Poor Cassie

20 Sep 2017 12:37 pm
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I went in to make the bed this morning and didn't realize that Cassie had burrowed down into the pile of blankets (she usually sleeps on the folded up fleece blanket I have off to the side for the kitties to enjoy). I yanked on the covers and the poor thing came tumbling out. I felt so bad, she was clearly asleep and hadn't heard me come in. =(

But she got lots of lovins before I left for the office. Everyone did.

Brownies anyone?

20 Sep 2017 09:25 am
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Yesterday someone brought in brownies to share in the kitchen at work. They were cut into tiny squares, so I took two, But after I ate the first one I decided (like I often do) that I wanted a glass of milk with my brownie. So I wrapped the second tiny chocolate chunk up in a tissue to take home and have after dinner. Where I put it on the counter and promptly forgot about it.

Until about 3:00 am, when I was woken up by the distinctive clinking of dishes and glassware. Which meant that some naughty kitty was on the kitchen counter (and that I really needed to get around to emptying and filling the dishwasher). I jumped out of bed to go yell at whoever it was. Let me tell you, discovering a brown blob on the carpeting in the middle of the night when you’re not wearing your glasses is not a fun experience.

Brutus had dragged the brownie out of the kitchen and all the way into the hallway. It definitely had teeth marks in it, so it went into the trash. *mourns loss of my brownie*

I’m more convinced than ever that the previous owner 1) probably fed these kitties people food (evidenced by all three of them swarming me the first time I bought home McDonald’s french fries) and 2) probably let the kitties go hungry more than once (evidenced by how they eat normally if I keep the food bowl full, but bolt their food if I let it go empty. And how all three of them prowl the kitchen counters looking for food scraps).

Instead of text

19 Sep 2017 09:43 pm
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A bunch of photos:

Today's outfit: A 2nd hand linen blouse, trousers from Heyday inherited from Anna's sister. They were given to Valeria when Sara (the sister) grew out of them, but I nicked them today (with Valeria's consent), a ten year old cardigan that I think was from H&M. The checked jacket I made this spring, the cap is knitted by me some years ago.

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The cardigan is now way too big, so I have to tied it in front if I want to use it.
Since I have short legs the trousers are too long, but they fit Valeria as they are so I won't shorten them.

My latest article arrived in the mail yesterday. There's some very interesting other articles in this, the 2nd issue of 2017, of Costume too.
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And I got the best idea for the first slide on a power point presentation for my lecture of fashion, body and gender through history:
Mode, k�n och kropp

 
Other updates: Berlin was nice, though I didn't get to see much of the actual city since I arrived late on Wednesday, spent two days indoors at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, from 10  am to 6 pm and caught the train back 7 am on Saturday. Being environmentally responsible means 12-13 hours of traveling instead of 1,5. But apart from sleeping too little the nights before traveling, and worrying about delays, since I had to change three times on the way,  I actually enjoyed the train trip.

Nunsense

18 Sep 2017 09:14 pm
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So the nun who won the axe throwing contest back in 2015 was at faire again this weekend with two of her nun friends. I recognized her because I’ve got a photo of her with her prize from the contest on my hard drive. The guys from the Hitting and Stabbing Emporium went out of their way to find an appropriate prize for her. Since clerics aren’t supposed to carry edged weapons, they found a mace for her somewhere, and that was her prize. Supposedly she’s a school teacher and had said she’d use the mace to keep her students in line.

They were at the entrance to the encampment and I went running over to them and was just the biggest fangirl. “You’re the one who won the axe throwing contest at the Hitting and Stabbing Emporium, aren’t you?” She laughed, and her friends did too (I think I recognized one of them as the nun that was with her that year). We chatted for a few moments, and she said she was planning to go visit Hitting and Stabbing again.

I just think it's awesome that the nuns like to come out to the renn faire.

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18 Sep 2017 09:18 am
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The past week has been tiring. Returning to school has been stressful for mzkero. Managing schedules and baggage from previous semesters is challenging and not surprising but is having an impact on the rest of the family. Not complaining (at least trying not to), just acknowledging. Also, work has been particularly annoying and tiring. Mostly, end of quarter stuff and lots of customer challenges. Nothing disastrous just relentless.

J had two migraines last week. While that's bad, he seemed to recover more quickly from the one on Thursday. I suspect the second was triggered by the lack of sleep from us attending the Red Sox’s game on Tuesday night and us not being home (parent-teacher visits) on Wednesday evening to make sure he went to bed early. I think he might have had a low-level one most of Wednesday and didn't say anything (urgh, it’s much easier to stop them early!!). But the boys loved the game. It was their first MLB game in person and the Moogy Betts hit two home runs over the "green monster" J was particularly thrilled to attend the game. It's one of those parenting moments when your kid's enjoyment far exceeds what you expected. In hindsight, I wonder if some of the excitement was the manic behavior we frequently experience prior to a migraine, although there typically isn't a very long lag between manic and migraine.

On a positive note, we met J's and S's teachers and I'm optimistic. S's teacher, while new to the school, is very experienced and appears to have the necessary skills for managing his challenges. Although, they gave her most of the high-energy/sports boys. Not the easiest task but she's raised a couple of their own so at least she has experience. J's teachers seem to be a good fit, especially his academic support teacher. He actually came home and said, "Mr S is AWESOME". And after speaking to Mr S, I think we have the potential for a better academic year.

Gaelen and I had a medieval event this past weekend. It was unusually hot and humid but we did well. I got to catch up with friends that I don't see very often (even though some of them live 5 minutes away).

House renovations are progressing well. A couple of glitches but the contractor has been more than willing to address them. Actually, the contractor's direct crew is AWESOME. A couple of their subs are less than awesome. I'm really looking forward to the boy's rooms being done. Having S sleeping in our room is less than ideal - although the dog is going to miss sharing S’s bed.


Ok, time to start my week.

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17 Sep 2017 02:29 pm
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Yesterday my kingdom had one of the three annual "University" events. The registrar, Genevieve, has been letting me play with her work so I happily spent the first couple of hours handing out class schedules and rosters to the many instructors. Lunch time passed slowly so in my down time I pulled out my embroidery project and worked on that. Got some good discussions in with people - the kind where one could cover a difficult subject and know that we had enough time face-to-face to fully resolve any issues.

I taught my class on camp cooking. It was sparsely attended. I'd started with five people pre-registered for it, one of whom was myself, and ended up with five students - only one of whom was pre-reg'd. Such is the way of things. Most of my students were experienced cooks who were intrigued by the subject. They had some good suggestions and every once in a while I actually surprised them with information they had not known/considered. And it was nice to have another voice chime in with affirmation about something I'd said.

The drive to and from the event was 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Since I was part of registration staff, I needed to get there earlier than most so was up by 4am. Dragging in the door at 8:00 that evening meant I just kept walking down the hall straight into the bedroom. I've not the energy I had when I was younger! And thank goodness my hubby emptied the cooler for me.

Friday!

15 Sep 2017 10:06 pm
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Busy day and I want to get to bed for faire tomorrow, so you get a bullet post!
  • Survived the trip to the vet. And the kitties not being fed until 3:00 so that their meds stayed down. There was even peaceful sleeping after all that excitement (the girls on the same ottoman, a small miracle!)
  • Worked at home today which meant I got much laundry done! (Sheets, all the cat blankets, and darks)
  • Also got the house tidied up and did the Hoovering. I feel like I’m almost keeping up with the housework this faire season. Go me!
  • I took out the trash AND the recycling! Whoot!
  • And made a grocery run. Foods! Om nom nom.
  • Also paid and mailed the bills! Whoo! On a roll!
  • Still on baby watch, no bébé yet.

Kitties have been fed!

15 Sep 2017 03:49 pm
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The kitties have been fed! The starving times are over!

And there was much rejoicing.

Feed me?

15 Sep 2017 11:24 am
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I am happy to report that we've survived our first trip to the vet! And nobody made a mess in their carrier on the car trip. They were mostly well behaved, no hissing or scratching. The only person who got scratched was me, despite the fact that everyone got a manicure before we went. Someone raked me with their hind leg when I was holding them for the vet.

No ear mites. They all got treated for tapeworms. And Brutus got his anal gland squeezed (poor boo!). Hopefully between the two, that will clear up the hot spot on his tail.

Now to see how long before they forgive me. (And I can't feed them until the afternoon, so they don't upchuck their meds.). I suspect it might be a long afternoon.

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14 Sep 2017 09:51 pm
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I have hit bottom on prepping my handout for Saturday's class. Have I written about this already? I don't remember.

I'm teaching a class designed for single SCA campers who don't cook. It is mostly an 'attitude' adjustment, really, to bring their thoughts about foods from soups and sandwiches (and fast food) to dishes that are easy to prepare and will help them stay in a medieval mindset.

I am addressing three levels of prep; cooler only, campfire available, and single-burner stove. And that is where I am failing... I need 'recipes' that are not really recipes. More like vague 'put any of these things together and do this with them'. Like a Boy Scout foil meal; sliced meat side by side with sliced raw veggies, sprinkle Lipton onion soup mix over it all, then seal it and cook in the coals for 20 minutes. Tada, dinner.

I'm not sure I could call that a 'recipe'. Anyway, I need more ideas for meals and my usual source, SCA Cook webpages, is woefully lacking. This is unsurprising, I guess, because cooks don't bother with such elementary processes. That comes under "just throwing things together". But for a non-cook who is leery about being on their own without a meal plan provider or someone running into town for fast food, this isn't elementary at all.

My head hurts.

Whatever I have by 4am tomorrow, that is what I shall have to go with.
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Kitties are going to the vet tomorrow, and since I don't know if they'll get carsick or not, I've emptied the food bowl.

Brutus is always so polite but insistent about letting me know when the food bowl is empty.

I hope he lets me get some sleep tonight.

Baby day

13 Sep 2017 08:39 am
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Today is Brittney's due date.

So I'm officially on baby watch until the kid decides to head out.

(Yes, I mark these things on my calendar!)

Soon off to Berlin

13 Sep 2017 05:37 am
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 My train leaves at 06.55 and I will arrive in Berlin at 18.19. If everything goes well, I have to change trains twice and I don't have that much time at the changes , so I am a little nervous.

Right now I feel like I ought to have taken a plane, since 12 hours on a train today, and again on Saturday, won't be good for my health, but I thought it a good and environmentally friendly idea, and I have to live with that decision. And of course it is much better than flying.

I'm not very good at posting from my phone, so I will probably not write anything before Sunday.

Tuesday – back to work

12 Sep 2017 09:44 pm
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I finally put on pants and drove into the office again today. And, because I feel better, my sinuses decided to celebrate and drain. Oh joy! I was just a fountain of phlegm today!

I just felt generally disorganized after working at home all last week. I should have looked at my calendar yesterday. I thought my every-other-Tuesday full of meetings was last week. But it was this week. And I missed my 8:00 am meeting. Whoops. Well, I think that’s the first time I’ve missed it, so I’m not going to feel horrible about it. It just wasn’t the best way to start the day. Running late, and then finding out you’re later than you thought. Bugger.

I was also buried in e-mail. I guess everyone is back from their August vacations, because suddenly I can’t keep my inbox clear.

And my boss’s boss, our Director, is in the Westford office this week. He’s based in Minneapolis, so I hadn’t met him yet. Since he was here, the local Technical Writers all came into the office (including the new hire who started yesterday) and we went out to lunch. It was pretty cool getting to have a casual chat with him. He’s been with the company for twelve years; it was interesting to hear all the different roles he’s had over the years. And hearing some of the thing things he’s working on as far as initiatives (we’re doing a lot of thinking about how to re-work our Customer Portal to improve customer experience).

And I really love working for a company where, after you end a video conference call, the three people in the room have a discussion about how our team’s first task (and main mission until we complete it) should be to “get Gary a helper.” The local Pride chapter (LGBTQA diversity and inclusion group) met today to reorganize. Our company recently opened an office in Boston, so our local leader moved to that office. But he’s the only Pride member in Boston. And he’s currently overloaded (working 14 hours a day). So our first priority is going to be recruiting someone else in the Boston office to help him and keep him from working himself to death by taking on more work doing all the Pride stuff for the Boston office. Because he will. He’s just that kinda guy. And we don’t want him to do that to himself.

Also, one of very few “out” trans folk is out on medical leave right now. But when the folks on the conference call from HQ asked what our local group wants to focus on, three of us immediately said, “Trans rights.” Because we knew if she was here, that’s what she’d say. And also because MA is a bit ahead of North Carolina when it comes to LGBT rights, so we’re dealing with some different issues. We were the first state to legalize gay marriage way back in 2003, North Carolina didn’t legalize it until 2014. Plus they had that HB2 bathroom bill debacle.

Came home to a hairball on The Comfy Chair. Thanks guys. Nice to know you missed me while I was gone. =P

This and That....

12 Sep 2017 08:33 am
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Well, this last weekend was the big shindig for our household with Dom getting his laurel and pelican.  Ivan and I hosted the party so its been weeks of cleaning and purging and by 6pm Friday everything was done including the scroll...which isnt really a scroll but you'll see that in the album below:




It was a lot of work and it took forever to get the concept that I was seeing in my head onto the object.

Text by Viscountess Wander Riordan, after the style of Norse alliterative verse.

Calligraphy by me.
Woodworking by Kniaz Ivan Petrovich

 

Gold Leaf by Hanim Ari Usni, Lady Ponar'ia Apoloseva and Kniagnia Ian’ka

Design and Painting by Kniagnia Ian’ka and Lady Lady Ponar'ia Apoloseva

I'm awaiting pictures of his face which was epic. 


Work we finished the big $40M project and now I'm struggling with ennui especially after certain feedback I got and I'm just ready to cry, scream and say fuck the world to being a female engineer.  I won't but its just ever frustrating that I'm termed difficult to work with due to being female and if a male counterpart did the same things no one would object.  *flounce*  Not sure what to do with that....just keep calm and carryon and realize that again perceptions are everything and it sucks but not much I can do.  I need to chat with a few of my mentors and see what I can do to not beat myself up on it over and over and over again.  Its just so damn frustrating.

My hands are effed from all of the cleaning and scrolling and stuff and then I sprained my left thumb while attempting to pull a box down.  yeah....its awesome. 

Next on the docket is clothes for TRM for their stepping down....this is another project that is having a hard time being tangible.  Well, this weekend I'm doing pattern mockups and will have things for them to try on when I see them the following Saturday.  Plus I need to plan out stuff for Ivan and I and start in on clothes as well. My plan is that we will have new wardrobes by Estrella....and then I hope to have clothes set for Marek and Golda for the royalty dinner at Estrella as well.

To the vet!

12 Sep 2017 10:32 am
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And vet appointment made for Friday. Oh, they're going to hate me this weekend!
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On the 30th the nazis are marching in Gothenburg. They're counting on being a couple of thousands and there are several protests against them scheduled. And one of them works with humour and plan a "Star Wars LARP" where they will walk before them, blasting the imperial march, wearing rebel outfits.

And ever since somebody who saw a photo of us together said that Rickard and I should do Rey and Luke cosplay I've sort of wanted to do it. But I don't have money for fabric and I don't have time for it, since I'm totally broke, will be away from home from tomorrow until Saturday night and then will work an insane schedule the following two weeks.

But I would have loved to. But we'll join some of the other protests against the nazis instead.

The photo:
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Sometimes the Universe provides

11 Sep 2017 08:29 pm
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I was just thinking "I want to watch a movie, something short, with pretty dresses. I should pull out Cinderella and watch that before bed."

And I turned on the TV and checked the listings and lo and behold. Cinderella was on!

"We must simply have courage and be kind."

Sometimes stuff happens that makes me wonder who is reading my mind?

I resemble that

11 Sep 2017 03:11 pm
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my current role still boils down to ‘be the most competent person in the room'.

Things that you come across that make you go "huh, I resemble that...."

https://captainawkward.com/2017/09/07/1020-is-this-relationship-doomed-or-do-i-just-need-to-put-in-more-work/

Quote of the day

11 Sep 2017 01:06 pm
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“My parents, being very Christian, they looked at it as a blessing. You don’t give back blessings that the Lord gives you.”
source = NY Times

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