After a day at work that Thursday, Meika came in during the early evening. We went to my town's annual Christmas Tree Lighting, bought things for the hotel room and had dinner. While going through some of my things to be packed, she went and complied a list of my music to have on CDs for the drive to and from (6 total). After a while I gave up on packing and sat with her while going between watching her fiddle around on my computer and making a vodka infusion. We finally crashed around 1am.
We woke up much earlier than anticipated and took our sweet time getting ready. We got on the road around 8am and, with some pit stops hither and yon, got to the hotel around 1pm. We got some video blogging in and the CDs that were made were an epic failure. We got into the last bits and pieces of our cosplays in the van, then went inside to get our badges. Ran into a couple peeps and got my first autograph of the weekend from Brichibi. I also saw people early on that I knew I needed/wanted to avoid. Shortly thereafter we went to the Meet & Greet I had planned because so many people said they wanted to hang out/meet me/say hi. I have learned I will always be let down when I plan things like this (I will never do another one again). Meika and I got there at just before 2pm and I informed her it was lasting until 4. No one showed up until 20 minutes before we planned on leaving. It was Commander and Elf and, since our hotel room owners hadn't checked in yet, we decided to stay longer and chat with them. Just after 5, Raine and Kya got there and checked into the hotel. We got our things in, relaxed for a bit and exchanged greetings. I then made my way down to the Ashly Burch signing, where I met some fun people and got to catch up with old friends. Ashly was ECSTATIC that I was cosplaying from Harvest Moon, to the point of shaking the table and squeaking when I informed her of Raine cosplaying with me later. Then I went straight from her signing to Chris Sabat's, where I waited for about an hour to finally get into the room. I melted into a puddle of goo and had all kinds of nostalgia feels upon meeting and hearing him. I met up with Raine and Meika in the DR and sold my soul for a $35 Kotetsu figurine. Made some other purchases and made our way through the AA, where I stood and chatted with Apeliotus and his tablemates, before heading to the lobby for some photoshoots. Then we went back to the room, where Erin and Solus were waiting for Fae to finish putting on her cosplay. Then I slowly changed into my PJs and drank some of my infusion, which knocked me on my ass, while helping Meika with her cosplay. During my down time, Fae had come back to the room and we chatted for a bit, her not realizing who I was until I made mention of something that I can't remember off the top of my head. I hit the bed so hard I don't even remember falling asleep, but I know it was around midnight.
I woke up to the alarm I set for Fae and had hoped to go back to sleep. But since Kya was awake, I ended up chatting with her for a while and just stayed up. As I started making my way into Namine, I got a text from Velocity saying she was almost to the hotel. About a half hour later, she and her sister, Yoru, came up, quickly dropped off their things and went to the con floor to get badges and line up for autographs. In between finishing getting into my cosplay and helping Fae while she ironed hers, I made my way to one of Ashly Burch's panels. With nothing going on for a while after, I chatted with Batou for a bit and hung out with Velocity and Yoru, deciding to skip the other panels I was interested in, as I had no dire need to go to them. So we walked around for a bit, then went to get food, where Meika met up with us in her Olette cosplay. After eating, we got photoshoots of each other and headed back to the room. Velocity and Yoru left shortly after, I started getting ready for when I'd have dinner with their family. I was done by the time they came back and all five of us went out to some diner that had taxidermy all over the place (gross) and served food and drinks on a toy train. This would be when the booze hounding started XP After getting taken back to the hotel, Velocity and I changed into our teaser cosplays, which we got some 'blooper' shots (not to the extent and hilarity we were hoping for though). Some people recognized what we were doing, which was pretty cool. We did a little bar hopping and did a smidge of obnoxious singing at the last stop, where she purchased a $25 drink that she couldn't finish (I did so happily back in the room). Giggling, snuggling and stumbling all over the bar and the con space, we finally made it back to the room around midnight after bumping into Raine and Kya. Velocity began shutting down out of tiredness, so we crashed before Meika and Fae even made it back to the room from photoshoots.
I got up to pee around 7am and, upon seeing Velocity was awake for the day, stayed up. So that we wouldn't wake up everyone, we went out for coffee in our teaser cosplays, more people recognizing the characters, while meandering the con floor. Took some pics together while we woke up more and unwound. We went back to the room around 9 and started to get into Wataru and Kazuki. All the while, everyone in the room chatted and laughed with each other. Some of us parted ways for the weekend, some for just a bit, while the two of us and Meika went to load our crap into the van. Velocity and I went to get some of her things signed, but the line was terribly long, so she gave up. We went to get photoshoots with Raine and Meika, then wandered the AA for a bit. We noticed the line had gone down drastically, so we quick got in line and got stuff signed by Josh Grelle, Ashley Burch and Monica Rial. Then we said our goodbyes to Raine and went out for lunch at Culver's, which didn't account to much since Velocity's family had arrived to get her before she could get her food. After hugs and goodbyes, Meika and I hit the road, after getting gas, around 2pm. We made con songs out of Christmas tunes and shared a bit about ourselves. I got home at nearly 7pm, after having to take a really out of the way detour for some kind of issue that involved cones, flares and police. We got my things into the house, I tried a shot of the booze she'd brought with her and she offered to fix a botched cosplay commission and took it with her.