As I woke up this morning, I knew today was an important day. I was very nervous but ready to get going. My father and I ate breakfast with my mother and my niece (who is also here with us). My father and I left and arrived at the gallery around 10:40am. I, finally, met Leena. She is such an amazing person and has a great personality. She walked with us to "Star Gallery" and we saw all the images stacked on the floor and around the walls. I got even more nervous but REALLY happy!
My father and I felt a little overwhelmed and Leena went to get us a ladder. We decided to sort out the images and place them where we think they would fit best on the wall. Leena brought the ladder and left us to it. We took a deep breath and began. As soon as my father got on the step ladder... my eyes got watery and I felt super sentimental. I was proud, and nervous, and felt guilty because I didn't think my father should be doing all this... but I badly needed the help. I could definitely not do it on my own.
Don't worry about seeing the images between the wall and the ladder. No images were damaged in the process. We put them there in order to make the measuring easier as we had them strategically placed on the wall.
We started hanging more pieces and could not get them straight or leveled. We actually had to take various pieces up and down several times before placing them in the correct spot. It got tiring quick as the 30x30 inch pieces were really heavy. We kept at it and we learned from our mistakes.
...and kept at it...
... and the hours simply passed by...
... 7 hours to be exact... non-stop with a 15 min break...
... and finally... we were done... and we were tired...
During the process, I got cramps on my toes about three times.... and back pain for lifting the pieces up and down several times. FYI, Tabitha Bowman's piece was the heaviest. Is it made of gold, Tabitha?? HAHA! I asked my father if he felt tired or had any pains. He said that he was definitely extremely tired but had no pain. He is used to walking the hospital halls for 12 hours a day (he is a physician). He also said that he was in really good shape most of his life so he has good endurance. HAHA, that made me feel so bad. My father has more endurance than I do. That means I need to get into shape!!! :S
When it came down to it... we were both exhausted and hungry! I couldn't even stand anymore. We gave all the tools back to Leena. She was really happy with the way everything turned out and loved the layout. She just kept looking at it and looking at the pieces! I was really HAPPY. During the day, several people had walked into the gallery and looked at the images. There was even a gentleman that asked if all the images were for sale. He kept coming back to see them... about three times. It made me smile... he might be a potential buyer!!! Cross your fingers.
So, we came home (as my niece calls it because it's where we will live for two weeks) and ate dinner. The awesomely fun fact I haven't told those that are coming to the opening and staying here is that the hotel where we are staying not only has free breakfast... but it also has free dinner from Monday to Thursday!!! In addition, all the rooms that we were assigned are suites!! WOOT WOOT!!!
After dinner, we dragged our feet up to our room and sat down to rest! And a few hours later, here I am... writing this blog post!!!
Tomorrow... to the final details. Putting up the labels and arranging the furniture. I will also get to meet some of the [fa] members, which is EXTREMELY exciting!
I want to say one last thing. I am INFINITELY thankful and proud of my wonderful father, Eduardo. What a beautiful labor of love for a daughter. He took his vacation days to accompany me here and help me with the show. I don't know how I will ever repay him!