the tranquility of holidays ended abruptly last week, with the linux conference and overlapping house guests, amongst all the usual things. all good, but tiring!
i was too poor, too busy, & not really geeky enough to officially attend the australian linux conference, but i was sufficiently well-connected, efficient, and adept at geek impersonations to make it to the miniconfs; i've blogged about the haeksen & multimedia miniconfs on my furtherfield blog so i won't repeat it here (there are 3 entries if you're keen for the full story). i also did an UpStage stall at the open day at the end of the conference, which was good but hard work as i had no-one to relieve me so spent nearly four hours enthusiastically repeating my sales pitch. happily there was a lot of interest - lots of people who'd never heard of the idea of live online performance and were impressed & interested. nancy stayed with me during the conference, & it was great to have a catch-up with her.
then zab arrived, with her swedish entourage, axel & linda. linda admired my house, saying with amazement as she looked at my black-painted kitchen window frames & sills, "no-one would do that in sweden!" the weather was mostly crap, but we did manage to have chips & beer in the garden on the first evening they were here. axel was drawn like a magnet to the piano, the flexible mirror, my neutral mask - that boy is going to be a performer for sure.
i took advantage of zab & linda's muscles to help carry computers for the open day, but apart from that the weekend was one social event after another, some involving elaborate costuming.
now they are gone & the house feels very quiet, but i have heaps to do as usual - the beginning of the year means lots of proposals & applications as well as all my usual projects, & the great list of home maintenance ... one job that wasn't on my list but had to get urgently done just before the conference was replacing the catflap (which i kicked right out one night, trying to give the neighbour's cat a fright). this was more complicated than i expected, as the new catflaps were either bigger or smaller than the one i had, requiring either cutting or bogging. i went for the latter, & i think i did ok - the finished result is pretty good if i say so myself.