darkfyre_muse: (TV tights)
I own you people about a hundred posts. I also need to clean my car, this seems more interesting. Let's start with an update.

January was good. March is going well so far. February was pretty craptastic. Once again proving that little catastrophes can make me tail spin. Live learn and get over it. (I am also officially not allowed to say 'rocks fall, everyone dies.' Some say it was having a negative impact on my attitude. go figure)

Let's stick to the good and the present. Spring seems to be settling in. There has been rainy and warm(-ish) days in the last week. Makes me happy. I am finding actual job listings that I am actually qualified for to apply to. It's a good thing. I also made a post to my professional blog yesterday, with hopefully more to come. ( http://architectsmuse.blogspot.com/ ) It was just a link with a comment, but its a start. I find that being an active member of the internet makes me happier than just being a consumer. That just means fighting my innate tendency to just lurk. Bad lurker no cookie.

Attending a birthday party tonight for some good friends, promises to be much fun, complete with cupcakes. My hair is currently a bright shiny red that sparkles in the sun. I have a fire spinning gig in May. Not paid, but performing is performing and it has been far to long since I felt that rush.

The mental health front is improving as well. I am working at getting out of my comfort zone and doing positive productive things involving other human beings. People are good, so interaction should be a good thing. Learning new coping techniques for when things get derailed. Habits to get into now while things are good so I will remember to do them when things aren't. I also dropped the dosage of one med to reduce side effects. It got rid of the one we were concerned with, but I just found out that the same drug is most likely contributing to my lack of attention span recently. It's not the only reason, but getting off it would help.

All to the good. Let's see, what else? Doing more reading this month than I have in awhile. You can pop over to goodreads ( http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4740272-megan?shelf=currently-reading ) to see what I've been up to. Still looking for good, engaging non-fiction, so let me know if you know of something great.

kk that's all for now.
darkfyre_muse: (espresso child)
--> Saturday morning, went to a 'how to but your first house' workshop. I enjoyed most of it, learned a lot, got really excited about finding and buying a house(a new concept for me) and walked away with a $10 giftcaard

--> Saturday afternoon: went to a volunteer training for Adaptive Aquatics at the rec center. (swimming lessons for adults and children with physical and/or mental diabilities) The classroom discussion was very interesting, the water session was 2 instructors trying to teach a bunch of non instructors to teach basic skills. (as a 10 year veteran of teaching swimming, lifeguarding and water safety I was not amused.)

--> Saturday night: Board games at Saxby's coffee

--> Sunday: BBQ and fire spinning and general fun at [livejournal.com profile] blushing_grace and [livejournal.com profile] arashinomoui's. Fire, food and new faces, could I ask for more?

So a wholely fun, busy, lovely weekend. Today I sew, clean and nap. Quietly. :)
darkfyre_muse: (scorch)
So today I got to eat tasty food and spread fiery goodness. Not to mention see looks of cool happy poi spinning, fire virgins popping their cherry and get a little burning and a bunch of spinning in myself. It was a lovely afternoon evening at [livejournal.com profile] arashinomoui and [livejournal.com profile] blushing_grace's place. I brought the flames and they provided the food. Though I think my contribution was considerably more addictive. ;)
darkfyre_muse: (scorch)
Got the burning bug back. Partially fueled by [livejournal.com profile] arashinomoui's desire to be corrupted recruited into my fiery games/toys. Also though I have just been jonesing to light up since Fire Drums. It's an addiction I know, but a pretty one.
So, much spinning goodness will be happening Sunday. If you are interested let me know, I can maybe able swing an invite.

Burn baby burn
darkfyre_muse: (TV tights)
And so it goes...

Things are going pretty smoothly this week. Not much of interest. Finally getting some basics established that I had been putting off. (I hate finding new professionals. Dr,dentist, etc et al) And trying to be better about keeping a regular schedule. I am still sleeping pretty crappy but I hope to get some help for that next week. (having to split your sleep into 2 sessions sucks and wastes time.)

Two weeks ago I headed to LA to catch a ride to Fire Drums in Santa Cruz. (yes yes I know how far the drive is. But I didn't have to rent a car and got free strawberries) Fire Drums is a fire spinning event in the mountains every year. It was my first fire event and will always be a favorite. Some of the best spinners in the world come together for 3 days of workshops and 2 nights of amazing fire. Took 2 fan classes, 2 weapon workshops and a dance for staff class. I also got to play with my birthday present. A HOOP. Yes I am now a hooper girl. OK not really but its fun and a good core workout. I have good hand manipulation skills but am still learner to actually manipulate it with my body. Lots of friends from all over CA and best of all I got to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] oceansfire and her girlfriend. They are adorable and I love them both.
Saturday night was very interesting, I took firewalking. Yes on hot coals. It was amazing.

This past Saturday I headed to Silver Spring with [livejournal.com profile] quixotic_goat and [livejournal.com profile] reedrover to see The Vagabonds . It was a lovely evening of piratical music, belly dancing and Stupid Things With Fire. We timed it so that we reached home just in time to go thud into bed.
darkfyre_muse: (river's feet)
Busy busy lots of stress, but some happy happenings sprinkled in.
The biggest in both these categories is studying for, the heinous stress part, and passing my LEED A.P. exam. This the US Green Build Council's professional certification. ( www.usgbc.org ) This is the national organization that defines and certifies 'green buildings'. Although the term 'green building' is currently in an ambiguous state similar to where organic was 15 years ago. It has meaning, definitions and criteria. All of which are interpreted and defined differently by many groups. The USGBC is striving to change that.

This was a big deal for 2 reasons. One the test is difficult and involves at lot of memorization. Not my strong suit. More importantly though, it was a big step in my professional development. Failing it would have been pretty devastating, and expensive. Whereas passing it has given me a lot of confidence in aggressively pursuing the 10 exams required for my Architect's license. I didn't realize until after the LEED exam, how overwhelmingly intimidated I have been by all of them. So here's to personal and professional growth.

More good stuff.
This week I have been reminded how much I truly enjoy object manipulation. I now have 2 sets of fans, 2 batons, a 5' staff and a boken. And have spent enough time with each that they are starting to feel like an extension of my body. Especially the staff. Both contact (body rolls and other manipulations not using the hands) and spinning have a flow and a rhythm in tune with my body. I did competitive baton for 10 years when I was younger (8-18), but haven't done much since. Though sometimes my body could feel the movements and want to do them. whether I had something in my hand or not. I went to a fan workshop on Saturday up in LA. It was amazing. I was the only person in a class taught by one of the best fan spinners in the US. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtbWjHKdU-E she's a bit more polished now, this was about 9 months ago) Mainly we concentrated on tosses, hand placement and transitions and advance plain positions (behind the back etc). Much much fun and well worth the drive.

Headed to NoVA this weekend for a wedding reception and catching up with people. Waffles with [livejournal.com profile] julesk and [livejournal.com profile] wahyagar Saturday. Brunch gathering at [livejournal.com profile] kaelikat's on Sunday. And afternoon coffee (mmm...coffee) with [livejournal.com profile] drlori and [livejournal.com profile] sometimerose(and baby!). Maybe even some baby goats.

Hopefully more later.
darkfyre_muse: (river's feet)
I like River. She is the sane and the insane. The frail and the strong.
And most days, so am i.

So for an update.
[livejournal.com profile] quixotic_goat is back stateside. Yea! We are quickly settling back into normal. Today I am trying to clear some of his gear out of the living room. (Yea chores aren't so much our strong point.) I also need to work on our taxes, oh joy. /merf

Got two new piercings yesterday. The cartilage and tragus in my left ear. Something I have been meaning to do for awhile. [livejournal.com profile] oceansfire came with and got her eyebrow done.
These were my first piercings since my second pair in my lobes in HS. We quickly found out I am a bleeder. Good to know, especially if I ever get a tattoo. This morning when I woke up at 3:30 they were completely caked over and very uncomfortable. It took 3 cleaning swabs and a wash cloth to free them up. The upper is still rather irritated but I am successfully resisting fidgeting with them.

We also got up to see Scorch and Jaz. Talked about upcoming fire event, Fire Drums and played with some new prototypes. I should have had my new fans, as the order just got back from the powder coater. But there was a miscommunication in which grip I wanted. Another exhibit of the adage that you will never get what you need if someone else does the ordering. Not a big deal, and I may be able to have a stock set reworked for the better wicks. What can I say, I'm picky.

I am really looking forward to Fire Drums at the end of April. It was my first fire event last year and is a great place to learn new skills and get/share new ideas. There is some very cool fan work going on out there. Including releases and body rolls.

Well that's all for now, more later.
darkfyre_muse: (scorch)
Probably the coolest fire breathing performance I have ever seen. Too often breathing is all technique and testosterone, These guys have class and style. And are damn good at it!

http://www.2guysinsuits.com/demoReel.htm

As a note: Lou Genise succumbed to a long fight with cancer last week and will be greatly missed by the fire community.

burn happy
darkfyre_muse: (scorch)
I am quickly getting sucked into the role of "Shin's underling" with the SD fire conclave, all fun and work and no need for that pesky title. As such I want to get us a website so we have a non-Tribe.net web presence. (Tribe.net is what happens when the hippies are stoned and under funded) But I am not going to pay for the pleasure of doing this. So, any reccommendations for free hosting services? Any services to avoid?
darkfyre_muse: (pls die)
Stupid should hurt.
Chronic stupid should be a prosecutable offense.
Chronic stupid that causes anguish to 2 or more parties should be a felony.
darkfyre_muse: (dance)
The LA Fire Conclave is going to be burning between 2 and 3 o'clock. Pretty much in the middle of no where. The piece starts with a giant flaming jump rope. Trick Concepts is the last part of the show before the renegade. So if you have nowhere better to be stop in and watch me light my hair on fire. (Or brand my arms, yes both, like I managed to do on Wednesday night, ouch) I will also be sequestered there from the time the sun hits the mountains til the man burns, if you haven't found me before that come say hi. :)

Also If you want to see some damn good spinners being heckled into submission Fire Idol will be running once again at 9-ish on Friday at the Shiva Vista Fire Stage, somewhere around 7 o'clock on the esplanade.

Help!

Aug. 12th, 2008 12:39
darkfyre_muse: (Brain hurt)
OK burners I need some guidance. Until recently I was not overly concerned about being able to find a chunk of land to sleep on on Thursday afternoon at Burning Man. Should I be? There are only 4 of us. 3 regular sized tents and ~6' shade thing off the front of mine. Tell what you think. Be honest if you think we're nuts.
darkfyre_muse: (scorch)
So I thought I would give you all a taste of what all that fire spin-y stuff looks like. This is the VERY rough footage that was our submission/audition for Burning Man. (btw we were accepted:) ) Our fan piece starts at 7:45 and runs ~3 mins. The rest is the conclave's piece of which we have little or nothing to do with. (For now I am holding all opinions in check.)
So enjoy and hopefully we'll retape our part soonish now that its "like that only not shitty" (I love that quote.)

LA Fire Conclave 2008 Burningman audition
darkfyre_muse: (wings)
Saturday-- Dark Twisty and ugly as hell. More on that later.

Sunday -- Productive, mellow, had pleasant social interaction (too bad it costs me $14 in gas)

We had fire practice last night. After 1/2 the troupe finally got there it wasn't too bad. (6pm start time schedule. 7pm start achieved. Three no shows. damn hippie chicks. Buy a watch and answer the damn cell)A little disorganized. But moderately productive.

Much cleaning achieved in AM.

laptop has pretty much died. Picked up a new external hard drive (320GB $100, nice) Hopefully I can get one last boot out of it.There isn't anything irreplacable on it but, I HATE reloading music by hand.
So new laptop in the works, most likely from here, http://www.xoticpc.com/ And yes I will be replacing it with XP. Vista looks interesting but, the current version seems to be about the development status of Millennium. Mmm wasn't that fun.
darkfyre_muse: (scorch)
I am totally exhausted, kind of achy and have no clean clothes, but the weekend I just had was so worth it.

The short version: I took Friday off and went to Fire Drums.

The more interesting version: Part 1 )

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