June 18, 2005

Leaving on a jet plane

I'll be offline for the next week because I will be flying to the other coast for a conference. It's a small, friendly conference that I've been involved with for years so I am really looking forward to this week. It'll be a busy week, filled with things I love to do. Exploring a new part of the country. Catching up with old friends. Hearing some of my favorite writers read. Listening to great sessions on all kinds of topics. Talking about books and teaching and writing. Venting about the Bush administration and what it's done to the environment. Meeting new people from all over the country. Going out to lunch or dinner with friends. Buying new books. Debating new ideas. Staying up late to listen to friends jam on guitar and harmonica.

Unlike most academic conferences, which take place in a hotel, this one takes place on a college campus and includes some cool field trips. I'll be going on a botany hike and a raft trip. And perhaps most interesting to those of you in the blogging community, the trip will include my first ever blogger meet-up!

I promise to come home with stories to tell.

15 comments:

New Kid on the Hallway said...

Have a great trip!!

Psycho Kitty said...

Jealous, jealous of the lucky blogger!
Have a great time. We'll miss you. I don't suppose you're stopping in any places in between there and that other coast?

dr. m(mmm) aka The Notorious P.H.D. said...

Have a blast! More conferences should be set up this way.

Friday Mom said...

Sounds like a great conference. Have a great trip! We'll look forward to the stories when you come back.

PPB said...

Ooh! do you get to stay in a dorm? That would be excellent. (I'm not being sarcastic. I really like staying in dorms once in a while. )

jo(e) said...

Psycho Kitty: I'll spend about an hour in the airport outside Chicago: does that count?

PPB: Yeah, we get to stay in dorms. It's so much better than a hotel. It's like being in college again.

Yankee T said...

Have a lot of fun. The silence will be deafening.

Scrivener said...

Oh, I'm so jealous. All these people getting blogger meet-ups...it's just no fair. I wanna meet some bloggers.

Have a great trip!

~profgrrrrl~ said...

Hope you have a wonderful time :)

St. Casserole said...

Have a great time! Tell all when you return, ok?

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

What Yankee Transplant said... I don't know what we'll do without you for the week! Have a wonderful time - can't wait to hear the stories.

Psycho Kitty said...

Chicago, sigh, sadly no. Rats.
But have fun anyway!!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Ahh, you DID tell me you'd be gone, but I'd forgotten--wish I were THERE with you!!!!! I miss you, I was looking for you!!! Have fun and come home with lots of exciting stuff.

PPB said...

when are you coming back? (she says, little nose pressed up against the glass...)

RussianViolets said...

Ooh, this does sound like fun, and I've never gone to a conference quite like it. I hope you have fun and cannot wait to hear mroe now that I'm caught up.