So, this was the longest time off that wasn't necessitated by illness that I've had in far, far too long. :)
I took Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off work.
Wednesday: I ran around doing errands, shopping, and finishing up whatever packing I hadn't done the night before. Isebel got there later than expected as even though she had stayed late the previous two nights to get her work done she was asked to stay to help others who hadn't. :P~~~ I really didn't think that everything was going to be able to fit into her little new bug, but the little bugger has way more room than I had thought. Wow. We drove up to Goditha's and had no problem crossing the border. I know it's always easier going into Canada than home, but still. I attribute it to I's bubbly blond-ness that she does so well.
Border gard: What's the reason for your trip?
Isebel and I: Girl's weekend
Border gard: are you bringing anything with you, other than the cake? < points to the catering stuff I have in the back that contains everything_but_ a cake>
Isebel: Oh, we're eating that. < cocked head innocent look, complete with boobalicious shirt>
Border gard: Carry on then.
You'd never know that she's got a degree in German with a specialization in linguistics, sometime I think she likes it when people underestimate her. When she whips out the brains behind the blondness it's amazing.
Get there, get everything into the fridge or freezer as needed, then crash out.
Shopping in the sari district! Wow, just wow. I told myself that I'd be good any not add to the mountain of fabric I'm going have to move, unless it was so good that I'd be willing ot get rid of something else in it's place. I found some absolutely gorgeous red and gold brocade with an absolutely perfect pattern. Isebel got two very interesting pair of shoes both with very unusual wooden heels. Fabric, shoes, and awesome indian food for a late brunch- it doesn't get much better than that.
On the way "home" we stopped at the super store and I just wish there were one of those near me. Great selection, great prices, and the international sections were very impressive.
We wound up the night with me sewing more on the fabulous new dress that I didn't actually manage to get finished in time, and watching one of my all time favorite movies, Herold and Maude.
Friday there was list making, baking and frantically trying to get to site. Goditha had a brilliant method of keeping foods hot when traveling to a potluck, etc about 1-2 hours away- she heated up bricks in the oven then wrapped them in towels and put them in a box with the food. I think it worked perfectly. I was terrified that I would be late as we left about 20 minutes later than planned. Isebel mostly was patient with my panic-yness. Once I got on site and loaded stuff up on a hand cart, the Dragon's Lair posse kicked in and were awesome about getting the rest of the things from the, and arranging things artfully on platters. Mad props to Talon and lilcindylouwho most especially.
I think all the food went over well. The meatballs were hoovered, as I knew they would be. The samosas were well recieved also. Alienora once again supplied her fabulous homemade cheese to round things out. I may have gone just a bit overboard with the middle eastern sweets, but all in all I'm pretty happy with it.
I was so very busy all day Saturday, I didn't get to see any court but I enjoyed learning. I've got a little list of all the things I will need to make sure are in order before I completely run my first Costumer's Guild contest all on my own:
Bring laptop- possibly with pre-existing spreadsheet and forms, if not I can make my own.
Calculator, as it just makes things easier
envelopes! Get a box of them, and stamps for good measure.
Compile list of all kingdom and baronial newsletters for possible announcement publication- advertisement needs to be kicked up.
Angus and his lady were starving so I fed them, and Angus plated all the food while I ran back down for one final check in, and to get stitched into my gown. I finally ran away to do the final touched on my apprenticing shin-dig, and do the final room-tidy.
I'm really happy about how the food turned out for both parties, although with infinite time and resources I would loved for both of them to have been waaaaaaay more elaborate.
My apprenticing ceremony was awesome, and my new apprentice siblings are so amazingly fabulous! Randy played harold and read out the text of my scroll (both sides were the same so of course he just read one) after Melusine, Isolde (our witness) and I all signed both sides. There are parts of it I've been thinking about discussing more here, but this post is already long enough. The scroll was based on an Italian legal document (with Illumination no less!) that Ursula in her delightful evilness pointed out to me and the text was slightly modified from a late period contract of indenture. I'll have to try to get a picture and post it here. Annika is an amazing scribe (thank you annika!) as well as seamstress, Sebstian, apart from the mad rapier skills is a self proclaimed "clothes stallion", and Genevieve is a sweetheart. There was much great conversation, and Par-tay! I think I wound up putting about 5 pounds of cheese back into the cooler at the end, most of it brie. I think I may have over-done the cheese, just a bit.
Sunday was a total blur.
Apologies again to A&L for forgetting some of the catering stuff. I was so slammed Saturday I just didn't get a chance and by the time I was moving on Sunday you were gone. :(