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What I'm At

Livejournal is back on the default tabs in my browser. I've been checking in from time to time, but there's something about the content here which is distinctly different to most other social networks, and it's also old and comfortable.

So here's what I'm doing these days, as a sort of general update.

I'm still working in Elucidate, where I'm the Online Marketing Manager. It's a small consultancy company, so I don't get to do much with our own marketing; most of my time goes on clients. Clients vary from very tiny companies who have our services via prize funds up to the national Post Office, An Post. The work suits me very well indeed, I'm largely self-directed within the parameters of the projects I work on, and very often I get to try very cool and interesting new stuff in Adwords, social media, or other bits of onlineness.

We've returned to the SCA. I had a bit of time that wasn't accounted for, and I knew a number of people who were interested in the hobby, but weren't about to investigate without knowing someone involved. So I went to an event, and went to a shire meeting, and lo! I am now Chatelaine for Dun in Mara, and dragging the shire firmly into the 21st century, social media, regular updates, and actually doing stuff. I'm ably abetted in this by sabayone and the rest of my newly formed SCAdian household. Aside from the Chatelaine-ing, I'm doing heavy combat (re-assembling armour bit by bit at the moment) and some A&S stuff, including calligraphy, horticulture, and the making of my own garb, which, let me tell you, is pretty terrifying and also very pleasing.

I'm doing a BA in Humanities in DCU's Oscail Programme. The setup is that you can do between 1 and 4 modules a year, in six subjects, with a few other restrictions on which modules you can take at the same time. When you've done twelve modules, it turns into a degree. 4 modules per year would be a full undergrad course-load; I'm doing 3. I did foundation level courses in Sociology, History, and Literature last year, and I'm doing a more advanced module in History and two in Literature this year.

Studying is difficult when you've done none for three months and it's not an easy introductory course, but I'm getting the hang of it again. I sit down at the kitchen table three evenings a week, and one weekend day, and hammer through the reading and comprehension necessary, and I'll soon be starting the first set of assignments. I really like studying, even when it's tough going.

I'm also running a couple of tabletop RPG campaigns, one weekly, the others less regularly as time allows.

We got a dog, too. Isambard Kingdom Spaniel is a black cocker spaniel. He's mostly past the chewing people phase, and will probably finish the chewing things phase soon. He tries very hard to be a Good Dog, but the details are still a bit fuzzy. He caused some serious stress by breaking out of the back yard on a regular basis, but we've now turned the place into something only marginally less secure than Fort Knox, unless you happen to have opposable thumbs. He gets walks twice daily, and I think he may be coming into his power as a rain god.

And I'm learning to drive, gardening, doing some necessary bits of DIY, playing Skyrim on the XBox and Wurm Online on the PC, my usual amateur meteorology, blogging in various places, and watching some odd bits of TV (Wartime Farm, Parade's End, Arrow, and until the end of the half-series there, Doctor Who) here and there as time allows.

So. What're you at?


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Oct. 16th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Aww, spaniels are lovely - and what an awesome name! You know The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have a song about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, don't you? Now when I think of you calling your dog I can only think of Andy Heinz bouncing up and down yelling "ISAMBARD ISAMBARD ISAMBARD ISAMBARD!"

Oct. 16th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I did not know of the song, and it is Awesome. Thank you!
Oct. 16th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Haha, wouldn't count on "will probably finish the chewing things phase soon". Omppu is now 1,5 years old and she's still a crazy chewing machine. Actually, she didn't make a habit of tearing anything apart when she was little, but now she does. She constantly needs to have something to tear at. Thankfully it's mostly only limited to things she's allowed to chew, like chew treats or her own toys (which she has a very limited supply of these days because she reduces most of them to pieces very quickly) and even with toys, she doesn't eat any of the pieces, thank goodness. But then, Omppu is very excitable and gets bored/frustrated rather easily.
Oct. 16th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
We had spaniels before, at home, and they do generally stop chomping on things (or at least, reduce it to the destruction of one valuable article every six months, say), and generally calm down, after about 8 months. Isambard is just about 6 months now.

He does love his bones, though, and tends to get them up against a hollow-core wall, which then acts as an amplifier, so we can REALLY HEAR the gnawing.
Oct. 16th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
happy to see you back a bit. :)
Oct. 21st, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear from you again!

And congratulations on the doggle! (All the other stuff sounds good, too.)
Oct. 22nd, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Hi. :}
Jul. 22nd, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)

I have only just looked at your journal for the first time today, and clicked the link to the SCA web page you mentioned in this post (which is rather older than I would have expected, given that it is only a couple in from the top of what is publicly available). I have no idea if it is you who are still chatelaine, but I have a minor edit for that web page: The SCA did not start in 1965, the first tournament that later grew into the SCA was held on the 1st of May, 1966. (Two of my friends in the West were at that event and still tell stories about it to those who are interested, and I was born in December of the same year, so I have never had any problems remembering which year it all began.) I suspect that in the case of your group's web page it isn't a typo that got the 1965 date, but a case of doing normal age math assuming that the first year was year zero. However, the SCA, for reasons that, no doubt, made sense at the time, opted to start counting from year 1, which went from 1 May 1966 to 1 May 1967...

My apologies for unsolicited edits, possibly to the wrong person, but it is ever so much faster to just return here and type than to search for a "contact the web minister" button on that page...

Besides, if I am lucky you will be amused by the above :-)
Jul. 23rd, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
Most excellent. I'm still chatelaine (well, for another few weeks), and more importantly, still web minister. I'll edit that. :)
Jul. 25th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, I may be late, but I didn't miss the boat completely. Other than that edit, I thought the page was lovely :-)
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