It had been so long that I forgot. But they really are! Jumping in during a 45 minute break to post.
I also feel like I used to be very . . . uptight about how I spent time at a conference. Now I have zero shame about taking some time to relax, take extra naps, spend time with friends OR in my room chilling out with room service.
Lest I sound like I am not taking advantage of the learning opportunities, I actually also really enjoy the sessions. The ones at this particular conference are quite relevant to my clinical work (ie tons of practical info – not just theoretical science). I take notes (started a new EC notebook that I got *free* at the Mosaic store – didn’t realize it at the time but I guess they were just giving things away in preparation for closing) and I get to pretend that I am in school again.
As someone who chose to be in some form of academic training for 11 years after college, it probably goes without saying that I like ‘school’. Since I work in a primarily clinically-focused (ie, as opposed to research) program, I find meetings even more important to keep me up to date.
I got to run this morning with a friend (and previous BOBW guest!) AND I had a super fun dinner last night with 2 of my long-time Duke friends — we used to do ‘fellowship girls night dinners’ (or some name like that) back in the day that were sooooo much fun. We were missing one member of our 4-person club (from one year above me!) but we texted her and she said the pic looked 15 years old which is untrue but a lovely compliment.
Josh is fully in charge at home! Our nanny did have to stay a bit later Friday night, but he’s off for the weekend has already managed to get everyone to soccer and the first of 2 birthday parties. SCREEN FREE MAY continues which might make his job a little harder but I don’t feel that bad because he is on call next weekend (Mother’s Day – but at least as I’m getting some lovely chill time now, I can’t exactly whine too much) and the roles will once again reverse. As mentioned previously transient stretches of solo-ish parenting are easier now that the kids are older — I do still get burned out when it’s night after night for too long, but I think he’ll actually have fun.
Final note: I was really happy with my conference wardrobe BUT then I realized my shoe is fully about to fall apart and my only other option is sneakers. I guess we’ll see how much this tear expands over the next 2 days!
Okay back to the conf! Can’t miss Special Topics in Pediatric Obesity or Endocrinology in the NICU!