Oh yeah. Hi. I know you were all expecting Gallifrey One stories, but, well. Air travel tried to kill me.

We'll get to that part later (because was it ever an adventure), but basically, I got home, went to work the next day, and then went home from work because I was coughing up my lungs. And then kept coughing for the next two weeks. I must have caught something really weird during the trip, since it needed antibiotics to get rid of (and my throat still isn't happy with me, even if I do feel way better)... it was bad.

But! I'm better. So we'll get to Gally adventures soon. Because I had a blast.
Oh hi. It's been... ages, hasn't it. Sorry. I kept thinking about fun blog posts, but was always foiled by "ugh, I don't want to pull pictures off the external hard drive" or by "well, I'm not taking pictures in this weather, so whatever," and ended up knitting and watching TV instead. Maybe I'll finally pull those photos this weekend, or something.

Things that happened: a wedding (fun), Great Lakes Medieval Faire (wet and muddy, but fun), shoe shopping (brightly colored and on sale), and Dublin Irish Festival (wet and muddy, but loads of fun). I'm sort of hoping "wet and muddy" doesn't become our theme for outdoor festivals this year. You hear me, Ohio RenFest? Don't do that.

Currently, I'm knitting socks (surprise), slowly packing for France (just how many pieces of clothing can I take and then get rid of?), and fretting over immigration stuff (nothing major, just generic "I kind of hate this"). But hey, France! I haven't been to France in ages, and never to this particular part of it. I'm excited.

Also, you all have to go see Guardians of the Galaxy, like, right now. So. Much. Fun. And I'm never getting "Hooked on a Feeling" out of my head ever again.

So... yeah. Here, have some beaded lace.

Maia 2b

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Maia, designed by Romi Hill, the beaded version, in Apple Tree Knits Plush Fingering (the colorway is "Frost" or "Glacier" or something like that).
One of the organizations I give to via the university charity drive is the Columbus chapter of Stonewall. Apparently, this year I gave them enough money to get a free dog tag to get into the Columbus Pride festival, so it seemed like as good a year as any to check it out :-)

Pride Weekend ended up being crazy for me (thanks, GM), so I only went to the parade, and only for about an hour or so. But I still quite enjoyed it - it was lovely to see that many people all wanting to get along with each other. I'm sure there were protesters around somewhere, but quite obviously, they were not out in force.

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If you're in Columbus, Out of the Closet is an excellent thrift store. You should go.

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This is where a lot of people got choked up early on...

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... and this was one of my favorite parts.

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All of the sports teams showed up.

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And of course: George Takei.

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Because everything is better with George Takei. Happy Pride!
Apparently I either blog about events, or I throw random things at you and run away. May as well embrace the pattern, right? :-)

Breaking Bad
I finished the series this past weekend. I... don't get the hype. I mean, it was a good show, and the first two seasons were great, but... well. Apparently I can't get over the idea that someone with lung cancer would have to resort to meth cooking to pay medical bills. Welcome to America.

Luther
Season 3 is on Netflix. I know how I'm spending my evenings this week.

Knitting
My biggest recently completed project is a wedding gift, so we'll have to hold off on showing that to you until after the party. But here, have some obnoxiously bright socks I made for Afghans for Afghans.

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And here's yet more proof that, if a dye can break, I will break it. No matter what.

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Kool-Aid Ghoul-Aid in Scary Blackberry. Which comes out of the packet black-purple and turns into brown and teal on yarn. I no longer have any respect for people who let their kids drink kool-aid, by the way. Nobody should be ingesting that stuff. It's great for yarn though :-)

Car
After a month and a half of waiting for parts, I'm finally getting my ignition switch fixed this weekend. Thanks, GM. You've pretty much guaranteed I will avoid you for the rest of my car-buying days. Speaking of, I should start saving for a new car. This one's hit 118,000 miles recently, and I have a feeling (knocks on wood) that it won't make it to 200,000.
Spider-Man 2
At first, I really liked it. And then it was surprisingly sweet and romantic and funny. And then I wanted to burn all copies of it with a blowtorch. So, that evens out to "it was ok" I guess?

Charity
I sent off a box to Afghans for Afghans.

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And donated a skein of handdyed yarn to the Yarn Harlot's karmic balancing gifts.

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And did I mention I'm running a 5k for charity in the middle of August? Because I am.

Reading
Picking a 1000-page book as part of a reading challenge that counts the number of books you read may have been a terrible idea. Then again, it's going quickly. May have something to do with the 3 hours I spent at the shop getting my car fixed this weekend.

Weather
I seem to have missed spring. Or maybe we just didn't have one. At this point, it's 88 degrees, and I hate it. This does not bode well for actual summer.

Science is awesome
You can now see what the ISS crew is seeing (unless there's a camera outage).

I'm totally stealing this idea from Ysolda's blog, where she currently has other knitting designers write about ten things, other than knitting, that they love. But it's a fun idea! What are your ten things?

Coffee
I blame my grandpa, who would let me get the last sip of his black, sugary coffee every morning when I stayed with my grandparents. And my mum, who basically lives on the stuff. Funny enough, for being a constructed Midwestern city, Columbus has a lot of really great coffee, from the cheap stuff at the local donut shop to $3 pourovers at the fancy roastery in the hip part of town.

Traveling
I know, everyone says it. But I really do. Not just the big tourist destinations (though I can't wait to get a chance to go back to London), but pretty much anywhere. Some of my favorite parts of vacation are going off the beaten path, confusing locals with questions of "if you were going out for breakfast tomorrow, where would you go," and eating more diner food than anyone should legally have the right to. At this point, I've got lots of travel plans just in the US, from rural New Hampshire to a driving spree through the Pacific Northwest, and I can't wait to work my way down the list.

Food
Just about any kind of food, really. I love trying new restaurants, new styles of food, new things to eat (even if it's a "once, but never again" sort of thing). Columbus, again, is great for this. People here love good food, and there's loads and loads of options.

Animals
Anything from pets to exotic animals at the zoo. It probably helps that I'm good with animals, and they generally tend to like me, but even without that, I love watching them. 99% of the time, I leave with some reason to say "that's so cool."

Science
Science is awesome. I've been watching Cosmos, and even though I know most of the stuff they bring up in some way already, I love how much that show is in the same camp as me. Science, and nature, and the universe, are pretty damn glorious. No matter how little any of them care about us as humans. I'm ok with that.

Movies & TV
After a couple of years of "yet another reality show," TV has gone back to being really really awesome. So many good stories to be told, so many great actors to watch, so many good writers telling old stories in interesting new ways. I love that TV has come back as a great medium to be into, and that it's not just the premium channels like HBO doing all the great work. And many of those great TV shows have been the reason I've met new friends.

Books
Pick up a block of paper, sit down with that and a cup of tea, be instantly transported to Westeros, or Middle Earth, or a Chicago where magic is real. How fabulous is that?

Family & Friends
Those two really go together for me - living so far away from my actual family, my friends have become an extended family, and many of them have been just as supportive for me as one would expect family members to be. I'm really lucky to have so many amazing people in my life, some of whom I haven't even met away from the web (yet).

The Internet
Wait, what? Yes, I mean that. Without the internet, I'd have way fewer of those amazing friends in my life. I'd know much less about the things I love, from knitting to books to traveling to science. And I wouldn't be able to keep in touch with far-flung family as easily as I can with that bit of technology. Is it full of trolls and stupid hackers trying to use it for evil? Sure. But people still run telephone and mail scams, so really, where's the difference. I'd rather try to be a positive voice online than let the morons drive me away.

Jeans & T-shirts & Sneakers
The perfect casual outfit.
Before it goes away again for what seems like forever. Did I mention it's cold again?

This weekend though, it was glorious. A bit chilly, but sunny, and generally lovely. So I went to the zoo (I love my zoo membership). It's great when it's not summer yet, because so few people are there, and the ones that are tend to be photographers, not screaming children :-)

The reptiles seemed to like the weather - lots of activity going on in those displays.

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Of course, this guy was not impressed. He was hanging out, and not moving at all.

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The flamingos, on the other hand, were really excited. Must have been feeding time or something.

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"Tell me I'm not impressive. Come on, I dare you."

Baby flamingo!

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And baby manatee!

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And grumpy turtle. I love grumpy turtle. He's so funny.

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I may complain about OSU a lot, and frankly, there's still lots of things to complain about when your home city seems to revolve around one sports team. But one thing that place does right: Taste of OSU. International students from all over the world cook food from their native countries, and everyone else gets to buy tickets for tasting it.

I've only been twice, but OMG. So. Good.

We started with French and Sri Lankan.

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Moved on to Ukrainian and Polish.

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Then got a big plate of Pilipino, Singaporean, Arabian, Turkish and Iranian.

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And ended the night with Saudi and Armenian.

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And that's not even all the food - Jess had plates too. But that does cover all the countries we tried. Impressively, we only skipped one booth we wanted to try (Somali) because we had run out of food tickets. Next year.

Also, I want these lamps.

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You can't really tell, but the dark swirls are rainbow stones, and the whole thing is just too cool for words.
Back in September or so, National Theatre Live announced that they were going to show Coriolanus, featuring Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss, in movie theaters across the world sometime in early 2014. Obsessed Dedicated fangirl that I am, I started stalking their website to see when said showing would turn up in Columbus. Except every time I looked, the closest theater on their list was in Cleveland.

This seemed odd, considering I had seen their production of Frankenstein at my local cinema just the year before (I think that was right around Halloween, actually). So, a quick tweet at the @ntlive account got me their customer inquiry email, and another quick email (always responded to within a few hours, it was lovely) turned up a sad fact: AMC and Fathom Events had dropped NT Live from their line-up, because apparently those shows weren't making them any money.

This made me sad. National Theatre shows are pretty awesome, and because it's Britain, usually feature actors people have actually heard of ;-) So. There was no way I was going to let that stand. (Ok, I didn't think of it that way - I just wanted my Hiddleston/Shakespeare fix.)

I emailed Fathom Events. They told me they appreciated my input, and would take it into consideration for future programming. (TL;DR: thanks, but please go away.)

I emailed NT Live's overseas distributor (because NT Live customer service is awesome and smart, and they immediately gave me info on how to get their shows back to Columbus) with information on the Gateway Film Center, an independent cinema down by campus that shows random stuff all the time, and NT Live would fit in perfectly there. Never heard back, but it was worth a try.

I called the Gateway and asked for contact information for someone who could take programming suggestions. They were confused by the question, but very nice about it, and gave me information for their sales/marketing manager. Emailed him (making liberal use of "you know, Tom Hiddleston, the guy in Avengers everyone is now crazy about?"), never heard back.

Chalked it all up as a good effort, continued pouting about lack of British Shakespeare in my life.

In December, I checked the NT Live website again. You know, just in case.

The Gateway Film Center was listed as one of their venues. Showing everything, from Othello with Adrian Lester to, yes, Coriolanus. Obviously I gave them money. Immediately.

And today, I saw the show. It was glorious.
Back before Christmas, I suggested to my knit group that we should go pottery painting some day, as our group thing for the month. (I had Christmas presents on the brain, and pottery came up as an option.) Last week, we finally made it to a place up in Dublin, where I painted a bowl :-) Because bowls are always useful.

Pre-kiln, it's all pastel-y and chalky, but already very pretty.



Post-kiln, it's just plain awesome.

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I'm so glad I put the red edge on there. It makes the whole thing so much more interesting.
New Year's was awesome. As always, obviously, but still, it bears mentioning. Good food, fun games (both old and new), cool presents, cats... what else can you ask for?

The weather is insane. Campus was closed Monday and Tuesday because of windchill, so I got mostly a four-day weekend, after random work schedules due to holidays the past few weeks already. I'm likely going to die when the five-day work week actually comes back into my life. This morning, it snowed. And now it's 40s and raining. Go figure.

I've actually been reading. Probably because my current book is due back at the library at the end of the month. I should renew it preemptively.

ONE MONTH UNTIL GALLY! (Ok, and a bit. But that doesn't shout very well.)

I booked my flight to France, and have officially started strategizing what clothing I can take and then throw away after wearing there (we're going to horse shows, there's no need to dress up). Excited, me? Just a bit.
I love the Dublin Irish Festival. It's so cliche, and so authentic at the same time, and really just a fun party. It takes over Coffman Park, and most of the rest of Dublin, and you can pretty much spend three days listening to music, eating food, and drinking. There's always a special trip for fish & chips (my favorite is from Old Bag of Nails Pub, which is local, but that would be cheating), and Guinness, and Killians, and Schmidt's cream puffs, and fried gator tail (I don't know)... just so much food. And people who are all having a blast. In large part because the music selection? Is awesome.

This year, we got to see Enter the Haggis (awesome), Young Dubliners (also awesome), and Gaelic Storm (most hyped, and quite nice, but not actually as good as the other two, frankly).

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The crowds were huge, and also very friendly, and generally fun to be around. Seriously, this is probably one of my favorite Columbus events. It's always the first weekend of August - you should come. We can eat fish & chips, and drink lemonade and beer, and dance until we fall over.
I never told you about my Ann Arbor trip, did I? Bad blogger. Fail.

When Neil Gaiman announced that he was doing his last-ever US book tour, I decided I should probably go to a reading before my chance to do so went away forever. Not that I really think it will - he'll do something that's not called a book tour, I'm sure. But hey, I had time, there was a tour stop that was relatively close (it was Michigan or... Louisville? Lexington? something in Kentucky), and it all seemed like a good idea at the time.

I decided, since everyone always says Ann Arbor is such a fantastic city, to go a day early, spend Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning wandering town, go to the reading Sunday night, and drive home Monday morning. Except... when I bought the ticket and booked the hotel room, it was April or so. By the time the weekend rolled around, it was most definitely summer. And hot. And humid. And really no fun to be outside.

But hey, it's not like I had anything better to do. So I saw most of downtown Ann Arbor, which is very cute when it's not boiling hot outside, with art galleries and little shops and way too much football gear for sale (not that I get to say anything, I live in Columbus). After dinner, I decided I'd had enough weather for the day, and went to the movies :-) White House Down is exactly what you expect: Channing Tatum's audition to be the next John McClane. Which would probably be more fun than the last Die Hard movie... anyways.

Despite wanting to sleep in on Sunday, I didn't... wide awake at 6:30. So I got up, had breakfast at Zingerman's (delicious), and sort of wandered between the hotel and downtown for the day. Have breakfast, go back to hotel for a bit. Have lunch downtown at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, go back to the hotel and watch HBO. Finally go downtown for real, find Dawn Treader Books, spend an hour browsing old sci-fi novels. That bookstore is amazing. If you're ever in Ann Arbor, you should go. It's basically across the street from the Michigan Theater.

Early dinner and a quick coffee, and it was time to find out if they'd let us into the theater yet for the reading. They were indeed doing so, and I picked up my copy of the book that came with the ticket (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), and found my seat. I'd felt all smart about getting a balcony seat with a good view, which was great for the reading... not so great for later in the night. But we'll get to that.

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Of course, being in your seat on time is problematic when the guest of honor has been stuck at the San Francisco airport because of the Asiana crash the day before. Thanks to Twitter, we were of course all aware of that - as the guy running the theater said "you probably already know this, but... he's still on the plane." Props to the staff at the Michigan Theater though - they entertained us with old interview recordings and readings (I forgot how much I love "Chivalry"), and after all, we'd all been given a book to read already :-)

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I think it was 7ish or so by the time Neil got to Ann Arbor. The reading was of course lovely, even if I'd already heard some audiobook samples from the same chapters - he's seriously good at reading stories. The Q&A was highly entertaining - usually the questions get selected before he comes on stage, but, well, no time for that. So he had a stack of cards with questions submitted by attendees, and just picked some as he came across them. ("I sort of like this terrifying randomness!") It was fantastic. We also got to hear him read a bit from Fortunately, the Milk, the new kids' book coming out in September. Favorite line: "Sir... you're a stegosaurus." So much fun.

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And then, the signing. Keep in mind... there were probably 2000 people in the theater. So, they dismissed people in sections. And this is when my seat selection became an obvious mistake. I was going to be there for a while.

A while... became getting in line at 1:30am. Yes, 6.5 hours after Neil came on stage, 7.5 hours after the event was supposed to have started. Good lord... this is the first time I've done that math. Neil Gaiman has some dedicated fans.

The funny thing was... nobody complained. I mean, there was some grumbling and friendly mocking every time they announced that Neil had pre-signed some books, if people had to leave but at least wanted a signed copy (at first, people actually seemed to take them up on that offer, but by the time 11pm rolled around, I don't think anyone was willing to give up anymore). We all started laughing hysterically when the house lights came on completely and somebody started vacuuming the floor around midnight. But really, we just hung out with people we'd never met before, some people would offer to run out and get water and snacks for the group around them, people ordered pizza... it was a bit like a very tired party. And the mood kept staying level, and excited, and friendly, and patient... it was fantastic to see, and some of the staff actually commented on how well-behaved everyone was. I guess this is what you get when you get dedicated fannish book nerds all crammed into one building :-)

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Like I said, I finally got in line at 1:30am, and my book signed at just about 2am. The cool thing about Neil Gaiman (and a lot of people have said this already) is that even when he has to be dead tired and wanting to do nothing more than go home and sleep, he'll make sure each and every person at that signing table feels like they're the most important person in the world for those 30 seconds. You get eye contact, if you're me and totally suck at making conversation, he'll compliment your t-shirt (Yes, I wore a Doctor Who shirt. Most compliments I've ever gotten on an outfit.), and you'll never feel rushed to let him get to the next person. It's really impressive, and I think a big part of why people feel so connected to his work. I know I went home wanting to buy all of the stuff I don't already own (and still might - I do have an Amazon gift card to burn).

And then I drove back to the hotel (never have I been happier to spend money on a hotel room) and crashed... until I woke up at 6:30am and couldn't get back to sleep. Obviously my body clock hates me. I swear the only reasons I made it home without dying were sugar, caffeine, and pure stubbornness. That drive was awful. But it was ok, because I met Neil Gaiman, and it was totally worth it :-)
You know how, in job interviews, they always ask you about your five year plan, or where you see yourself in the future, or some other variation of that same irritating theme? I never had a good answer for that - "be employed" or "get a green card" didn't seem like the answer they were looking for - but apparently, I do now. Now that it's a five year plan for a career - that's still "be employed" and "get a green card." But it is sort of a small five year plan for life.

2013
Set up serious savings plan. I now have an ING account again (ok, it's now Capital One, but same difference - online savings with actual interest payments), an automatic transfer set-up, and a "pay yourself first" strategy for additional savings.

2014
Go to Gally. Then no more expensive traveling, because that fall, it's "go to France." I'm excited :-) The savings account should cover most of those expenses at that point, at least to an extent where the rest isn't (knock on wood) a burden. I swear, if my car dies, I'm going to cry.

2015
Probably go to Gally, unless I totally hate 2014 for some inexplicable reason. Then save. Specifically, save for a down payment on a condo. Columbus is kind of terrible for renting, but there's always houses and condos for sale, and at that point the whole green card thing should be taking shape.

2016
Apply for green card. Hopefully hear back about green card in time to buy a place before my lease expires that year. I've got until the end of October, so that shouldn't (fingers crossed) be an issue.

2017
Host Quad New Year's. Assuming there's still a Quad New Year's at that point. And yes, I totally threw that in because otherwise it wasn't going to be a five year plan.

Alright. Here we go. I can do my part of that. Now I just need the US government to do its part :-P

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I think it's inspired by the new lovely acid pea green color of my front door and apartment hallway, but I've been thinking about future living situations, and obviously made the mistake of seeing what else is available in the area. And then I found these condos... beautiful condos. Expensive condos. But awesome condos. They're even in quite a nice location without being miles and miles away from work.

This one's my favorite - finished basement for Quad New Year's, living room and kitchen with access to a patio and garage, bedroom and office upstairs. Wouldn't it be perfect?

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Guess I should start saving. If I start now, I'll have a down payment by the time I (fingers crossed) get that stupid green card, finally.
Columbus likes festivals. A lot. Memorial Day weekend has the Asian Festival, which is fun, but a bit... predictable. I had been hoping for more Asian food, but I did get some Filipino dishes, which has expanded my food knowledge considerably. Also, it was yummy.

In addition to shops that looked... pretty much like any German "Asian/ethnic" shop I've ever been to, there were demos of all kinds, including martial arts and a lion dance. Which was quite fun.

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This weekend was both Park Street Fest, which looked pretty much like an OU street party and was therefore avoided, and the Arts Festival, which was quite pretty. And pretty big, with artists from all over the country. So much cool stuff, but of course no photos - there were signs about that in almost every booth. It was a beautiful day for being down on the riverfront too, and to alternately covet and completely reject the apartment options down there :-)

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I ended up going home with just one piece, a beautiful glass tumbler from Vitrix that reminds me a lot of Van Gogh's Almond Blossoms.

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And of course, a pile of business cards. Because there really was a lot of good stuff there, even if I mostly walked past the paintings and photographs that required a house to even fit on the wall :-)

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I love summer movie season. It's weird that there's still such a thing as summer movie season, but there really is. Everything seems to be coming out in the next few months (except Thor 2, which is going to be my birthday present).

I saw Iron Man 3. Twice. Because it's Robert Downey Jr and Paul Bettany, mostly. I loved it. Not so much the plot - that was weird, and... well, weird. But watching Tony Stark dealing with the aftereffects of Avengers, and with actually having to be considerate of other people, was a fantastic piece of acting. Also, if you haven't yet, stay until after the credits. I'm really loving Marvel's storytelling, despite their executives being (apparently) mostly sexist idiots.

Also saw Star Trek 2. Also twice. Because Benedict Cumberbatch. Who was amazing as [spoiler redacted]. I had some issues with the movie the first time through - there's some painfully obvious messages and some potentially more painful, and slightly patronizing, fan service - but I got over it the second time around. It's still a really well done movie. And pretty. (Though consensus seems to be not to see it in 3D.)

Joss Whedon's version of Much Ado About Nothing should be coming out at the end of the month, which is exciting! So many good actors in that one. I really hope they have it around here somewhere... no wait. I no longer live in the middle of nowhere. It'll definitely play in one of the at least 10 movie theaters around here :-)

I keep thinking "I could go see another movie tomorrow" - then I realize I have tickets for Rocky Horror Show at Shadowbox tomorrow :-D I love that show so much, and the Shadowbox cast is likely to be amazing in it. I'm really glad Ann invited me to that first random show... even if it came with "it's kind of dark and macabre, I thought you'd like it" :-)
Yes, that title pretty much means what you think it means... my eyelids are twitching, and I think I can feel my hair growing :-)

I did, however, make it through all of the local roastery sample stations (except for the one that didn't show up), and I am yet again fascinated by just how much cool stuff there is in this town. I mean, how many places in the Midwest have 20 coffee roasteries that can just show up to an event like this?

It was crowded too - eventually there was basically one long line going around the North Market balcony.

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My two favorite places just for cool stuff were One Line Coffee (soon to be home of coffee concentrate brewed in something I want in my kitchen one day)...

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... and Impero Coffee, because they had this really cool vacuum pot to make the coffee.

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You put water in the clear glass bulb in the middle, and then a bunsenburner below that, and the water boils up into the filter where the coffee is, and then flows back down when you take the heat away. I have no idea why this is a really good way to make coffee, but it looks SO COOL.
After years of never having been to California (aside from that one layover at LAX), I've already been to LA twice this year. Random, right? But hey, sometimes work conferences go places that aren't freezing :-) Though it was still kind of cold, and foggy. Oh my lord, the fog. This is what the walk to the conference location looked like.

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You can sort of see the lifeguard tower, and I'm assuming the ocean was behind it :-P At least the afternoon was nice.

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Thanks to all the morning fog, we totally missed that our hotel is two blocks away from Santa Monica Pier! We stopped there on the way back, racing the creeping fog all the way there, and pretty much losing immediately. It was like a grey wall creeping up from behind the pier, fuzzy fingers reaching for the restaurant and coast guard station at the end.

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However, being shrouded in fog makes for some beautiful ferris wheel pictures :-)

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I also saw harbor seals in the ocean at the end of the pier, but it was too dark to risk dropping my camera in the ocean.

Plus, I saw the Hollywood sign and the Randy's Donuts donut (you know, from Iron Man), and got to have delicious dinner with Carrie :-) Then I came home and tried to sleep for an entire weekend. Still might try that next weekend, in fact.
Real life is stressful, but really pretty boring to write about. I work. I come home and do the minimum amount of housework required to feed myself and not live in filth. My brain and I collapse on the couch and watch TV and knit. Usually while drinking tea.

I did realize why Supernatural is feeling slow... it's because I've been watching so many British shows that having a season actually have 23 episodes feels like utter madness. I mean, two filler episodes in a row? That's just crazytalk. At least I should be getting Crowley and Meg back soon - it doesn't help that I'm who knows how many episodes behind, but I miss the demons. And Cas.

Knitting... I've been knitting. Nobody's surprised by that :-) I have actually been mostly social with Rav people, which obviously involves more knitting. But it's nice to be able to meet up on a whim instead of having to pre-plan weekends so I can have time to drive for who knows how long. Or, you know, to plan meet-ups at all :-)

Saw the new Die Hard movie. It was pretty terrible :-) Like hand-flailing, WTF-stage-whispering, hysterical laughter terrible. Let's just say that Russia is not the only place they go to visit/destroy.

Got my registration for next year's Gallifrey One. Given that they were halfway sold out in an hour, that was probably a good idea. Lord knows what'll happen with the room block at the hotel - I'm going with "sold out in half an hour." Plan for next year: be more social.

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