May 23rd, 2009

roses box, gift

Festival Time!

Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I survived DAY ONE of the festival (barely).

I did manage to twist my ankle at some point (it was DARK there -- Peter was supposed to hang lights and didn't) -- and Marilyn was carrying her shoes part of the time. When she got home her feet and legs were killing her, she was in so much pain. It's a ton of walking and standing.

The lighting of the rose was AWESOME, I have to say! The concert was good, the court did a good job, all the speech givers were brief (and said good things), our queen did her usual great job (I love her) and the fireworks (what we saw as we headed out of there) were lovely.

Earlier, the media-staged Opening went really well (featuring clowns, Rosarians and court). Then we rode one ride with the queen and her family (mom, dad and two sisters -- all were wonderful), took some photos from the 'Big Wheel' and finally headed home to change for later.

It was a super busy and long day (we had our traditional Taco Bell when we got home), but the crowds seemed big to me and the weather was WONDERFUL, so I think we're off to a good start! Hope so! (smile)

We have a TON to do today (manicures, tanning, shopping), so I need to go get dressed. We're planning (at this point) to take today off for all our errands (etc.), and then work tomorrow. Sounds like a plan!

I have to get a new watch (mine died last week) and a new battery for my phone (essential!!!). We were both having phone issues yesterday, which is a big NO this time of year.

One of my busiest months of the year -- and I haven't missed a day of blogging. I'm proud of me. (grin)


Busy Day of Errands!

This has been a busy day, running around doing errands we needed to get done (and never get a chance to do). We went shopping at more than one store and so on. (And we tanned! The first time in ages. We'd wanted to before this, but could never seem to work it in.)

But when we finally got home, we did lie down for a nap. I was more tired than hungry, so even though I hadn't had anything to eat, I just gobbled some chips and pretzels, then went to sleep.

When I got, Marilyn mistressmarilyn told me she had something to show me. She went to the DVR where she'd taped two of our local news stations last night, knowing they'd cover everything from last night. At one point they directed people to go to their website. They used a visual effect on the screen showing a cursor that clicked the festival link at their website -- and then a visual that showed OUR website (the Home page). She played it for me several times -- it's so very cool! And, yeah, it looked GREAT on TV!

Right now the 2009 banner is there, plus a brand new slideshow I put up last week. (Okay, it went up last Tuesday -- but it seems like weeks ago, I must admit.) There are several other 'flashy' things there, so it looks pretty damn fine. Always classy, though, in spite of some attention-getting elements. As the banner is always my personal artwork, it's pretty special to see it featured places, like on TV!

For the record, during the festival TIME gets weird. It stretches like taffy. You go to tell someone about an incident as if it took place days or weeks ago, and it actually happened that morning, or the day before. I'm seriously NOT kidding. Marilyn and I were talking about this again recently, and everybody on Staff tends to mention it at least once.

You'd think we'd get used to it after so many years of doing this, but you never do...

I have a headache, which is annoying. Probably eye strain, which I can't avoid with all the hours upon hours of coding and graphics work I do. But still! Maybe if I ate something real it would go away. Okay! I just got an apple (very crisp) and am eating it.

Marilyn is working on the bills, so I should stop and go help her do them. (Such a pain -- especially during festival, when we're focused on so many other things.)

I'm back to thinking about my website on TV. It feels pretty cool to have it up on the screen like that! I don't know how many homes it reaches (I'm guessing all of Oregon and Southwest Washington, at the very least), but the Portland metropolitan area alone exceeds 2 million people. Not that they would all be watching that one station, of course. Still, just think of it! I'm not getting over this any time quick.

My ego won't be too inflated by this, I promise. But, wow, it's big fun. (grin)

star, gold star

New Watch!

I forgot to mention that ONE of our (many) errands today was getting me a new watch! Unfortunately, my Casio gave up the ghost this past week, which is TOTALLY unacceptable any time of year, but especially during the festival when I need to really keep track of time.

I've been wearing Casios for decades now (seriously), so it took Marilyn mistressmarilyn asking me about the Timex watches to get me to consider buying one.

Here's a photo of what it looks like (you can click it to see the larger version):

Timex Expedition Indiglo

The watch is the Timex Expedition Indiglo. (By the way, we got it at Walmart, so the price was only $30 -- not the listed $45!)

The band is waterproof (a mix of leather and nylon), which is a good thing as I'm terribly hard on watch bands. The whole thing is very rugged, good for someone who wears her watch to do EVERYTHING (seriously).

You can't tell that well from the photo, but the band is brown and black -- very cool. And the face doesn't show that well in photos, either. It has a green glow all the time, and then when you need to make the face light up, you push a button and it glows blue. Plus the numbers are BIG (thankfully), making them easier to read. (All this computer work with coding and so on has made me so blind...)

So far I'm in LOVE with this watch. We'll see how well it does for work before I give my final review. (I've only been wearing it a few hours, after all.)

Yeah, it's very big and masculine, but I've worn masculine watches forever, so it's perfect for me. Some women might not like it, but as I say...

Time to go help (a little, anyway) with the bills!