Mar. 22nd, 2009

lance_sibley: (too busy to fcuk - by xokadieox)
If this is a weekend, I must have had meetings.

But first... I didn't make a bowling update on Friday night. This is because I'd actually gone and bowled off on Wednesday night, as Eric and I had made plans to have dinner (we made frozen pizzas - Delissio's Hawaiian pizza is actually pretty decent) and watch the BSG finale. I obviously needed a little more practice, as it took me about six frames to get going and so my first game stank. The others were decent though: 139, 178, 182.

Even so, I almost didn't get home in time. I left work around 6:40, stopped at Kitchen Stuff Plus to pick up a pizza pan and cutter, and then got home around 8:15.

Now, because I couldn't shower while I was wearing the heart monitor, and I had time before my ultrasound, I came back home after the cardiologist's to shower. Everything was fine when I left for the ultrasound around 9:45. But when I got home after work, the lock on my door had been rotated 180 degrees. I thought, "That's odd... shouldn't my key go in with the teeth facing down?" and tried to open the door... and couldn't. I got the lock back to its normal orientation, plus 45 degrees, but then it wouldn't turn any further. (It turns 90 degrees to open.) I tried for about ten minutes but couldn't get the door open. So I went downstairs and got my superintendent, who came up and got my door open by about 8:45. In so doing, he realized that the lock was completely shot and that I needed a new one. So for the first 15 minutes or so of my chat with Eric, my super was working on the door. (He must have thought it very odd, me sitting here talking at the computer. *grin*)

There have been signs up around the building warning tenants of some attempted burglaries, so I figure that someone tried to break into my apartment after I left for the ultrasound, but was stymied by the deadbolt. Good thing I use it...

The only problem now is that my door will now close all the way unless I turn the deadbolt before I lock the door, whereas before it would stop before closing all the way. So I'm going to have to be careful when I'm taking my garbage to the chute (or start carrying my keys on me at all times).

I shall forbear from talking about the BSG finale just now because I know some people on my friendslist haven't watched it yet... also because it's nearly 2 in the morning and it'll take me a while to write it all. :)

Anyway... as I said above, today was busy with meetings. The day started with a Constellation Awards committee meeting at noon. Things are coming along nicely there, though nominations are coming in slower this year. If you haven't nominated, what are you waiting for? (You can submit nominations here.)

Then I came home and printed a whole whack of emails and documents that have been sent to me over the last couple of weeks from hotels I contacted regarding Gaylaxicon. We received responses from six or seven hotels, and I wanted to go over the proposals with the people who showed up tonight at our dinner meeting.

That meeting went well - there were a few people whom I'd expected to see who didn't show up (one is sick, and another is his partner, so once I learned this, I wasn't surprised that they didn't make it), but there were seven of us present. We went over the hotel proposals and narrowed it down to two choices. Monday, I will be phoning both of them to arrange for tours.

We also discussed the dates we want - I had sent the hotels two possible weekends for the purpose of getting a quote, but we hadn't really decided on dates yet. We know that we don't want to be too close to either Dragon*Con or Con*Cept, but we do want to be in the late summer/early fall timeframe, before it gets too chilly up in Montreal. It was suggested that when we're negotiating with the hotel, we see if we might get a better deal by moving up to August. (One of the hotels called me this week and gave me a room rate over the phone. I commented that it was significantly more than I paid when I stayed there, and was basically told, "September is convention season, so we jack the rates up." Okay, not in those exact words, but still, that was the gist of it.) The other advantage to being in August is that we can promote the con during Montreal Pride.

And finally, we discussed our proposed guest list, coming up with the GoHs we want as well as some regular guests. If we can get everyone we want, I think it's going to be a good con. *fingers crossed*

I decided to take the subway the whole way home instead of waiting for the #32 bus at Eglinton West station, so I got home around 11:30ish and called Eric. Unfortunately, he has to be up early in the morning so we only got to talk for about an hour (I feel bad for keeping him up late waiting for me to get home). He went to a Dragon*Con meeting today - he's volunteering to work in Tech Ops. We won't get to spend as much time together at the con, but I think it's good that he's getting involved in the organizational side of fandom. It's done so much good for me, after all. I've made so many friends through fandom whom I would otherwise never have met, and my life is richer for it.

Tomorrow, I have nothing scheduled for the first time in about four or five weeks. So I figure I'm going to spend the day doing laundry. (Yes, it's going to take the entire day.) And maybe I'll do some sweeping and mopping as well. Hopefully I'll find the stylus for my Palm. I figure it went missing at 6:30 Thursday morning when I picked the Palm up off my bedside table to turn off the alarm. (It was a little too small for the slot that's meant to hold it, and so occasionally it would drop out.) This is the second one I've lost in the last few months - the original one somehow went missing between my kitchen and my living room. Considering that the only thing separating them is about two feet of my dining room, I have no idea how I managed to lose it in that little area. I know my apartment is cluttered, but that's just ridiculous. At least in this case, I can understand how it might have come loose, and how I wouldn't have noticed because, well, it was 6:30 in the morning. Since when am I awake and alert at 6:30 in the morning? *sheepish grin*
lance_sibley: (boring)
I managed to sleep until 2:15 today. I guess I needed the rest, though I'd actually wanted to get up a bit earlier (like around noon, which would have given me about 9.5 hours of sleep) because I haven't had a chance to do laundry in about a month, and it's piled up. I have four loads in right now (technically we're not supposed to use more than two machines at once, but there's nobody else doing laundry this afternoon and, well, I don't want to still be doing laundry at midnight), and I've got two more ready to be taken downstairs and about three more still in piles on my bedroom floor.

I have too many clothes... but I think I've said that before.

When I went out for coffee today, I decided that rather than bringing it straight home and getting started on the laundry (because it's rather difficult to carry a cup of coffee, two bags full of laundry and a cup of detergent down 13 floors, even with an elevator), I went up to Future Shop on the off-chance that they'd put the new Pet Shop Boys album out a couple of days early. No such luck. In fact, they've reduced their music section to nearly nothing, presumably to make room for Blu-Ray DVDs and games, of which they seem to have quite a few. So I walked down to HMV, where I don't normally go because they're nearly always more expensive than Future Shop. They didn't have it out either, so I asked someone when it would be available (because I thought, even though it's due out this week, they might not actually be getting it right away).

So here's the dilemma... they're getting it Tuesday. (Yay!) But a week after that, they're getting the Deluxe edition. Should I wait the extra week? Assuming it's the 2-CD version that's listed on their official website, even though it's not referred to there as a "deluxe edition," the second disc has three more songs plus four remixes of songs that are on the regular version of the album. So it looks like it's worth waiting... I just don't want to wait. :P

Oh, and they've posted a video (completely animated!) for the first single, "Love etc.", on their website, here. I'd already heard the song, but hadn't seen the video. And the song has entered the UK top 40 at #14 - excellent! :)

On another topic... I'm currently watching "Battlestar Galactica: The Last Frakkin' Special" on Space while I'm waiting for my first loads of laundry to finish. Bonnie Hammer just said that the only aspect of the production on which she got overruled was that she wanted them to have a dog on board. That goes a long way to explaining why she's held in such low esteem by SF fans... well, that and the whole "SyFy" debacle that's currently going on (though I don't think she's had a lot to do with the renaming of the channel - I think that was mostly the new president of the channel).

Edited to add: I managed to find one of my lost Palm styli - not the original, but the one that I lost this past week. It somehow got tangled in my bedding. Chalk up another point in favour of my decision to get all my laundry done today. *grin* (Loads 1-4 are drying, 5-8 are in the washing machines, 9 and 10 are in the baskets by the door, and 11 is in a basket in my bedroom - though I may put off doing #11, since I have clean bedding in the closet. :)

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