The Primed conference was a lot of fun this year.
It was a little lonely as I'm used to going with a PA colleague of mine, but I managed okay. I heard a lot of interesting lectures from some of the most intelligent people I think I'll ever meet. Dr Weinstein, author of "Life Principles" gave a motivating talk about ethics and what should drive us to do the right thing. I also learned a lot about treating perimenopausal symptoms....and don't look forward to the day when I have to experience that misery. The last lecture I heard was on the bird flu. To summarize, it's a frightening thing that we should all think about and prepare for. When/if it hits, the best chance towards protecting yourself is social distancing, aka quarantine. I hope you all consider stockpiling some food and water so that you can stay at home for several weeks. If it hits, it will be fast and furious, passing through the area in 3-4 weeks. The people with the best immune systems will have the highest mortality rates. There really isn't a possibility to manufacture the drugs or vaccine in enough time. So, not to be depressing or act like the sky is falling. It almost seems a bit Y2K, but our lives weren't in jeopardy with Y2K, so I take this a lot more seriously.
Anyway, on a more positive note. I had plenty of time to knit. I made these....
If you can't tell, they're tiny baby socks in the K3P1 ribbing sock pattern that Shari, Amber and I are doing a knit-a-long on right now. I'm also making it along the cuff for sock 2 of my Kool Aid yarn. Anytime a fellow conference goer asked about the socks I was more than thrilled to tell them, "I dyed the yarn myself out of Kool Aid!" Being so nieve to yarn-dying they were thrilled to learn of the process, and of course, I was more than thrilled to share. I may not be an expert on the treatment of gout or sacroiliac joint dysfunction, but I can talk about sock yarn til I'm blue in the face.
The little socks are actually for Amber's baby, Nolan, hope they fit. For those of you who don't know Nolan, take a look.
What a babe!
Besides lots of learning, I also scored some cool swag - bags, mugs, jump drive, wireless mouse... It's no celebrity swag, I'll tell you that. No one was trying to push diamond bracelets or cruises to Alaska in my hands, but I always love a good travel mug. I know you can't see it, but the portfolio is personalized with action-squad.com. A little PR for my hubby.
Now back to home and normalcy. Back to spackling and watering the flowers. The weed/holly hock is looking like it may bloom soon!