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The day on the peninsula was cool compared to the heat wave we’d been having in the city just a couple of days earlier.  I was looking forward to the Olde Ellison Bay Days craft show for a couple of reasons:  1) The event had a new organizer so I hoped it might have a little more energy than in the past couple of years, and 2) there was a good chance Tony  Shalhoub would show up and be so captivated by my wares he would buy a bunch of them, share them with all of his famous friends, and I would become the candle supplier to the stars.

Tony Shalhoub, a native of Green Bay, WI, was slated to be the Grand Marshal of the Olde Ellison Bay Days parade.  He’s always been one of my favorite actors and I was greatly looking forward to seeing him, and perhaps having dinner and becoming close personal friends.  When we heard the parade coming Husby took over watching my booth while I made my way up to the parade route.

OMG!  There he is!

Of course he was in a red convertible as a proper movie star should be. I don’t know who that other guy in the car is, but I’m pretty sure he’s amazing.

Tony was so cute, giving the beauty queen wave as he passed his adoring fans.

Tony’s having a good time, but that guy next to him is more entertained by his phone. Who is that guy anyway?

After the Grand Marshal passed I rushed back to my booth to get ready for the possibility of Tony meandering among the artisans after his big parade ride.  I waited and waited.  There was a couple looking at my magnets, and after a while they came up to me.  The woman said, “I was just wondering which magnet Tony will buy.”  I looked at her, trying to register the familiarity of her reference.  “I’m Lisa from Fond du Lac.  We read your blog post this morning.”  Husby and I chatted with Lisa and John from Fond du Lac for a while, and Lisa even took our picture.  I’m the one who felt famous then!

Still no sign of Tony.  Husby took a walk to the other end of the park and came back with the news that Tony was in the big tent signing autographs.  With that I grabbed my camera and left Husby with the booth once again.

There was a very long line of people waiting to have Mr. Shalhoub sign their t-shirts and DVDs of Feed the Fish, which stars Tony and was filmed in Ellison Bay.  I didn’t care much about getting an autograph, but I did want a picture or two.  Unfortunately, sneaking pictures of him signing autographs wouldn’t allow me to have words.  Oh well.

Tony was very smiley. He’s also much more handsome in real life than he is on TV and movies. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

As I stood there snapping away the mom of a family getting autographs asked if I could take their picture with Tony.  She handed me her phone and showed me where to push the button to take the picture.  There they were, a happy little family, a smiley Tony Shalhoub, and I said one, two, three…and then I pushed a button I shouldn’t have and didn’t take the picture.  Oh no, I said, I think I hit the wrong button.  With that Tony walked over to me and took the camera/phone from me and pretended to take a picture of the family by themselves.  I gave him a playful nudge (physical contact!) and told him to get back to his position.  The mom showed me once again which button to push, I did, and the photo was taken.

So now Tony Shalhoub knows me as the dweeb who doesn’t know how to use a cell phone camera, and my life is better for it.

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Yeah, yeah, I had all these big plans to write about all of my exciting adventures last week; it ain’t gonna happen.  Sunday night was one where I didn’t get much sleep, and then I went to work for nine whole hours at the day job which was totally unfair.  By the time I got home from the day job I was all ready to spring into action despite my exhaustion.

I did a bunch of stuff before dinner, and then continued that bunch of stuff after dinner.  When it came time for me to upload the pictures I needed for the blog posts I planned the computer froze up and pooped out.  I simply can’t tell you about my adventures without visual aids, so I decided to try uploading again tomorrow.

But here I am, writing to you anyway because I feel like I owe someone an explanation of how I’ve been occupying my time.  That’s ridiculous, but nevertheless…

I did a load of laundry, namely lots of towels.  I would have changed the sheets on the bed but Husby had the bed all made up and I hated to tear it apart just for the luxury of clean sheets.  I’ll tell him to leave the bed unmade today so I can strip it and change the sheets.

Also occupying my time was the completion of two craft show applications, which were really hard and make me sweaty because they were electronic applications and I’m never sure if I complete those correctly or not.  After the applications I balanced the household checkbook, which also causes me to break out in a nervous sweat now because I’m doing that electronically too.  I’ve only done it once before and it makes me very nervous.  Balancing the checkbook isn’t the problem, it’s just that doing something a new way always seems wrong and bad.

To cool off I decided to take a break and watch an old episode of Rhoda.  I always wanted to be like Rhoda but never really got the hang of it.  It probably would have helped if I had writers to help me along with quick and funny come-backs and a personal shopper who could dress me up in all those funky clothes Rhoda wore.

Alas, it was once again time for the evening ritual of preparing for bed.  Even though I got a lot done, the items on my to-do list still out number by far the things I’ve crossed off the list.  Oh well, as Scarlett O’Hara would say, tomorrow is another day.

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Back Home Again

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything here, or anywhere else for that matter.  I’ve been on the road for business and pleasure, but now I’m back home and have no excuse for not checking in once in a while.  Except for the fact that I have to catch up on everything I’ve not been doing for the past week and a half.

First of all I want to give a shout out to Lisa and John from Fond du Lac.  I don’t know if they’re peeking in at all, but I sure appreciated them coming up to my booth at the Olde Ellison Bay Days art and craft show and introducing themselves.  It’s so much fun to meet people who read my blog; it makes me feel less invisible in the vastness of cyberspace.  Lisa and John are really fun people and Husby and I were thrilled to make their acquaintance and chat with them for a while.

I’ll be talking about our visit to the Door County peninsula more this week, as well as my experience making actual physical contact with Tony Shalhoub.  I’ll also clue you in on what I did to celebrate our country’s independence and Paenney’s birthday.

For now I have to concentrate on what needs to be done this week.  There will be house cleaning, car washing, restocking product for my next craft show, and of course lots of laundry.  More than anything I’m looking forward to catching up with the blog posts I’ve missed while I was away.

And for a little blast from the past I’m sharing a song with the same title as this post.  I was completely in love with John Denver oh so many years ago.

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