I think I'm actually relieved to be sitting at a computer today, because that was the most exhausting weekend in recent memory.
I wound up playing board games on Friday night, instead of shooting the bout, given the massive pile of editing I have to do this week, I think that was a wise decision. We played an amusing Balderdash-like game called Wise and Otherwise
, and then I went home and passed out early.
Passing out early was wise, because I was up at 7am on Saturday morning (yeesh) to meet up for homemade crepe brunch, and then Joe, a couple of his visiting friends, and I rolled out towards Cannon Beach at 10am. The wedding was actually on the beach, which was very pretty and also rain-free, but we couldn't hear much of anything that was said during the ceremony. The reception involved metric tons of carbs, but some of those carbs came in the form of cupcakes topped with bacon, and frosting in the shape of a fried egg, so that was pretty excellent. Afterwards, the lot of us non-family attendees hit up a nearby pub to unwind, before heading back to Portland.
I passed out around 12:30, and was awake AGAIN during the 7am hour to load up and prepare to run my booth for GeekPortraitsPDX
at Wonder Northwest. This was an idea that I hastily scribbled down a month or two ago, and then promptly forgot about until I heard about the WonderNW convention. The idea of promoting there seemed perfect, so booth plans, web site, cards, etc. all materialized in, oh, the last week-and-a-half? How I got it done with so much else on my plate, I'll never know.
I got a fair amount of interest in the booth, and threw around a not-small number of my hastily-assembled-at-the-last-minute business cards, but I think I was too tired and short on extroversion to market it as aggressively as I could have. I did
connect with a couple of useful folks from Dark Horse and PDX Browncoats about doing some kind of booth setup for a big fancy benefit in August, though, so that could prove to be useful.
I'm not sure how the geek portraits thing will pan out, or even if it will at all, but I've become strangely well-networked in a very short time for marketing to that niche, and I've gotten a positive response from everyone who's talked with me about it thus far. I definitely have surer bets for making the buck$, but when time allows, I can nudge that concept along and see if it amounts to anything.
After the convention, it was an hour of ass-kicking endurance practice, and it felt GREAT. I think derby practice may have been the only point in the entire weekend when I felt completely awake and present. I felt as though I could really push myself for the first time in weeks, and I even occasionally passed
people during the pushing and sprint drills, heh. This is an auspicious sign, for sure.
After practice, I cleaned myself and went to the geek burlesque show, which I'd foolishly agreed to photograph weeks ago. (i.e. before any of this wedding or photobooth stuff materialized, and before I had any clue as to whether or not I'd have skate-able legs again) The show itself was a lot of fun, although after everything else, I think I'd have been happier to just sit back and watch, rather than shoot. Isn't planning things in advance supposed to make life more
And then? A new Game of Thrones episode, which included a much-anticipated-by-fangirls scene involving Loras and Renly, that may have been the most wonderfully gay thing I have EVER seen on television. And this is coming from a person who's watched Queer As Folk in its entirety, people. XD Still, all gayness aside, I'm really loving the fact that we have a group viewing every week, and the show itself is so, so well-played. I can't think of a better way to wind down after a weekend.
So, yes. I AM EXHAUSTED. And I have a lot of editing to do.
I'm also intensely grateful for those who made the weekend (particularly Sunday) bearable: theamazingjosh
as my ever-patient shepherd into the world of Nikon, the Continuum interns who brought me lunch and helped with booth teardown on short notice, all my derby girls for their bonding and supportive hollering during practice, and Joe for going out of his way to support me and make me smile, even while he was bound up with wrangling/providing for his out-of-town friends. I'm beyond fortunate.