jesse_the_k: mirror reflection of 1/3 of my head, creating a central third eye, a heart shaped face, and a super-pucker mouth (Default)

Thursday morning I joined [personal profile] emceeaich and [personal profile] cynthia1960 for a leisurely breakfast at the Concourse. Delicious and tasty company. I then hung around aimlessly watching folks arrive. Nodding at folks whose faces have by now grown familiar. Snuggling with some of my annual pals.

Eventually, I rolled into my room and crashed.

Friday morning: Meal #2 at an amazing food cart -- El Grito Taqueria. Yes, pulled pork & pulled chicken make a lovely breakfast.

Friday step by step )
jesse_the_k: black border collie standing in hug licking my chin (JK loved by BELL)
Hello there! Anything you write in a reply to this magic post will only be visible to you and me.

I'll be panelling 9:45 to 11:30 on Saturday, otherwise my schedule is open.

Let's make a plan!

If you want to contact me during the con, you can also direct-message me on Twitter [ profile] jesse_the_k

I look quite a lot like my icon, but tragically no Bella at the hotel.

See you there!

WisCon 41

Apr. 30th, 2017 12:49 pm
jesse_the_k: manipulated photo of white woman with glasses & big smile (JK happy 61)
Yep, I'm going. Last year was the best one ever, so I'm taking a chance...

I'm also on one panel:

Beyond the Fix or How Do I Live this F***ing Life?
Sat, 10:00–11:15 am
Conference 5

M: R. Elena Tabachnick; Shayla D, Lenore Jean Jones, Jesse the K

When you know there's no fix, your disability's never getting better, might get worse, and acceptance is the only possibility, it's time to share (aka vent). On this panel, we'll air our pet grievances, exchange survival strategies, and discuss the challenges—both surprising and predictable—of life with disability. We'll also share stories we've used to keep going.

I'm always eager to meet first-timers, and of course I'm thrilled to see my con-pals. I'll be at the hotel & therefore available for most any occasion.
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
On nice days like this Sunday, we visit cemeteries. There are always remarkable gravestones to be found, and yesterday we hit the jackpot.


The pictured headstone features a detached engraving of a four-reel slot machine. )

Fiat Lux!

Mar. 13th, 2017 07:08 pm
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
It's 7:08 Central Daylight Time. The ~4inches of snow are still reflecting brightly through our windows. I have survived another winter. Hooray. What's your favorite winter memory?
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
I got to share a lovely lunch with [personal profile] cathexys today in Alabama, and discover that acafans are people too. It was swell.
jesse_the_k: Flannery Lake is a mirror reflecting reds violets and blues at sunset (Rosy Rhinelander sunset)
MyGuy, Bella, and me are driving down to Mississippi tomorrow. We'll be staying in Ocean Springs for two weeks, and be back before the first of February. Our outbound trip is hugging the Big River; we'll veer easterly for our return. If you're interested in meeting up, drop me a PM. We're supposed to have net access; we will see.
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
Other things have happened, but following [personal profile] sasha_feather's example, I'm focusing on the best stuff



  • new mexico road trip
  • best WisCon ever
  • three deepened friendships
  • movie night (four friends, monthly, for potluck & a show)


  • Bella! The sweetest, easiest dog ever.

mental health

  • new therapist, massive improvements using a non-cognitive approach based on EMDR
  • new psychiatrist, lower doses, clearer head


  • iPad mini 4
  • great teva sandals
  • three spiffy new hats

movies & shows


  • Red Rosa : Evans, Kate
  • Lost and found : Tan, Shaun
  • Tetris : the games people play : Brown, Box
  • Rules of summer : Tan, Shaun
  • A silent voice. : Ōima, Yoshitoki,
  • The Shadow Hero : Yang, Gene Luen,
  • Becoming Unbecoming : Una
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur : Montclare, Hadley, Bustos
  • Faith. Vol. 1 & 2 by Houser, Jody,
  • The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage : Padua, Sydney,
  • We stand on guard : Vaughan, Brian K.
  • A silent voice. Vol. 1-7 : Ōima, Yoshitoki
  • Yo, Miss : Wilde, Lisa
  • French milk : Knisley, Lucy
  • Heart : Knisley, Lucy
  • An age of license : Knisley, Lucy
  • Displacement : Knisley, Lucy
  • Something new : Knisley, Lucy


  • Patient H.M. : Luke Dittrich (audio)
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States : Sarah Vowell (audio)
  • The partly cloudy patriot : Vowell, Sarah (audio)
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (audio)
  • The body keeps the score : Van der Kolk, Bessel A.,
  • Makeshift metropolis : Rybczynski, Witold.
  • Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller : Lambert, Joseph,
  • Fic : Jamison, Anne Elizabeth
  • Book : Agard, John
  • Hatching Twitter : Bilton, Nick
  • Rewind, replay, repeat : Bell, Jeff
  • Haldol and hyacinths : Moezzi, Melody
  • Making a point : Crystal, David


  • A thin bright line : Bledsoe, Lucy Jane,
  • All the birds in the sky : Anders, Charlie
  • Arcadia : Lauren Groff (audio)


more than ~1200 fanfics, these pop up today:

jesse_the_k: Knitted red heart pulses larger within green and blue square (Beating heart of love GIF)

I’ hope there is a day sometime in a few decades where folks will ask “where were you when you heard?”

I’m so grateful that I was warm in MyGuy’s arms. I didn’t ask “what news” until 5am.

I was numb until 1015, sobbed in the Locker room until 1100. It’s 1933 all over again. I am truly frightened.

But here’s what my knowledge of history – global, familial, and local – tells me. I’ve had a lucky life. Time to help others.

Until there’s an internet that isn’t vulnerable to NSA-style open access, we need to strategize in other ways.

Will the mail be reliably private?

Do I need a GPS to make a cell phone call?

Are VPNs truly secure?

jesse_the_k: barcode version of (JK OpenID barcode)
The US's national dress-up holiday is the last day of October, Halloween. MyGuy will be staffing our front door with terrible1treats; Bella and I will be hiding in the darkened house of a friend.

Do you dress up on a particular day? What was your favorite costume?

In recognition of the day, for my bus ride & morning swim, I wore something rather silly looking )
  1. Tootsie rolls ↩︎

jesse_the_k: White girl with braids grinning under large Russian beaver hat (JK 10 happy hat)
here's Jackson Browne & Joan Osborne doing a lively cover of Noble-Prize-winning Bob Dylan's song, with lyrics on screen

Thanks to [personal profile] torachan (via [personal profile] laceblade) for importing this meme from Tumblr.

twenty one answers )
jesse_the_k: The words "Indecision may or may not be my problem" over a blurry background (Indecision) all I can think of to say right now. More anon.
jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)

I’m looking forward to meeting new folks and catching up with you. I want to prevent any other person from the loneliness and befuddlement I felt at my first two WisCons. I like talking to strangers and I’d be tickled to serve as a first-timer guide.

I noped out of all volunteering, so my time is free between 8:30am and 9:30pm. I live in town, so if you're early or late to the con, I'd be happy to meet then.

If you prefer low-key, in my hotel room, the K Café will serve many varieties of tea. I’m also happy to share time indoors or out, stroll the city, hide in the Capitol, or gawk at the construction surrounding the hotel.

come play: the directions )
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)
Some of my favorites since the last time it was cold (because it will be cold again soon).

—Kaoru Mori4 of 5 )
Swimming Studies—Leanne Shapton 4 of 5 )
Good Kings, Bad Kings—Susan Nussbaum 4 of 5 )
Fading Scars—Corbett Joan O'Toole4 of 5 )
jesse_the_k: John Watson regards the void looking puzzled with white puzzle piece floating above him (JW puzzled)
SO, in the long term, we're thinking of moving someplace where there is No Snow.

SO, in the short-term, we want to explore those no-snow places for two-week (or more) vacations November - March. We don't need to stay in a fancy hotel (or rental vacation zone) because we'd probably be living in a house in town, not on the beach.

We do want to be somewhere where I can swim and MyGuy can cycle/golf and we can wander around together and enjoy being outside. I like water, but can cope with inland lakes (see: current location), seashores, large rivers.

The other minimal critical specifications:
  • Good air quality

  • At least three hours of sunlight every day: no month-long monsoons

  • Sidewalks or ubiquitous bike paths or traffic so low I can go in the street

  • Public-access pool (it could be a private health club, but I can join).

  • [ETA to clarify what I need re: sunlight.]
jesse_the_k: profiles of Due South's Ray Kowalski and Benton Fraser staring through windshield (dS F/K fast car)
[personal profile] laceblade gave me the letter P.

Something I hate: paprika

Something I love: popcorn with nutritional yeast & salt

Somewhere I've been: Plover, Wisconsin (in 1978 I drafted their curb and gutter)

Somewhere I'd like to go: Panama Canal (I'm an engineering geek, ok?)

Someone I know: Peter Berryman along with Lou Berryman (no relation): comedy through cabaret singing (with accordion)

A film I like: Premium Rush Joseph Gordon Leavitt is a superhero bike messenger.

A book I adore: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E Butler: a 14-year-old calls herself to be a prophet

I'm happy to dispense a letter, just ask!
jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)
I said much of this earlier on were_duck's great friending meme, and if you haven't checked that out yet it's a treasure trove!

I'm [personal profile] jesse_the_k and I'm a woman. many more details )

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