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December 14th, 2009
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How was your weekend?
Mine started out well. Friday night I dyed my hair a dark auburn that's actually not unlike the color it was in this user icon picture from 2008. More recent pictures start here. Then I relaxed in bed reading Slow Fall to Dawn, Stephen Leigh's first novel (Stephen and I went over his "brag shelf" last time I visited and he was kind enough to give me this along with other early paperbacks). It was really quite a lovely evening.

new hair colorSaturday I went to a casual adult dance class that turned out to be basically modern dance, with four other women including the instructor. Just an hour, which compared to the 1.5 hour classes I mostly took at the Gallery seems like just enough time to get warmed up, but it was still nice. Plus it was a sunny day, as you can tell from the pictures on this post. I spent some of the afternoon working on Wellspring, and some wrapping presents for the families my company has adopted for Christmas, then got ready to go out for the evening.

My housemate, Kate, joined me and another friend, Steve (I know a lot of Steves), in heading to a Japanese/Korean restaurant for dinner and on to the Cincinnati Fantasy Group's Christmas Bash for Saturday night. Sadly, sleigh and parsleigh were unable to be there, but still I was able to introduce Kate and Steve (who are both SF writers themselves) to many fine CFG folk, and I was of course delighted to see people as well. There was much pressuring for me and Brian to come down for the Extended CFG New Year's celebration (and hinting from Becca that we should contribute Belgian Waffles to New Year's Day brunch), and I was in touch with Brian by text about that and an immunology question from Becca (a cat has caught H1N1 and she wanted to know how - Brian looked it up then explained that's a do-able mutation from the avian flu, H5N1, which cats have caught before). Steve helpfully drove us home to Yellow Springs, and we all agreed it was an enjoyable night!new hair color

Sunday I dealt with an Unfortunate Incident about a Mouse and generally had a bit of a down day, though I also cooked a pork roast with a nice rub of Brian's concoction (He'd left a bag of it in the freezer) that had been setting in for about three days, along with some apple, pineapple, onion, and carrots. Oh, and, separately, a butternut squash. I felt better after I spoke to Bri on the phone for a bit while stuff was cooking, and Kate made a really nice salad with a tahini dressing to go along, so dinner was good, and then I had a decent meeting of the African-American Cultural Works group, planning the local Kwanzaa celebration for December the 26th. I turned in early though.

new hair colorToday has been a bit better. This morning I sent an article about Kwanzaa to the local paper, then after work I got in a workout at the gym. I followed that with another workout at home for my ankle and shoulder physical therapy (playing with the Bosu a wonderful friend got me as an early Christmas present) while cooking something experimental for dinner. A little more work on Wellspring as well, some updates to my website (mostly putting stuff back up that got missed on the last move, like this), and just now a chat with rikhei!

You all are too far away, I swear.

How was your weekend?

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From:ckd
Date:December 15th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
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My weekend? A mixed bag. A concert, a show, and a dim sum gathering to the good; some time spent doing mission-of-mercy stuff for a sick friend to the less good. (Not begrudged, just wish it weren't necessary.) Not enough sleep, among other deficiencies.
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From:jennkitty
Date:December 15th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
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I got a facial w/ mini-massage Saturday. She got some of my muscles to loosen up. That was nice.

Love the color, and the pics.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 16th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
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That does sound nice.

*hugs to the you*
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From:haniaw
Date:December 15th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
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I did so much that I'm exhausted and can't remember any of it. I like your hair - nice pictures! I am officially adding to the pressure for you and Brian to grace us with your presence (and waffles) over New Years in Cincinnati.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 16th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I have a new big bottle of maple syrup...

We are indeed now planning to come down for New Years. :) Thanks for the added invite.
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From:kyril
Date:December 15th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
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Time with friends ... Baconfest!

Roller skating, at which I now suck much less than I used to. Only one major fall. Unfortunately, my Tai Chi instincts to stay upright and keep my balance centered need to be overridden to keep my balance forward.

Bought some supplies, discovered they were about half the price at Target as I paid at Walgreens. Tried to get spare keys made, the second time around one of the two worked.

Gem show...bought a couple things that might do for presents, but feel like trinkets (and they're not even gems). Discovered my "problem tire" was down to almost half pressure again.

Discovered once again that openness and honesty and talking through things works well. With people you want to do that with, anyway. I don't think I know how to mix that with "you don't need to know that, it's not your business" so I'm not trying yet.
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From:gerisullivan
Date:December 15th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
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The moment I heard my Dad say "Wow," I knew I'd made the right choice to start my weekend with an unexpected swing up to Michigan. (The weather forecast hadn't been favorable a couple of days earlier and I'd told him I was going to head straight east from Chicago.)

I was glad to have more time with him, and with my sister, too. Useful shopping, unexpected work, some good sleep, and a full 28 consecutive hours offline.

Believe me, I was thinking, thinking, thinking of heading your way as I drove through Ohio today. Alas, the lousy travel forecast for the rest of the week ruled out that whim.

Fun pix. The windy hair shots remind me I have another icon to make.

Edit: Icon made and updated.

Edited at 2009-12-15 09:08 am (UTC)
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From:netmouse
Date:December 16th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
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*sigh* sadly, I am now significantly distant from the east-west corridor. Glad to hear you got in a nice visit with your da and sis.

Is the windy picture from the windy city?
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From:gerisullivan
Date:December 16th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
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My windy picture is from Warrior Point on Pyramid Lake, which is a short drive outside Reno, NV. Imagine an alien landscape that doubles as a Wild West landscape. Then add Tim Powers' skies. It's a fabulous place, in a totally different way than Lake Tahoe, which I also loved.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 16th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Sounds awesome. I'm hoping to be able to take some time to tour around there in 2011.
From:tlatoani
Date:December 15th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
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Good -- flew from Chennai to Hyderabad Friday morning, did work stuff, then kicked around the city, saw cool stuff, spent too much money on pearls and bladed weapons, and ate good food until our flight to Mumbai on Sunday. Fortunately for everyone the political situation (google "Telangana") stayed in the AP Assembly and not on the streets.
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From:novapsyche
Date:December 15th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
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I left you a very detailed email about my weekend. In short: it was good, in its way.

I love the bottom pic of you. Sultry.
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From:parsleigh
Date:December 16th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
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Sorry we missed you..if we'd know you were here I would have had you stop by for a little bit. We were so tired from the whole mom ordeal...I spent much of Saturday with her, moving her from the hospital to the nursing home. I would have enjoyed meeting your friends. Hopefully you'll get down for some of the New Years parties...
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From:netmouse
Date:December 16th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
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*hug*

Yes, it sounded like you had a long day of it. Brian and I are indeed now planning to be down here for New Year's, and possibly seeking a place to stay in Cinci for at least one night... are you guys full up?

Looking forward to seeing you then. :)
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