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Grumpy (and busy, so short entry)

So,  now elizabethnmafia  knows why I went to 12th Night instead of up to Plimoth.  She got my speech, my medallion, and I'll be doing her scroll.  The ceremony went well, and she seemed pleased.  A job well done all around.

All said and done, it was a fun event, though looking at her photo set, I am one ugly, ugly person.  I'm hoping it's just that I don't take a good photo, and not that I'm really that ugly.  I'll need to do some internal readjustment if that's the case.

This is what my extremely irritating ruff looked like:


In return for an aching neck, it managed to stab me a few times with pins (all the pleats are held in place with pins) and flop around, the miserable bastard.  The whole outfit, though attractive enough, was in the end a pain - I had to take extra painkillers all day to deal, and the damn thing actually bruised me in places.  Wearing Elizabethan is easier if you can sit all day - and while the site was very nice, there was a lack of comfortable seating.

By the way, I judged the scroll competition - feel free to call me names if you feel I unfairly maligned your entry.  I'm a big girl, I can take it.

I also entered the mask competition, with documentation (I was the only entrant with documentation) and one very accurate mask, and lost to a fantasy mask.  I love the SCA; it takes history so seriously.

My masks:

The red one is the completely accurate one - I even found 16th century pictures with men wearing masks just like it.  The skull is based on descriptions of mummer's masks and some works from Breugel, and the raven mask is a riff on the half-masks worn by Italian Commedia del'Arte performers (yes, I found pictures).  It's the least accurate, but it was made for a particular 12th Night ball where Bob, Alan, and I all dressed in black and came as the "Three Ravens".


While I'm very glad I was able to be there for everything, I am sorry I missed going to Plimoth.

And I hate how I look in photographs.  I am ugly.  The two up above were the best of the lot.
UPDATE:  I am suddenly less busy (meeting got cancelled), so I can say some more about the weekend, and thank you all for the nice words.  I think it was just a bit of a shock, since I had thought I looked pretty good, despite my hair not working out the way I wanted (I was going to do rats, but an evil cowlick thwarted my plans).

The event was great fun, and I hope we do more 12th Nights in hotels - I simply adore being able to slide up to my room to drop stuff off and rest.  And I'm not as bad-tempered about the mask competition as I sound - it was a last-minute decision to enter, and the winning mask was very artistic.

Even the courts were fun - Logan is never going to be a "pomp and circumstance" kind of King, but he was affectionate, funny, and held it together very well, especially considering that half the awards to be given out were no-shows (I'd have been pretty crazed at that point).  I enjoyed myself, and I was sitting up front (where the air-conditioning was).  I was really impressed by how well he handled most of that.  I know he's not the most popular of kings for some people, but he did really well this weekend.

Despite how I felt about myself, Bob looked amazing.  Even he, Mr. Oblivious, noticed the women looking.  He assumed it was because the coat looked good, and I had to inform him again, that it was because he looked drool-worthy, and everybody's crazy for a sharp dressed man.  :)


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Jan. 15th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Honey, you are the prettiest person in that picture. (Sorry everyone else in the picture but...) Not to mention the best dressed.

If it makes you feel better, I'll see if my sister in law's sister kept the picture of me in which I look like the Grinch. Well, without the green hair. I'm holding my lil nephew and Kim (SIL's sis) took a picture...and ummm...yeah. It's all about the lighting, right? Yeah, let's go with that...
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you - I was just *horrified* by the pictures. :(
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Jan. 15th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I have to disagree with you...
If you're going to keep it separate from the shift and just pin it on, make sure it has a long enough base that it won't come untucked. Other than that, it depends on the style of ruff. :)
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
You are not ugly, in fact, you usually look smashing. You did look a bit tired or stressed or something on Saturday, so maybe you should just mark it up to being a bad day.
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely doesn't even begin to describe you...You look fantastic.
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
With someone else, I generally assume that they are just wanting the reassurance that they look fine, so I keep my mouth shut.

From what I've seen here, you're not that sort at ALL. So I had to write, and say that you do look great, and if you were in that much pain all day, its no wonder that your pics didn't turn out great. you're lucky you didn't take someone's head off! I know that i do when I'm in pain.....

Really, its everyone else who's lucky... lol
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Well, I have to admit, I did kind of want people to say "No, you don't look like *that* much of a transvestite 70 year old with Bell's palsy", but I am really just horrified by how bad a picture I take.

I looked okay in the mirror that morning... :)
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Jan. 15th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
You are so not ugly! I have to agree those are not the best pictures of you but that is because of lighting (that is some really crappy lighting...everyone in that picture looks washed out) and bad timing (no one looks good mid-sentence). It is NOT you....and even though those are not the best pictures of you...you STILL do not look ugly.

Don't sweat it. We know you be purdy!
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
And I hate how I look in photographs.

I understand how you feel. I also hate how I look in pictures. I will say I like some of my more recent ones a lot more than I like those of me from a few years ago but I almost always look awful and I usually have some weird chin thing or horrible face going on.

But I think you're beautiful and you looked great this weekend.
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
You looked great at the event. Pictures don't do justice to real life. (Kinda like having to listen to your own voice on a recording--ugh!)

Thanks again for helping judge the callig competition. I appreciate it very much!
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. When I judge, I like to write lots - I always end up covering the back of the judge's form, too! Hopefully I didn't crush anyone. :)
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Jan. 15th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
You looked spectacularly perfect as always. You and your husband made me feel like a lowly peasant. (Which I actually was, on that day, but that's beside the point.)
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Hey, nothing wrong with peasants. And you were looking rather middle class. It was nice talking to you, albeit briefly. :)
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
You look "ruffled".
Between pain, discomfort and tension, you had to be public as well, and in a formal way. Shit happens. Someone got a bad photo of you. It was taken in a poorly lit hall with lots going on, and that's not going to make for Elle either.
Don't sweat it. We know the truth =p
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
You looked great at the event, I had my newish person ask me who you were and if she could have garb like yours. I also heard several people comment on how wonderful you looked.

Every picture I have seen so far from that event was kind of sad, I think it was the really bad lighting.
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. Actually, looking at other photos, maybe it's the flourescent lights. :)

I'm just an animated speaker - I make lots of faces while I talk, partly because I was trained to speak publicly, and they made me make faces. I am a ham, and that never looks good in photos.

Fortunately, I'm not famous - I'd always be the one with the amazingly unflattering photos in the tabloids. ;P
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Blame it on the lighting :), altho I don't think it looks that bad.

And there is always next week at Plimoth..........
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Honey, I feel exactly the same way when I look at pictures of myself that a certain person takes at events in my kingdom.

I look like I have been beat with an ugly stick. I swear she picks the absolute worst angels and when I am making the worst expressions!

People can say all they want to the contrary and it doesn't mean a damn in my own head. A couple years back I asked her to take down a couple pictures of me from the gallery and I have noticed that I am no longer in her shots. Not a bad thing in my book.

I blame the flouresant lighting. Those in garb are meant to be viewed in natural light or candle light. 'Feh' to modern lighting.
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
OK, based on the picture you do look like you're "spending a year dead for tax purposes." However, since the rest of the picture makes it look like an Order meeting at the Barrow-Downs, I'm inclined to blame the media instead of the subject.

Especially since I've seen the subject in person. ;)
Jan. 15th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Thanks. :)
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