We left Thursday afternoon since this was a 4 day con & drove up to Portland, Maine. The drive was pretty scenic, but long. We stopped in New Hampshire to do a bit of shopping at Target & Micheal's just to avoid some traffic & also to take advantage of no sales tax! :D I finally got me a body pillow. YAY! :D It really helped with my frigged up knee, but sometime during the night, I'd wind up rolling away from it. XD And when I'd wake up it felt like someone was in bed with me. o.0 At Micheal's I got a pair of round lens sunglasses which I liked better than the ones I had left at home. XD I needed them for my steampunk outfits. We also stopped at my sister's friends' apartment. Just as we were leaving (they weren't home) one of them showed up, so we hung out for a few in parking lot & chatted. Then we were on our way. We finally made it to the hotel, nabbed a luggage cart & got settled in. Then we went downstairs to get our badges. We also got a cheapo backpack with a schedule & a bunch of Arby's coupons & a coupon for a free Yankee candle if you bought one, with the bought one being in fine print. XD Since the dealers' room & artist alley was closed, we went back upstairs to our room, unpacked, & vegged out. It was about 9 at night when we got there, so we were tired.
Then next day we got up & got dressed. I went downstairs to check things out & my sister met me a bit later. I found the line for the Yuri!!! on ice panel & sat down when we were let in. I don't knwo what I was expecting, but a silly Q & A wasn't it. I left after 10 minutes by pretending my phone went off. ;D I then wandered around for a bit before going upstairs to see if my sister wanted to check out the dealers' room with me. She did & we went. It took all of 5 minutes to see despite the crowds. XD Same with artist alley. Oddly enough, we saw a few of my sister's furry friends, although it really shouldn't have been a surprise, since they all live in New England. XD For lunch we wandered across the street to the mall, which had a food court. They had an antique-looking carousel there & I got to ride it! YAY!! (kira has a thing for carousels XD) Anyways, the Panda Express Chinese food was awesome, which explained the line. My sister opted for Japanese hibachi style food. She was done by the time I sat down. XD It was fun cosplaying at the mall, cuz peeps would occasionally stop to ask why it suddenly looked like it Halloween. XD I pretty much wore the same outfit both days. Friday, I wore my black v-neck tee with my black corset, black skirt that had a soft white floral lace pattern on it & bustle, white wig, black tights, black boots & my black bowler hat with the black veil I attached in the back. Saturday, I simply swapped out the black tee for one with a scooped neck & the skirt & bustle for a plain back one with lace trim. (kira made both skirts & bustles). On Friday, my sister took me to this "comic store" which I forget the name of. XD It had anime merch inside as well as manga, plushies, clothes; basically an otaku's dream store. ;D then we went back to the room & marathoned Ancient Aliens, since you couldn't find ANYTHING, despite it being a small con. That & you basically stood on line to go into one of 2 rooms. We did check out their garage sale, which was used stuff as well as con merch. We both got last year's tee, since it was only $5 & had a dragon on it. XD There was hardly anywhere to just sit & chill, since the booths by the bar were always taken as well as the few chairs they had out. Plus it was crowded & felt very claustrophobic. So I either read in the room, wandered the mall, read at the mall (they had nice comfy sofas that sat under the sky lights) or made a few loops of the con. I also was asked to move when I tried reading in the lobby & ended up in the cosplay repair lounge, where I watched a few episodes of Yuri!!! on ice & Ouran High School Host club. Then they put on some weird-assed YouTube shit, that everyone, except me thought was hilarious. XD Saturday was pretty much a repeat of Friday, except instead of standing on line for the Yuri!!! on Ice panel, I stood on line for the maid cafe. XD I was sooo excited they had one, after hearing all about what it was like from Kat & Jen. This was lamer than lame. XD We went into a small conference room, where they had a couple of tables in the middle with plates of cupcakes & brownies. they also set out some sugar & plates & lollipops & we were told to help ourselves. Once you had "refreshments" you sat on one of the chairs lining the walls. XD Then the "maids" came around (they were just some girls dressed in cosplay with aprons, which I guess was the maid part XD) & they asked what kind of tea you wanted. I was disappointed they didn't have milk or cream as I like that in my tea, but I did get them to add some cold water so I could drink it. XD While fancy china would have been nice, they could have at least made the effort & bought some "fancy" plastic tea cups from the party store down the road (you could see it from our window). Instead, we got paper cups. XD It just felt like a commoner version of the Host Club come to life without the cute hosts. XD And not only that, they nicely asked us to leave as soon as we were done with our tea, so they could let more peeps in. It kinda felt like hurry up & go, & that was very disappointing.
Since we got pizza from the food court on Friday, we decided to eat at the Cracker Barrel on Saturday. While I had a lot of food, they messed up my sister's order & she got a single cheeseburger instead of double, so she was hungry later. Actually that worked out as we ordered some Domino's had midnight pizza while watching Anthony Bourdaine. XD It was fitting that they had an epi on Japan though. *laughs at what looked like a bizarre Japanese strip club* XD
Sunday, we got up, packed the car & left. We did hit the Carousel Museum on the way home. We made it with 15 minutes before closing, but they took pity on us & stayed open longer to give us a tour of the place. It was really nice & it started with a ride on a small carousel. I LOVED it, but my poor sister was bored. XD Then we had Chinese food & drove home. *HATES NY traffic*
I'll add pix when I get them. :D