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I woke up at noon. My back was hurting, so I lay down on my back, and fell asleep again. Woke up around two. Fed myself and the cats. Started to get a headache, so I lay down for a half-hour. Threw myself together. Drove to the Balloon Festival. I felt a little guilty because I was smuggling in soda, but people were bringing in entire coolers of stuff, so they clearly weren't enforcing the "no outside food and drink" rule.

Settled in my folding camp chair and watched the world go by. I had missed the "balloon launch," so there wasn't much to look at. I just sat there, and vegged out, and drank soda. Eventually, some balloonists drove up and inflated their balloons, and I got lots of pictures.

After the line of balloons was inflated, I went to go get some funnel cake. I came back with some, and was settling back down, when someone that I know from the College said "Hello". We chatted briefly, and she went away, and I sat down and ate. When it became dark, they made the balloons glow. Here's a short video of the balloons glowing.



Once the balloons came down, I (and a million other people) went to leave. Eventually I was able to get out, but I was on old Route 66 heading out of town. Every time a saw a spot to turn around, I had already blown past it (plus someone was behind me). I gave up and drove to the next town, looped the downtown, and headed back to Lincoln.
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The weather was nice, so we went back to the Balloon Festival. This time, we were able to see the balloons take off and land. However, a storm developed out in the distance, so they took the balloons down and didn't perform the "evening glow". We ate and took off.

My mom loves the Balloon Festival, so she probably will come back again for it.
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Mom is really taken with Mimi. Mom thinks that Mimi is really pretty. Or should I say, Mom was really taken with Mimi until Zara came downstairs to see what was going on, and Mimi chased Zara away. Little snot.

We went to the Balloon Festival, but they didn't do the balloon launch because of the weather. However, they did inflate some of the balloons around dusk for a little while and we were able to watch them glow. Then it started raining lightly, and they brought down the balloons. Mom had never seen hot-air balloons up close though, so she thought that it was a great experience.

We talked for hours after we got home. She told me that she is planning to take a trip with a friend next year, so it would be a good year for me to take a cruise by myself. We're talking about a trip to Vermont some other time, so I need to learn more about Vermont.

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