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Medieval Lady

Darn you, Mercury! *dramatic fist-shaking*

One of the things that is always very exciting is to get to actually meet good friends I only know from online. And, having dinner (or lunch, etc.) out with friends is also always excellent (and doesn't really happen that often-- in the "hey, let's get a bunch of people together and go get food and converse" sense, not the "Hey, roommate, want to grab a hamburger?" sense-- yes, indeed, we really live it up down here in one of the major amazing restaurant cities in the Southeast, woot).

So, I was REALLY psyched when it turned out that sekiharatae was going to be in reasonable driving distance for a wedding this past weekend. Yay! And plans were made! And they were, let me tell you, pretty darned awesome plans Although part of that is because The Melting Potis a) one of my favorite restaurants (fondue! more fondue! an amazing salad!-- yes, I know, but it's a fairly terrific salad-- dessert fondue!), and b)... um... yeah, I don't care how much time they spend telling you it's a Romantic Restaurant for Romantic Dinners for romance--- I used to go with d_ragondaughter and amaranthadanae and the three of us would order one of the fondue dinners for two, and we would STILL be waaaaaay toooo fuuuulllll and have leftover cheesecake. Four people (d_ragondaughter, me, sekiharatae, and her husband)? Perfect for a fantastic night out!!

Monday: "Um... yeah, there may be a teeny problem with a hurricane....but we could evacuate in the direction of the restaurant! This is completely logical!!!....what?"
Tuesday: "OK, looks like the hurricane is not hitting here, so, we're good!"
Wednesday: "Gosh, I hope these driving time estimates are ok... I would be SO embarassed to show up late..... we will just have to coordinate the HECK out of meeting up after class to get on the road... (and hopefully no students will want to talk to me after class...) Ack! The warning light for tire pressure is on in my car! I really can't just ignore that.... hopefully it's not anything major..."
Thursday: "Hah! It was just that the oil change people set the tire pressure too low- we are good to go! We have Tae's Christmas present all set, we have assorted anime and books to inflict upon her lend to her, we have filled up the gas tank! Awesome!" (with, I might add, a side order of feeling VERY happy at defeating various weather- and car-related potential obstacles! Yes!!!)
Friday: "Wait, classes are cancelled as of 2:00? WOOOT! *ahem* I mean... darn? Ok, this is good, this is very good-- well, getting out of downtown before the downpour, definitely good, but getting on the road an hour early, EVEN BETTER!!! And now we won't be late! And maybe, even, *evil grin*, added bonus, we will have a bit of time to stop in at the IKEA! It's only an exit up from the restaurant!! THIS IS GOING TO BE FANTASTIC!!" *dramatic anime pose of WIKTORIES!*

d_ragondaughter: Um... yeah... about that... heard from sekiharatae... that cold that she and her husband had which morphed into the Horrible Death Blargh is, well, still at the Horrible Death Blargh state. So they had to cancel.

Me:.. *big anime wibble-eyes* Can...cel?

d_ragondaughter: On account of Horrible Restaurant-Unfriendly Death Blargh.

Me: Waaaaaah!!!! *tragic!!*


Me: Oh, also? The express commuter bus is starting up two hours early on account of "let's get everybody off the peninsula before the weather gets too bad"-- can you come get me at the bus stop? And then, darn it, we are going to go get a frozen pizza. And chips.

d_ragondaughter: And cake?

Me: Darn right, cake.

(obviously, Horrible Death Blargh right before a family wedding which involved flying across the country is WAAAAAY more important than having to cancel dinner with random internet peoples. But, you know, I have a) no social life, and b)umm.... let's just say that there's an annoying giant steamer trunk up in my personal mental baggage which is labeled "nobody wants to spend time with you/nobody remembers you" and is full of photos and newspaper clippings of relevant moments in my life, which means that anytime something like this happens, it takes a couple of seconds for the logical side of my brain to slam the fool thing shut and sit on it.)

Tae, hope that you feel better soon!!!
greeting, worm

Meet Virginia

Up visiting the parents for the weekend; arrived safely late last night (had planned based on having a half-day yesterday...not realizing at the time that the half-day had been inexplicably scheduled for the afternoon.

Perfectly reasonable drive; slept well, although odd to not have to account for feline location/attention-and-food emergencies.

This morning, Mom and I went to a pick-your-own strawberries place, and did, in fact, return with a prodigious quantity of same. Shall be bringing a bunch back with me on Sunday (be warned, O Roommate!), mostly in a sliced-and-frozen state.

Took advantage of the hot tub (in fact, came home, showered, and THEN went to soak... quasi-furo!)

Much of the afternoon will doubtless be devoted to strawberry prep. Oh, and vampires.*

May also nap... feel like I could about fall over. *thunk*

*Course prep, about which I shall doubtless say more anon.
Medieval Lady

Conferencey greetings!

Well, this hotel is in fact walking distance to the conference, it just takes a while. Which, you know, good exercise, the weather will hopefully stay decent for one more day, generally a nice walk down quiet streets, etc. The more expensive hotel I had a reservation at before is, indeed, both nicer and waaaaay closer. And it was still a better idea to find a cheaper hotel, so I don't mind. And the conference hotel itself, aside from being decorated... um... oddly... is just right out in terms of price, for a lot of people, apparently.

Had dinner last night with a friend who is also presenting a paper, and, of course, picked her brains about the whole "commuting" question (which I'm trying to pick as many people's brains about as possible, mostly because I want to make sure that my arguments make sense).

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In other news, I took the time today to accomplish the non-conference things I wanted to get done, including (but not limited to):

1) Strolling around the Old City and taking many photographs while attempting to avoid lurking plotbunnies.

2) Carrying out my clever plan of using a European post office to transfer a payment to a European account-- which was rendered slightly tricky by the post office guy not speaking English, and my French being so full of holes it could be mistaken for a colander.

3) Purchasing postcards. And stamps. Oddly enough, not at the post office, because I really just didn't want to bother the poor guy with another request.

4) Other necessary purchases.