2) We did a lot of snacking yesterday in that most of these dishes were used before feast and that doesn't include the water pitcher (also purchased from
I was later than others getting to site because I had to get my nails done at 9am. This wasn't a "let's pamper ourselves after a long week" kind of appointment but more of a "I'm overdue for a fill on my acrylic nails and have to get them shortened before I go out of town again" kind of appointment. My regular nail tech (whom I love dearly as she's the best nail tech EVER) is out having surgery so I had to go to a substitute. She followed directions relatively well in that she kept the acrylic thin, but when I told her I wanted the tips square she took me rather literally. My tips looked like I had just pushed my fingers up to a belt sander to shape them.
When I showed up on site yesterday, I felt a bit rushed to get into the swing of things. Many years ago, I showed up later than I would have liked to one of my own baronial birthday events as Baroness. Niobe (who was Queen at the time) asked me if everything was okay when I got there and I told her I was delayed because of an outfit I needed to finish. She smiled and said, "it's more important that you're here than what you wear while you are here." She was gracious and kind as always, but I felt foolish and completely overwhelmed by my responsibilities as a Baroness. I had let my own priorities and projects overshadow my obligations to everyone else.
I still have that outfit from ten years ago and it's still not finished. But yesterday I had new priorities. It was nice to know that I didn't have obligations (not working the front gate, not cooking food, not holding any office and definitely not wearing any coronet) but at the same time I managed to find several services to provide on my own terms (our day board of hot tea and snacks was a big hit).
I'm figuring out what parts of the SCA I like and what parts I don't have much use for. It's like everything is old hat and completely new at the same time. I may finally be getting the hang of being helpful without sacrificing my own fun.