I was invited to tag along with a few law school friends this year to Dragon*Con in Atlanta. I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the time and money, until John Barrowman confirmed attending. (Causing much squeeing, as I'm a big Doctor Who/Torchwood fan. Yay, Captain Jack!) So, I committed to going, purchased my badge ($100), paid my share of the hotel ($300), and parking for my car ($120!! freakin' big cities, geez).
I was definitely glad I decided to go, because right before the convention, Gillian Anderson was booked, and a dream I've had for over half my life was fulfilled. (Okay, we didn't go have hot lesbian sex, so it wasn't exactly the fulfillment of the dream, but still, I got to meet her and get my picture taken with her, and she's totally awesome.) John Barrowman is just fantastic, and I also met Joe Manganiello (from True Blood), who felt fantastic. (Seriously, I didn't know abs could feel like that, holy shit.) I also met Adam Baldwin, in order to get his autograph for my mother-in-law, who is a huge Firefly/Joss Whedon fan. There were lots of other celebrities too. My companions were creeping on Felicia Day most of the weekend, and I just barely even know who she is. (I didn't even know what The Guild was exactly, and I didn't like Buffy so I never watched enough to see her in it. The only thing I've really seen her in that I've liked was Dr. Horrible, and she's way outshined by the awesomeness of Nathan Fillion and NPH. Anyway.) So, really cool!
In addition to meeting celebrities, and watching them speak on panels, we attended two parties (zombie prom and the mechanical masquerade) and went to the aquarium. I also attended a few panels on writing/with writers since, someday, I'd like to work on that, beyond academic writing. It was pretty interesting.
Anyway, fabulous weekend of awesome fun with friends. The kids went to Chicago with Grandma and Grandpa, so I left early on Monday so I could meet them in Louisville and pick up the kids. Except I never made it to Louisville. I only made it as far as 7 miles over the Kentucky state line before my piece of shit car died. Yes, again, Money Pit stranded me in effing nowhere, on the side of the road, with a dead motor. Had it towed back to my mechanic (107 miles), who paid me a small amount to take it off my hands (about my first month's car payment). I then bought a new car, yay! A 2012 Prius. I love it. It's pretty, and smart, and fun. And bossy, according to the husband. (He dislikes all the beeping it does for things like, not having your seatbelt fastened, and having the car in reverse.) Anyway... 50 mpg! Yay! Of course, car payment... boo. But oh well.
In other news, Vee is now a year old. And she is busy and important. Her favorite things involve making a mess and eating a lot. She's not walking yet, but she's cruising, so it will be very soon. Ever since she had a sick day home with the daddy about a month ago, she has been a total daddy's girl. She also loves the big sister and follows her everywhere.
Cora started soccer last week. It didn't go so well. She was doing really well until she got hurt and then she was totally not into it, and spent more time watching the ball as it went by than chasing it. Definitely my kid. She's not made for aggressive sports. But oh well. We can go back to ballet in January. I just hope she doesn't manage to injure an arm/wrist/hand/finger. Would not be good for violin playing.
Speaking of which, tomorrow's my first orchestra rehearsal. The first piece is 20 pages long. I've never played any piece of music that long before. Nor have I played in a real orchestra before. It's a little scary. Hopefully I won't suck too badly. I'm just going to sit in the back and try very hard not to suck too badly.