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Jan. 30th, 2011 | 09:47 pm
mood: calmcalm

Friday - We got into the hotel Friday around 7pm, got dinner, and relaxed after the long drive. Dennis and I stayed at the Hilton just around the corner from the Radisson, which I'm glad for mostly, because it was quiet. I get over peopled fairly quickly when submerged in crowds, so it was nice to go home to a quiet hotel. There were some folks that had the same idea, but we still didn't have to deal with the drunken hoards roaming the halls at night. So..win.

Saturday - Up fairly early. I found something that was reasonably acceptable for Birka (bodice over my burgundy cotte). We skipped breakfast because food + fighty fighty = vomit pez dispenser in one's helmet. Check-in was pretty easy, but we have plans to build a period wagon for hauling his armor in eventually, cause that was the biggest pain in the ass. We ran into Barbara and I got to introduce her to D. It was nice to see most of Clan O'Niall and some of Dennis' friends from VDK. I got to speak with Prince Lucan which was nice, given we go back and forth quite a bit on facebook. We made a quick stop to get D a nice demi-gauntlet since the last time he fought with Clifton he wrecked his wrist (lesson learned).

I got to see Sara of course, and spent a good amount of time with Laurel watching the boys fight. I briefly got a chance to chat with Aine and Chelsea, but poor Aine was sick. I escaped for maybe 30 minutes to peruse the vendors while D fought, since I didn't have a chance to even look earlier when we'd arrived. I fell in love with a vendor selling baskets (Little known fact: I have a thing for baskets) and made a note to return later. In my wandering I ran into Guy Todd and we caught up. I'd missed him at CTRF this past season. I then ran into my Landsknecht buddies, Tom, Amanda, Stephen, Alena, Julie, as well as Barbara again, and Dale on my way back to the armory. I ran into Doug, Rachel, and AJ here and there too during the day. The tournament ended at 2 (long damn tournament), and we packed up and headed back to the hotel so D could shower and change and we could grab an overdue lunch.

We got back in time to do one more 30 minute run through the market place before Court, and I got my baskets (yay!), and Dennis picked out some tasty spices. I couldn't decide if I wanted a dress I saw at Cloak and Dagger or not, and if I'd known it'd be the last time I got to actually shop, I probably would have bought it. :0( We got some really nice trim for some garb we're going to be making and had a chat with Chris from Silver Leaf, Kirk and Jackie before heading off to Court. Some of our friends were being Knighted. To my surprise they announced Viennet de la Mer to receive her laurel, and I was pleased to be able to be there to see that. It was also nice to hear the women behind us gush about her work. Her recognition is very well deserved. I remarked to Dennis during Court that Lucan has a very "Good day, I am about to hit you roughly and profoundly about the head and face but you will thank me for the effort later" demeanor which is even more pronounced when he sits in Court and endlessly amusing (at least for me). I had no idea it was going to be a 3 hour Court though, holy crap, my butt was killing me, and I wished about 2 hours in that I'd brought my embroidery. I saw everyone else knitting and stuff and said "crap..I knew I should have packed something to work on". That's the last time I make that mistake at a SCA event. And now I have a basket to carry stuff in so I have no excuse ;)

By the time Court was over the merchants had all packed up and people had wandered off for food or their own rooms. I had some time to kill though, Dennis went to his Hause Circle and I stopped to meet up with Kate finally. On my third trip back past a table of friends I promptly plopped down in an empty seat where AJ, Keith, Chris, Nick, Kalea, Chuck and Chelsea were hanging out. I suppose it'd have been polite to wait for an invitation to sit at their table, but I come from a long line of less than subtle women, why fix what ain't broke.

Dennis was out by around 9pm and we headed home, he was (and still is) VERY bruised and sore from the tournament. Exhausted and not wanting to wander the halls and drink we went back to the hotel and ordered pizza to the room, as well as every single dessert on the room service menu for dinner. It was a lot of fun being able to eat decadent chocolate desserts in bed while watching tv. I don't really recall when I fell asleep, but I passed out pretty early I think.

I was about to jump in the shower Sunday morning when the fire alarm went off in the hotel. It got turned off quickly, but it was still annoying. Check out was fast, and we grabbed breakfast at an awesome little diner. The coffee was good and so were my pancakes, and there was a little old man that made the place even cuter, I'm not hard to please. We got home today around 1pm. All in all, a good weekend. Dennis placed extremely well in the tournament, and considering he hasn't been able to get to a practice in a very long time, I can only imagine how good he'd get if we could find something weekly out here.

Next stop, the King and Queen's Arts and Sciences event here in CT in a few weeks. I'm pretty excited for that. My apologies if I forgot anyone! This weekend was kind of a blur.

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Malterre

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from: malterre
date: Jan. 31st, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Glad it went far better than you feared.

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Erin

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from: kaige_of_ct
date: Jan. 31st, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it had its ups and downs, but all in all...the world soldiered on. And really, eating chocolate mousse in bed while watching comedy central kind of makes up for most things in my world ;)

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ldykatrina

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from: ldykatrina
date: May. 27th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
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added you. We know a lot of the same people, we play in the SCA and I think we are both in the same barony.

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Erin

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from: kaige_of_ct
date: May. 27th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
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Friended you back! :) Nice to meet ya

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