12th night? let me tell you...
short version: woot!
the drive down was uneventful except for the notable enjoyment that is travelling with the indominable envy me, oh less fortunate travelers! for I indeed had the unquestionable pleasure of six hourcountess_e s of Liz Time (tm) all to myself. hah! we solved all the problems of the universe in that time, so fear not, you should see the fruits of our labors in the not too distant future
we ended up leaving about 2 hrs later than I had hoped (stoopid work) so passed through the soggy flooded bits of AnTir well after dark. it was a bit eerie seeing buildings standing in large reflecting pools of water though. and the sand bags at the door of the restaurant we stopped at kinda gave me pause.
we arrived around midnight to find the party in full swing. we were met by the posse who helped us unload the car (apprenti rock!). I proceeded to nest for a bit, then go to bed. yep, I'm a wild one.
Sat morning dawned early enough. a quick breakfast in the room and then I made it to the laurel and pel meetings which were painless, organized and left me with a feeling of optimism I havent had for a while. Nothing against past crowns but ya_inga and vikvikingsson said the right things to get us going forward with a good attitude. yay for that :). there was only one "oh gawd. not again" moment, but it was brief and their Highnesses made their opinion very very clear. hopefully the person HEARD.(hey! it could happen!!! it could!!) as foo goes it was barely a blip on the foo radar (foo-dar?). hooray!
I met callistotoni as she dropped her sweetie off at his chiv meeting and then we proceeded to run some errands (egads thats a big hotel), I took lunch to tall gothy apprentice boy seanoconner in his white scarf meeting with all proper deference (hee :)) and then we went to lunch in the restaurant. they had done a buffet of period and perioide foods for us!! woot! I managed to load my plate with roasted carrots, parsnips and tunrips, a meat loafy thing spiced like yrchons and some tasty carrot soup (i dont normallyc are for carrot soup but that was good stuff). hey mom! veggies! egads! I was a happy girl :)
after lunch, tottered back to court (yep...court. still going on...) and knit in the back for a bit. eventually I realised I wasnt needed and went back to the room where I had a blissful peaceful quiet 1 hr nap. oh the joy! oh the luxury! grabbed a gnosh, then back to court in time to see our new crowns sworn in, swear featly and then back to the restaurant for dinner with countess_e fearga , and trudchen folks wandered by our table for a bit of the chat and then it was off for the drinking to commence.....
at this point tall gothy apprentice boy had made his promised pomegranite martinis. yum! saw many people, much silliness and lovely talks. didnt see everyone of course but those that I saw? I got to spend time with. hooray!!
Sunday got up and got breakfast after seeing tall gothy apprentice boy pummel cute perky canadian apprentice girl into submission in the rapier tournament. hooray! apprenttice bloodlust! does a laurel proud. we met folks to talk about pennsic then hung out knitting until dinner time. much philosophiszing about insularity and isolation and how myopia can render a false sense of superiority. good stuff :)
more drinking (I think I drank more this weekend than I have in YEARS) and socializing. callistotoni got to meet cute little red haired apprentice annisa_1380 and her tall dapper hubby and I got to see AnTir through her eyes which was way fun for me. in a drunken display, I may have started negotiations for poaching derba from her pelican. we'll see what comes of that ;).
Monday morning dawned and we got packed up early, grabbed breakfast (I actually got to spend TIME with cute little red haired apprentice and her tall dapper hubby, which was lovely :)) and then a bit of yarny tourism with the local knitting crowd (including elfie_chan ) which was AWESOME :)
so many people did drive by hellos I cant even name them all but I was left with an overwhelming sense of BELONGING which was something I'd been kinda missing. I know its a pendulum and it will swing back the other way again, but this weekend I got to be with my tribe and it was good.
to sum up:
KUDOS to the event staff and hotel staff. no really. I've autocratted a few things in my day *cough cough* and this was well done.
I managed to hit a perfect balance of That which one MUST do and That which one WISHES to do. I picked and chose meetings. I made a point of sitting down to eat, not just grabbing a sandwich from the cooler (if I remember). I made the time to connect with people rather than just passing hellos, which I find rather unsatisfying. I got enough sleep to function, drank enough water and coffee, gave myself permission to go hide in the quiet when I got overwhelmed.
It was the most fun I'd had at a 12th night in a very long time. I need to do somemore thinking on WHY and try to capture some of that for when the pendulum starts to swing back (which you know it will....)