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: (Autumn)
So, there was this Turkey Day thingy. As they already mentioned, [livejournal.com profile] calygrey (and Spare) and [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 came and partook. Along with my neighbor/friend and her daughter. And my boys were both there for dinner (and hubby, of course). After dinner, Himself came and picked up the boys, and that left the adults to sit around and play Apples to Apples and drink. Good times!

The dinner itself went off well. Brining the turkey (my first time doing it) was a definite win (as was shoving a bunch of butter up under the skin over the breast), so I'll be doing that again. I still have a good amount of leftover turkey from the 21 pound bird I cooked, but that just means more croquettes for Shire Yule in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, it'll get ground up and frozen (it thaws more easily ground up beforehand) until it is needed. The rest of the leftovers are mostly gone, though, so that's also a win. I'll have to do more mashed potatoes closer to the event anyway to make potato candy. I think the left over sweet potatoes are going to get pureed and frozen for later usage. That should all get done tonight, since I don't like to leave anything more than a week. And I still need to get a second turkey to cook for plain turkey for the Shire Yule ([livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 is making a ham, so meats are taken care of).

M and I are going away this weekend down to the Cape for a Shrine (as opposed to Shire) event—their Holiday party and awards banquet. This is the first time I'm going with M to this particular event, as part of my "try to be more involved with hubby's interests". And besides, there's an indoor pool and a hot tub at the hotel. And booze. There's a reason that the party lasts the whole weekend! Anyway, in preparation for that, I need to alter a green taffeta dress that I last wore before my GB surgery, so it needs to be taken in quite a bit. But considering that it had to be *let out* when I bought it as a bridesmaid's dress ages ago, it's not really a big deal. And I'm going to shorten it from a floor length gown to a knee-length party dress, and use the extra material I cut off the bottom to make a wrap for my shoulders, since it's also sleeveless. I think it'll be perfect for a semi-fancy holiday party (M is wearing a suit, but not a tux).

College Boy got back to college just fine on Sunday (Himself took him), then overslept and missed his only class on Monday. Sigh. Younger Child continues to court death between the homework procrastination and the "omg-I-need-a-last-minute-costume-item-for-the-play" (keeping in mind, I've been asking him for WEEKS if he has all the pieces he needs for his costume). Since I won't be around this weekend for any of the performances, I'm going to attend the last dress rehearsal tomorrow night so I can at least see the whole show and his performance. I'm also ordering the DVD that they plan to make of one of the performances.

Got good progress made on some projects at the Better Than Black Friday Craft Project Day. Got Hubby's hobo/clown costume done, started a new piece of garb for E, got some leatherwork done. Looks like E will get new garb for the Yule events, and I will wear my Big Russian Holiday Ornament Coat yet again. But that's ok. It's shiny. No, literally. Shiny. About 20 yards of gold braid trim. And gemstones. And pearls. And it's not done yet. Maybe I'll get more added to it before BBM Yule, but it's definitely at the bottom of the (very long) list of projects.

On the writing front, look for a new story to go up by the end of the week. I'm finishing my slashy PotA story (totally soppy self-indulgent angst-fest that it is). It's cathartic for me, and I don't know if anyone in the world will be interested in reading it. But it'll be done. Many, many deadlines for other fanfics and some fanart (yes, I'm taking that plunge) are coming up, so busy Gryph will be busy. Like that's any change.
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Thanksgiving prep goes well. M and I did most of the shopping for dinner on Saturday. I got a 21 pound turkey, so we will have lots of bird, and hopefully lots of leftovers for turkey croquettes for Shire Yule. Because M doesn't eat turkey, he decided this year he just wants a burger for his protein. I offered cornish hen, chicken, ham, pork chops (the other white meat), even pheasant. But no. He wants a burger. Allrightythen.

But I am going to make him a special dessert, besides the pumpkin cheesecake I usually make. I have a recipe for a golden carrot cake, made with honey and wheat flour and a ton of butter, that gets baked in a bundt pan, so it comes out more like a coffee ring. No frosting, but it really doesn't need it. I haven't made it in years, but M loves carrot cake, so I'm hoping he will like this. OMG is it good. I used to make it for Himself, who hates all things vegetable, and even he liked it.

Other than that, it will be all the usual suspects. Turkey, stuffing (in bird but also pan), mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, baked corn, green bean casserole, red beets, cranberry relish (yes, the stuff from the can, because it *is* still the best), biscuits, and of course, gravy. I saw a recipe for a vegetarian "turduken" made with banana squash, leeks, and sweet potatoes as the mock proteins, layered with stuffing and then baked. It looks good, and if I had any vegetarians, I might seriously consider it. I feel like I should make *something* new, try one new recipe each year, but I love all the old traditional foods so much.

In other news, I've been kinda a maniac lately with the writing. My [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang story got posted the middle of last week, and got more hits in ONE day than my most popular PotA story has gotten in a frikkin' YEAR on AO3. And then I got a bug in my ear from last week's Walking Dead episode and wrote a 2200 word episode tag in TWO days (which is blazing fast for me) and posted it. It hasn't gotten as many hits as the SPN story, but it's gotten some nice reviews. I love writing Daryl Dixon, and think I'll probably write some longer pieces, since the show left us a convenient 7 month gap between S2 and S3 that is crying out to be filled in with backstory. Especially Daryl/Carol story, although the whole Lori/Rick dynamic looks like it got pretty squirrelly during that time, too. I love writing in that world, there's just so much to work with.

But! I'm probably next going to finish a PotA slashy story (probably not more than about R, lots of "fade to black") that's been sitting around for a while. I've kinda lost the itch on that one, but I've got over 10K words and want to get it done and posted. I know at least one lady on the PotA group expressed interest in it, so it'll get at least one read, lol.

I'm still struggling with a plot for my Space: 1999 [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest story, but I started writing, in hopes that as I get into it, something will come to me. And there is also [livejournal.com profile] yuletide stories to be done.  And [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest is doing another round of prompts (and have a bunch for Walking Dead that I might decide to fill).

I'm taking some vacation days in early December just to stay home and get some projects done (like maybe painting the living room!), because I need to use it up and I'm not planning on going anywhere at the end of the month. The rest of the week after Christmas will be totally DEAD at work, so I figure, why waste the vacation then, when I can probably work from home anyway. I am taking the 26th off, just to recover, but that's it.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Really, is it only Monday?


Cut for length, because I care ;) )


What, me busy?

Happies

Aug. 20th, 2012 02:48 pm
danagryphon: (Greenman)
Today, I have several happies.

Saturday, I went with Hubby to the Shriner's Clown picnic, and met a bunch of the other clown wives. A great group of ladies who made me feel very welcome. So now I'm probably going to go with Hubby to the Clown Institute in January (the weekend before Birka) and hang out with them all by the pool/bar while the guys are in clown classes.

Sunday, I shot my recurve bow for the first time in over a year. Last July, my left shoulder froze up with bursitis, and then my right one ended up in almost the same state in February. And today I have sore muscles, but no shoulder pain. Next week is the Carolingia archery event, and I'm planning on shooting the recurve for it. And Hubby might come to the event with me.

I'm excited about signing up for the next round of [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang, and am actually considering signing up to do *two* stories. Because I'm crazy. But I have good, strong ideas for both Space: 1999 and Terra Nova. And I *think* I can get them both done, because unlike other bangs, the writing period is VERY long for only a minimum of 10K words. I want to save enough time in my schedule to be able to do the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide exchange and the next round of [livejournal.com profile] spn_illuminated, though. Worse case, I sign up for two and end up dropping down to one. I considered signing up to do art for the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang that I had to drop out of as an author, but the story I was considering got snatched up before I could decide. Oh well. I do want to try to do some fanart in the near future. But first I'm going to finish the WIP for PotA. I have 2 (of prob 8 total) chapter posted, so I'm already 25% done. Trying for a new chapter every week.

The Boog moves into college in exactly 2 weeks! Next weekend will be spent getting remaining items for him and packing everything up.

My in-laws arrive for a month long visit on 9/5. They are coming in their RV, so they will be staying *nearby*, but not with us (whew). But that means they will be here for family weekend at Boog's college, and some other nice events coming up we hope to share with them.

I have a tentative menu for the Bergental Investiture dayboard. The autocrat is concerned that it may be "too ambitious for the limited kitchen facilities". Bwahahahaha. Obviously she hasn't had one of my dayboards prepared with NO kitchen facilities on site. I'll be talking to her on the phone tonight to reassure her that I do indeed know what the hell I'm doing. And that I have cooked in the kitchen before and its facilities are just fine for what I need.

Happies

Aug. 20th, 2012 02:48 pm
danagryphon: (Greenman)
Today, I have several happies.

Saturday, I went with Hubby to the Shriner's Clown picnic, and met a bunch of the other clown wives. A great group of ladies who made me feel very welcome. So now I'm probably going to go with Hubby to the Clown Institute in January (the weekend before Birka) and hang out with them all by the pool/bar while the guys are in clown classes.

Sunday, I shot my recurve bow for the first time in over a year. Last July, my left shoulder froze up with bursitis, and then my right one ended up in almost the same state in February. And today I have sore muscles, but no shoulder pain. Next week is the Carolingia archery event, and I'm planning on shooting the recurve for it. And Hubby might come to the event with me.

I'm excited about signing up for the next round of [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang, and am actually considering signing up to do *two* stories. Because I'm crazy. But I have good, strong ideas for both Space: 1999 and Terra Nova. And I *think* I can get them both done, because unlike other bangs, the writing period is VERY long for only a minimum of 10K words. I want to save enough time in my schedule to be able to do the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide exchange and the next round of [livejournal.com profile] spn_illuminated, though. Worse case, I sign up for two and end up dropping down to one. I considered signing up to do art for the [livejournal.com profile] deancasbigbang that I had to drop out of as an author, but the story I was considering got snatched up before I could decide. Oh well. I do want to try to do some fanart in the near future. But first I'm going to finish the WIP for PotA. I have 2 (of prob 8 total) chapter posted, so I'm already 25% done. Trying for a new chapter every week.

The Boog moves into college in exactly 2 weeks! Next weekend will be spent getting remaining items for him and packing everything up.

My in-laws arrive for a month long visit on 9/5. They are coming in their RV, so they will be staying *nearby*, but not with us (whew). But that means they will be here for family weekend at Boog's college, and some other nice events coming up we hope to share with them.

I have a tentative menu for the Bergental Investiture dayboard. The autocrat is concerned that it may be "too ambitious for the limited kitchen facilities". Bwahahahaha. Obviously she hasn't had one of my dayboards prepared with NO kitchen facilities on site. I'll be talking to her on the phone tonight to reassure her that I do indeed know what the hell I'm doing. And that I have cooked in the kitchen before and its facilities are just fine for what I need.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
File under TSTL: woman in front of me on the escalator (going down) this morning in North Station decided to take ONE step off at the bottom and stop dead to adjust her hold on her bags. Of course, having literally no where to go, I plowed into her when the escalator pushed me off behind her. Idjit.

Other commuting excitement: Last week, as I was about to get off the train in the evening, the girl in front of me passed out and fell backward into my arms. I was able assist her in sitting down, then got her out of the flow of traffic and into a seat. At which point, another passenger who was an EMT came to assist, and we discovered that she had given blood a couple of hours before. She called her mother to come get her (she was parked at the station), and when she was able to stand, we helped her get down the stairs and off the train. The EMT waited with her until her mother arrived, since I as now already late in getting to the school to pick up E after play practice.

I got a new computer at work! Well, it's the same machine, just with more memory and an upgrade to the OS. They also gave me a new bigger monitor and a new keyboard. The cool part is that the battery on the old one was dying, usually lasting barely an hour. The new one lasts much longer so far. Which is good for the train.

Much writing to be done. One deadline coming up next week (6/15), and story is only about half done. But it's starting to flow pretty well. Haven't even started on the Dean/Cas big bang yet, but now I have IDEAS.

Exhaustion is setting in big time. I've been burning the candle from both ends for about two weeks now, and it's catching up with me. Went to bed last night at 9, slept like a log until my alarm went off at 6. I should be able to get some serious sleeping in done this weekend, although I also need to make some new garb for me and the boy for an event next weekend (Palio). Luckily, I have 16 yards of linen in 6 different colors that I ordered recently from Fabric Store sitting in my living room just waiting to be used. Hehehehe.

We had a mouse in the house the other day. M saw the cats hovering around the bottom of the stairs, and when he moved the small table there (thinking they had batted a toy under it), there was a live mouse! Unfortunately, it scurried behind the filing cabinet before he could catch it. Well, the next day, B calls me around lunch time to say that Shadow has caught the mouse and is playing with it, doesn't seem interested in actually hurting it, and what should he do? So I told him to get an empty margarine container and scoop it up, and toss it outside. He was successful! No more mouse. We are probably still going to get a couple of traps just in case it finds its way back inside. Oh, the joys of living in the middle of wooded conservation land.

Speaking of B, the boy is now a Man of Leisure. He has an orientation at college on Monday, and the following week, we meet with MRC to start his paperwork for his SSDI application. I would really like him to try to do some writing this summer, so he does SOMETHING creative. Also, once he gets his Mac Book (which he has to have for college), I have other plans for him (see below).

Fanfiction dot net now has the ability to accommodate art! I haven't tried it yet, but evidently you can attach art to your stories. Now, I only have a couple of stories that have art/covers, so the other thing I'd like the boy to do this summer once he gets his Mac (and a copy of Photoshop) is to make me some ART.

Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. Work is also slamming my ass. And mostly because other people can't get their shit together, so I end up doing and redoing things multiple times while they keep changing their minds about what they really want. Oye ve.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
File under TSTL: woman in front of me on the escalator (going down) this morning in North Station decided to take ONE step off at the bottom and stop dead to adjust her hold on her bags. Of course, having literally no where to go, I plowed into her when the escalator pushed me off behind her. Idjit.

Other commuting excitement: Last week, as I was about to get off the train in the evening, the girl in front of me passed out and fell backward into my arms. I was able assist her in sitting down, then got her out of the flow of traffic and into a seat. At which point, another passenger who was an EMT came to assist, and we discovered that she had given blood a couple of hours before. She called her mother to come get her (she was parked at the station), and when she was able to stand, we helped her get down the stairs and off the train. The EMT waited with her until her mother arrived, since I as now already late in getting to the school to pick up E after play practice.

I got a new computer at work! Well, it's the same machine, just with more memory and an upgrade to the OS. They also gave me a new bigger monitor and a new keyboard. The cool part is that the battery on the old one was dying, usually lasting barely an hour. The new one lasts much longer so far. Which is good for the train.

Much writing to be done. One deadline coming up next week (6/15), and story is only about half done. But it's starting to flow pretty well. Haven't even started on the Dean/Cas big bang yet, but now I have IDEAS.

Exhaustion is setting in big time. I've been burning the candle from both ends for about two weeks now, and it's catching up with me. Went to bed last night at 9, slept like a log until my alarm went off at 6. I should be able to get some serious sleeping in done this weekend, although I also need to make some new garb for me and the boy for an event next weekend (Palio). Luckily, I have 16 yards of linen in 6 different colors that I ordered recently from Fabric Store sitting in my living room just waiting to be used. Hehehehe.

We had a mouse in the house the other day. M saw the cats hovering around the bottom of the stairs, and when he moved the small table there (thinking they had batted a toy under it), there was a live mouse! Unfortunately, it scurried behind the filing cabinet before he could catch it. Well, the next day, B calls me around lunch time to say that Shadow has caught the mouse and is playing with it, doesn't seem interested in actually hurting it, and what should he do? So I told him to get an empty margarine container and scoop it up, and toss it outside. He was successful! No more mouse. We are probably still going to get a couple of traps just in case it finds its way back inside. Oh, the joys of living in the middle of wooded conservation land.

Speaking of B, the boy is now a Man of Leisure. He has an orientation at college on Monday, and the following week, we meet with MRC to start his paperwork for his SSDI application. I would really like him to try to do some writing this summer, so he does SOMETHING creative. Also, once he gets his Mac Book (which he has to have for college), I have other plans for him (see below).

Fanfiction dot net now has the ability to accommodate art! I haven't tried it yet, but evidently you can attach art to your stories. Now, I only have a couple of stories that have art/covers, so the other thing I'd like the boy to do this summer once he gets his Mac (and a copy of Photoshop) is to make me some ART.

Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. Work is also slamming my ass. And mostly because other people can't get their shit together, so I end up doing and redoing things multiple times while they keep changing their minds about what they really want. Oye ve.
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: (Autumn)
We had a good Thanksgiving here in the Gryph household. The boys were in Philly with Himself, but we had a table full of friends. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69, [livejournal.com profile] calygrey with spawnling, my neighbors, and M's friend L. Lots of food, lots of leftovers. Turkey for croquettes for Shire Yule in two weeks (it'll get frozen in the meantime).

Friday we went into Logan to pick up M's parents who were flying in from Hawaii, and delivered them to his brother's house in Danvers. They brought lots of souvenirs for us and the kids.

Yesterday was supposed to be a sewing day, but everyone ended up with things coming up at the last minute, and honestly, I was still in recovery mode. The house is finally back to normal, just in time for the boys to arrive back from PA in the evening.

Today we will be decorating holiday wreaths and delivering them around Shirley. I think we have about 3 or 4 left unclaimed if anyone still wants one.

It's been a good long weekend, and tomorrow is back to the grind. But it's a short week since I have Friday off to get ready for Bergental Yule (and in case there are any last minute things with E's show next weekend that I can help with). So I might still have a chance to make that linen cooking tunic I meant to make yesterday. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 and I decided to make a reservation to stay over in the Springfield area Saturday night instead of trying to drive home after the feast (and helping to clean up afterward). But we will be home fairly early Sunday morning, since we will be going to the early afternoon performance of E's play on Sunday. He's got dress rehearsals all this week.

Also on the schedule for this week is finishing putting together the first EK A&S newsletter. I've got a few articles for it, and need to email a few people with reminders that have promised me things for it. The first issue may be kind of light, but hopefully once it gets out and established, more stuff will get submitted.
danagryphon: (Autumn)
We had a good Thanksgiving here in the Gryph household. The boys were in Philly with Himself, but we had a table full of friends. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69, [livejournal.com profile] calygrey with spawnling, my neighbors, and M's friend L. Lots of food, lots of leftovers. Turkey for croquettes for Shire Yule in two weeks (it'll get frozen in the meantime).

Friday we went into Logan to pick up M's parents who were flying in from Hawaii, and delivered them to his brother's house in Danvers. They brought lots of souvenirs for us and the kids.

Yesterday was supposed to be a sewing day, but everyone ended up with things coming up at the last minute, and honestly, I was still in recovery mode. The house is finally back to normal, just in time for the boys to arrive back from PA in the evening.

Today we will be decorating holiday wreaths and delivering them around Shirley. I think we have about 3 or 4 left unclaimed if anyone still wants one.

It's been a good long weekend, and tomorrow is back to the grind. But it's a short week since I have Friday off to get ready for Bergental Yule (and in case there are any last minute things with E's show next weekend that I can help with). So I might still have a chance to make that linen cooking tunic I meant to make yesterday. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 and I decided to make a reservation to stay over in the Springfield area Saturday night instead of trying to drive home after the feast (and helping to clean up afterward). But we will be home fairly early Sunday morning, since we will be going to the early afternoon performance of E's play on Sunday. He's got dress rehearsals all this week.

Also on the schedule for this week is finishing putting together the first EK A&S newsletter. I've got a few articles for it, and need to email a few people with reminders that have promised me things for it. The first issue may be kind of light, but hopefully once it gets out and established, more stuff will get submitted.

Updatiness

Sep. 19th, 2011 10:03 am
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Let's see, it's been quite a week. Wednesday was the first scout meeting of the year, so I am in treasurer mode for that. E wants to be a den chief this year, which I'm not wild about for a couple of reasons. First, he's still too young, imho. For those who don't know, a den chief is a Boy Scout who assists a Cub Scout den leader. I think he's still too close in age to the Cubs. Also, the Cub Scout pack that they are looking for den chiefs for is in Shirley, so that's yet another trip to Shirley once a week. Oye.

Oh yes, and Wednesday, our new sectional was delivered. It's actually a little bigger than the old one, and very comfy. Winning!

Thursday night was back to school night at the high school. Met all B's teachers, found out he's already behind the eight ball in Statistics because he never did (because he never recieved) the "summer packet" of homework. And never bothered to tell the teacher during the entire first week when they were going over the packet that he didn't have it. So he got a 40% on his first quiz. Oh well, nowhere to go but up.

His last class of the day is a "virtual high school" class, done online from the library. So for the "last period" we went to the library, and had a nice chat with the new librarian (who already knows B, of course). We discussed with her the possibility of B working after school in the library to get "service hours" for his graduation requirement. She was happy to have him, so he is doing that on Thursdays.

Friday night we went shopping for the Boog to get him a new shirt and tie for his senior portrait on Saturday (see previous post). I gave him a haircut Saturday morning, and once he put on his nice pink shirt and gray tie, actually cleaned up pretty nicely. It'll be interesting to see how the proofs come out.

Saturday evening, we went up to Salisbury to see M's parents, who are in the area with their new RV. The new monster has a flat screen TV and fireplace in the "living room", and a sectional almost as big as ours. They took us out for a nice seafood dinner over the border in Hampton, yum. The only downside of the day was that what I had thought was B having an allergy attack (the goldenrod is blooming, and so are MY allergies) got progressively worse all day Saturday until it was obvious this was a full blown cold. Poor guy.

Sunday, since B was now plague central, and E was complaining of a stuffy nose too, and M was down for the count on the new sofa with back pain, I decided to let one of the other marshals run archery practice and not run out on all the sick people. Remains to be seen if I will come down with the yuck as well. Otherwise, Sunday was a pretty productive day for me getting projects done around the house.

The Boog stayed home from school today, since he sounds like he's about to cough up a lung at any moment. At least he was well enough that he didn't look like crap for his picture. Tonight is Back to School night for E's school. And tomorrow night is the start of the new season of Glee!

Updatiness

Sep. 19th, 2011 10:03 am
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Let's see, it's been quite a week. Wednesday was the first scout meeting of the year, so I am in treasurer mode for that. E wants to be a den chief this year, which I'm not wild about for a couple of reasons. First, he's still too young, imho. For those who don't know, a den chief is a Boy Scout who assists a Cub Scout den leader. I think he's still too close in age to the Cubs. Also, the Cub Scout pack that they are looking for den chiefs for is in Shirley, so that's yet another trip to Shirley once a week. Oye.

Oh yes, and Wednesday, our new sectional was delivered. It's actually a little bigger than the old one, and very comfy. Winning!

Thursday night was back to school night at the high school. Met all B's teachers, found out he's already behind the eight ball in Statistics because he never did (because he never recieved) the "summer packet" of homework. And never bothered to tell the teacher during the entire first week when they were going over the packet that he didn't have it. So he got a 40% on his first quiz. Oh well, nowhere to go but up.

His last class of the day is a "virtual high school" class, done online from the library. So for the "last period" we went to the library, and had a nice chat with the new librarian (who already knows B, of course). We discussed with her the possibility of B working after school in the library to get "service hours" for his graduation requirement. She was happy to have him, so he is doing that on Thursdays.

Friday night we went shopping for the Boog to get him a new shirt and tie for his senior portrait on Saturday (see previous post). I gave him a haircut Saturday morning, and once he put on his nice pink shirt and gray tie, actually cleaned up pretty nicely. It'll be interesting to see how the proofs come out.

Saturday evening, we went up to Salisbury to see M's parents, who are in the area with their new RV. The new monster has a flat screen TV and fireplace in the "living room", and a sectional almost as big as ours. They took us out for a nice seafood dinner over the border in Hampton, yum. The only downside of the day was that what I had thought was B having an allergy attack (the goldenrod is blooming, and so are MY allergies) got progressively worse all day Saturday until it was obvious this was a full blown cold. Poor guy.

Sunday, since B was now plague central, and E was complaining of a stuffy nose too, and M was down for the count on the new sofa with back pain, I decided to let one of the other marshals run archery practice and not run out on all the sick people. Remains to be seen if I will come down with the yuck as well. Otherwise, Sunday was a pretty productive day for me getting projects done around the house.

The Boog stayed home from school today, since he sounds like he's about to cough up a lung at any moment. At least he was well enough that he didn't look like crap for his picture. Tonight is Back to School night for E's school. And tomorrow night is the start of the new season of Glee!
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
It's been a while since I did a real update. Lots of things going on, but none of them would be what I consider interesting enough to write about, I guess.

I joined NaNoWriMo's August Summer Camp, in hopes of using that to spur me into finishing Common Ground by the end of August. I'm over half way to 50K words (the Summer Camp goal), so we'll see how it goes. It probably means I'll have to change my writing M.O. for a while, and just write flat out, not go back and edit as a I go. But I've been getting some wonderful feedback from [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 , totally invaluable, that's been encouraging me to finish as well. Thanks so much, babe!

I'm also still hoping to finish my Glee fic by the end of the summer, before the new season starts, since it is set during the this time. That's currently at 4K words, but I don't think will be much more than about 6K-8K when it's done.

In other news, the shoulder is slowly getting better. After the initial surge ahead, I've had a little bit of a setback with it being rather sore and a little more weak after my Tuesday PT. So Thursday's PT was a few light exercises, then some ultrasound and massage. I'm to cut back on the exercises when it's sore, but not stop entirely. It still looks like I have dodged the bullet on needing surgery, but totally recovery is still going to take some time.

Not too much happening on the SCA front lately, with so many folks being off at Pennsic and all. I'm going to the Carolingia archery champs at the end of the month, but then there aren't too many events on the calendar after that. Crown Tourney is in Bergental in November, so certainly that. And since Mistress Eleanore is cooking, I should probably chat her up about helping her in the kitchen, so we can decide if we are going to cement this apprentice thing or not.

As for me, I'm now tentatively committed to being head cook for two events early next year, probably within a month of each other. So that'll be an interesting experience. But they are both in sites I've worked with before, so at least I know what resources are available there. However, one of these events will be a RP, which I've never done before, so that'll have that little bit of added incentive to make Good Food.

Once August is done, and IF I actually get the novel done by my goal, Sept and Oct will probably be devoted to SCA garb and such. I like having new garb for big events, like Crown, so I'm hoping to maybe finish my outfit that's been languishing for a year now.

Of course, Sept is also Webelos Woods, which I'm committed to teaching the Scientist badge for, as well as doing Astronomy that night. And school starting, with the Boog entering his senior year. So we need to schedule some college visits for this fall and start looking at college applications. He's in good shape otherwise, with SATs at 1390, a GPA of 3.45, and got a 5 on the Calculus AP. He hasn't even started his application essay yet, but he's a good writer, so hopefully that will go fast.

Also in SCA news, I applied for the editor of the A&S newsletter that the Kingdom MoAS office is interested in starting. They were taking applications until the end of July, and I'm sure they all confabbed over Pennsic to make a decision, so hopefully word on that will be coming sometime in the next week once everyone gets home from PA.

Well, that's probably enough for now. Gotta go see about heading over to a friend's house for a bday party.
danagryphon: (Mal Misbehave)
It's been a while since I did a real update. Lots of things going on, but none of them would be what I consider interesting enough to write about, I guess.

I joined NaNoWriMo's August Summer Camp, in hopes of using that to spur me into finishing Common Ground by the end of August. I'm over half way to 50K words (the Summer Camp goal), so we'll see how it goes. It probably means I'll have to change my writing M.O. for a while, and just write flat out, not go back and edit as a I go. But I've been getting some wonderful feedback from [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 , totally invaluable, that's been encouraging me to finish as well. Thanks so much, babe!

I'm also still hoping to finish my Glee fic by the end of the summer, before the new season starts, since it is set during the this time. That's currently at 4K words, but I don't think will be much more than about 6K-8K when it's done.

In other news, the shoulder is slowly getting better. After the initial surge ahead, I've had a little bit of a setback with it being rather sore and a little more weak after my Tuesday PT. So Thursday's PT was a few light exercises, then some ultrasound and massage. I'm to cut back on the exercises when it's sore, but not stop entirely. It still looks like I have dodged the bullet on needing surgery, but totally recovery is still going to take some time.

Not too much happening on the SCA front lately, with so many folks being off at Pennsic and all. I'm going to the Carolingia archery champs at the end of the month, but then there aren't too many events on the calendar after that. Crown Tourney is in Bergental in November, so certainly that. And since Mistress Eleanore is cooking, I should probably chat her up about helping her in the kitchen, so we can decide if we are going to cement this apprentice thing or not.

As for me, I'm now tentatively committed to being head cook for two events early next year, probably within a month of each other. So that'll be an interesting experience. But they are both in sites I've worked with before, so at least I know what resources are available there. However, one of these events will be a RP, which I've never done before, so that'll have that little bit of added incentive to make Good Food.

Once August is done, and IF I actually get the novel done by my goal, Sept and Oct will probably be devoted to SCA garb and such. I like having new garb for big events, like Crown, so I'm hoping to maybe finish my outfit that's been languishing for a year now.

Of course, Sept is also Webelos Woods, which I'm committed to teaching the Scientist badge for, as well as doing Astronomy that night. And school starting, with the Boog entering his senior year. So we need to schedule some college visits for this fall and start looking at college applications. He's in good shape otherwise, with SATs at 1390, a GPA of 3.45, and got a 5 on the Calculus AP. He hasn't even started his application essay yet, but he's a good writer, so hopefully that will go fast.

Also in SCA news, I applied for the editor of the A&S newsletter that the Kingdom MoAS office is interested in starting. They were taking applications until the end of July, and I'm sure they all confabbed over Pennsic to make a decision, so hopefully word on that will be coming sometime in the next week once everyone gets home from PA.

Well, that's probably enough for now. Gotta go see about heading over to a friend's house for a bday party.
danagryphon: (Kids)
I ended up going to 2 of the 4 performances of E's play this weekend; Friday evening and Saturday matinee. He did much better Saturday with getting his lines out and projecting them to be heard. He tells me the Saturday evening performance was a full house (as was the Friday evening one), but both matinee performances were rather light.

Still, he had a blast doing it, and that's what matters.

It was actually pretty good for a Middle School production; they even had kids doing lights and sound, and they were good about hitting their marks as well. The director was a HS junior; she also did a good job. The "producer" (the actual faculty member) is selling a DVD (to help raise money for the drama department), so we ordered one. The only downside was that they did a lovely t-shirt for the cast, which included a cast list on the back, and unfortunately, E's name got left off by accident.

During the cast party, the producer announced that the fall musical production is going to be Dr. Dolittle. So I had to explain to E in the car this morning that YES, Dr. Dolittle is, in fact, a musical, and that NO, bears no resemblance whatsoever to that abomination that starred Eddie Murphy. I loved, loved, loved the Rex Harrison version of DD when I was a child, so now I'm going to buy it on DVD so E can see what DD is supposed to be like. And I tell you, if they decide to go with the classic and keep it set in Victorian times, I might actually volunteer to do the costuming for it.

E also said that the teacher is trying to get the spring production to also be a musical next year, that combines the drama departments from both the MS and HS. He's very excited about that prospect, too.

Anyway, so other than being drama-chauffeur this weekend, I did manage to get some time to work on arrows with my yeoman. He finished his quiver, which looks fabulous, and yesterday, we finally finished his arrows so he has something to put in it! We are going to try to get together one night this week to do a mini-practice so he can at least give them a test drive before the competition this weekend. So K&Q's is going to be his very first competition (sound familiar?), so I'm going to try to spend a lot of time giving him advice and keeping an eye on him. Given that I have had no where near the practice I need to be in top form at this point, I'm again just looking to not completely embarrass myself, so I won't feel bad in helping the yeo during the competition as much as I can. One of these years, I'll really be in it to win it, before I turn into a washed-up old has-been. ;)

I also got good progress on my crossbow bolts, but I don't think they are going to be ready for this weekend. Still up in the air about whether I want to take the crossbow anyway. Probably will just stick with the recurve for now.

I also have a scroll to finish up for this weekend, made good progress on that, so I think I'm in good shape. I'm taking it from a page of Catherine of Cleves, the one with the border that looks like a tapestry. I also now have another assignment due for Glenn Lynn, but one of Liam's protege's is wordsmithing it for me; it's for a Celtic persona, so I'm fairly confident I can create something nice with knotwork in pretty short order.

Oh, and E starts his fencing lessons tomorrow night! I got him the Groupon package of 7 weeks of lessons at the Worcester Fencing Academy for his bday. He's excited.

Never a dull moment in my house, that's for sure.
danagryphon: (Kids)
I ended up going to 2 of the 4 performances of E's play this weekend; Friday evening and Saturday matinee. He did much better Saturday with getting his lines out and projecting them to be heard. He tells me the Saturday evening performance was a full house (as was the Friday evening one), but both matinee performances were rather light.

Still, he had a blast doing it, and that's what matters.

It was actually pretty good for a Middle School production; they even had kids doing lights and sound, and they were good about hitting their marks as well. The director was a HS junior; she also did a good job. The "producer" (the actual faculty member) is selling a DVD (to help raise money for the drama department), so we ordered one. The only downside was that they did a lovely t-shirt for the cast, which included a cast list on the back, and unfortunately, E's name got left off by accident.

During the cast party, the producer announced that the fall musical production is going to be Dr. Dolittle. So I had to explain to E in the car this morning that YES, Dr. Dolittle is, in fact, a musical, and that NO, bears no resemblance whatsoever to that abomination that starred Eddie Murphy. I loved, loved, loved the Rex Harrison version of DD when I was a child, so now I'm going to buy it on DVD so E can see what DD is supposed to be like. And I tell you, if they decide to go with the classic and keep it set in Victorian times, I might actually volunteer to do the costuming for it.

E also said that the teacher is trying to get the spring production to also be a musical next year, that combines the drama departments from both the MS and HS. He's very excited about that prospect, too.

Anyway, so other than being drama-chauffeur this weekend, I did manage to get some time to work on arrows with my yeoman. He finished his quiver, which looks fabulous, and yesterday, we finally finished his arrows so he has something to put in it! We are going to try to get together one night this week to do a mini-practice so he can at least give them a test drive before the competition this weekend. So K&Q's is going to be his very first competition (sound familiar?), so I'm going to try to spend a lot of time giving him advice and keeping an eye on him. Given that I have had no where near the practice I need to be in top form at this point, I'm again just looking to not completely embarrass myself, so I won't feel bad in helping the yeo during the competition as much as I can. One of these years, I'll really be in it to win it, before I turn into a washed-up old has-been. ;)

I also got good progress on my crossbow bolts, but I don't think they are going to be ready for this weekend. Still up in the air about whether I want to take the crossbow anyway. Probably will just stick with the recurve for now.

I also have a scroll to finish up for this weekend, made good progress on that, so I think I'm in good shape. I'm taking it from a page of Catherine of Cleves, the one with the border that looks like a tapestry. I also now have another assignment due for Glenn Lynn, but one of Liam's protege's is wordsmithing it for me; it's for a Celtic persona, so I'm fairly confident I can create something nice with knotwork in pretty short order.

Oh, and E starts his fencing lessons tomorrow night! I got him the Groupon package of 7 weeks of lessons at the Worcester Fencing Academy for his bday. He's excited.

Never a dull moment in my house, that's for sure.

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