Good Karma

Breakfast at the hotel gave me and Bela a chance to send out some good karma.  When we got to the breakfast area, there was a lady putting a couple of plates together for family members who did not want to come downstairs.  As I fixed my own plate, the lady (Janice) and I started chatting.  Janice said her family members wanted waffles, but that was too bad since she wasn’t sure how to run the waffle iron.  I showed her, and she got her waffle.  By this time, Bela had emerged from our room and was in the process of fixing her own plate.

Bela and Janice started talking—Bela was “schooling” her about Comic Con and her costume.  Janice asked if Bela could help her carry plates to her room, and off they went.  Before Bela came back, another lady with her grandchild  (I’m guessing….) came for food.  Oddly enough, she wasn’t sure how to manage making waffles.  I smiled because Bela had to show me at another hotel years ago.

Janice wanted to see Bela’s Black Butler Undertaker costume, so they met up in the lobby before we left for the Mid-America Center.  Before we actually left, I spoke to one of the housekeepers who was getting ready to clean rooms.  I greeted her in English, then said, “Buenos dias?”  She answered in Spanish, so I explained in Spanish that we needed more towels and shampoo and the trash taken out.  I didn’t want the beds made or anything else done.  She said she would pass that along to her fellow housekeeper who was assigned our room.  The hotel clerk passed us in the hall while we were chatting and commented, “That is so cool.”  I was thrilled to be able to use my language skills.

Imagine my surprise when I was able to use ASL as well on this trip!  More about that later.

Black Butler Undertaker and Stiock the Vast (Ysabela and George)

Black Butler Undertaker and Stiock the Vast (Ysabela and George)

Comic Con Part 1

Bela and I decided we made the right decision driving to Council Bluffs last night instead of leaving way early this morning to arrive for a long day weekend of cosplay fun.  We rolled out of bed at 7:30, ate breakfast, dressed and arrived at the Mid-America Center down the street from the hotel around 9 this morning.  I was signed up to volunteer from 12-4, but (to me) early is better.  Bela started out super, uber excited and ready for some cosplay action.  Just FYI, Bela found me at 2:30 and said, “I’m done.  My feet are killing me!”  I had to chuckle, but my feet were feeling rough, too.

Super happy!

Super happy!

People were able to enter close to noon, and I enjoyed watching the “show.”  I saw so many costumes that I (still) can’t identify.  I was able to figure out a few, but not as many as Bela.  You check the pics out and see how well you do.

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Stay tuned for more pictures.  🙂  So far, my favorite tables are the LARP people and the Steampunk couple.

The Reaper!

Ysabela was beyond thrilled to receive her scythe today via FedEx.  Mike the Magnificent crafted the prop with loving care and amazing attention to detail.  The FedEx delivery gal said she and the other workers had speculated that one of the boxes contained a boomerang due to the shape!  Hope nobody placed a bet on that.

Ysabela opened the boxes very carefully, then we took the still-wrapped scythe into my room so she could remove the tape and get to the good stuff.  Mike the Magnificent had included a couple of surprises—the skull’s eyes actually light up!  He had also crafted a sword as an extra prop.  I’m surprised that Mike didn’t hear the “Ysabela shriek” all the way across the country when she finally got everything out.

The process of unveiling was nerve-racking to watch!

The process of unveiling was nerve-racking to watch!

Preliminary view....

Preliminary view….

Happy kid=happy mom

Happy kid=happy mom

The eyes light up!

The eyes light up!

She is loving the sword!

She is loving the sword!

We appreciate all of the work Mike put into Ysabela’s props for Comic Con.  If you need any props for role playing, you need to find Mike of Crypticus Designs.  He’s in North Carolina, but he can make anything.  Of that I am certain!