I have been traveling very muchly indeeds. At the end of the last month I was in Chicago for the American Library Association conference. It was wonderful. I stayed in a hostel, for the first time in fact. Last two ALAs I attended I stayed with friends, or family of friends. This time I shared a two bed room with Yoko. Yoko completely overworked herself for the conference. I did not. I learned things and I engaged with the conference, but I didn’t suffer too many 8am mornings, nor did I collapse in the room afterwards, I went off to spend time with my friend Julia, or with my cousin J.D. both of whom are just lovely wonderful people. After ALA I came back to the city and promptly left for DexCon, a gaming conference with E.T. and Rose Regina. It wasn’t Rose’s scene, which was a shame, but she did convince me to join her in the hotel pool (salt water instead of the usual chlorine) and that was its own adventure since I didn’t pack my suit. We went from store to store and I rejected most suits until I encountered a dress I liked which looked so much like a swimsuit I new it would pass once we took a pair of scissors to it, and I was correct. Twas lovely. We also played some agricola, which I promptly bought a copy of. E.T. had a good time and won the 2013 Lost World Championship and I competed but didn’t place in the Dominion competition. I also got to play both monster hearts and dread. I love dread! It is really fun and I am such a bad ass at jenga.
This post is long a ramble. I think that’s okay. I’ve been failing to blog, and I think it is because I have been censoring myself, trying to be more careful with my language. Screw it, I’m just writing.
Speaking of writing. I’ve been saving sentences I like. I think I may be shifting in the direction of writing some stories.
I am currently on an amtrak train heading from Fort Edwards-Glen Falls back to New York City Penn station. It is beautiful and wonderful traveling by train. We’re going along the Hudson river at sunset, and I have a comfortable seat with my chromebook (little laptop delights me) with electricity and wifi. I had a relaxing weekend of celebrating my friend Rachel turning 28. This celebration involved ribs with homemade bbq sauce, grilled chicken, perfect potatoes, an absolutely obscene amount of cheese cake and a few too many mojitos. They were delicious mojitos but the next morning was a bit unpleasant. I did nap a bit on the train.
I had not realized I hadn’t mentioned to Rachel that I’d gotten married. That was interesting. She was surprised but not that surprised. I thought she would have seen the youtube video of the ceremony.
I’m going to be at home this next weekend (thank goodness) it has been a bit too much travel. I want to relax for a bit. In August I’m going to Alaska. For my father-in-law’s 70th birthday. I’m nervous about it, but looking forward to it. My friend Rachel had wonderful things to say about Alaska.
One of the things I was reminded of while I was at the party was how intensely lucky I am to like my job. I was hanging out with many folks who are not fond of their currently employment.
I’ve been feeling very blessed.