November might just have been the best and busiest month of 2016. Blizzcon, Leslie’s housewarming, Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them release, a trip to Magic Castle, and of course Thanksgiving. There wasn’t a weekend where Felix and I weren’t completely booked, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready for my first un-planned weekend in a month. Before I break out the Christmas decorations, let’s look back at all the fun we had in November.
11.4 – 11.5: Blizzcon
Blizzcon is always the most insane weekend of my year, being both a Blizzard employee and a cosplayer. We were working up until the night before the con on my costume (more on that in a future post), and I’m pretty sure I got about 4 hours sleep the entire weekend of the con. My favorite part of Blizzcon was getting to work with the cosplayers and assisting with the costume contest. Having been in the Blizzcon cosplay community for 9 years now, it’s awesome watching fellow cosplayers level up their skills and debut their new costumes on the big stage. I’m happy to be a continued part of making the magic happen.
The after parties in the Hilton bar were a perfect way to relax after two long days on my feet. I snagged one of the Wild Bangarang Sylvanas dresses and wore my shoulder armor to be “Casual Sylvanas”. Digging the idea of Blizz-Bounding!
11.13: The Well Housewarming
Leslie and Sam were kind enough to invite us to their lovely housewarming party. Just like the Well’s, the house and party were picture perfect. The pictures Leslie took look like they came out of straight out of Good Housekeeping. It was a perfect day of catching up with friends and drinking yummy cocktails. Check out more from Leslie over at her website!
11.17: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
A new movie set in 1920s Harry Potter universe? Could there be a more perfectly tailored movie for my tastes? Absolutely not, which is why I gathered 18 of my closest friends to try and recreate the magical feeling of the Harry Potter movie releases from my “youth”. After a delicious Irish dinner at Muldoons, we loaded into our comfy recliner chairs to enjoy the first installment of Fantastic Beasts. I left the theater with a renewed love of the HP fandom and a raging lady boner for Eddie Redmayne.
11.20: Magic Castle
Magic Castle is one of those iconic LA things to do, like visiting the Hollywood sign or going to the Chinese theater… only slightly more difficult. I’d been wanting to go for ages, attracted by the “invite only” exclusivity, vintage vibe, formal dress, and of course MAGIC. It wasn’t until I was standing outside that I realized the mansion was used in this nostalgia bomb Marc Summers Mystery Magic Special from my childhood.
I really enjoyed exploring the Magic Castle and finding some of its secrets, especially my favorite: Irma, the Magic Castle’s resident piano-playing ghost. She is remarkably up to date on her music knowledge and played everything from show tunes to Sia for us.
Unfortunately photography is strictly forbidden from inside the Magic Castle, so if you want to “see” Irma you’re going to have to go there yourself.
11.23 – 27: A Very NorCalThanksgiving
Felix, Parker, and I got out road trip on for the Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed a whirlwind tour of NorCal. My favorite part about road trips is getting to listen to audio books with Felix, and for this trip we listened to A Darker Shade of Magic. We were almost able to finish the book on our round trip and I highly recommend it to any fantasy book lovers.
Our first stop was San Jose to pick up Chelsea and Dante, before heading to Stockton to visit my parents for Thanksgiving. Before leaving Stockton, we got to grab a quick cup of coffee with Joey, Lisa and Chris which was a nice treat since Lisa and Chris were visiting California on a whirlwind trip of their own, visiting from Australia. Next up was another Thanksgiving dinner at Dante’s parent’s house in Santa Cruz on Friday. With our bellies full from two back-to-back Thanksgivings, we headed to San Francisco where we visited the California Academy of Sciences, had lunch at Ebisu (my favorite sushi), shopped in Union Square, and ended our night with dinner at Cha Cha Cha.
So there it is. Novemeber was MADNESS, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I hope to have a relaxed December, but I’m not holding my breath!