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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
7:23 am - I've Decided to Attend...
After seeing numerous discount offers, I decided to go to Portland Comic-Con, to see what it's like.  I'll be going on Sunday, Jan 26th; anyone else attending that day?  Perhaps I'll see you there...

current mood: curious

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
12:17 pm - Sunday Morning
Sunday Morning Highlights: thrihyrne and I went for breakfast at Zell's, assembled an IKEA dresser and I showed her how to do SELECTs in SQL.  Life doesn't get much better.

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Saturday, June 1st, 2013
1:22 pm - Cautiously Optimistic (Yet Again)
So, we’re trying the Virgin Diet. No, it’s not what you’re thinking (a cannibalistic consumption of the pre-sexually-active, right?), it’s eating only foods with the word "virgin" in the name, mainly virgin olive oil and virgin wool (Hahahahaha! No, it’s not! That would be gross! ). Okay, for reals: It’s by by J. J. Virgin (hence the name) and is predominately an elimination diet removing inflammation-causing foods. Her premise is that many people regularly consume foods that they are sensitive to, but not allergic to, which causes low-grade inflammation, yielding long-term health issues and weight retention.

The seven foodstuffs eliminated are gluten, corn, dairy, eggs, peanuts, soy and sugars (both natural and artificial). I’ve been gluten-free and dairy-free for ages, and don’t consume much corn or egg, but I haven’t tried eliminating those from my diet entirely. So it’s been less of an adjustment for me than for thrihyrne, but it has been a reminder just how much wheat, corn, soy and sweeteners are used in packaged foods.

For me, it’s not so much about losing weight as to determine if any of these foods are affecting my general well-being. We started on Sunday, and most of these week I’ve been free from restless-leg symptoms. I’m not yet saying that I’ve solved that problem, but if I can improve my sleep by giving up soy (or corn, or both), that is a sacrifice I am thoroughly willing to make.

In a couple weeks I’ll experiment with reintroducing foods into my diet and see. Perhaps I’ll will report on the results.

Thank you for reading!

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013
10:06 am - Saturday was GREAT!
Since thrihyrne and I share only one day each week when neither of us works, our Saturdays tend to be our Day of Rest.  When I mentally list the things we did yesterday the individual items don’t seem extraordinary, but the day certainly was.  We slept in, had coffee-and-Internet, went grocery shopping, made tacos, watched an episode of “Elementary,” and played some online Boggle.  I also taught T what she needed to know to crochet edging around the collar and armholes of a knitting project.  At twilight, we went on a spontaneous walk around the neighborhood, because the air was so fine and the sky so beautiful they had to be savored.

It was fabulous spring day in Portland, and even though we spent the entire day together, at the end of it, I didn’t want to fall asleep because then it would be over.   Life is good.

current mood: happy

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
7:04 pm - Tonight, I Am Unemployed
Today I submitted my final timecard to the Consulting Company.

Tomorrow I will go to my new job, which is in the same building, at same desk. On the same project.  After several inquiries, much discussion and a grueling application/interview/offer/confirmation process, I have converted to being an employee of my erstwhile client, Big Happy Fun Time.*

I feel a bit weird becoming a regular employee again, after 25 years of being a consultant.  I suppose I shall find other ways to feel smugly superior.

So, tomorrow I will be The New Guy, but tonight I will live the Life of Wild Abandon enjoyed by People Between Jobs!  I will play some online Boggle and STAY UP UNTIL 9:00!  WOOHOO!

* Yes, I believe I will continue to use the nom de cacher for BHFT, based on contractual agreement with the Consulting company that LASTS FOREVER.  Plus, I like referring to my place of work as BHFT.

current mood: happy

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Sunday, April 28th, 2013
3:29 pm - It's the Arts!
On Friday, thrihyrne and I went with grrlpup and sanguinity to see “One Man Star Wars Trilogy” at the Aladdin.

If you haven't seen it, the show is pretty much what it says on the tin.  One man (actor Charles Ross) acts out three Star Wars movies (SW ep 4- A New Hope through SW ep 6 – The Return of the Jedi) in about 75 minutes.  He doesn't tell the story the way one would recount a film to one's friends (“…And then the princess blasts the grate, and they all dive down the chute!  And it turns out to be a garbage compactor!”), he acts all the roles and sings the soundtrack (mostly wordlessly for that, but sometimes he interjects lyrics for humorous effect).  And he does all the sound effects; his TIE fighter is spot-on.

I'd seen the show with sanguinity a few years back, and while I didn't remember much detail, I did recall that it was an evening well spent.  And it still is.  I do think the show works best for fans who know the movies well enough to recognize most scenes and what's going on.  For example, I would imagine his rendition of the sand barge fight would be mystifying to anyone who wasn't at least familiar with the opening of “Jedi.”  But if you do know the sequence, it's a blast to see how he depicts the core elements in retelling the story.

Apparently he's also performing a One Man Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  If that comes to Portland, I'll probably see that, too...

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Saturday, April 27th, 2013
4:43 pm
So, Stumptown is happening right now, and I'm not there.

I do have mixed feelings.  I put in an application last year, and I got wait-listed.  Since I'd hardly produced any comics for a year, it's not as if I can really complain.  But, you know.  I was still disappointed.

So now the show is happening, and I'm having a great weekend with thrihyrne instead.  I may still go tomorrow while she's working, perhaps before a playdate with Hz.

Perhaps if I start working on them now, I'll have some comics done by next year's Stumptown...

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
8:45 pm
Not to boast, but my life is being pretty awesome.

Tonight is the final night of Vacation: thrihyrne and I went to Harrisonburg, Virgina to sort through and bring home (or dispose of) all of her stuff that had been stored at her mother's house for the past several years.  While this might seem odious, we had a great time.

We were blessed by Ganesh in many ways:Read more...Collapse )

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Monday, December 24th, 2012
11:18 am - Being As Celebratory As I Can...
On the day before Christmas Eve while having a playdate with Hz, I threw my back out.

I suppose there could be worse times (such as right before being chased by bears), but I’d planned on using this week to get a bunch of exercising, holiday preparing, unpacking and general organizing done. Can you imagine me going on about how much I dislike this? Good. Spares me the effort of writing it out.

Saturday I got to spend with thrihyrne, and that was awesome. She wanted some plants for our new home, so as a Holiday Present, I took her on a surprise trip to Portland Nursery to get whatever she liked. We brought home two new Plant Friends, with pots. Right now they're keeping her company in the next room as she works (she's got shifts both Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day).

Then we had sanguinity and grrlpup over, as our First Dinner Guests Ever. We walked up to Peacock Lane to look at the lights (Pro Tip: If you go on foot, look at the lights on both sides of the street as you go, because you’ll be sick of the crowds by the time you reach the end of the block and will just go home from there), then had dinner and started to watch a documentary on origami, but they’d seen it before, so we watched “The Hunger Games” (which they’d also seen before, but had a lot more action than the paper-folding documentary).

I hope you are not spending your holiday with an ice pack, shuffling about slowly and wincing!

current mood: hurting

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
7:28 am - Thanksgiving Announcement
So, I'm moving out of my sister's basement.

It's been a good six years.  There is much I enjoy about living with drarwenchicken and BILJ, and especially Hz, but it's time for me to strike out on my own. Well, not totally on my own, because I will be moving into a new-to-us apartment with thrihyrne!  Well, not totally new, as it's in the same apartment complex where I lived prior to moving in with family.  But I digress... What's important is that she and I will be living together! Yay!

Everything's been falling into place pretty well.  Apartment hunting consisted of calling the property manager and asking if he had any two-bedroom apartments coming available around December 1st.  He did.  We looked at one place.  We took it.  

Officially our first day there is Friday, but we already have keys, as the manager expected to be out of town.  Our holiday weekend will be a frenzy of preparation and packing (well, Thrihyrne will be working for much of it, but I'll be packing). A key element will be how soon we can have Internet active at the new place, as she'll need it so she can work.  (Comcast seems to have helpfully sent us the self-install kit for cable TV, and even though they charged us for the self-install Internet kit, did not send that.  Soon I will express my displeasure to them.) 

Anyway, our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.  I'm trying a service where my new address will be psychically implanted into your brain at such time as you first need it, so when you sit down to address a Saturnalia card to us, you should just know.  (If it doesn't work, please inquire by email or call, and we will provide!)

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! 

current mood: excited

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012
4:14 pm - And There Was Much Rejoicing...
I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately, because I’ve been out there, Seizing the Day, living Life to the Fullest, and Trying to Keep Up With My TV Watching.  And it’s not that I don’t want to share vivid and humorous description my quirky hijinks; I want all of you to know what I’ve been up to and what I’ve been having for breakfast.  I really need a personal blogger.

Yesterday I spent a delightful day with thrihyrne.  Her schedule currently has her days off each week as Tuesday and Saturday.  So I’ve been devoting Saturdays to her.  On Sunday, I take her to work in the morning, then amuse myself in various ways for the day (today has included a walk with Arwen and Hz, a phone call with my mother, a playdate with Hz and a LiveJournal post (which you’re reading RIGHT NOW!)).  I then pick her up at the end of her work day (7:00pm), and we then have time together until I take her home on my way to Big Happy Fun Time on Monday morning.  

Anyway, yesterday we slept in, had luxurious morning coffee/breakfast/internet, visited a Steampunk/Gothic Industrial clothing store in Sellwood in search of costumery for next month’s Steamcon, went to some outlet/discount stores and scored an excellent induction cooktop, and watched the first two episodes of "Avatar: The Last Airbender."  Last weekend we had a delightful mini-vacation with a night at an airbnb location in Damascas with a hot tub.  Life has been like that; I’ve been having such a good time living it that I’ve hardly had time to document it.  

I will try to not wait five weeks before I post again.  Until then, I hope you’re Enjoying Life, too!

current mood: exuberant

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
10:22 pm - Tomorrow is the 1st!
If you're like me (and you probably are), you don't remember to say "Robots, robots, robots*" as the very first thing on the first day of each month until late in the day, by which time you've already said a whole bunch of other things, so your luck is only Normal Luck for the month, instead of really awesome Good Luck.

Well, let this be your reminder.

Soon I will post about how my life is still being thoroughly wonderful and my non-work time is primarily devoted to the lovely and amazing thrihyrne, and in July there was much sushi and cake and Olympics and some socializing, and there are significant events and changes in lives around me, but not tonight. Now I will go to go to bed and dream of good-luck robots, and wish you the best of everything for August!

*If you're still saying "Rabbits!" or "Rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit," or some other similar words, depending on where you come from on the first of the month for luck, may I point out that it's the new Millennium, and robots are where it's at. I'm just saying.

current mood: sleepy

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Friday, May 25th, 2012
9:01 am - Birthday! Birthday! BIRTHDAY!
Today is my 50th birthday. I feel I should post something profound to commemorate this milestone. Perhaps an agglomeration of the Great Wisdom I’ve gained over five decades. When I try to write that, however, I flounder, merely coming up with some Handy Tips* and explanations to Young People how life was when I was young.**

So, I don’t know. I guess I’ll talk about some things that have been on my mind lately: And I go on about it behind this cut...Collapse )

current mood: Birthdayized

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
8:23 pm - Now, Braces-Free!

So, I got my braces off today.  I wouldn't have been looking forward to it as much if I'd known how painful the removal process would be.  They snap the brackets off of one's teeth by torqueing them until they break free. Seriously.  Some came off easily, and others were several seconds of "OW OW OW OHMIGOD I'M NOTSUREICANTAKETHISANYMORE!!SNAP!!"  Then there was the Grinding of the Adhesive From My Teeth.  By the time all that was over, the mouthful of alginate to mold my retainers seemed tame.   

I'd made myself a lunch, but my mouth ached far too much to chew it. Fortunately, I'm the sort of person who would have a spare bottle of baby food in my desk drawer for just such an emergency, so I didn’t go hungry.

Anyway, here's what I look like now:

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Sunday, May 13th, 2012
2:06 pm - For Your Conversations This Week, the Talking Points About Evan...
  • After a month of 4-day work weeks, I’m back to 40 hrs/week, tempered by my now-normal practice of spending weekends with thrihyrne, with a night or two of sleepovers during the week (enjoy!).
  • Saw “The Avengers” movie last weekend (enjoyed!).
  • Last night had a barbecue at sanguinity & grrlpup’s house (enjoyed!).
  • Experiencing a weird pain in my ribcage on the right side, as if I’ve damaged something which hurts particularly badly when I breathe (not enjoying). Friday night/Saturday morning was the worst, but it seems to be improving, so I don’t think it demands an urgent-care visit.
  • The weather in the Northwest is being sunny and warm, which does feel good, despite the fairly abrupt shift from 50ish° weather (and it also prompted the purchase of a sunhat and 85 SPF sun block for thrihyrne, which I will share to keep my delicate skin safe).
  • Had a long phone conversation with my mother today, for which I will take Mother’s-Day-celebration credit, although I call her pretty much every weekend, so it’s not as if she never hears from me the rest of the year.
So, Life is Good. I wonder what Wonderful Things will happen the rest of the month?

current mood: cheerful

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Sunday, April 29th, 2012
10:57 am - Stumptown 2012!
Just a quick post between days at Stumptown Comics Fest 2012:
1. Eight hours of a convention make Introvert Evan very tired.
2. Despite that, it's been excellent, with many fans coming by and saying that they miss the comic and hope for more posts.
3. It's delightful to watch someone read my "Get Out Of Trouble Free" card (or any other of my works) and laugh.
4. Most importantly, thrihyrne has been my Minion, enthusiastically handing out swag and telling people about my comic.  Here's a photo of us:

The Ask Dr. Eldritch Table - Stumptown 2012
               click photo to embiggen!

Soon we will return to the Convention Center for Sunday's session.  Hope to see you there!

current mood: artistic

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Thursday, April 26th, 2012
5:42 pm - HEY, EVERYBODY!!

Put Down That Chainsaw and Listen To Me!  Whether you are a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s* work or not, you should check out  the Studio Ghibli series at the Northwest Film Center in May.  They will be screening 35mm versions of many Studio Ghibli movies, including several that aren’t available on any home media in the US, and even some that are not about a girl having a magical adventure involving strange creatures!  Really!***  

Click. Here. Now:  http://www.nwfilm.org/screenings/41/428/

* Film director and secret genius behind the “Jackass” TV show and movies.**

** Allegedly.

*** There might be singing cats. I don't know.  I haven't seen all these films yet myself.

current mood: bouncy

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Thursday, April 19th, 2012
7:49 pm - Of Headaches and Book Critiques
On a day of heavy rain and a throbbing headache, I received my judge's assessment of my book "Ask Dr. Eldritch Volume #1 Are Aliens Eating My Crackers?" (a critique provided to those who enter the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards).  Ratings were given on these four things (from 1 - Poor, to 5 - Excellent):
Plot:  2  
Grammar: 4
Character Development: 2
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

The Judge's biggest complaint was that it wasn't a story.  To which I would say, "Well... yeah."  There wasn't a category for "Collections of Humorous/Satirical Advice Column Letters," so rather than go with the misleading "Nonfiction" category, I submitted under "Genre Fiction."  The Judge suggested that he would have liked it better if there was an overarching story line, which I did kind of think was an interesting idea, but I do read that as "We were expecting everybody to submit novels for this category, and you did something different."  He also didn't address what issues dropped my Grammar and my Production Quality to only 4's, which I would have liked to know more about.  So I can't say I felt I got a lot of useful feedback.

I was amused by the thought that even without plot and character development, I still got '2's for those categories.  Makes me wonder if any books get a '1', and what those are like.

On the plus side, the Judge did say, "each letter was original and very humorous," and "the talent shown in the prose confirms that the author is a good writer."  Which, honestly, is all I really want to hear.  

And now I'll go lie down in hopes of making the throbbing headache go away.

current mood: meh

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
5:37 am - Snow Globe Fire FRENZY!
The local news has erupted with stories about the Snow Globe of Death!

KPTV: Snow Globe Blamed for Couch Fire   (text and photos)

KGW: Snow Globes Ignite Fire in Milwaukie Home     (short video)

KATU: It Was the City of Portland Snow Globe That Tried To Burn My House Down   (video, with Demonstration!)

In all of these, BILJ is merely identified as "a neighbor."  Neighbor K came over last night to thank him again, since if BILJ hadn't been in the right place at the right time to hear the smoke detector going off, a fire might have ignited and burned for quite a while before anyone noticed.  As it was, most of the damage was caused by the firepersons breaking a door open and dragging the couch outside.  Interesting how things work out, sometimes.

current mood: awed

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
7:00 am - Fire! Fire! Fire!
As you can probably imagine, thrihyrne and I spent a blissful weekend together, working on projects, going shopping and doing giddily-in-love-couple stuff, which I could go on about, but instead, I'll tell you about the Fire Next Door.  

Our first indication that something was up was when BILJ ran into the house and back out.   He'd heard the neighbor's smoke-detector alarm sounding, saw a living room filled with smoke, and went for a fire extinguisher and the neighbor's house key.  He couldn't find the key, but soon after he was back over there, the firepersons showed up.  I"d gone over to be helpful, but once the Grown Ups In Charge arrived, I went and hung out with Hz to stay out of the way.  

It turned out to be a smoldering sofa* caused by the sun shining through... A SNOW GLOBE.  Yes, a "harmless" snow globe on the windowsill focused the sunlight onto the sofa material and got it going.  If BILJ hadn't heard the alarm when he did, it might have ignited, and the damages would have been far worse than a badly charred sofa and a lingering smoke smell.  

So be safe, Everyone!  Check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, and make sure your snow globes aren't trying to burn your house down!

* Note: "Smoldering Sofa" would be a great name for a progressive Ska accordion band.

current mood: whoa

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