jcollie719: (Default)
I booked my hotel room yesterday for Furry Fiesta 2018, and booked a room today for the Denver cruise reunion. I will ask a co-worker at KRCC if he can come in at noon on the Saturday and Sunday of the reunion. This way, I'll only need to make up five hours of lost time during the next KRCC membership drive in October. Working an additional 17 hours during the drive will make up for missing work during Furry Fiesta. The Denver hotel only had rooms available for July 7-9. If I'm unable to get a room for an additional day, I will need to find someone else with bed space for Sunday night or check out around 4 AM Sunday since I will be working until the noon check-out time.
jcollie719: (License JCollie719)
"I drive a bucket/This ain't Rolls-Royce shit."

I brought my car to an auto body shop today to get an updated estimate for repairing the car's dents and hail damage. The estimate came out to around $6,500. The employee who did the estimate said the repairs would cost more than the car is worth. He recommended just leaving the car as is. I would like to have all the dents taken out since I'll likely be driving it for at least another 5-10 years and would like it to look nicer.

If I can't find a more flight-friendly case for my fursuit (one with a zipper closure instead of the action packer.) I may either drive to Furry Fiesta next year or arrange a ride with someone else. The trip would be about 50% longer than my 2011 trip to Oklacon.
jcollie719: (JCollie Fursuit Head)
My boss at KRCC tried to contact me during my Toastmasters meeting earlier, looking for additional phone staff for the membership drive's final day.

I just saw an article about a proposed "Hyperloop" train which would serve various cities:
http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Colorado-proposal-among-finalists-for-Hyperloop-system-418587193.html

One of the planned routes would go from Cheyenne, WY to Houston, TX, with stops including Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. I don't know if this route would stop in Dallas/Fort Worth, but there's another route linking DFW with Houston. This would be a nice system (if I'm still alive when it's completed) for traveling to Texas Furry Fiesta.

Just 20 days until my Washington, DC trip, and 124 days until Rocky Mountain Fur Con!
jcollie719: (Turtle Farm)
2016 RESOLUTIONS
1. Singles cruise (yes!)
2. Furry Fiesta and RMFC (yes!)
3. Get a fursuit (yes!)
4. Get (and keep) my weight below 300. (no.)
5. Stick to a schedule for certain duties (taking out the trash, checking the mail, etc.) or just stop putting things off until the last minute. (no.)

It felt very good to finally meet some goals that were financially impossible before. I finally have a collie fursuit, though I still need to arrange for its maker to make an adjustment or two so it fits properly.

This year, I began sessions with a new therapist. I hadn't seen a therapist since my former one retired in 2014. I had a few medical issues, including an infection which caused my lower lip to swell up. I finally asked a doctor about being tested for sleep apnea and now have an APAP machine to help me sleep better.

2017 GOALS
RMFC
Weight below 280
Second vacation (BLFC or DC singles reunion)

The second vacation goal might not be possible if the singles reunion is the same weekend as KRCC's spring membership drive.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
SUNDAY
I forgot to check out the food trucks on Friday and Saturday. I went to the SoCal Tacos truck and got a steak burrito. I put on my kigurumi after lunch and went to "Rhubarb and Cosmik Ruin Everything." I got a Double-Double and "animal style" fries from In-N-Out Burger for dinner. After closing ceremonies, I hung out in the hotel bar for a bit. I needed to wake up early on Monday, so I wasn't able to listen to The Rabbit Hole, Radiolawn or Doggy Radio.

MONDAY
I checked out of the hotel around 7 AM. I refilled my rental car's gas tank before returning the car to the airport. Even though my airline seats were in First Class, the flights only offered drinks and light snacks because each flight was under 2.5 hours. I grabbed breakfast at the Dallas airport, then lunch at the Houston airport. My flight landed in Colorado Springs around 4:30, and I made it home around 5:30.

It's amazing how much Furry Fiesta has grown. When I first went in 2010 (The con's second year,) about 780 people attended. This year's final registration total was 2,820. If I'm able to attend in 2017, I will either fly directly to Dallas on American Airlines or drive to Dallas. I had downloaded a few podcasts to my smartphone, but I didn't pack headphones for listening.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
Having a great time at Furry Fiesta! Here's a brief recap:

FRIDAY
I had an apple and cereal for breakfast, then went grocery shopping for soda, water and my "brunch" (chicken salad croissant.) Fox Amoore and Alexander James Adams played for a bit prior to opening ceremonies. I took a nap around 3 PM. Matthew Ebel's concert happened at 6:00, then Ebel held an after-party in his room. Everyone at the party went down to watch the Bandthro rehearsal, followed by the "Foxes and Peppers" concert.

SATURDAY
TFF's Super Sponsor lunch was at the Studio Movie Grill in Plano, where the group got to see the movie Zootopia. I ordered the Asian salad with chicken for my lunch. The movie definitely lived up to all of the positive reviews I've seen. I fell asleep around dinnertime and missed the evening panels I wanted to attend. Thankfully, Sunday's schedule is fairly barren before noon, so I shouldn't need a nap.

I forgot to pack two items: a belt and envelopes for leaving housekeeping tips.
jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
After one final delay, my flight to Denver took off around 1:15 PM. This cut my layover time to just under 2 hours. That was still more than enough time to get to my connecting flight and grab lunch at an airport deli.

After landing in Dallas, it took longer than expected to get my luggage since one of the baggage claims was jammed. I finally got my luggage and a rental car (Toyota Camry.) I got dinner from In-N-Out Burger and got to the hotel just after 9 PM.
jcollie719: (lunchiesdogangl)

My flight out of Colorado Springs was supposed to depart at 11:19 AM. I received a text from United saying the flight was delayed until 12:38, then another text an hour ago saying it was delayed until 1 PM. I'm glad my connecting flight in Denver doesn't leave until 3:35. I got to the airport around 10 AM and had breakfast.

jcollie719: (American Flag)
My lower lip is still a bit swollen, but it looks much more like a healthy human lip now. The scabs that formed on it over the past few days are gone now. I've switched to bandages to cover the healing part because my skin had an allergic reaction to the gauze.

I'm down to a single digit countdown again: 9 days until I leave for Furry Fiesta! I made a list of a handful of things I need to get either before or during the convention. Convention staff released a preliminary schedule and a list of the food trucks visiting the hotel. The weather will be much nicer this year, with rain on Thursday and maybe Friday.
jcollie719: (Buster Sheep)
PAY for Sunday, February 21st: 8 hours (5 AM-1 PM)

18 days until Furry Fiesta! The fill-in shift I did last Sunday and the extra hours I'll do today will make up for the weekend work I'll miss while at Furry Fiesta. The announcer who does the 9 AM shift came down with a cold and asked if I could fill in for her today. I might miss at least part of the Funday Pawpet Show since I was unable to fall asleep after my Saturday shift.

Gave you many chances to make change
The only thing you changed was love to hate.

Since one of my Toastmasters speeches involves researching a specific topic, I thought about making a speech about writer's block since I seem to have one. I haven't given a regular speech since 2011 mainly due to stress about my finances and inability to find full-time work. Researching writer's block will not only give me a speech subject, but maybe also a cure for my own symptoms.
jcollie719: (Hot Air Balloons)
The temperature in Colorado Springs actually reached 71 degrees today. The rest of this week will be in the 60s, then drop into the 40s next week. Last year around this date, I was at Furry Fiesta in Dallas and surprised by a snowstorm. According to the extended forecast, Colorado Springs might get some snow on the days before I fly to Dallas next month; there might be rain in Dallas that weekend. The food trucks will return for the convention, and I also got a few recommendations for restaurants near the hotel.
jcollie719: (I Ruff You)

Twenty-something days until Furry Fiesta! (It's late, sorry.)  EDIT: 25.

I got an e-mail from the Furry Fiesta staff saying this year's Super Sponsor lunch will be at a theater showing the new movie Zootopia. There are furry meetups scheduled in Colorado Springs and Denver on the opening weekend, but those are on Saturday when I work.

PAY for Sunday, February 14th: 10 hours (5-9 AM and 1-7 PM.)

(4:58 PM) I was originally supposed to fill in until 5 PM, but the employee called and asked me if I could stay until 7.

jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
I shoveled the 6-10 inches of snow off of my car and parking space so I could drive to pick up my medication. A bit more snow is expected overnight, less than an inch.

The room block for this year's RMFC will open on Sunday. I may get a room with two beds since my fursuit will (hopefully) be finished by then and I could have a handler/friend share the room with me.

Only 34 days until Furry Fiesta!
jcollie719: (Craig Ferguson Ooooo)
57 days until Furry Fiesta, and 170 days until my singles cruise!

I finally went to get blood drawn this morning to test my Vitamin D level. I couldn't find an available space in the hospital's parking garage, so I parked in the surface lot next to the garage. I went into the main hospital building to discover the blood lab had moved to a nearby building. After having to fast overnight for the blood test, even crappy microwave food tastes wonderful.
jcollie719: (Default)
91 days until Furry Fiesta, and
204 days until the singles cruise in Grenada!

My puppet family will increase by at least one this month. I found one of the old "blond" ferrets for sale on eBay, which should be shipped this weekend. I sent an Amazon.com Christmas "wish list" to my Dad, including a couple more Folkmanis puppets, a handheld blender and "Weird Al" Yankovic's new book.
jcollie719: (Birthday Cake)
I'm taking advantage of the slightly-warmer weather this week to do some of the things I've been putting off. I finally got my car's oil changed this afternoon. I'll get a haircut and renew my passport either Wednesday or Thursday. The passport expires next week, and I'd like to have a photo without Doc Brown hair.

100 days until Furry Fiesta!
jcollie719: (Luigi)
I used a couple of small phone books to elevate the head of my bed this morning. I recorded my sleep and found that my snoring is even softer. I was awakened after 2-3 hours by the Monday morning leaf blowers, but I feel awake and relaxed instead of groggy and grumpy.

129 days until Furry Fiesta!

I made a pot of chicken noodle soup using one of the World Market soup mixes. Later today, I'll get some of the additional ingredients for the other mixes.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
FoxTrot will happen Saturday night after taking August off for RMFC. I received word that FoxTrot would move to another venue after this one. The Aqua Lounge has been good, but it's been getting more and more crowded with the meet's increased attendance. According to Google Maps, the driving time to the new club (Hamburger Mary's) is roughly the same from Colorado Springs. The only downside for the next two or three meets is possibly driving on icy roads.

160 days until Furry Fiesta 2016!
jcollie719: (Dave Ham Lamp)
Rocky Mountain Fur Con (which has a game show theme this year) just gave me a "zonk."  Last year, I met with a Denver fur who planned to do a furry version of "The Price Is Right" this year.  I hadn't heard from him since the initial meeting, so I contacted him this morning to find the plan was scrapped.

I was finally able to book a hotel room for next year's Furry Fiesta.  I've already registered for the con and booked the flights.
jcollie719: (Collie Puppet)
I just registered for Furry Fiesta 2016.  I tried to book a hotel room online, but the system wouldn't let me use my credit card since it currently expires 3-4 months before the con.  I'll call the hotel tomorrow morning to see if I can book or prepay another way.

KRCC's after-drive party was held last Friday at a co-worker's house.  The host said several people canceled their RSVPs at the last moment, but a dozen or so employees showed up.  I brought a homemade black bean dish which got many compliments.  Most of the guests brought the leftover beers home with them since there was so much of it.  I took home a six-pack of various bottled beers and a slightly-depleted 30-can pack of Pabst.

While putting the Pabst in my fridge, I found a wrapped piece of chocolate Kahlua cake from a couple of weeks ago.

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