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Happy Birthday, Kathy!

Sending out birthday greetings to my friend, Kathy! (Sorry this is late!)

Kathy, I really hope you had a wonderful day! And that you have a great year, too.

Happy Birthday, Kathy !

many waterfalls
I spent hours of my day on the phone talking to various people.

I had tried in the morning to call sister Sue, but hadn't reached her. So I called my friend June, as we hadn't talked since before the parade. And while on the phone with her, Sue called me. So I spoke with her for some time.

She mentioned that she'd like to have her computer out at Larry's -- the first time she's mentioned it! Actually, I've brought it up before but she had no interest. And while we were talking she had her show (soap opera) on in the background -- but her grandson wanted to change channels. She doesn't have her own TV there... After speaking to her I had a long, lovely chat with June, bringing her up to date with our lives. Then I spoke at length with Donn. I wanted to find out if he could help me set up Sue's computer at Larry's. He really got stuck on getting her a TV when I mentioned her not having one. It made him a little crazy! Anyway, he's going to help me with this project.

And then I talked with Larry (Sue's son, my nephew) for hours. Interesting conversation about Sue.

And I was texting with my friend Rob and later my friend Mark. That took up most of my day, believe it or not!

Still need to do a photo update of the festival. I just need to get motivated.

Tomorrow I need to be sure to color my hair. I want to look nice for Friday and the weekend (attending events). I found it hot today! I was uncomfortable and not very hungry...

Marilyn got home around 7:30 (8:00?) tonight. I hate her being at work so late right now. But it can't be helped under the circumstances.

I called in my insulin this morning, intending to pick it up tonight. Tomorrow... And we need to go shopping for supplements, too.

We had popcorn for dinner and very much enjoyed it!

Time for bed. I'm TIRED. Marilyn is, too. We watched some of "The Fall" tonight.

This isn't a very good entry. But at least I blogged.
June 20, 2017 (Tuesday) 11:59 pm - Hard Day. [2017, bad-day, festival, jeff, june-2017, marilyn, personnel, personnel-change, sad, staff, work]
bummed out
This was a really difficult day. The festival laid off four full time employees. One had been there 10 years. Another five years. (Both close friends.)

Marilyn and Jeff were suffering today -- it's hard to be the bosses and lay off people (especially people you care about).

My friends both cried -- so did I. It's hard to imagine the festival without them.

That's all I can manage today. More details tomorrow.
When I started blogging years back (in 2002, to be exact), I had no intention of making this anything except a journal. And not a regular one. I had almost no LJ friends for many years and had no thought that anyone but me (and maybe Marilyn) would care to read it.

But later on I became VERY ACTIVE here at LiveJournal! I had more friends, but aside from that, I was active in a number of communities. I wrote fanfic (which I've done most of my life) and shared it. I created icons to share. I managed (maintained) communities. I made tutorials on how to use Paint Shop Pro, which at the time was a very popular graphic software that many used (partly because it was so affordable).

Over time, keeping TRACK of the details of my life became more and more important to me. I've never kept a journal other than this blog, so when I wanted to remember what I'd done, I noted it here.

Later, this was a place where my friends and family could keep track of what I was up to. Especially when I got more and more busy with work and had less time to communicate with others.

And as age and memory issues came creeping up on me, this was a great place to remind myself of details, both important and not-so-important.

And I gained a bunch of VERY SPECIAL FRIENDS online -- many of them here at LiveJournal. People I feel I know really well. In many cases I know them better than people I see all the time in my day to day life. I care a lot about my LJ friends.

Because I really love how LiveJournal works, I was very active with the 'suggestions' community at one point. I wanted to help influence how LJ worked and how users were treated.

But I have to admit something that pains me: I've had a hard time in recent years keeping up with reading the blogs of my friends. It's NOT because I don't want to do that. But so frequently it's all I can do to post an entry for a given day. So, yes, it's true. I don't read and don't comment the way I used to.

I just checked my stats:
11,817 - Comments posted
13,002 - Comments received

That used to be FAR MORE COMMENTS POSTED than those received. But that's very much a sign of how my life has changed in the past five (even ten) years.

You could easily say that I could make a point to prioritize reading other blogs -- and you'd be right. It's always a matter of personal priorities, after all.

As it is, I nearly quit READING at all (meaning fiction and non-fiction) during this past year. And that's about as TERRIBLE as it gets for someone like me, who has been a crazed reader of books my entire life. I've rarely ever been reading fewer than five books at any given time since I hit the fourth grade. And that usually didn't count non-fiction (especially manuals of every variety).

When I got really SICK last year, I was pushed about as hard as I've ever been pushed. I realized I'd spent years not getting enough rest and enough sleep to function properly and stay healthy. So, yes, I've made rest/sleep a priority more than it's been in decades for me.

And, unfortunately, health issues have continued to take more and more of my time. It might sound crazy, but just my normal daily routine focuses a ton on my health. Getting up first thing every day and testing my blood sugar might not sound like a big deal. But just the amount of time I spend washing my hands during any one day takes far more time than it used to. Yeah, it sounds stupid to say that. But I wash my hands. I test my blood. I fix and inject my insulin. I wash my hands AGAIN before I insert my contact lenses. Just setting up my weekly medication/pills takes me a minimum of half an hour (usually longer).

I doubt I ever fully appreciated the extra time I had before all this. Hahaha. But there's no easy alternative that I can think of...

Obviously my work load has changed over the years, as has my level of responsibility. I used to find lots of time years back for writing up detailed tutorials/manuals/instructions/how tos (etc.) for the people I work with -- and for myself. And because many of my tasks are complicated, but only done infrequently, there's no other way to remember the steps. Again, my memory isn't what it used to be. Of course, I had a lot less to remember in the past! Hahaha. So maybe my memory isn't as bad as I think. I've been trying this year to go back to more of these detailed instructions. I want to be able to allow others to do as many tasks as they are able to do -- but I don't want them to tackle things they are NOT going to do correctly. In the long run, mistakes simply make more work for me to do.

By the way, that's WHY so many people have difficulty delegating their work. It's often easier to just do it yourself than to take the time to teach others how it's done. It sounds like a simple task to teach things. But it's not. Nobody learns the first time -- or even the tenth time -- you teach them. Many people don't take notes, won't use your notes (written instructions) and additionally can't remember things. I always attempt to be patient, but the fact is that there are only so many hours in a day or week. And work must get done and be done correctly.

I just spent part of today making corrections to the website when I discovered more errors there, for example...

I'm digressing.

Why do I blog?

Some days I have to fight myself to make an entry. Because I'd rather sit quietly and read. Or watch TV (especially mindless TV, just to relax). Or I'd rather sleep. Or do all the normal chores that keep a home running, like my laundry or housecleaning.

But I like having my blog as a reference. So it's mostly still for me -- and my closest friends and family members who have indicated they enjoy having it to read.

I always believed -- and I STILL believe -- that my blog was BORING AS HELL. It's not that well written. It contains a lot of personal details that aren't at all interesting! Like what we eat or things about my daily health and on and on. And I still can't believe ANYONE BUT ME wants to read the myriad of posts about my work! IT isn't interesting! Setting up Profiles on the Server is dull stuff! My battles using WordPress can't be worth reading, surely.

So I guess the real question is: Why do YOU read my blog???

I could easily make this blog private, I know, if it were just about me. Yet there are people who want to read it (or so they tell me), so I don't. In fact, I've rarely ever made any friends only posts in all the years I've written this.

I think I'll TRY and make a goal of spending time -- AGAIN -- reading my friends' blogs. But I don't know how that will go.

I have an account at Facebook, and rarely ever use it. The same for my Twitter account and my Instagram, too. I feel bad that I'm not better at Social Media, because it matters to me -- and I feel strongly that people should use it.

Of all these things, LiveJournal is my favorite and has been for many, many years. And so much of that is about my LiveJournal friends!!! In fact, I've felt really bad more than once when an LJ friend stopped being active here. I'm always hopeful people who 'disappear' will come back again someday...

As for my day, I had low blood sugar right after Marilyn got home. And issues with my IBS-C (I'm constantly dealing with constipation, as TMI as it is to bring up). Today the weather was in the 80's and it was uncomfortable in the house -- in fact I'm in a total sweat as I sit writing this. But I did do some laundry and some festival work.

Tomorrow I'm going to the office. We're starting up Staff meetings again (we always stop them during the actual festival weeks because we're so busy). There are several big events happening this coming weekend, as the festival isn't over yet. And Rich and I went back and forth today about the Press Release/News item for this weekend... Marilyn is doing the treadmill right now. Then we need to head to bed. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day at the office.

On that note, you do matter to me. Please never think you don't! I need to find time to read your blogs. I need to comment more, like I used to do! I need to reply to the comments you write. I have no expectation that you'll treat me special, believe me. And I do value your comments more than I can say.

Life is very busy. I know something, somewhere has to give. I just can't figure out right now what that should be. Maybe less TV watching. But, you know, I find that very relaxing. And Marilyn and I really do need to find ways to relax...

I hope things are going well for all of you! More soon. Less wordy, I hope! Hahaha.
This was a good day! First, it was lovely to be able to SLEEP IN for a change!!! It takes some time for us to catch up our rest, but we're headed in the right direction now.

Marilyn and I went out to Starbucks and got their Sous Vide Egg Bites (specifically the Egg White & Red Pepper, which we like best), and drinks. And we took a ride down to Sauvie Island, which we just haven't had the time to do in ages!

We also took cans and bottles to the BottleDrop -- bags from work and from home. (You can only take two full bags at any one time. But we can take two from each, meaning four altogether.) We've got another full two bags here at home -- and many at work to take.

And we forced ourselves to go in and get our pedicures and manicures, today. It's great to get that chore out of the way! And it lasts for weeks. We last had it done on May 14, so it lasted us a little over five weeks. Pretty darn good! I got Red Stone and Marilyn got French Pink. Very pretty!

Marilyn needed some more hangers, so we decided to try HomeGoods (and maybe IKEA, if we didn't find them at HomeGoods). They had exactly the kind we wanted at HomeGoods. I got black (which is what I already have in my closet here in Portland). And Marilyn got pink. She has a variety of colors in her Portland closet. (We have white wood hangers at the beach house.)

We got tacos and guacamole take-out for dinner. I've got one heck of a stomach ache tonight, so I guess I ate too much. (sigh) It didn't really feel like it, though! (I only ate one of my two tacos.)

My blood sugar was only 72 when I got up this morning! And later in the day right before we ate dinner it was only 90 (and I had a glass of wine while getting our nails done). And that's without taking any Glipizide during the day! (I only take it at night now.) Not sure what to make of that!

Busy week coming up.

Marilyn and I plan to go to the Oregon City Heritage Days event on Friday.

Then head to the beach Friday night and go to the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival on Saturday (in Rockaway Beach, Oregon).

Yes. There are STILL Sanctioned Events of the festival taking place!!! (smile)

It's really HOT in the house upstairs! It's over 80' up here. Thankfully it's cooler downstairs! It was a very sunny day with blue skies. It didn't start out that way, but it burned off pretty quickly. I guess we're finally getting some nice weather now that spring is nearly over.

Tuesday is the first official day of Summer, by the way! At 2:20 p.m.

I wish this stomach pain would quit! (ugh)

Sweet dreams, all!
Marilyn and I are big Adam West fans. And we LOVED HIM as Batman! The show first aired in 1966. We were both young enough to be able to enjoy the series in spite of the camp thing (rather than because of it), as we'd been huge comic fans of Batman forever by then. (smile)

An aside: You know, I wish I could thank our parents for always allowing us to read comics. They even encouraged it at one point, as they'd been into comics themselves at some point (I think right after they got married -- they were both quite young then). There were times we were teased about loving comic books, but we never let that stop us from enjoying them. It's been years since we followed any particular comic series, but we did so well into our adult years, believe me.

Adam West actually made a very good Batman. And we loved the whole Batman and Robin thing back when we were kids. What a handsome man Adam was! And that amazing voice!!!

We just got done watching the two episodes of Batman "Hi Diddle Riddle" and "Smack in the Middle." If you've never been a "Batman" fan (of the TV series, I mean), then you might not know that every story was TWO episodes -- which aired two nights in a row each week. Holy Anticipation! It was so hard to wait for the second half of each story!!! (grin) We just LOVED that show!!!

And we were crazy about the twisted bible of the series, which always had one or both of the Dynamic Duo being captured and tortured EVERY SINGLE WEEK! You should have seen everybody in our neighborhood acting out "Batman" -- including capturing and torturing these two. Hahaha. Marilyn was the Catwoman (surprise). And I was Robin. My first excursion into understanding my male side. I can remember what a huge impression it made on me to DREAM as Robin for the very first time! I was that 'into' being Robin (being male). How wonderful it is for a writer to have experienced both genders, by the way. I've 'been' male many times since then... (Maybe you've never seen me dressed as Han Solo... Hahaha.)

Anyway, I guess you could say Adam West and "Batman" made a huge impression on us as kids. We've enjoyed a lot of different Batmans since then -- and we especially like Christian Bale as Batman. But you know what? I think if I had to vote for my favorite, Adam West would actually win!

Adam West was actually a good actor. I know people didn't think so after "Batman," but it's true. Watching him in other things makes it quite clear. And we've seen him in many roles over the years.

We slept in today.

We went to Starbucks for coffee and saw Nicole there. She was very sweet with us.

We also ran a few errands, then went to the Safeway deli and picked up some food, before coming back home.

I had a long nap later in the day.

And we watched Svengoolie, which is usually pretty entertaining. It was a werewolf movie tonight, one I'd never seen before.

Now Marilyn is playing Zuma (woo hoo) while I blog -- which she hasn't done in ages!!! How nice!!!

Henry continues to ENJOY his eye ointment. And that eye looks the best it's been since before his issues last year!!! Wonderful! I'm glad to be able to do something that feels good for him and actually seems to help, too. He hated the drops we used to give him, which I assume were painful.

Well, that's it for today. Good night and sweet dreams!
rain our house
Winter? No. But it was COLD and RAINY all day today! Ugh. It might as well have been a winter day...

It's hard to believe that it's June, that's for sure!

Marilyn looked nice today! She was wearing a skirt to work, which she doesn't do that often. But it looked really wonderful on her. Later she told me Suzanne and Jeff had told her she looked good.

I was yawning like mad right before she left. I was awake again last night because of leg cramps. So I didn't sleep at all well. I went to my bedroom and snuggled between two of the wonderful warm blankets we have. I always imagine the effect must be like sleeping between two soft furs. Especially when I'm reading a book like one of the Clan of the Cave Bear series (I'm on the third book -- I think it's something about Mammoth Hunters).

The first book is my favorite. And here's why: The subsequent books are like romance stories. Too much about men she wants and very detailed sexual encounters. Ironically, I find the sex pretty boring. Hahaha. I'm pretty sure that was the intent. But I still enjoy many aspects. It's a shame that the main character became a sort of super woman. There's nothing less appealing to read about than a 'perfect' woman who is beautiful, desired by two men and capable of doing everything and anything better than everyone else. It's not enough to have her be an amazing medicine woman. She also has to be the best hunter ever. And stronger than all the other women. Better at languages. And on and on. How Mary Sue of her! Hahaha.

So why do I read it? Good question! As I'm reading, I ask myself that. There's still something appealing. The author isn't your average writer of Mary Sue work. In spite of the heroine, the writing is appealing. But I think I read it very much in spite of many things, which is a shame...

I guess an interesting story CAN overcome bad characters. Her main boyfriend is something of a wimp. And his immature jealousy is annoying as hell (besides the fact that he appears to be a racist). Well, I guess I should quit picking the work apart and explain what I like, as opposed to what I don't!

I'm very taken by the early medicine descriptions. Fascinated by the way the cultural differences are explained. And the creation and use of tools are described. The more negative characters ring far more true than the so-called heroes do. And there's a certain fascination in spite of the redundancy of the story.

Or maybe I just like it because it's so familiar! I read the series such a long time ago, when I was far younger. Maybe I was less picky then...

I got the garbage gathered and out to the can (kept in the garage). And cleaned the cat boxes, too. This is odd: There must be something about the new litter that smells attractive! Last week I noticed the bag I put outside the garage was TORN OPEN. I also store these right beside the garage door outside, because no matter how well bagged they are, they stink. And I don't want the smell in the garage -- and certainly not in the house! This is only an issue now that we have to store garbage for two weeks, instead of having it picked up weekly. So I had to find something I could put on top of the bag to keep critters OUT and not allow them to tear it open. How ridiculous...

I didn't do much walking at all today. I spent a lot of time sitting and lying around. And I did nap, too.

I watched the usual shows I'm currently enjoying. Old re-runs of "Columbo." And "Diagnosis Murder." Usually that includes "Monk," too, but I didn't watch it today...

This was the LAST DAY for four people at the office: Braden (group sales), Caitlin (receptionist), Maleah (marketing intern) and Jessica P. (waterfront assistant). I'm going to miss them. I always feel sad when the seasonal folk begin departing...

Marilyn and Jeff had an important meeting today at lunch time. Discussing how this year turned out for the festival.

Marilyn and Jeff also went to the farewell gathering late afternoon for the four leaving.

I don't recall if I mentioned that Sue B. and her husband Dennis took off immediately after the Grand Floral Parade and headed back to Oklahoma (where they reside). She was such a HUGE HELP this year! And he was a big help on parade day, too. It was wonderful of her to fly out to assist us. And for Dennis to come for GFP.

I sent a note today to Bill, my Rosarian friend who takes their official photos. He's always so generous sharing these with me!

Marilyn and I ate leftovers for dinner tonight. And we ended up napping pretty soon after that. We had wanted to have popcorn, but slept too late...

We'll have the food we'd discussed earlier tomorrow (it was too late by the time she got home). And popcorn as we usually do on Saturday nights! We still need to pick up a few things at Safeway when we go to the deli tomorrow.

Really, Charlie???!!! I can't believe I just remembered to go in and change the schedule for the phone system at work! I talked to Marilyn about it earlier, but spaced it entirely! I should have done it on Monday. But I needed to do it BEFORE Saturday morning! The phones were set to be ON for both days for several hours, as they have been the past three weekends. Yikes. Glad I thought of that! Hahaha.

Actually, I'm glad I'm able to do work like that from here at home!

I did do some minor festival work today -- mostly email. And I didn't do it on the computer, but using my iPhone and iPad. Man, the world has really changed!!! Just sayin'.

But I'm typing this in my home office, sitting at my desktop computer. It's still the easiest way for many reasons. That's especially true if I need to Remote to the office!

Yet there's so much that can be done on mobile devices...

I also need to contact Jeremiah at Atmosera. He can totally switch our service back to normal now...

Well, I'm off to bed. I'm certainly glad I'm clear-headed at 1:30 in the morning. Hahaha. Even when I'm tired. Because that phone thing was pretty essential! And my memory is better than I think, I guess.

Which brings up another thing: Why didn't my Outlook at the office remind me about the phones??? It only did that the very first weekend, even though I supposedly set it to remind me EVERY weekend. Reminders on my Outlook haven't worked right for years. Annoying!!! I put things in my calendar to no avail. Hahaha.

I almost forgot! Henry's eye seems much better with that ointment! And he really seems to like having it put in the eye. I'm so glad. He's really suffered with that poor eye.

Colin was sneezing earlier, but seems much better. And I only heard Henry sneeze a couple of times this morning. So hopefully they're both feeling pretty healthy. Colin was RUNNING through the house again, the way he does. (smile)

Good night and sleep tight!
rosie robot, cleaning
After pulling a very unwilling Colin out from under my bed on Tuesday, I knew I needed to clean. I've stored things there for years. But when Mom and Dad were both gone, I put a really large, flat box there to hold family mementos -- including the letters Dad wrote to Mom during World War II.

It's actually difficult to even move the box, which won't slide under the end of the bed. But I got it out, dusted it off and emptied it. Then managed to find places for ALL of the contents (no small feat).

There was a second large, flat box -- not as large, thankfully. This was full of comic books. Some are 12 cents -- meaning they're some of the first comics we ever purchased as children! I need to re-box those and figure where to store them. But maybe over the weekend we should read a few. (smile)

I got the floor cleaned under the bed. And finally removed the phone cord that ran behind several pieces of furniture. We haven't actually used a phone cord in there for years. Hahaha.

I rearranged some minor things. And cleaned the rug, which really needed it.

I put my fur stole into the smaller closet, in the corner. It seems like the perfect spot for it...

I also did two loads of dishes in the dishwasher. And picked up a bit in the kitchen.

And I made two long lists. One for the grocery store, and another for buying supplements at Walmart.

Marilyn and I went to Freddies immediately after she got home from work to shop. We'll try to get to Walmart soon, too.

I still need to do the garbage and recycling. I'm really tired, though...

I think I'll get a nap, first!

Henry is always good about taking his daily pill. Plus he seems to LOVE his new eye ointment! He does fight putting it in, nor does he try to rub the eye after it's there. Marilyn and I figure it must feel pretty darn good to him. Imagine how bad it must feel!

I managed somehow to get my 4,000 steps today.

Tomorrow is the last day for several seasonal staff members.

Time to nap. More tomorrow, hopefully!

Sweet dreams.
gag, alfred - gag
Marilyn and I went in late today (around 10:00). Mostly because Marilyn wasn't feeling that hot.

Even so, Donn came in later. I can't believe he didn't beat me to the office today... Donn tackled some tasks I needed done, including fixing Angel's monitor. And he totally cleared the final area (where Sue was sitting at one time). I plan to use it for storage, only.

Jeff went to a golf lesson instead of attending the movie. Donn didn't come, either.

The group walked to the theater downtown. Marilyn bought the tickets. Marilyn and I got popcorn and beer.

We were seeing Tom Cruise's "The Mummy." Awful. Really boring. It was so terrible that Marilyn and I left part way through. And I'm sorry we wasted our time seeing any of it.

We walked back to the office parking lot and headed home.

We were both so tired that not long after we got home we took naps. When we got up we started watching episodes of "The Fall" again. (With Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan.) We started watching it yesterday and did some binge viewing. It's about a serial killer and the investigation to try and capture him. Very entertaining! Good cast, good writing and well produced. It has 91% at Rotten Tomatoes. Actually, it had 100% for the first two seasons, then 73% for the third season.

I somehow managed to get my 4,000 steps today. The last two days I didn't even get 2,000 steps a day. Plus I've been having some bad leg cramps again.

Colin seems better today. Now Henry is sneezing. (sigh) But the vet phoned with his blood results which were quite good. So all is well.

I'm really tired, so that's it for today. Sleep well!
good cats
I need to get in touch with Jeremiah from Atmosera about the website. He upped our service for the period during festival. And he wants to discuss how long to maintain it. We'll go back and forth a bit and figure it out between us. He's an amazing guy -- such a huge help!

I need to get Donn in to fix Angel's monitor issue. It appears to be the video card. I think we have a spare on hand, otherwise he'll need to get one. He's got some other tasks he needs to get to, too, that we put off until after festival.

Tomorrow is movie day at the festival, so I'll probably be going in. I want the chance to say goodbye to the people who have their last day on Friday of this week. It's always sad when people who are here for the season are done working for us. It's nice to be 'staffed up' (as I always say) -- with lots of people around!

Today was another cold and gray day -- totally ugly. I can't believe how cool it is in the house! Another day where I considered putting on the furnace. But I just can't bring myself to run the heat in June!!!

I saw an interesting episode of "Diagnosis Murder" today: Dr. Sloan was pretending to be a priest to help out his friend, a sister.

Colin sneezed a LOT last night when he was sleeping next to me on the bed. But he seemed better this morning, running up the stairs. He didn't stick around, though. He's clearly still not feeling that great. He was down in Marilyn's closet in his cave sleeping for hours...

Henry seemed okay, but he sneezed a couple of times this morning...

Sister Sue called and we chatted a little bit -- mostly about the parade. Then she got Marilyn's number from me so she could call her.

I read the article in "National Geographic" titled "Why We Lie" -- it's fascinating!

I still love reading National Geographic! Such interesting and informative articles. I've been reading it since I was a kid.

I showered and washed my hair in the afternoon. Marilyn came home before 3:00. Our vet appointment was 3:30.

Then it was time to box up Colin. Good grief! He had a fit and hid under my bed. It was nearly impossible to get him out from under the bed!!! I have a huge box of family mementos stored under there. I guess I need to put all of that in smaller boxes and find somewhere else to store it, so I can clear out the space under my bed (which I'd actually like very much!). I wonder WHERE I could put those things? They're important to me -- and need a place to be kept. But it would be great to get them out of that spot, on the other hand...

I digress! Sorry.

We finally got Colin into his box, howling and unhappy, and into the car. He howled loudly all the way to the vet.

When we got there I called the front desk and they told us we'd be let in the back door. We've never done that before! Then we went into a sort of creepy room way in the back corner that we've never seen before.

Henry went first. His weight was really good -- nearly 14 pounds! I can remember when we had a terrible time keeping weight on him. He sat on my lap while Colin was examined.

Colin was not running a temperature. He didn't sneeze at all at the vet! But he was clearly congested, though not bad. It's viral -- so they can't do much for him. It has to run its course! He probably would have gotten better on his own.

Then they took Henry off to draw blood and clip his nails. He has pemphigus foliaceus, and is under constant treatment for it -- that's why the blood draw.

Finally I took the cats back to the car while Marilyn paid the bill. It was just shy of $400. Four HUNDRED dollars!!! I have to admit I was stunned. I wonder how families with other expenses afford caring for their cats... Little wonder we try to only take Henry in once a year (when they always do a blood draw). And we don't ever take Colin in unless he's sick.

Anyway, we got home and Marilyn and I were tired and ready for naps! We ate some food and watched a little TV. Then I went for a nap -- I can't say for Marilyn.

I got almost NO STEPS today. I was having terrible leg cramps in the morning and on and off all day. No idea why.

Well, that's was my day, pretty much. I know I promised photos, and I hope I'll get to that soon.

Sleep well, and good dreams.
brr, cold
Today was a cold, gray day. A blah kind of day...

I did emails (still trying to get these down at work!!!) and some website tweaks.

Marilyn was really too busy to chat today. She did the follow-up to the Bloom Project today -- going to their facility to turn yesterday's flowers into the actual bouquets today. (Marilyn said it was freezing cold there -- just miserable.)

Colin is very, very sick, poor cat. I got both him and Henry a vet appointment for tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Henry, too, is sneezing. But for that matter, so is Marilyn -- and me, too. It's just been so darn cold!!! (I even considered turning on the heat today! In June!!!)

Here's the latest with my clinic (sigh). I wondered today where my latest order from Byram Healthcare might be -- my test strips and syringes. It's pretty hard to inject insulin WITHOUT syringes! I called them, and it turns on my clinic hasn't turned in a prescription for these. WTF??? You have to be kidding me!

So Byram sends a request (again). And I phone them. I don't get the feeling AT ALL that this is going to be taken care of. So I call Byram again. They tell me they're going to send the request AGAIN. And to call them back on Wednesday to check. It had better happen soon, or I'll be out of syringes!

I should have noticed sooner that the shipment hadn't come. But I guess the festival distracted me. Hahaha. It should have been here around June 5...

Hector DID come and do our lawn, such as it is. It looks pretty damn bad where he took up all the grass! And now there are weeds everywhere. And, by the way, WHY does he keep leaving behind a bunch of branches that have fallen out of the tree? He didn't get them last time, or this time. (sigh)

Rich was very upset with his wife today when we were chatting. I guess they've been fighting recently. Over a cat, no less. What a shame. And Marilyn told me he went home sick today...

Well, Marilyn hasn't felt well for the past week, but that doesn't keep HER from going in every single day without fail. And staying later than anyone (as she did yet again tonight). Go figure. I guess it's all that seniority she has. Hahaha.

I spent much of the day looking after both cats.

I refused to just let myself lie around and sleep, however. It just didn't seem right with everyone else working! (Especially Marilyn.) I'm tired tonight. She is, too.

I did clean out the mini-coolers we take to the Grand Floral Parade each year. WHAT A MESS! Because there was no place to put them, they sat in a dirty corner in the mud and just got filthy. They were a lot more work this year, I have to say. But at least they are now air drying so I can put them away. We rarely ever use them except during the festival. We used to drag them places sometimes, but it's been ages.

I'm so sick of getting all these 'Now that you're turning 65' items in the mail -- plus random phone calls! Wow, is this what they do to all people turning 65? No wonder it's so upsetting and confusing for people!

We've received a lot of nice notes, text messages and emails about the festival and especially about the parade. It really was a BRILLIANT parade this year.

Well, off to bed. Hopefully Marilyn and I won't really go down sick this year. It is pretty common, though, that people fall sick after the festival ends. NOT that things have really ended, yet!

This coming weekend is light for sanctioned events. But the following weekend is a big one! I think we should get a jump on our weekend Press Release/News item. I guess Rich didn't start that, if he went home. Maybe I'll do it tomorrow...

Sweet dreams!
Marilyn amazes me. After our long, exhausting day yesterday, she was awake by 5:30 to watch Rafa Nadal win the French Open -- for the tenth time!!!

I, however, slept in until 8:45, I'm happy to report...

We went down to the office late morning and stayed for several hours. We needed to unload the car from yesterday and so on. When we got there we had to turn around and dash home to get the electrical stuff we'd left behind (my fault) to take in.

We went down to CityFair at 2:00 to the Kids Zone Reading Corner to hear the Clown Prince (Angel) as a guest reader.

Then we finally went home to get a nap. Marilyn really needed it!

We fixed some food when we got home and had a bite to eat before our 'nap.' Then we got up around 8:00 to get ready to head out to the float barn.

We were meeting people from the Bloom Project who were there to take viable flowers from the floats to make into floral bouquets to give to hospice and palliative care patients. The idea was to take flowers and repurpose them to bring pleasure to both patients and their families. (The Bloom Project was our official charity this year.)

We were home a little past midnight.

It was chilly out there, and I had forgotten to take a jacket. But it was okay. The night sky was full of stars and beautiful! It's fun to see the floats up close, even as the flowers are being taken off them.

Tomorrow maybe I can share some festival photos. I'm too tired tonight. (It's actually 1:30 right now.)

Poor Colin is sick. And now maybe Henry, too (who already has health issues). I guess we need to get them both into the vet this week. (sigh)

Marilyn and I treated ourselves with french fries from McDonald's on the way home. And didn't feel a bit guilty.

We didn't eat much carnival food this year. I'm not sure why. And we didn't ride the big sling this year, either... Oh well.

Tomorrow the museum needs to be torn down. And Court Headquarters, too. Yes, the festival is over, but there's tons more to do. And there are sanctioned events still to happen.

We missed the Opening of the Oregon Jewish Museum downtown today. Too bad. There's so much to see and do. And we're worn out and still need to rest, too.

More tomorrow...

Sweet dreams!
The Grand Floral Parade was truly wonderful! It was one of our best parades ever.

And everything ran incredibly smoothly! It was nearly perfect. In spite of of the chamge to a different (and truly horrible) command post -- and the weather (it ended up raining afater all, though not the entire time, and not that hard).

There were some beautiful floats. And amazing equestrian entries -- even though they didn't care for the weather. We had one horse fall three times inside the coliseum. As Stacey clearly stated, from now on we'll have no barefooted ponies. They all need to be in rubber boots.

We had no trouble getting up by 4:00, by the way. And stopping as usual at the same place for bags of ice.

Ashley was helpful. And Xander and Christine were helpful, as always.

But we had to remain for muh longer than usual, because the battery died in the van used as a command post. Miserable thing.

I did finally make popcorn late at night.

Poor Colin is sick and sneezing like mad. He really doesn't feel good.

Anyway, that's the down and dirty version of today.

First off, I've said it many, many times: There are no totally bad days. There were good things today.

And nobody we love was seriously hurt (or worse) today -- which certainly could have happened. When bad things happen I think it's a good idea to remember how much worse they might have been!

It's a FULL MOON right now -- and you could certainly tell, anyway...

I was home doing website edits this morning. Marilyn had planned that either she -- or Adeena -- would come to get me in plenty of time for the 2:00 Grand Floral Parade rehearsal over at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Adeena was on her way. I was entirely ready to go. Dressed and groomed and packed up and waiting. Then I got a call from Adeena that she'd been in an accident on Lombard (very close by, in other words). She was driving down the street and a woman pulled out of a parking lot into her.

As I said, the good news is that Adeena is fine -- or as fine as you can be after being in an accident. Her mother came immediately to help her. They went through insurance and took Adeena to a nearby clinic to be checked out. And finally got the car towed. Nor was the other driver harmed. For any car accident, that's the best you can hope for, I suppose...

But Adeena told me she thought her car was totaled. I'm so sorry to hear that.

Marilyn had to go to the 2:00 meeting -- so I had to remain here at home. I stayed on the phone with Adeena when I could. She was remarkably calm and dealt with it very well, I thought.

But that was it for today for Adeena -- which goes without saying. So I heard that Rich had filled in for her this evening setting up for the Grand Floral Walk in the morning.

This was a busy, busy day and there's lots more I could share. But I won't, as I'm in a hurry. (smile) Rich and I finally got our weekend PR/News item out (quite a chore for the interruptions!). And I'm sure I'm forgetting much more.

I spoke to Sue B. who said everything was set up to replace Adeena today and tomorrow. The plan is for her to stay home and watch the parade on TV (she can tell us how it looks later).

And as I said to Adeena, the show goes on. We joke about it, but it's true. Nothing stops us from doing our job and putting on the parade -- the largest single day event in the Pacific Northwest.

Marilyn was interviewed this morning, but I missed seeing it on TV (darn!). But I did see two other stories on the parade -- both were good.

Marilyn didn't get home until past 9:00 -- not normal for the night before the parade!!! But without me there to help it went slower for her. Poor thing. I felt bad to be here at home!

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Mark was helping move mini-floats today! I think it's awesome that he's doing that. He's such a good guy!

We figured out our GFP tickets today. Cousin Linda of course is going (she always does!). And Larry and sister Sue (his mom) are, too. Candy is not (she had asked for four tickets at one point). Jan and Bob had another commitment. June and Jim had another commitment. Shari is going (a group of six). Donn isn't going, but Denise is going -- she ended up having her own tickets. (Donn must have ordered them, even though he didn't remember it!) We got Chalet tickets for Rob and Jeff and three relatives. I guess that's it for 2017! It's nice to have friends and family attend when they can, but there have been years when almost no one did -- so this is a good year.

Well, time to get to bed -- it's nearing midnight and we'll need to be up very soon!

Good thoughts and prayers for Adeena are appreciated.

And good thoughts and prayers for the Grand Floral Parade (and Marilyn and me) are very much appreciated, too!

Sweet dreams of wonderful parades!

Rain or no rain, the parade will go on and be delightful! Or I should say: Brilliant.
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I guess I wasn't clear yesterday about Marilyn. She might be a tad under the weather (actually fighting a bug), but she's mainly dealing with a flare-up of her IBS. (She's IBS-D, while I'm IBS-C. I've been having a bit of a time, too -- but my situation doesn't make it impossible to go out in public...)

It's nearly 3:00 a.m. and we've got "Rosemary's Baby" on in. We're sort of watching it, but I'm now blogging and Marilyn's in the shower. And I'm going to shower when she's done.

We both prefer to wash our hair late at night, rather than in the morning...

Marilyn had a lot going on, of course, today. Including the Coronation Rehearsal. I did some website stuff, but nothing hard. I'm still making notes as I go along about the website. I want to keep track of some new things I've figured out to do there. (smile) It just keeps getting more the way I like it all the time. (grin)

At the party last Friday, Brit brought up our 'manual' again. Hahaha. Well, yes. I make notes constantly. I'm not sure anybody else outside of the festival needs these, though. Our website is done with a WordPress template, yes, but it's very customized for our use...

I've turned on "Rosemary's Baby" here in the office -- and it just did something weird! It froze, then went backwards several minutes before starting to play again.

Today was muggy again. Ugh. I was sweating like mad much of the day. It wasn't hot enough most of the day to run the AC. Just hot enough to be uncomfortable.

I did my pills today. I found a couple of supplements that I hadn't been taking because I thought I was out of them! I keep all my 'current' pill bottles in the bathroom in the 'medicine cabinet.' It's small, so I'm not able to keep everything there. So in my bedroom I have a drawer where I keep 'overflow' pills. If I have an unopened bottle of something, I put it there until I'm ready to use it. For whatever reason, I hadn't looked there lately, so I found Turmeric and a couple other things. Supplements, not my prescription meds. It takes me AGES to do my weekly pills. I know that sounds crazy, but it's true...

I had bad leg cramps again last nights. I guess I'm going to increase my salt intake, as I mentioned before. Whatever might help. I hydrate like crazy. Drink water with electrolytes. Stretch. Walk less. Walk more. Use my Hyland's pills. Nothing much seems to help (but thank God for the Hyland's pills when I'm in the middle of cramps).

Adeena picked me up a couple of things while she was at Fred Meyer's today -- wasn't that nice?

And I did the garbage and recycling (real garbage week). Except for the cat boxes (until much later).

Remember Arm & Hammer Slide (kitty litter)? I love it!!! It's been excellent, so far.

Time to go and shower now. Good night!
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It was a very busy day again (of course). We got a lot of things done while many people in the office were on site for the Junior Parade in Portland's Hollywood District.

Marilyn and I just came hurriedly home from an event (we had to leave in the middle) because Marilyn got sick there, poor thing. I guess if we're going by the concept that everything happens for a reason, it might have been a sign that she needed to come home and rest. That event probably had another hour (or far more) to go. And even though we love attending, I guess we'll just rest for the remainder of the night, instead. Adeena left when we did -- leaving Jeff and Brett behind (both in their uniforms and ready to speak or help hand out awards if need be). This was the award ceremony of the International Youth Silent Film Festival tonight at the Hollywood Theatre.

Marilyn started the day with one of her biggest meetings of the year. Jessica was back today and in attendance. I was home. We had the Exchange down and I was on the phone with Kris for an hour. Anyway, he restarted things, so it was okay. So of course I wasn't ready to walk out the door when Marilyn came back for me! But I got ready pretty fast, if I do say so myself. I'd been starting to get ready when I ended up on the phone for ages with Kris, which was not a bad thing, by the way!

I got a call on the way to work from Kate -- our CoolerEmail was down. This happens every single year! I spent ages on it once we got to the office. Kate wanted to send today's eNewsletter at around 11:00-ish, and at 10:00 I was feeling like I'd never resolve it today! But we were back in business in plenty of time, happily.

Meanwhile, I had called Oliver -- not realizing he has nothing to do with Cooler anymore. He chatted with me for around 20-25 minutes, then I had to go! I also went back and forth with our friend Rob. Finally I just asked if I could have another Chalet pass for him and I got it, I'm pleased to say. Later Jeff came by to pick it up and got to say hi to both Marilyn and me!

Later in the day cousin Linda came by for her Grand Floral Parade tickets! So we both got to see her, too. And she got her tickets for Saturday...

After dealing with Cooler, I went on the Server and created a Profile for Sue B. I was going to put her on Annie's computer (between Allison and Tashae). But I get down there and there's no computer there! So I had to move Najib's computer there (he's been gone for ages now). I did a minimal setup of how we usually Profile people, as she'll only need the computer for a few days...

I talked to Braden and told him what a good job he'd done! And how much I'll miss him. He's such a nice, hardworking guy. (That was what I was talking about yesterday. He's done as of next week.)

I was doing more Server work -- and working on a map -- when Marilyn told me that we were going to the two float warehouses. Sue came back from Junior and she drove. We first went to Carla and Gary at the mini-float warehouse. Then out to Funtastic to see the other floats. The Court was there when we arrived, with Leslie.

It was a very muggy, miserable day! Ugh. I was dripping sweat by the time we returned to the office. We were there for a spell before getting ready to go to dinner before tonight's event.

I was doing website work. I figured out a way to get the Interactive Souvenir Program to display on mobile devices -- which it had not before.

Then Rich gave me the Junior Parade results to put up at the website, and I formatted those and posted them.

We went to the Hollywood District and found a place to park. Jeff and Brett (our president this year) were already there, waiting for us! Adeena joined us and we five had pizza and beer (Adeena had cider) for dinner -- Brett paid (wasn't that nice?). Then we headed to the event.

J.P. met us at the door and let us all in for free as his special guests. That was a nice change!

We got popcorn and stuff and went in and sat near the front as we always do. Jeremy was already there, and he joined us. We saw several films before Marilyn got quite sick. She disappeared at one point (I had no clue why, but should have guessed) -- then came back. And soon after took me out with her (and Adeena followed us).

Anyway, we're home now. She's been feeling just a bit under the weather for several days, but not giving in to it. She doesn't really have time to be sick just now.

I'm upstairs to change out of my sweaty clothes and get comfortable and blog. Then I'll head down to check on her.

We have a lot to do before Saturday, but it will all get done, I'm sure. Neither one of us is worried at all.

There was a lot of talk about 'what went wrong' with the Junior Parade. But Marilyn and I talked that over and we agree: Short of someone getting hurt (which didn't happen), this is a parade where things can't really go wrong. Aside from the first several entries and the various bands, there's no set order. And it doesn't matter much if the order gets mixed up. You end up with happy kids marching down the street and happy kids watching them -- and it's all good. It's a very laid back parade, really...

The fleet started to arrive today!

It started to rain tonight. But it's not that heavy. And maybe it will clear up some of the mugginess!

That's pretty much today, anyway. I'm sure I'm forgetting things. But every day seems like it goes on forever! And so many things are happening.

Sweet dreams, friends!
No, I didn't go shopping in the afternoon, as originally planned. I went in to work to help Marilyn, who was suddenly swamped with work to do.

Jessica was in the hospital. I have no idea why, as she didn't tell anyone. Hopefully she'll feel better soon. In the meantime, all is well. Sue really jumped in and tackled things -- as did Marilyn! They are amazing to watch, I have to say.

Adeena and I helped Marilyn to assist Allison with the Junior Parade script. We were both really impressed with how Allison did today. She was under a ton of pressure, but really held it together. Marilyn bought her a plant to show her how happy she was with her.

Marilyn is great at script writing, of course. And I think Adeena is a really good script writer, too. I think we really ripped out the items that needed to be done -- then Allison quickly put everything together. It was a real team effort!

Sue and Adeena worked on the Walk -- that seemed to go really well, too.

I got my website work done. And Rich and I did our mid-week Press Release/News item. We'll do another one for the weekend, too.

Tomorrow is the Junior Parade. Suzanne is very excited about it. I hope it goes well.

I had a bad moment during the day that shocked and angered me. Actually, there were two moments that seemed to show a lack of respect. I'm sure I'll be over it by tomorrow. That's all I want to say about that.

Carla came in and joined us for the GFP PA Meeting in the late afternoon. It went amazingly well!!! One of the best ever, Marilyn and I both thought! Marilyn was great (as always), Carla did an excellent job, as did Sue. And I helped out here and there. (These people are wonderful volunteers and I enjoy interacting with them!)

So, Jeff and Marilyn talked and he stepped in to help dump a really exhausting project (with logos) that Marilyn and I do every year. What a break. He's saved us hours of work! And I don't think it was something that was ever reaching all that many people to begin with. I guess it was originally a sponsor obligation. I like this trend to change things that aren't the best use of time -- especially of Marilyn's time!!!

Marilyn and I stopped and shopped on the way home from work. Then we got McDonald's for dinner. And we had our raspberries for dessert. I guess we were eating around 9:30-ish... Yes, another long day.

Marilyn is asleep downstairs while I blog. I never heard how many steps she had for today. I got 7,400+, which wasn't bad at all.

My dear friend Charold brought in cake today! I missed her visit, but sent her an email. I think it's so sweet she does that every year! And talk about delicious cake! Yummy.

We have a lot to get done tomorrow. We usually can do exactly that, as much of the staff is out for the Junior parade, giving us quiet in the office to tackle tasks.

Jeff told me some sad news today. I'd share, but I think I'm one of the only people who knows, so I probably shouldn't say. Later... But I feel bad.

Angel's monitor is going out again. It might be the monitor, but maybe it's his graphics card. Donn will need to check it when he's in next.

Rob contacted me to tell me he was giving away his Chalet pass. He wanted to find out if he could use his Credentials that I gave him to view the parade on Saturday -- and the answer was no, not without a ticket! So I had to ask for another Chalet pass... Thankfully Carol gave me one.

I helped Marilyn clean out her GFP file box tonight. We'll need to put all that stuff in for 2017 tomorrow! She has her big meeting first thing in the morning (I never go it -- I think I've only ever been maybe twice -- years ago).

We're both VERY RELAXED about things. Yes, there's the possibility of bad weather (rain) on Saturday. But we've had rain before. Everything will be fine.

I can't believe how CALM we are. That's very nice. We're really busy, there's no doubt. But we know things will work out.

Marilyn and I watched an episode of "Diagnosis Murder" tonight. I like that show. Mainly, I like the characters...

Time for bed! Sweet dreams, friends.
Another work day -- crazy/busy for Marilyn, for sure!

I was HOME -- Marilyn isn't taking any chances with me getting sick during this week. Hahaha. I did website stuff and other work from here in my home office.

Tonight was "From One Rose" at the Hollywood Theatre. Adeena joined us here after Marilyn got home from work and we three drove over together.

We ended up sitting with Caitlin, Kate and Christine (from the office), who were also attending. I was glad they did a different ending, not showing the epilogue (which I don't care for). That made the film nearly perfect. This is our Centennial year film -- Marilyn was the Executive Producer.

Ira was there at the end to answer questions. The movie started at 7:30 -- and started with a short film from 1977 about the festival (smile). I can't believe it wasn't over until 10:30.

I had a fried egg this morning with toast. And some crackers with cheese later in the day. And popcorn during the movie. I think I'll go eat something now...

Hopefully Adeena will have time tomorrow to take me shopping (fingers crossed).

The Grand Floral Parade script went to print today. The PA Meeting is tomorrow. I'm not sure if Marilyn wants me to attend or not.

I heard from Larry via text today. He said his phone has been broken. And his mom's phone (sister Sue) has no charger -- and they can't find one because the phone is so old! I mentioned I had wanted to give him tickets to take Tammy to CountryFest -- he said she'd like to go. But I had to mention that concert was LAST NIGHT. As I told him, I'd been trying to reach him since Friday...

Well, more tomorrow! Sweet dreams.
I'm still really suffering with leg cramps. I started doing even more research. Get this: I probably need additional SALT in my diet to aid with these horrible cramps. Are you kidding me?

Well, I thought about it today, but my feet already seem somewhat swollen, so I just couldn't get myself to do it today. But it's clearly a balancing act. I need to reason it through.

Marilyn left me home and told me to rest. She was at work for hours, but finally had to come home as she'd been sick all day with her IBS, poor thing. And the office was full of people, so it wasn't easy to use the bathroom -- not good.

We both decided to SLEEP after she got home. I ended up with both cats sleeping with me! Colin even crawled under the covers at one point.

We got up and both showered and washed our hair, then headed to the office around 8:00 p.m.

Today was a crazy day in Portland, with major protests going on downtown. Such a mess. We're in the middle of the festival, and they're advising people not to come downtown!!! We had one of our big concerts going on in the RoZone. Happily the police kept the trouble AWAY from Waterfront park where CityFair was going on.

I was sure glad Marilyn came home safely!!! I was glad to see her out of downtown during the violence and potential danger...

Marilyn was reviewing and adding to the Grand Floral Parade script, which Kim has been working on. It needs to go to print shortly for the PA meeting on Tuesday.

I did some minor website stuff. I did walk into the park with Andre to get something to eat. I had the mac and cheese with pulled pork. I like Zandre so much! He's a great guy!

Marilyn and I left round 11:30-ish, getting home just past midnight. I just barely managed to get my 4,000 (4,116) steps today. Marilyn got 5,855.

Jeff's cell phone refuses to charge, so it's totally dead now! He promised to get it fixed in the morning. Yikes! Not good!

Can't think what I'm forgetting... Probably not important. Time for bed!

I did manage to do a couple of days of my pills, anyway, and take them.

And I need to give Henry his pill, of course. He's so good about taking it.

Happy days, friends, and sweet dreams.
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Marilyn and I are barely in the door -- I just peeled off my clothes. It's 1:30-ish. We didn't get away from the office until past 1:00 a.m., in other words...

Tonight was the Starlight Parade. The parade went smoothly and I was told there were huge crowds -- as always -- all along the route. (Christine and Zandre have been riding in the 'pace car' vehicle -- which is not really a pace car, but whatever -- for years. So they're good judges of the spectators on the route.) It looked great on TV and I think most of the entries made TV, too.

But we had a major issue with Porta Potties this year. Marilyn was involved in a huge and long meeting in advance of the parade with the people who provide the service. The rep used a map to carefully plot every single location of every unit. Then even figured out how far back from the actual street they'd be and which way the door would face to make it safe for everyone. But the formation area units weren't delivered. There were some 3,000 band members alone in formation needing to go (not to mention other entries). So Marilyn got together with Steven and pulled units from CityFair for formation. Meanwhile it appears the formation units got placed on the route for spectators -- not nearly enough of them. And they were on the pink honor line, meaning people were lining up in the street to use them. A big mess. We'll catch heck over this, but it was the fault of the porta pottie company and their failure to provide what had been carefully ordered in advance.

I think what speaks to our expertise as event specialists is the way we all managed to work as a team to fix the issue the best we could, under the circumstances. Marilyn was on the phone and texting people and meeting with people -- just doing everything within her power. It wasn't a perfect solution, but I guess it worked. We'll find out more, I'm sure, in the next several days.

There were no serious police-related incidents. No protests. No violence. Considering the state of world affairs, that's nearly a miracle. Everybody was safe and the parade was a success and enjoyable.

Rich and I banged out the results tonight -- he, for the media and me, for the website. Often we don't have these ready until the following day, so we're proud of our efforts.

Sue B. was amazing as the PIC (person in charge) of the parade -- everyone agrees about that! Marilyn was the one who asked Sue to come to town to do this job, and I think it was a brilliant decision.

We had our usual festival half hour overview show right before the parade aired, which was good, as always. I was able to reach June and Jim to watch it, but not Shari. Nor could I reach sister Sue. (I did try, at least.)

Cool thing: We hadn't set up to tape either show. But I was able to do that remotely (!!!) using my phone! Isn't that cool??? Now if you want to tape something you can easily set it up from wherever you happen to be. I think that's fabulous. I'd never done it before, so I was pleased I could reason it out!

Marilyn went in for Special Needs Day this morning. I love that event, but Marilyn absolutely wasn't allowing me near it this year. She's sure I got sick after that event last year -- and she's probably right (she usually is!!!). It's okay. I stayed home and did some stuff here...

We had a big meal of bacon, hominy and toast when she got home. At least, it seemed like a big meal to both of us! Hahaha. We eat a LOT LESS than we used to. And that was our only meal of the entire day.

We did snack on a couple of things in the office. Pepperoni sticks and chips. But that was it. And we drank some pop and water...

I had an important issue with the website I had to address, too. The CityFair ticket link was displaying on the Buy > Tickets page as EVENT COMPLETED -- even though it won't be over until next Sunday! It's too complicated to even begin to explain how it all works. WordPress is NOT all that easy to use, I'm telling you. Originally I thought I'd need Brit and David (and maybe Nate) from Fish to help me fix it -- but I'm happy to report I figured out FOR MYSELF today. And now we're good to go again! Hahaha.

Marilyn was disappointed with her steps. She only (only?) got 4,300+. As she said, it's far less than she's been getting for ages. But what can you do when you need to be in one spot to do your job? It makes it impossible to get steps... I got 5,100+ somehow. More than I expected, that's for sure. My left foot that I smashed last Thursday is still bothering me, but oh well.

Time for bed. I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of stuff, but oh well!

Sweet dreams, friends.