(And ohhhh, the food! More about that later . . .)
First of all, we had previously decided to bring with us the new and improved Fallen From Grace dayshade, which is getting better and better thanks to the efforts of my sweetie and geoffreyapclwyd. As usual, the hanging sword rack was a hit with both household members and visitors, and it certainly helped keep the area neat and the weapons off the ground.
(It will be even better when we add the backdrop cloth which will effectively hide all the armor bags from sight.)
At any rate, the hospitality that we had planned with pirategirleee, melaniesuzanne and psalite was a hit, the food was awesome and much fun was had by all -- with honorable mentions to the Pirate's Pie of Paris, and Melanie's Safeway garlic brie.
The fighting was good, despite the interruptions due to random bouts of rain. I particularly liked the scenario with the relics, as it gave us all an objective and the opportunity to work as a team. We had terrific fun with that and had a great workout to boot.
After the melees were over, I went and bugged Dante to practice some Capo Ferro drills. This prompted Flithri to tell him: "Don't help her! It's bad enough as it is!" It was really funny.
Yesterday I dragged Ballisbob to the backyard to practice those drills some more, and we even figured out an additional one by looking at the manual. I am really happy about it. If I can get this right, I am hoping that it will add some nifty moves to my bag of tricks.
But it will take a while. From the drill to an actual fight, there is a bit of a difference, but it's worth the work.
And speaking of Dante, I am really happy that he got tagged as Queen's Champ. He will make a Champion Deluxe, I'm telling you. Congrat's Dante! And also congrats to Brian and Turvon, our latest Sea Dragons! And congrats to Lisette for her Coral Branch too!
Oh, and congrats to the Navigator, who was selected as the most impressive fighter out there!
The rest of the day was spent pretty much eating and socializing. I got a nifty silver and amber pin in the form of a spider from the lovely cathgrace, which I decided to wear at another time lest it got squished in the rapier field. I don't want my spider squished. I want to wear it with a gown instead. It's really cute.
We also conspired to fit Baroness Ronwen in 16th Century clothing, although I think we chased some guys away when we started the discussion on how to achieve "Tudor boobs."
Ahhhh, good times!
Last but not least, the feast, which was prepared by the fantabulous Vitha, was probably one of the best that has ever been served in Atlantia. Suffice to say that, IMHO, if food was porn, we were having a jolly good orgy out there. Cheesy goodnes, pomegranate sauce, elderflower cheese pie, I could go on and on.
All I can say is, my scale didn't love me this morning, but it was well worth it.
Of course, I will have to be extra good with my Weight Watchers points and my exercise this week, but what a way to go!
Oh the other hand, I did go shopping for new jeans on Sunday. It was partly to celebrate the loss of 11 lbs, but mainly because all of my jeans now look funny on me. I am happy to report that for the first time since the Clinton administration, I was able to stuff my tush in a size 8 pair of jeans.
Now all I have to do, is stay the hell away from anything remotely resembling pomegranate sauce . . .