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License Plate: LEGOGAL

I always associate August with LEGO (because of the Brickfair Convention). So here’s a LEGO car I spotted at Brickfair a few years back.

Virginia license plate reading: LEGOGAL

Wildcard: Cosplay Fever’s Raise Your Glass

Cosplay Fever’s vid to P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” wasn’t the first cosplay lip dub I’d ever seen, but it is one of the best and has stuck with me over the years. Every so often, I feel the urge to watch it again. I love all the great cosplay, expressions, and moves. And it’s a song I really enjoy as well.

Due to copyright restrictions on YouTube, Cosplay Fever decided to mute their video years ago, before music attributes could be added. Luckily, there are other versions floating around from people who love it just as much as I do, who have reposted it with the proper credits.

ConneXions 2017


This was my first time at ConneXions, and I had a blast! It was a great group of attendees, though light in attendance on Friday and Sunday. I felt extremely lucky to have such a great slash con so close to my home. Still, I got a hotel room so I didn’t have to worry about traveling to and from every day. I was especially glad for this when a panel I suggested and offered to mod was accepted.


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Awesome Con 2017- Day 3

Sunday, Day 3:
I got up a few minutes earlier and had no problem getting to the Convention Center by Metro. The headache I had was another story, but it wasn’t too bad. I got in line for Stan Lee by 9am and immediately made friends with the guy behind me in line who happened to be Ace as well. We had some wonderful discussions 🙂 It made the hour and change just fly right by. As the lines started winding around toward the main stage, I ran across another friend of mine.

Even though I could have had a pretty good seat, I sat at the back so I could slip out a little early if needed in order to get in line for Garrett Wang’s Q&A. I even considered skipping Stan Lee, but I’m glad I didn’t. Stan Lee can never die, but he’s definitely getting older, and I didn’t want to miss a chance to see him in person. But Garrett Wang portrayed my favorite character on Star Trek: Voyager. Decisions, decisions! My new line friend advised me to skip out as soon as the Q&A started.


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Awesome Con 2017- Day 2

Saturday, Day 2:
I spent the night driving around dead bodies in the streets and saving my town and my daughter from tiny glowing balls that were trying to invade our bodies. So I woke up exhausted and shaken from my nightmare. But David Tennant was speaking at 10:30, so I got my butt out of bed. I hauled myself to the Metro and arrived at 8am. However, I just missed a train by 3 minutes and had to wait 17 minutes for the next one. Even worse, there was an issue with the trains when I tried to transfer and it was 40 minutes until the next Yellow train I needed arrived. So I didn’t get to the convention center until 9:35, which was when the doors were supposed to open for seating. As I arrived in the registration hall, I heard one of the best quotes of the con from one of the volunteers “David Tennant is by the garage door!” It was only to indicate that’s where the end of the line to see him currently was.

I hurried over to the pretty sizable line that was weaving from one side of the room to the other. I heard my name called and turned to see a friend from grad school I hadn’t seen in over 10 years! It’s great running into people at cons, but I was still in my one track mind of “must get to end of line!” During the next hour, nearly the entire room filled up with the line and, as far as I saw, every one of the 5,000 seats ended up being filled. The line volunteers were amazing, though, packing us all in there and keeping order. They would say things like “Welcome to the line! This is all part of the experience!” and “You’re doing great! You’re almost there!” VIPS got in first. Not including them, I think I was about a third of the way from the front. There was a WHOLE LOT of line behind me; I cannot imagine much of that portion got in.


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Awesome Con 2017- Day 1

Friday, Day 1:
I woke up about an hour later than usual and had a leisurely but efficient breakfast before heading off to the Metro. I began reading Pack Animals (Torchwood #7) by Peter Anghelides on the long ride to the Library of Congress. While walking from the metro station to the LOC building, I passed two women around my age taking photos of a group of people walking across the street, escorted by the police. I have been watching news nonstop for the past two weeks, but I didn’t recognize anyone in the group (and I’ve been watching a lot of news). Looked like it might have been a representative and her congressional aides, but I’ve no clue. Anyway, I got to the Thomas Jefferson Library of Congress Building a little before 11.

LOC1The Library of Congress put together a really neat pop-up exhibit only available for a few days, called Library of Awesome. It was filled with parts of the LOC collection, grouped by themes. It was a great reminder that the LOC preserves these parts of culture that are important to fans. The people behind me as we went through the different exhibit rooms were in the most AMAZING Wonder Woman and Black Panther outfits ever. There was also a brave young man in an amazing Fantastic Four outfit. There were so many great comics on display, I couldn’t begin to list them all. But I did take photos of some of my favorites. In one room they had clips from TV shows playing and I walked in just as Buffy was sacrificing herself (feels!), following by a clip of Doctor Who with the Tenth Doctor. It was a surreal to be standing in the largest library in the entire world, watching Buffy and Doctor Who and looking at first appearances of comic book characters in print! There was also a neat letter from Gene Roddenbery to Carl Sagan.

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Awesome Con 2017- Highlights

BadgeI am exhausted but full of elation after three days at Awesome Con in Washington, DC. I’m not a big fan of huge cons, and this one is definitely a little too big for my comfort zone. I don’t like the feeling of not being able to do and see all of the things I want to do and see. But one of the things I love about big cons is that your experience with the mix of activities you choose to do at one is unique. For example, I’m not into photo ops (ew, I don’t want to see myself) or meeting celebs (I would embarrass the hell out of myself). But I am into panels and into fitting as much as possible into a day.

I started a comprehensive write-up then realized: no, there is too much. Let me sum up…

Highlights included:

  • Seeing John Barrowman in a kilt and sporran, talking about the Battle of Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie using his full Scottish accent
  • Getting to sit inside a Supernatural Impala
  • Getting signed art from Karen Hallion
  • Attending the Stucky anthology reading
  • Seeing Scott Gill in Captain Jack’s greatcoat
  • Wanting to as Garrett Wang a question and having him read my mind and answer it for me before the Q&A portion even began
  • Seeing so many rare comics, panels, and memorabilia
  • Seeing David Tennant, Catherine Tate, John Barrowman, Garrett Wang, Clare Kramer, Stan Lee, Felicia Day, Jason David Frank, and Eliza Dushku in person all in one weekend!

By the numbers:

  • 3 days attended
  • 11 panels attended
  • 8 celebrity Q&As attended
  • 21 pieces of art purchased (only 3 are gifts; I have a problem)
  • 2 books finished
  • 4 DADA business cards bravely handed out
  • 3 meals skipped entirely, replaced by protein meal bars
  • 7 friends I ran into/came across/spotted
  • 33,265 steps taken
  • Infinite squees

I will be posting the rest of my adventures one day at a time.

CONfabulation 2017

Badge2This weekend, I had a wonderful time at CONfabulation, a multi-fandom convention by the people who brought us Wincon. As always, it’s hard to adjust to real life again after several days of being a fangirl at the height of excitement and being uncensored around/among my people. So I thought I’d write it up while the experience is still somewhat fresh.

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The Muggle Ball

The Friends of the Arlington Public Library hosted a Muggle Ball last night, and more than a dozen DADA members were in attendance. There was trivia, a costume contest, hors d’oeuvres and desert, themed drinks, a jazz band, and raffle baskets.


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