jenk: Faye (daria smile)
Allergies: possibly calming down? Just Allegra yesterday.

Music to make a coworker double-take: Cello Wars by The Piano Guys.

Done today: Voted for Spokane in 2015 Worldcon site selection. Requires being a member of WorldCom 2013 and $40 for your 2015 supporting membership. Mail-in ballots need to arrive by Aug 18, so I'm not quite late but close.

Norwescon

Feb. 15th, 2013 11:53 am
jenk: Faye (JenBlue)
I am a panelist this year. Also, once again [livejournal.com profile] solarbird the music supervillain will have her own tech crew for the music track helmed by [livejournal.com profile] skydancer and [livejournal.com profile] tanuki_green and occasionally me. So, fun!

But, of course, Norwescon is big! Where will I be? Subject to change, of course, but here's the basic list:

Invisible Disabilities Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm Cascade 8
Read more... )

5:30pm: Move sound gear from my room in the tower to Evergreen rooms. If you want to help, let me know ahead of time and I will text you the room number when I know it.

Thursday night concerts!
But I won't be there the whole time due to my 9pm panel! [livejournal.com profile] tanuki_green will be there!
Read more... )

Size Acceptance Is For Everybody Thursday 9:00pm-10:00pm Cascade 8
Read more... )

Polyamory 101 Friday Noon-1:00pm Evergreen 1&2
Read more... )

Music tech crew Concerts Friday 2pm-midnight
I am blocking off 2pm-midnight due to setup/teardown etc. Concerts start at 3pm in Grand 3 and move to Evergreen rooms for the evening.
Read more... )

The Continuing Impact of Robert Heinlein Saturday 2:00pm-3:00pm Cascade 8
Read more... )

Music tech crew Concerts Saturday 5pm-1am
I am blocking off 5pm-1am due to setup/teardown etc. Concerts start at 7pm.
Read more... )

Intro to Health At Every Size Sunday 1:00pm-2:00pm Cascade 2
Read more... )

Women's Work Sunday 3:00pm-4:00pm Cascade 3&4
Read more... )

...and sometime Sunday sound gear will get moved from the Evergreen level to [livejournal.com profile] skydancer's van. Again, let me know if you want to help. Have I mentioned I'm taking Monday off work? I'm taking Monday off work. :D
jenk: Faye (sleepy Cecilia)
Wonderful, good music, good fun. Yay for days off. *snore*
jenk: Faye (Money)
Not yet convinced that failure is baked into the voluntary, self-directed, commercially run retirement plans system? Consider what would have to happen for it to work for you. First, figure out when you and your spouse will be laid off or be too sick to work. Second, figure out when you will die. Third, understand that you need to save 7 percent of every dollar you earn. (Didn’t start doing that when you were 25 and you are 55 now? Just save 30 percent of every dollar.) Fourth, earn at least 3 percent above inflation on your investments, every year. (Easy. Just find the best funds for the lowest price and have them optimally allocated.) Fifth, do not withdraw any funds when you lose your job, have a health problem, get divorced, buy a house or send a kid to college. Sixth, time your retirement account withdrawals so the last cent is spent the day you die.

As we all know, these abilities are not common for our species.
— from "Our Ridiculous Approach to Retirement" by Teresa Ghilarducci. There's also a special section on retirement.

I've mentioned my parents weren't the world's best money managers, my father in particular. I was vastly relieved to find that his pension, like his social security, had no lump-sum option and could not spent at once ... which is part of why he still HAD it, despite his drinking, spending sprees and eventual dementia. If my folks had had to save for themselves they would've been left with just social security.

I'm light-years ahead of my folks, but there's still plenty that could derail retirement savings. I have friends who've had to cash out their 401(k) due to unemployment or illness. And yes, not everyone lives long enough to retire. But it'd be nice to have the option.

About Filk

Jul. 9th, 2012 05:07 pm
jenk: Faye (handwriting)
I was asked to write "something about filk" for the 2012 Westercon program book.
if you've ever wondered.... )
jenk: Faye (IAmAtRestWithYou)
Really cleaned the bedroom this weekend for the first time in months. OMG I feel happier. Partly it was nesting, but I'm sure that getting all that dust out of the room I spend the most time in helped too.
jenk: Faye (Bruce)
I swear, that was my first impression of this song, based solely on the music and the refrain. Bruce played it on Jimmy Fallon, so there's video if you want to hear it.

Death To My Hometown
Well, no cannon ball did fly, no rifles cut us down
No bombs fell from the sky, no blood soaked the ground
No powder flash blinded the eye
No deathly thunder sounded
But just as sure as the hand of God
They brought death to my hometown
They brought death to my hometown Read more... )
I'm sure that any reminder of "My Hometown" is intentional as well.
jenk: Faye (Tea)
Monday afternoon I spoke with him, briefly, on the phone. I told him a bit about Consonance, that one band included a guy playing an actual metal washboard. Dad laughed and said that "You don't see that much anymore."

I left work at 4:30 and headed to Dad's Adult Family Home. He died shortly before I arrived. I spoke with the staff, several of whom I've gotten to know over the last 6 months he's lived there. Mel in particular was grieving. The hospice nurse confirmed the funeral home (Evergreen-Washelli) with me and that it was okay to take away the body. details for me )

Overall I think I'm fine. Then I feel very tired at the idea of doing something simple. I'm not 100% by any means, but I'm not incapacitated. I'm just ... here.
jenk: Faye (Redmond)
From a local comedy show in 1993 comes....COPS in Redmond.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pxGDSucCEI
jenk: Faye (knowing)
A nicely-done video on Daylight Saving Time.



On the one hand, I like the sun getting up a little later (relative to my clock) in summer. On the other hand, the change in time screws with my sleep schedule.
jenk: Faye (Default)
Other people's interruptions of your work are relatively insignificant compared with the countless times you interrupt yourself. - Brendan Francis

No, really? :)
jenk: Faye (Meer)
Jen says (copying from Cheezburger):
No one knows what it's like
To be the bad cat
to be the sad cat
behind the blinds....

[livejournal.com profile] jw1776 says:
no one bites as hard on their Kibble...
Like I do
and I BLAME YOU!

Jen says:
hee!

[livejournal.com profile] jw1776 says:
But my tooooooys are out of Catnip...

Jen says:
and my saaaandbox needs a change...

[livejournal.com profile] jw1776 says:
I have whined for several hours
I need some pettins
The sheddings are free
jenk: Faye (RainInSeattle)
FYI, it looks like downtown Seattle traffic on Tuesday is going to be a bit hairy. In particular, there will be a parade down 5th Avenue from the Space Needle to the Pine Street.
Altogether, some 12,000 members of the Lions Club — known best for its programs that help the blind and improving eye care around the world — will march from Seattle Center to downtown Tuesday morning. Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau believes it will be the largest parade in city history, said David Blandford, bureau spokesman. [...] The parade and convention will have a big impact on traffic, too, with some 20 bus routes to be rerouted to make way for the marchers on Tuesday. There will be 90 private buses shuttling conventioneers around the city throughout the convention.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015487364_lions02m.html

If you don't like crowds, consider yourself warned. Officials are telling residents to expect heavy traffic and swarms of tourists in downtown, where the event will be held at the Washington State Convention Center and KeyArena.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Largest-ever-parade-comes-to-Seattle-next-week-1444502.php
jenk: Faye (Rosemary&Thyme)
Hello, 16 hours of sunlight. Happy solstice to those who celebrate.



Click for Redmond, Washington Forecast
jenk: Faye (Food-Kaylee)
Dillettante Fruit Medley (chocolate-covered dried cherries, apricots, strawberries and blueberries) is YUM.

Though possibly not sufficient for lunch on its own.
jenk: Faye (RainInSeattle)
Can anyone recommend an estate sale management company in Shoreline/Seattle? A family member is downsizing.
jenk: Faye (garden)
Can anyone recommend a realtor in the N Seattle/Shoreline area? Specifically near Meridian & 145th.

A family member may be moving soon.

Thanks!

on fandom

Mar. 13th, 2011 10:19 pm
jenk: Faye (JenJesseConflikt3)
From a survey of Star Trek fandom
A whopping 79% responded that they participated because of the ideals of Star Trek and the bonding such ideals created with friends and within fandom overall, that they felt a stronger attraction to the messages of community and activism or to fandom culture over the Trek franchise.
[...]
“I think the world will always need Star Trek as an example of what a better world will be and what we can do as individuals to further the dream. I think there are very few humans who believe we are alone in the universe and we hope the First Contact will lead to that dream. I think the talents of the writers of science fiction from Isaac Assimov to Harlon Ellison, Ray Bradberry combined with the vision of Gene Rodenberry have opened our minds and hearts to individual responsibilty, cultural morality and technical achievements.”

It's about the dream.
jenk: Faye (Food-Kaylee)
From an article on a cooking with a wood stove:
Ms. Grube also discussed period-specific practices for determining the stove’s readiness. Ms. Nieves conducted what Ms. Grube called “the paper test” by inserting a piece of paper into the oven after the fire had been going more than an hour.

“When the edges of a piece of paper curl up, it’s just right for breads and pastries” and has reached approximately 360 degrees, Ms. Grube said.

A similar method for determining oven-readiness — “the arm test” — involved reaching into the lighted contraption.

“If you can keep your arm in and count to 10, but no longer, it’s reached about 375 degrees,” Ms. Grube said. “If you can’t keep it in 10 seconds, it’s reached 400 or hotter and you have a fast oven.”

I am appreciating my electric stove (with built-in thermometer) a bit more.

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