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*happy sigh* I wasn't even looking forward to this birthday. With my teens and my early twenties now behind me, I am starting to drag my heels about the idea of being another year older. But it's good to have an excuse to celebrate. My sis-in-law's (Vanessa, aka [livejournal.com profile] nessabutterfly) birthday is today, and since our birthdays are so close, the last two years we have been celebrating in tandem. This year's dual celebration turned out to be really fun.

My birthday got off to a good start. The teacher I work most closely with at school brought a chocolate chip cookie cake and had all the kids sing to me before they were dismissed for their afternoon P.E. class. Better yet, my students behaved themselves better than usual all day. :D

Friday Night: Dinner and Swing Dancing )

The next morning we went to MegaCon, a convention focused mainly on sci-fi/fantasy, comic books, and anime/manga. So. Much. Fun. For me, the main attraction was the anime/manga aspect of the convention, particularly the merchandise and the cosplay. (In case you don’t know that term: cosplay = “costume play”, or dressing up as characters from anime/manga/video games—or anything, really).

I really, really got a kick out of the cosplay. There were so many cool costumes, and it was neat to see the creative things people did, and to get a chance to chat with them and admire their costumes. I cosplayed as Sango from Inuyasha (see pic below--I did her traveling kimono, though it seems people who dress as Sango usually do her battle gear), and it was really fun to have people call out, "Hey, Sango" to me and ask to take my picture. I had fun locating other people at the convention dressed as Inuyasha characters and asking them to pose for pics with me. A guy dressed as Miroku (the character with whom Sango has a bickering proto-romance with) posed for one picture with me, and then offered to do a "lecherous" pose with me as well (Miroku is a very lustful character, and is always trying to grab Sango’s rear, usually getting slapped, elbowed, or at least yelled at as a result), but he didn't press it when Vanessa, who was taking the pic, declined on my behalf. I was actually pretty amused by the offer.

Reference pics of Sango from Inuyasha )

I should add here that my late-night costume preparations before the con consisted of allowing Vanessa to cut me some bangs and faux-sideburns to match Sango’s hairstyle. A bit extreme, I know, to cut my hair for cosplaying, but I’m actually really pleased with the result. It’s been years since I’ve had bangs, and now that I’ve got them again, I have no idea why I didn’t cut them sooner. I look really good with bangs, if I do say so myself. ;) Anyway, if you want to see a pic of me in my Sango get up, Vanessa has posted the one of me with Miroku in her LJ here. Please ignore the one of her fixing my hair, as the lighting in that one makes me look awful. Just scroll on by to the one with Miroku, plz. I’ll post more pics from the weekend in a later post. BTW, I did 95% of the sewing of that costume myself. It was pretty simple, but I hadn't sewn anything since home ec class in middle school, so it was a big accomplishment for me. Vanessa, who also made her own costume, is an expert seamstress, and she helped me design the costume and figure out what the heck I was doing with the sewing machine. <333

More about the Con )

The best part was the company, though. Some of you who have been on my flist a long time will remember that I once didn’t have many local friends here in Orlando. Well, that has begun to change. Last November or so, I got assigned to sing on the same rotation as a girl named Christie in my praise team at church, and we instantly hit it off, mainly because we share an obsessive interest in fantasy, anime, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc., and—more importantly—we seem to like those things for some of the same reasons (not to mention our shared interest in music and theatre, and our shared religious beliefs). Anyway, last month she invited me to a Chinese New Year’s party at her house where we had Chinese food and watched lots of anime, and I got to meet several of her friends. I’ve seen them a few times since then, and now they are becoming my friends, too. Anyway, Christie herself wasn’t able to come to the con on Saturday (she went on Sunday), but I spent a large part of the day with friends that I made because of her, and it was really fun.

I also enjoyed talking to the other cosplayers, especially some teenage girls dressed as fellow Inuyasha characters. The teens I met at the con were really sweet, and chatting with these delightfully geeky, anime-obsessed teenagers just filled me with a warm feeling of nostalgia for my own geeky teen years. *sigh*

Saturday ended with a very late dinner at Doc Chey’s Asian Kitchen, which was really, really delicious—by far one of the best Asian restaurants I’ve been to.

Sunday, Christie and I had our turn to sing for church services, and in between the two services, we got to chat about anime and such. I also got several compliments on my new hair do from friends at church. After church, I did all the work I had put off all weekend (writing curriculum and cleaning my room) and got caught up on LJ. I enjoyed reading all of your birthday greetings. :)

All right, for months now I’ve been meaning to put up a poll like the one [livejournal.com profile] chicagoamy did a while back, to find out who on my flist shares an interest in the same TV shows that I like, and my current desire to find other Fruits Basket fans has prompted me to do it now, even though this post is already ridiculously ginormous. Please fill this poll out!

Poll: Pinky, are you watching what I’m watching? )

Thanks for reading. Due to the million and one things going on in my life, I was offline for about 5 days in a row. I was having fun, but I did miss you guys. *hugs flist*

Joie

GBP

Sep. 25th, 2005 10:24 pm
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lilac_bearry!!!

<3
Joie
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To the original ORX:

Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] firoza!!!

I have a good excuse for my lateness: Hurricane Dennis ate my internet connection. I'm getting my fix at a friend's house right now. Comcast has NO IDEA when our connection will be working again. *cries* Of all weeks to have internet issues. So anyway, if you are missing my online presence, you'll know why.

I hope the OCers are enjoying the 50th thread. I may not get a chance to post on it, but I enjoyed reading the scavenger hunt answers that I had seen before I lost my connection. I probably won't get around to posting scores until after HBP comes out, but since we are all likely to have other things on our minds soon anyway (new canon!!!), I hope that can be overlooked.

I also still owe my HBP predictions. I will get them up before the book comes out. Um, tomorrow night, I hope. *prays for Comcast to get their act together*

One more announcement: I have decided to place myself firmly in the spoiler virgin category for HBP. When, a few days ago, the truly spoilery spoilers started to surface, I made up my mind that since there are so few days to go, I might as well save myself for the real thing. I did see some of the very light spoilers from the likes of Jim Dale and Arthur Levine that we got previously, but otherwise, I am pure, and intend to remain pure. I ask my friends list to to do what you can reasonbly be expected to do to help me in that endeavor. Thanks. :)

Joie
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] garybeary!!!

In other news, hurricane Dennis is headed for the Gulf Coast not too far west of Tallahassee. It's close enough that we're getting some pretty nasty storms, but it's far enough that I don't think we're in any real danger. Pensacola, however, where a few folks I care about live, is probably in for a beating, and they are still weakened by damage from Ivan, so...those who are so inclined, please be praying. I will be.

Joie
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] dtmoney!!!

*******


As for the terrorist attacks...I have no words. At least, none that haven't already been said. My prayers will be with those affected tonight.

Joie
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...that I have the best brother in the world.

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] markbrannan!!!

<333
Joie
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I spent the weekend in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, attending [livejournal.com profile] ladyfiredove's (Maryalice) wedding to David (aka NeoDave), and visiting with lots of old Stetson friends. It was really wonderful to see so many friends that I hadn't seen in a while (including Brian D., whom I hadn't seen in over four years) to catch up on where we are and what we are doing, to joke around and laugh a lot, to dance the night away, to eat good food (and totally blow my diet, but oh well), to see pictures of the Falls' (red-headed!) baby, to see Alyssa and Casey's (adorable!) little girl again, and to celebrate the start of Dave and Malli's marriage, of course. It was a GREAT weekend. I don't even have words to describe how much fun I had. Even most of the looooong car ride was pretty enjoyable, because I was carpooling with friends. :)

However, I did get very behind on the flist, and thus had to do a lot of skimming to catch up. :( And since I spent the evening catching up, it is now after midnight, and I have missed a very important day. I hope the two delightfully evil birthday ladies on my flist will forgive me.

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] redwood7!!!

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] seviet!!!

And also, I must wish a belated birthday (June 17th) to one more evil R/Hr shipper. In addition to loving R/Hr, she shows a most wicked delight in another fictional bickering pair which, although it is abbreviated H/L, is NOT Harry/Luna:

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] jediowl!!!

And, to my own DOL (dear old dad), who most recently joined the land of LJ as [livejournal.com profile] garybeary, as well as to all the other dads on my flist, I will wish a (slightly belated)...

Happy Father's Day!!!

Finally, today (or yesterday, rather) would have been my late grandfather Brannan's birthday, as well. *hums a hymn about heaven that he liked*

That is all. Good night.

Joie

GBP

Jun. 8th, 2005 07:15 pm
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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] briel1e!!!

Joie

GBP

Jun. 7th, 2005 10:58 am
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] daveydee_2!!!
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Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!!!

It’s also, apparently, some stuck up git’s birthday. But who cares about that?

Joie

GBP

Jun. 4th, 2005 10:36 am
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] wahlee_98!!!

*has fond memories of this time last year*

I hope you have a lovely day. :)

Joie

GBP

Jun. 2nd, 2005 09:36 am
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] solusfides!!!

Joie

GBP

May. 21st, 2005 03:43 am
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To a beautiful redhead, a great roommate, and a very dear friend...

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] springdove!!!

I hope it's a blessed one.

<333

Joie

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