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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
24th-Sep-2010 09:55 am
Happy early birthday to pierceheart, rhiannonhero, fubar, and jmspencer, who advance a year over the weekend!

State of the 'Song
Bed before ten last night, and slept til 8. Very much needed. The headache that's been chasing me all week has finally caught up with me, though. I have popped Excedrin and am waiting. very. patiently.

NYC Readers!
sindrian has a day to kill in your city! Recommendations of cool things to do/places to go?

This is the Home I Choose
As I guided sindrian through the streets of Boston on Wednesday, I was reminded that I've only ever had a sense of direction in two cities: Vegas in Boston. And that's no coincidence, I think. I never felt I had a home anywhere before Vegas, a community - which is why the shattering of everything in Vegas was so harrowing for me. Y'know, beyond the obvious facts of the matters that led up to that shattering. But it was my first home, my first chosen family, so of course it resurfaces all the time in my stories; sixteen years and I am still, in a way, Hal's keeper of secrets; I still remember Layne's quick and quirky smile.

When I left for Florida, it was because I could not raise a baby in Vegas. Not and be fair at all to said baby. Florida was never Home - I do wonder what it would've been like had I met felisdemens, enderfem, maxymyllyn, kires, and the rest of that merry crew before I moved to Atlanta. Atlanta, I moved to for love of yendi... it was not Home, though, not beyond yendi himself and the few good friends from there I've kept. Atlanta was pretty toxic.

And I never learned my way around there, even after five years.

Boston was the home I chose. We looked at Chicago and DC, too, because we knew we wanted the hell out of Atlanta - but it was no contest. It was always Boston, where we already had a community.

This is my second chosen family; this is the home I choose. And if you drop me anywhere in this city, I can get you home from there.

Link Soup
* 30 Days through Muslim America.
* Trajan really is everywhere.
* Boston Book Festival!

BPAL Reviews

Blue Pumpkin Floss: Puffy clouds of pumpkin candyfloss with a trickle of blackberry juice.
In bottle: Pumpkin with the sugar/chemical tang of cotton candy.
On me: Same - and the lick of blackberry poking out from underneath, then mingling, and wow, pumpkinberry yum. Adds depth and deliciousness. Some spice there too.

Calaveras: Xocolatl, tequila, copal incense, smoke-dried jalapeños, vanilla pods, and cajeta.
In bottle: Too much tequila. Vanilla and booze.
On me: Oh hey, there's the copal. And cajeta blending with vanilla. Nice and thick and sweet.

The Hag: Black musk, bay leaves, galangal, bourbon vetiver, blackcurrant, and rum.
In bottle: OH HAI VETIVER also musk and bay.
On me: Currant, galangal, underlayer of musk. The vitiver gets subtle. This is a very dark night. Bay leaves peeking out. Yum.

Pumpkin Latte: Espresso, pumpkin syrup, smoky vanilla bean, milk, raw sugar, and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
In bottle: Starbucks in October.
On me: Starbucks in October. Seriously, this is exactly a pumpkin spice latte. I wore it to work yesterday, and it shifted to being maybe a little oversweet, but we'll see. The cinnamon is definitely popping on me today.

Daily Science
Researchers at Caltech have developed a new type of material—made out of silicon, the second most abundant element in Earth's crust—that could lead to more efficient thermoelectric devices. The material—a type of nanomesh—is composed of a thin film with a grid-like arrangement of tiny holes. This unique design makes it difficult for heat to travel through the material, lowering its thermal conductivity to near silicon's theoretical limit. At the same time, the design allows electricity to flow as well as it does in unmodified silicon.

Friday Memage!
Wearing: Calaveras nightgown, but about to change into jeans and a randomly-chosen t-shirt for my walk to the gluten-free bakery.
Reading: Still Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor - it's intense, so I take breaks.
Writing: The temple-prostitutes-in-Vegas story.
Knitting: On the border of a baby blanket; potentially done today. I need to block the previous baby blanket today so we can get it in tomorrow's mail. The other thing on the needles is the Arabella shawl, and that is for me! (I knit all the time but I never get to keep anything.)
Today: Writing, then nailing down the StrowlerCon schedule. Dinner with thewronghands.
Tomorrow: Tabling at a Northeastern law school event (about internships and volunteer opportunities), party in the evening, sleepover date with feste_sylvain. <3
Sunday: Another small gathering, and I am waiting to hear back from feste_sylvain on whether we can incorporate something else into our morning/early afternoon. (EDIT: Yes, we can, so we'll be helping hammercock and trowa_barton move.) Evening at home.

24th-Sep-2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Finally I can answer this when dressed! Usually I'm still in my sleep clothes (sweats and a ROCK BAND T-shirt) when I read these. I'm in work clothes -- Dockers, short-sleeve button-up -- and hard shoes. Dark socks, even. I IS PROFESSIONAL 'N' SHIT.

Reading: Pride and Prejudice, which I'm working through slowly. And I've started reading the second Peter David But I Digress... collection (More Digressions).

Writing: Not enough.

Planning: Not enough, either. I've let being tired get in the way of planning stuff. It's a weak excuse. You don't let that stop you.

Home is where you can get home. I kind of like that definition. Portland's like that for me.

I'll leave for work soon -- and, FYI, my commute takes me past the warehouse of Sock Dreams. I just thought you'd smile at knowing that.
24th-Sep-2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
The Cloisters museum is nice. You can do the whole thing in a day, and still have time left over, unlike the larger museums.
24th-Sep-2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about finding your way around. Cambridge (the English one) is still the only place I can do it reliably, even after years of not living there.

Wearing: Black shirt with the name of the company I work for embroidered on it; black jeans; I look like a sales assistant except that I'm not wearing shoes.
Reading: Re-reading Under Plum Lake. It's rather weird, which is good.
Writing: Still the tech book. I have promised a final draft to my editors by tomorrow night. I still think I can make it.
Planning: See above.
24th-Sep-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Cambridge totally has two maps: one for people it accepts and one for those whom it rejects.

(I always got lost there, but Cambridge's rejection of me was pretty unilateral.)
24th-Sep-2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I never felt I had a home anywhere before Vegas, a community - which is why the shattering of everything in Vegas was so harrowing for me.

This. This so much. I had a home twice. Once in college and once in Germany. It fell apart and now, I have no family, no tribe, no one to call at 3am. 3am is a very lonely place to be alone. I remember what having a family was like and my heart always aches with how much I miss it. Not just to be one of the cool kids, but to be part of something again, supporting and being supported.

Maybe someday. Until then, I have AJ and that is worth so much.

And who knows, if my dreams of WA fall through, you make Boston sound awfully appealing. :D
25th-Sep-2010 02:45 am (UTC)
You have me, except that I may not wake up! But I am there...

*hugs* Luck to you.
24th-Sep-2010 02:20 pm (UTC) - NYC
Last week I took the free ferry to Governor's Island. That was pretty awesome. There's a sukkah exhibit at Union Square right now that's pretty cool.
24th-Sep-2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
wearing: switchblade kittens tee, Weird Sisters
Writing: Nine Tails of Aiko Kitsune, "Fox Tale". Kuzunoha's son lets his daughter Aiko run with the foxes. Daily travelogue.
Reading: finished The Thin Man, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Looking Glass Wars
Planning: provisioning, then getting back in the dinghy before the weather turns sour
24th-Sep-2010 02:45 pm (UTC) - I'm actually reading something right now...
(though actually its re-reading, but it was 15+ years ago the last time I read it so, I'm not remembering much)

Wearing: Black denim capris, black & white short-sleeve shirt, black long sleeve over-shirt (yes, I'm playing the Goth today)
Writing: A remembrance of Aries
Reading: The Dancing Healers: A Doctor's Journey of Healing with Native Americans, by Carl A. Hammerschlag
Knitting: A scarf I started last winter...for some reason I stop knitting in warm weather.
Planning: Girl's Night In on Monday
Today: Work then Dinner with a friend and possibly a movie.
Tomorrow: Errands, Walk Prep, D&D Game and a Party
Sunday: Crashing at aforementioned party. Then helping hammercock and trowa_barton move.
24th-Sep-2010 02:50 pm (UTC) - Re: I'm actually reading something right now...
I'll see you Saturday night/part of Sunday!
24th-Sep-2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Dusky rose cotton minidress.
Reading: The Orphan's Tales: In The Night Garden, Cat Valente
Writing: Not much, recently, and what little there has been is.... melancholy.
Planning: Waiting for my just-ordered wheelchair to arrive, and bracing for familial reactions. Sigh.
24th-Sep-2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Wearing: EFF T-shirt, random pants that happened to be on top of the clean pile
Reading: The Curse of Chalion (ebook) / The Phoenix Guards (mmpb). (I've explained my book-format thing, right?)
Writing: Monitoring tools
Designing: card box dividers for Dominion
Planning: boardgaming tonight, sleep this weekend
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24th-Sep-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
The default boxes don't scale; I want to have base Dominion, Intrigue, Seaside, Alchemy, the promo cards, and (soon, I hope) Prosperity be easy to access and transport, and there's no way I can do that with the original boxes. (Carrying a stack of them around? Bah.)

So I have this, and I'm creating dividers. There are many sets already in the files area on BGG, but mine are going to be printed on 4x6 cards to minimise the amount of cutting and wasted paper required.

(I have a beta set that I'm currently using, but wound up trying to be too clever and mis-sizing them; the next version will be better laid out.)
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24th-Sep-2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Will do!

(Hmm... it's portable enough that I could bring it to Diesel on Tuesdays....)
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24th-Sep-2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Almost certainly Arisia.
24th-Sep-2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Please say hello to thewronghands for me!
24th-Sep-2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Periwinkle blue "perfect" shirt, Levi bootcuts, red Mary Janes, Misk U (funny, I haven't worn BPAL in forever and just put on Harvest Moon yesterday, so I decided to go for a streak)
Reading: The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol 1.
Planning: watching lots of football, like I do every weekend in fall.

it shifted to being maybe a little oversweet
Well, that makes sense. You know how when you get to the last inch of latte in your cup, the PSL is suddenly oversweet?.... yeah.
24th-Sep-2010 04:20 pm (UTC) - NYC Things
Forbidden Planet at 800 Broadway.

The Strand at 13th Street.

The New York Public Library.

The Grass Roots Tavern on East 8th, across from St. Mark's Comics.

Any diner anywhere between 79th Street and 21st Street, east or west.

That's what I'd do if I only had one day in the city. Things like museums and tours take time to plan how to get there and back.

Just my two cents.
24th-Sep-2010 04:25 pm (UTC) - oh, and NYC...
Union Square is pretty cool. A block south is the Strand, where there are many, many books. Central Park is gorgeous this time of year, but even more gorgeous is Inwood Hill Park, all the way at the north end of the A train. (Ancient forest in Manhattan!) If one goes to Inwood and is in the mood for a burger, there's a pub on Broadway just north of 207 that has the best burgers I've ever eaten. On the other end of the island, The Staten Island ferry is free and isn't a bad way to kill an hour or so; you get a decent view of the Statue of Liberty that way.
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