Saturday, July 21, 2007

Finally at the Conference

July 21st - Chicago - Finally at the conference and finally in the tech room! Flew from Vancouver on the 19th and was lucky to catch an earlier flight than I had booked. Still it was about 5 p.m. by the time I got in. The first thing i did when I was in my room was to call Carol Miranda, a leader from the US. We had been leaders together in Hong Kong and she needed a room for one night. It was great to spend a few hours with her catching up. Great Thai food at the Tamarind just across from the Hilton.Chicago really is a windy city. We sat outside as it was a warm evening. We both went up to a special gathering of the Asia, south pacific zone. It was great to see old friends and hear about the great things happening in Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong and feast on snacks several different countries. I also met my roommate Kathryn Oliver - Garrett who has been in Japan for 4 years and is now moving back to the Us.
By the time we went to bed it was after midnight.
In the morning (couldn't sleep and woke at 5) met up at 7 with Sarah Hung, my leader/friend from Hong Kong, Ruth McCallister from Victoria and Carol and had a huge breakfast at the Bongo room.
About this time my ears started to hurt and slowly go worse throught out the day. Still I finally got to see some of Chicago meet up with my sister, brother in law and niece. We got back to the hotel just in time to collect my Canadian tshirt. Walking in red with the other 45+ Canadians was great and of course seeing the founders was very emotional. Unfortunately my ears by this time were extremely painful so in the end I left before Michael Brandwein had finished and called a doctor via the hotel. Lovely woman who gave me a lovely expensive prescription. Thank goodness for insurance.
Today I feel much better. I have attended my first CE session listening to James McKenna - a wonderful speaker talking about co-sleeping. From there it was a rush to the CE luncheon. I sat at a table with strangers (I enjoy meeting people) but by the end had met friends. Finally caught up with another ex Hong Kong leader Tanja Knutson. Lovely to see her.While we had lunch Dr. Nils Bergman gave a very enjoyable talk on Mother Baby togetherness. Now I am off to listen to another session. I will check in again soon.
I am hoping to see more of the exhibits and book shop. It 's great to be here.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Monday July 16th - Nearly there

Hello again,
in 3 days I will be on my way to Chicago. This past Friday the 13th (it's our lucky number) Rob and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. Friends looked after the girls and they didn't come back till yesterday. We went to a great B&B on Pender Island. Anyhow I realized how much I missed having the kids around. The boys have been at Sea Cadet Camp for a week now so it was very strange for us to return home on Saturday night to an empty house. It will be hard to leave on Wednesday night especially to go to a La Leche conference where I have always had a child with me.
I just found out that my sister is driving from Ottawa to Chicago to pick up her daughter so I may be able to see some of my family. I am just trying to figure out when. It may have to be in the middle of the night looking at my conference planner! Luckily I have most of the 20th free.
I started to pack .... can't decide what to wear for the final night so have two outfits! Also lots of tshirts from past conferences. Can't wait to see the exhibit hall and book store.
Not sure if I will have time to post agian before I leave so the next time you hear from me it may be at the conference!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

July 11th - nearly there

Hi there everyone!
Are you getting excited!! It won't be long now. I leave Vancouver Island in a week and fly out from Vancouver on the morning of the 19th. My calendar of get togethers, sessions and meeting up with old friends is starting to fill up.
There will be over 40 Canadians attending the conference this year so look out for us!
It has been great fun receiving all the emails from all over - lots of suggestions of where to go to shop, eat and just get to the hotel. I am looking forward to so much I am not sure I will have time to sleep!
There was some discussion a while back about clothes to wear so I finally had a look in my closet. It looks like I will have to do some shopping when I first arrive as I don't have much to wear other than t-shirts and jeans and everything black.
La Leche League has been so much of my life these last 15 years that I ordered one of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 50th Anniversary Commemorative Books and have go my postcard so I can get it at the conference. I am also planning to buy a few other books to bring back to our library. As I don't have much in my suitcase I should have plenty of room.
Have a great week.
Judi - sweltering in Sooke where we are having a heat wave of 30 Celsius weather!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

July and counting

Hello all,
I've just returned from a Canada Day Long weekend camping with my family. Happy 4th of July tomorrow to all American Leaders! This was the first camping experience of the summer. For my family it is still a new experience as up until 3 years ago my children had never experienced the great outdoors in a tent because they lived in Hong Kong.
My oldest child just turned 16 so we sat down and watched a video my mother had made of him at 3 months. Max was born in Brunei, Borneo and now that he is older he is much more interested in seeing where he lived for the first six months of his life. It's a long way from Sooke British Columbia. We do still live near the water though so that hasn't changed. He and his brother are in sea cadets so they are off to camp for six weeks on Saturday!! Seems like yesterday they were babies.
I am getting quited exited about meeting all the Canadian leaders. Sounds as though the red and white will really be on display on opening night!
I was thinking of how different this conference already is with all the internet traffic/ lists / blogs ... it makes everyone seem so much nearer.
Gotta run -