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Life with the Gojirawitzes + Numath 
11th-Dec-2010 06:48 pm
Numath: "Should I make more coffee?"
Me: "Mmmmaybe."

Half an hour later...
Me: "Was there going to be coffee?"
Adam: "Do you want coffee?"
Me: *looks at Adam*

Half an hour later...
Adam: "So did you want coffee?"
Me: "YES"
Adam: "Are you sure?"
Adam: "How much coffee should I make?"
Me: "YES"
Adam: "How many cups?"

He still hasn't ground the beans. He's all like "Are you sure? Because you hesitated..."

Also I did a clever medievalist thing that I can't tell you about but you probably wouldn't care about anyway. Some days everything I do has three layers of stuff no one will ever get just because I'd be unutterably bored otherwise. I do things in layered spirals to entertain myself. I'm sure no one else gets anything out of it.
11th-Dec-2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
Stoppard for the win.
11th-Dec-2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, but with Adam and I, it is additionally a Paarfi of Roundwood reference!
11th-Dec-2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
Cracks and shards!
12th-Dec-2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Yes, my first reaction was Paarfi of Roundwood, also. *grin*
12th-Dec-2010 02:44 am (UTC)
That was what I immediately assumed!
12th-Dec-2010 03:06 am (UTC)
That's what I THOUGHT it was! (Note that my kitty is named Khaavren.)
12th-Dec-2010 03:08 am (UTC)
And my husband is yendi, of course! :)
12th-Dec-2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I get the same roundaboutness with the boy when I think I'm being thoroughly straightforward, especially when it comes to foodstuphs-prep. [And coffee *is* foodstuphs, dang it.]

Then again, "Reader, I married him", if only for the entertainment value.
12th-Dec-2010 12:57 am (UTC)
I want coffee, too. The coffee at your house rules.
12th-Dec-2010 01:31 am (UTC)
I should've partaken when I was there. Shoot. I'll have to correct that. (I *did* partake of The Middleman while there, though, so there's that...)
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12th-Dec-2010 02:44 am (UTC)
For the record, I should note that "half an hour" is a subjective term, and might not agree with reality.
12th-Dec-2010 05:14 am (UTC)
I expected as much...
12th-Dec-2010 03:07 am (UTC)
I would care about the clever medievalist thing! That is exactly the sort of thing I like! Or perhaps I am the only person ever to use a reproduction Book of Hours (Jean, duc de Berry) as supporting evidence to convince a five-year-old to wear a sweater.
12th-Dec-2010 03:10 am (UTC)
I shall tell you when I see you Wednesday! :)
12th-Dec-2010 03:11 am (UTC)
And I can tell you about the sweater!
12th-Dec-2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Excellent! We have a Plan!

Also I need to find a flask, clearly.
12th-Dec-2010 03:23 am (UTC)
Dunno how much you want to spend on it, but I saw a gift set in the liquor store that's a bottle of Knob Creek bourbon AND a flask. Good stuff.

There's also always tucking nips in the purse or pockets.
12th-Dec-2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
12th-Dec-2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
The Trés Riches or the Belles Heurs? Inquuiring Minds want to know.....
12th-Dec-2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
The Tres Riches. Gorgeous slipcased coffee table hardcover. I was trying to explain the difference between European weather (upon which our conventional iconography of Spring is based) and New England weather (which is harsher, thus the child needed to WEAR A SWEATER even if by the calendar it was Spring) and the Labors of the Months came up, and, well.

The Gulf Stream and Jet Stream also came into this discussion. Because, at age five, my child was COMPLETELY capable of standing outside on the porch and saying "Nope, I'm not cold!" and so the empirical demonstration method of YOU NEED A SWEATER was not going to be useful.
13th-Dec-2010 02:39 am (UTC)

Thanks for the laugh.
12th-Dec-2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I want to know about the medievalist thing!

Last night I presented my first scroll. It was also my first Court at which I was the Herald. o.O It was fun! But I messed up his Excellency's last name. ~_~ Tricky German syllables are tricky.
12th-Dec-2010 02:25 pm (UTC) - Color me Curious
Which Excellency? And whose Court?
14th-Dec-2010 09:01 am (UTC) - Re: Color me Curious
Mine. >.> I am still fairly new, very bad at names, and am largely used to people's first names, SCA or mundane. It was the Court of Freiherr Thomas der Kreuzfahrer, Baron of White Waters, and her Excellency Zafirah, Baroness of White Waters, in their Excellencies' Court of Christmas Celebration.

I had a more phonetic (to me) spelling written in my court notes for the title "Freiherr" and "Kreuzfahrer," but I had tucked them away when I got past where I still needed them. Since I had written the scroll myself, I didn't think I needed a cheat sheet. I had MEANT to put a very small post it flag on it with how to say it, but forgot it. *headdesk* Beyond that, English is the closest I've gotten to German. I've had several years of classical Latin, which has me twitching slightly every time I hear someone use an actual V sound, I've had some Spanish, some Japanese, and I've done enough independent study of Gaelic that I don't entirely butcher Irish names, and can recognize Welsh in half a second.

Oddly, I can sometimes spell Germanic names reasonably close to correct, it's getting it right FROM the page, as well as speaking certain sounds next to other sounds, that throws me. People were nice and didn't rib me about it, though. >.>
14th-Dec-2010 02:33 pm (UTC) - Re: Color me Curious
Good. Court Heraldry does take some serious practice, and most people are pretty cool about newer heralds making mistakes. I've also learned over the 20+ years I've been around that the people with difficult names KNOW they have difficult names and run with the many mutilations they get.

I understand completely about twitching when Latin gets misread, though. I mean, it's one of the few languages where every word is pronounced exactly as it's written, and each letter only ever makes one sound. And yet, so many people get it wrong.

Ah well.....

Do you have any online copies of your scrolls? I'd love to see them. (To be fair, here's a link to mine: My gallery. )

Edited at 2010-12-14 02:34 pm (UTC)
14th-Dec-2010 06:53 pm (UTC) - Re: Color me Curious
Ah, some of it's that there are a few differences in pronunciation between church Latin and classical Latin. So if someone learned it in Catholic school or from mass, they're still doing it -right-, it's just not the same way I learned it. However, after three solid years of "v" NEVER EVER EVER making the V sound, hearing "Sal-veh Re-jina" instead of "Sal-u/weh Re-gina" has taken some getting used to.

A few things seem to have stuck rather well. "Cultured Romans put the verb at the END. You can leave it in the middle like an English sentence, but you'd sound like an uncultured barbarian." >.> Memorizing the vocabulary was a very long uphill battle, but I really enjoyed Latin.

Oh yay! Your work is a bit less intimidating if viewed chronologically. >.> I was looking through some of it on your LJ earlier this morning and was going O_O. Your work is fantastic!

I've done a couple of illuminated letters before, but this is my first SCA scroll. Sadly, I still have to paint it and finish out the bottom details, though I made sure that there wasn't anything scribbly or half-cut off for Court. I felt horrible for not having it completed, but their Excellencies were very impressed with it thusfar and reassured me that they knew it had been given to me on VERY short notice. I'm tempted to redo the calligraphy and line work first on a new sheet... ignoring pain signals resulted in the bottom half of the calligraphy not being so straight in line. Lord Sig is a Germanic Crusader (second) so I was trying to master a reasonable script for it once I had the right area and time. (I was aiming for a Carolignian miniscule. It insisted on occasionally migrating to a few elements of a Gothic script. Rrrgh.) I don't have a scanner, but if you like I can take a picture and email it? >.> Song has a VERY wide reading audience for something I'm not finished with yet.
15th-Dec-2010 02:34 am (UTC) - Re: Color me Curious
If you want to talk about intimidating, I share living space with a guy who got his Laurel in Calligraphy & Illumination back in 1991. Mind you, I love having access to his library of source material, but damn is it scary looking through his portfolio. Like mine, though, it seems to help to start at the beginning.

My suggestion for calligraphy (which I can't do well as a result of chronic Radial Tunnel Syndrome) is to find a copy of Medieval Calligraphy by Marc Drogin. It's not painfully expensive and most scribes I know own at least one copy. Somehow, we've managed to acquire five. But it makes classes that much easier, since folks don't have to share quite so much.

Another cool place to get advice is the LJ Community SCA_Scribes. They're wonderful folks who are just as happy to answer questions as they are to show off their own stuff.

And yes, I'd love to see a copy of your work. Either in progress, or after you've finished it. You can email me at melvh (at) livejournal (dot) com.
12th-Dec-2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
I love the subtle Brust references that you folks throw into everyday speech. It makes me feel less of a freak.

Clever medievalist thing? I would care, except for the part where you say you can't tell.....
12th-Dec-2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Shakespeare, Stoppard and Brust, for the win!
12th-Dec-2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
So did you ever, y'know, get the coffee? *laughs*
13th-Dec-2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Does it matter?
It's the CONCEPT of getting the coffee that is important.
13th-Dec-2010 04:40 am (UTC)
I do things in layered spirals to entertain myself. I'm sure no one else gets anything out of it.

I know no one like that.


13th-Dec-2010 04:42 am (UTC)

For values of "asking" that are "yelling at someone who didn't originally have the all-too-vague "Mmmmaybe" directed at them.

You know, just sayin'...
13th-Dec-2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, not yelling - just emphasis. And he was in the room and laughed at the maybe. He was not unaware.
16th-Dec-2010 04:08 am (UTC)
How many cups? ALL OF THEM.

I love that.
23rd-Dec-2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
This is how I roll.
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