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Progress

Highest weight ever: 345.0 (11/13/2013)
Total lost (to date): 46.3 lbs
Last weigh in: 298.7 3/5/2014

2013: -4.6 (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)
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).

weightChart

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)

October 21st, 2013

Five Things: YOU ARE NOT PREPARED!!

1. Work/Programming
BART strike this week. It only kind of impacts my commute.. kind of meaning there’s a chance traffic from my direction will get bleed over traffic from the East Bay and be “terribly bad..” It’s enough of a chance that if I don’t have meetings that require my physical presence I’ll happily work at home.

I finished the company-provided APEX training. By no stretch of the imagination would I call myself an expert.. but I am now slightly familiar with a lot of the different pieces/parts available from SalesForce. I’ve confirmed my plan to do the Force.com workbook. It seems like it will give me a better foothold on the system and maybe help me to retain more of the information. I told my previous boss (who had setup the training class) that the class was good for an overview.. but I wouldn’t recommend it to future students.

2. Home
I was finally able to sort through all of the stashes of stuff in our bedroom and I got all of that put away/thrown away. For just about one whole minute I’d call my bedroom clean. Almost immediately I started shifting stacks of “baby stuff” out of the sewing room and into our master bedroom. Ah well.

My plan for this last Saturday was to sort through the “sewing room” and fully turn it into a “guest room/baby room”. My plans got sidelined and instead we spent the day organizing the garage. Which honestly is a good thing. We finally fixed the shelving up on the walls and got the stacks of stuff up off the floor. At this point we have selves on the walls and a few very heavy things stacked on the floor under the shelves.. but the rest of the garage is now Fearghus’ workshop. Fearghus is thrilled that his shop is now about 3-5 feet wider than it was. In sorting through the stuff in the garage we also flagged things that needed to go into the house. All that stuff is now stacked on the kitchen table. A lot of it will get put away once I finish messing with the guest/baby room.

Sunday, after fighter practice, I finally got a chance to start working on the guest/baby room. We emptied the book shelf in the sewing room and relocated it to our master bedroom and I put all of that sewing paraphernalia back on the shelves. I have only a few more things to clear off the sewing table and then we can break that down, vacuum the room and then finally setup our camping bed in there as a guest bed. Long term that room will also house all of the baby stuff.. but for now I think most of the stuff (ie, the 6 month sized plus stuff) can be stored under the bed.

15_5_1_Mute_Button-MThis morning I kicked off our diaper service. Their initial delivery is set for 11/6. After that it’s ~$22/week. They give us an initial stash of cloth diapers and then once the baby is born we put out a bag full of dirty diapers and they drop off a bag full of clean diapers. Cost-wise it looks comparable with disposables (Disposables are $35/80 and the service is $22/80).

Since folks have asked,
– We are registered at Toys R US/Babys R Us (http://www.toysrus.com/registry/index.jsp Search for Marc and Monica Stroud Registry# 51343431)
– We are also registered for the Tidee Didee Diaper Service Gift Registry (https://www.spottedhorse.com/sites/tideedidee.net/registry.php)

Exciting times.

3. Health
Weight continues to decrease. Down another 1.1 pounds this week to 336.9 this morning.

Baby emails say the baby is now gaining about an ounce a day. Despite this *my* weight is staying pretty steady.

Blood sugars are staying mostly in check. If I go out to eat and don’t monitor it very carefully (ie, mindlessly having chips when we go out for Mexican or eating pizza when I know better) I’m seeing “spikes” 1 hour after eating at 144-150 (the “good range” is below 135) but normally my 1hr after number is in the 115 to 121 range.

This week, on Friday we have the next “big ultrasound”. This is finally the one where the measure the baby and we find out how we’re doing as far as having a baby small enough for vaginal birth. Whoops, strike that. The big ultrasound is next week. This week we have another Non-Stress Test and another meeting with our Doctor.

It’s funny to be nervous for a test that I can’t study for.

4. SCA/Projects
Two of the four gals who started out working on the cotehardie workshop now have bodice cut out and at least initially sewn together. One of those two is still futzing with her fitting, but I think is making good progress. The other is about halfway done hand-sewing the neckline and is going to be ready to fit sleeves very soon. The other two gals are still waiting until they have funds to buy the fabric. I feel all mama duck about this.

I finished the chevron trim and I’m about to start work on a tunic and pair of Rus pants for Miach. I hope to finish both of those by this Friday. As long as I get to work on them today I should be golden. The trim, tunic and pants will get handed over at Coronet. I will also be handing off a first draft of a pattern for a coat for Miach. It’s terribly hard to try and fit someone for a pattern when they’re not local to you. Do. NOT. LIKE.

After Coronet my top sewing priority is Bob’s Waffenrock.

5.
illidan_cookingI reminded myself this morning that I haven’t yet sent out “Thank You” cards from the wedding. We’ve received the cards (they’re sitting on the kitchen table with all the addresses) but they’re not sent yet. F and I have discussed it and we’re going to wait to send the cards until after we have the birth announcements. Two birds, one stamp and all. Seems like a good plan.

It doesn’t matter how unprepared I feel (OMG we didn’t buy {1,001 esoteric baby things I wasn’t aware we needed}) the baby is coming.. and he’s on his own schedule. I just need to get more zen about it. The baby will not suffer because I forgot {esoteric non-obvious baby thing that’s really a “nice-to-have”, not a “must-have”} and have to buy it AFTER his birth instead of before. That’s me. All Zen.

Future:
October 25: Alton Brown Tickets/Cynaguan Fall Coronet (daytrip)
November 2: FREE WEEKEND!!!
November 9: Collegium Occidentalis (maybe not)
November 12: Induced labor?
November 16: TBD
November 18: Baby’s Official Due Date
November 23: TBD
November 28: Thanksgiving Weekend
December 7: Boar Hunt (maybe)

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

October 11th, 2013

Friday Five: Five weeks and counting

1. Work/Programming
I “met” the new team today.. as in we had an on-the-phone meeting. One person is in England (but is leaving the company at the end of January), one is in Australia (but is leaving end of um.. December(?) I think) and honestly I’m not exactly sure where the rest of them are. The meeting was interesting. This group is working on a lot of things I don’t know about. I will watch it to see what’s developing.

It was pretty funny to get introduced by the new bossman.. and then he said “Monica will be doing {these things}” and then he asked if he’d missed anything.. and I got to immediately announce that I’d be out of the office Nov, Dec, Jan and part of Feb for Maternity leave. Even funnier since bossman had just gotten done talking about how the team really needs to focus on big-huge-giant project that only has 101 days left to complete.. and I’m pretty sure I’ll get back just after it’s done. Yeah.. I’m totally focusing on that.

I did get a chance to chat with the new bossman on Thursday and he’s amiable to me working from home the last two weeks before my due date. I still need to talk about end-of-maternity-leave work at home days.. I think I’ll talk with him about that next week. I did mention to him that I plan to try to keep up with emails becuase I don’t want to come back to the office and have 6,000 emails in my inbox. He asked if I would be ok if he called me on urgent matters. Urgent as in the company thought we’d be completely off the old system and onto the new system by end of the year.. so they laid off the rest of the team.. and after December it’ll be only me… and one other gal.. and I’ll be out on maternity leave.. and she doesn’t know how to do the things that I know how to do. Yeah, that kind of Urgent issue.

Apex training is still going well-ish.. I’m still unamused to be learning something by having someone read powerpoint deck to me. It sounds like everyone(except one person) at the company who knew anything about Apex has left the company.. so it seems like a good thing to spend quite a while learning. I have decided to ask teh Intearwebs for additional training resources and go through those as well as this class. At best I become a useful resource.. at worst I have a new high demand skill to add to my resume. Win-win.

2. Home
Fearghus left for Great Western War on Wednesday morning. While he’s gone I’m working on some cleaning and clearing. At the moment I’ve gotten the kitchen 90% done (just need to rearrange the pantry and put some cooking equipment away). The dining room is 100% done(honestly there’s not much to the dining room so that was easy). The living room is probably 90% done (I just need to vacuum but I don’t feel like it). Our bedroom and my sewing room is next on the todo list. I think I’ll tackle our bedroom first. Mostly that just has piles in it that need to be sorted and put away.

The sewing room is a much bigger deal. First off it’s a unbelievable mess. The last few sewing projects have been hurried and ran one after the other so I haven’t been doing a good job of cleaning up after myself. Then there’s the issue that again I’m faced with the task of turning my sewing room back into a guestroom/baby room. Which means I need to empty all of my sewing stuff out of the room and put it… somewhere. Honestly I have no idea where. It’s times like this where I really regret that Bay Area homes don’t have basements.

Initially the baby will live in our master bedroom with us and we’ll have a few guest in town (my parents after the baby birth and possibly F’s brother and sister-in-law after that), but eventually I’ll actually need to make that room into a full fledged child’s room. The initial plan is to get a Co-Sleeper so that the baby can sleep near us. A changing table and chest of drawers are still on the to-be-acquired list.. but I don’t know where the money for those is coming from :D

I really also want a rocking chair.. but I haven’t found the perfect chair yet.. I think I may just have to do without.

3. Health
Weight continues to decrease. Down another pound to 338.0 this morning.

Teh Intarwebs says there are a few weight loss plans which focus on managing your blood sugar as a path to healthy living. The plans I’ve seen so far are very vague as to exactly what blood sugar numbers you should be aiming to achieve.

But it goes like this.. too much carbs/sugar cause your blood sugar to spike too high. This triggers the release of insulin. Insulin tells your cells to suck up the blood sugar and store it away as fat(it also prevents your body from burning energy from fat as it tells the body there’s plenty of sugar in the blood already). If your blood sugar spikes too often and for too long your cells become deaf to the insulin message. This is diabetes (or insulin resistance). Instead of sucking up the sugar and storing it away as fat your cells just leave it in the blood making your blood more and more toxic. AND since the insulin is floating around in your blood your body is unwilling to tell cells to burn energy from fat. So.. the plan is keep your blood sugar lower so that you don’t get a huge insulin response… so that your body can get back to burning energy from fat sooner.

It’s a good plan.. it means smaller meals throughout the day (to keep your blood sugar from spiking/plummeting) and eliminating all things that spike your blood sugar from your diet (simple carbs, sugar). It’s almost spot-on what I’m doing now for the Doctor’s proscribed not-a-diet-eating-plan and only slightly off of what I did two years ago to lose 60 lbs. On the plus side.. I’m not hungry. On the minus side.. I’d kill for a cookie.

original_hand-crochet-baby-viking-helmetI had a meeting today with our OB/GYN Doctor. He again confirmed that aside from the blood sugar oddness my pregnancy and the baby are normal, normal, normal. He says that my medical issues (fasting glucose intolerance) lead to issues where the placenta gets used up sooner than in normal pregnancies. Normally the placenta is good up to about 41 weeks.. in my case he says it tends to become less good at 39 weeks. Because of that he recommends we try to induce at 39 weeks (that’s 5 weeks from now). He says that the forms of induction are kind of like blunt weapons.. they can try the medicines.. but if I don’t start labor then they would then wait a few days and try again. So.. no firm date yet.. but it looks like we’re now at 5 weeks and counting (ie, somewhere around Nov 12th).

OMG. So much to do and so very little time to do it in.

4. SCA/Projects
Tullia reports that their Royal Highnesses who are stepping up at 12th night are doing an early period reign specifically playing around with Kentish and Merovingian fashions… and that I should prepare to have my brains picked. Nice. I’m thrilled to have someone interested in the details I’ve been able to dig out. Now I just feel bad that I’m not further along on my Anglo-Saxon projects.

On Saturday a few gals are coming to my house to work on their cotehardies. I think they’re all at the “cut it out and sew it together phase”. It should be fun.

Project list:
1. (done) Need to paint the Queen’s Champion Symbols on the shield (deadline Wednesday before Great Western War) I finished the painting on the Queen’s Champion Shield for Fearghus on Tuesday night. I didn’t get a picture of it.. Oh well.

2. Bob’s Waffenrock (deadline 12th night, though sooner is better). Need to nail down exactly what he wants on the waffenrock, get measurements and start putting this together.

No progress on this yet. I need to contact Bob and see if he can stop by on Sunday to move this forward.

3. Chevrons for trim for Miach and Sciath (no deadline) Sooner is better than later and at this point I just need to finish it.
4. Sylvie’s Anglo-Saxon tunic (soft deadline Cynaguan Coronet, Oct 26). This is in process. I’m hand-sewing it together on my bus commute. Sleeves are done I just need to add the gores. Frankly this project has much lower prioroty than sorting through Baby stuff and prepping for hte Baby.. so it may not get done.
5. Baby garb. It would be nice to have baby garb before I have the baby.. but that may be wishful thinking.
6. Anglo-Saxon Fillet (no deadline). I’ve received materials for this in the mail.. but I can’t start on this until I finish the things above.. or at least 1-3.

5.
Now that I have a job again.. and it looks like we’ll be in California for the foreseeable future we’ve had a few people ask if Fearghus will go back to fighting in Crowns and Coronets.

Regardless of whether anyone thinks we could win or not, it is on my honor (and at invocation we both solemnly swear) that if we should be granted victory on the day we would rule justly. To *us* this also means that we have to feel that we could give our rule our best effort and utmost attention.

First off, Fearghus does not and has not ever contended in Mists Coronets. He and I both feel that it’s not honorable to “double-dip” by fighting in both coronets. Beyond that it is a very sticky situation to fight on one side at a Mists-Cynagua War and then enter the list for a coronet for the other side. Because of this, regardless of physical location, Fearghus fights for Cynagua and will only contend for Cynaguan Coronets.

Second off, with regards to the upcoming Cynaguan Coronet, Erik needs to come first. At this time we’re not sure how much time/effort will be left over after putting Erik first so we discussed it and decided that Fearghus will not be contending in this next Cynaguan Coronet. At this time we don’t feel that we can give our best attention to Cynagua or to the West if we were to win. We will re-evaluate this decision for March Crown.. and then again for Cynaguan Spring coronet.

Thank you to everyone who has asked about this. Please let me know if our reason are unclear.

Future:
October 9-14: Great Western War (F will be going, I will not)
October 19: FREE WEEKEND!!!
October 25: Alton Brown Tickets
October 26: Cynaguan Fall Coronet (daytrip)
November 2: FREE WEEKEND!!!
November 9: Collegium Occidentalis (maybe not)
November 12: Induced labor?
November 16: TBD
November 18: Baby’s Official Due Date
November 23: TBD
November 28: Thanksgiving Weekend
December 7: Boar Hunt (maybe)

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