danagryphon: (Kids)
Both my boys' birthdays were this past weekend. My oldest, The Boog, turned 20 on Sunday. My younger, The Eepster, turned 15 on Monday. I posted embarrassing pictures of them as newborns on FB. At least I didn't use the full frontal one of the younger boy, so I did show some restraint, lol. But it was also weird to see me 15 and 20 years ago with long, curly dark hair and being so much heavier. One thing I will say, I did love post-pregnancy hair. Thick and curly and not at all frizzy even though it was the height of summer humidity. But my boys were *the* most photogenic babies. Boog especially, had these big fat baby cheeks and cherubic face.

Anyway, Saturday was the celebration day; E's friend who has been in the hospital came with us to go see a movie (Maleficent), lunch at Red Robin, and then present shopping at Best Buy. E was desperately in need of a new computer; his old one was running XP, and we are getting to the point where stuff he wants/needs for school or fun won't run well or at all on it anymore. I was looking into Chromebooks, since most of what he does is online, but turns out that his Kindle Fire would be more useful as a computer! Chrombooks can't download anything, can't do anything if they aren't connected to the internet. P.O.S! So I splurged and got him an inexpensive (ha!) HP laptop. My Dad and Sis are going to chip in to help pay for it as their presents to him as well, so that helps a lot. The Boog, who has a MacBook Pro, got a gift card to Amazon.

Speaking of family (and I use the term loosely, ahem), my darling spouse's parents seem to have decided that their religious-based bigotry that they are showing toward their transgender child also extends to my children (who they, up until this point, have been *so proud* to call their grandchildren). We have not heard one peep out of them to even call the boys to wish them happy birthday. Yeah. I am SO done with them. At least my boys are old enough to realize that it isn't them or anything they did; they understand that grandma and grandpa are just assclowns about some things.

E got another bday present of another sort, though; he got his braces off! On his birthday! The orthodontist's office is pretty cool; they give the kids a goody bag of "forbidden foods" that they can't eat while they have the braces on, and because it was E's bday, they gave him an extra goody of a gift card for ice cream. He is free until Thursday, when he has to go back in to get his retainers. But he only needs to wear them while he's not in school, so he's happy about that. And he got clear ones, so even when they are in, they will barely be noticeable.

The other (fur)kids had their annual physicals yesterday, too. Both of them have lost about 3 lbs in the last year, so the whole cutting back on their food that they have been MEGA unhappy about has really helped. Both are now about at their ideal weights, so we need to keep and eye on things and may need to actually adjust their food *upward* to make sure they don't keep losing. The vet did blood work on both of them (they are 7 and 11 now, so the older one is a "senior" and the younger is getting close), and once that comes back, we are going to talk about options to try to get the older one to stop chewing her fur off. It is most likely neurotic behavior, but we want to rule out allergy or illness of any sort (fleas have already been ruled out, not that I thought it was). The vet is new to the practice, and is big on protecting against kidney and liver issues in cats as they grow older, thus the blood work. Made for an expensive visit, but worth keeping the little ones healthy. We may have to resort to some sort of anti-anxiety med for the older one, but the vet is very conservative when it comes to drugs, so we'll see what he has to say.

Coronation

Oct. 8th, 2013 10:04 am
danagryphon: (Arms)
So Coronation was this past weekend. It was AWESOME.

First, one of the best pairs of monarchs we've ever had are back on the throne, so the next six months are going to ROCK.

But that's not all. Even more amazing, they decided to do this:
Lots of pics behind the cut... )
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
I'm all over the place right now with various projects. My stride on my latest PotA story got totally broken while I was trying valiantly (but failing) to finish a story for the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang. Then I had to finish a story for [livejournal.com profile] spn_bigpretzel, which I *did* finish, even if it was a little late, and I'm pretty happy with it. Now I'm back on PotA: Human Nature, but the chapter is going slowly. It's a dungeon crawl through a deserted Air Force base (Kirtland AFB in New Mexico, for those following along). It's been helpful that I found a government doc all about how Kirtland was converted to a nuclear stockpile storage facility in the 80's, complete with lots of pictures of the externally visible portions of the base as well as some shots of the internal facilities. Lots of the pics have been redacted for security reasons (oh MYYY!!), but it's been really helpful to visualize what the place looks like, even if most of the time my characters are just walking down endless corridors for now.

I decided NOT to split the party from the get-go (much as it was tempting to), although there will be some splittage by the end of the chapter when Bad Things Happen. I'm hoping to have the chapter posted by tonight or tomorrow at the latest, depending on how much editing I decide it needs.

I've finished the opening scene of my PotA story I've decided on for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang. OMG it's a serious tease, and I'll post a snippet in a couple of weeks when the comm starts doing "Snippet Saturdays". The story itself is going to be heart-wrenching (OF COURSE!), but in a different way than I think has been done with these characters before. It's a "going home" fic, but with a couple of angsty twists. [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 once said that if anyone could figure out a way to get the guys home, it would be me (and not just because I'm the only one writing in this fandom at the moment). Oh, if she only knew... bwahahahahahahahaha.

I've created a comm called [livejournal.com profile] twd_reversebang, because I've decided that The Walking Dead NEEDS a reverse bang. I've never run a challenge comm before, so I'm looking for co-mods/mentors/useful help of any sort. I'm looking at you, my fellow Daryl-crazy flisties! No idea of a time frame yet, as I'm sure there will need to be beaucoup pimping to generate enough interest before there is actually a call for people to start making art. But I LOVE reverse bangs ever so much more than big bangs, and as far as I've been able to find, there are no TWD specific ones. And since it's now big enough to be disqualified from all the "small fandom" stuff, it's time to branch out on its own.

Other big area of activity (as always) is SCA stuff. I'm bringing along two newbies (well, one VERY newbie; Coronation will be her first event, and one relative newbie who is kind of at loose ends since breaking up with the GF who got him into the SCA). The relative newbie interested in archery, so this weekend I'm going to help him purchase his own bow and eventually make arrows for it. He also wants to be a marshal. I'm thinking he might be good yeoman material, since my current yeoman has kinda gotten swallowed by fatherhood (which is understandable!) and theater. But nothing says I can't have multiple yeo's, especially since my personal shooting has been greatly curtailed by shoulder problems. So Saturday is making Viking garb with one newbie in the morning, then bow shopping with the other one in the afternoon. Sunday, the Shire is having a demo at a street craft fair in Worcester, so again, my weekend is rather booked up.

Speaking of Coronation, got an IM from the Princess the other night to verify that the boy would be coming with me to Coronation. And that I should make sure that he has a nice tunic to wear for court.... :D (Which of course, means more sewing. And that I should probably also have a nice new outfit...)

Oh, and I got a loom. Someone brought it to the business meeting to give away (although I am making a small donation to the Shire for it). Weaving my own trim is something I've always wanted to do, but I know nothing about it at the moment. This loom is actually big enough to do stuff about 15 inches wide, so I can do bigger things too if I want. Luckily, I have a neighbor (as well as an apprentice sister) who are pretty much experts in the field who have both offered to teach me. Because I need a new hobby.... NOT!

Add to all that trying to keep both boys current in their classes (Elder Boy is taking two online classed through a local community college, Spare Boy has just started High School), and I'm pretty well a one-armed paper hanger at the moment. Luckily, my car can wait to go into the shop for a more opportune time, since after a quick fix so I can open the driver's side door, it is totally driveable. Which reminds me, I need to call the insurance company to find out why I haven't gotten a written estimate yet....
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
So in case you aren't the type who follows the latest viral internet trend, there has been this thing about an open letter that some overbearing Jeebus-loving mother wrote to teenage girls who post selfies in provocative poses and (gasp! pearl-clutch!) braless. It was quite the misogynistic piece of slut-shaming about how she will NOT let these teenage girls tempt the purity of her teenage sons through social media and therefore, she will BLOCK them to protect the virginal eyes of her precious cupcakes.

Scattered throughout the post are pictures of her shirtless, muscle-flex-posing teenage sons.

The irony is lost on her.

Like Mrs. Hall, I'm also raising teenage boys. That's where ANY similarity between me and Mrs. Hall ends.

See, unlike her, I teach my sons that their sexuality is THEIR responsibility. That their actions and their thoughts are THEIR responsibility, and that the excuse "but the girl made me think dirty thoughts about her" is NEVER going to fly. I teach my boys that there is nothing wrong with looking at the human body in whatever form they like (although they should be careful about doing so online, because, y'know, viruses and malware) and that there is nothing wrong with being sexually active (although they should be careful about doing so, because, y'know, viruses and babies). In other words, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look at the nekkid or wanting to stick your peen somewhere that feels good, as long as you are RESPONSIBLE about it. As long as you treat your partner, whoever that may be, with respect. As long as your treat YOURSELF with respect.

Respect and responsibility, Mrs. Hall. Much better lessons, in my opinion, than shame and self-righteousness.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
I finished last night watching the first season of American Horror Story off of Amazon Prime. (Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE having a Roku so I can stream free videos on my TV??)

Wow. Just wow. Hard to believe that is by the same guys who created Glee. I love the dark and twisted psychological horror of it. I've also been watching the new season Asylum on Demand (because I already record two shows at the same time on Wednesday), and it's even more intense. Just a great bit of storytelling all around.

Next up on the Roku is S2 of BBC's Sherlock. Her Laurelness showed me the first couple of eps of S1 when she had bought them on Amazon (before they came up for free with Prime), and I had heard friends raving about it for ages. It is a series that I have to watch with close attention, though, so I even went and rewatched those couple of eps when I finished up S1. May even watch it again before I start S2; it's that kind of show where you see more each time you watch it. My holiday hiatus is going to be well spent and well entertained, instead of pining for shows that won't start again until mid-Jan or early Feb.

I've been rewatching some Quantum Leap episodes to help me get into a fic I'm writing, so stay tuned for that to be posted eventually. I'm also hoping to still get a couple of treats written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, and then after that due date passes, start in earnest on my [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang story.

Writing productivity has dropped off again mostly due to exhaustion. Which is probably due to anemia. Which is because I don't take my iron and other vitamins regularly. Which is because they make me nauseous. I take them at night right before I go to bed (on the theory that I'll sleep through feeling bleh) , but still wake up in the morning feeling queasy. I suppose the secret may be to take them at dinner time or something, so that I have some food in there to buffer. The other exhaustion factor may be that I need to change my pillows or pillow arrangement. I wake times these days with a sore neck, so I something is going on with how I sleep. Or may be part of the general "all my joints hurt all the time" thing I've got going. Sucks growing old, but it's better than the alternative, as they say.

The younger boy had his choral winter concert last night, and did a good job singing. Maybe we'll have some time over the holidays to sing Glee Karaoke on the Wii together.

This weekend suddenly got VERY busy. Two party invites for Saturday (one afternoon, one evening, so I can do both) plus the Shire Yule celebration on Sunday, for which I am making both a whole turkey as well as turkey croquettes. But the boy's new garb is now done except for putting buttons on it, so he may actually have it for Sunday. Which is good because it's got a BIG Yule color scheme going.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Really, is it only Monday?


Cut for length, because I care ;) )


What, me busy?
danagryphon: (Default)
So this is E's new garb that I spent lots of last week working on. He needed something new because all his old tunics didn't fit anymore, and some of my old tunics are still a little too big for him. And I wanted him to have a really nice, spiffy outfit for Coronation. For those of you who aren't SCA garbgeeks, it's a cotehardie, which is a tight-fitting tunic with fitted sleeves, and buttons everywhere (there are 34 on this one). It was very common in Western Europe (began in France, I believe) in the 13th and 14th century. They are usually shorter (barely covering the hips), but there are pictures of them being knee length with a bit more flare in the "skirt", which was better for a teenage boy. They usually were worn with a hood (chaperone), and you can't see, but his hood has about a 3-foot liripipe in the back (a long, narrow dangly bit), and tippets at the elbows (the long red dangly bits on the sleeves, which you also can't see very well here). Anyway, despite the complaints about the tippets and the liripipe and the need to wear tights with it, he said it was quite comfortable to wear all day. I still need to put buttons to close the hood (I ran out of time), but it was wearable just being pinned for the day. Now he wants another one in green with a gray hood, but without the tippets and liripipe. I'll probably do that in a lighter linen (the yellow is a fairly heavy jacquard) so he can wear it in the summer, too. This one didn't even come out of the 30 yard linen stash I acquired this spring, but from a piece of about 10 yard jacquard I bought off a friend when *she* was de-stashing.

Heck, who knows, I might even make one or two for myself, just for something different from my usual Russian garb.

Pics below the cut )
danagryphon: (Default)
So this is E's new garb that I spent lots of last week working on. He needed something new because all his old tunics didn't fit anymore, and some of my old tunics are still a little too big for him. And I wanted him to have a really nice, spiffy outfit for Coronation. For those of you who aren't SCA garbgeeks, it's a cotehardie, which is a tight-fitting tunic with fitted sleeves, and buttons everywhere (there are 34 on this one). It was very common in Western Europe (began in France, I believe) in the 13th and 14th century. They are usually shorter (barely covering the hips), but there are pictures of them being knee length with a bit more flare in the "skirt", which was better for a teenage boy. They usually were worn with a hood (chaperone), and you can't see, but his hood has about a 3-foot liripipe in the back (a long, narrow dangly bit), and tippets at the elbows (the long red dangly bits on the sleeves, which you also can't see very well here). Anyway, despite the complaints about the tippets and the liripipe and the need to wear tights with it, he said it was quite comfortable to wear all day. I still need to put buttons to close the hood (I ran out of time), but it was wearable just being pinned for the day. Now he wants another one in green with a gray hood, but without the tippets and liripipe. I'll probably do that in a lighter linen (the yellow is a fairly heavy jacquard) so he can wear it in the summer, too. This one didn't even come out of the 30 yard linen stash I acquired this spring, but from a piece of about 10 yard jacquard I bought off a friend when *she* was de-stashing.

Heck, who knows, I might even make one or two for myself, just for something different from my usual Russian garb.

Pics below the cut )
danagryphon: (House OMG)
So I have (mostly) survived the first of my two hell weeks. There has been a LOT of coffee involved.

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Accomplished last week:
finished and mailed leatherwork commission of quiver and bracer
constructed 4 costume tunics for E's play (in 3 hours!!)
did a scroll for Saturday's event
cleaned the house for the arrival of MIL Thursday evening
attended Boog's HS graduation
shot in the K&Q Archery Champs (in the pouring rain, with MIL in attendance)
took MIL shopping to get graduation gift for Boog and bday presents for both boys (and also picked up a pop-up for the Shire to donate to the Pennsic archery range, since they were on sale at Dicks)

Pics or it didn't happen! )

This week:
E's final dress rehearsals for his play tonight and tomorrow night
make or buy baked goods for concessions for them to sell at the play
Jr. National Honor Society induction for E on Wednesday night
E's play shows on Thurs, Fri, and Saturday
Boog's 18th bday on Friday
E's 13th bday on Saturday
E's cast party on Saturday after the play (for which he is taking a large bday cake as his food contribution)

Sunday: I fall down go boom pass out.

Except, my Laurel is coming over on Sunday to collaborate on a scroll. LMAO. Luckily, I have next Monday off to take Boog for his college orientation in the morning.

July is going to be such a relief when it arrives...
danagryphon: (House OMG)
So I have (mostly) survived the first of my two hell weeks. There has been a LOT of coffee involved.

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Accomplished last week:
finished and mailed leatherwork commission of quiver and bracer
constructed 4 costume tunics for E's play (in 3 hours!!)
did a scroll for Saturday's event
cleaned the house for the arrival of MIL Thursday evening
attended Boog's HS graduation
shot in the K&Q Archery Champs (in the pouring rain, with MIL in attendance)
took MIL shopping to get graduation gift for Boog and bday presents for both boys (and also picked up a pop-up for the Shire to donate to the Pennsic archery range, since they were on sale at Dicks)

Pics or it didn't happen! )

This week:
E's final dress rehearsals for his play tonight and tomorrow night
make or buy baked goods for concessions for them to sell at the play
Jr. National Honor Society induction for E on Wednesday night
E's play shows on Thurs, Fri, and Saturday
Boog's 18th bday on Friday
E's 13th bday on Saturday
E's cast party on Saturday after the play (for which he is taking a large bday cake as his food contribution)

Sunday: I fall down go boom pass out.

Except, my Laurel is coming over on Sunday to collaborate on a scroll. LMAO. Luckily, I have next Monday off to take Boog for his college orientation in the morning.

July is going to be such a relief when it arrives...
danagryphon: (Greenman)
Actually, it was a near perfect *weekend*.

Friday night was a little crazy. E had a semi-formal dance at school (his first). I bought him a new shirt (black) and a bow tie (black and gray) at Marshalls that day. He called me when he got home from school and asked if I could give him a haircut that night before the dance. I wasn't sure how the timing was going to work, since I was also going to be getting a scroll that I needed to do the calligraphy on for the next day sometime that evening. But, my scroll deliverer accidently fell asleep, so she ended up arriving about two hours later than planned, which was actually a Good Thing.

So it turns out I did have time to give the boy a haircut, shove a hot dog down his throat, and wisk him off to the dance in time (he actually had to be early, since he was helping run it). The scroll arrived around 8 pm, as did dinner (pizza delivery). I still hadn't practiced the faux-arabic hand that was requested for the scroll, so I did that while watching Supernatural with my neighbor. After all was said and done, and decided at 10:30, I was too fried to actually start inking the scroll, so I got up at 5:30 the next morning to do it.

The scroll turned out well, I'm pretty happy with it, and have some ideas for how to do an even better faux-arabic hand, so I think I can add that to my repertoire of calligraphy hands. I'd also really love to learn to calligraph a cyrillic script, since that's my persona. Anyway, scrolls got delivered and handed out and everything was wonderful.

The event (Carolingia Investiture) on Saturday was great fun. I shot a little, I shmoozed a lot, including with my girl Claire, who I almost never see because she's dead busy, but who was one of my BFFs in college. I hung with the royals while on guard duty, and am trying to decide how much volunteering I want to commit to for the next reign, because the new Princess is such an awesome friend. I have a specific position in mind, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for it, so I think I might discuss it with her and see how she feels. Also got to sit and talk to [livejournal.com profile] albreda for a nice long while, and which was lovely. I brought along the little man to the event, and he had a good time playing with the other kids, and did a little shooting as well. I bought him an early bday present when he found a book on chain mail jewelry making that he wanted. I'm so happy he's finding things in the SCA to interest him and become more involved. I don't know if he ever got around to asking about being on the Princess Royale's guard, but if not, I'll help him do that the next event he gets to, or maybe mention it to the Queen next week at BBM's Investiture. I didn't think to bring his fencing stuff with us, which is a shame, but he really needs to start going to practices and get qual'ed.

So Mother's Day. Started with me getting coffee and breakfast made by my three guys. Then I sat around and relaxed, did absolutely nothing useful, and even took a nap later in the morning. After lunch, we went off to the mall to get haircuts for me and M (FINALLY. OMG, if I had to push my hair out of my eyes one more time, I think I was going to just shave it all off), as well as swinging into Sears to get me a new sewing machine (just a basic no frills model), since making hubby's clown stuff killed the last one (which, in his defense, was 25 years old, since it was an engagement present from Himself back in '88). Then we all went out to dinner. And home to watch the season finale of Once Upon a Time (which is another entirely different OMGZ!). As I said, a near perfect Mother's Day, other than some mild bickering between the younguns.

Now this week, it's nose back to the grindstone with various projects. Including new garb for the little man, who now only has one tunic that fits him.
danagryphon: (Greenman)
Actually, it was a near perfect *weekend*.

Friday night was a little crazy. E had a semi-formal dance at school (his first). I bought him a new shirt (black) and a bow tie (black and gray) at Marshalls that day. He called me when he got home from school and asked if I could give him a haircut that night before the dance. I wasn't sure how the timing was going to work, since I was also going to be getting a scroll that I needed to do the calligraphy on for the next day sometime that evening. But, my scroll deliverer accidently fell asleep, so she ended up arriving about two hours later than planned, which was actually a Good Thing.

So it turns out I did have time to give the boy a haircut, shove a hot dog down his throat, and wisk him off to the dance in time (he actually had to be early, since he was helping run it). The scroll arrived around 8 pm, as did dinner (pizza delivery). I still hadn't practiced the faux-arabic hand that was requested for the scroll, so I did that while watching Supernatural with my neighbor. After all was said and done, and decided at 10:30, I was too fried to actually start inking the scroll, so I got up at 5:30 the next morning to do it.

The scroll turned out well, I'm pretty happy with it, and have some ideas for how to do an even better faux-arabic hand, so I think I can add that to my repertoire of calligraphy hands. I'd also really love to learn to calligraph a cyrillic script, since that's my persona. Anyway, scrolls got delivered and handed out and everything was wonderful.

The event (Carolingia Investiture) on Saturday was great fun. I shot a little, I shmoozed a lot, including with my girl Claire, who I almost never see because she's dead busy, but who was one of my BFFs in college. I hung with the royals while on guard duty, and am trying to decide how much volunteering I want to commit to for the next reign, because the new Princess is such an awesome friend. I have a specific position in mind, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for it, so I think I might discuss it with her and see how she feels. Also got to sit and talk to [livejournal.com profile] albreda for a nice long while, and which was lovely. I brought along the little man to the event, and he had a good time playing with the other kids, and did a little shooting as well. I bought him an early bday present when he found a book on chain mail jewelry making that he wanted. I'm so happy he's finding things in the SCA to interest him and become more involved. I don't know if he ever got around to asking about being on the Princess Royale's guard, but if not, I'll help him do that the next event he gets to, or maybe mention it to the Queen next week at BBM's Investiture. I didn't think to bring his fencing stuff with us, which is a shame, but he really needs to start going to practices and get qual'ed.

So Mother's Day. Started with me getting coffee and breakfast made by my three guys. Then I sat around and relaxed, did absolutely nothing useful, and even took a nap later in the morning. After lunch, we went off to the mall to get haircuts for me and M (FINALLY. OMG, if I had to push my hair out of my eyes one more time, I think I was going to just shave it all off), as well as swinging into Sears to get me a new sewing machine (just a basic no frills model), since making hubby's clown stuff killed the last one (which, in his defense, was 25 years old, since it was an engagement present from Himself back in '88). Then we all went out to dinner. And home to watch the season finale of Once Upon a Time (which is another entirely different OMGZ!). As I said, a near perfect Mother's Day, other than some mild bickering between the younguns.

Now this week, it's nose back to the grindstone with various projects. Including new garb for the little man, who now only has one tunic that fits him.
danagryphon: (Kids)
E's school had their "First Annual" Talent Show on Friday night. E, of course, signed up to be in it, and wanted to sing was basically amounts to a Doctor Who filk by a group called Chameleon Circuit, called Blink.

Anyway, so his turn on the stage comes up, and they have trouble queuing up his music. So instead of freaking out, my boys just gets his snark on. "Seriously Tech Crew? Seriously?" he quips. Then they finally get the music started, and as he starts singing the first couple of lines, the music is getting faster and faster. When they cut it off to try to fix that, he comes out with "I am NOT a chipmunk!". I was so proud of him for keeping his cool, not freaking out, and managing to get the entire room laughing with him instead of at him.

I complimented him later on his poise, and had several other parents comment to me about how well he handled the difficulties.

Oh, and when they finally got the music right, he NAILED the song.
danagryphon: (Kids)
E's school had their "First Annual" Talent Show on Friday night. E, of course, signed up to be in it, and wanted to sing was basically amounts to a Doctor Who filk by a group called Chameleon Circuit, called Blink.

Anyway, so his turn on the stage comes up, and they have trouble queuing up his music. So instead of freaking out, my boys just gets his snark on. "Seriously Tech Crew? Seriously?" he quips. Then they finally get the music started, and as he starts singing the first couple of lines, the music is getting faster and faster. When they cut it off to try to fix that, he comes out with "I am NOT a chipmunk!". I was so proud of him for keeping his cool, not freaking out, and managing to get the entire room laughing with him instead of at him.

I complimented him later on his poise, and had several other parents comment to me about how well he handled the difficulties.

Oh, and when they finally got the music right, he NAILED the song.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Dang, K&Q Archery Champs are the same weekend at the Boog's high school graduation. The actual graduation ceremony is on Friday, and he's scheduled to be with his father the rest of the weekend. So whether I can sneak down to RI on Saturday for the competition depends on what is going on in the way of relatives visiting and parties happening or not.

Not that I'm necessarily planning on competing, which depends heavily on how the shoulders do once I start shooting again in a month or so, and whether I can get good enough with the crossbow to not embarrass myself. But seeing as it's so close, and I would be very happy to serve the royals who will be at the time, it would be nice to go and at least be in the running. Or to support the Yeo should he decide to go and compete (which hopefully he will!).

But the Boog definitely comes first.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Dang, K&Q Archery Champs are the same weekend at the Boog's high school graduation. The actual graduation ceremony is on Friday, and he's scheduled to be with his father the rest of the weekend. So whether I can sneak down to RI on Saturday for the competition depends on what is going on in the way of relatives visiting and parties happening or not.

Not that I'm necessarily planning on competing, which depends heavily on how the shoulders do once I start shooting again in a month or so, and whether I can get good enough with the crossbow to not embarrass myself. But seeing as it's so close, and I would be very happy to serve the royals who will be at the time, it would be nice to go and at least be in the running. Or to support the Yeo should he decide to go and compete (which hopefully he will!).

But the Boog definitely comes first.
danagryphon: (Kids)
Many pink and red things are sweet to give others on Valentine's Day.

Pink eye is not one of them. Please keep it to yourself.

(The elder child seems to have come down with pink eye. I'll be spending my day tomorrow taking him to the doctor.)
danagryphon: (Kids)
Many pink and red things are sweet to give others on Valentine's Day.

Pink eye is not one of them. Please keep it to yourself.

(The elder child seems to have come down with pink eye. I'll be spending my day tomorrow taking him to the doctor.)

Ramblings

Jan. 20th, 2012 12:38 pm
danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
Well, the humongous scrolls got handed off last night to the person who is going to transport them to the event for tomorrow. When I finished the calligraphy on the second one earlier this week, I had a numb spot on my right index finger (well, okay, truth be told, at the time, the entire hand was numb) that hasn't gone away yet, lol. But doing a Mistress Alys omgwtfbbq wordy (but very period) scroll (or two) seems to be a rite of passage for EK scribes, so I feel like I'm in good company. I'll post pics later this weekend. Not that the awards are surprises at all to the recipients, but it's still good form not to post public pics until after the scrolls have been handed out in court. imo. The only other thing I'll say is that I'm glad I started these puppies with an almost new bottle of ink, because it was significantly depleted when they were done.

Next, on to my Birka projects. An apprenticing gift, and possibly finishing up some new garb. Of course, every Birka I say I'm going to have new garb, and it never happens. Oh well. Also, one of these days I'll remember to actually pre-reg for Birka. I actually managed to prereg for both Rapier Champs (well, d'uh) and A&S Champs. Woohoo! Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to enter into A&S Champs....

The Hubby is off on his guys' weekend, at Clown School down on the Cape with a bunch of his Shrine buddies. He took his humidor with him, so I know at least part of what the weekend will involve. But hey, I'll be doing pretty much the same thing (minus the humidor) next weekend with my SCA buddies, so I'm not begrudging him his fun.

I've pretty much finalized the menu for K&Q Rapier Champs dayboard, now I just need to go do the shopping and start as much prep as far ahead as possible. I think it's going to be a fairly well rounded menu as far as meats vs. veggie, with enough variety that non-gluten, non-dairy, no-pork folks (as long as they are not all of the above!) can all have plenty to eat. Similar in format to the Duello dayboard (mostly finger foods, a couple of hot soups), but with new recipes for the most part just to keep it fresh. And I've got a couple of interesting treats planned for the royals. [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox is also helping with royal treats, and of course, is providing all the bread (for which I'm eternally grateful), and another lady is providing a subtlety dessert as well. I'm still going to make a light dessert, probably just fresh fruit and cookies, just in case. Maybe I'll try to also come up with a gluten-free dessert option (other than the fruit).

My other projects in my mundane (HA!) life, the writing stuff, continues. I've hit a bit of a stumble in the PotA story, trying to pull everything together into some sort of conclusion, whether or not it actually has any sort of resolution remains to be seen. This is the hard work, dealing with the consequences of all the fun times I've been having whumping and angsting the characters. Gotta pay the piper if you want to play. Once the draft of this is done for the end of the month, I'll start working on the [livejournal.com profile] spn_illuminated story I signed up for. Been doing some research for it, and have to watch a couple more old eps so I can get the characters voices going in my head better (these are three "minor" characters). Ellen I'm actually pretty good on, I think. Jo needs a little work, but Gordon I really need to watch the couple of eps he was in, or he'll end up sounding like Rufus instead, lol. But hey, I think if I show up at Birka with a season or two of SPN in tow, I don't think I'll get too many objections from most of my roomies.

Also still have another House story and a couple of Glee stories percolating, too, but I need to find time to do them. Plus I've gotten requests for sequels (both slashy and gen) for my PotA novel. And I'm sure once Walking Dead and Terra Nova start up again, I'll start getting plot zombies (because "plot bunnies" is way too light and fluffy a term for the story ideas I get) ricocheting around inside my noggin. I definitely need to write faster....

Have a busy kid weekend coming up, with game nights at both school and scouts (the scout one is a sleepover Sat night, the school one isn't, thankfully). And I'm sure there will be homework to deal with in there too. The Boog has midterms/1st term finals next week, so no homework for him, just lots of studying. But the Eepster has a science fair project he needs to start the actual experiments for now. Joy.

Ramblings

Jan. 20th, 2012 12:38 pm
danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
Well, the humongous scrolls got handed off last night to the person who is going to transport them to the event for tomorrow. When I finished the calligraphy on the second one earlier this week, I had a numb spot on my right index finger (well, okay, truth be told, at the time, the entire hand was numb) that hasn't gone away yet, lol. But doing a Mistress Alys omgwtfbbq wordy (but very period) scroll (or two) seems to be a rite of passage for EK scribes, so I feel like I'm in good company. I'll post pics later this weekend. Not that the awards are surprises at all to the recipients, but it's still good form not to post public pics until after the scrolls have been handed out in court. imo. The only other thing I'll say is that I'm glad I started these puppies with an almost new bottle of ink, because it was significantly depleted when they were done.

Next, on to my Birka projects. An apprenticing gift, and possibly finishing up some new garb. Of course, every Birka I say I'm going to have new garb, and it never happens. Oh well. Also, one of these days I'll remember to actually pre-reg for Birka. I actually managed to prereg for both Rapier Champs (well, d'uh) and A&S Champs. Woohoo! Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to enter into A&S Champs....

The Hubby is off on his guys' weekend, at Clown School down on the Cape with a bunch of his Shrine buddies. He took his humidor with him, so I know at least part of what the weekend will involve. But hey, I'll be doing pretty much the same thing (minus the humidor) next weekend with my SCA buddies, so I'm not begrudging him his fun.

I've pretty much finalized the menu for K&Q Rapier Champs dayboard, now I just need to go do the shopping and start as much prep as far ahead as possible. I think it's going to be a fairly well rounded menu as far as meats vs. veggie, with enough variety that non-gluten, non-dairy, no-pork folks (as long as they are not all of the above!) can all have plenty to eat. Similar in format to the Duello dayboard (mostly finger foods, a couple of hot soups), but with new recipes for the most part just to keep it fresh. And I've got a couple of interesting treats planned for the royals. [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox is also helping with royal treats, and of course, is providing all the bread (for which I'm eternally grateful), and another lady is providing a subtlety dessert as well. I'm still going to make a light dessert, probably just fresh fruit and cookies, just in case. Maybe I'll try to also come up with a gluten-free dessert option (other than the fruit).

My other projects in my mundane (HA!) life, the writing stuff, continues. I've hit a bit of a stumble in the PotA story, trying to pull everything together into some sort of conclusion, whether or not it actually has any sort of resolution remains to be seen. This is the hard work, dealing with the consequences of all the fun times I've been having whumping and angsting the characters. Gotta pay the piper if you want to play. Once the draft of this is done for the end of the month, I'll start working on the [livejournal.com profile] spn_illuminated story I signed up for. Been doing some research for it, and have to watch a couple more old eps so I can get the characters voices going in my head better (these are three "minor" characters). Ellen I'm actually pretty good on, I think. Jo needs a little work, but Gordon I really need to watch the couple of eps he was in, or he'll end up sounding like Rufus instead, lol. But hey, I think if I show up at Birka with a season or two of SPN in tow, I don't think I'll get too many objections from most of my roomies.

Also still have another House story and a couple of Glee stories percolating, too, but I need to find time to do them. Plus I've gotten requests for sequels (both slashy and gen) for my PotA novel. And I'm sure once Walking Dead and Terra Nova start up again, I'll start getting plot zombies (because "plot bunnies" is way too light and fluffy a term for the story ideas I get) ricocheting around inside my noggin. I definitely need to write faster....

Have a busy kid weekend coming up, with game nights at both school and scouts (the scout one is a sleepover Sat night, the school one isn't, thankfully). And I'm sure there will be homework to deal with in there too. The Boog has midterms/1st term finals next week, so no homework for him, just lots of studying. But the Eepster has a science fair project he needs to start the actual experiments for now. Joy.

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