I‘m not entirely sure what is in the air in Austin – but I’ve come home from Austin with a 102.6 degree fever, a gross cough, congestion, body aches, pains and generally feeling just absolutely awful! It started to crop up a few hours before our panel, and luckily it did not really hit me hard until a few hours after our panel – – but unfortunately, cut my night with Danalynn and her husband, Kyle, short. 🙁
Sure, sure – the one night I go out to have fun in MONTHS – I get struck down with some horrid respiratory flu from hell! I feel bad, because they drove all the way down to Austin to see me, and I tried really really hard to hang on as long as I could that night. By the time I got back to the hotel, my fever was raging at 102.6 and I just crashed into the hotel bed and don’t remember a thing afterwards.
The panel went really well. I met up with Paul, Peter, Suzi and Joelle in the ‘green room’ about an hour before the panel. It was really great! All 5 of us hit it off with one another right off the bat – they are all such a great group of people! Peter is very funny and I wish I had the opportunity to spend a bit more time with him because I learned much from him in many things he had to say in the panel. It was super to meet Paul after knowing him online for about 3-4 years! He is just great people! Suzi is another person I wish I could have just had the evening to spend with, she is just a wealth of knowledge and just really super. Joelle is really fantastic! I actually spent most of my time with Joelle – her and I hit it off right off the bat and it was non-stop chatter for the rest of the day/night.
The panel went really well. We had a great audience who asked some really great questions – some that made me think, and possibly re-think my own processes involved in design and running a design company. I came home with some new ideas – and different perspectives, which is really the reason for going to these things, right? I was really nervous for the first 5 minutes, but after that – it was easy to relax and just have fun with it.
Afterwards, we all went out to dinner where I had the chance to get to know all of these great people a bit better. Joelle and Mike and I made our way through these monstrous ribs and chattered the night away.
Afterwards, after a little trouble of actually connecting – Danalynn, her husband Kyle, Joelle, Mike and I headed out to a bar in Austin called “The Water Hole” where we had mediocre beer and karaoke. Both Danalynn and Joelle can SING, man! Not too mention Kyle — that man has a set of pipes on him! I didn’t even attempt the microphone at all – – the respiratory flu that now plagues me was creeping up fast — I tried to hang on as long as I could, but by about 11:30 I was ready to die. I made the unfortunate announcement that I had to get back to the hotel – – and Kyle graciously made a stop at Walgreen’s on the way so that I could pick up some cold medicine that would hopefully make me feel better. I forgot to buy tissues for my running nose, but Mike was nice enough to share a pack of his travel hankies. Thanks Mike!
Overall – the conference was great! I’ll post more later about some of the panels that I attended. And I’ll try to find the link to the pod cast of our own panel – – if you happen to hear it, don’t laugh! For the first few minutes my voice was a little shaky – which totally exposed my nerves in those first five minutes. Now that it’s over? I would totally do something like this again – – in a heartbeat!
For now – I’m going to go back to nursing my flu. I’m still running a fever — but it’s down to about 101.4 – my head is exploding, my body hurts everywhere, my cough is very colorful and I want to hunt down the person in Austin that I got this from! Grr!
Coming up: Pictures of our panel, karaoke night, Joelle & Lisa and the Podcast Pickle, and last but not least, the rib that ate Manhattan!