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State of the ME

Hi everyone!

I am still alive! (I have to stop delaying so much between posting that I feel like I have to reassure on that account first thing, I think).

Thank you belatedly but from the bottom of my (quite inflated with joy) heart for all the birthday wishes, virtual gifts and texts from Canada. Nothing much happened on the day, but it still was one of my happiest ever, I felt very loved and appreciated.

Life is incredibly busy at the moment. Not only have we lurched from one (really intensive and large-scale) performance to another (hugely technical and acrobatically difficult) performance, I have gone from teaching during the second semester of the year STRAIGHT into teaching summer school. We have a brand new course called "Puppetry, Animated Film and Gaming" and I'm pretty much responsible for teaching the puppetry component of this. If I remember later I'll share some of the links to the material, it will make you laugh and cry.

Anyway, so I'm kind of working night and day seven days a week at the moment, but Christmas is on the horizon, so I'm holding out for that.

ALSO - AND THIS IS PROBABLY THE HEADLINE NEWS: Tony and I are going to San Francisco in January for a holiday. It's been a really hard year what with the earthquakes and everything (status of house= still a big hole in the ceiling, still a bit hole in the wall, landlord still musing about what to do about that! status of city= still wrecked and largely off limits: they're going to demolish the cathedral :( - status of earthquakes = much quieter, a little shake last night was the first I'd felt for about a month ) so we decided to go to a place where neither of us have been but where both of us wanted to go. I'm very excited, or at least I will be when I get a chance to take a breath. Question: I'm a confident driver. I'm accustomed to driving on the left. Should I hire a car to go up the coast and to see the Redwoods etc or will I crash and run over kittens? There will be more and more questions coming about all aspects of this trip!

UM... My mum is good, she's presently in England visiting the grandchildren. Work is insane. Tony is very busy also (but successfully so, he's been invited to contribute an article to the main journal in his discipline). I'm doing some writing but it feels sloppy and haphazard, so I'm trying to find time in each day to sit with that properly and give it the attention it deserves!

We have a general election coming up. The present PM is a DOUCHE (oh, you wouldn't believe how much!) but will probably get in again no problems, because he's a smiling congenial DOUCHE.

Anyway, I have not even been lurking the last three weeks. So please, tell me about your exciting life events? And sad ones. I will henceforward try and be around more, because I miss it, and you guys give me a perspective and sense of balance that I really lack otherwise and I so notice when I am away from it.

Much love to all and see you HERE, SOON.

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tesserae_
Nov. 19th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Should I hire a car to go up the coast and to see the Redwoods etc

Yes! Just drive carefully. You can't see most of California via public transportation, and a trip up to see the redwoods or down the coast to Big Sur would be an amazing experience. I have English friends who come over, drive around & thoroughly enjoy it. Just be aware though that we do have weather here, and if it's both wet & cold we can get snow piling up and closing some of the northern highways (or washing them out completely). So watch the online weather reports before you actually hop in the car.
amberdreams
Nov. 19th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: the driving on the wrong side of the road - I had my first try last year when I went to the US by myself and I was more nervous about that aspect of the whole trip than anything else BUT it was fine! All the cars are automatics and the only time I struggled was on the drive from the Mesa Verde back to Durango airport when it was dark and pouring with rain and it was so difficult to see which lane I was supposed to be in at the many junctions.
One tip - you need to check road signs a lot, because for some reason they are mostly in words, not nice easy to comprehend symbols. So instead of big arrows for left hand lane etc, they'd EXPLAIN it to you.

Did I miss your birthday? Belated happy thoughts if I did.

And you are writing fic? That makes me happy :D
harrigan
Nov. 19th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
I missed your birthday! I didn't mean to! I was caught up in excellent goings-on in my life.

I hope you do drive up to see the Redwoods! In October a friend and I rented a car and drove along the coast all the way up to Vancouver. The LadyBird Johnson Grove trail was an easy hike that was most memorable because WE SAW A BEAR!

Granted, we were still in the car, about half a mile from the trail head, a little before 8 am. It wasn't a full-grown bear either. We rounded a curve on the road in the forest and there it was, ambling across the pavement about 10-20 yards in front of us.

Hope you have a fantastic trip too!
ia_ne
Nov. 20th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm accustomed to driving on the right and I was pretty apprehensive about driving in New Zealand, but it turned out not to be a problem at all!

Plus, I found driving from Berkeley down to Santa Barbara and to Yosemite relatively stress-free last year, except for driving in and out of the San Francisco area. But even that was totally worth it, we had a fantastic trip!
rivers_bend
Nov. 20th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
eeeeeee! You're coming to San Francisco! It's so beautiful, and January is potentially a beautiful time of year to come. Much less fog than if you came in our summer. Though possibly quite rainy.

I think you would probably do fine driving. Lots of the route up to the redwoods is on divided roads or highways, so once you're on the correct path you can't really go wrong. It is extremely traffic heavy, and there are a fair number of people driving like selfish pigheaded dickbags, though.

I have no idea how you feel about meeting people off the internet, especially with husband in tow, and will COMPLETELY understand if it's not your thing, but I also will take any opportunity at all to drive up to the redwoods, and love playing tour guide if that seems like a better option than renting a car. (there are also lots of bus tours that leave from the city and go to the redwoods and the wine country and aren't terribly expensive, especially in the winter.)

I am glad things are well with you (if busy) and hope that you get a nice break over Christmas! ♥
lilacsigil
Nov. 20th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
I live in a tourist area and we have great big signs saying DRIVE ON THE LEFT! But it's only really a problem because people try to do the 9 hour round-trip from Melbourne in a single day, get exhausted and forget where they are. Drive sensibly and you should have no problems. Enjoy your break when you get to it!
sagetan
Nov. 20th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
San Francisco! That sounds delightful, I've always wanted to visit. And tell me about douchey PMs getting reelected, ugh ugh ugh :/

Exciting life events? I went to a Mumford and Sons concert last month, it was utterly amazing! I thought of you during their rockin' encore of The Cave :)
sarcasticval
Nov. 20th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
First off, happy belated birthday wishes! (Man, I totally fail at remembering birthdays in a timely manner!)

To echo what rivers_bend said, if you're ever up for getting coffee or whatever with a internet person feel free to look me up! (Though no worries if not!) I'm contemplating a trip up there as well in January, so I may be bouncing around the city at the same time as you.

Regardless, let me know if you guys need any recommendations for things to see and do. San Fran is an absolutely lovely place, and I'm sure you guys will have a blast!




Edited at 2011-11-20 04:02 am (UTC)
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