Tuesday, October 21, 2014


It appears that my voice-recognition software is not as much of a time saver as I thought it would be.  Any ideas what I meant to say here?

universal is in disney big dreams for what could be a kiss me hope to know the great thing searchable deserve it it is a face tradition about getting your house your hamster dance sometimes get your heart broken continuing on hope your world

Monday, October 20, 2014

Restraint, Of A Sort

Last year I came home from this work conference with nearly two dozen books. This year I only brought home six books.

Mostly because I have a bunch of last year's reading left to do.
And I wasn't checking any luggage today.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ready For Home

I like hotel beds and seeing my colleagues and learning things, but I also enjoy
*My own bed
*My own shower
*Having toiletries in sizes over 3.3 ounces
*Fresh fruits and veggies whenever I want them
*The six things I forgot to pack

(Home tomorrow evening, if all goes as planned)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Half-formed Thoughts

Professional conferences mean lots of new ideas forming in my head, but none of them are especially ready for articulating.

So instead, amusing link--http://worstcats.tumblr.com/

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sweet Traditions

Whenever I go on a trip, my son sneaks a stuffed animal into my suitcase. I then take pictures of said animal around the hotel/conference center/tourist spot.

I could say that this started when my son was very very young--maybe even that it was his beloved toy coming along.  But no, this just started a few years ago--if he wasn't a teen already, he was definitely a tween.

The first time it was a surprise that he had done such a thing, and I was touched. Then he did it again and it became something of a tradition. Now I make sure to mention that I have finished packing, just in case he wants to sneak something in.

I found Mr. Turtle (pictured above) before I left home this trip--I considered changing him out, as he's already been on a trip to D.C. with me AND he is not small or squishy enough to slip inside a purse or pocket. But that didn't seem fair to my son, who had already left for school.

Maybe I'll make a maximum dimensions statement, just like the airlines... 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Conference Survival Skills

Um, this was going to be a top-ten list, but one of those steps is "Get Enough Sleep" and the Pats game just ended...


#1 - Get outside whenever you can. If possible, stop and smell the roses. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

There Are Worse Places to Wait

I will admit--I kind of like hanging out in airports. 

Get through security, figure out where your gate is, and just have some time to explore. I walk the concourse, consider what treat I might get for the plane, maybe grab a citrus-laden beverage for fighting off germs*, and look at art.

More and more, airports seem to have intriguing displays of art--paintings, sculpture, you name it. Today's find was in a mezzanine between the two halves of Terminal A at Houston's Intercontinental Airport (IAH)- some whimsical, some geometric and precise, some sweet.

And yes, I should find time to just GO to art museums. But in the meantime, airport.

*Some hold that the addition of alcohol to citrus aids in germ prevention. Your mileage may vary, and please follow local laws and customs.