I know, I know, you’re mad, right? No apologies–I’ve been busy, and last weekend was my first weekend at home in something like five weeks, and I just wanted to sit on the couch and watch football, so I did, and it was fantastic. And now I’m finally going to get to wrapping up the 2012 Dragon*Con recaps, starting with a Game of Thronesphotoshoot in which I participated on Sunday.
I know you can’t tell, but all the nametags on this guy had variations of “MY NAME IS REEK” or “RHYMES WITH MEEK” and other things referring to Reek and A Dance with Dragons…so I won’t keep going because, spoilers!
And then we wandered outside the Hilton and I ran into the lovely Mary, who was quite fetchingly dressed as Morgana! Loved her costume.
So I somehow got pulled into a smaller Game of Thrones photoshoot with a professional(?) photographer (I think they’d lost their Melisandre and they needed another one), and that shoot sidetracked the Marriott for a bit:
Ghost came too.
Then we went outside to The Cigarette Courtyard where the photographer made me ruin my dress (not really, but in my head I was all: “BUT THIS IS AN ALAIA.”)
Since it is taking me awhile to get my recap for Saturday at Dragon*Con up (look, I was at CenterFest from 6:30am-7:30pm tonight, so bear with me), I figured I’d at least post a few pictures of my new and improved Melisandre! This was taken by Lionel Lum, and I think it is pretty fantastic:
Dragon*Con, of course, was super duper fun. I wore three rockin’ costumes and met lots of great people and did lots of fun things and had lots of kickin’ times. And, of course, I took a ton of photos of amazing people in their amazing costumes!
Jon and I got back yesterday evening and I careened right back into work today. In case y’all forgot (or didn’t know), I am helping to plan CenterFest, a giant arts festival coordinated by the Durham Arts Council, where I work. I hope to start getting my Dragon*Con recaps up soon, but CenterFest planning is so exhausting and work is so stressful right now that when I get home I can barely form a coherent thought. Also, I am traveling A LOT this month for weddings (EVERYONE IS GETTING MARRIED) and also the High Holidays. So, it might be a little bit before I fully recap Dragon*Con, because there is a lot to tell!
In the meantime, a few photos to whet your appetite!
Fun right! Hope y’all had a great Labor Day as well, I look forward to sharing my Dragon*Con with you!
The Enrichment Center reminds you that the Companion Cube cannot speak. In the event that the Companion Cube does speak, the Enrichment Center urges you to disregard its advice.
Here are a few shots from my nearly-completed Companion Cubedress! I need to add a few more details to the dress, figure out the wig a bit more, finalize my makeup (wasn’t wearing much tonight, and you can tell!) and better affix the cube to the headband…Oh, and put on some damn Spanx. This is why I rarely leave the house without wearing Spanx–they make you look 10 pounds thinner!!!
Anyways, enough about Spanx, I’ll be wearing them at Dragon*Con! MORE PHOTOS.
So that’s the dress! I think it is pretty cute–if not too complicated, which was sort of what I was going for with this costume, since my other costumes are so complicated! I plan on pairing it with gray tights and silver ballet flats. SUPER CUTE RIGHT?
I invited your best friend, the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn’t come, because you murdered him.
I live in a locavore foodie area and I love great food and restaurant experiences, but this is not what Dragon*Con is about. While I am not normally of the “food is just fuel” mentality, I go into that mode during Dragon*Con. The weekend is an endurance test, and I want not-too-unhealthy things that will keep me up and running from panel to panel and into the night. Additionally, if I don’t eat breakfast and if I don’t eat every few hours I turn into a raging hosebeast, so I need to make sure I have these things on hand. Here are some of my tips and tricks for eating to feel like a human being at Dragon*Con.
1) EAT BREAKFAST. Preferably, eat it in your hotel room if you can–it saves time and money. It doesn’t have to be fancy and shouldn’t need to be refrigerated. I bring a loaf of whole wheat or multi-grain bread with me along with a jar of low-fat peanut butter, and I throw together a peanut butter sandwich in the morning when I wake up (just don’t forget to bring some disposable knives with you). Easy, cheap, healthy, and protein-packed–just what I need to start the day. If I need an extra pick-me-up I grab an orange juice from one of the hotel convenience stores.
2) BRING SNACKS. We usually have a little cooler that we can fill with ice, so I throw some greek yogurt in there that I can grab as a snack when I’m in the hotel room to fix my makeup. I also never go anywhere without a granola bar on me–you never know when hunger could strike, it might be in line at a panel or while you are at a party, and you don’t want to have to drop everything and shuffle off to the food court to get some food. Trail mix and beef jerky are also great options.
3) Speaking of the food court, it is your friend, and there are ways to eat healthily at the food court. And also I generally love walking through the food court and seeing people in costumes. I am a big fan of Moe’s, that sushi place (Yami Yami I think it is called?), and that prepared food place across from the evil Chick Fil-A (I think it is called Cafe Momo). At Moe’s I usually get a rice bowl or a salad, fill it up with chicken, veggies, and black beans, top it with lots of salsa and dig in. Yami Yami I typically only hit up once or twice, because it is a little pricey and the line can be long, but they have pretty decent sushi and lots of vegetable options to ensure that you get some green things in you. And I love Cafe Momo–affordable, lots of healthy protein and vegetable options, and it is usually pretty quick and easy to load up at the prepared foods bar and to be on your way. There is also a Middle Eastern-ish place somewhere in the food court that offers pita sandwiches and hummus platters, and that’s a solid bet as well, if a bit messy. All of these places make it very easy to carry your food back to your hotel room so you can eat while watching Dragon*Con TV. Multi-tasking!
4) That being said, you are on vacation, and it is okay to treat yourself. I always get at least one Dairy Queen Blizzard, because it is the perfect food, and I sometimes let myself get one fried-food meal although I usually feel pretty gross after, ha, so maybe not this year. And definitely no evil Chick Fil-A this year. I love their chicken nuggets, but I prefer my fried chicken to come without a side of hate and intolerance, thank you. Avoid the pizza place with all your might because it is terrible (unless it has changed ownership). I’ve also been wanting to try that little noodle place tucked in the corner because it looks yummy, but it always has long lines oi vey.
5) There is no need to go to a sit down meal, unless this is a thing you like to do at Con? I have plenty of sit-down meals in my normal life, I’d rather eat and run at Con–there is so much to do, and there is no need to wait for a table at the Hard Rock Cafe, or Fires of Brazil, or Durango. I know lots of people who have annual dinners with their Con friends, which is cool, but I’d much rather be in the thick of things than going and having dinner elsewhere. We had lunch at a sit-down restaurant my first year at Con, and my whole experience consisted of me thinking about all the time we were wasting, and how badly I wanted to get back to Con stuff.
6) Um, I know this is blasphemous, but I don’t really drink much at Con. Actually, I don’t really drink much period, and I am such a lightweight that one or two drinks do me in, and I get sleepy so quickly when I drink, and I don’t really have fun or like the way alcohol makes me feel, and I’d rather be aware of my surroundings so I can process all the awesome costumes and remember every detail, so in general I don’t have more than one or two drinks a day. I KNOW THIS MAKES ME WEIRD, sorry. Don’t listen to my drinking tips–except for this one. Buy booze before you go to Atlanta and make your own drinks in the room, and maybe also make a “party bottle” to carry around with you, because the alcohol in the hotels is EXPENSIVE. Additionally re: booze, do whatever works for you, be safe, and remember to…
7) HYDRATE. OMG guys hydrate so much. I drink a lot of water in my daily life and I probably double that at Con. All the meeting rooms in all the hotels have water dispensers so make sure to bring a refillable bottle and STOCK UP SERIOUSLY. Water is your friend.
I have lived by these eating rules and I have yet to get sick at Con (this is likely because I use a lot of hand sanitizer, wash my hands a lot, and generally have a very strong immune system). Supposedly there are some other secret tips I might be missing, like another food court hidden in the Marriott (although that is only open on Friday), and maybe there are some tucked-away convenience stores I might be missing? Did I forget anything? Do you disagree with my tips? Do you have some tips of your own? Let me know in the comments! We’re all in this together!