An attempt at planning

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I’m a sucker for trends, but this trend might prove useful and easy to keep up. I’m talking about the bullet journal, it was invented by Ryder Caroll and it is really basic. Its a very flexible planner, well at first, its also a tracker for moods, money,… The possibility’s are endless, it can be whatever you need it to be but most off al its a planner.

“All you need is a notebook and a pen”

So why did i need one, well I had a huge planner, the one day a page kind and it just wasn’t working out for me. It was a fucking miracle if the page indicator was anywhere near the current date and every time i did write something in there, i ended up forgetting. It didn’t track my expenses or habits and most of all it didn’t motivate me to blog, well just motivate me at all. And yes i know its what you make of it, but the planner i had didn’t leave room for all these things. All it was meant for is track the days and plan appointments (that i forgot XD).

So what do you need for it? Like mentioned above, a notebook and a pen. Lucky me, since i took a class 2 years ago to get my diploma i had plenty pens and a notebook just laying around. I just needed to find them XD.
In the meanwhile i spend a shitload of time on Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram for inspiration and i do mean a shitload of time XD.

I found loads of things, beautiful things, i could go on for hours. My greatest inspiration was Amanda Rach Lee, both on youtube and instagram. But let me tell you if you just search BuJo or Bullet Journal you are in for a treat, i’m amazed at the talent of most of these people. Its crazy. Some of there journals are pieces of art, they call it doodles but damn! I suck!

(I just googled google to find some pics to show you… GENIUS)

And this is just a quick pick from google!

How does mine look? No where near as good as the above XD You can see my pictures on my Instagram account, for some reason WordPress wont let me upload them -.-”

 

 

 

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Beter late then never (again)

So again a very late post about a past camp, this time it was Historia Mundi. HM is a multi period camp, it starts at the stone age and ends somewhere in the last war (like really Irak or something).

It was our first time at this event, last year it got cancelled due to bad weather and flooding of the campsite. It was the hubby’s birthday and his very first show battle 😀 You can imagine how proud I am.

Loads and Loads of pictures of course :-p

 

I’m sorry there aren’t a lot of post lately, we bought a house and the renovations take a lot of time. Hopefully I can show you a before and after post soon, but not yet. :p

Next up is the Thing in september

Late report of Archeon Easter weekend

Good evening, I have a blaring head ache, I’m high on anti-biotics and I cant sleep. So why not (finally) do my report on Archeon.

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We had a great time, except for the first night, and we bought a lot of goodies while staying in our budget. Yay.

So first of all, it was our very first time at Archeon as non-visitors and I was fucking stoked about it. So we arrived at the back entrance like all big shots, after a wobbly road down, like what is it with Dutch people and road bumps. Talked to the guy in charge who showed us our spot, well basically ” This whole green place, wherever you want.”  Whoohoo we were on the same area as the organisation so we could totally prove our worth.

We set up camp fairly easy, no screaming and shouting at eatch other which was nice, and it went pretty fast so before we knew it we went to stalk our neighbors the Njardars :p We spent every evening with them, steal some heat from their fire and give them booze. So first night everyone is tired from setting up, we talk a while and then it started to rain, which was our goodnight que. We turned in for the night while the rain was getting harder and the wind was picking up really bad, I never sleep well at viking weekends but let me tell you I was very edgy that night. And then it happend, 3am CRASH, our tarpaulin came down and suddenly we were outside getting wet and freezing our asses off. Getting the damn thing to stand up again and set it a bit better hoping it would hold, idle hope. About 15 minutes later we hear the goddamn CRASH sound again, so while cursing every possible god we went back out in the poring rain, in pyjama’s and really fucking close to a breakdown thinking what to fuck are we doing here. We tried to get it back up but the wind wasn’t letting us, so hubby wrapped the tarpaulin up and shoved it in a chair ” We will see tomorrow”. We go back in the tent and ,lo and behold, there were small puddles of water all over the place, more inward screaming. The bed was dry so we tried, really tried hard, to get some sleep.

Next morning I dried up the puddles and we checked our tarpaulin, turns out one of our welded rings ,fucking welded, popped during the storm. It broke and was bend, total shit. We couldn’t set it free standing anymore, so we attached it on to the tent and let it stand with 2 poles in front like the first time we set up.

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First time we set up

So after this disastrous night, I wanted to get some shopping out of the way (we dont need anything doesn’t last long) We went to pick up a custom made candle holder from our friends at Daugava (I’ll get some pics of it in the morning and put them on), we had a chat and then went for the rest of the park. The Easter event is never big so we were done pretty fast and when going back to our tent, we were set up right between the picknick area and the playground, a kid started swinging our axe around. A duet of “hey, put that down! that’s not a toy!” and “you might hurt yourself, that is a sharp axe” he dropped it and looked at his mom in confusion.

Let me tell you Dutch folks are pretty shameless, which is fun when you want to explain stuff because they really ask questions, its not so fun when they start snooping around in your tent or grabbing axes to swing around.

The next days were pretty normal and suddenly we were Monday morning, hubby got some training done with the Njardars and Daugava and me? Well I was going to blow the rest of my budget or damnwell try. The new additions to our kit are 2 wooden plates, a game of hnefatafl, a purse (hedeby style), needle bound sox and a cute card woven belt.

We went on to play hnefatafl for a while, I’m actually good at it and I beat the husband a good amount of time. So many times, I got bored if winning and he was sick of losing :p

Around 4-ish I started to get dizzy and sick to my stomach, of course I have everything for a headache but nothing for tummy aches. We broke camp very fast and again no screaming or shouting at each other, like a prefect couple. We were done in 30 minutes and went on to say our goodbye’s, which took another good 30 minutes :p

Turns out I had a bad sunburn, I had a tomato colored face with a heat stroke to go right with it. Imagine that while sitting at  McDonald’s with 6 chicken nuggets, you really dont want to eat but your husband might force them down, and kids screaming around. Lets just say I was happy to get back in the car and start the 3 hour drive home.

440723aasr90zpk9This turned to be more of a rant :s but we actually had fun and we are dying to go again, this time with a new tarpaulin. But a new tarp isn’t in our budget at the moment, we bought a house, so all our budget is going to the renovations (I might do a post when its all over). But by next season, I hope, a new tarp should be a fact.

Some new additions to our clothing and our calendar events

We have been busy making new clothes and applying for events, I also learned a new craft called whip cording which is super simple and very fun to do.

Some pics of the new clothing 🙂

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the whipcord

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new fight tunic for hubby

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New shift for me 🙂

Another very cool addition, actually 2 additions, are a new seax for the hubby and an amazingly handy book for me.

But the biggest step was made shortly after our 3 Th wedding anniversary, we got tattoo “wedding rings”. Hubby can never wear his at work, being a welder and all, so we had this planned a long time ago but never really decided on what to put. Now we made up our mind so lo and behold

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The quality difference between his phone cam and mine is stunning :-s

Our viking calendar:
15-16 april @ Archeon easter weekend
25-26 june @ Historia mundi
23-24 september @ Viking Thing
7-8 october @ Teylingen Viking market

I was thinking to take part in the pagan challenge seeing as the first couple of numbers dont fit for me, maybe i’ll adapt it to be more of an asatru challenge XD we will see, or rather you will see 🙂

 

The origin of the tree and wreath

Have you ever wondered why we set up an evergreen tree around this time of year and most of all why do we decorate it? Well the evergreen tree goes way back before Christianity to Romans and Celts, but this blog wouldn’t be called the undercover viking if I didn’t tell you about the viking customs.

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In the period from the 21th and the 12days after the old Norse believed that the layer between life and death was so thin that the dead could walk around at night and bad wights (spirits) would roam and hurt the living. They believed this period to be the in between year, not really one year and not really the new one yet. So nobody went out in the dark by themselves, always in groups and mostly singing (because what do you do when you are afraid, you make noise).

Where does the evergreen tree come in? Well to attract the good house wights and give them a place to live, the old Norse would have a tree outside and decorate it with colored ribbons and same thing with the wreath. The tree only moved indoors after Christianity took over, at first to hide the practice of decorating tree (you should read Jeremiah 10:1-25 which condemns the decorating of tree’s from the forest) and eventually because Christian leaders understood they could not with so the evergreen tree symbolized the everlasting light of the lord (if you cant win, join them).

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Today many people say that Christmas or Yule tide is a commercial game and they might be somewhat right, but even the gifting is something the old Norse used to do right around this period. I keep finding different reasons why, one talks about Thor being the one to bring gifts to his most loyal followers, one talk about giving gifts to your closest friend and kin and yet another talks about giving gifts to keep evil at bay.

So set your tree and hang your wreath, inside or out your house wights will be glad they have a place to hide and the legend says that if you hang bells in your tree and it chimes, its a pleased house wight letting you know you have its blessing.

 

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