My husband and I are having a baby! I actually found out the week before Estrella, hence all the chat about being tired and going to bed early when we were there. I was already feeling fairly rough, and honestly, the last couple months got much worse before they got better, with all that first trimester fun stuff of fatigue, nausea, aches and pains, etc. As of next week, though I will be done with the first trimester, and though my energy level is still on the low side I am definitely starting to feel more human.
We have plenty of events planned for this spring and summer, and of course, because I can't do anything halfway, my husband and I are also in the running for Baron and Baroness of our local group, a decision we discussed before I got pregnant. We decided that baby or not, this was a challenge we felt we could live up to. The polling is May 6, so we will find out before too long if I will need to make investiture garb I can wear in late August at eight months pregnant. ;)
I'm sure there will be some chat about garb making (though most of my garb has laces and will be wearable for a while yet), and baby-related A&S projects. I found some research on medieval swaddling bands, christening baskets, and other interesting items. I am trying to really relax and enjoy my pregnancy and to just listen to my mental and physical needs, though, so I won't be pushing myself to do projects like I did last year, but I'll try to keep sharing with y'all.
My next entry will be all about our trip to Honor War in the College of Lyonsmarche in An Tir, which was my absolute favorite event of the season last year. We leave for that tomorrow morning, and this year about 75 Artemisians will be in attendance (compared to maybe 30 last year).
I'm preparing to teach another class on the why and how of using period spinning tools based on my blog posts here and my own experience. It's a great way to take your game to the next level, IMHO. This will be taught at the Arn Hold Champions' Revel on May 6, the same day as the polling. My plans to enter for Baronial A&S champion this year sort of fell by the wayside, but hopefully my class will show my laurel and the rest of the group that I'm not completely lazy, just working on a different sort of project these days.
So, for now, that's all the news that's fit to print.