WhedonConDay 3


The last day of WhedonCon was very relaxed. I didn’t have anything I particularly wanted to do, so I let G go play games most of the day. He did come down and check on me and let me stretch my legs and use the restroom, but for the most part I was on my own.

I spent a good part of the morning reading my Bible, which felt all sorts of weird at a geek convention, knowing many people would disagree with Christianity. I didn’t get any comments though.

Also, I did, for the first time, managed to make it around the dealers room to check out some of the other things people were selling. There were some really amazing products and one thing I noticed was that the booths were packed full of things. My booth looked empty by comparison. I realized one of the things I need for the next convention I go to is an upright stand to better display my key chains and necklaces. I picked up a couple things – gifts for friends and family for Christmas as well as a book and a Sherlock magnet.

Mostly, I enjoyed spending time talking to people. I had a really good time chatting with an older man who was in the middle of editing his first novel. Since I had also written a novel a couple years ago (that never made it to edit number two), we had a lot in common. We shared the plots of our stories as well as things that helped us become better writers. I really appreciated this conversation, as well as another conversation I had with my new friend about poetry. Honestly, I forgot how much I enjoyed writing both poetry as well as short stories period. I vowed to get back in the writing habit. So far so good.

The dealer room closed down at 5 and we were able to load all our stuff back into the car. We were planning to get out of there as quickly as possible so that we could pick up the kids from my parents, but after talking with my mom we realized it was going to be very late. Instead, we decided to meet each other in the morning before my daughter had to go to school. That freed us up a bit so we weren’t quite as rushed, and I decided I really wanted to go to a panel / discussion about people living with chronic illness. I’m really glad I was able to go; I met a lot of interesting people, and we had a really great discussion. Plus, by the time I got back to the dealer’s room my husband had almost everything cleaned up already! We finished packing up the car and headed home. Oh, on the way to and from the car I ran into David Fury, and I was able to tell him how much I appreciated listening to him talk during his panel. I was proud of myself for not fangirling. (Hahaha) Once we got home, we grabbed dinner, unloaded the car, and rested while we watched TV. It was a good weekend​.

WhedonCon Day 2


Onto day 2! We had a lot planned for today – tag teaming the booth so we could both see things. We headed down to the vendor room about half hour before it opened and reset everything. After finishing set up, G brought me some wonderful coffee to wake up, and I found a seat for the big panel of the weekend: David Fury and Tim Minar, both writers and/producers for Buffy and Angel, as well as 24 & Lost and Firefly & Wonderfalls, respectively. It was a ton of fun listening to them talk about the hardest thing they’ve work, how they learned to write female characters, and what their favorite was. After, I ran up to our room to grab some lunch (pb&j! – not much gluten free stuff around here!) And came back to takeover the booth while G went to great Nicolas Brendon, who was apparently a bit inappropriate with some responses.

After, we traded off again and I made it to the stunt panel. I really enjoyed it; they had behind the scenes footage they were discussing as well as how the characters were portrayed and how fighting affected costume choices. Sofia Crawford, who was Buffy’s stunt double for four seasons, was fascinating. And wow, does she have defined muscles! Watching the footage as they talked was really interesting because they were explaining how Sofia was so fast with her movements they needed to keep telling her to slow down. Her husband, who was the stunt coordinator for 3 seasons, was fascinating to listen to – he both looked and sounded like a smaller Nathan Fillion, which was fun. Of course, the things he talked about we’re interesting too – character development through movement, costuming, and actors following the doubles rather than the other way around. Spike’s stunt double was there as well, and he talked about imitating James Marsters’ movements and character.

From there, G headed up to the game room again and I hung out in the dealer room until it closed. At that point we were starving again, so we headed to dinner at Chili’s. We were planning on going to the “prom” or maybe going to see a movie, but we got back to the hotel exhausted. We watched one episode of Kimmy Schmidt then fell asleep.

WhedonCon Day 1


I’m sitting at my booth at WhedonCon getting a few sentences out at a time between chats with people. I am having so much fun! The people here have been lovely and tons of fun to chat with. I’ve found it about tons of other Cons, poetry reading and workshops, cosplay with kids and all sorts of other fun things.

My husband G took the day off work yesterday so we could get up here and set up. We dropped S off at school for just about an hour before he picked her up and dropped get and D off with my mom. We grabbed lunch and headed north about an hour and a half away. We made it to the hotel about an hour and a half before the vendor room was scheduled to open, and we were seeing up until literally the last second. However, my booth looks great! We needed to fiddle a bit with the picture frames to figure out what would best draw attention, but I think we’ve got it now.

Soon after arriving, I left the booth in G’s hands and headed to a talk by Camden Toy about acting through latex. It was super interesting and he seems like a really nice guy. For reals though, seeing him make the gentleman face (from Buffy episode Hush) was terrifying.

Once the dealer room closed, we went to dinner at a nearby sushi place that claimed to be gluten free – yeah, not so much. Although they had gotten free soy sauce and prepared my food without any sauce at all, I was served both miso soup and imitation crab, neither of which I can eat. I avoided a severe reaction but still dealing with a bit of a headache today.

We did peek into the Firefly themed shindig, but didn’t stay too long- the music was impossible to dance to. We did get pulled into the dance contest – slow classical music (no waltz beat, ftr), so since we don’t know any slow dancing, we ended up swing dancing. Didn’t match the beat at all, but it was fun. We ended up making it to the top third of the dancers, so that’s pretty good!

Then… We crashed. It was a fun day.

Disneyland Day 2 – Part 1


We visited Disneyland for the second time this month – the last day of our 3 day SoCal pass. This was by far one of the best times I’ve ever had at Disneyland. Since we’d already seen the parades and done the few rides we really wanted, there wasn’t pressure to do anything specific. That left us free to chase after characters and go on rides when convenient. There’s this super cool Disneyland app, so you can now track the ride wait times and location of characters throughout the park. Since we could see all the characters for the day, we figured out how to see as many as possible. This led to some really special moments for us.

We were able to get in a bit early using the magic hour on our tickets. We were going to head over to Peter Pan’s Flight since there’s always a long line and no fasspass. But at 8:05 – 55 minutes before the park actually opened – the like was 45 mins long. Ten minutes later (45 mins before official opening) it was 65 minutes long. Soooooo… We skipped that. We booked it over to the submarine and waited five minutes. Much better. We made it out just the park officially opened and hot to see all the corralled people start RUNNING once the ropes opened. It was hilarious.

We then walked around Fantasyland a bit before finding the Evil Queen and Snow White. I’m not a huge fan of Snow White, but these two were awesome. Snow White nailed the voice and was chirping on about baking pies and the dwarves. Later, we saw her skipping across the park. Just a few feet away, the Evil Queen was holding and condensing to take photos and sign books. My son (D) looked at her and noped out. She looked at him and commandingly said, “come here child. I am not scary” (She was.) D almost cried. When she’d signed his book, she held it with disdain towards my husband and said, “take this. I don’t want it.” She insisted she was a good queen not mean, and that the true evil queen was Elsa because she freezes people: my daughter (S) was dressed as Elsa. S laughed. When we left and said thank you, the Queen replied, “yes, the pleasure was all yours.”

We rode It’s a Small World, visited Mickey on Toon Town – D poked him in the eye after squeezing his nose – and then grabbed lunch. I couldn’t eat in Toon Town, so once the kids were feeling better, we went to the updated Rose tavern in Fantasyland. I had to wait forever for a gluten free sandwich, but I did pick up the gray stuff for the rest of my family to eat. Apparently it was pretty good – red velvet cake and chocolate mousse.

Then came naptime for D, so S and I wanted to meet Tinkerbell (but instead saw Rosetta), then wandered over to Frontier Land to see Tiana and Dr Facilier. We were there just as Tiana was leaving, but hung out and chatted with her handler, who was so fun (he reminded me of Moss from IT Crowd); he ended up letting us sneak into see Tiana before she left. Tiana was very nice and she has a beautiful dress! We explored the ship Columbia whole we waited for Dr Facilier. We somehow came down right as he went up, so we played a bit of hide and seek to find him. When we did, S walked up to him with her autograph book. He had his hand out for a handshake and she put the book in it. He said, “I don’t want that; I want a handshake” (very much in character – it was perfect!). While he was signing, his handler (Moss), asked if there was any chance Dr Facilier and Tiana could reconcile. Dr Facilier replied, “what’s the chance of Ray coming back?” Oooh, brutal! Then as we were leaving, Dr Facilier  S, “now don’t you go freezing nobody Miss Elsa.” He was fantastic – exactly like you’d expect of Dr Facilier actually jumped out of the screen. Plus, he signed his name with a skull, which is awesome.

We headed back to meet my husband and D, who had woken up. We were just in time to see Mary Poppins and Bert, who made a joke about my son’s literary name. I was super excited to see them, but Scarlett couldn’t care less. We then headed over to Buzz lightyear’s ride, which both kids love. (That takes us to about 3pm)

#MikeWon party


Just about a year ago my brother-in-law passed away. Young, married, baby – Cancer sucks. At his memorial last year, the theme of the eulogy was #MikeWon – not only did Mike always love to win games, he beat us all to heaven and is therefore the true winner. My husband misses his brother Mike a ton, and so we decided to throw a remembrance party in his honor. One of Mike’s favorite things was playing games, so we had a game day with friends and family. We spent a few hours playing a variety of games, had dinner together and had a nertz tournament (one of Mike’s favorite games). 

Other than the fact that our toddler fell after a collision with another toddler, banged his head hard and earned him a cautionary trip to the ER, everything was great. My kid is fine, but the doctor said it was good I came in to check – he’d been dizzy and crying about how much it hurt. When I asked him what was wrong, he said, “I’m broken.” It really was heart breaking. But about two hours after the fall he was back to normal. So yay!

Bonus: trip to the ER got me out of cleanup! Really though, it was nice to spend time sharing memories and playing games. Miss you Mike!

Disneyland Day 1


Our second day of our 3 day pass we headed to Disneyland. Our goal was to ride the rides we wanted and see the parades, figuring the next visit we’d try to meet characters.
We headed to autopia first since there wasn’t much of a line and we wanted a fast pass for Star tours, which was in that direction. We were hungry almost immediately after, so we went over to the Mexican restaurant next to Big Thunder Railroad. They did amazing with the gluten free food for me!
We convinced S to ride with me on Big Thunder​ after, even though she was scared. I told her that the worst case was that she hated it and it only lasted one minute of awful. That helped her a bit. But she still hated the ride.

I took a break with D while my husband and S ride star tours. I could NOT get him to sleep for anything. There was screaming, crying, kicking, protesting. I’d found a great spot next to the Matterhorn and submarine. I say there for about an hour and D would not sleep. So I got up and walked around; he fell asleep in about 15 minutes. Next time, no sitting: walking!
We watched the parade, which was my highlight of the day – the kids had so much fun seeing some of their favorite characters, and my daughter taught my son to wave at them. Both kids were having and yelling hello to everyone who passed by. It was a fun parade.

We rode the teacups, which we all loved, got dinner, wandered some more, and enjoyed the electric parade before heading home with some very very tired kids.

Disney California Adventure


Although we live very close to Disneyland, only go once a year or every other year – it’s just way too expensive! Luckily, this year they offered the SoCal pass, which was a great deal. We finally had the chance to use our first day, and we went to CA adventure, which I’ve only been to once or twice. 

(Side rant: Honestly, Disneyland is just so much better! I have NO IDEA why they would build a California park IN California. It’s only like an hour to go to the real Hollywood or one of the piers. CA adventure would have done so much better in a different country! We could have had DisneySea like in Tokyo, but they passed on it. What a waste… DisneySea is amazing! /Rant)

Anyway, we hadn’t been since they built Cars Land. Ohmygosh, it’s amazing. It’s really like walking into the movie. The area isn’t that big, but they have all the stops in the move as well as the cars driving out to take pictures. My son was enthralled. That alone might be worth coming back – but not much else. 

There were a few fun things, but if you aren’t going on any of the big rides, eh, you could pass. The toy story ride was really fun but the line was crazy. Good thing we had fastpasses! It was fun meeting Elsa and Anna! We did see the show, but again, just eh. We had to wait a full hour for the hour long show, and while the performers were good, the production felt forced; the chorus was pushed in odd places, the pacing was rough, and some was really really cheesy. The guy who played Olaf was dynamite though. However, my daughter loved it, so it was worth the time.
We’ll be using our other two days at Disneyland, which I know really well, so I’m looking forward to that!