and I'm finally out and about on it a bit. I'm nervous as hell, lemme tell you. NERVOUS. She's bigger than my last bike, and has a fair amount of power, but I love her. (Her name's Rook, in case anyone wants to know.)
(God, this is sooooooo disjointed.)
I've taken the basic rider's course, and did pretty well. Slow speed stuff makes me wibbly, but I'm getting better. I took her to the gas station to fill up and got in and out okay, although it took me a lot longer than it should have to actually feel like I had enough room to make the turn, and the subsequent right hand turn to get home.
Liam has been out riding with me, and we've got headsets, so he's been wonderful about keeping me focused and steady. :-)
The only thing that makes me nervous is that he's a much better rider than I am and he's way more comfy on his bike. See: Much better rider. :-) He's apologized for seeming like a hard ass about getting me out and around, and if I feel like he's pushing me to go faster or on bigger roads than I feel ready for, I'm supposed to tell him.
This is going to become my commuter bike, although that's a bit off in the future. Getting to work is one thing, since traffic is pretty light at 0600, but 1630 is a whole different animal and the idea of stop and go on an overpass makes me want to barf.
Headsets are charging, and we'll be heading out again after dinner to make the inner loop, and whatnot. We'll see how it goes.
And be aware that when I say pictures, I mean like 20 of them. I'm not kidding when I say this entry will eat your
These are some of the photos showing the progress of my new armor kit. It's going to be gorgeous and I can't wait for it to be done!
They're AWFUL, but they'll give you an idea.
It's not quite so orange IRL, but it is BRIGHT! You can barely see the detail on the facing, but I'll update when I have better pictures.
The following pictures are the start of the second tunic. This is the facing that goes around the collar. I usually do a double facing, and turn it from the inside out, so that the neckline is totally enclosed and neat. One, it looks better to me, and two, it avoids the neckline rubbing an exposed seam on Ioannes's neck.
You can see the word "TOP" in one shot, That's to remind me which side is the top side, or rather, which one will be seen on the outside of the tunic.
And a bit closer. Not that you can see anything.
I've started to want to wear makeup again, and have finally taken a good look at the ick that my depression has caused around the house.
Damn, where the hell have I been the past few months?????
The NYE Pajama Party was a win. TOTAL and utter win. We watched Despicable Me, and Incredibles, and had a blast. I was so lucky to have pancua , perilousknits , cenliamgordon , and the rest of our friends around to ring in a year that is going to freakin' ROCK. IF you weren't there, we missed you! If possible, this will become a tradition. (Wheeee! New jammies every year!)
I've gotten good news on the homecoming front, although I won't say much past that.
Oh, I'm working on de-stashing the icky fabrics from my sewing room and getting it organized up there. I need to sew. Badly. Really badly.
Uh. That's all for me right now. I'm going to go find a snack and then go clean up the sewing room.
How it looked at the start.
From the door of the office, looking out into the hallway. This is a HUGE improvement from what it used to look like. The PLANT isn't on the buffet any more.
Standing at the buffet, looking toward the front door. The PLANT has found a new home. Now, the question is...WTF do I *DO* with said PLANT?
Looking into the office from the buffet. Liam's computer is, well, where Liam is, mine is just behind his, and John's is to the right.
Looking up at John's desk. I shot this low so I could get the artwork on the walls. :-) Hey, haikujaguar , you should recognize something in this picture. So should haldira !
Liam's desk. Baseball is srs bizness, yo!
My desk, now with more pink flowers!
The shelves just to the right of my desk. You should definitely recognize these, haikujaguar . Your art, in it's non-native environment!
And, last but not least, the drafting table corner.
I wish I had more pictures of the hardwood going in. It's much like laying tile, in that it is laborious, but not difficult. In fact, it's pretty easy. Liam had to make some pretty fancy cuts to go around the rounded edges on the columns, but really? He did a great job! We won't talk about how much adhesive ended up on me, though...
And now...it's dinner time!
So...I traded her in and bought a little silver....minivan....Yeah... a little silver minivan. (And the first person who asks about kids is going to get deleted, I swear to freakin' Bob....) It's a Nissan Quest, and it's really cute! I think it's a she, and I still need a name for her, but I'm happy. She's pretty zippy and responsive and OMG more comfy than the Blazer. WAY more comfy. Considering we routinely haul three adults (one of whom is screamingly claustrophobic), two kids, seven-foot tent poles, nine-foot spears, swords and armor, along with assorted camping accoutrement, it really just seemed like a better idea than another SUV. Also, seriously, much easier to load stuff in to the van, with the lower deck.
Over all, I'm happy.
Now, to go put an SCA sticker on the window.
To Lucasta, going to the Wars
TELL me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.
True, a new mistress now I chase, 5
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.
Yet this inconstancy is such
As thou too shalt adore; 10
I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not Honour more.
Other people I cherish make me smile and laugh in text, on the phone, or through email.
The amount of laughter in my life amazes me. I'm surrounded by it, and I am so beyond happy that some times it scares me.
Blessings, I has them.
This is the upstairs hallway. The niche that was there, and is now covered in books, appears to have been *made* for paperback bookshelves. Since no one actually *makes* affordable paperback bookshelves (AKA DVD shelves, which are STUPIDLY expensive for some reason....), my Best Friend of Awesomeness and Kitten, and her Husband Who Does Not Suck, came down to help us make these. YAY! Now, since we know how to do it, we'll be making a LOT more of them. In fact, there's another spot, on the opposite side of the hallway, that will have deeper shelves in it, such as craft books.
Seriously, why is it that I can get sorta-kinda decent bookshelves...okay, never mind. Good shelves, for ANY thing, are stupidly expensive. The total cost of materials for this set was probably $175 total.
The past few months have been hard. For me, for John, for Liam, for Amalia...for everyone. I was stuck at the bottom of The Pit, and coudln't find my way out, and honestly...I didn't really care. I was lackadaisical about taking my meds, wasn't eating well, wasn't taking good care of myself and basically...just existing, not really living.
Well, things are getting better. I'm back on medication, I'm eating better, I'm taking better care of myself, and taking vitamins. (I totally blame Amalia for all this hippie shit, like eating better and taking vitamins and stuff. It's SO totally her fault.) I feel better than I have in a while, and I like it. I *love* feeling like me again. I love having a weird sense of humor, having focus, having appropriate responses, instead of being all over the map. I love feeling like I'm able to get stuff done, instead of pushing it off to the side, in order to avoid thinking about it. I like knowing that there's something going on in my head other than "get through today. Don't even *think* about tomorrow."
Damn, but this is good.
And to my friends and family...thank you. Thank you for putting up with me, for encouraging me, for holding me when I cried.
All in all, it's been a good weekend.
I'm feeling MUCH better, and think that I've mostly kicked the crud I picked up after GW in the butt.
Friday, we committed gardening, and got a section of lawn sheet mulched and planted with stuff. Mostly some pink-flowering plants Liam's little boy picked out, a white-flowering plant his little girl picked out, the Peace rose that followed me home from Lowe's, and some Asiatic lilies that I was going to plant by the door, until Liam noticed they needed full sun, not part sun. Whoops. So, that area's just mulched and I'll figure out something to put there.
Saturday, we headed to the Leander VFW (I'm now a member) for an Easter egg hunt. They had 3000 eggs, but really, the kids didn't manage to get many at all, because the bigger kids were faster and, well...meaner isn't quite right, but it's close. So, Liam snuck out to MalWart and got eggs, jelly beans and robin's egg candies for an egg hunt here this morning. :-)
Last night was Pascha, and I'm not terribly happy with the pictures I took this year, although I'll post some of them under a cut so John can see. I staggered in about 0400 and slept until right around 0800. Got up, wandered around a bit and Liam kicked my butt back to bed so I could nap some more. The second best part of the night? John called and we chatted the entire way home!
After I was finally upright, and had some coffee, I made arrangements with Deane (John's best friend, who is home on R&R from Iraq) to see Clash of the Titans. Honestly, I wasn't expecting high art (c'mon, have you seen the original?), and it was fun. It was pretty much every great role-playing game I've been in wrapped up in one package.
(For those of you who don't game, the next paragraph can be summed up as "dork dork dork.")
We had the Great Big Antagonist, the Reluctant Hero, the Plucky Sidekicks (who die), the Plucky Sidekicks (who come back to save your ass), the Bodacious Chick, and the Exotic Mount. Also, see Giant Creepy Monsters, and Freaky Cultists. There was a cute nod to the original, although I was kind of disappointed they didn't do more with it. There were some WTF moments, and some amazing logic roll fails, as well as some total natural 20s in the combat scenes. Also, pls to be explaining Greek gods in Gothic plate armor? (Whoever shines Zeus's armor...wow. I don't wanna know how many points they've dropped into "art- polishing."
Sadly, Deane has to head back to the sandbox tomorrow, so that sucks. He's where I'm heading, so I'm hoping to see him again soon. (Well, I'd really rather we both be in the area, rather than both in Iraq, but hey, I'll take small victories where I can find them.)
Now, I'm about to go crawl into bed. Tomorrow is coming up faster than I want it to!
Tell me what you're grateful for?