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14 September 2010 @ 11:04 pm
And A Weaponized Pumpkin Or Three...  
Fast-rewind back through the weekend...

The kids had their first soccer games on Saturday. Both of their teams won (and Christopher scored a goal). I was less sure about the outcome of Lauren's game, being that we were on the shady side of the field (away from the rest of the team) and things like offsides calls aren't always relayed over. Mainly, I was distracted by the fifty minute first half (after the game started fairly late), followed by the thirty-minute second half. Did neither of the refs have watches?

Between games, I took Lauren across town to my hairdresser for an actual haircut. Lauren got the 8 inches she wanted to donate cut off, and selected a style she thought would be good. The results were wonderful, which I hope she believes by now, because the rest of the day featured 'haircut remorse,' as in 'No one in the history of time itself has ever had hair this short...' Or something.

Sunday, I went up on the roof to cut branches back and put poison into any rodent access spots. I dread the roof (fear of heights and vertigo), even though it wasn't that bad—and wasn't when I did this a year ago, either. But I can't get past the first experience (about 6 or 7 years ago), when I had to seal up all the areas below the metal 'V' flashing to keep future yellow jackets from getting in there to build nests. I was forced to go right up to the edge of the roof in about 8 spots, on both roof levels. On the very top of the house (above the 2nd story) there's nothing to hang onto and no illusion that you're not really high up and exposed.

After cutting branches back and chucking them off the roof like spears (which was fun!), I swept debris for about 2 hours (I saw leaves/dirt/moss in one spot, and my burst-compulsion cleaning got out of hand). I found at least one new mouse/rathole and put poison in that and sealed it up. Also put poison in the hole from last year. In sweeping, I found some thin spots where the tarpaper was exposed (there was a dead mouse's eye looking at me from one of them—I yelled). I only had one spare metal plate and a thin piece of wood to block those off, but there are several other places that need work before the rains come. HSH looked for more plates at a few hardware stores, but no luck. He'll try Home Depot next. The closest description I could find for those things on the Interwebs was "metal shims." drvsilla would probably know if there's a better name for them.

We're having the house painted this year, and won't think about replacing the roof until next year (especially since the painters will be stomping on it). Parts of it are a little more dire-looking than I'd thought, and god knows what's happening on the very top. Not going up there to look. :(

I can't believe Wincon is coming up in a month, and I'm wondering who else is going. Anyone I haven't seen since L.A., perhaps? People who didn't make it to Denver last year (since I didn't make it to Baltimore)? I don't know what the multi-fandom thing will be like, and I fear some of my friends won't be able to make it this year. But mainly, I'm hoping that winter does not arrive in Chicago until sometime after that weekend. :0

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scarlett_oscarlett_o on September 15th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
I"m so happy you're going to be in Chicago. \o/ I can't wait. I was so bummed when I couldn't go to Denver (stupid pneumonia).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, I thought it was finances that kept you away. Pneumonia? Ugh! That just lingers and takes so much out of you.

Glad it's gone! Looking forward to seeing you again too. It's been awhile. :)
scarlett_oscarlett_o on September 16th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I ended up in the hospital in the spring and burned up all my PTO and I couldn't take the time off. I had a con ticket and everything.

It has been a while. :)
eponin10 on September 15th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
I'm going! :) And while I made it to Baltimore, I couldn't afford Denver last year, so yes, it's been since L.A.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)

L.A. was the easiest and best for me-- cheap plane tickets and 90-minute flight. Oh, those were the days!

Looking forward to it!
eponin10 on September 15th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Considering I live in NC, L.A. was a loooong trip. Baltimore was cheap, though. A 5 hr. drive. :) Chicago shouldn't be too bad, though. 2hr. non-stop flight. :)

When are you getting into Chicago? scarlett_o and I are coming in on tues the 12th, so we can see the sights some before the con starts.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, driving. I could only drive to SF or Reno, though I doubt anyone would want to hold the convention in Reno!

I'm coming in Thursday because my flight choices were either leave at 6:30 am (backtrack the 30 minutes to the airport plus early-arrival for security, and that was NOT going to happen) or leave at 3pm-6pm and arrive around 11pm - 2am. So I picked the 3pm out on Thursday, otherwise I'd miss Friday. Or be so evil from getting up early that the day would be a waste!

I wish I had some vacation time to see the sights-- I love Chicago. You and Scarlett will have a blast there. :)
eponin10 on September 15th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
That's the plan. :) I've never been to Chicago.

SF would be a fantastic place for the con, though. I loved visiting there.
scarlett_oscarlett_o on September 16th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
*buts in* I would totally be down with the con in SF. I'd love to visit there. :D
Celtic_Forestceltic_forest on September 16th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Hey, what's your flight number Denver to Chicago? We might be on the same one! (I haven't booked mine yet, my schedule's still a little mushy, but it would be around the time you're coming through.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Impalahalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
I sent you an LJ message, so you should be able to collide with my flights if you want! They're at _excellent_ times for you, since that cuts off the whole pesky Sacramento before and after part. ;)
cindy: spn - dean's :D face (by dev_earl)tsuki_no_bara on September 15th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
you're flying into chicago thursday night, right? when do you get in, and which airport? because i'm getting into o'hare around nine, and if that's remotely convenient we can shuttle to the hotel together. :D (like last year! heh.) and if not, well, i'll see you at the hotel.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)

Well, unfortunately I'm coming in at Midway. I'd hoped to leave from O'Hare (two different airline companies!), but that departure flight vanished while I was trying to get Expedia's website to behave and finally went over to try at Priceline.

I'm a little nervous as to whether there IS an airport shuttle to/from Midway for our hotel. :0

Still, it's all good once we get there! :D
eponin10 on September 15th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
There is a shuttle. I'm coming through Midway as well. :) Jenn has the price listing here.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heart - greenhalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Glad you read that comment-- thanks for tracking that down! ♥
eponin10 on September 15th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Speaking of... when are you leaving? Monday?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Sunday night, 6:55 flight out of Midway.

The one I'd hoped to take left around 8-ish from O-Hare and was a direct flight to Sacramento! But it vanished. :(

Now I've got the same changeover in Denver going both ways...

I saw your post on the Departure thread, so I think you're leaving at a different time from me. Monday maybe?
eponin10 on September 15th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I'm leaving early Monday morning.
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on September 15th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
there's apparently no hotel shuttle from either airport. you have to call one yourself. i guess it's like a supershuttle and possibly cheaper than calling a cab. there's a couple threads at wincon to find shuttle buddies - arrivals and departures.
cindy: pocket dork!tsuki_no_bara on September 15th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
aaaaand i note eponin already told you everything you need to know, so you may feel free to ignore my previous comment. *cough*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Haha! Well, I would definitely have wanted the info if she hadn't mentioned it, so I appreciate it!

mercurybard on September 15th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Have roofing contractors been knocking on your front door and leaving business cards with whoever opens the door?

Then your roof is in a lot better shape than mine was. And you don't have to worry about hurricanes!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TBag-Zilla OTPhalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
It hasn't been quite that bad-- you need to get up close to see the problems.

But roofers are always salivating for work, and it COSTS. :0

Hey, it's Steve Zissou!
mercurybard on September 15th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I have an unholy fondness for that movie. I once wrote half a big bang where Sam and Jess interned on Zissou's boat, but I think one of the dead laptop's ate it.

Hey, it's T-bag/Godzilla! I can't believe you still have that! *looks through your other icons* Post-coital crawfish! I tried explaining that to a fangirl in another fandom and she just looked at me like "?"
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: M/L postcoital crawdadshalfshellvenus on September 15th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
I can't resist T-Bag/Godzilla, even now.

And I have mad love for the post-coital crawdads and all of the weirdness behind them. Oh, the wacky early days of PB. How I miss them!