Birka Birka Birka

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.

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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My weekend can be summed up as follows...

Vegetables. Fire. S'mores. Pleather. Wax. Caramel. And Matt's abused genitalia.

Oh, I also met a nice chick named Erica who was my fire tending wingman for the most of the evening.

[Sean touching the blade of an electric chain saw]
Erin: Wait, let me get this on video for youtube. This should be catastrophic.
Erica: [cringe]

Erin: You should have married me. [indicates nice fire I built to Jodi]
Jodi: You're right, you're are clearly more useful.
Erin: You mean in comparison to your husband inside barking like a dog? Well, the bar wasn't set high.

Matt: Types of pie..
Sean: Cherry
Janice: Apple
Brian S.: Poontang!
Matt: [facepalm]

[Erin, Monique and Jodi continue discussing various ways of ripping Matt's body hair off]
[5 minutes later..]
Matt: Oh god, this is going to happen..and it's going to hurt.

Brian S: What the fuck did she just say?
Matt: She said she wants to have sex with you. Right now.
Brian S: No it didn't sound like that. Or my pants would be off.

And finally, the pair of hideous plastic pants I found at Walmart while going with Jodi to buy wood. Mind you, we found them in the girl's junior section. Swedis decided to put them on and proceeded to booty clap and grind on horrified spectators.

Cost of pleather pants: $1 (no really, they were a DOLLAR)
The horror on Matt and Menard's faces?: Priceless.

Note: That's Brian screaming for Erica who was out by the fire, oblivious to what was about to be modeled for her. Poor Erica.

See what you missed Monique? Tsk.
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New address

If you had the old address, and want the new one, leave me your email.

If you didn't have the old address, and want the new one, you're probably SOL. ;)

Stuff you already know, but is worth repeating in light of recent news..

Life is short. The recent passing of someone my own age, suddenly and unexpectedly, is a grim reminder of that fact. While I believe that life is not a finite thing, but rather our infinite souls are temporarily housed within the confines of a finite vessel, I do feel it's important to not take time for granted.

Tell people you love them. Do it often. Forgive more. Both others and yourself. Do what makes you happy. Indulge in, and surround yourself with the people that make you happy. The people that make you a better person. Don't wait for Valentine's Day, or any other Hallmark holiday. Don't wait for when Kay Jewelers says it's the right time. Don't wait for the diamond, or the house, or the perfect moment. There are no perfect moments. Just moments, and you never know when you've come to your very last one.

And that's all I got to say about that I guess.

She puts the "fiend" in friend.

A 9:37 AM
You need a single friend with benefits

Erin 9:37 AM
I'd rather nail my breasts to concrete.

A 9:37 AM
LOL nice visual

Erin 9:37 AM
I like to be concise.

A 9:38 AM
and graphic

Erin 9:38 AM
It helps.

A 9:39 AM
I like to cheer myself up by singing to woodland creatures

Erin 9:39 AM
You're a fucking liar. You know you cheer yourself up with martinis and red vines licorice.

A 9:39 AM
and kinky sex

Erin 9:40 AM
I suppose you could tie the candy together to make handcuffs

A 9:40 AM
sometimes, I bite off the ends of the red vines and suck the martini through it like a straw.

Erin 9:41 AM
You're awesome. Not only do you make me look moral by comparison, you're a kinky freak that touches gay men's testicles and drinks as much as I do.

A 9:41 AM
LMAO I'm pretty special, I have to admit that

Erin 9:42 AM
Besides. Girls like me need at least one friend that's an unscrupulous defense attorney.
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Resolutions 2010

1. No toxic relationships - I did pretty well in 09 with this, but there are still some that remain. In 2010 I hope to finally have the strength to move away from those and accept the fact some people can't be helped, and not everyone has good intentions. It's not a failure on my part in giving up on people that only want to hurt or use me.

2. See myself as others do - My friends (most of them) see me as the sum of my parts, not with the same analytical gaze I do. Fixating on flaws I can't change is counter productive. I am imperfect. So is everyone else. Even a butterfly under a microscope is ugly. If someone doesn't like my flaws? Well, go bark up someone else's tree then. I'm busy and got to keep on movin..

3. Forgive. - I make a conscious effort to be good about this, because it does not by any means come naturally. But people make mistakes, myself included, and people do change, again..myself included. Be open to that possibility, and forgive accordingly. Carrying around resentment only hurts me anyway.

4. Be open. - I suck at this. I know. I like my walls, and fuck you I am not taking them down. They're a bitch to put back up after you turn out to be a dickhead. I will however resolve to lower the drawbridge now and then if you leave the weapons outside.

5. Spend more time with friends. - I spent a lot more time with friends this year than I have in a very long time, and I'm glad I did. I want to keep doing that this year.

6. Maintain my health and fitness level. - This is kind of a given. Keep running. Keep avoiding crap.

7. Save money - I spend a lot of money on crap I don't need. Cut back.

8. Learn - If the opportunity presents itself, get back into pharmacy per diem. At my present job, keep looking to learn new skills, and take on new projects.

Dear Gym New Year's Resolutioners...

Dear Gym New Year's Resolutioners,

Let's be honest. This month every year sucks for both of us. You and your hundreds of similarly minded friends drag yourselves reluctantly into the gym at peak hours. You grumble about the crowds. You don't wash off the machines you sweat all over. More importantly, you don't want to be there. You're a New Year's resolutioner. You made this resolution because a) After a month and a half of cookies and rich food, you were feeling fat in your New Years Eve cocktail dress, and b) You were drunk.

Your presence makes my life miserable too. You take up all the parking spots. You take up all the machines, going at a snail's pace, while reading Harry Potter and drinking a Starbuck's frappacinno.

Let's make 2010's New Year's Resolution something we can both enjoy. Just resolve to not go to the gym and spare yourself the misery. This in turn makes me less homicidal when I want to run and it also saves you your gym membership money, because let's face February you're not going to step foot in this gym again anyway.



Everything I've discovered about myself this year, I've learned from my cat.

- Don't chase me. I'll hide under the bed.

- Climbing just because I can is a good enough reason to climb things.

- Napping in the sun IS a productive way to spend one's day, and you can't tell me otherwise.

- Sometimes I love you. Sometimes I just want the snack you're holding.

- If you don't want me to torture you, stop acting like a mouse.

- I realize I have a bed. I would rather sleep on you. Your cooperation is welcome but not necessary.

- If you hurt my feelings I will ignore you for a very long time. Except when I'm waking you up promptly at 5am by stepping on your face. Don't blame me, you brought this punishment upon yourself.

- Whatever ungraceful thing I did just then? It either didn't happen or I meant to do it.

- I'm not fat, I'm fluffy.

- If I don't like your boyfriend it won't be a mystery to you or him.

- I will do exactly as you say....until you leave the room.

- Just because I allow Person A to hug/squeeze/pet/me..does not mean Person B's attempt at doing so won't result in severe lacerations to the face.

- Thorough grooming is essential. Don't rush my hair routine.

Monday morning joke

It is near the Christmas break of the school year. The students have turned in all their work and there is really nothing more to do. All the children are restless and the teacher decides to have an early dismissal.

Teacher: "Whoever answers the questions I ask, first and correctly can leave early today."

Little Johnny says to himself "Good, I want to get outta here. I'm smart and I'll answer the question."

Teacher: "Who said 'Four Score and Seven Years Ago'?"

Before Johnny can open his mouth, Susie says, "Abraham Lincoln."

Teacher: "That's right Susie, you can go home."

Johnny is mad that Susie answered the question first.

Teacher: "Who said 'I Have a Dream'?"

Before Johnny can open his mouth, Mary says, "Martin Luther King."

Teacher: "That's right Mary, you can go."

Johnny is even madder than before.

Teacher: "Who said 'Ask not, what your country can do for you'?"

Before Johnny can open his mouth, Nancy says, "John F. Kennedy."

Teacher: "That's right Nancy , you may also leave."

Johnny is boiling mad that he has not been able to answer to any of the questions.

When the teacher turns her back Johnny says, "I wish these bitches would keep their mouths shut!"

The teacher turns around: "NOW WHO SAID THAT?"

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