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15 September 2008 @ 11:41 pm
So, a post of random bits and pieces...


Coronation was a wonderful event. I was so happy that goldfrog  and R looked great (if overheated). I am also so glad I won't have to make more Japanese for awhile. :P However, it was fun to play dress up with a new period/culture and I really did like the way my garb for the day turned out. Special thanks to Nagamochi for making me special little sandals to complete the look! (Pictures to follow soon...)

Of greatest personal import - I took Katlyn from CAM as my newest apprentice. She's part of the 14th century Mafia, so not exactly any of the periods I study, but she has the crack-fueled enthusiasm that I require and we are both authenticity dorks. I'll be working with her on research and teaching and she'll be helping me as I delve into period cooking. Happiness and win all around!

Fighter Jets
The fighter jets from Truax were flying so low today that they were setting off car alarms in our parking lot. Silly fighter boys.

German speakers?

So, schadenfreude is one of my all-time favorite words, but it is not quite the word I'm looking for in this case... Is there a word for being sad for someone's misfortune while being in some measure pleased at the good fortune it might bring you? This is related to a discussion we were having on the way back from Coronation... Think along the lines of wanting a promotion at work, finding your coworker didn't get it - which narrows the field down and increases your chances of getting the promotion - without your being chosen being a certainty or even necessarily directly related to the decision about your coworker. Surely German has a word for this? Or a word that can be constructed for it? C'mon German speakers, I'm sure there is...

Bad Decisions
I'm getting better at saying no to bad decisions, but I sort of wish I had a few more opportunities for good decisions to choose from... *sigh* I'm starting to forget what those look like, you know? On the other hand, I'm starting to see shades of gray in bad decisions. ;P

Research Joy

I've had spectacular luck the last few weeks in getting weird research questions answered. Some of it is clearly within my realm of expertise (costuming) whereas other stuff is just odd (non-drug Medicaid minutiae). Even my Book Fu has also been unbelievably good! I just got two of the York Small Finds books on textiles. These are books tat usually cannot be had for love or money. When I have seen them for sale, it usually has been in the $100-200 range because they are so far out of print... I just got a copy of each for about $30 each (15 pounds)!  Nummy! Got a research question or a hard-to-find book you're looking for - now is apparently the time to ask me, I'm on a roll!

I've had a very productive night. My "to do" list is still appalling, of course, but if I can be this productive for a few nights running, I may at least be able to get it under control... *hopes* Although, that usually means that I'll just end up with more things to do or a few crappy days in a row. :P Still, tonight I cleaned the spare room, repaired a few things in the room, stained three windowsills, stained two boxes, did some laundry, swept the hall/spare room/my room, repaired the seal on the shower, did some research, did some email/online stuff, and am watching the Daily Show/Colbert Report. Soon, there will even be bed at a decent hour... and on clean linen sheets  :)
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baronsnorribaronsnorri on September 16th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
Busy, happy Eithni. Most excellent!! : )
mightyjessemightyjesse on September 16th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
So, tonight we make soap! Wheee! I must remember to bring all those yummy smelly oils that I got at Pennsic AND all the stuff I need to cut out Ian's Tabard. I'm down to one weekend for making this silly thing, and all I want to do is play with my new toy. *Harrumph.*
eithni: jumpingeithni on September 16th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yay, soap! Am I feeding y'all?
mightyjessemightyjesse on September 16th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
I, as always, will probably be hungry. This week in my fridge, I have: roasted turkey and spicy hummus. If you want, I can bring that with and we can have fancy salads... Or sammiches.

I think I also have all the necessary ingredients for Iohanna's yummy chocolate chili. That's a breeze to throw together if you want I should bring it. (Brown meat. Open 4 cans. Dump in pot. Stir occasionally.)
eithni: excellenteithni on September 16th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
I think I have Pitas, cheddar, and string cheese in the frige. (grocery shopping was a failure yesterday.) if you can bring dinner or dinner bits, that would rock. Otherwise, I'll order a pizza.
world_rim_walkeworld_rim_walke on September 16th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
You mean like a Schaden-ambivalence? I'm sure I can look it up once I get back to my apartment.
eithni: sofonisbaeithni on September 16th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
world_rim_walkeworld_rim_walke on September 17th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Two possibilities:

Schadenambivelance (Ambivelance pronounced as if you're French)



Neither are very wieldy.
Ingus: For the love of Chopin...ingusmoen on September 16th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
It still sounds like schadenfreude, though.
Instead of laughing because they've tripped and fallen for the sake of their pain, you're happy they've tripped and fallen because they showed you where you might have gotten hurt.

Just because your joy doesn't spring from their misfortune of not getting the job but because it creates a more viable picture that you WILL get it is still happiness via the misfortune of others which is--

Great. Now I have Avenue Q running through my head.
Thanks, Eithni. :P
eithnieithni on September 16th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
You're missing the genuine sadness for the other person. Think of it as a favorite coworker- you are actually sorry for then that they didn't get the job, independent of the outcome.
Ernesto Maldonadoiarroganti on September 16th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
yes, your Book Fu is really good right now.

Thanks for the link. It has all that I want and more. It may be Thanksgiving before I can afford to place the order (now up to $77), but that's okay.

Seriously made out of Win.
eithni: sofonisbaeithni on September 17th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad that will work for you (and glad to know my "Jackpot!" impulse was not off)! If there are any you would like to "preview" before buying, I can see if they are on campus and bring them to you at an event.
No longer in Normalhbevert on September 18th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
German speakers?
Ugh, the idea of assigning one word to this concept was morbidly exciting, but the short search was not fruitful. There may be an idiomatic phrase, but this situation probably doesn't come up often enough for that. "ein Vorteil beidseitig bereuen und sich darüber erfreuen" was the thing I thought of that sounded the prettiest because of the rhyme. It means "to regret an advantage and on the other hand to enjoy it."
eithni: snapeeithni on September 19th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Re: German speakers?
Hmmm... That's close. Thanks for the help! :)