April 17th, 2006

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Norewescon summary

Fun but exhausting. My body seems to be making sure I'm aware I will be 40 this fall, whether I want to listen or not.

Made it to a nice mix of panels, parties, and hanging about. Missed the art show, damn it, but mostly because I wanted to avoid the cavity search. Translation - I was always carting around things I would have had to check to go into the Art Show area, and in the level of numbers or value that I was uncomfortable doing so.

Saw lots of people, some of whom even saw me back. *evil grin* I won't name names, because I would forget and omit, and prefer not to. I'm neither surprised nor hurt that the folks who failed to recognize me did so. These are the pearls that were my eyes - in other words not only have I been away from conventions mostly for the last ten years or so, my physical looks have changed drastically. Additionally, I'm one of those people who developed the ability to become effectively invisible as a defense mechanism early on, and I'm not always able to turn it off if I'm nervous, the way I am nervous about meeting new people, for example. Look ma, a non-adaptive behavioral remainder.

Came home with a number of book recommendations and without spending too much more money than I wanted. Also a few tidbits of information that were, while ancient history, personally gratifying and ego-bolstering as well. I'm glad I went.
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ha! I'm all kinds of accomplished today:
  • kept sleep clinic appointment, am good to go for a year

  • returned overdue library book

  • paid fine for overdue book

  • obtained new library card to replace the cancelled one - with a new and different but no shorter nor less full of zeros number to try and retain, oh yay

  • called the High Point housing folks; my mom and I have an appointment to look at a unit next Tuesday - it won't be the flat floor plan, but after prying the information out of them this morning that none of the flat floor plans were even built yet, I switched us to the 'normal' unit list and we are at least going to take a look

  • called the NFC folks about my health insurance premium payments - turns out I'm actually ahead, so there

  • spoke with gpq about taxes for a few moments, it being D-day today - or perhaps T-day would be a better appellation - and made an semi-appointment to chat about some of my financial options in a couple of weeks; yes it seems odd that I need tax planning advice more now that I'm unemployed than I did when otherwise

  • roasted coffee

I will point out that those counting will note that is three phone calls I made today, two of them to strangers.

Now I go to hang out with my cat, who has been mrrting hopefully at me every time I walk thru my room. Part of the Norwescon swag was a copy of each of the DAW 30th anniversary anthologies, so I have yet more reading material to add to the pile. Or maybe a nice nap... yes, that would be a cat-nap, Mr. Suspenders. :)