Still dragged out. Note: In future, do not plan cons two weekends in a row. I'magine how burned out I'd be had I gone to the Flea the weekend before Arisia!
Have established that I am allergic to feste_sylvain-and-tamidon's cats. Which sucks, because I adore them. But within minutes of cuddling them last night, my eyes were red and swollen, and the long-dormant eczema on my left arm erupted like the Witchblade. I'm *still* itchy all over. I'd stopped taking my Allegra, see, since it was no longer Allergy Season and I don't like taking more medication than I need. So. Note. Take Allegra when planning to sleep over at boyfriend's house.
Girl Scout Cookies!
Time's running out! Order your Girl Scout Cookies - e-mail elayna AT gmail.com!
Schedule's here. It'll just be me and Elayna tonight, but Adam'll be coming the other days. We are available for meals, if you'll be at Vericon or just in the Harvard Square area.
Thoughs on this? I may adopt her distribution model...
* The Wonderful World of Early Computing.
* Origami like whoa.
* Things that make David Bruce Banner Hulk out.
* An illustrated history of trepanation.
An important step has been taken in the quest to create a synthetic lifeform.
A US team reports in Science magazine how it built the entire DNA code of a common bacterium in the laboratory using blocks of genetic material.
The group hopes eventually to use engineered genomes to make organisms that can produce clean fuels and take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Pax Mundi: Smoky frankincense, bay laurel, myrtle pepper, peach nectar, myrrh, balsam of peru,
Atlas cedarwood and gentle copaiba.
In bottle: Bay, peach, balsam of peru, cedar.
On me: Same. Very nice. Bit of myrtle, too. Hmm, this is the first *nice* peach I've smelled.
Solstice Sugar: toasty almonds, apple cakes, baking spices and honeyed mead.
In bottle: Ugh. Straight-up almond.
On me: Apple, mulling spices and almond. Smells nasty to me, but if you don't hate almond, you'd likely find this delicious.
The Ulda: white almond, resinous Baltic amber, crisp bayberry, warm cardamom and pink pepper.
In bottle: Umm. Spicy amber!
On me: Almond, yes, but cardamom. Mmmm, cardamom.
Winter Malaise: syrupy sweet mango and thick, rich vanilla prodded with cinnamon, clove, black anise and iron-distilled patchouli.
In bottle: The spices alone.
On me: Meh. Spices fade into mango morass.
Winter Mirth: green coconut, baked pumpkin, nutmeg, red patchouli and brightest lemongrass.
In bottle: Pumpkin!
Wearing: My favorite new red sweater and jeans. Hair is in a low ponytail.
Reading: The Way for the Torah, by Jacob Neusner; Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul, by Karen Abbo; Idolon, by Mark Budz.
Writing: Hopefully and hypothetically, The Things We Value and Seizure Lass. No, I won't have much time today; I'll be happy if I just get them fully outlined. That's within my grasp. Also must decide what February's Wind Tunnel Dream is going to be. And... Rabbit Hole Day is coming up!
Planning: Vericon - which is fortunately very easy to commute to (one bus!), and not wild like Arisia, so I get to play in small doses and sleep in my own bed.