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This last weekend was Conflikt, our local filk convention. GOH was the incomparable Judi Miller; Vixy and Tony were the toast-band, Mark Peters was Interfilk guest, and there was the usual assortment of other guests, including Mary Crowell doing a concert and album release party.

Mark's guest panel was unusual -- he's the sound person for OVFF, so it was a combination talk and live demo. Fun! Judi, in addition to being a simply amazing sign-language interpreter, has a beautiful singing voice as well.

I only sang a few songs: Windward, plus helping Chaos with Filk Inside the Circle (her filk of World Inside the Crystal) Saturday; The Bears and Millennium's Dawn on Sunday while the brunch was going on elsewhere.

Some lovely catching up with people, and I met a couple of new people (Halley and Becca)

I've been stressed all week about the impending move (impending -- that's what doom does, right?) plus the impending (see above) live tests that our project really isn't ready for. Last night was particularly bad; a combination of con drop, frantic sorting, and some highly stressful cleanup. When I finally got to bed I just curled up into a ball for a while. Cat therapy helps some.

Sorting is hard. There are a lot of old memories that I'm having trouble processing, not to mention just plain grieving. Still, there are bright spots. For a while now we've been tossing some items into boxes labeled "Interfilk". There were three of them. It took me an hour and a half to unpack everything and put bid sheets on it; I think we amounted to about a third of the items. *Sigh* a lot of history there. But when something's been in a box for the last five years, or ten, and you haven't missed it, there's really not much point in hanging on to it.

Doesn't keep me from wishing I didn't have to.

Notes & links:

0122Su
  * up 6ish; W=203.6; laundry
  : Desti is sprawled on the arm of my chair with one paw on my leg being a therapy cat.
    ! I put my mood as "depressed" in my weekly post; she may well have picked that up.
      Added "grieving", because that's what I'm doing.  Mourning our home.
  * 9ish Cash and Carry for rice.  Would have gotten lox at Costco, but they didn't open
    until 10.
  * Writing up "How.to.do"
    Hmm.  There really ought to be a file with that name, too!
  @ posted mdlbear | How to.do it
  * Book sorting in the Rainbow Room with N and C.
  # Rainbow's End is the household; not the house.  I have temporarily dubbed our next
    location "Other End".
  * Curio cabinet sorting in the Great Room, with N and C.
  % 6pm.  Can't tell whether I'm out of physical cope, emotional cope, or both.  On the
    physical side I'm tired, and probably in need of both food and rest, but I could
    easily have kept going past a tipping point.  I'm less sensitive to emotions, but I
    can sort of tell that it's costing me.  Memories.  We're keeping almost everything of
    real personal sigificance, but we're also giving up an awful lot.
  : A 20' shipping container would work well as N's massage studio!  One end could stay
    storage. 
  @ We the People » The Amplifier Foundation POSTERS
    Shepard Fairey explains his 'We the People' inauguration protest posters 

0123Mo
  * up 6:15; W=204.8; laundry, dishes
  : testing with partner tomorrow.  I'm probably doomed.
  ~ Intensely frustrating day.  Very little progress, though I do have a plan for what to
    do next.  Got home about 7:45.
  @ siderea | [pols, Patreon] What the Women's Marches Accomplished
  : we have six weeks to get the place cleared.  I have been lazy.
  @ Inspiring Quotes by Women's March Speakers - Best Women's March Speeches
    With full videos of the speeches.
  * 15min: went through a stack of papers.  Anything medical from mid-2016 or earlier is
    safe to toss, as long as they're still sending us bills.  Just look at the postage
    meter date, in most cases.
  : The catfood I ordered about a week ago arrived.

0124Tu
  * Up 4:50ish; W=204.8; laundry
  @ ..:: Lavabit Reloaded ::.. (The return of Lavabit | Techno-Liberty)
  @ lavabit/libdime: The DIME resolver library and command line utilities.
    Dark Mail Technical Alliance
  : (coworkers) D and M got me unblocked yesterday; job now runs but has auth issues.  I
    can help D with that tomorrow if he doesn't get it this afternoon.  # backfilled
  * 4pm Anita Brown ~ do it by phone or cancel -> didn't have to because I actually made
    enough progress at work.
  @ left a prompt at Ysabetwordsmith's poetry fishbowl! 

0125We
  * up 6ish; W=203.6; laundry, dishes
  * 15min:  sorting songbooks
  % almost 9pm - sleepy
  * 15min:  sorting papers.  Ugh.
  * humira

0126Th
  * Up 3:55ish; W=205.2; laundry, dishes
  % dozed for about an hour with Desti purring on my lap.  She is an excellent cat, when
    she isn't being greedy.  or sitting on my laptop instead of my lap.  I obviously
    should have gone back to bed.
  * wake g if not up by 7:20
  @ ysabetwordsmith | Poem: "The Secondhand Panjandrum" Vembletroon
  % Feeling a little under the weather all day, mostly very slight queasiness (or
    something similar; it's not an exact match).  Also noticed when I decided to play a
    little guitar at work that my left wrist was hurting.
  % A woman getting off the bus said "I like your safety pin".  First time anyone outside
    of my own circle of friends has mentioned it.
  @ M. J. Rutell's answer to When did the current 'bullet journal' craze originate?
    Inside My Writing Journal: The
    Ultimate Study in Craft | Page Flutter Very tactile, but I think aimed at someone
    who writes neatly, enjoys manual processes, and has a bit of artistic ability (not to
    mention patience and interest).
  * 15min:  Preliminary packing for Conflikt.  More like tracking stuff down, since most
    of it's already contained.

0127Fr
  * up 5:45; W=205.4; laundry, dishes
  * order humira
  * left work ~3:00; got home ~4 Got to the con ~5pm
  : When I got home I found that N had brought up the two boxes of Interfilk stuff from
    downstairs, which I had forgotten about.  So that makes 3 boxes.  We occupied most of
    a table.  I tagged them all as donated by Rainbow's End.
  * 8pm Interfilk stuff unpacked.  About half tagged; need to rest my back for a while.
    8:45 finished.  Harold Stein helped a lot.  "Gave" him the binder of loose filk for
    scanning; he will donate or contribute after that.  Glad to find it a good home.  Got
    kind of punchy at the end.
  * Mary Crowell's CD release party in the con suite.
  % met a lovely young lady named Halley who's new to filk and studying to be a librarian
    Got into it via Tony Fabris.
  : Colleen packed her walker for getting around the hotel room.

0127Fr-30Mo Conflikt
  * book hotel for Fr-Su 1 KING BED WITH BALCONY 2 nights, 2 adults, 0 children

0128Sa
  % dream:  Don't remember much except that I had a motorcycle.  We had just arrived at a
    train station.  I had parked my car in the wrong place, but it was a motorcycle by the
    time I moved and re-parked it.  It seemed new; I was still a little unfamiliar with it
  * up 6:45; ; shower.
    The tiles in the shower stall were a little slippery; otherwise a very nice roll-in
    shower stall with a pull-down seat.
    : The bathroom is basically 8'x10' minus a closet by the shower and a bump-out behind
      the toilet that basically turns the 6x2 vanity/counter into an alcove.
  % using Colleen's rain cape as a bathrobe, since I appear to have forgotten to pack a
    yukata.  One of the pleasures of a con is sitting around in a yukata while I wait for
    C to wake up.
  @ siderea | [pols] Fwd: The Twistance twitter resistance
  * Great talk/demo/panel on running sound from (interfilk guest) Mark Peters.
  * a few of our items are in the voice auction.
    Westerfilks I and II: $90.  Consonance song+program books: $60
  * Circle:  Filk Inside the Circle (words by Kat Savitzky), Windward
  * left a little after midnight

0129Su
  * up 6:50; ;..., laundry, cleanup
  % Several things got left behind.  I "packed" Friday morning, and was very rushed when I
    got home -- I was later than I'd intended and Colleen was waiting and ready when I got
    there.  I swapped guitars at the last minute, which accounts for having left Plink's
    capo behind.  The main other thing that got left was my yukata.  We should also have
    taken the folding hand-truck.
  : Hotel WiFi login broken as usual.  Called the front desk and got the passcode, which
    worked.
  * noonish: out of the room, except for one of the original 3 boxes of coke, which I sent
    Chaos up for since Colleen said she could take it.
  : Storage pod delivered today.  We're also getting a dumpster.
  * Open filking during the brunch.  The Bears, Millennium's Dawn
  * left ~5:30 after the Vixy+Tony concert
  : Special mention in Kathleen Sloan's Interfilk wrap-up.  So nice to see stuff going to
    good homes.
  @ Copied from hammercock: Resistance Made Simple(r): osewalrus
  * sorting downstairs - get tools out of kitchen area
  & large cleanup job
    % I was a mental and physical wreck by the time I was done.
    : N emailed and texted me and told me to calm down, but...

Date: 2017-01-31 06:47 am (UTC)
jenk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jenk
Glad you enjoyed Conflikt. :)

I too have joined the bullet journal ranks. One of my inspirations was the "habit tracker" in this post.

Date: 2017-01-31 04:07 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Thank you for your kind hospitality; it was wonderful to see all of you.

I'm sorry that all the processes related to making a move you don't want to make are such a misery. I am deeply impressed with the work you all are doing.

I like the 'Other End' temporary moniker.

Though it has also occurred to me that really, a rainbow is a circle...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/17/circular_rainbow_rare_optic_effect_seen_from_the_air.html

"A circle's round; it has no end; that's how long I want to be your friend." That seems apropos for you all. An end is a new beginning, and so on. While the other lyrics to that same song remind me of what I aspire to myself, and frequently fumble because I am not good at social maintenance, but still care about.

Date: 2017-02-01 05:53 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
You are welcome.

Notes from the other side of the Atlantic

Date: 2017-01-31 05:26 pm (UTC)
montemplar: Alan Ralph Block Chop (Default)
From: [personal profile] montemplar
Been aware of US events, but trying not to dwell on them. Because if I did, I'd probably not get anything done due to my brain shutting down. GoodThoughts sent to you and yours, and all those summoning the strength to lead the fight to turn back this lunacy.

Over here, most see Trump for what he is, and want no part of him here. But our government appears more interested in appeasing him, in hope of getting a trade deal proposal done quickly. Brexit means screw everyone else, it would appear.

Hard to say what I fear more—the march of authoritarianism, or the prospect of financial meltdown.

Date: 2017-01-31 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hms42
Thank you for the filk history. Its going to get scanned and shared back with the convention for the batch I won. (And thank you for the songooks, too.)

Date: 2017-02-01 12:47 am (UTC)
gorgeousgary: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gorgeousgary
My brain has been so scrambled coming down the stretch in 2016 and starting off in 2017 that I completely spaced on getting a supporting membership this year. Ah well, glad to hear it was a good con.

Date: 2017-02-01 02:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
This & other posts about ConFlikt remind me that I've been wanting to go to a filk con for basically forever.

& yess the written-style bullet journal is good for...yeah, 'enjoys manual processes' is a good way to put it. That's a lot of why I do mine by hand; I can't do a _lot_ of writing before my hand gets cranky, but I enjoy as much as I can do, & the results, when it goes well. Not true of a lot of people!

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