I didn't get back for the Volunteers Picnic but did get the jacket, which has the 35th year's "Texas Grown Irish Roots" design, and LOTS of pockets.
March was the end of my company's fiscal year, so LONG. Skidded up to the end of it trying to get deals closed, while also balancing everything else, including my role starting a chapter of (ISC)² which is for cybersecurity professionals. We're slow starting but determined!
Because I was out of town I missed all the St. Patrick's Day parades and such, but I did a bit of cooking. Unlike make of my friends who did the Irish-American corned beef and cabbage, I did some traditional Irish dishes:
From the top, soda bread (whole wheat and barley) and butter, braised spinach, roasted onion, poached fish with brown butter and caper sauce, and roasted beetroot with a squeeze of lemon.
Below, my dessert - bread-and-butter pudding with dried fruit.
At the end of March, SWAN Day CT's annual event, featuring women artists of all kinds: musicians, painters, crafters, performers, and women-led bands. I love to attend it, and this year assisted BiCi Co.'s "Beyond Gender" group to staff an information table. This group focuses on women, trans, and non-binary persons in the bicycling community to give them a supportive place to meet, learn how to DIY repairs and upgrades to their bikes, and participate in activities with a community. Of course, I was able to do a little shopping and listen to a lot of music.
Then in early April was DFW Fiber Fest. Fourteenth year, and they added a day of classes, and had 95(!!!) vendors. I took classes and did a volunteer shift, and had fun seeing friends and learning things and tried to keep my shopping somewhat moderate. Among my classes was a new way to do crocheted cables, how to design my own pi shawl, and how to design a top-down sweater to fit me, which makes me happy because I don't like sewing (I still have trouble getting sleeve caps to lie evenly) AND I am a nonstandard shape so most patterns don't fit me well. Just learning how to deal with horizontal planes in a vertical fabric was worth the time and class fee.
|One of my test things in the crochet cables class.|
|Yes, there can be a LOT of maths in knitting! But I can make it shaped like ME.|
|Start of a pi shawl, pre-pattern. Lace came next.|
While there I went to Rover Dramawerks' 365 Women a Year Festival, which features short plays about women who may not have gotten their full due from history.
The schedule was in two parts, and luckily I could go on two nights (DFW Fiber Fest has a great event on Friday night, so I wasn't going to anything else that night!) and see all the plays. Definitely interesting, although some of the performances were a bit less interesting than others, all the women featured gave you something to think about and maybe research to learn more about them. My one complaint was that it wasn't always clear from the title and characters who the woman was, so I've suggested they add her name and birth/death dates at the least to next year's programs.