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WEDNESDAY

When Leofwyna got home from work this morning I was getting up so it was a chance to give her the box of scrapbook papers... it was a good purchase... 300 4x6" pages for $2 with lots of cute themes. This afternoon I went to pick up the camp blankets from the cleaners and return some library books. Stopped in for the half-priced clothing at Salvation Army where I found a flannel sheet set. It wasn't on sale but I'd put my foot through my last flnnel sheet this spring so I was glad to find 'em. Headed on out to A&S at Gere where I was early enough to 'shop' around for more books. After A&S I ran by to pick up some freecycle magazines I'd won dibs on. Back at home I found Leofwyna had gone to the campus computer lab to work on her trip plans so I'm loafing here alone tonight.
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SUNDAY

In spite of the lovely list I compiled for myself the other day I proceeded to loaf today. I did run through a couple loads of laundry and got out for a few groceries so I could do some cooking but back at home I put stuff away, snagged some supper and vegged in front of the TV with the entire fifth season of LOST. Bad E, no cookies. But Twizzlers on the other hand...
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FRIDAY

I allowed myself a laid-back day and accomplished nothing but relaxation. As it rained last night and the yard was somewhat wet I don't feel too guilty about being lazy today.

SATURDAY

I got my closet switched over for the summer although I didn't do any sorting or thinning things out so I'll have to do that piecemeal as I recognize problems. I also made some arrangements for Leofwyna's bday tomorrow.
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SUNDAY

The Halftroll called off today's garden session and postponed it to Tuesday. I can't say I'm sorry as I'm feeling exceedingly stiff myself. I spent the day alternating between the computer and sewing the 'spiral' blocks I found pieces for in the scrap box. Leofwyna treated me to supper at Valentino's this evening.

MONDAY

I made Leofwyna's run to the post office to send off her registered letter. After she got up and left for other errands I got two-thirds of the lawn mown. I wanted to get something done from the to do list that would leave enough energy available for tomorrow's garden session. The mower is running a little roughly so I suppose I'll have to get it in for servicing before the season really takes off. Just before I headed off to bed I helped hold things steady in the garage while she put up the shelving on the north wall. She's stepped strongly into that project this weekend so it's off my to do list. [Happy dancing would occur if I weren't already a little stiff.]
SATURDAY-TUESDAY

The cold outside is constant giving me a sincere lack of interest in stirring out of the house. So I'm hibernating... vegetating... accomplishing nearly nothing besides a couple jigsaw puzzles and reading through the blog archives of one Robin Wood. I've added wood carving adventures to my spring list of to-do as a result.
FRIDAY

I spent most of the day loafing; I did find one more job lead to apply for. This evening I found a replay of this week's Project Runway; loved the winner's dress for Heidi. Leofwyna headed off with a friend for a pedicure then came back and picked me up to go to supper at the Chinese buffet. Back at home we watched the Olympics opening ceremonies and worked on another of the little jigsaw puzzles I got in the multipack. She got everything else together while I was still working on the bit of blue sky at the top; I'm glad to say she finished the sky after I went to bed so I can do a different puzzle this weekend while she's at work.
FRIDAY

Knowing Saturday was going to be another long day on little sleep I took it entirely easy today, sleeping late, computalating and starting another jigsaw puzzle.

SATURDAY

First I could not get to sleep last night then I managed to miss my ride to Clothiers. I hit red on every light on the way to my pickup point then did the slippy slide to get going again losing much time... late to my connection who quite rightly had already taken off. Tried to get to the alternative possibility who I knew were leaving a bit later but they, too, were already gone. So back home to bed where I still couldn't fall asleep!

Finally gave up and got up and now I'm lazing in front of the TV on the computer again today. Now that Leofwyna is up I'll get some supper and spend more time with the jigsaw and make an early night of it.
FRIDAY

In spite of the sunshine I spent the afternoon loafing on the computer. After supper I went out dug up the compost pile in hopes of killing off the yellow jacket nest with the freezing temperatures and then finished the day cleaning up the kitchen.

SATURDAY

I got out early to make my errand run picking up the unsold consignment items and my drycleaning. We have a largish check for the stuff that did sell over the past year. It's too bad Sassy isn't taking in any more consignment this winter as I would like to drop this stuff off for awhile there too.
FRIDAY

Looked out at the cold and decided, no way. Saw Leofwyna off to work and I made do with Leftovers and entertained myself with the current jigsaw puzzle and the computer. I've been reading the archives of a new to me blog of a West Virginia romance writer. I haven't read any of her books but her blog about country living is delightful so I'm going to watch for her name when I'm looking at paperbacks.

SATURDAY

Leofwyna got put on call tonight so we worked on another jigsaw puzzle.

SUNDAY

Surprised Leofwyna with Aebleskiver made in the electric 'iron' I found a week ago. It works fine!

MONDAY

Today Leofwyna ran errands when she got up, then later picked me up to go out to supper. Val's was closed and we ended up at Applebee's where I discovered their baby back ribs are pretty good.

TUESDAY

I managed to get going in a timely manner today. Called to fill a prescription and checked about clearing the consignment shops. Went to five thrift stores where I found four books of scrapbooking pages for Leofwyna to use at the hospital, a video, a puzzle, three yards of nice mauve-ish wool (for another wool Saxon apron dress), one of Suzanne McMinn's books and a few cotton pieces for the quilting stash.
WEDNESDAY

With all the snow on the ground and the chill in the air I'm spending a great deal of time lounging around at home. Do I take advantage of this time to accomplish anything? Well, there is the excuse of avoiding making unnecessary noise while Leofwyna sleeps but just the same I'm not doing even as much downstairs as I could. I immerse myself in the Internet or a jigsaw puzzle. I'm clearly in hibernation mode here.

Tonight I did get out of the house to attend A&S; I was one of three to do so but we had a nice discussion about glovemaking, Winter War Maneuver's and its revel, and so forth.

THURSDAY

I got a call from NelNet today about one of my applications there so I'm being considered for an interview. I've responded to 5-6 positions there so naturally this is my least favorite choice but it is within my desired salary range and has benefits so I've got my fingers crossed that this might be accomplished. After eighteen months it wouldn't do to be fussy and perhaps getting my foot in the door could be translated eventually to a lateral move within the company.

I've got turkey legs in the crockpot with barbeque sauce and crushed pineapple for supper. When Leofwyna gets up we'll eat and go to the late movie to see Avatar in 3D.
THURSDAY

Sat myself down to clear out the 'mailbox' and write checks and stuff. That used up a couple hours and going through email and reading up my lj used up a couple more. When Leofwyna woke up we started a new jigsaw puzzle and watched most of a movie when we decided this puzzle was tension making rather than fun we stuffed it back in its box and tossed it in the rummage sale pile. There was just no way to organize it or get anything developed. This particular puzzle was chopped in in peculiar shapes and the picture was difficult to deal with.

Since school was cancelled for the third day tomorrow we decided to wait another day before digging out. I promised I'd get the driveway cleared for her to get to work when she's up tomorrow. And it's less depressing to dig out in the daytime than at night anyway and I'm glad I was able to talk her into this. She spent the rest of the evening putting away Christmas ornaments and boxing up the tree.
SUNDAY

Spent a little time on the 'puter, a little time with the jigsaw puzzle, just a quiet day at home with a cat on my lap while Leofwyna sleeps and then heads out to work. I finally got myself on the ball and did up the dishes from this weekend. Didn't want to leave the feast gear marinating very long.

MONDAY

I got out today to the Engine House for lunch. I love their Reubins when they do it my way (without sauerkraut or Thousand Island). Then I spent a couple hours at the library. Last year I found Stirling and this year I found Bujold... what am I going to find in 2010? I spent vehicle listening time this last six months re-listening to Gabaldon preparing for her new book out this fall. (I'm still catching bits I missed the previous times through.) I'm still waiting for the library copy as there's a waiting list of 36 for that. I gotta find something new that's a good read in the meantime!

I spent some time today reviewing 2009 and find it was a very active and full year. In spite of not having a job it passed very quickly and productively. Granted I could have been even more productive without a great deal of stress as I've been rather lazy many days this year but I've decided no resolution will amelorate my behavior so this coming year will no doubt be much the same. So my apologies in advance for any lack of entertainment on my part but I'm okay with it.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY

The weather outside is frightful... well, no additional snow or anything but cold and dreary so I stayed inside wearing sweats and heavy socks. I haven't even gone out to the mailbox; I let Leofwyna bring the mail in. Every meal has been the bean and ham soup, cornbread while it lasted and fruit salad. Lots of computor time or stripping cotton shirts for my quilter's stash. The cat is pleased with lots and lots of lap time. I'm definitely gathering moss here.
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TUESDAY

Got a hair trim Tuesday to get ready for the upcoming interview. Turned in aluminum cans ($2.70) and paperback books ($25.00). Dropped two bags of t-shirts off at Salvation Army. Stopped in at a couple Goodwills and found a few cotton shirts for my quilt stash.

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday was half-price at Salvation Army; picked up a couple shirts. Then went to the social Moot where I got to visit with Isadora, Eleanor, Gyda, Chiara, Saraphina, and others. No Natalya, Isabeau or Carlos though so I still have the scroll I painted for Sunday.

THURSDAY

Got the interview done; it wasn't too bad. One question was, "Describe your best and worst bosses." I described working with Gene Bunge at UNL Television. He was my first boss there and really drew out the best in me and trusted me with some expanded responsibilities. My worst was Steve who replaced Michelle at LBL after I worked there more than a year. He decided I had a bad attitude and had me out within a month. At least these folks didn't ask any weird existential question like some places do; I never know how to answer some of those.

I stopped at the thrift stores downtown and in one of them found a great set of red/gold woven pattern drapes that'll make a great laced overgown. I'll do cartridge pleats and make it as full as possible. Finally something I can wear with a black velvet overgown I want to make eventually with the fabric from when I worked at Hancocks.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY-MONDAY

I've been incredibly dull... lots of television, computing and so forth. I'm just sort of doing the existing thing waiting for Thursday and THE Interview.

Leofwyna and I did get to a movie this weekend... I almost always like Sandra Bullock movies and Blind Side is very good.
FRIDAY

With Leofwyna at work today I spent way too much time on the computer.  I've been reading six years of archives of the life a ren faire queen and busker.  I did bestir myself long enough to get the lawn mown and a good thing as it rained right on schedule during the night. 
TUESDAY

Slipped out quietly before noon and dealt with several errands.  Copied exchequer pages at Kinkos, picked up sewing machine from repair shop, and dropped a bag o'clothes at Salvation Army.  Leofwyna was already up and gone when I got back home.  As it was raining again today... actually just a long and long drizzle... I didn't do any work outdoors.  Just cleaned up the kitchen, wrote checks to mail and did some clothing sorting in my own closet.  And finally lots of computating and weather channel watching of the flooding situation in the South.
FRIDAY

Leofwyna and I spent a couple hours working on clearing out the front flower bed... this project is going to take couple hours for many evenings to get it done as there's a 14 yard stretch of it across the front and it's hard going.  We may leave the stretch of Veronica for next summer and take out the last 3-4 yards next fall. 

I also hit the oldest compost bin that I'd put the sprouted potatoes in early this summer.  They'd thrown up several plants and there was a couple pounds of new potatoes which I sorted out.  The compost was in shade and I wasn't surprised that it hadn't done better.  Now Leofwyna can take compost from that bin when she seeds grass up front.  We're both still avoiding the big compost bin that the yellow jackets have colonized.  I'll deal with that this winter.

In front of the TV tonight I grabbed up a pile of polished cotton samples to stitch together in another quilt top.

SATURDAY

Up very early (only four hours sleep) and said good-bye to Leofwyna who was just coming up to bed as I was getting on the road to coronation.  Since the instructions in the MEWS weren't very helpful (Never did find an Edmonds Ave exit), I was pretty late finding the place getting into a long line for troll.  I missed out on any chance of getting feast.  Got dressed and up to morning court where I had missed the first bit and came in after Ashir's knighting ceremony had begun.  I was way in the back and couldn't hear much of anything so made up my mind to get a good seat for the afternoon court.  I ate inn fare then sat and illuminated a scroll during the afternoon before heading up to secure my seat for court.  I got a real kick out of watching the Bellwood kids as several of them got their AOAs and how delighted they were for each other.

I told the Scarlet Keep kids who were riding home with me that I would disappear during feast, not to worry, enjoy a leisurely feast, I'd be back for them.  Headed out to find supper but found most places I was interested in backed up with waiting lines and ended up pulling through Taco Bell.  Dropped the Scarlet Keep kids who rode back to Lincoln with me back at their doorsteps and was home myself by midnight.  Leofwyna called from work a little later to see if I was home yet and ask about the event.  I was tired enough to head to bed earlier than usual.

SUNDAY

Wow, a full ten hours sleep which felt really good.  Since Leofwyna was sleeping all day I left the house for the afternoon, ate and hit a couple thrift stores.  When she woke up we headed out for another couple hours work on the flowerbed.  She had set up the crockpot full of fresh pork ham this morning with plans to use my little batch of new potatoes creamed with peas for supper.  This evening I finished putting together the polished cotton quilt top and it looks really good although it's to small for me to keep and quilt so it goes into the charity quilt pile, too.

MONDAY

Since it rained during the night we both took it easy today.  I headed out for lunch while Leofwyna was still sleeping and stopped in and browsed at T J Maxx.  Back at home while Leofwyna left and ran her errands I poked around on the computer... basically a very lazy day.
THURSDAY-FRIDAY

I didn't really get motivated either of these days to accomplish anything of significance.  I did get myself up to the Scarlet Keep college group Thursday evening for our A&S demo.  I took my wirebending workbox and worked up a Saxon dress pin. We had a nice turn out of MagMorons (all in garb): Sash, Gyda, Natalya, Gerald, Eleanor, Zino and Chiara.  We were also lining up riders from Scarlet Keep to go to Coronation next weekend; I'm borrowing Leofwyna's van for the daytrip to St Joe. 

Friday I stopped at Hancocks for their bargain white thread and snapped up several spools.  I also remembered I needed a couple spindles of black thread for the serger so I can finish adding to the camp carpets sometime this winter.  I should have gotten the lawn mown one of these two days but I procratinated... then it rained Friday evening.  That's not good.

SATURDAY

Turned out the sun and a light wind dried off the lawn sufficiently to mow today after all so I powered myself straight through the whole lawn 'in one swell foop' so I wouldn't have to think of it again until after Coronation.  Got the kitchen cleaned up and dragged the laundry downstairs this evening; won't do any laundry though 'cause Leofwyna still has hers in the machines.  Also I've been working extremely 'off-and-on' this week making more quilt tops from the sample fabric so I have three more ready to go.
FRIDAY

As planned I sat troll Friday 6-12... Gyda was there off and on as exchequer in training so I was able to get up now and then for this and that. 

 

When I set up camp Friday I found I didn’t have the hardware to put the bed together so I ended up on the ground again.  Although I felt the cold Friday night it’s probably not because I was on the ground (I had the wood slats and one of the wool blankets under the air mattress)… I could have used one more wool blanket with the one heavy and two light wool blankets I did have. 

I think I’m going to use these two light wool blankets (the ones I bought in Canada this summer) as the filler for the pieced linen camp quilts.


SATURDAY

I had made arrangements for troll to be covered so I didn't have to be there until after ten.  I'm not very good with early mornings and this caused me trouble last year so I was determined not to repeat myself this year.  I had good reliable help for troll this morning and was able to 'let it go'.

I wore all Linen for the first time at Hidden Treasures this summer and Cattle Raids this weekend and found it good. It’s time to sort the garb wardrobe and move some things out to make room for new. The goal now is for all Linen and Wool garb eventually… I have some cotton camp garb I’ll probably hang on to and wear out myself but there’s other stuff that can be moved into gold key just as soon as I get myself better organized.

 

First thing Saturday when I was dressed and had their excellencies together I brought out The Project… the new baronial banner… and presented it to them so it could be used. The bull is hung!

 

We had a good day in court, too, with Cailee getting a baronial golden feather, a Queen's Chalice, and an AOA.  Dwolm and Randwulf were fyrded, Osric was given a Torse, Eleanor Deyeson was awarded a Silver Hammer and HE Vasilla was given a Cross.  Countess Jane is our new archery champion.

 

Organizing bardic entertainment for feast turned out to be… interesting? I had lined up HalfTroll myself ahead of time and then during the day had so many offers I became concerned about having too much. I didn’t need to perform myself and late in the afternoon I actually turned down an offer on the basis of too many already.  My thinking was there needed to be time at feast for general discourse, too, and of course there’s always the possibility their majesties might take up time, too. Just before feast while the populous was settling into the hall I held a confab with bardic friends about this and I then decided to narrow the field further. One of the bards was from out of kingdom and thinking I wanted to feature Calontiri I notified this individual that I wouldn't be calling on her.  Let’s just say this did not go over well at all. 

 

During the various courses I presented HalfTroll, _____ and Dorcas. Their majesties did indeed accept a presentation during feast and later requested another individual to perform for them (I think she may have been the same as I’d spoken to that afternoon). All was well with my timing, I think. The out of kingdom personage did make the presentation to their majesties during feast and used the opportunity to add her input to the evening; I choose not to elaborate further on this.  As for the feast, Gwyneth made it and as always it was perfection!

SUNDAY

I was up bright and early packing and loading. I think I actually rolled out of bed by eight which is exceedingly unusual for me.  At least it allowed me to work in the shade for a good 2-3 hours getting the sunshades down and the tent cleared out.  It also allowed the tent to have an hour or so in the sun before I dropped it.  Back at home I crumped and accomplished very little the rest of the day.


MONDAY
 

When I got home from Milford Sunday I was just too beat to empty the van so I got on it this morning while the driveway was still in the shade… besides I wanted all the camp gear to have a full afternoon in the sun to dry thoroughly before I packed it up for the winter late this afternoon.   Again this evening I'm collapsed in front of the TV and I'm not doing anything further today.

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