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Getting a last minute ticket to Maze Runner

First let me start off by saying, for whatever reason I just can’t get my life under control these days. Texas Travel girl is down and out, can’t get it back up and running, and I just can’t get caught up on here with my posts.

I of course blame my cubicle.

Anyway, I am about to go out of town a lot in September, so needless to say if I don’t get caught up soon… well I am going to be in a mess 😉

Anyway, while I was at SDCC, I stayed on twitter as much as possible, so when I saw the opportunity to get into the Nerd HQ Maze Runner panel I retweeted what they asked me to.

Within 30 minutes I found out I won.

Now when it comes to the movie, I didn’t really know much about who was cast in it, but I do know the book, and know that I love the book. In fact follow the author on twitter, because I enjoy his books & tweets for the #DashnerArmy.

So when I found out I won,  I was pretty excited.

However I was not nearly as excited as the young girls that actually bought the tickets.

It took me straight back to high school, when all my classmates were obsessed with Leo. Except these girls were obsessed with…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Dylan O’Brien… Let me start of by saying I have NO CLUE who this kid is… but believe me the 150 plus girls in here did and thanks to that I felt old. Since I have turned 30 I have never felt old, until I went to this panel.

Sure he is cute… but I am 30… and I don’t even know if he is of legal age… so I am not going any further than that. I will let the teen girl in your life tell you about him.  I promise she knows who he is.

The panel was great, and I feel in love with the Nerd HQ atmosphere. The panel was pretty much Q&A and conversational. If I go back to SDCC next year, I know I will buy more Nerd HQ tickets. The atmosphere is refreshing from the chaotic wonderful mess that is SDCC plus the money goes to a great cause.  Win Win.


As a fan of the book, I was very interested in hearing and possibly seeing the Grievers. For the record we didn’t see them because I am pretty sure they girls just wanted to hear about Dylan, but hey I was a teenage girl once, and I just went with the flow.

However, at the end of the panel  the cast left, then came back and showed us a very raw and uncut footage of the film.

and let me just say… it looks AMAZING, and that was the raw uncut footage.  I can’t imagine what editing will do.

I know what I will be doing on Valentine’s Day.

Also I do want to share, that while I was in the AC watching this panel, my parents & little brother snagged passes to see Escape, the world Premier film that stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

My family waiting to get into the theater
My family waiting to get into the theater

So not only did this panel make me feel old as hell, I missed a chance to be up close with two amazing action stars but that is the nature of the choosing at SDCC a choice will make you miss out on something else awesome.

Note: the panel pictures are not great, because for some odd reason I could not get the ISO to work on my camera properly… so just pretend they are some amazing award winning pictures that being said, don’t worry ladies… The pictures are very yummy from the the Joe Manganiello panel. 😉 Now him… yeah I felt very much young at heart… Stay Tuned.

Meeting the cast of the Vikings at SDCC 13

I have been back from San Diego Comic Con for almost a month now, and I am just now able to share my experiences with everyone.

In one word, Con was AWESOME.

I had so much fun, but by time Sunday rolled around I was exhausted.

About a week after con, I went through my photos and I quickly realized why I was so tired, I was nonstop, from the moment I stepped off the plane to the moment I got back on the plane.

I have lots of funny experiences I want to share with you, starting with my favorite.

Meeting the cast of Vikings.

Let me start off by saying, it is no secret if you know me personally that I firmly believe te Norwegians are my people and I really think somewhere along my ancestry, a Viking man got with a Roman woman and then BAM eventually I was made. (I have grey eyes and a Roman foot afterall!)


So when the history channel announced their new series Vikings, I knew one hour of my week would be committed to a relationship with this show.

What I didn’t expect is to love this brutal brutal show.

So long story short, when I got to con and realized Vikings had an entire set up outside the convention, I was beyond estatic.

I didn’t take part in the boat races (I couldn’t find a SINGLE person willing to team up with me! slackers) but I did learn that Friday morning, the cast was going to have a signing at 11am.

I didn’t have tickets for con on Friday, which meant I had time to explore, so Friday morning at 8:56 am I lined up. The line was split in 2, the first line for Ragnar, Siggy & Rollo, and the second for Floki, Lagertha & Athelstan. As I am deeply drawn to Ragnar (and more importantly my mother loves Ragnar, it was a no brainer which line I would get in!)


They handed out comic books to get signed, and as I agreed to give my mom the signed comic book (You better leave it your will to me mom!)I didn’t care as I was the one that was going to meet the cast. (she had con tickets, but would later admit she regretted not joining me)

Honestly I think con has gotten too big and at times it is annoying, but no matter how big it is, sitting and talking with other fans that share the same Fandom as you is energizing.

After waiting just over 2 hours it was time to meet the cast.


For my mother...
For my mother…

The cast allowed pictures, which is rare especially when they have such time frames to meet as many as possible.

Ok so let’s talk meeting the cast, the first round of meet and greets, I can’t even tell you what happened. As I was completely mesmerized by Travis Fimmel, he plays Ragnar… and yes his eyes are that BEAUTIFUL in person.


Jessalyn Gilsig was beautiful, and so sweet. (yes sometimes I forget that the stars are people too, and quite often they are nice)

Clive Standen was hot. I couldn’t really speak to him, even though he was super nice!

Ok so after I made it through this line, I knew I had about 30 minutes to make it through the other line. I had to get all 6 signatures for my mother.

Why you ask? My mother once sacrificed her wrist band for the Chuck signing and gave it to me so I could meet the cast, I had to do this for her!

While I was in line, I noticed the cast started coming out and meeting with the fans, not sitting behind the table, this was even after the announcer said no more photos, to help speed the line up.

Let’s just say the cast wasn’t having it. They still took pictures, asked people to tweet the pictures to them…. I have never seen anything like it.

See in front of the table with the fans!
See in front of the table with the fans!

So when it was my time to meet up with the other three cast members I was shocked at how much time was spent with them. This is the first time I felt like the cast was very excited to meet their fans, not just making an appearance because the studio said so.

Katheryn Winnick, asked someone to take a picture of all the girls in the line, so about 6 of us posed for a picture with her. I have no clue where that picture is, but I would LOVE a copy!

and let me just say Katheryn Winnick is STUNNING, her make up artist is amazing at making her look like a warrior, because in person she is stunning.

In the end not only did I get all 6 signatures for my mother, I realized that I am very excited for season 2 of Vikings, especially after meeting a cast that are not only amazing actors, but amazing people.

Mississippi Welcome Center

Recently I road tripped to Florida with my family, and once we made it to Mississippi it was time for a quick stop, so we of course stopped at the Mississippi Travel Center.


We didn’t stay long because we really needed to make it to Alabama before stopping, but needless to say this might have been one of the most beautiful Welcome Centers I have visited, and I have visited a lot of Welcome Centers.  This welcome center had a very old feel to it, and it made me feel like I was touring the country in the 20s.  (at least for a moment, plus I am pretty proud of how my photos came out!)

The backdrop  of the center is the Mississippi River and while it is not the prettiest river, it was pretty photogenic with the sunset



I wasn’t able to go inside and see what all Mississippi has to offer, but I did snap a few quick pics of the bridges & river.  This was needless to say a VERY quick stop, we had a lot of road to travel to be where we needed to be by the next day.

Needless to say I was in love and if I had time I could have spent some time here.MIS 9


Until Next Time


Long Lost Friends Week

Ok it is time to give you my Disney warning. In the next couple of weeks, I am about to slap you with a lot of Disney, and I do mean a LOT of Disney.

So those of you that hate Disney I am sorry, but I spent a lot of time there at the beginning of the year, and I did a lot of new things that I MUST share, because well I love all things Disney. 🙂

So you have been warned. 🙂

Disney announced their “Limited Time Magic” Campaign this year, which means Disney plans on surprising guest with “limited time Magical surprises” throughout 2013.

So when long lost friends week was announced I was beyond excited, it is absolutely no secret that my favorite thing at Disney is to hunt down characters and take pictures with them, and the characters involved in this week are rare or retired.

So pretty much, when I found out that I was going to be able to take pictures with the characters from Robin Hood, I am pretty sure I squealed with delight.

Yes I know, I am 30… let’s move on.

I was able to meet lots of new characters including, Big Bad Wolf, Clarabelle Cow, Friar Tuck, Geppetto, Horace Horsecollar, Jiminy Cricket, Ludwig Von Drake, Pinocchio, Prince John, Robin Hood, Scrooge McDuck, Sheriff of Nottingham & Three Little Pigs

In short it was amazing.


Here are the pictures from those visits, who is your favorite Disney Character?

Clarabelle was sick :( so I just got to flirt with Horace
Clarabelle was sick 🙁 so I just got to flirt with Horace
The Three Little Pigs were beyond playful
The Three Little Pigs were beyond playful
Horace made me blush by giving me kisses
Horace made me blush by giving me kisses
Oh poor King John
Oh poor Prince John
Beyond excited about Robin Hood
Beyond excited about Robin Hood
Robin Hood!
Robin Hood!

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