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Yay me!

Anywhoo, I feel that I have been slacking on my gym routine for the past couple of weeks, and have not made my usual 5 times a week. Three times a week just don't do it for me. However, I have felt very tired and overwhelmed lately, and getting out of bed has been rather difficult.

Nevertheless, I have decided that instead of feeling guilty, what I need to do is get back on the wagon and get my butt out of bed and into the gym no matter what. (Yes, my beloved ballistabob, you have my leave for kicking me out of bed in spite of my protests, and I will love you even more for that.)

That said, progress on Project Wilhelmina is being made, slowly but surely. Tonight, I cut the doublet. Man, I've been thinking about the construction of all of her wardrobe even in my sleep.


I will be so happy when I am done.

Next step? The hair, and I believe it will be a hairy process, since I've not done this before, let alone with mohair. It will be entertaining, as I've said it before.

On a different subject, there has been much discussion on the issue of "surprise elevations." I have been thinking about it and, personally, I like the surprise element that we have in our Kingdom. I am still highly amused at the memory of my receiving my AoA. I was so surprised when I was called into Court that I said "Oh, sh-t! What have I done?". Thankfully, TRM did not hear that, but those people close to me are still laughing at it to this day.

The day I received my Pearl is also one of my happiest memories.

I had absolutely no clue that I was going to receive it.

When TRM called the Order of the Pearl, and then they asked Alejandro to go look for the candidate, I did not want to think that it would be me. Even when he started going up the stairs and approaching my seat, I looked around to see who it was that he was going to pull out of the populace. Thankfully, I did not say "Oh, sh-it!" this time, but that's perhaps because I was speechless.

All I can say, that surprise really made my day.

(As for the "Oh, sh-t", that's exactly what I lovingly told my beloved ballistabob when he proposed.)

(. . . And ballistabob, without missing a beat, said to me "Is that a yes?")

(For the record, it was indeed a yes . . . )

Having said that, as a member of a polling Order, I have found it very useful when the Order gets informed beforehand when and if a candidate is going to be elevated. For one thing, we can make sure that said candidate actually makes it to that specific Court. For another thing, we can make sure that there will be a medallion ready and that his or her significant other, or friends, or household, are aware, so they can plan accordingly.

Does this mean that there is a risk of indiscretion from a member of the Order? Absolutely. But then, the risk of indiscretion is always out there whenever you inform anyone of anything. Even if you informed only one person instead of the whole Order, that person can commit an indiscretion at any time. Or not. However, in my opinion, the cost-benefit of that risk is worth it as it will allow people to prepare, even if the intended victim candidate has no clue about what is going to happen.

For instance, there was one gentle that I would have liked very much to give my medallion to.
(And of course, I know that I would have had to beat several other people for the honor, but what's a little blood among friends? . . .)

Regrettably, when this person was called into Court, there was the sound of crickets as this gentle had not been able to attend that particular event and so the award was given in absentia. I cannot help but to think that if the Order had been notified, someone would have pointed out that this person would not be attending, and provisions could have been made so that this person could receive the award in person at a later date. (Plus, the world missed the sight of several people slugging it out to give out a medallion!)

In the end, I don't think that there is a right or wrong way of doing this. Some people would like to be told beforehand, some don't. Personally, I would prefer not to know. Being the anal-retentive person I am, I know that I would be driving myself -- and everyone involved -- nuts by getting my hand in every step of the planning, and I would like to keep my friends, thankyouverymuch.

But if I ever get up for a peerage, I would like it very much for those dear to me, such as my husband, household and friends, to know so they can plot and plan and make sure that everyone is there, as well as the Order so they can also proceed accordingly.


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Sep. 14th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
I've been stuck on whether it's worth anything to let Ragnarr know my opinion of his opinion. Mostly based on me being a scribe working on commissions with nebulous deadlines, but also b/c there's people I'd definitely come back to Atlantia to see elevated.

There are going to be pics of Wilhelmina when she's all dressed and has her hair done, right? :)
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, baby! There will be a full pictorial and description up on my webpage ;-D
Sep. 14th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
I had a long talk with one of my mentors recently on the issue of elevation, whether to tell me should it happen, etc. One thing on which I am adimant is that the Crowns and/or my mentor had best tell the Navigator - he's the one who has to put up with me!
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
Good idea :-D
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
My 2 cents. I've seen it work I've seen it not. I think the main question with secrecy is should you tell the person being elevated, or not, the order should know. My vote, not that it matters, is tell them.
People DO have lives and obligations outside of the SCA that the crown and other peers may be unaware of.

Things I've heard over the years, on the day of peerages, not all are from this Kingdom:

"My Mothers getting operated on in an hour.
I just came to drop off something for Y. Why she couldn't pick it up last night like I asked...
What do you mean I can't leave!"

"But he's the autocrat, you can't do this now. We have an emergency"


" Oh she left an hour ago. Why, what do you need?"

Personal favorite,
Me being grabbed and tossed into someones vigil because they hadn't had a visitor yet and they were still trying to reign in the chaos since no one knew it was happening:
Me "Hi"
Him, "Greetings"
I sit, we stare at each other for a minute,
Him, " Ok, I have a confession to make. I never sat on anyones vigil before, I have no idea what we are supposed to say or do."
Me: " Your asking me? This is my 3rd event"
We stare at each other for another minute,
Me "Well, I've got a deck of cards, want to play...."
About an hour later, I leave, (no one remembered who was in there, they could hear voices, and no one wanted to disturb us) and now theres a line of people waiting, wondering who I was and what the hell we were talking about for so long. A rumor floated around for a while that I was his younger brother.

I can't blame the people in charge of his vigil since not long ago I was volunteered to help at a vigil, somehow I became incharge of aranging his visitors. Wow, bad choice. The advice I was given, make sure the importaint people go in first, they should skip in line, and make sure his friends know to visit" I of course had never met the good gentle on vigil before, had no idea who his friends were, who he considered importaint, and frankly I didn't even remember what his name was.

Sep. 14th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
I love the fact that Elspet's vigil was not Order of Precedence. I understand that it was a combination of her request and her peer's beliefs (her peer attends Quaker meetings). I have already expressed to my mentors that I will walk out if there is ANY Order of Precedence beyond the Monarchs and their Heirs. Hubby comes after Royalty, then household. After that, first come, first served. Heck - the mentor is trying to talk me out of going "walkabout" :-)
Sep. 14th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like that approach. Wholly and wholeheartedly.
Sep. 14th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Which is probably all the precidence that they wanted, but being asked to effectively find all the members of a household you've never heard of before at a kingdom level event.
Sep. 14th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Most of my friends are lower tier, so I'd probably opt for OoP-Reversed. :P
Sep. 14th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
Surprises are nice, but they can be tough to pull off. When I got my maunche, I somehow just knew. Nobody told me, I just sensed something was going on. I gave my friends hell, because I kept threatening to leave the event before court. :-)

It would be nice to not be the one planning everything, but then again, if I planned everything, it would be to my tastes. Then again again, I'm not terribly picky. Then again again again, I've been playing so little lately, that I'm not in much danger. :-) Kids'll do that to a gal.
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know. The point that I was trying to make is that there is no right or wrong way of doing it. Some people prefer to know in advance, and perhaps they should. Some others like the surprise, and it would be cool that they get surprised. But in either case, I believe it is important -- and practical! -- to let the Orders, the scribes and the significant others know so people can have this done in an organized fashion :-)
Sep. 14th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
Sep. 14th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
When I recieved my Court Baronancy, my peer at the time had to go through all kinds of mechanations to get me to stay. I had a bad cold, and I was about to leave. The King literally came off the fighting field, held a special court, gave the award (my peer lied and told me that my protege sister was recieving an award), and then I went home to bed.
Sep. 14th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
I've had alot of time (over 20 years) to think about how I would want a vigil and peerage ceremony conducted, should some monarch be insane enough to induct me into one. One of my mentors has a list of whom I would like to speak for me (plus alternates. I believe in being prepared :-). So long as those individuals, the Navigator, and my immediate household (if possible) were there, I wouldn't give a flip if the rest of a given Order had been notified or not.

My mentor knows whom I want to do a scroll, and the Navigator knows who is important to me. If the Order in question really gave a darn if I were part of it or not, they would have done something about it long ago. If anyone wanted to congratulate me or whatever, they could catch me at an event.
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