kshandra: knit toddler pants with a monster face over the bottom (CrankyPants)
I am going home this afternoon, washing all the big bath towels, and then I am dragging [personal profile] gridlore's bath chair back into the tub and sitting under the shower like this:



until the hot water runs out.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Tired)
Jeez, people - it took me ?skip=240 to get back to 0900 local Saturday, when I last saw LJ (or anything else online, for that matter). And another ?skip=20 to catch up on the entries that had come in while I was reading those.

So where the hell were you, Koosh? )
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Pride)
We're the man now, dog! (Borderline NSFW; sound present, but not required for enjoyment.)

Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] sylvan, who apparently fell out of his chair when he found it.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
...I'm back.

I managed to write one journal entry while I was at That Thing In The Deserttm; it took me a day and a half, and [livejournal.com profile] pocketlj is refusing to post it for me now. :-P

I'm still trying to find all my braincells and clean the playa dust out of them; in the meantime, here's a photo [livejournal.com profile] sputnik took of our camp that I happen to be in.

ePlaya Bar Camp - the best bunch of folks I've ever camped with, and I've camped with some great people )
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
As is common about this time of year, a lot of folks who don't Burn are asking the ones who do "So what's the big deal, anyway?" I figured I'd save my answer here.

Someone on my f'list earlier today said (in a locked post, or I'd link) "I figure it's like having been told all about sex--no words can sufficiently describe the experience until it's been internalized already." To which I replied:

*nods* It's very much a part of my life. But I'm not sure I have the words to explain why. There are similar experiences one can have that give the same sense of community (and jaded Burners the world over are now shouting "Drink!" because I used that word). [livejournal.com profile] gridlore was a DeadHead, and followed the band on tour for a season; I made it to enough shows of my own that I was able to draw from that experience and build an analogy he could grok. ("Picture the parking lot at the Oakland Coliseum during the Mardi Gras run. Now multiply that by 100 and put it in the middle of nowhere.")

I can offer you the posts I made when I got back from my first trip in '03, here and here. I can offer you the more-or-less daily journal I managed to keep at the event last year (start here and keep hitting "Next Entry" until you get to this post).

And it could well be that you still won't get it. And that's okay. The event is most emphatically not for everyone.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Default)
Simply buying a bottle of melatonin at Costco is insufficient. If you want it to work as a sleep aid, you need to actually take the pills.

(In bed at 0030, awake until at least 0200; up at 0600 to drive [livejournal.com profile] gridlore to work, since his bike chain came off. I fall back over now.)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Artist)

Tattoo pix, finally Tattoo pix, finally

These have been sitting on [livejournal.com profile] dafydd's desktop computer for over two years; I neglected to save my own copies when he let his SmugMug account lapse, and by that point he had moved and didn't have the desktop machine set up any longer. He finally got a round tuit earlier this month, and I was able to acquire my own set.

Clicking on the picture (now that I've edited the code) will take you to the top level of the gallery. Now to go back and find my post from when I had it done and link these there, too....

kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Default)
Dinner last night was lovely (and huge - breakfast this morning was the remnants of my baked potato, which must have weighed two pounds when I first got it); we did get photos (including a hysterical one of me menacing my poor helpless dessert), but I abruptly ran out of spoons last night between getting them off the SmartCard and actually uploading them to my journal. I was in bed before 10pm for the first time in $DEITY knows how long. I'll post them tonight.

I got a phonecall from my brother, an email from my sister-in-law (signed by her, her husband, their baby, and the cat), and a text message from my "kid" sister (who turns 18 in two weeks, $DEITY help us all), all of which were unexpected and very pleasant surprises. I didn't get a card from my 98-year-old great-aunt, which worries me; she generally sends them out well in advance of the date. I need to call her tonight when I get home and make sure she's okay.

I think I've thanked everyone who wished me happy birthday, with the exception of one or two emails that came in last night. If you posted something for me, and I didn't leave a response, odds are I didn't see it - it was all I could do to keep up with the comments in my own journal. Let me know if I missed you, okay?

There's a barbecue here at work today for the 457631982 birthdays that have happened in my department over the last week or so (starting with our VP and working their way down); I'm feeling vaguely guilty over not having brought anything, but I was never specifically asked. :-/

I should probably do some actual work before we break for lunch, though.

EDITED, considerably later: My aunt did, in fact, send a card, and the mail fairies ate it. :-/
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Thank you to everyone who has sent me birthday wishes so far, both in email and on LJ.

The theme for today is Because I Can. I dropped [livejournal.com profile] gridlore off at lightrail this morning, instead of driving him all the way to work, and went back to bed for 45 minutes - Because I Could. From there, it was into the shower, and then my wardrobe choices for the day:

  • Pink tie-dyed circle skirt (which would look a lot better if my ghetto booty didn't make it 4" shorter in back, but that's okay)
  • Black tank top from [livejournal.com profile] pentaclemoon (not the velvet one, the one from the twinset)
  • The shawl [livejournal.com profile] jilesa made me for $WINTERHOLIDAY last year, which is bi pride colored and glittery (and has an end I need to weave back in, but I never remember until I'm actually wearing it)
  • My bottle necklace from [livejournal.com profile] elynne (the message in mine is spirit ~ quest ~ help ~ flow ~ music)
  • The Celtic-knotwork ring [livejournal.com profile] h2ocrazyguy got me at BayCon (thanks again, sweetie!)
  • A Birthday Princess ribbon rosette that matches the wand I borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] supersniffles
  • And a tiara. Because I Can.

Tonight after work will be dinner with Doug (he suggested Chili's originally; I'm going to counter with BJ's - Because I Can), and he has promised/threatened to make sure all the waitstaff know it's my birthday. (I reminded him the tiara was probably going to give it away.) There will be photos.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (IWantItNow)
So I've got this birthday coming up.

In the car yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] gridlore asked me for some hints on what I'd like ("preferably in the form of detailed maps"), and it occurs to me that he might not be the only one.

It's actually not as difficult as you might think - if you look at my userinfo page, directly underneath my Jippy counter are links to three wishlists - Amazon, WishRepublic, and The Purple Store. (These links are also available in the right-hand column of my journal if you read it natively.) Not on those lists, but also welcome, are any Pocket Dragons I don't already own (currently in my collection are Happy Camper, Rub My Tummy, Tea for Two, Magic Reading Hat and I Said No!!), with a focus on the ones I currently use as LJ icons. If I think of anything else, I'll update this post.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Clefs)
...today's 10@10.

6/14/05 - Tuesday!  A GREAT set from...1983!!!
  1. Michael Jackson - Beat it

  2. Thomas Dolby - Europa & the Pirate Twins

  3. Duran Duran - Hungry Like a Wolf

  4. Donna Summer - She Works Hard for the Money

  5. Genesis - That's All

  6. Golden Earring - Twilight Zone

  7. David Bowie - Let's Dance

  8. Police - Murder By Numbers

  9. Madness - It Must Be Love (BEST OF SET!!)

  10. Tubes - Tip of My Tongue

BONUS TRACK:  Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me

The Dolby was by request. *beam*
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