Phew! Opening weekend is done and I made it out alive.
It has been a crazy week, what with getting ready for Dickens, juggling work (including getting stuff ready for inside_edge
's Brass Farthing show and CD), Thanksgiving prep and even baby-sitting for little J on Wednesday, so it feels like an accomplishment to have made it through alive.
I will confess to not doing much of the prep for Thanksgiving in the end. It was a delightfully small and simple Thanksgiving where gardengirl_34
and I both had our mothers here and the three of them did most of the cooking while I decorated hats for chaosloom
, and myself, as well as one for my mother to wear as well. The food was some of the best Thanksgiving fare ever, IMHO, and since all I made was the green-beans, I think I can say that without sounding boastful. Having a quiet Thanksgiving was wonderful, and provided a much needed day to relax before the storm
Crowds were thin at Dickens, but it was good to be able to sort out last minute details with the booth. The staff was somewhat slim on Friday also, which meant that I actually spent some time behind the counter, along with mercator_7
and a few others who made it in. I did manage to get out enough to walk around a bit with chaosloom
while he visited with his mother and stepfather.
Saturday was probably the busiest day with almost normal crowds. My mother attended, and fools_and_irish
and I even got to fit in a window at Dark Garden (I can't wait to see the photos!). I then had to leave early so that chaosloom
and I could drive up to his family Thanksgiving in Napa, which went well.
Sunday was spent with hardly any time in the coffee booth. Instead I got to really work on gigs with Miss Pleasant Riderhood. A very forlorn Mr Venus (chaosloom
) followed me around much of the time with a chalk sign stating his proposal of marriage. He even presented me with a articulated skeleton of a toad (graciously on loan from gardengirl_34
) which I carried around with me, along with the rose and telegram he sent with his proposal, asking people if it was a suitable courting gift. I even got emberleo
in on it when she happened by (thanks hon!).
Today I am working from home, which is a relief from the running around I had to do last week (I worked in SF for an onsite assignment). And after last week, even the workload I have (much of it stuff I should have been working last week) seems like a break from the crazy.