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Shawn and I came back from our trip to Wiscon on Sunday night. There was much pouting and dragging feet about this because we really didn't want to leave early. Unfortunately, I couldn't get out of work on Memorial Day, and I made some good money, so I can't complain too much. Even though we missed the dessert salon and the parties and more hang out time with friends we never get to see enough. There's always next year.

Highlights included:

1. The Friday night party where Shawn built a spaceship out of a wine bottle and tin foil. Will post pictures possibly tomorrow. The theme was Robot Liberation, which caused Shawn and I to sing this song for the rest of the night:

2. Shawn's dad having one of her (for those of you new to my lj, Shawn's dad is a MTF trans, a lovely woman, and we're very proud and supportive of her) amazing paintings in the art show (it was the one of the naked Barbie in space, if you didn't know this).

3. The Farmer's Market! We totally brought a cooler with us specifically for this. We brought back squeaky cheese curds, homemade jam, tomato basil cheese spread, and homemade applesauce. Yum.

4. [ profile] heathergalaxy's panel about what a vegetarian/vegan world would look like. It was very thought-provoking, although I find it annoying that every veggie discussion eventually gets derailed by questions of, "But what about protein? Where in god's name do you get your protein?!?!"

5. It was too nice out to be inside all day, so I took a walk around Madison and looked at all the stores. Didn't see clothes that I wanted to buy, but I went into their apothecary and loved it. It was kind of like the Merz Apothecary, where I worked for a couple years, but it was a bigger space so it was nice and spread out instead of all shoved into this tiny little space. I bought a green tea clay mask that I'll probably try out today.

6. I think my favorite panel was Fairy Tales for a New Generation of Girls. It featured retellings of fairy tales by five different authors, and there was a nice discussion about why fairy tales are still so compelling, the original dark versions compared with the Disneyfied versions, and all the different ways of subverting them. I use a lot of fairy tale imagery in my own writing, so it was a lot of fun.

7. There were other panels that ranged between good and meh that I'm not getting into. In any case, we ended the trip in a large group getting Japanese food for [ profile] kesyrah's birthday. We even split a bottle of plum wine that was delicious.

We were sad to leave, but it turns out it was actually a good thing we did. An especially killer strain of stomach flu circulated the convention, and we managed to avoid it. Between leaving early or traveling back home a day later sick as a dog, I'll take leaving early.

It turns out we also missed drama. Extreme Drama! I was considering not posting it, because it's the kind of thing that's better to ignore, but it really pissed me off. I'm not going to post any links because the whole thing was just infuriating, but here's my own retelling of what happened. Feel free to not click the link if you're sick of the story and would prefer it just go away. you want snark? Oh, I'll give you snark! )

Okay, off to start the day (at 1:30PM). Must put down the squeaky cheese curds!


May. 20th, 2007 02:18 pm
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Want to start updating this a bit more regularly, so here's a short post about my weekend comings and goings.

Friday Shawn and I were both off so we went to the Botanic Gardens. It was the perfect day to go because it was warm and sunny and gorgeous out. We usually go to the Botanic Gardens twice a year so we know it pretty well by now, but it's always different every time we go. We wanted to see a movie that night, but we've already seen Hot Fuzz (which is awesome), so we ended up seeing Shrek 3. It was totally Shrek denying that. "You want mindless summer entertainment? Well, we're gonna give you mindless summer entertainment!" Meh. Wouldn't recommend it unless like us you've already seen what's out and are just waiting around for the next Pirates movie.

Last night was the Maplewood Prom! It was super fun...thanks again, Steve. I wore my bridesmaid dress from Jen's wedding. It's actually a pretty one, with a long platinum skirt and sleeveless top. Yay! One more use for a bridesmaid dress! Shawn was dapper in his pinstriped suit, cane and fedora. Amy and Wendy were already there. Much drinking, dancing to cheesy music and posing for goofy pictures abounded. I can't imagine that prom at 16 could be better than prom at 30, when you can have more fun with it.

Tonight we're going to Gremlin's no-talent show, but till then I think we're just going to be slugs, doing slug-like things like lying around, and more lying around. Puck is freaking out to play right now, so I have to throw some treats for him to chase. Poor Puck. "Not now, sweetie, Auntie Mame is hung."


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