I spent the night at Seifer's home Wednesday night. We hung out with Ammy for a while, shopping for con snacks and watching movies before taking her home. We stayed up online for a while, watching Torchwood and me plotting Velocity's birthday present (had 12 photoshoots I had planned to record having people wish/sing happy birthday, along with people that knew her or vice versa) before finally crashing during the AM hours. He ended up sleeping on a scrap of foam on the floor with his blanket, letting me have the pull out bed to myself.
Thursday we did some last minute cosplay prep before having lunch with his partner Elsy. Once we packed the car, we left right away from Burnsville. About an hour into the trip, we went to a rest stop to change into more comfortable clothes (it was really hot and humid and the car had no working AC). It was then that he realized he'd left an important cosplay piece back home, something that would make it impossible to use the cosplay during the weekend. Having to turn around, get the item and get as far on the way to Coralville added 2 hours onto our trip. On the way we sang as loud as we wanted to some mixed CDs I made just for the trip, and then some punks tried to race us on the highway. We got to the hotel around 10pm. I spent time with Songstress, Silver and Eillia, spending the night in the latter's room. She and I stayed up for a bit to chat and get to know each other better.
Woke up and started my day in Kaoru. I had pre regged this time, but they really dropped the ball on my badge. Instead of the name I put on my form, Kurama Babe (as per usual), it said Lorelei. While I appreciate the nod to Irish folklore, it wasn't what I wanted. So they gave me a blank badge to put the info on that needed to be there. They didn't take the old one from me though, so my friend Sheep ended up pilfering it from me since she didn't have a badge and couldn't afford one. Found Songstress in her Kenshin cosplay and we went to the patio for our photoshoot. Walked around con with her, Kali and Koyuki before finding Seifer and Raine and tagged with them for a while. Got a text from Gigi telling me they checked in, so I grabbed my things and moved rooms and got acquainted with everyone. Took that advantage of not being rushed to change into Elena early. Hung out with Raine on the back patio until the Square shoot started. Found a Tseng and Reno to attach myself to during the shoot and had a lot of fun for that hour. Got the chance to spend time with Sailor Anime, just sitting and chatting in the lobby. Met up with her again after changing into raver!China, spent some time with Kitty, Seifer and Friskies at the bar before hitting the rave for a short while. had a bad experience with someone being panic attack levels inappropriate with me, so I left. Hid in the karaoke room with Ember's group, used it for the other part of Velocity's present (singing one of her favorite songs). Went back to my room after that, Gigi leaving on the light for me, and went to bed.
Started in China and had a blast at the Hetalia shoot. Made some new friends while I was there and a lot of crack took place. Spent some time again with Sailor Anime walking each other to the other's room. I changed into Kurama and made my way to the photoshoot, with the game show panel after that. It was a success just like the year prior. After the panel was finished, I just felt mentally drained from cosplay. So I said 'fuck it' and wanted to be a girl the rest of the day, wearing a white tank, pink skirt, pink Hetalia bandanna and flip flops. Got lunch with Kitty and hung out with various friends and fans. Had some drinks later in the night before hitting up the rave, which turned out much better than the night before. Dinner was pizza that Gigi and the group had ordered and they saved me some for when I got back to the room. I showered when I came back, pulled it into a braid so I could have the look I wanted in the morning, packed up some of my things while I ate and went to bed.
Geared up to get into Natuso and packed the rest of my things, getting them into Seifer's car right away. Got pics with my hotel group before they left after check out, then hung out with Meika and Marin the rest of my stay. It was nice to do something low key for a change and not have a huge schedule. Then it was time to leave, Seifer needing energy to stay awake. On the ride back home, we had a 3 way call with Velocity, 2 hours on his phone and 2 hours on mine. She got to hear me jacked up on two energy drinks while we heard her on a gummy bear sugar high. Got home around midnight and crashed right away without any food, computer time or changing into pajamas.