Not that I’m literally hung over since it’s hard to drink too much when you’re talking non-stop. But I have used up my allotment of words for the next, oh, decade or so, and the feeling is akin to the morning after too much wine: Dry mouth, woozy, a desperate urge to eat an orange then nap.
Here are a few notes I jotted down, to remind myself about making the next conference even more fun:
1. Don’t play with sunless tanner before important meetings.
2. Sleep is for wimps.
3. Remember elevator pitch at all times.
4. Try to not booby-trap the bathroom for late-night returning roommates. (Unless roommates are evil, and then feel free to booby-trap away.)
5. BYODC (Bring Your Own Dark Chocolate)
6. Elbowing a lady in sequins to get to the after-awards ceremony chocolate is considered slightly rude. Plus, her heels are probably higher and more weapon-like than mine.
7. Pack blister strips. Or duct tape. Clear packing tape doesn’t work as well.
8. Bring silver shoes to match the duct tape. Electrical tape for black shoes.
9. Practice smiling in a non-doofusy way.
10. Practice stealing roommate’s dark chocolate after lights-out.
11. Switch to all-black wardrobe for ease of packing. (And ease of sneaking through room to steal roommate’s chocolate.)
12. Develop appreciation for white wine to minimize red wine spillage potential.
13. Get a cell phone.
14. Bring needle-nose pliers. (Trust me; this comes up more often than you’d think.)
15. Learn to swear in Chinese. I can’t remember why I jotted this one down, but there must have been some reason. Maybe it was just an excuse to rewatch Firefly and Serenity.
16. Stop breaking fingernails two weeks before conference and get a manicure. Might as well get spray tan too.
I’m sure I learned more, but it’s apparently still locked in the post-conference fog. I can’t wait for Nashville next year!