desoto_hia873: (Blue Spike - Flurblewig)
[personal profile] desoto_hia873
Okay, it's official. I miss being on LJ. Life has been a little insane for the last couple of months, so I really haven't been here much. I wondered if I was weaning myself off of my LJ addiction and worked at convincing myself that this was a good thing, and then I heard reports about the Obama/McCain debate on the news this morning, and my first thought was, "I wondering what they're saying about it on LJ?" And last night I saw that [livejournal.com profile] redeem147 had posted a link to Writercon 2009 on Facebook, and I started wanting to get back to fic. I'll never be free.

Most women my age are trying to balance career with family. Me, I'm trying to balance obsessions. My life is a study in serial obsessions. In order, starting in pre-high school, they are:

* House plants--I had about 50 at my peak, and a binder that catalogued their names (yes, I named them), species (both English and Latin names), conditions in which they liked to grow, where I'd gotten them, their "birthdate," a history of their growth and flowering, etc. etc.

* Horses--I owned and competed in hunter shows with my large black pony, Kommanche, and worked at the stable where he was boarded. I was all horses, all the time. At least until I met my first boyfriend.

* Astronomy--It's all Carl Sagan's fault. At the peak of that one, when friends phoned for me in the evening, my mother would tell them that I was up on the roof with a cup of tea :-)

* Environmental science--I was like a sponge, going to lectures and seminars and reading all kinds of books, soaking up everything I could learn, and I guess I kind of turned it into a career.

* Whales--I moved to Newfoundland to do a degree in whale research. A big part of me wishes I were still there, but it's a tough way to make a living.

* Figure skating--Elvis Stojko caught my attention during the Lillehammer Olympics, I spent a year in a close relationship with my VCR watching competitions over and over again until I could reliably distinguish an Axel from a toe loop from a Salchow, I took adults lessons, passed two ice dance tests, and judged club competitions. This one is still with me a little, although I'm not as fanatical about watching every single competition as I used to be.

* Fanfiction--My cousin got me watching Buffy and Angel when I was on long-term sick leave from work. I can't remember how I discovered fanfic, but once I found the motherlode of Spike fics at All About Spike, I was hooked.

* And now, Tollers--I first saw Tollers at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in the mid-80s, and I've wanted one ever since. I finally got my Bella in December and have jumped into the dog world with both feet. I'm an active member of the local obedience club and the Ontario Toller Club, keep up with an international email list all about Tollers, and have been entering Bella into obedience matches and trials all summer and fall (she has titles now!). My life has gone to the dog.

But I miss you guys. I miss fic. I miss fandom. I have to figure out how to do dog stuff *and* LJ stuff, and maybe even finish a frakking WIP.

I haven't a hope of catching up with everyone's posts for the past two months, though. If you're feeling kind, leave a comment and tell me the important stuff.

Date: 2008-10-08 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drusplace.livejournal.com
I have nothing important to say other than WE MISS YOU TOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2008-10-08 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desoto-hia873.livejournal.com
::hugs you::

Date: 2008-10-08 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redeem147.livejournal.com
Writercon 2009 is next year.... Oh, wait. That one you knew.

My grandson is crawling. I don't think I've even mentioned that on LJ. You heard it here first!

Date: 2008-10-08 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desoto-hia873.livejournal.com
Ooo, breaking news! And I love that icon. :-)

Date: 2008-10-08 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
Just Hi!! I've been wondering about you and Bella.

Date: 2008-10-08 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desoto-hia873.livejournal.com
::waves back::

Bella's doing great. She passed her Canine Good Neighbour test in July and has earned her CKC Rally Novice, Advanced, and Excellent titles. If she doesn't go into heat, we're going to try for her CD at the end of the month. Which, EEEK! Formal obedience is scary!

Date: 2008-10-08 04:32 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Default)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
My life has gone to the dog.

LOL! I don't know as I've seen such a real-life example of this saying before. I suspect that your life story is not that different in this respect from many others. The fact that some of those interests have built a career is a real plus.

So are you thinking of going to Writercon next year?

Date: 2008-10-08 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desoto-hia873.livejournal.com
Definitely thinking about Writercon. As it happens, the breeder who sold me Bella lives near Minneapolis, so I could potentially indulge two obsessions at once!

Are you going?

Date: 2008-10-08 05:18 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Default)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Well that would work out, wouldn't it! Yes, we shouldn't have any schedule conflicts and we've both been wanting to go to Minneapolis for a while so this sounds like the perfect opportunity. I think the only question might be how much time we spend at the con versus exploring the city.

Date: 2008-10-08 06:49 pm (UTC)
cordykitten: (ruuger  rebel)
From: [personal profile] cordykitten
*waves hi*
Always good to see a name pop up on my F-List that I didn't see for quite some time.

Date: 2008-10-08 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flurblewig.livejournal.com
Most women my age are trying to balance career with family. Me, I'm trying to balance obsessions.

Hee! I hear you :-)

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