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15 March 2010 @ 11:08 am
A fortnight or more gone...  
It's been a busy several weeks, so I have not been posting much. A quick update on the craziness that is my life follows.

I completed the Thing-a-Day challenge in February. Woot! That's three years running. I got a lot accomplished, but somehow only a few things off the to-do list that were there when February started. I really have to work on the queue... some things have been in there an embarrassingly long time! I considered continuing the challenge into March, but other, bigger projects took over (see below). Perhaps I'll run another personal one in May...

On March 1, sirzig  bought a bar and Mr Svein started spending a lot of time there doing renovations and other work about the place. I went over to help on Monday night, Tuesday night, all day Wednesday, and all day Thursday. My primary task was renovation of the ladies' room - not glorious, but VERY necessary. The stalls had been painted black and dark green (with a sandpaper finish), the walls were dulled with years of cigarrette smoke, and the lighting was abysmal. I painted the stalls and the ceiling supports, Countess A painted the ceiling tiles, doc_jock  replaced the lighting fixtures, and I cleaned the whole place. *shudder* I had to mop the floor twice before I was willing to get close enough to it to scrub it. :P Happily, the floor cleaned up reasonably well and the walls were a sunshine yellow once the gross was scrubbed off. The new lighting ended up being a little much , so I need to go in and trade out some of the 60W bulbs for 40Ws and finish up the mirror, but otherwise the place is looking like some place I'd willingly enter. 

Friday the 5th there was a conference in town, so there were a bunch of pharmageeks about town and I went out to lunch with some of them and then showed my co-worker what I had done on my  "days off" at the bar. She like the bathroom, but didn't believe we would be opening the bar that weekend - everything was still a sawdust-covered jumble...  After work, the pharmageeks were going out, but I was supposed to do something with mightyjesse . Plans kept getting revised and then finally cancelled. I ended up running across town to goldfrog 's place to deal with the loose ends that had been dropped and got to visit a bit, which was good. Then I got some alone-time at home which was very nice... 

Saturday was again mostly spent at the bar and at 6:30PM came the big push to get things ready to open. At 7Pm, things were still in a state of disarray, but  -sure enough - with the crowd of SCAfolk that decended, the place was cleared out, mopped, dusted, and ready for business at 8PM. Hurray for well-trained clean-up crews. I was going to just do some sewing there, and so initiate the crafting-in-a-bar tradition at that location, but once I learned that peanut shells were going to be discarded on the (I just mopped that!) floor, I got out my dried moss and started playing with bits of plant matter too... Why did I have a bag of moss, you ask? Well...

My research on Norse children had been chosen to be the Northshield entry into the Gulf Wars A&S Warpoint and so I wanted to make some physical items to send with my research project. *I* think research is ten kinds of sexy, but many people don't really care unless they see something shiny, so I made some shinies. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I worked on some sewing. Tuesday, I went to class, went to corvusjoyous's to do some woodworking, and to the hospital to inspect mightyjesse's spawn. Wednesday, I hung out with ego_id_non_feci, we did some materials acquisition, and then went to see the bebe again. Thursday was more woodworking, "pottery", and some jewelry making by Mr Svein and the visiting zarhooie. Friday I dropped off most of the physical items and then pulled an all-nighter finishing the "pottery" and the research documents, including a complete reorganization of the presentation. The end result is pretty damn spiffy and I actually sort of dig all-night geekouts, so it was sort of fun in a sick way. In the end, I had rocktastic research, plus a baby chair, balls, toy horses, tunics, jewelry, wooden swords, and more... I'll post details at some point, probably once I convert the files to PDFs and put them up somewhere. Right now the research document alone is over 40 pages and needs to be split into four Word docs in order to make it email-able, not even counting the reports on the projects or the supporting documentation. :P Obsess? Who, me? 

Saturday the 13th, I went to A&K's wedding on about 20 minutes of napping snuck in the car and in the pew before the service. There was serious crashing once I got home, then zarhooie  and Svein and I went for dinner before Mr Svein went to work. We went to go pester himathere and meet up with ego_id_non_feci , who was having computer problems. We went back to my place for booze of various fancy sorts - zarhooie  did a lot of swearing at the computer and I did a lot of cleaning while ego_id_non_feci was our external motivation. Eventually Mr Svein came home and he was actually able to fix the computer.

Sunday started late, but with pancakes! Then we saw zarhooie  off on the next leg of her trip, sewed ego_id_non_feci a shirt to test my shirt pattern generation algorithm, did some shopping for mightyjesse , had lunch, then went over to hang out with mightyjesse  and little Miss Em. My house is still a wreck from a week+ of intensive crafting, but progress has been made and I did enough laundry to have clean socks this mornign, at least.

So... yeah... a busy few weeks. The coming ones should be busy as well, but perhaps not quite so intense!

Speaking of future fun plans - For those of you that can make it in to town, the formal Grand Opening of sirzig 's bar is planned to be this Saturday, the 20th! I hope to see many of you there!
 
 
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Eliane/Jennifer: Colleen speaksgflower on March 15th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
WOW you've been busy. I'm so sorry I bailed on you guys Saturday night. I had enough stuff to get done yesterday that it's probably good I didn't overextend myself Sat., but still, I felt bad.

I can see research project (at some point, no hurry)?
eithnieithni on March 15th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
No worries... We found trouble to get into. ;)

Yes, I fully intend to make the research public as soon as I have refined it to my specifications.
frausenseifrausensei on March 15th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
What's the name of the bar? Does it have a website?
eithnieithni on March 15th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
It's the Knuckle Down Saloon & Eatin' Joint, no website yet.
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on March 16th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
That could be fixed...
eithni: darkladyeithni on March 16th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Liz is going to do it. She's just... busy... right now.
DameJdamej on March 16th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on March 16th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
*sigh* I really want to be at the Grand Opening, but I don't think I can. As much as I desperately need a drink or 7, I just think it would be One Thing Too Many right now to add a road trip.
eithni: darkladyeithni on March 16th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I'll buy you a drink, drive you back to the Home for Wayward Girls, and tuck you in to the spare room if you decide you can make it!
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on March 17th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
How much advance notice do you need if I decide to take you up on that? And when would I need to get to town to take advantage of the ride to and fro? (Or would it be feasible to drive to the bar and take you upon the ride back to your place and get a ride to get my car back in the morning)?
eithni: greeneithni on March 17th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
If you show up at the bar, you're in time. :) I don't know when we will be heading over, but the bar is only a few (maybe 3) miles from my house, so if we have to fetch your car in the morning, it won't be a hassle. Or. alternately, I could return to the house to fetch you and leave the car at my place.
Uncle Mikeybelmikey on March 17th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
You? Are awesome. Thank you!

I will let you know. I may let you know as I'm getting in the car to head to Madtown, but I will let you know :-)
judithsewstoojudithsewstoo on March 16th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
*I* think research is ten kinds of sexy, but many people don't really care unless they see something shiny, so I made some shinies.

Yet more reason why I love you so much and further evidence of the "good fit."

Oh, and to see me getting my Evergreen (for Fiber Arts)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/master-phillip/4436300585/in/set-72157623504319151/
eithnieithni on March 16th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Congratulations!