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[Mar. 6th, 2007|04:28 pm]
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This day? Can be over any time now. I'm doing class with (hopefully) Mym and Ani tonight and then I'm going to sleep like a coma victim. Ladies? We still on?

Caitlin continues to be BFF by providing not only the first present for the peanut (baby's first Christmas onesie, with little Pooh bears on it), but also the most reliably practical (new tires!). She said "Make an appointment for your new tires so I can give you my baby shower present." I'm like "I'm getting a baby shower?" And she's like "I don't care, you're getting a present, no matter what." *love*

1. Everyone has ick and boo days at work. Can you tell me what makes a good day at your work (I mean satisfaction in job well done, or social interaction-wise, or what have you)?

What makes a day good here is productivity and a certain level of activity. Which is why I always like the last few days before a project's go-live date. There's a certain buzz and a feeling like mountains can be moved in just a few hours. Also, any day when I get to go through my entire inbox and be able to answer questions at the time they're being asked rather than saying "I'll get back to you." My job doesn't offer a lot of options for physical evidence of progress, so feeling like progress has been made is fantastic. I love being a project manager, it comes in so handy so often. I know it's llike "when all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" but really, knowing how to manage a project means I can make anything into a project.

So.. a good day is one where things come at me fast enough for me to not have time to look at the clock but not so fast that I can't answer them. :)

2. What's the biggest change you've seen in yourself over the last six months?

Seen in myself? I think I'm better at being part of a team. I've always been able to do it at work, and in the SCA we're really just a consortium of individuals sharing a mutual load, but this is the first time I've ever been part of a real team. It's hard for me as I'm incredibly indpendant, very stubborn, and I like my autonomy. So stepping back and saying "This is not all about me anymore," while it's been hard, has been really good. I think I'd never really understood the upside of this. I'd never been able to look at someone in a crisis and say "What will we do now?" and have there be an answer. Now? I wouldn't trade it. And if being married didn't get me in this state, the peanut sure as shit did. Because now its us against the unknown future and man.. it is so really damned nice to have an ally. It's going to require a lot of communication, but it's worth it to have a united front.

3. What books are you reading at the moment?

Well there's a small pile of pregnant books, but for real substantive reading I'm tackling Stiff: The curious lives of human cadavers which is just this fantastic and really quite funny stroll through centuries of medical research history. I'm really enjoying it and find it makes perfect treadmill reading. Getting Stoned with Savages is the sequel to J. Maarten Troost's great autobiography/travelogue of his time on the Christmas Islands (The Sex Lives of Cannibals) but in this one he's on Vanatu and Fiji. It's silly and fun and I'm enjoing it, but it's not really meaty. On Cait's suggestion I'm tackling The Ghost Map. I've always been interested in infectious disease stuff and this is a history of a famous Cholera outbreak and the development of modern epidemiolgical methodology. For giggles that are more cerebral than you think, ST brought home Carl Hiassen's Nature Girl last night. I've read the first several chapters and am looking forward to the rest. For totally non-cerebral giggles I'm also reading Chris Moore's latest, You Suck, in an effort to have them all read by the time LunaCon rolls around. I enjoy watching him speak, it's even more rewarding if you have read as much as possible of the things he's going to be referencing.

4. Do you have a game plan for future Pennsics with Peanut action, and if so, tell.

ST's folks are 45 minutes away so the plan so far is to do Set-up Week with the three of us and then have the Peanut go hang at Camp Grandparents for War Week. That way the baby gets exposure to Pennsic and an undersatnding of the rules while still allowing us to get some time as adults. We're very lucky. VERY.

It's really critical for us that the baby go camping and be involved in this hobby from the beginning because there are things that it teaches you that are really invaluable, and also, the secret to having a kid who is good at camping is NOT to keep a kid at home until it is older and then introduce it to camping. The secret is to get the kid camping early. They're all going to have to learn not to play with the showerbags because.. well.. we all play with the showerbags, but all the other things are best taught early on. They *can* be taught later, but man it's hard. I've seen it done both ways and I'd rather camp with the early-camping kids any day of the week. It's more work in the beginning, but worth it in the long run. Plus, I love that the SCA not only has a warning tone for "Careful now, that's still a big warm" but also has one for "If you move a centimeter, if you so much as put your foot down, someone could possibly lose an eye.. or worse... f-ing DO. NOT. MOVE." That's a good tone for a kid to know.

5. Where would you like to travel that you haven't yet?

Egypt. Africa. Spain. India. Australia. Wales. The Grand Canyon. The list? Literally endless. It would be easier to talk about places I don't want to go (or don't want to go again): most of Southeast Asia, most of the Middle East, most of Central America. And for specifics, I'd sell a kidney before I'd go back to Hanoi.

And by the by, Mz. Kiltie, Simon's "Power of Art" series on BBC is just the best thing since ever. I love you for making me know who he is.

I'd love to answer more, so if you respond with questions I'll give you a pile in return.

[User Picture]From: make_your_move
2007-03-06 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, as far as I know, we are still on.
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[User Picture]From: wizardglick
2007-03-06 10:32 pm (UTC)

Egypt is very cool. I'd like to go back to Cairo and just hire a driver for a week and bum around.
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[User Picture]From: kiltsandlollies
2007-03-07 01:19 pm (UTC)
WHERE are you finding The Power of Art series? *gimmehands* Is it downloadable? I should maybe look before I make grabby hands, but that wouldn't be very like me, would it. God, Simon. Fill me with your humanities babies.

I loved Stiff, and also Roach's Spook, which you should take a look at next. They're both hilarious, even if parts of Stiff gave me the whiggins. (It took months before I could read the chapter on cannibalism.)

Also, I love you. But that's pretty much a given.
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[User Picture]From: maitheas
2007-03-07 04:22 pm (UTC)
:) The chapter on cannibalism is the only chapter that didn't give me the whiggins, but that's probably because as an undergraduate I spent a rather alarming amount of time studying the highlanders of New Guinea where that sort of thing is the norm.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2007-03-07 05:48 pm (UTC)
There are big chunks of the Caravaggio series out on YouTube, but I'm getting them from a torrent. It may be that I have the first three on my laptop. Maybe.

Just saying.

I'm not quite sure how I'd get them to you though.. they're too big for CD and I don't have a DVD burner and they're too big for my lovely thumb drive. Hrm.
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[User Picture]From: maitheas
2007-03-07 04:19 pm (UTC)
Precious. Pls for to essplain this:

Plus, I love that the SCA not only has a warning tone for "Careful now, that's still a big warm" but also has one for "If you move a centimeter, if you so much as put your foot down, someone could possibly lose an eye.. or worse... f-ing DO. NOT. MOVE."

Am bear of little brain today, and I do not understand.

Also? Hi. 44 days until I see you.

Possibly? I am embarassingly excited by this.
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[User Picture]From: mellyflori
2007-03-07 05:45 pm (UTC)
Well, in the non-sca world there's a tone that says to a child "Stop that, danger ahead!" right? In the SCA there's that tone, but there's also the world "Hold." Hold is used to stop all movement in potentially life-threatening situations...

* Fighters are about to go through the restraining rope and into the spectators.

* You're about to walk into the blacksmithing forge because you're not watching where you're going.

* Someone has fallen down on the battlefield, been down for a suspiciously long time, and is now vomiting out their helm.

All of these are "Hold" situations. And SCA kids know that if you say "Hold" no one moves, not even the grown ups. It's a remarkably egalitarian word and I like that hearing it from day one near the battlefield means that I can use it in camp. Because there's a difference between the tone I'd use if the Peanut were about to try to pick up Aunt Caitlin's knitting needles and the tone I'd use if the Peanut were about to put its foot down in a ground hornet's nest, and having a concrete word that goes with it carries the kind of emphasis meant.

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[User Picture]From: maitheas
2007-03-07 05:51 pm (UTC)
That? is a very cool thing. *makes notes for someday, just in case*

Also? The author of Stiff is going to be here in town for the Festival of the Book: Wed. 3/21 at 12:30pm. Just, you know, in case you wanted to know that.

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[User Picture]From: maitheas
2007-03-07 05:52 pm (UTC)
ah! also? She'll be speaking here on campus at 2pm that same day. about 5 minutes from my office. omg guess who's going to that one?!

just, fyi like.
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