spoken to about it: I'm at my parents' place.

The heat is killing me. The dumping of everyone's problems on me because I'm "the smart one" and a fresh ear is driving me to want to kill. The assorted medical issues and chauffeuring I'm doing is less than pleasant.

In the week I have been here I have:
  • installed a (snail)mailbox

  • straightened out a screw up with the ISP

  • made the recovery disks for my brother's PC

  • ripped Norton off it and put AVG on it (and boy, downloading that and the assorted Windows security patches that piled up over the last year over dial-up was just so much fun)

  • had my Jeep inspected

  • taken over cooking and shopping responsibilities

  • ended up tending the arthritic, senile, and incontinent labrador

  • become the cats' new slave

  • been asked for legal advise (WTF? I'm a geologist and computer geek, not a lawyer)

  • been asked for political advise (kill 'em all)

  • served as the auxiliary memory device for the household (because no one can remember anything apparently, nor write it down)
Is it any wonder that I don't look forward to coming here?

And today there was an abortive attempt to guilt trip me over the fact that I live 1000 miles away.

I imagine I will be here at least another week, probably two, since Mom's surgery is Monday and she's taking 4 days off work (which with her schedule gives her two weeks off).

Home again

Aug. 31st, 2005 11:45 am
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Actually I got in around 2am Tuesday morning, I just didn't get around to posting here yesterday.

Dad bounced back and was actually doing very well before I even got there. No one told me this so I was rather stressed for the drive thinking I might not get there in time. I suppose I should be grateful that someone actually called me when he first went to the hospital since there have been numerous incidents where I found out about a hospitalization well after he was discharged. Still, a call saying he wasn't on the threshold of death's door any longer would have been nice.

While dad's medical situation turned out to be a relative non-issue (we've had several he-might-not-survive moments over the last decade) it was fortunate I was there to help my brother with his medical situation. Unfortunately this has alerted the family to how handy it is to have another person with a license, and no pesky job, around the house. Right before I left dad made an ominous comment about needing someone around the house because of the visiting nurses not living up to his standards and how mom might have to quit her job so I might have to come back soon so she can keep working....

Good gods, NO! My brother was trying my patience but having both him an dad home and laid up was pushing me close to homicidal, add in how mom reacts to them and I'm quite certain I would have snapped in some way. Homicide, suicide, hell at times genocide started to sound good. There's a reason I live 1000 miles away.

And now for some entertaining content, something the fans of good writing will appreciate (and have probably seen). Linked to the original page (where it is large enough to read).

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I got home around midnight last night. Visits to the folks always run long for some reason.

The "kittens" (now a year old) have gone from fuzzballs to furry butterballs in the 20 days I was gone.

I had not intended to be offline for my entire trip. I've mostly finished catching up my email (over 500 messages, which once again makes me wonder how I managed to deal with over 1500 messages a day back when I was really active online) but I expect LJ will take me a bit longer.

One side effect of being offline far longer than I planned is that I missed some of my webcomics that don't have open archives. If anyone saved Digger page 214 I'd love to see it ([livejournal.com profile] hafoc managed to save the others for me so I didn't miss as much as I might have). Likewise with Eversummer Eve, page 30 of chapter 9 (which apparently is a settings/character change page and has left me going "who are these people").

[livejournal.com profile] toshirodragon should expect me to beg for things of interest I have missed on [livejournal.com profile] yaoi_daily, but not until after I get a bit more caught up. I'm grabbing the episodes of Tsubasa Chronicle that I missed right now. BitTorrent is geek crack.

So why did a geek like me end up offline for so long? Well it started out with the unpleasant discovery that my laptop upgrade from SuSE 7.2 to 9.1 apparently lost the ability to use my PCMCIA modem card. Since we don't have dialup anymore it never occurred to me to try setting up the modem after the upgrade, the ethernet card worked so I was all set for home use. Kdialer has been replaced with kInternet which is never less user friendly as well.

No problem, I'd just use my brother's PC.

Which he had just had upgraded, more RAM, new case fan, clean install of Windows ME... I think you see where this is going. I'll skip the rant on baby Gateway boxen and WinME and jump right to the fact that it could indeed connect to the ISP, it just couldn't manage to handle DNS resolution, even with several DNS servers to choose from. I spent many hours with tech support (something I view as a failing of my geek training) to come to the conclusion it had to be something wonky with Windows. Now if I could have hunted up the IPs of anything useful I might have been able to make do, but I generally don't keep things like the IP of my mail server (which is privately owned and I think uses a dynamic address anyway), LJ servers, or any other server I frequent in my head. The only way I knew that the connection was working at all was with ipconfig and the fact that I do have the IP of my old college server memorized. Good thing MHC has kept that old server around (or at least maintained a server with that IP address). Bad thing that I couldn't telnet to it from that windows box. They've probably switched to SSH, which WinME definitely doesn't have, and was lost on my brother's machine when the guy that worked on it only saved the stuff in "My Documents" as a backup.

I really need to pick up a cheap USB drive key ring or something. A floppy would have more than enough space for puTTY and pscp. Though that wouldn't have helped much with the DNS issue, but at least I would have had more tools at hand.
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One of the errands to be completed before Anthrocon was a haircut. The wait at the salon inside the super Walmart was about 45 minutes so I scooted over to Fiesta. Now I used to get my hair cut there a few years back (before I went back to Massachusetts for a couple years and got spoiled by Leigh at Connie's Salon) and I was okay with them, they just aren't as conveniently located as Walmart these days.

Anyway, I said I wanted an asymmetric bob, longer in front, severely stacked or wedged in back because I hate hair that flips out.

This is not the cut I got.

What I got was shorter in the front, and reverse stacked so it would flip out.

Now as you may recall from a previous post, I can't see without my glasses. I didn't know that my hair was being cut this way until it was far too late. I did get the back shortened up though so the front is nearly as long as the back but other than that there's not a lot to do about things until it grows out some.

Fortunately the new cut is cute, even when it is flipping out. Also fortunate is the fact that my hair laughs in the face of The Flip and wants to roll under anyway. Once the styling products are washed out it may roll under with little help. There is an upside as well, it cut a lot of the old bleach and dye damage out.

In the mean time I must deal with the fact that someone managed to make me look good with cute hair.

I don't do cute.

I am not cute.

But my hair is. For now.
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We're ba-ack!

Actually, we've been back for at least half an hour but we had to give the kitties some lovin' and admire how much the kittens have grown. :)

The weather wasn't quite as nasty as last year, we only had about 100 miles of blowing snow rather than the whole drive and it wasn't snowing as heavily either.

I'm going to download mail and maybe browse some of my missed LJ friends' posts but I'm not going to stay up for long. I'm going to force myself to keep to that.
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Finished packing, heading out to FC tomor... later today. :)
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Well I'm packing up my PC after I post this. The printer (all 75 pounds of it) is back in its original box and waiting to be lugged downstairs and through the house to the door closest to the Jeep. I may end up taking it out the box, space is limited, but since I'm putting books and other small items in the gaps around the printer in the box I don't think I'm losing that much space by taking the printer in the box. Now I just need to figure out how to pad the monitor (which I don't have the box for) for the trip....

Next post either from my laptop or from some computer in Michigan.
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Been busy the last couple days, most of it uninteresting.

Jeeps and Hair and Stuphâ„¢ oh my! )

On a completely unrelated note, has anyone else noticed WinAmp 5.03 doesn't seem to pick up OGG files if you tell it to add an entire directory (recurse into subdirectories) to the playlist? Is there a solution to this other than remembering what music you have in OGG format?
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Gaylord, Michigan to Ashby, Massachusetts (960-something miles I think) in 15 hours.

Going bed now.
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create your own personalized map of the USA
or write about it on the open travel guide

Not bad for someone from a family that doesn't travel outside New England (and rarely outside Massachusetts and New Hampshire). It still freaks most of the family and many of the family friends that I drive a thousand miles by myself without giving it much thought.  And they completely spaz when they think about how I just hopped a plane and moved to Arizona without even having been there before, knowing no one, and having no car there waiting for me.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm really related to these people. ;>

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