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Geeze, it's been 5 months since I posted on here! What the hell, RL? You are interfering with things I like to do!

Sometimes people say, "Hey, what you been up to?" and usually I reply, "OMG, so many things, crazy busy!" But the last few months before the holidays were a special kind of insanity...

September
- Crafternoon event at co-op (planned and hosted)
October
- Trip to Portland (1 part work, 2 parts fun)
- Trip to Island to visit pondside and solomons_pond for Thanksgiving
November
- Business Trip to Nashville
- Marvel Movie Madness event at co-op (planned & shopped for, was sick)
- Christmas Market
December
- Cookie Bake and Swap event at co-op (planned and hosted)
- House filk at Lundervilla
- Work Christmas Party
- Holiday Dinner event at co-op (planned, shopped, cooked and hosted)
- Trip to Island to visit pondside and solomons_pond for (GLORIOUS NO STRESS NO WORK RELAXATION) Christmas
January so far:
- New Year's Day Brunch (planned, shopped, cooked and hosted)
- Conflikt Songbook, final draft due ASAP (almost finished)
- Jan 18: Crafternoon event at co-op (planning & hosting)
- Jan 23: Court (stupid ex asking to lower child support payments AGAIN)
***heading to down to see trystel, tuto and moosaic4 directly afterwards; need to visit with them since only moosaic4 and I are continuing on to....
- Jan 24-26: CONFLIKT! Where hopefully there will be many much songs and singing thereof and resounding refrains of Frobisher Bay and other such singables that I only get to indulge in when visiting with LARGE GROUPS of FILKERS!



So, back in September, Jazzy Girl and I decided to get a table at the Christmas Market this year. I've been (half-assedly) trying to get my jewellery business off the ground and we both make candles. We're also avid bakers, and since the Market was under the Farmer Market rules for foodstuffs, we thought we try selling baked good as well.

Between co-op events, my business trips and the relentless grind that has been completing the launch of various things at work (always something else new on the horizon) it was pretty nuts. Going to Nashville was, in my opinion, a HUGE waste of my time and company resources, but it was the flight back that was truly horrific. It left me feeling shaken and upset for days afterwards.

I think flying is always a challenge for fat people. I am a fat person, it's not like it's any secret

"What, I am not a size 2? WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME!!! *rolls eyes*

I always try to book early, try to book on the aisle - that way, I am not a blob between two people, I can at least lean away from the person stuck next to me if they are fat phobic. I can put down the divider between the seats, so I am not taking up anything but my own seat. I have had a few people look visibly disturbed that I was about to sit by them, but have never had an issue with anyone. Had someone try to avoid sitting next to me once; I was first seat at the front, and I knew by the look on panic on her face when she walked in she was beside me, but she went to the back and I heard people ask her to move from their seat at least 3 or 4 times (the flight was FULL and I knew that) when she finally came up to the front, I just looked at her and said, "You just had to ask me to move," because she was beside the window. She was so mad, she didn't even look at me or talk to me for the whole flight. *shakes head* What can you do?

Anyway. This was not like that. On my return flight, the leg from Chicago to Vancouver was a nightmare, featuring a very obnoxious person next to me who was BESIDE HIMSELF with disgust that he was stuck beside me. He tried to get the flight attendant to re-seat him, verbally moaned and whined and sighed like I was hurting him, and was so obvious in his revulsion that the flight attendant asked me to come back and hang out in the galley with her. It culminated in an altercation between the passenger and the flight attendant arguing, me in tears, the flight attendant asking another passenger to swap seats with me, and the purser (I didn't know they had pursers on aircraft) calling the police to meet us at the plane and escort the other person through customs to keep him away from me. Between the crying and the upset, I felt very sick and then they went and called the paramedics. And of course, my heart rate was high, BP was up and I was feeling dizzy and nauseated, and they wanted to call an ambulance and take me to the hospital - GAH!

FYI: it is REALLY hard to talk paramedics out of calling you an ambulance if they think you need one. Good god, because the day wasn't already enough of a cluster fuck.

At least my son came to meet me at the airport, which was nice. I ended up saying FUCK IT when we started to walk to the Skytrain - I just could NOT face being on a packed train and then a packed bus and then walking home with all my crap. I got a cab and expensed it to the company.

AND THEN I got sick for a week when I got home (nasty can't-keep-water-down, pass out for 16 hours sick). It was just wonderful. AUGH!

I am never going to Nashville again, no way, no how.

After I got better, Jazzy and I managed to get everything finished the week before the Market (by which I mean I made jewellery and beeswax candles and she baked 4 kinds of shortbread, made pumpkin squares and candied citrus peel AND made tea scented candles in vintage teacups)

While doing the market was a good experience - we've never done anything like that before - and we did sell enough to pay for our table at the market and our baking ingredients - unfortunately, we didn't sell a single candle or piece of jewellery.

The weekend after that we did a big cookie bake & swap event at the co-op, bringing down pans, measuring cups, bowls, spoons, cutters, parchment paper, you name it - and invited others to come out and do some baking with us, or just join in the swap after. The turn out was low, but that was ok, we filled the room with those who came. About halfway through the day, I get a panicked call from Monkey Boy that a pipe burst and he's just managed to turn the water off. I ran home to deal with that - turned out a pipe that burst a few years back had burst again right below the repaired point. The good thing was it was the OUTSIDE store room and so there was no damage to my unit. The bad thing was that just about everything that was not on the shelves - including an old silver screen for home movies that was my grandfather's - was destroyed by the water. *sigh*.

Well. It could have been SO MUCH WORSE, so I really can't complain. But I am sad about the things that were wrecked.

A couple days before Christmas, the social committee (and by that, I mean me and Jazzy girl) did a huge dinner for the co-op. We put in many hours. Jazzy Girl de-boned the turkeys ahead of time and stuffed them so they would cook more quickly and slice more easily. She made a stunning array of fancy appetizers and hor d'oeuvres (Cajun Crab cakes; Salmon canapes; mini tuna-melts; Tarragon Chicken puffs; Roast beef popover bites) plus we had all kinds of veggies, smashed potatoes with creamy goat cheese and chives, cabbage rolls, etc.

And moosaic4 drove ALL THE WAY up from Portland with kids in tow to hang out with me while I rushed madly about getting everything ready! She also let me press her into service (which I did) and make slaves of her children (which I also did) MissA and Girlygirl made meatballs (another appetizer) and helped a lot with fetching, carrying and setting up.

On the Monday morning after, moosaic4 and her brood had to head back down. I in turn packed up my tribe and went to the island to visit pondside and solomons_pond for Christmas. It was lovely and relaxing and low key and really what I needed - a week away from my regular life.

When we got home it was back into the swing of things pretty quick with planning and shopping for the New Year's Day brunch at the co-op; people on the social committee don't grok. They can't figure out why I would do all this work, and I try to explain that hey, I used to do hospitality for conventions, which is like to the power of 10 more complex and also, for a whole weekend instead of just one meal, but... I don't think they get it. *shrug*

Was back to work Jan 2, and have pretty much been underwater ever since. When I was talking to my previous manager (the one I like who still does my time card) I told her I was already at 38.5 hours this morning, and not authorized to do OT (which would have meant leaving at 10am) and she just said, "Screw that, I do your time card, I'm authorizing it!" So. I ended up with about 7 hours of OT today - it's going to be interesting to see what my official boss says about that.

Man, I need to post more often. I don't, and then I have so much to blab about, which maybe I shouldn't bother because really, who wants to read this crap anyway - but whatever. S I go to post, then I think, "Man, it'll take a while, I'll do it later," and then poof, where the hell did the time go?

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outsideth3box
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:33 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot! Good to see you on LJ again. Miss reading your posts when you aren't around.

{{{hugs}}}


What a prick that guy on the plane was! OMG really? I mean, your story just makes me want to find him and dickslug him. Hard.

I'm happy for you that you had fun at the market and paid your expenses. Are you planning to do it again?

Hope you are able to scrounge up time to post again soon. I be on the lookout. Mwah!
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, the guy was a total douchenozzle, but what can you do? I gotta tell you, though, I have a real fear of flying now.

The market - well, I asked Jazzy about that. I told her we really cleaned up with the baking, so maybe we should do it again - but JUST baked goods. More variety, and perhaps loaves and squares to take home, or gives as gifts. Baking is funny, because it's perishable, BUT if you make things that can be frozen, then you might sell more. So. Answer is? Maybe.

It's good to be back- LJ is so much quieter than it used to be, but I really miss posting and getting comments.
nwhepcat
Jan. 11th, 2014 11:22 am (UTC)
Good to see you here, hon!

Jedi hugs [tm Captain Awkward] over the doucheoceanliner (so much worse than a douchecanoe) on your flight. Man, it really should be a wakeup call to a person when the cops are called to meet his flight to separate him from someone he's being horrible to.

I have gained a fair bit of weight in the last few years, and I have gotten that attitude. At least the time a guy changed seats he pretended it was for my comfort as well as his. I didn't appreciate the fiction at the time, but having read your account, I do a bit more. The guy on your flight was a complete pig.

I was amused at your neighbors not getting how you could pull off a New Year's brunch with such ease. Hell, let 'em think you're a magician--cause you are. They haven't even SEEN your ninja skills of doing all that while fending off non-congoing jocks hoping to shag your guests!

Hugs, babe. Good to see you.
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
HAHA! doucheoceanliner! Awesome! And so fitting.

To be fair, I didn't really think they needed to call the cops - I think the guy would have gone away on his own, but I guess they have had incidents in the past. When you disembark from a US flight in Vancouver, there is a looooong walk through a corridor over to customs, and you are basically trapped with the people from your flight, with no way to get away if you need to.

They haven't even SEEN your ninja skills of doing all that while fending off non-congoing jocks hoping to shag your guests!

OMG I totally forgot about that! OH THOSE GUYS! They made me so MAD! Harassing MY girls, trying to horn into MY hospitality suite.... *growls* I could not BELIEVE the nerve! *chuckles* Good times, good times!

Man, I miss all of you guys. I keep thinking, ONE OF THESE DAYS, I would like to get out to Wiscon. Dunno if it will ever happen, but I figure there are a few of you who go there, and it would be lovely to see you again. :)
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sp23
Jan. 11th, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
I think I would like to punch that asshole in the face. Several times. And then toss his ignorant ass out of the plane at 30000 feet. (((hugs you)))

Edited at 2014-01-11 01:21 pm (UTC)
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
HAH! Yes, well. What can you do? They have laws and stuff about things like that.

*hugs you back*
mercury973
Jan. 11th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
Miss seeing you around. I need to pop up sometime and visit and go out for coffee for old times sake.

Sorry your trip back was hellish. Some people need to be run over by steamrollers.
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
I MISS YOU TOO!

Hey, I'll be in Seattle for Conflikt on the 24-26 if you wanna meet for coffee or some such!
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enigmaticblues
Jan. 11th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
People, man. They can be hella awful. *big hugs* That dude sounds like one entitled asshole, and those are the WORST.
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Luckily, most people are not quite that big of asshats. Mostly.
sunnyd_lite
Jan. 11th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
2nd try
I commented! I know I did and LJ ate it. (My comment wasn't nearly as tasty as all the meals you've prepared, so I have no idea why it would.)

Back to the original comment, yay for updates like this one, it almost encourages me to do an 'AWOL' post.

Yay for so many fun things, and confusing your co-op with your mad skillz.

Given Toronto's recent brush with ice, I think that candles will be a hot item here for the next few months at least.

*Insert deep and meaningful observations which were eaten by LJ*

Happy New Year! *hugs*
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Argh, evil!LJ, eating posts! I know, I have had that happen so many times and then I just saw screw it, I can't be bothered. So thanks for re-doing it. I know it's a massive PITA.

YES! DO AN AWOL POST! DOOOO EEEET!

Mad skillz, eh? I just really like doing hospitality! And I'm really happy that other people enjoy said hospitality. It's a win win!

Oh man, I've been thinking about you people trapped in the deep freeze back East. I supposed I could send you a few candles to help stave off the dark... *grin*
melagan
Jan. 11th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yikes! What a horror and what a jerk. I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. ((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe he'll get eaten by a Wraith.

**hugs**
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lunabee34
Jan. 11th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. :(
shaddyr
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*

Yeah, it sucked. But at least most people are NOT like that.
goddess47
Jan. 12th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
Good to see you! {{smishes you!}}

Yes, stop by more often... even just to visit! We do miss you!
shaddyr
Jan. 12th, 2014 08:27 am (UTC)
*smishes you back*

I shall endeavour to be more reliable about posting. And hopefully, to say things that are of some interest. :)

I miss you too! And am seriously dreaming about trying to make it work out so I can make it for Squee!Weekend! in 2014!
alsogater
Jan. 12th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Good to hear from you. But so sorry about the horror of your flight. Some people's children shouldn't be allowed out to play with normal peeps. Maybe they won't let him fly anymore - at least on their airline. But then doesn't stuff like that get passed around to other airlines? Maybe he'll be banned by all the others, too. We can only hope.

{{{hugs}}}
shaddyr
Jan. 12th, 2014 08:28 am (UTC)
Eh, there's nothing you can do about the douche nozzles of the word.

*hugs back*
rms_butterfly
Jan. 12th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Good to hear from you on here. I still read but don't post much at all.

Sorry to hear about that idiot jerk on the plane. Seriously....I just can't put into words what I think of people sometimes, when they're such jerks. *hugs*

I'll see you at Conflikt! Yay!
shaddyr
Jan. 13th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
I have noticed a huge decrease in the number of posts on LJ over the last few years - I can actually catch up on a weeks worth of posts in an hour now!

I guess most the filk people moved to Facebook, and most my fandom people moved for DW or Tumblr. I sincerely dislike Facebook (and it crashes my tablet which is how I usually net surf these days), I always forget to read DW and I never go on Tumblr. I missed seeing people I used to read on LJ - I still try to read even when I don't post.

eh. Jerks are jerks are jerks. What can you do?

I am glad you will be at Conflikt as well! WHEE!
helenkacan
Jan. 13th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
Whoa! Lots and lots of stuff happening.

Ugh at wretched man on plane. ::hisses at him and hopes he hates snakes:: I've only had one instance where someone didn't want to sit next to me on the plane (especially as I was always dressed impeccably, usually wearing a small hat - this was 18-20 years ago), but it was a woman. I think she was really miffed she wouldn't be able to test her ::coughs:: charms out on a male target. Lol.

AFAIC, I think it's perfectly reasonable to expense a cab home after a business trip. So I'm glad you did.

Jazzy Girl gets my culinary award for the very useful (and tasty) skill of deboning turkeys. And I, too, don't understand how people can say such weird things about your willingness to host large gatherings. Don't they realize there's an art to it ... not to mention the graciousness of it all. You get my thumbs up award.

Anyway, good to read your buffet table of a post! Except that now I'm hungry!!!
peteralway
Jan. 15th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Wow. I really want to give you a hug.

Er, well, I would anyway, but, Jeeze!
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