I want to be a Superhero for Halloween, but am plumb out of ideas and inspiration. If you were to make me a Superhero, what would my superpowers be? (And for God's sake...whatever will I wear?!)
Keep it family friendly, hahahaha...I will NOT be screening your comments and any particularly tacky ones will involve me and my network of giggly & bouncy spies making vast fun of you over large quantities of booze.
> Whatever will a poor Baroness do without proper supervision (insert evil grin here)?!
The same thing a poor Baroness does *with* supervision, of
course---cause trouble. I just won't be there to get the quotes, and
Lore won't be there to hold your coronet.
I just received the sad news of the passing of Dame Elinor Windemere of the Moors. I didn't know her well as a person, only as an ideal. I'm sure there would be people to line up to tell me her flaws, but death at least allows her to be thought of in a better light. I only know her kindnesses to a new girl just starting in the SCA, and sensing for the first time what REAL power was.
I remember seeing Elinor walking across a field at a Leodamas of Thebes event in Calafia. She had been a Baroness, a Peer and any number of things. But I didn't know any of that. I saw an older, heavier-set woman, dressed rather simply that day in a linen chiton. As she walked across the field, I saw people make a path for her, turn towards her rather than away. When she spoke (I'll never know what she said, as her speech at the time was quiet and measured), things started to happen. She wore no mark of rank or office, but even a young person could see that she had INFLUENCE. It shaped my vision of what I wanted for myself in this game. It wasn't about having a coronet or a title, it was about being able to make SOMETHING happen.
I remember her generousity towards me when I first started in the SCA. I attended a newcomers class she was teching on how to use commercially available patterns to make SCA garb. If it took me 30 minutes to copy down information on an envelope she was holding, she held it there the whole time until I was finished. She didn't stop her class, but there was no sighing, rolling of eyes or any other indication that I was in any way an inconvenience. I purchased one of her old gowns at a Baronial fundraiser. It really was a monstrosity left over from her early years as a costumer, but I was so proud to have it. ELINOR of the MOORS made it...(and it was far fancier than anything _I_ could have made at that time...maybe even now, hahahaha). And I felt like a queen when I was wearing it. When she saw me at an event, her first words were not to point out that I was wearing her cast off garb, but to tell me I looked far better in it than she ever had. I probably wore that dress another year just based on that sweet praise. I know that generosity of spirit (from Elinor and others) is what kept me coming back to the SCA and was like a lifeline to a new person trying to swim in a sea of unknown customs and culture.
I didn't know her in any real sense, but I will miss her. I hope I can remember her best attributes and carry them forward. And that people will forget her worst.
I wish I could say I've been having some exotic or earth shattering adventure, but I've pretty much been picking 'em up & puttin' 'em down.
I got a promotion (and a raise!), go me! Really thrilled about that, especially in this economy. I felt funny being bitter when I didn't get the promotion when my contract was renewed at the beginning of July. There are so many people out of work, or whose jobs are hanging on by a thread. It felt a little...small. On the flip side, I really busted my butt for the last 6 months learning a whole new position so I could BE promoted and felt like my chain was being jerked around. I'm glad all is resolved and will be setting in to my new responsibilities as they come. Thinking about buying something decadent to celebrate, but will probably just pay down another bill. (I'm doing FABU at getting rid of our old debt...well, D's having something to do with it, working a lot of OT, hahahaha)
Took my Forensic Biology final. That was a VERY cool class. Once you get over the "eeewww" factor, decomposition is pretty fascinating. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to volunteer to be locked in a small air-tight room with a juicy week-old corspe, but it was fascinating (sorry about the "eeewww" moment there). If only I could do that job without having to SMELL the danged thing.
We're stepping down in a few months (October, it looks like). Folks are working to get our stepping down/Investiture of new B&B scheduled and settled. I keep teasing them that I am NOT staying on and dragging their butts planning the event is not going to prolong the inevitable, hahahah I am so proud of my group and sad to be stepping down. (I'm READY, don't get me wrong, but I'll be sad too). I hope we made a difference. I hope I'll be able to get back to the point in the SCA where I can feel like "it's not my problem" and just enjoy myself. You become pretty invested in the success of your groups (and by extension, the success of your Kingdom and the SCA in general). Not that you're responsible for the whole SCA, hahaha, but you start to feel like what you're doing can shape people's perception and enjoyment of the hobby, so you step up a little more, you put a little more into in, you give a little more. Then, a few years have gone by and you realize it's been a while since you just "attended" an event. When you go to an event, you're always looking to see that things are getting taken care of, that folks are having a good time. You look to make sure that Suzy new person is made to feel welcome and that no one leaves the Gate money with a juvenile or that your cooks aren't stabbing the Exchequer because she asked for receipts one too many times. It's not that I don't care (or don't want to care)...I think I just need to have some time to not be responsible. It's funny though, because I love being Baroness. I love being able to make a difference and have an impact (hopefully for good)on the people around me. I guess it's a bit of a double edged sword. And I feel like one heck of a whiner for pointing out the down side. I used to roll my eyes when ever someone lamented about "the burden of the crown" and think: "Dude!! You've got the coolest job in the SCA!!". And you know what, being Baroness IS the coolest job in the SCA....and it's a JOB. I'm ready for my cocktails and cabana boys now! I'll take a rest for a bit and then get back to being a "power-hungry Baroness" conquering the universe in a few months, hahahaha