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it was a very strange weekend...
We left late, again.  It was my fault, again.  I wish I knew why "you have a lot to do, attack the day" paralyzes me.

We did get Big Bertha on the truck, and all the bedding and all the garb (thus far) fits inside with room to spare.  When I remove the Very Heavy Blankets, there will be even more room.  There was also a lot of extra space in the bed of the truck, and there will be even more when the blue box is finished and we put the canvas and the camping gear in there.  We have decided, however, that we need a smaller tent for weekend camping, so we're thinking Viking A-frame.  The drive up was nice; no appreciable traffic.

So we got there, and got set up, and darkwolfie was cool and did all the rafters, and based on the way things ended up, I'm pretty convinced that the ger wants to be 15 feet in diameter instead of 14.  amcnh made us yummy yummy beef stew.  The tent looks great with Bertha inside, and she is in fact pretty much wide enough to use as a headboard.  Also, we got more comments and compliments on our ger in one evening than we have in the five years that we've owned it.  Of course, that's probably because we never camp on the main drag; we're usually back in the bushes a bit, so most people don't see it.  By the end of the evening, I was thinking that maybe business cards with the URL for the plans would be a good idea.

I didn't sleep well, though.  It was cool enough, but seriously, folks, it's 3am.  If you want to talk about fighting, go hang out on the battlefield and do it.  Don't hang out next to the portapotties -- people are trying to sleep.  I woke up hating everyone.  It got better after a Coke and a smoke and breakfast.

Saturday was hot.  Really hot.  TRM got in near 11, so I didn't have much of a shift (I took amcnh's 10-12 shift).  Then I tagged along shopping, bought some books (including Tak V Bowes Departed, which is a book about fingerloop braiding), and went to beard5's class on speeding up embroidery.  Some of it I knew, but it was still interesting.  Then I started to take tpau's class on tablet weaving, and less than halfway through, realized that I needed food and water stat.  Went back to camp, got food and water, slowly rehydrated, and thought about going to court.

Actually, I thought about helping with court, and then thought, "nah."  I really wanted a day off.  Turns out this was a good decision.  I wasn't even going to go to court, but my friends booniesbill and booniesjen were walking past, and I don't get to spend nearly enough time with them.  So I asked amcnh if she needed help with dinner, and she said no, so I grabbed a chair and off we went.

We sat way, way, wayyyyyyy in the back -- I don't think there was anyone behind us, and we mostly yakked through court about this and that... until they started handing out Maunches.  I was vaguely aware that that's what was going on, but I wasn't paying real good attention, until Her Majesty stood up and said "Where's my apprentice?  Tasha!"

Oh.  Oh, crap.  She wanted me.  They're giving out MaunchesOh CRAP.  I got up, and started making my way to the aisle (I told you we were at the back), and she came down off the stage to meet me, scampering like she does, so I scampered to meet her, and we sort of threw ourselves into each other's arms (I hope the populace go it, because it was the Coolest Thing Evar).  Then, she grabbed my hand and we scampered back to the stage, where I kinda dropped like a stone onto  the kneeling cushion and then got a hamstring cramp.  "Ow!  Ooo, cramp, cramp..." (adjusts leg) "Okay, I'm good!"

Then my beloved mistress starts talking to the populace about me.  I don't remember exactly what she said, except that apparently I had come up on the order polling two years ago and they'd decided to award it to me two years ago, but that they had to put it off because of my deployment.  That, and I guess I do really good handwork, and I make nifty Norse garb.  ;-D  My scroll is just lovely, and my medallion is perfect to go with my Viking garb.  I'm so excited.

I still can't quite believe it.  Two years ago, I didn't think I was ready, and I'm still not sure that I am.  I'm not arguing, though -- it's lovely and humbling and oddly inspiring to know that others think I'm worthy of this.  And best of all, my beloved mistress and her wonderful husband got to give it to me. 

amcnh's dinner was wonderful.  Chicken and twice-baked potatoes and green beans almondine... just yum.  And after everyone else left, there was cookie dough.  Cooooookie dough...

I slept good that night, though I was relaxing by listening to my iPod while I waited for darkwolfie to come back , and when I shifted a bit, the iPod, which was resting on my chest, slid down my boobs and hit me in the teeth.  It's a 60gb iPod Photo.  In a hard case.  Ow.

Today was a scorcher, too.  Wolfie and I have agreed that we need another tent for weekend events.  We love the ger, but it's getting to be too much to load and unload all the time.  We're thinking about just buying an A-frame for events where we only stay one or two nights.  Panther has a 10x14x8 A-frame, made out of the same canvas as the ger for $400.  It's a touch pricey, but I trust Panther, and it's worth it if I don't have to sew canvas. 

As it is, we ripped the roof of the ger today; it got hung up on a peg and I couldn't free it.  I have a plan for fixing it; it mostly involves barge cement.  It may involve some sewing.  I'm just a little irritated, because it's in the middle of the roof, and sewing it is going to be a gigantic PITA.

And now we're home, and it's still hot in the house, and I really need a shower.  I think I'll finish the blanket stitching on this latest set of apron dress straps first, though.

i feel: tired tired
i hear: Windows Media Player

30 trips or shoot the rapids
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: July 17th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC) (base camp)

Congratulations! And it's well deserved.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC) (base camp)
Squee! Thank you! (You would have laughed to see it -- everyone else at court did.)
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC) (base camp)
I sure will, and thank you! Sewing canvas under any circumstances (in my opinion, anyway) is a royal pain in the ass.
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xianghua From: xianghua Date: July 17th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC) (base camp)

(On similar note, not that it's an award or anything, but I have a piece of art I need to mail you. :P)
bubbette From: bubbette Date: July 17th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC) (base camp)
It's about damn time. I figured they were going to wait too long, and you'd do something silly like deploy again (grin).

Do take the time to enjoy the award and the scroll. Keep working, but accept the recognition for what it is. Very well deserved.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you!
baronessmartha From: baronessmartha Date: July 17th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC) (base camp)
yay! on the maunche!

Anghaus de'Brus and Julia have an A frame. Stop by our cmap during Pennsic and have a cold drink and chat about it.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you!

I will definitely try,and I'll try to drag Himself along as well (though as much fun as he had at your camp at Glenn Linn, I don't think it'll be hard).
nazrynn From: nazrynn Date: July 17th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC) (base camp)
Awesome! Congratulations, and welcome!
Sounds like you still had a really good time, and the Maunche was a good finale to the day. Glad you made it back in safely, and hope your AC stays on for the next couple of days or so... it's supposed to get really hot.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you!

The problem is that only one room in my house has AC, and it's my workroom. All the other rooms in the house that we use regularly, ie the living room or the bedroom, have crank-out windows, and we can't fit an air-conditioner in there. (I think one of those free-standing units may be in order for the bedroom, though.)
msmemory From: msmemory Date: July 17th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC) (base camp)
Congratulations! I didn't get to find you after court to say so. (And HRM was tooooo cuuute scampering down the aisle to meet you!)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you!

Wasn't she cute? The giggles are the best part, though.
hascouf From: hascouf Date: July 17th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Congratulations. It is well deserved.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you! *hug*
dyanearden From: dyanearden Date: July 17th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Congratulations on the Maunche! From what I've seen just in your journal, you are more than deserving.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you so much!
cellio From: cellio Date: July 17th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Congratulations on the Maunche!

I used to have a ger for Pennsic and that was nice, but it took long enough to set up and take down, and was enough of a hassle to haul, that I was never willing to use it for weekend events. An A-frame sounds about right for that. (Since I don't much like camping anyway, I went a different route -- I don't go to weekend events if they don't involve a cabin or motel.)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you!

We love camping, but on a weekend like this, where it was SO hot, and so little relief from the sun, it was a bit much. We've been talking about building an A-frame for a while; I just need to do some math to determine the putch of the roof, so I can be sure that whatever bed we build fits inside (since I already know that Big Bertha will likely be too tall, and we'll need other boxes.)
From: reasdream Date: July 17th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC) (base camp)

You are teh roxxor! and that's a great story, too. :D
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you!
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: July 17th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I am glad we could pull you into going to court. :D
And it was fun to watch. The award is well deserved. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you! I'm so glad I had you guys to share the moment with!
mushmouse74 From: mushmouse74 Date: July 17th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)


I am bummed that we missed you getting your maunche! It is very much well deserved.

I agree on the tent decision...When Hascouf and I are working on the ger my one comment is do you really want to put this thing up for just a day or two??? A week no prob, but its an awful lot to just take right back down again.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Congratulations!!

Thank you!

I think that had it been mid-80's with less humidity, it would have been better, but it was high 90's with high humidity and very little breeze, so it was miserable. That, and there were some issues taking the roof ring down, which is unusual.

But yeah, it is a lot, and it packs bigger than I think an a-frame will, so we'll gain still more space in the bed of the truck. We just have to figure out the furniture situation.
mrgrumpybear From: mrgrumpybear Date: July 17th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Congrats!! Sorry I couldn't make it. Just found out about it last Saturday as Adhemar and I were looking at the GNE docket. At which point, we pretty much both said, "Oh, bugger!" It was way too far a drive for me. Glad you didn't help with Court, though A was supposed to give Alethea a heads-up if you were going to be involved.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hee! darkwolfie said that he was sorry he didn't offer to help; he would have loved to read my scroll. In fact, he didn't even know about the award -- amcnh sent him down because she thought booniesbill was getting a Maunche... then about halfway down he remembered that he already has one. Heh. I thought he just came down because he wanted to visit with us! I should have known better; unless he's got something to do, darkwolfie doesn't care for court.
30 trips or shoot the rapids