JAFAX was pretty amazing! I never thought I'd get into cosplaying and going to cons but for some reason it's actually a lot of fun. I thought I'd be self conscious in costume but when you do it with other people, you don't. Hell, on the second day when my belt broke & had to change I felt awkward not being in costume when MLE and Angelica were! I think the only time I felt awkward while in costume was when I ran into CJ because I haven't seen him in a very long time and when I finally saw him, I'm dressed as a poor quality flying priestess, haha. Making the costume itself is fun but it's also challenging so wearing it out gives you this sense of accomplishment. I got a lot of compliments on my wings ^_^ ; it feels really good to reap what you sew *badum ching!* I'm so freakin excited about making my Aliza costume!
The funny thing about JAFAX is we didn't watch a single anime! Not even in our hotel during the down time, lol. The only one I really wanted to see was on when I worked at the Waldenbooks table. I was there for about an hour while Amber had to run some errands. I didn't mind though, it was pretty cool getting to talk to the people in costumes. Emily and Angelica entered the costume contest. They were badass, especially with their poses! Unfortunately, a person who basically made a bikini out of a single pair of leather pants one. Hmmm, not going to comment on that, haha. Well, let me just say this- compare these two costumes and tell me which should have won: ( Boobs vs. GundamCollapse ) Granted the Gundam won 1st place in the beginner category but I don't care if that's your first costume, that's fucking badass quality. Well, whatever works.
We took a ton of pictures of ourselves in random places. They're posted in our DA's: mine and F&L Cosplay. I really enjoyed just walking around campus and taking pictures. Some of those poses and locations took stealth to get into. I'm surprised none of us got hurt or fell into any bushes, lol. We got a couple of awkward photos ("Tear Giving Birth", "Tear No Pants") but those aren't posted for obvious reasons, hah. I confess that one of part of my costume ended up falling out of my bag at home. It was the navy wrap around my neck. Luckily I was able to improvise with a navy t-shirt I had with me! Thankfully, you can't tell in most of the pictures. Emily and Angelica had my back and made sure the tags and logo were hidden and the sleeves only fell out a few times. You can see that in one of my pictures but it doesn't look too bad. More like a corner of what would be a shawl. Thank God I packed a shirt the right color!
We checked out some of the art and a lot of the vendors. All I could afford was a little key chain of the black Mokona from xxxHolic but I <3 it. That's the badass Mokona (compared to the white one) because all it really does is drink sake all day. I also got some pineapple Ramune, which was odd but good. The only down time we had at the con itself was on Sunday and we just sat in the grass, took pictures and chatted. One thing that I cannot stress enough is that we both got molested by TWO sets of Shy Guys ( One group hereCollapse ). This group just ganged up on us and surrounded us, forcing us to move from our spot. I got a picture of these 2 battling a Mario and Luigi but you really have to zoom to see it :-/ The other group of Shy Guys started...well, I guess "dancing" with us. I use that term loosely since it was gross. They and their little friends wouldn't let us through the path we had to take until we "danced" with them. Ugh. I used to love Shy Guys, now they creep me out :( Also, when we were wandering around GVSU we ran into a wedding party. The bride whispered to her bridesmaids about us, but whatever, that's to be expected. However, the groom (who was wearing LIME GREEN) decided to try and be clever and make fun of us by saying "halloween is in October". Emily just went "REALY??" really loudly and sarcastically. Text cannot convey the tone she used, it was glorious. Emily is awesome. Those things sucked at the time, but they're funny now. Well, the groom was funny to begin with, but it's still funnier over time. If you're scheduling your wedding at a large place like a college, you should make sure what other events are going on at the same time ;)
When we were in our hotel we laughed for about 6 hours straight. I don't even know what about anymore. Well, I can remember a few things but I don't think they'd have the same effect if I repeated them here. I haven't laughed like that since I was a teenager! We went out to Main Street Pub for dinner and only paused our laughing when we were eating. As soon as we were done, we were right back at it. Luckily, there was a rowdy group of drunks in the bar; they were more annoying than us so we didn't piss anybody off. I attempted to start writing my Magnolia story while we sat around but we were laughing too much so it ended up sucking a lot. I can't write to begin with, but that didn't help, lol. When it was about 1 am and we were still giggling, the neighboring hotel pounded on our wall so we forced ourselves to shut up and go to bed. Otherwise, we would've kept going. :D
I think that covers pretty much everything about JAFAX. Life has been pretty chill since I got back. I turned in my ap to the OCB and I'm just waiting to find out if I get the job. I work on the 4th of July but I think I'll be out in time for fireworks :) I'm getting back into RO after being sucked away by The Sims 2 again. One night while playing, Emily and I talked about inappropriate things with J, which actually fueled a lot of our laughter at JAFAX, lol. I've been watching a lot of Food Network of all things in the world and now I want to cook. I just can't afford to do anything fancy. Maybe someday, lol. There's only 17 days until our first anniversary and we're finally ordering our wedding photos. We also still need to send out our Thank Yous. They just need addressing but that's such a daunting task. My goal is to finish by the end of next week but we'll see how that goes, haha.
I'm off to crochet. If I can't sew, I might as well be crafty some other way :D Ta!