My trip wasn't supposed to start as early as Wednesday. I'd been trying to get a hold of Sadame for a little over a week and wasn't really hearing back. I began to have a panic attack in the middle of the library after work. While freaking out, I caved and messaged Snow and Brichibi, asking if I could ride with them to the con the next morning. After working out luggage, they agreed, but wanted to pick me up that night to avoid morning rush hour. I power walked home, packed as fast as I could, changed into my PJs to lighten my load and left with them. After getting a tour of their home and geeking over all the stuff they had, they introduced me to Modoka and Attack On Titan. After that, I showered and we did another hour or so of silly Youtube videos and eating pizza. They went to bed while I stayed up to poke the internet. I went to bed around 2am.
My morning started at 8am with being scared shitless by their cat. I changed quickly and rearranged my luggage. After we all cleaned ourselves up, loaded the car and made a few pit stops, we were on the road by 11am. We made it to the hotel by just before 4pm. Velocity was running late and Brichibi and Snow had to rendezvous with a friend, so I was stuck in the lobby by myself for about two hours, which I spent starting a new game of Star Ocean on my PSP. Velocity and her mom checked in and we went up to our room. After dicking around, settling in and getting our badges, we took a walk to get to the know area (we've never gone past MCD's prior to this). We found a Michael's, which was the main intent for the walk, and found a World Market. I had never been in one and Velocity didn't know anything about the store. So we picked up our cosplay materials and headed over. We were merely looking around but found some things we wanted to try. We went back to the hotel and dropped off our things. We both freshened up a little and went right back out to go barhopping. It was more like a bar jump, since the third bar closed early (they all did apparently). We hit the Irish pub first and had a blast, even if we were the only ones there for a while. Had two drinks each, then stumbled our way to Friday's, where we each had only one drink. Then we went back to the room and drank our own stuff while formulating our weekend, watching stuff on Velocity's laptop and talking together about relationship stuff. I think we finally went to bed around 4am and had an alarm set for noon.
We're so good at beating our alarms, Velocity woke up at about 10am. I apparently almost fell out of bed, I woke up shortly after I rolled over and was safe from danger. I was still a little fuzzy from the drinking, so I took my sweet time waking up. While I showered, Velocity attached the ahoge to my wig for Austria. My outfit was being difficult due to my being plus sized. After rigging my outfit so my tummy wouldn't poke out, we spent a long time in the bathroom trying to style my wig. Once we finished, we wandered the AA and DR for a bit. I was going batshit insane over the Tiger & Bunny swag. I missed my chance to get a picture of a lovely Kotetsu cosplayer running one of the booths. I was a naughty girl and bought a wall scroll, thus starting the beginnings of my Tiger & Bunny empire. Met up with Sadame and confirmed a ride home with her in exchange for volunteering at the booth after con. After forcing ourselves to stop shopping, we went out for ice cream. But after only a few bites in, the humidity mixed with the texture of the food wasn't going over very well. We took it back to our room and talked over plans for the night. We then went to Chris Patton's 18+ panel at 9pm. I'm pretty sure I turned a lovely shade of red out of embarrassment and laughter. After it was over, we went on our annual double date with Brichibi and Snow. We ate at Cheeseburger In Paradise. The food was delicious, the interior design was pretty and the service was friendly. We always seem to enjoy ourselves with those two and it's nice, in my opinion, to have another couple that we both get along with so well and do things with. We went back to the hotel and holed ourselves in our room for the rest of the night. We drank in a constant stream, watched some anime and some comedians, talked about each other and cosplay and acted like a couple of idiots. We were totally exhausted, but not tired. That tired feeling finally hit us like a ton of bricks around 8am and set an alarm for 1pm.
I woke up because I heard Velocity moving about the room at least two hours before our alarm. I woke up with my very first hangover, she had gut rot. So we both took care of each other for those first few hours. Once we at least felt like we weren't going to die, we turned on the TV. I took a pill for my headache and took a shower. The hot water made me feel loads better, but zapped my energy, so I relaxed in bed until we were well enough to get dressed. After shifting some plans around, we made the decision to do only Ben 10. We didn't get out of the room until 4:30pm. After we made our runs around town and paying Daysting a visit, we missed shopping in AA and DR, which we were really sad about not being able to do, if only because we missed saying hi to our friends. We dropped off stuff in our room, had some issues with our glow sticks and went down to the video game room. We played one round of Mario Kart, watched Batou play Just Dance and left, since the DDR machine was totally booked. We nosed into the rave for the very first time. I caught video of someone swinging poi and even managed to get Velocity to dance a little. We left, removed the rave gear and went to Friday's for a low key dinner date. We played it smart this time and only drank water with our meal. We took some pictures by the fountain, then stopped at MCD's for smoothies so we could mix some of our alcohol in them. We went back to our room, packed some of our things and I watched the two newest episodes of Free while Velocity took a shower. I ended up crashing without realizing it, since I was apparently sleeping when she got out. We drank very little that night while we watched more stuff on her laptop. We forced ourselves in bed at 4am and set an alarm for 8:30am.
Guess who didn't wake up on time? I vaguely heard an alarm go off, but I wasn't awake enough to get up. I got up around 10am and woke Velocity. Realizing we still had time, we went down to get some autographs (I look like such a slob in the pic of Patton and I T_T). We tried so hard to get ready and out of the room on time. But Velocity wasn't feeling well again, so changing into cosplay took longer than normal. Once fully packed and in Nabari cosplay, we got out of the room about 40 minutes late and I lost my room key between the room and the lobby. Velocity contacted her mom so she could go home a bit earlier than planned, so we just chilled with our luggage in the lobby for a bit. After a long time of not getting a response, we finally got up and stored our things with Brichibi and Snow. Every table that had Tiger & Bunny merch ended up with us geeking out for no less than five minutes with either the person running the table or another customer. We bought ourselves PDA bracelets because we're nerds and I got myself a Kotetsu plushie. I helped Velocity get her things to the car once her mom got there. On my way back, I saw Fox and talked to him for about ten minutes about my weekend. Then it was time to help Sadame take down her booth, which she'd already done a good job of demolishing by herself. We were out of there in an hour. I slept for two hours on the ride home and woke up just in time for a food run. After a little planning, we found a good place to pass me off to Seifer. Once he finished work, we made a stop at his house for directions and to grab his fiancé, Pixie. Talked about the weekend and got to know my new con daughter a little better. Got home and got stuck in the arm with one of my buttons (bad enough to leave some bruising). Unpacked my things, poked the computer and went to bed. My day finished at 3am.