Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 11

January 16, 2019

Well Princess Diary, this is what I get for stepping foot in Carolingia.

I'm stopped on the Pike for the past hour in Framingham while they deal with a truck fire. 

All I wanted was to drop off a nice present to go to our Cousins in Northshield. 

Instead. I'm stuck between a Lucky Star bus and an 18-wheeler trying to catch Pokemon in this wasteland. 

Effingham, you're on notice. You may lose that "Favorite Baron" title for this. 

Send kittens, Starbucks DoubleShots, and at least ONE Grimer! 

Idling Love and Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 10

January 7, 2019

Dear Princess Diary,

For me, the best part of an adventure is the company you keep while on it. This weekend I was overwhelmed with great company and had a great time in Tir Mara!

I drove up to Montreal with Perronnelle de Croy, where we met up with Shyvan Floyd, Thórormr Barnakarl, Eithne ingen Mael Duin, Marieta de Charay, and Mikjall Bogmadr, we had an adorable Airbnb where we stuffed ourselves with Chinese, beer, and laughed well into the night.

After the obligatory stop at Tim Horton's we made it to site (again without planning on it at almost exactly the same time as the Prince!). He and I exchanged 12th Night/Birthday gifts including some new "armor" 🤣🤣🤣 and all the rose scented things (and a 🦄!). 

I got to see Hemma and give her a little something too and got to have feast with her! 

My first retainer of the day Matilde was fantastic and made sure to check in with me on messenger about my ETA and if I needed anything even before arriving to site, watching her be gobsmacked later getting her Silver Crescent was a joy. All my retaining staff were amazingly attentive as I had no voice all day. I just had to turn and I had a drink or cough drop in my hand. Thank you all for your support!  Special shout-out to Shannon whose grin lit up my day!

We got to sign our first scrolls (terrifying!) But our Tir Maran herald staff headed up by HER EXCELLENCY Kirsa were outstanding! 

Lord Reinhart brought Their Majesties (and us) the bounty of his man at arm's hard work to share. I might have drunk more than my share of the apple pie liquor (for medicinal purposes! I swear!). Reinhart introduced me to many wonderful folks throughout the day, including The Bear! 🐻. The Barony will be in wonderful hands with his lady Leana, oh, and him, at the reigns. (It's a horse pun, because she's also one of our Equestrian Champions!)

I got to geek out about fabric with Vienna and her amazing Lady and the Unicorn dress. I recognized the "Dragonfly" silk from Silk Baron as I had just ordered a sample of it and the color his Majesty was wearing with the silks we got for Birka. I love the moments she and I get to spend like that.

The day was a blur and the feast was spectacular! I'm pretty sure His Highness and I could have died happy with the smoked salmon alone, CellachDonn MhicanMhadaigh. My highest compliments to the event staff and cooks! 

His Majesty Wilhelm and I share a birthday, and while we also got to share a wonderful day and feast together, we didn't have to share cake as they had arranged to give us each our own! Tadea Isabetta Di Bruno's kind words were perfect and we blew out the candles together.

Ôzurr spoke for both of us (and in FRENCH!) at Court! He also gave his thoughtful counsel to Spurious when we visited his Vigil. (My contribution was a whispered reminder to go down stairs sideways in spurs.) I am continuously grateful to have his strength and insight by my side. 

I look forward to returning to IDD in March, I am sure we will have just as wonderful a time, I can only hope my voice makes it across the border this time as well!

Silent Love and Gilded Kisses,
-Princess Fortune

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 9

December 23, 2018

Dear Princess Diary,

I just got a delightful stocking full of gifts from the good people of Stonemarche. Thank you Aine, Harold, Dierdre, Keziah, Finnghualla, and of course Astridr and Alric!

In the spirit of giving I've also noticed a bunch of my Facebook friends are playing Secret Amazon Giftmas!

So, gentle reader, post your Amazon wishlist here and let other folks get things for you.

Please remember to:
- set a shipping address for your wishlist
- include some items that are reasonably priced
- accept that you may or may not get picked

And, of course, if you are in a place where you have spare cash, please consider getting things for other people to make their holiday season brighter.

The greatest gift of all today being a (hopeful) victory for my beloved Patriots!

Love and Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 8

December 18, 2019

Dear Princess Diary,

This adorable knitted red crown came from my friend Lucritia (and fellow courtesan) in the Mid today!

It's adorable and has an itty bitty golden hart on it for the Knowne World Courtesans!

Thank you so much Lucritia! I was very jealous when I saw Princess Adelheit of Atlantia got one and then mine arrived! 

Love and Gilded Kisses,
Princess (Festive AF) Fortune

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 7

December 15, 2018

Dear Princess Diary, 

If wrapping myself up in linen straight out of the dryer is wrong, I don't want to be right. 

In other news my trip for "just some felt" at the Auburn Fabric Outlet also yielded linen, tassels, and some very pretty frog closures. 

And while it is less productive to be wrapped in a warm fluffy cocoon, it's just so irresistibly warm and fluffy! 

Cozy warm love and gilded kisses,
Princess Fortune

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 6

December 7, 2018

Dear Princess Diary,

You know it's going to be a good night when you say to the 8lb tub of cookie dough: "Come Brunhilde, tonight we DANCE!!!"

Making cookies for King's & Queen's Rapier this weekend. 

Freshly-baked Love and Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

Tyger Princess Diary Entry 5

December 6, 2018

Dear Princess Diary,

This morning I remembered the Disney Princess Advent Calendar I bought myself because I am totally an adult. 

So I got the joy of opening 5 little doors and getting chocolate with my breakfast. 

May your day be just as sweet!

Love and Gilded Kisses,
Princess Fortune

Dear Tyger Princess Diary: Entry 4

November 23, 2018

Dear Princess Diary,

In the spirit of Fortunate Friday, a tradition our lovely Queen Vienna established, I want to talk about a few interactions this week that left me thankful for this wonderful Society of ours and feeling fortunate that I get to be a part of it.

First, on Wednesday night I stopped by a liquor store by work to get White Zinfandel for "the Princess Mother" for Thanksgiving. As I am in no mood to deal with people and am contemplating which bottle of pink wine to acquire (large or larger), from the corner of my eye this older man comes up the aisle and stops, expectantly. I'm ready to be annoyed as I turn and behold the twinkling eyes of Saint Robert Whitcombe of Brandywine. I adore this man and was thrilled to see him as he recently left us to move to Owlshurst. 

Second, today I was having a lousy day. I had to be at work at 8am to push 15 baby birds out of the nest from my last training class (some of them forcibly). The stock market has been wild this week, and my systems set-up team continues to suck all the fun out of dysfunctional.  Meanwhile, His Highness is chatting with me about the Tir Maran Rapier champs this weekend and sending me selfies of him and the adorable Hemma. And I'm venting about how I'm never going to get anything to work and how frustrating it is and he proceeds to give me a pep talk about I have this, I'm Princess of the East and a "badass mammajama" and got me to smile and attack the day. He's a damn fine Prince.

Third, I headed to Bianca's after work for sewing with Rodrigo and Simona. Where I patterned a new bodice for Simona and then we watched the new She-Ra, which is AMAZING. We laughed, mocked the TV, and laughed harder when they mocked themselves. ("You heard Adora: PRINCESSES ARE MONSTERS", "We must leave Plumeria for Cucumber Mellonia!" "I'm pretty sure that mermaid kingdom runs on avacado toast") It was a wonderful relaxing time with my chosen family. 

Thank you all for being part of my life, and helping me find joy and laughter with you!

Love and Gilded Kisses,
-Princess Fortune

P.S.: Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, and Peace on Etheria!

Dear Tyger Princess Diary: Entry 3

November 18, 2018

Dear Princess Diary,

Today was one of my favorite days of the year, Strangegiving.

Strangegiving is our House Strangewayes Thanksgiving and meeting. Given that I've complicated the lives of my entire household by becoming Princess, we had a lot to talk about.

We also had a lot of tacos to eat. You see, the plan was after Crown Tourney we'd go back to the hotel and make tacos and hang out. Instead Ôzurr and I got a fantastic feast, and most of my Household got "sub par McDonald's where there wasn't even ketchup". I'm lucky they love me. We finally got tacos!

Also, I'll admit it, I hate forced ritual of Thanksgiving. When I joined the SCA and found my Strangewayes family I was finally able to have a Friendsgiving that didn't make me hate the holiday. We come together, we laugh, we talk, we eat way too much, and we get to take a moment to reflect on our SCA Goals. Last year my goal was about expanding my art. Which I got to do and joined the Order of the Maunche. 

My goal is very different this year: to be a good Princess (and maybe someday Queen) and win Pennsic!

To that end, I trekked the vast distance across the harsh snow covered land of Quintavia, approximately 200 yards, to the Iron Scribe event. It was packed! There were a few dozen participants in every aspect of the Scribal Arts from composing scrolls, to illumination, to calligraphy. It was wonderful to see! I met new people from across the kingdom who were drawn to the awesome event Mariete de Charay and get team put together.

It was also very comforting that my first solo event as Princess was in my home Shire. I love the people of Quintavia very much and I felt the love back today.

Overall it was a day filled with love and laughter. What could be better really?

Love and gilded kisses,
Princess Fortune

Dear Tyger Princess Diary: Entry 2

November 5, 2018

Dear Princess Diary,

As I get in the car this morning to go vote (go vote), I had a moment of sheer panic that it was somehow much, much later than I thought and I was going to be late for work!

Then I remembered the first gift I had given my populace Saturday night: an extra hour of time!

I know it is unbearably rude to tell someone how to use your gift, but please, take the extra hour and vote today!

Yours in service, 
Princess Fortune

Dear Tyger Princess Diary: Entry 1

November 5, 2018

Throughout Crown Tourney on Saturday people kept coming up to me and asking with increasing frequency (and excitement) if I was ready. My reply was always the same: I have resources, and a great love of the East Kingdom.

It has been a very long time, 28 years, since an Unbelt won Crown Tournament. We were team #Peerless on Saturday. A Courtesan protege and apprentice, and a squire.

We were undefeated.

We get to take an incredible adventure now with our Kingdom and I thank you for the love that has already been showered upon us!

This photo sums up how my day went. Ôzurr is fighting Vlad in the final 4, I'm watching, holding hands with Mistress Molly (Vlad's consort), Mistress Elizabeth has her hand on my back and my household are behind me: Bianca, Iulia, Keziah, Lysken, Simona, & Tho. 

Thus begins my Princess Diary. 💛

The Princess Diaries

While I was Princess and later Queen of the East, I would post updates on Facebook about my adventures. 

I am reposting the Tyger Princess Diaries, as many as I can find, here.