danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
Oh, dear mother of two scouts, if you wish to feel rancor toward me for attempting to collect the 11 weeks of past dues that both your sons have not paid since February, by all means, go ahead. You can just imagine my distress at the silent avoidance that you shower on me at the thrice yearly court of honor meetings that you deign to attend.

If you feel that you would do a better job as troop treasurer, then I suggest you resign your current position and take on the treasurer position. Oh wait. You don't HAVE a position as a leader in the troop, nor does your husband. My mistake.

Ah, of course it is the scribe's fault (that would be my son, dear lady) because he singled your family out to not record when your darling boys gave him money. Except that since he hasn't been to easily half the meetings in recent months, it was YOUR son who was filling in as scribe. And don't think I didn't notice the 6 weeks that got marked as paid for each of your sons without the money turned in reflecting that amount (on a week when I was not there either, no less).

Why yes, I think next year we will be instituting a receipt system for cash dues, since you cried out for "a system of checks and balances". It will, of course, be more work for the scribe—oh, your younger son is running for that position? well, good for him. But I think in the end, you will find that his having to account for every payment rather than relying in the honor system isn't going to go quite the way you think it will for you.

And you want to know how your son can get extra funds from the troop for summer camp? Well, your sons have to do more than the absolute BARE MINIMUM required fundraising. Boys who go above and beyond that get credit from the troop. Your boys have been given ample opportunities to earn their way. Too bad you decided not to take any of them.

I know my give-a-damn is around here somewhere...
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Really, is it only Monday?


Cut for length, because I care ;) )


What, me busy?

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: (Pete Interrogation)
I just got back today from a week at Boy Scout summer camp with my boys and their troop.

My original plan for camp got scrapped when I injured my shoulder (so that I couldn't shoot archery) and when my doctor put my on tetracycline (so that I couldn't do just about anything else, because of sun sensitivity). My backup plan was to try to use as much time during the day when the boys were off doing their merit badges and other activities to try to work on writing. I found a nice spot in the admin building where I could plug in my computer and sit and write.

I didn't get as much written as I had hoped. I didn't even get a single chapter done.

I did get one chapter that needed some serious re-working mostly edited, although I'm still not happy with it. I got two other chapters started, but have run into a wall. I feel like I've run out of steam. I feel like I've lost the thread of the plot, and although I know what the final goal is, don't have any sort of plan of how to get there.

This, too, will pass. I may take a break from this story for a while, and work on something else, either the Glee fic or a novelization of the pilot of the PotA TV series. But this is why I usually have 2 or 3 stories going at once, so that if I hit a block with one, I can move onto another until I get my mojo back.

Meanwhile, there is a mound of stinky boy laundry to be done. I must have gone through half a bottle of Febreeze trying to keep the older one from reaching gag-a-maggot stage from sweat.

And tonight I get to sleep in a real bed. That may also do wonders for my mental state.
danagryphon: (Pete Interrogation)
I just got back today from a week at Boy Scout summer camp with my boys and their troop.

My original plan for camp got scrapped when I injured my shoulder (so that I couldn't shoot archery) and when my doctor put my on tetracycline (so that I couldn't do just about anything else, because of sun sensitivity). My backup plan was to try to use as much time during the day when the boys were off doing their merit badges and other activities to try to work on writing. I found a nice spot in the admin building where I could plug in my computer and sit and write.

I didn't get as much written as I had hoped. I didn't even get a single chapter done.

I did get one chapter that needed some serious re-working mostly edited, although I'm still not happy with it. I got two other chapters started, but have run into a wall. I feel like I've run out of steam. I feel like I've lost the thread of the plot, and although I know what the final goal is, don't have any sort of plan of how to get there.

This, too, will pass. I may take a break from this story for a while, and work on something else, either the Glee fic or a novelization of the pilot of the PotA TV series. But this is why I usually have 2 or 3 stories going at once, so that if I hit a block with one, I can move onto another until I get my mojo back.

Meanwhile, there is a mound of stinky boy laundry to be done. I must have gone through half a bottle of Febreeze trying to keep the older one from reaching gag-a-maggot stage from sweat.

And tonight I get to sleep in a real bed. That may also do wonders for my mental state.
danagryphon: (Default)
Last night was quite productive, despite being a scout night. The troop went snow tubing at Nashoba right up the street from us, so that saved me driving over the Shirley. I had warned E that he needed to get all his homework done after school, or I would not hesitate to leave him at home and he would miss the tubing. Well, I got to Himself's last night, and E had done everything that was due today, but had not finished a couple of things that were due Friday. Which normally wouldn't have been a big deal, but he also has a major project due Friday that he will need to finish tonight. So we compromised, and decided I would take them for an hour (the tickets are for 2 hours), and they would have to leave early. Which B was fine with, too.

So I got home a little before 8, lots of time to work on the scroll. I got the gold leaf laid down, plus finished the sketching and got the base coat of paint done (including the recipient's arms; this is the first AoA I've done where the recipient already had registered arms, so that's cool). Tonight, I will do the whitework highlighting, and also maybe try to get the outlining done. Then that will just leave the calligraphy to do on Friday. It's looking real good!

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] lanome , I rechecked the source, and it's late 14th C., not 13th C. like I thought. But still, it's a cool piece, and I'll post everything after Saturday (although you'll get to see the finished product then).
danagryphon: (Default)
Last night was quite productive, despite being a scout night. The troop went snow tubing at Nashoba right up the street from us, so that saved me driving over the Shirley. I had warned E that he needed to get all his homework done after school, or I would not hesitate to leave him at home and he would miss the tubing. Well, I got to Himself's last night, and E had done everything that was due today, but had not finished a couple of things that were due Friday. Which normally wouldn't have been a big deal, but he also has a major project due Friday that he will need to finish tonight. So we compromised, and decided I would take them for an hour (the tickets are for 2 hours), and they would have to leave early. Which B was fine with, too.

So I got home a little before 8, lots of time to work on the scroll. I got the gold leaf laid down, plus finished the sketching and got the base coat of paint done (including the recipient's arms; this is the first AoA I've done where the recipient already had registered arms, so that's cool). Tonight, I will do the whitework highlighting, and also maybe try to get the outlining done. Then that will just leave the calligraphy to do on Friday. It's looking real good!

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] lanome , I rechecked the source, and it's late 14th C., not 13th C. like I thought. But still, it's a cool piece, and I'll post everything after Saturday (although you'll get to see the finished product then).
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
My unbelievably busy scheduled continued this weekend. To recap the end of last week, Thursday evening, when I had to go to the business meeting for the Ayer Sportsman's Club so that we could talk to the right person about renting their site for the archery/tw event, and then go do the grocery shopping for the weekend cub scout campout, my train was an hour late getting home because the train in front of us broke down and we had to push it from Concord to South Acton. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , who had come by to drop off the check for the deposit to the Ayer site, was prepared to stand in for me at their meeting, and ended up going with me for much needed moral support. But, we have a site! Yay!

I did stop at the grocery store on the way home after that and bought some of the food for the camping trip. Realized the next day that I forgot a whole bunch of stuff, so I had to do another trip Friday night, but that was ok. So after I got home Thursday and got the food stowed away, I had to run over to the house of our Pack Committee Chair to get the tour permit signed and faxed into Council. Unfortunately, on leaving her house, I didn't notice the layer of ice on her front stairs, and went bumpity bumpity down all 5 or 6 of them on my butt, wrenching my hips, back and neck when I hit the bottom hard. Ouch. Nothing broken, no serious injury, just lots of soreness.

So, when I woke up Friday morning and could barely make it down the stairs from the bedroom, I decided sitting for an hour each way on a commuter train, standing (probably) on the subway train for half an hour, not to mention all the walking in between, just wasn't going to be any fun at all, so I worked from home. We actually had two camping trips going on this weekend: B's Troop was tent camping for the whole weekend (which M was going to part of, but since neither of us could be there for the whole thing, we decided B would skip; and the Pack was camping Saturday to Sunday, in a cabin, which I was in charge of organizing and running; and they were in different locations).

When I knocked off for the evening on Friday, I took the kids out for pizza (M was off with the troop on their camping trip), and then we had to go to Toys R Us to get a gift for the bday party Eli was invited to this weekend (more on that in a minute), and then back to the grocery store to finish getting food for the camping trip. Then I had to actually pack stuff for me, E, and B, and get up early the next day to pack up the car with everything else.

So I was up at 7 on Saturday, to pack the car. We actually got out the door by around 9, which got us to the camp (just down the road in Bolton) by 9:30 (after stopping for coffee and a breakfast sandwich). I was very happy when another family arrived the same time we did, and the father was very helpful in getting my car unloaded into the cabin (the Element was stuffed, and it holds a LOT of stuff).

The camping trip went well, and we got packed up Sunday morning and home by around 10. Which gave me enough time to unpack the car, get everyone showered, and even get some of the cooking stuff cleaned up before we had to have lunch and then E and I had to head out for a birthday party. The party was at a lazer tag place down in Marlboro, and E had a blast. Unfortunately, we had to leave straight from there instead of going back to their house for cake, so that he could be at Nashoba for his 5:30 snowboard lesson. M was going to bring E home, since he finished his teaching at that same time E finished his lesson (convenient, that!). So I was free to stop at the grocery store (yet again!) on the way home and pick up cake and ice cream for M's bday (which is actually today, but the boys will be with Himself tonight). So when M got home, we surprised him with the cake and his gift.

However, since today is his actual bday, I'm going to take him out for dinner tonight, and then we will have a quiet, relaxing (maybe even a wee bit romantic) evening at home with just the two of us.

But man, am I dead on my ass tired today.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
My unbelievably busy scheduled continued this weekend. To recap the end of last week, Thursday evening, when I had to go to the business meeting for the Ayer Sportsman's Club so that we could talk to the right person about renting their site for the archery/tw event, and then go do the grocery shopping for the weekend cub scout campout, my train was an hour late getting home because the train in front of us broke down and we had to push it from Concord to South Acton. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , who had come by to drop off the check for the deposit to the Ayer site, was prepared to stand in for me at their meeting, and ended up going with me for much needed moral support. But, we have a site! Yay!

I did stop at the grocery store on the way home after that and bought some of the food for the camping trip. Realized the next day that I forgot a whole bunch of stuff, so I had to do another trip Friday night, but that was ok. So after I got home Thursday and got the food stowed away, I had to run over to the house of our Pack Committee Chair to get the tour permit signed and faxed into Council. Unfortunately, on leaving her house, I didn't notice the layer of ice on her front stairs, and went bumpity bumpity down all 5 or 6 of them on my butt, wrenching my hips, back and neck when I hit the bottom hard. Ouch. Nothing broken, no serious injury, just lots of soreness.

So, when I woke up Friday morning and could barely make it down the stairs from the bedroom, I decided sitting for an hour each way on a commuter train, standing (probably) on the subway train for half an hour, not to mention all the walking in between, just wasn't going to be any fun at all, so I worked from home. We actually had two camping trips going on this weekend: B's Troop was tent camping for the whole weekend (which M was going to part of, but since neither of us could be there for the whole thing, we decided B would skip; and the Pack was camping Saturday to Sunday, in a cabin, which I was in charge of organizing and running; and they were in different locations).

When I knocked off for the evening on Friday, I took the kids out for pizza (M was off with the troop on their camping trip), and then we had to go to Toys R Us to get a gift for the bday party Eli was invited to this weekend (more on that in a minute), and then back to the grocery store to finish getting food for the camping trip. Then I had to actually pack stuff for me, E, and B, and get up early the next day to pack up the car with everything else.

So I was up at 7 on Saturday, to pack the car. We actually got out the door by around 9, which got us to the camp (just down the road in Bolton) by 9:30 (after stopping for coffee and a breakfast sandwich). I was very happy when another family arrived the same time we did, and the father was very helpful in getting my car unloaded into the cabin (the Element was stuffed, and it holds a LOT of stuff).

The camping trip went well, and we got packed up Sunday morning and home by around 10. Which gave me enough time to unpack the car, get everyone showered, and even get some of the cooking stuff cleaned up before we had to have lunch and then E and I had to head out for a birthday party. The party was at a lazer tag place down in Marlboro, and E had a blast. Unfortunately, we had to leave straight from there instead of going back to their house for cake, so that he could be at Nashoba for his 5:30 snowboard lesson. M was going to bring E home, since he finished his teaching at that same time E finished his lesson (convenient, that!). So I was free to stop at the grocery store (yet again!) on the way home and pick up cake and ice cream for M's bday (which is actually today, but the boys will be with Himself tonight). So when M got home, we surprised him with the cake and his gift.

However, since today is his actual bday, I'm going to take him out for dinner tonight, and then we will have a quiet, relaxing (maybe even a wee bit romantic) evening at home with just the two of us.

But man, am I dead on my ass tired today.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Spent last weekend making loads of progress on the scroll that is due at 12th Night. Monday night, I ended up skipping the Shire A&S documentation class because I took me until it was over the coax the young one into finishing his homework. There were dire warnings and portents about what would happen to him should he not do his homework during his after school program on Tuesday, since we were hosting his den for a meeting. Which, he, of course, completely ignored. Luckily, the homework was relatively short, and he had sufficient motivation (death was on the line) to get it all done while I scrambled to make dinner before the scouts arrived.

We had a good den meeting. This was the next to last den meeting before the boys cross over to Boy Scouts, so everyone (eventually) showed up. That was 10 boys. I had a pack of kits to make leather knife sheaths that I got real cheap and had been holding onto since they were Tigers, which they finally got to do last night, to finish up the Craftsman Webelos pin. They seemed to enjoy making something cool, for the most part, and seemed proud of their accomplishment when it was all done. One boy, who is not planning on continuing in Boy Scouts, has obviously decided he is done with scouts, and had to be watched over by the den leader so that he didn't wander off and abandon the project (which he assembled incorrectly anyway, and then didn't take home with him), while his father sat in the living room and ignored him. But the rest were fully engaged.

Tonight, I should try to go down to the camp in Bolton and look at the cabin that our Pack has reserved for their Freeze Out camping trip in 2 1/2 weeks, just so I have an idea before we get there what the facilities look like. That is, if I don't end up taking B to his troop meeting because M has been out sick from work the last two days. Thursday, I have my next to last Pack Committee meeting. Can you tell that I am also anxious to move on? I will be missing the Pack meeting next Friday because of 12th Night, but M has agreed to take E, since it is just going to be outside entertainment by an animal show.

Saturday, I need to go to Ayer and put down the deposit on the Sportsman's Club for the May archery event. And finish the 12th Night Scroll. And finish the beading project for 12th Night (although I've got 2 nights next week completely to myself in which to finish projects as well). Our Shire business meeting is also on Sunday. And E's first snowboarding lesson is Sunday evening.

I have another scroll assignment for Birka, and in between, I will be spending the weekend camping in a cabin with the Cub Scouts. Ok, things could get interesting with this one, but I couldn't turn it down. But I've also got MLK Day in there, so that's a bonus. That reminds me, I have to check with Himself about who will be keeping the boys that day.

I also have to decide very soon about teaching at Bergental's Novice Schola vs. shooting in the NAA Nationals that weekend. Doing both would be barely possible, IF I'm able to get early slots for my classes, THEN drive home from Springfield, THEN drive immediately up to Andover. Feh. Me thinks not. Given all the twinging my shoulder has been doing lately even without shooting, and the fact that I haven't shot a bow since what, late October?, I think Nationals is going to lose this year. But I have to have my class descriptions into the coordinator by the end of next week if I'm going to teach. A little bit of time to make that decision yet.
danagryphon: (Celtic Gryphon)
Spent last weekend making loads of progress on the scroll that is due at 12th Night. Monday night, I ended up skipping the Shire A&S documentation class because I took me until it was over the coax the young one into finishing his homework. There were dire warnings and portents about what would happen to him should he not do his homework during his after school program on Tuesday, since we were hosting his den for a meeting. Which, he, of course, completely ignored. Luckily, the homework was relatively short, and he had sufficient motivation (death was on the line) to get it all done while I scrambled to make dinner before the scouts arrived.

We had a good den meeting. This was the next to last den meeting before the boys cross over to Boy Scouts, so everyone (eventually) showed up. That was 10 boys. I had a pack of kits to make leather knife sheaths that I got real cheap and had been holding onto since they were Tigers, which they finally got to do last night, to finish up the Craftsman Webelos pin. They seemed to enjoy making something cool, for the most part, and seemed proud of their accomplishment when it was all done. One boy, who is not planning on continuing in Boy Scouts, has obviously decided he is done with scouts, and had to be watched over by the den leader so that he didn't wander off and abandon the project (which he assembled incorrectly anyway, and then didn't take home with him), while his father sat in the living room and ignored him. But the rest were fully engaged.

Tonight, I should try to go down to the camp in Bolton and look at the cabin that our Pack has reserved for their Freeze Out camping trip in 2 1/2 weeks, just so I have an idea before we get there what the facilities look like. That is, if I don't end up taking B to his troop meeting because M has been out sick from work the last two days. Thursday, I have my next to last Pack Committee meeting. Can you tell that I am also anxious to move on? I will be missing the Pack meeting next Friday because of 12th Night, but M has agreed to take E, since it is just going to be outside entertainment by an animal show.

Saturday, I need to go to Ayer and put down the deposit on the Sportsman's Club for the May archery event. And finish the 12th Night Scroll. And finish the beading project for 12th Night (although I've got 2 nights next week completely to myself in which to finish projects as well). Our Shire business meeting is also on Sunday. And E's first snowboarding lesson is Sunday evening.

I have another scroll assignment for Birka, and in between, I will be spending the weekend camping in a cabin with the Cub Scouts. Ok, things could get interesting with this one, but I couldn't turn it down. But I've also got MLK Day in there, so that's a bonus. That reminds me, I have to check with Himself about who will be keeping the boys that day.

I also have to decide very soon about teaching at Bergental's Novice Schola vs. shooting in the NAA Nationals that weekend. Doing both would be barely possible, IF I'm able to get early slots for my classes, THEN drive home from Springfield, THEN drive immediately up to Andover. Feh. Me thinks not. Given all the twinging my shoulder has been doing lately even without shooting, and the fact that I haven't shot a bow since what, late October?, I think Nationals is going to lose this year. But I have to have my class descriptions into the coordinator by the end of next week if I'm going to teach. A little bit of time to make that decision yet.
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Thanksgiving dinner was a success. I have finally managed to get the hang of this electric stove/oven thing. Nothing got burnt, only one thing boiled over a little tiny bit, and everything pretty much came out at the same time. There was no goose or duck to be had at the grocery store for M; I think that is something I will have to visit a local farm (in advance, of course, which is always a challenge for me) to get a fresh one if that is something I want to do for Yule dinner. I tried a new recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake this year, and I think it is the best so far.

There were way too many leftovers, but I like T-day leftovers, so that's ok. The dark meat and the stuffing will be used in a couple of weeks (after being frozen) to make turkey croquettes for the Shire Yule pot luck, and I think I'll also use up the last of the apples to make another batch of apple crisp, since that came out pretty good, too.

We played Apples to Apples after dinner until way too late, then everyone headed home. We finished a little more cleaning up (had done most of it after dinner and before dessert), and were in bed by around midnight.

Friday we headed up to M's brother's house to visit the family (his parents are in town from FL), and had a big spaghetti meal. The kids do have a pretty good time there; B likes to be the big kid and show the little kids cool stuff, and E likes playing with his only male cousin who is about his age. M's parents did their holiday shopping for us while they were here (they are going to M's sister's house in MI for Xmas), and they got us a new DVD player/recorder, to replace our DVD player that died.

This morning, we all got in our uniforms and headed out to a double Eagle Court of Honor in Gardner for the sons of some friends we know from Council and from Wood Badge (the father was in my course). This evening, M is going up to NH to L's house, because he forgot to take his holiday wreath on Thursday. I'm watching Twilight with E, and in a few minutes, am going to go off to start working on some new garb for M for Dual Yule next weekend. Unfortunately, M has "outgrown" most of his garb, but I have a pattern I've been dying to use to make him a nice Italian farsetto and giornea. This is going to be the trial run with this pattern, with cheap (non-period) cloth, and then once I work out the details, I'll make him a nicer outfit with linen and brocade (which may end up being an A&S project), maybe for Birka. But this one is going to be pretty quick and dirty since I only have a week.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping, we are out of just about everything (except T-day leftovers!). And more work on garb. I'm looking forward to Yule, being a nice, low key event.
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Thanksgiving dinner was a success. I have finally managed to get the hang of this electric stove/oven thing. Nothing got burnt, only one thing boiled over a little tiny bit, and everything pretty much came out at the same time. There was no goose or duck to be had at the grocery store for M; I think that is something I will have to visit a local farm (in advance, of course, which is always a challenge for me) to get a fresh one if that is something I want to do for Yule dinner. I tried a new recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake this year, and I think it is the best so far.

There were way too many leftovers, but I like T-day leftovers, so that's ok. The dark meat and the stuffing will be used in a couple of weeks (after being frozen) to make turkey croquettes for the Shire Yule pot luck, and I think I'll also use up the last of the apples to make another batch of apple crisp, since that came out pretty good, too.

We played Apples to Apples after dinner until way too late, then everyone headed home. We finished a little more cleaning up (had done most of it after dinner and before dessert), and were in bed by around midnight.

Friday we headed up to M's brother's house to visit the family (his parents are in town from FL), and had a big spaghetti meal. The kids do have a pretty good time there; B likes to be the big kid and show the little kids cool stuff, and E likes playing with his only male cousin who is about his age. M's parents did their holiday shopping for us while they were here (they are going to M's sister's house in MI for Xmas), and they got us a new DVD player/recorder, to replace our DVD player that died.

This morning, we all got in our uniforms and headed out to a double Eagle Court of Honor in Gardner for the sons of some friends we know from Council and from Wood Badge (the father was in my course). This evening, M is going up to NH to L's house, because he forgot to take his holiday wreath on Thursday. I'm watching Twilight with E, and in a few minutes, am going to go off to start working on some new garb for M for Dual Yule next weekend. Unfortunately, M has "outgrown" most of his garb, but I have a pattern I've been dying to use to make him a nice Italian farsetto and giornea. This is going to be the trial run with this pattern, with cheap (non-period) cloth, and then once I work out the details, I'll make him a nicer outfit with linen and brocade (which may end up being an A&S project), maybe for Birka. But this one is going to be pretty quick and dirty since I only have a week.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping, we are out of just about everything (except T-day leftovers!). And more work on garb. I'm looking forward to Yule, being a nice, low key event.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
This weekend was Webelos Woods, a Cub Scout event for 9 and 10 year old boys, where they get to take a "class" to earn one of 20 activity pins that are offered to Webelos level scouts. I taught Scientist, as I have for a couple of years now; I've also taught Readyman (first aid) and Geologist in the past.

M has been in charge of the kitchen for this event for several years now. He cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday for the staff (about 50 people), and then the humongo breakfast Sunday morning for all the cubs and their parents. Last year, we had about 250 scouts, so that meant breakfast for about 500 people. This year, they set a new record with over 300 scouts, so potentially, that meant over 600 people for breakfast. However, it usually ends up being a lot less, especially if it is rainy like this year, because a lot of people bug out early and get breakfast on the road. This year, I didn't help in the kitchen because my Webelos son was attending (he was supposed to go last year, but got sick at the last minute). M had decided that this was his last year in the kitchen, and next year is going to be in charge of wrangling Boy Scouts helpers (which B was this year, and E will be able to do next year as well). Hopefully that will be a less stressful job than the kitchen for him. I have not decided yet whether I will continue to teach a class after E crosses over to Boy Scouts. Probably will, but will just do it as a day trip.

Mini-rant about entitled parents and boys )
Overall, I knew what I was getting myself into, so had realistic expectations, and it was fun. E had a blast; he took the Artist class, and had fun making something with clay. He also loves camping and hanging out with his friends, and even went to the climbing wall and bb-gun range. We cooked dinner Saturday night as a pack, and the boys made foil packs (meat and veggies wrapped in foil and cooked on coals), and mac-and-cheese. I took charge of dessert and made cinnamon rolls and brownies in my dutch ovens, which everyone loved. We did a smart thing after dinner Saturday night, and packed away all the kitchen and any other non-essential for sleeping stuff, given the forecast for rain to start during the night. That way, the only wet stuff we had to deal with were the tents.

But I do need a new small tent. I love our big cabin tent for family or extended camping, but after B's first Webelos Woods, I realized that the sites are often tight on space, and I got a smaller, 2-3 person tent for scouting events where it is just going to be the 2 of us. It was a cheap tent, it's now 6 years old, and is starting to develop some major leaks. We had quite the puddle of water inside the tent Sunday morning. Luckily, we were on an air mattress (which is also getting rather old, but still works great), so we had a life raft. If I'm going to start going on Boy Scout camping trips as a leader once E crosses over to the troop, I think I might invest in a slightly better quality individual tent.

In wedding news, the rings arrived Friday. Considering they said 5-10 business days for shipping (which could have been cutting it close, and had me a little nervous), and they arrived in 3 days, color me impressed. Both rings fit and look great. M and I are very pleased. Ten days and counting.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
This weekend was Webelos Woods, a Cub Scout event for 9 and 10 year old boys, where they get to take a "class" to earn one of 20 activity pins that are offered to Webelos level scouts. I taught Scientist, as I have for a couple of years now; I've also taught Readyman (first aid) and Geologist in the past.

M has been in charge of the kitchen for this event for several years now. He cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday for the staff (about 50 people), and then the humongo breakfast Sunday morning for all the cubs and their parents. Last year, we had about 250 scouts, so that meant breakfast for about 500 people. This year, they set a new record with over 300 scouts, so potentially, that meant over 600 people for breakfast. However, it usually ends up being a lot less, especially if it is rainy like this year, because a lot of people bug out early and get breakfast on the road. This year, I didn't help in the kitchen because my Webelos son was attending (he was supposed to go last year, but got sick at the last minute). M had decided that this was his last year in the kitchen, and next year is going to be in charge of wrangling Boy Scouts helpers (which B was this year, and E will be able to do next year as well). Hopefully that will be a less stressful job than the kitchen for him. I have not decided yet whether I will continue to teach a class after E crosses over to Boy Scouts. Probably will, but will just do it as a day trip.

Mini-rant about entitled parents and boys )
Overall, I knew what I was getting myself into, so had realistic expectations, and it was fun. E had a blast; he took the Artist class, and had fun making something with clay. He also loves camping and hanging out with his friends, and even went to the climbing wall and bb-gun range. We cooked dinner Saturday night as a pack, and the boys made foil packs (meat and veggies wrapped in foil and cooked on coals), and mac-and-cheese. I took charge of dessert and made cinnamon rolls and brownies in my dutch ovens, which everyone loved. We did a smart thing after dinner Saturday night, and packed away all the kitchen and any other non-essential for sleeping stuff, given the forecast for rain to start during the night. That way, the only wet stuff we had to deal with were the tents.

But I do need a new small tent. I love our big cabin tent for family or extended camping, but after B's first Webelos Woods, I realized that the sites are often tight on space, and I got a smaller, 2-3 person tent for scouting events where it is just going to be the 2 of us. It was a cheap tent, it's now 6 years old, and is starting to develop some major leaks. We had quite the puddle of water inside the tent Sunday morning. Luckily, we were on an air mattress (which is also getting rather old, but still works great), so we had a life raft. If I'm going to start going on Boy Scout camping trips as a leader once E crosses over to the troop, I think I might invest in a slightly better quality individual tent.

In wedding news, the rings arrived Friday. Considering they said 5-10 business days for shipping (which could have been cutting it close, and had me a little nervous), and they arrived in 3 days, color me impressed. Both rings fit and look great. M and I are very pleased. Ten days and counting.

Bad Call?

May. 8th, 2009 10:33 am
danagryphon: (House WTF)
Well, based on the 60% chance of thunderstorms for this evening that was forecast last night at 10 pm, the pack committee chair and I decided to postpone the pack cookout that was supposed to happen tonight until next week. I sent out an email to the mailing list last night announcing the postponement.

Of course, the sun rises this morning to a clear blue sky and a chance of thunderstorms for this evening that has now dropped to 30%.

So the postponement may have been a bad call.

Oh well, can't win 'em all.

Although E's baseball team is so far. Second game was won 10-3, so they are now 2-0.

Bad Call?

May. 8th, 2009 10:33 am
danagryphon: (House WTF)
Well, based on the 60% chance of thunderstorms for this evening that was forecast last night at 10 pm, the pack committee chair and I decided to postpone the pack cookout that was supposed to happen tonight until next week. I sent out an email to the mailing list last night announcing the postponement.

Of course, the sun rises this morning to a clear blue sky and a chance of thunderstorms for this evening that has now dropped to 30%.

So the postponement may have been a bad call.

Oh well, can't win 'em all.

Although E's baseball team is so far. Second game was won 10-3, so they are now 2-0.
danagryphon: (Greenman)
Friday, I took the day off work for a couple of appointments, including with my new dentist. It went well, and I like the people I've met there so far, and they are definitely more professional in their service than Aspen Dental was. I have to have a minor repair on an old filling that has chipped, but otherwise things looks stable. Friday when M got home, we were able to get an early start on heading up to Peabody for his father's bday, avoiding pretty much all the traffic. Friday rush hour traffic on 128 sucks big time.

We had a Pinewood Derby on Saturday. E even had a car to run. I haven't taken pictures of it yet because after the race, he took his car and his 2nd place trophy (yay!) back to Himself's house.  I'll try to get a pic and post it, because it did look pretty darn cool.

Saturday evening, M and I went to see Watchmen. I liked it, M hated it. Well, I should qualify that. I sort of liked it. It was interesting, and thought provoking, and the special effects and cinematography were pretty (even if the story itself was rather gritty). I'm glad I saw it, but it's not something I would want to see again, most likely, or want to own on DVD. The trailers before it were an interesting assortment of a bunch of other dark, doomsday type movies, plus Enterprise (which was also a rather dark, doomsday-ish trailer). Yes, Enterprise looks awesome.

Sunday, I woke up with a shredded voice from MCing the Pinewood Derby. I went to the Shire business meeting, then came home and got another Northern Lights scroll done. That's 3 down, and 2 to go. I'm using this as an opportunity to try some new styles, and also to brush up on my Celtic illumination before I tackle the illumination for the big scroll I'm doing in that style for Mudthaw. I've got transportation for all the scrolls lined up. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  is picking up the Northern Lights ones on her way out to the event Friday evening. I found a fellow shire member who is going to Mudthaw, so I won't have to worry about mailing that one to make it in time.

Pics of the scrolls will be forthcoming as soon as I get my camera out and take them. Me and my lazy butt.

Next weekend is Ostara. I haven't decided yet if we are going on the rescheduled Freeze-Out Thaw-Out camping trip with the cub scouts. I need a break from camping for a month or so. B didn't go on the indoor rock climbing trip this past weekend with his troop because 1) neither M nor I were free to go with him, 2) rock climbing doesn't really interest him, and 3) it was $40 for him to not be interesting in doing any actual climbing. I'll have to see what the April campout is, but he really should go if at all possible.

danagryphon: (Greenman)
Friday, I took the day off work for a couple of appointments, including with my new dentist. It went well, and I like the people I've met there so far, and they are definitely more professional in their service than Aspen Dental was. I have to have a minor repair on an old filling that has chipped, but otherwise things looks stable. Friday when M got home, we were able to get an early start on heading up to Peabody for his father's bday, avoiding pretty much all the traffic. Friday rush hour traffic on 128 sucks big time.

We had a Pinewood Derby on Saturday. E even had a car to run. I haven't taken pictures of it yet because after the race, he took his car and his 2nd place trophy (yay!) back to Himself's house.  I'll try to get a pic and post it, because it did look pretty darn cool.

Saturday evening, M and I went to see Watchmen. I liked it, M hated it. Well, I should qualify that. I sort of liked it. It was interesting, and thought provoking, and the special effects and cinematography were pretty (even if the story itself was rather gritty). I'm glad I saw it, but it's not something I would want to see again, most likely, or want to own on DVD. The trailers before it were an interesting assortment of a bunch of other dark, doomsday type movies, plus Enterprise (which was also a rather dark, doomsday-ish trailer). Yes, Enterprise looks awesome.

Sunday, I woke up with a shredded voice from MCing the Pinewood Derby. I went to the Shire business meeting, then came home and got another Northern Lights scroll done. That's 3 down, and 2 to go. I'm using this as an opportunity to try some new styles, and also to brush up on my Celtic illumination before I tackle the illumination for the big scroll I'm doing in that style for Mudthaw. I've got transportation for all the scrolls lined up. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  is picking up the Northern Lights ones on her way out to the event Friday evening. I found a fellow shire member who is going to Mudthaw, so I won't have to worry about mailing that one to make it in time.

Pics of the scrolls will be forthcoming as soon as I get my camera out and take them. Me and my lazy butt.

Next weekend is Ostara. I haven't decided yet if we are going on the rescheduled Freeze-Out Thaw-Out camping trip with the cub scouts. I need a break from camping for a month or so. B didn't go on the indoor rock climbing trip this past weekend with his troop because 1) neither M nor I were free to go with him, 2) rock climbing doesn't really interest him, and 3) it was $40 for him to not be interesting in doing any actual climbing. I'll have to see what the April campout is, but he really should go if at all possible.

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