Hey guys! So it's been a little over a week since I got back from Katsu, and finally have some time to sit down and tell you about my journey! Better late than never XD I only brought along my Anna cosplay for the weekend, now i'm thinking next time I'll be more ambitious! \(= v = )9 Also impulsively bought a pink 3DS XL just days before the con instead of buying more urgent necessities. This I feel was the result of having a few really crappy days leading up to that and wanting to treat myself, at the worst possible timing. Lol what is self-control?? PSHHH.
So! OK. Let me actually start this?
My friends and I drove down from NJ on Wednesday night DURING the emergency watch snowstorm (yea, it was terrifying). NOT a smart move. We had planned to leave earlier in the day, BUT LIFE. Also we thought it'd be better than driving down early Thursday, because it was said the snow was only supposed to get worse (IRONY IT DIDN'T RLY OTL;;
. As we drove, we didn't have much control over the car in the snow, and couldn't see much around us either, so we were going maybe like 5 mph, 5 persons worth of luggage up to our ears, and stalking any and all the salt trucks we could find (there was a great many of the majestic beasts). We left around 8pm, made a quick stop to pick up a friend in Philly, and reached our destination around 2am, so that should give you some idea, time-wise.
We ate special brownies to celebrate our survival. And it was excellent. BUT ALSO TERRIBLE. (!!!)
THURSDAY: Finally got my first glimpse of the Gaylord around afternoon-ish, after departing friends place where we had stayed the night before, met up with MaeMaeTwin
(thank you for letting me stay with you guys
!!!) & hotel mates at the Hampton Inn, (super conveniently located across the street from Katsu, BLESS ; u
, helped them carry some stuff for their AA set-up, did some solo roaming before grabbing a BLT sandwich for dinner at the pricey sport bar place inside the Gaylord (but it was HELLA GOOD and came with pickles+fries), and some snacks at the convenience store that lasted through my stay. (I still have this bag of M&M's lol). Chilled with roomies for a bit, played some 3DS and settled in for the night in my red panda kigu~
FRIDAY: Breakfast & nap XD. Made my way to the con w/ Mae around 2pm-ish when she came back for a costume change, I dressed casual as the only shoot I had planned for the day was at 6pm, got my reg. badge (that line THOUGH. it only took about an hour, but felt like half of katsu was waiting on it D: both pre-reg and reg, though reg. was a lot faster) did some roaming, met up with friends, went back to hotel to change into Anna, met up with photog friend Gerardo for a shoot (briefly got scolded by pissy Gaylord security >A<), even managed a few inside the omnipresent Gazebo lord. Changed and grabbed dinner with friends at a place down the block, and watched them get flung from a mechanical bull XD. Went back with them to the Wyndham hotel and partied, drank a bit and played drinking games, went back to the con for shenanigans, and stayed the night at Wyndham~
SATURDAY: Made way back to Hampton Inn for breakfast, napped again, went to the con at 5pm as Anna, got asked to pose with some kids a few times "Look, Ma, it's Anna!" (it was really cute and made me feel for a second like an actual Disney Park Princess lololol), met lots of cool Elsa's, Hans', Olaf, and other Anna's, (didn't find a Kristoff until Sunday D'
a few of which gave me some sweet belated Valentines
, met up with friends, ran around taking pix, chatted with cool peeps, a lady gave me & a friend boxes of Pocky (so nice ; A ;!!), met up with Becki, Baldwin, Merry, and Aki and ordered Italian food and just hung out watching Scooby-Doo in their room at the Gaylord. Went back to my hotel for an early night~
SUNDAY: aka the only day I actually bothered to get up early because we needed to check-out XD Had breakfast~ In transit, from hotel to con, I managed to break the extended handle off my luggage so bending down awkwardly as I rolled my luggage became a thing XD roamed around, met up with Eric, Kad, and Cindy and got lunch at Potbelly, near the super cute Peep store ; A ; <333 National Harbor is so lovely, must be so nice to chill there during the warmer weather!! after went back to Katsu and shot some more quick pix of cosplayers, chilled with peeps some more, thought I lost my bag of things I bought from AA & Dealer's Room but realized I left it with my roomies in AA @__@
Overall, it was a really great con experience! I'm so so glad I went (it was a super last minute decision). The Gaylord and surrounding areas are beautiful, even with the snow making things cray and dangerous, and the no prof. photography at Katsu was pretty lame, but I was told that was nothing in comparison to Jewcon the year before XD Going into it, I was really insecure about being on my own at Katsucon, because I wasn't involved in any planned cosplay groups, or have many cosplays to debut/change into, or basically have anything planned to keep me busy or build a schedule around. I was prepared to just be content roaming alone as Anna all con, essentially, and I was scared of the loneliness at a very social environment. But things didn't turn out so much like that, and I guess I kind of lucked out and met a ton of friendly, cool peeps. I just need to learn to embrace being out of my comfort zone <3333
woooooo so long 0 A 0 ;;;;