Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

K1 Speed Indoor GoKarts #birthday #familyfun #Gwinnett #Duluth @k1speed

My son's 17th birthday was on Thursday the 19th.  We don't do regular birthday parties, we get together with friends and spend the weekend doing "stuff".  This year, instead of paintball, my son chose to go check out a new indoor go kart track in our area.  I'd heard about it thanks to Fox 5's Paul Milliken, but hadn't really checked it out.  It's very close to where we do Choi as well, which makes it reasonably close to home.

I will say it's not cheap.  They do run specials, so I recommend checking them out.  They also require a membership fee for the year.  That's only $6, but it's still an added cost to keep in mind.  We purchased 3 races for 5 people.  It was a lot of fun, but I think I'll have to wait for further karting until my eyes are completely fixed.  With no depth perception, I had a very hard time trying to make the turns.

My selfie with the racing prop before we started racing.

Right before our 3rd race.  My son's best friend is loading up behind me.  Yes, you wear a head sock under the helmet.  The visor is required to be closed during the race, but it gets steamy and hot until you get moving, so I had it up.

Hubs took these for me while we were racing.  His back was hurting, so he decided not to race.  Probably not a bad idea.  My hands were sore at the end of the race.  I'm sure I was gripping the wheel too hard, but I was also using it to brace myself as I went around the curves.  FYI - the adult carts can go up to 45mph.

This is how three of the teens ranked in our races, not counting the other racers on the course.  I was consistently last regardless of how many were racing.  You get race results printed at the end of each race, so you can see what your times were.  I didn't realize it until I got home, but I also got the information via email.  I think I'll pass on retaining it, I already know I'm slow.

All together, I think they had a lot of fun.  That being the goal of the outing, I'd find it very successful and enjoyable.  It'll be a while before we go back due to cost, though.

Monday, November 23, 2015

My newest Stitch Fix #review #clothes

My last Stitch Fix was off (mostly due to fit), so I didn't keep it long enough to blog about it.  Not long after, I decided to give Stitch Fix another try.   I was hoping for better luck and got it.  They sent me a pair of really dark brown cordouroy skinny pants (Kut from the Kloth).  I wouldn't normally go for skinny pants, but these actually fit and felt very nice.  I used those in each of the changes, just to see how they'd pair up.  The first top is an Ellenia mixed print polyester/satin material, 3/4 sleeve.  I tried it both with and without the Londyn knit pea coat they sent.

The second print top is a Sawyer Space Dye 3/4 sleeve as well.  It's more of a sweater material, very soft and light weight with a dolman cut.  My dog decided at this point that she needed to get involved as well,.

The last is a Liz textured sweater.  Very comfy, not too heavy.  The foot accessory is the smallest kitten determined to get my attention.  My daughter snitched the pea coat to try on and the accessory as well.

All together I was quite happy with the choices they sent me.  I had requested items that could be layered, but no cardigans.  Not sure when I'll try another Stitch Fix or what I'll ask for next time, but if you want to give it a try feel free to use my link.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Loot from @ConjurationCon #ConjurationCon2015 #HarryPotter #LotR

Just to show they had some awesome stuff for sale in Diagon Alley this year, I thought I'd share my loot.  My daughter has her own loot, totally different from mine.  This first item is a hand made leather bag.  Two pockets on the inside, one on the back.  LOVE IT!  This was my big purchase of the weekend.

The "mass" of my loot.  There's a Hogwarts Running Club with cool shirts for each house.  They sponsor many virtual races to support different charities.  Books-a-million was there, where I picked up my coloring book and my Sherlock Holmes pocket book.  I found a hand tooled leather Ravenclaw house crest and a Deathly Hallows leather band.  I even found the Ravenclaw house crest on a necklace and Snitch earrings.  My last item isn't HP related at all, it's the Eye from Lord of the Rings.  I picked it up for fun to cover my currently messed up eye.

Lots more stuff was there, each author had their own table with books and other stuff available.  For once, I didn't visit the authors as much.  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Oswald goes to Conjuration Con #ConjurationCon2015 #Disney @conjurationcon

On Saturday I did my generic Disney fan outfit.  I decided I needed a buddy to go with me and took along Oswald.  These were his highlights from the con..

The tea party - wonderful tea tastings and sweets to eat..

Looking out the window from the 15th floor before Yoga and before the Tea Party.

The soda machine which only charged $1 for a can of soda

His main dislike was being called Mickey.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Conjuration Con - 3 days of magical fun #magic #HarryPotter #ConjurationCon2015 @conjurationcon

I was given the opportunity to attend this event again this year.  I took my 14yo daughter along as well.  There were some wonderful additions to the convention and a great new venue.  

One of the panels was a session by the Georgia Reptile Association.  They were the charity of the year with the proceeds from the tea party and donations to the group by house jar.  The group is very passionate about their animals and helping others understand and learn about snakes and reptiles in general.

I also attended Harry Potter yoga (taught by a member of Slytherin House), made a wand (more on that one later) and learned how to do basic prosthetics.

My daughter, on the other hand, attended Creature Cosplay and Culinary Conjuration.  For those that know her, neither one is a hugely surprising choice.  We both attended the tea party where she even went and had her tea leaves read.

Lots of cosplay this year.  A good variety, though most centered around Harry Potter.  My photos of the costume contest didn't come out very well.  The costumes included Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Box Trolls, Beauty and the Beast and my daughter in her Alice costume.

They even had an area where you could "visit" Narnia's lamp post. 

For once I didn't visit the game room (hosted by GigaBites Cafe) and end up staying there.  I wandered through, but never stayed more than 10 minutes.  Not long enough to really play any of the bigger games.  The convention did offer a bigger interactive game for attendees on Sunday.  It was a Hunt for the Horcrux.  A linear choose your own path story/game.  They read the basic start to everyone in one room, from there you made choices along the way.  You either lived to choose again, or "died" and were marked by a Dark Mark.  My daughter and I lost at the 4th stage.

They had several different performers as well, from Draco and the Malfoys to the Harp Twins.
All together, a wonderful selection of panels hosted by guest authors (and there were 20+ authors to visit!) and guests.  Next year's con will be November 11-13 at the same venue (Marriott Century Center).  I'm already looking forward to it!