Apr 4, 2010

Week In Review: 3/28 to 4/03

Boy am I exhausted.  I guess that is what happen when you don't sit home and have a boring life.  I do have to admit that the way to feel today, I am thinking that a boring life isn't all that bad.

The beginning of the week was really a scramble.  I tried to put in some OT to make up for the sales I was going to loose while on vacation.  I did get some in there but it was a juggling act as I am still operating as a chauffeur for Saje.  Tuesday I didn't have my regular massage so I went in and worked a few hours.  Wednesday was crazy.  Between me and Saje, there were 3 medical appointments.  And then comes Thursday.  I only worked for half a day so that I would have time to get ready for Norwescon.

I guess that I should mention while I am still on the topic of work that I did a mini shift bid and managed to get my 4 10s back.  I was great working only 8 hours.  My body really liked the shorter days but I didn't feel that working the shorter days was a fair exchange for having to work 5 days a week.  I was so happy when I found out that I got the new shift, just to find out that we are going to have another shift bid in June.  Now our last full one was in December and they are only supposed to be every 12 months so I am not sure how that is working out.  Did someone forget how to count or what?

Now for the reason that I even took vacation.  Saje was invited to be a panelist at Norwescon so I decided to go also.  I haven't really been to a con since I was in my 20s.  Well I guess that isn't totally true as we did do Rustycon last year but we were vending and I didn't really leave the vendor's room.  I must admit was concerned that I would be too old for a con but I found that many folks there were around my age.  They just started going to cons when they were in their 20's and never stopped.  I had a blast!  I had my MinPin with me both Friday and Saturday.  She loves people and is such a good icebreaker.  I sure am paying for it now though.  I have a little carrier kind of thing that straps onto my chest and she sits in.  Now Boo is not a big dog at 7 1/2 pounds but carrying her that way for 12 hours became rather painful on my shoulders.  Was it worth it though?  I would say so.

I think that I had even more fun because Saje was a panelist.  The folks running Norwescon treat their pros and their guest really well.  I love the Green Room where you could always find great conversation and comfortable couches.  And the con goers are a wonderful bunch of people with great energy.  You can't find a less judgmental bunch of people.  And some of the costumes were out of this world.  Saje got some great pics and once he edits them, I will get them up to share.

I picked up some great prints while there and found a cloak.  I know that this doesn't seem much of an accomplishment until you realize that I am only 5'2" and all the ones I have found before dragged the ground.  So I blew my budget but I snagged it when I found it in my colors and the right length.  I almost felt as though I had found the Holy Grail.

Saje started picking up things for a Steampunk Pirate costume for next year.  I guess that I will be designing some steampunk jewelry.  I just have to go on a quest to find antique watches now.

If there was one downside about the con, it would be the lack of parking.  There just wasn't any at the hotel to speak of.  And if you parked at one the park-n-rides, you had to be prepared to pay over 50% in taxes and fees.  Personally I feel that should be illegal.

This weekend was a great experience and one that I do plan to duplicate but I sure wish that I had the energy that I did when I was 20.  Oh well.  It was a blast!


  1. It sounds like you have had an interesting week. I've never been to a con but my teens have been to a couple. I'm 5'2" too and find myself hemming things often, it must have been nice to find a cape that was just right.

  2. Oh I love my cloak. I spent more then I should have but to finally find one that didn't drag the ground. I just couldn't pass it up. I also like to support the vendors where I can.


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