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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2014|09:47 pm]
Melissa
I'm having a hard time believing that I didn't post after the Salute to Supernatural convention back at the end of October. It was so awesome that we bought Gold tickets for the next year, and our art table did well enough to afford a table at 3 Supernatural conventions this year. I posted some pictures on my Facebook Page before I'd even left the show.

Sifu (friend and Kung Fu master) has been living with us for about 3 months now. It's been going well, even better than anticipated. It's nice to have someone around the house to feed the critters if Nick and I are out later than the critters think should be dinner time.

At the moment, I'm sitting in a hotel room. Sifu and I are on our way to Phoenix for Amazing Arizona Comic Con. Here's to hoping that this is a fantastic show. Next up is New Orleans and then Anime Milwaukee. Busy start to the year!

Current Shows I'm hooked on:
Reign - CW show about Mary Queen of Scots. It's really pretty and very entertaining. The love triangle is a bit heavy handed, but I did mention that it's a CW show.

Sleepy Hollow - This show is creepy and awesome with a very well written female lead character.

American Horror Story: Coven

The Following - I'm way too attached to the character of Mike Westin.

Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D

Lost Girl - Ok, it's campy but it's fun.

Arrow - It's gotten so much better this season!

And of course, Supernatural.

Sherlock is over again, or I would have mentioned it. Third season was better than the first two!
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Things are about to get crowded! [Sep. 23rd, 2013|09:19 pm]
Melissa
[mood |anxiousanxious]

I have so many conventions in the next few weeks! This weekend is Anime Weekend Atlanta, then I'm petsitting during the week before doing Archon in IL, but that Saturday I'm also working at the vet clinic before going to the show. I think I have a weekend off (but I'm petsitting another house during the week) before Nashville Comic Con, then Supernatural Convention in Chicago, then Stan Lee's Comikazecon in LA.
ALSO, my Kung Fu instructor and good friend is going to be moving in to our house for a little while (6 months or so), potentially as early as next week. His cat and his 15 year old son will be joining him. It's a long story and not mine to spout out on the interwebs. After our trip to Salem, I'd started on a project to make the "guest room" (really it was more of a storage room with boxes, unsorted plastic bins, and a mattress on the floor) into a sort of Sacred Space for myself. I painted the wall, moved around some furniture, added a book case, and Nick and I have been working on getting rid of stuff and reorganizing. A couple of house plants were introduced and I was eventually planning to purchase a day bed for guests to go in there so the old mattress could be donated. At least the room will be mostly ready for someone to move in, I'll just have to find places for the things that I'd moved into there. It's going to be a good thing, both for us and for him, but I'm freaking out a little bit now that it's actually going to happen and sooner than expected.
I found out on Wednesday that my mother had a stroke last weekend. She lost partial vision in one of her eyes and her speech was a little bit slurred, but the doctors are pretty sure she'll make a full recovery. My sister happened to be staying with her that weekend, so at least she was able to take her to the hospital and all of that. Life can be really scary sometimes.
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Fun at Conventions! [Sep. 4th, 2013|03:13 pm]
Melissa
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I don't post about conventions too terribly often, but some really cool things happened!
Fandomfest was in Louisville. It was an OK show, but gets into this post because John Borrowman came to my table! It was awesome! Sifu and I were just sitting at the table chatting when I looked up to see him casually approaching. Behind me was the print I'd given him a few months prior of Captain Jack Harkness. He said he remembered it, then told the people standing nearby, "Hey, buy that picture!" Sifu picked up his camera and asked if he could take a picture, to which Mr. Barrowman replied, "Yeah...just make it quick, I'm not supposed to be wandering around." This was probably the coolest thing that will ever happen to me.
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Next was Boston Comic Con. I got to meed Scott Snyder, creator and writer for Batman Court of Owls and Talon. Nick got to travel with me, so it was a really nice trip. We listened to Welcome to Nightvale during the many hours of traveling from home to Boston and then to Chicago for Chicago Comic Con.

The first day of the show was just a preview day, so my friend and I cosplayed as Aziraphale and Crowley from Good Omens.
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In Chicago, I got to meet Milo Ventimiglia of Gilmore Girls and Heroes. I've recently become a huge fan, so I was super excited. Nick sketched a quick picture of Milo as Peter Petrelli so I could get it signed. When I placed it on the table, Milo says, "This is awesome! Yeah, I'll definitely sign it! Can I take a picture of it so I can have it?" I told him if he really wanted it, he could have the original, since I could always get Nick to do something else for me. He was so nice about it and happily took the sketch, demanding that his handler, "get this girl a photo for me to sign!" I had him sign one of himself, Alexis Bledel, and Jared Padalecki posing against a fence. He then let me get a picture with him at the table. When I saw him later for the photo op, he recognized me! And when I later had my photo op signed, he remembered my name, which really made my day. He didn't have to be so nice. The next day, Nick decided that he'd like to say hello to him because he was flattered that Milo had liked his sketch so much. When we got to the table, he says, "Oh wow, this must be Nick! Hey there, Miss, how are you?" He then proceeded to chat with Nick for a few minutes. So very cool of him. :)
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I also got to meet Summer Glau (signed a print of Bennet from Dollhouse and allowed payed pics at her table),
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Allison Mack, Aaron Ashmore (who allowed free pics at his table),
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Micheal Rosenbaum, Alan Tudyk (signed a print of Wash from Firefly), Zachary Quinto (signed a sketch of Sylar from Heroes), and Lou Ferrigno (who ate breakfast a couple of tables down from us each morning).
I haven't had a chance to scan in photo ops yet!
Next up: Another post about crazy dreams lately.
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On Firmer Ground [Aug. 27th, 2013|09:05 pm]
Melissa
[mood |anxiousanxious]

...but feel like I'm sinking.

You remember what it felt like back in school when you'd be about to go to sleep and suddenly remember that assignment that's due the next day? Or you'd be on your way to class and realize you'd forgotten to do the homework? That's kind of how I feel all the time lately. Not when I'm out and about, but whenever I'm at home. It sucks.

It's gotten so bad that the other day I dreamed that I'd lost a front tooth. Even in the dream, I didn't know how I'd lost it, and was shocked and embarrassed to find it missing. The dream was so vivid that I remember exactly how painful it was where the tooth should have been.

I'm pretty sure all of this is brought on by having to start getting all of the applications and such in order for next years conventions. It's always a stressful ordeal, what with having to pay for them all and not knowing which ones will actually let us in or how I'll be getting there. Add to that the fact that Nick is considering quitting his job so that he can work on art full time and actually be able to travel with me to all of the shows, not just a few each year. The only thing stopping him is the fear of having to pay for health insurance on our own without his awesome and rather cushy job, and the fear of not being able to pay all of our bills comfortably without his paycheck. I could always pick up more hours in a pinch, otherwise I haven't worked at the vet clinic in over a month.

In other news, the floor problems we had with the house have been fixed! It was quite an ordeal for the guys working in our crawlspace, but they got it done and we had to wipe out our savings account to pay the portion that the loan wouldn't cover. But it's finally done!! I can jump in my living room without shaking everything in the house! We've also been hard at work on the yard because we'd had violation notices about the overgrowth in the front of the house by the street and the ivy on the fences. Apparently fixing the issue wasn't enough, and I have to go to court at the end of next month. I'm super nervous that there will be fines to pay, especially because money has been super tight since paying for the house stuff and because we have no shows until mid-Sept.

There have been awesome things, too! Next up, a post about Boston Comic Con and Wizard World Chicago!
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2013|12:07 pm]
Melissa
MILO VENTIMIGLIA WAS JUST ANNOUNCED FOR CHICAGO COMIC CON!!!!!!
That is all.
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Wherein I ramble about my new obsessions, new mouse, and the current state of my house. [Jul. 25th, 2013|11:55 am]
Melissa
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I'm super late to this, but I just started watching Heroes a few days ago. I was instantly hooked! I'm sad, though, because everyone says that it's only good in the first season. I'm pretty sure that so long as Milo's character sticks around, I'll keep watching. I needed something to be obsessed with while Supernatural, Hannibal, Doctor Who, and Walking Dead are on hiatus.

Hannibal, guys. Gorgeous cinematography, fantastic acting, intriguing characters, and deeply disturbing plot lines/images. I highly recommend it if you can handle serial killer stories and gruesome imagery. Do not eat while watching.

Tyrine and I decided that we needed something cute and furry to travel with us to conventions and keep us company when we have downtime at the art tables. I opted to purchase a feeder mouse from Petco. I knew I wanted a female (less smell), one that appeared young and healthy, and that didn't seem terribly skittish because if you start out with a super scared mouse they are much harder to tame. Most places in the past have let me stick my hands in the cage to play with the mice, back when I just needed a rodent fix. Hard to find exactly what I'm looking for if I can't feel them out, right? But not this store. The girl said she was not allowed to let me touch the cage, she'd just have to catch the one I wanted. With a resigned sigh, I pointed to a couple of cute ones and said I'd see them first. Her attempt to catch them was amusing, to say the least. She ended up pulling a tp roll out of the cage so they couldn't hide in it, and inside was a red eyed, tan colored mouse all hunched over and sneezing, with tear staining all around her face.
"I'll look at her." I said, pointing at the tube in her hand. She shook the poor little thing out and handed her over. There was no putting her back after that. The little mouse groomed herself in my palm, interrupted constantly by her own sneezing, but overall she seemed content to be handled.
I frowned at Tyrine. "It has to be her. She's sick, I can't just leave her. I don't know how long she'll make it, though. This upper respiratory stuff can be hard for them to get over."
The woman helping us interjected with their return policy, if the worst should occur. It didn't really matter, I wouldn't be coming back to this particular store anyway. We were in San Diego, and would be driving back to Missouri in a few days. That didn't give the mouse much time to gain her strength before a long and stressful drive, but if she didn't get better quickly I doubted her chances of living more than a day or so.
The employee offered one of those little cardboard boxes to take her home in, but I'd come prepared with an adorable little wire cage I'd purchased earlier that day in China Town. With the sale completed, we headed back to Tyrine's mom's house and dubbed the mouse Graham Cracker (named after Wil Graham in Hannibal).
The next day, Graham Cracker didn't move around too much. She huddled in a ball when she slept, her fur appeared unkempt, and you could hear her rapid breathing from outside of the cage. I was encouraged by the fact that she was eating, but not by much. Her food was supplemented with a few tiny pieces of fresh fruit and veggies but I didn't know how much that would help. By that evening, she had perked up a little, and was eager to explore outside of her cage for short amounts of time.
Two days later, she seemed so much better, and wasn't overly stressed by the car ride at all. Her cage was next to me in the van, and I'd let her out frequently while she was awake, giving her the option of returning to her cage if she wanted. At one point she fell asleep for 2 hours in the palm of my hand. <3
She's been with us for a couple of weeks now. She no longer sneezes much, her fur is sleek and shiny, and she's not the least bit shy. This weekend will be her first convention trip to Louisville. :)
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And finally, the state of my house. We are looking to move much sooner than we'd anticipated. The damage in the crawlspace is far worse than we were lead to believe. So far, we have been unsuccessful in finding contractors with workers willing to touch it. We're waiting to hear back from one, but the cost was potentially going to be $13000+. Originally, we were thinking we'd just suck it up and pay for it, but the longer we wait to hear back, the more we are thinking we just want OUT of this place. We know the wiring is faulty, we already had to replace the roof, a wall needs extensive work, and now there's a good chance the floor is going to collapse. I'm so anxious about all of this. We have spoken to a realtor who's coming out on Monday night to take a look at the house and discuss our options.
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(no subject) [Jul. 3rd, 2013|09:01 pm]
Melissa
[mood |excitedexcited]

There are definite perks to traveling as Wil and Tyrine's pet Miss-cat. We arrived in LA this afternoon for Anime Expo. Because they are the artists behind the upcoming Ultimo Dragon comic books, the producers put us up in the Miyako in Little Tokyo. There's a freakin bidet in the bathroom! Tonight, we are going to have Sushi somewhere in Little Tokyo. Friday and Saturday night, we will get to dress up and hangout with Ultimo Dragon and his entourage. I'm so excited and nervous at the same time! (I'm not generally one to 'dress up' and know next to nothing about what's fashionable.)

After the weekend, we'll go back to San Diego for a few days to rest before we take the 4 day drive back home. Then I have about 5 days to relax at home before I hit the road again for a convention in Kentucky.

I'll admit it, I miss my husband, my critters, and my couch quite a lot.
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(no subject) [Apr. 25th, 2013|01:04 pm]
Melissa
[mood |okayokay]

Last weekend, my friends and I headed out to Boston for Boston Comicon. we kept checking for updates along the way, because we were fairly certain the show wasn't going to do well with everything that was happening. The updates assured us that the show would go on, but they kept having to change the load-in procedure due to street closures. In the end, the convention was canceled just as we were checking into our hotel. We went to the beach to see the ocean, had delicious seafood, and drove through Salem before heading back home. I hope the convention reschedules at a time that we can go back, I'd love to see more of Boston and do one of the actual Salem tours. (One in particular is called the Witchcraft Tour and I'm Dying to check it out!)
On the way home, we stopped for a couple of hours to see Niagara Falls. The snow only made it more breathtaking. After dinner, we went back to see the Falls lit up and it was perfect, but we were freezing so couldn't stay long.

I'm currently petsitting for 2 dogs right now. With how much I've been feeling like I just have too many critters to take care of, I don't understand why I keep taking on more! One is the shiba, J.D. and he's easy, even if his owners rarely give me any forewarning that they are going to need me to come get him. The other is quite a bit more difficult and time consuming. He's an 11 year old jack russel terrier with Coonhound Paralysis. Because this is the third time he's had it, it's hit him a lot harder than it did in the past. We've been doing pretty regular physical therapy with him in the clinic, so I'd gotten pretty attached to his cute face, but had no idea what a full time job keeping him in my own house would be. At least he's a good sport for everything.

Currently reading: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan and The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor
Currently watching: Gilmore Girls, Lost Girl, Doctor Who, Arrow, and Supernatural (of course)
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(no subject) [Feb. 2nd, 2013|12:00 pm]
Melissa
[mood |sicksick]

slug
I mentioned on FB the other day that I wasn't feeling well and just wanted to be a slug for the day. Last night, my husband showed me the slug version of myself that he had drawn. <3 He's the best.
I took my little Aya cat in to work with me this morning to get her sutures taken out (she had knee surgery), and then my coworkers practically shoved me out of the building for fear of me getting them sick. I feel the love. Drink lots of fluids, they say. Does coffee count?
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It's all about what makes you happy! [Jan. 4th, 2013|10:03 pm]
Melissa
[mood |happyhappy]

My husband introduced me to the podcast NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. What I like best about it is a segment in which they talk about what is making them happy that particular week. I really like the idea of that, so I have decided that I’m going to share The Current Happy-Making Things. I haven’t decided if this will be a weekly thing, or a daily thing, or just something that I do when I can think of something that’s particularly happy-making. Most likely this will just list off whatever I’m watching, reading, or eating (cuz what is better than those things?) with the occasional meaningful whatever thrown in.

At this moment:

Day off. I love having Fridays off! Especially after two particularly busy, 12 hour work days.

Maxim Mocha Gold Coffee Mix. It’s an instant coffee from Korea that my husband’s mom gave us and I love it! Perfect companion to blogging. :)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book was a gift from my sister. I just started reading it yesterday morning before work and was almost late because I didn’t want to put it down! I’ll be picking it up again as soon as I’m done typing.

Supernatural: Rite of Passage by John Passarella. Haven’t finished it yet, but it’s Really good so far! The author portrays the characters perfectly, and his Big Bad is very intriguing. (I read Supernatural: War of the Sons about a week ago and it is worth reading, I just didn’t get quite as into it.)

Gilmore Girls. I watched a lot of this back when it was first airing and I loved it, but with life and work and lack of cable, I only saw bits and pieces of the first few seasons. I managed to convince my husband to give it a shot so we could watch the whole thing together and he likes it! I had forgotten just how ADORABLE Dean and Rory are. And it’s been fun watching Jared Padalecki in such a different role from Sam. (It might be weirder if I hadn’t known him as Dean first.) The dialogue in that show is absolutely golden.
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