So I'll do a day by day breakdown, but under the cut to save your friends page.
Wednesday - vantid and gatcat picked me up from work early because I didn't have my car and there was a huge storm-a-comin' up the mountain and we wanted to get home before the snow, especially after last weeks little ice-capades with my car. gatcat stayed with us and we went to the local Saloon, made chicken tikka masala and matted stuff for the show. As the snow got worse though there was the realization that we very well might not be able to make it to the con at all. We ended up not sleeping and wa_lawdawg shoveled the walk every two hours D: to make sure we weren't stuck in the morning.
Thursday Left a little later than anticipated due to snow and storming and all that un-fun stuff, but had to get on the road because it was just going to get worse. The plows had come but did a half assed job and the road was icy. We had lost a chain the night before and thought we'd be okay, but we guessed wrong, and ended up with our wheels spinning and us going nowhere. Luckily my mom had given me an emergency road kit for Christmas and it included a tow strap. A really nice local was able to tow us to the edge of town so we could go down the mountain (by our house there's a really steep hill that if its snowy is really hard to get up). Good thing we got out of there when we did, because going down the mountain was nothing but a sea of snow buried cars facing in all directions. They had /just/ put up a chain control as we were heading out of the snowy areas, but we needed to buy more chains!
Lots of driving, vantid and I slept most of the way and the weather was absolutely horrid, but big thanks to wa_lawdawg for driving. We dropped my dog off at the PetSmart (after a lot of difficulty regarding unfaxed medical records) and headed to the hotel. There was talk of going to the Tied House but by the time everything happened it was a bit late, so we settled for that central "garden cafe" they have at the hotel, but that's okay because it ended up being an awesome group of people! vantid, wa_lawdawg, kilojara, smokepaw, foxfeather, trufflehog, eski and boyfriend Preston, zzyllo, westly_roanoke and crocuta. Large group bills are a math nightmare though :(
Sales were very slow but I got to sit next to skulldog and chit chat. She is very nice! Our minions smokepaw and wa_lawdawg were /very/ helpful. Thanks guys!
That night was dinner at the Tied House with foxfeather, trufflehog, wa_lawdawg, kilojara and smokepaw. vantid was un-fun and stayed at the hotel working ;P BOOOOO! I tried some really delicious raspberry wheat beer. Would reccommend! The food is good but you don't get a good quantity for the price, I gotta say :/ You're better off getting an appetizer. That shit's huge!
Went back to foxfeather, trufflehog and screwbald's room for much fun and conversation. Sorry screwbald for being so boisterous :3
trufflehog got gifted a boar tail from feralityillust which I de-virginized by wearing it outside where trufflehog and I raved in front of someone's room who was playing their techno too loud. Best. Rave. Ever.
We later went to go check out the dance and we realized that with the tail on I looked like one of the Littles (you know, little people with fuzzy tails and rodent teeth). XD el oh el! We passed by kigeni doing his standup routine and I said "Oh my god its Kigs!" and he saw me and called me out in front of everybody. I don't think I've been more embarrassed at a furrycon in my life. D: And of course when he asked me in front of people for me to go sit down and I said I was going somewhere, oh man, the shame. XD gore_wuff and malice_greywolf caught glimpse of me in there and I couldn't keep a straight face XD Oh FAIL.
By the way, in my many run-ins with gore_wuff during the con he finally gave me back my sketchbook I left at tarnac's. BIG HUGE THANK YOU GORE! :D Btw Malice I still giggle at your MalOONice badge XD
Sales picked up. Attempted to bid on one of trufflehog's pieces but was outbid by $5 (WEEP!!!!) but somehow managed to win one of hbruton's pieces for wa_lawdawg (it was "iPod Husky for the record). Oddly I didn't find out about this until yesterday when I was already home and chmarr called me on my cellphone to ask me to collect my winnings. Winnings? I lost both pieces! "No you didn't, you won one!" Oh! Um....oops? Anyone else think that "look up the piece on the list posted on the pillar" thing was retarded? Firstly, I'm short. I can barely read the top lists unless I stand on my toes and squint. Secondly, the artist names weren't alphabetical so I'm sure I skimmed a lot. I seriously could have /sworn/ I lost that piece, but that's okay, I'm happy with winning of course! Just utterly, utterly confused. Fortunately chmarr asked how things can be improved for next year. He's taking suggestions, I would wholeheartedly suggest contacting him with your ideas! :D :D :D Thanks again spottykitty! And of course hbruton for making the pretties :)
Saturday is always my night to get shitfaced drunk and cause shenanigans. This time, I did it in fursuit. I borrowed wa_lawdawg's suit and much humpage ensued in the lobby after panth force-fed me MUCHO TEQUILA (thanks Pamf :D). I don't know how you fursuiters do it though. Up at the dance I was in and out of the headless lounge like every 5 minutes. Suuuuch a wuss! But yeah there's video. Maybe I can bribe murphmongrel to lighten the footage for me cuz its kinda dark. Stupid somebodies (lookin at you guys) posted a sign on my back though. Oh and demonvaska I'm sure your leg never felt so loved before >:)
Thank you kayotae for being the only one brave enough to dance with me. You know how to grind with the best of em oh murrpurrs.
Bothered tarnac, cannibalmouth, gore_wuff and malice_greywolf in the lobby, and ended up pouncetackling kilojara. tarnac...there is video of our encounter too XD Will have to nab that. I wanted to suit with you D: Califur totally...
Earlier we went /back/ to the Tied House for dinner which was a planning nightmare. I love going to dinner with friends and everyone's just so darn cool but I don't do the big group thing very well because I end up not talking to anyone due to the distance between everyone. But the folks who went to that were kayotae, kaysho, westly_roanoke, zzyllo, timberwolf4u, screwbald, crimsonfox, Haski, dingybatty and her boyfriend Shannon (who by the way made /awesome/ roommates, thanks guys for being so cool!), smokepaw and wa_lawdawg. I just kinda hunched at the end of the table and guzzled my beer and raped Nash's sketchbook. *pout* demonvaska if you wondered why I was kinda "ergh" about doing sushi with you on Sunday (aside from the fact that we had to leave like /right then/, this was why. Oh and Thursday night with the bill calculating. Nothing personal! D:
Got up surprisingly early considering everything and packed up without a hitch. Big thanks to smokepaw and wa_lawdawg for packing up the car for us so we could go make teh monies.
Before we left town we went to one last dinner with astolpho and wife alcina and her friend (who's name I've forgotten I totally am sorry, I'm in furry mode ALIASES ONLY) to some sort of Benihanna type of place where they fling your shrimp at you. It..was...awesome :D VEREH NICE! I'm glad I got to go to dinner with you guys, it wouldn't have been as awesome if I went all the way up there and didn't get to see /all/ of my norcal friends :3
Then there was a long as drive home. I stayed awake the whole way to make sure wa_lawdawg had some company since we were all very very tired. vantid started announcing to us what was going on in her sleep deprived brain. That's how "Math!...with whiskers" came to be XD We didn't get home until about 5 AM on Monday, but we got home /just in time/ because thats when the next huge storm hit and we ended up with sideways stinging snow and a lot of digging to get into our driveway to which we just said "fuck it" and parked elsewhere. If we arrived any later we wouldn't have been able to go home and would have probably had to have stayed in a hotel down the mountain. I love snow but damn its such a pain in the ass. Hell last night the snow cut out the power at the Round Table pizza with wa_lawdawg and I stuck inside waiting for our dinner. And then I realized, this is not how I want to be found dead: Frozen with my hands clenched around pre-sliced pepperoni tubes.
Overall I had an excellent con. Got to hang out with near everyone I wanted to hang out with. Got some cool art from feralityillust, chlorophyta (thanks Nev :), trufflehog (omg I have to scan it..), zzyllo, and if I'm forgetting anyone please lemme know >_> I didn't commission any badges this con which I'm slightly disappointed by, but to be honest I didn't even think about it until Sunday and I didn't want to rush anyone at that point. I did however get a boar stuffed animal (the same one trufflehog got, BUT I GOT MINE FIRST! >:D) and innitially named him Jaeger but I call him Professor Piggins. I still think you need to name yours Lord Porkington, Louve XD
Sales were good, I'm very happy that everyone liked my toony badges. I may offer them at Califur. If you got art from me can you please scan it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org? Thank you! And thanks jonaswins for sending yours. I'll have to upload it soon :)
That said I got absolutely /no/ commissions for my superduper wee-wow badges so those 6 (and only) slots are still available to those who want them. They're $65 (this includes the cost of shipping) and they're done in watercolor and colored pencil. This is what they look like for those curious:
e-mail me if interested. I'm winding down the commission list but I alotted myself space for these, so after these are used up IIIII'm not really gonna do furry commissions for a good long while.
Thank you everyone for making this con so awesome :D <3 Will do again! A+!