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09 November 2008 @ 09:12 pm
Adventures in Minneapolis  
Well, I had a full, long weekend.

Thursday after work I drove up to Columbus and picked up newperspectives  at the train station. The evening was reasonably quiet - a quick dinner out, some library appreciation and chatting before she headed to bed. I quickly finished up my classnotes for Clothiers' Seminar and headed to bed myself.

Friday, we got up at a reasonably early hour and drove up to the Cities. Happily, lunchtime occurred right around Osseo and so we made a stop at the Norske Nook. (Nom nom nom). First stop in the Cities proper was IKEA... Gas was super cheap this weekend, but I certainly made up for that in IKEA... The next stop at S.R. Harris hardly helped that either. *sigh* Ah well, I have some lovely stuff and have now almost finished my Holiday shopping. (Granted, there is still afair bit of "assembly" to do on many of the gifts. :P) This was newperspective 's first trip, so it was fun to see her in the new fiber playground. Well, and it was fun not to be the big spender for once. ;) After a long, hard, day of shopping, we retired to the hotel for a beer and a soak in the hot tub, where we were joined by ingusmoen , zarhooie , and mightyjesse .

Saturday was the Clothier's Seminar. The day went pretty quickly - I was teaching during the first period, attended a pattern drafting class in the second period and then quickly ate lunch before being mobbed for linen. I did my major deliveries from the latest order and sold some of the overages to other interested gentles out of my trunk in the parking lot. Hurray for dealing in the parking lot! (And also, thanks to goldfrog  for taking my deliveries out West!) The afternoon was more mixed - he walk through history was fun as usual and I really enjoyed spending time fondlingkatrionans 's NESAT books. The event was over entirely too soon, however. I can always take more classes about string! ;) newperspectives , mightyjesse , teffan , some other lady, and I all went out for dinner at Khan's before returning to the hotel for another hot tub session. 

Sunday was an early morning trip to take newperspectives  to her early morning train, then a little nap before checking out of the hotel. After breakfast, mightyjesse  and I met up with Their Highnesses and did some reign-related shopping at SR Harris. Well, mostly reign related.mightyjesse  and I bought a ton of cheap-o wool in the hopes of dyeing it to a more acceptable color. Their Highnesses, on the other hand, got some truly lovely fabric in Kingdom colors - very, very tasty. The drive home was pretty quick and uneventful.

Fun, educational, and new toys to play with - what more could one ask for in a girls' weekend?

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teffanteffan on November 10th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Our other guest at dinner was kersteken, a fellow baronial fencer and string/fiber geek :)
eithni: snapeeithni on November 10th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! I could not come up with her name for the life of me...
Kareinakareina on November 10th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
question on MN

As my LJ friend closest to the area, I thought I'd ask you if you know any thing about Carleton College in Northfield, MN. They are looking for a "Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor" for one year to cover someone going on sabbatical in their Department of Geology. Do you, or anyone you know, know anything about this place? Is is a place I might wish to apply? Avoid? Somewhere in between? What is the community like? Is there an SCA branch in that town? At the uni? Any information you might have would be appreciated. Their deadline for application is 1 December, so if I'm going to apply, I need to decide soon.
eithni: Baronesseithni on November 10th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: question on MN
That is the college of Nordleigh. http://nordleigh.googlepages.com/

They are a friendly, largely student population, a college of the Barony of Nordskogen in Minneapolis, a large and very active group. However, I know little about Carlton College and the modern community. I can forward your questions to the local seneschal, if you would like.
teffanteffan on November 10th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: question on MN
The town of Northfield is very nice. Not too small, not too large, and close enough to the Twin Cities (45 minutes) to be able to do just about anything you want. You may not want to leave :)
a_c_fioruccia_c_fiorucci on November 10th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Re: question on MN
Hi, I happened to be wandering friends-lists and saw your note. I am a graduate of Carleton (chemistry) and was very active in the SCA while I was there, and would be glad to answer questions as best I can, if you are interested, and might be able to point you to people who were either geology majors there and/or are still near Northfield if that would be helpful.

Northfield is ~20,000 people when both colleges (Carleton and St. Olaf across town) are in session, in farming country, but a pleasant town. Carleton is a highly-ranked, demanding liberal-arts college; their science programs are strong even though they aren't huge; high contact between students and professors is standard, esp. since there are no graduate programs.

Nordleigh is (usually) entirely student run and so varies widely from year to year; the Barony helps out and enjoys the energy!

Anyway, I loved it there and would be happy share more info if you like; my e-mail is in my LJ profile. Good luck with your job search!
Jonya 'Sorcha'spot1111 on November 10th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
Re: question on MN
I can tell you that the public library staff are wonderful people! I work with them. I like their children's programming focus and the library's outreach programming is strong, too. Newer public schools - I've been to several events hosted by Nordleigh and they use the highschool frequently.
whymcwhymc on November 10th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
A pillow fight. I don't believe that a girls' weekend is actually legal without one.
teffanteffan on November 10th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Does linen-slinging count?
whymcwhymc on November 10th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Depends. I'd need to see pictures. =>
eithni: snapeeithni on November 11th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
While there was no pillow fight, there was boybashing, or at least the "attempt" - I nearly smacked the Prince in the jimmy with a roll of silk. Twice. :P
whymcwhymc on November 11th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
Hrm... who's prince right now? If I'd been drinking, and it was... er... some heavy fighter I've never met who like a girl in poor lighting, then I guess that'd count. =>
eithni: Baronesseithni on November 11th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
His Highness Stephen du Bois.
DameJ: Kadamej on November 11th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I think you're confusing a girls' weekend with a girl-on-girl weekend. Pillow fights are far less common at girls' weekends than they are in male fantasies about girls' weekends.
whymcwhymc on November 11th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
Hush you. There will be no injecting reality into my carefully-groomed fantasy life.
(no subject) - colinblackthorn on November 10th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
eithni: darkladyeithni on November 11th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Heh. One of my favorite parts of out of town events - Strongbow in the hottub. :)
Monarectangularcat on November 11th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Does your friend have the very first volume of NESAT? I have not been able to find it through ILL or worldcat! There is one article I'd love to get my hands on!
eithni: darkladyeithni on November 11th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
I think she may have a bootleg. Send me the citation and I'll beg your case...
Monarectangularcat on November 19th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Medieval Textile Finds from the Netherlands by Sandra Y.Vons-Comis - NESAT 1, 1982

Thanks so much. Hope it pans out!
eithni: jumpingeithni on January 5th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)

I actually got it from ILL in the Netherlands. Send me an address and I'll mail it out to you sometime in the next week or so!
Monarectangularcat on January 5th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
OMG, you rock! I won't ask how your librarian managed that!

Mona Boucher
226 Hidden Hills Place NW
Calgary, Alberta
T3A 6E2
e-mail mboucher05 (at) gmail.com

I got a really neat article on PDF regarding Textile Fabric Imitations in the 16th century by Jutta Zander-Seidel - are you interested? it's 5 mb so I would need to e-mail it to you!