Woo-hoo. I’m off tomorrow to Washington DC with the Girlboss. We’re going to the ABA (American Booksellers Association) Winter Institute. I haven’t been on a business trip in, oh, 23 years. Since I don’t really remember how to act on a business trip, I’ll just call it a vacation instead.
I’m anticipating that the four days will be 90% fun, 30% educational for the bookseller in me, 30% educational for the people watcher in me, 15% feeling out of my element, 35% too cold, and 25% bad for any healthy living initiatives I may have. Things I’m most looking forward to: hanging out with the girlboss, rep “speed dating” lunches (I love hearing people talk when they are excited about books), using the new notebook I bought just for this trip, and free books everywhere. Things I’m dreading: packing (grownup shoes or comfy shoes, is there room for both?), four days of reminding myself that I am not there to be a wallflower (must join in conversations, must sound interest-ed/-ing, this will be a tough crowd to bluff), and trying to remember some names (fortunately, every one will be wearing nametags).
I likely won’t be posting to my blog for the next few days, but I’ll have a report when I return. So I’ll leave you with a “desire for our world” haikube:
Marvel your riches/clear moonlight, simple thunder/ravenous fire