My first Conference

I am a full-time mom.  It’s not something that was a dream of mine growing up, but I sort of fell into the job (haha) and it has proven to be every but as challenging as promised.  This is not a post on motherhood, well, entirely anyway.  When you stay home with a baby/toddler for almost 2 years it’s a little scary how a mind starts to lose its sharpness.  I feel about as interesting as a potato sack most days and with that in mind it is no surprise that I am SO EXCITED to be attending Bouchercon Thursday-Sunday.  My parents are coming up to help with Gage and I am taking some time for me.  I told Jason a few nights ago that it was ridiculous how much I was looking forward to it.  I never get this much time to myself and I am giddy with anticipation.  Yes, there will be over 1000 attendees, but I’m going by myself and can be as social or shy as I want.  It is an early birthday present from Jason and my parents 🙂 And Max will be coming to visit too, bonus!

On Thursday and Friday I’ll go into work with Jason and get to see his new place of employment and co-workers and then I’ll walk a couple of blocks to the conference and get to enjoy milling around with the likes of Mary Higgins Clark, Lee Child (!), Elizabeth George, Robin Cook, Charlaine Harris, Chelsea Cain, Michael Connelly, Michael Koryta, Karin Slaughter, Linwood Barclay, Karen Olsen, and the list goes on…On Saturday and Sunday I’ll drive myself downtown and stay all day and TRY not feel guilty about it.

The opening ceremonies are Thursday night at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Jason and I are really looking forward to it (he’s my +1).  I may try updating everyday on Facebook (let me know if you want to be buds), but most likely it will be one or two posts here on the blog over the weekend.  Look for a related giveaway next week on my birthday.

If you want to see how much fun I’ll be having, check this out.  I’m so excited that I don’t even care our furnace quite working yesterday 🙂