Or maybe it was because I just miss this and it makes me so sad I just want to close my eyes.
In a nutshell, our Forks 2011 adventure was amazing once again. I'm not going to lie... this trip was an assload of work compared to the first time around. With the closing of the Twilight Lounge and The Lodge, we were saddled with the task of finding a location and someone in town who could provide some food. Not an easy task, but JJ and STY hit it out of the park (with just a wee bit of help from me). It was a challenge -- think three brides trying to plan the same wedding -- but we pulled it off and I think (and hope) everyone had a great time. I know I did!
I would like to take this opportunity to give a huge thanks (on behalf of all of us) to the decorating committee who volunteered their time and Twilighty stuff to transform the Elks Lodge into an Cullen-y oasis. This room went from drab and boring to Twilight-esque in a matter of hours. We were so worried about the glaring fluorescent lights in this room, but with a million strands of white Christmas lights, our bad lighting concerns were quelled. The eleventy billion posters covered colorless walls. And the tables were adorable with the red, black and white table coverings and various accessories, plus balloons that Myg spent hours blowing up BOTH NIGHTS because regular balloons don't last.
My pictures just can't do this justice -- but you get the idea.
Red Bella made this amazing banner for us. Among other amazing stuff!
Did I mention it was amazing???
Did I mention it was amazing???
Everyone was crazy about the raffle items...and stood at attention awaiting their number to be called. Or they sat in the back tweeting porn and nearly missed out on their prize. (I'm looking at you @donnersun!!)
There was this one poster that we all coveted. None of us had seen it before. I literally wanted to climb up the ladder and dry hump that thing all night. I was mesmerized by it the entire weekend. There's just nothing better than Twilight-Edward.
I mean seriously... how have I never seen this before? We were all plotting how we could get our grubby paws on it after the party was over.
We also can't forget all those Twitards who pitched in and helped us clean up. That was the part we were least looking forward to... It's always fun making the room look pretty, but cleaning up sucks ass. I couldn't believe it -- we were like a tornado of cleaning. Everybody was so amazing. By midnight on Saturday, it was almost like we never existed. I can't thank everyone who pitched in enough for all they did to help!
And last, but certainly not least, we would like to thank everyone who donated items for the raffle on Saturday night. We were thinking we'd have a handful of stuff to hand out -- not the case! This group is so freaking generous it makes me teary. We had oodles of swag to give away and it took forever. I mean, it took so long that we almost didn't get it all done. Did we mention that Red Bella made us dozens of RPattz pillowcases? Both standard and body-pillow size??? Holy fuck where those things awesome!
Lindsay Rae thought her Beardy Rob pillowcase was delicious! I did too.
Ok, one more note before I go. If you don't know @Rottymama you are missing out. This woman has a heart of gold so big, I'm surprised it fits in her chest. She crafted the centerpieces for the tables at the Elks Lodge with pieces all relating somehow to Twilight and arranged it all in baskets. And they all came out so cute! (Totally bummed I don't have a picture.) She sold raffle tickets for each one and at the end of the second night, she had raised over $400 that went to get Christmas gifts for the underprivileged kids in Forks and the local tribes. So cool.
This weekend in Forks once again reinforces what I already know: Twitards are fucking awesome and thoughtful and amazing and fun and crazy and lots of other adjectives I can't think of right now because I'm half brain dead. I love you all!!
This is my squinty sad face at Ruby Beach on our way back to Seattle... *sniff*