Things started for me on Thursday. Managed to get my ass out of bed around 8am. After pulling my bags out front, I did some last minute prepping and shoved breakfast into my face. Got a hold of Tech and got picked up around 10. We got to MoA, where Sadame and her boyfriend were waiting for us. Switched cars and headed to a warehouse so they could get merchandise. After that, we went back to the Eagle Anime office, where I helped take out trash, put product on the shelves and pack the van. After running some more errands, we finally got on the road around 2. It was a pretty fun, but uneventful, ride over. We made no stops because we just couldn't sacrifice the time. We got there just after 7. When on a mission to grab myself some dinner, I found a nice, little spiritualist shop across the street from the hotel. I poked my head in, chatted with one cashier and geeked out with the other, promising to be back later. Ate my food back in the room, changed clothes and went downstairs to volunteer in the DR. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I got to see that there are more con families than just cosplayers. I was there for 3 hours, before the kink in my shoulder got to be too much. Got in my PJs, unwound for about an hour while updating my FB on my PSP (yay free wifi!). Finally went to sleep around 1.
Woke up around 7, but then dozed off and on for another 2 hours. Finally motivated myself to shower and eat breakfast. Took my time getting ready and finally got downstairs in the badge line at a little after 10. I was confused at the comments I was receiving once I got there, only to realize it was because I was early and first in line for at the door badges. They didn't open the lines until 11am. So that I could continue to volunteer at the booth without con staff breathing down my neck, as they had been during my last hour there the night before, Sadame bought me a vendor badge before she came up the night before. She met me at the line and gave it to me before heading to the DR. I helped there for a little over an hour before I had to motivate into Kurama. Saw Pinky and her boyfriend, so I stopped to talk with them before heading up to the room. I spent most of the time changing passed out in front of the floor fan because I was just too dang tired. I was half in cosplay and half done with makeup when Velocity texted me to say she, Serra and Asuma had arrived. After a quick exchange, I finally made the rest of my way into my cosplay, but I was having problems. Made my way downstairs and chatted with Pinky for a bit more before my con family found me. In between bouts of serious discussion and moving luggage to our room, I bumped into Whit and Fox. Once we moved everything (and a few moments of me forgetting shit in Sadame's room), Velocity got into full Roxas cosplay and we walked around con to see what was going on at that hour, which wasn't much. We poked the DR for a bit, where we held the fort while Sadame went to go eat, before heading back to the room. Spent some time in the room making jokes at Velocity's behalf, then the four of us, along with Jay, headed out to Denny's for dinner, in which I paid for everyone as a big huge thank you for sticking with me and being my family away from my family. We came back to the hotel and just chilled in the room while Velocity tried to poke her sewing machine. She only got about an hour in before people wanted to get some sleep. We both went to bed around 1 or 2, right before which I talked to her about the issues I had with Kurama. She just listened to me talk, then put in a second opinion when I finished. It was in that moment that I new I had to retire him.
I think I woke up to someone's alarm around 9. After some fresh air, Velocity started poking her sewing machine, during which I finally showered and ate breakfast around 3, while also managing to injure myself. Around 4, she was getting so frustrated with the jacket she was making that she was getting angry. To help her calm down, we went over to the spiritualist shop while I browsed for gifts. In doing so, we found the cashier I geeked out with the day before. The three of us went back and forth between talking geek and astrology before I made my purchases and we went back to the hotel. The break was just what she needed and she finished her cosplay around 5, where we both finally got into our Ben 10 stuff. We didn't even take 10 steps out of the room before someone on our floor came out of their room and freaked out that we were cosplaying Ben and Kevin. We went to the DR and I gave Fox the commission he ordered back in November during MFF. We perused the room a bit more than we had the night before, making some purchases here and there. At one point there was this ADORABLE squirt of a kid, probably not even 3 years old, who exclaimed "That's Ben 10 mommy!". All kinds of Ben 10 spazzing would happen through the day. During that time, we were poked as to what we wanted to do about food. In the end, a large group seemed unappealing, so just the two of us decided to have a date at a pizza place a few blocks away, where it was so cold out that I got turned into a meat shield. The pizza wasn't the best we'd ever had, but it was still pretty good. We got back to the room and relaxed for a bit before hitting the dance and video game room. We had a photoshoot near the pool area of the hotel, chatted with Batou outside for a bit, then did some more wandering before we headed over to Sadame's room for drinking and watching various Abridged series. After that, we went back to our room and went to bed around 3:30, deciding to give Elena a big middle finger and do Kevin again the next day.
Woke up around 9 and tried to motivate myself to get moving, waking up a sleepy Velocity about a half hour later. It took a long time for us to be ready enough to check out of the room. Moved stuff to Asuma's van, where I kept my things as well. Watched the last 10 minutes of chess and it was honestly one of the worst things I'd ever seen. Walked around DR and shopped until I started to get hungry enough to start turning into a bitch. The original plan for lunch ended up changing, but it was still just the two of us. After food, my con family was ready to go, so I helped get things to their van while grabbing my own stuff and leaving it with Sadame. While trying not to cry, I said goodbye to all of them and ran back inside to help with tear down. This consisted of 3 hours of getting even more sore and injured while taking down the Eagle Anime booth and helping Pawstar load their van. We finally left around 8 and stopped for food and gas. After some lighthearted texting with Velocity, I began having issues with Tech for a ride home and having to stay awake so I could keep Sadame's boyfriend awake. After several panic attacks and sobbing, Nexus was able to pick me up from MoA and take me home, in which I was able to give her the gifts I bought for her. I finally got home around 3am. I spent what little energy I had unpacking what I could (I got about halfway done) and then passed out on my bed.