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Is it 900 AD…

3 Oct

…or did I just get an archery lesson from a man in a viking costume?

Fortunately for me, it’s the former. We went to the annual Viking Fest in Vista, California two weekends ago. It’s something my husband has been dying to check out, as we live only 5 minutes away.

The main draw for us was the chance to drink mead, a beer/wine made out of fermented honey. For all the hype and anticipation, the  mead was something of a disappointment. At $4 for 4 ounces, it felt a little pricey. And the taste was bitter and not at all honey-like. I’ve always wanted to make mead, mainly because I’m gluten-free and can’t drink home-brewed beer. But after trying mead, I think I can cross it off my bucket list.

The rest of the Viking Fest was basically a Renaissance Fair, except with an emphasis on weapons, like the archery set I’m using above. There was also an axe-throwing contest, live battle demos, and some scantily clad women dancing with swords. Not really my cup of tea, but at least we can say we went.

And my archery lesson was pretty awesome. I significantly improved my aim and actually got two bulls eyes. I think the Viking felt at a loss to instruct me, given how good I already seemed to be. But I don’t think I would have done quite so well without his tutelage. The secret is to release the arrow by relaxing your hand, not flinging it open.


Another Update

22 Sep

So, I’m thinking about starting up with this blog again. Except I’m thinking about going local this time. That is, I would write about my travels in and around Southern California. So look for a post next week on Vista’s annual  Viking Fest, which I’m going to this weekend. Apparently, there will be lots of mead, a honey-based beer that I’ve always wanted to try.

My new venture

21 Sep

The blog is quiet, but my life is anything but.

We went to Belize last May for 10 days. And as far as I’m concerned, it is paradise.

But the more significant news is that I’ve officially launched Sterling Writer, my San Diego-based copywriting business. And here’s something I haven’t quite come to terms with yet — I think I’m going to be a travel copywriter. But don’t tell anyone, it’s still kind of a secret.


24 Nov

This year has brought many unexpected blessings: the sudden success of Cory’s work, my own career change, the working out of some complicated health problems, our trips to Annapolis and New York. I have so much to be grateful for, that I can’t help but mention it here.

I’m also grateful for you, my readers, as few as you may be right now. I hope my writing brings a little joy to your life each week, and that each of you has a festive and love-filled Thanksgiving.

Photo Credit: controltheweb