Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wicked Working

It’s Sunday. The last day of my week in Lake Tahoe. I’m here at a conference, not a writing conference. This is an industry conference for my husband. I went to dinner Tuesday and Wednesday night and a banquet Thursday and a breakfast Friday morning.

Other than that, I’ve been in the room working: on blog posts or on guest posts or editing or answering emails, etc. Typical days for me except in a cooler place with huge pine trees and an absolutely gorgeous lake.

Here’s a few things I’ve learned:
1. If you’re gonna work in your hotel room, close the curtains on the window overlooking the pool.

2. Stop at a store and buy apples, bananas, and Diet Coke or you’re stuck going downstairs and buying a turkey sandwich for $9.

3. Not everywhere is as hot as central Texas. Take a jacket.

4. If you find a hotel with free WiFi, take all your vacations there and encourage organizations to plan their conferences there and then tell me so I can start a list.

5. Get a hair cut before you go. Bangs cut in front of a mirror with curved fingernail scissors are embarrassing.

6. When they give you a nametag and tell you to add a funny ribbon to it, don’t choose “I Read Your Email.” “I Smell Farts” would probably garner less weird looks.

7. If someone says, “Try a Pomegranate Licorice Martini,” don’t do it. Seriously. Don’t.
What lessons have you learned at conferences or hotels?
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  1. 5, 6 and 7 suggest you may have been in the room too long! I know I'm emjoying this post far more than you're enjoying your bangs.

    Giggles and Guns

  2. Great posting! It put a smile on my face.

  3. Thanks for all the wonderful "tips"! I had to especially laugh at #4 because I told my DH to try and find a B & B that had one when we went on vacation! (It must be one of those blogger quirks!)

    Have a great week!

  4. I agree with Mary. If you tried #7, you have definitely been in the room way too long. Thanks for the laugh this morning. BTW, do we get to see a photo of the new bangs?

    Thoughts in Progress

  5. Your list made me laugh! I can't tell you how many times I've cut my bangs like that and had them turn out looking ridiculous!

  6. Don't turn on the TV, take your own tunes, and don't forget a can of disinfectant - don't want to get sick from that room!

  7. I second Diane's suggetion to take along a can of disinfectant. Also a set of earplugs because conventions can get awfully noisy.
    A backpack can also come in handy at a writers convention. I don't know how many books I've lost or valuable materials I left behind because I set them down and forgot them.

  8. REcently, when we were on vacation, we stopped at a beautiful lodge in the Tetons, looking out over a lake. There was an attorney convention going on and everyone was in the big lobby, on their netbooks, laptops, ipads, and phones, rather than looking at the beautiful scenery with the elk and deer running about. Hmmm.

  9. Karen, to a great extent, that could've been me.

    No, no pictures of my bangs. I'm letting them grow a bit then I'm going to the hair dresser.

    Ooh, disinfectant. That would have been a good idea.

  10. Ensure folks who do not have experience with travel understand that the bar fridge is NOT free. Seriously, you'd be surprised what people do not know.

    And I second the bring your own snacks tip.

  11. Oh, you have made my day. I am giggling like crazy.
    Great advice. :)

  12. Always stay at host hotel and within walking distance of good restaurants!

  13. LOL! Good advice. I hope you were able to get out once in a while and enjoy the scenery. :)

  14. Seriously funny! As far as #5, been there, done that. :)

  15. Helen! What a profitable vacation! I envy your week there! Sounds like you've been very productive!! And I wish you'd take a photo of those bangs!! Hugs and hurry home!

  16. Great tips and enjoyed the humor. But what on earth is a Pomegranate Licorice Martini? I'm surprised you got past the name and actually tried it.

    I don't travel enough to offer my own tips, but I do know about the pleasure of working in a place that has a view of lovely trees. I can look out my office window and see pines and all kinds of hardwoods. It can get very distracting. LOL

  17. Your tips made me chuckle.

    One thing I learnt was never leave chocolates out when you go for a walk. The cleaning staff will eat them.

  18. Don't believe the management when they tell you the door to the adjoining room is sound proof. There's always another room somewhere. Honeymooners!

    The spa bath is never clean. Trust me guys, I used to be a plumber. Fill it. Run it. Empty it. Then enjoy. Maybe.

  19. Alex, by coincidence (not our planning), we were near good restaurants.

    Surprisingly, there are a lot of us who have done the cut the bangs mistake!

    Maryann, the pomegranate was good. I should have known to say no to the licorice since I don't like licorice.

    Ooh, I didn't know that, Lynda. Luckily, I never leave chocolate.

    Simon, you're right about the rooms next door. The walls were definitely not sound-proof...and luckily I never use the hot tub.


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