jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Welcome to this week's salon post!

Topic of the week
What's your favourite holiday? (Been thinking about this because of a thing I'll put in a comment.)

What I've been up to
A short work week, and a quiet one, and trying to line up ducks for various other projects (including a "Wow, my June is busy.")

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Welcome to this week's salon post! (After a couple of weeks hiatus. My life, it sometimes gets busy.)

Welcome to this week's salon post.

Topic of the week
I'm betting you've learned or discovered something recently - feel free to share the useful, interesting, or just plain fun things.

(My example in a comment.)

What I've been up to
Last week was a symposium for work (interesting, but sort of exhausting couple of days) and this week has been the week of a bunch of routine medical visits. (Allergist on Wednesday, nutritionist on Thursday, primary care for my seasonal visit + annual physical today. I like all three of them, but it's a lot of appointments.)

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Welcome to this week's salon post.

Topic of the week
A friend is taking me out tonight to a nice restaurant as a thank you for cat sitting.

For this week, what's a fun extra-nice outing for you? (Something a little out of your usual routine, for a special occasion.)

What I've been up to
A fun thing I'll talk about when it's public (probably end of April), ritual stuff, prepping for more ritual stuff, and... yeah, that's pretty much my week.

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Welcome to this week's salon post.

Topic of the week
I am starting to think about container gardening for the coming summer - it's the first time in four years I've had a patio space!

I think my goal is to do some tomatoes and some herbs, but if you do anything like that, what do you do, and what do you like?

(If you are not a gardening person, as always, any other topic welcome! Start a thread.)

What I've been up to
Writing my story for [community profile] worldbuildingex (a fanfic exchange focused on worldbuilding, which has produced some really amazing works in the past.)

And next week is, for a variety of reasons, a complex ritual week for me, so this weekend is "clean the things", "prep the things", and "prep the things some more"

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Good morning!

Topic of the week
Things you look forward to in the coming next season where you are (we are in what may be the tail end of the last significant storm here in New England.)

What I've been up to
I am running around getting ready for a quick and weirdly timed work trip (flying very early Saturday morning, getting back very late Monday night, the actual work stuff is Saturday evening through noonish Monday).

So I'm posting this and then going to the laundromat, as one does.

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Good morning!

Topic of the week
Stuff you're enjoying right now, whatever that is.

What I've been up to
Doing all sorts of catchup stuff at home, whee! (And a few enjoyable social outings.)

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Good morning!

Topic of the week
The cat woke me up at 3am (she locked herself in the bathroom, and spent some period of time jiggling the door until I realised that it was not just her having a fixation on the closet door like she does sometimes...) And then she stepped on the power strip for most of the things in the bedroom and turned it off.

So. How do you get through the day when you have that kind of disruption? Or do you have stories of epic "Wait, what happened here?" in the middle of the night you want to share?

What I've been up to
Lots of trying to get things done for a project at work, and getting ready to be on vacation next week. (I'm staying home and doing all the things I was going to do in December before December turned into moving.)

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Good morning!

Topic of the week
It is currently ferociously cold across a lot of the United States. What do you like to do when the weather's awful outside? What makes a place feel cozy to you? Do you have particular food you make, or hobbies you make extra time for?

What I've been up to
Very busy week at work, mostly, and the last round of moving tasks. (Yay! Finally!)

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Good morning!

Topic of the week
I am going to what should be a really fascinating curator tour at a museum tomorrow, and I'm looking at another visit to another museum in February.

Do you go to museums? Do you like going to museums? (Or exhibits, or art galleries, or anything else vaguely in that category?) What do you love about it? What is harder for you, or you wish museums did differently.

(And of course, any other topic you're interested in, also fair game.)

What I've been up to
It has been such a week at work, and with weather (I'm near Boston, and our weather on Sunday was snow, freezing rain, and sleet. Give me good honest snow over the latter two any day.) And then it was 55 yesterday, so basically it's all melted off.

Anyway, I'm exhausted, which is not so great because I have a bunch of things that need doing.

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Good morning!

Topic of the week
What thing have you learned or done recently that's brought you joy? (Or at least a certain amount of pleasure. Doesn't have to be a peak joy experience.)

Alternately, related to what I'm up to, do you read Tarot? (Or use them in other ways?) Do you have a favourite deck? What's your approach? (Other oracle methods also welcome. We are an inclusive discussion here!)

Not interested in either of those? As always, whatever other topics people want to talk about very welcome. Start a thread, see who joins in.

A useful tool
[personal profile] melannen put together a bookmarklet (based on one by [profile] astrolat) that allows you to quickly share links on Dreamwidth and that will check to see if you're linking to a locked DW post. Instructions on the bookmarklet over here It'll create a new DW post, autofill the subject line, and then you can edit or add other commentary.

What I've been up to
Unpacking. I got all my books on bookshelves last Sunday, labelled them a couple of days ago (and now I need to go through and update my locations in LibraryThing. That's a longer project).

Tonight is for finishing tidying up the living room and cleaning before I have witchy students over tomorrow. (For a class on Tarot.)

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Yikes! I had a sufficiently complex morning that I completely forgot about posting. Sorry!

Topic of the week
I've been seeing a number of discussions around Dreamwidth about different ways people use social media, different customs (and how sometimes those are formed as ways to deal with a particular site's features or bugs.)

How do you use your Dreamwidth account? Has that changed over time? What's important to you? What do you not care so much about? And while we're at it, do you have a favourite feature you don't think enough people know about?

Not interested in that? As always, whatever other topics people want to talk about very welcome. Start a thread, see who joins in.

What I've been up to
Moving is exhausting! I got most of my kitchen unpacked last weekend, then fell over in a pit of exhaustion other than more or less keeping my head above water at work.

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Welcome to a new calendar year!

I know I said I wasn't likely to manage a salon post today, because moving apartments, but then I woke up extra early, so here! Have a post. I'll be packing up my computer mid-morning, and then, y'know, busily pointing movers in the right directions. So I won't be around much today, but I'm sure we can all manage.

Topic of the week
Do you have traditions or superstitions about moving into a new place, or starting a new project, or basically anything new that happens sometimes?

(As always, whatever other topics people want to talk about very welcome. Start a thread, see who joins in.)

What I've been up to
Packing things. Also moving things and cleaning things. And training a new assistant at work. I am very much looking forward to being in my new place, as unpacking is much more satisfying for me.

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Hello!

First, a (rather literal) housekeeping note: there will not be a salon post next Friday (January 4th), because I am moving apartments, and I will be doing all the things that need to happen last minute before the movers arrive in the morning. (And may in fact move my computer the night before...)

If all goes well on the moving front, I will try and get one up Friday evening or Saturday morning, but I may just skip a week.

Topic of the week
What's your preferred approach to a big project like moving. Lists? Categories of things you do? Breaking it down into small pieces? Running around with chaos?

What I've been up to
Packing things! I've also been in at work for three days (well, it'll be three days by the end of the day) this week, when basically no one else is, and I love this week because it's quiet, I get a lot done, and I get to go into the new calendar year feeling fairly caught up.

(I was out on vacation last week, and I cleaned my desk off before I left, so things even look organised. I am usually a 'organise by pile' person who tries to keep things looking neat with varying degrees of success.)

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Hello! I am delighted this Friday, because I just launched a major project. (More in locked posts, I am glad to add basically anyone.)

Topic of the week
What do you enjoy about this time of year? (That could be religious celebrations, or the weather, or particular food, or whatever else it might be.)

Alternately, are you the sort of person to do new year's resolutions? Or make other changes in your life?

What I've been up to
I'm looking forward to my winter solstice celebrations (tonight, when I do the Up All Night vigil with The Cauldron (open to anyone with a free account on the forum)

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Yay, it's Friday. It's my last day of work for a bit (I'm taking next week off for the solstice, then have a three day work week, then another three day work week. Whee!)

Topic of the week
What do you do when things are up in the air and unsettled? What helps? What doesn't help? (And what do you find yourself doing anyway, and going "Oh, self....")

As always, any other topic welcome.

What I've been up to
I am not in fact moving apartments in my building. I am looking at other options. (This saga, such a saga.) Meanwhile, my life is in boxes, and the lack of information and lack of knowing what my life is going to look like in a month or two are getting to me. This is suboptimal.

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Happy Friday! Welcome to this week's salon post.

I've picked up a few new people on my access lists (and Dreamwidth has seen a lot of people return or check the place out), so here's a quick intro to the salon post idea. (Want to do the same thing in your journal? That'd be awesome, and feel free to drop a note here.)

I started these as a way to get some cross-pollination going in conversations that was more "Hey, I know neat people" rather than a topic-focused community. I put up a post on Friday morning (East Coast time), and people hang out in comments.

There are some tips and house rules under the cut tags below, but basically, it's fine to talk about any topic you'd like (though keeping them Safe For Work is appreciated on my end.)

You don't have to talk about my prompt for the week, and it's definitely encouraged to ask people for ideas or recs or whatever on whatever topic you're poking at.

Topic of the week
Clearly, the topic for the week should be "What brought you to Dreamwidth" and/or "What's a feature or tip you think is nifty" or "What's a thing you're wondering about on the site?" (Support requests are great, but many people among my subscribers have been using the site a long time, and may have useful tips.)

I will also start a quick intros thread - there are a lot of fannish friending memes going around, but if you're looking for people interested in other topics, feel free to add your interests, and maybe find other folks.

What I've been up to
I am moving apartments within my building on short notice (in under two weeks) due to some ongoing heating and other issues. I will be spending my weekend with boxes. Whee?

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Happy Friday!

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Topic of the week
There is a comment by Janet's father, in [personal profile] pameladean's Tam Lin that one can be entirely ignorant of three periods in one's field, and still be a perfectly reasonable sort of professor.

I am, in fact, generally a lot more lousy about the period between 1780 and about 1910 than other points in Western history or literature.

Which leads me to a question...

For reasons tangentially related to my work (seriously, my job), I have been invited to a tea party celebrating Jane Austen's birth in mid-December. It has been a long time since I've read any Austen. (I'm pretty sure I went through Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma at various points around high school.)

Clearly, I should read or reread at least one book before this party, so as to make appropriate conversation. Tell me, oh, inestimable commenters, if you have a recommendation, or how you'd approach this question if you don't have a rec.

Or, y'know, talk about periods of history you have mostly ignored in favour of others, what you're up to, the amusements of your pets, and/or whatever else intrigues you at the moment.

What I've been up to
I won Nano! Go me. (Go everyone else who's made the attempt!) I still have too-much-heat issues in my apartment (boo).

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Hello! For the US folks who do Thanksgiving, I hope you had a good one. For everyone, I hope it's a fabulous Friday.

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Topic of the week
I asked about this under lock about listening to music in research spaces (we had a researcher at work this week who loaded a YouTube playlist on the desktop we have for researchers.)

But now I'm curious about how you listen to stuff. Do you set up specific playlists (that you control?)

Do you listen to material selected by an algorithm (like a Pandora playlist that starts with a particular artist and spreads out from there?) Or something like Spotify's daily lists, that pick things like music you've listened to recently?

Do you listen to other sounds? (Someone on the poll mentioned MyNoise, which I also use periodically, which has a wide range of sounds running from environmental and white noise to some auto generated things with melodies that I find very refreshing when I want background noise but music is too unpredictable for my concentration.)

What I've been up to
Hired an assistant at work (she's not starting until January), had a short week due to Thanksgiving, spent a pleasant time having food with friends.

(My parents are British and raised in the UK respectively, so Thanksgiving is a holiday I do not have particular traditions for, and basically I go where people invite me to have nice food if they do, and stay home and enjoy a day off if they don't.)

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Hello!

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Topic of the week
People who live in the United States: US Thanksgiving is coming up. Do you have plans? Traditions you like? Things that are traditional you wish would stop? Need a place to vent about complicated family expectations?

People not in the US and people for whom US Thanksgiving is not a thing: I'd love to know about your favourite food-centered traditions. What's tasty? What's worth the effort? What isn't?

What I've been up to
Writing words for NaNo, and dealing with heating issues (too much heat, not too little) in my apartment, that mean I am severely underslept this week.

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jenett: Big and Little Dipper constellations on a blue watercolor background (Default)
Hello!

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Topic of the week
It's been a week! (besides the US politics, it has been a week of mildly tedious not at all dire medical appointments.)

What's going well for you? What are you looking forward to in the near future?

What I've been up to
Since last week, I had a great Samhain ritual with my witchy students, two medical appointments, the first conversation with other staff on a project I'm now sub-contracted to, and we're starting to interview for a part-time position we've been able to create because of that sub-contract. (All of which is very busy, but also good.)

I am continuing to NaNo, and while I'm not as far ahead on wordcount as I want to be (but not, y'know, behind!)

I'm planning on going to my first writein tomorrow, so that's exciting! And will, I hope, improve my wordcount.

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