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Since there are so many costumers on my friends' list, I thought this one would be fun. Arienne's suggestion that I REALLY need to get my Dutch gown done, as the silhouette would suit me, also plays in.

Here 'tis:

Costumers all tend to have a specific era or genre that appeals to us aesthetically, which is fine, but sometimes we get too focused and fail to appreciate other eras or genres that might suit our body type, our facial features, or even just challenge us to think outside the box a little bit. So, I'm opening the floor for suggestions: Give me one costume you'd want me to wear, and why. Picture links appreciated. :)

And then spread this meme like SARS and I'll try to do the same for you!
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* Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, or your favorite kind of sandwich, maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.

* I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

* Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.

* Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.

* When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

1. Where did you grow up?
2. Why did you decide to become a DVM?
3. Do you have any long term SCA goals? If so, what are they?
4. Are you going to try for more children?
5. Are you in your dream job? If not, what would you rather be doing?

1. I grew up in a small town called Swartz Creek, just outside of Flint. I spent a lot of the summers and vacation time in my parents' hometown of Charlevoix.

2. It was less "decide" than "fall into." I was intending to do a PhD in genetics. But the more I got into research, the less I liked it. Private research was so cut throat scientists at Dow lock up their notes at night. And I'm not really cut out for Academia - I'm much, much to conservative and would never toe the appropriate screamingly left-wing line of most Universities. At that point I had a couple of choices - A. continue and be miserable, as well as locked into a job that required me to live in or near a big city, probably on the East Coast; B. Quit at a Bachelor's and take a job as a nutritionalist for Cargill Feeds; C. Change directions completely - Eeeeek!!; D. Go with the Medical option. Still able to make a direct transition, but able to pretty much get a job anywhere. I had been determined NOT to for years, because my older sister had gone to Vet School, and I was well and truly sick of comparison. But it was the least evil of the options from where I was sitting.

3. Yes, I have some goals. A few are currently between Darling and I, as they are somewhat un-Humble and we choose not to share at the moment. A few are in my head, as even Darling wouldn't quite get it. Shorter term, I want to create and be a resource for Dutch costume. I'd like to get a web page up, and manage to create enough garb to be able to show what can be done with it. It's a BIG, BIG project, and I anticipate that it will take me years. I'll probably step down as Regional Signet within the next year, and maybe even take a brief or partial Scribal Sabbatical. I think that Scribes and Signets in the MK have the most thankless job in the society. Yes, they get called up at Court. But of the 60+ Court pieces I've done, I can count on one hand the number of actual "thank you's" I've gotten. Especially given the expense, hours, and sometimes lost sleep when the Crown is bad about getting lists out in a timely manner. So I need to step away for a bit and recover my love for it. I might get back into book heraldry. I've been neglecting the Academy of Saint Gabriel shamefully. I just don't have the concentration for report writing at that level at the moment. The whole peerage question is largely out of my hands anyway, so I don't worry too much about it.

4. Yes. I think there's actually a bit of divine intervention that's sort of prevented us before now (what with insurance lacks, and other more mundane things). We didn't know 3 years ago that Anneliese would still be so high maintenance. But that's the intention. Which will be another bit of a challenge for me SCA-wise. I don't quite buy the "pregnant women stayed home" line, and I think you ought to be able to make any era maternity-compatible. I shall make an effort to find out. ;-)

5. Nope. Boy do I need a sabbatical. But I couldn't tell you what my dream job IS. There are a lot of things that I like doing, that I would probably hate to do every day. I'm starting to think everybody has a gift. And sometimes that gift is the ability to HAVE a single, all-consuming passion for something. I do have some gifts, and that is not one of them. I did consider and discard a couple of careers Imight have enjoyed, but which were more difficult to find employment in: editor, and museum curator.
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No, I don't get out much. *shrug*

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Your Score: House Stark

27% Dominant, 27% Extroverted, 90% Trustworthy

Responsible. Respectable. Dour. That’s not shit coming out of your ass--it’s honor. You are clearly of House Stark.

You are a submissive personality, meaning that you are more than willing to relinquish control to someone more qualified; you will unflinchingly accept any responsibility that is thrust upon you, including servitude. Unfortunately for you, your unending patience and accommodating nature often make people look to you for a leader. In essence, you are the perfect leader: someone who has no desire to lead, yet is substantially well-qualified to do it.

You are also introverted, which means that people sometimes have difficulty understanding your thought process. Your dependable nature makes you predictable, but you’ve probably got all sorts of emotional dysfunctions when it comes to more intimate relationships. There are very few people whom you trust unwaveringly, and you’re not the type to confide in other people. So cold, so aloof--so Stark.

Finally, you are trustworthy--the very definition of the word. All secrets are safe with you. All of your vows are unbreakable. True to your name, you world is a stark place; there is black, and there is white. Your rigidity tends to undercut your overall value as a friend and ally. Honesty such as yours is hard to come by, which is easy to understand when you consider how easily manipulated you are by less decent individuals. Essentially, you’re the nice guy, and you’ll always finish last.

Representative characters include: Eddard Stark, Jon Snow, and Sansa Stark

Similar Houses: Frey, Lannister and Tully

Opposite House: Baratheon

When playing the game of thrones, you play it with one sword in your hand and another up your ass.

Link: The Song of Ice and Fire House Test written by Geeky_Stripper on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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You scored as Harry Potter, You can be a little reckless and hot-headed at times, but a more brave and courageous friend would be hard to find.


Harry Potter


Ginny Weasley


Sirius Black


Severus Snape


Hermione Granger


Ron Weasley


Albus Dumbledore


Remus Lupin


Draco Malfoy


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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From the ever-delightful [livejournal.com profile] ladysarafina:

1. Reply to this post if you want me to tell you how cool you are! I'll do my best for those of you who I don't know IRL.

2. Watch my journal over the next few days for a post just about you and why I think you are the coolest.

3. Post these instructions in your journal if you want give your friends a much needed dose of love and adoration!
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Westley / The Dread Pirate Roberts

Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

I'm trying to figure out if there's a full moon, or if someone just left the Stupid People Light on at work - it attracts them. I got an emergency page last night from some goofy woman whose cat had come in with a baby bird. She took the bird away and wanted to know what to do with it..... *face palm* And when I tried to call back, I got her voicemail. Twice. At which point I gave her up as a hopeless case and went back to bed.
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A meme:

Your Score: Rosalind Russell

You scored 19% grit, 42% wit, 28% flair, and 26% class!

You are one wise-cracking lady, always quick with a clever remark and easily able to keep up with the quips and puns that come along with the nutty situations you find yourself in. You're usually able to talk your way out of any jam, and even if you can't, you at least make it more interesting with your biting wit. You can match the smartest guy around line for line, and you've got an open mind that allows you to get what you want, even if you don't recognize it at first. Your leading men include Cary Grant and Clark Gable, men who can keep up with you.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.

Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

On the update front:

I've begun maundering on a design for Dad's "Captain Hook" jacket. Not that I'm likely to get to it until NEXT spring. But I like to contemplate for a while, first.

Found a cool image from Memling's "The Last Judgement" Triptych that has a burgundian with partially sew in sleeves. I kind of like the look. I might have to try that for the whole Maternity garb thing. Also, the beaded veil rocks!


Knitting - not a lot going on. I very briefly maundered on doing a medieval silk relic bag, then thought better of it. Silk is probably not the best choice for a first try at colorwork. And I'm probably more likely to finish an embroidered pouch, anyway.

I have a list a mile high of stuff to do for Darling. And he's busy stressing over the job-thing. So we're quite a pair. I might send him off tomorrow to finish his polearm and great sword. It will keep him out of my hair. Though I'm not sure he'll bother with GR practice with gas at $3.65/gal. *sigh* At least I'm on call for the weekend, so no travel plans to agonize over.
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Have you ever had an SCA persona name really different from what you've currently arrived at, or has it stayed pretty much the same? Nope. I went without for a while, until I settled on something I liked. I got into heraldry fairly early, so I managed not to saddle myself with something too silly that I became known by. No Pixie Raven Moondust in my closet.

2. What's the inspiration for your current persona name? "Femke" is Fries for "Little girl," and "de Roas" translates as both "the pink" or "the rose." It let me create canting arms (azure, on a maunch argent a rose proper), and alludes both to my rosy complexion and the fact that I answered to "Rose" for years after "Titanic." Apparently I bear a striking resemblance to Kate Winslet, especially in that role.

3. What's your area(s) of study/interest? - Stop giggling, Alaina. Ye Olde Butterfly Brain has trouble concentrating on any one thing. I like costuming, primarily 14th century, though later period German/Dutch can grab my attention. Embroidery, calligraphy, illumination, painting, baking, preserves, anything that wanders by might catch my attention. I'm currently working on a theory of period leavening agents, and a deck of German playing cards. An embroidered hood is in the planning stages. I've got a silk knotted hairnet started.... and an embroidered chemise. I'm one of very few people that does period smocking.

4. Any that you consider yourself specialized in? - I'm not sure I have the attention span. Obscure stuff that I've amassed a certain feel for includes smocking, playing cards, preserves.

5. Because I'm nosy and it's a current thing elsewhere - what's your embarrassing newbie blunder? - Eeee. Probably the awful blue-violet matte satin cotehardie that laced up the back and didn't fit with the much too short and why was I reading Norris Pelicon that wasn't. Ack.

6. There is no number six. - It went the to the same place as my attention, did it?

7. What's your alphabet soup, if you've got any? - Not so much. AoA, OW (Middle Kingdom AoA level Arts Award).

8. How much time per week or other stated time unit do you spend at your chosen SCA concentration(s)? - Taking a break from the sewing, post-wedding. But as I'm the Regional Signet, THAT tends to eat a few hours of the weeks preceding any Royal Court in the region. Wish I had more hours in the day. And once my motivation comes back I'll probably start taking small projects to work again.

9. Have you ever walked away from an SCA area of concentration? Why? - I tend to avoid all the local groups. We're not really geographically convenient to most of them anyway, and the LOCAL local bunch is odd. It suffered an implosion a few years ago, and I'm not convinced they've solved their internal problems. There seems to be a weird combination of insular avoidance of outside events with power-hoarding that I find disturbing. So mostly we play at the Kingdom level, sometimes at the Baronial.

10. Any words of wisdom from the experienced for the utterly inexperienced? Sit back and people-watch for a while. Those who first offer you "advice" are often themselves pretty ignorant and have found that the only people who don't know better are the REAL newbies. Take a few classes, and you'll usually be able to start to sort out the truly knowledgeable. They can help lead you to other useful, clever, and friendly folks. I recently had a delegation from a Shire as a whole tell me they couldn't enter the Laurel Prize exhibitions because they didn't know any Laurels. It took me about 2.3 seconds to fix THAT problem by introducing them to three laurels who said they would be MORE than delighted to sponsor.

Also, learn not just the "how's" but the "why's" of whatever people are doing. Especially local customs. It may seem silly, but it has a reason. The online award nomination system OUGHT to come with a tutorial on what happens once you submit your recommendation. And all the pointy hats can get confusing without a guidebook. Don't worry about it too much, but DO do your homework and start trying to learn the local ways. It'll help you fit in that much faster.
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Just 'cause I'm probably one of the very few who have actually read all five musketeer books....

You scored as D'Artagnan. You are D'Artagnan, the brash Gascon who embodies the high ideals of the Musketeer. You are sometime your own worst enemy, but your motives are pure and your character is unimpeachable. You are destined for great things and passionate (though often ill-fated) love.






Edmund Dantes












Which Dumas character are you? (pics)
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(100% dark & bitter, 66% working class, 66% genuine)

Okay, we all know Guinness is the best possible score on any "What Kind Of Beer Are You" test, so you can just go on and pat yourself on the back now. Like the world's most famous brew, you're genuine, you've got good taste, and you're sophisticated. What else can I say, except congratulations?

If your friends didn't score the same way, get ready for them to say: Guinness is too heavy; it's an acquired taste; it's too serious--and they probably think those things about you at times. But just brush 'em off. Everybody knows Guinness is the best. Cheers.

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Link: The If You Were A Beer Test written by gwendolynbooks on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

And I need to finish my dress, make the shift, and finish my classnotes. Today. Eeeep. WHY have I not yet joined procrastinator's annonymous? I really should NOT have spent my downtime yesterday surfing for hand-dyed sock yarn. But I really love Scout Swag, and I'm debating if I want to wait for her to get in more fingering weight yarn to die, or take the sport weight snowbunny NOW.

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