April 26th, 2004


The Weekend Is Over


It was busy.

Marilyn went in to the PRFA office Saturday morning while I stayed home and worked on the script (and her labels).

We didn't find time to work on her filing this weekend, I'm afraid. Maybe next weekend, though (hopefully).

Saturday late afternoon/evening was Music Fest. (Loud and no where to sit, so we spent the entire time on our feet.)

Sunday morning we actually slept in. (Thank God.)

Then we ran for Starbuck's before heading home to dress for the annual Blessing of the Festival.

The Blessing is extremely tedious. There's no nice way to put it. At least we sit much of the time.

It's also extremely essential that we attend. We have very important interactions with the Rosarians and so on...

It was hot standing outside after the ceremony in the sun while the (very tedious) rose planting took place.

Then the reception. We didn't stay very long as we needed to head directly home and change before going out again.

Next in line was Music Fest again. It was packed, as people awaited the final performances and announcement of the winners. (Whew, was it hot in there!)

Again no place to sit, so we stood the whole time.

I broke out in quite a sweat, but we got through it fine. The music is amazing (if loud).

The best part was it got over by nine.

Then we dashed out for some fast food for dinner. Came home and got into comfy clothes and scarfed down food. (We were starved.) Drank two pops in a row! (We were both really thirsty, too.)

I'm just getting ready to head to bed. I'm beat.

Marilyn (bless her) worked out after all that! She's amazing.

I hope all my friends are doing okay!

We had a beautiful, sunny day today! The weather is supposed to be nice this week.

I need to talk to sister Sue tomorrow, as I barely had time to do that over the weekend...

I also need to find time to call friend Shari. (We're all she has anymore after the death of her brother and now her aunt. Sigh. She literally has no other friends.)

Haven't talked to cousin Linda for several days, either.

More tomorrow (hopefully!).

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Sick. Damn It.

Mainly, though, I feel like a truck drove over me. By which I mean I just feel deathly tired.

I have a slightly stuffed up head. I think I have a temperature, too. (I haven't taken it and it's so hot today that it's hard to tell for certain.)

I did have a killer headache at five this morning. I got up and took additional cold meds even though I wasn't due to do so until six. What the hell.

I've done little or nothing most of the day...

But Sue called after taking her car in. I think the total on the car was around two grand (!!!). But that was for a full set of tires, getting the brakes done and something with the transmission. She does need to keep it running decently, seeing as it's unlikely she'll be able to afford one again...

Anyway, she and I both went grocery shopping.

Normally I can do all my shopping quickly and then aid with hers. But I kept yawning as if I were going to turn inside out! Very annoying. I just feel so tired!

So she had to not only shop for her own stuff (she got a cart full), but it took so long for the man to check me out that she'd put her own stuff into the trunk before I got there! (I'd planned to do it. Honest! I hate for her to lift, considering her heart condition.)

I managed to get all my groceries in the house (including two 20-pound bags of kitty litter) and put away. But I was in a total sweat by the time I finished. I'm now sitting typing in a tank top and my panties--I kid you not! LOL.

Thank God we got these two window air conditioners when we did! They're older now and don't work that great, but they make a hell of a difference in the kitchen and here in the office.

The kitchen, nook, upstairs bathroom and our office all face the front of the house and get the afternoon sun. It can get pretty damned hot, I'll tell you!

The rest of the upstairs is our living room and my bedroom. I'm grateful for the overhead fan in my bedroom (it doesn't help much, but at least pushes the air around). The living room is hard to keep cool, seeing as the back wall is floor to ceiling windows. Even the back door is mostly glass.

The downstairs stays much cooler, thankfully!

I took a nap from noon 'til around 1:30 p.m. down in Marilyn's bed. She's got a king that's lovely. Big bedroom.

I did water the grass this morning, at least. It took me somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour (I wasn't paying close attention this morning) to finish it. I wanted to get it really soaked, knowing we were supposed to have temperatures in the high 80's today. I just went to the weather channel and it says it's 83. (Okay, make that mid-80's, I guess.)

We were considerably cooler last week, so this is a bit of a shock to the system...

Well, I need something to drink... (Water?)

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Script Progress

I meant to post on Saturday (a second time) and relate my progress with the script. Then Marilyn got home and we got busy and I didn't get time.

Drum roll.

I have the entire script in line-up order!

That probably doesn't sound like much to anyone. Or maybe it makes no sense whatsoever. Here's the thing...

I take the official line-up (the order of the parade). It has two sets of official numbers, to which I have to add the additional PAGE number.

It's page number, entry number, entry type/unit number.

There are a total of 96 entries this year (not counting an additional float slated first, in case they end up pulling out).

Unit type (entry type) is whether they're a float, (marching) band, misc(ellaneous) unit, marching unit, or special.

Special refers to something like the mayor of the city, or some other vip. (I call V.I.P.s 'vips'--kind of for fun, I guess. I've done it for years now.) Other vips might be the President of the PRFA, or the Prime Minister of the Royal Rosarians (and so on).

I think the other categories are fairly clear. A misc unit might be something like the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdales (pulling their famous red beer wagon).

Taking previous scripts (starting with 2003 and working back), I pull any repeat entries and drag them into the new script for this year.

It probably sounds pretty easy. It's not. LOL.

Then for each spot where I have a brand new entry that hasn't appeared before, I set up a formatted page and type in the entry name.

I've been doing the script now for several years, so it's generally pretty easy for me to know if an entry is brand new or a repeat. I simply know the names of those I've typed in year after year. LOL.

I also know so many people connected with various entries. Generally I'll end up talking to the people in order to get more info or check on certain elements of what they've submitted (like name pronunciation). I've made some lovely friends over the years!

It's a major 'deal' for me to get that part out of the way, so I felt really good about it on Saturday when I finished it.

Now I've got it backed up on disk and on Marilyn's comp. (We're networked together here in our office.)

Marilyn even suggested I email it to her at work--just in case! I can't say how many times I've lost scripts in the past...

Or accidently over-written one! Easy to do when you're pulling pages from one document into another--and you have six or more past scripts open! LOL.

The most frustrating part is finding errors from previous scripts. There's never enough time (or man-power) for my script to be proofed by anyone besides me.

There's rarely time for me to do it decently, in fact.

So I miss things. Not big things, but still. (Sigh.)

Anyway, I'm still finishing up the bands (which I got early this year!!!). Tonight Jenny (and Kristen) will send home a stack of the other entries for me to start work on tomorrow. (I hope I'm over being sick. Sigh.)

I need to have it done weeks earlier (supposedly, anyway) this year. TV is all over getting it way in advance.

Jenny's new to this parade, so she doesn't know to tell him to f*** off (not that she would, but still... you follow me). Marilyn would tell him he'd get it when he got it. (Marilyn does the 'big' parade--the Grand Floral. Better known as the GFP around here.)

Jenny's done the Junior Parade in the past, but this is her first year on Starlight. (Junior only qualifies for cable access coverage, so TV's not a factor there.)

Well, I'll try to accomodate him. I have things earlier than in the past, certainly. And I've done the page-order (which is how I refer to what I described above), which is a major step!

This may be the earliest they've ever had the script done.

That would be nice, actually. I often really sweat getting it wrapped up and to the printer by deadline. (In time to pass them out for the P.A. meeting!)

Well, I'm going to lie down for a bit. Then I guess I'll either tackle dinner or hit the script again. LOL.

I hope all my friends are staying healthy and happy...

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Weather Or Not...

The weather channel now says it's 85' here. Didn't I just relate that it was 83'? (What gives? That's a quick change!)

Yesterday's high was (apparently) 80'. It seemed much hotter. (Especially standing outside in the sun for the rose planting. Or maybe that should be especially standing in a crowded room of people waiting for the announcement of the winners at Music Fest. Toss up?)

Eminem is going to be on TRL tomorrow. Must tape!

My 'extra' pictures have expired. Sigh.

It's annoying which pictures get selected to stay active and which go inactive! Some of my fave (and most used) are inactive. To make them active without buying the extras would mean deleting a ton of icons.

(And it wasn't that long ago that I only had three and an unpaid journal! LOL.)

I can live without them, I suppose. Considering our household expenses recently, I really don't need them!

Well, nap time... (Marilyn should--hopefully--be home soon, so it needs to be a short nap!)

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