Sitting waiting for your kids to finish with lessons is pretty dull. I have spent hours in the locker room funk of the gymnastics waiting room, sitting on the bleachers at the sauna-like indoor pool and swatting flies in the dust of horseback riding. Sometimes, I bring a book. Sometimes, I play on my phone. And sometimes, I chat with other Moms. It's Mom stuff, though, not terribly exciting for the most part. Then, much to my amazement and through the miracle of Facebook, I discover that one of the Moms I have been chatting with is a fellow Fan Girl!
I love conventions. I really do. But here's the problem. The really good ones are never anywhere even remotely close to where I live. Trade conventions, sure. They're here. I have even been forced to attend a few in a dreary, work-related capacity over the years. Let me tell you right now, The Annual Convention of the Maine Municipal Association, miss that one. The good ones, the geeky fan ones, are out West in California, or Seattle or down in Georgia, but never in the Northeast. I know it can get cold and snowy, but we do have a summer. Okay, it lasts for about 4 weeks, but really, Boston has more convention space than it knows what to do with most days. Still, nothing. Small, local cons are great, but I want a BIG convention. Something that will have it's own little #bigcon tag on twitter.
In addition to me being a Total Fan Girl, my husband is a Total Gamer Geek. The two have a lot in common since people who love sci-fi and fantasy tend to be into games and there are so many cool ones in those genres! For example, I just received a call this afternoon from our local game store to tell me that the new Pegasus Expansion is out for the Battlestar Galactica Boardgame. Woot! You know what I'll be doing tomorrow night.
I am a Total Fan Girl. Not the crazy stalker kind, or the must dress like my favorite character even at Christmas dinner kind, just the normal kind. If there are spaceships, vampires, or swaggering heroes...I'm there.