Eryn is sick.

She very unfortunately brought back a couple of friends with her from Kuwait. A couple of very nasty friends. It started while we were boarding the plane home. Literally, just as our boarding passes were being scanned from Kuwait City to Washington, I looked down to see Eryn shaking all over — and I didn’t need a thermometer to know she was spiking a high fever. Luckily the explosion of bodily fluids didn’t happen until we were on the ground at Toronto.

sick Eryn

Sleeping while in the care of her gracious aunt.

It’s been a pretty hectic week-and-a-half with multiple trip to doctors’ offices, lab drop-offs, the constant laundering of soiled linens, emergency runs for medicine and gatorade and trying to entertain Ivy while quarantining Eryn in the bathroom. We don’t know where she contracted the bacteria — but I can’t wait until they leave. Alhamdulillah today she really started responding positively to her meds.

We’ve had amazing support from family and friends. The fantastic Shireen Ahmed, who blogs about all things football and badass muslimah, came over WITH COFFEE, presents, and read books to Ivy while I bathed a miserable Eryn. And my fabulous sister-in-law has been nothing but amazing — entertaining the girls so I can disinfect the house, and took over for a few hours on Thursday for me to take a breather.

Uncle Alice Cooper and my billion dollar baby.

Uncle Alice and my billion dollar baby.

Isn’t this just the most fantastic family portrait you’ve ever seen?

You might be aware that I am a massive fan of Alice Cooper. I had the upmost pleasure in meeting him at FanExpoCanada during my breather, grabbing a signature, and of course, memorializing the event at a planned photo opportunity. He went absolutely mushy over Ivy and spent some time playing with her feet, gushing over her cookies, and giving me the ultimate fan experience by just being his classy, normal and friendly self. I’m still in a bit of shock.

And then again on the weekend, the spectacular Oma and Opa took over care of Eryn so that the Hubby and I could celebrate our anniversary by doing a little Steampunk cosplay and spending a short afternoon at the Expo trying to catch a glimpse of Hulk Hogan, Carrie Fisher, and of course, Colin Baker, the sixth doctor.

And among all the Stormtroopers, Daleks, anime characters, and Batmans, I found this fabulady:

Oh hai. I’m just a super fabulous niqab-wearing fan because I’m AWESOME.

After a quick introduction I asked what the eyepatch was all about and she explained that while she was dressed as herself, the patch was to pay hommage to her favourite anime character, Hatake Kakashi. It’s so much fun when one’s hijab easily turns into a bit of cosplay. Such a cool lady and a pleasure to meet.

Baby steampunk!

Baby steampunks!

I didn’t go all out this year with the costume — but it was impressive enough to get more than a few photo requests. And Ivy became fast friends with a couple of really sweet steampunk girls who made their costumes. Made. Their. Own. Costumes.


The rest of the weekend was spent holed up in bed, reading and singing to Eryn. Hopefully she’ll be well enough to attend Muslimfest next weekend — she deserves a little fun on a bouncy castle.

This past weekend was our sixth anniversary! So the Hubby decided to surprise me with tickets to Toronto’s FanExpo!

I was inches away from the most spectacular John Rhys Davies (Indiana Jones, LOTR), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Lou Ferrigno (THE Hulk) and John Barrowman (Torchwood). Inches!

I could have gone for the, “these are not the droids you’re looking for” pose — but last minute pulled a Fay Wray.

We listened to John Barrowman give a Q&A where he spoke about fighting against LGTBQ stereotypes in media representations, and serenaded the audience with Phantom’s “All I Ask of You” in a fan duet.

The entire day was amazing and totally worth going just to see all of the fantastic people in costume.

I have future plans to market this as the “Dalek Burqa.”

Eryn was wary of the Stormtroopers, but was excited to see any and all robots, faeries, furries, and of course, The Doctor.

Ivy and my “official companions” pose.

I love these two. I actually recognized this Doctor from online pictures of him at another convention — and was quite happy to find him in Toronto. The TARDIS costume is also one of the best I have ever seen. Well done and welcome to Internet fame (again)!

Finally, a little eye candy.

Just as I pulled Ivy from the sling, John looked at me and took a swig from his water bottle. Our eyes met and he raised his eyebrows with my-mouth-is-full-of-water-so-here’s-some-raised-eyebrows-in-lieu-of-a-smile. *melt*