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[livejournal.com profile] herodocles made the journey southward this weekend, as we were originally slated for May Revel...and that prompted my roommate "Crash" to schedule a HouseParty wherein we would all be hosting, etc. She bought the ribs from Cartwrights (NOM!), because they do the best mesquite barbecue on Saturdays, and the wines, and the rest was potluck. May Revel ended up being cancelled, but the modern party for the evening was still on, so we stayed in town to help with that.

She was expecting about 100 people (eep!). About 30% RSVPed but didn't show, which is about standard for a modern party. So I have beef rib leftovers for the rest of the week. OMG I'm drooling just thinking about them.

I like parties...of SCAdians. Moderns -- even when most of them are my coworkers -- are exhausting. Because I've found it so difficult to find out what to say to moderns. I don't watch TV. I don't have kids. I don't go to bars. I don't follow the local political scene (and even if I did, really -- don't discuss politics at a party). In the SCA, we talk stick. Or garb. Or useless trivia about long-dead cultures. But I don't know (other than TV and kids -- and modern politics) what moderns really talk about, these days.

And [livejournal.com profile] herodocles is even less social than I am.
Poor man.

We petered out at 10.30 or 11pm, inserted earplugs and became unconscious.

But it was nice to have him around for the weekend. We wandered around Myrtleholt on Saturday -- walked around the historic downtown, into all the old shops and antiquemalls, and just generally had a bood time being together. He's hungry about every two hours, so there was much feeding of the Greek (including, of course, the local Greek restaurant Abu's Oasis Deli).

Nom.

"Crash" started the party around 6pm and I've heard it finally wound down around 2am, but I was loooooooong unconscious by then.

This morning we visited a swap meet and then did our usual Myrtleholtian fun, which was to drive around town looking at the old houses. There are some exquisite homes down here, old beautiful places which were built back when construction was done with trees, not fiberboard. Amazing houses. And there are some amazing trees around them. So we enjoy the Sunday drive together. It's just ...nice... to be able to spend time together doing... undramatic... things.



Language Meme (from lots of folks) )
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[livejournal.com profile] herodocles  came south to visit this past weekend and we were sitting on the sofa watching Mythbusters or Dirty Jobs or something. The house's cat Tigger had been delightedly head-butting, thigh-kneading and nostril-diving the captive apes/captive laps when he finally settled down on [livejournal.com profile] herodocles' lap. In a few moments, herodocles made this noise... and said:

Now I know why women like cats.

I laughed so hard, poor Tigger ran away.

In other news:  my sister [livejournal.com profile] koolknave is back in Korea, I have these awesome treats from [livejournal.com profile] missypumpkin and my mother flipped off her respiratory therapist.

I think my mother is going to be one of the more fun ancestors for my nieces and nephews.
I hope one of them turns out to be a storyteller.

That is all. Carry on.
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I saw an episode of WW II in HD this weekend. Wow. Color footage from the 40s that they never showed in World At War. That's not really a "good" wow -- more like a... gah wow. Personal memoirs, interviews with surviving veterans (only 10% of those who served in WW II are still alive, including female service and nursing personnel). I'm glad they're doing interviews like that, and learning the "real" stories. Did you know there was openly acknowledged prostitution in Hawaii before and during WW II? (Me neither!) The "girls of Motel Street" in Honolulu were quite patriotic at $3.00 a trick.... *boggles*

I went to Egils work party on Saturday, for about four hours. I am TOTALLY not used to that bright thing in the sky anymore! Summer needs to get here slooooooowwwly, so I can adapt. Highlights of Saturday involved killing blackberry brambles with a katana (hey, my Knight has a low taste for high irony in machetes).

On other news, there really isn't any other news. News being horrible or catastrophic or divisive or otherwise rocky things. No news being good news, I guess you can say. I spend my weekdays writing product copy and articles (but mostly product copy). I spend my weekends with [livejournal.com profile] herodocles. We don't do anything world-shattering -- talk, be sloppy romantic *g*, watch TV, play games (I iz BoggleQueen!), and wrassle. Wrasslin' is fun. Not THAT kind of wrasslin'... get your mind out of the gutter!

Plus, [livejournal.com profile] herodocles enjoys NASCAR, so there's that chance to nap on Sunday mornings. No, really, we both end up falling asleep during the race. It's not really interesting until the last 40 laps or so, anyway. Unless there's a spectacular crash, which they show in slow-mo for the rest of the race, so you don't really miss anything. Although, it's probably not wise for me to watch auto racing just before I leave to drive 2.5 hours home...

So that's all the news that's fit to print. Well, all the news that's happening. I never realized how un-newsy happiness is. Maybe Tolstoy was on to something....
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One hot Greek

(images courtesy of Diana W)
Okay, so I'm prejudiced....
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Sometime between Xmas and New Years, a certain somebody who shall be named frequently in this post ([livejournal.com profile] herodocles  I'm looking at you) and I were talking about Valentine's Day. And I mentioned that I was excited about Valentine's Day this year, because I get to participate and  I (hesitantly) mentioned that I enjoyed "having a fuss made" about it.

I know that isn't true of everyone. For a lot of folks, Valentine's Day is something to avoid. Or dismiss. There's a lot of people who are angry about it, or feel cynical about it being a mere moneymaking device by the card, flower and candy companies.

My philosophical maunderings... )

Ah, but you wanted to hear about what we did, right? Not my philosophical maunderings...

The weekend's events )

What a wonderful weekend. Thanks to a wonderful man.
s'agapo!
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Poetry is not a language of peaceableness
it fights and clamors and wrenches itself free
it gnaws on itself as the serpent
gnaws on Yggdrasil

Yet I am peaceable now, and happy
my self's foundation cemented with love
the butterfly grace of acceptance
and a rock's patient ears

So the poetry of my tongue is stilled
it has no battles to draw it out
no twisting agonies to drive it
no wars to wage

I do not regret losing my pain with my tongue.
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I had a lovely Solstice and a fabulous Mithras Natalis. I hope you all did, too. I spent the last 10 days being slothful with [livejournal.com profile] herodocles -- it was very enjoyable. As far as I can tell, he liked all his presents. *hee*

Swanned about Eugene and Springfield on various days with [livejournal.com profile] trudchen  and [livejournal.com profile] fearga . This involved copious amounts of tea and conversation. Nom.

Plus, they graciously fed me. I will be revenged, however. With chocolate. Muahaha.

Went hot-tubbing with [livejournal.com profile] trudchen  and [livejournal.com profile] hrothgar1 . Got the tour of [livejournal.com profile] lady_anyanka 's and [livejournal.com profile] hrothgar1 's workplace. (Nice digs!)

Toddled off to socialize with [livejournal.com profile] scarywoman , Durin, [livejournal.com profile] visceridwen  and [livejournal.com profile] scarywoman's mom, at [livejournal.com profile] scarywoman's mom's house. Dinner provided by Fezzic. Nom.

Visited [livejournal.com profile] missypumpkin to get measured for my Tudor undergarments.

Then we attended the annual Caer Lutris New Year's Party with [livejournal.com profile] herodocles , [livejournal.com profile] hrothgar1 , [livejournal.com profile] grian_ruadh , [livejournal.com profile] shiningmoon , [livejournal.com profile] elfie_chan , [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre , [livejournal.com profile] lady_anyanka , [livejournal.com profile] corvideye , [livejournal.com profile] bethpeters3 , [livejournal.com profile] ariadne3 , [livejournal.com profile] amycat1959 , [livejournal.com profile] blaze2242, [livejournal.com profile] ceruleanfleur , [livejournal.com profile] jupiterorbit and [livejournal.com profile] horsefriend2  (Plus many outside LJ-land). Drank real eggnog, played Apples to Apples, munched cookies, gave and received prezzies, was amused by other prezzies (ZOMBIES!), and generally had a grand time. Twas much fun.

There was only one dark spot on my holiday. )

The really happy thing was that my sister called. She'd been incommunicado for a while, I thought she was on a mission or something, She was just in the hospital. Yeep.  LOVE YOU SIS!!!
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I have never been this happy
as a grown-up

I have my moments past
of a child's happiness
fleeting heartbeats
of flying joys

they never lasted

But this happiness buoys me
surrounds my life
Not a place I flee to
but a place I stand in

I've found my feet
you won't kick them out from under me
so I don't stand as tall as you
you will hold out a steadying arm
and make sure I'm standing, too

You ask
You listen
You love silence
too

Did you find me because it was time?
Did I find you because I'm finally able to stand?

Or were men like you always around
And I too blind to see?
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I've been terribly busy. Having a life and all that. (Scary, innit?)

  • Moving -- I think I've actually tied up all the details. Go fig.
  • Work -- going fine. Found out some product I personally handled is worth $1,900... Each. Gulp.
  • Car -- happily repaired. I may even buy the roof rack I've been needing to get for her, now that all the repairs are done.
  • SCA -- went to my first Mid-Willamette since the injury in May. Much more anti-climactic than I thought :) It was kind of ... denuded.
  • Fitness -- still have to find new gym and personal trainer. Alas. Have talked to contacts I have in community... of course THEY want the business, so must do it the Hard Way: Cold Calls. Bleargh.
  • Personal -- [info]herodocles is fabulous. And sexy. And funny. And awesomely trustworthy. And blushes most adorably.
    ...And MINE. Just sayin'.  bwuahahahahahahhahahaha.
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On the way to Ellenwy (of Rampant Squirrel)'s house for the party...


Mike (one of the housemates), [livejournal.com profile] herodocles and me

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I tried to frighten you away
   with my catalog of flaws and failures
   my frightful shames and hypocricies
It had always worked before

You gathered each one up, looked at it, and said
  I am not perfect and neither are you
  s'agapo

I tried to box you away
   into some definable category
   that didn't involve me
   being loved
It had always worked before

I was allowed to love, and hopelessly
   for that was what I knew
   and deserved
   to be pouring out always
   and never refilled
   I was taught was my place
It had always been before

To be loved, for myself, as myself
   not as the weekend warrior
   but the farmer's daughter
   logophile-hugaholic-cynic-punster
To have her loved, for all her flaws and failures
   her shames and hypocricies
   was a terror

I -- she -- we kept waiting
   for the push away
   the awkward silence
   the sudden avoidance
   the end
   planned for it, brought it into being
   there would be no surprises
It had always worked before

You didn't change, you only said
  I am not perfect and neither are you
  s'agapo

That had never happened before



--
The child crying "Mama?" in my dark
calls a little less often
she might be starting to believe
Mama lied
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I have been eated by da TimeSchlurper, and have been remiss on posting. In other words, I'm so busy having a life, I don't have any time to navelgaze about it. :)  But a quick update:

  • Moving -- still have to finalize some trailing details...
  • Work -- going splendidly. Working on some new products that are VERY high quality. Quite exciting!
  • SCA -- shoulder in good working order! Getting back into fighting trim
  • Fitness -- still have to find new gym and personal trainer. Alas. Have talked to contacts I have in community... of course THEY want the business, so must do it the Hard Way: Cold Calls. Bleargh.
  • Personal -- [info]herodocles is an awesome man. Just so you all know. And he's MINE. Bwuwahahahahahahaha.


vesta_aurelia: Fangirl your Armor (bujold -- choose to be)
Love
   from a distance
   is a vast and dimly featured plain

When we do not live there.

Its deep throes are vague shadows
   more frightening from their lack of boundaries
   their insubstantial edges full of formless terrors

Its bright joys are burning pyres
   too dangerous to touch
   too beautiful to turn away from

This foreign country
   where others, advancing, told us we were unwelcome
   so here at the distance, we stayed
   waiting for the invitation, the outstretched hand
   that said, "Come"

Never knowing
   no invitations are needed

Love is a country
   we each walk to ourselves.
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I announced a whole crapload of news!  Here are updates:
  • Moving, Part A -- thanks to [livejournal.com profile] herodocles driving south to assist, I am 95% packed and ready to move
  • Moving, Part B -- need to finalize U-haul reservation and New Storage Unit, and sign contract for the new place
  • Work, Part A -- going splendidly. Get to volunteer to do stuff, because I'm whipping through my stuff fast enough
  • Work, Part B -- manager did her last day on Friday (maternity leave)....then proceeded to have daughter on Labor Day... her actual due date. Of course, we said, she had to. She'd written it on her planner, therefore it Would Occur! (Details for the interested: 6lbs, 15oz; 21" long, 18 hours of labor, no drugs, first child.)
  • SCA -- shoulder in good working order! Now, back in the saddle for fighting
  • Workouts (aka Moving, Part C) -- have to find new gym and personal trainer. Alas. Current trainer has no recommendations for my new C.O.R. (City Of Residence). So I must do it the hard way: hunt and find and talk. D'ya know how difficult it is to get people to understand this Arte we do?
  • Personal -- [livejournal.com profile] herodocles is an awesome B.U. (Boyfriend Unit). For many and manifold reasons.
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Quickie update!

  • Work: Going quite well. Writing web copy galore.
  • SCA: Swung a stick last weekend, for the first time (in suit) since May. Got tired quickly, but no pain -- just some aches.
  • Health: Healing up nicely. Boyfriend attempted to give me germ, I think. HA! I keeeeeeeel it, in my 451Farenheit heat-generating slumber.
  • Mundane Life: Moving to Myrtleholt/Grants Pass. Have place to move. Will be moving weekend of September 26-27th. Now I have to pack, get a GP storage unit, arrange to rent a UHaul and organize my crew. I hope I HAVE a crew. :)  After moving three folks, I sure hope it gets returned....
  • Wait-a-minute...boyfriend?  Yup. Dating [livejournal.com profile] herodocles.


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