I can't even process this right now.
Being the nerd that I am, I've wanted to go to this before I ever even considered myself a con-goer. It's amazing that I even have a chance to go at all.
My girlfriend is the one who introduced me to cons, and she used to have a pretty consistent group of friends she traveled with. Just when I was getting to know them and start feeling like a part of the circle, the group splintered due to some major drama (doesn't it always). Fortunately, a new group has formed (with me definitely included), and our unofficial leader has gotten the ball rolling on us going to DC 2014. It's for real. We snagged a room today — no easy feat given that apparently rooms went up for grabs this morning, and all 700 of them got sold out in like 15 minutes.
Anyway, I need to get started planning my cosplay(s) because I know I'm going to have to go big or go home for this one. I guess it's a good thing I have 300+ days to plan. ;)