What a crazy weekend! Seriously, you could turn that weekend in to a full length feature film…
But I don’t have the resources for that. Or an adorable love interest. So I’m putting it here in blog posts instead.
It occurred to me that some first time attendees might think that their trips weren’t successful or other such nonsense, so I thought it might be useful to share my experience from this year, more in depth.
I’ve been to cons once a year since 2012. Hopefully some of my trials and triumphs will make everyone see the good (and the bad) in a better (or more useful) light.
I probably should have started these posts by starting at the beginning. Instead, I’m going to do this post, which will chronicle my journey home, and then go back the the beginning. Confusing, but I think I’ll forget important stuff if I don’t do it this way.
We all have a habit of forgetting things to ‘Con-Confusion’ that majestic foggy space of existence in which it feels like two months and two minutes simultaneously.
So without further ado, here is what happened from Monday 27th – 12 Noon (Eastern Time) to 2 PM today (Wednesday the 29th)
O.m.g. guys. I have had a whirlwind of a week. But this is about Monday-Wednesday in particular. Possibly the only relevant piece of information you need to know is that I found out I was allergic to wheat (gluten) less than a week before this vacation.
I haven’t been medically tested yet, but I haven’t been having super bad I-cant-breath reactions since I cut it out.
So, after a knock-out exhausting convention weekend, me and my dad decided we were going to eat lunch at the T-Rex restaurant in Disney Springs. But first, we had books to drop off at our hotel.
(Carrying 40 lbs of books would not be fun around Disney Springs, in 90f (35c) degree heat. .)
So we made it down to T-Rex, and it was AMAZING. 10/10 would recommend. For those of you who don’t know what T-Rex is, it’s a restaurant like Rainforest Cafe. Except, instead of Rainforest theming with jungle animal animatronics, it’s Prehistoric themed with DINOSAUR ANIMATRONICS. Isn’t that awesome?! And instead of a Rainforest storm every hour, it’s a ‘meteor storm’ which was also AMAZING. All the dinosaurs made noses, and moved. It was awesome.
We had double dip as an appetizer, and I had pasta+marinara for the main course. My dad had a Guaca-saurus burger. I was so hungry and so mesmerized by our surroundings, that I totally forgot to take pictures of our food. 😛 fail. I’m really terrible at remembering to take pictures so I can instagram and scrapbook and stuff.
For the sake of sharing the experience, I’ll just say that it tasted amazing. the sauce was actually really spicy and paired with my lemonade, it just tasted so vibrant and refreshing.
The noodles tasted like real noodles. Even thought they were gluten-free. Yay! Same for my dad’s burger bun. It was huge and looked so golden, that I actually thought that maybe they gave us a regular bun.
I ended up getting a T-Rex Tshirt. I couldn’t resist this one:
I couldn’t stop laughing. An ET t-shirt with a T-Rex on it. Perfect. Definitely one of the most unique tshirts I own right now.
After dinner we headed to the World of Disney store to pick our souvenirs. That place was huge. We wandered around for a while and then stopped because we realized we had LOADS of books to ship.
So we planned to come back and Disney shop later.
So we walked back to the hotel, then took an Uber from our hotel to the Kissimmee, FL Post Office.
We totally shouldn’t have done that.
The entire week’s temperature had been brutally hot. (high 90’s with humidity from 50% to 70%)
When we walked in with our boxes (flat, we still needed to fold and tape them.) and our two suitcases filled with books (which we needed to pack into our made boxes, and then ship..)
We ended up in a line behind ten or so librarians.
Which wasn’t a problem…
Except one librarian, ended up having 28-ish boxes to ship. Seriously, you know those gigantic orange carts that they load boxes on? She had one of those, piled high with boxes. XD OMG. Seriously, I felt the love of books from those guys…but keep in mind….
This USPS did NOT have air conditioning. At least not until you got within a few people of the counter.
Then, right as the 28-box librarian stepped up to the desk, two of the three postal workers went on break.
I try not to be a complainer…my mother did NOT raise a complainer. But man was it hot….
At that point, we really started to wonder if paying extra at the FEDEX would have been worth it.
Anyway, eventually we got out of the post office, we called an Uber to come get us and take us back to the hotel (we needed to take our suitcases back.)
But it was our Uber driver’s first day, and he got lost. Good thing we had paid attention and were able to get him back on track. Getting lost in a new city with a new Uber driver is no bueno.
Then we walked to Uno’s Pizzaria and Grill which was AMAZING. We actually ended up eating there late every night because it was so delicious. Their gluten free burgers and pizza are AMAZING BEYOND BELIEF. Seriously. We were so sad that it was our last Uno’s night.
*photo via google earth
Finally, we Ubered from Uno’s to Disney Springs, we shopped with very little drama (though I saw T-shirts in the parks I wanted, and they ended up not being in the Disney Store, so that was a tad disappointing..)
*picture via Disney
So then, we walked back to the hotel and packed because I flight was leaving at 8:50 in the morning. That’s right. In the Morning. We had to get up at six in order to be there an hour early.
Keep in mind, at this point, I’ve developed the start of a sinus infection.
I have CF, guys. Traveling with a sinus infection is NOT recommended for various reasons.
I got hardly any sleep, due to the low grade fever, sore throat, and coughing.
We hopped up in the morning, grabbed our Gluten Free Doughnuts (also amazing, from the NYC bakery at Disney Springs) and dashed out the door.
A taxi just happened to be outside the door, so we grabbed it, and ran to the airport. We scarfed our doughnuts and then went through TSA.
Then, I was randomly selected. Did you know that was the fourth time I’d been randomly selected for searching in eight days? Those are phenomenally bad odds, if you ask me.
I was selected for searching 4 out of the 6 times we went through a scanner in those eight days.
Luckily, it was only a hair search, so a TSA agent awkwardly patted my bun, and I was on my way.
Bye bye Orlando!
I was so exhausted and so sluggish from my fever and whatnot, that I ended up sleeping the entire way to SF airport (all except maybe the last 30 minutes or so.)
Of course, I kind of woke up every time the seatbelt light dinged, or the obnoxious kids in the back started tra-la-la-ing (for reals, guys. They Tra-la-la’ed) and generally making any noise just to make noise. Their mom just kind of shushed them, but never enforced any actual shushing.
(Might I interject here and say, that my parents would have spanked the crap out of me for doing that on an airplane? what happened to parenting and teaching kids public courtesies? Ok, ok, call me old fashion, or grumpy cat, but these kids were old enough to know better..)
Then we got on another plane from SF to Bakersfield, which only took about… 45 minutes or so.. and Yay!!! We made it home… right?
So after another feverish night with a cold towel and frozen water bottle near my face… I got up about every hour or so from being too hot… I’d roll over, put the towel back on my face and go back to sleep.
My cat (Yeti) kept meowing (he missed me! Yay?) They were both clingy in general (Yay, again!)
(Yeti is the gray one on the left, Agnes is the tuxedo on the right. Both male, though that’s a longer story. XD)
I noticed in the morning that it had not been my deluded imagination, but the carpet right at the edge of my bathroom was completely sodden. Just soaking wet.
Was it that the cats repetitively pee’d because we were gone? Noooo…. Did some weird toilet monster blow the toilet up while we were gone? Nooooo…
Still too tired to figure it out beyond that, I went out to the living room and cuddled my cats, until my dad woke up and we had breakfast….
then we started unpacking…. and I told him about the spot…so we said we’d call our maintenance guys as soon as the complex office was open.
We decided to do laundry because both of us used every single pair of shorts we owned on our trip.
My dad kindly dumped some of our shorts in and pulled the thingy-ma-jig on the washer to start the washer. Except the washer didn’t start. At all.
Time to connect the dots. Washer doesn’t work (isn’t getting water flow?) carpet outside bathroom soaking wet?
Uh oh! Loooks like we have a problem.
The maintenance guys got here, PULLED UP THE CARPET, fixed the leak, hose, sprayed Mold X and left a shop fan in my room to dry the underside of the carpet.
But what I’m finally getting to, is that something really awesome happened today. I got a few boxes of my ALA books in (YAYY!!!!) If you don’t think that’s exciting, then why the heck are you reading a book blog?
and then: THE MOST EXCITING THING OF THE DAY.
Rachel’s Book Reviews got QUOTED. On the bookmark for Exile for Dreamers!! It makes me all fuzzy inside, and it’s just what I needed to perk me up after blowing my brains out of my nose all morning.
It makes me feel super bad and terrible, that I missed Kathleen’s signing at the ALA this year. I so would have been there, but I didn’t even know she was there! I knew she’d be at a panel, but didn’t think she’d be at the exhibit hall. (and I get an exhibit hall only badge…) but my dad randomly walked up to me and said “Hey, I went to a signing because the author’s name sounded familiar and then when I gave her your card, she said she was your friend.”
I just about died. XD
He said “Yeah, she said you should swing by to see her! She was super nice! also, do you want me to go ship?”
And of course, I said yes, so he took my load of books and went off to the shipping booth. I was stuck in line for a signing, so I thought I’d try to find her after that. He didn’t say what booth she was in, so I went ahead and thought it was Tor.
And then someone asked me where Abrams was, and I was like, just around the corner, I can show you, and then it just went downhill from there. 😛
It makes me feel like a total flake. Or rather, it makes me feel like a Dory.
I’m exhausted. And a little butt-hurt for missing Kathleen’s signing. 🙁
But the bookmark quote totally made my dad/week. Kathleen also tweeted me last night and said that I’m quoted on her website too! How exciting!!
So, that’s the story of Monday – Wednesday! Including fevers, fat cats, and flooding.
I’ll come back and include links to the other posts I’ll publish on the ALA. 🙂
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(P.S. I’ll be posting an interview/giveaway soon!)
How do you guys feel about regency era stories? Love them, hate them? Have a fav?
What about any nightmare vacations stories? Anything you can laugh about now that a few years have past?