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Flooding, Ballots and HORRIBLE CHANGES TO LIVEJOURNAL

First off: I hate, hate, HATE the recent changes to LiveJournal! I have no idea why they felt it necessary to make all of these changes, but the result is awful! The Profile page is especially bad, in my opinion... (ugh)

Marilyn and I finished our ballots, which will be ready to deliver tomorrow. Gosh, I can't believe it's almost May 20 already! (May 22 is our deceased Mother's bday, by the way. It's also the birthday of our friend Sandy. I had planned to have a package ready to send to her, but as in other years, that just didn't happen... sigh...)

As for our flooding, the good news: There was no additional rain today! In fact, the weather was quite lovely, with blue skies and warm, almost summery, weather.

We ran small electric heaters all night and all day today. Plus a large fan we bought for this same problem in the past. Marilyn stayed as long as she could, but finally had to go to the office. She'd planned to try and get home early, but she ended up coming home around 10:00 p.m.

Our Starlight Parade Grand Marshal announcement was tonight -- which is what delayed her so late. Mayor Bud Clark is celebrating the 30th anniversary of election as Portland's major. It was Marilyn's idea to ask him to serve as GM. He portrayed Rex Oregonus during our Centennial celebration in 2007. (And I have strong memories from his participation in the GFP when he served as mayor.) By the way, anyone who has served as mayor retains that title for life -- just an FYI (in case you didn't know). I've done a draft of the News item to go up at the website, which I'll review with Rich tomorrow. The goal is to get it up at the website and share the news with the Board prior to Rich sending out his Press Release. (But it often doesn't go that way, I'm afraid...)

I didn't really get to catch up on my sleep today, I'm afraid. I was busy with laundry (washing and drying all the towels we used to sop up the water in Marilyn's bedroom), for one thing. And moving the heaters and the fan around.

Total aside: I had a low blood sugar incident around 4:00 p.m. today -- it came as a total surprise! I was really shaking as I made my way to my bedroom to test -- and then while throwing together a sandwich that I almost inhaled. It's interesting how you feel like you're starving when this happens! You can't get food in quickly enough. I guess this was my own fault for not having lunch, but I'd had a late breakfast, so I didn't think it was an issue...

I was on the phone several times today with Donn, who was working on the office. Anyway, I did discuss with him the IT projects he was tackling at length. Whether I'm at home or not, I generally spend a good portion of my day doing festival work.

I did fall asleep at one point. Deeply enough that Marilyn tried to phone me a couple of times and I slept right through the calls. It's not as bad as it sounds, though. I didn't have a phone near me, so that explains why I didn't hear it. (Still, there would have been some sound, and I certainly slept through whatever ringing I should have heard.)

Marilyn and I had to dash to the store after she got home. I needed aspirin, or I wouldn't be able to take my Niacin. Don't know if I've ever explained that, but you take an aspirin half an hour before, to avoid having a flushing incident...

I'm so tired right now! And I really should be washing my hair for tomorrow. Oh well. If I don't get it done, I just don't...

I do need to share about the amazing book I'm reading at some point. I love the writing so much that I need to see what else the author has done! It's a must-read book that I need to tell about.

Henry goes to the vet this coming Thursday at 10:00 a.m. (sister Sue is kindly taking us, as Marilyn must work that day). We can't really afford it, but there's no choice. They won't give us his pills unless he goes in.

YES: The bedroom is nearly dry now, thankfully. And all the tons of towels are washed and dried. No worries about the process, by the way. I don't think I made it clear that we've been through this many times before. We have a very good system for dealing with it. And the best news is that there's NO ODOR at all (!!!), which is a good sign that we're not going to deal with mildew or mold (as we have in past years). We have excellent products to avoid this -- plus if you do things a certain way (as we've learned), you have a good result. So glad!

I did go out and re-tarp the back side of the house, just to be safe. They had said we'd have more rain today. And they're also saying there will be rain this coming weekend. Rotten luck for the festival, by the way. Your continued good thoughts and prayers about our home are greatly appreciated. Marilyn and I really appreciate the concern that's been expressed, too -- thanks! (And some good thoughts and prayers for the upcoming festival would be lovely, too!!!)

Update on our friend Dennis (Sue B.'s husband): He did have a small heart attack. He's been treated and released from the hospital -- continued good thoughts and prayers are appreciated! He made Sue drive him to work (!!!) today, so he's clearly feeling better.

So much more to share, but no time! Heading to bed. So. Tired. (sigh)

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