Santa Con 2018

I’ve decided, as I do every year, to get a new costume for Santa Con 2018.

I’ve been a Santa babe, Mrs. Claus, and The Grinch.

This year I’m going to be a reindeer.

I have a pair of reindeer leggings that would be PERFECT for just such an occasion.

Honestly, when ELSE can you wear REINDEER leggings, if not to a Santa Con?

I have reindeer antlers, which I MIGHT just decorate with LED string lights (it all depends if I can find the lights).

And I have a nice long red reindeer sweater, which I think is sufficiently festive for the occasion.

The thing about it is, as much as I like the idea of being a reindeer, I’m not exactly “authentic” for Santa Con.

The purists would say dress up like Santa or stay home.

But my interpretation is much looser and I believe that a pseudo-reindeer is an appropriate outfit for this Santa Con.

Just to make it more believable, and to FULLY COMMIT to the costume, I’ve been searching for a deer makeup tutorial I can use to make myself LOOK LIKE A DEER.

Ha ha, I know!

But there are deer makeup tutorials out there and this is the one I like:

So there you have it – my FOURTH SANTA CON and my FOURTH CHRISTMAS COSTUME.

Hope you like it!

I’ll take a bunch of pictures!

Santa Con

It’s Santa Con time and I’m totally EXCITED!

What could be better than dressing up like Santa Claus, or putting on another festive costume, and going from bar to bar, sipping on libations?

Nothing, I tell you!

How I managed to make it through 42 years of my life without knowing about Santa Cons I will never know.

I only learned about Santa Con through the burners.

They are always up for a good dress up party!

Here I am at my first Santa Con in 2015:

It was (I think) the first annual Cupertino Santa Con.

We started at the W XYZ bar and made our way through Whole Foods’ Beer Garden where they fed us tasty free food, before landing at the Blue Pheasant for dancing.

Since then I’ve done NUMEROUS Santa Cons.

Campbell is my favorite because all the bars are so close together and the company is EXTRAORDINARY.

In 2016, I went as the Grinch, just to be green, instead of red, and I talked Barbara into going as well.

But last year was the best.

In part because I spontaneously ran into old high school friends of mine, and in part because I loved my Santa Claus-ette costume:

What you have to remember is that there are anywhere from 20 – 50 of us, all dressed up and ready for fun.

We walk around from bar to bar and it’s not so crowded that we can’t manage to grab a drink before we progress on to the next bar.

It’s so festive and really puts me in the holiday spirit.

The only Santa Con I haven’t done is the San Francisco Santa Con.

There’s A LOT of people who participate in that and I’ve heard it’s impossible to get a drink.

Every year I think I might go, and every year I chicken out.

However, I should rethink my stance on the SF Santa Con because there’s even a Santa Con train that take people from the South Bay to the City for Santa Con and you can drink and carouse with your friends on the train.

So. . . .

Costume SEASON!

I do declare that costume season has begun!

And look how excited I am about it. . .

First, I get to dress up in my Thanksgiving Pilgrim costume and crawl through the streets of Mountain View imbibing questionable amounts of alcoholic beverages.

Then I get to wear my Santa Con Santa outfit for the South Bay Santa Con!

Ditto with the street crawling and questionable amounts of alcoholic beverages.

Finally, there’s STAR WARS!

Yes folks, I’m going to see Star Wars IN COSTUME.

Princess Leia, to be exact.

Last time I wore the outfit I got stopped and people asked to take pictures with me.

It was quite fun!

And of course, Bay Boy’s birthday party is coming up and that’s always a good opportunity to get creative and wear something outrageous.

Can’t wait for the festivities to begin!

Putting the ‘ho’ in holidays!

Not one but TWO Santa Cons last week means not one but TWO costumes.

Instead of wearing my tutu and marabou trimmed red corset that I wore last year, I opted to get two new holiday costumes to wear.

Naturally!

For my first ensemble, I’m wearing a Grinch onesie with Grinch slippers.

Oh, you’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!

How I LOVE Dr. Seuss!

grinchThen, for the next Santa Con, I’m getting dressed in a velvet Santa dress complete with fishnet stockings and knee high black boots.

Ah, the fun I will have in this costume!

santaI know, I know.

My poor liver will be PICKLED after two back-to-back Santa Cons but I can’t help myself. I just LOVE the holidays.

And this year Barbara will be coming with me to one of the Santa Cons so there’s extra fun built in right there!

Ho, ho, ho!

Merry Christmas!

Open Season

It’s dating season.

At least that’s what all the online dating sites are saying.

It’s their busiest time of the year.

And I’d be busy dating too…

…except that all my weekends and evenings are being taken up with burner activities.

And I’m perfectly happy this way.

Actually, I have WAY MORE FUN at burner events than I do going on carbon copy dates with questionable men.

Still, if I don’t want to be single FOREVER I guess I need to put myself out there more and actually respond to the men who email me and go out on dates with them.

The latest guy is a tall, handsome, bald vegetarian who lives in the East Bay and has a SUPER CUTE pet pit bull.

You know that having a dog makes a man sexier, right?

Maybe I can take him to a burner event. See if he can hang with my friends and acquaintances.

But I’m sensing there will be a BIG BACON CONFLICT.

I once remarked that the quality of your life isn’t dependent on the money you have, the car you drive, or the job you work at. It’s about the quality of the relationships you’ve established.

And I, my dears, have got that in SPADES!

It kind of kicks dating to the back burner.

Who wants to go to another dinner at Opa in downtown Los Gatos and drink another $500 bottle of Malbec when there’s a Santa Con costume pub crawl?

Just asking…