February 9th, 2013

vivid, pomegranate, story of a return, like jewels

the skinny, the haps, the dealio, the 411 (according to Olive Snook)

Hi, everybody!

It's been one thing after another here - I hope you're all doing well. We got a lot of snow yesterday, which would have been fine (my boss told us to work from home) except that my mother was due to fly back from Dubai yesterday and was incommunicado for so long that I started to panic. She landed and got to her house over seven hours later than anticipated, but she's there now, safe and sound.

I can't remember if I mentioned this earlier, but I'll be doing a little bit of traveling this year. I've got a trip to Chicago and a trip to Amsterdam in the cards. The former is with a non-fandom friend and the latter is by myself, though I'll be staying with a friend from high school. Anybody have any suggestions for things that mustn't be missed? (I might also schlep out to California to help my brother pack up his place, if he does finally move back, which would be a great opportunity to see a few of you.)

Theater post coming soon - two shows next week, both Shakespeare!

Exciting experience: I walked into my apartment the other day after work to find that my living room had a very strong odor of something burnt. I couldn't tell what it was, and I frantically checked every appliance and outlet but found nothing. I knocked on the door of the downstairs tenant (unfriendly) and emailed the rest of the building, and a couple of others also reported smelling something burnt. It turns out it was a guy in the next building, whom one of my neighbors had seen coming outside with a charred and smoking bag of microwave popcorn to dump it in the trash. Here's my question: how do you mess up microwave popcorn that badly?

Go play in this year's Valentine's Day Game, organized by the wonderful [personal profile] svmadelyn! It's very simple: just pick up to 14 people on your flist and send [personal profile] svmadelyn an email with that list and a little love-note for each of them. She then posts all of the notes anonymously on the big day. I can attest from personal experience that it brightens the day tremendously to see mash notes from your flist. So, go, play!

Two quick advertisements: one for [community profile] sherlock_remix (the livejournal comm), which is now taking sign-ups for this year's challenge. And the other for my friend's very cool new business: Double Dutch Press. I'm not in the
Athens area, but I'd love to take one of the classes.

I'm still plugging away at my long fic, but the end is in sight, and I've got most of the ideas I want to tackle in brief little notes to myself. I've also been getting excited about the other stories on my list, particularly the Austen Sherlock story, the Cabin Pressure story that's a sequel to my Martin/OMC story in which Arthur finds his true love, and whatever I'll be writing for Sherlock Remix.

How are you all doing?