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24 July 2011 @ 01:27 am
"It looks like Rita's bedroom hair now," featherxquill states as she glances in the mirror. "It's like Rita after a good shag."

No, this isn't really a naughty entry from me. (Come now--naughty, me?)

Today. Hmm. Well, it's always the start to an interesting day when I can't be bothered to get dressed for breakfast. Like many a morning in university accommodation first year, I headed down for breakfast in jammies; today it was my scrabble bottoms and my 'i don't do mornings' shirt, which I thought was rather appropriate. Had a lovely breakfast and then headed back to bed for a nap--glorious!

My first panel of the day was one that covered disability in Harry Potter. I wish it had been one of the longer panels (one hour) but was instead half an hour with a lot packed in. I thought it was interesting enough... I particularly enjoyed the point about squibs being a disability within the magical Harry Potter world. I enjoyed more, I'm sure, but now my memory of it has been distracted by the rather obnoxious man who was in the back of the panel (where I was also in attendance). I've had the displeasure of listening ('listening' being a funny word here) to panels with him before but I'm sure this has been the worst one yet. Anyway, yes, it was fascinating! After it was over we attempted to save tetleythesecond, therealsnape and kellychambliss from the torture; we may have managed with the latter two, but unfortunately we lost the first. (I think we can truthfully say she recovered. She was also patient enough to refrain from hexing him a third eye.)

During lunch we discovered to our great displeasure (well, the coffee lovers' great displeasure) that the cafe was closed. We journeyed to the Rutherford College dining hall; I'm staying there so I ran up to grab my food. We had a semi-picnic with biscuits and chocolate (thank you Oh Snapely One! ♥). We also played shipping games with the silly bands that kellychambliss provided, as I had McGonagall, Snape and Dumbledore on hand (well, wrist). McGonagall spent some intimate (hah) time with the two, then Snape, then chocolate (a personal ship of mine); her time with chocolate saved her from being beheaded like Dumbledore as something fell from the sky directly on top of them. Oh! I also admitted that my first grade teacher taught us all to trumpet like an elephant...so of course I was asked to do it and barely managed through laughter.

Music panel was after lunch. The person running it really knew his subject. He gave examples of excellent film soundtrack use and less effective moments. I finished some more fic and also realised how dreadfully behind I am. What's new? After the panel we all

(I interrupt this report to offer this anecdote: featherxquill was just using a silly band to keep a bag of crisps closed. It snapped as she was using it. "Which one was that?" I asked. "Hogwarts," she replied. "You just broke Hogwarts?" "I just broke Hogwarts." Incidentally, this moment just utterly broke me. Back to the report.)

After the panel we all discussed fest in this wonderful circle of fest-and-writing chat. Feather and I ran (pretty much truly ran) to the bus stop and caught a bus into town, where we found the salon and had free hair appointments. I finished another fic as Feather had her hair done into fabulous Rita curls that looked nothing like the picture she originally offered the (probably new apprentice) hairdresser. When he got to me he was absolutely confounded. (I have long--down-to-hips long--naturally curly, thick hair that likes to go frizzy when the strands are ungrouped.) He did his best at a few hairstyles but in the end another hairdresser came along and finished it up for him, since she knew what to do with long hair (lots of twists/ornate pinning). In the end I was pleased.

There was then lots of putsing around with makeup, shoes and dresses. I was very unsure of the sight that greeted me in the mirror (she was equally unsure and suggested I consult someone else); I called Feather and we met in the middle of our two corridors so I could ask if my cleavage looked alright. She told me it did and I finished up with my getting ready--including applying black nail varnish, which was a bit silly. We arrived later than we had intended but that has somewhat become a theme of our weekend. I kept my rainbow zip-up on.

The food was excellent. I'm afraid I don't know (remember--from the meal or the sign-up) what it was. The appetiser seemed to be goat cheese, from what I heard around the table? Pork for the non-veggers who ate gluten. I forgot that I originally ordered vegetarian...oops. I thought it was lovely anyway. A slice of wonderful something-cake for dessert. (Really, asking me about food is pointless, but I thought I would mention something. My taste buds did approve even if my brain can't name any of it.) Dinner conversation was fascinating and the people-watching moreso.

kellychambliss was an excellent Minerva McGonagall. (I could say 'made' an excellent McGonagall, but that would be a lie, for it would imply putting it on as an act or costume; she was McGonagall.) So pleased she wore the hat! I couldn't think of anyone better to wear it. therealsnape was drop-dead gorgeous in her silver Muggle dress with the matching wrap (it must be called something like that--to be draped over the shoulders for looking optimally fantastic). tetleythesecond had this wonderful Renaissance or Medieval or any-historical-time-beautiful dress; she looked marvellous. I didn't see much of miss_morland's dress but what I saw over the table was lovely and she looked fantastic throughout the evening! queen_of_snapes pulled off a 'witch in her best Muggle clothing' to a T and looked brilliant doing so. Rita Skeeter attended, as well; she attended to be swept off her feet in dance by tetleythsecond (charming leader that she is). Rita's codename for this undercover report appears to have been featherxquill.

I loved the conversation, didn't dance and still had a glorious time. I did escape once to go climb a landing and sing to the bats (to keep sane) and shuffled cards (to keep calm) but am pleased to have made it through the evening without a real breakdown. Yaaaay! And, upon hearing there was less than 30 minutes left, I did finally take off the rainbow zip-up. I always feel bad in case it makes anyone uncomfortable. But I made the promise earlier this summer that I would be brave this summer, so this was an opportunity to do that. Chatted with the woman who ran the writing panel on one of the other days, too. All in all I couldn't have imagined a better evening!

featherxquill took the pins out of my hair and brushed it out--how grateful am I! 51 pins in total, too. Yikes. I haven't had my hair done by someone professionally in more than 5 years, so tonight was a treat! It was free, too--the perfect price. And I wore the heels I purchased after kellychambliss finally inspired me to buy after so much talk of food. And makeup! Wore that and didn't cry it off! *Cheers.*

Tonight was absolutely magical.

Now I think it is time for bed. I tried to make this detailed so featherxquill could link it and so that minervas_eule would have a little more to read--hope this works for you!


You'll be with me like a <*b>hand print</b> on my <*i>heart</i>.
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lash_larue: Bluetlash_larue on July 24th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
It sounds lovely.

Sleep well, Kiwi.
albalark: Brain on Chocolatealbalark on July 24th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
It all sounds so wonderful, Kiwi! (Except, perhaps, for that jerk you had to suffer through the first panel with :-P).

I love that you played ship games with silly bands - what a fun idea! (Me + chocolate = OTP 4-evahz XD) And I don't suppose anyone thought to take pictures of all you lovely ladies in your finery, did you? I'd love to see Kelly/McG and TRS and Tetley's and yours and Feather's costumes! I'd especially love to see your lovely hair-do, as well. :-) I'm glad you were brave, too. ::hugs:: I am glad you are having so much fun (and my friend Mandy would totally approve of your singing to the bats ::g::).
minervas_eule: Spectator Minervaminervas_eule on July 24th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
Thank you so much dear Kiwi ♥ - I loved to read about the convention (finally!) and about the evening festivities in detail!
The panels sound really interesting - I had no idea until now what would be going on.... I would have attended the one about the soundtracks for sure ;-).
I do hope somebody will post some pics sometime.....
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Kiwi Crocus: Women || Flowers in her hair.cranky__crocus on July 24th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm going to respond to this comment despite generally having no energy, because even though I only just arrived back in London with Queenie, I already miss you all terribly.

You know what else was magical? The Old Lady Smut Brigade panel. It was so wonderful to be in a room with old-lady lovers (or those who were old-lady interested at least). It's one thing to have these OLSB members around the world, but to have a good number in the same room, all dedicated to talking on the topic...it was indescribable. I don't often get tears of joy, but when I was in that room my joy skipped right past that stage into feeling every bit of it in my heart. Some of my happiest moments. Thank you!

I wish the ball had gone on longer as well. It seems that just when I was getting into it, my carriage was turning back into a pumpkin. (That is, if Disney isn't offended by a dykely Cinderella...)

There definitely has to be another convention one day! I hope your tea was lovely and that you all enjoy your evening immensely. ♥

Alrighty. Back to waiting impatiently for pizza. We ordered this 'hell pizza' delivery--they seem willing to put anything on a pizza!
therealsnape: Golden Girlstherealsnape on July 24th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
We miss you too, sweetie. Thanks for the lovely words on how we looked!

I'm really glad you enjoyed the OLSB panel so much.

Give my greeting to My Queen, from her favourite (and now absolutely fangirling) subject - it was so wonderful to meet you all!