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You are my best friend and one of the best people I know!


50 by 50 Update

Hooray for Progress!!!!

Here is my list updated as of March 26, AS 44:

8/50 DONE
6/50 In Progress

  • Front closing tabi - 1 pr in oatmeal linen and 1 pr in green-blue linen
  • Plaid kosode for my rustic clothes
  • Obi out of a second hand silver metallic and red silk sari for my Twelfth Night outfit
  • Tattsuke-bakama, for my rustic clothes -Very comfy and warm, not so flattering but I feel very authentic in them
  • Tsukemono, fragrant things, umeboshi, etc. - Many kinds were made and offered as A&S and part of classes I’ve taught
  • Temari, especially for presents - Now developing how-to class
  • Small "period" feast - Multi-course spread as part of an A&S class
  • Sode-zuki, sleeve hood to keep me from the cold - Lost at September Coronet on the Island so I have to make another

In Progress
  • Rosary out of wood beads and pewter crucifix - rosary done, crucifix found but not attached - Priority!!
  • Jinmaku, camp curtains with mon - still in design phase, same as banners for camp, to be entered into Sealion War A&S point in June
  • Calligraphy, at least to write my own name and very basic things - Have calligraphy set and Kana book, need to seek out in person lessons
  • Banners for the camp - blue and white, need choose fabric and mon design, thinking of utilizing a stencil
  • Hina, dolls for A&S display and for presents - fabric acquired need to decide on which outfit to make first and construct a silk, linen or hemp doll 12” in height
  • Tatami for floors, I will probably just buy some online and edge them rather than weave my own - acquired at movie prop sale, have to find a way to use these in the SCA, thinking break-down tatami platform bed

Samurai Showdown

Godsdammit, Mary got me inspired again!!  I am scheming all the time about how to promote medieval Japanese culture in the SCA, which is one of my many nefarious plans.

This year or the next, at an event I am thinking of holding a meta-contest of sorts.  My ideas is to hold fun Japanese medieval-esque type of activities.  Below is my short list of ideas.  I would love to pick the collective brains of my LJ peeps too, so let'er rip.

1. Hanetskuki - Shuttlecock and Battledore, either badminton-like competition or a game of keep'em up

2. Some sort of relay race in geta (wooden platform sandals)

3. Poetry Contest - Tanka (5-7-5-7-7) composed on a theme perhaps, this is my favourite waka site <http://www.temcauley.staff.shef.ac.uk/poems.shtml>

Bucket List

Right now, I am really into making a list of things I want to do before I kick the bucket.  So far what I got is this:

1. Visit Japan - Kyoto for sure
2. See the Great Barrier Reef
3. Pilgrimage to Pennsic
4. Kiss on the top of the Eiffel Tower
5. Go hunting - probably for birds with a bow
6. Wear junihitoe
7. Finish my Bachelor degree
8. Kiss my grandbaby - have to have kids first tho'

Have any suggestions or items from your own list?


A Periodic Table table

I don't even need to have all those lovely-jubbley samples he has underneath all the elements.  Oh, I am such a nerd and there is so many ways into my nerdling heart!

Random Girly Post

I just wanted to say how deliriously happy eating roasted garlic this Saturday with J the boy made me. He's a super picky eater on top of having severe allergies (seafood, including fish for one).

Yummmmmmmmmmm! Plus I got to eat an enormous prime rib. He did tell me later I had meat-breath, lol.

None the less, I are one happy girl!!! I see getting a garlic bulb roaster in the near future . . .


Whoo hoo! Another session of the University of Tir Righ is coming up in March.

I would like to teach at this session as well as take classes. I have much lovin' for the learnin'. I've been trying to come up with a list of subjects I could teach in the future. So far I've come up with:

-Japanese Food on the Move - food suitable for soldiers, pilgrims and peasants
-Onigiri, Japanese rice balls
-Period Origami
-Period Japanese Games and Pastimes
-Uchiwa, how to make a paper fan
-Temari, decorative Japanese thread balls

Sigh, what I'd like to offer a class that many people are interested in taking . . .
So my interweb friends, I am hoping you will help cheer me up.

I am asking for suggestions for a nice long list of creepy and/or stalker-ish love songs. I don't know if I have trapped any of you in a corner and ranted at you about how so many love songs (especially the old classics) seem to encourage histrionics and weirdo behaviour.

I mean gems like:

1. Sting - Every Breath You Take

"Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you"

2. Enrique - Escape

"You can run
You can hide
But you can't
Escape my love"

So whaddya think?

Meme, Meme, Meme

I "stole" this idea from little_thora 

Mariko Hamakawa's Dewey Decimal Section:

908 Kinds of persons treatment

Mariko Hamakawa's birthday: 9/30/1978 = 930+1978 = 2908

900 History & Geography

Travel, biographies, ancient history, and histories of continents.

What it says about you:
You're connected to your past and value the things that have happened to you. You've had some conflicted times in your life, but they've brought you to where you are today and you don't ignore it.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com


So the first step is to make the list (this is not exhaustive BTW):

Eva (my stepmom)
Darcey (my sis)
Andre (sis's fiance!!!)

Grandma H and her boyfriend, Tom
Auntie Mar
Auntie Dar
Grandpa T (aka Scrooge, Grumpy)

Agnes (my best friend in all the world)
Jordan (the new boy)
Dave of the mini-van (my roommate)
The kitties, Hyacinth and Katsuchiyo

Alvarro (and Courtney)
Malie (and Seamus)
Tulloran (and Lexi)
The girl child

The second step is to add ideas on what to get them. Third is to buy or make it . . . sigh . . . frankly I'm just not feeling the Christmas spirit this year. Probably because I have about a third less family this year.

Anyways, enough with the melancholia. Ideas for gifts would be most appreciated!!! Pretty please, please, with sprinkles on top! (Links to DIY stuff is good too)


lady, straw hat, kasa, traveling costume

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