Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Norwescon post mortem

I had a great, if busy (and sleepy) time at Norwescon. I think I did less dancing and drinking this year since any year since I started hanging out with Pearl. She was a remarkably good influence on me this year, but don't worry. She was a horrible influence on at least one other person. Probably more while I wasn't looking. It was also the first Norwescon (ever! In my 19 years of attending!) where I didn't burst into tears about something silly.
The last two years I have taken my camera, only to abandon it in my room and take maybe 3 pictures with it. I did take a number of pictures with the camera on my phone which had the added bonus of letting me upload them straight to Facebook. I'm going to share my favorites here with a bit more commentary. But first! Pictures of the costume I was working on, taken by the amazing Sika (the group shot was NOT taken by her, but was with her camera).
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My full costume. Parasol was made by Jeanine, hair flowers by Mirella, and jewelry by Pearl, but I did the rest. You can kind of see that there are two different colors of red crinkle cotton in this shot. The ruffle on the bodice, under sleeve ruffle, and bottom layer of the skirt are all the darker red. The sleeves are just pinned up, and I need to make that permanent before I wear it again. I decided after I saw Pearl & Mirella's sleeves that I liked them much better that way.
The green/red fabric I used for the jacket part is a shot silk sari Sika brought me from her travels, although neither of us can remember which travels. I was saving it for a different long time planned costume, but the red was perfect with this. The trim on the jacket was given to my Mom when she was Baroness of Madrone way back when. I'm glad I finally found a use for it, but I only managed to use about half of it.
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Here we all are. Sadly, this is the only time all four of us were together in costume, but there are plenty of shots other people got of different groups of the three of us. We are still in negotiations for what to do next year. We all got hall costume awards for these costumes. Mirella and Sika were in the right place at the right time, and then made Pearl and I lurk in the right place until ribbons were awarded.
320: Proper flyer distribution
Pearl and I checked in on Wednesday and spent the night running around forgetting things. Putting up fliers was our primary Wednesday responsibility and it only took us 6 or 7 trips back to the room to remember everything we needed and attach the signs in ways that they would actually stay on the sign boards. Sigh.
321: Success!
After that, it took us about 7 hours to get the first Daily Zine (my job this year) published. Mostly because of all the swearing I had to do at publisher. We never did remember to look for no breaking lines and how to stop it from auto-adjusting line breaks. I'm pleased with the job the Zine group did all weekend, and I'm never doing it again.
I kept wondering how I managed 12 hour days in KidKon for 10 years, with twice nightly security checks, until someone pointed out that I was much younger then. Oh yeah.
Almost there
Norwescon sold out again. On Thursday, we had sold twice as many memberships as our previous high from last year. I think this means that more people are coming for the whole weekend and this makes me really happy. Sadly, we have no more room in this hotel, and our only choices are to spread to two hotels or go to the convention center, which is already booked on Easter weekend. I'm hoping that some insanely wealthy scifi fan will decide to build Norwescon it's dream hotel. Any takers?
I got to stay Sunday night this year which meant I went to my first Dead Dog party in more then 15 years. I have no pictures of that, and even if I did, I probably couldn't post them. What happens at Barcon, stays at Barcon.

Moira asked me today when it would be Easter again. Not soon enough.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

NPN volunteer blog party!

Visit Natural Parents NetworkI have been been volunteering for awhile now at Natural Parents Network. All the volunteers in this incredible network are so amazing and I'm happy to be a part of this group, even though I'm having a hard time speaking up and being an active member of the group right now. If you haven't yet, check out the NPN community on the blog.
We decided it would be fun for us all to share our favorite posts on our blogs. Read and enjoy! (Especially you, Becca.)

Joella at Fine and Fair has an unusual gripe with Bebe Gloton.

Amy at Innate Wholeness offers simple tips to be present with family whether you're having fun or would rather run and hide in a cave.

Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares sound bites from her miscarriage journey of forgiveness and gratitude.

Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses the overuse of the word "no" and offers some aid in finding creative ways to avoid "no."

Melissa at The New Mommy Files: Memories, Milestones and Missteps makes her case for instinctual mothering.

Amanda at Let's Take the Metro shares a comprehensive list of all the food she keeps on hand.

Suchada at Mama Eve has some tips for balancing closeness with boundaries.

Shannon R at The ArtsyMama has ten things she wishes she knew before her little man arrived.

Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings shares tips for babywearing twins

Julia at A Little Bit of All of It tells the story of how motherhood came to her and how a miscarriage shaped her feelings and perceptions surrounding the birth of her first daughter.

Emily at Embrita Blogging shares 10 things that make her happy.

Lauren at Hobo Mama talks about the difference between postpartum sex and sex before kids.

As part of an ongoing series about balance, Amy at Anktangle writes about a daily ritual she has adopted to help her maintain balance in her life.

Cynthia at The Hippie Housewife is reminded that while the days may sometimes be long, the years are short, and after a rough day the best thing to do is give thanks for the best parts and try again tomorrow.

Dionna at Code Name: Mama offers 7 Alternatives to Good Job: "Good job'ing" kids can be a mindless habit to fall into. Instead of using a generic "good job," try one of these ideas to really connect with and nurture your child.

Darcel at The Mahogany Way has the ultimate boredom busting activity for children of all ages.

Alicia at Lactation Narration discusses the long journey of child-led weaning, during which she thought several times that her child was weaned before she really was.

Mandy at Living Peacefully With Children: Letting go of the illusion of control opens up a an entirely new world.

Luschka at Diary of a First Child talks about the battle between breastfeeding and formula feeding mothers and the industry that stokes the flames of a war on mothers.

Mary Michael at The Accidental Natural Mama recounts her journey from "Mother" to "Mama".

Sheryl at Little Snowflakes talks about the benefits of nursing a child to sleep.

Rachael at The Variegated Life meditates on the moment when she first saw herself fully embodying her life as a mother.

And one late arrival, Momma Jorje shares some good news and important information about Lindane and Lice.

Friday, April 15, 2011

{This Moment}

MakeupInspired by SouleMama, a Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.