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Up all night last night, back and forth to the bathroom. I think it may have been food poisoning. Stomach was in full rebellion. Mint tea helped, though. Feeling better but dragging today. Decided not to go to Baronial sewing night. We ended up watching a few episodes of The Expanse, Season 2. (Really, one of the best sci-fi series I have ever seen, even if somewhat grim.)

As it happens, on the Famous Womens Project FB group, there was a discussion about the pleats on a number of the dresses that people were wondering about. The Cornificia dress also has these pleats. In my first bit of research, I found a number of examples in religious paintings of the Virgin Mary during the mid-15th century. Turns out a lady over in Northshield (Annetje van Leuven) did a good bit of research on this type of dress some years ago, and she shared a number of pictures of some extant garments that had the same pleating.

Definitely food for thought. My dress is structured a little differently, but it seems that the extant garment had some extensive adjustments in the 16th century. Then again, I'm not entering this for Arts and Sciences--this is to help someone doing a photography project. However, I'm picky enough to want to get things right, just because.

All kinds of ranting online today regarding the new SCA "Bullying and Harassment" policy. I'm sad that we even need to have something like that spelled out in a society supposedly devoted to the ideals of chivalry, but OTOH, I've been in the SCA a very long time and seen some very ugly behavior. It's not as rare as it should be.

I think the policy is badly written, though. Way too vague, and I'm afraid that it could be misused because of that. Calontir's King Damien, who grew up in the SCA, put out a calm and measured statement about his ideas on the policy. We'll see what happens.

Okay, off to bed. I think the worst of the stomach problems are over--I really do not want to miss shodo tomorrow morning and taiko tomorrow evening!

小鳥の歌 76

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:26 pm
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A little bird sings
In the surrounding darkness
Only crickets chirp
The fireflies dance and die
My God it’s full of stars

link: glow of fireflies in the twilight to fireflies dance and die.

“My God it’s full of stars” is from Arthur C. Clarke’s Novelization of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Although widely believed to have been said in the movie, it actually wasn’t. I refer here to things I thought I heard, but were not actually said. That seems to happen to me a lot nowadays. I don’t like it.

The poem can be read forwards or backwards.
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Bob still has a couple of days off (he took last weekend, and then his schedule turned out in a way that he had 10 days off in a row). We have a massive heat wave hitting now (heat index in the 100's to 110's F), so there's not much incentive to go out anywhere. And the Y's pool is closed for repairs this week, too!

The local Taiko group (Three Trails Taiko) is holding a introductory workshop over the next four Wednesday nights, total cost $30. I decided to give it a try, especially since they are here in Olathe (no driving 30-45 minutes to some spot in Kansas City). "Three Trails" is actually a reference to Olathe, which is where the three main trails to the Old West (the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail) all converge. Olathe was and continues to be a railroad town, although fortunately, most of the tracks are on the other side of I-35 from where we live.

I don't know anything at all about taiko, so I figured if nothing else, I will learn something new. If I do like it, maybe it will be a way to meet more people and have fun.

Still doing shodo, but it is mostly a solitary thing. I meet up with my teacher usually once a week (or so).

Went to the Shire's Cooks Guild meeting on Friday. They were taste-testing some of the recipes for our event's feast later this month. I was so nervous, but everyone made me feel welcome and didn't mind all my questions. And I got a delicious meal, too!

Saturday was CalonCon, which is a day of business meetings for local SCA officers. Last year I was with the Chatelaines (not fun), then sat in with the Heralds because ours had to work. This year, I am the Shire's Herald, so I just showed up for that meeting. Despite all the nitpickiness of Heralds' work, heralds themselves are pretty fun to be around, especially with all the puns and jokes they like to sneak into names and devices. Got some questions answered, heard some stories, good meeting.

But I had a bad people hangover afterwards. Ysabel texted me to see if I wanted to come over and play board games with some of the Shire folk, and I had to turn her down because I was already in my pajamas at 8 pm. The day was fine, but being around so many people just exhausted me.

Sunday was doing laundry, napping, and watching some British comedy called Upstart Crow. We waited to watch the Game of Thrones premier until this morning (no spoilers--dang, it was good!).

I meant to cut out and experiment with the sleeve on the Cornificia Dress (I think I figured out what was wrong, after watching some Youtube videos about inset sleeves), but was so not in the mood to mess with sewing today. Need to do that tomorrow, though. Both the chemise and the dress use that same sleeve, so I have got to get it correct before I cut out the good fabric.

I put my new song up in the Shire FB group. It's called The Falcon's Cry and is sung to the tune of Palestinalied, a 12th century German song. I'd mentioned at the meeting and at Cooks Guild that I thought it would be fun for the Shire to sing Their Majesties off to war, since ours is the last event before they head out to Pennsic. (Not to mention, our theme is the Hundred Year War.) Some folks encouraged me, but now that I've posted it, there's been no response at all. Bob liked it out of pity (although he says it's good, but he can't go to the event anyway).

I have to decide whether I want to try to sing it on my own. See, this is why I consider myself a poet rather than a bard! I'm not a bad singer, but I'm a high soprano and better suited to choral singing. (Also super-sensitive to comments about When Fat Ladies Sing. Yeah, people are cruel.)

小鳥の歌 74 and 75

Jul. 16th, 2017 07:12 am
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These sacred feelings
Enshrined upon an altar
Trapped behind my teeth
The river breaches its banks
I cannot outrun this flood

Link: Enshrined to Enshrined


The minutes linger yet
Time with her winged sandals
Goes racing past us
As fleeting as the glow of
Fireflies in the twilight

link: cannot outrun to racing past us

Written for the occasion of Rhodri ap Hywel’s birthday

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Jul. 15th, 2017 12:58 am
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Our repaired and inspection-passed truck has been returned to us, after we paid a partial ransom for it. The rest of the well-earned blackmail money will be sent from Cooper's Lake after the first of August.

Finally I am doing a sewing project for Pennsic prep. Bossman has a Glastonbury chair which needs a seat cushion. Luckily I have a scrap of green & gold upholstery fabric which will do well to be one, and sufficient batting to fill it. If I'm lucky there will be a big enough piece of it left over that I can use it to craft the front of a back cushion for it also. The trick will be to figure out how to put the cushioning on the back rest since the chair is unfinished and so nails and brads as Right Out. If you have a suggestion, I'm all ears. Bossman suggests strapping it on at left & right sides, with Velcro to connect the strap pieces. As you'd expect, this disturbs my medieval Wa.

I got a fabulous bit of news from a friend. After too many miscarriages, her 10-year-old son will have a younger sibling when the weather turns. She's past the dangerous first trimester so it looks like smooth sailing from here. I am so thrilled for her!

Rising Heat

Jul. 14th, 2017 05:33 pm
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Typical Kansas summer--super hot and humid air-you-can-wear weather, followed by a huge storm that takes several hours to go through the area. Listening to non-stop thunder for over 2 hours is an almost surreal experience.

On the plus side, we did need the rain, yay.

After months of soul-searching and dithering, I have finally decided to sell the Soulpad tent that I got for my birthday. Reasons include:

1. Slow recovery from the illness in March. It is taking much longer than I thought. It's difficult to have fun at an event when you are exhausted.

2. Bob has progressed from "I'm not really into camping" to "I hate camping and don't want to do it." I had hoped we could go to Gulf Wars and/or Pennsic together. He has made it very clear that he does NOT want to do that. Oh, he would go if I went (to make sure I was okay) but Bob at his most passive-aggressive is no fun to deal with.

3. Auxiliary costs--due to the CPAP machine and my bad knees, there are additional items that I would need to camp comfortably and they are outside of what I budgeted. Plus cooking items--I have two coolers, but nothing to cook with. People spoke up at the time with promises of help, but those seem to be just words. The fact is, I don't want to have to depend on people for physical help. It's their vacation, too.

4. I don't want to spend so much money and time on something that doesn't make my heart sing. The majority of my SCA experience has been with non-camping events (or just day-tripping at camping events). Because of where we live, I can continue doing that and still be active. And push comes to shove, if I want to do Gulf Wars, my cousin lives 45 minutes from the site and has invited me to stay with her. And Pennsic? Well, been there twice, done that twice, checked that box off twice.

The tent has not even been used, and I got it on sale (with free shipping), so I'm pretty sure I can sell it for what we paid for it.

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Jul. 13th, 2017 12:26 pm
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I have a question for those reading this who are also in the SCA.

What would you feel about a woman who mooned (dropped her drawers and presented her bare bottom to others) a performer she knew well during a bardic circle in her baronial encampment while children were present? Would you find this amusing? Would your feelings be different if the woman was a newcomer, or a mid-level award holder, or a Peer? Would you have differing views depending upon circumstances?

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Jul. 12th, 2017 10:31 am
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Oh my goodness. The medication has definitely worn off. Today is Eat All The Things Day. I have even eaten two huge bowls of Lucky Charms cereal. Two 3-cup bowls of sugar... and I craved it.

Wow.

Culinary Adventure! Korma Sutra

Jul. 10th, 2017 05:54 pm
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I had to run over to Joann's fabrics on the other side of Overland Park today. Now Overland Park is the suburb right next to Olathe, BUT Overland Park is the 2nd largest city in Kansas, and Olathe is the 4th. So going from south-central Olathe to north-east Overland Park is a bit of a drive.

Since I was going to be over there anyway, I decided to try a new place for lunch. There was a place not far from Joann's called Korma Sutra, that serves Indian cuisine. Since I'm not that familiar with Indian food, I thought their lunch buffet would be a good chance to try a variety of things and see how I liked it.

Korma Sutra is TINY. It's a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant at the back of a strip mall. You can't see it from the street, so you have to know where it is. (Actually, a lot of places in Overland Park are like that. It's annoying. I get lost all the time trying to find things over there!)

The buffet was small but had a nice variety of both meat and vegetarian dishes, some salad items, some sauces, and two different types of rice. I tried a bit of several items, except those marked as very spicy. I meant to write down the names but it's a blur now.

There was a goat curry that reminded me of a similar stew I had at a cabrito cook-out when I was a kid in Texas. Only downside was that some pieces still had the bones in, so you had to be careful when eating. Good flavor, though.

There was a veggie dish that was excellent--I think it was Gobi Keema (Freshly mashed cauliflower cooked with fresh onions, tomatoes and green peas)? Smooth taste.

I was nervous about trying the Tandoori Chicken (bright red--would it be too hot?!) but it actually had a medium flavor. Delicious!

No lamb dishes this time. I would have liked to have tried that.

The bismati rice was good, and I also had Chicken biriyani, which is a rice and chicken dish, also good.

There was this raita (yogurt-type) sauce that I almost overlooked, but I saw this Indian lady put some in a bowl, and so I decided to copy her and had a bowl of it as well. It was light, smooth, and cool, and went very well with the naan.

The buffet comes with mango lassi as the drink (OMG OMG SO DELICIOUS), plenty of fluffy naan bread (they made me take some home), chai, and a piece of mango kulfi, which is like mango ice cream. I'm usually not much of a chai (or coffee) drinker, but theirs was quite good. They also made me take home a cup of that, which I put in the fridge to see what it would taste like cold.

The owner went around to every table, talking and joking with people. The waiters were also very friendly (and really busy). I went about 2 pm, which I thought would be a slower time, but the place stayed full the entire time I was there.

I definitely want to try this place again and bring Bob along!

As usual, spent too much at Joann's. They had a 50% off all thread coupon, though, and I've been wanting to transition to using cotton and silk thread for my hand-sewing, rather than the polymix that I have on hand. I'll still use that for the sewing machine, though. Also found some tie-dyed cotton on clearance, which either will make some light summer garb or I may just make a modern sundress with it. I still need to try making a kosode with my larger measurements, and experiment with sleeve placement. Because my torso is so wide, the sleeves end up wonky--but if I fold in my body piece at the shoulder a bit, the sleeves should look proportional then. I think. Have to play with it with thrift store cloth and see how it works.

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Jul. 10th, 2017 05:49 pm
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My vision is coming back into focus. That is one less worry for me.

My Pennsic staff members have sorted out all their difficulties (so far as they are letting me know) so I am feeling very positive about how this year is going to go. And now we're into the 'fun time' - pre-packing for the event, whittling down, in my case, the things that I've been bringing every year so it won't be such a burden for my husband when it comes to loading up the truck. Besides - I have too much miscellaneous SCA stuff. I have a perfectly good, if somewhat eye straining, pink collapsible basket I could bring for trips to the shower, except it is full to the brim with SCA tchotchke I've been holding on to, meaning to 'find the right place' to pass it on or to use some time in the future. I am determined, this year, that it get emptied out and all that stuff removed from my house or actually used.

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Jul. 8th, 2017 10:31 pm
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I've lost the last three days to sleeping. I'm not ill, simply drugged. Tomorrow I discontinue the Effexor - I can cope with depression or anxiety until after Pennsic and we can try a new medication then, when I don't have deadlines and responsibilities looming.

Besides, I'd like to spend some time with my husband, who changed out of his pjs to make a 10:30pm food run* for me right now, anyway, I'd like more time with him than an hour or two between my sleeping periods.

Although I am going to miss the ease of not eating... I've lost 25 pounds since I started taking this stuff in May.


*10:30 at night and I've had 349 calories to eat all day. I'm not hungry even now but I must eat something. "No less than 1300 calories daily" said the nutritionist. He has gone to McDonald's - of all places - to fetch a Quarter-pounder, French fries, and a milk shake in the hopes that I can choke most of it down. All my healthy (and far too low-calorie) food in the house is making my tummy roil just at the thought of it. There is no way I could eat enough of it to bring my numbers up so junk food it is.

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