Well, I have returned from my pilgrimage to the great eastern gathering! I had a fabulous time (unsurprisingly) and am not really ready to enter the modern world again. A ton of people brought me bits of my camp, so all I had to bring on the plane was my garb. It was amazing to be back with my barony again; they’s some of my favorite people in the world and it was so great to feel like I’d never left!
I ended up spending a LOT of time volunteering at herald’s point, consulting on armory submissions and helping with paperwork in the evening. I love consulting and I’m really devoted to heraldry, but I think I probably overdid it. I never made it into the bog, took only one class the whole week, did not dance at all, and missed seeing some people I really wanted to catch up with. It’s a tough dilmemma; serving really makes me happy, and serving in heraldry is EXTRA awesome, but then I deprive myself of other awesome things. So I need to figure out why I felt so driven to skip things in favor of working, and how to strike a better balance between service-time and me-time.
Other notes… there was some shopping. I bought some things that were wise purchases, and some things that might have been less wise (so much fabric, so little time!). I taught two classes; still don’t feel like I’m all that great a teacher, but practice makes perfect. Had fun drinking with my barony. Had fun with Northshield, both at games and at bardic. Coveted the same expensive jewelry I covet every year and have not bought yet (siiiigh). Saw some amazing and inspiring pieces at the A&S display.
All in all, had a FABULOUS time. Hopefully I can go again next year!