Saturday, February 14, 2009

Boskone 46 Update, Day 2

Withywindle Books is selling at Boskone 46 this year; I'm including my posts for the Withywindle Blog here, to continue on with my daily blog posting attempts - even though I've missed a few days this month already.

Cross-posted at Withywindle Blog

Boskone has been underway since yesterday at 5 PM (for dealers, anyway), and I'm glad to see that today seems busier (in terms of numbers, if not sales) then yesterday. I don't know if it's the new location of the Huckster's Room, or if the space is actually larger, but it feel much more spread out and the number of people in attendance yesterday felt quite small. It doesn't help that we're in the back of the room (last year we were right up front, which was lovely) so it takes people longer to get around to our section. But even walking around, the crowd seemed smaller. I haven't done much walking around this morning but overall it's busier – much more like previous years.

I'm hoping to get out later on – I've got to at least head up to the lobby and check email; Greg Bear is signing today and I'm looking forward to meeting him. More later!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Miss Father Ted


This was such a great show - what a shame it only went for 3 seasons; even sadder that we've lost Dermot Morgan (the day after season 3 ended, no less). I was introduced to Father Ted by one of our British staff (when I was at Wildwood) who gave Obo and me season 3 on DVD (he didn't have room to pack it on the way back - too much good 'American' stuff to bring home).

Monday, February 9, 2009

LARPing Camp

Cross-posted at Withywindle Blog.
Well, it's official - there really is a camp for any interest. At the camp fair I was working at on Sunday, there were representatives from a camp called Wizards and Warriors - day and residential camps where kids can learn swordsmanship and armor making, and participate in LARPing (live action role playing), by making their own characters and living in a medieval village!

This is so cool... I don't think I would have wanted to do this as a kid (I was way too horse-crazy), but as a camp professional (and fantasy freak), I think it's fabulous!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Random Update

So, this is the first post this month where I feel like I have nothing in particular to say, but need to write anyway. Let's see...

The camp fair was fun, and relatively successful. Saw a few (but not many) folks I knew.

My headaches have been awful this weekend due to the coughing (despite being zoned out on cough suppressant for the past 48 hours).

I'm still using the neti pot.

Yep, that's it. Goin' to bed.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Neti Pot is Working... Sort Of

So, the neti pot worked in terms of getting rid of the congestion - and pain! - in my head last night. Unfortunately, the end result is that it all went into my chest, and now I have the most awful cough. Even worse, the cough is one of those deep, chest rattling coughs that makes your head ache, which lead into a migraine that just wouldn't quit today. Ugh. Loads of meds later, most of the pain is gone, but I'm a bit fuzzy headed...

Off to a camp fair tomorrow!! (I love camp fairs!)

Friday, February 6, 2009

It Takes Longer to Pass 8 Ounces of Water Through Your Sinus Cavity Than You'd Think

Yes it does. I would imagine that once you have the technique down, it goes a little quicker, but for my first effort with a neti pot, I was surprised at how long it took. If you're not familiar with the neti pot concept, you use a pot of some kind with a spout to pass warm salinated (is that a word?) water through one nostril, into your sinuses and back out the other nostril. Sounds appealing, eh?

I have a wicked head cold, and a friend and colleague recommended it to me. This wasn't the first time I'd heard of it, but the thought made me squeamish until today, when I was ready to try any non-chemical method of reducing the sinus pressure in my head. Did it work? Verdict is still out... I'll report back in a few days.

Randomly, as the saline was passing through my nose for the first time (and even for the second time), I was instantly transported to the beaches of St. Petersburg, Fl., where I spent time visiting my mother as a kid.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hmmm.... Day 4

I know some days are going to be harder than others for posting... I'm hoping that it doesn't get difficult early on - like, on day four.

R. came to work with me today; I wish I could bring him to the preschool here everyday, but A: that's expensive, and B: my schedule is too erratic to be good for him. He gets to spend quality time with Daddy in the afternoons (who can pick him up by 3:30 or 4 every day), and I don't drop him off until 8 or 9, so it's not a terribly long day at daycare, which I like.

But he's so darn cute, and I love being able to surreptitiously watch him be his own little person when he's here...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Astrophysics, Not Astronomy

Cross-posted at Withywindle Blog.

I've picked my book for the 2009 Science Book Challenge - Hyperspace, by Michio Kaku. In my post on the Withywindle Blog about the Science Book Challenge, I had mentioned wanting to read something on astronomy, as I had been thinking about it recently. However I've since realized that astrophysics would be the more correct subject, I just couldn't think of it at that moment.

It's weird to say, but I really have been thinking about astrophysics lately (who hasn't??). I had recently started a fascinating article in a magazine, (possibly Popular Science, but I don't quite recall) about the universe and how many facets of it seems uniquely designed to create life, rather than life being a happenstance. Or something to that effect - I never got a chance to get very far into the article, as I was in a doctor's office and had to leave it behind.

Thinking even farther back, this past summer I spent a few hours by myself in a van with no radio, and I got to thinking about the creation of the universe (isn't that what happens to everyone when they're alone in a van with no radio??), and what might exist outside our universe, and so on, and so on, and eventually thought, "I need to read a book on this!". So I'm going to.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Day 2 - I Need a Tape Recorder

A few months ago friend of mine suggested using a tape recorder to record R's voice and our conversations. I don't have one (naturally), but was really wishing for one this morning. I'm running about, trying to get myself ready for work and there's my little munchkin, standing in the kitchen singing "I've Been Working on the Railroad" from his Wee Sing book - so unbelievably cute. The cutest thing, of course is that he wasn't really singing from the book (as he can't read yet), but would thumb to the correct page and start singing. Then he'd go to another page and sing what was on there. When he ran out pages he recognized he started asking me to sing, and then he'd join in.

I'd love to record our morning routine (when it goes well, that is; no one would want to hear us when it doesn't): the things he does and doesn't want to do for himself (this morning it was his socks - "I can put them on all by myself!"; and he did), all the cute little questions from him, and my "mommy" answers... I was so acutely aware this morning particularly, how fleeting this all will seem in a few years.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

NaBloPoMo - First Day!!

OK, so I've decided to give National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) a go for the month of February. I honestly didn't choose February because it has the fewest days, but because it was the first full month following my discovery of NaBloPoMo (but 28 instead of 30 or 31 does make a slightly more appealing goal, I suppose...).

I liked the idea of doing this, as I really want to be more consistent in my journaling efforts, and this was a great kick-start. We'll see how it goes; this month's topic is 'want'. They say topics are optional, but a focus helps... I want to succeed at blogging/journaling every day this month... here goes!!