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Okay, my new domain name is registered and working... I'll probably get the website up sometime in January (just too much to worry about with the holidays right now)..

I'll also get a list of things that need to be done for AFA up and on their website, for those that have indicated interest in helping. And, as if our lives aren't busy enough.... it seems that moryssa and I may be joining our local chapter of the SCA in January, dragging roho along for the ride. I must admit, I'm extremely excited about this, as I've wanted to do the SCA ever since I first heard about it in 1997, but never had anyone to go with. It should be tons of fun. :)

I've been talking to my parents a lot as the trip grows nearer.. I want to be sure that we're all on the same page, that someone will be there to pick us up... needless worries, really. I just get anxious when I fly or have to depend on other people. When I'm driving, it's much easier, because if it all goes to shit, I can turn around and drive home. You don't exactly have that option when you fly.

Today was a productive one. I'm about.. 50% done coloring Lanakila's commission. Unfortunately the hard parts still need to be done.. I'm really unsure on how to color snow drifts. I may need to consult beerhorse and tarinfirepelt for advice before I screw it up and have to start over (again). I am becoming much more comfortable with markers though! I did our Christmas/Yule card entirely in marker, and despite one mishap where the inks smeared (giving Roho a black eye), it turned out quite lovely.

Bren and I have also been discussing our future plans. As it stands, we've decided for sure that we're staying in Illinois until October, when our lease ends. Then... well.. we have several options. I think we're going to go on an aggressive savings plan, then in late spring/early summer decide how we want to proceed. We can move to a cheaper apartment and aggressively jobhunt in the Boston area and just.. be prepared to leave at a moment's notice, or we can settle in for another 5-6 years and then start looking again. I personally lean towards the settling down- it gives us both time to save, to grow, and to get our careers a little further along. Mine I'm not so worried about... but 6 years at one company would do my resume worlds of good, and well, longevity at Abbott can only help Bren. If we do decide to stay for the long (short) term... we are discussing between us buying a cheap little house, then selling it off when we're ready to head out east. We've found several interesting places in the 75-140k range in Libertyville, Gurnee, and Round Lake, so it seems that if we choose this route, we'll have a bit of variety to choose from. But.. that decision doesn't need to be made for a while yet.

I have to say, too, that I am -really- enjoying spending time with more of the LAFF crowd. We picked Moryssa up from O'Hare yesterday, went out to dinner in Kenosha, then took her home, and even though she was sick, it was a lot of fun to spend time with her. And, well, I think I've mentioned how much I miss having close female friends that share my interests. :)

Oh yes.. one last thing I wanted to write about before I close...

The other morning, right before I woke up, I dreamt of an old friend that we haven't been on terribly good terms with. He was eating dinner with us, and his girlfriend (now fiancee) was not there, and... he was edgy and obviously uncomfortable, but it was very important that he was there. I woke up, and I thought about the events that lead to the... chasm... between us and this particular pair, and... I realized how much of an ass I was during that time. I don't know if they read this journal anymore, or if they'd even care if they did.. but.. for what it's worth, I am sorry. I hope that some day that things can be repaired... and perhaps... we can be friends again some day.

Hindsight is 20/20... and oft times... quite painful. They say the only mistakes in life are the ones you don't learn from... I just hope I can keep this in mind next time I feel myself opening my mouth when I shouldn't.


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Dec. 8th, 2003 06:45 pm (UTC)
I am sorry. I hope that some day that things can be repaired... and perhaps... we can be friends again some day.

For what it's worth, and as much as it sounds cliche, time can be a good healer and people can come back to you.

I've gone through that with a few people these past few years. I lost the closeness, partly due to things I did and problems I had. Things have gotten better though and I've been able to re-build some of those bridges.

Friends sometimes come in and out of your life. Hopefully these people will be able to return sometime. (*hug*)
Dec. 8th, 2003 06:52 pm (UTC)
If they decide not to, then.. that's their choice. Not much I can do about it. :/

But yes, I definately agree.
Dec. 8th, 2003 07:04 pm (UTC)
I can help color questions too... I have done it once or twice...
Dec. 8th, 2003 07:07 pm (UTC)
WHEE! Another person to pester. :>
Dec. 8th, 2003 08:18 pm (UTC)
it seems that moryssa and I may be joining our local chapter of the SCA in January, dragging roho along for the ride

Heh. I came to furry after seven years in the SCA. The funny thing is, the personalities aren't too much different. There's a lot of fun to be had in the Society, and there's a lot of really great people.

Not surprisingly, my specialties were cooking and brewing - the whole fighting thing never did much for me. I really enjoyed cooking the feasts, though. You know you've done good when you get a standing ovation from 140 people after spending the last 12 hours in the kitchen making sure everything cooked up just so.

If we ever get local again, though, it'd be fun to dig out my old garb and join y'all at an event. takaza enjoyed some of the crafts at the one event I dragged him to, as well as some of the archery.
Dec. 8th, 2003 08:22 pm (UTC)
Roho's really interested in the archery, I'm interested in the costuming, cooking and dancing. ;)
Dec. 8th, 2003 08:35 pm (UTC)
I used to be into it a lot, used to compete in a lot of the archery competitions. I dunno if I can top the last one I was in, though. There was a volley shoot...everyone lines up, and on command shoots on a high arc shot towards a circle around 100 yards away (a bunch of hay bales around a wooden figure). The last time I did it, not only did I hit the wooden figure (rare enough), I nailed it right in the crotch!
Dec. 8th, 2003 09:35 pm (UTC)
I was actually in the SCA for a year several year ago, and I attended a few events in Milwaukee, Chicago, and even Minneapolis. I found that it was very clique-ish, though, and since I was going by myself, I didn't have anyone to talk to, and I wasn't having fun.

I look forward to attending with my own little clique. :D
Dec. 9th, 2003 04:33 am (UTC)
*hug* Arii, you are an amazing work-in-progress. I'm proud to know you.
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