I am in slow motion still. On Saturday night after we had people over for a roast chicken dinner I tried to get a nice long sleep so that I could feel better. (The cold was extremely runny-nosed and sneezy, even after a post-Yum Char nap and relaxation period.) Unfortunately my nose had other ideas and I had one of those terrible nights of watching the clock tick the time over while wishing I was asleep.
It’s a testament to how sick I was that I didn’t get angry about not sleeping, I just kept on blowing my nose and turning over and wishing to sleep. I must have been pretty close to sleeping much of the time because after 4ish hours of proper sleep I actually didn’t feel too bad. I spent Sunday morning in the animation room at Armageddon helping to run it, but really just watching anime. I saw: first three episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex which I found entertaining but inherently creepy and disturbing. I think I’ll watch the rest of the series but not re-watch it.
First two episodes of Mezzo: DSA which I really enjoyed. It’s about an organisation of well, kinda mercenaries. It’s silly and funny and the main chick is really cute and tough and right up my cosplay alley. Hee hee.
First two episodes of Twelve Kingdoms which seems really cool except for the incredibly annoying whiny main character. Maybe it’d be less annoying in Japanese with English subs?
Then I wandered around the expo in a kind of cold-sickness daze and met up with Matt, Debbie, Luke and Sam. They are nice people. Then I had to get changed into most of my costume and wait for Giffy so we could be judged for the cosplay.
On average the standard of costuming in the competition was very high. I was a little disappointed that so many people were wearing outfits made by just one or two people. Some of those people won prizes that I hope they passed on to their seamstresses! I’m glad the question “who made your costume” is in the registration form so no one is confused.
I was very impressed with a lot of the costumes. Especially the adorable Chii and the Father and Son Jedi combo. Giffy and I were dressed as Tomoyo and Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura and we had a borrowed toddler dressed as Kero so we got the cuteness award. Well, we got into the top ten mostly on the cute vote I think. That and the hats I made for us and our attention to hair detail! We actually looked quite good which I was faintly surprised about because we left the costumes so late and spent very little time working on them.
Giffy and I have agreed not to cosplay school girls at Armageddon again. We’re too old and it’s getting obvious! I don’t mind cosplaying, but when practically all the rest of the entrants are teenagers it makes me feel much older.
In between the judging and the stage show for Cosplay I wandered around a bit more. Saw Muggle and her boy, Evie and Jarratt, Frank and numerous friendly cosplayers. Didn’t buy anything due to lack of cash money, which was probably all for the best. I did get a free beanie baby, though which I am unexpectedly really happy with. He’s a teal triceratops with a red neck frill. I love him. I need a name for him though….
Anyway, I was chuffed that we got in the cosplay top ten and now Giffy and I have a new DVD. We got Mezzo DSA because it was cool, and most of the really awesome ones had already been picked….Then it was a bit of posing for photos and then home. I was pretty wiped so I watched some Azumanga Daioh and the news in case the TV camera that filmed me was working for the news, and then I watched Two Weeks Notice and some more Azumanga and then I went to bed. Lee was home pretty late after network gaming so I had been trying to stay up for him but I gave up.
Thankfully my sleep on Sunday night was warm and deep and uninterrupted. I don’t feel entirely better today, as I am still in slow motion. My nose has eased up somewhat though and for that I am likewise thankful.