Thursday, November 16, 2006

Quite a Slacker (with candy)

The Candy:
On Wednesday nights I run an SCA philosophy discussion, for some SCA friends--squires and students of others; one new knight. I wasn't feeling well, but toughed it out (barely) and came home and went straight to bed by 9:15. That didn't work out at all, but by 10:30 or so I was asleep. At 2:30 I was awake, read a while, got up, set the hot-tub to drain, and came to check e-mail. Grateful Dead on headphones, 4:15 a.m. reading nice e-mails. I like my life.

My desk drawer was open when I came in, and there are four surprise candy bars. One of my kids brought me four "Island Orange" Mounds bars. I LOVE those! So far I'm just admiring them and enjoying the sweet feeling of having a kid who would have brought me that gift. I don't know which kid, yet.

The Slacking:
To fulfill my solemn agreement with the Unschooling Blog ring, I'm supposed to write something weekly. It's kinda bad, then, that it's been a month. It's not that I haven't written anything, it just hasn't been here. There've been two articles for Danielle Conger's really nice unschooling magazine-site. One was on exactly how much time to spend with a child, and contained the following scientifically-derived chart:

If you read the article, then you'll see how to adjust the chart if you have more than one child.

Danielle's site costs $10 to read,[it used to, but for those who come by in later times, it's free now!] but you get articles by me and lots of others. There's something really nice by Ben Lovejoy in the current issue, and the next issue will have my account of my third child being in driver's ed, as were the other two in their time. No more babies. Driving-people. There is a sample issue here, with a different article by me: Connections

I write on a couple of unschooling lists, but they're been pretty quiet, which is fine.

My writing lately has been serviceable things for SCA purposes. Some of it's private, for the retinue of the new King and Queen of the Outlands. Those who've known me for a long time knew of my SCA involvement. Those who've only known me for five years or less knew I used to play, maybe, but I was inactive for a few years. A few different things happened in August and September that lured me back there, and a project that was languishing has been picked back up. So anyone who's curious or SCAish might look to see what I was doing instead of writing on this blog. It's pretty different from the unschooling stuff, and not beginning/intro stuff, but for the adventurous or the other slackers among you...
Information on the reign of Artan VI and Aziza

For something more familiar, with photos of my kids (when they were little), try this one:
Children's Costumes at SCA events
or about music, written before I had kids:
Period Vocal Music for the Multitudes

And that's what I've been doing, mostly. I've been to three events, one local, one in Denver and one in Roswell, which reminded me that the largescale games I used to dream of are pretty thoroughly covered by SCA involvement. When I remembered that, I started to think about being embarrassed. For some reason, I just didn't think of it as a game involving cars, but just last week there was much talk about who would ride where, which trailer might go (oops... wiring had been cut off Jeff's van... no trailer this time), people came from Kansas, Colorado, Texas... So I guess, medievally-themed as it is, it is a game involving moving around large areas, although we're not hiding from each other or pretending to set the buildings on fire.


kimzyn said...

I really like that chart. I will make a personal variation of it and remind myself occasionally to go with it. Does it accommodate for those fluxes, like 2 weeks ago when my 10 year old was stuck to me like glue all day, and 2 days ago when she wiggled out of my goodbye hug to run off on her camping trip with friends?
Hope you enjoy your chocolate and sleuth out who left it for you.

Anonymous said...

Sandra, Come back! We miss your blogging!

Sandra Dodd said...

Anonymous can't make up her mind. First I'm a rude person, now I should come back. Sheesh, anonymous!

But I did want to say you write some really good poetry, and all different styles!