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2002-09-10 - 4:20 p.m.
Alan is so wonderful... I am such a lucky girl! Wanna know what he did this time? Of course you don't but I'm gonna tell you anyway...
First, he's taking Scarlett in to get her oil changed. With the hustle and crapfest of last week, I didn't notice she was close and this weekend put her 500 miles beyond needing her oil changed. Lucky for me she's not too fussy.
Second, last night he installed a hook in the ceiling of my sewing room so I could do spoon tossing/interlocking/making a viking whipcord in my sewing room, either with help or by myself. Yes, after he found the ceiling joist and put it in place, I played with string in my sewing room a couple of times. I can now do the interlocking with some bobbin lace bobbins (really too light, but works in a pinch) all on my own! No more waiting for someone else to free up time in thier schedules for me. It did take a bit of futzing with to get the mentality right, but I made four cords of varying consistency last night, one wool, one linen, one cotton thread and one cotton yarn. And he has plans this weekend to bang out some heavier facetted bobbins for me to make whipcording all proper like. Thank you Margie Hald!!! (Costume geek reference, if you don't get it, don't worry your pretty little head over it.)
Then, while I was playing with string, Alan emptied the dishwasher, put away the feast gear, glued a broken piece off the feast gear box back on and cleaned up the few hand wash items of our cutlery and the horn cup. Isn't he faboo?!
And then he convinced me to take a chance and try a new art, classes I am looking forward too, if I can just get signed up!
sigh, isn't he dreamy?
So, Coronation... I had written up a nice list of good and bad, and then my computer caused Netscape to crash and I didn't take the initiative to write it in a seperate program first.. damn computers...
- Bad- Left for Coronation after work and traffic, thus getting on the road really late and getting to the hotel at 1am
- Good- Alan packed the truck so I just had to pack my personal stuff and hand him things, and he even drove the first 4 hours so I could snooze in the passenger seat. The best was getting to the hotel and seeing many smiling friendly SCA faces!
- Bad- getting to the site and realizing that the animal accessories for the rapier hunt and the large blue and gold banners that I gave Alan to put in truck were still home on the couch...
- Good- thankfully the tabards for the hunt (which were most time consuming) did make it in the truck, so not all was lost.
- Bad- Parking being to hell and gone (it seemed) and the hoofing it involved. Lack of convenient potties.
- Good- An otherwise absolutely gorgeous site done up in full field pagentry and viewing gallery and all sorts of spiffiness.
- Bad- a slightly foul mood in the morning thus ruining most of my "hello"s since I didn't want to spread bad mood.
- Good- Finding a seat next to Violante before court got started and chatting with her cheering me up and seeing baby Jessica (Karmina?) and then finding a wider space to finger weave during court, and seeing all the cool awards during court! Yay for Gruffy and Drea's Dolphins, Anne's Courtesy award (duh!), Arielle and the Nonpareil, etc. and so forth... you get the gist. Big fat w00t to them all.
- Bad- hardly left the hall at all to go meander and see the fighting, and getting sucked into a little bit of judging
- Good- okay, so not leaving the hall wasn't so bad since it was air conditioned. And I got to chat with Bera, and Isobel and Brigit and Karen and Melisande and many other fine folks. I had the opportunity to finger weave a few more sample strings that I left for tokens later on the A&S tables. I got to take my time and peruse all the A&S tables of bounty. There was so much there to take in, all of it spectacular. I didn't have enough strings or time or energy to write comments for everything, or I would have. Lucia's necklace was lovely (Hey! Why don't you have any bead/jewelry references on your website?!? huh?), Maighread's weaving always takes my breath away, I loved seeing Bera's Card Weaving display and how far she has come since that first weaving that became shoelaces, Aenor's undies were amazing, Allianor's stained glass, Anna's Pelican scroll for Cu and I could even tell the difference to know it was a spoon tossed cord holding the seal on, Jake's new G45 for Kev, Brigit's County scroll for Isabel-gorgeous, Clare's stag pitcher, Sir Otto's folding stool-- this list is in no way complete or in any particular order. Poor Alan had to listen to me chat about all the artsy stuff most of the drive home that we were both awake. There was lots of Good in the arts department.
- Bad- parting with a whole big fat $10.
- Good- positive heraldic experiences. I submitted a badge with the help of Gorm, Pedro and most especially the lovely Lady Eilis. whoohoo! Also, one of Herveus's folks loaned me a flashlight when I was on my fool's errand after feast, and offered me food as well. Very nice of them indeed!
- Bad- when I did escape the hall to wander, I didn't find anyone I was looking for, and didn't get to see the rapier hunt at all.
- Good- I did run across some folks I wasn't specifically looking for and got to chat with very pleasant people and braid the lovely Susie's hair...
- Bad- Gathering Alan and scurrying off to the truck to dump off stuff and get him changed before court into his non-sweaty 14th cent stuff, tick tick tick...(insert tapping foot as Gen watches time tick by)
- Good- Making it to court surprisingly not late, and finding choice seats with happy company and a bit of heckling. Watching another good, if very looooong, court take place where more cool awards were given out. Seeing Alan taken as Her Majesty's Rapier Champion (yes, she asked my permission first) and have him take his place behind the thrones. Benches needed backs, thought about grabbing our deck chairs with backs, but figured the hike was long and we were already running late. sigh. Seeing Anna and Thomas essentially put on vigil for thier Laurels! Seeing Theo made a Court Baroness (join the ranks of the landless white trash...) and the gorgeous hat that Roland made! Rock on!
- Bad- hoofing it back to parking again to give the keys to Scarlett to Theo (I'm such a good kind friend, and they reward me with taunting me, where's the love?) so she can find oil to fill the begrudging Tahoe.
- Good- Making it back in time for feast, which was fabulous with lovely company. In addition to the Robert and Is, we got to sit with Keilyn, and Siobhan, and Caitlin and another Storvik glassworker, and a lovely Lady Maeve from Seareach. The food on the whole rocked, yummy brocoli salad, juicy pork, dee-lish filet mignon burgundy...
- Bad- scorched soup and a fool's errand!
- Good- getting back to the hotel and taking a nap until midnight and getting up and hanging out with folks til 1:30am and then more sleep of the dead... zzzzz...
- Bad- Long drive to decent food for a late brunch in Apex area.
- Good- Sleeping in til late, great breakfast at a Waffle House with our lovely waitress Freda with Bob and Laura. And then... and then... I remembered that there was a CookOut on US1 North of 440, so I pulled off after brunch for milkshakes! Ah, I miss cookout milkshakes! Real peanut butter and fudge swirled together, 50 types to choose from... CookOut peanut butter fudge milkshake just put the icing on the cake of the weekend! (to use way too many sweets in one sentance...) Getting home by 5pm for a non-car nap and movies with my sweetie and chinese food.
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