Dec. 14th, 2011 09:16 am
soldiergrrrl: (Aaaaah!)
So, my last two weeks, in a nutshell?


AT prep, then AT, then a Red Cross message, then a funeral, now back home and back to AT.

Oh, and a final in there too.



Nov. 21st, 2011 11:01 am
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It's one of those days. I'm just kinda "meh" about the world right now. I'm tired, my back is aching (why I don't know) and things are just a bit off kilter with me.

The event this weekend was okay, although it won't go down as one of my all-time best events or anything. I quit the field after the first set of battles and didn't bother to kit back up. I just wan't feeling it in any way shape or form at all. Zilch. Nada. Nothing doing. So I ended up noodling around most of the day, being bored, and then napped. Bleah.

Ah well, it's Monday and I'm back at work, so I suppose I should get to it.
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I'm just glad I have tomorrow off, let's just say that. :-P
soldiergrrrl: (Cue  maniacal laughter)
Unless something changes drastically...

Looks like I'll be around to harvest the garden next summer. And MAYBE go to Pennsic. MAYBE.
soldiergrrrl: (angry bunny)
I'm currently looking for a website, article, whatever that can help me explain (or at least give me a clue by four to use on some denser online acquaintances) about discussions. Basically, I need something that explains why it's okay to leave discussions about what happens to marginalized groups to those groups and not go cluntering in with your non-marginalized experiences.

I've looked at Derailing For Dummies, and I don't see it addressed specifically.

I'm sick and tired of explaining to someone why I don't CARE what his experiences are as a man dealing with rape or sexual assault and harassment, but rather I'm interested in how it affects women and women only. If I try to shut down the discussion, I'm accused of being closed minded and not willing to see that there are two sides to every issue. *eyeroll*

This man simply doesn't get that his experiences are tangential, not welcome and quite frankly, demeaning.

So, uh...help?

(And if anyone posts "But what about teh menz????" in response to this, I will simply delete the response. I'm not joking about this and I don't need this derailed into why I don't want to discuss and validate the experience of men. PERIOD.)


Nov. 11th, 2011 07:17 pm
soldiergrrrl: (Head hurt)
Evidently I'm on tap for the warfighter. Well, shit.
soldiergrrrl: (grumpy)
and I'm grumpy about it.
soldiergrrrl: (I have no clue what I'm doing...)
And then I promptly forgot what it was.

So, I'll just run down my weekend.

Friday I went to Brenham to help spiff up John's Bachelor Pad. That mostly involved hanging curtains, which actually help the look of the place significantly. More importantly, the black silk curtains in the bedroom block the glare of the safety light almost totally, meaning that John will sleep better in there. Without the curtains, the blinds did very little to actually cut the light from the fixture on the other building, meaning that his bedroom was pretty much in a state of perpetual twilight all night, rendering good deep sleep impossible.

So, once that was done, we went to dinner at the Brenham Grille, which wasn't bad at all. I had porkchops, two huge grilled things that were wonderfully tender. John had a Gulf shrimp platter and fried okra.

Saturday, we woke up, noodled around the apartment a bit, then decided to hit up Independence Coffee. It was pretty dang good, lemme tell you, and the cute little farmer's marker we stopped at wasn't bad either. Because we're nuts, we did pick up some dressed quail, pickled quail eggs, and some chili pickles to bring home for noms this weekend.

Later that day, after returning home to OMG exited dogs, John decided he wanted to treat us to dinner and a movie. Saltgrass! NOM! I had my favorite ribeye, with the flash fried green beans. Mmmmmmm.

After that, for some reason unknown to me, I'd agreed to go see The Thing. Uh. Right. This is the first horror movie I've gone to in the theater since I was a sophomore in high school and my then-boyfriend and I went to see Silence of the Lambs. I am not normally a horror movie buff, although I do enjoy a good psychological thriller. The Thing? Uh. A little gory, meaning I covered my eyes for several scenes, and wish I'd covered my eyes for a few others. Overall, though, I'd say it was decent. Enough to make me a bit creeped out, especially since I have a thing about skittery slithery stuff. Still, if you're a horror buff, or if you've seen the 1982 version, you might enjoy it, although I have to admit I miss the days of bad model horror flicks. The CGI stuff is a bit too realistic, and the Foley effects are WAY too good these days. ;-)

Today was church, then clean out the garage, and do a bit of work on the side yard. I'd like to get something of a garden in there before I leave, and we'll see what takes come February or March. I'm thinking tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, maybe some colder weather veggies like broccoli or cauliflower, although I think Liam will agitate for corn. We'll see what he says.

It's nice to have a semi-clean garage, although the bench is Liam's domain and is awaiting his loving ministrations. The bikes are no longer parked cheek to jowl though, which is nice. :-) There's room to bring in groceries between them, at a minimum.

I suppose I should go get ready for tomorrow, but I'll probably end up watching part of the Eagles/Cowboys game. We'll see.


Oct. 27th, 2011 02:30 pm
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OMG. If I could pick a dress and say "This one!" it would be this dress...the ONLY change I'd make would be the inverted V in the back so you could see more of the lacing. Well, and make it pink or red or something not so bridal.

But this one.



Oct. 27th, 2011 01:53 pm
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John has a ball in March. Supposedly. It was supposed to be this weekend, but it got moved, so I have more time to pick out a dress.

Or make one, I suppose. I do have some patterns, and I've got some ideas, but one of the things I've always wanted to make is a corset ballgown. You know, the kind with teh full skirt and the corset top...only I want mine with a bolero jacket that has an inverted V in the back, so you can see the corset lacing. I want it in a striking deep red, or a gorgeous irridescent taffeta.

I'm nuts. Like I have the damn time to learn to make a corset, then sew a skirt, and a jacket. The Best Friend of Awesomeness and Kittens is awesome, but I think she'd draw the line *somewhere* and since she's already agreed to help design and build a pergola this winter, I'm a bit hesitant to ask her to help...because it'd be mostly her doing the work while I sit around being a lump. Well, an ironing lump, but a lump. So I'll probably just end up ordering a dress online, and I've seen a few that are STUNNING, so we'll see how it works out.


Oct. 26th, 2011 06:08 pm
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Right now, I am so unmotivated that it's not even funny. I'm sleepy, too, which doesn't help.

Met the new boss, and she seems pretty cool. She's got a degree in law, a degree in theater, and rescues Labs and weiner dogs. (I have no idea how to spell Dachshaund...so, she rescues wiener dogs.)

I should get back on the pell, but I'm feeling so blah..and this weekend will be "clean up the garage" weekend so God only knows what half-finished projects we'll unearth there. I know we've still got the curved shield blank for me, although that's not been cut out or strapped yet.

Okay...off to do *something* to earn my paycheck.


Oct. 26th, 2011 02:50 pm
soldiergrrrl: (nails!)
So, I need to remember that pink glittery nail polish is a PITA to remove and I should remember to switch it more than 15 minutes before the new boss is scheduled to arrive...
soldiergrrrl: (Pink Rose)
Comes The Dawn
Author: Veronica A. Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure...
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn...
With every goodbye you learn.


Oct. 25th, 2011 04:16 pm
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The stupid, it burns some days...
soldiergrrrl: (Everybody's a critic)
You know the one...the one I'm going to lose my head over and probably some friends, because I'm going to come across as hateful and intolerant I'm sure.

ETA:  Here's a link to SCA Today:  http://www.scatoday.net/node/21565#comments

Personally, I like having a King and a Queen on the throne.  There's a reason for this, and I'll try and explain as best I can, although I'm pretty sure I'm going to fuck it up.

Okay, let me start at the beginning, or at least at the beginning in my head.

Let's start with peerages.  Yes, there are more female peers than male peers, at least when it comes to the Laurel and the Pelican, but when it comes to the sticking point, the peerage that appears to have the most "power" is the Chiv and the Chiv is overwhelmingly men. 

In Ansteorra, we have had four women elevated to the Chiv, and out of those four, three were elevated after they'd already sat on the throne at least once. 

So, with that being said, although I would love for anyone to fight for the love of their lives, and to place their most beloved partner on the throne, I'm also deeply uneasy about meddling with the ONE truly powerful position for women in the SCA, and anyone who thinks people won't game the system for "power" are mistaken, I think.  Humans are good at a lot of things, and gaming systems is WAY up there on things we're not only good at, but things we LOVE to do.  Humans are hard-wired to do it, I swear. 

Bah.  I'm getting this all jumbled up. 

Suffice to say that I am uneasy about changing the rules because I think it will be abused, and while I'm sure there are some hot women sticks out there, I think the chances of a woman putting another woman on the throne are vanishingly small, and that by removing the "opposite gender" clause, we take away a position of influence for a woman.  Those positions are few and far between for women in the SCA as it is.

Agh.  I'll probably end up editing this a million times since it's all borked up.
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Because that's a good place to start.

This weekend was Her Stellar Majesty Queen Amelot Lisette de Blamont's Queen's Champion and Guardian of the Queen's Hope Tournaments.  The Stronghold of Hellsgate hosted the event and evidently, we did well.

The event was held on Camp Mabry, in the camping area and the site was declared a winner by just about all and sundry.  There was a charity race being held on post the same morning, so we had a bit of a SNAFU with the traffic situation and road closure, but overall?  It went really well.  The gate guards were polite, professional and got our folks through the gate with little to no hassle. 

I did the site tokens, and they were pretty well received I think.  Basically, I copied a page from a German fencing manual, then copied that painting with some quotes, to make bookmarks.  The originals were framed for HRM, as her site token.

I also ended up with waterbearing, not that I minded.  It just kinda slipped Liam's mind, and so I grabbed it.  Sara and Ghilean helped like crazy, though, so I appreciated them manning the table when I couldn't or was off being a social butterfly.

Overall?  OMG great event.  Exhausting, but fun, and everyeone seemed to have a good time.  I also made the Queen cry, first thing in the morning, so I count that as a win.  (They have all go to invest heavily in waterproof makeup.)

Uh.  Other than that, not much else going on.  Tired and sore from the weekend, but back at work and trucking along.

This weekend coming up is a quiet weekend, and then next weekend is 3 Whosiwhatsis, where I WILL be fighting.  In fact, I've got ONE scroll lined up for Gulf Wars, and that's IT for a while.  I'd like to concentrate on my fighting, and get at least some of the rust knocked off before I take on another commission, so I'm going to tie my hands to my knees so they don't float up any more.
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I want so badly to be at the event this weekend, not stuck in Ft. Worth for drill.  Why?  Why do I so badly want to be at the event?  Well, I did two letters of intent, three crests and contributed two bottles of mead to the effort.  That's a lot of work for something you'll never see, yanno?  I mean, I'm sure that I'll see lots of pictures, and I'm kinda glad I won't be around to see the crests get obliterated, but still...sadness.

I'll show you what I've been working on though...

Look behind here... )
soldiergrrrl: (angry bunny)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

soldiergrrrl: (Scribal)
Brain has gone asplodey again.

I'm stuck on some of the upcoming projects, and with a four day drill this weekend, I'm not gonna get as much done as I wanted to.  Oh well, it's not like I need to sleep...

I've found the basis for the eagle, as well as the two heads, I think.  I'll use papier mache eggs as a mold, with wire armatures for the wings and necks.

I'm going to use a two-liter Coke bottle as the mold for Liam's lady, since it'll have that hourglass shape.  I'll cut the back of the bottle out, so the back is smooth, but I think that'll work pretty well.  She'll be in a black and gold cote and sideless surcote that will trail out to his mantle, I hope, so it's not like I've got nothing to do!

I've started laying out the letters of intent and think *maybe* I might be going a wee bit overboard.  Nah.  John's is actually pretty easy, the Greek aside, and Liam's will just take a while to lay out, more so than paint.  John's will be a dome, with the Greek lettering in three columns under the dome, and Liam's is a take off from the Manesse Codex, with a knight and a rose tree that forms the border.  We'll see how they turn out.


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