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It's over!

Hi guys, I have a heap of comments to answer on so many LJs and I will get to those tomorrow, but right now I'm going to just say, hey, I'm back, the Bazaar is over, we've been to our party out in Eastbourne and now I am making a hot chocolate (Jarrah sachets 99% fat free and delicious!) and I'll be going to bed very shortly! I'm almost completely shattered so I can hardly move - I've been walking and walking and walking round and round the site all day, got home at six, filthy and sun-cooked LOL - but I'm so very, very happy too, because the Bazaar was brilliant!

Yesterday it rained, heavily in the morning. Then by evening there were huge gusting winds, that stopped us erecting a lot of our tents and tarps. It blew wildly most of the night, but slowed to gentle gusts this morning and by nine o'clock it was brilliant weather, and stayed brilliant all day. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes! (Asher said innocently on the way home that Seatoun School, who has their fair every other year to ours each time, got rain because 'they're not Catholic'!! - I think they've prayed so much for good weather in class that they believe it *g*)

I arrived at school at seven this morning, and with two others we erected a huge tent for the beauty parlour. Then we got all the other stalls going, I distributed floats, the Super surfer and the bouncy castle arrived, thank God, and we were away. And the stalls were busy all day. The plate smashing was a huge hit, and the putting, darts, coconut shy, all those sorts of stalls, they never had a down time in the four hours we ran them! We made about $2000 in entertainment, which is big when you think people are only paying one or two dollars for a go at something. The whole fair seems to have made at least $34,000 to be shared between school and parish, which is just wonderful, amazing, extraordinary. The place was packed, and our theme, Pacifica (my idea *g*) went really well, with Tokelaun dancing and Samoan siva and other dances during the day. Everyone wore Hawaiian shirts (well, not me) and flower leis, and some aie (Toke headwear), some lavalava and it was very festive. The Samoans offered ava a.k.a. kava to taste!

So I'm immensely relieved, it's been bubbling away nervously in my head since I agreed to do the entertainment as team leader late last year, and I am just so, so happy that it is over, no one fell off the Harley, the Super Surfer worked, the weather was fine and we did well in the money arena to boot! Also, my team is really, really happy too. They were brilliant!! I'm just so happy. And now I can write to my heart's content. Please don't let there be 'something else' to ruin that. At the party tonight (which was in Eastbourne, right round the other side of the whole harbour), where two of our friends were celebrating their fortieths, I met their cousin who lives in Tokyo, and he wanted to know all about Safe! He asked me all sorts of questions. It felt like good fun to talk about that.

Going to bed before I fall off this chair. It's half past midnight. Catch you all tomorrow! xx

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greenpizzazz6
Feb. 17th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad it went well!! It sounds like it was a ton of fun, it's no wonder everyone had such a good time. And it certainly brought in a lot of money!

Glad everything turned out well!
natesmountain
Feb. 18th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks. It was indeed a lot of fun, thank goodness! I was definitely relaxed and that helped *g* - the money is really a huge bonus, a very helpful one of course!
microjotz
Feb. 17th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Well done. What a huge amount you raised....I am glad it was successful.
natesmountain
Feb. 18th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. It really was a great day, great weather, and great workers! And of course, all the people who spent their money!! That was amazing!
vivh
Feb. 17th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
So glad it all went well! - it sounds like a lovely day...
natesmountain
Feb. 18th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
Thanks, it really was a lovely day, and I was so pleased with my team and all their efforts!
moth2fic
Feb. 18th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
So glad it went well! And you can relax because you don't have to go back to work straight after it!! I imagine it was pretty good for your self esteem, too!
Have a couple of days doing nothing then dive into Safe and Breathing Space. Nothing can get in the way unless you let it. Don't take on anything big for a while, just ordinary routine stuff - the world will continue to function without you; you deserve your breathing space.
Am using the ribbon dance to show joy (Zoo Tycoon style) but am sorry you can't see animation.
natesmountain
Feb. 18th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
Grrr, WHY can't I see the animations?!

I can relax now, for sure, and tomorrow will be the first day - of the rest of my life *giggle* all going well.

-Nothing can get in the way unless you let it. Don't take on anything big for a while, just ordinary routine stuff - the world will continue to function without you; you deserve your breathing space.
Those are telling words. One of the teachers from school asked if I can be her backup for relieving next Wednesday, but I think I will say no, because it's too soon for the children there, and maybe I don't want to work there any more at all, huh!
And yeah, I don't want to take on anything just now, I feel like this is my first chance to get over school, lost friends, the whole shebang that was 2006. And yeah, write. I can't wait to write. I really wanted to write today but Steve needed backup clearing out the garage and then I took Finn to the wharf... but tomorrow... or maybe I clear the decks tomorrow and Tuesday can be mine, all mine!

Thanks for your kind comments - and you're right, between the success of the fair, your encouragement, Viv's new title page for Safe, my friend down south backing me as well, I do feel a lot more confident than I have in a long time!

I'll Google the animation problem. Or maybe hook up the laptop tomorrow, see if that works!
moth1
Feb. 18th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
No relief teaching before Easter, or maybe June ...otherwise all the angst of 'Shall I?/Shan't I? is wasted. Learn to say no without feeling you have to give a reason. If I didn't want to work in a particular school or on a particular day I just said I was sorry, I had something else on that day. Well, of course I did - breakfast, reading the post ...People never questioned me. And they always found someone else, sometimes someone who seriously needed the money.

Yes, google the animation problem, or investigate a different browser.
natesmountain
Feb. 18th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I texted the teacher this morning and said I can't help out since it's Ash Wednesday ;)

-I just said I was sorry, I had something else on that day. Well, of course I did - breakfast, reading the post ...
Hee! Good. I am learning all the time! That big NO word, I'm getting better at it, I think.
moth1
Feb. 20th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Well done! People are lazy - they ask the nearest person, forgetting they have a life, and plead, to save themselves the bother of looking elsewhere. If you actually make excuses they think they're half way there and keep trying. If you just refuse without a real explanation they usually go away and bother somebody else - and they never hold it against you!
natesmountain
Feb. 21st, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
I think you're right, a bold NO goes a long way to shutting someone up *g*

I'm going to practice it. At the moment I'm getting better at just not answering and getting out the door pronto! Hence I didn't go to pancake making at school yesterday.

And you're right, some people are definitely lazy and are just looking for someone else to do the work.
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