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I'm home today, adjusting to new supplemental pain meds (as in, I got no sleep last night.  None), and I'm trying to tidy the place (a monumental task), pull together things for this weekend, and keep my brain in my skull (it keeps trying to sneak away from me and watch videos on YouTube).

I feel really horrible that I haven't been posting comments on anyone else's journal - truth is, my friends' list is blocked at work, and I'm becoming super-busy, so no time for settling in and reading (uh, if my boss is reading this, I only do it on my breaks, okay?).  By the time I get home, I have so many other things to do, I don't have time very often to sit down and catch up on everyone (it's a big friends' list, because I like people).  So, if you think I've been ignoring you, I swear I haven't, I swear swear swear.  However, I've fallen behind badly - if you have something you need me to see, or want my commentary on (how annoyingly arrogant is that assumption, eh?), ping me in my comments section for my latest post, and I'll try to respond.

I swear (this time in a more colourful fashion), between the house, events, and other stuff, I haven't even had a weekend to go antique shopping in months, let alone a Friday night to go dancing (which makes me a sad bunny, because I love dancing).  I'm looking forward to August, since we're not going to Pennsic, and we can calm down a bit.

Part of this current rush is that my mother and brother are coming to visit and see the house for the very first time.  The last time my mother actually got to see where I live, I was living in Annapolis in a tiny little house.  So, we've been spending every weekend we have free on house stuff.  Frankly, I'm tired.

And, since my brain is mutinying, I'm succumbing to the meme:

“The problem with Livejournal is that we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. Hence, I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don’t know about you.”

...if you want to, of course.  I'm not sure there's much I don't talk about here, but I can try.



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Jun. 10th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
What I really want to ask is "will you please download your brain onto a flash drive so I can peruse it at my leisure" but that's not really the purview of the question. So:
Would you ever move back to England if the opportunity arose?
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
The only way Id take up residence in England again is if I won the (really big) lottery, could buy an awesome house, and spend about 4 months of the year there (Spring/early summer). I love being in the US, even if I get homesick for certain things every now and then.

As for my brain, you're going to have to settle for the web site and my journal. :)
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
What year did you move to the States and why?
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I moved to the US in 1982 - my mother, who writes for The Economist, had been appointed the American Correspondent, and my sister and I moved here with her. I was 12, my sister was 13. I went to high school here, then went back to England, where I got started on a fine arts degree, but dropped out to get married to an American (not the current one).
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Jun. 10th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
You're not going to Pennsic? It's me, isn't it? You don't want to be there when I'm there!

I know it's the truth! Don't try and tell me it's not. Lies! All lies!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!


Jun. 10th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's all you. *evil grin*

But really, it's because the house is almost finished - we thought we'd take the year off (and we're actually thinking now about making Pennsic an every other year thing from now on) and spend the money on the house instead.
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Jun. 10th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
You like dancing? What kind?

Will you take Munky with you when you go? Her prude of a hubbie won't dance unless he has had a few.

See you this weekend!
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I like dancing at Goth clubs, and regular clubs (though I prefer '80s stuff to house music). I would totally take Munky if she was up here - there's a great club in Baltimore that has a decent Friday night set of DJs.

You should totally come too, so you can keep Bob company at the table. The drinks aren't too expensive, either.

See you this weekend!
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Jun. 10th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
How did you get involved with volunteering at Jamestown?

In other news, I didn't get a chance to say so but I thought you looked simply smashing at Sapphire. Those shoes were the bomb! I often wish I was as dedicated to getting the right look as you.
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
I actually got involved with my ex husband, who went with a friend. That was a good 17 years ago now - I started going again with Bob, once he got into the Elizabethan stuff, and we developed the Gardiner's group/Jamestoen connection over time with everyone. Now, we're a large group, and we have a great time, volunteering several times a year.

Thank you so much for liking my shoes - I made them many, many years ago, and they're machine embroidered (ssshhh, don't tell anyone), but I did make them myself. :)
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Are you a white scarf?
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am. I was the 16th person to get a WS in our kingdom, and the second woman. Sadly, I haven't been able to fight (aside from the occasional practice, which is always a mistake) for about 8 years now because of pain issues.
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Jun. 10th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hey there.
Sorry the pain meds are causing problems. And very sorry to hear that you won't be at Pennsic. I'll miss the opportunity to prove that I'm not completely spastic. :> But, I know the joy of just settling down in your own place and unwinding. So I can't fault you for the choice. Best of luck in adjusting to the meds.
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
No Pennsic? Whatever for?

(Sounds kind of nice, though. I've never thought of Pennsic as do-or-die.)
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
We thought we'd spend the money on the house instead. :)
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Um - What do you do as a job? For some reason I thought you were self employed.

Hope you feel better soon. Its miserable being so busy that you meet yourself coming!
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
I'm a data coordinator for a brain injury research foundation that works with the military, studying traumatic brain injury. It's fascinating work, and I know a lot more about the workings of the brain now. :)
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Jun. 10th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well, I made an abortive attempt at 16th century early on, but word came back to me that I was never going to be any good in some people's opinion, so I dropped it. I got back into it when Bob took me to the Gardienr's event Mousehole, and I looked at all the great clothes and went "I want to be this, and I want to be really good at it". It started there. :)

I like the clothes, it's a period of history that interests me (specifically England), and I turned out to be pretty good at embroidery, which in turn, opened some doors and gave me some opportunities that I would never have had otherwise.
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
"tiny little house" does not do convey just how small the place was. "Child's doll house" comes closer. Didn't you have to move the sofa just to open and close the door? :P
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Heh - not quite - but we couldn't fit anything larger than a loveseat into the sitting room, adn I had to almost climb on the sink to close and open the bathroom door. :)

We once had six people in the sitting room (temporarily, since we were going to an event/the Renfest - I can't remember which) and it was standing room only.
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
If you could have one thing ---ANY one thing ---in the entire world, what would you want?
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
A very, very large winning lottery ticket. :)

It sounds quite boring, I know, but I really honestly have everything I want - I have a wonderful partner, fantastic friends, a pattern business partnership, contacts with really cool interesting people, a beautiful house, and a great life, despite small drawbacks. I really would feel selfish demanding anything more.

I know; I'm sickening. I'm not even sure how I managed to pull off such a great life, but Bob finding me (and me being smart enough to realize how fantastic he is) has had a lot to do with it - my life has really become so amazing since he came into it.

If it wasn't for me, I'd wish that all my friends acheive their dreams. There's nothing better for me than seeing people reach their full potential, and the happiness it brings.
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
May I interest you in a drink on Saturday after the tournament?
Jun. 10th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Your ideas intrigue me - you must tell me more over a drink after the tournament. :) We have to stay for Court, natch.
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Jun. 10th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
As a huge fan of weddings - to start off there is The Dress, then there is that wonderful aura of love and promise which you just can't beat. Whatever happens afterwards, there is just joy at that moment of "I do". I love weddings. - so what was your wedding to Bob like and is there a picture somewhere of the pair of you on The Day?
Jun. 10th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Gosh, that would take a post all of its own to properly answer, but we got married in the Annapolis Courthouse. I did the white wedding thing with my first husband, and it wasn't such a great marriage, and I didn't really care f Bob married me, as long as we stayed together always, so the wedding day itself wasn't a big to-do - since every day is like Valentine's Day, it was just us, very private, and happy. We went off to spend the weekend at Deep Creek Lake (Maryland) afterwards.

The proposal was magic, though - at the top of a mountain, very romantic, despite all my efforts to ruin it, because I didn't realize his plans (well, I did say that if he decided to marry me, he had to surprise me).

I think there might be a picture somewhere of the dress I wore - I still have the dress.

We had a party about a month later for all our friends and family, which was mad fun, because it was just a party, no wedding pressures. Bob wore a long tux, and I wore a floor-length backless black gown. The wedding cake "topper" was Yoda and Scarlett O'Hara - and I do have pictures of that. :)
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Jun. 10th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, the way life interferes with the things we WANT to be doing!

First, a question for your expertise:
Have you ever seen a shell motif used on coifs or embroidered jackets? And would it be too odd to have a coif embroidered in blue silk - rather than black work, redwork, or general polychrome?

Second, the meme question:
Have you ever stood for Crown, or considered it if you had the skillz/agreement with someone with the Skillz?
Jun. 10th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I see no reason not to use blue. As for shells, I've never seen a nautical-style embroidery, mostly because the English liked flowers. Use some stylized Italian shell motifs from the 16th and 17th centuries as your base.

I've seen snail shells, but that's about it.

I have never been fought for, no. I did get asked once, but I was a seated Baroness at the time, and didn't think it was right to be fought for while I had other obligations. No-one has asked me since - I wouldn't say no, let's put it that way. :) I have an awesome group of friends who would probably not grumble too much at the thought of being support staff, even if it was for me*.

*I kid -they've taken care of a number of Queens now - and do a fantastic job every time.
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