I’m beginning to get excited. Not a lot, but a little. I registered for ALA Annual in Anaheim today, and have submitted an abstract for a poster session. I’m also submitting an abstract to the NMRT President’s Program on networking, so hopefully I’ll be accepted to one or the other. I’ll be happy to just be at ALA Annual as a delegate though – it’s notoriously huge and overwhelming! It won’t be all work though, as I’ve also booked tickets to Disneyland – squee!
I booked my flights to L.A. before Christmas – Qantas had a sale on and I snapped them up, I just hope they’re flying rather than fighting with their staff by June. I’m yet to book my internal travel within North America and settle on dates and travel mechanisms and such, but my current plan is:
9th June – arrive in Los Angeles, hang out with my awesome American friends Todd & Sarah for a few days. I didn’t really like LA last time I went there, but I plan to hit the beaches more this time, and perhaps get a hire car.
around 14th? June – drive (preferably a red convertible, of course) to San Jose to stay with my dear friend for many years Sacha, and her hubby Winston. She works at Stanford (whoa! Library porn alert!) and he’s at Microsoft. Go to San Fran, hopefully hang out with my friend Chris (who, of course, works for Google. Geez, these IT guys…), see the Bay area, never want to leave, etc….
20th June – head to Anaheim and check in for the conference. Six days of librarian madness ensues! I’m going to be a “mentee” in the conference mentoring program that I based my model on. It may have been smarter to go there and check it out FIRST before I implemented the project, but never mind… 🙂
27th June – catch a jetplane to Vancouver where I will spend two weeks with my bestest Canadian friend in the whole world. I’d love to head back to Kenora where I did my high school exchange, but that will depend on my dear friend’s work schedule & finances. I’m sure I’ll find enough to keep me busy, I’ll go to Victoria and do other stuff I didn’t get to do last time.
12th July – fly out of L.A. and get back to Brisbane in time for Semester 2 and O Week.
Wow. I think I’m a little more excited now.