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Progress

Highest weight ever: 345.0 (11/13/2013)
Total lost (to date): 60.4 lbs
Last weigh in: 284.6 1/13/2015

2014: -25.0 lbs(310.4-285.4)
2013: -4.6 lbs(315.0-310.4)
2012: +33.6 lbs(281.4-315.0)
2011: -5.6 lbs(287-281.4)
2010: -31.0 lbs(318-287)
April 13th, 2015

Five Things: Stepping Up

1. Work
Out with the old boss in with the new, for now. After my old boss announced he was leaving in January he went to radio silence. I’ve been told he was around until May.. but I didn’t see hide nor hair of him and he certainly wasn’t checking in on my progress on projects. I guess it’s a good thing I’m pretty good at self-motivating. I just kept doing what I’d been doing. After a few weeks of the radio silence I was contacted my my new boss (old boss’s boss) and we started doing one-on-ones. My new boss is the Chief Technology Officer. As in.. he reports to the CEO. So it’s like I’ve moved up in the corporate ladder by eliminating middle management. Whatever. I’m still doing essentially the same job. I’m “she who knows how the ads work”. My “new” job is to keep doing what I’ve been doing and to help instruct my new boss on “all things about ads that he needs to know.” ie, things I’d planned to do anyway.

I have a feeling they’ll be bring someone new to replace my old boss. At this point the CTO is doing a bit of hand waving and telling me to keep on doing what I’ve been doing.. I think there needs to be another level of management between us making the strategic decisions about the departmental direction. I kind of wish I had the skill set to step into that position.. but I also recognize that I’m a lot more technically focused (and strictly ad focused) than the position needs. I think bring someone new in will be good for the organization.

2. Home/Erik
In March we moved from the old rental house (3BR/2BA) into a new rental house (4BR/2.5BA) right across the street. It was a fairly easy move. We had a ton of help and I am grateful to every one of them.

I really like the new house. It has a lot more space (and one more bedroom) than the old house. I’m still in the honeymoon phase. I’m cleaning rooms just because they’d look better cleaned. The owners of the house have agreed to a 1 year lease. At the end of that year they want to sell the house. That said, they’ve mentioned they’d like to sell it to us. Today is 3 years to the day since we short-sold our last house. This means sometime in the next month or so I’ll go talk to a bank and see what would be involved in getting approved to put in a bid for this house.

Shopping for plants for the garden

Shopping for plants for the garden

Erik is now 18 months old. He’s finally becoming less clingy to mommy. When we go out to eat I’m now allowed to go to the bathroom without inducing a full meltdown. I’m now allowed to walk away from him and just last week I was allowed to go into the kitchen and cook dinner while he hung out in the family room (the kitchen overlooks the family room so we could see each other the whole time). This is fantastic.

Until you’ve done it you don’t realize how tiring it is to have every decision governed by “What will Erik do?”. Ie, I want to start a load of laundry. The dirty laundry is in the laundry basket upstairs and Erik is happily playing with his toys downstairs. You’re solo parent for the moment (other parent off running an errand) choose one action:

a) Action: Run upstairs, grab laundry, thrown downstairs. Run back downstairs and start laundry.
Outcome: As soon as you leave downstairs Erik will burst into screaming and attempt to follow you upstairs possibly tumbling down the stairs.
b) Action: Pick up Erik, go upstairs, grab laundry, thrown laundry downstairs. Run back downstairs and start laundry.
Outcome: As soon as you pick Erik up he may start screaming (he doesn’t want to go upstairs he’s having fun playing) or you may make it all the way upstairs without screaming but you can’t let him run loose upstairs while you throw laundry downstairs (he may tumble down the stairs) so you put him in his crib to keep him contained. As soon as you leave him in his crib he’ll start screaming.
c) Action: Wait until Erik goes down for a nap. Grab laundry, throw downstairs. Run back downstairs and do nothing.
Outcome: Good job, you’ve gotten the laundry downstairs but you can’t start running the load because the washer is too loud and you won’t be able to hear Erik over the washer. You’ll need to wait until he wakes up before you start the load of laundry. Good first step though.
d) nevermind I really don’t need clean clothes

Suddenly I can actually do a). This is beyond words fantastic. I’m thrilled.

3. Health
After waiting and waiting and waiting on the new Up3 from Jawbone to ship I gave up at the end of March and asked them for a refund. The Up3 was supposed to be out in November of last year**. Two weeks ago I decided that I really do want a fitness band so I bought an UP band. It arrived last week and I’ve been wearing it for a week.

The band I got is the v1 of the UP band. It was $52 with free shipping. When I bought it I thought I was getting an Up24 (the v2 of the band) but when it arrived I realized that I’d missed the fact that is was and UP instead of the UP24. The difference seems to be that the UP24 can sync via bluetooth whereas the UP has the be plugged in to sync. It’s a scootch annoying but not annoying enough to return it.
Pros: I love the sleep and step tracking. Graphs appeal to me. The band jiggles if I havent’ taken a decent amount of steps in the last 30 minutes. This is a great “get up and stretch” reminder.
Cons: I heartily dislike the fact that the UP has no web interface. In fact I’ve been using MyFitnessPal(un:nibuca) to record food and that is sync’d over to the UP app.

Conclusion: I don’t get enough sleep or take enough steps. I’m working on that. My diet has been “okay” but not stellar. Inputting my food into a tracking app has reminded me that my “mostly 80%” adherence results in my maintaining my current weight. I sincerely love the part where I get to the end of the day and hit “yeah, I’m done with all my food today” and MyFitnessPal says “Hey, if you keep eating like this you’ll be at {this lower} weight in 5 weeks”. Just a week’s worth of tracking and I’ve already made some diet tweaks which I think will help me out.

**Coincidentally I read this morning that the UP3 is finally going to be released by April 20. For now I think I’ll stick with the UP band and maybe get an UP3 at some point in the future.

Steeping Hypocras.

Steeping Hypocras.


4. SCA/Projects
All projects went on hold with the move.. and with the unpacking after the move. I think I’m finally at a place where I can get back to doing projects.

Prior to the move I was able to complete and try out my supportive underkirtle. It works splendidly and has helped me to be able to keep wearing my existing dresses even though they’re a bit too big. Also, for March Crown, I (loosely) followed Heidi’s recipe for Hypocras. It’s very yummy and will become an eventing staple for me.

Project list:
WANT-TO
1. 12 labeled sachets of powdre fort for hypocras to donate to largess derby at Beltane
2. Pâté for Saluminati meeting at Beltane
3. new Kirtle pattern and new kirtle for me
4. black velvet loop, frontlet, cap and veil getup (want to develop this out further and need to document)
5. lined 1488-1503 overdress

HAVE-TOS
1. Green Tunic for Fearghus
2. Eyelet on the front of F black pants
3. Medium sized tunic for our loaner garb
4. Fix pleat on Erik Waffe
5. Fix sleeves on F hemd

5.
This year has been financially up and down. Moving is expensive(cleaning the old place, deposit/bills on the new place), registration on the car/truck is expensive, taxes (sadly) this year were expensive. Happily I got a bonus from my work for having my patent actually go through. So yeah for that. At this point I think we have our finances in hand and are making positive head way. Still… I wish it was easier.

Future:
May 1-3: Beltane, Cloverdale CA
May 9: Mist/Cyn War (Fearghus only or we may daytrip), Ed Levin Park. Milpitas CA
May 16: Mists Spring Investiture (maybe, maybe not) Martinez CA
May 22-24: Cynaguan Spring Coronet (maybe, maybe not) Quincy CA
May 30: Duchess War, Santa Rosa CA
June 6: Attending Wedding
June 19-21: June Crown, Tres Pinos CA
June 30-July 5: West/An Tir War, Gold Beach CA

January 12th, 2015

Five Things: Sparkly!

1. Work/Programming
New year new project. At the end of last year we realized that a bit of software we hadn’t tried to use since JUNE had died. It turns out that Google deprecated the API that bit of software used. I didn’t write the software, I just inheirited it. That said.. it came to me as a compiled stand alone Java app and the source code was no where to be found. So now it’s a new year.. and the thing (which we haven’t used for 6 months) is irreparably broken and lucky me, I get to re-write it from scratch.

Fun. ….

Added bonus, my boss just announced he’s going to be leaving the company with a long transition over the next few months. Can’t wait to see how this turns out. *sigh*

2. Home/Erik
We made it through the holidays. I love visiting family but I was equally relieved to get home. We’re now adjusting Erik back to his “normal” schedule. It’s working for the most part but he seems to be resisting his afternoon nap. This is to be expected as the baby websites say that he’s on scheduled to cut back to as single nap per day. It’s bad in that I had been looking forward to this 3 o’clock time to get things done. I guess we’ll adjust.

The house is currently a little bit more cluttered than I’d like. I need to figure out how to straighten/organize the house while Erik is trailing after me since I’m not allowed to leave his presence.

His new phase is very clingy to mommy. If I walk away from him, even just across the room, he starts crying. God forbid I actually leave the room. This is .. trying.

Our move has been delayed until the first week of March. I haven’t started packing yet.. but I will soon.

3. Health
For Christmas I got Fearghus a Jawbone UP24 health fitness band. Unfortunately all they had was size Medium. I got the band anyway since I wanted to have something under the tree for him but offered when he opened it that we could exchange it for a Large. Rather than doing that he re-gifted it to me and I ended up wearing the band for about 3 days. It does step and sleep tracking. It’s very interesting and (at least in the 3 days I used it) inspirational.

While looking to order a Large for Fearghus we found out that Jawbone had announce a new bigger better tracker, the Jawbone Up3. This had constant heart rate tracking as well as a couple of other neat features. Fearghus and I decided that we’d order the new UP3 for him and that we’d return the Up24 I was using and order and UP3 for me as well. Except for one minor wrinkle. It turns out the Up3 has had some delays in shipping and won’t actually be available until March. So at this point we’re waiting with the intention of having spiffy new health trackers “soon”.

In the meantime I end 2014 down 25 lbs from Jan 1 to Dec 31. I’ll take it. Now that we’re home we’re knucking down on “healthy eating” and hope to see additional losses soon.

4. SCA/Projects
erik_waffe-e1420656460379I posted blog entries about Coenwulf’s Waffenrock and Erik’s Waffenrock. I’m very proud of how all these outfits came out.

Lately I’ve found myself fascinated with a bit of headgear: the black velvet loop, frontlet, cap and veil getup. I blame Tullia. Digging into this it looks like the headgear was popular from 1488-1503 in northern France and the Netherlands. That’s a splendidly narrow slice of history.

Since I can’t very well run around in a headgear and nothing else (despite what some of the bathing pictures imply) I’ll be working on a dress to go with the black velvet cap as well. Happily I’m enchanted with the late 15th century French styles and should be able to use a waisted kirtle as an under-dress to one of the lovely overdresses shown. I’m currently at the LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES phase of research. Pictures gathering on this Pinterest board: Late 15th century upper class France/Netherlands

Sadly my todo list has a bunch of other non-15th century things on them that need to get completed first. Actually scratch that. I think I will be interleeving my have-tos with my OMG-IT’S-SO-SPLENDID sparkly projects. I’m tired of putting off what I want to do just because there’s a ton of have-tos in the way.

Project list:
WANT-TO
1. Lengsberg bra-dress
2. new Kirtle pattern
3. black velvet loop, frontlet, cap and veil getup
4. lined 1488-1503 overdress

HAVE-TOS
1. Add eyelets to Patsy dress
2. Black tunic for Romelo
3. Fix pleat on Erik Waffe
4. Eyelet on the front of F black pants
5. Button on right sleeve of blue dress
6. Fix sleeves on F hemd
7. Fix collar on my German shirt.

5.
West Coast Culinary Symposium is coming. You should register and go.
When: February 13 – 15, 2015
Where: Camp Bothin (3125 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930) beds available in dorms bring your own bedding (it’s like the foodiest ever sleep over)
What: A weekend of medieval food groking with folks whose eyes won’t glaze over when you wax rhapsodic about wild grown bread yeasts or specific strains of sheep use in Norse cooking.
Why: Because medieval food is tasty.

I need to remember to pack:
dish for Friday potluck
bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow)
feast gear (cloth, plate, cup, silverware)
apron
knives and cutting board
notebook and pen

Future:
Jan 24: Cynaguan Investiture, Woodland CA
Feb 13-15: West Coast Culinary Symposium, Fairfax CA
Feb 21: Northern Wolf Newcomers and Prize Tournies, Santa Rosa CA
March 1-7: Tentative move date.
March 27-29: March Crown, Woodland CA
April 3-5: Mists Coronet, Tres Pinos CA

December 16th, 2014

Five Things: Holidays and stuff

Yeah, still alive.

1. Work/Programming
Work is doing that end-of-year winding down. In fact I am on vacation from this coming Thursday until next year. So there’s really not much going on. I have one project on my list.. but that won’t really get going until next year. In the meantime I’m a documentation demon. Nothing fills time so fully as trying to describe how to fix something where the answer is usually “Call Monica and have her fix it”

2. Home/Erik
erik_1yrErik is now a little over a year old. Just after his first birthday he started walking. Lately he’s started responding to commands “Bring me your shoes”, “Go get daddy”, “Get the kitty”. It’s absolutely amazing.

At night he’s still sleeping in his crib in our room. We had planned to move him out to his own room but it looks like we’re going to be moving in mid-February so we decided to use the “spare” room to store boxes of stuff for the move and to move him out to his own room in the new house.

The house we’re moving to is directly across the street from the house we’re currently in. It has one more bedroom, a formal dining room, livingroom as well as family room and the kitchen is just about twice the size of our current kitchen. The owners are asking for $200 more per month than we’re currently paying. It has more space than our current place and we decided to go for it.

Since the move is only across the street the temptation is to say it will be an easy move, but I think it will only be an easy move if we do all our prep work way in advance. So as soon as we get back from Christmas we’re going to start packing things away.

3. Health
weight122014Lately I’ve been flirting with 285 lbs. In fact I’ve hit and passed it a few times but then something (banana bread, dinner out, dessert, etc) makes me bounce back up. Regardless that puts me at about 25 lbs lost this year. Any amount lost per year is better than gained year-over-year. This puts me back in the range of weight I was in in mid-2012 after my bout with the CrazyStupidDiet. I’ll see what I can do to push this back to 2011 ranges next year.

All of my German dresses are too big. The green and yellow one is annoyingly sloppy to wear. The Blue one is okay but I need to wear a bra under it.. and that just annoys me. My cotehardies are still supportive.. but I have a feeling I need to pattern myself for a new bodice in the not-too-distant future. I suppose it’s a rough problem to have.

In my experience everytime I pattern myself for a new bodice and sew a new dress I lose 20-30 lbs. Maybe I need to make new clothes.. just to spur on the weight loss.

4. SCA/Projects
I finished Katla’s Ärmelrock (sleeved dress), Kolskegg’s Outfit and Bob’s Waffe for Mists Fall Investiture (11/22/2014) Unfortunately I completely neglected to get pictures of Bob’s Waffe so I haven’t yet published the article about it. I hope to get pictures of him at 12th Night.

I think I have a little bit of sewing burn out. After I finally finished all three outfits I took about two weeks off when I didn’t sew anything. I’ve also found the progress on a sewing project is much much slower with Erik around. I just don’t have 5 hour blocks when I can concentrate on nothing but sewing. That said, I still have a project list.

I’m now working on a Waffenrock for Erik for 12th night (OMG BABY GARB IS TO DIE FOR).baby_waffe
Project list:
1. Erik’s Waffenrock. Need to attach the sleeves and skirt.
2. Fix cuffs on Fearghus’ German shirt.
3. Fix collar on my German shirt.

5.
Despite wanting to “bake all the things” and express my Christmas Spirit. I have actually baked nearly nothing this year. Baking all the things leads to eating all the things. Eating all the things leads to gaining all the weight back. Meh.

We’re kind of at the lull. This is the last year we can “meh” our way through the holidays. Next year.. and every year after that we will be responsible for growing the happy glow of the Holidays in Erik. This year everything (regardless of how mundane) makes his eyes glint with wonder.

Future:
Dec 18-Dec 31: In Montana visiting family
Jan 2-3: 12th Night, Sacramento CA
Jan 24: Cynaguan Investiture, Woodland CA
Feb 8: Tentative move date.

April 14th, 2014

Five Things: Mini-Human

1. Work/Programming
Busy is good. At the moment I’m working at home 3 days a week. I’ve actually had to start using a computerized task list to track the status on all my projects so I don’t lose track of any of them. I have so many currently in process it was becoming hard to keep track of how each was going.

I’m almost done updating my name at work. I hope today to get my picture updated.. and once that’s done to get a new employee badge(new picture from this decade and new name), the name plate for my office is on the way.. and shortly I should be able to order new business cards and update the name on my mailbox.

Now I just need to update everything in my personal life. Yeah…

2. Home/Erik
These last two weeks we’ve had a TON of visitors. Morgan, my step daughter, came to visit for almost a week. It was great to have her there. I never thought I’d be a step-mother. I wonder if that means I need to be evil. It’s odd to be able to say this.. but my son has a sister who is 19 years older than him.

After Morgan left, Rockstar came to visit for the weekend. He’s been out of the SCA for a while but indicated he was interested in getting back into it. At the very last minute we dragged him off to Mists Coronet. We received word that Mark, one of our groomsmen, was going to propose to Patsy, my maid of honor (video). We HAD to be there and Rockstart graciously allowed us to drag him along. That said, he seemed to have fun.

Then we had David and Velma, Fearghus’ brother and his wife, in town for a few days.

Finally Romolo stayed over on Saturday night.

I think we’ll take a breather on having people visit for a while. In fact, Fearghus was talking about converting the guest room back into a sewing room for me. Since I’ve got a bunch of sewing projects on deck that might not be a bad idea.

Eventually that room will become Erik’s room.. but we plan to keep him sleeping in our room probably until he’s a year old.

daddy_and_erikErik is now almost 5 months old (5 months on the 19th). He’s rolling over both front to back and back to front and I say he’s starting to communicate. Fearghus isn’t yet convinced.

I noticed a few days ago that when Erik gets agitated and I asked “Is your diaper dirty?” he would thump the front of his diaper. Fearghus says I’m reading more into it than’s there.. but every time I see him thump the front of his diaper I change him.. and every time that happens his diaper is dirty.. and I don’t see him thumping the front of his diaper at other times. So I’m going to declare it as communication.

At his last doctor’s appointment(4 mo appt 2 weeks ago) he was 17 lbs, 11.3 oz and 26.6 inches long. He’s in the 90th percentile across the board (ie, he’s bigger than 90% of other boy babies his same age) and we’ve been putting him in 6mo clothing since he was 3mo. At this point I don’t buy anything smaller than 9mo. The doctor had us drop the 3am feeding. So now we’re feeding at 8am, 11:30am, 3pm, 6:30pm and 10pm. After the 10pm feeding we go to bed. It’s been HEAVEN sleeping through the whole night. I cannot even emphasize that enough.

I think at his next appt (6 months) I’ll see about adjusting his feedings to a 4 hour schedule(8am, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm) and putting him to bed after the 8pm feeding. That will allow us a little bit of time after he goes to bed to work on projects.

3. Health
C25K tweaked my knee so I gave it two weeks off. Honestly I gave it a week off.. and then one week led to two. I’m planning to start it up again tomorrow morning.

Weight is mostly maintaining. I did hit a low of 295 mid last week.. but then I had ice cream over the weekend. This morning I was at 296.7 which is still 1.6 lbs down from the last Friday Five a month ago.

I think I’m going to set a bite-sized goal. I want to get to 285. That’s only ~10 lbs away. I plan to do this by avoiding those things I know I shouldn’t have until those 10 lbs are gone. A hard 10. I can do it!

4. SCA/Projects
Good progress on Bob’s Waffenrock. I’m aiming to have it done for Beltane.

Their Excellencies Kolskagg and Katla, the next Prince and Princess of the Mists, have asked me to serve on their court and to do their stepping down garb. Germans. Their step down is in November so there’s plenty of time. I’ll need to chat with them to confirm what exactly we’re doing. I’m looking forward to this project.

Normally on Tuesday night Fearghus goes to a practice down south. My plan is to do sewing in between child care. I’ll try it out tomorrow and see how it works. If I’m getting a decent amount of sewing done then I may open Tuesday nights up to my students. (I’m figuring if I spend most of the night tomorrow doing baby care it’d be silly to open my house up to other people as a sewing night).

Project list:
1. Bob’s Waffenrock. Mockup is done, sleeves are patterned. Now just need to cut it all out and put it all together.
2. Finish adding eyelets to the front of my brown wool kirtle. I managed to add about 3 more eyelets to this. Slow and steady.
3. Gold Anglo-Saxon hand-sewn tunic. Finished two seams and started another.
4. Mossy brown tunic for Erik. This is cut out and the machine sewing is done. I just need to finish the hand sewing. I’m hoping to have this done for Towne Market this next weekend.
5. Pennsic is coming. Pennsic project list: 2 tunics for Fearghus, 3 kirtles for me, coifs, hood and garb for Erik.
6. Germans for Kolskagg and Katla.
7. 12th night. I have visions of something over the top for my family at 12th night this year. We’ll see if I still feel that way post-Pennsic.

5.
I can see Erik developing into a real live miniature human being. I wonder if it’s because I’m his mother and watching him so closely. Do other people still see a squalling infant? or do they see that glint of mischief in his eyes that I see?

Video: Mischief in his eyes.

I look at him and I can see the wheels turning. It’s kind of impressive.

Future:
April 19: West Kingdom Towne Market
April 27: Civil unrest (maybe?)
May 3: Beltane
May 10: Mists/Cynagua War
May 22: Cynaguan Coronet
May 31: FREE WEEKEND
June 7: A&S Tournament
June 14: Duchess War
June 21: June Crown
June 28: FREE WEEKEND(?) Maybe head out to West An Tir early
July 1-6: West/An Tir War
July 12: Cynaguan Investiture
July 19: FREE WEEKEND!
July 25-Aug. 10: Pennsic!!

March 15th, 2014

Friday Five: Kilroy was here

1. Work/Programming
Work is moving along work-like. Meeting, meeting, meeting, meeting. You know with all these meetings it’s amazing any work ever gets done.

On a programming-but-not-work-related note, the tablet weaving editor at Webbriefeditor http://www.b-oberholz.de/editor/index.php stopped working. I think I have the programming chops to write a replacement. More to follow.

I finally settled on monica.l.stroud@gmail.com as my new email address. Now I just need to go through all the motions of getting everything updated. It’s a good thing I only need to do this once because WOW migrating email addresses(and all the google apps) is a PITA.

2. Home/Erik
erik_kilroyMy baby is adorable. I’m totally smitten.

Less shrieking this week. We think he’s almost figured out how to turn over. Fearghus says he’ll put Erik down in one place and with reaching for toys and wiggling around he’ll end up facing the complete opposite direction after a little while.

3. Health
On Tuesday morning I got up and completed most of the C25K Week 1 run/walk. I say most because at about the 23 minute mark my treadmill dies. Luckily it turns out I’d only tripped the GFI, but I was worried. Wednesday I woke up with a nasty headache and decided it was a better idea to sleep an extra hour instead of doing a run/walk. Then finally on Friday, this morning, I got up and did my run/walk for C25K again. This time the treadmill didn’t die. My plan is to do the day 3 walk on Sunday and then go on to week 2 next week.

Weight this week was good I end the week at 298.3 which is 0.2 lbs lower than last Friday.

4. SCA/Projects
After waffling about it for a while we have finally decided we are going to Crown. This means I need to get on the ball if I’m planning to get anything done for Crown. I’m thinking about submitting something to the Wreath of Athena display but I’m coming up blank as to what to display. I’ll need to mull this over for a while.

This week I made only tiny progress on projects. I added a couple more eyelets to the brown kirtle and finished 1.5 of the seams on the gold Anglo-Saxon tunic(commute project). Erik has not been cooperating in the evenings to give me some uninterrupted time to work on Bob’s Waffe.. but I think I’ll get a chance to do that a bit on this coming Sunday.

Project list:
1. Bob’s Waffenrock. Pattern is done need to make mockup.
2. Finish adding eyelets to the front of my brown wool kirtle. I managed to add about 3 more eyelets to this. Slow and steady I guess.
3. Gold Anglo-Saxon hand-sewn tunic. Finished one seam and started another.
4. Pennsic is coming. Pennsic project list: 2 tunics for Fearghus, 3 kitles for me, coifs and garb for Erik.

5.

Brigands

Brigands

This last weekend we participated in a film project. My husband (center in green) is cast as the leader of the brigands. I think this picture is bad-ass and I can’t wait to see the final cut of the film.

Future:
March 15: a friend’s wedding
March 22: March Crown
April 19: West Kingdom Town Market
May 3: Beltane
May 22: Cynaguan Coronet
June 14: Duchess War
June 21: June Crown
July 1-6: West/An Tir War
July 25-Aug. 10: Pennsic!!

March 8th, 2014

Friday Five: Power in the naming of things

1. Work/Programming
I’ve finally started the process to get my name updated at work. Before Erik’s birth the HR department told me that if I changed my name in the system before end-of-year there was a chance I could get dropped from the system completely just about the time I went into the hospital to give birth (you know, like you do). So they advised that I wait until the new year to do the name update. That sounds seriously lame to me. Honestly dropping someone from the system because they updated their name sound like some programmer should be shot for shoddy programming. BUT since I can’t fix how HR works I just have to work with it.

All things considered, getting updated at work looks like it will be fairly easy. You know, aside from where HR freaks out and drops me from coverage for no apparent reason. It does look like there’s about 4 different places I’ll need to poke to get the update in place.. but after that it should be all set.

On a non-work note I’m annoyed to find that monica.stroud@gmail.com is already taken. Seriously? Since my gmail account is currently under my maiden name (Monica.Kroger@gmail.com) and my first choice (Nibuca) was already taken I’ll need to come up with something else that I can remember, that’s somewhat professional and that I can tell to people and expect them to not get it wrong. Annoying.

I have already update my Social Security, Driver’s License and my main bank account. After work is updated I’ll have to go through all of the rest of my bills and accounts.

I did have a bit of a hiccough with that though. During maternity leave the state pays part of my salary. Instead of using direct deposit into my bank account they instead move it into a Visa card. For the first few weeks of maternity leave I would go down to the bank and have Wells Fargo pull the money off the Visa card and onto a check which I would then deposit into my normal account (the one that has all the bills hitting it). About 3/4 through maternity leave I got my drivers license and my main bank account updated to use my married name instead of my maiden name. Unfortunately the Visa card used by EDD is under my maiden name. When I went in to move the money Wells Fargo refused to do it because I no longer have a valid ID with the name Monica Kroger on it.

Let’s ignore the fact that the teller had handled the exact same transaction for me the week before AND REMEMBERED ME.. and ignore the fact that the account showed the name change from my maiden name to my married name.. and ignore the fact that I had IN MY HANDS both the old driver’s licence under my maiden name (with a hole punched in it making it invalid) and my new driver’s licence under my married name… and ignore the fact that I had my MARRIAGE LICENSE showing BOTH my married name AND my maiden name.

Oh, but if I wanted, since I knew the PIN for the Visa card I was welcome to go outside, withdraw the daily limit at the ATM and then bring the cash inside to them and deposit some of it that way.

Nopers. Wells Fargo is determined to keep me safe and will not issued the funds leaving me to scramble to move money around to cover bills.

Bastards. All banks are bastards.

Added bonus EDD won’t answer their phone.. so I can’t figure out how to get the name on the card updated.

2. Home/Erik
Just in the few days I’ve been away from him at work I feel like Erik has changed a lot. Just in the last 3 days or so he’s start shrieking. About half the time it seems to be “hey look what I can do with my voice when I’m really really excited” and the other half the time it seems to be “OMG I’m so sleepy. Wow. I can make this amazingly annoying angry sound and you’ll come running.. but then I don’t want to go to sleep because you’re here and paying attention to me so when you get here I’ll stop shrieking and go back to smiling at you but don’t you dare try to lull me to sleep”. It’s.. trying.

3. Health
weightThis morning I got up and walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill. I guess this means I have a plan. That is, starting Tuesday and everyday I work at home I will again attempt the C25K plan. We’ll see if I make it past week 5 this time. Last time I made it *to* week 5 and then spent around 8 months repeating week 5 until eventually we sold the house and moved and didn’t put the treadmill back together for almost a year.

I also dug up more weight info all the way back to 2010. I realize it’s not terribly interesting to anyone else.. but I find it fascinating.

4. SCA/Projects
Project list:
1. Bob’s Waffenrock. Pattern is done I’ll start on the mockup tonight.
2. Finish adding eyelets to the front of my brown wool kirtle. I managed to add about 3 more eyelets to this. Slow and steady I guess.
3. Gold Anglo-Saxon hand-sewn tunic. Nothing going on here.
4. Pennsic is coming. Pennsic project list: 2 tunics for Fearghus, 3 kitles for me, coifs and garb for Erik.

5.
Busy is good right?

Future:
March 15: a friend’s wedding
March 22: March Crown (still up-in-the-air whether we’ll attend)
April 19: West Kingdom Town Market
May 3: Beltane
May 22: Cynaguan Coronet
June 14: Duchess War
June 21: June Crown
July 1-6: West/An Tir War
July 25-Aug. 10: Pennsic!!

March 3rd, 2014

Five Things: Did you miss me?

Long time no write. Babies keep you busy. Let’s see if I can do a summary.

Erik and Daddy

Erik and Daddy

My son, Erik Alexander Stroud, was born at 10am on November 19, 2013 via C-section. He weighed in at 8lbs 14oz and we are over the moon. I was on maternity leave for 3 months and have just started back to work. While on maternity leave my day consisted of feed the baby, change the baby, cuddle the baby with a small sprinkling of do the dishes/laundry and a bit of making wheat bread and homemade pizzas. I would like to state, for the record, that I would make a GREAT stay-at-home mom. Unfortunately I’m the bread-winner so that’s not an option.

1. Work/Programming
This last Monday (2/24) was my first day back at work. This week has just been a blur as I spin-up on a bunch of new projects. At the moment I have only one project that would include programming.. and even then we’re checking around to see if it’s still necessary to develop/maintain the tool (I think it is). All my other projects are evaluation/testing projects. Ones where I get to figure it out technically.. but really end up doing nearly none of the work. It’s an interesting place to be.

Co-workers missed me and in fact one told me I’m never allowed to leave again. :) It’s good to be back but I miss being at home. In fact I feel kind of bad basically dumping the baby on Fearghus. I went from being home 24/7 to being in the SF office at work 4 days this week. Luckily I’ve worked it out with my boss and (at least for the next two months) I’ll be working at home 3 days a week.

2. Home
Before the baby everyone told me that a clean house was something of the past. While at home I was supposed to be so frantic in watching the baby that meals, cleaning and dishes would totally fall by the wayside and we’d be up to our neck in filth.

Yeah.. people were wrong. Granted the first week or so took some adjusting.. but towards the end of the maternity leave I felt that we had eased into a nice schedule.

3. Health
I started to write about my weight and then realized it would be easier with a graph. When I finally generated the graph I was suprised to see that some of the things I remembered about my weight were a bit off.

Specifically. I have viewed 288 as pretty much my “normal” weight pre-miscarriage and pre-pregnancy (ie, pre 11/2012). Looking over the graph it appears that my memory is flawed. Even before the miscarriage my weight trended up in early 2012 putting my “normal” weight closer to 295. I totally blame that on the stress of dealing with selling the house (and then moving twice).

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My highest weight EVER is 345. That happened both in August, just before my wedding at 6 months pregnant (and just before the doctor assigned eating plan), and again a few days before the baby’s birth.
The morning before the birth I weighted 341.7.
Right after the birth (11/23) I weighed 332.0. The baby weighed 8 lbs 14 oz.
Over the last three months I’ve lost a total of 33 lbs.
Today my weight is at 299.6 and has been hovering +/- 2 lbs of that over the last three weeks.

This puts me right now pretty much back to where I started before the stress with the house. Now I just need to keep it up.

Current plan is to continue with the doctor recommended eating plan and hopefully to add in some walking time on the treadmill.

4. SCA/Projects
lacedkirtleKicking my own ass into gear. I haven’t stalled completely with having new baby.. but my quantity is definitely down. That said I did make a bit of progress on a some projects. Before the end of my pregnancy I did (finally) finish Miach’s Rus pants and got those to him before they needed them. I changed both my black kirtle and my blue kirtle so they open down the front and have eyelets for a lace. It turns out that front-laced kirtles do make perfect breastfeeding garb.

Project list:
1. Bob’s Waffenrock. I’ve done the patterning of him I just need to generate a mockup and then tweak the fit. This is the top project and is designated to be done on Tuesdays and Fridays.
2. Finish adding eyelets to the front of my brown wool kirtle. I’m about 1/2 way done. I just need to finish it. This will be my hand-sewing project for my commute.
3. Gold Anglo-Saxon hand-sewn tunic. This stalled during the late part of the pregnancy. I made the mistake of trying this on during the pregnancy and found out it didn’t fit.. add to that, I wasn’t sure that it would fit even after the pregnancy so I stopped spending time on it. Luckily I tried it on again and found that the tunic will fit. So now I just need to spend time finishing it.
4. Pennsic is coming. I already have a full todo list for garb for pennsic. As soon as I finish the 3 projects above Pennsic garb will jump to the top of the list. Currently planning to make Fearghus 2 tunics, make me 3 kirtles and make all kind of garb for Erik.

5.
Pizza dough (makes 4 pizzas)
3 3/4 cup unbleached AP flour
2 1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp sugar
3 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cup lukewarm water

In a largish container mix ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Stir until all dry ingredients are incorporated. Let rise for 2 hrs. Dough can be used right away or can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

To make the pizza:

Preheat your oven to the highest setting, which will be 500 to 550°F, with a pizza stone in the bottom 1/3 of the oven. Depending on the thickness of your stone this can take between 20 and 40 minutes.

Pull out an 8-ounce piece of dough from your bucket and quickly form it into a ball, no more than 30 seconds of work. Let it sit on the counter while you gather your toppings.

Roll the ball out into a 1/8-inch-thick round. Transfer this to a pizza peel sprinkled with flour or corn meal. Top with sauce (I like minced garlic and olive oil) and toppings. Bake for about 8 minutes.

Future:
March 15: a friend’s wedding
March 22: March Crown (still up-in-the-air whether we’ll attend)
April 19: West Kingdom Town Market
May 3: Beltane
May 22: Cynaguan Coronet
June 14: Duchess War
June 21: June Crown
July 1-6: West/An Tir War
July 25-Aug. 10: Pennsic!!

November 15th, 2013

Friday Five: All baby.. all the time

1. Work/Programming
I’m tying up the last of the loose ends. Today is my last work at home day before maternity leave officially starts. I think I’ve handed off all my projects.. but I also think there’s quite a bit of “things I do under the radar” that there’s really no one else to cover for me. I’m sure the company will be fine without me for a while.. but I think it will be a little bit bumpy and I think they’ll be glad when I’m back. :)

I -think- maternity leave extends to 2/15. That said HR told me a few weeks ago that there was possibly an error in my calculations.. and that they’d get back to me.. and then they never got back to me. Oh well. I’m planning to check in with them a couple of times to see if there’s a revised date.

2. Home
Guest room is cleaned out and ready for guests. All the baby clothes are washed and put away. The crib is made. Though honestly having just crib sheets on the crib with no blankets or stuffed animals.. or bumpers or anything looks very very clinical and bare. I *get* that that’s the way it’s supposed to be (or at least what TPTB advise for best avoiding SIDS) but geez.. it looks very bare and unwelcoming. Aside from the sheets the only thing on the crib is a “sleep sheep”(stuffed animal sheep which plays womb and heart beat sounds) which is connected to the crib bars OUTSIDE of the crib. So I guess that’s something.

3. Health
Weight is again up. Not sure how much, I forgot to weigh this morning. Meh.[edited to update] I weighed myself this morning (Saturday) and find that I’m now at 341.1. That’s 1.1 lbs down from last week of 342.2. I’m surprised. Considering the baby’s growing about a half a pound to a pound a week.. and me slowly losing my battle of willpower against sugar I really expected it to go up.[/Edit]

I’m coming to the end of my ability to skip all things made with sugar. I don’t want to gorge on sugar.. but I do want a bite of chocolate.. or a scootch of cookie for a dessert. On the other hand.. I’m still freaking over the moon every time I make wilted spinach with butter and salt. “Over the moon” as in it’s better tasting to me than any sweet. I think the best outcome of the doctor’s not-a-diet-eating-plan has been the shrinking of my portion size. I will be working REALLY hard post-baby to keep my portion size down at where it is now.

Yesterday we had another ultrasound to measure Erik. This time he came in at 9lbs 4oz (+/- 1 lb 3oz). That’s up a pound in two weeks. Today the doctor called and advised that the safest course of action would be to schedule a C-Section. So Tuesday morning at 6:30 am we’ll be in the hospital for the C-Section.

4. SCA/Projects
last week I wrote: My heels have been dragging on Miach’s rus pants. I totally need to kick my own ass and just finish those this weekend. Other than that.. not much is currently happening on the SCA project front.

I neglected to kick my ass this last week. I’ll do that tonight :). I did finish the hem on a piece of baby garb that Flidais made for me. That’s something at least

5.
Yesterday, after the ultrasound, we went out for a quick dinner and a movie. Fearghus commented that this was the last time we’ll ever be able to do that. From now on we’ll have to line up someone to watch Erik and add the cost of that to the cost of dinner+movie. I’m sure that is only the first of many such realizations.

We’re both agreed that at least once a month we should have a kid-free date night. We do already have a baby sitter lined up.

Future:
November 16: FREE Weekend!!!
November 18: Baby’s Official Due Date
November 19: C-Section
November 23: TBD (My Mother in town visiting)
November 28: Thanksgiving Weekend
December 7: Boar Hunt (maybe)

January 3-5: 12th Night, Concord CA? (maybe)

November 9th, 2013

Friday Five: The value of panic

Help Button1. Work/Programming
This week I’ve gained an added appreciation of my PMs. I’m now in a new group.. with a new “things-to-do” list. These last two weeks my main thing to do was to figure out how a new tagging system worked, test it out and then get one of our sites to make updates so they would be loading this tag on their pages. This meant that I had to act as PM for this project. I understand the tasks.. but honestly I’m not good at the “harass the engineer until they do what you want them to do” part of that job. I just expect people to do what they’ve said their going to do when they said they would do it. I know.. a naive optimist. The project which was supposed to launch by noon on Wednesday didn’t actually go live until noon today (for the record, I HATE Friday launches).. and even then it was only after I’d sent A LOT of “Hey, how’s it going, I couldn’t help but notice that this thing didn’t launch at the agreed upon time” type emails. It was exhausting.

On the plus side, yeah the project has launched before I delivered my baby. On the double-plus side I got kudos from my boss (sent out to a bigger group) congratulating me on getting the project up and running in only a week and a half.

On the minus side I think one part of the project is going to have to be changed in December.. and I will be out on Maternity Leave.. so I don’t know that it will get changed. It’s not a big minus.. assuming the site-side doesn’t break the tag it should be ok to just ride along until I get back in February.. but I hate the idea of it silently breaking and no one fixing it. Meh.

2. Home
Last Saturday we rearranged our bedroom and added the crib/dresser in there (for the next few months while we’re expecting for the baby room to function as a guest room for out-of-town visitors) and bought up the last of the “have to have when the baby gets here” baby gear. We have put off a few of the “don’t need until 3-6 months+ things” for future purchases. We’re almost done sorting through the baby stuff we’ve been given and have already passed on to another couple the itty bitty newborn stuff that was designated as 5-8 lbs.

My house is “clean enough” for guests to come visit without stressing me out.. but I do need to tuck away a few boxes to make the house feel less cluttered.

Last weekend Fearghus contact our property management company. When we moved in they told us that the stove in the front room was gas.. and that we should have no trouble using it. We didn’t really worry about it last year (though we did spend about one hour trying to figure out how to light the stove before giving up) but last week we were discussing it and we both agreed that a nice cozy fire was exactly in line with our vision for family bliss in raising our son. So anyway, Bob and Fearghus spent an afternoon last week poking at the stove.. and eventually came to the non-expert conclusion that the property management company was smoking crack and even though the stove has some fake logs in it (like you see in gas stoves).. it was a wood burning stove. So Fearghus called the PM company.. and they insisted it was a gas stove.. but if we were really really sure (or really really dumb and couldn’t figure out how to light it) they would send someone out to us.. BUT if it turned out to be a gas stove.. then the PM co was going to charge us $150 for the visit. We hesitated at that point.. for like 2 seconds. First off we were 90% certain it was not a gas stove.. and if it -was- a gas stove then clearly we needed help in figuring out how to light the bugger. So we agreed that we’d pay the cost IF WE WERE WRONG. A few days later the PM co contacted a local chimney sweeping company and the chimney sweep contacted Fearghus to setup an appointment. The earliest they could come out was 11/18 but they agreed that Fearghus could send them pictures of the stove and they’d look at them to see if maybe they could diagnose the stove over the phone.

Fearghus sent them pictures.. and the chimney sweep agreed with us. It’s a wood burning stove (and the Property Management company is smoking crack). So now the PM co has agreed to pay for a grate and to have the chimney sweep do a basic cleaning on the stove. AND then FINALLY we’ll be good to go.

To be honest even without having the grate/cleaned fireplace.. we had a fire in it yesterday.. and it was kind of awesome. :)

3. Health
Weight is up since two weeks ago. This morning was 342.2. That up 5.8 lbs in three weeks. Part of that I think goes to the baby.. but part of it at least is my own fault. Halloween candy called my name.. and I answered. That and last night we had a big dinner (OMG burgers) and then later we shared some pie with Bob. The pie was more sugar than I’ve had in a LONG time.

Last night was NO FUN AT ALL. My body has informed me that these types of shenanigans (too big dinner followed by WAY too big piece of pie for dessert plus a big glass of milk) will no longer be tolerated!

After two months of strictly following the Doctor’s non-diet eating plan (which has drastically shrunk my serving sizes and doesn’t allow for ANY dessert/milk in the evening) my body showed me who’s boss when I strayed from the path. I felt icky when I went to bed.. and woke up with acid-y stomach(and other upsets) at about 5am.. and could NOT get back to sleep.

Message heard loud and clear. I am totally back on the straight and narrow.

Aside from this morning (which was still effected by pie) the 10 minute walk after dinner has definitely brought my morning fasting blood sugars back in line where they’re supposed to be.

Last Friday’s ultrasound showed that Erik was about 8lbs 4oz (+/- 1lb 3oz). Babies at this age are expected to gain about a pound a week putting his birthweight at due date at around 9.9 lbs. This is troubling because the bigger he gets the harder the birth. In today’s meeting with the Doctor he said that if we don’t pop into labor by Mon/Tue of next week that he’d schedule us for another ultrasound on the 16th so that we can get a second estimate on Erik’s expected size on the 18th (the day we’re supposed to induce). If Erik gets too big.. then it may be better to go for a cesarean rather than vaginal birth. I’d really prefer not to do that.. so I’m hoping to pop into natural labor right soon.

4. SCA/Projects
My heels have been dragging on Miach’s rus pants. I totally need to kick my own ass and just finish those this weekend. Other than that.. not much is currently happening on the SCA project front.

5.
I stopped playing WoW in March this year. I miss it in that it was nice mindless time-filler with pretty pictures. I don’t miss it in that I don’t feel obligated to log on.. or write up blog entries.. or figure out gear lists.. or figure out what reputation I need to work on next.. or feel bad that I’m taking time to cook dinner instead of rushing off to a raid. Today was the first day of Blizzcon. I watched the free stream of the opening ceremonies. They announced a new expansion. I’m interested.. but I don’t know if I’m interested enough to go back. We’ll see how I feel as the release gets closer.

That said.. I had a thought.. a few of my friends still play and are super psyched about the expansion. They posted on Facebook about the info they were seeing and added a bit of squeeing I thought it was great to see them so excited. A few other in-common friends felt the need to poo poo and posted almost hateful comments about how glad they were to be free of the game.. and what a waste of time it was. I don’t entirely disagree with them.. but I think their comments were in poor taste. Friend 1 (who is clearly still into it) was squeeing and gleeful about the announced features.. and Friend 2 & 3 felt the need to vent their negativity. I can only assume that somehow friend 2 and 3 thought that their poo pooing comments would somehow cause Friend 1 to re-think her ways.. and give up the habit they they had clearly demonized.

So.. I guess the lesson I take from this.. is that just because you feel negatively about something does NOT mean that you need to share your negativity with someone who clearly still feels positively about that thing. In that case it’s better to be silent and say nothing than to shit on their parade and look like an ass.

Future:
November 9: Collegium Occidentalis (decided against it)
November 16: FREE Weekend!!!
November 18: Baby’s Official Due Date (also the date we’ll induce if labor hasn’t already happened)
November 23: TBD (My Mother in town visiting)
November 28: Thanksgiving Weekend
December 7: Boar Hunt (maybe)

January 3-5: 12th Night, Concord CA? (maybe)

October 26th, 2013

Friday Five: Of Hand-flapping and Nice-To-Haves

1. Work/Programming
At this point I have 13 years of industry experience as a Software Engineer. It occurs to me that I have learned some interesting lessons.

First, I am a documentation animal. If I have to answer the same question twice I poke the answer into my technical wiki so that I can point people there instead of having to answer the question YET AGAIN. Honestly this is for my own sanity. Added bonus, it makes me look like a rock-star considering how few other engineers do documentation.

Second, because I’ve had the luxury of working in a healthy corporate environment I have very high expectations when it comes to meetings (they need to have a purpose, and the outcome needs to be either a yes/no decision or there needs to be a task list with deadlines). Unfortunately this makes me very impatient when faced with hand-flapping meetings that seems to accomplish nothing but venting.

Also because of the “healthy corporate environment” I’m addicted to testing things in a stage/uat/qa environment before the change EVER goes live. In fact I find working with some of our vendors kind of apalling because they seem ok with “pushing the change live to test it”. Just that statement makes me shudder. SOP: Write code, test in dev box, deploy to stage box, get stake-holders to test in stage box and sign off that they agree that the changed code doesn’t break anything and fixes whatever issue they wanted fixed, THEN deploy to a production environment. When I can’t follow this SOP I kind of get grumpy.

Lastly it’s the ability to say “I don’t know” and be ok with not knowing. I don’t need to know how to do everything.. but I do need to know who to tap to get things done. Being ok with “I don’t know” has really helped me a lot. This has also helped me in meetings to be the person who can identify the tasks needed to complete the project.. but not feel that I have to do all of the tasks. I am TOTALLY ok with identifying work for other people to do.

Oddly none of these things are really hard engineering skills. I mean yeah, I’ve learned a half dozen distinct programming languages.. and a ton of cool tricks with those languages and about a dozen other hard engineering skills over the years.. but when I think back to the things that make me a better engineer.. it’s the soft skills that have served me best.

2. Home
The sewing room is mostly cleared out.. I’m hesitating to remove the sewing table because it will help me to sort through the baby stuff, which I need to sort sooner rather than later, BUT it’s a very short step to get rid of the table and setup the guest bed. So I’ll call that 95% done.

That said, Fearghus’ brother and sister-in-law will be visiting us next week, so we need to get the guest bed up before they arrive.

1382831_10200748818742255_1028267030_nEarlier this week we purchased a crib and combo dresser from Craigslist.

Plus side: only paid $240 vs the $700 for buying it new
Minus side: Seller neglected to mention that some of the fittings were missing. Luckily Fearghus contacted the manufacturer and new fittings are in the mail as we speak. We should have that setup in plenty of time. For now it will be setup in our bedroom.

I think at this point (aside from sorting out the baby stuff and identifying needed clothes) we’ve covered all the basic necessities for the baby. I still need to buy a mattress cover and sheets.. but they’re on my list.

3. Health
Weight hopped around a bit this week. I blame the fact that we ate out a few times. Regardless this week I’m down 0.5 lbs from last week to 336.4 this morning.

My morning Blood sugars are trending up a bit(83 three days ago, 86 two days ago, 88 yesterday, 94 today). The NP has prescribed an after-dinner walk to help to bring that down.

We met with the doctor today. The last time we met with him he was recommending we induce at 39-weeks. Since then the recommendation from {some industry OB/GYN official group} has changed and since my blood sugars have been kept in check and since our weekly non-stress test has been normal, normal, normal, he says the recommendation has changed to let the pregnancy go until week 40. The hope is that I’ll naturally pop into labor towards the end of week 39. Otherwise we now have a date to induce on our due date of 11/18. I like this new recommendation a lot. I figure as long as everything is looking good and the baby’s not having problems then maybe my placenta isn’t wearing out too soon (the original reason for the recommendation to induce at 39). Induction looks like NO FUN AT ALL and I’d like to go natural if at all possible.

This means I’ll be asking Teh Intarwebs and all my friends for their best hints on what causes natural labor to kick off. So far “long walks” and “spicy foods” are leading the recommendations.

4. SCA/Projects
I received a tunic, a pair of pants and two hanks of fabric from Miach and Sciath. I made a pattern for his tunic, rus pants and over-coat. I turned the tunic pattern into an actual tunic which I’ll be delivering to Them tomorrow at Coronet. The rus pants I plan to finish next week and deliver.. eventually (maybe Boar Hunt)? Tomorrow I’ll also turn over the pattern for Miach’s coat. At this point I feel that I need to try to focus on the baby, not on SCA sewing projects so despite the fact that my helium hand is totally itching.. I’m going to pass that project onto someone else.

Baby garb and a baby blanket are totally on the radar.

5.
I spent a lot of this week going over “lists of baby things you really need that you’ve never thought about”. From that I pulled out a list of things I -actually- think we’ll need.. and confirmed that a lot of the lists are just hand-waving engineered to get nervous parents-to-be to spend a lot of money on nice-to-haves or just plain silly things. (honestly!! if an emery board will work on baby fingernails, why do I need a fancy battery powered baby-fingernail-grinder?) I reserve the right to change my mind after we have the babe in arms.

Future:
October 25: Alton Brown Tickets/Cynaguan Fall Coronet (daytrip)
November 2: FREE WEEKEND!!!
November 9: Collegium Occidentalis (maybe not)
November 16: FREE Weekend!!!
November 18: Baby’s Official Due Date (also the date we’ll induce if labor hasn’t already happened)
November 23: TBD (My Mother in town visiting)
November 28: Thanksgiving Weekend
December 7: Boar Hunt (maybe)

January 3-5: 12th Night, Concord CA? (maybe)