I fear that I am coming down with whatever Liam had this week. My throat is starting to feel a little scratchy, and I'm tired, tired, tired. I see a very early bedtime in my future. Such exciting Friday nights I have now!

Tomorrow night is the Stilyagi election party, which is being held here at Great Oak ([livejournal.com profile] shadowriderhope, you did reserve the common house, right? Since you're the one who actually agreed to host the party?) I'll be up late for that, so I should definitely catch up on my sleep tonight.
And what exciting thing did we do to celebrate? We cleaned the house. Not very exciting, really, but it needed to be done, and it certainly feels better to be living in a clean house than a dirty one. We de-cluttered, and did dishes and laundry. Eric had his merry way with the vacuum cleaner, getting under all the furniture and using the upholstery attachment on the furniture. I cleaned the bathrooms and mopped the floors when Eric was done. We had to cancel our housecleaner when Eric was off work, so this was largely overdue.

But we had a relaxed morning and took a couple of breaks, so that pretty much took care of all the time we had before it was time to go off to Emily's for my birthday dinner. I had a good meal, but Eric's was less exciting. And to top it off, his fish was overcooked enough that he sent it back, and then our server completely forgot the espresso he'd ordered with dessert.

Got to the Stilyagi party around 9. I'd made up a long and voting guide about the nominees that we handed around for people to leave, so we were able to minimize the amount of time spent on speechifying at the event itself. My participation in the party was hampered by the fact that my cold has evolved into laryngitis, and I could barely speak above a whisper. But I still managed to guide the vote counters through the single transferable vote counting system, or some reasonable facsimile thereof, anyway. We left pretty early. I would have liked to take advantage of the baby free night to socialize, but parties aren't much fun when you can't really talk to anyone! I did at least get to chat with surprise guests [livejournal.com profile] avt_tor and [livejournal.com profile] marahsk, and it was great to see them, as always.

Now I must pump and get off to bed, in the hopes that rest will help my voice come back.
So Eric, [livejournal.com profile] shadowriderhope and I are hosting a Stilyagi party in the common house tonight. We did this once before and it worked out great - lots of various spaces for people to hang out in, a kids room to keep the kids from disrupting the adults too much, and best of all, it's within baby monitor range, so we can both be social. Or at least, that's how it worked last time. Unfortunately, between then and now someone in the community has installed something that's causing interference on our monitor. We've noticed it just around the house, but the problem is much worse as soon as I try to take the monitor outside. If I get any further than about 20 feet, the other signal takes over completely.

I've sent a ping out to the mailing list to see if we can track down what's causing the problem and try to fix it, but for tonight, we're stuck doing the tag team parenting routine, sadly. Eric let me go first, sweetheart that he is, but Liam woke up and needed his mom to go back to sleep, so we took that opportunity to swap.

Fun party, though. There was a concom meeting beforehand, from 6 to 8, then the party starting at 8. Good turnout, and best of all, [livejournal.com profile] tarkrai (Steve MacDonald) happened to be in town from Atlanta, where he's just recently moved. So he came to the party and played music for us, and that was way fun.

So I'm home, and just winding down for a little while before going to bed. Morning comes awful early these days, and Liam is sleeping fairly fitfully because of his cold/ear infection/possible sinus infection.
Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of the 2 hours until first wake up nights, rather than the 3 or more hours until first wake up nights we've been having lately. [livejournal.com profile] murphyw tried to settle him for 15 minutes, but when Liam was still wailing he called us and I came home. Of course, by the time I got home he was no longer crying, although still not asleep. But in any case, it was nice to get out for a little while. I got to dance to one song, saw a few people I hadn't seen in a while, chatted with friends, met (and got to hold!) Robyn and Sylvia's beautiful new baby, and SMOFed not at all. I left before the ballots were counted, so I don't know if I got voted onto the board or not. Guess I'll find out tomorrow.

Well, I was staying up for a little while since I wasn't tired when I got home, but my eyes are getting droopy so I'd better be off to bed. Liam will probably sleep in a smidge because of his extended wake up, but not enough to count on.
The Stilyagi Party we hosted with [livejournal.com profile] shadowriderhope last night went really well. We had a good crowd of people, but since we were in the common house could have fit many more. The gamers took full advantage of all of the tables, and when I was there there were two tables of Settlers, one of Scrabble and one of poker. Plus a crowd of people in the sitting room, and clusters around the food table, of course.

Liam went to bed at the usual time and we just took the monitor over to the common house with us. I love that we can do that - having a baby that goes to bed at 7:30 doesn't feel nearly so isolating that way! He's got yet another cold, so he woke up pretty frequently, poor little guy. I nursed him back to sleep at 10:30, but when he woke up again at 11:30 we knew he wasn't going to go back to sleep well, so I went to bed myself. Which is just as well, given that he had a pretty miserable night and we were up a lot.

Did some smoffing, of course, it being so soon after ConFusion there was still lots to talk about. The official debrief meeting is next Sunday. Speaking of ConFusion, I'm almost finished doing the data entry for registration, so I'll have stats to report later. Here's the preliminaries: attendance was down a smidge, as we knew it would be with all the snow on Saturday. Looks like we had 707 registrations, with a warm body count of 685. For comparison purposes, last year we had 758 registrations, with a warm body count of 723. Not bad, all things considered.
Myself, [livejournal.com profile] eviljohn and [livejournal.com profile] shadowriderhope are co-hosting a Stilyagi party this Saturday, January 29th, in the Great Oak cohousing common building. Party starts at 8. Stilyagi is the science fiction fan group that hosts ConFusion each year, and a good group of fun people to hang out with. Everybody is welcome to attend - feel free to bring a friend.

We've got tons of space, including a large kid's room, a media room with a big screen TV (bring your favorite videos or DVDs), a cozy room with a fireplace for quiet conversation, and a big dining room with room for music and dancing, many tables of games, or both, depending on our whims. BYO, or better yet, bring something to share - we'll have some food and drinks to get things started, but we look forward to your contributions.

We're located at 500 Little Lake Dr. From Ann Arbor and points east, get to Jackson Rd (exit 172 off of I-94) and head west. Turn left onto Parkland Plaza, which is the 4th Michigan left past Wagner, and directly across from the Lexus dealership. You'll go straight through at the Michigan left and end up on Parkland Plaza drive. Go ~100 feet and turn right onto Little Lake Dr, and follow it around the circle to the second housing development on your right. Parking in our lot is limited, so unless you are mobility impaired, please park along Little Lake Dr and walk into the community. You're looking for the one-story red building in the center of the community.

From points west, we'll be the first right after the 7th Michigan left east of Zeeb Rd - just watch for the Lexus dealership on your left, and you'll be okay.

Maps are here:
http://tinyurl.com/23fp4
or
http://willienorthway.com/go/great-oak-directions.pdf

If you get lost or need better directions, call Tammy at 734-276-3215, or Hope at 734-368-6984.

See you on Saturday!

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Mar. 4th, 2004 10:38 pm
Got up way early today to go to Detroit for their Regional Transformation Process, lead by Richard Florida. This is similar to the kind of work that my company does, so we were mostly going as spies to check out his technique and process. He's a really neat guy, and has a lot of interesting ideas. Included in the price of admission was a copy of his book "The Rise of the Creative Class," which I've been wanting to read for a while. The day was a disappointment, however. His process relies a lot on handheld wireless polling devices, and when the computer that was running the system crashed, they were totally unprepared and had no backup plan (well, they had a backup computer, but that one went down too!). So we got as far as brainstorming some strategies, but never got to prioritize which ones we thought were most important, and or to really talk about next steps. So it ended as a let down. One wonders why they couldn't have just started doing voting by show of hands - not very efficient in a room with 300 people, but better than what we ended up with. Oh well - at least I got a copy of the book. And the next time we're tempted to think that using a techy tool would make our process more effective, we'll be reminded of the pitfalls inherent in that thinking!

Felt really awful for a while after I got home, but then we went for dinner in the common house and I realized that I just needed to eat - it had been too long since my last meal. Plus, I hadn't eaten very well today - conference food will do that to you. But common meal was good, and healthy. I think I'll actually end up eating healthier at common meals than I do when I cook at home!

Since I was feeling better after dinner, I drove across town to the AASFA board meeting. I'm not one of the appointees for next year's board, so I have to decide if I want to run. I'm thinking I should just take the year off - I'm going to be busy with the baby, and I've been really involved with the Board for the last 6 years or so. Time to let other people step in. Of course, thus far there have not been hordes of people dying to participate. As president of this year's board, I need to post a little plug to the Stilyagi list talking about the board and what it does, in the hopes that it will generate some new blood.

I have to pay bills. I've needed to pay them for a while, and just haven't been able to bring myself to do it. We have the money, it's not a problem, I'm just procrastinating on digging through my paperwork and actually writing the checks. Why, I don't know. But I'm too tired and brain dead to do it now. So I vow to get it done in the morning, come hell or high water.

And high water is a distinct possibility. We're getting some heavy rain tonight, and - joy of joys - our roof is leaking...

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