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Not in Vegas :(
Hello people,

As you have probably surmised by the title of this post, my trip to Las Vegas didn't happen. We were within fifteen minutes of leaving for the airport when we got a message that the flight had been cancelled. They rescheduled us for a 6:00 a.m. flight on Christmas day. We would have had to get up at 2:30 a.m. to make that flight. Then we would have arrived in Las Vegas at 10:30 in the morning and wouldn't have been able to check into our hotel until 4 pm. I mean I know they would have looked after our luggage, but I didn't want to do my whole first day in Vegas on two hours of sleep with no opportunity to rest. We all three (father, husband and me) instantly and unanimously agreed to cancel the trip. It wasn't worth going all that way to arrive in a state of exhaustion on the 25th only to rush back on the 27th.

I'm not as upset about this as I otherwise might have been. I'm not really a traveler, anyway, as I've always said. I'm half disappointed and half-relieved. My main motivation had been to be out of town for Christmas. But hey, Christmas is over now and I won't have to deal with it again for another year!

So, some of you might be wondering where the next chapter of Dragon Lady is. The fact is that I was working right up until 9 pm the night before we were supposed to catch our flight, and then I needed to pack, etc. I did actually finish the chapter but I didn't have time to go through and tweak it. I haven't really had time alone with a computer and without the constant company of family members until now. After I make this post, I'll tweak Dragon Lady Chapter 5 and post it sometime this afternoon.

In other news, I bought myself a very nice Christmas present-- a Kindle paperwhite. I love the way it glows in the dark! It means I can sit in bed of a cold night benefiting from the warmth of my slumbering husband, and read until I get sleepy. Then, when my head starts nodding, I'm in the right place to just fall asleep, as opposed to in another room where lights have to be turned out and casserole pans reproach me and I recall that my mascara still needs to be removed. By the time I've dealt with all those things, my sleepiness has faded and wakefulness has returned.

To bronze_ribbons, thanks so much for the Smooch Lions! They are everything you described. Am I getting some fruit value when I eat them? The package arrived mid-morning on the day we were supposed to have left. Naturally I ripped it open and ate half of my Lions immediately. "What's that?" my husband asked. "Dried fruit," I replied. Bwa ha ha-- he lost interest. Mine, all mine. Hey, I shared my Almondillos with him.

I hope you guys all had a nice Christmas and got good loot and maybe some good bargains if you went out shopping today! If you get a chance, drop by and let me know how you're doing.

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Oh no, and I thought you'd be enjoying yourself in Vegas right now! That sucks. But I hope you had a nice christmas anyways.

The Kindle Paperwhite is awesome - my dad has one so I don't really need to buy one :D (I think I already mentioned this somewhere, right?) Well I'm not really into that whole e-book-thing, but I can't deny that e-books have a few positive aspects.

My christmas was nice, I got a lot of survival clothes for our trip to Iceland. And a Depeche Mode CD from my parents, as well as a Big Bang Theory shirt from my sister :D Oh, and dried fruit!

Yeah-- you mentioned that you DL'd an MM book onto your dad's e-reader (I assume that was the Paperwhite?) but he hadn't noticed yet and maybe never will because he has a lot of other books on there.

I love Big Bang so much, but I was too busy at work to watch it all fall. Maybe I can get caught up now.

What kind of Iceland clothes did you get? Like thermal underwear stuff, or giant puffy coats?

I have a giant puffy coat full of feathers which I only wear once every four or five years because our climate here just isn't that cold. My mom bought it at a garage sale from a couple who had just come from Alaska and were moving to Saudi Arabia.

Exactly, and I hope it will stay that way that he doesn't find out what it's about! xD (And yep, it's a Paperwhite.)

I'm watching Season 5 of Big Bang right now, so I'm a little behind, but I'm catching up. I must say I liked Seasons 1-3 the most. Did you know that the actor of Sheldon is gay? :)

Okay, so here are some things I got for Iceland: First of all, there are a pair of fast-drying, beige trousers where I can zip off half of the trouser legs if a need shorts. Then there's a pair of gloves, socks, and underwear, all of that made out of synthetic fiber and very fast-drying. I also got a sports-tee and a pair of light, sporty slippers that I'll wear when we're walking through a glacier brook - they protect the feet from all those rocks underwater. Um... I guess that was all :D
Well of course I need other stuff as well, like warm underwear, but I have a little collection there already. :)

Haha, well I can understand that you don't need such a coat in Arabia! xD But then again - I heard that there were snow storms in Israel just a few months ago o.O This world is going crazy...

I hope you can find some undies that are not only warm, but pretty too!

Yes, I knew Jim Parsons is gay. I think he's in a long-term relationship, too?

I liked Seasons 1 - 3 the most, too. I think we have similar tastes!

I have to say the thing that really jumped out at me in your comment was the mental picture of you walking through a glacier brook in slippers. Okay, I know they're not really 'slippers' as in bedroom slippers, but that is the image my brain is supplying. And won't that water be a tad cold?

Oh dear, that will be difficult. The underwear I have now looks a bit like diapers xD Well I had the idea that I could just wear tanga strings all the time, I mean, they don't consist of much fabric anyways, so it won't take long to wash and dry them, right? But for some reason, my parents don't like that idea and want me to wear "real trekking underwear" xD

If I remember correctly, he's even engaged, right? :)

Yes, it will be FUCKING COLD! Ahem, excuse my language. I don't really like coldness ;_; But according to my parents, the sun can be really warm there in summer, so that ice-water won't be too bad (I hope). Well, if I get cold there, I'll just hop into the nearest hot spring! xD (There are even some hot waterfalls somewhere. I hope we'll find them, then we can all take a hot shower!)

Hey Brit!!

Wish you a very happy new year!! I hope this turns out to be a beginning of the most wonderful year for you! :) :)

What a coincidence!! I was in Vegas from 22nd to 25th Dec. I only just found out that you were planning a trip to Vegas. I am sorry to hear that it didn't work out. We would have been in the same city for at least a day!! I can't really explain why, but I think it's fascinating!

Congratulations on the Kindle Paperwhite! I've heard it's pretty cool!

I have been gone from LJ for a while so I have plenty of Dragon Lady chapters to feast on! I am glad you are having fun with the story!! And there is a bonus Justice chapter too!! So I am off to enjoy your stories.


Thank you, Jo! Yes, it would have been cool for us to be in the same city for a short time... Maybe another time.

I love my new Kindle Paperwhite passionately. I use it every day, and especially at night when I can't sleep.

I hope you enjoy the chapters. I wish you all the best for 2014 too.

Aaaaand--- Happy Birthday!

Thank you so much Brit!! :)
Yes, another time!

Oh noes - so sorry to read this! I'm glad you were able to salvage things, but still!

Anyway, about all I can offer is a hug. ***HUGS***

And Happy Late New Year to you!

Well, thank you-- you know how much I love your hugs! I'll accept it with gratitude. **Hugs back**

I guess Vegas wasn't meant to be, at least not at this time. I think I should just forget about flying around Christmas-time. If I try to get away again next Christmas, I'll drive, dammit! It was Whistler that I really wanted anyway. But I'm the only person I know who likes cold vacations. Well actually, I don't like traveling at all, but if I can go somewhere cold or at least cool, I'll be more willing to give it a go. My menfolk like hot vacations, but I refuse to go to hot places, and if I won't go (AKA 'organize everything'), they won't go, so no one goes. What can you do? I think they should just get over it and go together.

Ha - you and I both love cold vacations! :) Probably for completely different reasons, but still! I would be in Whistler in another week or so if the USSA would pull their heads out of their behinds and allow the young US skiers to compete with the rest of the world. Our South African friends will be headed up there very soon. Am envious.

Someday we shall take a cold vacation together. *hugs*

Would you be in Whistler because of... Katy?

I would LOVE to take a cold vacation with you! Could we hike? And ski? (But not early in the morning)

Yeah, if Katy were allowed to go by the USSA. Stupid rules.

We won't just hike, we will snowshoe. And cross-country ski, as I'm terrified of downhill. And drink lots of the warm beverage of your choice. :)

Word of warning, though - I *am* such a morning person. My early am cheerfulness would prolly drive you nuts.

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How can you be a morning person? I happen to know that you have spent many an hour on the wrong side of midnight tapping away on your keyboard!

Okay, snowshoeing is good. I've never done it and it will be a new experience. As long as I don't have to try to outrun a family of wolves or a hungry polar bear while wearing them.

As for downhill, it's not scary at all if you stick to green trail runs and use your leg muscles to keep your speed down. I like trail runs because they're narrower and it's harder for zig-zagging skiers and snowboarders to crash into you from behind, which is the main thing I don't like about those big wide runs. Blackcomb has a beautiful green trail run which I remember fondly. But on the other hand, I haven't skiied in years, so I'd probably crash into a tree in the first five minutes. Which would make things easier for the polar bear.

I suck at cross-country skiing, but I believe it would be very good for the lateral muscles of my thighs, so if you don't mind traveling at a snail's pace, I'll give it a go! Coffee with cocoa in it shall be my fuel and mulled red wine shall be my reward.

And I hope USSA changes their stupid rules.

My day begins at 4:30? *shrugs*

Snowshoeing will not be a problem for you. Think of it as hiking, with added snow.

Ugh, downhill. Terrified of heights and speed. I really don't think it's the sport for me. I've been known to shred my thighs going down the bunny hill in a wedge so I don't go too fast. :) Maybe we should just watch the polar bears eat all the other unfortunates.

Mmmmmm... mochachinos it is. And mulled red wine. Will be good.

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