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.
Saturday 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!
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.
Today 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?