Make Your Own Luck

You have to make your own luck in this life. I won't tell you how many Starbursts I
opened before I got this one with two cherry-flavored candies inside. I was not expecting this to happen. When it did, I felt like the luckiest kid on the block! I had taken ten pictures of it to make sure I had at least one I could use for this blog before I remembered I was 50 now and not a kid anymore.

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See? That is me, making some of my own luck. :)

SPOCON pics by the candy lady 2013


This was my first SPOCON. I had so much fun! Loki showed up at in-character karaoke and sang The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" about how no one knows how the bad guy feels. It was hilarious! We had a whole bunch of good singers!

Now that I think about it, SPOCON 2013 helped me realize why I like Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. It came to me while I sang "The Impossible Dream" at in-character karaoke. This song sums it up. We're all reaching the unreachable star!


And cons are the embodiment of thousands of people all celebrating this together.

At SPOCON 2013, I was referred to as "the candy lady" because of my bottomless dog dish of free candy! OK, I did start asking each person to beg like a dog to get the free candy, but that was all in good fun. :)

These sith lords from Star Wars put on a good show
mock fighting with their light sabres. They even made the animated fighting sounds. Their light sabres did, that is!

This wolf looked really cool on stage at the masquerade in the dark with its eyes and claws lit up by electric lights.


I thought it was wonderful how whole families dressed up for SPOCON and hung out together!

I didn't get a picture of it, but my favorite costume play moment was when a huge guy dressed in military gear made a fancy show of saluting a kid dressed as Iron Man. Egos don't come into the cosplay at this convention at all. SPOCON is all about having fun together.


This dancing dwarf dude was so much fun! He said dancing made the weight of the armor more evenly distributed on his back, so he was dancing up and down the aisles. He didn't really need to make the disco music noises, but they sure were funny. :)

These twins were adorable as teenage mutant ninja turtles. Their mom walked right along with them, and I am pretty sure she made their costumes.


Here are a few Aes Sedai from The Wheel of Time series. Brandon Sanderson was the guest of honor at SPOCON 2013, and my favorite event was The Unquisition, where Brandon answered our questions from his perspective as the author who finished the series after Robert Jordan passed. The fun was we had to ask our questions without using any names! I asked, "Why are the desert people so in love with the queen who fancies the blacksmith?" Brandon Sanderson says the Aiel love Berelain so much because she has barely any territory and yet she wields power like a pro.





This was my view up the hall from behind my table.



The man in green on the right and his daughter to his left won the masquerade for their cute skit.







Coeur d'Alene Resort Dinner Cruise Pictures

Thanks to my wonderful mom, I just went on one of the nicest Pacific Northwest vacations possible! Yes, I am home from another trip. This time, Mom and my sister and I stayed at the Coeur d'Alene Resort and Spa. Here we are on our second evening together, finally relaxing on the dinner cruise. It was spectacular.


The dinner is served buffet style. Salads were out when we boarded at 7pm, and many passengers dug in to those before we got underway and before the crew got out the roast beef, baked salmon, peppered green beans, and au gratin potatoes. Starbucks coffee and raspberry cheesecake rounded out the meal.
The views outshone the food. Gawking at all the million-dollar summer homes on Lake Coeur d'Alene was more fun even than cheesecake! Each home has its boathouse. Some are creatively perched on cliffs while others have intricate cable car systems for getting to and from their boathouses.
The Coeur d'Alene Resort dinner cruise leaves when the sun is starting to set and ends when it is just set - perfect timing, at least in July! Views of the cabins, boat houses, mansions, glittering condominiums and sunset put on a better show than any human entertainer could. Every moment is picture perfect.

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I weighed 150.2 when I left for vacation. Today and for the last 4 days I weighed in at 152.6. not bad at all for eating cheesecake and au gratin potatoes! We did far worse on other days, as I will show you in the coming weeks!