No coffee--way to stressed to add more acid to the stomach--airport security warnings, airport music and traveler chatter as my background noise. Time to switch to the iPod and "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls. Yeah, that's better. And I'm almost off to ACRE. I woke this morning at 3:30 and by 6:30 I had built up a full-blown panic attack which exploded all over the kitchen. It wasn't pretty. Why so stressed? I have no idea. I was packed and ready to go last night. Everything fit, I got everything done, what could be wrong?
Yesterday didn't go as well as I might have hoped. Bettina arrived, Dan and Lee uncrated her, added her wheels and wrangled her into the kiln room, and I opened the lid. Oh no. There should have been eight full banks of elements in the lid and there were only four. The lid was also put together with two sections of fiber board with a seam down the middle and only one row of supports on each side. That'll never last--the boards will warp and fall in no time. So I called Holly at Denver Glass Machinery and we got it all straightened out. There was a misunderstanding about my available power and they built this monster kiln to only use 56 amps instead of a dedicated 80. No harm, no foul and they are sending me a new lid... soon. I hope soon enough. She said to go ahead and use it as is for now.
And now we are getting ready to board. I will arrive this morning and head straight for the convention center for set-up. In a perfect world we will be all done today and ready to go Saturday morning so I won't need to go in tomorrow and can spend the day working on my printed materials... ROFLOL! I kill myself.
Pics of the day: The squirrels are taunting me by bringing the bamboo shoots out onto the path to eat them so I will be sure to see them. Baxter the Spaniel looked the other way, giving the evil eye to pedestrians (who were not, it must be noted, eating the bamboo) through the last opening in the screened in porch before Dan closed it off.
"Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins just came on the iPod and I am off to Vegas!