GNEW!

Jul. 14th, 2014 09:05 am
danagryphon: (Gryph's Griffin)
So, when I became seneschal of Quintavia (for my non-SCA friends, the president of my local chapter), one of the dreams I had was that at camping events, members of the Shire attending would camp together as a group at an event. This past weekend, we came pretty darn close to accomplishing that. We had a camp of 17 people, three of which joined us from our neighboring group Bergental (including the Baron and Baroness, so we called the camp Bergentavia, lol). And It. Was. Awesome.

This was my first time being "campmaster" for a large-ish camp, being in charge of the meal plan, being the first to arrive on site midday Friday and reserving a space for the rest of the folks who trickled in (our last group arrived Saturday morning after a trip to an ER waylaid them Friday, and the last tent *just* fit in the last open space we'd saved for them). [livejournal.com profile] calygrey was my tentmate and traveling companion, and she was invaluable in figuring out the camp layout and how much space we needed. We convoyed up with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69, who was our "pick up the things we forgot on her way back and forth from her hotel to the site" person.

The B&B of Bergental shared a carport shelter with us for our main dining hall/common area, but the other goal I have as seneschal is to bring the Shire's equipment for having their own encampment up to snuff. We just acquired a three-burner high-output camp stove from a returning member who had no use for it, and my next acquisition is going to be some serious sets of cooking pots and pans (we have a good number of serving pieces for indoor events with kitchens, but no actual cooking pieces), and a better large shelter. The Shire purchased a 10x20 popup type thing about 8 years ago (the last time we had a real Shire camp), but it has not held up well. It was nice in that it was not much bigger than two popups when stored, and very easy to transport. But we are going to try to do a fundraiser to purchase one of these carport things, because they are REALLY durable, and very easy to put up and take down. They are a little more bulky to store and transport, but we have plans for that as well.

Anyway, I think the camp experience was about 95% successful. I did learn a lot, have a list of things I need to bring/do differently next time, but the general consensus among the camp was that they would like to do it again next year! And that we need to sponsor a party like some of the other big camps there do. We sorta/kinda had a large-ish gathering Friday night with a big fire, a cooler full of jello shots, camp pies, and the B&B did a little bardic, but I'm sure they would have loved to do more. There is a Baconpalooza party Friday night, a pinata party Saturday night, and the thoughts among the camp was that we should have a "jello shots" party! Bwahahaha.

Oh, and we are now going to have about a half-dozen Quintavians in the Bergental camp at Pennsic. I may thing about bringing the Quintavia banner and ask if we can put it up somewhere in camp. Oh, speaking of banners, my new tent and my new banner made their debut at GNEW. We had a little snafu putting up the tent (and bent the pins on the upright supports for the ridge pole, so that will be getting fixed at Workshop Night this week), but I think I know what went wrong and it should go smoother at Pennsic. We put up [livejournal.com profile] white_and_nrdy's tent of the same design up without any problems just a couple of hours later. But the tent was faboo, and should be great for me and Spare Boy. I think I'm going to get two sets of plastic drawers, though, for us to use for dressers/beside tables/suitcases instead of the footlockers we used last year. And I want to put up some hook things in the frame to hang stuff like hats and quivers and maybe the lanterns.

Pennsic is going to be awesome.
danagryphon: (Arms)
Well, I survived my first Pennsic in six years, and the first one for the Boy. TL:DR summary—he had a blast, and wants to go next year *instead* in Boy Scout camp (they usually conflict, but Pennsic was pushed a week earlier this year; Boy left for BSA camp the day after we returned from Pennsic).

We had a good week, weather-wise. Not nearly as hot and humid as it could have been, although colder a couple of nights than I was comfortable with. A couple of bouts of rain, which emphasized that I desperately need a new tent (or put a tarp over the existing one) since any moisture on the fly caused it to sag against the net top of the tent, creating drip points right over BOTH our cots. I am actually considering getting an inexpensive canvas wall tent if Pennsic turns into a regular thing in the future, if I have to replace our existing 10-year-old modern tent anyway.

In any case, we were able to pack up the majority of our stuff while it was dry on Friday and load it into the car. The camp had a "slumber party" in the large rented pavilion Friday night (the only structure left standing in camp at that point) when it poured all night. It rained hard enough that it did spray through the roof a bit, but that left only the sleeping backs and the cots damp, which I was able to put out to dry Saturday evening when we got home.

The boy spent almost no time in our camp, pretty much just showing up for meals and for the 11 pm curfew for teens  per Pennsic rules. Otherwise, he was running around with other kids, playing Magic and D&D. He did spend part of Wed morning with me going around the merchants and I did buy him some swag. I didn't get too much for myself, just some pewter pins and belt mounts. Although I think I did manage to get myself a new hobby. Boy and I took a Glass Bead Making for Teens class together and we both fell in love. I'm going to be trying to get my own bead-making set-up in the near future for both of us to use.

I also went to a couple of illumination classes on period pigments taught by my former Laurel [livejournal.com profile] nitesongofafish (who was camped right behind me as well), and we were able to do a little bit of catching up. I got to see [livejournal.com profile] nazrynn get flipped the bird (a Pelican, the Peerage for service, for my non-SCA friends). I didn't end up making the archery champions team, mostly of my own choosing, but then ended up shooting pretty hot-shit on my populace war points. I think if I can get my shoulder stronger with some serious PT over the winter, I might be ready to try harder for Champions next year.

The Bergental camp was fun (my first year with them). The camp definitely has a few *interesting* personalities, but luckily I only wanted to smack one of them once for a completely inappropriate piece of parenting advice (from a 20-something with no kids, who was quite lacking in the maturity department herself). But for the most part, they were a fun group of folks to hang out with, and the food plan was very nice. I fulfilled my cooking responsibility by helping her Laurelness cook a meal over an open fire (chickens on a spit, stewed chicken in a cauldron) and making fresh pasta as an accompaniment. Then she helped me make french toast for the entire camp on Friday morning before pack-up.

So we'll see, but next year looks like a strong possibility for Pennsic.
danagryphon: (Guard)
The Shire Business meeting was yesterday. We've decided to heed the writing on the wall about the Spring Fling event, that everyone will really be going to the Bridge Investiture that weekend, and postpone the event until next year. Unfortunately, the scheduling of the Bridge event seemed to come out of nowhere, and wasn't even on the radar when we scheduled Spring Fling. Oh well. I need to contact the site some time this week and see about their policy on getting our small deposit back.

Honestly, it's probably just as well for my own sanity. Just coming off of doing my first feast, and running the archery at Sommer Draw, plus all the stuff I have going on at home to try to finish projects at the condo.... yeah, I'm gonna be crispy.

In other news, I was asked to do another feast for a proposed fall fencing event (happy, happy dance)! This one is going to be Spanish, and on a much bigger scale than the Hafla feast. MUCH bigger, in both numbers and exposure. And everyone agreed that the Hafla feast was enough of a success that I should do it again next year. Woohoo! I'm really psyched about becoming one of the Shire's regular cooks! I've decided I definitely like being the head cook much better than being an autocrat. I would still autocrat a small archery-centric event, but I think other than that, I would like to continue concentrating my efforts on cooking for events rather than running events.

I have to start making some decisions about Pennsic soon. I've been invited by [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall  and the Bossman to camp with them again. They were even kind enough to extend that invitation to include M, even though Pennsic is really not his kind of thing. I might consider taking E, because I think he'd really enjoy it, but he will just be coming off a week at his first summer of Boy Scout camp. But whether I can go to Pennsic depends on whether I will be needed to fill in adult leadership at said week at summer camp. Not to mention talking to Himself about kid watching, and my real boss to see if I can take vacation then. But I've still got some time to decide on all of that.
danagryphon: (Guard)
The Shire Business meeting was yesterday. We've decided to heed the writing on the wall about the Spring Fling event, that everyone will really be going to the Bridge Investiture that weekend, and postpone the event until next year. Unfortunately, the scheduling of the Bridge event seemed to come out of nowhere, and wasn't even on the radar when we scheduled Spring Fling. Oh well. I need to contact the site some time this week and see about their policy on getting our small deposit back.

Honestly, it's probably just as well for my own sanity. Just coming off of doing my first feast, and running the archery at Sommer Draw, plus all the stuff I have going on at home to try to finish projects at the condo.... yeah, I'm gonna be crispy.

In other news, I was asked to do another feast for a proposed fall fencing event (happy, happy dance)! This one is going to be Spanish, and on a much bigger scale than the Hafla feast. MUCH bigger, in both numbers and exposure. And everyone agreed that the Hafla feast was enough of a success that I should do it again next year. Woohoo! I'm really psyched about becoming one of the Shire's regular cooks! I've decided I definitely like being the head cook much better than being an autocrat. I would still autocrat a small archery-centric event, but I think other than that, I would like to continue concentrating my efforts on cooking for events rather than running events.

I have to start making some decisions about Pennsic soon. I've been invited by [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall  and the Bossman to camp with them again. They were even kind enough to extend that invitation to include M, even though Pennsic is really not his kind of thing. I might consider taking E, because I think he'd really enjoy it, but he will just be coming off a week at his first summer of Boy Scout camp. But whether I can go to Pennsic depends on whether I will be needed to fill in adult leadership at said week at summer camp. Not to mention talking to Himself about kid watching, and my real boss to see if I can take vacation then. But I've still got some time to decide on all of that.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Actually, I got back Thursday evening, but have been too busy with unpacking, getting various children from camp and unpacking them, and other household stuff.

Pennsic was good. Wet in both the rainy and humid ways. And hot. I hadn't realized how much I had acclimated to the heat until I stepped out of the hot shower Thursday night into the 77 degree apartment and started shivering!

Much laundry was done. Luckily, I don't have to deal with too much wet stuff because by the time I packed up on Thursday morning, most everything except some clothes and my towel was dry. And I'm heading back out with the tent this weekend for a camping trip with E's pack.

Let's see, what did I do? Well, I didn't take any pictures, because most days it was just too rainy for me to want to haul around the camera and have it get ruined.

I got swag. Mmmmmmm..... Pennsic shopping. Two colors of linen ($5/yard; wishing now I had gotten more), some trim, a ceramic mug (metal mugs DO NOT work well with hot beverages), various trinkets like pins and pilgrim badges and fittings for a belt, a belt blank, a t-shirt (white gryphon on purple, it called to me), SCA and EK stickers for the car, kumihimo bobbins, a new epee, and a Mongol horsebow. That was all for me. I got M a double wide dagger for fighting schlager that he wanted. I got E a stuffed leopard I won in a novelty shoot, and a book of Spanish words. B got a new card game called "Killer Bunnies". For [personal profile] chrystie69, for watching my cat, I got 3 pilgrim badges with dog and archery themes.

I can't wait to get a chance to shoot the horsebow. I've wanted one for a while now, since it is the most appropriate bow for me, persona wise. Although it was a large expenditure, it was something I had planned on looking for at Pennsic.

I went to a three classes; Russian garb, Russian embroidery, and documentation for competitions. I went to a concert with some of my campmates by a folksinger named Heather Dale. I did Midnight Madness, although I didn't actually buy much then. I worked a shift at Chirurgeon's Point as part of being a CIT. And of course, I shot archery and worked as an archery marshal.

Sunday I did a shift marshalling the range, and got in a little practice, but there was much rain. Monday was the champion's shoot, which was actually fairly nice for most of the day. Tuesday the range was closed all day because of thunderstorms, so I only got to shoot my warpoint once on Wednesday (which is another story, arg), after doing another morning shift as a marshal. Wednesday evening was court, delayed by a brief cloudburst.

There were a couple of not-so-minor annoyances with politics on the archery range. My campmates have been providing refreshments for the champions shoot (which takes all day with no break for lunch) for about 10 years, setting up a pavilion on the archery field and welcoming all to the food and beverages they supply. Well, this year after we had all gone into the woods for the Woods Walk, some officious buffoon came and told them they had to clear they vehicle (which was used to move 600+ pounds of supplies) off the range immediately or be towed. The fact that said buffoon waited until anyone with any authority to object to this was off in the woods speaks volumes. Much fuss was made, and eventually, apologies were offered by the royalty of both the East and the Midrealm, right after the Midrealm presented Li & Ygraine with an award for service by a group for providing aforementioned refreshments. I love it when justice is served.

The other thing that pissed both Li and eventually myself off was the tendancy of our Captain-General to suck up to people in shiny hats. First, when we arrived on the range Wednesday morning to practice, we were informed that the range was going to be closed during the scheduled practice time so that the archers from the Kingdom of Atlantia could all shoot together as a group. Li was on the verge resigning his warrant and raising a large stink, justifiably, IMO. After words were had with the people in charge, it was decided only to shut down each station (there were 3), one at a time, to allow them to shoot. Which, frankly, still sucked because there were to be NO EXCEPTIONS to the way things were supposed to go.

Of course, the NO EXCEPTION thing evidently really meant, no-exceptions-to-peons-who-don't-have-shiny-hats. I later felt the brunt of this when right in front of me, the Captain-General told a Duchess that she could shoot both her war points in the same day because she had come up to the range on Tuesday and had been unable to shoot then. So when I asked the C-G if I could shoot both my points on that day, since I was leaving the next and had been unable to shoot as planned the previous day, I was turned down. Evidently, the exception only got made for tin hats who were foolish enough to climb to the top of the hill in the lightning and downpours expecting to shoot. Sorry, I'm not that stupid; I stayed in camp during the thunderstorm. And the kicker is that said Duchess was going to be around for the rest of the week, and had many opportunities to shoot again, but because she had been inconvenienced by the range closing, she got to shoot twice that day. But not one of the East Kingdom Archery Champions. So I said, screw this, and went shopping instead. I shot my one set of warpoints, did rather lackluster because I was a bit demoralized at that point. I've never understood before now why many people hold the opinion they do of our C-G. Now I see.

I didn't get any fencing done, because the battle I was going to try to be in was rescheduled due to weather to a time when I couldn't be there. Oh well. But I got a new epee for doing light rapier, since my foils are getting beat to crap. I really wanted to get two, since my favorite form is case, but they merchant only had one blade in stock. Oh well.

The other good thing that came out of Pennsic was that I found someone to agree to do my Grand Master Bowman scroll. Someone who is an archery (which I really wanted), and who said she would be interested in trying to do a Russian theme to it. And, have it done by Canterbury, so that if I do manage to get it done by then, I can get the award in front of my home group. Coolness all around.

I'm looking forward to Canterbury, although I've now volunteered to do three award scrolls, and am going to try to get my quiver/bracer commission done by then to hand deliver to the customer. Oh, the belt I did for the Clout award was well received, although I still have to collect my payment for it. I wonder if anyone won it this year? I got a blank to make myself a nifty belt, since I think I deserve one. Also, now that I have a horsebow, I want to make a proper bow case and quiver to go with it. And Mongol arrows, since my current set probably won't shoot well from that bow. And I still have to make quivers for both M and E.  And I may also be making a horsebow case and quiver for Li for his yearly bribe. Ack. So much leatherwork, so little time.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Actually, I got back Thursday evening, but have been too busy with unpacking, getting various children from camp and unpacking them, and other household stuff.

Pennsic was good. Wet in both the rainy and humid ways. And hot. I hadn't realized how much I had acclimated to the heat until I stepped out of the hot shower Thursday night into the 77 degree apartment and started shivering!

Much laundry was done. Luckily, I don't have to deal with too much wet stuff because by the time I packed up on Thursday morning, most everything except some clothes and my towel was dry. And I'm heading back out with the tent this weekend for a camping trip with E's pack.

Let's see, what did I do? Well, I didn't take any pictures, because most days it was just too rainy for me to want to haul around the camera and have it get ruined.

I got swag. Mmmmmmm..... Pennsic shopping. Two colors of linen ($5/yard; wishing now I had gotten more), some trim, a ceramic mug (metal mugs DO NOT work well with hot beverages), various trinkets like pins and pilgrim badges and fittings for a belt, a belt blank, a t-shirt (white gryphon on purple, it called to me), SCA and EK stickers for the car, kumihimo bobbins, a new epee, and a Mongol horsebow. That was all for me. I got M a double wide dagger for fighting schlager that he wanted. I got E a stuffed leopard I won in a novelty shoot, and a book of Spanish words. B got a new card game called "Killer Bunnies". For [personal profile] chrystie69, for watching my cat, I got 3 pilgrim badges with dog and archery themes.

I can't wait to get a chance to shoot the horsebow. I've wanted one for a while now, since it is the most appropriate bow for me, persona wise. Although it was a large expenditure, it was something I had planned on looking for at Pennsic.

I went to a three classes; Russian garb, Russian embroidery, and documentation for competitions. I went to a concert with some of my campmates by a folksinger named Heather Dale. I did Midnight Madness, although I didn't actually buy much then. I worked a shift at Chirurgeon's Point as part of being a CIT. And of course, I shot archery and worked as an archery marshal.

Sunday I did a shift marshalling the range, and got in a little practice, but there was much rain. Monday was the champion's shoot, which was actually fairly nice for most of the day. Tuesday the range was closed all day because of thunderstorms, so I only got to shoot my warpoint once on Wednesday (which is another story, arg), after doing another morning shift as a marshal. Wednesday evening was court, delayed by a brief cloudburst.

There were a couple of not-so-minor annoyances with politics on the archery range. My campmates have been providing refreshments for the champions shoot (which takes all day with no break for lunch) for about 10 years, setting up a pavilion on the archery field and welcoming all to the food and beverages they supply. Well, this year after we had all gone into the woods for the Woods Walk, some officious buffoon came and told them they had to clear they vehicle (which was used to move 600+ pounds of supplies) off the range immediately or be towed. The fact that said buffoon waited until anyone with any authority to object to this was off in the woods speaks volumes. Much fuss was made, and eventually, apologies were offered by the royalty of both the East and the Midrealm, right after the Midrealm presented Li & Ygraine with an award for service by a group for providing aforementioned refreshments. I love it when justice is served.

The other thing that pissed both Li and eventually myself off was the tendancy of our Captain-General to suck up to people in shiny hats. First, when we arrived on the range Wednesday morning to practice, we were informed that the range was going to be closed during the scheduled practice time so that the archers from the Kingdom of Atlantia could all shoot together as a group. Li was on the verge resigning his warrant and raising a large stink, justifiably, IMO. After words were had with the people in charge, it was decided only to shut down each station (there were 3), one at a time, to allow them to shoot. Which, frankly, still sucked because there were to be NO EXCEPTIONS to the way things were supposed to go.

Of course, the NO EXCEPTION thing evidently really meant, no-exceptions-to-peons-who-don't-have-shiny-hats. I later felt the brunt of this when right in front of me, the Captain-General told a Duchess that she could shoot both her war points in the same day because she had come up to the range on Tuesday and had been unable to shoot then. So when I asked the C-G if I could shoot both my points on that day, since I was leaving the next and had been unable to shoot as planned the previous day, I was turned down. Evidently, the exception only got made for tin hats who were foolish enough to climb to the top of the hill in the lightning and downpours expecting to shoot. Sorry, I'm not that stupid; I stayed in camp during the thunderstorm. And the kicker is that said Duchess was going to be around for the rest of the week, and had many opportunities to shoot again, but because she had been inconvenienced by the range closing, she got to shoot twice that day. But not one of the East Kingdom Archery Champions. So I said, screw this, and went shopping instead. I shot my one set of warpoints, did rather lackluster because I was a bit demoralized at that point. I've never understood before now why many people hold the opinion they do of our C-G. Now I see.

I didn't get any fencing done, because the battle I was going to try to be in was rescheduled due to weather to a time when I couldn't be there. Oh well. But I got a new epee for doing light rapier, since my foils are getting beat to crap. I really wanted to get two, since my favorite form is case, but they merchant only had one blade in stock. Oh well.

The other good thing that came out of Pennsic was that I found someone to agree to do my Grand Master Bowman scroll. Someone who is an archery (which I really wanted), and who said she would be interested in trying to do a Russian theme to it. And, have it done by Canterbury, so that if I do manage to get it done by then, I can get the award in front of my home group. Coolness all around.

I'm looking forward to Canterbury, although I've now volunteered to do three award scrolls, and am going to try to get my quiver/bracer commission done by then to hand deliver to the customer. Oh, the belt I did for the Clout award was well received, although I still have to collect my payment for it. I wonder if anyone won it this year? I got a blank to make myself a nifty belt, since I think I deserve one. Also, now that I have a horsebow, I want to make a proper bow case and quiver to go with it. And Mongol arrows, since my current set probably won't shoot well from that bow. And I still have to make quivers for both M and E.  And I may also be making a horsebow case and quiver for Li for his yearly bribe. Ack. So much leatherwork, so little time.
danagryphon: (Fuzzy)
This weekend was a good one with the boys. Friday's campfire to finish up a week of Cub Scout daycamp was lots of fun, followed by a campout with E's den Friday night. We watched the old Disney "Cat From Outer Space", and all the kids had a blast with that. Even B didn't complain at all about camping. Saturday morning we got out of there before the rain started.

After a little time at home, we went to the Mendon Drive-In to see The Simpson's Movie. Kids thought the drive-in was a blast, and the movie was pretty funny, without being too inappropriate for young minds. I remember drive-in theaters from my youth, and I'm glad there is one around here.

Sunday we went up to the future in-laws for M's mom's bday. His brother has a pool, so the kids spent most of the time swimming, which was all good.

All in all, a busy, but still fairly mellow weekend, and a good time was had by all. Oh yeah, and another high point to the weekend? The just-out-of-college-acting-like-they're-still-in-college kids upstairs moved out. The new neighbors moving in have a young baby, so hopefully that means they are not the partying type.

My Pennsic prep is going well; I've got three tunics and two pants done (one tunic to go), and made good inroads into the belt commission. I'm going to be working from home on Thursday and Friday, so that will give me a chance to do any last minute necessities, like packing. [personal profile] chrystie69 says that there are over 11,500 people at Pennsic already. Wow. The last time I was at Pennsic, I think attendance topped 4000.

But I'm going in style this time, baby. I've got a 10 x 14 cabin tent all for me, no crouching over to dress. I'm taking a cot so I will be off the ground, and won't need a crane to get out of bed in the morning. I've got a fold-up camping dresser to keep all my clothes neat and organized for the week. I'm even getting a portable wardrobe so I can hang that fancy garb that doesn't want to be folded. And the camp has a drudge to do all the food prep, so no cooking. I just show up and eat. Which also means I don't have to haul any of my camp cooking equipment, either.

[personal profile] chrystie69 has also offered to cat-sit for us. File this under "If you want something done, do it yourself". Weeks ago, when M and I decided that we would board Fuzzy for the week we were both away, he said that he would find a place and make all the arrangements. So on Thursday last, he finally did some searching on the Internet and found a place that he liked. We had to check her vaccination records to make sure she had everything they wanted, so he couldn't call that day. Then yesterday, he comes home and asks me if I had called them yet. Moi? No, I thought he was going to. He was too busy at work, and could I do it tomorrow? I called them today, and they don't have an opening for the entire time we need. So I spent the morning calling around kennels in the area to find out if they have space, and then had to call the vet to make an appointment to get a current FELV test for her because the kennel requires one within the past month. An appointment that, of course, I will have to take her to. Arg. So much for him "taking care of it".

So we will probably take up the gracious cat-sitting offer, since the kennel doesn't sound nearly as nice as the Cat Nap Inn that we were originally trying for. I'm still a little concerned about Fuzzy getting into mischief with noone around at night, but we'll just make sure that we be put up or away everything that can be, and hope for the best. I think she will be a much happier kitty being home than in some kennel, especially given her past experience with the shelter (which was probably good as shelters go, but she was still abandoned there).
danagryphon: (Fuzzy)
This weekend was a good one with the boys. Friday's campfire to finish up a week of Cub Scout daycamp was lots of fun, followed by a campout with E's den Friday night. We watched the old Disney "Cat From Outer Space", and all the kids had a blast with that. Even B didn't complain at all about camping. Saturday morning we got out of there before the rain started.

After a little time at home, we went to the Mendon Drive-In to see The Simpson's Movie. Kids thought the drive-in was a blast, and the movie was pretty funny, without being too inappropriate for young minds. I remember drive-in theaters from my youth, and I'm glad there is one around here.

Sunday we went up to the future in-laws for M's mom's bday. His brother has a pool, so the kids spent most of the time swimming, which was all good.

All in all, a busy, but still fairly mellow weekend, and a good time was had by all. Oh yeah, and another high point to the weekend? The just-out-of-college-acting-like-they're-still-in-college kids upstairs moved out. The new neighbors moving in have a young baby, so hopefully that means they are not the partying type.

My Pennsic prep is going well; I've got three tunics and two pants done (one tunic to go), and made good inroads into the belt commission. I'm going to be working from home on Thursday and Friday, so that will give me a chance to do any last minute necessities, like packing. [personal profile] chrystie69 says that there are over 11,500 people at Pennsic already. Wow. The last time I was at Pennsic, I think attendance topped 4000.

But I'm going in style this time, baby. I've got a 10 x 14 cabin tent all for me, no crouching over to dress. I'm taking a cot so I will be off the ground, and won't need a crane to get out of bed in the morning. I've got a fold-up camping dresser to keep all my clothes neat and organized for the week. I'm even getting a portable wardrobe so I can hang that fancy garb that doesn't want to be folded. And the camp has a drudge to do all the food prep, so no cooking. I just show up and eat. Which also means I don't have to haul any of my camp cooking equipment, either.

[personal profile] chrystie69 has also offered to cat-sit for us. File this under "If you want something done, do it yourself". Weeks ago, when M and I decided that we would board Fuzzy for the week we were both away, he said that he would find a place and make all the arrangements. So on Thursday last, he finally did some searching on the Internet and found a place that he liked. We had to check her vaccination records to make sure she had everything they wanted, so he couldn't call that day. Then yesterday, he comes home and asks me if I had called them yet. Moi? No, I thought he was going to. He was too busy at work, and could I do it tomorrow? I called them today, and they don't have an opening for the entire time we need. So I spent the morning calling around kennels in the area to find out if they have space, and then had to call the vet to make an appointment to get a current FELV test for her because the kennel requires one within the past month. An appointment that, of course, I will have to take her to. Arg. So much for him "taking care of it".

So we will probably take up the gracious cat-sitting offer, since the kennel doesn't sound nearly as nice as the Cat Nap Inn that we were originally trying for. I'm still a little concerned about Fuzzy getting into mischief with noone around at night, but we'll just make sure that we be put up or away everything that can be, and hope for the best. I think she will be a much happier kitty being home than in some kennel, especially given her past experience with the shelter (which was probably good as shelters go, but she was still abandoned there).
danagryphon: (Fuzzy)
Well, I'm not a Grand Master Bowman yet, but I'm getting closer. Last night's Royal Round would have been the magic 103 if I hadn't screwed up my 20 yard untimed. I only got a 22, when normally I get a 27 or 28. So it was a 97. Which brings my RR average to 98, and the rankings page has been updated today. I still need the magic 103 (sounds like a radio station), but it will have to wait until after Pennsic.

Li was full of pep talk last night to try to reduce my anxiety about being on the Champions team. Despite continuing to increase my RR average, I do feel a like I am in a bit of a slump. I'm just not shooting as well as I know I can, and that irks me. But no practice next week, so I can relax (sort of) and finish all my Pennsic prep.

Actually, if I can come back from Pennsic and do this thing in time for Crossroads, that would be cool, too.

I've got the kids this weekend, and I'm going to try to not obsess about Pennsic and have fun with them, instead. I'll still see them again later next week before heading off for Pennsic, but at that point, things will be way too hectic. We will be camping Friday night with E's den, so that should be a relaxing time (especially with the hot tub available!).  Thunderstorms aren't supposed to be until Saturday, so hopefully the weather will hold out for this.

We've decided to board Fuzzy while we are away for Pennsic week. We've never left her for more than a weekend, and usually she has expressed her displeasure at that by leaving little poop presents for us, usually on the bathroom rug. So we are looking into places rather than risk having her tear up the place. Hopefully she won't freak out and think we are leaving her there, never to return. That's been my only concern with boarding her, is that having been taken to a shelter once, I hate to traumatize her again by taking her out of our home. But even if we could find someone to come check on her while we are away, I think she would be just as unhappy not having people around. Hopefully when we return and bring her home, she will learn that she is ours for good. OK, I'm probably over anthropomorphising the situation, but I love that little cat.
danagryphon: (Fuzzy)
Well, I'm not a Grand Master Bowman yet, but I'm getting closer. Last night's Royal Round would have been the magic 103 if I hadn't screwed up my 20 yard untimed. I only got a 22, when normally I get a 27 or 28. So it was a 97. Which brings my RR average to 98, and the rankings page has been updated today. I still need the magic 103 (sounds like a radio station), but it will have to wait until after Pennsic.

Li was full of pep talk last night to try to reduce my anxiety about being on the Champions team. Despite continuing to increase my RR average, I do feel a like I am in a bit of a slump. I'm just not shooting as well as I know I can, and that irks me. But no practice next week, so I can relax (sort of) and finish all my Pennsic prep.

Actually, if I can come back from Pennsic and do this thing in time for Crossroads, that would be cool, too.

I've got the kids this weekend, and I'm going to try to not obsess about Pennsic and have fun with them, instead. I'll still see them again later next week before heading off for Pennsic, but at that point, things will be way too hectic. We will be camping Friday night with E's den, so that should be a relaxing time (especially with the hot tub available!).  Thunderstorms aren't supposed to be until Saturday, so hopefully the weather will hold out for this.

We've decided to board Fuzzy while we are away for Pennsic week. We've never left her for more than a weekend, and usually she has expressed her displeasure at that by leaving little poop presents for us, usually on the bathroom rug. So we are looking into places rather than risk having her tear up the place. Hopefully she won't freak out and think we are leaving her there, never to return. That's been my only concern with boarding her, is that having been taken to a shelter once, I hate to traumatize her again by taking her out of our home. But even if we could find someone to come check on her while we are away, I think she would be just as unhappy not having people around. Hopefully when we return and bring her home, she will learn that she is ours for good. OK, I'm probably over anthropomorphising the situation, but I love that little cat.
danagryphon: (triquetra)
Like most of my other friends in the SCA, I am in the middle of my Pennsic Panic. I got two of the tunics made (the red one and the sage one), and a blue-gray one cut out and ready to sew. I also made a nice brocade cover for my camp chair. I had a friend of mine give me a box of fabric samples from the furniture company she works for, and I was able to piece together a bunch of ones in the same design and different colors to make a rather neat looking cover.

The tunics so far have come out rather well; I am very pleased with them. The red one has a royal blue fabric strips on the hem and sleeves, and a trim with matching colors and gold accents. For the sage one, I dipped into the fabric box from my friend and found a nice green and yellow brocade that I used to trim the sleeves and collar. It actually looks pretty fancy, and I'm considering adding some beadwork to it and calling it "court garb".

For the blue-gray cotton fabric, I have a trim with blues and reds with silver accents. I might use some navy blue dupioni silk fabric for accents as well. It will look cool. For the burgundy, I'm going to make a short sleeved caftan I found a pattern for, and trim it out with gold and pearls, probably make some gold frogs for closures. That may end up being something I finish up at Pennsic, or even something that I keep adding to over time until it gets as fancy as I want it. I still have two pairs of pants to make, too. But I think I'll at least have enough to wear at Pennsic, and a couple of things that are nice enough to wear to court/evening functions. Oh, and I want to make a couple of funny hats with some of the other brocades from the box-o-fabric. Every Russian needs some funny hats.

I'm going up to Tandy Leather today to pick up the strap for the belt commission, and the supplies I will need for the quiver/bracer commission I'm going to start after Pennsic. And then off to Li's tonight to shoot. 

I'm still looking for a passenger to keep me company on the trip down to PA, and hopefully kick in something toward gas. Unfortunately, the fact that I have to come back on Thursday is bad timing for most people; half of them either want to come back Tuesday or Wednesday, the other half on Friday or Saturday. 

Oh, yeah, and this weekend, I have to get B packed for summer camp, since M will be taking him up the day after I leave for Pennsic. And try to get him to finish up all his requirements for second class so he can have his conference and BOR while at camp. He's going to try to work on his first class requirements at camp; the swimming one is going to be the big stumbling block, I think. But if he can get a lot of the others done, that will be good progress. He's doing two pretty big merit badges, too, while he's there, chemistry and geology. And hopefully finish up his Citizenship in the World badge, soon, since all he has to do is meet with the counselor and go over the last couple of things he completed. 

Week and a half  until Pennsic! I am so psyched!
danagryphon: (triquetra)
Like most of my other friends in the SCA, I am in the middle of my Pennsic Panic. I got two of the tunics made (the red one and the sage one), and a blue-gray one cut out and ready to sew. I also made a nice brocade cover for my camp chair. I had a friend of mine give me a box of fabric samples from the furniture company she works for, and I was able to piece together a bunch of ones in the same design and different colors to make a rather neat looking cover.

The tunics so far have come out rather well; I am very pleased with them. The red one has a royal blue fabric strips on the hem and sleeves, and a trim with matching colors and gold accents. For the sage one, I dipped into the fabric box from my friend and found a nice green and yellow brocade that I used to trim the sleeves and collar. It actually looks pretty fancy, and I'm considering adding some beadwork to it and calling it "court garb".

For the blue-gray cotton fabric, I have a trim with blues and reds with silver accents. I might use some navy blue dupioni silk fabric for accents as well. It will look cool. For the burgundy, I'm going to make a short sleeved caftan I found a pattern for, and trim it out with gold and pearls, probably make some gold frogs for closures. That may end up being something I finish up at Pennsic, or even something that I keep adding to over time until it gets as fancy as I want it. I still have two pairs of pants to make, too. But I think I'll at least have enough to wear at Pennsic, and a couple of things that are nice enough to wear to court/evening functions. Oh, and I want to make a couple of funny hats with some of the other brocades from the box-o-fabric. Every Russian needs some funny hats.

I'm going up to Tandy Leather today to pick up the strap for the belt commission, and the supplies I will need for the quiver/bracer commission I'm going to start after Pennsic. And then off to Li's tonight to shoot. 

I'm still looking for a passenger to keep me company on the trip down to PA, and hopefully kick in something toward gas. Unfortunately, the fact that I have to come back on Thursday is bad timing for most people; half of them either want to come back Tuesday or Wednesday, the other half on Friday or Saturday. 

Oh, yeah, and this weekend, I have to get B packed for summer camp, since M will be taking him up the day after I leave for Pennsic. And try to get him to finish up all his requirements for second class so he can have his conference and BOR while at camp. He's going to try to work on his first class requirements at camp; the swimming one is going to be the big stumbling block, I think. But if he can get a lot of the others done, that will be good progress. He's doing two pretty big merit badges, too, while he's there, chemistry and geology. And hopefully finish up his Citizenship in the World badge, soon, since all he has to do is meet with the counselor and go over the last couple of things he completed. 

Week and a half  until Pennsic! I am so psyched!
danagryphon: (Arms)
Not that I was concerned about it, but my boss just approved my vacation for Pennsic. Actually, it turns out that this is the year my vacation goes from 2 weeks to 3 weeks, so I will still even have some left over to take later in the year for holidays (or for the move, if it ever happens).

Bonus all around!

I can still only stay at Pennsic until Thursday, though, because I have to be back on Friday to pick the kids up from camp, since their father will be going out of town. But it is nice to not have to worry about using up all my vacation days for that.

Woo hoo!
danagryphon: (Arms)
Not that I was concerned about it, but my boss just approved my vacation for Pennsic. Actually, it turns out that this is the year my vacation goes from 2 weeks to 3 weeks, so I will still even have some left over to take later in the year for holidays (or for the move, if it ever happens).

Bonus all around!

I can still only stay at Pennsic until Thursday, though, because I have to be back on Friday to pick the kids up from camp, since their father will be going out of town. But it is nice to not have to worry about using up all my vacation days for that.

Woo hoo!
danagryphon: (Default)
Practice at Li's tonight was very productive. I shot a couple of royal rounds, and achieved a new personal best of 87. My current average is 85, and I think it is actually three 85s. So I bettered my average, too. I like it when I'm making forward progress. My untimed 20 yards was a 29. I missed a perfect 30 by about a centimeter.

I also shot an IKAC, my first, and got a 215. So that gives me a starting point  to go from.

And finally, I have committed to going to Pennsic this year. My first in about 20 years. Egads. But, Li was calling Squirrelsbane as I left to recommend me for the Champions team. Possibly as an alternate, but he says, depending on who shows up and how I'm shooting, I may actually be a first-stringer. I worked the schedule out with my ex for him to take care of E that week; since B will be off at camp, it works out well. I'll be back in time for the ex to fly out for the weekend to visit his parents, and to go pick up B at camp and be there for the closing ceremony. I won't be there for parents' night on Wednesday, but I think he'll be ok with that.

Today I also mailed off my paperwork to become an Apprentice Chirugeon. And once I recertify him for CPR (now that I'm an instructor), Li has agreed to be my Mentor Chirugeon, as well.

Now my only dilemma is whether to take my fencing stuff to Pennsic, or just figure I'll be too busy with Archery and schmoozing with Archery folks to really do any fencing. Not to mention the idea of putting on all that protective gear in the PA August heat does not thrill me. I grew up in that heat, I know how bad it can be.  Plus, it being my first war in 20 years, I don't want to overdo it.

But I'm psyched. I'm going to Pennsic!
danagryphon: (Default)
Practice at Li's tonight was very productive. I shot a couple of royal rounds, and achieved a new personal best of 87. My current average is 85, and I think it is actually three 85s. So I bettered my average, too. I like it when I'm making forward progress. My untimed 20 yards was a 29. I missed a perfect 30 by about a centimeter.

I also shot an IKAC, my first, and got a 215. So that gives me a starting point  to go from.

And finally, I have committed to going to Pennsic this year. My first in about 20 years. Egads. But, Li was calling Squirrelsbane as I left to recommend me for the Champions team. Possibly as an alternate, but he says, depending on who shows up and how I'm shooting, I may actually be a first-stringer. I worked the schedule out with my ex for him to take care of E that week; since B will be off at camp, it works out well. I'll be back in time for the ex to fly out for the weekend to visit his parents, and to go pick up B at camp and be there for the closing ceremony. I won't be there for parents' night on Wednesday, but I think he'll be ok with that.

Today I also mailed off my paperwork to become an Apprentice Chirugeon. And once I recertify him for CPR (now that I'm an instructor), Li has agreed to be my Mentor Chirugeon, as well.

Now my only dilemma is whether to take my fencing stuff to Pennsic, or just figure I'll be too busy with Archery and schmoozing with Archery folks to really do any fencing. Not to mention the idea of putting on all that protective gear in the PA August heat does not thrill me. I grew up in that heat, I know how bad it can be.  Plus, it being my first war in 20 years, I don't want to overdo it.

But I'm psyched. I'm going to Pennsic!

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