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I hate [driving in] New Jersey.

So foreverseenstar  and I went down to Baltimore this weekend for Shore Leave. I know a bunch of you were there, but aside from spending quite a bit of time with lyndasty  and a passing hello to pocky_slash  I didn't see any of you. We got down later than we intended, mostly because the cupcakes I was making for Kate and Jewel wound up being kind of an epic undertaking despite scaling them back more than I'd intended. We left around 11:30 (maybe?) and didn't get in until after 6. We didn't hit too much traffic (except for the fucking George Washington Bridge) but what held us up was waiting like 45 minutes for gas at a fucking New Jersey rest stop. So annoying! Luckily the Kia we rented got excellent gas mileage (one tank down and one tank back) but unfortunately despite only being a month away from turning 25 we got slapped with an extra $15/day for being children. Boo.

But yeah, I don't really have the desire or inclination to go through this convention on a minute-by-minute play by play like I usually do, so I'll just give you the highlights and lowlights:

High points of the weekend:
  • spending more than 5 minutes at a convention with [info]lyndasty
  • having Kate and Jewel oooh and ahhh over the cupcakes I made them
  • getting tons of compliments from random strangers while carrying around the cupcakes
  • being able to help [info]laughingirl out with her wonderful cause
  • picturing Nathan Fillion "playing Firefly" at home, counting his Alliance money and talking to the Jayne statue
  • delicious food and wine at Carrabba's (because when is it ever not a highlight)
  • having Kate recognize me and the confused look on David's face when she said hi and waved
  • the comfortable familiarity of Peter David's readings
  • Kate singing that wonderful Ingrid Michaelson song
  • David Hewlett snarking at [info]nudaydreamer
  • coaxing a smile out of Baz (it is unbelievable how ridiculously adorable that child is)
  • seeing foreverseenstar senselessly giddy over Teh Hewlett
  • did I mention Kate Hewlett?
  • ...and Jewel Staite?
Low Points:
  • leaving my baby kitty home alone for a weekend for the first time
  • driving in New Jersey
  • rest stops in New Jersey
  • traffic on the George Washington Bridge (ESPECIALLY that fucker that stole 15 minutes of my life because he can't read signs that say E-ZPASS ONLY)
  • rabid frightening fangirls
  • long lines
  • smelly people
  • uncomfortable hotel beds
  • being herded through autograph lines
  • ice cold air conditioners
  • did I mention New Jersey?
There is one event of note that I think deserves worth mentioning. On Sunday, foreverseenstar  and I got back in the autograph line so she could have David actually personalize the photos he'd signed the day before (herding, boo!) and ask when Jane might be around so she could sign the quilt she'd made, and even though she started getting high pitched and talkignsoquicklyyoucouldbarelyunderstandher, he did say that Jane would be around later and to just find him. Well, after his panel we weren't sure where he'd be going, and honestly I didn't want to wait in one more fucking autograph line, so I suggested that we just go back stage and find David and Jane before they could disappear or develop a crowd. So we did. And no one seemed particularly perturbed by it (probably because David Hewlett might be the nicest human being on the planet), even when Jane had to shift a just waking up Baz over to David so she could sign the quilt. Baz was all rubbing his fists in his eyes and looked all sorts of pouty and cranky, and even though I was terrified that my camera flash might send the baby into a fit of hysterics, I asked David if I could take his and Baz's picture which was when I got this money shot:

Luckily Baz wasn't perturbed by camera, and after I took this picture I was actually able to coax a smile out of the little guy!  CUTEST. BABY. EVER.  Getting Jane's signature on the quilt pretty much made foreverseenstar's weekend, so then we were able to GO HOME!!!!  ...and drive through New Jersey.  :(  athena2483, is there any way we can somehow skip that state when we go down to Ocean City?  Ugh.

So even though I wasn't ecstatic about trekking all the way down to Baltimore, and even though I still don't understand the rabid Hewlett obsession, I did have a really fun time and I am crushing on the man now a little bit.  Seriously, most adorable family ever and he's so hilarious in his geekery.  :)

Okay, I should've gone to bed like two hours ago.   Later, skaterz.


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Jul. 15th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Aaaah, Jewel! Why didn't you write more about her? *pouts*
The photo is the cutest thing ever. Is the woman in the background Jane?
Jul. 15th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Nah, that was his escort/handler lady. Jane is adorable though with a huge smile and long, blonde hair. Baz is definitely their child... he looks like both of them.

Let me see, what else about Jewel...

She was adorably dressed as usual. A cute tank top and white jeans one day, and shortshortshort shorts and a sparkly gold sweater shirt the next. She talked a lot about Firefly, and I actually heard her voice tremble a couple times when she was talking about how it got canceled and the politics behind it. She spent a lot of time making fun of Nathan Fillion, recounted the whole middle-finger war (never get tired of that story!), spent tons of time on stage giggling and laughing. She tosses her head back and her laugh is just perfect. I asked her a question about Lost and she still hasn't seen the finale (her husband deleted it from the DVR but "they're still married" haha) but she said she liked season 4 and all the flash forwards but she doesn't trust Juliet. I asked her if she liked Jack/Kate or Jack/Juliet and she said she liked Jack/nobody or Jack/her. :D She was so excited about my cupcakes and kept being like, "what kind is that? what kind is that?" and said the s'mores one was going to go first. She said they were delicious. I had her autograph the new picture of her and the cupcakes and she wrote "One cupcake for another" on it. :) I ADORE her and am so happy she's found a good home she's excited about on Atlantis.
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
Oh man, I kept blowing off David in favor of accidently saying weird, vague come-ons to Kate. SHE KEEPS TOTALLY THROWING ME BY BEING SO HOT AND CUTE.

Anyway, I'm sorry I didn't get to see you more than twice in passing. I was going to call you or something on Saturday, but then I realized that I didn't have your number or anything and I didn't end up bumping into you again. We actually probably had more fun and spent more time outside of the con than in it, because we're all crazy.

Did you guys get stuck in the two hours of bumper to bumper traffic on the Turnpike that I got stuck in? Because I definitely sobbed in both frustration and stressed out sadness that the weekend was over while going nowhere :P

eta: OH MY GOD THE PICTURE FINALLY LOADED. BAAAAAAAABBBBBYYYYYYY! OH MY LORD. How in the WORLD is it possible for that baby to be so adorable?! I think it is secretly a robot baby!

Edited at 2008-07-15 11:45 am (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
As adorable as David is, Kate is still way more awesome. I want her to come and sing that song at my wedding! Even if she is nervous and shaky and laughing at herself because it was omgsobeautiful and adorable and I need a new word for adorable.

I feel like I didn't get to do too much socializing mostly because I like passed out so early every night because I'm old and tired.

I almost got stuck in traffic on the turnpike but that was when we pulled off for food and gas and we spent so much fucking time at the rest stop that we missed a lot of it. But I almost clawed my eyeballs out sitting in traffic on the George Washington bridge. I thought I was going to snap. haha

And seriously, I think it could be possible that Baz is not human. He's just too cute.
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
This is my requisite comment in defense of New Jersey (though I hate it more and more every day).

And David Hewlett makes me miss Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. He was the kooky medical examiner.
Jul. 15th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
At least in New Jersey they pump your gas for you which is nice. Also, it's still less than $4/gallon which I think I squeed about more than anything else this weekend. haha
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
Oh my god, that is the cutest photo EVER!! You totally rock for getting it! Awwwwwwwwwwww. Baz was seriously so deeply adorable, I just wanted to smish his little cheeks.

David was such a sweetheart. I was really glad he (and Jewel and Kate!) were the stars at my first real con. They were so kind and welcoming!

I hope we weren't some of the rabid fangirls you mention :-/ We got pretty giggly sometimes. I'm sorry we didn't meet up, maybe next time!
Jul. 15th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
You could never be the rabid fangirls because I actually like you guys. :) It was mostly some of the squirrels who would come up and talk to me just gushing about David and I'm like, accck go away.

I was really impressed with what a sweetie David was (I already knew Kate and Jewel were wonderful) because I was expecting him to be more nervous but he was really fantastic. Speaking of fantastic, for as much as he rags on everyone for using the word "awesome" he definitely overuses the word "fantastic"!

I'm glad you had a great time, and yes, next time we shall have to meet up! Perhaps another of Kate's plays will come to NYC soon!

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Jul. 15th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Got everyone we needed with pictures, too! Everyone was very gracious. George's picture is adorable, wait til you see it. :)
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Jul. 15th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Cutest. Baby. Ever.
Jul. 15th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
You got to see Desi? Damn it, I have to wait until September to do that.
Jul. 15th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
It'll be September before we know it.
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Jul. 15th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Glad you guys had fun!
Jul. 16th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Would've been more fun if you were there!
Jul. 15th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
You got to see Jewel! That is so awesome! I love her so much, from Space Cases, Flash Forward, to her sci-fi wanderings now. I am giddy at living vicariously through you. hehe.

David Hewlett is amazing and I am incredibly jealous. So so cool!
Jul. 16th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, I have pretty much been in love with Jewel Staite since I was 13. I started bawling hysterically when I met her for the first time back in November 2006.
Jul. 15th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
this might be a big ask, but did you get any photos of Jewel at the con?
Jul. 16th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Sadly, no, and I can't believe it. What the frak is wrong with me??! Note to self, take way more pics of Jewel at Dragon*Con.

My camera blows so unless I'm really close at panels, the only way for me to get good pics is to blind celebs with flashes at the autograph table.
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Jul. 15th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that baby is adorable.
Jul. 16th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
spending more than 5 minutes at a convention with lyndasty


And hee I made the top of your high points list...HEE!!!!
Jul. 16th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Of course you did! :D 43 days til Dragon*Con!
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Jul. 16th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
Hewletts = awesome. Dude, the whole thing sounds amazing, w the possible exception of driving through NJ. :P
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, totally awesome if you take out NJ. But that's usually how the world works. ;)
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Lovely photo, you lucky girl!!! DH+Baz=cuuute! :) Thanks for posting this!
Jul. 17th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Happy to share. :)
Oct. 26th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Oh that photo of David and the Baz is so adorable!!
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