Vynni and Ell. Photo by John Perrault.
Last weekend we finally attended Arisia, a local fan-run con, with adorpheus and Jenny (aka Rufus, who you may remember from a certain post involving Kraken milkshakes). This was its 25th year! We’d heard about it for awhile, but weren’t in a position to go until now.
We stayed at the Renaissance Waterfront Boston Hotel, which was the overflow hotel. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but when we went to get our badges, I confirmed my suspicions that this was going to be a more laid-back con than we were used to. One of the reasons I was really excited to go to Arisia was its inclusivity; among the panel titles were “Fixing Problems of Sexism & Misogyny in Comics”, “Queering Up Canon”, “Transgender Fen”, and “Race and Identity in Fandom”. (I actually ended up missing all of these, but still… they were there, and that rules.)
Someone had pronoun ribbons made that were free for the taking. They even included ze/hir and e/eir. This made me really happy since, as you may know, I’m agender and go by singular “they”.
Since we now run a KAG ship, we signed up for a fan table in hopes of recruiting new members. On Saturday, we donned our Andorian makeup and costumes to man the table.
Lissan (adorpheus) and Vynni enthusiastically recruiting new members.
It was a long day, but we also had a chance to walk around a bit, take some photos, spend too much money in the dealers’ room, and view the art show.
That night, we went back to our hotel room and made quinoa and broccoli in our rice cooker (we are really into bringing appliances to cons) and spent the night in. We added some Cosmic Rainbow Organic Garam Masala we picked up at Auntie Arwen’s Spices in the dealers’ room, which was really good.
On Sunday, we decided to take the T to Cambridge to get lunch and pick up some more groceries. We discovered that Cambridge Naturals had Coconut Bacon, which is unbelievable stuff we hadn’t tried before. I’m determined to make some on my own now.
We initially tried to get ramen (they have rice noodles too!) at Sapporo Ramen, also in Porter Square, but there was a big line and we were ravenous. We ended up going to another of our favorite places, Le’s in Harvard Square. After that, we stopped by Lush, then headed to Central Square to go to Life Alive and Whole Foods. We really like food, OK?
Waffles with chocolate peanut butter, coconut bacon, and maple syrup!
When we returned to our room, adorpheus made waffles with our new Belgian waffle maker and Vynni and I took advantage of the massive bathtub and used our bath bombs from Lush. We had received invitations to an Andorian/Orion Mixer Party back at the con, but we were all pretty comfortable in our room–and not being in costume–at that point, not to mention it was freezing out.
On Monday, we had waffles for breakfast, packed up our mountains of stuff, and left. But not before knocking off the rest of the rum at noon because we couldn’t fit it in our bags:
Photo by adorpheus. No shame.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend with the Gooby squad, but I’m hoping to catch more of the con next time.
Our next adventure is Star Trek Cherry Hill at the end of April! We’re planning something exciting, so make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter!