The contestants were excellent, too. Patient, quiet and able to listen and follow directions. I wish I could have done something about them also being quite cold, but I really couldn't.
Was it perfect? No, there's lots of room for improvement. Lighting, a better way and place to do workmanship judging and definitely a better-managed judges' deliberation time are just a few things that need to be considered for next year. But it DID run smoothly.
Friday I wore what I call my 'Victorian' attire - long maroon skirt with bustle and white shirt with really poofy sleeves. Saturday I was more mundane in a staff shirt and slacks. Sunday I wore Sophie Hatter but spent most of my time behind-the-scenes. Both costumes were well received (when seen) and there was even a Turnip Head (with stick!).
At the Dead Dog party I learned that one can, in fact, laugh oneself sick. Learn something new everyday.
Oh, and last night I finally retired the venerable old leather bomber-style jacket I have had since my first year of college. It's being replaced with a cheap down-filled thing I don't expect to last more than one season.
*sigh* If the cuffs of the old jacket weren't fraying, I would probably STILL be clinging to it. Poor, dear, dirty, old thing.