Thing the first: lyra_sena is coming up for partay in the city this weekend, and also to be flailed and squeed at by me. I am excited beyond measure. You should be, too, if you're in the area. And you should meet up with us. And you should comment here to let Lyra and me know that you wanna hang and have dinner/drinks. C'mon, you know you want to meet us. She's uber cool, I'm uber spazzy, it balances out in a very Odd Couple kind of way that's altogether amusing to see.
Thing the second: It is possible to feel strong and utterly helpless at once. I have spent all day doing just that.