An Ethel Among Mermans (thornwolf) wrote,
An Ethel Among Mermans
thornwolf

Back from Califur!

Just wanted to thank all of you for an awesome Califur, probably the best I've had :)

Can I just say something about the beds at this hotel? OH MY GOD. Twice, when I was intending to go hang out with friends, the beds..like this Sarlacc pit of comfort, sucked me right in and wouldn't release me. Needless to say this was the first con where I was actually well rested.

Sales were very good. I actually had pieces in the artshow this time which was a Califur first for me. I found it really interesting though that this wasn't very much a badge buying con, but more of a merch con for me. What were everyone else's trends? Cuz this con was really surprising in terms of what people were interested in. I only sold three badges! Usually that's my most popular item o_O

I sold 2 pendants which made me very happy because the recipients appeared to have the same love for them that I did while making them. This always really pleases me :)

And oh god, the FOOD! Artlan Wolf and feralityillust had initially invited me to Shabu Shabu which I feel like a real heel I initially declined because the way it was described to me it sounded to me like fondue, where you put the meat on a skewer and boil it to a rubbery pulp. The thing I dislike about the "meal" part about fondue (aside the cheese and chocolate part, yum!) is that they take prime meat items and then you boil them leaving you with this expensive chunk of something that would have been tastier prepared another way. So needless to say, as I was trying to keep costs low, I wasn't really interested. But then Artlan described it again and skorzy really got excited and wanted to go, I changed my mind. Not to mention I really wanted to socialize with feralityillust more than I had and this was a good opportunity so my want for socialization won out over my dislike for boiled meat.

But oh my god. This was not at all what I expected. I think this is probably one of the coolest new types of foods I've had in awhile, and since its only 10 minutes from skorzy's house, I will DEFINITELY be coming back. Such deliciousness! Not at all what I expected! So, i apologize for misunderstanding, but color me pleasantly surprised!

Saturday night, wanderinghusky, crimson_fox, keesh, skorzy and I went to an Indian food place called Saagar in Newport Beach (which was actually only 6 minutes from the hotel). Their specialty was chicken tikka masala, and oh man, it was unlike any other tikka I've had! The waitstaff was incredibly friendly and helpful and thought to ask us if we wanted more naan bread before we ran out, unlike other Indian restaurants I've been to (they always tend to be so stingy with the naan for some reason, even if you're paying per order, i don't get it!). Everything was fantastic, the atmosphere very lovely, definitely the best Indian food I've had in a good long while. Would recommend!

I didn't actually do hardly any room partying this con as I really just didn't feel like it (and those beds! those beds o_O) but in the end it was for the best because I was able to have plenty of relax time :) Probably the most easy going con yet! Now if only I can make FC go as smoothly...but that has yet to be seen.

Oh and a big thank you to Artlan Wolf for being such a huge help to us all. This guy is seriously the best.

Thank you all for again for a great con! I will be posting some items up that didn't sell in the art show as well as what pendants are left over. Probably going to take "Origins" off the market though, but maybe I'll have it up for auction at FC. We shall see.
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