We leave in the morning. This week has been a flurry of activity. Naturally, Bean had to wash and dry every item of clothing she owns, a horrid travel ritual repeated prior to every single trip we take ad nauseam. It’s not as if she’s going to take it all along. I suspect she believes that, should she accidentally die en route, she didn’t want anyone pawing through the dirty laundry, or something like that.
Also to take were the gifties the Bean brings to pass among the people seated at her tables for lunch and dinner events, plus the final banquet at the doll convention. It is “convention” to gift people with something, a gesture that is both friendly and sort of fun. We went a different route this time, avoiding actual gifts and handing out darling little patterned organza bags of candies, and passing out large totes to those at the banquet. Everyone needs something to drag home all the goodies and new dolls we get there, and we even get a dolly at the banquet itself, so totes are useful items. If the suitcase is too full, you can drop the rest in the tote and plop a purse on top as an airplane carry-on.
Bean also repaired a Hitty doll for someone who broke the poor thing’s arm…actually, both arms…and will be returning her to said person at the convention. Poor little Hitty Ginger is back together now with brand spanking newly carved rotating shoulder joints that allow her a great range of movement. Everything is pegged and pinned in place, no glue needed. Of course this makes her look like she’s been shot with arrows. Oops. Well, those extra pokey-outey things will be trimmed off eventually. 🙂
Smidge and I had to pack, too, of course, and since we are taking Pinkly and Breezy Bear with us, we had quite the haul to assemble.
And as predicted, the temps here in Virginia are down, just in time for us to go south. Where it’s now probably hotter. Of course.
As a reminder, I’ll be posting with great frequency once we arrive in Orlando so that all of you who can’t attend UFDC will know what’s up, minute by minute. OK, not that often, but definitely a minimum of once…maybe twice…a day. It’s important to follow what we do, right? I stay in our lovely room, and Smidge relays all the news to me via her pinkmost cell and the room’s phone. We have a system. She is in a special pouch around Bean’s neck at the perfect height to see and hear everything. She only looks as if she’s being physically restrained. LOL. I guess she is kinda restrained so she won’t fall out.
If you aren’t a watcher of my column on FB or WordPress, I’ll also copy to Smidge Herbert’s Facebook page and probably to the Bean’s on FB too. We must get the word out to everyone!
Farewell until arrival…see you all soon.