New year new project. At the end of last year we realized that a bit of software we hadn’t tried to use since JUNE had died. It turns out that Google deprecated the API that bit of software used. I didn’t write the software, I just inheirited it. That said.. it came to me as a compiled stand alone Java app and the source code was no where to be found. So now it’s a new year.. and the thing (which we haven’t used for 6 months) is irreparably broken and lucky me, I get to re-write it from scratch.
We made it through the holidays. I love visiting family but I was equally relieved to get home. We’re now adjusting Erik back to his “normal” schedule. It’s working for the most part but he seems to be resisting his afternoon nap. This is to be expected as the baby websites say that he’s on scheduled to cut back to as single nap per day. It’s bad in that I had been looking forward to this 3 o’clock time to get things done. I guess we’ll adjust.
The house is currently a little bit more cluttered than I’d like. I need to figure out how to straighten/organize the house while Erik is trailing after me since I’m not allowed to leave his presence.
His new phase is very clingy to mommy. If I walk away from him, even just across the room, he starts crying. God forbid I actually leave the room. This is .. trying.
Our move has been delayed until the first week of March. I haven’t started packing yet.. but I will soon.
For Christmas I got Fearghus a Jawbone UP24 health fitness band. Unfortunately all they had was size Medium. I got the band anyway since I wanted to have something under the tree for him but offered when he opened it that we could exchange it for a Large. Rather than doing that he re-gifted it to me and I ended up wearing the band for about 3 days. It does step and sleep tracking. It’s very interesting and (at least in the 3 days I used it) inspirational.
While looking to order a Large for Fearghus we found out that Jawbone had announce a new bigger better tracker, the Jawbone Up3. This had constant heart rate tracking as well as a couple of other neat features. Fearghus and I decided that we’d order the new UP3 for him and that we’d return the Up24 I was using and order and UP3 for me as well. Except for one minor wrinkle. It turns out the Up3 has had some delays in shipping and won’t actually be available until March. So at this point we’re waiting with the intention of having spiffy new health trackers “soon”.
In the meantime I end 2014 down 25 lbs from Jan 1 to Dec 31. I’ll take it. Now that we’re home we’re knucking down on “healthy eating” and hope to see additional losses soon.
Lately I’ve found myself fascinated with a bit of headgear: the black velvet loop, frontlet, cap and veil getup. I blame Tullia. Digging into this it looks like the headgear was popular from 1488-1503 in northern France and the Netherlands. That’s a splendidly narrow slice of history.
Since I can’t very well run around in a headgear and nothing else (despite what some of the bathing pictures imply) I’ll be working on a dress to go with the black velvet cap as well. Happily I’m enchanted with the late 15th century French styles and should be able to use a waisted kirtle as an under-dress to one of the lovely overdresses shown. I’m currently at the LOOK AT ALL THE PICTURES phase of research. Pictures gathering on this Pinterest board: Late 15th century upper class France/Netherlands
Sadly my todo list has a bunch of other non-15th century things on them that need to get completed first. Actually scratch that. I think I will be interleeving my have-tos with my OMG-IT’S-SO-SPLENDID sparkly projects. I’m tired of putting off what I want to do just because there’s a ton of have-tos in the way.
1. Lengsberg bra-dress
2. new Kirtle pattern
3. black velvet loop, frontlet, cap and veil getup
4. lined 1488-1503 overdress
1. Add eyelets to Patsy dress
2. Black tunic for Romelo
3. Fix pleat on Erik Waffe
4. Eyelet on the front of F black pants
5. Button on right sleeve of blue dress
6. Fix sleeves on F hemd
7. Fix collar on my German shirt.
West Coast Culinary Symposium is coming. You should register and go.
When: February 13 – 15, 2015
Where: Camp Bothin (3125 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930) beds available in dorms bring your own bedding (it’s like the foodiest ever sleep over)
What: A weekend of medieval food groking with folks whose eyes won’t glaze over when you wax rhapsodic about wild grown bread yeasts or specific strains of sheep use in Norse cooking.
Why: Because medieval food is tasty.
I need to remember to pack:
dish for Friday potluck
bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow)
feast gear (cloth, plate, cup, silverware)
knives and cutting board
notebook and pen
Jan 24: Cynaguan Investiture, Woodland CA
Feb 13-15: West Coast Culinary Symposium, Fairfax CA
Feb 21: Northern Wolf Newcomers and Prize Tournies, Santa Rosa CA
March 1-7: Tentative move date.
March 27-29: March Crown, Woodland CA
April 3-5: Mists Coronet, Tres Pinos CA
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