Usually these things are a bit boring, but this year? They let us go to the zoo :-)

There was (kind of meh) lunch at the new Africa event center, which has the best chandeliers.

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And then we pretty much just spent the afternoon wandering the zoo. image image

I didn't get a good picture, but there was an ostrich who was totally trying to pick a fight with a giraffe in the new open Africa exhibit they have. Poor giraffe just wanted to nap, and ostrich kept poking at its face.

We also fed giraffes! (That's coworker, not me.)

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And other coworker got a great shot of one of the tigers.

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Tigers make the weirdest noises... kind of like elephants with the flu. This one was mad at something, probably missing her friend, but she kept letting everyone know about it. Kind of creepy, in a rather cool way.
We had some interesting guests in the office last week, to help us raise interest at a student activities thing. Obviously, nothing else got done that day...

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Penny is an Eastern Fox Snake, and tends to come to most outreach events, because she's actually quite chill and relaxed. Despite the fact that she spent some time trying to find a way to escape her terrarium at first.

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She and Andy, our resident milk snake and lover of hoodie pockets and sleeve openings, eventually settled down though.

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It may have had something to do with how cold it was in the office that day. They ended up cuddling for warmth (not particularly effective when you're a reptile).

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At least until we got them a heater. That, they approved of.

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The awesome thing about a zoo membership is that you can go to the zoo for like an hour, and then run away as soon as people become overwhelming without having "wasted money" on the admission ticket. I like it :-)

It's WildLights season, which is great for holiday spirit, not that great for animal watching. I did get to see some macaws though, and the wolves were rather active (I think it was close to feeding time.)

Columbus Zoo

Though I could have lived without the bison getting feisty. That was a little freaky. Even if it was funny to watch them scare the crap out of the pronghorns in the enclosure.

But really, it was all about the lights. Which were pretty as usual. I like how they sort of color-coded each area with appropriate light colors - North America in blue and white, Asia in reds and oranges. Plus, lakeside light show to Disney tunes (and a hip hop version of "My Favorite Things" - no really).

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Some people go to fancy hotels for work. Or they end up in crappy conference rooms for a few days, barely staying awake.

Me? I get to hang out on a Lake Erie island.

Retreat on the Rock 2014

When this is the view that comes with coffee, you don't care what time it is. Promise.

Retreat on the Rock 2014

Retreat on the Rock 2014

Also, my office owns a castle. Yeah.

Retreat on the Rock 2014

And we do the best teambuilding stuff. Yes, that's a snake.

Retreat on the Rock 2014

Of course, occasionally your co-workers get attacked by crickets.

Retreat on the Rock 2014

But mostly, it's all fun and games. And food. So much food.
In addition to Wool Gathering, my annual tour also includes Yellow Springs, where I wander around Dark Star Books for way too long, spend money on vintage paperbacks (Agatha Christie this year), and pet the cat. That cat has been around for just about forever... or possibly it's a succession of cats, all named the same. Either way, bookstore cat. In a box.

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And of course a trip to Witt. I'm kind of homesick now. But at least I get to see people in a few weeks :-)

At the Wall (2)

That top right corner area? Totally all mine. I lived in that alcove.

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I also lived here. I miss it.

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Yes, I know I owe you France posts. Give it some time. There's a lot of photos to deal with.

Yesterday was my annual pilgrimage to Young's Dairy in Yellow Springs for the Wool Gathering fiber festival. As always, it was lovely. I try to get there when it opens, so the crowds aren't too bad, and the weather was absolutely perfect to spend the day mostly outside.

There were grumbly ducks being herded, as usual.

Wool Gathering 2014

Wool Gathering 2014

There were sheep, one of which I actually got to pet this year. Usually they're a bit more skittish.

Wool Gathering 2014

And llamas being uninterested in everything.

Wool Gathering 2014

And I got ice cream for lunch. Way too much ice cream, in fact. Do not get two scoops of ice cream at Young's. It's impossible to finish.

Wool Gathering 2014

Yes, I did also buy yarn. Less than I expected though, without feeling like I missed out on anything. I like it. The whole "shopping from stash" thing seems to be really good training.
I may have finally lost it.

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Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go knit something with complicated charts. And possibly beads.
I hope you like your present :-)

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Firebird 1d

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Firebird, by Lilia Komosa, nupps replaced with beads (in case anyone's wondering)

Me, I'm off to the pub.
Before it goes away again for what seems like forever. Did I mention it's cold again?

This weekend though, it was glorious. A bit chilly, but sunny, and generally lovely. So I went to the zoo (I love my zoo membership). It's great when it's not summer yet, because so few people are there, and the ones that are tend to be photographers, not screaming children :-)

The reptiles seemed to like the weather - lots of activity going on in those displays.

Columbus Zoo

Of course, this guy was not impressed. He was hanging out, and not moving at all.

Columbus Zoo

The flamingos, on the other hand, were really excited. Must have been feeding time or something.

Columbus Zoo

"Tell me I'm not impressive. Come on, I dare you."

Baby flamingo!

Columbus Zoo

And baby manatee!

Columbus Zoo

And grumpy turtle. I love grumpy turtle. He's so funny.

Columbus Zoo

Wrapping Up

Mar. 7th, 2014 01:55 pm
In the end, Gally isn't really about the famous people for me (though they are a most definite bonus). It's really about the fact that you can stick 3700 people into a hotel, give them cool stuff to do, and most of them will get along splendidly. (Also, the hotel staff is amazing.)

Gallifrey One 2014

Standing in line, you're only ever lonely if you want to be. Otherwise, someone will talk to you. Promise.

Gallifrey One 2014

People will put up random signs and removeable graffiti - last year's Bad Wolf sticky notes were this year's Captain Jack pick-up lines.

Gallifrey One 2014

And of course, ribbons. So many ribbons. Though Paul Cornell wins best ribbon this year.

Gallifrey One 2014

Until next year, sweetie. I've got the ticket sales on my calendars.
I think Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling are my favorite Classic Who companion pair. I love how they're obviously still friends after all these years.

Gallifrey One 2014

Deb Stanish of Verity podcast interviewing Paul Cornell about his book London Falling. A really good book, a really good interview with lots of lovely details about the research behind the book, and overall just a really nice guy, as far as I can tell.

Gallifrey One 2014

Katy Manning and Nicola Bryant have WAY too much fun together. Katy is crazy (seriously, but in a good way), and Nicola is hilarious, so needless to say, my face hurt after that panel from laughing so much.

Gallifrey One 2014

And of course, there were the Sheppards (yes, Morgan and Mark, father and son - how cool is that). I can't tell if I want to hang out with them for family barbecues, or if I'd die from all the friendly snark, but for an hour? Hilarious.

Gallifrey One 2014

I don't know if this story is actually true (because yes, Mark Sheppard lies) (hey, ribbon idea: Rule 1: Mark Sheppard lies), but I love the idea of the DW staff asking Mark when he wanted to come on for the old-man face prosthetics and him going "why don't you just ask my dad?" How perfect is that? :-)

Gallifrey One 2014

Also, I love how Mark does panels: walk on stage with a microphone and go "alright, ask me/us questions." The perfect balance between fan engagement and mercilessly mocking some of them. (To be fair, she asked about shipping. Again. Then Mark made her explain the concept of slash fic to his dad. Priceless.)

Gallifrey One 2014
Too many pictures of well-known names for one post :-) Another reason to love Gally.

Opening panel, all of Radio Free Skaro, interviewers extraordinaire.

Gallifrey One 2014

Paul McGann Has. Not. Aged. Like, at all. Also, he apparently melts into couches. Seriously, I don't think I saw him sit upright on those sofas all weekend. (He also needs to read me things. Like, all the time. Such a lovely voice.)

Gallifrey One 2014

Phil Ford, Jane Espenson, Tom Price. Who really is as funny as you think he would be.

Gallifrey One 2014

Billie Piper was supposed to come for the weekend. Then she wasn't, because flu. Secretly though, she'd already flown to LA and was hiding in a hotel to see if she'd survive said trip. Needless to say, the "Billie Piper is here" announcement was very well received. Even if everyone is now referring to their traditional con crud as Piper Plague.

Gallifrey One 2014

Poor Arthur went out partying with Karen Gillan the night before this interview, and apparently they had a lot of fun - he was so tired, and incredibly loopy. It was awesome. Also, apparently his grandmother has a cardboard cutout of him in her living room. Hilarity ensues.

Gallifrey One 2014

Nice socks, dude.
Because geeks are amazingly creative people.

Brigadier!

Cosplay Awesomeness

This Novice Hame outfit won All The Prizes at the Masquerade. For good reason.

Cosplay Awesomeness

BAMF gun!

Cosplay Awesomeness

Points for tracking down that bright orange suit, and for making it work.

Cosplay Awesomeness

So many Osgoods.

Cosplay Awesomeness

Cute! And creepy! And cute! But creepy! Welcome to Gally...

Cosplay Awesomeness

Ice-skating River, worn by an actual archaeologist. Her ribbon? "Archaeologist. Love a tomb."

Cosplay Awesomeness

On Saturdays, UNIT takes over convention security.

Cosplay Awesomeness

Yes, those are Gallifreyan robes. With embroidery.

Cosplay Awesomeness

More beads. I mean, seriously. How can you not love this.

Cosplay Awesomeness

Moisturise me! (Yes, that's what their ribbon said.)

Cosplay Awesomeness

However, my favorite? These guys. So. Cute.

Cosplay Awesomeness
In case you missed it, the Winter Olympics just ended. I... did not watch them. First, because the whole Sochi/Russia thing is completely fucked up on so many levels. Second, because NBC's coverage is horrible. Third, because NBC wouldn't even let me pay for their coverage if I wanted to - online coverage was only available to people who also have a cable subscription (which is all kinds of stupidly moronic). So: I got my Olympics updates from Twitter and the Daily Show, and instead focused on the Ravelympics Ravellenics (whole other kettle of geese, that).

I decided I was making socks (shocking, I know). One pair, knit mostly at home, features kool-aid dyed yarn, because it was on top of the pile of sock yarn.

I Dreamed of Africa Socks 1

One pair was started at Gallifrey One, because panels in the main room are great for knitting.

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I may complain about OSU a lot, and frankly, there's still lots of things to complain about when your home city seems to revolve around one sports team. But one thing that place does right: Taste of OSU. International students from all over the world cook food from their native countries, and everyone else gets to buy tickets for tasting it.

I've only been twice, but OMG. So. Good.

We started with French and Sri Lankan.

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Moved on to Ukrainian and Polish.

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Then got a big plate of Pilipino, Singaporean, Arabian, Turkish and Iranian.

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And ended the night with Saudi and Armenian.

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And that's not even all the food - Jess had plates too. But that does cover all the countries we tried. Impressively, we only skipped one booth we wanted to try (Somali) because we had run out of food tickets. Next year.

Also, I want these lamps.

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You can't really tell, but the dark swirls are rainbow stones, and the whole thing is just too cool for words.
I'm officially ready to dress for the rest of the week.

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I hope you have a lovely holiday. I'll be around, eating cookies and drinking tea.
The last of the fruitcake, Seattle's Best coffee, Olympus Has Fallen (yes, I have terrible taste in movies).

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It's in front of the art museum, and it's... weird. Even more so than most statues in historical cities.

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Honestly, it felt slightly pornographic to even be taking photos of it. (Not that that stopped me. This thing is too odd not to document.)

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I think this was my favorite random discovery on the way back from the art museum.

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This thing moved. And roared. Also, I love the little girl in front. I still can't tell if she loved it or was about to run away screaming.

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Where was this magic?

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Another thing I was really sad to not have more time for.

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The Rocky steps at the Art Museum. Obviously a mandatory visit :-)

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And yes, that's people running up the steps. Some of them multiple times.

On the way back, I also passed by the Franklin Institute, sadly missing the Pompeii exhibit by two days.

Philadelphia 2013

Philadelphia 2013

Beautiful architecture yet again. I kind of want an apartment in there (you know, once I win the lottery).

Philadelphia 2013

And then there was the time someone decided to build a Masonic temple right next to a church. Only in National Treasure city.

Philadelphia 2013

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