Log in

entries friends calendar profile Previous Previous
Thanks to my sinuses, I've had laryngitis for 4 days now.  If any of you have seen my voice, I'd love to know where it is.  I have a dr's appt tomorrow morning.  I could have gotten in with one of the other drs in the practice, but I don't remember the name of the male dr who didn't read my chart and prescibed an Erythromycin cousin.   I'd much rather see MY dr as she listens to me.  I am marginally louder than I was yesterday, but I would really like to be healthy before we leave.

I had a quiet birthday (see above) with my family and Trephina.  Jeff went out and got pizza from our favorite place as well as flowers, cards, a balloon, cupcakes and ice cream.  I still haven't eaten any of the ice cream.  It's just not appealing at this point.  Everything else was yummy/lovely.  Jeff isn't good at finding the words himself, so he always tries hard to get the right card.  This year's was really touching.  I am so blessed. 

We have started the accumulation/packing for Pennsic.  I'm still working on clothes for the kids and have no idea what I have to wear myself and what fits.  I've regained all the weight I had lost (sigh).  Nothing new for me as the time has been spent on clothes for the kids (nothing exciting).   I was hoping to find my favorite pair of Persian pants that disappeared after Pennsic two years ago (last time we did major camping trip), but so far no luck.  There are times when I would really like to be one of those super efficient people who get so much accomplished (and you know who you are!).  The lack of time to sew is again making me feel like I can't experiment and have fun.  Making small tunics is not exciting.  I bought numerous pairs of plaid pants/pajama bottoms at the consignment sale.  Tunics and pants (and altered dresses) don't make me feel like I merit the medaillion,  but at least it'll be an attempt at garb for them  (whine, whine).  I'm hoping that when they're both in pre-school/day care this fall that I'll be able to get my game back.  I have various things that I'd like to work on for myself (shocker).  Last new garb was almost two years ago (still working on the Viking coat of doom so it doesn't count).

Just heard that Jeff got Friday off.  We're hoping to leave Thursday after Jeff gets off work.  MUST SEW, MUST SEW.   We're not exactly sure how the tent is going to be set up since it's been so long, and we need a different configuration now.  So glad we got the bigger tent. 

Hard to believe that it was on the trip to Pennsic two years ago that I started talking about the possibility of two kids.  About two months later we found out that Mr. J was on his way!  Boy, has life changed since that last Pennsic! 

Tags: ,
Current Mood: AACK!!!

5 comments or Leave a comment
The following message was posted to our local list by my baron.  Since they're trying to get enough orders for wholesale quantities, I thought I'd spread the word.  Most of the shoes won't work for later periods, but some of you may be interested.  I recommend reading the whole thread as he updates some of the info further down.

Period style shoes are often the last thing new folks add to their garb.  They can be hard to come by, expensive, or require leather working skills that few people have.  However, a link fell into my lap today, it's a thread on the Armor Archive where someone has managed to secure a source for 4 different styles of shoes that would compliment many kits - and they are going for the low price of $40.  I think they are made in Pakistan, and I haven't personally touched them, but the pictures don't look half bad.  If you're interested, go here: http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=112345 - but of course, let the buyer beware.

Baron Girard


1 comment or Leave a comment


Although this poll was conducted in London, I suspect these attitudes of blaming the victim are about the same here in the US.  How long until our world understands that No means NO and a woman ALWAYS has the right to change her mind?

Current Location: family room
Current Mood: angry angry

3 comments or Leave a comment

10 years ago today I was finally taking my mandatory time off from work after having had to change plans several times during the year due to work.  The day before my boss had asked if it was possible for me to postpone again, and I told him that I needed to visit my parents, particularly my father as he had been ill off and on all year.

I spent the day doing things around the house.  I finally was getting some painting and refinishing done to the house after having lived there for 5 years.  I went shopping late afternoon and kept avoiding coming home for some reason.  I felt like there was something hanging over my head.  I finally got home, and there were messages from all of my siblings asking me to call.  I knew immediately what had happened.  I called my big sister and heard that Daddy had collapsed shortly after they had returned from the Mayo Clinic.  Although they resuscitated him briefly, my mother had made the decision per his stated wishes to not keep him on life support.  He died a week before I was supposed to go visit him. 

In the time since my father died a lot has happened in my life that I wish he'd been able to share in.  He never met Jeff, but I feel that he was part of our coming together.  Jeff and I ran into each other about 6 months after my father died.  His father had died about 5 years earlier, and we spent a lot of the evening talking about our fathers.  Jeff helped me get through my grieving.  I wish Daddy had gotten to see my kids, and I really wish my kids could have known him.  Daddy was an amazing man with small children.  He wasn't as good at communicating when we got older (very old school), but he was wonderful in a lot of ways that I didn't appreciate as a teenager or a young adult. 

I'm very proud of my father and what he accomplished in his life.  He was born the son of a tenant farmer, graduated top of his high school class and got a full scholarship to Ohio State as a result.  At that time the men on scholarship lived in the towers of the football stadium.  I'm not sure how old I was before I realized that the "Tower Club" he talked about was really their fraternity as they didn't have the money for a regular fraternity.  He got a degree in accounting and went to work for Arthur Young, traveling the country as an auditor before WWII.  He quit to go to law school at the University of Michigan (Big 10 fans will appreciate the irony there) but put that on hold to serve in the Navy during the War.  With his amazingly flat feet (that I of course inherited) and accounting degree he ended up serving stateside the whole time.  After the war he used the GI Bill to finish law school, again graduating top of his class and earning a JD (only given to the top of the class at that time).  He was a great storyteller, and I so wished that we had videotaped him telling some of his stories.

Most of my father's career he was a law professor.  He had a private practice for a short period of time but didn't do very well in it as he wasn't good at schmoozing and gladhanding.  He really liked teaching, and he loved the law.  He was a constitutional purist, and he and Jeff would have had a great time discussing the issues.  He wasn't flashy or showy, but people respected him and remembered him.  He had a quiet kind of power , gravitas, that I don't think I've ever seen in anyone else.    He was a good man, and he loved his family.  I am so fortunate to have had him as a father.

I love you, Daddy.

Current Location: family room
Current Mood: nostalgic nostalgic
Current Music: children playing

6 comments or Leave a comment

great article in NY Times on women, 3rd world in particular, and best use of aid dollars.  It's frightening to read about the millions of missing women in the world. 


Current Mood: angry angry

1 comment or Leave a comment
Going nuts.  In addition to the drama with getting the house ready to sell, arguing with a minister over theology of baptism, the subsequent drama with my mother for upsetting her minister, my father-in-law had surgery for internal bleeding two days ago.  When my MIL went to pick him up at the hospital, she had a stroke.  It was minor enough that she was released yesterday, but please, enough already.

Current Mood: anxious anxious

14 comments or Leave a comment

Took the kids to the drive-in last night which did not go as we expected.  They did NOT fall asleep on the 1/2 hour drive.  Miss M got to play on the playground and then watched the movie on Daddy's lap, crawling around periodically (not sure why other than she's 2!).  Mr. J drank his bottle then fell asleep in Mommy's arms.  We only stayed for one movie, but we had a good time and will definitely be back! 

Need to stop procrastinating and get back to work!

8 comments or Leave a comment

So I was going to post about all the stuff we've done to the house or still need to do, but that was too depressing, and I've decided to spare you.

On the up side the new granite countertops look great; our bathroom finally looks the way I think it should; the new stairs look awesome, and I think the landscaping will make the house pretty (flowers!).

In the process I have learned more about permits for residential construction/repairs than I really wanted to know.  (Ignorance is not bliss; ignorance is expensive and pisses off inspectors.  Next time I follow my gut instinct and wait until everything is all done and clean before calling for the inspector rather than relying on someone else's advice.)

We are continuing to pack and clean (although I haven't even really started on the major cleaning since the contractors are still here).  Hopefully the house will be on the market next week.


Current Mood: anxious anxious

3 comments or Leave a comment
OK, LJ Brain Trust, what's the best way to send a fax for free on the 'net?
Leave a comment
Yesterday was an almost complete loss.  I had pushed myself past exhaustion into the space where my brain goes all wonky, and I am dizzy and nauseous just lying still (not to mention what happens when I move).  When J's alarm went off I told him he was going to need to stay home with the kids as there was no way I could take care of them.  I then proceeded to spend most of the next 28 hours in bed, where, with the assistance of Dramamine, I've been attempting to reboot my brain.  Today is much better; the wooziness is almost gone. Note to self: DON'T DO THAT AGAIN!  I don't know what it is about not sleeping enough that results in dizziness, but it happens to me every few years.  I thought I'd been getting "enough" but evidently I was wrong.

On the house front we got the inspection done on the new house, and there were only a few minor problems that the current owners are fixing.  We've started work on getting our yard cleaned and landscaped (anyone know how to get rid of an old hot tub that leaks?).  We're scheduled to get the painter/handyman here next week to start work.  Hopefully we'll get this house on the market in about 2 weeks, a little later than I'd hoped, but I think the work done will be worth it.  Still working on getting the granite countertops.


20 comments or Leave a comment