I've been both busy and boring, so I haven't been writing here in LJ-land.
At the moment I'm over at flurije
's house, watching SPN (season 4, in preparation for tomorrow's premiere of season 5, although we won't manage to watch all of it in time for tomorrow.) ("Oh sorry. Spleen juice.")
In other SPN news...
1. Tickets have been bought. For what? For Creation's 2010 Supernatural Convention in Vancouver. Yes. Seriously. spade
officially purchased them tonight (you have to buy them all at once to sit together.) Wheeeeeee! It's 11 months away, but is still very exciting. :D
2. I have finished ami!Mary, and hope to have pictures of her online tomorrow after class. (Before the excitement of the premiere.) I'm quite pleased with her. I'm about 1/2way done with ami!YED, too. He's sitting next to me on Flurry's couch (along with Sam and Dean, for the heck of it), but he's faceless, hairless and doesn't have his coat yet (as I'm making the AHBL Frederick Lehne version.)
I'm sad that I haven't got time to make an Angst Pie
for tomorrow evening's premiere. Oh well. I'll be lucky to get done what I need to this week. :(
Along with watching as much of season 4 as humanly possible here in Flurry-land, I'm drinking some sparkling white wine. She is online (Puzzle Pirates) dealing with a person who... is a bit ... clingy. I feel for this person, let's call her ER; she's very sweet and very, very
low on the self-esteem. She's constantly putting herself down in order to get people (read: me) to tell her how good she is, and how much people like her, etc. She's in treatment for depression, etc., but it doesn't see to be helping all that much. I'm not currently online, so she's bothering Flurije, asking for our real names. When I wouldn't let Flurije give her my real name, ER turned to saying that she's sorry, she doesn't deal well with real people and she's sorry the crazy leaked out. I feel bad, but... I honestly like ER, but I don't want to have to deal with her every time I go on PP, and in fact she's part of the reason I haven't been playing much.
This weekend was the first ever North American Discworld Convention, and it pretty much rocked as one might expect. I was on edge for some of it because I was very conscious of time ticking away (time I should be studying, researching, grading, prepping, reading, etc.) especially since aussie_nyc
was also visiting. It was *great* to see him, and he's a perfect houseguest, but I spent much of the time torn between wanting to be a good hostess and wanting to, say, get my German homework done.
Anyway. Aussie arrived on Thursday evening, while it was pouring (welcome to the desert!). On Friday he went to the convention while I taught and went to a Renaissance Colloquium Meet 'n Greet at Rula Bula, where I had two drinks and therefore subsequently got rather tipsy. Aussie collected me and we joined Flurije for dinner. Afterward, Aussie and I watched A Fish Called Wanda
and some episodes of Reaper
Saturday we got to the Con around 10am. Unfortunately the first panel we chose to attend was on Mythology on the Discworld and it was very ... shallow. I could have given that lecture without any preparation whatsoever. The person who gave the lecture continuously talked about her own books. It was just irritating. On the bright side, the rest of the day was up from there and included both a Q&A with Terry Pratchett and reading from his new book (Unseen Academicals
, out next month.) Because of his Alzheimer's (Sigh), Terry doesn't read any more, but he was on stage and commenting from time to time while his (very cute
) assistant read selections. Even though the book is (sort of) about
soccer, I'm very excited to get my hands on it next month. They auctioned off the ARC they were reading from (with promises to personalize and autograph it) and it went for $1250. We left the Con around 4 and had sushi for dinner. Mmmm, suuuuushi.
Sunday was our signing day, so we got to the Con with our books, all ready for Sir Pterry. He doesn't personalize any more (because of the Alzheimer's) so it wasn't as totally fantastically awesome as it could have been, but it was still pretty damn awesome. I chose to get my beat up, much beloved and much traveled copy of Good Omens
signed, as well as my trade paperback of Lords and Ladies
. (You were limited to 2, which seems fair, but it was a difficult choice.) We also went to a few other panels. Sunday evening we had dinner with Heather and Dan at our favorite Italian place.
Monday was the Con's last day. We got there are 10 again, and attended a panel on "Clothes Make the (Wo)man" which turned into a panel on gender, which was awesome. (If I were going to request a Discworld panel it'd be on gender.) It was a good panel, and
I spotted emilytheslayer
's parents, to whom I introduced myself afterwards. Mind you, I haven't even gotten to meet Emily in real life yet, but now I've met her parents. They were very
cool-- reminded me of my own parents, actually. :) Aussie and I also watched both parts of the "Living with Alzheimer's" movie-- we hadn't actually meant to, but I'm glad we did. If you get a chance to see it, do (regardless of whether you read the Discworld books, although, if you don't read the Discworld books, why the hell not?) We had lunch at Rula Bula (again) then came back for the Closing Ceremonies, which included a tiny speech from Terry (promising that health-permitting he'll be at the next North American Discworld Con if/when there is one) and also auctions for all the paraphernalia from the con (to raise money for the Orangutan Foundation and Alzheimer's Trust.) Naturally the few things I'd have liked to have bid on went way above my price range immediately.
Aussie left on Tuesday morning, and it's been back to work/teaching/studying for me since, not including, of course, tonight's hanging out at Flurry's.
So now I'm going to German homework, I guess, while we watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester." Tomorrow evening is no only the season 5 premiere of Supernatural
(!!!) but also the series premiere of "The Vampire Diaries" which promises to be awful, in my opinion, but Flurry wants to see it. :) Fortunately my other shows don't start for a few more weeks.