Greetings and salutations to everyone! (is that repeating myself? I'm never sure)
Even though this is far overdue, I figured there was no time like the present, so here's my introduction.
I think I actually signed up here ages ago when I first started the OBOD course, ('bout a year ago) but with one thing and another, I forgot about it. On re-discovering this forum, I was reminded that I must have signed in already, as I couldn't attach my email to the username I was attempting to create, lol! I actually had to pester an admin to discover what random name I'd created and also get given a password to get back in here, lol! So after a lot of confusing craziness, I'm finally here!
My actual name is Tanya, but that's boring, so I thought I'd be a bit more creative with my username. :P I live in Australia, Queensland, on the edge of the Gold Coast. It's pretty damn tropical here at times, and we've just finished with the most mildest winter I've ever experienced anywhere! It was so warm, my baby Elder trees didn't even drop their leaves. They have a few yellow leaves now, but are also throwing up fresh green shoots and new suckers everywhere. I think they're a bit confused.
I'm 30 something...that's about as close as I can remember, lol! With every year, it seems to matter less and less. Besides....I'm terrible with numbers and don't keep track. I was born in 1977 if you want to work it out.
I have a partner of about 18+ years - we're not actually sure on the exact date. Technically, I really should count it from when I was 19, as that was when I first met him. He'd just got his first job as a lawyer then, and today, he's still one....but now a lot greyer. :P I love him to bits (could kill him sometimes, lol!) but this druidry thing is the one thing I haven't shared with him. Every time anything pagan-y comes up...he tends to make fun of it in a way that I don't like, and makes me cringe. He's totally supportive of anything I do otherwise. Weirdly enough, he really like Dahm the Bard, and as a result, he's on the PAN group to keep track of when he's next in town. Really awkward, yeah? It's a bit of a problem, and one I'm still trying to figure out how to approach. If any of you have had similar experiences, I want to know how you handled it, because I'm at a loss.
I also have a grey little moggy that I took in a few years ago. When I found her in my yard (she was sniffing around my rats at the time) she was rather heavily pregnant. A friend of mine reckoned she fell pregnant with her first heat. She was pretty young. After I carefully found good homes for all 5 of her kids ( it was sooo tempting to keep them!), I got her "scooped out" and micro-chipped, so she could never get lost again.
We (my partner, not the cat :P) currently own a house together and have been here for over 3 years now. I will finally be able to have that huge herb garden I've always been wanting, as well as to grow my own fruit and veges. Money's not as plentiful as it used to be, so some of my plans will have to wait. *sigh* I hate waiting....
Hmm...what else? We are "into" medieval re-enacting, and have been for many years (at least 10+ years). When we lived on the other side of town, we were involved with a viking re-enactment group, which was really fun. Now we're Gold Coast side, it was a bit far to travel, so we've joined a nice, laid back local SCA group.
Before we moved, I used to do a lot of bone carving which I used to sell...or rather...I'd bring along my finished pieces to a meeting, and people would throw money at me for them, lol! Good times...good times!
If you want to have a looksie at what I do/did, here is my photobucket page of just a few of my carvings. http://s173.photobucket.com/albums/w55/ ... 20carving/
I will resume carving someday when I finally get my tools sorted again. It's slow work organising everything around here.
If you ever have any questions about bone carving, I'd be more than happy to tell you what I know. I really love sharing knowledge!
If there's anyone else out there that does reiki, then HI!
I'm a reiki person too! (lvl 2 btw. That means I can do distance stuff if need be) I get sod all chance to really practice it, as I'm by myself most days here, and with a lack of any other reiki people in the area that I can find, it's a bit hard to really "do" anything with it, or indeed to learn how to use it better. So, still hugely lost in THAT forest!
Also, I can be kinda slack (read - lazy :P), and I get distracted easily with everyday life, and so forget to focus on stuff like this like I ought to do.
I think that's about all I can think of for now, really.
I can't even remember if I signed up to the OBOD pages (since I've just about finished my bardic course now), but that will have to be for another day.
I really should start on my bardic report thing tomorrow. I've only put it off for a month.
I do have a possibly unique story as to how I came to druidry, but that also will have to be for another day. At the time of writing, it's 3am, and I should probably get to bed.
As it is, I have about a dozen tabs from this site that I want to read tomorrow - for starters - so I'll no doubt get back to chatting with you all another time.
Hope you all have a great day, whenever and wherever you read this.
PS: Do I get a prize for having the longest introductory post? :P