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My only local show until fall! This Saturday my beloved #pancakesandbooze is back in #seattle and I will again have a table full of sparkling space jewelry on offer.
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Taxes done and paid for yay. And I made it to the pool twice this week, and cooked dinner most nights, so I get adulting points.

I have all these scattered notes from last weekend's gathering for my Dad's 80th birthday that need to be assembled into a proper post, even if just a private one, but these two things really stuck out.

1) My folks are getting old. As are my sisters. It's quite a preview of what's coming and does make me want to figure out how to change some things, health-wise.

2) My Dad is hilarious. Favorite story that doesn't need family context:

When he started college, he was at a land grant college in Utah, which at the time meant ROTC was mandatory for men. My Dad grew up poor in the north of Idaho during the Depression and hunting and fishing were a critical part of putting food on the table; he very much knows his way around rifles.

Part of ROTC was "Drill", where they had to put on their carefully maintained uniforms and take these basically decorative rifles and go do the walking and the parade stance and all that.

There was an officious junior who was would come and do Inspection during this time, grabbing the "rifles", snapping them open, and checking them for cleanliness and good order. He got to my Dad, opened it, and then barked

   "Solider, your piece is filthy"

to which Dad replied

   "Fuck you, it doesn't even have a firing pin"

and just walked off, never to return. 

(He still got a B, because he aced the written test. They told them it to allot 5 hours; He did it in 20 minutes. He manged to avoid ROTC entirely after that, between transferring to a non-land grant college to finish his Associate's and then just ... strategically avoiding the ROTC table during registration when he got back to another land grant college for the rest of his Bachelor's.) This entry was originally posted at https://jeliza.dreamwidth.org/1045631.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

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Last batch of new pieces for the @norwescon art show are finishing their final cure! Including the first #sunset piece I am really pleased with. I'm still debating whether to take the full moon center or new moon center bracelet tonight, and which of the bookmarks and tall #spacescape pendants. Holler before 1 if you have opinions or want to buy something straight from me. #nwc41 #spaceart #spacejewelry
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So many pretty planets on my worktable right now.
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Sometimes I really hate how much sharper, artistically, I usually get when painting to a tight deadline.  It's not like what I do these days is hugely difficult -- I need to work within the constraints of a pretty tight theme and to some extent compositions -- so the work I'm making this morning that will basically finish their final cure 6 hours before I install them at Norwescon should be the same level of work I make most of the time. 

Perhaps part of it is that holiday sales were really good and so much of the best stuff sold, hence my current point of comparison with stock on hand is a little bit harsh, but still. A starfield, and some pretty nebulas, and maybe a planet or two. How do I mess that up? (other than, you know, continuing to really like orange and green, which sell like molasses even when they are magnificent.)

I do not want to thrive under stress. I want to thrive under calm. I'm certainly happier under calm.

Feh.

There has been real progress in improving the room, but I still don't have a place where I can paint while sitting down, or work on things bigger than a switchplate, Ao my massive backlog of ideas is still all backlog (especially the stuff I want to do that involves the laser cutter.) and I can't actually even have all my paint within arms reach at one time.

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This is so utterly cool. #Repost @nasa (@get_repost) ・・・ Have you seen STEVE? Glowing in purple & green colors, a new celestial phenomenon, known as STEVE, is caused by charged particles from the Sun colliding with Earth's magnetic field. The display was initially discovered by a group of citizen scientists who took pictures of the unusual lights and playfully named them "Steve." Scientists have since learned more about the purples and greens, and have given it a more accurate name: Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement, which can still can be shortened to STEVE. A citizen science project called Aurorasaurus, funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation (@nsfgov), wants your help gathering photos so they can learn more about this mysterious phenomenon. Aurorasaurus tracks appearances of auroras — and now STEVE — around the world through users submitting reports and photographs directly on its mobile app and on aurorasaurus.org. Image Credit: NASA/Krista Trinder #auroras #nasa #space #sky #nightsky #celestial #sightings #steve #newzealand #canada #citizencientists #earth #glow #purple #picoftheday #astronomy #science
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OMG. #Hamilton This production is amazing and the theater is absolutely packed.



I pulled this ring out of stock so I could look fancy and I'm not convinced it shouldn't just go right into my own jewelry box.



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Someone Wronged(tm) one of D's friends, and in swearing vengeance on her behalf, he referred to himself as "3 ounces of whoopass"

(He will eventually be big, or at least tall, but he is small for his age at the moment. )

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Nice people in a big truck came and now the hallway is now full of very, very large & heavy boxes of Ikea flat-pack. I haven't really been able to get the space clear where the shelving in question needs to go, because of all the stuff that needs a place to live (hence shelves) so ... I guess I'm going to have to Towers of Hanoi it. And build it in a different room first and slide it down the hall which means no one gets to play Overwatch or Splatoon until I'm done.

If I just pile absolutely everything on the bed that will force me to get it done in a day so I can sleep, right? (I mean, yeah, I could just cuddle down in piles of clothes, but I haven't sunk that low in at least four years.)

The planned Monday trip to IKEA to buy the box/drawer things that will actually fit into the spaces in the KALLAX got cancelled for scheduling crisis reasons, BUT it turns out that Target's line of cubbies are exactly the same dimensions so maybe we won't need to drive to Renton after all? (Ooh, if I ship to store I could get ones with stars on them by Tuesday! ... Or if I settle for merely cute stripes I could have them NOW.)

I really, really want to have a clear floor and organized space again, and now it's so close I can taste at, while at the same time, my schedule is utterly blocked up. Some of the blocks are fun (S managed to score Hamilton tickets for, uh, most of us? Luckily R doesn't actually care about the musical.

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I showed the children the Addams Family tonight, because we must attend to their cultural education, and it went quite well.  Olivia is now trying to figure out who would be who if we did it as a full family cosplay; I think I'd be a good Gomez, but Fester could work to. No one is up to being Morticia.

Tomorrow morning, the sequel (the library's DVD is a "double feature").

(Tomorrow afternoon, appointments)

On Friday we go to Ikea.

Clearly, my plan to have lots of activities for/with the children over MidWinter Break is going REALLY WELL.


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A good friend of our family died suddenly this week, and we almost didn't know, because everything happens on facebook now, and R and I mostly stay off fb because it's a trash fire, and also because even for S who is still on facebook, their algorithm decides what to show you in a way that means posts from old friends that don't post a lot frequently just don't get shown.

I hate fb so much.




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