There are 2 days left until gate opens and the fun begins. I gotta admit I'm nervous. You know those butterflies you get before you go on stage to do something in front of a large crowd? Well that's how I'm feeling at the moment.
I keep expecting something major to come along and punch me in the face (*knocking on wood right now.. I kid you not :P) but nothing has happened that I or Lysele couldn't handle.
It has been an incredible journey so far. And people keep asking me if I would do this again. And right now I'm just answering with "ask me again after the event" if all goes well and the Barbarians stay away from explosives (Grimroth this means you hehe) then maybe ,just maybe, I'll throw my hat at this again.
It has been a long and tiring weekend. But the site looks beautiful and everything has its place. We couldn't have done any of it, especially in the time frame we had, without our awesome volunteers. I thanked a good majority of them at my canton meeting tonight but it just doesn't feel like enough. I have soaked up their advice and thoughts on how to do things. I haven't always taken the advice word for word but I've taken a lot of it and turned it into something that works for us. I have come to depend on their willingness to do the back breaking hard work and with a smile and a laugh at the same time. Lysele and I may have been the coxswains of this particular boat but without all our awesomely uber volunteers, from our canton and beyond, this event would be dead in the water. So again.. I thank you so much. You've all taught me new things and I'll never ever forget all you've done for us.
And I also want to thank you.. the people reading this crazy chick's ramblings. I started this blog one night after having a random thought.. and it's just kept going. (I'm an Aries.. i tend to get bored fast :P) But the comments I've been given seems to suggest that this was a positive thing. I hope it has encouraged other "newbies" to take on the mantle of event steward. It seems daunting, and sometimes it can be, but its also so very very rewarding.
My autocrat lesson to myself this time around... the closer the event gets the more the butterflies flutter.. using that energy is key.. otherwise panic starts to set in and that can never be a good thing. And also when the going gets rough step back for an evening.. go see a movie and have dinner with your best friend (btw Maleficent ROCKED :P) It'll recharge the batteries and let you see the whole issue properly.
I'm going to take the majority of my sticky notes off the computer monitor now.. I can almost see the frame of the screen... almost.. :P
I hope to see you all this coming weekend.
Lady Eeva the Restless
Seneschal of Ard Chreag
Co-Autocrat of War of the Trillium 2014