I haven't updated in a while, mostly because I haven't done that much interesting
lately. Today I planted a plum tree sapling that I rescued from a demolition site in the neighbourhood - another house is being torn down to replace it with a new house in the same location. Again, fortunately, it's a case where I don't hugely mind; there are a lot of nice houses here, but this wasn't particularly one of them. It had some slap-together funky charm, but it was a lot more "slapped together" than "funky" - you can kind of see what they were going for, but you can also see that they didn't make it.
It's a seriously fucked up February for gardening. It hasn't rained in days and there's no rain in the forecast. That's very bad. We're going to have a water shortage this summer. I was watering outdoor plants
today - and not just the tree I was watering in, either. That's just broken. It should have been raining all month, and it just hasn't been. It's been sunny. And warm like you might expect in April. Everything's a good month ahead of schedule - plants and birds alike.
Still, it's pleasant, as long as you don't think about it too much. I guess my expectations of weather are so ingrained that it feels like we're in the calm before a storm... though I suppose the graduate school (big change) and political reality all fit in there a bit too! Still, the politics in particular are kind of a constant battle - cyclic, but not on the same sort of rhythms.
At the same sale, I got a great huge wooden chest I'll use to store garden tools in inside the garage. I like it, it's very rustic, which is to say, beaten up. It's wood, not plastic, and has large metal gate hinges. What more could you want? Maybe I'll build in a shelf or something. I could, since it's actually made of actual wood
That's the kind of stuff I've been doing. I have had to cut the political survey to three times a week, and set it off-limits the rest of the time - it was just too brutal. I mean, seriously - I couldn't handle the stress, doing it daily. Fortunately, most action items are spread out over several days.
Though it's not like it's all that completely avoidable. Today was a no-politics day, but I couldn't not
notice that the Pope declared that I'm part of an 'Ideology of Evil.'
(And the church isn't even the most anti-queer player. Guh. Right. Later.)
I set up a free credit union account and got it confirmed and everything, so now it's time for "you don't take paypal and even though you said so in the auction I'm not paying" guy to pay up or get his ass smacked down. I'm expecting the latter, but I always hope to be pleasantly surprised. All the other eBay stuff is moving pretty well. This is handy, because yay walking-around money. Also, yay getting rid of stuff I don't actually want. A bit of a cleanout purge has been overdue, I think.
My stuff for Norwescon
is mostly on track - I've got to come up with this year's daily newsletter, and I'll have to do a lot of printing stuff out to fill the racks - people just don't send in 'zines anymore. I'm handing that job off next year - I haven't had any new ideas for a while, and I'm just not really into it any longer. I hope someone takes it over. Know anybody who thinks fanzines are neat, and wants an easy way to volunteer for Norwescon in a way that doesn't take up much time at the convention itself? This is that job.
Also, I need reporters for the daily newsletter, whatever it ends up being called. I want people who can write up party reports, who will go to the P.K. Dick awards, stuff like that - people who will go dig up stuff to bring back and print. So if you're going to Norwescon and are interested, talk to me.
Hm. Sleepy. Also vaguely bored.
I miss fishiethegecko
.( Quiz time! )