chaiya: (TARDIS)
It's my birthday, so I'm going to ramble a bit. Please indulge me. ;)

To a large extent, I have already gotten what I wanted for my birthday. Readercon 24, the science fiction convention I chaired this past weekend, went really well. We had excellent attendance, fantastic conversations, and lots of people had a really great time. While there were some bumps along the way, nothing seems to have gone horribly awry (knock on wood). I believe we didn't kill Readercon over the past year. In fact, we came within twenty attendees of hitting our membership cap. I've been asked to chair Readercon again next year. Third time's the charm? ;)

My friends are, many of you, fans of science fiction. Are you yet a member (either supporting or attending) of LoneStarCon3 (this year's World Science Fiction Convention)? Are you in the process of voting on the Hugo ballot, and perhaps pondering whether you want to become an Advance Supporting Member of the 2015 Worldcon (aka, vote on site selection for 2015)?

You may have noticed that I've visited Helsinki twice so far this year. I'll be going to Finland (and Sweden) again in October to attend Swecon. (And many thanks to the love and generosity of my family and my colleagues at Luminoso for letting me run around like this!) The reason for my visiting Helsinki so much is that I'm heavily involved in the bid to bring Worldcon to Helsinki in 2015. So much so, in fact, that if Helsinki wins, I've been asked to co-chair the Worldcon that would result.

This is something I am incredibly excited about. It's a fascinating challenge, and I want to take it on.

To do that, though, Helsinki needs to win the vote on site selection. This year's race is tight, between Helsinki, Spokane, and Orlando. The votes have already started to roll in!

If you are reading this and a member of Worldcon this year, please vote on your Hugo ballots. Voting is good for you! Please further consider paying the extra $40 fee to vote on site selection. The Helsinki team (including me) would appreciate your consideration for site selection, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have about the bid and our plans.

If you're not already a member of Worldcon this year, but want to vote for us, the basic steps you can follow are:

1. Get a membership for this year's Worldcon (either supporting membership or attending). (This gives you ebooks of the Hugo-nominated literature and allows you to vote on the Hugo awards, so long as you do so by the end of the month!)

2. Pay the $40 USD site selection voting fee.

3. Print out the voting ballot. Fill it in, and seal it as instructed.

4. You can mail it yourself, or contact info@helsinkiin2015.org and we can make sure your ballot is delivered at Worldcon this year!

For more details on voting, you can also look at Helsinki's Page of Site Selection Explanation.

Any questions? :)
chaiya: (fancy)
We had the most amazing brunch today. A brunch almost entirely of chocolate. It was incredible. My most heartfelt thanks to [livejournal.com profile] paradoox and [livejournal.com profile] smozz for bringing us along for the party! I took a ton of pictures with the iPhone of all the various yummy stuff on my plate. It was also very serendipitous to run into [livejournal.com profile] its_just_me and co. while there.

It also made me long for "real" tea service at home. Something along these lines, I think. When I was growing up, I collected assorted teacups and saucers, saying I would have a varied tea service when I had my own home. After I went kosher, of course, these got sold at a church yard sale or something -- there was no way they could be rekashered.

There's just something about the aesthetics of teacups and saucers that appeals to me. We have great mugs in the house now, but they're not nearly so delicate or charming as real teacups and saucers.
chaiya: (oh noes)
Somehow, we have broken or lost the glass insert to our glass Bodum teapot. This disappoints me -- I have no idea what happened to it. They don't make our model anymore, apparently, and it's a very classy-looking teapot. So now it's half as useful as it used to be, and that makes me sad because I really like using it while entertaining. :(

On the plus side, I guess, I still enjoy entertaining. :}
chaiya: (nonsequitur)
Via [livejournal.com profile] clara_girl, what's your favorite tea?

Mine are as follows:

herbal: House Blend #1 at TeaZone (www.teazonline.com, I think, but also located on Elm Street)
non-tea tea: kukicha from Tealuxe
non-caf chai: rooibos chai from Yogi Tea (I think ... it comes in a pink package)
caffeinated chai: masala chai from Tealuxe
black tea: creme de la Earl Grey from Tealuxe ... or possibly Monk's Blend from TeaZone
green: Jasmine Downy Pearl (or Jasmine Dragon Pearl, same thing) -- I usually get mine from Tealuxe or Harney
blooming art tea: Jasmine Fairy Maidens from Harney & Sons
white tea: Wedding Tea from Harney


... Clearly, I need to get around to making myself a tea icon. ;)
chaiya: (hippie)
Painting of Davis Square. I'm in love with my city, and in love with this painting. :)
chaiya: (purrrrz)
Happy holidays to whomever of you is celebrating one this week. And happy belated holidays to those of us who already had our celebrations.

May we all find a purring bit of happiness to keep us warm as we struggle back toward the sunlit days. :)
chaiya: (flute)
I'm posting [livejournal.com profile] hope_persists's version, since she and I have the most concerts in common so far.

Here is how it works. Copy this list. Leave in the bands you've seen perform live. Delete the ones you haven't and add new ones that you have seen until you reach 25 50. Sorry, folks, I really did try to limit it. An asterisk means the previous person had it on their list. Two asterisks means the last two people who did this before you had that band on their list. It's about music, so you know it got a little lengthy. )

Bonus Round! People I want to see live but haven't yet:
Patty Griffin, Patty Larkin, Abi Tapia, The Weepies, The Clumsy Lovers (coming up in Allston this week!), Abra Moore (because that one time I saw her she had a really rough night, so I don't count it), The Kimberly Trip, Sean Altman, Alix Olson, Sting, The Police, Shawn Colvin, The Decemberists, Counting Crows, Billy Joel, Holly Figueroa, Dave Matthews Band, The Sundays, Stuart Davis, Liquid Pie, They Might Be Giants, Aimee Mann, Pony Up!, The Ditty Bops, The Duhks, Jill Sobule, Eliza Gilkyson, Equation, Adam Sweeney, Davy Jones (of the Monkees), Melanie Doane, Bruce Springsteen.

People I'm going to see in concert in the next week or so:
Edie Carey/Ellis/Anne Heaton/Elana Arian tonight at Passim
Arrogant Worms tomorrow night
Clumsy Lovers Tuesday
Haleli possibly Wednesday
Anne Heaton next week

I take in a lot of music, eh? :) I think it's compensation for how little I can entertain folks at home right now.
chaiya: (concentrating millie)
I want to find the perfect gift when I remember someone's birthday. Particularly someone close to me. And there are a lot of someones-close-to-me who have August/September birthdays.

Sadly, the things I am most likely looking at right now are things that I want. Poo. This economical way of life in order to have an extravagant bathroom? For the birds.
chaiya: (crystal as menolly)
Is it bad that the piece of jewelry I most want to own is a Bjoran-style earring?

Other people want this sort of thing, too, right?
chaiya: (bashful youth)
As a 12-year-old (or younger?), I loved a series of 3 books that were sort of pre-young-adult, Christian, and about a girl named Crystal who moved someplace with horse ranches. She had all sorts of adventures/mysteries, including one that involved finding gold in an abandoned mine or something. I only owned the first three books -- no idea if there were more.

I have a morbid curiousity as to whether they were actually good books, or whether I was enjoying the last of my horse obsession/Christianity obsession.

Anyone know what books I'm talking about? Or is your google fu stronger than mine, perchance?
chaiya: (zomg!)
This is definitely the book of the morning. Go out and read it. I'll wait.

Crystal woke up 10 minutes early this morning, but still managed to be 10 minutes late leaving the house. This caused her to miss the bus that would get her to work on time for her meeting. She could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.

Crystal rushed out of the house without breakfast, which meant she couldn't take her medication because it would make her throw up. She thinks she left the bottles out on the table, where the cats will throw it onto the floor and hide it beneath the stove. Discovering those bottles, dusty and banged up, at the end of a very long day today will be the end of a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.

Crystal did remember to grab lunch before leaving the house. You would think this would be a bonus. Sadly, no. Crystal's Asian food leftovers, while good-smelling, were not the scent she would choose to wear to work in the morning. And she's not sure how she's going to get that sauce out of her iPod case. This was definitely going to be a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day.

... Perhaps she should move to Australia.Continued ... )

And Crystal thought, as she sat down to her computer for work, that this story might amuse all of her friends. And that would make this less of a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. In fact, she was sure that a day here with her friends would be better than any day in Australia.

... Although she's okay with testing that hypothesis, someday, when it's cold in New England and warm in Australia. ;)
chaiya: (sunhat of dorkitude)
[livejournal.com profile] jenn_girl linked to a cool shoe/boot site, http://www.jadedminx.com. [livejournal.com profile] quem98, I'm particularly looking at you! ;)
chaiya: (honeymoon smiles)
Dude! The flowering tea -- it is now for (more) public consumption! Harney carries three types! Josh, when you come visit next, I'll brew you some of this. Will that make up for us not having a Teapot in town? :)

(I think Harney is actually becoming my favorite tea company. Which is a shame, because they're so damn expensive.)
chaiya: (tapuzit pose)
Tapuzit gave birth this afternoon to one live black & white kitten and two stillborn white and orange kittens. I'm sad about the stillborns, but OMG! baby kitty!

So, um, if anyone wants to come see baby kitty? Come see baby kitty! OMG!

Like, seriously, I had no idea she had achieved pregnancy. We were trying to set her up a while back, but assumed it didn't take because she didn't get any bigger. I guess she just hid it well!

OMG! Baby kitty! I will love it and spoil it and cuddle it SO MUCH! After Tapuzit finishes being protective, that is. Which should be in another 12 weeks, right?

OMG!
chaiya: (calm me)
Step One: Make a post to your LJ containing a list of 10 holiday wishes; the wishes can be anything at all, just make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want. If you wish for real life things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where [fill in the blank holiday representative] could get in touch with you. Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines.

Step Two: Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part: if you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not; it's your call! There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Wish & it might come true. Give & you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.
It's a somewhat selfish list, but it is what I really want, and most of it is accomplishable ... )

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