For me, Friday required sleeping in.
Hannah (a fellow Syracuse University grad student who took my room in the old apartment) shared an AirBnb bedroom with me Thursday-Friday during the conference. Kenneth took the other room.
Hannah left in the early morning, but Kenneth and I drove in later. I was due to volunteer at the Syracuse University iSchool booth from 10am-1230pm. This was my opportunity to reunite with Molly and to hang out with Jay, who both work where I used to — the iSchool’s enrollment and recruitment office.
Tom, my brother in-law, called me as I was leaving the AirBnb for the Riverside Convention Center. He proposed a weekend trip to Maine with David and I.
I spent the morning debating the proposed trip to Maine. David and I chatted over logistics and preferences via Google Hangouts.
Thanks to the conference’s New Members roundtable, I had a luncheon to attend at no-cost. I ate a sad meal of apple-squash soup and a “vegan selection” that had the likeness of hot spinach-cannellini bean salad. Fine as long as you like side dishes for main dishes and your lunch is free.
Meanwhile, David agreed to join the trip to Maine and let everyone know that it was “not because he wanted to go to Maine but because he wanted to spend time with the sibs”. I, having also decided to attempt the family trip to Maine, embarked on a snow-sleet-rain plagued 6.5 hour drive home from Rochester. I rerouted to Chapel Lane mid-trip after consulting with Tom mid-trip.
That night, David, his siblings (Tom, Caroline, Kristin) and I all departed around 9pm for Maine from Chapel Lane. Our destination was the family home of Tom’s partner, Sophie in Portland, Maine.
It is a great honor to travel with all of you. – Me to the Dougherty Sibs
In the morning, I scuttled from my accommodations at the home of Ms. Lawley (in West Henrietta) to the grad student AirBnb (near downtown Rochester). The blue, two-bedroom AirBnb reminded me of the apartment I shared with Vicky and Sidney in Syracuse. I checked in, dropped my things and walked to the conference center.
From 1pm-2:15pm, I served as a monitor for an interactive session on “cultivating empathy in librarianship”.
From there, it’s all a happy blur: meeting with friends in the exhibit hall, session sampling, sweets, beer and tofu wrap at Drifters, pizza in the presidential suite, reuniting with Lane Lawley and company, reception at the Strong Museum of Play, late night talent show with Urban Librarians Unite.
David and I had light-touch communications. In his work world, he prepared to make a switch to “product side”. I’ve come to understand it’s like the research and development side of marketing.
Waking up with Allison was a great way to start the day. I could hear her teaching Joshua English as a Second Language (ESL) from the room over.
We shared her homemade kombucha. She also made hard boiled eggs and supplied the materials for my breakfast staple: peanut butter toast.
After chatting with Allison for a while, I departed for Rochester Central Library where I interviewed the director of the Henrietta Library. I went to the conference immediately after and volunteered for the registration booth from 1-5pm.
Now I’m computing at the home of local friends… (Lane is a great human and I like his family). I’m looking forward to sleep.
EveryLibrary Executive Director posted our election recap.
I chatted on and off with David today and that was one of the things I shared with him. He commented on its being a “wall of text”.
I miss my ad guy. I mused with him about the benefits of conference attendance v. staying home and getting work done.
How far have my blog posts strayed from their intended theme?