Last week was totally crazy so I was really looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.
Saturday morning I got up fairly early for my regular Weight Watchers meeting and after the meeting I hit the gym with Drea. I got in a really awesome workout, which I really needed. It felt great. I ran some errands on the way home and picked up some groceries which were sorely needed as the pantry was nearly bare. It was pretty sad.
After lunch Coty and I did some yard work. We got the bushes in front of the house trimmed up and cleaned up all cuttings. We joined friends for a nice quiet dinner, which rounded out the evening nicely.
Sunday morning we got some more yardwork done. We pulled out about 1/4-1/3 of the vines that were choking the Nandina in our side yard and some of the volunteer trees. There’s still a lot of work left but it was a good start. We left around noon to head down to the Baronial Practice in Fayettville. I had a good time fighting and ushered on of the authorizations. We headed back home before the meeting though in order to get back for the dogs.
The rest of Sunday evening was spent doing a little laundry, reading, and watching True Blood. It was exactly the kind of relaxing evening I needed to round out the weekend.
I had a very nice weekend.
The weekend started with an amusing dinner at Twisted Kilt in north Raleigh. The food was OK and I our waitress was a little green but I had a good time.
Saturday I slept in a bit but was up in plenty of time for my weight watchers meeting. After getting back from my meeting I hopped in the truck with my husband and we headed over to Capital City Lumber. They have awesome wood, a great hardwood selection, and I nice selection of items available either in stock or for custom order for decks, landscaping, and other outdoor projects. I love that store.
Coty picked up some wood for his weekend projects and I found the wood for my mirror box. It’s beautiful.
I spent most of the day doing laundry. I didn’t get the yard work I wanted to done but I did get in a 2 mile run after lunch. After my run I enjoyed a nice shower and head off for a fabulous spa appointment my husband booked me. It was wonderful and I have the best husband ever.
After dinner I was feeling a bit run down so we did not go out as we go out like we had planned and I ended up going to bed early.
I was feeling better Sunday. I went to the gym for an early morning workout and then ran a couple of errands on the way home. After lunch I headed to fighter practice and had a pretty good time. After practice I got a shower and we headed to north Raleigh to check out the Games Workshop store. It was certainly cool although I was expecting it to be bigger.
We had dinner in N. Raleigh and then headed home to enjoy the season finale of Games of Thrones.
Overall it was a nice a weekend although I didn’t get as much done as I had wanted. I did finish all the laundry but I had also wanted to get some sewing, yard work, and web work done. Maybe after University.
The only picture I have so far of myself at Coronation. I was honored to be asked to help hold the canopy for Their Majesties. Special thanks to Michael Coward for taking the picture.
I had a wonderful time at Coronation last weekend. The weather was lovely although the wind gave us quite a lot of problems on the field. The 30 mile and hour gusts that had been forecast ended up being pretty much constantly sustained. We had several tents blown down and the list fence blown over before we had to pull them all down. Sadly our little 16′ x 16′ day shade was among the casualties. The wind ripped out a big section of the center. Thankfully, it’s totally mendable and our marque, which we were also using, was totally unharmed. Guess I’ll be making lemonade with a tent mending tutorial.
I was the field steward for the event so I ended up spending most of the event setting things up and taking them back down but I did get a chance to judge one of the St. Catherine’s A&S tournament entries. For those of you who haven’t heard of St. Catherine’s before or who live outside of our area, St. Catherine’s is a rather intensive A&S competition in which the total number of entrants is restricted and each entrant must preregister months in advance. All documentation must be turned in in advance and is disseminated ahead of time to the judges. On the day of the competition each entrant spends at least 30 min with their judges giving an in person presentation and receiving feedback. It’s really an excellent competition and we had many amazing entries.
With my field steward duties and the A&S judging I had already signed up to do I ended up deciding not to fight. It was probably for the best since I don’t know how I would have squeezed fighting in but I did miss it by the end of the day. Guess I’m just going to have to make sure I get in more than my fair share next time to make up for it.
I had an amazing time at Ymir this year. I thoroughly enjoyed the fighting, got in some very fun pickups (which is my favorite part of any event), I got to see several very worthy people be inducted into the Peerage, and I got to spend a good deal of time hanging out with my friends.
The fighting was a lot of fun, even if my head wasn’t in the right space. With the wait while people moved their cars of the field so we could start fighting and a few other things that went on I found it very hard to focus on the fighting. I still did very well in the speed tourney, making it into the double elim. I did not do as well in the double elim as I did in the speed tourney but I know the adjustment I need to make. It was very different than the Ymir tournament that I am used to, but it was no less enjoyable. The only real drawback for me was that the tourney style that was run didn’t really allow for the personal evaluations I like to be able to do at Ymir so I will need to find another tourney where I can make those evaluations. All in all though I had a great time. I did end up missing the tavern brawl melees so I could attend a vigil but I made it back in time to watch the Free Scholar prize and get in some pickups.
One of my favorite parts of the event though was getting to spend some time chatting with people I do not get to see often. Lately it seems that when I’m at an event I’m always running to the next thing and I never get the chance to really stop and talk to my friends. It’s a bit disappointing because so many of us seem so spread out and busy now that we only get to see each other in passing at events. This event though I really tried to take more time to hang out and chat. I still didn’t get to chat for as long as I would have liked with some but it was still really nice and really enjoyable. I’m going to make a point of slowing down more at events in the future so I can spend more time chatting with the people I went to the event to see in the first place.
The last highlight of the event was finally getting off my bum to talk with Master Eldrid about some heavy armour I’ve been meaning to commission. We talked about a helm, gauntlets, and some other small things. I want to get back out on the field with my spear for wars and I’d like to pick up a few more authorizations so I can fight in some Pas. I’m pretty excited about it.
The only low light of the event was how late it was when I left. Gaston had been onsite Friday night to guard for Melisent la Ruse’s vigil. I had decided to daytrip so I could watch the puppies and we had both decided to come home Saturday night so we could have Sunday to put stuff away and recoup. We took the dayshade down and were packed up by 5:30pm and that was the time I headed up to court. Baronial Court was ending and I felt rather guilty for not knowing that it had already started. I usually make it a point to stay for court. You never know who will be getting an award and everyone deserves to have people there to witness their recognition. Getting called into court is a very special moment, regardless of the award being given and I think it’s important to be there. But I digress. Royal Court was set up once Baronial Court ended and it started not too long thereafter, probably around 6 or 6:30pm. I enjoyed court and I was happy that I got to stay to see Andreas’s Pelican and Liva join the Order of the Laurel. Livia was the last piece of business and I left as soon as court was over. Now I expect Ymir courts to be long. There’s a lot of people and a lot of business. But leaving site at 8pm to drive 2 hours home by myself has totally made it on my Murtaugh List*. I got home and immediately told Gaston we needed to either stay on site next year or get a hotel room. My vote is for staying on site. Not only would we be waking up at the event but I would also have all evening to hang out and chat.
Sadly I forgot my camera so there aren’t any pictures. I guess that makes two low lights. Next time I’ll make sure I bring it and the Flip.
* Murtaugh List: From How I Met Your Mother. A Murtaugh List is a list of all the things you are now too old to do. It is a reference to the Lethal Weapon movies. In this series Sergeant Roger Murtaugh was Danny Glover’s character and he spends most of the movies running around saying “I’m too old for this sh**!”
This weekend was spent working on my new article for Foundations as well as pitching in to help with House Red Wolf’s (the NCSU SCA student group) recruitment demo on Sunday.
The current state of my new green linen Kirtle. The sleeves are attached, the hand finishing is done, and now all I need to do is hem it and sew the eyelets.
I spent most of this past weekend working on projects for various upcoming events. My poor husband was on call all weekend which meant changing the planned projects around a bit but in the end I got quite a bit accomplished.
- A Saturday afternoon on the Spar.
This past weekend we went down to Beaufort, NC to enjoy some excellent Coastal NC wreck diving.
I am finally enjoying last weekend’s plans, just a week later. Earlier today I spent a lovely 2 hours embroidering on the patio while watching the sun shire Albemarle Sound.
I miss all my friends at Pennsic but I’m looking forward to the stories when they get back.
So, within about 30 minutes of making my post on Friday our plans for the weekend changed dramatically and we ended up staying in Raleigh. Our beach plans were changed to this coming weekend.
Not to worry though. I have still been working on the items I outlined on Friday and I hope to have some more cool things up and running for you guys very soon.
This weekend finds us at the beach. I’m only taking three things with me (besides clothes, obviously):
- My computer
- My jacket embroidery
- My kite
I have some graphic design work to do for another web project I’m working on but I plan on spending the rest of my weekend embroidering on my jacket and finishing some much needed updates to Elizabethan Mafia. The things I still need to do are listed below. I’ve already gotten about half of them done but I really want to have the other half finished by the end of the weekend.
- Webpage write up for 14th Cen. hosen
- Add write up to Silk Suit
- Get Dueling article up
- Write up for stockings
- Add links to FR articles
- Write up for red linen kirtle
- Upgrade to Joomla 1.5.20
Don’t worry, I don’t plan on staying inside during my weekend at the beach. But I do plan on taking advantage of the wireless connection at the club house and getting a good portion of this done while hanging out by the pool. Afterward I plan on flying my kite at Jockey’s Ridge and maybe enjoying an ice cream with my hubby.