I don’t think I’ve ever had such a busy summer. It started off with accomplishing a dream I’ve had for years – finally escaping my food service dungeon to work for myself – and then it felt like I never stopped moving. That’s part of the reason you’ve barely heard from me – I haven’t been able to stop to breathe, let alone write a blog post!
After finally shedding the old green apron, I spent a week in Chicago, Illinois, visiting my best friend and making a complete tourist of myself. It was THE BEST, and I can’t WAIT to go back. (Most likely in February 2019!) Chicago is such a beautiful city, so packed with interesting people and things to see! Jen, my bestie, got no end of amusement at how much I loved the elevated train (I maintain that having an amusement park ride that you can just ride to get places everyday is cause for celebration, apparently that makes me adorable), and of course, we went on a walk through Millennium Park and I got to take a picture at The Bean.
After that, we saw a live taping of Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, which was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen (and especially entertaining since Jen is, I’m pretty sure, the show’s #1 fan and she was vibrating with excitement) and then later in the week we went to The Museum of Science and Industry (THE FAIRY HOUSE IS MY FAVORITE) , interspersed with lots of lazy days, Chinese food, and Stars dramas featuring Harry Lloyd.
It was a very good week.
I wanted to stay so much longer, but alas, I had to get home because my next adventure was not far off! About a week after I got home from Chicago, I set off on a Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas!
Every year my dad’s side of the family goes on a huge, crazy vacation with everyone – aunts, uncles, cousins, everybody. And this year my friend Thinky came with, too – and oh, man did we make the most of the surf and sun!
My absolute favorite thing about the cruise was probably relatively small to everyone else, but it was a gorgeous art-deco themed ship, the kind that made you want to wear a knock-em-dead dress and hang out at piano bars. I spent the whole time listening to electro-swing and writing Agent Carter fanfic in my head.
Like my Chicago adventure, it ended all too fast, because as soon as I got home from the cruise, I had one month left until DragonCon!
DragonCon 2018 was possibly one of the best convention experiences I’ve ever had. I spent the month leading up to it binging my new favorite podcast, King Falls AM, and whipping up a last-minute cosplay of one of it’s main characters that ended up being my favorite costume of the con.
If you’re familiar with the culture of DragonCon, it’s a huge, overwhelming fan convention every year in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s comparable in size to San Diego Comic-Con, but it has a completely different vibe. It’s a very fan-centered, cosplay-centered convention, and it’s always, without fail, one of my favorite things to do all year.
This year’s con was special for a few reasons. We met some amazing Parks and Rec cosplayers right off the bat, ended up meeting up with and hanging out with my sweet friend Jillian, got to see my beautiful Peggy sisters, and Thinky, Jillian and I got to meet Travis McElroy, which was worth the convention ticket, the hotel fee, the photo op price, everything. The middlest brother was a complete class act, sweet, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Due to the fact that the McElroys were doing a series of live shows nearby on the same weekend, the entire convention – usually a welcoming place anyway – was full to the brim with the open-arms energy that the brothers bring to everything they do, because their fans flooded the convention halls. Every single one I met greeted me like family.
I always say this, but Dragon Con felt like coming home.
Then, as soon as I got back , Jen came to visit me, and we had a nice, long King Falls AM binge and plenty of Chinese food to feed our muses, plus visits from Thinky and our beloved Kat of KatTales! September has gone by in a flash, and I can’t believe that Fall is already here!
I’m super excited, and I hope you guys are ready for endless fall-themed things coming your direction. I’m feeling some October Harry Potter vibes coming.
How was your summer? What did you do? Did you discover anything new you loved this summer? Did you make something? Have a new experience? What would your perfect summer look like? I think I just had mine!
Tell me in the comments below!