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Great Weekend September 20, 2012

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We had a great weekend hanging out with our friends. Lots of good food again, and much good company. We are definitely still recovering from all the energy spent. The four days straight of 7am shifts is not helping with that. Next week I’m up at 40 hours, but three of the shifts start at 9am, I think I like that better. It’s still rough being away from my computer that much, I really would love to get my home-based businesses up and running and making money. Anyone want to sponsor me while I get started? 😉  Just dreading my 11th holiday season in retail.

I’m told today is Firefly’s 10th anniversary. So that’s cool. Might have to watch some tonight. Need to see the new Dr Who episode(s), too. Rich said a new season of Sherlock is on Netflix. 🙂  Avengers comes out on DVD Tuesday, thanks big brother. And all too soon, it will be time for Halloween and on into the holiday rush.

 

Quiet Week September 14, 2012

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Not much to report, though apparently it’s the week of pets. Mom got a puppy and another friend got a baby ball python. ::shudders::

Recovered alright from ChiCon. Spent last weekend relaxing. Have another con this weekend.

Continuing to get loads of hours at work, but they’re starting to hire folk to take up the slack, so we’ll see how that goes. The holidays will be here before we know it. I put up Halloween books right beside Christmas books yesterday.

Health wise, I’m doing alright. Feeling pretty good. Still arguing with my body on certain points, but that’s typical. I do find that when I’m not feeling well, I tend to eat more healthily. It’s stress that sends me off into junk food. (or laziness, I’ve gotta work on this bringing food to work thing.)

ChiCon 7 Was a Blast September 6, 2012

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Spent the weekend in Chicago, from Thursday night through Monday lunch time. It was a ton of fun, though I really didn’t do as much of the actual convention as maybe I should have, responsibilities (fun) and sleep intervened. As did several really nice meals. We gathered for our own brand of quiet party that first night, meeting all the people we didn’t know yet, and some we had not seen for a long time, but would be working with the rest of the weekend. There had been some load in earlier, but Rich and I didn’t get there until mid-party.

Friday morning and afternoon we spent cleaning up and preparing the suite and three adjoining rooms for two nights of public parties. The rest of the gear arrived and we made a couple trips through the freight elevator to finish stocking the room. Carpet was covered, Christmas lights were hung, and a very cool holodeck door frame was installed. The DJs set up, the punches were mixed and we were ready to go.

Both nights were excellent parties. Nearly 500 guests the first night(causing the temperature differential alarm to go off), and many more than that the second night(thankfully we had better air circulation). We were voted best party of the con, and most people were glad to be a part of it. Some of the more middle-aged of our guests were even tickled to be ID-ed at the door, saying it had been quite some time since that had happened. We had so many fleet there, that even working was easier, most shifts not lasting more than an hour, unless you wanted it to. The four rooms gave us a nice flow, and the lack of horizontal surfaces and the great job of commemorative cup sales, meant I didn’t even have to spend all my time picking up abandoned cups.

As for the food. It was quite the adventure. Friday lunch we walked through the Pedway(an interesting, indoor way to get through downtown), to a place called Wow Bao, which serves “hot Asian buns.” These are spongy round pastries with your favorite flavors stuffed inside. We had chicken teriyaki, as well as some traditional fried dumplings. Friday dinner was deep dish Chicago pizza, it was amazing an huge. I couldn’t even manage two full pieces. Saturday I went back to the Pedway for lunch, but the subshop didn’t have beef, so I ended up with a nice tuna(better for me anyway). For dinner, I headed out via a very terrifying cab ride with friends to Weber Grill. I had a delicious prime rib, wonderful garlic mashed potatoes and nicely grilled asparagus. Excellent meal.

Sunday was busy with putting the rooms back together and getting all the gear back into trucks, vans and trailers. I’m pretty sure I missed lunch this day. So, for dinner, a bunch of us went out to Houlihan’s. Where we shared some homemade potato chips (I avoided the drizzled cheese), Ahi tuna wrapped in wonton, and some shrimp that I also avoided. For dinner, I had a plate full of broccoli, mashed potatoes and meatloaf. Nothing spectacular, but a very tasty, and filling meal. We dropped in on a couple parties that night, but one was too quiet, and the other too loud and bright, packed with people we didn’t know, so we ended up hanging out in one of our hotel rooms, though, I admit, I was nearly asleep during this, listening to stories and jokes.

Monday was final pack out for most of us, and a long drive home, now in the daylight, for Rich and me. The fields of windmills are far more fun in the dark, with their single red, blinking eyes. I imagine Don Quixote would be more convinced of their dragonish nature had he seen them in modern times. We found out that we won best party on the drive home, and tired spirits were buoyed, even into the next day. All in all, it was quite the successful weekend away.