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So I sat down and thought... what do I like to do? How can I make my (our) birthday party something that makes me happy, and Chesh too?

One of the things I always love is group cooking. Love it love it love it. So I came up with a plan. Group cooking from 1pm onwards and then feasting from 5pm onwards for those who don't want to cook.

We had such a great time! We had it on the 11th as the 12th (my actual birthday) was booked for a Christmas party for the boys with rides and presents and lollies and the circus and everything! Despite that, I kind of shelved the fact that was on, other than not booking anything else on for that day.

So, the cooking.... (an evil part of me wants to call it The Cookening!) I set up a big tupperware container for trash and another one for dirty utensils, and collected every knife, peeler, chopping board, mixing bowl and dish and set them up on a trestle table outside the kitchen, which worked really really well. I also printed out 2 copies of each recipe we were doing. Every one who wanted to do a little cooking could do, and every one who just wanted to sit around and chat could do that too, and we all took turns in doing stuff.

It was perfect. We made turkish style pizzas, which we ate ALL of. I can not believe we ate all of those! We made a HUGE amount of baba ganouj. This one had yoghurt in it too, making it deliciously creamy as well as garlicky. We also made my turkish style kebabs, which I LOVE LOVE LOVE. I think it's my favourite dish in that book. Plus the sweet potato salad Chesh loves, the chicken pie every one loves, and an eggplant dish we kind of made up ourselves which started as Eggplant with Walnut and Garlic and morphed into 'with tomato and yoghurt sauce and chickpeas'. Just delicious! 

If any one loves group cooking, may I highly recommend just doing it! It can take a little work and prep, and you need to do it a few times to know where the slow points with your friends and kitchen will be, but just do it! It's so great to cook all day with friends and then feast.

This is one of my favouritest birthday celebrations evah!

Yay 36! Welcome to a brand new year! 
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Corporate Orphans rocked this year! 

It felt like a bit of a pain in the ass. We picked our date well in advance, had booked a resturaunt and were all ready to go... and then a few weeks ago the french door company said "hey, we're coming out on the 16th!" and I went.... ah. OK.

So Corporate Orphans this year was moved to my house, and involved celebrating the french doors being installed at the same time! I kept Master 3 home to play with the other little kids that were coming over, bought a lot of booze, and grabbed a Mynxii and settled in. And gosh did we settle in!

I also got this bloody fish from Mum. She had been given it but it was too big for just her and Dad, so she had tried to give it to me ages ago. Anyway, yesterday seemed like the day for it, so I got the fish... and it was massive. Just HUGE. So huge that it didn't defrost for most of the day...

And I tried to make every one either stay for dinner to help eat the bugger or else invited new people to help eat it! 

Looks like fish curry for dinner tonight... any takers...? 

No? 

*sigh*

It's lovely fish, too.
:-)

We had some awesome food yesterday. Foamiethegreeny and lucretiae brough ribs and salad, splanky brought potato salad and chocolate mousse, mynxii brought lemon infused olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and turkish bread, and I opened my caramelised balsamic vinegar and also the truffle infused organic extra virgin olive oil too.

And in a fit of enthusiasm, Mynxii and I made dukkah too.

It was a fantastic party, had a great time and got to catch up with people I don't see very often.
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I have been sick. I think this covers 7 of the last 8 weeks. I hate it and I hate being sick.

Bits and peices that stick out  )

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Well, I hope everyone rugs up warm and brings an umbrella to today! 

Oh gosh have we been busy! And there's more to come! 
:-)

Wedding today! Yay! 

I feel like I am coming down with a cold. I shall find drugs.
I'm not going to be sick today of all days! 
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Hey Everyone,

I know I have been quiet lately, but I have been sick and very busy, all at once. It's been a very full on kind of month, and I am still pulling my life back together.

Despite this, this post is an open invite! Chesh and I are celebrating our 10 years of wedded bliss, and wish to re-dedicate ourselves to each other, and our new family, on Sunday. This invite is just for the ceremony, I'm very sorry but our little house is going to be incredibly full.

So, Cheshire and Calli's Renewal:

2pm Minnawarra Park Gazebo
Sunday the 19th of July (Next Sunday, a week from today! OMG!)

Every one is welcome, we would love to have you there. We were very limited by the size of our house, which is why this is not an open invite for the reception part of the day! Please hope that it doesn't rain for us, or OMG are we all going to be CLOSE. PERSONAL. FRIENDS.
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OMG Book Party! 

I have just read mem Fox's Reading Magic, and it was an awesome book, and has reminded me how much FUN reading should be! So, come along to my Book Look Party at my house on 13th Monday Night and I promise I will read every one a story! 

Yay books! 

Heaps and heaps of fun, educational and exciting books for people of all ages. And our demonstrator is our favourite [livejournal.com profile] splanky .

If you can see this, you're invited! 7:30 at my house! If you need my address, email me at callisto at g mail dot com

:-)

(Plus, if you're all lucky, I might have some sneak peeks of my new range of lingerie. But only sneak peeks! )
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Tupperware party tomorrow night!
Come and check out the plastic fantastic! For those who didn't know, the pantry colours are coming to an end. This may be a good time for you to buy up big in your favourite colour, cos soon it won't be available!

Plus there's the 10kilo rice canister!
:-)

7:00 my house
Let me know so I can buy lots of timtams and coffee
:-)

PS, I'll be heaps better by then
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Safe Spaces Panel
Worked really really well. It did everything I wanted it to do, which was to give people food for thought, awareness of cons as a space which needs protecting and is not inherently safe, and also giving some tools for when people might find themselves in uncomfortable situations.
There's such a depth to this topic that it can go on for years. Keeping it related specifically to specfic issues might be the problem. A huge thanks to my panellists. I am glad it was recorded, and I am eager for it to be available online. I have notes... somewhere... for the book references and stuff... but I am still crawling from the morass of dirty clothing and packing.
:-)

Welcome to Your First Con Lunch
Also worked really well, I think. It had 14 attendees, of which we had six new people at, one person who had not been to one in a while, and heaps of old hands, which was a really good mix of people. I was more than confident to make a second table, knowing that heaps of friendly people were accessible on the first table. Next time, with some advertising, I will get a booking for 20. I'll probably also just check to make sure a couple of male fans will come along. I was really glad when [livejournal.com profile] leachim  and [livejournal.com profile] cheshirenoir  also rocked up. :-)

Twittering for Swancon
I think this has great potential but I think I did it badly. I think someone who already twitters and handles the medium would be more successful. As a first attempt, I think I did OK, but since I think the cadence and rhythm needed work. Yes, I am critical of my tweets. I think it has great potential to be done really well, and unfortunately, I think I'm not the one to do it! But check it out, there's heaps of great tweets under #swancon. :-)

Slashreading
It had problems, and I was toadally toasted. With extra froggy goodness. :-) But I did get to hang out with my writing group, until they scampered off just because it was late! That wasn't late! Late was 3:45 on the sunday night! That was late!

Debauchery! 
Yes. Need I say more?

Running Your Own Panel
I enjoyed this one! It was great! And yet another panel that was all women! :-) There was also a predominantly female audience, plus Doug (WNLJ), which was great. We all sat around and talked about prep, moderating and moderation, and ideas. Excellent!

Worldcon and ... well, everything, really.
Worldcon panel went well. I was a bit dazed, since it was at 9:00 after a late night... I got up, showered, dressed, and down in 15 minutes... I was pretty happy. I am getting very excited about worldcon. Okay, so I am getting very excited abotu worldcon. especially since I now know I will have friends who can drink as hard and long as me and still be standing. *grin*
Great to meet some new people.

Personal Stuff

I spent a lot of time feeling touched out, as I think I put a lot of work into some of the stuff right at the beginning of the con. Now I have a better idea of how my energy flows work, I don't think I will end up so touched out quite so quick. Also, i have toadally fuxx0red my knees. I took the stairs as much as I could, but had forgotten that my knees are my weak point. I can stand and walk and do stuff all day, but walking up and down stairs ten or so times in 24 hours meant I was either going to be stuck on one floor, or else stuck in a chair with my legs straight out. I feel a bit uncomfortable about the discussions about the elevator, and don't think I should have to explain about it, but here I am, explaining about it. I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow about what I need to do to recover as fast as possible. :-( I had a great con. I had far too many panel items I wanted to go to. I had far too many I missed. I made it to more than one a day! This means I have made it to more panels this year than probably the last 2 put together. I enjoyed the panels I did. I am sure I did more, but I can't remember LOL

I feel... exhausted. I thought I was completely calm about the farked thing, but I had a moment or two. I expected to get rape threats and death threats, but that was for my feminist views, not for my standing around at a con having fun. I also expected a little more maturity of people posting shit blind to a community. I feel pretty strongly that people forget that Swancon community stuff is for debate, discussion, and angsting by the members, and is a PR mechanism for the convention. I don't have the urge to talk about it much, but I think it's a clear example for why we still need feminism. :-(

Gynaecon Stuff
I did some [livejournal.com profile] gynaecon  stuff. We had two Gynaecon panels this year, one on cultural appropriation, and one on Target Women, which was awesome. Plus [personal profile] fred_mouse  did the Breastfeeding Panel, plus an improptu clothing party. I think there was another one, but I don't remember, plus three Gynaecon panels in the actual programme, so it was a pretty awesome Gynaecon-along. ten years next year! I will make a cake! Expect a big party! 

WASFF
I fell over and nominated myself for WASFF. It's time I start making a list for the oncoming work. I am very pleased with the committee that were selected, though some one else as treasurer might have been handy. These things happen.
:-)

Masquerade
Was awesomecookies. Loved the photo backdrop. Loved the grove with the judges. Loved the parade. Music was a bit loud, but then I was scampering back and forth in kick arse boots trying not to bend my knees. Not bending knees was good!

Awards Night
[livejournal.com profile] cheshirenoir  won a tinduck! YAY! I am so glad that every one appreciates the cons Chesh has run. he put his heart and soul into them, and we've had some heartbreaking times and some awesome times with them. This con has re-energized Chesh and he is very excited about Kiddie SF Con. Yay! Congrats to every one who won a Tin Duck. they looked awesome this year! I am definitely going to have to move a few books and start an awards shelf. :-)

Big hugs to Mynxii for her special award! How awesome is that?? She deserved it, and I'm very proud to be the one who introduced her to Swancon. Sure, organizing it from the inside out wasn't the original plan (hey, she is cute!) but I am so impressed and proud of her. I cried.
:-)

I have more.... but I am scatterbrained and all that. So, more to come later.

 

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Natcon webpage has been updated! 

http://conjecture2009.org/

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Today has been painfilled ... no keyboard... period pains but no period... now I have my period... (don't ask me about counting, ok?) ... kids lovely-ish...

and then I got a present! AWESOMECOOKIES!!!

I got an LJ donation! I have never had one before! I am thoroughly chuffed! I've been wandering around going "OMG how cool is that??" for a couple of hours now LOL

So, big thanks to my anonymous donor! 

AWESOMECOOKIES!

I think that shall be my new word.
Hee!

 


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Yay Birthdays! I am 34 today! Happy Birthday me!

Thanks for all the well-wishes
:-)

I have a bit of a cold, but I'm avoiding drugs, so obviously not too bad a cold.

Plus, I got sent a card with "DO NOT OPEN BEFORE DECEMBER 12" written on it, and I have been eyeing it off for days now! And now I can open it! YAY!
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This time of year is a minefield of Sagittarians!  So, we have a group birthday picnic to celebrate! And ecellent chance to catch up with people we only see rarely, have a bit of fun and relax, and enjoy the beauty of Hyde park.

So...

We usually end up on the side AWAY from Perth, near the water fountains, so wear your bathers and bring your dinner/snacks/whatever and join us! It's blisssss!

4:00 pm Sunday the 7th of December.

Melbourne

Dec. 1st, 2008 08:34 pm
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I'm trying to sort out where we stayed and looking for details of my last trip to Melbourne.

My heart catches as I see the calendar entry.
And once again I just want to cry.
Sometimes, you never quite get over things, do you.
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This time of year is a minefield of Sagittarians!  So, we have a group birthday picnic to celebrate! And ecellent chance to catch up with people we only see rarely, have a bit of fun and relax, and enjoy the beauty of Hyde park.

So...

We usually end up on the side AWAY from Perth, near the water fountains, so wear your bathers and bring your dinner/snacks/whatever and join us! It's blisssss!


4:00 pm Sunday the 7th of December.
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My little boy turned one today. Gosh.
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Tupperware Party 22nd of November at 10:00.

My place, and we're doing scones apparently.
It's Record Breaker week, so I am 100% guaranteed she will be out of here by 12.
If you hang around, I might feed you and make you do some work in the garden.
Nah, there's not much to do any more! Make you admire it instead then
:-)

Hmmm... what can I bribe you all with...
If I get five people, I will make a cheesecake.
I make good cheesecakes. Just ask my writing group LOL
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I need one, good, cohesive webpage covering the election. I don't know where to look.

So... link me! I want up to the minute updates! I want to know all!

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