The pages in the guestbook delight me.
However, I do work from home, and I really did not get enough sleep (I have this broken heart that makes it hard to sleep even when I am trying to), and I worry that the shrine is overwhelming me. Monday was a non festival day, and I actually made a barricade around my house so I could sit on the porch.
In an attempt to make this weekend's shrine activities more fun and less stressful, I am taking an inventory of where my energy is going regarding the shrine.
- Depending on the wind, each morning parts of the shrine need to be secured. This often involves a lot of going in and out of the house because I am just not a morning person, and it is hard for me to do anything without coffee, so I waste a lot of time looking for stuff.
- Lupe really needs to go for a walk in the morning, so she's a little bit frisky. I imagine playing fetch with her in the back yard will help since walking her is not a good idea (see also: TJ's crowd anxiety when more than 12 people want to pet Lupe within a 5 minute period).
- Writing about shrine on the neighborhood sidewalks with chalk. I actually love writing about the shrine with sidewalk chalk, and the chalk is more effective than flyers are. However, I have to leave the shrine and Lupe in order to do this. I should write with the chalk at night and hope it does not wash off, or beg anyone to help with this.
- I absolutely have to eat something before noon. It is a little scary when I think my stomach growling is actually my BlackBerry.
- Buying ice at Cansenco's can be done at anytime, but if I forget, I will ask somebody.
- Dealing with the fact that I am not a morning person and that it is hard for me to pose for photographs while parts of the shrine are blowing around in the wind. Maybe breakfast will help with this?
- Feeling better because it is not morning.
- Talking to visitors.
- Making Bic lighters.
- Trying to not leave anything valuable on the porch but also trying not to have to repeatedly go into the house.
- Explaining that I will never scold Lupe for barking at strange men who try to enter the house or go up on the porch or touch me. I have trained my dog to protect me. She barks because I cannot. I should make a sign about Lupe and make it more clear that the porch and the house are off limits.
This is the fun time when people visit the shrine, and I really love the evening.
The Contests are from 1 - 9 pm, and I can handle that.
I hope to continue the fun activities at the shrine, but I am worried that I am too tired to cope with guests who don't respect my boundaries.
I have been wearing a fox tail on my tool belt for a year, and a woman pulled it off because she loved it so much, so I had to sew my own tail back on. I did not lose my temper.
The Sacred Shrine will be able to receive guests this weekend, but if anyone has any suggestions about how I can make it less stressful (NOT suggestions about how I can make more decorations), please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacred Shrine will be there for you.