Big decisions.

I’ve decided to change my name. I’m going to add Lee’s name to my own, so my current one will be my middle name and his will be my last name.

I’m not going to do it straight away though, as it costs $150 to change your name and get a new birth certificate and then I’ll have to get new bank cards, driver’s license and everything. What a headache.
My belly has been a tension knot all day and I’m sleepy! I relaxed a lot at lunchtime and now I’m hanging out for afternoon tea because I just want to sit down and zone out.

Got the MC sorted out (sister’s fiance) he offered us several different MC variations: gangsta MC, stand up comic, incomprehensible….we’ll see what happens with that on the day!
I’m very tempted to drink beer these evenings, because the alchohol is relaxing and I can have one without getting very buzzed. I just am leery of medicating stress with alchohol! It seems like a terrible reason to drink! Also I read in some bridal mag that you should avoid alcohol in the time leading up to the wedding because…some beauty reason…body functions less well? Skin might break out? Something?

I am eating a little more sugar this week than I’ve been having. Today I had half a kitkat and yesterday I had half a kitkat and three mallowpuffs. Then at dinner two glasses of lemonade and an icecream for dessert. There’s another icecream waiting for me at home. Yessssss choc bar, you will be mine. (I actually like choc bars, but I choose strawberry rocky road first knowing the choc bar will be left behind for me :p)

POF: pirate ninja
CO: vv3DD1n9

More organisey

Right. Lee is doing final fiddles with the seating plan and then it’s done. More people who had to seated separately when we came to think about it. We’ve kept all the partners together side by side so that’s nice and we’ve put all the single people at their own table up on a pedastal so everyone else can point and laugh at them.
No, I’m totally kidding.

Wedding rehearsal is on Thursday at 2.30 so beach if it happens will be morning and not too far away. Favour boxes will need to be filled before then so we can give them to the caterers to lay the tables. Lee’s going to check if we can fill them later, maybe and drop them off on Saturday.

Ok, he’s yelling at me to come take a look, so I’ll see ya later.
Breathe deeply.

Holding out

  • seating plan: check for forgotten people and seperate aunts
  • make poster of seating plan
  • Guest book, decorate
  • Fill favour boxes with candies – Thursday or Friday
  • Collect polaroid from Lee’s sister – waiting until she’s found it.
  • Rehearsal?

Whew. List is slowly being conquered. My Mum called yesterday and fired off a bunch of questions. This in addition to the bourbon and coke slushy I had on Saturday gave me a very unhappy belly.
Saturday: editing with Norm and Steve = awesome.

Housewarming of Sok and Jase = really nice. I wore my wedding shoes and I think they’ll be fine on the day. I will wear them every evening this week also. Lots of compliments! Delicious coke and bourbon slushy disagreed with my belly quite a lot. Not good. Sass played with my hair, very promising indeed.

Home earlyish.
Sunday: Sass came over and played with my hair for proper. It looks awesome with the tiara, really cute and very different to anything I’ve done with my hair before. That makes it awesome special.
Hung out with Rachel all afternoon and talked. I remembered to work on baby quilts.

Nightwatch with Dagger, Rachel and Lee = awesome. I love this movie. It wasn’t as horror-ific as I’d thought it might be and that was good.
More later.

I’m bound to ramble

Got some stuff ticked off the list today.

  • Boxes, stamp and name
  • Music, decide on, make playlist
  • Makeup trial, book is on during the Kirks sale, yikes!
  • Hair trial, find time thanks to Giffy, yes. Sunday, right Sass?
  • Seating list, mostly done, refine further, make poster
  • Guest book, decorate
  • Wedding shoes, practise walking in
  • Talk to Lee’s sister about polaroid camera fobbed this onto Lee
  • Don’t panic

actually I’m doing alright with the not panicking. I think I’ll do some dance matting tonight to work out some tension. Or cleaning. Maybe both.

Organised Sam to be the guest book minder and although it looks like we’re short a driver for the evening, I think Mother-In-Law is going to sort something out.

I’m trying to get in as much Hogwarts Hocus as I can before I go on holiday/become too busy.
Tomorrow Steve and I are going to Normans for film editing. I’m hoping it won’t take all day, but I’m very excited to see what he’s got. Then it’s Sok and Jase’s in the evening. I’m glad I took an extra two days off during next week. I’m going to keep Thursday clear and have a stress-free Jenni relaxes day. I may even go to the art gallery. If I don’t go to the beach that is.
Watched new scrubs and new Lost last night. *bliss*

Point of Fashion: kapcon badge
Current Obsession: what do YOU think?

Tension belly

To spotlight for blue ribbon, and things to stick into the cake.

My belly is a knot of tension which will not turn into the sickness Lee has. It will not. Poor boy is very miserable, spent much of last night in bed. He got up quite a few times in the night which means I was awake too. I mostly got back to sleep quite quickly each time but I’m feeling pretty shattered this morning.

I was considering staying home from work with a kind of sympathy/must take care of Lee thing but if I do actually get sick I’ll want my wellness leave for that. Lee didn’t manage to take the marriage licence application in yesterday and left it at work so I can’t take it in today. It’ll be fine I tell myself, it’s only a couple of days they need to process it. It will be fine.

I watched War of the Worlds last night, with the sound turned waaaaay down so as not to disturb the invalid. It’s not the best movie to watch with the sound waaaaay down. I turned it off at the ferry sequence.

I got all the favour boxes stamped and named last night. My handwriting isn’t the prettiest in the world but it is legible and it makes it quite personal I think. I started making up some boxes last night and they look quite sweet.
So, spotlight at lunchtime then I’ve got to do a bit of phoning around.

Point of Fashion: normal stuff
Current Obsession: my state of wellbeing

Wishes for a Wet Wednesday

Lee has come down with some sort of horrendous vomiting sickness. I dread going home…I want him to be well again and I don’t want to get sick too. I was doing so well not being ill before the wedding. Ack.

Not much that still needs to be sorted out for above. It’s getting too late to get the favour boxes properly calligraphed as planned, since we still haven’t heard from the woman who said she’d do it for us.

So:

  • Boxes, stamp and name
  • Music, decide on, make playlist
  • Makeup trial, book
  • Hair trial, find time
  • Seating list, mostly done, refine further, make poster
  • Guest book, decorate
  • Wedding shoes, practise walking in
  • Talk to Lee’s sister about polaroid camera
  • Don’t panic

I’m beginning to get butterflies. I hope it’s wedding excitement and not illness.

Point of Fashion: Pirate from the waist down
Current Obsession: teh w3dd1ng

More Kapcon

Congratulations Giffy on being commenter number 2400! Your prize is….uh…to read this blog post! Hurray!
Basically I thought I’d write up some more about the Live Game because I had a ball and mostly just explained my character in the previous post. Here goes:

I entered the jubilee party with my friends Chastity Moonlight and Simon Quimby (really Ned O’Toole) and Eliza Doolittle. These were my only friends to know my secret life as a pirate because they were all pirates too. Awesome.

Over the course of the night I was relentlessly pursued by Lieutenant Wedderburn, whom I had refused marriage to a few seasons back. He had decided it was because he didn’t have a high enough rank in the navy and had returned to pursue my suit after obtaining Lieutenant. I on the other hand had no interest whatsoever. It became even more annoying when he began to suspect my piratical secret, I especially remember panicking when he insisted on kissing my hand only to examine my palm and declare:

“Your palms are much rougher than one might expect from a lady at finishing school” I told him off for being so personal and fled the conversation.

Other highlights include bargaining with Moriarty (Paul said I did a fantastic ‘deer in the headlights’ when he casually mentioned my ship), watching the divine Savoy Opera Ladies and the hilarious poetry competition. Dracula’s BLOOD! poem was side-splitting.

I also enjoyed talking to Mr Ingram and was quite pleased that he was hired onto my crew at the end of the night (not that he knew whose crew it was) and that he would write a novel of my heroic escapades. Mash was very convincing as an annoying American.

Mad props have to go Dorian Grey (not sure of the real name there, sorry!) Who was very charming indeed and quite caught Artemisia’s eye and interest. I was slightly annoyed at his continuing laughter at Chastity’s name but I imagine I could have put it aside. Suffice to say: if Dorian had asked Artemisia to marry him she would have said yes. No one else at the Larp can claim that! Of course, all that is moot since he would never have asked, being too busy being evil. We would have made such a wonderfully evil couple.

Aside from heaping praise upon my pirate crew (heap! Heap!) the only other thing to say is that Eliza Doolittle and I were very miffed that after we asked H.G. Wells to find out for us what the puzzle piece was, he gave it away. We’d been hoping to fetch a nice price for it, but had made up a story about an anonymous delivery to hide the true discovery of it (found it on a German ship I sank 9 days earlier) so he’d innocently given it away to the rightful owner. Curses!

Finally, I was most impressed with those in attendance for whom it was the first ever Larp. I was most impressed with all of you!

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Current Obsession: Kapcon

Kapcon 15

Here it is. My annual summary of What I Did At Kapcon. Previous Kapcon: 13 and 14.

Saturday morning started well with Conan’s wonderful Flight of the Aristola a sort of swashbuckling pulp fantasy adventure. I played Rand who was essentially Indiana Jones and man, it was awesome fun. Our group was on our way home from the epid tomb raiding adventure when the luxury cruise aircraft came under attack. My character was very much a take-charge type so I was blundering all over the place and yelling at people. Nick was playing a Bad Ass Loner Who Plays By His Own Rules ™ and was very funny with it. Star was a kind of elven mage, Giffy played a noble fighter lady a la House of Flying Daggers and Jarrod played a grumpy Shadow Mage. I loved this game. I loved it to bits. (I just love to play the heroic male, I can’t help it.)

Quotes:
Jenni: my secret is the best because it gives me a sub machine gun.

Nick (on impending danger)”Sometimes all you can do is watch.” and then later “Is the time for watching over?”

Rand, accosting a hijacker in crew uniform:”What’s the Captain’s name?”
‘Crew’ member:” The captain’s name…is…NOW!” (hidden warriors attack)

Second round I ran my Mean Girls game I Know, Right? Unfortunately I don’t think I explained game play well enough at the start and it was a bit slow to pick up. There were almost no social conflicts in the first half and it almost felt like another playtest. I’m blaming myself for this, because I was sligtly late to arrive and somewhat fixated on my lunch. I should have done better. The players were all charmingly good teenage girls though, and Cat really got into the Queen Bee role. They also came up with some scary rules for their clique like they pxt each other outfits for approval the night before school and all have to match.

They also had some fun demurring from compliments. e.g. “Oh this outfit? It’s just something I threw on this morning.” and (ooc) “That boyfriend? I just picked him up from the side of the road” Other funny quotes..
Kelly: “I didn’t know Valerie could read!”

Arizona: “You look awful. But not in THAT way or anything.”

Amy: “You’ve used a pregnancy tester?”
Arizona: “I’ve totally seen one.”

Kelly: “We Owned dodge ball!”

Then in third round I played in Morgue’s A State game Dangers on a Train. This was a very stressful game. In it we played elite flying squad team members who’ve been busted down to checking tickets on a train because too many people are off sick. It was awful dealing with all the annoying train riders and fighting amongst ourselves. It got even worse when an Inspector came on to check up on us. My quotes for this may not make much sense, but I’ll stick ’em here anyway because it’s funny to me.

Garelock (re: Pease, another player’s character): “That sounds like a great idea – it’ll get me away from the smell of booze.”

Some kid:” My Dad’s way tougher than you!”
Cruden: “You know who your Dad is? Good for you!”

Morgue: “She catches your eye, of course she does. She’s not THAT ugly.”

Pease: “she’s got cast iron balls that woman”
Jenni (ooc): “I do?”

Garelock: “We don’t waste paper in the militia”
Pease: “We just waste losers”

After that it was the LARP. I had so much fun at the LARP I can’t really explain it. I loved my character so much and I had so much fun dropping subtle hints all night to people. My character was Artemisia Blastside, lifted from the book Piratica by Tanith Lee. She was a well bred noble lady, until after a stellar season rejecting 12 suitors her parents told her to settle down. In a fit of pique she went to a low tavern and gambled all her money. Instead of losing it all she won a ship which she painted black and used for piracy. She convinced her parents she was at a finishing school in Paris and when she wasn’t in London for the social season she was out marauding. Awesome.

I pretty much spent the evening talking to everyone in the upstairs party. I was frightened to go to the downstairs party after someone told me everyone was talking about Piratica down there. My main goal for the night (which I added to the character sheet mentally) was not to be arrested, so I didn’t dare go down where people might suspect. As it was I never ran out of people to talk to and I had a grand evening. It was such a pretty LARP with everyone going all out with costumes. I have some wonderful pictures.

Phew.

Sunday.

Nick’s Cowboy Bebop game in which I was allowed to play Ed. Giffy played Faye, Jarrod played Spike and Norm played Jet. It was so evocative of the series it was almost like being immersed in it. I really enjoyed the multi-media aspect of it too, with music and images provided on call.

Nick (on flying through hyperspace): “Effectively it’s like flying through regular space except there’s yellow things flying past.”
Faye: “More important than everyone else being hungry, I’m hungry! It takes food to look this good!”
Spike (to another spaceship): “Pull over! Have you got any hambugers?”

Jet: “Anything in there Spike?”
Spike: “me”

Nick: “He’s still awake, he’s like ‘Oh my head!’ Then you punch him in the head.”

Nick on who will Spike chase after? “The girl’s not worth a hundred million. But she is a girl. But not worth a hundred million.”

Spike (on the last time they fought): I was just going easy on you because your blind”
Giffy (ooc): “I’m still blind!”

After a delicious lunch of meatball subway I ran I Know, Right?” again. This time I feel like I explained everything better (although evidently not the diary chair, since no one used it for ages) and it seemed to run more naturally. These players were super-inventive making up new characters and improvising all over the place.

Val (the Queen Bee): I think your earrings would look good on me.”

Val: “I would never had done well if you hadn’t told me how to do that stats question”
Sakura: “well, you thought to text me first”.

Kelly (explaining her boyfriend’s cold behaviour”: He’s sick he doesn’t want to pass anything on.
Sakura:” He’s got an STD?!?”

Arizona-Rose: “What about a fall of the Roman Empire theme?”
Amy: ” we could all dress as female gladiators!”

Amy: “What’s chiarascuro?”
Val (knowingly): “Something really artsy.”

Sakura (on her emo arty boyfriend): “He gets really into everything. He’s like a lone wolf”
Amy: So doesn’t he have any friends?”
Sak: “No he has people who respect him. I think I’m the only person he opens up to.”

Kelly: “I’m never leaving my house again!”
Sak: “What’s wrong, you sound upset.”

After that I did a lot of chatting to people about how my gane went, although by this time my voice was feeling mighty scratchy and all Sunday in fact I had that dry mouth that usually comes with a hangover. Then it was prize giving. Lots of my friends won prizes, including J winning best player at the LARP and Steve recieving the grand prize of Best GM! Yay Hix! I managed to get second place in the Scenario Design Contest for I know, Right? which I am mighty chuffed about. My prize was a Pound ‘o’ Dice which I love to bits.

For the last round I bullied Dale into running played in Dale’s Mutants and Masterminds (superheroes) game November Falling which is a sequel to the one he ran last year and I loved. We had an awesomely fun group of Luke (Captain Hope), Matt (Daniel Hope), Debz (Zia the Magnificent), Nick (Salvo) and Morgue (Ground Zero). I played Professor Eternity again. So much love. We were in a wedding rehearsal for Captain Hope’s wedding to Eternity when four mega alerts came through for us to deal with. Matt was playing our child Daniel with lots of enthusiasm and the game actually turned into some fearsome character drama. I especially loved the scene where everyone except me was affected by various emotions from a shadow magic woman and I had to try and calm everyone down. I actually ran around the table to get between Hope and Zero.

Captain Hope answers the phone: “Captain Hope! Bringing hope to the hopeless!”

Cpt Hope (after a fight with Ground Zero) “Don’t mention that name down my phone line!”

Ground Zero: “while they’re away on honeymoon we’ll need an acting leader! Let’s hear from her now.”
Zia: “OK! (beat) This isn’t as fun as I’d imagined.

Cpt Hope: “Zero, I was bad to you.”

Yeah, that’s it. I’m pretty wiped but I did get a good sleep last night so that’s something. My mouth still feels all dry and stuff though.

updatement

I say the stage show of Beauty and The Beast last night. It was….alright. I wasn’t fond of all the extra songs and the Disney happy-sappy came off quite poorly on stage. I didn’t think the girl playing Belle was wonderful; she could sing very well but she had this put on American accent (or maybe it was a very thick real one, hard to say) and I just never quite *believed* her as Belle. Gaston on the other had was amazing. Apparently he’s the weatherman off TV3 and I loved him to bits. He had amazing presence, a great way of moving and a very powerful voice. Love love love.

I didn’t sleep well last night. Maybe because of the hype from the show or maybe because I got my tiara yesterday and it made me wedding excited. My sister suggested that it’s wedding stress that’s been fueling my inner rage and not sugar at all and I suspect she’s right. I’m currently squashing all my emotions about the wedding right down so I don’t freak out and that’s never healthy.

My tiara is lovely. When I have time I will take a picture of it and post it up here so you can appreciate the girly.

I am currently reading the Various by Steve Augarde which is another modern fairies type book. It’s longer than it needs to be and I’m finding I can skip great paragraphs of descriptive detail. It’s good though, quite amusing and full of very evocative imagery.

I am veyr much looking forward to Kapcon although I hope I don’t wear myself out. It’s looking like I’ll have very little downtime over the weekend, without Monday to recover really so I’ll have to be careful. I don’t really want to get sick until after the honeymoon.

Point of Fashion: Raro t
Current Obsession: not thinking about the wedding

you look here?

I didn’t forget about you. I’m busy on Hogwarts Hocus, ok?

We finally had the latest Empire delivered last night and I stayed up late reading about the 100 movies I have to see in 2006. Once again I had a poor showing with the 50 movies I should have seen in 2005. A measly 17.

I am now considering that the list of 50 movies I should have seen is what I shall be basing the Movie Appreciation screenings on after the Honeymoon. Before then we’re doing fine watching just whatever.

Like Water for Chocolate went down very well last night and I was pleased that there was much I didn’t remember. I love Gertrudis, she is the coolest.
Lee will hopefully be home when I get home from work.

POF: Meepaloo.
CO: hogwarts hocus