robots are cool.
having groups of HS students (or younger) building robots is awesome.
getting up at 5:30 in the morning will make 8PM feel like midnight.
volunteering is fun.
arriving first for volunteering opportunities is quite fun!
so yeah, i got up on time (yay!) at 5:30 (boo!), ate some yogurt & headed out to the Putnam. it was daaaark! there were like 3 cars in the parking lot & i had that anxiety going on in the pit of my stomach. but i got out of the car & purposefully made my way to the doors, which were thankfully propped open... i met the head of the museum (nicole)(well, she was the head of something at the museum, idk that she was the HEAD of the MUSEUM *laugh*) & the head guy who put everything together (pat) & for the first 15 - 20 minutes i held the doors open for ppl coming in cuz they were still locked. heh.
i'd been told i would be helping w/ volunteer check in, but as it happened i ended up at the team registration table. which i liked a lot, because i got to meet all of the team coaches!
the other volunteers i met were super nice & one guy who is some sort of an engineer for my company & another guy, who ... idk what he does but i think he works at my company LOL, both helped me w/ some prep work & we had fun. later i went upstairs to register (because i was the first volunteer there, and i hadn't registered yet! LOL i just dove right into the work!) & they invited me to breakfast, but because i was at the front table now i didn't have time. i shouted to the engineer (and i am kicking myself because i LOOKED at his name tag so i'd remember his name & now i can't remember it!!) to bring me coffee (hahaha) w/ 1 cream & 1 sugar (hahaha) & then went downstairs & immersed in the registering of teams. well, 1/2 an hour later or so, he came down w/ a cup of coffee for me!! :D i was honestly surprised & pleasantly thankful! : ) and that coffee really hit the spot! it is just more proof (not that i needed proof) that little kindnesses bring GIANT happiness! : )
i'd been scheduled to work til 11, but team registration was over by 8. i hung around for another hour, helping w/ pizza orders & whatnot, chatting w/ pat & mr. coffee engineer & one of the coaches who had a cool last name & another volunteer who was at the registration table w/ me & is also on the FIRST committee. then i went upstairs to see if there was anything else i could do, but the important stuff was done (registering) & i'd been planning to leave at 11, so pat said i could go. : )
i got a nifty pin & t-shirt for volunteering, and a lanyard w/ my name badge. and it was still early enough for breakfast when i left, so i stopped at hardee's for a sausage cheese and a diet pepsi. mmmmm!
when i got home, i finally finished Double Booked For Death & watched some Revenge & GH & waited for mom & leyton to pick me up. i THOUGHT they were picking me up after church for lunch. in reality, they weren't picking me up til like 1:30. i had them bring me some lunch, tho. heh. we picked up anthony from his friend's weekend party & headed to the Putnam to watch the robot battles.
now, when i say "battles" i don't mean like they were attacking each other - remember that show? i can't remember what it was called (robot wars? idk!) but it was a neat show, robots all chopping at each other & stuff. grant imahara was a big part of it... anyway, this wasn't like that. the robots were programmed to do a series of tasks autonomously in the first bit, and then the kids took up game controls that were programmed to control the bots. there were bowling balls & raquet balls & baskets that they had to move into certain areas.
leyton loved it, and had so much fun!
anthony did NOT have fun & was kinda a brat about it. :(
i love the boy, but there are few things that truly UPSET me, and being ungrateful or rude are two of those things. meh. i didn't let it ruin my good time. : ) neither did leyton or mom, so that's good!
oh, and mr. engineer was still working on the computer for the comp - and he'd had his hair sprayed pinky/purple!! lol i wish i'd gotten a picture of that, or of the giant robot who was a mascot for one of the teams...alas, i did not. but i assure you, they were both quite neat!
we left after the qualifying rounds, stopped at hy vee & then headed to mom's for a couple hours. we ate some dinner & the boys & mom played some payday while i took a little nap... LOL we left a little after 5, stopped at WM for me to pick up my Rx (and look at billfolds because the one marcie kindly gave me is coming apart, sadly!) & then mom dropped anthony home & then me home.
ahhhh, so nice to be home! finished up the week's GH & now i'm watching Fringe & then i am going to SLEEP! tomorrow starts another buuuuusy week! : )
what'd you get up to this weekend?