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11 June 2005 @ 10:35 pm
In the interest of keeping tabs on all of this stuff, today was our first

I had every intention of getting to the site by 8:30, but thanks to wonkiness at the deli I made it by 8:45. Nick had fed the horses, so we got our running shoes on and went for a walk/run around the perimeter of the Faire. When we came back, two of the squires and one other jouster had arrived. We pulled horses out, groomed and tacked.

It comes to me that, with Lewis gone (and he, as director, was not there today; starting next Saturday, he will be there every rehearsal), I am head jouster. EEP!!!! At 10:05, when late arrivals were futzing with tack adjustments and generally dicking around, I said, "Let's go. We should have been down at Roselawn already."

Once down at the joust field, we rode for about an hour. After warming the horses up, we did serpentines and our own patterns and I - predictably - rode most of the time sans stirrups. Then, we practiced tossed rings. I did a bit better than usual, save when the thrower hucked the ring way out over my horse's head. I rode Fortune first, then made Oso run it (much to his chagrin).

It was hot and very muggy, so we took the horses up after a good hour's work. They were bathed and set out. Then, some of the folks worked on fights (my partner wasn't there - new baby!!!!!!!!! woohoo!!!!!!) while others of us did more mundane chores. Jeff wanted to go for a run; I decided to join him, as did the two squires who were there. We ran the perimeter of the Faire (again, but no walking this time). I managed well enough. Certainly the boys could have run faster, but hey - they're HALF MY AGE!!! I'm not doing too badly for an old lady who is woefully out of shape.

After, the squires and I walked Smoke's paddock to clear it for the boys (Oso and Dante), as they'll be living in there for the next week. Their own paddock will be churned up, mucked out, regraded, graveled and all-round Made Better. Anyway, we'd just pulled on gloves and set to chucking the spare wood that somehow found its way into a pile in the paddock when the skies opened up. We looked at one another for a moment, then kept working. We ended up drenched and dirty and laughing our asses off. I got to really know these two kids a hell of a lot better than I did last year, so - it is all good.

Nick's birthday was today. His folks brought subs and beer and cake (which, to my delight, all agreed was not as good as the cake I made!) and we had a right lovely party.

Good day. Granted, I am going to snap the next time a certain someone rolls their eyes at me while sighing in a long suffering manner, but hey - we all have our limits. And when I snap, it will be in a reasonable manner (or as much of one as I can manage).

Keeping that in mind, I am not going to indulge my own passive-aggressive urge... oh, but I want to vent about it, just a bit!

No. I am collected and mature.

Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on June 12th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
who dares roll their eyes at you!
(Anonymous) on June 13th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
Hello Kelly, this is your stalker. i've come to read your livejournal and hide outside your bushes in snow white land. You'll never catch me ever!


damn it!

well at least she doesn't know my blog is http://jenellesosa.atspace.com/Vines.htm

CURSES!!! I quit!
Kel: geeky is the new sexyladyjoust on June 14th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've been very polite in asking that any anonymous user identify themselves. If you persist in lurking in the shadows, as 'twere, I will have to be a bit more firm. Language of the vulgar sort may be employed.

Damn. If only you'd left me some clue...