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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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Sheesh. It's been a long time since I posted. (The writing post I just posted, I have been working on for most of the past week, off and on. I mean an actual, honest-t'-goodness, all-about-life post.) I've been busy. Busy editing and writing, busy rehearsing for my show on Wednesday, busy spending quality time with my hubby. This was Memorial Weekend here in the good ol' US of A, so we had a three-day weekend. Bobby and I took a trip out to Western Maryland on Saturday to go to Cunningham Falls State Park, but I save that for a separate post since I have lots of pictures to go along with it!

Erm...let's see. Life in points:
  • Work. Some noticed that I all but disappeared on Wednesday. No, unfortunately, I had not fallen through a portal into First Age Middle-earth. I was sent to the Baltimore Unit to acquaint Kevin, the new commander, with the goings-on of our database system. Yes, the database system that was created in 2004, that no one at their unit had really bothered to learn up until this point. So now he knows how to use the queries I created back in the proverbial day to generate review and contact lists automatically. Now he no longer has to do stats by hand; Access and Excel will work together to do them for him. But wow...am I ever glad that I do not work there. For one, it is noisy. For two, he shares an office with his secretary. I'm spoiled and demand my own office.

    (Johnny the Boss sent me in part to find out the oft-asked question "What Does Ursula Do?" Well...she seems to run warrants...and that's about it. Kevin does the rest. Most of which I do in my office while Johnny does commander-type things. Well, I get paid decently now, so I won't complain about that...but wow. Trust me, what they say about bureaucracy and governmental incompetence is so true.)

  • Hockey. Hockey started back up for Bobby on Thursday. Well...technically it started two weeks ago, but he was in Washington. They are no longer called the Dragonfish; their new name is Your Team Name Here. Their chant is no longer "1-2-3 FISH!" but "1-2-3 HERE!" They are getting logos on their jerseys of a beer mug with 'Your Team Name Here" on the front. My friend and fellow Hockey Wife Cindy thinks that it's the stupidest thing that she's ever heard...but I like it. It's fun. It's funny. And it's so like their team. It's funny to see the schedule board: "Grizzlies versus Your Team Name Here." But it looks like Team will be pretty decent this season, and the league has changed a few rules that should hopefully keep me from complaining as much as I did over the winter.

  • Skating. The skating show is on Wednesday. It's hard to believe that it's here; I've been working on this show since January. I think this one is going to be a good one, though; probably the best I've ever been in. We've been having crazy rehearsals and such. Sunday, we had our pictures done amidst a two-hour practice. Last Sunday, we practiced for two-and-a-half hours. My hip is back to hurting, but I've grown so accustomed to it by now that the pain is normal, so I don't care. Yesterday, I practiced my solo one last time, and it was probably the best run I've done yet. If I'm warmed up, relaxed, and remember to have fun, then it'll be great. If not...average.

  • Writing. Writing has been on the fritz for the last week. I put off everything else for weeks to accomodate my non-stop writing, so I suppose it was a much-needed catch-up. Still, I'm looking forward to getting back into it this week. I hope to finish Alina's birthday story and get some ideas for other friends' upcoming birthdays. (Actually, one is finished already, but I'm not telling whose!)

  • Anniversary. In the midst of preparing for the show and getting ready for Puerto Rico--now less than three weeks away--I've lost sight of my anniversary. On Wednesday, Bobby and I will have been together for ten years. Yes, that means we started dating our first year in high school. I was fourteen; he had just turned fifteen. But...ten years! Crazy!

  • Painting. Aaaand...I decided to get back into miniatures painting. My friend Tammy and I went out to lunch last Saturday and visited our old friends at the Games Workshop and the smell of that place made me itchy to paint. I'd started a High Elf dragon model more than a year ago; after months of modeling and fixing the mistakes on the model with putty, I started base-painting it...and stopped. Saturday, I spent about an hour base-painting and that step is now about 85% finished. After that, I will begin actually painting, as in painting in color, to show the effects of light and shadow, et cetera. The dragon (I figure) will take at least one hundred hours to finish from where I am now. Yes, I am slow, but I paint with a great deal of detail and this will be my largest model painted to date.

    My project is to paint a High Elf army based off of the devices and characters of The Silmarillion. So I have taken the High Elf lords and generals and given them identities based on the book. My dragon rider is none other than Fëanor; I figure that he is the one crazy enough to ride a large, fire-breathing beast. My Maedhros model was one of my first major projects; he took about eighty hours to complete, start to finish, including modeling and basing.

    I will be posting progressive photos of Fëanor and Dragon as my work on them progresses. Pictures of my favorite models completed so far (including Maedhros) and the un-primed Fëanor and Dragon can be found here.

  • Upcoming Stuff! It's my favorite time of the year: the threshold of summer, when I am looking forward to everything and the summer seems endless. We kicked it off this weekend at Cunningham Falls. On Saturday, we are going to Paramount's King's Dominion, a theme park about two hours away in central Virginia. On 12 June, Bobby and I are going to see Spamalot at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. We leave for Puerto Rico on 17 June! There's so much to look forward to in such short time.


That's all for now. I will be following with pic spam posts of the house finch family that moved onto our balcony last month as well as the Saturday trip to Cunningham Falls.

While I am thinking of it: Is anyone willing to post the weekly Silmarillion reading for me at the Henneth-Annun Yahoo list while I am gone to Puerto Rico? The posts are done on Sunday (generally, I try to have them done by 1-2 p.m. EST), a chapter per week. I will be gone for two Sundays, the 18 and 25 of June. I will email you the chapter summaries that I have written; all that you will have to do is paste them into an email and click SEND. It will take no more than two minutes.

Please let me know in a comment or an email if you can help me out with this. Thanks in advance!
  • Sounds like everything's going really well! Yikes! The Puerto Rico trip is coming up very, very soon! I love your models, but of course I've seen them before. They are awesome! (I'm hoping that at some time you'll have models of all your Midhavens characters! What's that, Talbie? Tell her to make you and Felak 'fit together'? What does that mean? What about Meryth? You should want to fit with him!) Tsk. RPG characters--honestly!

    Okay, you know I'll do it for you, babes. If all I have to do is copy & paste, then how badly can I screw it up for you? The only thing is, June 18th is my sister's b'day (as well as Alina's) and I will probably be at her place. June 25th is my husband's birthday--I kid you not--so we will probably go out somewhere. But if you don't get any other volunteers, then I would be glad to do it and work around the timing thing if I'm going to be out at the posting times.

    But I'd love to help you in any way I can.
    • Yay! Thanks! It wouldn't be a problem to post it on Saturday either, I don't imagine. I think that everyone could survive one week of the posting schedule being slightly off-kilter. ;)

      While I was working on the dragon, I was thinking about Meryth and Talbie models. GW has a beautiful Elladan and Elrohir that I happen to already own (primed but not painted, just waiting for inspiration!) I was going to use them as Amrod and Amras for my High Elf army, but now they might want to be Mer and Tal too. Although I'd also like one with Meryth (at least) with a bow.

      The Elf with the rainbow-fire robes is the one who I use as Felagund in D&D games. Actually, he's currently Meryth too because he's pretty and I like to look at him! :^P
      • Oh wow, Elladan and Elrohir! *swoons*

        That is awesome!

        Btw, I love your Hurley icon!

        The Elf with the rainbow-fire robes is the one who I use as Felagund in D&D games. Actually, he's currently Meryth too because he's pretty and I like to look at him! :^P

        LOL! Well, I don't blame you at all! Now I feel like I want to get some models and paint them too! I want a collection of all my favorite characters!
        • I love painting. It drives me crazy because I'm such a perfectionist and I also tend to lick my paintbrushes* into points so the taste of paint makes me sick after a while, but I do love to paint.

          Going into GW stores is scary; there are some very aggressive nerds in there. So I recommend ordering online. ;)

          *the paint is non-toxic, btw
  • My project is to paint a High Elf army based off of the devices and characters of The Silmarillion. So I have taken the High Elf lords and generals and given them identities based on the book. My dragon rider is none other than Fëanor; I figure that he is the one crazy enough to ride a large, fire-breathing beast.

    Much agreeage. For some reason I can see Caranthir doing that as well. *grin*
    • Yes, that's a good point! I don't have a model to use as Caranthir yet, come to think of it. (Though I do have Maglor and Celegorm picked out! ;^D)
  • Arrrgh! For some stoopid reason, my blasted comp won't let me see the pictures of your models, except the first two ones. And they are GRRRREAT! Girl, you have such an eye and a hand for detail. Wow! *bows before the talent&genius of Felak*

    My dragon rider is none other than Fëanor; I figure that he is the one crazy enough to ride a large, fire-breathing beast.

    Well... seeing how he is a tall, almost fire-breathing gorgeous beast...
    *goes into fangurl mode*

    Feanor riding a dragon... *ponders* *grins* Gods, yes, that would be an eye-opener and no mistake... One heckuva firey eye-opener...

    I just love the new name for Bobby's hockey team. First I though you were kidding and then, when I realized that you weren't, I burst into gales of laughter. That's so clever and funny. I wonder who came up with it...

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you tomorrow and I'm sure that you will do a wonderful job skating. You've worked so hard... now it's time to have fun. So enjoy yourself tomorrow and tell us everything about it as soon as you can. *hugs&cheers for Dawn*

    You're leaving for Puerto Rico on the 17th?... Squeee!!! I hope you'll have a great time and you'll come back with a gorgeous tan, refreshed and full of energy. And did you just say that my story is almost finished? *fans self* I can hardly wait and my birthday is getting closer and closer...

    Have an excellent time tomorrow and I hope you'll celebrate your anniversary with a great performance! {{{{Dawn}}}}
    • For some stoopid reason, my blasted comp won't let me see the pictures of your models, except the first two ones. And they are GRRRREAT! Girl, you have such an eye and a hand for detail.

      *squees!* Thank you! I love painting. I wish that I had more time for it.

      (You weren't missing much on the later pics, btw. They came out rather blurry. I'll probably photograph and post all of my models on my website, eventually, now that I know better how to use my camera.)

      And one of the funny things about painting GW models is that it is an enterprise that is almost entirely male, and they take that stuff seriously. I have seen games almost come to fistfights. o.O And most of them have spent years painting, so to have me--a girl in a little dress and platform shoes who's completed less than ten models--and blow them away in competitions.... Hehe, I get perverse pleasure from that. >:^D

      I just love the new name for Bobby's hockey team. First I though you were kidding and then, when I realized that you weren't, I burst into gales of laughter. That's so clever and funny. I wonder who came up with it...

      I like it too because they're a bunch of silly guys, and it really fits them. The team captain was the one who came up with it. He's even purchased the domain name yourteamnamehere.com for their team website. (Currently, they're baltimorepiranhas.com.)

      You're leaving for Puerto Rico on the 17th?... Squeee!!! I hope you'll have a great time and you'll come back with a gorgeous tan, refreshed and full of energy. And did you just say that my story is almost finished? *fans self*

      Hehe...if I manage to tan (not burn) then it usually fades within a couple of days. I'm a doomed (very) white Polish girl. ;)

      And yes, your story is almost finished. They just had their first kiss on Tuesday and I've been itching to work on it to see how they're going to get each other into bed. ;)

      Have an excellent time tomorrow and I hope you'll celebrate your anniversary with a great performance! {{{{Dawn}}}}

      Thank you! It went great! I'll be posting about it later, just as soon as I wade through all of my comments from the past three days. ;)

      {{{{{Alina}}}}}
      • Hehe...if I manage to tan (not burn) then it usually fades within a couple of days. I'm a doomed (very) white Polish girl. ;)

        Aaa... so you're one of those white people who would scowl at me for keeping a nice tan even if I haven't sunbathed for a year or so. He, he, just kidding. But I did inherit this trait from my dad. Be both get really nice tans, without burns and all that nasty stuff.

        And yes, your story is almost finished. They just had their first kiss on Tuesday and I've been itching to work on it to see how they're going to get each other into bed. ;)

        You know what? Me, the big-time smutmonger, just went teary-eyed and squeed when reading about that first kiss. Oh, I am going to love reading that story... BTW, since I've read your last e-mail, but managed to somehow accidentally delete it, I'm going to pretty please ask you in this comment, if you could e-mail my entire birthday story before you go on vacation. Normally, I would wait and read each chapter as you post it, but your Puerto Rico vacation coincides with the time that I'll have my finals. So, if you could send me the story before that, I would be very, very grateful and I'll be able to enjoy it properly, before the school chaos begins anew. Thanks so much!

        • Bobby's one of those people who tans easily as well. Not me...I must use SPF 50 sunblock or suffer. We call it my "moonblock" because it's allegedly strong enough for undead to bear the sun. Hehe...we're a bunch of nerds!

          Also, I'm scared of sunburn. I got a terrible sunburn when I was 13, so bad that it was agony for a week. I still have scars from that, and I must confess to being neurotic about melanoma, given my sun-prone complexion, so I keep sunblock in business! :)

          I will email you the entire story on the 16th, before we embark to Puerto Rico. I hope it lessens the school drudgery a bit! :) Then I'll start posting it after I get back so that I don't have to worry about getting off-schedule. (Plus, I like the idea that you'll be the first to read it!)
          • "Moonblock"... he, he! Good one. I usually use SPF 8 or SPF 15, tops, because otherwise, I don't get a tan at all. True, I try not to stay in the sun after 11 AM and before 4 PM, not just because of the danger, but because I HATE intense heat with all my heart and it annoys me to death. (I'm a huge winter lover and I should have been born in the Scandinavia, just like the other Annarien ;) ) You take good care of yourself when you go on vacation and don't let sunburn ruin your fun.

            I will email you the entire story on the 16th, before we embark to Puerto Rico. I hope it lessens the school drudgery a bit! :) Then I'll start posting it after I get back so that I don't have to worry about getting off-schedule. (Plus, I like the idea that you'll be the first to read it!)

            That sounds wonderful. And I'm sure that it will help me a LOT. *rubs hands* Besides, I like the idea of me being the first to read the story, too. I wonder why?... Of course, I'll rant and ramble enthusiastically, in lengthy comments once you start posting it, as well. Thanks so much and I look forward to receiving my wonderful gift.

            {{{Dawn}}}
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