heidi: (travel)
But let's leave the timing to fate.
Crossposted from Tumblr.

“Whenever you give up an apartment in New York and move to another city, New York turns into the worst version of itself. Someone I know once wisely said that the expression “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there” is completely wrong where New York is concerned; the opposite is true. New York is a very livable city. But when you move away and become a visitor, the city seems to turn against you. It’s much more expensive (because you need to eat all your meals out and pay for a place to sleep) and much more unfriendly. Things change in New York; things change all the time. You don’t mind this when you live here; when you live here, it’s part of the caffeinated romance to this city that never sleeps. But when you move away, your experience change as a betrayal. You walk up Third Avenue planning to buy a brownie at a bakery you’ve always been loyal to, and the bakery’s gone. Your dry cleaner move to Florida; your dentist retires; the lady who made the pies on West Fourth Street vanishes; the maitre d’ at P.J. Clarke’s quits, and you realize you’re going to have to start from scratch tipping your way into the heart of the cold, chic young woman now at the down. You’ve turned your back from only a moment, and suddenly everything’s different. You were an insider, a native, a subway traveler, a purveyor of inside tips into the good stuff, and now you’re just another frequent flyer, stuck in a taxi on Grand Central Parkway as you wing in and out of La Guardia. Meanwhile, you read that Manhattan rents are going up, they’re climbing higher, they’re reached the stratosphere. It seems that the moment you left town, they put a wall around the place, and you will never manage to vault over it and get back into the city again.

“Secret to Life: Marry an Italian,” and Other Gems from Nora Ephron (via bbook)

I lived in New York for the first time the summer that When Harry & Sally came out, and I saw it in one of those small multiplexes on 6th Avenue a few blocks off Washington Square Park. 

The boy I later married was living in NYC, near Washington Square Park that summer, but I don't know if we ever passed each other by as he was on his way to work in a law firm in midtown, and I was heading to the World Trade Center en route to the American Stock Exchange. 

I'd wanted to live in New York forever before I saw that movie, and I had Sally's hair a year or so later, and her jackets and sweaters and jeans and I fancied myself a journalist (I was working for CNBC, after all). When Harry Met Sally confirmed that New York was for me, but by the time You've Got Mail came out, we were living in Miami and I was pregnant and we knew that we wouldn't live in New York again, at least not for years. 

Today we talked about how much we missed it, why we wanted to go back, and whether there's any chance to do so before all the kids are off to college. The answers are: so much, for reasons, and probably not but hotel deals are possible and flights from here to there are usually cheap. 

So yeah, we'll probably scale that wall again someday and get back into New York City, which we love so much. But tonight, we'll just watch When Harry Met Sally, and You've Got Mail and remember New York in the ten or so years when we lived in the heart of it. 

heidi: (travel)
But let's leave the timing to fate.



“Whenever you give up an apartment in New York and move to another city, New York turns into the worst version of itself. Someone I know once wisely said that the expression “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there” is completely wrong where New York is concerned; the opposite is true. New York is a very livable city. But when you move away and become a visitor, the city seems to turn against you. It’s much more expensive (because you need to eat all your meals out and pay for a place to sleep) and much more unfriendly. Things change in New York; things change all the time. You don’t mind this when you live here; when you live here, it’s part of the caffeinated romance to this city that never sleeps. But when you move away, your experience change as a betrayal. You walk up Third Avenue planning to buy a brownie at a bakery you’ve always been loyal to, and the bakery’s gone. Your dry cleaner move to Florida; your dentist retires; the lady who made the pies on West Fourth Street vanishes; the maitre d’ at P.J. Clarke’s quits, and you realize you’re going to have to start from scratch tipping your way into the heart of the cold, chic young woman now at the down. You’ve turned your back from only a moment, and suddenly everything’s different. You were an insider, a native, a subway traveler, a purveyor of inside tips into the good stuff, and now you’re just another frequent flyer, stuck in a taxi on Grand Central Parkway as you wing in and out of La Guardia. Meanwhile, you read that Manhattan rents are going up, they’re climbing higher, they’re reached the stratosphere. It seems that the moment you left town, they put a wall around the place, and you will never manage to vault over it and get back into the city again.”


“Secret to Life: Marry an Italian,” and Other Gems from Nora Ephron (via bbook)



I lived in New York for the first time the summer that When Harry & Sally came out, and I saw it in one of those small multiplexes on 6th Avenue a few blocks off Washington Square Park. 


The boy I later married was living in NYC, near Washington Square Park that summer, but I don't know if we ever passed each other by as he was on his way to work in a law firm in midtown, and I was heading to the World Trade Center en route to the American Stock Exchange. 


I'd wanted to live in New York forever before I saw that movie, and I had Sally's hair a year or so later, and her jackets and sweaters and jeans and I fancied myself a journalist (I was working for CNBC, after all). When Harry Met Sally confirmed that New York was for me, but by the time You've Got Mail came out, we were living in Miami and I was pregnant and we knew that we wouldn't live in New York again, at least not for years. 


Today we talked about how much we missed it, why we wanted to go back, and whether there's any chance to do so before all the kids are off to college. The answers are: so much, for reasons, and probably not but hotel deals are possible and flights from here to there are usually cheap. 


So yeah, we'll probably scale that wall again someday and get back into New York City, which we love so much. But tonight, we'll just watch When Harry Met Sally, and You've Got Mail and remember New York in the ten or so years when we lived in the heart of it. 

heidi: (Travel2)
I have five days in London in July - but one of them (July 7) is going to be filled with Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows premiere-type things, and I may have stuff for that on the 6th and possibly the 8th as well.

On the 8th, also, I am going to omgomg Much Ado About Nothing SQUEE in the evening, so that's booked up.

I haven't been back in the UK since the summer of 1992 - I hear things have changed? I'd certainly consider going to the British Museum or the V&A, but what, specifically, should I go there - or to any other museum - to see?

What else do I want to do? Not Madame Tussaud's, and not the London Dungeons as they freaked the hell out of me when I was 14, but is there anything else theatrical that I must see? Restaurants, stores, museums, exhibitions? Is the Doctor Who exhibition worth it? I don't think I have time to get to Cardiff or Haye on Wye, unfortunately, not on this trip.

I'm staying by Leicester Square, if you have any nearby restaurant recs, as I'll probably need them on the 7th.

Plan my trip, o lovely flist! Please?
heidi: (Travel2)
I have five days in London in July - but one of them (July 7) is going to be filled with Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows premiere-type things, and I may have stuff for that on the 6th and possibly the 8th as well.

On the 8th, also, I am going to omgomg Much Ado About Nothing SQUEE in the evening, so that's booked up.

I haven't been back in the UK since the summer of 1992 - I hear things have changed? I'd certainly consider going to the British Museum or the V&A, but what, specifically, should I go there - or to any other museum - to see?

What else do I want to do? Not Madame Tussaud's, and not the London Dungeons as they freaked the hell out of me when I was 14, but is there anything else theatrical that I must see? Restaurants, stores, museums, exhibitions? Is the Doctor Who exhibition worth it? I don't think I have time to get to Cardiff or Haye on Wye, unfortunately, not on this trip.

I'm staying by Leicester Square, if you have any nearby restaurant recs, as I'll probably need them on the 7th.

Plan my trip, o lovely flist! Please?
heidi: (Texting5)
1. The final HP premiere in London will be on July 7 at Trafalger *and* Leicester Squares, as per Mugglenet, etc. today. I am expecting to be there, in London from the 5th or 6th through the 10th (for some reason, it's 1200 dollars cheaper than flying home on the 9th, no I don't know why). Does anyone want to see Much Ado with me on the 8th or 9th?

2. [livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze and I are playing around with a fest at [livejournal.com profile] j2_fpsfest, where Jared & Jensen (and everyone else from the alt-verse in last week's SPN) are fictional people (and alpacas) and therefore the squick some have about writing fic about real people need not come into play! It's not just a J2 fest - anyone who exists in the alt-verse is fair game, in their fictional personas. Details are still being worked out, but it's going to be adorable and amusing!

3. Food & Wine Festival was last weekend in Miami; I had far too many burgers, and decided not to have any wine at the Grand Tasting on Sunday, so I stuck to cocktails. I think I had two to three sips from about twenty different drinks, and had much love for the Skinnygirl Margarita, this amazing Pomagranate margarita that had salt and chile flavor on the rim, and a vodka thing made from Florida oranges. The iced tea vodka was disgusting. And the new Jelly Belly cocktail flavours - mojito, cosmo, margarita - were gorgeous.

4. Loved last night's Castle - the emotions, the problem-solving smarts of the rest of the team, everything was fantastic and it was a joy to see Pasdar on my screen again. Gah, I hope this turns into a spinoff or something; after the hell that it sounds like the last two years of Heroes were for him, he deserves something good.

More catch-up postyness later.
heidi: (Texting5)
1. The final HP premiere in London will be on July 7 at Trafalger *and* Leicester Squares, as per Mugglenet, etc. today. I am expecting to be there, in London from the 5th or 6th through the 10th (for some reason, it's 1200 dollars cheaper than flying home on the 9th, no I don't know why). Does anyone want to see Much Ado with me on the 8th or 9th?

2. [livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze and I are playing around with a fest at [livejournal.com profile] j2_fpsfest, where Jared & Jensen (and everyone else from the alt-verse in last week's SPN) are fictional people (and alpacas) and therefore the squick some have about writing fic about real people need not come into play! It's not just a J2 fest - anyone who exists in the alt-verse is fair game, in their fictional personas. Details are still being worked out, but it's going to be adorable and amusing!

3. Food & Wine Festival was last weekend in Miami; I had far too many burgers, and decided not to have any wine at the Grand Tasting on Sunday, so I stuck to cocktails. I think I had two to three sips from about twenty different drinks, and had much love for the Skinnygirl Margarita, this amazing Pomagranate margarita that had salt and chile flavor on the rim, and a vodka thing made from Florida oranges. The iced tea vodka was disgusting. And the new Jelly Belly cocktail flavours - mojito, cosmo, margarita - were gorgeous.

4. Loved last night's Castle - the emotions, the problem-solving smarts of the rest of the team, everything was fantastic and it was a joy to see Pasdar on my screen again. Gah, I hope this turns into a spinoff or something; after the hell that it sounds like the last two years of Heroes were for him, he deserves something good.

More catch-up postyness later.
heidi: (No hard feelings-no feelings at all.)
No, there was nothing in the water when we got together back in December, I swear! It's just a coincidence that [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c and I posted Sammy-centric vids with an effing theme this week!

My If You Seek Sammy (to Britney's If You Seek Amy) was posted in celebration of Happy Unattached Drifter's Christmas Valentine's Day, and [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c's brilliantly clever and epic Fudge You (to Cee Lo's F-- You) went up the next day.

Must be something about this week that puts the theme into our minds. Because it wasn't the tequila!


In other news, I'm sick with a headcold and sore throat, and while taking my daughter to tae kwon do this afternoon, I tripped in the parking lot and ripped one knee while re-damaging the meniscus in the other one. Time for some ice and R&R and a look at some of the articles about the Issues with the new Wonder Woman script and the possibility of a spinoff from Castle starring Teh Pasdar (oh, I HOPE!).

Quick poll! Involving things I am doing this summer! Because...
[Poll #1706286]
heidi: (No hard feelings-no feelings at all.)
No, there was nothing in the water when we got together back in December, I swear! It's just a coincidence that [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c and I posted Sammy-centric vids with an effing theme this week!

My If You Seek Sammy (to Britney's If You Seek Amy) was posted in celebration of Happy Unattached Drifter's Christmas Valentine's Day, and [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c's brilliantly clever and epic Fudge You (to Cee Lo's F-- You) went up the next day.

Must be something about this week that puts the theme into our minds. Because it wasn't the tequila!


In other news, I'm sick with a headcold and sore throat, and while taking my daughter to tae kwon do this afternoon, I tripped in the parking lot and ripped one knee while re-damaging the meniscus in the other one. Time for some ice and R&R and a look at some of the articles about the Issues with the new Wonder Woman script and the possibility of a spinoff from Castle starring Teh Pasdar (oh, I HOPE!).

Quick poll! Involving things I am doing this summer! Because...
[Poll #1706286]
heidi: (Palms by echoe69)
In the last ten days I have: Had a child graduate from elementary school and win the first Outstanding AR Reader award for hitting 945 AR points (he would've hit a thousand by the close of the school year but the librarian took ill *at* the graduation although she is doing fine now, so they didn't open the library on those last two days); taken said child and friend to camp; been home for 36 hours; started the younger kids at camp; gone to Orlando; got terrible blisters because of a bad shoe choice; listened to John Williams conduct music from Harry Potter, met JK Rowling in the shop inside Hogwarts Castle as I was putting my stuff in a locker to go on The Forbidden Journey ride for the first time; participated in round tables with cast & park-and-film art & producer people; flown on a Hippogryff and on a broomstick; pondered kareoke songs to sing during Infinitus; got a terrible bugbite on my back (I blame Aragog); eaten two Cauldron Cakes; drank far too many Butterbeers; hung out with friends at The Three Broomsticks; tweeted a lot and counted the days to Infinitus.

26, btw. 22 until I get on-site.

Registration closes in three days, so if you are coming and haven't registered yet and have any interest in going to the feasts, you need to now. And Night of a Thousand Wizards sold out a few days ago, but there is a waitlist if you're registered.

Things I know I am doing at Infinitus:
Presenting twice on Thursday
Selling "Keep Calm & Carry Wands" gear at the Craft Faire to support FA's upcoming server purchase (more on this next month) on Thursday evening
Going to the amazing luncheon on Friday featuring [livejournal.com profile] naominovik, [livejournal.com profile] sarahtales, [livejournal.com profile] aliwilgus, [livejournal.com profile] karenhealey and [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson, moderated by [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr.
Going to Night of a Thousand Wizards
Drinking frozen Butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks with friends on Wednesday night
Going to a dozen amazing panels on Friday & Saturday
Helping at Registration on Tuesday and Wednesday

Things I am doing before Infinitus:
*Choosing what dress to wear for NoaTW (more info on clothing coming on Tuesday)
*Trying to get many of you to volunteer to be programming prefects and/or security volunteers. Programming prefecting is easy - you just sit in your assigned programming sessions (and you can choose the ones you want if nobody's claimed them yet) and keep time and make sure the question process is organized. Volunteer sign-up info is here and programming prefects have almost nothing to do before the event starts. If you haven't seen the formal programming times yet, they're all up here
*Finding better shoes to wear around the parks because those sandals cut me.
*Catching up on LJ. If you posted something this past week that you think I should read (fic, meta, news, etc., please link me to it!)
*Getting a chair massage tomorrow. SO much driving this week, so I desperately need it.


There is one thing I wanted to post about re the Forbidden Journey ride. As Reuters reported yesterday and others have reported in the last few weeks, there is an issue for people of larger size in being able to ride the Forbidden Journey:
Jeff Guillaume of Lansing, Michigan, who in 2002 founded an early online Harry Potter news aggregator and fan site HPANA.com, said fans like him will be disappointed because of limitations on body size to ride the Forbidden Journey.

At 5 feet, 8 inches and 265 pounds (1.72 meters and 119 kg), Guillaume said his mid-section would not allow the restraint system to close, so he could not board the most heavily promoted ride. He said some other rides include special cars for larger guests.

But [Thierry] Coup said that Orlando Magic basketball player Dwight Howard fit into the restraint and rode the ride this week. Howard is listed on the NBA's website as 6 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 265 pounds (2.11 meters and 119 kg).


I can't tell what the maximum weight-height ratio is. I know people who are 5 foot 5 and 200 pounds who got on, as well as someone who is 5 foot 7 and 230, but I think we'll hear more on this. But if your BMI is over 37 or 38, you may have an issue getting onto the ride. There are seats out front to test, and if you can't ride you should still walk through the castle queue - it's definitely worth an hour to get to see it all! And hopefully they will figure out a way to tweak the seating system to allow people of larger size to ride.
heidi: (Awesome)
In the last ten days I have: Had a child graduate from elementary school and win the first Outstanding AR Reader award for hitting 945 AR points (he would've hit a thousand by the close of the school year but the librarian took ill *at* the graduation although she is doing fine now, so they didn't open the library on those last two days); taken said child and friend to camp; been home for 36 hours; started the younger kids at camp; gone to Orlando; got terrible blisters because of a bad shoe choice; listened to John Williams conduct music from Harry Potter, met JK Rowling in the shop inside Hogwarts Castle as I was putting my stuff in a locker to go on The Forbidden Journey ride for the first time; participated in round tables with cast & park-and-film art & producer people; flown on a Hippogryff and on a broomstick; pondered kareoke songs to sing during Infinitus; got a terrible bugbite on my back (I blame Aragog); eaten two Cauldron Cakes; drank far too many Butterbeers; hung out with friends at The Three Broomsticks; tweeted a lot and counted the days to Infinitus.

26, btw. 22 until I get on-site.

Registration closes in three days, so if you are coming and haven't registered yet and have any interest in going to the feasts, you need to now. And Night of a Thousand Wizards sold out a few days ago, but there is a waitlist if you're registered.

Things I know I am doing at Infinitus:
Presenting twice on Thursday
Selling "Keep Calm & Carry Wands" gear at the Craft Faire to support FA's upcoming server purchase (more on this next month) on Thursday evening
Going to the amazing luncheon on Friday featuring [profile] naominovik, [profile] sarahtales, [personal profile] aliwilgus, [personal profile] karenhealey and [personal profile] rj_anderson, moderated by [personal profile] pegkerr
Going to Night of a Thousand Wizards
Drinking frozen Butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks with friends on Wednesday night
Going to a dozen amazing panels on Friday & Saturday
Helping at Registration on Tuesday and Wednesday

Things I am doing before Infinitus:
*Choosing what dress to wear for NoaTW (more info on clothing coming on Tuesday)
*Trying to get many of you to volunteer to be programming prefects and/or security volunteers. Programming prefecting is easy - you just sit in your assigned programming sessions (and you can choose the ones you want if nobody's claimed them yet) and keep time and make sure the question process is organized. Volunteer sign-up info is here and programming prefects have almost nothing to do before the event starts. If you haven't seen the formal programming times yet, they're all up here
*Finding better shoes to wear around the parks because those sandals cut me.
*Catching up on LJ. If you posted something this past week that you think I should read (fic, meta, news, etc., please link me to it!)
*Getting a chair massage tomorrow. SO much driving this week, so I desperately need it.


There is one thing I wanted to post about re the Forbidden Journey ride. As Reuters reported yesterday and others have reported in the last few weeks, there is an issue for people of larger size in being able to ride the Forbidden Journey:
Jeff Guillaume of Lansing, Michigan, who in 2002 founded an early online Harry Potter news aggregator and fan site HPANA.com, said fans like him will be disappointed because of limitations on body size to ride the Forbidden Journey.

At 5 feet, 8 inches and 265 pounds (1.72 meters and 119 kg), Guillaume said his mid-section would not allow the restraint system to close, so he could not board the most heavily promoted ride. He said some other rides include special cars for larger guests.

But [Thierry] Coup said that Orlando Magic basketball player Dwight Howard fit into the restraint and rode the ride this week. Howard is listed on the NBA's website as 6 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 265 pounds (2.11 meters and 119 kg).


I can't tell what the maximum weight-height ratio is. I know people who are 5 foot 5 and 200 pounds who got on, as well as someone who is 5 foot 7 and 230, but I think we'll hear more on this. But if your BMI is over 37 or 38, you may have an issue getting onto the ride. There are seats out front to test, and if you can't ride you should still walk through the castle queue - it's definitely worth an hour to get to see it all! And hopefully they will figure out a way to tweak the seating system to allow people of larger size to ride.

Back in LA

Apr. 3rd, 2010 09:30 pm
heidi: (Passover)
We're flying home on Virgin tomorrow mid-day-ish, and I am looking forward to spending multiple weeks in a row in the same place, because that hasn't happened yet this year. Our room overlooks the runway so the kids are switching between watching The Squeakquel (again) and airplanes landing. And the hotel has good cookies.

Haven't watched Doctor Who yet, but I saw a nifty billboard from the 10 on our way to Santa Monica for dinner, and I'm downloading it to watch on the plane tomorrow.

Haven't gotten an iPad yet, as I am waiting for the 3g, but I'm enjoying all the reviews and the squee on my fist and on twitter. Patience, patience!

Was thinking during the drive back to LA today about something from last week's Supernatural as a parallel to something in S1 )

Also, re the recent episode, 7.4.96 )

Back in LA

Apr. 3rd, 2010 09:30 pm
heidi: (Passover)
We're flying home on Virgin tomorrow mid-day-ish, and I am looking forward to spending multiple weeks in a row in the same place, because that hasn't happened yet this year. Our room overlooks the runway so the kids are switching between watching The Squeakquel (again) and airplanes landing. And the hotel has good cookies.

Haven't watched Doctor Who yet, but I saw a nifty billboard from the 10 on our way to Santa Monica for dinner, and I'm downloading it to watch on the plane tomorrow.

Haven't gotten an iPad yet, as I am waiting for the 3g, but I'm enjoying all the reviews and the squee on my fist and on twitter. Patience, patience!

Was thinking during the drive back to LA today about something from last week's Supernatural as a parallel to something in S1 )

Also, re the recent episode, 7.4.96 )
heidi: (head-desk)
The J2 photo in LA was still listed as of last night, but they're all gone now, dammit.

If anyone inadvertently bought two, or is having second thoughts and wants to unload one, or ends up not being able to go, let me know?



Or, er, not sold out, and hurrah for checking one last time before leaving the office! The J2 and Jensen photo ops are back on the listing for Los Angeles! And I just got confirmation that I have one, yay.
heidi: (head-desk)
The J2 photo in LA was still listed as of last night, but they're all gone now, dammit.

If anyone inadvertently bought two, or is having second thoughts and wants to unload one, or ends up not being able to go, let me know?



Or, er, not sold out, and hurrah for checking one last time before leaving the office! The J2 and Jensen photo ops are back on the listing for Los Angeles! And I just got confirmation that I have one, yay.
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
I am writing this post on an airplane at about 32,000 feet en route from NYC to South Florida, and I can't believe almost exactly 120 hours from now, I will be landing in San Francisco for [info - community]azkatraz! Keep your eye on the LJ Spotlight next week, btw, and don't be surprised to find random mentions of Azkatraz in various magazines, papers and blogs over the next week or so.

[info - personal]yourlibrarian reports that fanfiction is now a dictionary term! Hurrah!

To celebrate (no, not really, but it works!) FictionAlley is hosting a dinner at the Tonga Room a week from Sunday (July 19) in San Francisco. You don't have to have you fic or art or meta hosted on FictionAlley to attend, and you don't have to be registered for Azkatraz - you just have to enjoy Harry Potter and have some interest in a Polynesian-esque dinner in a very kitschy restaurant with extremenly kitschy drinks.

Cost is $25 per person, plus whatever you drink that isn't water or coffee, and you need to RSVP to me by Monday afternoon by commenting on this post or emailing me at heidi @ fictionalley.org (without the spaces). Payable that night, or via paypal beforehand. Spread the word!

I'll be making a post this evening or tomorrow on the Az website about a new addition to the MPA schedule at ZEUM on Monday - one of the creators of the Bertie Botts flavours of Jelly Bellys will be talking about the creation process, and hosting a bit of a tasting at the MPA luncheon, which you can only attend with an MPA registration. We're even going to get to hear about some of the flavors that WB rejected, which I think will be incredibly amusing.

There's a smattering of photos from last night's HBP premiere on my twitter so this was either a very good time or a very bad time for loudtwitter to stop crossposting. Not sure if I am going to move to that new site or not, at least not until after ComicCon, because I'm going to be twittering a lot about panels and interviews, etc. And the headbands I got in NYC today, which I'll be wearing in California - only one of them is pink. But it is very, very pink.

Have not seen Torchwood, but I have willingly spoiled myself - hope to catch up on all of it when I fly out to SF on Wednesday. I watched the first part while flying to NC on Tuesday but the download I did on Tuesday night didn't work, so I'm stockpiling. And on LJ I am at skip=650, which brings me back to about Tuesday. Am saving full reaction posts to read once I've seen it all.

When is Leverage back with S2, btw? Will I miss a lot of it while I'm traveling? And why are *they* not at Comic Con? It's definitely geeky enough!

Oh! Does anyone want a pair of tickets to HBP at Azkatraz? Since I saw it last night, I don't need to go again so soon. 25 bucks for the pair if you want them (since everyone is going to get $5 back when they pick up their tickets, since the sums paid were more than the tickets ended up costing). To avoid giving Sandy the Registrar more annoyance, I'll pick up the tickets and have them to give to whoever takes them off my hands on Thursday afternoon.evening.
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
I am writing this post on an airplane at about 32,000 feet en route from NYC to South Florida, and I can't believe almost exactly 120 hours from now, I will be landing in San Francisco for [community profile] azkatraz! Keep your eye on the LJ Spotlight next week, btw, and don't be surprised to find random mentions of Azkatraz in various magazines, papers and blogs over the next week or so.

[personal profile] yourlibrarian reports that fanfiction is now a dictionary term! Hurrah!

To celebrate (no, not really, but it works!) FictionAlley is hosting a dinner at the Tonga Room a week from Sunday (July 19) in San Francisco. You don't have to have you fic or art or meta hosted on FictionAlley to attend, and you don't have to be registered for Azkatraz - you just have to enjoy Harry Potter and have some interest in a Polynesian-esque dinner in a very kitschy restaurant with extremenly kitschy drinks.

Cost is $25 per person, plus whatever you drink that isn't water or coffee, and you need to RSVP to me by Monday afternoon by commenting on this post or emailing me at heidi @ fictionalley.org (without the spaces). Payable that night, or via paypal beforehand. Spread the word!

I'll be making a post this evening or tomorrow on the Az website about a new addition to the MPA schedule at ZEUM on Monday - one of the creators of the Bertie Botts flavours of Jelly Bellys will be talking about the creation process, and hosting a bit of a tasting at the MPA luncheon, which you can only attend with an MPA registration. We're even going to get to hear about some of the flavors that WB rejected, which I think will be incredibly amusing.

There's a smattering of photos from last night's HBP premiere on my twitter so this was either a very good time or a very bad time for loudtwitter to stop crossposting. Not sure if I am going to move to that new site or not, at least not until after ComicCon, because I'm going to be twittering a lot about panels and interviews, etc. And the headbands I got in NYC today, which I'll be wearing in California - only one of them is pink. But it is very, very pink.

Have not seen Torchwood, but I have willingly spoiled myself - hope to catch up on all of it when I fly out to SF on Wednesday. I watched the first part while flying to NC on Tuesday but the download I did on Tuesday night didn't work, so I'm stockpiling. And on LJ I am at skip=650, which brings me back to about Tuesday. Am saving full reaction posts to read once I've seen it all.

When is Leverage back with S2, btw? Will I miss a lot of it while I'm traveling? And why are *they* not at Comic Con? It's definitely geeky enough!

Oh! Does anyone want a pair of tickets to HBP at Azkatraz? Since I saw it last night, I don't need to go again so soon. 25 bucks for the pair if you want them (since everyone is going to get $5 back when they pick up their tickets, since the sums paid were more than the tickets ended up costing). To avoid giving Sandy the Registrar more annoyance, I'll pick up the tickets and have them to give to whoever takes them off my hands on Thursday afternoon.evening.
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
Prologue of Importance re Azkatraz: If you have submitted a programming proposal for Azkatraz and have not been sent an email about the presenters' Yahoogroup, or some other email from [livejournal.com profile] flourish you need to get in touch with the programming team at submissions @ hp2009.org (without the spaces) so you can get your confirmation and release sent in by June 10, or you will not be able to present at Azkatraz. We need to finish the program and we can't do it without the confirmation paperwork in hand.


1. When taking kids to a kids-camp thing on a cruise ship put their names on their shoes - they might get taken by another kid who's about the same size late on the first night but you'll have an easier time claiming they're yours the next day at the pool.

2. What a thunderstorm looks like coming over a tiny bahamian island, and how a daquari tastes with a little sand in it (not terrible)

3. What the prices are for badge holders at ten different imprinting companies

4. That "Waking Up in Vegas" might make for a cracktastic HP vid, but I'm still looking for prompts to vid for Azkatraz. If you have a dream HP vid, tell me the song and a prompt in comments and if it inspires me, I'll vid it for the vidding show that [livejournal.com profile] chaeche is organizing for Azkatraz.

5. What a house looks like when balloons float it to South America.

6. That there still is no six. SQUIRREL!

7. That Chris Pine played Bill Pullman's son in Bottleshock, which also starred Alan Rickman.

8. The possible and/or proper size of a stage for Wrock performances

9. Some scheduelish things for Comic Con

10. Disney's put out a Wilderness Explorers' Guide that contains all the badges from the movie, and how to earn them - plus how Russell earned each of them. Make sure you look at the last page, and any kid or grownup who loved UP will adore all the stickers. I still hope Disney makes them into pins - I would love to pretend-earn them with my kids. I know some of you have kids who do boy scouts, but we wouldn't because we disagree with many of the national positions and mandates. Our kids get a lot of the same activities and information via temple activities, but this is different, and it's a terrific way for a former Girl Scout like me to share the enjoyment of badge-earning with my kids. Sometimes, I am so thankful that the Girl Scouts movement doesn't have the same issues as the boys.

11. How to change the pitch on an audio track.

12. What it feels like when your kid has only one more year of elementary school, and wins the award for most books AR points accumulated in the school for the year.

13. What it feels like to break a pinky-toe on the diagonal. Unlike [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge I have decorated my boot in pink sparkly heart stickers made of foam. But we agree that we should start a club for Fandomers With Broken Bones In Their Feet. We will call it the Club Foot (Sam's idea).

14. That I really should have been watching AI all season because I sort of adore Adam Lambert and Kris Allen more or less equally, and think that parallels the fact that for the last two years the two artists I've listened to most on iTunes are the Scissor Sisters and Jason Manns.

15. That YouTube won't allow the song Tall Cool One on a vid, but iMeem is ok with it, so I've posted my [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry vid commissioned by the fantastically patient [livejournal.com profile] yourlibrarian set to said song here. Formal posting sometime tomorrow or later tonight if I'm not exhausted by the time the kids go to sleep.

16. That the occupational license people here require a copy of the back side of my Bar Card even though there is no personalized content on that side, thereby necessitating extra walking by me and my broken foot. Fail, city.

17. That my sixth grade class was very trendsetting because on the way home from my 11th birthday at a skating rink in south Miami back in 1982 me and all the girls in my class sat in the back of the school bus we'd rented for the day singing "Don't Stop Believing" over and over and over. Oh, GLEE!

18. Oh gosh, so much more. I have recs and squee and OMG Azkatraz news and photos from Universal of the fantabulous Wizarding World of Harry Potter (under construction) and so much love for the sandy beach on Disney's Castaway Cay and at Universal's Portofino Bay hotel but I have four or five more vids to edit, some ephemera to create, kids to get to sleep, a camp duffel to finish packing and stuff to write for the Azkatraz program and popcorn to make (on the stove, with olive oil)

19. Total Eclipse of the Heart! Have you seen the Literal Version of the vid yet? If not, GO NOW! ETA Oh, look! There are now t-shirts, and it just hit over one million views! Go, them!
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
Prologue of Importance re Azkatraz: If you have submitted a programming proposal for Azkatraz and have not been sent an email about the presenters' Yahoogroup, or some other email from [livejournal.com profile] flourish you need to get in touch with the programming team at submissions @ hp2009.org (without the spaces) so you can get your confirmation and release sent in by June 10, or you will not be able to present at Azkatraz. We need to finish the program and we can't do it without the confirmation paperwork in hand.


1. When taking kids to a kids-camp thing on a cruise ship put their names on their shoes - they might get taken by another kid who's about the same size late on the first night but you'll have an easier time claiming they're yours the next day at the pool.

2. What a thunderstorm looks like coming over a tiny bahamian island, and how a daquari tastes with a little sand in it (not terrible)

3. What the prices are for badge holders at ten different imprinting companies

4. That "Waking Up in Vegas" might make for a cracktastic HP vid, but I'm still looking for prompts to vid for Azkatraz. If you have a dream HP vid, tell me the song and a prompt in comments and if it inspires me, I'll vid it for the vidding show that [livejournal.com profile] chaeche is organizing for Azkatraz.

5. What a house looks like when balloons float it to South America.

6. That there still is no six. SQUIRREL!

7. That Chris Pine played Bill Pullman's son in Bottleshock, which also starred Alan Rickman.

8. The possible and/or proper size of a stage for Wrock performances

9. Some scheduelish things for Comic Con

10. Disney's put out a Wilderness Explorers' Guide that contains all the badges from the movie, and how to earn them - plus how Russell earned each of them. Make sure you look at the last page, and any kid or grownup who loved UP will adore all the stickers. I still hope Disney makes them into pins - I would love to pretend-earn them with my kids. I know some of you have kids who do boy scouts, but we wouldn't because we disagree with many of the national positions and mandates. Our kids get a lot of the same activities and information via temple activities, but this is different, and it's a terrific way for a former Girl Scout like me to share the enjoyment of badge-earning with my kids. Sometimes, I am so thankful that the Girl Scouts movement doesn't have the same issues as the boys.

11. How to change the pitch on an audio track.

12. What it feels like when your kid has only one more year of elementary school, and wins the award for most books AR points accumulated in the school for the year.

13. What it feels like to break a pinky-toe on the diagonal. Unlike [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge I have decorated my boot in pink sparkly heart stickers made of foam. But we agree that we should start a club for Fandomers With Broken Bones In Their Feet. We will call it the Club Foot (Sam's idea).

14. That I really should have been watching AI all season because I sort of adore Adam Lambert and Kris Allen more or less equally, and think that parallels the fact that for the last two years the two artists I've listened to most on iTunes are the Scissor Sisters and Jason Manns.

15. That YouTube won't allow the song Tall Cool One on a vid, but iMeem is ok with it, so I've posted my [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry vid commissioned by the fantastically patient [livejournal.com profile] yourlibrarian set to said song here. Formal posting sometime tomorrow or later tonight if I'm not exhausted by the time the kids go to sleep.

16. That the occupational license people here require a copy of the back side of my Bar Card even though there is no personalized content on that side, thereby necessitating extra walking by me and my broken foot. Fail, city.

17. That my sixth grade class was very trendsetting because on the way home from my 11th birthday at a skating rink in south Miami back in 1982 me and all the girls in my class sat in the back of the school bus we'd rented for the day singing "Don't Stop Believing" over and over and over. Oh, GLEE!

18. Oh gosh, so much more. I have recs and squee and OMG Azkatraz news and photos from Universal of the fantabulous Wizarding World of Harry Potter (under construction) and so much love for the sandy beach on Disney's Castaway Cay and at Universal's Portofino Bay hotel but I have four or five more vids to edit, some ephemera to create, kids to get to sleep, a camp duffel to finish packing and stuff to write for the Azkatraz program and popcorn to make (on the stove, with olive oil)

19. Total Eclipse of the Heart! Have you seen the Literal Version of the vid yet? If not, GO NOW! ETA Oh, look! There are now t-shirts, and it just hit over one million views! Go, them!

Show!

Apr. 24th, 2009 10:13 am
heidi: (eee! maths!)
Supernatural maths )
Anyhow, am back home in Miami. North Carolina was wonderful and ridiculously busy and I am overstretched because I had to be completely on the ball from about 8:30 AM until around 9:30 last night, because I flew back to Miami with the CEO of the company I was visiting, so no chance to decompress on the plane. Easy, on-time flight, though.

Five days until I fly again. Summertime and I can't stand still...

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