This one was a busy.
On Friday night before our competition, we traditionally gather everything needed, load the practice table into the van, gather all the papers needed and get ready for a bright and early Saturday morning.
Same thing this year - those two yahoos, the ones attempting to hide behind their fake mustaches, met at school at about 8:45. They went through the paperwork, made sure the robot didn't have any quirks, discussed a few presentations and began loading the van. And then, just for fun, they called me at 11:22. Me, who was all snuggled up cozily underneath my electric blanket.
"Honey" the coach in the middle said, "Um, could you come save us? We locked ourselves out of the school" And so I did. Or rather, I attempted. After muttering something about yahoos and owing me dinner and I can't believe you two and boy, I miss being able to walk to school. I got from pillow to door in under 15 minutes, only to find that - guess what - key cards don't work at that time of night. And all the doors and windows were locked up nice and tight, with our robots just on the other side of the main door. So close, and yet - so uncharged and unreachable.
The yahoos headed back to school for 6am when the key cards worked again.
Mark and I left a little later. I like to lag behind so I'm available to pick up the pieces that the other two may have forgotten.
There were 23 teams at our Qualifying event this year. We've attended the Allen Park even two years in a row now. Robotics is growing fast and furious. This year Allen Park hosted two separate qualifying events.
In order to move onto the State Championship - the final score for the robot run must be in the top half of the scores. We came in 7th out of the 23 teams for our robots runs (four runs, highest run counts). This is our first year having an all girl drive team. When we chose our drive team last week, several of the boys had instantly taken a step back while saying, "It should totally be the girls" They did great.
We scored in first place on our Project Presentation. While this alone doesn't move a team onto the state level, we did well enough in all the other aspects that we were chosen as one of the six teams in attendance that will be competing on December 16th. !!!
It's going to be a busy two weeks. Improvements are expected between the competitions.
Trying not to think about the busy aspect - I went straight from the closing ceremonies to the Christmas in the 'Ville parade. It was an unseasonably warm Saturday, and I had all my parade wear in the car ready to go. This is our third year participating in this parade. This is the first year that it fell on the same day as our robotics competition. I may have been a bit slap happy and exhausted.
Rachel, myself and our favorite pilot. pc: Tommy
The best crew around. Rick (who I apologized too for not bringing him any Toni's pasties on my last trip. He's pretty sure that Heaven smells like Tony's), Mike, Rachel, some guy, me, Denny, Laura, Tommy and Carter. pc: ???
We were behind Sugar Bear. Poor Sugar Bear - she really should have been the first balloon - she had no view at all. Had she been first, she could have enjoyed the view behind her. She had her own spotter to tell her where the wires were.
The crowds are getting bigger and bigger every year. This is really a fun vantage point. It's fun to see friends in the crowd and see everyone's excitement. It was just too hard to pass up, even after a long day. Now had it been a cold year - I might have felt differently after a long day.
This was also the first year we've seen them use the barricades. Very necessary. The only person that the Grinch almost ran over this year, was me. I had hopped off to try and get a photo from a different perspective. Oops.
I even made it to the post parade feast.
And then I crashed.
Sunday morning - I brought Brian to Redicare and had a nice little visit with my mom - who was also at Redicare. Redicare was hopping. Brian's diagnosis was a viral infection.
We stopped for some Panera on our way home. Dad picked up pizza on his way home, and Uncle George stopped by for a visit, lunch and some guitar playing. We planned a jamboree. I'm not sure what the turnout will be during the holiday season, but the coffee will be hot and the door will be open.
I got in a walk to the pharmacy to pick up Brian's prescription.
I made lists.
Now to take on a new week. On today's schedule - Greg is in Chicago, we have robotics, Wendy works, Brian is going to try something new, and at the rate I'm going - I'm pretty sure I'm going to stop at home between work and robotics.