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After a reasonable but not stellar Dressage test, we were in 8th out of 15. Then, despite my poor riding, (I love my horse) we left all the rails up in Stadium Jumping and got around inside the time. Adding nothing to our dressage score puts us in 5th going into cross country tomorrow. Um yea, this is only my 3rd time out at this level, and preliminary is a huge jump up from training. My goals are: #1: come home with a sound horse, #2: jump all the jumps. Things like time are way down on the list, but heck, it would sure be nice to come home with a ribbon. Hopefully we are fit enough. The cross country corse looks huge, not unjumpable, but just big. Gonna put on my brave hat and my big girl pants and go out there and kick some butt tomorrow.

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Life is a fleeting thing. I'm sure someone has said that before. When I was in my 20's and a peer died it was "such a shame." Sometimes we were shocked, sometimes we saw it coming. More often than not it was suicide. Some of us wondered if there was something we could have done differently to prevent it. There were no good answers. There are still no good answers, except that now we are more likely to die of "natural causes." This doesn't make us any less sad, or wonder any less if there might have been some intervention possible. But here we are now, most of us half way or more to the expected human lifespan in these days of prosperity and plenty. (Some might argue plenty of junk, but that's another post.) Grief and loss, these are real Things. As much as we want our friends to live forever, the reality is that they will not, and we will not. Those who are left must clean up the pieces and go on as best we can. Is it a blessing, in this day and age, that we can maintain contact with so many with so little effort? I feel blessed to know a lot of people, to varying degrees, and call them my tribe. The loss of one affects many, but we still have The Tribe. We are lucky, perhaps, in this day of far flung blood and marriage family, to have instant communication, and to have our Tribe. But we are also more exposed. News is more shocking, perhaps, in its delivery. There will always be "what if's" and there will always be people who wish that things were different, but to paraphrase my favorite wizard, it is up to us to decide what to do with the time that is given to us.

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Sitting in a hotel lobby
Missing the first morning panels
In lieu of breakfast
Wise choices, safe travels
Rewarded with sunshine after rain
Renewed with relaxation and happiness




I flew out of Boston on Friday morning, in between storms. Thank the gods, all of them, that Chicago didn't get this weather system, and my connection was good and not stressful. Nonetheless, I was travel weary by the time I got to San Jose, checked into my hotel and then to Pantheacon. I said had dinner with some of my temple of Witchcraft folk, and then eschewed the evenings activities for sleep.
Saturday morning I read the program and was both delighted and horrified to find that for each time slot there were multiple panels that I would like to go to. The first one I went to was a ritual for letting go of hurt and infusing with love. The presenter was a little disorganized, but the techniques presented were useful. After that I listened to a panel discussion on sacrifice in modern paganism. This was a very interesting discussion somewhat from an anthropological point of view and actually did discuss animal sacrifice.
The convention hotel has a sushi bar! So I ate lunch there. Because it was crowded, I sat with another woman who was just sitting down to eat alone. We had interesting conversation and good food.
After lunch I want to a ritual by Orion Foxwood, he is an interesting character. After that I took a break and wandered the dealers room before having dinner with more of my temple people.
My evening activities were another ritual, this one done all in song by the bloodroot honey priestess tribe. This one was awesome and maybe deserves it's own post. By the time that was over, I was ready to settle into the temple's hospitality suite and relax while holding down the fort so others could go get dinner. I called it a night sometime after 11, wandered back through a light rain to my hotel and slept for another 9 hours.
Today is just beginning.....




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This is the view out from where I am staying in Wales at the moment. I will write a detailed trip report later, but here is the short form. Got to London last Tuesday, that's a week ago now, and spent two days there, mostly walking around being a tourist along with 5 million other tourists. Then I took an overnight sleeper train up to Aberdeen. Two days is just not enough time to catch up with [livejournal.com profile] luna_the_cat. Then I flew to Manchester (still in the UK) and met up with my Temple of Witchcraft friends to spend this time studying Merlin and touring associated welsh sites. We have a few more days in this enchanting place. I'll do a longer post, with the photos off my camera, when I get home.

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If anyone cares.
Yesterday I did the right thing and managed to stay awake until 9pm. What I did was walk around part of London. I did see the blue rooster. I also saw the museum for the household Calvary, and some of the guards themselves. I can't imagine sitting that still on a horse for as long as they do. Very patient horses. I thought about going into Westminster Abby but the lines were very long. I did find Atlantis Books, out of which my wallet did not escape unscathed. They will ship, even. After shower and hotel dinner, I passed out for 10 hours, waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6am local time. Staying awake and out walking in the sun was the right thing.
Today, after a leisurely breakfast, and then getting this evenings train tickets at Euston, I took the underground to St. Paul's. I would wish that such an ornate building, on ground that's been hallowed for a millennia or more, would feel more Holy. It just felt like tourists. A place that didn't feel like tourists was the Temple Church, a (much rebuilt, thanks to ww2) twelfth century church built by the knights Templar. Today also included a trip to the Tower Bridge, where they have some very good exhibits set up about its engineering and how it compares to other bridges around the globe. Having walked all the stairs ever today, my feet are tired, so I'm camped out in Euston Station waiting for my overnight train north to Aberdeen. I suspect I'll have not trouble sleeping on the train.

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I am on vacation. Yep, me, on vacation. Really. Left Thursday, picked up [livejournal.com profile] dajt and drove to his camp on East Grand Lake in Danforth , Maine. On the way I made a stop at llbean and bought some new (smaller) clothes. North of Bangor, we encountered a series of thunderstorms, which came in very quickly. It was sunny, then there was a splatter on the windshield, and then the next minute the visibility was to the end of the hood and no further. We got to the camp well after dark and were greeted by [livejournal.com profile] dajt's dad who chatted a bit and then went home.
Friday morning we got up, ate breakfast and went back to sleep. Around lunchtime we headed into town to get groceries, and I was shown around the little town. We didn't do much else except watch the thunderstorms come through and toss the lake around and take the electricity out for a few hours. Oh, I think we went in the lake a little bit after lunch, before the storms.
Today started with a splash in the lake for me, before anyone else got up, then I cooked breakfast for[livejournal.com profile] dajt and his dad, who had stayed out at the camp with us. After breakfast had settled, D got in the kayak, and followed as I swam out to Greenland Island, about 1000' out into the lake from the camp beach. We then paddled around the island and back to camp. We had more hanging out, talking, reading until lunch, after witch D and I went for a 5 mile walk. We would have gone further but the deer flies and mosquitoes found us. D's dad was still at the camp when we got back, so after a short rest, we paddled the kayak back out to the island and walked around there a little. Then I swam back to shore, with D paddling nearby to warn off the predatory motorized personal water craft that seem to think they own the lake. Now we are relaxing in relative peace. One more day of vacation, then I will come home again.

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I can't comment either, so don't bother commenting to my test posts.

I can do lj from the iPad, at least to comment and public post.

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Passed the first horse inspection. Had a mediocre dressage test. Pardon the brevity, but I am exhausted. Got to school phase B, the steeplechase. That was FUN. And I was spot on the time, for only going 1 lap where tomorrow we do 3. Walked the cross country course again. Yes, Hannah, you can have a blow by blow with jump descriptions tomorrow evening. Briefings are good. Now must go to bed.

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We got off exactly at 9am, and made it to the show ground without incident. The first horse inspection, an in the barn check, was uneventful for the most part. I voiced my concerns about Skippy soundness to the vet and he gave me some instructions on how to get through the jogs. It's nice to know that I've learned some things over the years, as nothing he said to do wasn't already on my to do list. I got to take skip on a long mounted walk to see the track for phases a and c. He felt good. I walked the cross country course, which is long, and typically of this venue has a bunch of very maximum jumps, but nothing overly technical and certainly nothing I'm afraid of. I expect that doing it after phases a through c will be harder. I expect to have a tired horse at the end. There was en evening briefing about how things will go tomorrow, which was really good. I'm psyched. But tired. Time for bed!

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I'm cleaning out a desk drawer that I haven't really examined since I lived in Somerville MA. Only a scant few readers of this will actually remember that.
The largest object is the original video controller card out of my first computer, a 1986 IBM PC. I wonder if I should liberate that machine from [livejournal.com profile] chocorua or give him the card. I bet the PC would boot, but it lacks a working monitor and keyboard.
I found rabies tags from various cats. One of those mush have been Ghost's.
A bulging keying, some keys came from MIT, some are to bike locks that are long gone, and a couple went to a certain yellow jeep that [livejournal.com profile] drglam probably remembers.
A film canister of thumbtacks, and another with Canadian coins. A centennial half dollar coin.
A plethora of pens and highlighters, all of which surprisingly still work.
A single crayola crayon, purple. I remember why it's there, even, but the people involved in that probably don't remember.
A spool of black thread with a needle stuck in it.
A wad of wallet sized photos. [livejournal.com profile] mathhobbit, one of them is your HS sr photo.
A silver unicorn n a chain, a gold wishbone pin in an expensive looking box.
A pair of black rubber balls, known as the happy and sad balls, one bounces, the other doesn't.
The nail file that I kept in my back pocket the entire time I has braces because I couldn't bite my fingernails.
A tag off a pair of size 12 Levi's.
An interesting assortment of screws, hex keys, paperclips, safety pins and binder clips.
A leather bracelet that I wore a lot one year or another.
Stamps: type C, and $0.03. And $0.19 postcards.
There's more, but all stuff one would expect, like old business cards, hair ties, and unworkable wristwatches.
I found my pitch pipe, that was a win.


















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Templefest was successful. Our GOH was awesome. No cranky people were observed or reported. Vendors had good sales.

My hip is still an issue, but it is getting better, just very slowly. Last night in meditation I let some images flow through it and this pain may be a release of some very old emotional energy. I'm going to have to work with that a little more.

I mailed in an entry for the GMHA T3D, which is a more intense version of the horse trials I've been doing. Now I just need to find a ground crew to come with me to VT August 6 - 9, help on the 8th is most necessary. (not panicking yet)

Just found out that Billy Bragg is doing a NE tour, at Somerville theater tomorrow night, but that's sold out. Portsmouth sat night but conflicts with a party I don't want to miss either. Argh.

Running off to meetings in Boston today.

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Jun. 21st, 2012 11:47 pm
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My hip not only still hurts, it seems to not be getting any less painful. I've spent since about mid afternoon lying down because that way it mostly doesn't hurt. Until I sit up. Add all that resting to this heat and it's not a good recipe for sleep. I am really quite unhappy about this. I don't have time to be injured, damnit.

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Yes, I will be there, but not the whole time. Do not expect to bump into me randomly milling around. If you want to make a point of seeing me, it would be best to call me and make an appointment. Seriously. I plan to be around for Saturday night parties, but for precious little else except the hours I'm working in the massage den.

If you are on staff at Arisia, please check out the massage den schedule. There are still openings in general, and for me on Monday morning.

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Happy new year to all my friends in lj-land. I have very happily rung in the new year with my friend of oldest standing. I'm in Aberdeen Scotland, and I may very well come back here next year this time.
This trip is a funny one though. I'm traveling with [livejournal.com profile] chocorua and Alice. The trip is in honor of delivering Alice to her exchange program in Germany. We leave here tomorrow to go and visit with the German relatives.
I feel weird, but happy.

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Nov. 3rd, 2011 07:42 pm
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6:08 am realized that I either slept through or did not set alarm and got up.
7am after hot breakfast on my way to barn but waylaid by daughter and handyman for various issues.
Until about 8 am feeding and turning out horses.
8-9:15 rode Skip.
Until 10:30 cleaned stalls.
Bookkeeping and contractors until it was time to leave for my 1pm gym appt. then bank, bank and home again just in time for my 3-4 pm appointment with the interior decorator who is going to have great fun turning my living room into something out of one of my favorite fantasy novels.
Rode Danny and new horse Zoe.
Dinner, shower and next up bookkeeping until my eyes can't cope. Then I can go to bed.
This is one day, and it's pretty representative of how most have been recently. I'll have a side helping of busy with that busy, please.







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Got about 5" here. Grid power is down, PV is holding its own for freezer, heat and water. Sun is helping that. Net is working but lj wouldn't load, so y'all get this short post from my phone.

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My live in handyman caught a wild turkey on his way up the driveway at dusk. Or rather, the bird caught his truck trying to fly across the driveway. It's in the oven now.

I love loving here.

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