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02 April 2008 @ 05:43 pm
Breakfast, anyone?  
So, did I mention that on Sunday I met Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki? Did I?!

Oh, right! YES. I guess I did mention that. Maybe once or twice. And I think some of you are probably waiting for some pictures of the pretty that is J2 so I'm just going to get right down to business with that. I do plan on giving a review for the whole day but since it's going to be super image heavy, I'm doing it in two parts. Maybe three, if it becomes necessary. But here we go with the first part!



Does it go without saying that come Sunday morning I was freaking out? I think it probably should. The moment that I woke up I had a serious case of broad-winged butterflies in my stomach and it just got worse and worse as the time for the breakfast neared. Obviously I was really, really excited to see the boys but I was so nervous. Still, Rachel and I managed to do our primping in a timely fashion, getting up at 4:30 and being ready to go downstairs to get in line for breakfast by 6:30. A little before, actually, and it was probably a good thing because by the time we showed up a line was already starting to form.

The people from Creation made a point of telling us all the previous day that the Marriott wouldn't be allowing people to camp out outside of the room where the breakfast was being held over night like they apparently did at the convention in Chicago and said that we weren't allowed to line up until 7:00. But like Rachel and I, plenty of people had the idea to be there before 7, just to be safe. I think when we got in line we had thirteen (I tried to count as best I could) people in front of us and thank God we got there when we did! By 6:45 the line started accumulating more people and by 7:00 the line was the whole way down the hall. As it turned out, we were more than fine having the position in line that we did because there really wasn't a bad seat in the whole room as far as I could tell but I was super pleased to be at one of the front three tables so that there was nothing between us and the little stage where the guys were when they got there. Which, by the way, didn't happen until almost 9:00, regardless of the fact that the breakfast technically started at 8:00.

Because of that I probably should have been able to calmly enjoy a nice meal but...hell no. I was a wreck, guys! I'm almost embarrassed to admit how anxious I was about being in the same room with Jared and Jensen, let alone meeting them and taking pictures with them, etc. So while everyone else indulged in the yummy buffet spread (eggs, potatoes, bacon, danishes and muffins, fruit, and all kinds of other things that looked really fabulous) I ate a few pieces of fruit from Rachel's plate. That is, I had two pieces of pineapple, two strawberries and a piece of watermelon and it's a wonder I could even stomach that. I just kept looking at the clock on my phone and fidgeting around in my chair and checking and re-checking the settings on my camera and...ugh, I could have really used a Valium or something. I was anticipating the guys' arrival so much that when they actually got there it totally took me off guard. We were waiting and waiting and waiting some more and then suddenly there they were, coming through the little door behind the stage and I swear to God, I cannot describe the impact of seeing them in person in a way more accurate than saying that it's a little bit like being punched in the stomach. I literally lost my breath for a moment or two and my hands were shaking so badly that it's a wonder my pictures didn't turn out all blurry *headdesk*

No lie, my friends, those boys are even more amazing in real life than they are on TV or in pictures. You would almost expect it to be the other way around since there was no carefully aimed lights or airbrushing or make-up to make them look perfect but...they still did. I think when I texted sarah_p to report not long after the guys arrived, I said that Jensen looks like a Greek god but OMG, HE DOES. I'm not exaggerating! How freaking amazingly gorgeous he is doesn't even begin to translate to pictures and I'm now convinced that you have to see him in person to even remotely grasp how profoundly attractive he is.

Of course, Jared was incredibly good looking in person, too, but I think he looked a lot more like I expected him to. If that...makes sense. The first thing I registered about him was, obviously, how goddamn tall he is. HE IS JUST SO BIG. So big and so smiley and just...guh with the hair. He was wearing a beanie but I could tell that he'd cut his hair a bit and I was totally geeking out over the little wings that stuck out by his ears and I probably would have paid good money to touch his hair. Forreal.

Oddly enough, while I first noticed how tall Jared is, the first thing that I noticed about Jensen other than how fucking beautiful he is was that he was wearing that t-shirt under his oxford that he wore under the blue plaid western-style shirt that he wore for his photoshoot in Sydney. How bad is it that I noticed that?! Especially when there were more pressing issues when it comes to his appearance (like how perfectly coifed his hair was and how tan his white shirt made him look and how he was all stubbly and delicious) for me to hone in on! But, yeah, I did. And I checked when I got home to make sure I wasn't imagining it and I was right :D Also, I know it's been mentioned before that Jared said he stole the shirt he was wearing from wardrobe, but I just still think that's the coolest thing ever simply because it's the shirt that he was wearing in the photo that Rachel had him sign later. Heee.

Honestly, though, they were just so amazing. THEY WERE. And as horribly nervous as I was before they arrived and just after, I calmed down considerably after a couple of minutes. I think it was just the nerves that had me going crazy with anxiety but the boys totally put me (and everyone else, I'd venture to guess) entirely at ease. They were there with us for about a half an hour or maybe a little longer but in that amount of time it became so incredibly obvious that no one is exaggerating when they talk about how wonderful they are. They're both so entertaining individually and when you put them together it's like stand-up comedy. They're effortlessly funny and so incredibly engaging even while speaking to a room full of people. They managed to make it seem so personal right over top of all the crowd noise and the constant flashing of cameras and I really admire them for that ease. Particularly Jensen, considering that we all know him as being a lot less naturally outgoing than Jared. And, guys, he's hilarious. The impressions and goofy voices he does just make me love him even more. And Jared is 100% as dorkily fantastic as you'd expect ;D

I really wish the breakfast could have lasted longer because it was hands-down the best part of the day for me. A lot more intimate than the Q&A panel and not nearly as rushed or nerve-racking than the photo ops and autograph signings. It was thirty-something minutes of J2 bliss and if you get to see any of the tons of videos popping up all over the place of them during that part of the day...well, their awesomeness just isn't even adequately rendered that way. I love them so much, ya'll. It's not even right.

So, um, then the breakfast was over and the nerves were baaaaack. Because it was straight to the MILE-LONG LINE for the photo op with Jensen. I was kind of flipping out again but I don't think anyone but Rachel really was aware of that. My palms were all sweaty and cold and all I could think the entire time we were inching our way up the line was that I really hoped Jensen didn't want to shake my hand. It would have been a nice gesture and all but I didn't need to sweat all over him. And once we were finally in the part of the line that was actually in the room where the photo ops were happening and we could see him I apparently took my nerves out on Rachel. Hee. She told me that at one point I smacked her and told her that she had to let me stand on the left (why, I'm not even entirely sure) and she had to yell at me to calm down. Which I did. SOMEHOW. Which is a good thing since by the time we were at the front of the line and we were standing approximately four feet away from where Jensen was sitting on a stool, I could have seriously lost my shit.

When the girl in line in front of us walked away from the backdrop that was set up for the photos and Jensen looked up at us and smiled and told us to "come on over, ladies" my heart was pretty much beating a mile a minute but I think I was on autopilot because I somehow ended up standing beside him and smiling at the camera and I don't even really remember it. What I do remember was that it was my personal goal to see if he smelled as good as he looked like he smelled (at breakfast I was very cognizant of the fact that he looked as though he should smell AMAZING) so, standing at his side, I managed to lean in just enough to take a little whiff and, uh, yeah. I was right. Whatever it was that he was wearing - cologne or aftershave - was fantastic. This really light, masculine, musky scent that made me just want to be entirely inappropriate and rub myself all over him. HEH. I refrained, of course. And it wasn't even until after the picture was over and we thanked him and he thanked us back and we were walking away that I was like, "WHAT THE FUCK, JENSEN. WHY DIDN'T YOU PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND US!!!"

I was kind of disappointed. Because, swear to God, he put his arm around like, everyone and then in our picture he ended up sitting there with his hands hanging between his legs like dead fish. -_- Nice going, Ackles. It's a good thing he's so damn hot that I can't be pissed. Well, it's a good thing that he's hot and that he also totally made up for it during our J2 sandwich shot. But, really, I don't think he made the conscious decision not to put his arms around us but instead that it sort of just happened that way since we flanked him in the photo and they pictures are so hurried. He was still really nice and pleasant so it's not like he was being all stand-offish. I hear he was even giving out hugs upon request. I know, right? sarah_p got one. I would have been too freaked out to ask.

So, here we are. We've deduced that Jensen looks like he's a 5-year-old boy who is nervous around girls but it's not a bad picture. I can deal because his little boyish smirk is so cute. Even if we didn't get one of his giant smiles of the day.

So, from Jensen's photo op line, we moved directly into the J2 photo op line and that was the one we waited in for the longest because we had to wait for Jensen to finish up his solo shots and then they gave him a little break before he and Jared came in again for their combo shots. And, really, I was perfectly at ease then. I wasn't as horribly nervous to meet Jared as I was to meet Jensen and since we'd already gotten through Jensen's photo, I was just really excited! I really enjoyed it when we were in the room and got to see the boys taking pictures with other fans because they were so willing to be campy and silly and totally mug for the camera. They posed with feather boas and a model Impala and other various props and even did some muscle-flexing bodybuilder poses with a few girls and they looked like they were having a genuinely good time. Of course, Rachel and I were just happy to stand between the two of them and try to smile pretty while we were both dying inside. Trust. Standing between those two is fantastic and intimidating. They are soooo tall. Or we're really short. Hence this being the conversation that we had during our photo op:

Jensen: Ladies!
Jared: Come on down. *Gesturing* It's a sandwich!
Jensen: It's a twofer!
Me: *Walking up between Rachel and Jensen--who promptly puts his arm around me and tugs me up against his side* Wow, we're so short.
Jensen: *Putting his giant palm between my shoulderblades and looking down at me so I can't even concentrate* You really are short!

And then we all smiled for the picture and I don't know what happened on Rachel's end with Jared, but Jensen rubbed my back (it was not a pat, guys, it was a rub that lasted for several seconds while I was still standing beside him) and smiled down at me when I thanked him profusely. Actually, I said "Thank you so much, guys" so I really directed it at the both of them but I was too busy staring up into Jensen's alarmingly gorgeous Huge Green Eyes so it kind of ended up being directed at him and he gave me this big smile as I went to walk away and said, "No, thank you for coming out--we really appreciate it."

And it's a wonder I didn't trip over anything on my way back out of the room because I was in a happy daze. To say the least. And every time I look at the picture that we got back it makes me squeal like the fangirl that I am.



Then it was our third photo up with Jared. Which I was like, really super excited about because I didn't get to really interact with him during the combo shot since Rachel stood beside him. And, seriously, he just wins all. No one has ever lied when they make comments about how he's just a huge teddy bear. He was sitting down on a stool like Jensen had been for his individual shots so his size wasn't as intimidating as I'm sure it would have been had he still been standing but, yeah, Rachel pretty much took control of that situation. She walked up to him ahead of me and I think she told him something along the lines of, "I've been waiting for this all day" in true fangirl fashion and he said, "Well, then, get in here!" And then he promptly threw his arms around both of us and pulled us so solidly against his sides that we were actually leaning across his lap.

For the whole five seconds that it took to take the photo, I have to say that I noted that 1) Jared smells incredibly good, too. But he had a much more spicy sort of fragrance than Jensen did and 2) I could have died happy after having his arm around me. He makes you feel so secure and...I don't know, loved. That sounds so silly since he didn't even know us but that's just the truth. It's like he's so happy to just cozy up to you and let you bask in his amazingness and he truly warmed my heart then and multiple times thereafter.

Yes. The Jared photo is our undisputed favorite of the weekend!



So after that the photo ops were over and it was Q&A time! Which was so freakin' much fun and highly photographed so I'll get to that and hopefully the autograph signings and other such events in the second half of my review of Sunday. Yay!
 
 
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oh these heroes come and go;micheleeeex on April 2nd, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME.

I'M INSANELY JEALOUS, BUT THAT'S OKAY!

Jensen rubbed your back...I would BE LIKE OMG and just squish him really hard. LMAO

Jared's picture and the ''sandwich'' picture came out good. :) JENSEN TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE PUT HIS ARM AROUND YOU GUYS IN THAT FIRST PHOTO OP!
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
JENSEN TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE PUT HIS ARM AROUND YOU GUYS IN THAT FIRST PHOTO OP!

I know, right?! I think he just didn't really have the time to think about putting his arms around the both of us once we settled in beside him because he definitely put his arm around almost everyone else that took a picture with him as far as I could tell. OH WELL! At least I got his arm around me in the J2 shot ;)
(no subject) - micheleeeex on April 3rd, 2008 12:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Gosh, I look at the pictures and I can hardly believe they're real! Hee. I feel so totally lucky!
Panda: cutiefurry1 on April 3rd, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Yay I'm first! lol..I wasn't stalking you LJ really ;)

*thud*

You just killed me with those pictures! looks like you have the time of your life :)

Thank you so much for sharing sweetie, also I want to ask your permision to post them at JRAUnlimited, of course we will give you all the credit and I will tag them with your name. :D

Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! I mean, I'm glad people are enjoying the pictures but, obviously, I'm also enjoying the bragging rights. Heh! The whole convention was just totally awesome and I'm still so excited that I got to go.

And you can definitely post the pictures! Absolutely! :D I was pretty pleased about how they came out so I'm happy to share.
(no subject) - furry1 on April 3rd, 2008 02:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - xxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 02:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - furry1 on April 3rd, 2008 02:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
Kellie: Jared - wee!kelzies on April 3rd, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
SO AWESOME!! The pics are FANTASTIC!! Ahhh it all sounds so fantastical :D

Jared: Come on down. *Gesturing* It's a sandwich!

LOL!! Oh Jared XD

YOU ARE SO LUCKY!! You got the smell them. I always thought they would smell good XD is that weird? lol.

You're not the only one that doesn't eat when excited and about to meet celebs. Lol!

Anyway... YAY!!
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
I always thought they would smell good XD is that weird?

It's absolutely not weird AT ALL! I have a thing with "boy smell." You know what I mean? Guys just have this really distinct smell and then you add some nice cologne or aftershave on top of that and it's just so yummy. I always wonder what a good looking guy smells like, whether it be Jensen and Jared or just some hottie on the street, lol. But, yes, they smell FANTASTIC!
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Pageavenue57pageavenue57 on April 3rd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
your pictures tured out awesome im so glad you guys had a fantastic time! are you guys headin to the chicago con to lol


and for the comment on chicagocon and us camping out side in the hallway haha yea it was pretty bad i have a picture of me and my friends and others we started waiting in the hall before the desert party was even over haha..so i can understand :P
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
We would love to go to Chicago this year but who knows whether or not that will be feasible. We kind of exhausted our funds in L.A. But we'll see!

I'm actually kind of glad that the hotel (and the folks at Creation) put some limitations on how long we were allowed to wait around outside of the room for breakfast because the last thing I wanted to have to do was stake out all night and then not have any time to take a shower or get some decent rest. I wouldn't have enjoyed the incredibly busy day nearly as much without a few hours of sleep!
(no subject) - pageavenue57 on April 3rd, 2008 01:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
Sarah :): SPN--Dean!Face on the phone... :)sarah_p on April 3rd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
MAN, I can't BELIEVE that you got this post out already! Now I'm all behind again! But, eeeh, even though I saw them in PERSON (!!!), I still love seeing your pictures again. Between JENSEN!CROTCH, and HANDS IN POCKETS, AND JARED!SQUEEZE, they're all pretty amazing. As are your breakfast pictures (ESPECIALLY for those of us who weren't there!), but I already told you that. ;)

I am saving the texts that you sent me from the breakfast FOREVER. Because, yes, they are JUST. THAT. GOOD.

(And, YES, Jensen and Jared both gave out hugs on request. It was all kinds of adorable! :D)

I MISS LA SO MUCH, ERIN!!
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
OMG I MISS L.A. SO MUCH, TOO, LIKE IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY. CAN WE GO BACK, PLZ?!

I don't even honestly remember the texts that I sent you before/at breakfast because I was FREAKING OUT OMG. I just definitely remember the comment about Greek god!Jensen because, um, hello...HE IS. EEEEK. Why they gotta be so pretty?!?!?!
Rachel: [Supernatural/Jared's fine ass]notyourstarx0 on April 3rd, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
The picture with Jared makes me so fucking happy. If I ever slip into a deep depression, just show me that and I'll snap out of it. UGH. I LOVE YOU, JARED PADALECKI. LIKE A LOT. he's my good african morning. lulz.
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
GOOD AHFRICAN MOHNING!
Sarah: sam&dean-farfromhome//skiescancrackkajungirl81 on April 3rd, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm so freaking jealous! Though it's okay because I just finished making all the arrangements to go to the Dallas convention. =)

lol. I love the photo op shots! How tall are you? I'm only 5'0" even with shoes so I'm kinda scared of walking up to either one of them.
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Yay for Dallas! I'm already trying to get myself to Chicago in November, lol. I should be ashamed of the degree of fangirl money spending I'm willing to do but...meh!

Um...I'm 5'0" and Rachel is 5'2"-ish. She was wearing slight heels I think and I was wearing flats :D The boys are seriously tall so I don't think it would have made a difference even if I happened to be wearing heels!
Erinbuffygirl52789 on April 3rd, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
I don't watch Supernatural, but that is SO awesome! The pictures are phenomenal (the last one is my favorite too) and I'm so happy for you!
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
EEE YAY! You should watch Supernatural (I've found that tons and tons and tons of people who watch Supernatural were first fans of Jossverse, which I know you dig!) because it's just that awesome! LOL. But, yes, it was seriously the best weekend ever and I don't think I'll stop smiling about it for ages!
lexisaurus rex: SPN - Jared Is Shocked and Happycrackedbuthappy on April 3rd, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
I actually read all that and smiled at the pictures and grinned and all that. But, all I have to say to you is this:

-Wow, I am so impressed by your Jensen photo and not for the obvious reasons. I can't stop looking at how wide his legs are spread. I'm thinking naughty things...and am actually quite impressed.
-I am deathly afraid of the strength of Jared's death grip that everyone talks about. On Sunday, when he goes for it, I may have to jump out of the way and warn him about this personal body contact problem I have :S lol.
-LMAO @ Jensen looking like he smelled good. And actually, I know what you mean. I am famous for looking at people and going, "Ew, you don't want to date/talk/sleep with/even know that guy. He looks like he smells bad" lol.
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Okay, so let's do this...

- LOL JENSEN'S LEGS ARE SPREAD! I noticed that, too, after I got the picture back and was all O_O and...yeah. It does send a mind that's already in the gutter further south. If that's possible.
- Jared definitely gets a great grip on you but I wouldn't call it a death grip! In fact, I just absolutely loved it! He did grab us and pull us in in such a way that we almost didn't have a choice, but he was very cuddly and it's not like he was squeezing us so hard that we couldn't breathe!
- WELL HE DID LOOK LIKE HE SMELLED GOOD. He walked in and I took note of how nicely styled his hair was and the perfect amount of stubble and the nice neat white shirt and, like, I don't know! He looked like he smelled great! I'm totally with you on looking at random people and imagining how they smell, anyway :D
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Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, yeah! They're just...huge! I honestly don't think wearing a pair of shoes with a few inches worth of heel would have made any difference whatsoever!
lauRAWR.: [spn] loosing my wayoffthebalcony on April 3rd, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
I just-- I AM SQUEEING SO HARD RIGHT NOW! BOYSSSSS -iz dead- I wasn't even THERE so I don't know WHAT I wouldn't done if I HAD been. I might've ACTUALLY had a heartattack & -smishes them-

Thanks for this post, I am, as always, very jealous.
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE IT AND I WAS THERE SO OMG YEAH! It was amazing and I'll probably be flailing for the next century or something. EEEEK.
Beta: Mmmm...strawberrytatoo on April 3rd, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Can I just say that I HATE YOU! Heh :p

Those picture are sooo awesome. And dude, I knew they were tall, but damn, they look HUGE in the pic of the four of you.

I think my mouth watered a little when you described how good they smell. Seriously. Yummm.
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
OH. MY GOD. They smell soooo good. If I hadn't been consciously trying to take a little whiff I probably would have been freaking out too much to notice but because I initially wanted to know what they smelled like...yeah. Hee. I just love how they have these really individual scents, too. Jensen's was more like...clean. Like soap and a faint sort of musk. And Jared's was very warm and faintly spicy and a lot more pronounced. Guh.
your sex is on fire: spn: dean eye nose mouth cheek HOTdee_bloom218 on April 3rd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
fbks;afbk;eawbe;fab; GAH!! SO cute!!! I'm way jealous right now lol

I seriously LOL'd at the sandwhich picture because you guys look so tiny!! How tall are you? I want to know if you're around my height cause then I'll know what I'd be like standing ther LMAO /dork

BOY SMELL OMG. I would totally have smelled them too! If a guy is hot and smells good it's just *flails*

Maybe this is random but...how pronounced were Jensen's freckles in real life >_>
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOSH. They are so huge. For real. I'm 5'0" and I was wearing shoes that were mostly flat but with a slightly thicker sole. So I'd say I was about 5'1" in that picture and I only came up to Jensen's shoulder! It leads me to believe that I could have been wearing heels and it wouldn't have mattered. He still would have towered over me! But I just loved how I fit so perfectly into the little niche under his arm. *THUD*

And they smell so freakin' good it's not funny. As if they need anything else to make them attractive, right?

AH, JENSEN'S FRECKLES! No, it's not random to ask at all. I planned on talking about that in the second half of my review :D So, like, I adore his freckles but when I went up for both photo ops with him and actually made eye contact with him there was absolutely no way that I could have looked at anything BUT his eyes. Like, he looks you right in the eye and it's like magnetic and when I walked away from the photo ops I was thinking out INSANELY green his eyes are and how his eyelashes are LITERALLY a mile long and just...gorgeous but I kicked myself for not looking at the rest of his face. LOL.

So then when I went for my autograph with him I made a point of looking at the rest of his face more carefully. Since his head was bent and I was standing while he was sitting, I was looking at his face while he signed my picture and the freckles on the bridge of his nose in particular really stand out. I'm sure some of it had to do with the fact that he was really tan and his shirt was so white but they were really hard to miss. The ones below his eyes were a lot more faint ;D I also took that time to look at the fact that he has the most perfect stubble and his lips are SO PINK and...yum. That's all.
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Robyncakesbitterbird on April 3rd, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
oh wow that looks so so so fun!! I lobe your pics, the boys are so adorable!!
Jared llooks so cuddly!!
eee this is so very very awesome!
Erinxxsh0tgun on April 3rd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Eee, yay! Your time is coming, my friend! Glad you enjoyed the pictuers, too :D