Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
Marilyn and I started our day early -- and managed to get to work by 7:20 a.m. Not bad! (She had a meeting at 7:30 and needed to let folks in for it...)
Rich was there, so he and I went to Starbucks to get coffee. He's still suffering -- coughing and having trouble catching his breath, poor guy... I hope he gets some REST over the three-day weekend!
Took in the Valentine bags I did for everyone -- happily had enough. The 'hit' item? These little metal packages. You don't open them: You hit them hard with your fist! Then they 'pop' open and the mini-balloon inside self-inflates. Very, very cool, I'm telling you! Some kind of chemical reaction thing. Smacking them must set it off. They're cold to the touch and you can hear sizzling inside. Everybody just loved them so much! (And I did see a bunch of people using their new pencils, too...)
I took the time to write out Valentines from both Marilyn and me (Batman from her and Peanuts from me). These were also popular, with people displaying them in their spaces. So cute!
Donn came in at 10:00 and got right in working on PRFA76 for Tanya (with her brand new Profile). So she should get her 'new' machine next week! It has a faster processor than she's ever had, plus it's now at 2 gigs of RAM (she only had 1 before). It should seem like quite an improvement for her!
He also replaced the monitor at one of the intern stations (Erin's?) that was 'missing.' I noticed it when putting the cards on desks. I think we 'stole' it for another space when a monitor went belly up. We've been having a LOT of equipment go out. Little wonder, considering that many of these machines are still the old Compaqs that we 'rebuilt' back in 2007 (and they were old and used when we got them!). I mean, it's seven years later!!! And almost all of our monitors are used, so...
Donn and I still need to get MICE and KEYBOARDS -- though Donn brought in both (from home, used), just to be safe...
I don't know WHAT I'd do without Donn! I really don't. He's what keeps me sane about all the tons of IT that we have to do...
Texted with Kris today -- and even talked on the phone at one point. (There's no sign he'll be in before next week some time to do the new WiFi setup... And I have NO CLUE when he'll update our Server RAM.)
Spoke with John over at FISH about the website. Gave him the current FTP info -- and he gave ME the NEW info. Then we chatted eNewsletter and some other stuff... But I could NOT get in to the new site via FTP. My old software isn't 'secure' enough. So I got a different one, but it STILL WOULDN'T WORK. (sigh) I hope we can figure that out soon...
I'm using an Open Source software -- because the paid version of my old one cost more than a thousand dollars (!!!). Are you KIDDING ME??? Just for an FTP? I've always used a free one, so I about died. There's got to be stuff for under $100, surely. In my history with the festival, I've never bought a software for my own use that exceeded $60. Yeah, we've bought Quickbooks for Finance and the Rhino CAD for others (and so on). But I've only gotten a couple of things, and they were pretty damn cheap!!!
I'll have to research it. And be sure that what I have is a problem, for whatever reason. I mean, maybe I don't have the right FTPing info. Not saying John gave it to me wrong, but stranger things have happened, after all! (grin)
Rich and I went with Marilyn to Beaverton (leaving at around 1:00) for her Radio Disney interview. It was quite long (originally she'd said it would be 20 minutes, but it was far longer than that). The young woman who interviewed her was so sweet and attractive. She's involved in the Miss America program and is currently Miss Mount Hood (from Oregon). Just darling. Marilyn wants her to be a judge for Court and the IYSFF! Anyway, it went well -- and the questions were easy ones, happily.
Then Marilyn brought me home -- hoping I could connect with Hector about getting the old fridge. It didn't happen, but I was okay with that. After trying to reach him and messing around a bit, I just ended up taking a (much needed!) nap.
When Marilyn got home from work, I fixed pasta, spaghetti sauce (it was very good!), meatballs and garlic toast for dinner. She skipped the pasta and toast and stuck with one of her low carb wraps and the sauce -- plus the meatballs. I had the full thing, and it was all quite good! I just finished up putting away all the food and cleaning up the kitchen before coming to blog. (We were pretty hungry, not having any lunch today.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: When you get used to having two fridges, it's VERY HARD to go back to only one! We've been in this house 20 years -- and the entire time we've had two. And we also have two at the beach house. That means we generally use one for beverages (water, pop, beer and so on), the extra freezer (for more frozen stuff) PLUS for 'overflow' food -- a place to put things when the main fridge in the kitchen is too full... Can't wait to get another one in the house again!
We're NOT going to the beach house (as originally planned) this weekend. Instead we're staying home to get things done and rest. Maybe we'll go buy a new fridge. And hopefully we'll go get our manicures and pedicures done! And other stuff (like me working on the website for the Franklin Alumni!). Right now SLEEPING sounds like a GREAT idea. Bed is where I'm heading when I'm done blogging...
I feel like I'm forgetting to share something, but not sure what it is. Oh well.
Oh!!! My blood count this morning was 124! It's been around 160 or higher for AGES now, so that really made me happy. Then I was 'shaky' this afternoon when I got home, so I did it and it was 119. Normally that wouldn't bother me (it's not that low, really), but Marilyn and I figure it's because I've been so high the last couple of months. I meant to phone about getting in to see my nurse practitioner next week, but didn't get to that. I want to talk about maybe upping my meds. Anyway, this is boring, so I'll quit.
Hope you all had a GREAT day! (hugs)
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
The PSSCA website is really cracking right now, with everything happening in Japan -- and here in SUPPORT of Japan.
Marilyn and I made a donation to Mercy Corps today, though we also want to offer some other donations to a variety of organizations. But Mercy Corps is a local (internationally famous) organization that does so much good -- and PSSCA has partnered with them specifically for Japan relief efforts.
Anyway, altogether I worked on three different websites today. I did a TON for the PSSCA website. But I also had quite a bit to do for the festival website, too. And then we finally got the okay for the GF Walk website header banner today (woo hoo), so I had to resize, add the rounded corners (this entire website has a cool 'rounded corners' look that I just love) and get it loaded up. That last website is still not Live, but it's getting closer to being ready to launch.
I talked to Gene and Kendra yesterday about their website, too. I don't want them to do anything without talking to me first (so they don't end up being ripped off by someone). It irks me how many people are selling their website services, but don't really know what the hell they're doing. (It makes me so mad I can't even go there...)
I'm still not getting any email notices, even though I've contacted LJ Support and my ISP to make sure LJ is white-listed. For those who might be wondering, I realize this isn't a new issue -- and that LiveJournal is aware of the problem. But I still feel it's a good idea to keep them informed when I have problems with the service. And, yeah, I did whine about it, but I can't remember the last time I've gone without notices for this long before. (Years ago?)
Friends, if you think I'm ignoring you, honestly I'm not. I'm just not getting a single notice. The last I got was on March 1. Ironically, I didn't even get the notification that someone had responded to my support request... (smile) That means it's been two weeks with no notices.
I've also done a load of dishes (plus hand-washed some pots and pans), checked our tarps and hooked them down (again -- we're having horrible downpours, so we remain worried about flooding) and did the garbage and recycling (a day early -- that's a whole other story).
It's hours since I started this (!!!). But Marilyn is (finally) home, we've had dinner and watched "Glee," and some tennis -- and now we're due for a nap. Marilyn is doing a radio interview first thing in the morning (6:30 a.m.), so we should try to get to bed for the night early, if we can.
I haven't slept well for the past two nights, so I'm really tired -- even though I did get to sleep in this morning (thanks, Marilyn!).
Tomorrow I have another person starting at the office (a new Jessica), so I'll be heading to work.
Today is the first day of the festival for 2009!!!
I can hardly believe it. (I'm still in denial, I have to admit.)
Marilyn mistressmarilyn just did a radio interview (I taped it) that went really well, pimping out the opening and this weekend and our new Memorial Day celebration. She's so good at radio (does a ton of it).
Believe it or not, I'm STILL making changes to the website (!!!) at this late date. And I'm not talking about those change-as-we-go things that would always need to happen. I'm talking about essential things like adding sponsor logos. Admittedly, some of these are new additions, so there's no way I could have received them before now, much less processed them...
So I'll do those and check the Communications Calendar about the next eNewsletter and eBulletin (so I can maybe start them now). I'm getting close to working on the script (finally), though we're probably talking this weekend -- and not today!
Marilyn and I were going to take 'naps' last night -- but we fell asleep and never budged until this morning. Suddenly it was just past 7:00 a.m. and Marilyn was flying to get out the door to make her 7:30 meeting! I was groggy and out of it, but managed to see her off. Then with the help of coffee, I started working (and heard her radio bit). She'll be dashing home to get me later (probably early afternoon-ish).
I need to finish up an IT project (on the FIRST DAY OF FESTIVAL???) today. Ron did the brunt of it (woo hoo), but I need to check it over and maybe make a tweak or two. (It's something I'm fairly decent at doing now, so...) Marilyn is DYING that I haven't quit doing IT yet, but what the heck. I've gotta do what I've gotta do. (smile)
Silly us, we actually considered going to "Terminator Salvation" again last night. Whatever anyone is saying about this movie (good or bad), I have to tell you that they finally hit the nail on the head casting Christian Bale as John Conner. He's perfect for that role. There's just some energy that's perfectly controlled, yet very raw. I'm not stating it very well, but you'll know what I mean when you see him.
It's getting hot in here... (heh)
Seriously, all Bale-hotness aside, the room is already getting warm, as we've got a very sunny, blue-sky day going on. Perfect! (And it means our bridge lighting, rose lighting and fireworks will look AWESOME tonight!)
I'm glad we didn't go to the movie again, simply because it's clear we needed the sleep (!!!) prior to today. But if you're the betting kind, I'd say the odds are good we'll make it there again this weekend. (smile) Yes, you heard that right: Movie time in the middle of the festival. Whatever! We've been known to run to movies over the years, after all...
I'd better get back to work. There's a ton to do. But I'm smiling and feeling excited and am very upbeat. I have a feeling this will be one of our best festivals ever!
By the way, I actually took time this morning to READ my friends (and even comment a little). Aren't you shocked??? By the end of June I'll be back here again for real, guys. Just wait and see!
I'm up. Actually, I've been up since around 7 a.m. (Hell, I've been awake since around 5:30-6:00, I guess.)
But right now I'm waiting to hear Marilyn mistressmarilyn on the radio, while sitting here typing on the GFP script.
She does a lot of radio, but I don't always get to hear it. So I'm looking forward to this.
I turned it on around 7:00 a.m. and in listening got a clue about what they might be asking her during the interview. So I did give her a 'heads up' on that. (smile) She's at the office working, but didn't have the radio on. (Of course you can't play the radio when you're on because of feedback. But it's more likely she was too busy to bother!)
We managed to stay awake to hear that Apolo won "Dancing With the Stars" (boo hoo). We voted a ton for Joey Fatone during the entire show (we saw every episode, believe it or not), so we were disappointed. But what the hell.
Rip City! Okay, if you know me at all, you know I'm not a Trail Blazers fan. I'm not into the sport, frankly. But we've had some very negative interactions with the Trail Blazers organization over the years, too. (sigh) Yes, I remember those days well when the Trail Blazers were IT. I can remember a time when you mentioned you were from Portland and people would immediately bring up the team... Anyway, it's all about the draft right now.
I've got to dash, even though I'd love write more. I'm just too busy today...