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My order of Dragon Pearls from Camellia Sinensis tea house (Montreal, QC, Canada) arrived today. Tonight I shall sleep well. Thank you papersky.
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cheerful cheerful
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Testing the LJ iPad app.

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US, California, Altadena
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I've been listening to the entire Vorkosigan saga on audio book via Audible on my iPad for quite some time now and I'm at Diplomatic Immunity. Since I've already listened to Cryoburn (which prompted me to listen to the entire series) this is the last book. I'm really going to miss the adventures of Miles and Ekaterine until (if?) the next installment. I think that there will need to be at least one more book, considering the way Cryoburn ended (which I won't say so as to not spoil it for you that haven't read it yet) but I don't know for sure. Guess I could try Googling to see if Ms Bujold is/was working on it for next year.

I was so fortunate to have friends at WorldCon (thank you Bart and Keith!) who stood in line for me to get books signed - I picked up the NESFA printed Dreamweaver’s Dilemma, which is a collection of short stories and essays for a NESFA convention and had that signed as well as the Hugo winners Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis. Dreamweaver's is the only Vorkosigan story not on audio or in e-book, so I'll have to read it the traditional way soon.

In other news, I have nearly packed my entire bead room (what a chore!) and will be heading down to L.A. this week to house-hunt. My son's leave is almost over and he's flying back to North Carolina soon, too. I shall miss even his all too brief visits once he's gone but am  hopeful that he'll come spend Thanksgiving with us in our new digs.


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Hmm, how to put it - Tired, sore muscles everywhere - happy to have done well, enjoyed meeting and chatting with dozens of very nice people...that seems to be my convention experience in a nutshell. I think the dealer's room people were great and did a fabulous job. My space wedged between two booksellers was fabulous because the way they designed their space gave me extra! Amy at iUniverse allowed me to use the back of her bookshelves to hang my banner and the other neighbor's arrangement (I'm so sorry that my brain is blanking on their name!) allowed me a bonus table for additional display! I couldn't have managed the week without my trusty minion Bart. I paid him in breakfasts and got the better end of the deal.


I sold a lot of beaded necklace lanyards and a good amount of jewelry - including all my steampunk assemblage rings and half my steampunk assemblage retractable ribbon lanyards. On Thursday night I did a necklace 'make and take' class and all the attendees were lovely ladies who had great design ideas for their necklaces.


I could only handle 15 people so I had to regretfully turn away about half a dozen who showed up. Lesson learned, make a sign up sheet,  make sure information knows about it and the class size limit. I didn't realize that I'd be totally on my own as far as the organization of the class - absolutely nobody came to talk to me about how to do it, how to set it up and how to get reimbursed for my expenses (I bought all the supplies for the ladies to make their necklaces). Even so, it was a great experience and good marketing - several ladies came by and bought lanyards.


I met some absolutely lovely people there - sat down a couple of times with Wilma from Riverside who had been a flight attendant and regularly traveled to China, and Lee Martindale (lee_martindale) who, amongst many other fabulous things, makes jewelry and is an advocate for people with special needs with the airlines (we  had a long chat about that poor soldier who was stranded in DFW airport...I hope he finally made it home the day his baby was born!).


Wednesday night was the Making Light "Gathering of Light" dinner in my hotel and I visited with a number of folk, some of whom I'd met before and some new ones. Thank you Serge (serge_lj) for organizing it!



Juliette Wade dropped by the table several times to chat - she's a fun person to chat with and a wonderful writer I first met at LosCon a couple years back and she always comes by to chat when she and I are at the same cons. I look forward to telling my  "I knew her when" stories in the not too distant future :-)


There are many others and quite a few of them sent business my way "I saw one of your lanyards on so and so and she sent me here" kind of conversations happened often.


Another favorite moment, and the one I'll close on, was when Teresa Nielsen Hayden (tnh) dropped by and we talked about beads and writers. After a few minutes Madeleine Robins came by and then we were joined by (I think) Susan Chang who had just bought a fabulous full length leather coat from Pendragon. She and Madeleine had an animated conversation about a story with Lincoln and a steampunk elephant which Teresa and I eavesdropped upon with great glee. It's fun listening to writers! 


Well, time to start making arrangements for house-hunting trips to Los Angeles, movers, packing...moving to a new home is exciting but, also, well...argh!!!  




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My son, who is an Army sergeant recently returned from a year's deployment to Afghanistan, is visiting from North Carolina, arriving today at noon. I will be in Reno starting tomorrow so I'll miss his first week here, unfortunately, and am looking forward to spending a little time with him today. Thankfully I'm almost entirely packed, and by that I mean all my jewelry for sale, displays, table covers, beads & tools, as well as clothes and stuff - all that's left is electronics (like this computer) and toiletries. I've been organizing and trying to get things into as few bags, boxes or totes as possible, all weekend. Kinda exhausting!

I mention all this because he texted me last night to say, "Hey mom I'm about to fly out of NC to Dallas when I land in San Jose if you could have a Carona (sic) and a cheese burger from in and out with you that would be awesome! Love you and see you soon!"

My son's flight departed from NC at 6:30 am - which is, as you all know, 3:30 am Pacific time. Yep, that's when I got his text, 3:30 am. I have lately been having trouble getting to sleep and had gone to bed at 12:30-ish, so I was lightly asleep when the text came and woke me. I don't think I had much trouble getting back to sleep though, so I was deeply asleep when his phone call came in at 6:00am. I groggily rolled over, grabbed the phone and opened it with a sleep muddled and probably exasperated sounding "hi Son".

He was in Dallas for his flight change and thought he'd call to see if I got his text message. I was a tad grumpy and reminded him that a) there was a 3 hr time difference between here and NC and that his text was received and read at 3 frakkin' 30 frakkin' a.m. , and b) that it was *still* early here for a phone call, especially since he'd woken me at 3:30 am!

I truly, truly love my son and will, indeed, show up at the airport with a cold Corona and an In & Out burger (recent texting, now that I'm awake, has determined that he wants no onion, lettuce or tomato on it). I just wish he understood time zones.

As I was finishing the above a new text came - there's a uniformed soldier at his gate on stand-by trying to get home on emergency leave from Iraq for the birth of his child. He's been trying to get out of Dallas for TWO DAYS. My son tried to give his ticket to the soldier but American Airlines told him, sorry, you can only give it to the next person in line. My son is furious and I don't blame him. If I were the next person in line I'd tell the counter agent to forget me and give it to the soldier and I'd hope everyone else in line did too. Why can't those idiots think for themselves and have a little compassion?
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Not sure if that's what you'd call it, but I've hit a bit of a wall today. I'm going to go back to some old reliables and make simple lanyards in basic colors. I need to stock up on black and hematite as those seem to sell well. What I've been trying to do is make new necklaces that are a bit outside of my usual comfort zone based on some input from other con-goers about what they look for.

I prefer an ornate style that's a bit delicate, but many browsers have indicated they're looking for bolder designs. This is something I finished yesterday, as an example:

I'm not 100% sure it's finished - seems like I should embellish the top chain, but I'm waffling over that. Oh well, back to the bead board!

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... as part of art night, a festival of the visual arts. If you're interested in the workshop it's going to be Thursday night at 8pm. I'm not 100% sure what to do, though...any suggestions?

The other reason I'm excited about Renovation is that I'm going to be there as a dealer so look for me in the dealer's room- Dawno's Beaded  Lanyards & Jewelry. I might be working at my table alone on Wednesday and part of Thursday until my DH gets there, so if anyone planning to be at WorldCon might consider helping out by spelling me at my table for a nature break or two I'd be very thankful!

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Got the email saying my application to the dealer's room had been accepted. *squee!*
If you're going, I look forward to seeing you there!
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chipper chipper
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