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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

July 5

Just came from the Cabinet Room where the Alums are holding their drawing for the many donated items they have collected. There are so many items -- something around 100 --many that I would like to win. Hold a hope . . .

We had attended a general session early this morning and then one about Women's Moods. That one turned out to be much more techinical than I'd anticipate. It was interesting but sometimes, over my head. :-)

The Conference is winding down. One more round of sessions and then the banquet. That's always an exciting evening. LLLI Conferences are a nice mix of meaty sessions, lighter ones that inspire and enlighten, some pomp, and some fun. If you don't like one thing there is always something else to do. Which is what I'm about to do--go check the bookstore and see if there are any bargains.

Tomorrow we have a staff meeting and Thursday I head for home.

Monday, July 04, 2005

July 4

Happy Independence Day from Washington DC
By the end of the World's Faire last night I was exhausted and still had a meeting to attend. Sleep deprived!

This morning I started the day listening to a presentation about gentle discipline--because I wanted to know if I wanted to buy the book for our daughter. And then I headed to the book store to buy the book. :-)

And another session was listening to "A Bird's Eye View of LLLI Board Work." Those 15 women (one was missing this morning because of illness) are an awesome bunch--such intelligence and such commitment. LLL seems to be full of great women.

The lunch talk was about procrastination--guess what? I left before it was over. Not a topic that I find necessary in my life--actually I'm getting better about not doing my tasks yesterday instead of today.

I'm off to a 30 minute introduction to Pilates, a form of exercise, because my roommate, Sue Scott is teaching. I've been watching her exercise in the early mornings and I'm intrigued. I'll let you know more later . . .

Tonight after the Tea and the Gala Gathering we'll see the fireworks from the Mall on the big screen TVs in the ballroom That should be fun.

Until tomorrow . . .

Sunday, July 03, 2005

July 2

I've been thinking about that first conference in the early 70s--in Chicago in the Palmer House. I remember how nervous I was, how insecure I felt. And contrasting with this, my second conference in the Washington Hilton. LLL has given me confidence to do all kinds of things--including traveling by myself, finding my way to distant cities and new hotels. That's only one of the skills that LLL had taught me. Without my experiences as a Leader my computer skills would be pretty thin too. :-)

Last night KLLL received a award for the library book project--we gave copies of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to all the public libraries in our state a couple of years ago. It's nice to have the project recognized.

Barbara Colorosa was as entertaining as ever at the opening of the Conference last night. And I actually made it to the 8:00 a.m. opening this morning. Following that I attend one regular conference session--and learned how to do the four point hug. Ask me about that! It really feels good to be hugged, especially when away from home and my dear hubby.

I spent a bit of time hosting in the Alum room and now I'm headed toward the USWD suite to help get ready for the World Faire tonight. It is so much fun to see old friends--I've crossed paths with several Leaders that I've not seen nor talked to in several years. And it's fun to meet new people from all over the world. There is nothing like an LLLI Conference!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

July 2, 2005

Hello Again,

The "Now This" show and dinner at the Blair Mansion last night was great fun. Lori, Misty, Bill and I climbed on the bus and enjoyed seeing the streets of DC as we traveled to the mansion. The meal was good and the entertainment was awesome. How can anyone think that fast while being in front of all those people?

World Assembly this am. I was a part of a group that talked about finding a place for dads in LLL and then we moved on to reaching Gen X and decided there was a connection between the two topics. Great ideas generated.

Now, off to do Couples Communication during the afternoon sessions.


Friday, July 01, 2005

Friday, July 1

Great lunch today. We found the place where you pay for your lunch based on the pounds and ounces. Because I picked up a bunch of fruit, it cost more than I'd anticipated but it was wonderful food. The CSIs who met during IMS department day ate together under the tent near the pool. A bit warm and humid!

The USWD CSIs plus a few from ID had another great conversation about opening CS sessions and the energy in the room saw so real that I could almost feel it. Now, to go back to our homes and continue being innovative. :-)

Must run back to our meeting. Tonight is the alum tour and I'm really excited about the trip.