Coronation was a grand and successful event all around, I'm thinking! I got all of Stephen's garb done by [livejournal.com profile] eithni's prescribed deadline of more than 4 hours before the event and I think it was a fairly acceptable blend of period and not crazy-making. (Though I might have stated differently while I was making 39 button holes by hand...)

Morning court was entertaining and touching and dynamic. I'm not normally able to sit still during court, but found I was enthralled by the pagentry. I had fun stealing up behind the thrones as Aesa and Raito left the hall to adjust the Queen's Crown so that it would go on Ailleanne's head. (We were hoping we could adjust in advance, but sadly, with the crown at the right size for Ailleanne, it was a necklace for [livejournal.com profile] goldfrog.) I think the knights really had a good time with all that live-steel-waving during the taking of the throne.

My class seemed to go over well, and though it wasn't maxed out it was well enough attended that I was very glad that Mochi had time to stop by and be my Assistant Instructor. I think everyone left feeling fairly confident that they could use their kit to make good string with a little more practice! (On a side note, I notice that I hold my spindle in my right hand when I'm spinning, but for some reason I do it with my left hand when I'm trying to demonstrate to an individual. I think it's because they're facing me and my brain is trying to show them how they should see their tools as they use them. This confused the hell out of me the first time it happened because I didn't realize I had switched hands. I was just suddenly extremely lacking in coordination and my spin direction was backwards. :P If I'm going to continue trying to be ambidextrous, I obviously need to practice more with the left hand.)

The WW planning session wasn't as dreadful as I thought it was going to be. I wasn't lost and didn't come off sounding like an incompetant retard, so that's good. I'll send out the call for instructors to the NS Hall tomorrow and see what happens.

Evening court was wonderful, though I was sad that not everyone was there to recieve their award. [livejournal.com profile] sirzig did a pretty good job heralding, though he did refer to Grimmy as "Baroness." He swears it was an accident, but HRM Stephen doomed him to a world of disbelief by catching the binder he tossed down in disgust mid-air with such adroit speed and dexterity that most people assumed that the flub was rehearshed. (I'm told that HRM nearly blew a seam in his cote with that manoever.)


For those of you who were not there, they announced the 15 combatants and their consorts for Crown Tourney in 5 weeks. (I am rooting for Astrid and Lief because it will be her 50th birthday and that would be a hell-of-a-birthday-present and Roisin and Michael St. Christian because I want to know if the Princess's Sleeve will continue to be hers, or if with a Male Consort, it will become the Prince's Sleeve. I am also rooting for Siegfried, because I ALWAYS root for Siegfried, but I can honestly tell you that his Consort is a little nervous.) For those of you who WERE in court, I can't tell you how much your acceptance and welcome has meant to me and how much y'all have made me love this Kingdom. Also... YOU NEARLY SENT ME INTO CARDIAC ARREST. I know you meant for all that hootin' and hollerin' to be supportive and encouraging, but I was expecting the respectful quiet that was maintained during the rest of the reading. That was like 70 people sneaking up behind me and yelling, "BOO!" all at once. Once I won the argument with my Fight or Flight Reflex, having realized that you were CHEERING and not yelling that the Zombie Apocalypse Was Upon Us, I kinda misted up a little. You really know how to make a girl feel loved.

You know what? I love you guys too. I've never felt as happy and at home any place as I do here in Northshield. Thank you.
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From: [identity profile] eithni.livejournal.com


was like 70 people sneaking up behind me and yelling, "BOO!" all at once.

So no de-coronation BOOM for you like I arranged for Gwyneth, then? ;)

From: [identity profile] mightyjesse.livejournal.com


If you want me to crap my pants in public, I assume there are more gentle pharmaceutical ways of accomplishing the goal without sending me into cardiac arrest. Good god, I seriously thought my heart was going to beat right out of my chest!

From: [identity profile] gwyneth1362.livejournal.com


Yeah, that will scare the crap out of you. I thought I was going to explode...

But I am happy you guys are fighting.

From: [identity profile] mightyjesse.livejournal.com


We are excited to be fighting too, but we've been slacking off on our wedding planning. Thus we have set a goal/rule for ourselves. If our planning and finances aren't all in order for the wedding by Crown, we will have to withdraw and concentrate on personal stuff first.

It would break my heart to disappoint anyone after such an incredibly warm response, but Real Life must come first. Hopefully this will just serve to motivate us to Get Stuff Done in a timely manner.

From: [identity profile] gwyneth1362.livejournal.com


Wow - Being sensible about making such a decision/taking on responsibilty...

I totally understand. I would be happy to help in any way I can, with either project.

From: [identity profile] gflower.livejournal.com


YAY!!!! for feeling loved! I think you're the best thing to happen around here since...well, since I've been back around here.

And if you were Queen, I would be very happy to serve you with all my heart.

From: [identity profile] mightyjesse.livejournal.com


I really don't know why but my brain has a very HARD distinction between "help" and "serve."

I SERVE a concept greater than myself. I serve my God. My Kingdom. Future Generations. Etc.

I HELP my friends and they help me.

I am not so great. I would die of embarrassment if you tried to serve me, for we are equals, and I don't deserve that kind of elevation - however, I will always be grateful for your help, your company, and your encouragement..

From: [identity profile] krkhst.livejournal.com

Well


if he wins, you'll certainly make one good looking Crown! :)

I hope the outcome for you is whatever you really desire!

From: [identity profile] valkyr8.livejournal.com

Re: Well


Agreed! Besides, you have the support of a whole bunch of people all over the kingdom!

I'm very much looking forward to Crown! Last time it was in Nordskogen, Zig won. I'll try to spend time in the kitchen to clinch that outcome.

From: [identity profile] alienorh.livejournal.com


I join the parade of people that would be happy to serve you.

Also, the garb for their Majesties was perfect. And I'm really sorry I missed your class.

From: [identity profile] mightyjesse.livejournal.com


And I'm really sorry I missed your class.

Well, at least you're local. I can give you a "private lesson" any time we are able to get together.

From: [identity profile] saraidh.livejournal.com


Speaking as somebody who had a good view of Zig's face, I believe him about the flub. :-)

You might be entertained to know that Grimmund didn't hear the initial oops, just the reaction, so he had to ask me what was so funny.
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