Just got back into town from the MoCPA (Missouri College Personnel Association) Conference held at the Lake of the Ozarks. It was certainly a great time: good company, good presentations, great view, great weather, great colleagues, fascinating discussions on social justice, Jessica Pettitt, a boat/booze cruise around the lake, etc., etc., etc. But now I am le tired. Conferences always leave me terribly inspired, exhausted, and/or sick. This one did all 3. Yay.
Also something awesome that happened at the conference: I was one of 25 winners of a MINGLESTICK!!! What’s a minglestick you say? THESE are minglesticks:
I suppose it’s a sustainable way to share contact information (as opposed to business cards, I suppose). In my opinion, minglesticks are like Snuggies. Horribly silly and geeky, but I’ve made fun of them so much, that now I think they’re cool…in a really nerdy, network-y way. SO now I have a minglestick and I only got “minglesticked” once. Lame. But who cares…I HAVE A MINGLESTICK…and you don’t.
This weekend I plan to bake and make “freezer meals” (both for lunch & dinner) so life is easier.
Awkward Moment: The smallness of the conference (140 attendance) meant I had to “mingle” more than ideal amount with people I didn’t know. By the end of the conference, I didn’t feel awkward. BUT, after my presentation, one of the attendees asked, “Sarah, can I minglestick you?” so he and his supervisor could have my email with questions related to the research. Uh…sure!
This awkward moment is also my “Happiness moment”. I got minglesticked! YESSS!