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Opening Day -- What a Day!!! 

For those who wondered, thankfully the SECOND application of hair color managed to cover the orange. I was good to go today. It's not perfect, but I can live with it, thankfully. Oh, and I didn't mean to make it sound like sister Sue was giving me a hard time. She was probably as surprised by my white hair as I was!

Marilyn thinks that I now need to always do a two-step color job. It's just such a pain. But I'm not ready to go white, believe me! I might try some wild thing like electric blue or bright pink this summer. It might end up the real me! Hahaha.

Our day started early and was busy from the first minute. The really lovely thing was Todd (last year's festival president) and his wife Stephanie bringing in breakfast for the entire staff! How lovely was that???

I'm just exhausted right now (Marilyn, too, of course). So I think I might do the short version now and leave the rest for tomorrow...

Rich and I had the Grand Marshal News out quite early. Current Oregon Governor Kate Brown and former Governor Barbara Roberts will be the Grand Marshals of the Grand Floral Parade this year.

The day flew by, we were all so very BUSY!!!

I had to do quite a bit of website work today. More than I would usually do on the first day of the festival, but oh well.

Lots of walking today! Back and forth to the park.

We had rain, unfortunately. But thankfully not that much of it!

Governor Roberts came to our office to appear at our ribbon cutting ceremony at CityFair. She spent almost the entire time in Marilyn's office, where I got to chat with her at great length. Interestingly, she reminds me of Marilyn with all her wonderful stories (Marilyn is also an amazing story teller). Governor Roberts was the 34th Governor of Oregon, serving from 1991 to 1995. She was our first female governor -- and Governor Brown is the second. Governor Roberts was delightful. She's a charming woman. She brought copies of her book for each Princess, plus one for Marilyn, all signed. She said some inspirational things to the Court. (Sister Sue knows Barbara quite well, by the way. I mentioned Sue while talking to her.)

Marilyn and I got lunch from the Turkey Place Deli (I had curry chicken). Very yummy.

After the ribbon cutting, we did ride on some rides with our friend Adeena and her sister. We ran into a ton of friends.

Marilyn's interview with the Oregonian was in the paper today -- and online at OregonLive.com. It turned out really nice, as did the photos that went with it.

Tonight there was the whole stage thing, as per every year. Angel got to show off the NEW light-up Clown Prince scepter, using it to knight children from Boys & Girls Aid (our 2015 official charity). It was such a moving moment!

And the highlight of the evening? The mayor read a proclamation declaring June 6, 2015 as PARADE QUEEN DAY, in honor of Marilyn!!! It was quite a surprise, I have to tell you!

Marilyn hadn't eaten after lunch, so I just made her a frozen dinner. I ate in the VIP lounge. She's probably drifting off while I type this up.

My feet and legs are killing me. But at least I didn't have a low blood sugar incident today.

The fireworks were lovely! And I always enjoy Hit Machine when they play.

This is missing a lot of details, but whatever...

I'm so ready for bed now!

OH!!! Today is Mom's birthday. She would have been so proud of Marilyn today.

(I took a ton of photos of the Governor with people. I'll try and share soon...)

Fitbit Update: Marilyn got 11,950 steps and I got 14,370.

May 23, 2015 (Saturday) 12:08 pm (UTC)
If you do some other hair color it should be towards the red for the festival, right?

It does sound like a very busy day. But, it ended with fireworks, so that's cool!
May 23, 2015 (Saturday) 12:47 pm (UTC)
Charlie, You were so wonderful to call me and keep me on top of everything and I was so happy about the Mayor and his proclamation about Marilyn how wonderful that was. Jeff must have worked hard to make that happen. I really am not a fan of the Mayor. So glad that Barbara Roberts was there all of that time. She is a wonderful women and I love her. I do not know Kate Brown at all but hope she will do a good job. They are great choices for the Grand Marshalls. I am just trying to stay as well as I can for the parade now. Yes today is Mom's and Levi's birthdays. He is 9 today. Tammy is having a one hour birthday party at their house for him. Candy will work graveyard tonight to finish her new employees training. He does not seem to be doing well which makes her feel so bad.
May 23, 2015 (Saturday) 05:52 pm (UTC)

Wow, what a wonderful day on so many fronts! ^_^

Glad you were able to get your hair color straightened out; you may say Marilyn is a great storyteller but my goodness Charlie, so are you! I know having orange hair wasn't funny but your previous post about it found me giggling, I must admit. I could imagine your frustration but I could tell you'd kept your humor about it as well, knowing one way or another it would work out. :)

Hooray for all the steps, and Happy Birthday in Heaven to your mother. I know she'd be proud of ALL of her daughters!

Take care and I hope you have a great weekend! *HUGS* ^_^ ♥
May 24, 2015 (Sunday) 02:15 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful day! all great news :)