January 17th, 2012


WAG Salon (Extra Life 2012)!

I haven't posted as much as I hope to... mostly I've been off doing things! Am really enjoying watching the Occupy Wall Street saga unfold. You go, kids! More on this later. Hopefully. ;-)
This past weekend, the Bunnydome was occupied by Jovino's Extra Life team - it's an annual fundraiser for Children's Hospitals in the form of a 24 hour video game marathon. Jovino and our friend (and his best man) Todd did it last year at Todd's place, and this year they expanded the team to four players and so set up over here in our bigger space. Todd and Frank brought a metric fuckton of gear and the living room was fully tricked out - including multiple webcams so that donors could watch the action from home!
I decided that if this was going to go on in my living room then I was going to set up a WAG Salon so the ladies would have something fun to do! If it's going to eat the entire weekend anyway, might as well make it a party!
The WAGs hung out, gossiped, set up a DIY nail salon, served numerous snacks to the team and one another (mostly home-cooked, although we also ordered in pizza, natch) and generally had a fantastic time! So lovely to have hangout time with my dear chickie friends. I invited folks who'd donated to the team to come by for lounging and snacks. We had a blast!
We'd started at around 8:30 am on Saturday, and by the time Sunday rolled around we were pretty beat! I have to give the guys credit for rocking out. We also had some fabulous guest stars sitting in to bring our hourly total up. I even gamed a little, but we never could get Pong hooked up, and the Simpsons driving game I tried turned out to be a lot more fun to watch than play - eventually I got stuck in a house! So I gave up and passed off the controller to an actual Team Bunnydome gamer. I'm plenty geeky, but not really cut out for video games. ;-)
Instead, I presided over the kitchen, and we rolled out snack after snack to keep our team's blood sugar up - nearly all home cooked! I cooked Hasselback potatoes with fingerlings and, late at night, salmon onigiri. We also offered scrambled eggs with sausage, pizza, chips, apples (which were universally ignored, lol) and grilled cheese sammitches. It was great fun swooping into the living room, asking, "who's hungry?!" and busting out a platter of noms!
We also set up the inversion table for back stretching goodness. I'd expected the gamers to use it more than they did, but it really came in handy for a fellow WAG who was having back issues. I do attempt to run a full service salon!
The guys rocked socks and the WAGs were there lending support (and occasionally providing a distraction from the task at hand). Our nail salon was fantastic! We made swatches on paper plates and then layered custom colors. My nails are a sparkly fuchsia!
Sunday rolled around and I wound up sleeping until 2 or so. I did some basic tidying but mostly just lolled around. Today I've accomplished more and the house is down to to a dull roar.
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a lovely party in San Francisco. My ex-husband and his wife hosted. It was amazing! Many of the people there I've known since 1996. Our friends are The Best Friends!

Back from FC!

I just flew back from FC... and boy are my wings tired!

10pm on Tuesday has never seemed so late.

I would really like to make a longer post but for now, I have to say that even though it was (as ever) a shit-ton of work, it was super AWESOME to see friends - some of whom we only see once a year. (Also as ever - but I'd really like to change that!)

Being back home is great, but weird - we can't send down for more raw fish, and if I get bored sitting here there isn't a lobby full of furries (many of whom are friends) just a short elevator ride away. Then again, this couch is AWFULLY comfortable! I guess I can trade their crisp 400 thread count cotton sheets for my significantly less crisp (I don't iron sheets) but still pretty nice bed linen. If I can convince Bruce or Ninj to lounge over my ankles and purr, I'll defo be ahead of the game!

Also, Holy Cats but my feets are tired! We did a trade for some chair massage right after packing up our booth and that was sure a good investment! My feet are really sore and my back isn't great, but shoulders and arms (where he did the most) feel pretty decent. I think we have ourselves a new FC tradition here. ;-)

This year we didn't spin at all, and also didn't sign up to do any panels. Last year we were way overscheduled and it really kicked our asses! This year, we took it much more chill (even so, we're both exhausted). I think the Bunny may have a touch of the con crud. Hopefully it's just exhaustion.

Our room party was fantastic - the company was the most stellar evar, and people brought so many treats and bevvies! And I totally loved watching folks eat my home made crackers and canapes, and hearing Jovino brag about how good they were. ;-)

Sales went well and the new critter totally went over! I super super miss FCTV though. It seems like every year the hotels charge us more and offer us less. Oh for the days when we could sit on our asses on our bed, drinking a beer and reconciling receipts while watching the variety show or the masquerade!

Next year I would really like to arrange some boof help such that Jovino and I could both not be there at the same time for at least a little while. That would rock.

Ok, sooper tyord. Will post a better organized con report tomorrow!
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