It was about 700 degrees in the venue where the awards for the older dancers were being announced. Yuck. I urged Mini to keep her distance from people as much as possible - although it had been almost 24 hours since her fever had reared its ugly head. No Motrin all day. Fingers crossed that she would stay healthy and not infect anyone else.
You will have to take my word for it, I am not the mom that ignores protocol and brings a kid out in public if they have recently had a fever. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to escape this sauna and get back to our spacious room and crawl into bed.
Before we even made it into the awards area, we stopped by the vendors. They were just about to close up shop. Clusters of little booths lined the halls selling everything from sock glue and bloomers to new dresses and dance shoes. Curly's new dress had arrived a month before but the people had failed to include her crown. I emailed three times. They were in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I needed them to ship it over in a hurry so that I would have it in time for the competition. The last thing I wanted to do (well, besides travel with a girl with a fever) was to have to shop for a pre-made headpiece upon arrival.
|The first option we stumbled on.|
Curly's teacher was helping at the awards stage. When she had a second, I showed her the picture of the 100 buck beauty. She suggested that I take the picture the next day to a different vendor. This guy was her friend and she suspected that he would make something nice and charge me less.
On Saturday we had a short list of errands to run at the venue. We needed to get our book that lists all of the competitors, finalize Curly's headpiece deal, buy a number holder for the new dress, and drop off the two dresses that we brought at the used dress room in hopes that we would be traveling home with money in our pocket and no more used dresses. (Um, yeah - it didn't work out that way. Nuts). We also walked around and identified the stages Curly would be dancing at. Once the lay of the land was complete, we headed back to the booth where Curly's new headpiece was being created.
Teacher was right. Her friend agreed to make something for Curly that was far more fabulous than our first find. He would charge us 40 bones. Done.
Now the only thing we needed to do was go back to the hotel and lounge around in the comfort of our bonus room, continue to remain fever free, and wait for the big day.