delazan: (Round Tuit)
2014-08-08 12:14 pm
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Annual Review 2014

I. Marriage Family
1. Brian’s sea-grass fedora is awesome on him.
2. Desperately need to restart game night with Brian and sometimes with Mekhi.
3. Brian and I need to have family photos done with Mekhi.
4. Signing up Mekhi for karate has been brilliant.
5. Prince Mekhi loves sticker books, so I must remember to buy him more. Plus some markers, which he prefers to crayons.
6. Birthday gift for Brian: something steampunk
7. Nina is pretty much our dog now. We’ve bought her a license and paid for almost all her needed health care. She still needs a teeth cleaning. Maybe in February.
8. “A fine day spent with the kindest, most loving woman I know. She was foolish enough to marry me, and I’m too smart to ever let her go.” – BKC talking about me on our 23rd wedding anniversary
II. Health
1. Weight is back over 300#.
2. Use some of the turkey broth to make frozen soup.
III. Finances
1. With the mortgage refinance, we’re almost done with unsecured debt Round III (only SP Visa left), and we’re rid of the second mortgage for good. All for only an extra $2000 out of the mortgage.
2. We’re hoping to buy a new car this year to replace the caravan.
IV. Creativity
1. “I’d like to spend the next two months working on my creativity. In order: 1. Hirapis, 2. Christmas crafts (especially Advent Candles), 3. Pins (i. e. Kicks Unlimited), and 4. My websites.” 2800. T-7-15-2014
2. “Creativity: Responded to JF’s questions about Hirapis and sent him the first 50 pages; August: Need to respond to JF’s remarks on first 50 pages; need to re-write Hirapis I; need to update ideas list and sort it to the notes; need to reprint the notes; need to write and send Hirapis short stories; need to make yin-yang earrings; Christmas Crafts, especially Advent Candles; Kicks Unlimited Beaded Pins;” #2804 M-8-4-2014
A. Hirapis
1. Actually tried submitting Hirapis I to some agents; then Brian recommended that I confer with JF. We’ve been going back and forth ever since. I still hope to have the first book completed and submittable to an agent/publisher by the end of the year.
2. I actually am making my novel a priority with the help of my friend JF, who has been in the publishing industry about as long as I’ve been alive.
3. I was afraid that JF would tell me I’ll never be a writer, but hoped that he’d become my agent. I said “the answer probably will be somewhere in between.” He’s helping me make my story better by asking a lot of questions.
B. Crafts
1. Need to buy more green/gold yarn for afghan.
2. Still need to finish Christmas crafts, and I’d like to do them in August, especially the advent candles.
3. I keep promising myself to make an advent candle – or any candle – before my birthday. I still have time to do that this year.
C. Other
1. Still need to update websites; working on an idea with Word Press.
2. Need to add a better strap to my GBP purse before my birthday.
3. I might like to make a flat sun hat if I buy a different serger.
4. I annotated A Modern Christmas Carol this year.
V. To Do
1. “Re-reading the journals, I also noted what I really want to work on: Hirapis, Delazan Enterprises, and me - specifically my weight. Yes, in that order.” #2782, 2-28-2014
2. I still need to have the MedicAlert info tattooed on my left wrist, and I’m thinking of putting the rebel alliance logo on my left arm.
3. The end of year lists/holiday plans worked better, but I have a feeling I’ll be refining that until the day I die. At least I will keep it to a one page brochure with a second page solely for recipes.
4. Been slowly but surely increasing my Munchkin collection.
5. Look up Latin for “In absence of the parent”
6. Need to buy Christmas lights again – maybe. Check stock first.
VI. Events
A. At Castle Curley
1. I keep saying that my Ptolus game has only about a year left; however, we won’t be playing in August or September of 2014 because of football and other issues.
2. “I must remember in the future that the pork shoulder needs to brine for eight hours before slow-cooking it in the Nesco, preferably overnight.” 2799. 7-8-2014, plus more soda; no buns.
3. Already thinking ahead and planning for our Silver Wedding Anniversary and my 50th birthday.
B. To Go
1. Odyssey Con has become onerous, and I’m thinking of quitting because I don’t like being the secretary. Unfortunately, I’m good at it; plus, I like doing the publications, which I’m good at also.
2. I’d like to visit the Seitz cabin again.
VII. Delazan Enterprises
1. Have to do a blog entry on Delazan Enterprises.
2. I desperately need to work on DE because despite the improvements in our finances (refinancing the mortgages to get rid of Debt III and Brian received a pay raise), we still need to make more money.
VIII. House
1. If I’m going to get pregnant, then replacing the lead pipe in the house needs to be a priority.
IX. Pregnant
1. Should move this to I. Family
X. Other:
A. Relatives
1. Not only did my sister finally give me her new contact info, but she responded to my birthday e-mail to her within a day. Maybe now that she has an empty nest, she might remember that she has a sister. I’ll see if she remembers my birthday, which I don’t think she’s done since before my wedding.
2. I’ve tried to engage my brother Tom and his wife Diane in conversation with chilling results (i.e. they’re almost as cold as my late mother), so I don’t feel the need to try anymore.
B. Day Job
1. Still need to find a better paying job, but I’m still working on Hirapis, DE, and buying lottery tickets.
2. Mr. Cueball has to have weekly meetings with me as enforced by those higher up the Food Chain. He’s glad I’m good at making agendas. He keeps promising me a new position description one of these years.
C. Me
1. As I’m re-reading my journals, I hear my Susan Boyle singing, “I Dreamed a Dream.” If she can make her dreams come true, so can I.
2. I’ve been buying a lot of clothes from Woman Within, including a new winter coat.
3. I probably only will buy Crocs shoes from now on because I love them, they are comfortable, and they last, making them worth the price.
4. Bought a GBP tank top and purse for the game on my birthday.
5. Need to buy a couple sets of gloves with the fingers that can use smartphones.

Pog ma thoin!
-Lori
delazan: (For Prince Mekhi)
2014-06-09 11:20 am

More Adventures in Motherhood

Friday night at supper, I gave Mekhi the evil eye for the first time ever. In fact, this was the first time I’ve ever given a child the evil eye. I had to remind myself that I am not my mother (who perfected the evil eye to a new level of evil) because I still laugh at many things Mekhi does that, were Mary Hewuse his mother, would have made her yell at him.

Now granted, the reason for the evil eye was that he was misbehaving while at a local bowling alley for the Friday Fish Fry. I thought the evil eye would draw less attention than verbally chastising him. I was so subtle, even Mekhi didn’t catch it. Yes, very effective. /sarcasm

Back home, we decided to mow the lawn because it was needed, and we’re going to be very busy this weekend. After we were done with the chore, Brian took a big log that fell from one of our trees, chopped it up, and started a fire in our outdoor fireplace. Unfortunately, he thought the log was dry enough that it would burn with just some scrap paper to start it. When neither that, nor the firestarters that I made from 100% recycled materials (egg cartons, dryer lint, and used up candle wax) worked, I finally broke down some smaller branches of tinder and kindling to add to his fuel log. Yes, I am a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. Someday I’ll tell you about starting the campfire for the pack of Boy Scouts at the group camp next to my troop during our trip to the Rockies thirty years ago this summer.

Mekhi didn’t want to just sit by the fire, having the energy of an eight-year-old, so I suggested he bring out his marshmallow gun and fresh bag of ammunition we recently bought for him. Mekhi had so much fun trying to target the marshmallows in the fire, but he kept missing. Someday he’ll be better at the geometry of trajectories, but in the meantime, he hit both me and Brian with marshmallows by accident. My mother would have yelled; I just laughed with Mekhi because it was funny.

After Brian doused the fire, I had to make a couple of cakes for our gaming group, and Mekhi wanted a cooking lesson. I showed him how to grease and flour the baking pans, the proper way to crack open an egg, and had him show me to where on the measuring cup I should fill it with water. I even showed him how to separate an egg yolk from its white, but I told him that takes a lot of practice.

The most important lesson that I taught Mekhi about cooking is the one my mother taught by example: tailor the cooking for those who will eat the food. I was making a German chocolate cake for our friend Jason, who Mekhi saw at Todd and Kat’s party last weekend. I explained that the traditional frosting for such a cake is coconut pecan. However, our friend Brian Stewart does not like coconut, so my Brian suggested making a second cake especially for him.

At Mekhi’s karate classes, they have a new Power Word each month. This month is “Sportsmanship,” and past words have included “Kindness” and “Teamwork.” I knew that Mekhi not only understood my cooking lesson, but that he also learns a lot more than karate at Kicks Unlimited because he used another previous Power Word when he said, “Plus, it’s Respectful.” I am so proud of him, and I gave him a big hug and kiss to tell him so.

As the cakes were baking, I opened the basement door to check on my laundry. Unfortunately my towels were not done in the dryer, so I mentioned to Mekhi that I’ll have to get up early in the morning to take a shower. Well, my little prince knows me very well because he snorted after I said that. Again, I laughed as I said, “That was very sarcastic, and very, very appropriate.” I love how quick his wit is growing.

Believe it or not, I did wake up in time to shower on Saturday. At karate, I told Mr. and Mrs. Degnan, the owners of Kicks Unlimited, about Mekhi’s proper use of one of the Power Words.

Pog ma thoin!
-Lori, Mom #2

“I’m not very adult. I am sometimes good at pretending to be one.” -Fuzzface00 4-19-2007
delazan: (Gen Con 2002)
2013-12-18 11:15 am
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Lori’s Year In Review: 2013

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? Chaired a full convention (Odyssey Con, Dorkstock is just a mini-convention that piggy-backs on Rock Con). Finished the first draft of a novel.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions (NYR), and will you make more for next year? I refer to NYRs as the Infinite Master To Do List, and yes, I made them. See the next blog entry for an accounting of what I’ve achieved in 2013 (it was a lot) and what I hope to achieve in 2014.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? A neighbor
4. Did anyone close to you die? My Auntie Ann (aunt by love); Pa Seitz, a father of several friends from elementary school (a Catholic, he had eight kids), and I camped at their family’s cabin a lot in my childhood.
5. What states or countries did you visit? Minnesota.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? Same as last year: a winning lottery ticket for the jackpot, a better paying job, a finished novel, a human baby, a successful home-based business; not necessarily in that order.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? May 14, 2013: the day I finished the first draft of my first novel. July 15, 2013, when I finally left the Lower Circles of Hell that was DSPS. August 27, 2013, my awesome birthday in Minnesota.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing the first draft of my first novel.
9. What was your biggest failure? Not concentrating enough on my home-based business, nor finding a better-paying job, nor finishing my novel (yet), gaining back most of the weight I lost in 2012.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? The Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Clinical Depression will be challenges for the rest of my life, as will the epilepsy. Plus I pulled a muscle in my back in early September.
11. What was the best thing you bought? So far, the generic maps of towers and labyrinths from Scrying Eye Games and Paizo Publishing.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Patton Oswalt and Stephen Colbert, for their respective responses to the Boston Marathon bombings; President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party for finally showing they have a pair and not giving in to the Repugnican’ts temper tantrums just once.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Appalled: The Repugnican’ts who kow-towed to the NRA instead of voting based on the wishes of 92-95% of their constituents. The US Supreme Court (again) for their demolition of the Voter Rights Act. The Repugnican’ts, especially the Tea Party, for holding the government hostage because of Obamacare. Depressed: the management at the Department of Safety and Professional Services and the State of Wisconsin Legislature, Governor, and Capitol Police.
14. Where did most of your money go? Paying off debts, still.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Taking a seven-year-old boy to church festivals, Packers Family Night, Karate lessons, etc.
16. What song will always remind you of 2013? This is the Moment” (Boyle/Osmond version) by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse, from the musical Jekyll & Hyde by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
 a) happier or sadder?
About the same. I have moments of each, but now the happier times seem to be outweighing the sad. 
 b) thinner or fatter? Unfortunately, fatter. I gained back most of the 80# I lost in 2012.
 c) richer or poorer? Poorer, of course.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Being creative, working on Delazan Enterprises.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Bitching about the Day Job.
20. How will you be spending Christmas? Eve: With the World’s Greatest In-Laws (mine!); Day: With the World’s Greatest Husband (mine!) and our critters; Boxing Day/my late mother’s birthday: with my siblings and their families (my one holiday concession to my side of the family).
21. With whom did you spend the most time on the phone? the Odyssey ConCom
22. Did you fall in love in 2013? Been in love with the same guy since 1989, and every day I love him more. Many days I truly am surprised that he still puts up with me. He still thinks he got the better end of the marriage deal; I know that I did.
23. How many one-night stands? Because I am monogamous in my marriage, I only have one night stands in my dreams and with the strangest people/fictional characters. See #35 for this year’s details.
24. What was your favorite TV program(s)? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Castle on ABC, Grimm on NBC, and The Big Bang Theory on CBS. Monday (ESPN) and Thursday (NFL Network) Night Football, too, of course; Warehouse 13 on Sy Fy. Once Upon a Time on ABC and Arrow on CW both are okay. I still love to watch Jeopardy! (syndicated) and Too Cute! on Animal Planet (not to mention their Puppy Bowl alternative to the Super Bowl).
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? See #13.
26. What was the best book you read this year? Hounded by Kevin Hearne, Guest of Honor at Odyssey Con 2013, in fact his entire Iron Druid Chronicles series are excellent.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery? More like a re-discovery: Summerfest.
28. What did you want and get? A child to love and take to summer festivals
29. What did you want and not get? See #6.
30. What was your favorite film of this year? Certainly not Iron Man 3, which was not up to par with 1 and 2, but Guy Pearce still is one helluva actor. Thor: the Dark World also was okay, better than the reviews. I guess my favorite movie this year was Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor, which I thought was brilliantly written for the show’s 50th anniversary, with intelligent ways to utilize time travel and actors from previous and future incarnations of The Doctor.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? See my journal entry for the day because it was one of the best birthdays ever thanks to the WGH. I turned 28 for the seventeenth time.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? See #6.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? Because I gained back a lot of the weight I lost, I decided not to make a bunch of new clothes; however, buying some (pants and sweaters) became necessary, so I did that with some of the money from the scholarly index I wrote in September.
34. What kept you sane? What is this “sanity” that you talk about? Although the WGH, the critters, my Best Friend Betsy RN MSN, the AoD, and especially the psychotropics do help. My psychotropic meds were adjusted this year for a very private reason, then upped because of the horrid Day Job. However, after I moved to DNR, my sanity did improve, even the WGH said so.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Even though I typically fancy fictional characters (Chris Hemsworth as Thor is a frequent deposit in my spank bank), I also have strange but erotic dreams involving Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter from The Big Bang Theory. I still drool over Clay Matthews III, B.J. Raji, Johnny Jolly, and A. J. Hawk of the Green Bay Packers. This year, the NFL has run a “What’s your football fantasy?” promotion, and I really couldn’t tell them that my football fantasy involves the Green Bay Packers defense and a very private hotel suite. ;) After the WGH gave me all six Star Wars movies on Blu-Ray for my birthday, Luke Skywalker, too (not necessarily Mark Hamill because he’s married, though I had a huge crush on Hamill when I was a kid).
36. What political issue stirred you the most? Protecting voter rights so we can restore the American Dream for the Middle Class.
37. Whom did you miss? My Grandma Lord
38. Who was the best new person you met? Mr. Cueball, my newest boss; and Cathy, the Secretary at my new department DNR.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013: When it comes to parenting, I most certainly am not my mother. She was a bully to me. I prefer to find humor in most situations dealing with children, including and especially those in my care.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
   This is the moment
   This is the day
   This is the moment when I know I'm on my way
   Every endeavor I have made ever is coming into play
   Is here and now today
See #16 above for details.
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First Blog Titles Month by Month 2013:
January: Thunderstorm on Monday; Rain on Tuesday; Snow on Wednesday
February: The Wit and Wisdom of the World’s Greatest Husband (WGH)
March: Due to being busy at both the Day Job and chairing Odyssey Con, I wrote no journal entries in March 2013.
April: I have a Duck of Doom AND a Duck of Gloom!
May: Maiden - ? - Crone
June: HRH M., Prince of Castle Curley
July: Wednesday, er, July Updates
August: Annual Review
September: Organized Football is Screwing Up Again
October: Curley Con 2013
November: Simplifying the End of 2013 Even More
December: I Hate December Reason #94

Blessed Be,
-Lori
 
“I bombed bigger than North Korea.” – me, on my speech at the opening ceremonies of Odyssey Con this year
 
delazan: (Dork Tower DM)
2013-11-15 03:02 pm

More from the World of Geekdom

Thanks to football season, our gaming events on the weekends takes a backseat to the Badger games (not the Packer games, we can Tivo those, but we have season tickets to the Badger games). Thus, we had not played Ptolus since August, but we just started it again on November 2, although the next game will be in mid-December. Deadlands hasn’t been played since September, but hopefully will re-start in November. In the meantime, I have more funnies from the World of Geekdom:

Deadlands: )Ptolus:  )

Pog ma thoin!
-Lori

“Normals are squishy.” – Lisa G.
 

delazan: (Me and WGH)
2013-10-06 01:01 pm