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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
11:45 am
Super Long Tahiti Honeymoon Travelogue
Alright, by popular request here is a full account of our Tahiti honeymoon with photo and video. We don't have our underwater camera photos yet, since they were on film cameras and I haven't had the photos developed yet, but I will add them when we get them.

Behind the cut thar be photos a'plenty and many many hundreds o' words. You have been warned.Collapse )
Friday, May 14th, 2010
2:11 am
cross posting this

Bridal Portraits--Holy Cow!

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Saturday, July 18th, 2009
11:13 pm
I Need to Change the Name of My F-List Page, I Think
I know I've been a little absent lately. Find me over on facebook--I post more in short bursts than I do in livejournal length posts.

Anyway, I woke up this morning and there was this *thing* on my finger. I'm not entirely sure where it came from. Take a look and let me know!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/64814328@N00/3733348643/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/64814328@N00/3733348585/

And the likely culprit:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/64814328@N00/3734148368/
Monday, October 13th, 2008
9:09 am
Regency Assembly This Weekend!
I'm not sure if anyone on my f-list is close enough to attend, but I just wanted to spread the word that the Elegant Arts Society Regency Assembly (which I have been attending for years) will be held this weekend in New Haven, CT.

Saturday is an early 19th century ball with instruction preceding in the morning. No costume required, just elegant dress of some sort.
Sunday is an optional promenade in the park followed by period games and refreshments.

This is an event I look forward to every year. Well worth the trip.

Pre-registration prices are still available through Friday. Please see the website for more details: http://www.elegantarts.org/assembly
Monday, August 11th, 2008
9:41 am
Better Late than Never
I will be going to Pennsic this year.

That is all.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
12:11 pm
Wowie!
This is the second time one of my cousins has been featured in the Washington Post.

Check it out! The article is about my cousin Leah's brand new kitchenware store on Capitol Hill. If you're in the DC area be sure to stop by and say hello.

Hill's Kitchen
Friday, March 14th, 2008
9:00 am
Hmm...
I find it a wee bit distressing that my phone company will allow me to make payments of up to 9,999,999.99 cents. Does anyone ever rack up a cell phone bill that high? Seriously?
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
9:47 am
Jane Austen Danced What?!?
My friends (and poor jeoshua especially) all know that I'm somewhat notorious for screaming loudly and threatening to throw things at the screen during the dance scenes of Jane Austen adaptations.

Now, at last, my friend Susan has provided a suscinct explanation of what defines Regency-era dance!

Check it out!

Real Regency Dancers Don't Turn Single: Ten Tips for Judging Authenticity

(Dance enthusiasts will be interested in the entire blog):

Capering & Kickery
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
11:48 am
What I'm Up To...
So for the first time since college, I'm taking an art class just for the heck of it. I'm not sure what exactly made me think that I couldn't do this before. Possibly a lack of funds (art classes are expensive!), possibly the fact that I've never considered myself a talented artist (a fact that jeoshua likes to vigorously debate--I usually let him win), possibly just inertia! I did take a bellydance class for about a year awhile back and various other short-term dance classes, but that's it.

So the class I'm taking is metal jewelry class taught by a rather talented Richmond artist, Jay Sharpe. I wasn't familiar with him prior to the class, but some folks were and it was almost like we had a celebrity in our midst. He's really nice and I'm looking forward to the other classes.

We started fairly simply, with wire wrapping, which I've been doing for years, but not with any real finesse. WE made an Egyptian chain, which I CANNOT find a photograph of this technique and I don't have my camera, but maybe I'll post a photo later. It's made by looping together a bunch of curly hook things (like sewing hooks, really) and then smashing them down to make a solid chain without solder. Very cool, although not exacty my aesthetic.

The class is an interesting mix of people. Mostly very serious people! Several of us with businesses already, several more who *hope* to go into business, and then one woman who has a BFA in jewelry making and wants to build a portfolio to apply for an MFA program.

It should be fun. I'm looking forward to being forced outside of my box to try new things and new techniques. Also new materials, since we're working exclusively with copper and brass (for cost reasons) and I'm used to sterling and gold filled wire. I'm also looking forward to playing with solder and saws and hammers, etc. One of the advanced students was soldering something during class and the smell took me right back to childhood. I know I'm going to enjoy it!
Monday, January 14th, 2008
9:03 am
Unpersuaded
So did anyone else watch Persuasion on Masterpiece Theater last night?

I did, and oh how I wish it could have been better.

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Monday, January 7th, 2008
9:31 am
Baaaahhh....
This actually surprised me:

87% Chris Dodd
85% Barack Obama
83% John Edwards
83% Hillary Clinton
79% Mike Gravel
78% Dennis Kucinich
78% Joe Biden
71% Bill Richardson
46% Rudy Giuliani
34% John McCain
25% Mike Huckabee
23% Mitt Romney
22% Tom Tancredo
16% Ron Paul
15% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
10:04 am
And one more for good measure
I'm intrigued by this meme, lifted from rikhei:

The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the above list into your blog, and bold the items that are true for you.

Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, piano
The people in the media who dress and talk like you were portrayed positively

Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs

Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp
Had a private tutor before you turned 18 (only if you count my father, but then I didn't need to be tutored in anything but chemistry and calculus, which he taught professionally)
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child
(photography, anyway)
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 I don't remember about this. I think I did, but not sure.
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child

Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course Could have, but didn't need to.
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family

Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family



Now I recognize that I led a pretty privileged life as a kid (and in some respects still do, I mean how many people own their own home at 28 and have no debts) but I take issue with some of the questions.
For example, is it really a sign of privilege to have had *any* new clothes before the age of 18? I mean, really, it's often cheaper to buy kids clothes at Target or Old Navy than it is to go to a thrift store (especially since at the thrift store you spend longer to find things that fit). Or what about havin gyour own room? I was an only child--who on earth would I have shared with?

Some are interesting, though. I never questioned the fact that we flew lots of places as a kid. Sure, it's expensive, but it was almost always to see family.

I think it would have been more interesting to ask if you had traveled internationally than to ask if you'd been on a cruise. Where I grew up the latter was really uncommon and the former was pretty much the norm for upper middle class families. I'm also puzzled by the heating bill question. I think it would have been better to ask: "were aware of the cost of heating"--my parents would never have told me that kind of financial detail as a kid.

Lots of interesting stuff to think over. I wish this list were longer and more nuanced.
9:22 am
I'm not dead
Despite rumors to the contrary, I'm actually still out here alive and well. I just noticed that I haven't posted anything since November! Not atypical for me, I'm afraid, but apologies nonetheless. I know there are those of you who hang on my every word.

It's the end of the year but I don't feel much like reflection. 2007 was a wonderful year, but I'm not sorry to see it end! It was an awful lot of work.

I do like the month-by-month recap of the year, though, so here goes:

January:
Meet Josh, instant chemistry!
Finish draft of my very first professional contract writing job (final payment not received until December--gotta love museums)
Baroque dance workshop in Philadelphia--nearly kills me!

February:
Nurse Josh back to health after his Wisdom teet are removed.
My cellphone makes a run for it.
First flowers appear in my garden

March:
Propane tank buried, thus beginning final phase of my battle with the propane company.

April:
28th Birthday.
Horrifying dental saga begins
Springforth dance weekend--my first one handling all the registration details.

May:
I MET the Queen of England.


(ok, other stuff happened too)
Anniversary Weekend at Jamestown--I go crazy running the cash registers!
Josh graduates from law school
Horrible dental ordeal continues.
I established my Etsy shop.

June:
Nothing much!

July:
Dental ordeal concludes
Josh takes bar exam
I give up my earthlink account for good (after 10 years)
(not a great month, so far)

One bright spot: Install costume exhibit at Bacon's Castle
Another one: Sold my first jewelry item online
Also: Harry Potter

August:
Take Josh to Pennsic for the first time. He loves it despite uncooperative weather (rainy *and* hot, but at least it wasn't too dusty).
Major deterioration in health
Very first craft show (a success!)
New job for Josh--doing what he wanted to do and just a stone's throw from my house.
Begin regular acupuncture sessions.

September:
Figure out what is going on with my health (thyroid out of whack again, but the other way) and begin process of rebalancing hormones. Begin to feel better (i.e. like I'm not dying) fairly quickly. Also start eating higher protein, which makes a major difference, too.

October:
EAS Regency Assembly in Connecticut. New dress!!!
Josh sworn into the VA Bar. Thank goodness.
Plagiarized. (eek!)

November:
Holiday sales season gets off to a great start with the Norfolk Handmade Parade, my best show ever (and first acceptance into a juried show, which made me super happy).
Josh meets my family for the first time and survives.

December:
Where'd that go?
Josh meets rest of my family at Christmas. Somehow we continue to be happy together!
Really great sales month, very good year for Historically Inspired Designs overall.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
10:48 am
Of course, of course...

Which Jane Austen Character are You? (For Females) Long Quiz!!!
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as Emma Woodhouse

Emma is possibly one of the most loyal characters of Austen, always wanting better for those around her and doing all she possibly can to make it happen. Her motives sometimes get in the way of her good intentions and her own opinions can end up ruling her actions, but she has a good heart. She loves to be social and is welcoming to most, unless they are too silly to tolerate. While she sometimes changes her behavior to make others feel comfortable, she knows who she is and is always bettering herself.

Emma Woodhouse

78%

Marianne Dashwood

66%

Lady Catherine

59%

Elizabeth Bennet

56%

Jane Bennet

56%

Elinor Dashwood

47%

Charlotte Lucas

31%
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
8:43 am
From Josh
The rules are easy, just post 6 things that recently made you happy! Then tag 6 people and force them to post this meme on their LJs. Because it is good. Everyone needs a little happiness once in awhile.

(note: I intended to post some of this today anyway, so it is not pathetic giving in to my boyfriend's demand that I fill in a meme!)

1) That my lawyer-to-be boy isn't the -to-be part any more!
2) Meeting the absolutely charming 89 (?) year old former resident of one of our historic houses
3) Each and every sale I make
4) That the EAS Assembly is THIS WEEKEND! (and I have a new bonnet to wear)
5) Smoothies (and crepes)
6) See #1 above (yes, this is important enough to count for two things)

Consider yourself tagged if and only if you want to do this. However, I urge ripresa and arcnor to consider themselves urged.
Saturday, August 11th, 2007
12:06 am
Rain, rain, go away...
Back from Pennsic.

I have one word. Rain.

It rained every day we were at war (including this morning)--most days quite hard--and when it wasn't raining it was blazing hot.

All-in-all the not-so-nice weather made for a very low key Pennsic. We mostly stayed around camp playing card games (hooray for the Bean Game and the World's Longest Munchkin Game (tm)!) and I think I danced less than I ever had (due to the heat and not wanting to exhaust myself). Still, it was nice and a good first War for jeoshua.

Best Pennsic Moment: Walking up Runestone hill Thursday night to see hundreds (thousands?) of glow sticks being hurled in the air. They looked exactly like beautiful fireworks. Fireworks that rained down on us! Simply beautiful and indescribable, really.

Now to go wash the mud off my clothes and from between my toes.

In other news, I need a new avatar. The one of me with the glass is now over two years old!
Saturday, August 4th, 2007
7:29 am
We're off...
Hmmm... Pennsic with a newbie (with two newbies, really). This could be interesting. Back in a week, no doubt with some tales to tell.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
8:51 am
I'm done!
Let the Harry Potter discussion begin.
(and if you read me and posted something a week ago please leave me a comment--I can't remember who all is chattering about it now).
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
9:37 am
Halle-FREAKIN-luia
Life is good in oh so many ways!

jeoshua has a job. In Richmond. DOING EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. STARTING RIGHT AFTER WE GET BACK FROM VACATION!?!!!!*&(#~!~!

I get to see sonetka and pixelherder (hopefully that's the right username!) tomorrow.

I have an acupuncturist I like and finally some hope of not feeling exhausted all the time.

And I have three wholesale orders, one possible wedding commission, and a craft show to work on when I get back from vacation.

Huzzah!
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
11:19 pm
My preeetttyyy....
...arrived today from Amazon.co.uk

Can't wait to join the chatter. And just in time for my beach vacation (I'm sure I hastened its arrival by buying not one, not two, but three beach books this afternoon Just In Case--I will save them for Pennsic).

ps. can't I kill the two young girls who spoiled something major for me (re: Snape) this afternoon. Does it count that they couldn't see me and had no idea there was another person around (who could hear through paper-thin, holey 18th century walls) to be spoiled??
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