...and will be here again next week!
So for those of you playing along at home, the second (and final) pilgrimage to the Twilighty holy land is ONE WEEK AWAY! [Insert majorly girly "SQUEEE!!!" noises and the sound of me hyperventilating here.] I still can hardly believe we made this trip the first time, and I'm still in a state of
I've seen lots of excited chatter from people on twitter and in emails wondering what to bring, what to wear, what they'll need - you know, the basic "HFS I can't believe I'm doing this [again] - what am I going to doooooo?!?"
So I thought a little Forks-y 101 primer from someone who I can guarantee is more worried about this whole thing than you might be helpful. That being said, if you leave your toothbrush at home and forget to bring underwear, don't blame me.
No gift shop or concierge. Plan accordingly.
What to bring to Forks:
Your sense of humor.
Any Twilight gear that you want to raffle off.
A back-up liver.
Any clothes that you feel good in.
Bail money if you don't plan on riding the short bus with us.
Any & all anti-frizz hair potions known to mankind (and your hairdryer, if you use one).
Your willingness to try new things and push your boundaries.
Any anti-anxiety meds you have legal access to, should you need them.
All the Twilighty crap that you are too embarrassed to wear in public the other 362 days of the year.
Shoes that can take you from the beach to dance floor to the trails of the Hoh rainforest.
I am not outdoorsy AT ALL but you need to be able to walk here...
What to leave at home:
Your worries - all of them - including but not limited to:
I won't know anyone.
I'm too shy to meet new people.
Nobody will talk to me.
I'm too young/old/fat/skinny/black/white/city/country/unprepared for this shit.
Also? Don't feel like you need to have an entirely new wardrobe that's different than what you wore last year. I can barely remember what I wore yesterday (hell, if I don't look down, I'd be hard-pressed to tell you what I am wearing at this very moment) and I can guarantee that nobody was paying that much attention. I have a semi-burning need to go and get a new coat to wear this year but I keep reminding myself that the coat I wore last year is awesome, has lots of pockets and a hood, and couldn't be more perfect for this trip unless it came with a built-in Robert Pattinson. I can't wait to wear it while I schlep across the street to get coffee and possibly croissants from Mocha Motion. I miss standing in line at that drive-thru coffeemat trailer, sucking in the fumes of the SUV in front of me, waiting to scurry back to the motel with caffeine and breakfast-y goodness.
Another thing? Nobody cares if you are five or ten or twenty pounds skinnier of heavier than you were last year. I keep seeing snippets of conversations where people are strategizing on how to lose a few pounds pre-Forks, and I am here to tell you this: it doesn't matter. Don't mess yourself up over this, ok? Last year I came to Forks after being on the "holy fucking shit my mom died" diet for several weeks, and frankly, I don't recommend it. Be happy, wear what you feel good in, dress up if you want to or don't if that's not your thing. It's all good. I have never, ever known a group of people who just unequivocally find joy in each others company the way this group does, and honestly all you have to do is show up and be willing to have fun, and you will.
So from the old hands who have a whole year of experience to reflect on to the newbies who will be riding this crazy train for the first time, what do YOU think you absolutely positively need to bring (and not bring...) to Twilight mecca???