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. arianadream
competed for Overall Best Bard, and not only did she win that, she also won Baronial Bardic Champion! Go, 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 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
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.