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Thu 8/9: MnM game at Steve's. Our Hero High game, which was much fun. We faced a big bad guy that was tough to defeat, but of course we won in the end! However, a change is in the air. I've been told Serenity is up next, and been informed that we'll be carnies. I think carnies set in the Serenity/Firefly will be a hoot! I'm thinking a gypsy-ish fortune teller would be fun....

Fri 8/10: The werewolf game was much fun. We're an official pack and everything. I had a blast, as usual.

Sat 8/11: [livejournal.com profile] annawick and [livejournal.com profile] finari met Matt and I at our house and we joined the DFWCG at Dallas Heritage Village for a lecture on Victorian era clothes. I think the breakthrough was the fact that we found out that they almost always flat lined. Which is so much easier than the other ways to line things. Sweet!

Saturday evening had us playing our Star Wars RPG at the Stamms'. The group is much smaller now, as one dropped out due to moving to Chicago, and another dropped out due to family stuff. Now the group size is six, I think? Perfect! I think I'll enjoy the games a lot more, now. Much better than eight, that's for sure, as much as I'll miss the other two players, we'll just get more playing in.

Sun 8/12: Laundry, packing, other prep.

Mon 8/13: I woke up and it was still dark outside. I don't like dark mornings! Matt took me up to the shop and at 6am we started the long drive to Indy. I read Harry Potter book 6, and later started sewing my cap. The travel was uneventful, no rain even. I took the last shift and drove us to our hotel.

Tue 8/14: We got to the hotel at 2am. I woke up at 9:45am, as breakfast stopped being served at 10am. After breakfast, we headed in to the convention center and set up. We were done by mid-afternoon and then headed back to the hotel, where I chilled out and played some WoW on the laptop, chatted with the hubby, and got some rest.

Wed 8/15: Bryan and I went to the zoo in the morning with Pete and Cheryl and their son Will. We had a blast. The otters were awesome - one of the little ones couldn't climb up to follow the rest so a big 'un turned around and pulled it up by its head. The dolphin show rocked, of course. I also saw baby giraffes and baby elephants. The highlight, however, was the SHARK PETTING POOL!

Oh, yes indeed. You did in fact hear that correctly. A pool of water in which you reached down to PET the SHARKS as they swam past. Ok, so they were like little sharks, only about three feet long. But I still made sure their heads were past before I stuck my hand in to touch them! ^_~

After the zoo, we headed back to the convention center again for some minor set-up tweaks. I also met the man in the booth behind me. I managed to be civil and even possibly friendly. Luckily, I didn't have to interact with him much during the course of the show, as we were just too busy. And as the show went on, I got over it and by the end of the show, it was a "sure, whatever" feeling. Hooray!

After the minor tweaks, back to the hotel and ZzzzZZzz for me!

Thu 8/16: Thursday morning had me up before daylight again. Yuck. Ron, Matt C and I headed in for a 7:30am meeting with a distributor and breakfast at the Marriott. The meeting went as expected, and then we headed into the convention center and saw show start with the opening of the exhibit hall and incoming throngs of gamers.

The only real downside of the exhibit hall this year is that the convention staff didn't run the attendees out quick enough. Or at all, really. They just made the announcement and seemed to trust that the attendees would leave. Bleh. They did, it just took them forever.

After the exhibit hall closed, I headed over to the miniature room for pizza in the evening with demo team. I sat and visited for a while and worked some more on the cap.

Fri 8/17: I spent the morning in the exhibit hall, and then had a noon meeting with our German distributor, which went as well as expected. Then back to the exhibit hall for more work. I had Chipotle for dinner with demo team, then an early, anti-social night. Yay!

Sat 8/18: Saturday, of course, was the busiest day, although Sunday felt just as busy - the hall just closes two hours earlier, so that's the only reason we don't do as much. After the exhibit hall closed, per our annual tradition, we had dinner with Wayne & Ged, their two friends Tim and Jen (who were cool), and our sculptors and staff. It was really awesome to see Ged & Wayne again, and Ged gave me this really cute Magenta & Jinkx hoodie from her website Strangely Familiar. I adore it!! (I have plans for her this Christmas, too. Muahahah!) She and her friend Anne are the designers/owners of that site, and I love the stuff they're creating there.

There was big time drama at the restaurant. Whee! I sent Janice, one of my volunteers, to the restaurant to get the ball rolling, as we had twenty-five people that we were feeding. There, the hostess told Janice that she'd "need to see Benjamin or Jackson if you want to get seated before two hours." Janice wanted to know exactly what that meant, so the hostess and her friend came up with the price of if we wanted a half hour wait it would be $10 per person, or an hour wait at $5 per person. Wow.

Matt C, when he heard about it, stomped right on in and read her the riot act. Then he read the riot act to the manager, saying stuff along the lines of the fact that we eat there every year, and that we would NOT be extorted out of our money just to be seated and served. The hostess tried to defend herself saying it "was a tip." Yeah, right.

Anyway, we got seated shortly after that (about a half hour wait, total), and got lots of free food, too. Either everyone in the restaurant wanted to distance themselves from the hostess or they really didn't like her, because several of the wait-staff came to thank Matt C for getting her fired...

I don't think anyone spit in our food, but I ordered shishkabob just in case....

After dinner, Bryan, Linc and I headed over to the White Wolf party where I did some socializing, and a little dancing. We called it early, though and were gone by midnight. Too loud to really visit in there, and I just wasn't in the mood to dance, I guess. It was fun, though, over all. A cute boy with absolutely beautiful dreadlocks flirted with me, which was flattering.

Sun 8/19: Whee, Sunday! Last day of the con. Pure chaos and take-down. Much tiredness.

I scored a copy of Changeling: The Lost. I also got to chat with Ethan Skemp, although I avoided talking about WtF. Turns out he's a HUGE fan of the stuff we make at the shop. It's funny how common hobbies makes talking to "icons" of the industry no big deal. It happened that way with Wayne (Ged's husband), too. Matt thinks Changeling looks like a great NPC sourcebook but I think it looks alright. Although of the nWoD books, I think Mage is still my favorite. Hm. But I haven't looked into Scion yet...

We had dinner together with what was left of our staff and artists at the Steak N Shake near our hotel, and due to the sheer exhaustion (and some cultural differences in pronunciation), some silliness ensued:

"I desperately need a root beer float," said Erin, from Minnesota, flipping through the menu.
"A what?!" Bryan (a Texan) asked, extremely startled.
Erin glanced over at him, puzzled. "A root beer float..."
"Oh. I thought you said I desperately need to rip your throat!!"

Also, on our return from dropping Erin off at her hotel, Bryan and I took the most convoluted and wrong-exited way back to our own hotel. The signs said "Detour" but we both concluded that it was "de Tour" since it was certainly the scenic route with signs placed especially for us by the Anti-Destination League of Indianapolis.

I also maintain that we took those exits to avoid taking the wrong ones on our way home on the following day.

You know, to get it out of our system early.

Mon 8/20: And the exodus home. I co-piloted for about 8 hours, then slept about five, and watched Neverwhere for the rest. Thanks to Patrick, we did NOT get involved in an accident only ten miles from the shop (right in front of the UNT stadium).

Yesterday, I woke up at noon. The hubby got off work early so we went out for sushi. We came back home and watched movies and lazed the rest of the day. Today I'm back at work. Whee! It's not as crazy as I expected it to be, either. Sweet.

This weekend, Werewolf on Friday, and a late, late game at my brother's house on Saturday evening.
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Not a lot is happening with me, aside from the craziness at work. Gearing up for GenCon is always pure chaos, and I'm really starting to feel it. Whee!

Lessee. Thursday games are going great. Two weeks ago (7/27) the team of intrepid youth battled an 80 foot tall robot. Last week (8/2), they saved a boy from anti-meta assassins (the term we're using in our game for supers is meta-human).

Fri 7/28: Werewolf. I am loving that game, even though we're just in the beginning stages and not even a pack yet. The two cubs just completed their Rites of Passage. The rest of us started out Cliath. The participation is really incredible. I'm not the only one taking notes, and the updates on the wiki are just a blast to read, and almost as fun to write. Next installment, this Friday. Hooray!

Sat 7/29: We went shooting in the morning with several friends at the range on 1171 and I35W. I'm no good with a pistol. I think part of that is my eye prescription hasn't been renewed in like three years plus I have a slight astigmatism. And my hands shake. But for some reason I'm not quite so bad with a rifle. I probably simply need more practice....

(more) Sat 7/29: Anyway, we finished up around noon, went home and cleaned up, and headed out to Anna to hang out with my oldest brother Rob, and younger brothers Chris and Aaron. Rob ran his GURPS game for us and much silliness ensued. We also played a card game called "Once Upon A Time," which merely continued the insanity. I believe much fun was had by all. This theoretically is going to be our every 4th Saturday hang-out. I hope it continues!

This past weekend Matt and I watched the Bourne Ultimatum with some friends. Aside from the shaky-cam (which really bothered Matt but not me so much), I thought it was a really fun flick. After the film, we headed over to some other friends' house for dinner and an evening of hanging out. They invited several other people, most of whom I knew through various avenues such as the old days of the Cam, WoW, etc. It was a Harry Potter themed evening so I went in my Hufflepuff gear, and Matt in his Griffindor stuff.

I really need a pocket for my wand in that robe. Hey, [livejournal.com profile] annawick, do you have any more of that mustard cotton left? Like a 12 inch by 4 inch scrap or so?

I'm planning on cutting out some fabric for two projects to work on while on the road or quiet hotel room time at the con. One will be an 1800 cap from the Kannik's Korner pattern (view a). Easy, easy. Then I think I'll cut out a dress from Sensibility.com's Lady's Closet. Probably this one. Both of those I can do by hand while in the car the 18 hours to Indy, plus 18 hours back. If I'm not reading, sleeping or driving....

The shop, as I mentioned, is chaos. It will only get worse this week. So if I pull my hair out in mass quantities, someone loan me a wig, please.
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Monday Aug 8 started out early - we met up at the shop at 6am for the road trip. There were four vehicles in our caravan on the way up: M C and his daughter K in the big truck, R, A, [livejournal.com profile] finari and I in the van, Kyle and Linc (two of my volunteers) in Kyle's CRV, and Darryl and B in Darryl's pick-up. For the first time in shop history, we left on time, and at 6:30am. Whee!

I was the first driver, since I was the most awake out of the four of us. It was really, really stressful following M C, though. He drove that heavy truck like it was a mid-sized sedan. At one point, just an hour out, he changed lanes so quickly that the truck tilted severely and I was terrified that it would just tip right on over onto the wall. That would have been the record quickest trip to GenCon for us, too. Ugh. Ah well. The trip itself was thankfully uneventful in spite of M C's best efforts.

We arrived at the motel around midnight and got our four rooms and promptly went to sleep. Tuesday morning we gathered at 9am and headed to the convention center for set up. Set up took awhile but went fairly smoothly, and our booth looked the best it's ever looked. Yay! Wednesday we were back up at the convention center making sure the registers were all up and running. Wednesday was pretty mellow, all told.

Each evening, [livejournal.com profile] finari and I watched episodes of Avatar: the Last Airbender, of which I am now officially a fan. It got pretty bad. We'd consider each evening's option (go hang out, blah blah), and unanimously decide to stay in our hotel room and watch Avatar on my laptop. Heh.

Thursday, officially day one of the convention, went well. The retail chaos that is GenCon for me began with a bang. After the exhibit hall closed, we had dinner with the demo team on the patio outside the miniatures hall. Much fun was had - I got to meet some new guys, and get re-acquainted with my favorite demo guys. I also found out that several of them are avid Guild Wars players so I'll have to get back into that. Fun, fun!

That evening I got to do a good deed, too, and abuse my power in the process. Heh. The truck parked next to the minivan had its hood opened and a guy standing beside it with a look of cheerful resignation. We asked if he needed help and he replied that someone (a stranger to him) was on his way over from across the parking lot. So we loaded up the van, and by the time all our stuff was in, the other guy had arrived with jumper cables, etc. I quickly scribbled out two little "coupons" one each for a free miniature, one because good deeds rarely go recognized and the other because the other guy was so cheerful about it all. They were both pleasantly surprised, and redeemed their coupons to me on Saturday.

I had a good crew this year in the booth, although I especially missed not having Kevin there. He has been my best sergeant so far, and he is so very efficient. Ah, well. With this new crew, of course, there were some complaints after the first day of the show from some of my booth crew, I think primarily because they didn't realize how much ACTUAL work we do at conventions, heh. But luckily, everyone seemed to cheer up as the show went on. I got several compliments about them, so over all, I was happy with the crew and if I get the same crew next year, then I would be pleased.

Friday, we had a meeting with one of our international distributors that went well, over all. Points were raised from both sides and there were some resolutions to issues, etc. I sat and took notes, offered various suggestions, and enjoyed watching Ed go. Heh. I think the distributor didn't know what hit him half the time.

Saturday was super busy. I only had a little time to chat with Ged and most of it was to make plans for the evening. After the exhibitors' hall closed, we ran back to the hotel to change and get ready for dinner and the White Wolf party. Dinner was great with crew and friends, Ged and Wayne. I only ever get to see them at GenCon since they live in England, so it was a real pleasure.

At dinner, I was outvoted on the White Wolf party idea since there was no guarantee that we would actually be able to get in, as there was a 700 occupancy limit on the building and we didn't even finish dinner til after the doors for the party were opened. Ah well. I got to spend some time with Ged and Wayne at Jillian's, which was a place like Dave & Busters. It wasn't an ideal spot for chatting, as the games and music were really loud, but I am glad I got to spend time with them, even though it wasn't enough.

Wayne's gift to us was too cool for words - he drew a caricature of us all together, based on the few photos he had from the year (maybe 2004?) before. It's an awesome and amusing drawing and I love it! Heh. I'm gonna use the me he drew as one of my icons once I have a chance to edit it. Hee!

Sunday was almost as busy as Saturday, what with swag trades and all. I scored a really neat wood etched set of some monsters and a tavern scene that I grabbed for the hubby, and some dice for my friend Dave. All the rest of the swag trades I worked out went to the guys at the shop. Whee, fun! Trades are always insane and fun. Tear-down didn't take quite as long as I expected, but it took just as much time as I predicted, if that makes any sense. I predicted that we wouldn't be out of there until 10pm and we weren't, but we were pretty much done tearing down by 8pm. It's just that M C and I had to go back to the motel and get the truck, and I had to settle our rooms.

After tear-down, we crashed and then got up early on Monday for the drive back. Darryl left Sunday morning by himself and arrived home with no trouble from what I've heard, so we had three vehicles in the caravan going home: M C and K in the truck again, R, A, Finari, B and I in the van, and Kyle and Linc in Kyle's car. On the trip back, the van (with Kyle following us) split off from the truck, primarily because the van had all us girls in it and we needed a pee-break and M C didn't want to stop. So he continued on without us and we took our bathroom breaks as we needed them. Oddly enough, we arrived back in Denton a good two hours ahead of them (9pm CST) since at some point M C missed an exit. Heh.

Tuesday Aug 15th, I got up and ran to the shop to pick up my luggage and other stuff and met Finari there. She followed me back to the rental place and I turned in the minivan. Then she came over to my place to hang out for a bit and go over all our free stuff. After she left, I took a very long nap. Sheesh, I needed it.

Wednesday Aug 16 had me back at work and running around getting everything caught up.

Same with Thursday and Friday.

This most recent Saturday was a blast. [livejournal.com profile] thewolfhound and I got up before dawn and drove out to Comanche Valley for the shooting match. [livejournal.com profile] thewolfhound wore standard western fare from the 1880s and I threw together a generic frontier woman outfit cobbled together from one of my faire skirts that was generic enough to do the trick, a petticoat, a long-sleeved blouse, some little button-up ankle boots, and a straw hat. The brim wasn't quite wide enough so my nose is a little pink, though.

I wore a corset, too, and even though the weather got quite hot (I think it hit 105 F/40.5 C) I managed quite well since we stayed very hydrated. Heck. I know it doesn't get quite that hot during Scarborough Faire, but I'm usually tighter laced for faire. The one thing that I will change for sure about my hot weather generic outfit will be the blouse. The one I was wearing was denim, so no breeze got through. I'm probably going to whip a cotton lawn or other very light weight blouse together. And maybe add an apron. I still plan on doing an 1880s riding habit, although I think I will reserve the wear of that for slightly cooler days. Heck, even 90 F/32 C is nice compared to 105!

Anyway, of course I would prattle about clothes and such before I get to the actual event. ^_~ [livejournal.com profile] thewolfhound did a great job of describing what went on in his journal, so I'll just sum up and give my own observations.

We showed up around 8am and started out by signing up and such, and then we sat in the table area near our orientation teacher, Hopalong Casey. I was surprised when they started the Pledge of Allegiance, though. I had to hop over the bench, and of course forgot that I was wearing a hat since I never wear them until I realized that everyone else had theirs off so I quickly just knocked it off my head and let it fall on my back and hang by its strings. After the pledge we and the other newbies sat for the newbie orientation, then we went down to shoot at the "fort."

I missed about everything in the first window, but did ok in the second window. I've never shot a single action gun in my life - everything I've shot has been semi-automatic and of course the pump action shotgun we own. So not only was I flustered and self-conscious, but I was firing weapons of a type I'd never used before. Well, at least normal gun safety, like where to point the weapons and such, transfers no matter what kind of weapon you hold.

However, one of the cool things that Hopalong did was after a person shot their turn, he had the person move to the "unloading table" and supervise the next shooter's unload. Then after that, I rotated to the "loading table" to assist/observe the loading. So not only did someone show me how to load and unload the weapons, I got to show the person after me the same. By the end of the day, I felt pretty confident about the loading/unloading process, as well as shooting. So much so that when it was my turn to go again, I didn't miss at all. Yay! 'Course, I wasn't fast, but first I'm going to concentrate on being accurate.

In all, I think SASS will be a really fun hobby. I'm glad this is what we've settled on for our LARP replacement, heh.

Monday (today) it's business as usual!
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This is going to be a fairly quick entry. I'm sitting in a car outside a Panera stealing wireless at 11pm.


Anyway, we arrived Tuesday morning at 2am, then set up the booth from 10am to about 7pm. It looks really good this year! ^_^

Ok. So updates will be few and far between while I'm here, but I just wanted to let everyone know I'm still alive. Back to the crazy house for me!
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Again with the long time between updates! Let's see. My week days and evenings are all pretty similar (work, WoW, reading, movies, sewing, etc), but my Saturdays this month have been a lot of fun!

On Saturday the 8th, on a whim I went to the Sci-Fi Expo with [livejournal.com profile] finari and [livejournal.com profile] thewolfhound. It was the first time for me to go to that con, and it was a nice little convention. I didn't really see any gaming. In all fairness, though, I didn't look really hard. The dealers' room was fairly small, but attendance was free, so I'm definitely not complaining.

It's all [livejournal.com profile] winterwolf_tx's fault that we went, since he reminded me of it and told me that Alan Tudyk was going to be there. I took my Serenity RPG with me just in case I wanted to get it signed. I was almost stopped by the $20 autograph fee, until I learned that Alan Tudyk was donating 100% of the proceeds to Donate Life. So I got my Serenity RPG book signed, plus a signed picture that I need to get framed and gift to [livejournal.com profile] tempest_sky. Heh.

After we finished up at the Expo, we went over and hung out with my sister for a bit, then headed home. Full, fun day!

Then the following Saturday the 15th, Matt, [livejournal.com profile] annawick and I went to a shooting match for SASS in The Boonies, TX. The set up there is really nice, and with more research, Matt has discovered all kinds of SASS sites in Texas. Go figure. Texans like to dress up like cowboys and shoot guns. I am so shocked! And I am so guilty since it sounds like fun to me, too.

So my nifty Victorian gown is getting put on hold before I even start it so I can get a 1880s riding habit put together for the August 19th orientation. As luck would have it, my friend [livejournal.com profile] hellocobweb has a copy of The Cut of Women's Clothes by Norah Waugh that he loaned me, and there is a 1880s riding habit skirt in there that I can copy. Whee! And I'll use my new Truly Victorian pattern for the habit bodice, with only a few minor modifications. Now, will I finish it before Aug 19? Only time will tell...

Friday July 21 was my friend John Bonnot's going away party. He's been recalled to the army, and if he passes the medical, they'll keep him for another 18 months and send him to Iraq. However, his shoulder is shot, which was why he was on medical leave in the first place, so there is a pretty good chance that he won't pass the physical. Then they'll send him back home. On the off chance, though, he may be gone for a while. Anyway, the party was fun and I got to see a lot of friends. Anti-social and shy person that I am, though, we only stayed two hours before leaving.

Saturday morning started early. I showed up at Finari's place, and from there we went to Lake Texoma. On the way, I saw this ranch that raises miniature horses. I forgot how absolutely cute they are. I think next time we go, I'll take my digital camera so I can get some pictures of them. Not to mention get some records of our fun at the lake. There, I had a a wonderful, laid-back day with Tempest_Sky and Finari. We watched movies, painted miniatures, had golf cart rides. As usual, I had a wonderful time, and am rejuvenated for a new week. I can't wait until next time!

Now, at work, we're gearing up for GenCon. My early mornings are about to start, since I'd rather come in early and work and still leave at my normal time than stay late or work on Saturdays. I already came in early once and put together a lot of paint sets on Friday. It was slow going until I found the radio in the paint department. It had some band named Ween in it that wasn't too bad. I remember that one of our graphic designers LOVED Ween, but I had never heard their stuff before. Next time, though, I'm going to bring something a little more to my taste that will be good to work to. Like Rob Zombie or KMDFM. I'll talk to the production director and figure out if he wants me to start coming in starting Thursday, or if I have a reprieve until Friday.

Anyway. That's what I've been up to the past few weeks. ^_^
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Well, I have a bit of an update, since I've been so busy since I last wrote.

Lets see...

Sunday was pretty mellow with church and packing and relaxing. We also went over to our friends' Mark and Amy for dinner, which was very enjoyable.

The insanity started on Monday with the morning gathering everything together for my absence at work, and preparations for our trip. [livejournal.com profile] finari and our other volunteer/demo guy Patrick showed up around 3pm and then we started the 16 hour drive. Whee! Unfortunately, we discovered that the truck had some sort of glitch that made the reverse lights stay on all the time, and the rental van was excruciatingly uncomfortable. The only two comfortable seats were the driver's seat and the front passenger. The two people who shouldn't be sleeping! Talk about a big boo hiss. Needless to say, I'll never, ever consider buying a Ford mini van.

We arrived in Indianapolis on Tuesday morning around 9am. I also discovered that the convention staff was going to let exhibitors set up on Tuesday after 2pm, so luckily our motel rooms were ready and we took a nap at the motel. After our naps, we headed over to the convention center and had the booth set up in about two hours, after which we went back to the motel and got some real sleep.

Wednesday was very nice and laid back. There was much relaxing at the motel all day, and then dinner with Sandy and Aaron (and [livejournal.com profile] finari, Patrick and of course Matt) at a pub. After dinner, Matt and I took Patrick and Finari back to their various hotel rooms, and then we had our our high priority business meeting about Licensing that was disguised as a Ravenloft game. Heh. We got back to the motel at 3am.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were a bit of a blur. I had the show during the day til 6:30pm, chilled with the demo team until about nine-ish, and finally the motel and sleep.

Show highlights:

*I had two lunches and a dinner with my friend Ged (yay!), whom I only get to see at Gen Con because she lives in the UK. We chatted about life in general, dollfies (I want one so badly!), fashion, and other things. Too bad she lives so far away! I also enjoyed chatting with her friends Ralph and Anne, who are artists, too (Ged's hubby is a very well known artist in the industry). (lots of parentheticals!)

*I met two of my favorite artists - Nene Thomas (I also got to see her beautiful dollfie) and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.

*Co-piloting for Matt and Kevin, and having [livejournal.com profile] finari co-pilot for me. Lots of long, interesting conversations and true quality time with friends.

*I bought some Copplestone miniatures, but also later discovered that one of our retailers in England is willing to trade for some, so I can trade for more! Whee!

*I scored some Hasslefree miniatures and some Freebooter miniatures in trade. Yes, yes. I know. I work for a miniatures company and own literally pounds of unpainted pewter. I'll get around to painting them, really! I still need more, though! XD

*I also of course scored a Mage: The Awakening in trade. I can't wait to start reading it!

Matt traded for some Order of the Stick books and lots of other stuff, like the Game of Thrones RPG, a copy of Guild Wars, and some other things I can't remember.

The show ended Sunday. The booth was packed up by 6pm, but the truck's batteries had drained because one of the drivers left on its lights. However, we had dinner, got the truck jump started, took showers, and then started the long drive home. We got back to HQ on Monday at about 4pm, unloaded the truck, dropped [livejournal.com profile] finari off at her place, turned in that blasted mini van, and finally home. I forced myself to stay up until 9pm, and then crashed after no sleep for 38 hours. Whew.

A huge thank you to [livejournal.com profile] fuzake, who watched our pooch for us while we were gone. It's nice to see that Taltos has accepted you as part of the pack now. ^_^

Tuesday was nice. I chilled out at the house and played with our swag. Since Matt scored a copy of Guild Wars, we fiddled around with that for most of the day and crashed at about 11pm, back on my normal schedule.

Wednesday I went to work and cried at the 200 emails waiting there for me that needed responses, and started working on those. Today is work again, with emails mostly out of the way, I think. Now I just need to listen to all my phone messages and get caught up on all the rest of my piled up stuff (no one opened the consumer mail while I was gone either). Whee!

Ok. So back to work!
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I went dancing last night with Anne, [livejournal.com profile] finari, [livejournal.com profile] fuzake and finari's co-worker/friend Viktor. A great time. I saw [livejournal.com profile] d33z_nutz and had a brief chance to talk to him, but I didn't get to see him dance. *pout* I like watching people dance, and he dances very well.

This morning, I'm tired but cheerful. I have quite a bit to still do before the con, but I've hit a very mellow stage regarding it. I'm not excited about the actual working part, but I'm thrilled to have the chance to see friends that I only ever get to see at GenCon. I think that even if work stops officially going, I'm going to make the effort to be there just so I can hook up with them.

Random thoughts that just popped up in my tired brain:

Jay, with the right intonation, means "big sister" in Thai.
de (pronounced 'jay'), means "ladybug" in Gaeilge.

My all-time favorite critters: ladybugs, squirrels, and foxes


Aug. 1st, 2005 10:14 am
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Last Monday was a pretty normal day - a lot of work, then relaxing at home. I spent Tuesday evening with [livejournal.com profile] finari, and enjoyed myself thoroughly. Wednesday my mother-in-law came back from Thailand, so we picked her up at the airport and took her over to our sister-in-law's house, where she stayed until the weekend.

Thursday evening had me hanging out with friends. Friday I had lunch with friends and co-workers, then that evening we played Matt's Phlan game. My character got hit with negative eight Con and six levels. Ouch. Heh. She got 'em back at the end of the game, though.

Saturday (I called you back, [livejournal.com profile] annawick. Did you get my message?) we spent time with the mother-in-law and lunch at Tokyo One. It was her treat as a belated birthday present to Matt. Mmm, sushi! Sunday had us back out at the farm for chores, etc, then Sunday evening we watched first three episodes of Firefly.

I'm still gearing up for GenCon and really starting to feel the pressure. Everyone is pretty stressed here at the shop right now, which makes for a constant low hum of anxiety all around. Ugh.


Jul. 18th, 2005 11:04 am
jaelie: (Default)
I had a pretty standard week.

Monday was a fairly standard busy workday, and that evening I went home and played CoH with Matt and friends from work. Tuesday I hung out w/ [livejournal.com profile] finari and watched the first half of Pride & Predjudice over at my place. She brought Duke, and on the way home with her, I wondered if Taltos would be territorial at all. Nope. He was so thrilled to see Duke that he kept boinging, heh.

Wednesday was a repeat of Monday. Thursday I played WoW and leveled my little Shadow priest. I think until we get CoH settled, I'll play this toon. So far, she's been a lot of fun.

Friday was a busy day, and various events conspired against us, but we prevailed and had a wonderful time. We went to dinner & movie (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) with a host of friends, then went to midnight Harry Potter book release. I didn't buy a copy - all mine are in paperback so I'll wait and get that one in paperback too. I'll just borrow [livejournal.com profile] finari's copy to read in the meantime. ^_~ Thanks tons to [livejournal.com profile] lolafae and [livejournal.com profile] tempest_sky for arranging such a fun evening!

Saturday morning I went in to work. Since we needed to move stuff around in the warehouse and didn't want to interrupt weekly production, we salaried people got pressed, heh. The men moved 300(ish) pound shelving units around while I transferred product from shelf to shelf. Matt ended up pretty sore, while I was hacking and coughing from all the unsettled dust. Heh. We had lunch with my brother-in-law and a friend at an excellent Chinese buffet place in Denton, and then headed over to Glen & Jeanette's for some D&D. We finally killed the dragon. Whee!

Sunday was nice and relaxing with movies and reading.

This week.... gearing up for GenCon.
jaelie: (Default)
Well, I just called the hotels and booked rooms for Origins and GenCon. And thus the convention season with all its cat herding and reluctant extroversion begins.
jaelie: (Miho)
Needless to say, I had a nice and busy weekend. ^_^ On Thursday at 8pm we headed out from Denton for a 14 hour road trip to GenCon Indianapolis. Our artist Tim decided to come, too, so we had five drivers. On the way up, I didn't have to drive at all. Sleeping while Matt was driving was no problem, but Tim's driving was a little erratic, and made sleeping difficult. That was ok for me, though, as I got about six hours. I don't think anyone else slept, however.

We arrived in Indianapolis around noon on Friday, and promptly dispersed for our weekend of fun. We had lunch with the boys and wandered around the exhibitors' hall, then Matt took a two hour nap and Matt and I had a business dinner with some possible clients. We ate at Bucco di Beppo and may I say, YUM.

That night, Matt and I stopped by the sculptors' gathering, then went to the White Wolf party.

Both were lots of fun, and I had an especially fun moment at the sculptors' gathering when Kevin, one of my favorite co-workers, had a moment of complete non-recognition. I was talking to Chaz, one of our sculptors, and was examining a sorceress sculpt. Michael told me that Kevin saw me and bristled.

"Who is that goth touching our green?!"

Michael looked, did a double-take, then muttered, "Uh, that's Jay!"

Bwahahah! I love dressing up!

The party that evening was fun - Michael went with us, and the three of us spent most of the time chatting with Rob from LW and Aaron from WW. Maybe next year I'll actually dance some, though I don't think I'll be able to convince Matt to dance with me, heh.

Saturday, we wandered the exhibitors' hall some more, then had a business lunch with some more possible clients. We spent some time with our boys in the miniature hall, and wandered some more. That evening we had dinner with the sculptors and Ron brought Wayne Reynolds and his wife Ged along, too. It was funny - I kind of expected him to be a little full of himself. I mean, he is a very successful artist. Anyway, Wayne and Ged were awesome. I got to chat with them for a long time, since they were right across the table from me. Ged and I hit it off almost immediately, and spent like half an hour discussing the merits of corsets, and the new trend in England towards pin-stripes. Ron said something about pin-stripes being the very image of Victorian elegance, and I certainly agree, even though I'm not sure if pin-stripes were even "in" during the Victorian era. I've been wanting a pin-striped corset for a while now - ever since I saw The Thomas Crown Affair with Renee Russo, who wore one in that flick.

That night, Matt opted to relax in our hotel room, so I went to the Crocodile Games party with Michael. That was enjoyable but not as fun as the WW party. 'Course, when Matt told me Aaron called him around 11:30pm wondering if we were up for a game, that may have damaged my view. I'd way rather game with friends than go to a party with strangers (not Michael, he made the party cool). I am such a dork.

Sunday morning we packed and got everything ready, said our goodbyes, and were on the road by 2pm. We got back to Texas at 4am Monday morning, and I was at work by 11am. Monday and Tuesday were all catch up, but it was worth it. Definitely a fun weekend.

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