I know I don’t keep posting terribly often. Certainly not for lack of things happening! Quite the opposite! I’m just so busy that I don’t always remember to get on here and post a new update of life in 2017.
I’ve got to say – life in 2017 is pretty damned good. I am in a place that is so so so so so far away from where I was at this time last year, although of course one thing 2017 and 2017 both share in common is my beloved DragonCon.
I was so thrilled to get back to Atlanta again this year – and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to get there two years back to back. I wore all 3 costumes almost every day, and they were all a hit. I’m still coming up with pictures and some video of me from all over the internet.
They call DragonCon the “Superbowl of Cosplay”, and it really is in every single way. What an amazing event, and an incredible privilege to be there.
I’m quite proud of all of my cosplays, and I am still not quite done yet for this year. I’ve been building what I think might be my very best costume yet for my incredible boyfriend, and we are both going to suit up in just over two weeks in Manhattan at our last big hurrah of the year. (He could not attend DragonCon with me)
We will be attending New York Comic Con on Thursday October 5. It’s the “slowest” day of the con (which for being that it’s in Manhatten will likely mean very little….) but none the less, it’s the only day we’re able to attend, so we’re doing it!
I’m bringing my Predator and my boyfriend will have his very first costume with him (it’s a secret until it’s revealed!) – his first costume and first costuming experience — at one of the 4 largest conventions in the U.S. Not a bad way to start, I’d say.
Oh, and did I mention that on our 2000+ mile roundabout the country, we will also be visiting my good ole’ home town of Scranton, PA, going to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building and the Ground Zero Memorial, heading to Atlantic City for an amazing dinner at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant, and visiting Philadelphia historical sites like the Liberty Bell and amazing eats at the Reading Terminal Market.
Whew, that’s going to be a LOT of driving – but I love it. I hope my boyfriend survives the trip, though. hahahahah!
But speaking of road trips, my jaunt down to Atlanta and back included some side adventures of their own. I visited with friends who live along the way and on the way home, I stopped by the little rack track you might recall ever hearing about once or twice….
Talk about a massive race track. I’ve never seen it before so I just had to stop by. I was in the middle of what would turn out to be a 15 hour drive back home in a single day, so I did not stay long! I was exhausted when I finally got home around 10:30 at night, but it was a good trip!
My 176,00+ mile, leaky/burning oil car made it without issue, and only burned through 3 quarts of oil. This is good.
An oil change (if there’s any oil left….) is in order before the next road trip. LOL! Since I love road trips so much, maybe at some point I will invest in a vehicle that a) doesn’t leak/burn oil and b) gets better gas mileage. How about that notion?
Aaaaaannnnyway…. just a couple weeks after DragonCon was yet another fun event I look forward to every year. It’s an annual play day/funs how event for riders and drivers that includes nothing but fun classes. It’s a super laid-back event with a great group of people of all ages who attend. It’s also my one time a year I get to play around in a competitive setting on barrels & poles.
Last year I took Luke, which meant that this year was Jesse’s turn to go.
We did Flag Race, Barrels, Poles, a driving obstacle course which we messed up just enough to put us out of the ribbons, and also a keyhole race which we completely bombed. It was quite comical. Jesse just couldn’t understand why I wanted him to spin around, but there was no barrel to spin on. He just flat out said no. I’m not pivoting. He was quite sure I was wrong, because obviously we need barrels to spin around.
It was a hoot and a great time, and we ended up 3rd out of 15 in flag race and 4th out of 15 in barrels – not bad considering the people who placed in the top were mostly half our ages (horse and driver). I don’t know how we did not place in poles, because he went quite quick. Or maybe we did place and I just missed the announcement. Oh well. At any rate, it was a blast.
And, if you’re wondering who took those wonderful photos – it was my amazing boyfriend of course! He endured 7 hours in the sun being mostly bored to tears, with a smile on his lovely face and such grace and charm that I can’t even wrap my head around how amazing he is!
It was a wonderful time!
I can. NOT. get over this man. And Jesse loves him too. They actually got along very well and Jesse’s behavior towards him made me think Jesse really really loves him. We just sat on the ground, all 3 of us, hanging out at the horse trailer. I did not take a selfie of all of us, but I should have.
Well – there are MANY more BIG BIG BIG things coming up in the next several weeks, so there will be additional posts this year. Stay tuned!