Home from Readercon

My wonderful, wonderful husband made the boxes go away while I was at Readercon. Well, not all of them, but all the unpacked ones that were taking up ginourmous amounts of space. We still have the records and books in boxes, but I know feel like I can safely invite someone into the apartment without risking massive papercuts. He also got me flowers.

See, this is why I didn’t buy any books at Readercon this weekend. I’d told him that I wouldn’t bring any new books home, because we don’t know if we have enough space for the ones we brought. I was sort of amazed at the number of people who told me that I should buy books anyway–and not just dealers–as if they were unaware that it meant that I would be breaking a promise and then lying about it. The boy didn’t squawk when I announced I was going to a convention the weekend after we moved in, so the request that I not bring home any new books seemed pretty easy to honor.

It’s nice to be home, although it is hot. We are trying to do without airconditioning. It wasn’t bad last night or this morning, but at the moment it is very sticky. The cats are totally flat on the floor. If I give in on the air conditioning thing, it’ll be because of them. I mean, they can’t take their fur coats off.

I now have three people who want me to mod their laptop for them and I’ve got a volunteer to be a test subject on my next trial run. I’ve figured out how to make an easily customizable template, so now I just need to try it to see if it really works. I also have to time how long it takes me to do it, since I did this one in and around the process of moving. I will, naturally, keep you posted.

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8 Responses

  1. -e-

    Welcome home Mary. I remember our old cat, Sophia, doing her best pancake impersonation on the cool polished concrete floors of our NY loft… she must have somehow managed to stow her bones under the bed. Amazingly flat. A little air conditioning is ok. You will be amazed at how little you need to run it… the trick is not to aim for being cool, but just for maintaining sanity.

  2. -d-

    Your laptop typewriter will no longer be unique if you do other peoples for them. Are you sure you want to do that?

  3. Mary Robinette Kowal

    -e- We’ll see how we do without it. So far it’s been not too bad.

    Chris: Braver? Or cheaper and crazier. Right now we are experimenting with which works better with the fans, keeping the windows open, or shutting them during the heat of the day. At the moment, I’m inclined to say that keeping them open works better.

    Dad: I don’t mind other people having them. Unique was not the goal; pretty was.

  4. strugglingwriter

    I can imagine it’s pretty hot in NYC. We are around 100 degrees in Pennsylvania and wouldn’t think to live without our window AC units. I could say it is because we want our 14 month old to be comfortable, but it’s really because I’m a wuss.

  5. Mary Robinette Kowal

    Struggling writer, it’s really not that bad. It’s 90 degrees outside right now and 82 inside. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly a manageable temperature. The worst moment comes when I walk up the stairs, because I’m all hot and sweaty–and yes, though the apartment has an elevator, we are treating it like a walk-up.

  6. Fabulous Girl

    Ahem. Please stop making the rest of us look bad, with our unstyled computers and our energy-wasting practices.

  7. Sheila

    I was tempted to ask you to customize *my* laptop, but have decided to try my own hand at it first. 🙂

    The pictures I took are in my flickr stream. Thanks so much for letting me admire the Kowal #1 in person.