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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
27th-Jul-2009 08:40 am
Happy birthday to fjm!

Hello to new readers gynocide and jagette227!

Well, I'm tired, but that was to be expected. :) Slept from 9:30-6pm, then from 11-7am...

All in all, that was a great Blogathon! Just the right number and balance of people. As I Twittered during the 'thon, "I totally don't want to punch people!" Which I totally did want to do last year.

I'll do a separate post about Blogathon, but really quick - I'm at $1,614.00, you can still sponsor me, and the blogforbarcc auctions are running through 11:59pm EST tonight.

How did people like this Blogathon format?

A Note of Breakups in General
It is worthy of note that the last three people I broke up with, prior to last week's breakup, were so low-drama that plenty of you didn't even know about it. Unless you encountered us in person, in which case you'd've heard "Oh, yeah, we're not dating anymore, but we're still friends." Two of those people pimped my Blogathon, two donated (the other one hasn't started his new job yet, so he's low-cash), and all three popped in either in person or via chat to cheer me on and wish me luck.

So that's what a Shadesong breakup *usually* looks like. The last breakup I had that had any kind of drama like this was the one where the guy spent an entire con weekend sneaking around and cheating on me, and dumped me via public LJ post. And that was January '05.

So draw what conclusions you will, with the knowledge of my usual relationship-end-y-ness.

Looking my Age, y/n?
Watched an episode of Gilmore Girls with Elayna yesterday - the one where Lorelai turns 35. It always startles me when characters on TV are my age, because I feel like I look younger than them. And I was musing over whether this is true, or whether I just think that because I feel young. Googling reveals that Lauren Graham was 37 during that season, but that's not that big a difference. So I was all "hmm." Because anyway, it's not just Gilmore Girls, it's everything.

Serendipitously, the lovely csecooney posted pictures on her Facebook account from our Saturday-night-at-Readercon singing circle.

So - if you didn't know my age, what age would you guess me at?

(Also, this pic brought out a surprised "Hey! I'm pretty!". I usually do not photograph well. Ms. Cooney presumably received the Gift of Photography from the faeries at her christening.
Also also, just generally surprised and pleased that I did not look like crap, as this was about 10pm on a night when I'd been like I'm tired and want to go home by 5.)

Link Soup
* Locals: Auditions at Theatre @ First. I'm pondering asking if any of the alto roles would suit a 14-year-old. I need to find a community theater for Elayna.
* ysobelle is collecting Yo Mama/Doctor Who jokes.
* Migraineurs - new study.

Daily Science
Scientists are closer to understanding how to grow replacement bones with stem cell technology, thanks to research published today in the journal Nature Materials.

Make Blogathon summing-up post, finish tidying (although Adam and Mark did a great job there), pack the BPAL that I never got around to packing last week because of arrghdrama, photograph BPAL for eBay, hopefully get eBay auctions up. Because my swapbox is huge, and I just want it out of the damn house.

Also, need to make plans with people for this week, and do the final pro/con list for PiCon. The pros are mostly people. The cons are also mostly people, in that if I go to PiCon, I won't have much time in Florida. That's the biggest thing. I was in Florida for chunks of April, August I think?, October, and a lot of December last year. And I was totally sick of it by the end! But I haven't been at all this year, and some of my best friends are there, and I miss them. If I stay longer, I'll also have more of a chance to see friends and family in Central and North Florida, which would be very difficult to swing otherwise.

The other con of PiCon? Location, location. It's not even in Massachusetts this year. Is there any sort of public transportation that even goes to Enfield, CT? And then there's hotel money...

Yeah, it's feeling like PiCon is more trouble than it's worth. I need to discuss it with Elayna tonight before making a formal decision, though.

Also I should work on "My Empire for Ashes" edits, and see if I'm going to try something for something that has a deadline of 8/1.
27th-Jul-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, but that's what happens when you fall into Unseelie Land... Seven ravens begin strumming a golden harp, and you find yourself reluctant to do anything but smile BEEE-YUUUUU-TIFULLY for the camera.
27th-Jul-2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Early to mid thirties. You have a glow about you though. :)
27th-Jul-2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
I'd guess mid-twenties except for the look in your eyes.
27th-Jul-2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yep. Your skin is young, your eyes are ancient.
27th-Jul-2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't guess, because I'm bad at guessing ages and I don't want to get good at that.

The format worked. I couldn't bid so I didn't look at the auctions, so I don't know how those went. I liked revisiting your written pieces and was happily surprised whenever it was a piece I hadn't read yet. In content, it was kind of intense: a lot of your writing, of course, is intense, and then going into questions about rape and assault adds to that, but I loved the inserts of Team Venture silliness. (Maybe more videos next time, if possible?)
27th-Jul-2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
That, and I hope there's plenty of silliness next Blogathon.
27th-Jul-2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I posted two videos!

And there were a few things written fresh for Blogathon. :)
27th-Jul-2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
... You know, I thought there were a few things that I didn't remember reading before.
28th-Jul-2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I posted two videos!

And don't worry, I saw them. I was intrigued by their ideas and wish to subscribe to their newsletter. (They were cute.)
27th-Jul-2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
You look great, very alive, and juicy. Totally makeout material.
27th-Jul-2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Since I don't know you, or how old you are I'd say 25-ish from looking at the pic.

And thanks for the bone link!
27th-Jul-2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
i say 25 also. not to mention adorable.
27th-Jul-2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry... I'll be no fun (but honest!)

I'd guess you as "about my age" which is 33.
27th-Jul-2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Now I'm wondering if all of my friends have just aged well. (As that's what I'm basing it on.)
27th-Jul-2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
I will say mid-thirties... I know that you do, after all, have a teenager. :-)

Of course, from my own vantage point somewhere in western antediluvia, you're still a youngling. :-)

(Now where's my walker...?)
27th-Jul-2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
You know why I want you to go to Pi-Con. That particular reason might not happen again for a Goodly Long While and... well, it's important to me.

/cryptic to everyone not 'Song
27th-Jul-2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I know. *hug* It's one of the few things solidly in the "pro" column!
27th-Jul-2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Your expression gives you away, meaning I'd guess you at early to mid 30s, though if you were a bit less tired-looking (you also really look like a mom to me, but that could just be because I know you are one) that number may have gone down a bit.

I tend to think I look younger than my age, also. (And I worry that I dress like I'm trying to be.)
27th-Jul-2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
I tend to think I look younger than my age, also. (And I worry that I dress like I'm trying to be.)


Although, really, I have no interest in wearing the sort of suburban-preppy look people EXPECT for a 39-year-old. I can look like a grown-up when the occasion calls for it, and if there's no compelling reason to do so, I'd rather have my 20-eyelet Doc Martens laced over my black skinny jeans, thanks.
28th-Jul-2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh, hahaha, I could never do skinny jeans! I have always loved fashion, though, ever since I was small. (I admit, though, when I was six, the prizes in my wardrobe were a red white and blue snoopy sweater and a pair of green bell-bottoms.)
I look like this.

(How old would you think I am? ;D)
28th-Jul-2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Honey, if you can do that miniskirt (I swear I had one just like it in 1982) you can do skinny jeans. Tapered ankles make your legs look longer!

The picture is plausible for 27-37, I think.
28th-Jul-2009 04:21 am (UTC)
But I have hips and Thighs!

I am 38 years old. :)
28th-Jul-2009 11:26 am (UTC)
So you get your skinny jeans in a size that fits your hips and thighs! As long as you don't buy them too small, so that you look like you're trying to stuff sausage casings, they're good. You don't have to be a model with pipe cleaner legs even if that's what they show in the ads.

I peeked at your profile after you guessed, so I saw.
27th-Jul-2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'll go with what my manager said about me: 32, tops.

Honestly, from that picture I would believe anything from 24 to about 45. The skin and hair are youthful; the expression is worldly-wise.
28th-Jul-2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Beautiful photo! I'd say somewhere in the early 30's. I'm horrible with ages though, I just assume everyone is around my age until proven otherwise!

BPAL question - do you have Plunder or Rakshasa? If so, what do you think of them? They are the two that I'm most intrigued by but I'm wary of ordering them without more of an idea of what they actually smell like. A few of the other BPAL scents I've tried sounded lovely in the description but just smelled vaguely essential oil-y on me. It's very frustrating...

Also, I will hopefully be getting my copy of WTD from Jake tomorrow. After reading all that you posted for blogathon I can barely contain my squee! :)
28th-Jul-2009 01:15 am (UTC)
I haven't tried Rakshasa - BPAL's rose note is awful on me! Smells great on other people, mind you. It just hates my body chemistry.

Plunder, I love; it's one of the imps in my travel pack. It is spicylicious!

If you want to try for cheap, try looking for scents you're interested in on sinandsalvation, or post in bpal_isos. You can order imps for $3.50 each from BPAL directly, but people who swap or sell imps generally charge less, because there's at least a little less in the imp.

(And thank you!)
29th-Jul-2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
I think I shall track down some Plunder. I love spicy perfumes!

Reading WTD right now :)
28th-Jul-2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Send email/text in the morning. But not too early. :)
28th-Jul-2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Hi! You used to be on my friends list ...I don't know what happened? Anyway I found you again through Blogathon because I did it too.
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