I'm out of town at a conference this week (well, since yesterday morning). I love conferences. I love learning new things, being reminded of old things, sleeping in a hotel (let's face it, anytime I get to sleep in a bed that was made before I got in it I'm pretty happy), eating food prepared by someone else, and connecting with other professionals.
I always attend every session of a conference from start to finish. I don't leave sessions early and I make many trips through the exhibit hall. I also take a book or two of notes. I like to get my money's worth, so to speak.
Not this week though :(. Yesterday after lunch I took a quick stroll through the exhibit hall, and I haven't returned. This morning, I skipped the keynote session and I'm not sure I'll make to tomorrow's keynote session either. It's the first time I've ever skipped a conference session I was planning to attend.
What has caused such out of the ordinary behavior?
A lovely case of the coughing-sneezing-running nose-fever-sickness that is kicking my butt like I've not experienced in a long time. It would be only so easy if some Day.quil and some Ny.quil could fix me up. But a dose of Ny.quil would equal about 18 - 20 hours of sleep, and a dose of day.quil would have me so high I'd be jittery and not remember a word I heard.
I didn't skip the keynote session this morning lightly, I just could. not. get. out. of. bed. And when considering my day, I knew that of the three sessions I planned to go to, it would have the least impact on my day to day work as typically keynotes are motivational, get-you-going types of presentations (not meat and potatoes type).
I do feel like I've learned some great information, I'm just hoping that next week when I look over my notes (that are much less than usual) they make sense and jog my memory in the ways I thought they would when I took them.
For tonight, I'll be chillin' in my hotel room wearing my fuzzy WVU slippers and hoping I make it to the end of the WVU-Pitt basketball game! Let's goooooo Mountaineers!