This week will probably be about Fanfest and travelling.
I have a CSM badge as well. I whined for both of them. Whined with all of my might. I didn't get a Fansite badge in 2013 although I was a Fansite. I had already purchased my ticket and I was to sky to ask for one. I will then wear botha nd be damn proud. This was the teaser that CCP Logibro sent me on slack. I am still a day and a half away from arrival.
Twitter and Slack are already on fire as people have landed in Reykjavik. My flight is tomorrow evening. It is an overnight flight so I arrive around 0700 on Wednesday. I then have to take the Flybus to the hotel. After that, I've coordinated with Corbexx and Sion to go pick up our passes and drop stuff offf at CCP's offices. I expect to lose both of them to their respective groups once the evening hits. I've been invited to the wormhole dinner on Wednesday night but I expect that I will float around as I normally do. This trip I do want to visit the Penis Museum and will have to get some ISK to convert.
For now, I've pushed work out of my mind. It was my work weekend from Friday to Sunday and it was a busy one. I got everything finished and made sure to finish some things that will come up while I am gone. I hate having things hanging over my head and I refuse to interact with my job until I return to it.
Times like Fanfest and Eve Vegas are fascinating. People are going to go spend their physical time with the other players and that brings out all sorts of reactions from hysterical joy to a somewhat demur embarrassment. Meeting people from the internet while more normal then it was twenty years ago, is still considered a bit strange in some circles. Playing games as an adult is still considered unacceptable in many places. Yet, when I sit back and look at what I do with my time in Eve I'm amused at how far it is from the image of juvenile time burning that people often visualize.
Another question and comment I see is about spouses and travelling. I hand my husband my travel schedule, and my expected travel schedule, at the start of the year. He then interlaces his travel schedule with mine. My travels are all game related. His are mostly work related. We then plan a vacation into that. This year, we're doing a Caribbean cruise and I get to visit the Island that my mother was born on and spent the first part of her life on. It is also where her side of the family is from. He also comes to Eve Vegas with me. For some reason it is easy to tempt him to occupy himself for three days in Vegas while I do Eve stuff.
He was going to come to Iceland with me but his Hong Kong trip got extended and he had to leave this weekend instead of next. So, instead he sent me pictures of him drinking red wine in his first class pod that turns into a bed. His co-workers often ask him how I handle his travels. He gets to tell them, "With envy." I do enjoy his company and travelling with him but I could not see skipping adventures because he did not want to come.
Today was about packing. I have gotten a bit more streamlined about it now that I know what I can and cannot get in Iceland and what I like and do not like. I also don't need as many clothing. For the CSM meetings I wear a button down business shirt because spaceships are serious business. I then switch into a t-shirt for the rest of the day because I only have but so many nice shirts that actually fit me properly. Now, I just need t-shirts. No, I will not wear a collared shirt or a polo to Fanfest.
That also means packing my briefcase. Tired of dragging huge, heavy bags around I am trying to streamline that as well. I now know what I do and do not do on the flight. All the extra stuff will go in my suitcase which is large, bright blue, and hard sided. I need to run updates on my laptop and make sure it is charged. I also carry a back up battery and such things. I don't need as many pens as I seem to collect and a handful of little things that will reduce the weight by a few, thankful pounds. my laptop is now four years old but runs beautifully. An Alienware MX14 it is not light.
My jacket is about done. I was working on it during my bit of free time over the weekend. I'm picking up beads for my hair and we will braid it tomorrow before I leave. It should last till Friday I suspect with careful maintenance. I'm still somewhat freaked out by wearing a radical hairstyle but its part of my cosplay.
I'm also building the Fanfest Schedule of Events I want to attend into my Google calendar. I'll update my Siminn card this evening so that it is active and ready. My husband recommended a currency converter program so for once I'll know how much money I am spending. I normally just convert the ISK into USD at the same number. That means in my head I spend more than I do which is not a bad thing at all.
Fanfest week is more fun to experience then listen to, I will give you that. I feel pangs of envy for those already there and I'm going! The last bit of laundry is in the washing machine. All of my builds are cooking. My blueprints are on a two week copy run. And now I am out of the door and buying all of those last minutes things on my list.