count on you

In which I update briefly before getting back on the road.

WriterCon's over, and in a few minutes I'm off to drive home. The slow way, via Montana, where sahiya promises to make me fall off some horses. Or a horse. I think one would be enough.

Had a lovely dinner with mireille719 and soft_princess last night, after which we hung out in the con suite and talked with more people. I also had a wonderful chat with spikendru and her daughter Elena. I thoroughly enjoyed WriterCon and all the lovely people I met, in fact.

ETA: Turns out I have a little time while my car's oil gets changed. The downside of multi-thousand-mile driving trips are these interludes in the middle to make sure one's engine doesn't eat itself.

Yesterday morning we skipped panels in favor of brunch with a college friend of sahiya's, followed by a brief but fun tour of some sites along the river, including the ruins of a grain mill. We also walked around a bit inside the Guthrie Theater, which is a pleasant bit of architecture.

The most fun thing yesterday was the Original Trek group watch. We did "The Trouble With Tribbles" and "Mirror Mirror". Tribbles is just such a great script. I especially love how it pokes fun at Kirk throughout-- he's the butt of nearly all of its jokes.

Things I am anxious to do when I get home: Work out until the sweat drips from my nose. Climb. Have a long cuddle-session with The Inky Blot and The Shaggy Cow. I would say "talk with Mr P," but the joy of instant messenging is that I've been doing that all along.
If you find yourself nearby on your wandering route home, drop in. Guest accomodations include indoor parking for zippy little cars. :)
I'm definitely heading home through Oregon and that sounds like a splendid plan. I'll drop you a line this weekend. Monday next seems like when I'll likely be thereabouts.
Horses -- aha! I will now share with you a Very Useful Technique for Successfully Falling Off a Horse:

When you feel that you're losing your balance -- throw yourself face down towards the horse's neck and wrap your arms around. Hang on as your body falls and your feet drop, and voila! you're standing next to the horse hugging its neck.

The cowboy who taught me this, pointed out that people get hurt falling off horses when they hit their heads, or when they free-fall all the way to the ground and break bones. So the trick is to do a controlled fall, keeping your head up and your feet down.