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Mar. 18th, 2010 12:10 am
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The clean the house till it's afraid to get dirty again project is in the final stages, it's just too bad that the final stages involves me staring at things and wondering what in the hell I'm supposed to *do* with them.

Visited my family for the better part of the week last week, which was fun, and went by so fast it felt no different than the more usual three day weekend visits. Last Saturday was the NY Steampunk Library tour, which was a lot of fun, despite the truly horrific weather. I saw Pooh and his associates! They all looked amazingly well loved, to the point where Roo was a little hard to figure out, as he looked more like roadkill than anything. The Library building itself was really amazing - I've never been there before, so I'm not jaded by the idea of being able to sit and read at tables and chairs that are 99 years old (literally). We also met a girl who will be coming to our next book group meeting. I get along splendidly with her, and hope she fits in well with the rest of the group, despite our age differences - she's in her early twenties, and I'm the next youngest in my early thirties, and with so many higher degrees at the table I often wonder what I can contribute!

Our last book was Octavia Butler's Dawn, which I enjoyed, and intend on reading the rest of the trilogy, but I had a strong sense that I was reading a heavily edited version of the original - time and character reaction jumps made me feel like I'd missed a page or three here or there. The narrative was cohesive, certainly, it just felt like I had to accept a lot without getting a sense of what in the characters development got them there. It's my first Butler, though, and good enough that I'm intending on reading more.

Tonight was a reading from the Fantastic Fiction series at the KGB bar, at which N.K. Jemisin was going to read. She was there, and probably did read, but we arrived right on time to a standing room only crowd, and were outside the door of the bar itself, standing on the landing of the stairs leading to the theatre above. We couldn't hear a damn thing of the first reader, and it didn't look to be getting better, so we got our books, got them signed, and got out. M. from the library tour was there, so we walked about till we found a place to hang out and chat until 10pm, and had a lovely time. She introduced us to a speakeasy on St. Marks that was too crowded for this evening, but we're already planning on making a special trip.

The rest of this month is devoted to finishing the house project, and then April starts with a bang - my 16 year old niece is visiting us for the first time. First family guest that isn't one of my parents. I don't really know the girl, having only really been around for her infancy, so this will be my introduction to her as a person in her own right. I'm looking forward to it.

Date: 2010-03-19 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] telescope-merc.livejournal.com
Wait, she 16 now?!

Hoo boy, I feel old.

Dolls

Date: 2010-03-25 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joannabarnum.livejournal.com
Sooo...ummmm... I guess it was like a year ago at this point or longer that we talked about the Samantha doll and various furniture and accessories I had that I wanted to sell. I finally found the photos and dumped them on Flickr because I'm trying to get my basement cleaned out. Are you still at all interested in any of this stuff, or have I waited too long?

The Samantha herself is Pleasant Company era but if I recall you didn't need the actual doll. The other stuff was all bought around the same time although I'm not an expert on any of this stuff so if you want me to check any of the items for certain details or get different photos let me know.

Do you want to just make me an offer on any stuff you may be interested in?

Stuff: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24486020@N07/sets/72157623694974540/
(A few descriptions have some info added on slight imperfections where relevant)

Re: Dolls

Date: 2010-03-26 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadegirl.livejournal.com
Hrmm. I don't know how possible it is at this time, but what would you want for the lot, doll included? That'll give me something to talk to himself about. I'm not a collector, so I've no idea what the going rates are.

Re: Dolls

Date: 2010-03-26 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joannabarnum.livejournal.com
I asked Fin for advice on the stuff I've got, and she suggested a low to high range for each item, since I don't know much about this stuff either.

Going on the low end of things (which I'm fine with, if you want the stuff, since it would certainly be much easier to send it all off to you than to have to ebay everything), I'd like $340 for everything, not including shipping.

NO idea what shipping would be on all of this together. I go to the post office pretty often anyway, so I can locate whatever box I would use to actually ship everything and non-permanently pack everything into the box so that I can weight it at the post office, if knowing ahead of time how much the shipping will be could make or break whether or not you can actually afford to do it.

Fin also suggested that if shipping is really high, she might be able to pick the stuff up from me, and actually deliver it to you.

Re: Dolls

Date: 2010-04-29 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadegirl.livejournal.com
I'm sorry, I thought I had gotten back to you. My financial situation has changed, I'm afraid, so this is out of reach for me for the foreseeable future, I'm afraid.

Once again, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you, and I wish you all luck finding a new home for all that beautiful stuff!

Re: Dolls

Date: 2010-04-29 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joannabarnum.livejournal.com
No problem. I talked to Fin about it, and I decided that if I ended up Ebaying stuff rather than selling it to you, it would probably be wise to wait until holiday shopping season, so it's just been hanging around either way.

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