Let me prefix by saying there’s only one photo because RAIN. Gah.
Day two! The day started with getting up early and hitting the road north from Medford to make the marathon to Seattle. Let me just say that eight hours in the car was painful, and my mother is friggin AWESOME because she did the driving. I am not comfortable driving in the rain, nor in mountains, and lovely Oregon and Washington decided to give us a combination of both. Yikes.
1. More psycho weather! We were zoning again. Rain, sun, rain, clouds, sun, MONSOON, sun . . . etcetera. I think the trip would have been both more enjoyable and also not felt as long if we’d had more sunshine.
2. During one of the times we pulled over at a rest stop for a, well, rest, it was in monsoon mode. Mom scooted through the rain to the restroom, and I realized I had the munchies. Rather than get out into the rain, I shimmied through the rather packed Highlander and nabbed a snack from the chest in the trunk. As I was twisting around and scooting back to the front seat, a guy going past gave this almost literal O.o expression through the window. I just waved, and he waved and kept going. Hey, at least I wasn’t getting soaked, y’know?
I had a laugh at myself as we kept going. As we passed through rural areas, I felt like such a city girl. As we entered Seattle’s huge skyline, I felt like a country girl. (I like my “cow town” Sacramento, okay?!) Here’s the sole photo for this post.
As we were heading to the convention center, I was almost entering a panic attack. I’m incredibly out of my comfort zone here. I’m hundreds of miles from home, I’m going to a huge convention, and I’m not a fan of crowds to begin with. Also, you know, I’ve never been to a con before. (No, really!) I was almost freaking out (but thankfully from mounting excitement) as we parked in the loading dock and started hauling our loot in to find our booth. There were big names in every industry EVERYWHERE. I didn’t spot any of my idols (yet), so at least I didn’t enter a shy attack. We dropped off our stuff and did some minor setup (we’ll finish tomorrow morning when we have everyone at the booth at the same time). I just had one last thing to do before leaving.
Okay, one more photo, but crummy phone cameras don’t count. :p I am now happily ensconced in my hotel room in Bellevue, and I want to give a shout-out to Courtyard at Marriott. Awesome place, squishy beds, super nice staff, and just in general a place I don’t mind staying at for the next few nights.
Tomorrow, THE CON BEGINS! Follow me on Twitter at @ettajeanfantasy or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ettajeanfantasy/ to see what snarky things I have to say throughout the day. I guarantee there will be a lot.