What a week it’s been since last Sunday! I was waiting until the official announcement, but I was promoted from Teaching Assistant to Teacher at my school recently and started this past Monday. It’s going to take a while to get used to, but I’m off to a good start! I couldn’t ask for a more supportive group of people to work with either. The next couple of weeks will be devoted to setting up my classroom, getting to know my students and learning the joy of paperwork in Special Education. It’s a process and one that I’m taking over gradually, but I love it!
(pretty much these days!)
It does mean extra time at work, but I haven’t minded the drive since I found a shortcut to work that’s cut my 90 minute commute to 60 minutes. Last post, I said that my commute was a killer, but it seems more doable now and I’ve decided to prolong it until August. I’ll be housesitting one week in July and off for a week in June and July, which makes things easier (plus I have vacation time if I get to my wits end OR I can stay with friends in the area or nearby). This plan also allows me to pay off a good chunk of debt and buy a few things I need/want in the next few months. Not stressing about money for the first time in my life is an amazing, wonderful feeling!
Life rattles aside, I’ve been reading a good bit this past week and lately I’ve been tackling this monster;
It’s a fantastic book and every Marvel comic lovers dream. Admitably I got into Marvel through the movies, but it got me into the comic book origins (but even those have different origins). It’s going to take a while to get through, but I’m savoring every character sheet. I’m also still making my way through a few novels on the side since this is more of a reference book.
Since it’s Memorial weekend here in the US, I have tomorrow off and I’m enjoying have an extra day off with no driving. Yesterday I volunteered at a nearby festival with a friend and attended a Veteran memorial dedication. Today I plan on taking it easy, though I may run a few shopping errands nearby this evening or tomorrow. It’s nice to have a short week and by Tuesday I should be rested enough for a 4 day work week!
What are your plans for the weekend?
I have yet to talk to anyone today who didn’t have a rough day. It must be the weather (another snow storm is in the forecast for tomorrow night!) Mine started off very rough since it was cold, some people cannot drive and I had to park my car on a snow embankment because there’s not enough parking. I go in early everyday, but the one day I’m only ten minutes early, there’s no parking. The day unfolded and things didn’t get much better, until…David Tennant.
I logged onto facebook after getting home from my weekly board game club to find out that David Tennant is going to be at a convention just 4 hours away from me!! I quickly logged on and managed to get a photo op and ticket for Sunday. Yes, it’s not the most practical spending wise, but it’ll be well worth my birthday money I’m using for it! Not to be a complete fangirl, but meeting the tenth Doctor is going to be pretty phenomenal.
The only unfortunate thing is that it is on Sunday and 4 hours away. I talked to a few friends who said they’d be interested in going, which would make it easier. I’ll be going there early Sunday morning, then driving back afterwards for a total of 8 hours on the road. I have work the next day and since I’ll be commuting for the next month or two for my new job, it’ll be a little rough. This is a once in a lifetime event, so I’m sure I’ll be so hyped up before and afterwards the drive will feel like nothing.
Have you ever met anyone famous?
Over the weekend a friend and I went to a convention, Star City Anime. I went dressed as Lucca (Chrono Trigger) and my friend went as a Battle Royale participant. This was my fourth convention and her 1st, though I’d never been to an anime convention. The previous three were either gaming conventions or a comics and gaming convention. We were very excited about this convention because our favorite voice actor, Vic Mignogna, was the guest of honor. As a long-time fan of his work, I was thrilled to meet him in person and get a photo with him.
This was probably the smallest of the four conventions I’ve been to, with two hosting over 1,000 people and the other a meager 650. This one clocked in at around 400-500 people since it was the first year. The advantage of smaller conventions is that it’s easier to meet guests and there are smaller crowds. The catch is that there isn’t a lot to do. We got there right as they opened and saw everything within the first hour. We ended up going to the board game room and video game room for the two hours prior to Vic’s four panels before grabbing lunch. The first two panels were episodes of Star Trek continues, which he personally directed and did phenomenal with. I thought they were on par with the best of Star Trek: TOS episodes personally.
Watch it here
After the two episodes there was a Q&A in which Vic answered fan questions and requests. It was phenomenal hearing him speak and at one point he pointed to me in the sea of people and asked me a question. I lost my words almost, but managed to answer! Meeting idols can be surreal? After the Q&A I got to meet him in person and got a photo op. I wanted to talk to him about his experience at Liberty University (having gone to a Christian college myself), but a line of people behind me cancelled that idea.
All in all it was a great convention thanks to Vic. I met a few people there and I was happy to see a number of people much older than us (25) there. One thing that I worry about as I get older is that my ‘geeky’ interests will be frowned upon. Then I remind myself I get mistaken for someone half my age and that other geeks are aging too. I don’t think I need to worry about that for a long time, if ever. As of now there aren’t any conventions on my radar until June. I’m planning on going to Too Many Games in Pennsylvania then (for my first overnight con too!)