Convention De-Brief

Hauntedhouse

Wow guys. Just wow.

I had the most amazing weekend (and it’s not even over! Yay three-day weekends!) Work has been incredibly stressful as is my raging case of senioritis (I am in my last year of a four-year graduate program). Add running a household full of kids to the mix and things haven’t exactly been relaxing.

But the last few days have been a rare exception. After work Friday I went straight to my boyfriends house (let’s give him a name, shall we? Let’s call him Michael…cause that’s his name). We spent the night eating terrible snack food and watching Key and Peele sketches on Youtube. It was exactly what I needed to get into the laid-back mindset I wanted.

We hit the con at about 11:00am. Of course the first thing we did was look at the program and plan our day according to times, events, and room numbers cause we’re deeply organized. After only a few minutes of being on the floor, Michael noticed Tony Todd’s booth. I freaked. FA-REEKED. I turned into a 12 year old girl at a Backstreet Boys concert (shut, up I am old). We had to do a partial walk of the floor before I had the courage to approach the booth; I knew it was the perfect (and I later learned, only) time to get my cross-stitch signed but my brain would not let me calm down. After about 10 minutes, Michael convinced us that we needed to just go for it. We got in line and I rode an emotional roller coaster for about 5 minutes. When we finally got to the front, I think I kept it together ok. Mr. Todd shook our hands, was very polite and I gave him my cross-stitch. To my shock and awe, he complimented the piece and asked if he could post it on his social media. Let me repeat that again for those of you who fainted at the idea: TONY TODD, BRILLIANT ACTOR AND HORROR ICON, LIKED THE CROSS-STITCH MICHAEL MADE SO MUCH THAT HE DECIDED TO SHARE IT ON HIS SOCIAL MEDIA

TonyToddCrossstich

The moment I almost fainted.

I think it’s safe to say, this was the highlight of Crypticon.

insane

My signed frame. Michael’s exact words as he was taking this picture: “I can’t take this picture, you look insane.” I tried to tone it down, with little success.

After this we walked the floor a little more and saw some really cool booths (as well as some amazing cosplay, which I was too shy and introverted to ask for pictures of). Michael was looking for a specific item (imp skull) and luckily found it pretty quickly. I wasn’t looking to buy a souvenir, but while we were absentmindedly looking, I saw a time turner like the one Hermione carries in The Prisoner of Azkaban and I knew I had to buy it. Is it weird to go to a horror convention and buy a Harry Potter item? Do not care. It’s all fandom.

Time

The necklace I am going to wear until I die.

After lunch we headed to some panels. As you know from my last post, we had them all planned out but somehow we only made it to the Tony Todd one (on accident) and the Women of Horror: Past, Present, and Future. They were both excellent. Instead of going to back-to-back panels for four hours, we decided to see one of the movies showing after our photo-op. We chose Skyquake, a pretty well produced movie that would have been really great if it  weren’t for the plot that tried to do way too much. At that point, I had developed a splitting headache so we decided to call it a day. We didn’t make it to Prom of the Dead, but went home and watched Evil Dead (2013 remake) and ate orange sherbet (and Ibuprofen for me) instead. It was a pretty fucking magical day.

We capped off the incredible two days with brunch at Julia’s cafe in Wallingford with a friend. I tried eggs Benedict for the first time and Michael and our friend talked about Star Wars 1/3 of the time. It was perfect.

I was pretty sad when I had to go back home; as a semi-long distance couple with full-time jobs (us) and kids (me), Michael and I don’t get huge amounts of time together and that bums me out. But I couldn’t have asked for a better Crypticon experience or a better partner to experience it with.

Photoop

Perfection.

 

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