Starting my trip on Thursday, I rolled out of bed around noon and spent over an hour cleaning my room, then I got dressed and made food. Since my ride was late due to the horrid weather, I relaxed with a little Harvest Moon. When Nexus finally did make it, she got stuck in my driveway, so we dug the car out. After loading up the car, Nexus and I made our way to the hotel, which was about triple the normal travel time. We made it around a quarter to 6, where we parked and I talked to Asuma while Nexus checked us in. Then we moved our things to our room, settled in a bit, then moved the car. Talked to several friends, then I made my way back to my room, where Sylus had begun to make camp. After we semi-demolished the room, we went down to the hot tub to relax, spending my time with Sereno, Kitty and Sasu after my roommates left. Went back to my room around 9, showered and did a little cosplay work during a minor panic attack. Made my way over to my annual dinner, where Aizen and Kitty were waiting for me. We slowly gained more people as time went on over the course of an hour. I found my way out sometime between midnight and 1am, heading up to Velocity's room for some down time. She wasn't feeling well, so we settled for just watching Ben 10 on her laptop. Once it got to be around 2/3 in the morning and Serra and Asuma needed sleep, Velocty and I walked down to the lobby with the intention of bringing me to my room. Raine was sitting in the lobby, so I decided to sit and chat with her, seeing Ooki back to her tower while we cleared the air about things that happened that night. I lost track of time talking to Raine, finally making my way to bed around 5am.
Hit the snooze button a couple times before finally getting out of bed around 9:30, mostly being roused by a text from Velocity. Once getting our badges, with a quick hello each to Sike, we raided the nearby gas station for breakfast and headed back to my room with our spoils. There was a LOT of traffic in my room, especially with people trying to help Frayu into her cosplay. While finishing up my prop, I started to get into Leon. Everyone left to their own devices, leaving me and Fish alone to continue getting dressed. After some issues with my contacts, I was finally able to make my way down to chess to get assigned my post. Right before the game started, I saw Commander and Elf in the crowd, asking them to record the game with my camera. I lasted the whole game and got to kill someone, so I'm thankful for that. After the game, I headed out to the Dealer's Room with Velocity, but all the bodies was getting to be a bit much, so we cooled off in her room, doing some panel prep, before I had to run down to the Don't Be a Jerk panel I was co-hosting. The panel went well, even if the crowd was small. I met Velocity outside the Swap Meet and, after an excursion outside, got some items from Commander and Elf. Without much else going on after that, we went to my room to grab my things for our late night panel and I changed into Kurama in Velocity's room, then meandered, running into Manders at some point. I had been meaning to poke the furry room parties, so went into the MNFurs room, where Van was working at the time, so I got the chance to catch up with him. When we left, there seemed to be a LOT more bodies, so Velocity initiated our long running 'buddy system' (one in front, one in back, hands linked) so we didn't get separated. After a bit of cooling off to settle my nerves, we made it down to the room where our Bun In the Oven panel would be. Smaller room and less people than the last time we did it, but still went well. We had some minor issues, but we managed to keep nearly everyone that came in from the start. We went over by about 20 minutes this year, but only because we did the games last and it took longer than necessary. After that, those left from the panel headed down to the first floor area for a quick and hilarious photoshoot. I collected my things from Velocity's room and she saw me to bed around 3am.
Woke up in a bad mood around 9 and showered. Since I didn't receive my Austria cosplay from Ammy, I cosplayed Canada instead. I stuffed one of Sylus' yummy bagels in my face and made my way to Velocity's room, where I finished getting in cosplay. Sadly, it was a slow day for both of us and by the time we were ready to go, the Hetalia shoot was half over. We made the decision to skip the shoot and go straight to Clarine Harp's autograph session. After that, we poked into the AA and bought some things, but all the bodies made it so I overheated, so we left before we could look at everything. Went to check out the UtaPri panel, became uninterested in less than 5 minutes, then left for the Dealer's Room. We made purchases, then decided to get lunch from DQ and take it back to Velocity's room. We undressed, took some time to just enjoy being out of cosplay, then began to eat our food while watching stand up comedy on her laptop. By the time we finished, it was time for the competition to start, so we curled up on her bed and watched it, missing large chunks of it because the cameras were on the fritz. From there some things happened that, not only prevented her from finishing the last piece to our Ring Finger cosplays, but shafting us in being able to watch the ProBending Tournament. After getting into Ben and Kevin, we walked around for a bit and ended up hanging out with Rin for about 15 minutes. After deciding I wasn't in the mood to sing karaoke, we headed out for a date at Friday's, mostly talking, drinking and laughing. After we ate, we hit outside for a bit, then went back in for the bar and each had another drink. We were supposed to meet up with Lux, Raine and her friend, but it ended up not working out for various reasons. Velocity and I left Friday's a little fuzzy and belting out Imagine Dragons in the parking lot. We met up with Raine and her friend and walked around, trying to find a room party that was still open and served booze. By the time we found one, the two of them had to go, leaving Velocity and I to our own devices. The room we found was The Wrecking Room and we each had two drinks that the super nice guy cosplaying Ralph was serving. Their Felix directed us to the games out on the balcony, where we ended up playing Marvel Vs. Capcom, since neither of us had played. I kicked her ass 4 of the 6 rounds we played. We left to take a breather outside and, while there, she was offered a drink by someone and we had a lovely display of drunkenness by a girl that came out right after us (I had to help Velocity out of the snow because she was laughing so hard). The rest of the night was spent cuddling and wandering around in a wobbly manner. Around 4am, Serra found us and helped me get her back to the room, wound down for and hour, then Velocity walked me back to my room and I went to bed right away.
I woke up at 8:30 and was apparently so quiet that no one but Kajara knew I came back. I gathered up my luggage and was lucky enough to have Phantom help me get it all to Velocity's room. While there, since we couldn't debut our Ring Finger cosplays, I changed into Kevin while she got into Ben. And it was the best decision we've made, because we got a LOT of love for it, even more than we did at Kitsune. She wasn't feeling too good, so we decided to take things easy that day. As such, we ended up missing the cut off for J. Michael Tatum's autograph session. Pretty much all we did was walk around, posed for pics and kept each other warm when we went outside. While waiting for Sereno, we managed to catch the Ouran panel letting out, which she was a part of, and I got pics of the photoshoot. After that, we went up to registration to pre-reg for next year. After bouts of thinking Velocity was going to fall asleep and fall from a chair, we camped out on the floor so she could lay down in my lap. From there we waited for Rin so we could go to lunch at DQ, inviting Phantom since she was hungry and she also invited her friend Menne. It was super busy that day, so it took us a while to find a place to sit and that ended with us crammed in a corner. While trying to keep my eye on Velocity, we all kept mindless chatter with each other before having to leave. Velocity and I returned to her room, got my things and loaded them into Nexus' car. We said goodbye and I went home, getting back around 5-ish.