jennythereader: (Me 002 *)
This year I ended up at mostly crafty/DIY panels and a few geek culture/lifestyle panels.

I walked away with some ideas for future projects. I also figured out how I'm going to make an idea I've had for a long time work. I just need to get my hands on some tubular crinoline.

I think I'm also going to end up getting some better picture software, probably Photoshop. I'm tired of using my crafty time and energy figuring out how to make my software do what I want it instead of actually doing it. There are a lot more tutorials and much better documentation available for Photoshop than for Gimp.
jennythereader: (Me 002 *)
This year I ended up at mostly crafty/DIY panels and a few geek culture/lifestyle panels.

I walked away with some ideas for future projects. I also figured out how I'm going to make an idea I've had for a long time work. I just need to get my hands on some tubular crinoline.

I think I'm also going to end up getting some better picture software, probably Photoshop. I'm tired of using my crafty time and energy figuring out how to make my software do what I want it instead of actually doing it. There are a lot more tutorials and much better documentation available for Photoshop than for Gimp.
jennythereader: (we can live as many more lives and as ma)
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Any place that is a gathering of my tribe. Pennsic and Arisia are the best examples I can think of.
jennythereader: (we can live as many more lives and as ma)
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Any place that is a gathering of my tribe. Pennsic and Arisia are the best examples I can think of.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
jennythereader: (* J)
Body: I can't seem to get warm the last few days, except when I'm way too warm. It's getting annoying.

Stress Level: 2

Reading: I'm almost done with The Born Queen. I'm enjoying it, but I agree with many of the reviewers on Amazon that it is flawed. I'll give a slightly more detailed review once I actually finish it.

Hearing: At this exact moment, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" by Led Zeppelin

Etsy Find: Silver Skeleton Key Necklace.

Tonight's Project: I need a new purse, so I'll probably make a stop or two on the way home from work. Other than that, just making dinner, and maybe some knitting.

Randomness: Arisia was so much fun! I didn't make it to as many panels as I would have liked, but the ones I did get to were pretty much all great. I did make it to two different readings, and discovered a few new (to me) authors to check out. Lots of window shopping, but very little actual buying of stuff. A couple of parties Saturday night, which were fun. The Barfleet one was best, but so crowded that you could barely turn around. The friends Tom & I brought with us also had fun, so overall I'm calling the con a success.
jennythereader: (* J)
Body: I can't seem to get warm the last few days, except when I'm way too warm. It's getting annoying.

Stress Level: 2

Reading: I'm almost done with The Born Queen. I'm enjoying it, but I agree with many of the reviewers on Amazon that it is flawed. I'll give a slightly more detailed review once I actually finish it.

Hearing: At this exact moment, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" by Led Zeppelin

Etsy Find: Silver Skeleton Key Necklace.

Tonight's Project: I need a new purse, so I'll probably make a stop or two on the way home from work. Other than that, just making dinner, and maybe some knitting.

Randomness: Arisia was so much fun! I didn't make it to as many panels as I would have liked, but the ones I did get to were pretty much all great. I did make it to two different readings, and discovered a few new (to me) authors to check out. Lots of window shopping, but very little actual buying of stuff. A couple of parties Saturday night, which were fun. The Barfleet one was best, but so crowded that you could barely turn around. The friends Tom & I brought with us also had fun, so overall I'm calling the con a success.
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
park behind the apartment
sync/charge my iPod
put my Kindle in my purse
feed the cats (2 days worth, plus an extra)
extra water dish for cats
find and fill the cooler
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
park behind the apartment
sync/charge my iPod
put my Kindle in my purse
feed the cats (2 days worth, plus an extra)
extra water dish for cats
find and fill the cooler
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
(Trying to get back in the habit of posting this every day.)

Body: I've been feeling pretty good lately.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, and The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes, the first three books in his The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone quartet. Very good dark fantasy. Too much to try to summarize, so I'll just say it's a complicated story with interesting characters and good world building. Rating: 7 out of 10. Not loanable on the Kindle as of 1-13-11.

Reading: I started The Born Queen (book 4 of the series above) last night.

Hearing: The sound of my co-workers working.

Etsy Find: Beautiful Wool Coat. I don't need a new winter coat, and this one is on the expensive side, but oh is it ever pretty.

Tonight's Project: The usual Thursday night dinner with the gang. Around that I need to stop and pick up the last few odds'n'ends of stuff for Arisia, mix up some honey mustard to take, and do my packing. I also want to wind the yarn for the project I'm bringing into a ball, and if I have time cast on and stitch a row or two.

Randomness: So in addition to getting more exercise, I'm also trying to change the way I eat. For now, I'm just making a couple of small changes. 1) I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my calories consumed, and trying to stop when (or before) it tells me I've had enough. I've told it my goal is to lose half a pound a week, which seems achievable. 2) I'm trying to drink more water. The rule I'm using for now is that I need to consume as much water as soda. The way I'm doing it is that when I finish a soda I refill the container with water and drink that before I let myself buy another soda. At some point I may up that to 2:1.
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
(Trying to get back in the habit of posting this every day.)

Body: I've been feeling pretty good lately.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, and The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes, the first three books in his The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone quartet. Very good dark fantasy. Too much to try to summarize, so I'll just say it's a complicated story with interesting characters and good world building. Rating: 7 out of 10. Not loanable on the Kindle as of 1-13-11.

Reading: I started The Born Queen (book 4 of the series above) last night.

Hearing: The sound of my co-workers working.

Etsy Find: Beautiful Wool Coat. I don't need a new winter coat, and this one is on the expensive side, but oh is it ever pretty.

Tonight's Project: The usual Thursday night dinner with the gang. Around that I need to stop and pick up the last few odds'n'ends of stuff for Arisia, mix up some honey mustard to take, and do my packing. I also want to wind the yarn for the project I'm bringing into a ball, and if I have time cast on and stitch a row or two.

Randomness: So in addition to getting more exercise, I'm also trying to change the way I eat. For now, I'm just making a couple of small changes. 1) I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my calories consumed, and trying to stop when (or before) it tells me I've had enough. I've told it my goal is to lose half a pound a week, which seems achievable. 2) I'm trying to drink more water. The rule I'm using for now is that I need to consume as much water as soda. The way I'm doing it is that when I finish a soda I refill the container with water and drink that before I let myself buy another soda. At some point I may up that to 2:1.
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
(linked to a post on [livejournal.com profile] arisia)

Because this seems like useful info, and I know not everybody going reads the community, What to wear at The Westin.
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
(linked to a post on [livejournal.com profile] arisia)

Because this seems like useful info, and I know not everybody going reads the community, What to wear at The Westin.
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
in the very first block of programming, on Friday evening, you want to attend more than half of the panels.

Now if we can just get into the Westin...
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
in the very first block of programming, on Friday evening, you want to attend more than half of the panels.

Now if we can just get into the Westin...
jennythereader: (Default)
Following up on this post I spoke to my supervisor today.

We will absolutely not be one of the departments that gets to have people on duty on those two required days off.

I caught him on his way out the door, so tomorrow I'll talk to him again and re-arrange the days off that I requested for January.

I'm thinking I'll leave Monday the 17th alone, but change Friday the 14th to a half day and switch the couple hours on Thursday the 20th from personal leave to scheduled sick time. It's for a dentist appointment, so I think I'm allowed.
jennythereader: (Default)
Following up on this post I spoke to my supervisor today.

We will absolutely not be one of the departments that gets to have people on duty on those two required days off.

I caught him on his way out the door, so tomorrow I'll talk to him again and re-arrange the days off that I requested for January.

I'm thinking I'll leave Monday the 17th alone, but change Friday the 14th to a half day and switch the couple hours on Thursday the 20th from personal leave to scheduled sick time. It's for a dentist appointment, so I think I'm allowed.

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