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There's been a lot of discussion on LJ and elsewhere lately about SCA Peerage and What It's All About. For me, this leads to a lot of complicated stuff that I've been trying to sort through in my head. For the record, I'm not a Peer, nor am I likely to be one anytime soon. (Sooooo not ready, according to my own expectations.) These opinions are my own and do not represent the opinions of anyone else, though I may be influenced by the knowledge of others. Clear? Great!

On To The Pondering! )

Further thoughts will probably spill out of my brain on this topic later. Please let me know if I need to clarify anything, if you agree, if you disagree, or if you think my brain has been devoured by space aliens with bendy straws. I have been thoroughly enjoying these discussions, and I feel like I am learning a lot. And that's what it's all about, right?
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Life is excellent, though busy. I took my ORELA test last Saturday, and I'm pretty sure I passed all the sections, including the math and science! Yay!

Tonight, I am teaching a class on medieval knitting. I believe that I am all prepared. Still, wish me luck! It should be interesting.

More updates later. I am not sufficiently caffeinated to be coherent.
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1. Mundane Name:
Amanda.

2. Mundane Job:
Student; Aspiring English Teacher. I don't get paid for writing or knitting or any of the other fun things I like to do, so they're not technically jobs.

3. Persona name:
Angharad Bach is my primary persona. There are a couple more wandering around.

4. How did you come up with your name?
I wanted to be early Welsh. Angharad is the grandmother of one of my favorite fantasy characters (Eilonwy, from The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, which is based on Welsh mythology) and is documentable. Bach is a descriptor that means "the small," and a friend of mine picked that out for me at my first event. I'm short. It suits.

5. Where and when did your persona live?
Late 12th-century Wales and England. She's on pilgrimage to Jerusalem at the moment.

6. What is your Known World Location?
Kingdom of An Tir

7. What kingdom do you consider to be your home?
An Tir. I've never really played anywhere else.

8. How long have you played?
I've been playing since 1994. I was 16. (Whew, time does fly!)

9. How did you get started?
I had this boyfriend who had a friend who was in the SCA, and he was looking at playing, so I went along. My family came to my first event with me because they were worried that I was getting into a cult. Hee.

10. Why did you join?
I was hooked from the very beginning. I've always loved the Middle Ages, and I am a complete and total geek. It was a place where I belonged, which was very important for a wacky, geeky high schooler who was starting to wonder if there really was such a place.

11. Have you registered a name?
No, but I have the paperwork!

12. Have you registered a device?
No, but I'm in the process. I just have to turn in the paperwork!

13. What awards have you been granted? In what kingdom did you receive these awards?
All An Tir: Adiantum Baronial Brownie, Summits Arts Grail, AoA (2), Jambe de Leon.

14. How many events do you attend each year?
About 4-5 on average.

15. What is the best event you have ever been to?
I really enjoy Egil's, especially when I'm working (oddly enough). The best event, however, was probably the Amergin's where I met [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre. It was lovely and relaxed and had splendid results.

16. what is the worst event you have ever been to?
I don't think I've had a truly bad event. There were elements of certain events that made me grouchy, but nothing that wasn't resolved satisfactorially.

17. What event do you make it to every year?
Egil's and Amergin's!

18. What event do you refuse to go to?
Events that conflict with those two.

19. Who is your favorite person to hang at an event with?
I have a lot of favorites. Nearly all of them are on LJ. Hee hee!

20. What activities do you participate in?
Scribal, bardic, fiber arts, service. Also, running around like a small, erratic, babbling Snitch. (That would be a Harry Potter Snitch, not someone who talks about people. I'm generally very discreet.)

21. What activity would you like to learn?
Costuming. The history of same. More knitting. The history of same. I'll try just about anything I can get my hands on.

22. Are you a marshal?
No, but I've considered it.

23. How many tents have you had destroyed at events?
Zero, to date.

24. Has your garb ever caught on fire?
No, I've managed to avoid that one.

25. Have you ever woke up in a strange person’s tent?
If you mean "strange" as in "unfamiliar," then no. If you mean "strange" as in "a little bit odd," then yes, often. My husband and I are both a little strange.

26. Do you have a pavilion?
YES!

27. Are you a peer?
Nope. I'm nowhere near ready.

28. Do you ever want to be a peer?
Sort of. It would be nice to be that good at what I do, and I like teaching. But that's a long way in the future, and it would be more of a signal of recognition than a goal.

29. Is a coincidence that peer rhymes with beer?
Probably. But good beer is a good thing.

30. Are you a squire, apprentice or protege(e)?
Not officially, but I love being a student!

31. Who would you like to be squired, apprenticed or protegee'd to?
I'm not sure if I have time for that kind of commitment while I'm in grad school. However, there are lots of people I'd love to learn more from--[livejournal.com profile] fearga, Ketterlin, [livejournal.com profile] katanubis, [livejournal.com profile] hinkie, [livejournal.com profile] corvideye, and [livejournal.com profile] countess_e, just to name a few.

32. What is your war cry?
SHINY!!!!!

33. Have you ever been pulled off of the field for your safety?
No.

34. What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you in armor?
Does fencing armor count? If so, it would be "killing" the guy who had been flirting with and annoying me all day. That was amusing and satisfying.

35. Have you read corpora?
Not yet, but I'm planning to. Shouldn't "corpora" be capitalized as a proper noun?

36. Circlets, how do you feel?
They are useful and pretty. Do not use them to hold your veil on--it will give you the mother of all headaches.

37. What household(s) do you belong to?
Peacehaven.

38. If you could change one thing about the SCA what would it be?
I'm having a hard time articulating the change I'd like to see, but it has to do with awards. I think that many awards, including AoAs, are given out so often and in such numbers that they cease to really feel special. But that trend often depends on who's wearing the Crowns and Coronets at the time--some people give out lots of awards, and others give out fewer. I just think that awards should feel very special to the person who is receiving them, and effort should be made to make that happen. I don't have a solution, however.

39. What is your favorite part of the SCA?
There are lots of people who "get" me and who I "get." We're all part of the same tribe.

40. What is your SCA Goal for the next 7 years?
Go to events and learn as much as possible! Also, get to know people better.
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Lots has been going on, and I really hate being up at this time of the morning. Class seems like such an inconvenience right now, getting in the way of getting important stuff done. Ah, well. It's a small price to pay at the moment, and I do start teaching in the fall.

I'm taking my ORELA (middle-school general knowledge test, for you non-teachers) in mid-August. It'll be nice to have that over and done with.

The weekend before last, we had our SCA Arts and Sciences social at our house. It was fun, and it meant that the majority of the house is clean now. (Some of it needs to be neatened, however.) I taught my [livejournal.com profile] fearga's 12-year-old daughter, K, to knit. She picked it up right away and is now knitting a Harry Potter scarf in garter stitch. I am more pleased than I can possibly say. [livejournal.com profile] fearga tells me that K has now knitted about 6-8 inches on her scarf, and her grandmother has taught her how to purl. ^_^

That same day, Alex taught K how to use the lathe, and K turned a Harry Potter wand. I fully expect her to bring both to the Harry Potter celebration for the book this weekend.

Other people did other nifty crafts, and it was a good, relaxed time.

Scribal work continues apace. We still have charters to paint, and Alex and I are working on a rush project for Coronation. It's actually a lot of fun. We just have painting to do on those, as well, and then they're ready to send on their merry way.

I also went to my cousin's wedding last weekend. It was fun, and the two flower girls and the ringbearer were very entertaining as they emphasized all of the reasons why Alex and I did not have small children in our wedding. The ceremony was short and sweet, the bride and groom both looked lovely, and I have good feelings about their new life together. I also got to actually chat with my grandmother and grandfather on my father's side, who I almost never get to see. That was very pleasant. Grandpa talked a little bit about coming over to Oregon from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years when he was nine. I'd love to hear him tell more stories. I also saw many of my other relations on that side, as well as my "Uncle" Fred (Dad's best friend). It was really nice to be able to talk to all of these people and catch up with them.

[livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia is coming over this weekend! *SQUEE!*

Gotta go and try to get some homework done now--and get coffee. Coffee is vital at this juncture.
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Besides being appropriate for this entry, this icon is entirely [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre's fault. He said the words; I merely brought the icon into being. However, I forsee a rash of "Rrruffs have rrridges!" icons coming on. There are so many pictures for which such a phrase would make sense. Including the following.

[livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and I went to The True Arte of Defense in Couer du Val last Saturday. It was a good deal of fun. It was also incredibly relaxed. I cannot express how lovely it was to be able to just sit around and knit and observe and chat with wonderful people, including [livejournal.com profile] lady_anyanka and [livejournal.com profile] brother_al, my parents. We carpooled with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] fearga, who teamed up with me to create the winning entry for the Artisan's Take-Down! We won through both extreme skill and guile. Though, honestly, I don't think this project required much guile--most people looked at it and remarked, "Awwwwww!" Some of them, including [livejournal.com profile] fearga and I, just laughed hysterically.
Click here to share the love! )

All in all, the Elizabethan Kitten wielded the power given to all tiny, handmade kittens and carried the day. [livejournal.com profile] fearga and I came home with a lovely blue leather gauntlet (which fits none of us, but would work well for youth combat), a brown wool hood (which also fit none of us, but went home with [livejournal.com profile] fearga for her lovely daughter), and a very punny iron "E". We also brought home the kitten, which now resides in my workbasket.

And speaking of tiny handmade kittens: several of you have asked what the knitted kittens look like. I finally have some photos. I also need to post the final instructions for kitten assembly (thank you to [livejournal.com profile] hlmauera for taking the photos for that), but that will come later.
Kittens! )

In other news, I have been obsessed with socks lately. I can now make socks without even looking at a pattern, and that pleases me greatly. I made a pair of socks for Egil's. These socks can do tricks!
The Amazing Purple Socks! )

I think that's enough for now. Next entry: [livejournal.com profile] elfie_chan's forays into the Black Sheep Gathering and the Saga of [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre's Socks!
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It's odd to realize that updating LJ has been so low on my list of Things To Do. Lots has been going on in my life (as usual), and things have been busier than ever. "Lemme 'splain. No, that would take too long. Lemme sum up."

Egil's! )
Sixth-Graders! )

I think that's it for now. I had what I call "The Explody-Insides Disease" from Sunday night through Tuesday, and my tummy's feeling a bit unstable this morning. I probably just need breakfast. Next time: High School Observation, Summer Plans, and Socks!
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So, yes. I still live, breathe, stand upright, and even drive occasionally. (Like yesterday. I drove all over the place yesterday. I will have my license by fall.) Life has been crazy-busy, but in a good way. I don't have time this morning to issue a full report, but here is my To-Do List for today. It should give you some idea of what I've been up to.

To Do:
1. Get out of bed and get coffee.
2. Eat stroopwaffel (sp?). (In progress.)
3. Clean out truck so that [livejournal.com profile] arianadream has a place to sit.
4. Find and pack toiletries, including extra-strength antacids. (This is not a reflection on anyone I plan to see this weekend; it is just an important precaution.)
5. Pack truck with eventing gear.
6. Double-check to make sure that all Summits scribal gear is packed and ready to go. (It is, but a double-check won't hurt anything.)
7. Wait for [livejournal.com profile] arianadream to arrive. (8:00 am)
8. Go to June Investiture!
9. Set up Baronial Pavilions.
10. Relax.
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I have this stuffed black sheep that is about the size of my cat. The sheep sits comfortably on a cushion on the still-folded-out couch-bed (yes, it's been a bed instead of a couch ever since Midwinter's, and it now doubles as a storage space for yet more stuff that really needs to be put away). Just a few seconds ago, Loki walked up to the sheep and sniffed it, then looked at me as if to say, "What is this thing doing on my cushion?!" Now, Loki seeks a more suitable place to rest his regal self, preferably on something black in a sunbeam. At the moment, he appears to be considering my suede coat.

I am almost finished entering the Egil's preregistrations into my ingenious spreadsheet. Very few people did things that caused me to question them, and I shall be calling those people and getting some answers. Homework proceeds apace, despite the fact that I hate doing homework. My practicum is actually all kinds of fun--I am a little nervous about what will happen when I actually get to teach the sixth-graders for two weeks. I am about 85% certain that I will not be eaten alive, but I'm going to practice my lion-taming skills, just in case.

I am still working on getting photos done for the Kitten Assembly Instructions, as well as Slug Instructions. The Kitten Assembly Instructions will be posted as soon as I, my camera, and an unassembled kitten are in the same place at the same time. Slug Instructions may take a bit longer.

I have not yet reported on the March Adiantum Arts and Sciences Saturday. It was a blast. I brought my spinning wheel and played with it. I cannot really say that I spun anything, but I practiced. I also taught [livejournal.com profile] corvideye how to do a basic fingerloop braid, and she taught herself how to do a flat braid. That was all kinds of fun. [livejournal.com profile] corvideye also brought many, many fibers for us to look at and touch. Yak is neat. I worked on my purple socks, which are finally done. I will post pictures soon and use them to illustrate the Importance of Gauge. Clean socks should not be able to stand up by themselves. [livejournal.com profile] hl_mauera also finished her first sock. Having done that, she immediately cast on the second one. No Second Sock Syndrome Sufferer, She. (Say that three times fast.) I also brought lots of scribal stuff, and many people painted (including [livejournal.com profile] fearga, who says that charter painting is very relaxing). Also, as a direct result of the A&S Saturday, I had a new person at our last Scribal Night. I keep getting her name wrong, but she forgives me.

The next A&S day is April 15, the day after my Brother's Wedding. (Yes, that deserves the Capital Letters of Foreboding.) Alex and I have tickets for the ballet that day, but we plan to go to the A&S day in the morning before the ballet and in the afternoon afterwards. It is so nice to get together with lots of people and work on projects.

Speaking of projects, I've got lots of them to finish by Egil's. Many of these are scribal projects. I love art, and I would much rather do that than schoolwork. *sigh*

Tomorrow is Easter. [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and I will be going over to my parents' house for dinner. I will be getting my mom on LJ, so I'll keep you all posted on her username so you can all stalk befriend her. My brother is also on LJ, but I can't remember his username. I'll let you all know when I find out.

What else can I tell you? I'm busy, as usual, but things seem calmer today because I have no homework on Monday (though I do have class) and I have no Tech class (though I really should go and work on my Tech projects). Plus, I have a wonderful husband who just generally makes me grateful to be me every single day.

And now, it is time for me to go and finish up entering those preregistrations.
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I am such a string geek. Here are a few nifty things:

1) Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot) has a new book out, which I must purchase at my earliest convenience. The book is called Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting, and it is available at all fine bookstores. If you love yarn and/or knitting and/or spinning, you should read all of Stephanie's work and Her Blog. She makes me laugh and cry, and not just because I love knitting. She's an awesome writer.

2) This should possibly be 1a, as it refers to the Knitting Goddess above. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's long-awaited Knitty Gritty episode will be airing on the DIY network on April 17. You'd better believe I'm putting that on my TiVo.

3)KnitPicks is an agent of Evil (and I mean that in a good way!). They keep tempting me with new and exciting things. Today, as I wandered by their website in order to look up the name of a yarn I already had (because I was too lazy to actually go and look in my yarn drawer), I saw that they had a new yarn: CotLin. It is a machine-wash, machine-dry cotton-linen blend. Curse you, KnitPicks, and your shiny new yarns! I need to get some things knitted up before I even think about buying new yarn. Bah! Bah, I say!

Also, on KnitPicks, the button for adding things to one's shopping cart says "Add to Stash." That made me giggle.

Adiantum Arts & Sciences Saturday is tomorrow. I shall sew, and knit, and possibly paint. And not do homework! Eeeeeeeee!

To Do Today:
1) Finish annoying PowerPoint presentation thingy. (I hate PowerPoint. I may have mentioned that.)
2) Cut out tunics.
3) SPIN!
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I'm finally home from Coronet. I am exhausted. This was definitely a working event for both me and Alex. I'm sitting here trying to remember everything that happened, with a happily-purring cat on my lap and a new, shiny medallion around my neck, and everything is sort of out of order in my head. I think my nose is sunburned, and I haven't had any lunch. Nonetheless, I'm feeling pretty good. I need to go and have a shower in a few minutes, but I wanted to hit the highlights here before I go do that.
Coronet was fun, even though I spent most of the event at Gate. We ran out of tokens, so Alex cast more on site. That was severely nifty. We kept joking about how these tokens were "fresher" than the other tokens, being right out of the kitchen and all. On Friday, many many people came through Gate. I was at Gate from about 12:00 noon until about midnight, with some breaks for food and things like that. Some nice people came and chatted with me toward the wee hours, and that was nice. I spent most of my time at Gate working on kittens when I wasn't checking people in. Kittens went into the autocrats' baskets that they gave to the royals, and Alys helped me finish the last one (the one that went to His Majesty) on Saturday.
Saturday was crazy-busy with people coming both for Saturday and Sunday and just to daytrip. I got a little frazzled, and then my dad showed up and took over Gate for me (which I really appreciated). Mom and I got to walk and chat for a little while. [livejournal.com profile] arianadream was also there with her brother, so I got to chat with them for a short time. Then, before I got to see any of the tourney, I was called away to do my other job--scribal. Not a problem; Sharon the Merchant's Wife and Alainne du Lacey and Ketterlin had all brought charters for me, and I had a few already. Alex and I got the names on them, and then Alex wound up back at Gate while I finished up Court stuff and got the kittens finished and turned in.
Finally, Alex managed to close Gate. It seemed that, every time he was ready to close Gate, someone else would arrive. Alex and I went to check in with Their Highnesses, got in the procession, and walked into Court. (Somewhere in there, I managed to get fully dressed and brush my hair. I hadn't had time that morning, and, when I asked Alex if my hair looked too bad, he told me that "It looks very period." *chortles*) The Prince and Princess handed out a few awards. Many gifty baskets were exchanged. I was highly amused by the reaction to the autocrat gifties, as murmurs of "Look, kitties!" went up among the enthroned. The King held Court. Imagine my shock when the first name called to kneel before the King was my own.
[livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia, who is a very naughty person and makes me giggle in Court, whispered that I was in "soooo much trouble." Even though I do realize that the SCA is "just a game," it is still a bit scary to be called before the King. I think it's a good thing that they have you kneel before royalty--it hides knocking knees. Several people told me later (with much amusement) that my poleaxed expression was highly entertaining. I received my Jambe de Lion, and can now put "HL" for "Her Ladyship" in front of my name. I'm not sure how I got back to my place (Ambrose helped), but I spent the rest of Court there in a state of stunned amazement. His Majesty handed out more awards, Their Highnesses also handed out more awards, and William Geoffrey the Rogue and his lady, Stephanie, stepped up as the next Tanist and Tanista of the Summits. Thomas, who has more of a name than that though I can't remember it, received the Shield of Chivalry.
Toward (and hastening) the end of Court, it began to rain. And rain. Court closed rather quickly, as most of the populace was not under shelter, and all fled for their camps. [livejournal.com profile] morrghan92 camped with us, and Alex and I had a wonderful conversation with her. The weather continued to sprinkle on and off, but it showed some signs of clearing. We also wandered by the Summits camp and chatted with the people there briefly (Her Excellency welcomed me to "the flotilla"), but both Alex and I were utterly exhausted from being up extremely late the night before and getting up extremely early that morning. I slept like a rock.
Today, we went to Summits Moot (which I think is fun, though that may indicate that I am a sick, sick person). It only sprinkled a little bit, and then it got sunny. I got a little bit of knitting done for me, and that was soooo nice. I love the yarn--Knitpicks Telemark, 100% wool, comes in lots of good colors at only $1.99 a skein. Admittedly, the knitting I did is on an experimental pouch for my class I hope to teach at Egil's, but it was still fun knitting and not kittens. I have nothing against kittens, but I knitted four of them in the past week and sewed up five. It's time for something else.
After Moot, we cleaned up the site, took down and packed the Baronial pavilions and stuff, and chatted with people. More scribal stuff will be occurring! I also hate grad school with a passion right now, as it is getting in the way of lots of things I want to do. My weekends for April are pretty much booked with school stuff and my brother's wedding (which I still have to send my bridesmaid's dress back for, as it is too small for me), which means no eventing for me in April. That sucks. Can't I just get a grant for SCA research and go to events for a living? Ah, well. We'll see what happens after grad school. In the meantime, I'm just going to do as much as I can. Spring Break may wind up being mostly "OMG-let's-get-stuff-done-for-SCA-because-I-will-have-no-time-later" kind of thing. And I'm okay with that.
Babbling about SCA philosophy will come later. Time to go and shower and get something to eat. Or at least get these muddy boots off.
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I have lots and lots to say about stuff in general, but I don't have the time just now. I hope to do some serious updating within the next couple of days. Right now, life is just plain crazy. I'm feeling a lot of pressure from several different directions. If I wasn't in grad school, I could handle the rest of the stuff easily. With grad school, however, I'm feeling a bit...smooshed. I know that things will work out, but I need about another week to fulfill both homework and SCA duties. It's hard when I'd rather be doing SCA stuff, and I feel like I'm just treading water here. However, I'm learning. I'm learning a lot about myself and my capabilities, as well as being a teacher and an SCA officer. More on that later, I think.

For now, here is Part I of the (not very) Top Secret Kitten Formula! In my next post, I hope to be able to post the pictures that are required to show how to assemble the little critters. For now, here's enough to get you knitting!

The Kitten Formula! )
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I would like to publically announce that I was wrong, and [livejournal.com profile] arianadream was right. Pat Morita died in 2005, not 2001. It seems like longer ago, for some reason. So, I was wrong. In my research to learn this, I also learned that Pat Morita not only did the voice for the Emperor in Mulan, he also voiced a timeshare-obsessed karate master in Spongebob Squarepants. And now you know!

That said, my life has been full of school, cleaning, and SCA lately. Midwinter's is coming up, and I don't feel anywhere near ready. I will have no new garb, and that makes me a bit sad. I will have fewer charters than I was hoping to have painted, and that makes me sad, too. (One of them is cursed, I swear. It has caused me Scribal Angst.) Midwinter's itself will be quite busy, but that's okay. I actually like busy events. I will be geeking out, and I like geeking out. I will also get to see the Domesday Book, and I am thrilled about that. We will be hosting six people and a dog at our house (last count) so that they, too, can attend Midwinter's and geek out. That's awesome. I just hope we have enough food. We should, I think.

And now, I must flee and see about doing some more cleaning.
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This has been an interesting week/weekend/week. Last week, Alex and I moved wood. Lots and lots and lots and lots of wood. I felt very strong. Said wood is black walnut, and we will never have to buy black walnut for turning/making furniture/anything ever again. This is fine by me, as I love black walnut. Alex plans to make us some furniture. I want a loom.

Last weekend, Alex and I went to Amergin's Revenge, which is a fun bardic competition. We both brought sewing projects and scribal stuff, as neither of us was planning to compete. This made for a very, very relaxed event. We brought our friend Jon along. This was his first event, and he stood up and competed! Unfortunately, I didn't get to hear him, as I was away doing Busy Official Scribal Pre-Court stuff. But I hear he did well. [livejournal.com profile] arianadream competed for Overall Best Bard, and not only did she win that, she also won Baronial Bardic Champion! Go, [livejournal.com profile] arianadream! She is my SCA sister, and I am incredibly proud of her. Her song, in particular, was friggin' gorgeous. I love Gregorian chant/plainsong, and [livejournal.com profile] arianadream's voice provided that touch of the unearthly that makes said music so beautiful.

The feast was very good. We had vegetable soup, and pork loin, and chicken, and really good bread, and lots of tart-like desserts. It was nice to sit with family and friends (my parents were there, as well, and I got to chat with them a bit) and eat and talk.

I was a busy bee at Amergin's, despite my resolve to relax. I think I just find work relaxing. Alex and I chopped carrots for the feast (lots and lots of carrots!), did scribal stuff (just the official stuff; I didn't manage to get out all of the scribal stuff that I brought to work on), and worked on our sewing projects. I also got to do a bit of Court Heraldry! That was fun. I screwed up the first time (reading half of the text of the award before the recipient could make it up to kneel before Their Excellencies), but the second time was much better. I hope I get to do that again. I also performed "Gawain and the Loathly Lady" in between acts, just for fun. Being able to get up there and know I was just doing it for the entertainment value was very restful and enjoyable, but I almost wish I had entered just to get the feedback from the judges. That was the first time I'd told that story, and it would have been interesting to see how it went over. Everybody was quiet during the telling and chuckled at the appropriate places, so I guess they were at least amused.

Also, I learned the benefits of wandering into the kitchen at the right time. I went in to give the signed Amergin's award scrolls to the scribe who would put in the names and things (the same scribe who designed the pretty, pretty awards). She took them, and then I was approached by someone with a spatula. The spatula was covered in yummy-looking dough. They gave me a taste. It was delicious, and I complimented the cooks. I was then given the entire spatula to "clean." The spatula was large, and I felt about six years old as I stood there and licked all of the batter off. The cooks seemed amused. It was good batter.

I think I enjoyed the event most because I got to try a lot of new things. I've never worked in the kitchen for a feast before. I've never done Court Heraldry before. I would like to do both again.

Unfortunately for me, I started to get a sore throat on Sunday night. I thought it was because I'd been talking all weekend, but no. I have a bad cold that kept me from school yesterday. I hope it will not keep me from school tomorrow! I have a cough and a sore throat and I sound like a whispering, incoherent frog.

On the upside, I have finished handsewing the outside of my cloak, and the inside will be cut out just as soon as I have washed and dried the fabric. I was thinking about making the cloak a complete circle, but, at three-quarters of a circle, it is already quite full. I think I'll probably stop here, leaving enough wool left over for a bliaut, I hope! (I think I have about four yards left of the blue wool.)

I must make more garb. And do more scribal stuff. Oh, and write papers for homework. Bah upon homework! Bah, I say!

Midterms this Friday. Blargh. Still, I'm feeling positive!

Now, I must go and attend to the laundry.
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Today is my first day of school in the last term before I get my double Bachelor's in English and Medieval Studies. Whew! I have a four-hour break between my classes--long enough to get lots done, but not long enough to go home. But that's fine! I have enough time to finally update about Summits Coronet Tourney! Yaaay!

Coronet Report )

Life continues well. We had our first Scribal Class last Tuesday, and seven students showed up! I was incredibly happy! People seemed to have fun, despite my lack of preparation. I hope this trend continues. (That is, I hope that the student trend continues; I hope to be considerably more prepared next time.) Everyone was very nice and understanding, which is good, as I missed my driving lesson that day (it was at 9:00 am, and I could have sworn it was at 12:30 pm). I also had an informational meeting for grad school that went late. It was a very educational informational meeting, and I'm very glad I went, but we had to rush home in order to meet people arriving for Scribal Class.

Wednesday, I learned that I can lift a box of bamboo flooring and carry it upstairs! This only works three times before I am ready to fall over, but it's strength progress! Yay! Wednesday night was the Baroness Social, but we didn't stay for very long--it was wet and cold, and I started school today, and I was not going to catch a cold right before school started. Not happening. Her Excellency was very understanding. We did wind up staying for longer than we intended (we intended to just drop in and say hello) because we were chatting with people. I like the people in our Barony. We then went home, and Alex and Joe had an Autocrat meeting while I tried not to fall asleep.

*checks list* Okay, that takes care of Wednesday...Thursday, I picked up a book for the Praxis I and studied and took my practice test in math. I only got a 75% (see previous LJ entry). This displeased me. Alex sat down with me and we went over the problems that I missed, so I understand them better now, but I still need to study more. I still feel like I have a ton of stuff to do in order to apply for grad school, though I have my Praxis I scheduled now and two out of three of my letters of recommendation settled. I'm still trying to get ahold of one of my former employers (tutoring) to get her to do the third one.

Friday, I made it to my driving lesson, and I did okay. Afterward, I drove out to Target from our house, and I didn't freak Alex out! Yaaay! I freaked me out, but I'm always hyper-alert when I drive. Driving is scary. I feel shaky when I finish, but I'm getting better!

I've been keeping busy! Tonight, I get to clean, plus there's Council. Wednesday, I get to go to stay with my parents for a few days while Alex goes up to Washington. I need to figure out the bus schedule so I can get to class on time on Friday.

I'm over halfway done with my application essay for grad school. I'm doing okay. Breathe.

And now, I should get me some lunch. More updates later.
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Assignment I
Report On:
a) Summits Coronet Tourney
b) Crazy Tuesday (missed driving lesson, Grad School Information Meeting, Scribal Night)
c) Crazy Wednesday (Flooring, Baroness Social)
d) Today (Studying, Papers, Grad School)

Due: Today, though an extension might be made until tomorrow. Extra credit will be given for accurately depicting your own insanity.

Assignment II
Study for Praxis I test and take timed Math Practice Test.

Due: Today. Extra credit may be given for actually getting off your butt and doing this.

You scored a 75% on this test. This is unacceptable. Study math!

Assignment III
Write a rough draft of your two-page essay, to be turned in with your application.

Due: Today.

Assignment IV
Get things organized and packed in backpack. School starts next week!

Due: Monday.

Assignment V
Work on Cassandra's Codex. That won't write itself, you know!

Due: When other, less fun work is done.
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I've been thinking for a while about medievally-period-type things that I could make to put in the Thingmaker's Chest for SCA. I like to knit, so I thought, "Hey, what about knitted pouches? Are those even period?" After some online and book research this morning, I have discovered that knitted pouches are, indeed, solidly period. The difficulty is that most of the period pouches that still exist are knitted in tiny, tiny stitches in silk. The patterns are gorgeous. So, I'm making an attempt at a mini-pouch in DMC perl cotton (cobalt blue and golden yellow) on size 0 needles. Thus far, it's going well. My stitches are not as fine as the originals, but I'm using one of the patterns handily charted in A History of Handknitting. Unfortunately, I have to take out part of my last row, as I screwed up the pattern. Phooey. It's not too bad, though--I only cast on 40 stitches. Knitting this project feels a bit like knitting a sock. When I'm done, I'll lucet weave the drawstring and have it be all pretty and stuff.

Maybe I'll do a big one as an A&S project. I'm going to get some wool for the small ones that I plan to donate. This is fun--to try to figure out a project, plan it, make mistakes and fix them, and then have something pretty (and useful!) afterward.

But the stitches are so tiny...

While this should probably go in my [livejournal.com profile] needle_ninja journal, I'm too lazy to sign out and sign in again. So there.

Squee?

Aug. 15th, 2006 06:43 pm
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Actually, that squee should be a bit more definite. I went in and had my hair done today, and I am now back to my "natural" red color. I'm a natural redhead on the inside. Even my hairdresser thinks I should be a redhead.

In Random News, I have just been looking at the updated "You May Not Bring These Things On An Airplane!!!!one!!!" list, and I have learned that I am not allowed to carry spear guns in my carry-on luggage. I shall just have to remember that.

Alex and I went to a fun SCA event last weekend. It was lovely and relaxed. I felt like a hero when a lovely lady came into our camp and asked if I had any spare Summits charters with me, and I did. I got to meet our new Prince and Princess, who are sweet and spiffy people. I also learned that the Hawaiian word "hula" comes from a Mongolian word for "celebrate." Instead of shouting "Huzzah!" in court, we shouted "Hu-LA!" I kept wanting to shimmy, but I wasn't allowed to because I was standing behind Their Excellencies and therefore had to behave myself. I settled for whispering and giggling with the young lady (Maeve) beside me, but very quietly so that we wouldn't get in trouble. She and I formed a new cheer, which we used with permission from the kindly crowned heads in front of us: "Hip, hip, SHINY!" Court is fun.

I also received my Arts Grail, which means (I think) that the Golden Comb I designed and painted (and worked! and slaved! and wept!) was appreciated. It made me very happy. Her Highness, by the way, has a very impish grin when she wants to.

I have also been drafted to knit many, many more kittens. Many.

I wish I had photos to show. I keep promising those, but I need to figure out how to hook up my camera to Carpet Ship so that I can upload photos.

I love SCA people. I really do. I think that one of my favorite parts of being Baronial Scribe is getting to meet new people and get to know them. Alex and I are going to the Nordholt Arts and Sciences day this Saturday, so we'll get to meet even more people. Way too much fun. I also really need to get going on more scribal stuff, like setting up a regular Scribal Night with classes and all of that spiffiness.

Must write more on Cassandra. Also, must get Pacific application done and sent. Whee.

But first, must go play video games.
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So...need to get together with people next week. Have SCA event this weekend, for which much scribal work must be done on the morrow. Have written about a page for Cassandra's Codex, which is swiftly turning into a chapter. Am planning embroidery project for aforementioned event weekend, embellishing wool hood. Purchased embroidery wool for aforementioned hood. Sleep will come soon.

Tuesday was Scribal Night, and we had one person show up--a newcomer! This brought me great joy. Scribal Night brought her great joy, as well, and she has promised to return when she can. Huzzah!

Again, I don't have much to say at the moment. Life continues apace, and much of it is good. I can't ask for much more.

Now watch the hypnotic electric camels and send me chocolate. Mm. Chocolate.
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The events from our trip to England will be presented in no particular order, and with many parenthetical notes.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation )

Since we got home, I have been knitting like crazy. Two of my friends have had/are having babies this summer, and I'm knitting blankets. I finished a "clown puke" one for my friend/maid of honor Heidi just in time to send it with her mom so she could have it at the birth, and I'm about halfway done with a pretty lavender one for a friend who's giving birth mid-to-late August. I've also been knitting kittens. Having kittens, even unsewn and unstuffed, on hand is a good thing. I went to a birthday party for a three-year-old yesterday, and a kitten made a good emergency present. I'm thinking, however, that I need to work with the pattern a bit and maybe make some other kind of animal, too.

I have sewing to do. Fabric is purchased, but garb must be made. I found out that Baronial Scribes stand behind the thrones during Baronial Court, and that means I need some less casual garb. This is not a problem; it's just a great excuse for sewing. Being behind the thrones makes me a bit nervous, though. I've only done it once before, and that was at Egil's. However, I have been reassured that I behaved properly and didn't do anything horribly embarrassing. It was fun, though--it's neat to see the looks on people's faces when they get awards.

I have been good this trip--I'm in Washington at the moment. I painted charters this morning and knitted a bit this afternoon. I have also been working on Cassandra's Codex. I really do need to get that into a form that I can post. Tomorrow, I'm going for a walk around town.

I still have a lot to get done in the way of graduate school application. Must get on that as soon as we get home.

Time to go and be semi-social. The guys (Alex, Jason, and Jason's friend Aaron) went bike riding today, and they're semi-conscious. Hee.

I should also be updating more regularly from here on out.
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Okay. So, it's exactly one week (give or take a few hours) before Alex and I are supposed to be on site for Egil's, setting up.

YAAAAAAARRRRGH! <--Happy/Stressy Noise

I am both nervous and excited. There is still much to do, but it is getting done. Most of the major scribal projects are completely finished, and I just found out at the meeting tonight that I get to do a meet-'n'-greet social-type thing with two of the Major Scribes in the area. SQUEE! I will be calm and professional and not fangirl them, I promise. Her Excellency is awesome and wins at life. Alex is putting together everything that we will need for Gate. Everybody is pulling together to make this event happen, and it just makes me so proud to be part of Adiantum.

I also have a Scribal Slave Helper who wants to be my Deputy and stuff. She's never been to an event, but she and her husband (who has also never been to an event) are already sooo into the SCA it's not funny. They're coming to archery practice with us tomorrow. This fills me with glee. (The amusing thing is that the aforementioned Helper has already called herself "Elfie's Scribal Slave" in public. She is a darling, charming person, and she and her husband will both be suitably rewarded for being so much help before their very first SCA event. But don't tell them that, if you know who they are. It's a surprise.) I can always use another Deputy, though Alex is absolutely awesome when it comes to that. To be perfectly honest, I think that our Barony got two Baronial Scribes for the price of one. Alex is definitely my full partner in this.

I have to give a presentation on Monday. It is no big deal, just 30% of my grade. Gah. No big deal, no big deal, no big deal...honestly, I only have to talk for two minutes, and I know exactly what I'm going to talk about. I just have to go through and highlight some stuff and make some notes so I remember.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] buneater, [livejournal.com profile] gravityslave, [livejournal.com profile] brightshadowsky, [livejournal.com profile] arianadream and anybody else who likes to make icons, here's a little challenge:

I desire an icon. )

It is a silly icon idea, but it amuses me. If you can think of other variations that have the same idea and horrible wordplay, enjoy creating them.

And now I must sleep. The immense amounts of caffeine that I have consumed today in an effort to substitute caffeine for sleep are beginning to wear off.

*wanders off in zombie mode, growling* BRAAAAAIIIIINS! BRAAAAAIIIINS!

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