Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Back to Reality

Well, my two days of play time are over. I enjoyed the conference, sick puppy that I am. I think it's a sign of serious mental disorder when you get excited about economics and labor force issues and when your critique of the conference as a whole is that there should've been a dedicated breakout session for discussion of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

I was also way too virtuous, not once dipping into the candy dishes or partaking of the afternoon cookies and brownies. Oddly, since I quit eating pre-made, processed foods, I find I rarely have cravings. I used to not be able to avoid inhaling any cookie in a three mile radius, but it's pretty easy to walk on by these days. Eating real food in realistic amounts really works!

The layout of the conference hotel was kind of odd. The conference rooms were all underground and parking was in a maze-like garage another level below, so that unless one made an intentional trip upstairs (no need for those of us not staying at the hotel) one could go all day without seeing daylight. They kept us busy the entire two days, with only fifteen-minute breaks before the next session, roundtable, panel, or speaker. I met some nice people, though, and was never bored. I got some great ideas to take back to the office with me and I found out about a workshop I'd like to attend in the spring. We'll see how that goes, since it would be overnight and my department hasn't got much money. But they have budget to send me to two conferences and a lunch workshop since I began working for them in June, so I'm not complaining. The number of conferences I went to in twelve years with my previous department? One. In the entire twelve years.

Yeah, I like my new job. For a lot of reasons.

So it's back to the salt mines now. I wonder if they've missed me?


the Bag Lady said...

I'm sure they HAVE missed you!

And as a measure of how far I've come - it would drive me crazy to go all day without seeing the sky.....

Guess it's a good thing my only conferences are with the cows,periodically.

Leah J. Utas said...

If you liked the conference, then it seems you must be pretty happy in your job. That's good.

R.J. Keller said...

I'm all for dedicated discussions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Maybe that's because I so often labor unfairly.

Glad you enjoyed the conference, but it's good to have you back!

Vickie said...

I know what you mean about the processed goodies. I rarely eat any now, and when I do its just not that appealing. I've often said people get addicted to food--processed food--making it hard to stay away from the fries, cakes, cookies, etc. Once you break that cycle, you don't miss it.

Thomma Lyn said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the conference! And I hear you about eating real food. I've been doing really well with that for four months now, and it's made a huge difference -- seldom do I have gallbladder twinges, I've lost fifteen pounds, and I don't crave junk food anymore. Still kind of amazes me because I used to love rich, fatty food so much! :)

MizFit said...

wow you WERE virtuous!

and it's so hard for some reason in that setting---I find things going in my cakehole which would never enter at home!

welcome back ;)

Rabbits' Guy said...

Personnel people ... yup .... weird!!!!

Heck, I jsut think it is mostly keeping a nose to the grindstone during these times of the great "financial crisis"

Even Cadbury understands that strategy!

FrecklesandDeb said...

I love to go to conferences! Always meet the most interesting people. Glad you had a productive one!

Anonymous said...

Yay for more conferences to come! I haven't been to one in ages.. I really should make time..

Is Cadbury getting dressed up for Halloween? ;)