The new personal copy of Cantata (printed up in book form via lulu) arrived today (I needed a new personal copy because my sister bought the old one off me and hauled it off to Canada with her), and my son Ben grabbed it right away, and a minute ago he read one of the amusing bits out loud, like he does when he’s reading Bujold or Pratchett.:)
Confessions of a Creataholic
And, happy birthday to my son Benjamin.
Yesterday was the day set aside to install hardwood flooring in Azure's bedroom. Get the last of the carpet out of the front part of the house. We had already cleaned her room up, and cleared out the closet, so Boyd and Ben spent the morning moving out the large furniture and taking out the carpet. I went to get my allergy shot. In the afternoon Boyd and I put down the hardwood, with Ben standing by to run errands. The floor looked great, although I did bruise my toe at one point (when Boyd slipped and fell into me, actually,) in general the work went rather well.
But then Jasmine threw-up, twice, and by breakfast time this morning, Boyd, Lisandra and I were the only people in the house who hadn't dumped the contents of our stomaches on the floor at least once. In addition to that, when Boyd went out to do errands the car died on him.
Niether Boyd or myself are feeling particularly good either, and frankly we've pretty much written today off.
Although, Azure's floor really does look nice
I took the kids to Grand Tourney of the Unicorn yesterday (an SCA event) and I think they all had fun. The girls all seemed to be enjoying children's point, and both Ben and Jacob got a chance to boffer. (Jacob is too young to join any tournaments yet, but he can practice and receive instruction from the Marshals.) I was way behind on my costume sewing, unfortunately, (something to do with my sewing machine being dead), so Ben (in the black helmet) didn't have one of my patented padded tunics to wear. Luckily they aren't required. Jacob (in green) was wearing Lori's old middle-eastern garb and the smaller of the two padded tunics I made up a couple years ago, and all the girls had handed their dresses down a step, leaving Azure with nothing appropriate to wear, so we just sorta improvised something for her. Hopefully I'll hear back from the shop about the part I ordered soon, and can get something done for Azure and new bigger boffer “armor” for Ben before the next event.
The boy in “mundane” clothing is Lord Gareth (I think, I'm bad at names) who was acting as a youth Marshal. He hadn't wanted to put his armor on, because in his opinion it was too hot to fight.
Apparently “Wearing the Whole Armor of God” has been an assigned topic in church (LDS), this month, or something. I had one couple turn up my song on that in a web search and hoped to sing it, and I had to confess that although it had a melody, that's *all* it had, no accompaniment or anything… 🙁
But yesterday I had someone who wanted to put it my 'Armor of God' poem on book marks to hand out to the teen-aged girls at standard's night.
That was cool.