This is why you go to Renaissance Festivals!

The Arizona Renaissance Festival opened last weekend, and for the first time in 21 years (that I’ve, you know, been in the same hemisphere), I was not a contracted participant of the Festival.

That didn’t stop me from attending on opening day however. I still put on my costume, helped my (very pregnant) wife in to hers, and off to the Faire we went.

The day was a little bit bittersweet and a LOT bit hot (80 degrees on the 7th of February . . . but, you know, climate change is a myth), but I was wonderfully reminded as to why I go to these things when a fellow costumed-patron decided she needed her bodice tightened.

Here’s the whole story . . .

WOOT!

I’m not really one to say things like “Woot” all that often, but this occasion requires it. I would like to announce that I just got a promotion at my job! I will now be what’s called a Floor Lead, which isn’t much higher than my previous “phonebank slave” position, but at least I get a bit more money and I’m not going to be on the phones all day every day!

I’m am EXTREMELY excited about this and have been stressing about my interviews for about two weeks now. The MOST exciting part of all this is that it will be the exact same shift only at a different location, which means that I’m still going to not only be able to work Faire, but I’ll be able to do so both days!!! This is a better result than I could have possibly hoped, though I confess to kinda wishing that I had gotten the graveyard shift, as it would have involved a higher per hour AND it would have meant I would have been able to actually see people I know outside of work every once in a while, but no situation is perfect, now is it?

So yay. I’ve gotta get back to work now, but I just wanted to share my excitement!!!

So once again: WOOT.

~Ash.

Holy crapmonkies!

So I meant to write this post earlier this week, but I’ve been genuinely busy ALL week and so haven’t managed to find the time (apparently the folks at GD have figured out that when someone tries to access a page called “wp-login.php” that it’s for non-work related stuff, so I’ve not been able to post from work as I thought I would be able to).

So on Tuesday I got a text from A______.  She told me that she had had a blonde moment and sent a package for me to her parents’ house, and could I PLEASE go pick it up?  I figured this meant I was getting all sorts of Faire goodies, so of course I made the effort to drop by on my way home from work that night.  I knock on the door and her sisters answer.  I’m pretty good friends with the both of them, so we chat for a bit, and they say “Oh!  That package, yeah it’s in my room.  Come on.”  So I follow them back and open the door . . .

. . . and there is a young blonde woman sitting at the computer with her back to me.  She’s wearing a pink shirt JUST like A_____’s and I just stared, because I knew — KNEW –  that it just couldn’t be her.  She was at the LA faire and couldn’t possibly be home . . .

. . . but I was wrong.  She was totally home early.  She had planned months ago to surprise me, and surprise me she did!

So that was a lovely surprise, which is saying something because most people know that I REALLY don’t much like surprises.  Mostly because I don’t know how to react and generally just blush really badly . . . which I have been reminded multiple times since Tuesday is exactly what I did.  But still.  It’s nice having a girlfriend back in the same town you live in.  The whole long distance thing really doesn’t much work for me and so it’s a great thing that it’s over, even just a little bit early!

In other news, I had a FANTASTIC two weeks at work.  Thanks to two very well sized lap sales I finished in the top bonus tier, so my bonus check next Wednesday will be of a fantastic size.  Further, my team has won at least second place (we should have won first but were robbed in a few ways) in a shopping spree contest.  Alas I will not be allowed to participate as I was disqualified for missing several days due to illness (which blows), but at least they all will have lots of fun!

I also am thrilled that I am in the advance stages of attaining a new character/costume for the Arizona Renaissance Festival.  I’m going to be the Court Astrologer.  I don’t know yet if he’ll just be bombastic and irritating or just completely inept, but either way much fun will be had.  The fabric and patterns have all been obtained (and not very cheaply) for the costume and are currently being assembled by the ever-talented Smashley, and will probably be completely finished by the new year.  All I need now are some accessories (a book on a chain, a hat, some mystical crap) and a new pair of shoes/boots (my old ones are truly torturous) and I’ll be all set!

And that’s about all I know.  I’m still loving WSFITS though I’ve discovered that the theme I’ve chosen DEFINITELY works best at a certain screen size (1024 x 768) but it’s still good times.

Hope you’re all well and I’ll talk to you soon!
Slainte.
~Ash.

Colorado

Been a while. This is for several reasons. The first one is that I’m holding down three jobs of varying time-requirements per week, but they really add up to me not being in the mood to blog that often. Plus spending a lot of time with the girlie also cuts into blogging time. Finally, I spent a really good portion of last/this week in Colorado and so was operating under a partial self-inflicted ban on the internet.

But let me tell you that Colorado ROCKED. The idea to go up was first put forward by Carrie Bowman who first visited while I was working the CO Faire in 2000. She loved it and has been bugging me to go back since. Then Smashley jumped in on the bandwagon and wanted to come along. About this time it was mentioned that my gran Gigi wanted her Jag driven back up so that she could use it this summer and a plan started forming. I would drive up with Smash early in the week and stay at Casa de Gigi in Littleton, Bowman would join us at the weekend, we’d hit the Festival, then head home. About then I invited A_____ and she was in too so at one point there were four of us going. Then Carrie’s friend got a girl pregnant and the shotgun wedding was last weekend so she dropped out. Then Smash a) didn’t have the money and b) had to go to LA to get her passport sorted for her impending international travel, so she dropped out. So then it was just A_____ and me, which I tell you was just perfectly fine with me!

The drive was relatively uneventful (compared to previous drives up there which have been known to involve speeding tickets, blow outs, being run off the road, and frantic searches for gas stations). At various times we slept, watched movies, visited my old/best friend Meggan in CO Springs, slept, watched movies, watched the rain, slept, visited the festival, watched movies, slept, visited my old boss/mentor Kristan in South Denver, watched movies. It was grand. It was just what I needed except shorter!

So that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. I hope everyone else has been having a grand old time and I promise to pretend to intend to blog more now that I’m back in town and “more energized.”

~DTAR.

Update.

Been a while, so I thought I’d let everyone know that I am indeed alive and well . . . er . . . well, at least I’m alive!

So business. Business is still going and I’m drumming up a bit more interest, though none of it has translated itself into any success as yet. I went on a listing presentation last week but my competition promised all sorts of things that I couldn’t (up to and including a commission cut AS WELL AS a promise to have their house professionally cleaned and landscaped) so the sellers went with the other guy instead. I can’t really blame them, but I hope they realize that under those conditions the realtor is almost certainly passing the commission discount on to the buyer’s broker meaning no one is going to be lining up to bring their clients to see the property.

Anyway. Moving on. I’m surviving happily with Faire being over, though even with (or perhaps because of) my abreviated run I still find myself really missing being out there every weekend among friends new and old. I also miss the flirting games, though those have continued to one extent or another since the end of the run. I have been spending a lot of time with one young lady in particular and I’m really digging her. I really know how to pick ’em though. She’s moving across the country in a few months. So that’ll be fun. With my track record in mind, I’ll probably fall for her totally and completely about two weeks before she leaves. I got mad skillz, yo. Speaking of her though, we’re going to be going to see SSC’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” on Friday night — and those who’ve not seen it absolutely should! I caught Sunday’s matinee and laughed until my sides hurt! After that we’re leaving Saturday morning to drive down to Tombstone to be tourists. She’s never been and I’d like to get some pictures of the Rose Tree. I know, I know. Rather gauche to be bringing a date to the site of your wedding, but whatever. It’s entirely too beautiful a place to not share with others!

Other news. Other news. Hmmmmm. Well, we’ve got Easter celebration as usual at my folks’ house. The last number for attendance that I heard was somewhere around 35. By no means the most we’ve ever had come to our little soiree, but not the least either! Geez. That’s about all I can think of for the moment, actually. I think I need some sleep. OK, OK, some more sleep!

Take care everyone.
~DTAR.

Power cords, Rennies, Babies, Cousins, and me feeling OLD

In no particular order:

The power cord on my laptop is pissing me off and won’t reliably maintain a flow of electricity to my machine. This means that every time I turn it on might be one of the last. No replacement is apparently available despite me paying for multiple such right before getting a “notice” that the company is out of stock and will continue to be for the forseeable future.

My cousin-of-some-removed-nature-or-another continues to be devastatingly cute and pictures WILL follow at some point. Along similar lines, all the right people have been told by now so I can reveal that my sister-in-law, Brianne, is pregnant again! I think baby will be due some time in October, but don’t quote me.

Also in cousin news, my cousin Adam Reich safely returned from Iraq on Sunday. He was deployed a grand total of almost 18 months (during which time he was injured twice resulting in hearing loss in the same ear), meaning that Uncle Sam can only legally take him into active duty for another six months, meaning (knock on wood) that he shouldn’t actually be deployed again. Everyone is just so thrilled to see him back and safe!

And finally, I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival for the first time in a few years today. Most of you know that I spent my highschool and most of my college Februaries and Marches in the middle of the Arizona desert pandering to the easily-fleeced. Well today I joined their number and paid for admission. I’ve missed it SO bloody much! It’s remarkable the number of people that I knew and the number of people who not only recognized me, but new me by name! Heartwarming, you could even say. I actually agreed to go out and help out for student days . . . what good is a flexible schedule if you can’t flex it every once in a while? Besides, something like 75% of my happy memories of my 16th through 22nd year revolve around being out there in the dust and sun. My favourite smell is still “Faire,” after all (a combination of dust, sweat, leather, sunscreen, and rose oil)!

It did make me feel old though. The girl who played the princess for years and will always be 11 for me is now a squire out at the Joust Crew. She’s like 17 now. This makes for an old-feeling Ash. 😦

That’s all. Sleep.

~DTAR.