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Oh my, I have not yet shared this with you lovely LJ people. (Unless you're on [livejournal.com profile] polyamory_uk)

So, [livejournal.com profile] opencon was A-freaking-mazing and you should totally be there next year. I had offered to help out in the earlier days (like, before I even knew who [livejournal.com profile] werenerd was in the real world) but nothing had come of it/been requested so I spent as much time as I could on-desk as possible, especially at the start, showing arrivals to their accommodation. That the desk was located right in the middle of the venue so was usually surrounded by lovelies was an enormous perk.

There were a few structured activities, including a talk from Dr Deborah Anapol, but most of the weekend activities were run off a DIY Workshop schedule consisting of post-it notes and eagerness. There was also an excellent "Idea Pit" where people could suggest workshops without having to facilitate them. This worked really nicely and there was quite a range of workshops run over the weekend.

I ran 3 workshops because I was feeling crazy being helpful. One I devised myself, OpenStories, which was all about sharing favourite poly stories. That was really fun, even if one did get a little TMI, the others were very entertaining.

The second workshop I ran was Fun And Games, after the person who was originally planned to run it couldn't make it. This one went excellently, despite the low temperature outside. Psychiatrist was particularly fun with [livejournal.com profile] livinglibertine assuming the role of House and nailing the diagnosis ("I am God") in one followed by lots of "Yes, Yes, No, *wibble wibble wibble*" in front of a very stumped Vicky. Excellent times.

The final workshop was probably the most affecting. Suggested originally by R and placed in the "Idea Pit", Poly Activism was something I immediately offered to run and placed it in the remaining slot I had in my day. We did a bit of gentle chatting, getting a feel for where everyone was and wanted to talk about before dividing the remaining time into two sections; Goals and Activism. We filled an A3 sheet with ideas for what we, as non-monogamous people, wanted from the rest of the world. Then we moved on to ways to achieve these goals. We had a ton of awesome ideas and I wrote down as many as I could. Then I took everyone's email address and promised a write-up of the notes.

I came out of that workshop incredibly energised. We had goals, we had ways of achieving those goals. It was an awesome feeling. As Opencon wrapped up there was a real buzz in the air, even the organisers commented on feeling eager to do it again. On a personal note, Opencon was exactly what I needed after the extremely heavy BiCon this year.

I had a couple of days off following Opencon so I found myself staying up late, culminating in actually getting the notes written up and sent out that night *proud*. The idea for a central website, full of activism and community articles to act as a UK centric hub kept floating around. Monday I was trying to come up with a name that would work well when the ever amazing [livejournal.com profile] tartful_dodger suggested Polytical.

The plan is to launch on 19th November, a day before Polyday so I can get the word out there. If you would be interested in writing an article, how-to guide, personal story, blog review, anything non-monogamy centric at all, please let me know.

So yes. Opencon was fabulous, I have a wonderful new project to work on, things are good.
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So I should probably report back on what I've been up to. France is the big one, a week long holiday in a châteaux in the Loire Valley with the House of Joy 'n' Friends. Honestly, there was so much good stuff that I don't think I'll remember even half of it. Suffice to say, second best holiday ever. (The best was when me and [profile] miss_amaranth got engaged, so it's only second on a technicality!)

Losing a few years due to the stress of surviving Parisian roads. Huge thanks to [profile] lord_don for not getting us killed, despite the French trying super hard.
Being awoken by a beautiful sounding owl at 6am and only being able to think "STFU STUPID OWL".
Waking up in a châteaux, in France. Sure beats Backdane!
Getting to meet some very lovely new people.
Getting to know some people much better.
Finding more kitties to fuss and be fussed by!
Cthulhu Chicken, Cthulhu Piggy (gribble!) and Failboat.
Purely cuddle cuddle pile.
[profile] werenerd being as awesome as always.
Tasty tasty food. Especially chocolate bread. Nom!
Lounging around in the pool, naked with many lovelies.
Losing 3 hours cuddled and (accidentally) napping with [personal profile] serina_ds.
Missing [profile] fred_wednesday, making every day feel that little bit longer.
Playing Underground.
Watching the beautiful people.
Rebooting the Castle.
A mouthful of cereal watching a naked (and very bouncy) [personal profile] emanix gather up ice and warm water.
Carrying on as normal afterwards.
Gaming with [profile] lord_don.

"Heaven is lying on a comfy mattress, in front of a fire, being stroked by 2 beautiful girls as they watch you play Pokémon."

I can't thank [profile] werenerd and [personal profile] emanix (and everyone else involved in putting the whole thing together) enough for such a wonderful holiday! And everyone who was there, thank you for making it as amazing as it was.

ION: Me and [profile] fred_wednesday are doing really nicely. We've been on a date, spent lots of time together and I'm very very glad I'm on a contract with unlimited texts *grin*

And, as I have already mentioned, I've blagged myself a new job! Awesome times! It's working for a pretty specialised company, developing a web based application in C#. They're really eager to get me started so I hope to be there from Nov 1st. It's in Summertown at the moment, with plans to move to Cowley at some point. The better pay means that, hopefully, I'll finally be able to stop watching every bloody penny (as I have been doing since I lost my job at Andrew Francis, despite being employed ever since!) which will be nice. It should also mean I have a few quid for actually treating people with. Also, as I'm going to need a bus pass anyway, doing things in Oxford has become a lot less expensive as I won't have to pay the bus fare any more! Also, as I'll be in Oxford already meeting up with friends after work can certainly be considered too!
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This time last year me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth were setting off to catch a train to Worcester, terrified of being caught out by her parents, not even sure why we were doing this, sworn off polyamory and had never used LiveJournal before.

Thank you, all of you, for an absolutely amazing year.

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This weekend was very enjoyable. A bit of a late start, I met [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth in Oxford about 4pm. It was a lovely, sunny Saturday and Oxford was absolutely heaving. Not good. We decided eating in City Centre was a bad idea so went out a bit too the Subway near the Pink Giraffe. Then, remembering the free refills we went into G&D's mode and spent over an hour there chatting and relaxing. Was very pleasant and something I'll probably remember for the next time I want to spend a long time talking to people when outside isn't an option.

We then headed off up to [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat's for a very nice evening of talk and Dominion and Pizza. It was great to see Chesh, something I don't get to do nearly enough. We all had lots to talk about and it was nice to share some recent revelations of my own and listen to her and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and just connect as a tribe.

At 11:30 we said our goodnight's and headed over to [livejournal.com profile] amuletts' to spend a very lovely night catching up with her and [livejournal.com profile] feanorfinwe. Finally fell over about 4am after an excellent night.

Woke up about 11:30 and headed off back to [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat's. We decided was nice enough to risk it, met up with [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach and his 2 (adorable) smalls and headed to Bury Knoll for a picnic breakfast. It was excellent to see [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach again, especially since I've only met him at parties so struggled to find the time to have a dedicated conversation.

We then headed back to The Flat With No Name for a game of The Shinnin' where I was promptly wiped out as the traitor after 2 turns without even killing anyone. Bad rolls + items already in play = anti-climax. Was a very funny moment though when one of the characters fell through a continuity hole (wall switch + moving room = what?)

Then [livejournal.com profile] wolfpeach headed home and I had a much needed nap as [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat spent an hour or so chatting with [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad on the phone. Then me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth said our goodbyes and headed home for nachos, an episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, cuddles and bed.

A good weekend (TM).
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London Pride was awesome! I've never seen a Pride on that scale, I got to meet a particularly lovely new person and introduce them to the group (even if everyone thought they'd met them already!), I got to know some people I've known for a while much better and overall just had an excellent day.

There's literally hundreds of pictures of the day scattered around the internet, so a quick Google (or check out the Pride London Facebook page) will bring back plenty of piccies of the event. My Super-Bi cape is now happily flapping around outside the bedroom window again now, and myself and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth are now getting ready for the next Pride we'll be attending, Brighton! If you're thinking of going and want someone to travel/meet up with leave a comment here! Does anyone know if the Brighton bisexual community has any plans to march?
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I'm not going to do a WIDATW since I don't think I have any friends that aren't on either [livejournal.com profile] cheshcat or [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranths lists. Suffice to say though, it was an excellent weekend!

What I will say is that our flat in Eynsham finally has a name! The Island: It's quite isolated, you won't find it without it being shown to you, despite those two points there's still a lot of coming and going, and we have a polar bear.

Thankfully the black smoke just has a tendency to turn up when we're making bacon and set off the smoke alarms...
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Well last weekend went really well. My parent's were not only fine with it they seemed to be under the impression we told them already. Awesome!

ION: My flat is a natural 31 degrees. The heating has been off and it is now 10pm. I am thus far too warm to post anything more meaningful, or indeed do anything.


Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:39 am
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I just outted myself as poly at work, completely by accident. However, it got a pretty solidly positive response: "That sounds awesome."

I believe I shall call this a "whoops-yay".

P.S. To those who left them, thank you for the kind comments.
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Last weekend was very fun.

We ([livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth and me) went to see the Christmas lights in Oxford with [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad, [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle, [livejournal.com profile] pinkoi, [livejournal.com profile] amuletts, [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip and the 3 smallest Leverets.

Was very fun, even if I did miss the main parade. The castle was all Christmas-y, complete with Edward Snippy-Mitts effect snow machine, ice sculptures and a happy atmosphere. After a wander round (and a sit in the café for warmth and/or food) we went on the the Ashmolean. On the way we ended up all holding hands in one very long line, taking up most of the street, which was very fun to be a part of. Outside the museum, there was a band playing songs. The only one I recognised was YMCA but a couple of the numbers brought out the dancer in [livejournal.com profile] anarchist_nomad and [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle and the Leverets.

Afterwards we went around the museum, but [livejournal.com profile] bunnypip, the leverets and [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle had to leave due to either tiredness, work or horror at how old things in the museum were. The rest of us continued round the museum and got to see a bit of it before the place closed. It has been pencilled in for a future visit sometime in the new year.

After this it was off to the pub for warmth, drinks and conversation. It was nice to get to know [livejournal.com profile] pinkoi more.

The group then all went their separate ways, except for [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth, [livejournal.com profile] amuletts and myself who grabbed a taxi (after finding the buses stop before midnight) and spent the night at [livejournal.com profile] amuletts.

After waking up at 11, me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth set off into Oxford to do some (emergency) dress shopping. [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth thankfully found a gorgeous little number for the ball so all was right with the world. A quick pub-breakfast at 'spoons and it was on to the station to grab the train to Newport, South Wales (or Gwent, depending on which machine you ask) in the company of [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle.

There was a brief moment of crappy-ness when I received a message of G that our plans for the 5th had to be cancelled.

One long-ass train journey later and we were in Newport where the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] just_becky collected us and took us to her house for her 35th. There we met all kinds of new and interesting people, including a long overdue reunion with the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] rosemary_sweet. The only LJ name I picked up was [livejournal.com profile] sweetcyanide but I'm sure there were more.

Good food, good drinks and excellent company. All you need for a wonderful party. [livejournal.com profile] just_becky's lovely speech added to the fabby-ness of the whole event.

Another late start (and a breakfast of toffee and pecan ice-cream and Spongebob birthday cake) and it wasn't long until we were back on the train towards Oxford. We joined [livejournal.com profile] uberredfraggle at a Random Roast - a gothy get-together at a pub in Didcot for food. It was nice to meet new people and get some proper food down us at last.

We then ended up at someone's house which, although nicer than the train station, was probably not the best idea. Not knowing anyone and being far too late to the party meant that there was little conversation coming our way and not enough energy in either mine or [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth's reserves to force ourselves into the conversation. A bit like Whitby, I could see there was much enjoyment to be had but then was not the time.

There me and [livejournal.com profile] miss_amaranth had to go our own ways, as she had a party to get to in Winchester. Back in Oxford, I went to catch my bus back home only to encounter a new person. A fellow weekend traveller, it turns out he had been the fellow who had commented to me after I had smashed a wine bottle accidentally a few weeks ago. We got chatting and it turns out he lived with one of my work-mates and his landlord works below my flat. Sadly, his placement finishes in 3 weeks then he's leaving Eynsham, but it made nice company on the way home.

Now I'm at work, after nearly oversleeping and very happy about the weekend. It was very fun, not overly expensive and provided some great opportunities to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.


Nov. 13th, 2009 05:28 pm
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xmakina says:
in case it wasn't painfully obvious i just want you to know i really like you, g :)
G says:
i knowy
and i like you too :)
Alex says:
*many hugs*
Grace - Sorry. says:
hehe *moar hugs back*
yay for polyness :)
Alex says:
muchly :)


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