It feels like only yesterday that I started my thesis, when in reality it was a year ago. My show on April 15th finally came and went.
But before my show happened, I had to take some time to set it up the day before. That was a lot of work!!! Way more than I was expecting. My roomie, Meagan, helped me set up my show, and to help prepare us I took us to IHOP for breakfast. It was originally just a treat, but we found that stuffing our faces with red velvet pancakes and hash browns was the best idea ever because we spent the next 12 hours setting up my show (actually, 14 hours, if you count the run around, last minute decoration shopping before we headed back to school). So, pancakes = energy. And we needed that energy because we kept going and didn’t realize we needed to eat dinner until about 9:00pm.
Woo, where to begin with setting up my show?
Well, we first had to bring EVERYTHING over from my room, which wasn’t far but we did have to make many, many trips. Then we had to move all of the chairs in Zimmerli Common to the storage room, put the cushioned chairs in the Howard Hall breezeway, and move the rugs. Luckily, my mom and siblings came to help us a bit when they dropped off my other reception food. But, they eventually left and it was just Meagan and me lugging epic heavy/bulky tables around. The majority of them were in the storage closet on a cart, so we had to wheel them out. Getting them off the cart was a whole other issue. I could barely get my arms around the table to lift them up from the leg, that and I had to hold the cart because it rolled very easily. Oh, boy…when we got down to the last two, Meagan and I just couldn’t get them off because they kept sliding into the side of the cart. Eventually, Meagan just pulled the tables off by herself and almost sent my rolling away on the cart from the force. Next was windexing, sweeping, windexing (again…), moving the tables (again…), and then arranging my books on the table tops. And finally, hanging my framed pieces and mini scrolls. Luckily, the scrolls were easy and Meagan did a fantastic job hanging them around Zimmerli while I had to cut some foam core. The framed pieces were…not easy. Command strips are awesome, but they are really tricky when you need three to hang a single piece on the wall (yeah, we were worried about weight issues). Two words: EPIC MEASURING. The 2D work looks great, but took quite a while….
We finished at 12:30am.
Then…da da da dum! My show! Ai-ya…my show. I was so nervous about my presentation. I went over it again and again that morning. I had to eventually stop and eat breakfast— the most important meal of the day— and then prepare my reception food on trays. Yep…arranging the food went by easy until I asked Meagan what time it was and she replied, “1:20.” OMG! My show was to start at 2:00 and I wasn’t in my dress clothes, and I needed to still bring over a few things! Then, the time finally came, and I my show opened much smoother than I thought it would about 40 minutes prior. But, then I had to present, and what happens? Well, I was doing great at first…and then my note cards were out of order from the middle onward! But, here’s the irony…after that little stumble, I just pushed my cards to the side, rolled with it, and did even better than before!
Everyone stayed for a bit to look more carefully at my books after my presentation. I had my professors all talking to me about what I should do after graduation with graphics and my writing. That was really fun. I already had some ideas, but now I have even more circling in my head. I just want to do everything lol. And, of course, we all also had some of my mom’s famous cake cookies too. All in all, everything went perfect. I even sold some of my books .
I was very tired after my show. My eyes were on fire from my contacts and my feet ached from being in heels for so long but, Meagan’s birthday was the following day. I fought my will to sleep to do what? Blow up 15 balloons as big as I could, write funny jokes on each of them, make a net out of streamers, and then tare more streamers so they were ready to be hung. I stayed up from 10:30-12:00am doing this, and then slept until 3:00am so I could then wake up and hang all of this. I put the net on her door (the sides of it taped to her door frame) and put 11 balloons in it so, when she opened her door in the morning they would avalanche! I put the other balloons in front of her door, hung up the streamers on her bathroom door frame and mirror, and on the main door to the apartment. I did all of this to the light of a goldfish tank. Yep, I’m epic. And, at about 8:00am, all I heard was “Waaaaa!” from the other end of the apartment. Quite funny. Totally worth the lack of sleep after a busy day.
So yes, this weekend was busy, but I had fun. I’m officially done with my thesis, and I now have time to sleep!!!