Because I'm tired of talking about the divorce and it seems like almost everything else going on is either privileged information or simply not blog-appropriate, I thought I'd take the safe route and do a Friday meme from The Daily Meme. Yes, I already did a meme this week, but it was one that I'd started as a draft a long time ago. Plus I've adopted what I think will become known as the Stinky Blogging Convention, a ingenious set of blogging rules devised by my BFF, whose name is most assuredly not Stinky. So really, I can do whatever I want. (Note - I always could, but now I do so feeling like I'm "keeping to the code.")
And now because there's still lunch to be made, on with the blogging...
Do you have any travel planned for 2011? Where/when and why?
Do I have any travel planned??? In the words of the great David Addison, do bears bear? Do bees be? Let's just take a quick peek at my (paper) calendar for a minute. I'll be including work travel here, and some people would say that doesn't count, but I bet they don't travel to the places my work takes me! And I'm only going to go through the next few months.
It bears mentioning that the flight I'll be taking from Newark to Singapore on Singapore Air is the longest nonstop flight in existence, clocking in at 18 hours, 45 minutes. That is a LONG time to be on one plane.
Palm Springs, CA (work...well, workish)
TED 2011. This will be my fourth year at what Fast Company calls "The New Harvard." It's the most intellectually stimulating thing I've ever experienced. Also the most extroverted, so it usually leaves me completely shredded, but in a good way. Mostly.
After years of threatening, I'm finally going to South by Southwest (SXSWInteractive)! I'm going to finally get to meet some dear friends from inside my computer and see a couple I've already met but haven't seen in ages. It's going to be GREAT.
The entire firm is going on a Friday to see the Broadway musical "Memphis" and the owners/future owners are staying for the weekend. We'll probably see another show while we're there, have brunch, and have some downtime before heading back home on the train at the end of the weekend.
I do have one other trip planned for March, but I'm light on detail for that one right now.
Every year we attend a conference in Atlanta and it's always held at the Hotel Intercontinental in Buckhead. It's really a tradition now, and when I go there, I feel like I'm at home. The rooms are wonderful and the beds are perhaps the most comfortable I've slept on, ever. Yes, even more comfortable than the highly touted Westin "Heavenly Bed." I'm also going to the Atlanta Braves home opener while I'm in town. (I always try to work in a baseball game if I'm in a town where it's a possibility, and the added bonus of this being my team and it being the home opener makes it extra special.)
Disney World (play)
3 days after arriving home from Atlanta, I leave for Disney for a trip with a lot of moving parts that promises a ton of fun. Alex is extra excited because Analise, our home-life coordinator (aka, our childcare person who is paid by my firm so that I can do the amount of work travel I do and still maintain a sane, balanced life for Alex) is coming with us.
After one full day at home from Disney, I leave AGAIN for Singapore. Are we tired yet? I'll have a lot of frequent flyer miles by the end of April--I just have to survive to use them!
I'll be attending a conference and I also plan on getting together with a great friend while I'm there.
Last trip to Singapore, or at least the last one I have planned. I'm trying to figure out a short excursion on my own time (and dime) so that I can cross the equator, since Singapore is roughly 80 miles from the equator. Seems a shame to not do that, right?
So that's it for the confirmed travel. I have a few loose ideas for other travel beyond May, but nothing set in stone yet. I do know for certain that I'll be doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October, and believe me, Dear Reader, you will hear plenty about that in the coming months.
Now that I've written this all out, I somehow have the urge to go get back in bed, but Jillian Michaels awaits...