I've been silent for a while, I know...this summer has been a busy one, and blogging is usually the first thing to be dropped.
So, an update.
Boss wants to promote me. I need more time with Linux, but this is HUGE. He would basically bump me two levels, and while this hasn't been approved by HR, it would most likely come with a MASSIVE increase in salary. Enough to put us in another tax bracket. Enough to get us a better house than we were planning when we move. I'm starting to work through the institutionally-provided Red Hat classes, and next week I'm hoping to start working with my one coworker to stand up a new Linux server.
In other work news, my backlog is finished and I left for Pennsic with absolutely nothing on my plate. I haven't been able to say that in a few years due to all the work I had to get done. I also ended up training my coworkers to do my data releases because we knew a few would go through. It was nice not having to think about work while we were gone.
The lead-up to Pennsic was surprisingly calm at home. Chris invested in a new packing solution that worked SO well we're switching over to nothing but those bins for everything. Previously we have used a mishmash of varying style and size bins with bags and boxes, and honestly...it made packing the truck difficult. This year we bought six of those bins and used them for clothes. Turns out they fit two abreast and three high in the bed of the truck, so we're switching everything over to them for next year. This year's catchphrase: the truck is packed, and there was no screaming.
Pennsic itself was wonderful. We drove up on Land Grab Friday, trolled in, and hiked to our site - our campmates had already placed the kitchen trailer and set up both the kitchen trailer and the shower tent. We were able to get signed off by 5PM, which let us head to the hotel to check in before nightfall. Met our friends for dinner at a mediocre Czech-inspired restaurant, had a decent dinner, went to bed early. Saturday was ridiculously gorgeous and cool, so we got all tents up (save the Viking wedge) by lunchtime.
That. Is. Insane. That's the fastest we've EVER gotten camp set up. EVER.
By Saturday night, everyone was under canvas and most of us had unpacked. We were able to get a fire going that night, which was truly lovely. Sunday Chris and I got our tent completely settled, and Monday was an in-camp relax day for me. Tuesday was our first cook day, so we left camp only to grocery shop. Wednesday I hit the ground running - classes were happening, and I needed to be in them. Chris and I also tested to the level of Underforester in the Atlantian Royal Forestry Guild, in what was the most difficult firestarting situation I've ever encountered. There was a massive rainstorm the day before we tested, which gave us damp everything. We could have used entirely modern methods but he and I are stubborn, so we tried building fires without paper or lighter fluid, and we both ended up admitting defeat. He's able to start a fire in the *rain* but this defeated him. I opted for paper and a lighter while he opted for a lighter and tiki torch fluid. Fires started, test passed, oath taken...now to practice firestarting with period methods. He bought us steel with different pieces of flint. We'll see how much easier that might be compared to magnesium ferro rods...
The rest of that week was basically spent in class or in my hammock chair. I helped 3fgburner with his gunnery class, at least for the first hour of class. Need to prioritize more time for that class next year. I gave myself permission to have another in-camp relax day the following Monday, and Tuesday was another run-errands-and-cook day. After that, classes...all the classes. And parties, because that's what Boggies *do* at Pennsic.
We started packing our tent the Thursday of the second week, and broke our camp on Friday. This allowed our campmates to use that space for vehicles and gave Chris an opportunity for a shower. This worked out so well we're doing it every year - we had less stress, we both got showers that night, we slept well and got a hot breakfast the next morning. We were able to provide breakfast for our campmates. We also stayed in the hotel Saturday night, to give Chris plenty of rest before the drive home.
I lost 7 pounds. I also had more energy than I have had in the previous 4 years.
I know I am lacking detail, but I'm really trying to sum up the trip...might go into more detail in another post.
This week has been All The Laundry. Chris and I still haven't discussed how to make things even better for next year, though I know the bins are one priority. I've also talked to my Baroness about possibly joining her siege engine team (she owns an Arbalest - how cool is that?) and we played dress-up with her armor Friday evening. I...never realized how comfy armor can be? I had to laugh, though - she was concerned I'd feel confined in her helmet but it's less visually confining than my old motorcycle lid was. She grabbed a photo to entertain the husband. I'm not wearing a gorget, gauntlets, or knee protection in that photo, and I think I'd want pauldrons to protect my shoulders. Otherwise, I'm probably going to get what she put on me, because it was pretty comfortable.
Looking ahead, I have:
- My dog club's Match in September
- The wonderful ithilienne's wedding coming up in October (as well as Dad's birthday and my gun club's second crab feast)
- My club's Nosework trial, husband's birthday, Thanksgiving, and Chessiecon coming up in November (and we'll be hosting our friend during Chessiecon as well as hosting the family for Thanksgiving).
- Sometime during all of this we'll be converting our back porch into a mud room as well as (hopefully) finishing floor replacement in the kitchen...
So, what have I missed in Dreamwidth/LJ world?