If I was going to describe 2011 in three words those words would have to be: unfinished, unfocused, but hopeful.
2011 was a very odd year. Our dog Fozzy was very sick with a massive antibiotic resistant staph infection (think doggie MRSA) for nearly the entire year. He came down with it at the end of 2010 and he didn’t really start to mend until this fall. It was very bad and at points we were afraid we would loose him. To be honest if it weren’t for the amazing vets at the NCSU Vet School, and Dr. Murphy in particular, we probably would have lost him.
And to be honest, that’s where most of my year went. I didn’t go to Pennsic or Gulf Wars, we didn’t go diving, I didn’t accomplish much in the way of projects, and I really stopped blogging for all intents and purposes. There just wasn’t much good stuff to talk about.
Thankfully though Fozzy is now fully mended and chasing the cat to his little heart’s content so 2012 is looking much more promising…
….provided those crazy Mayan’s are wrong.
I went back to review my 2011 goals and planned projects.
1) Continue to improve fitness and fencing
2) Have one sewing project a month
3) Publish a new ebook every 1-2 months
4) Be able to play 1 Elizabethan popular song by December
2011 Planned Projects
Get my fencing in top notch shape In progress
Embroidered Jacket In progress (Started August 2009)
Flander’s Gown In progress
Silver Training Manual In progress
Swetnam Training Manual In progress
14th Century Cloth Hosen ebook
New Rapier Armor
Shirt, Brais, Hosen
Charles de Blois Pourpoint
Edwardian Lingerie Gown
Arming Garments Class
What did I actually accomplish? Well, I wrote an article on Monochromatic 16th Century Embroidery, two articles on the 1903 Savoye Corset, and finished hosen ebook, one commission, a pair of ventians, and a pair of trunk hose. I also migrated my entire site to WordPress and I accomplished some cool real life things like starting an awesome new job, picking up two freelance web design jobs, getting my puppy well, and paying off debt. I did start a 12th Night project, a pluderhosen project, a surcoat project, and a 3rd corset article…all of which need to be finished…very soon.
Highlights of the year though were Gaston’s Pelican, Wistric’s White Scarf, being approached about taking apprentices, and Christmas.
Looking over the past year has given me a lot of food for thought with regards to what I want to do in the new year. I taking some time to really consider where I want to focus my time and energy but one thing is for sure…I have a lot of projects that need finishing.