I’ve spent the morning packing and organizing for a trip to New York City for a conference. The last professional conference I went to was the MLA in Toronto, years ago, and I spent the whole time freezing my butt off and wondering why in the world I wanted to be an English professor. I remember sitting there thinking, “Wow, these people really like to hear the sound of their own voices.” I gave a paper at that conference — it went over well and was eventually published, but I decided that there was no way I wanted to spend the rest of my life attending those conferences and hanging out with the academics. It was all very, very dysfunctional.
I am hoping this conference will be more enjoyable. For one thing, my colleague and I have plans to attend a couple of shows! And I am actually excited about several of the sessions we’re attending, on foreign language teaching and learning disabilities. I’m also excited for some of the techie presentations on technology in the classroom.
I even packed my workout clothes. I am making some progress on my training and I don’t want to lose ground! I found out last week that my asthma may be worse than I thought, and my lung capacity is similar to that of a 75-year-old woman. I may have to name my triathlon team “Team Wheezing Geezer.”
On a positive note, I found that ashtanga standing poses provide a great post-run stretch.
Okay, off to run a couple errands, to work and then to the airport!