madshutterbug (madshutterbug) wrote,

I Was Very Strict With Myself

No, really, I was! Every year at the Trade Show for AORN Congress, all those wonderful companies that come to show bring tons of tchotchkes to give away. I mean, AORN hires a mail-home service fer goshsakes so you can pack it all up in a box (or Boxes) and UPS it to yourself. I told myself this year, No Tchotchkes.

Of course, I didn't totally believe myself either. I knew though that I needed that attitude or, you know, Tons. And I didn't do a mail-home box. I really did do well on that count, there's only 7 tchotchkes. Two of them are travel coffee cups, and those are stuffed with some of the other little things. One of them is a 6x6 ceramic tile; that company has done a commemorative tile for AORN Congress for 50 years.

Well, OK, there's a few more than 7 but those are actually small, and are gifts for teh Office Crue back home and one set of those is also partly a demo product for the particular company. And they are small.

And there's another one which is a gift from my friend and colleague who I served on the Coordinating Council for the IHP Specialty Assembly; she was the Chair, and gave all of us gifts (it's a nice polite thing to do; I've done the same whenever I've been Chair of a group). That, though is small, it is in fact a quilt about 45x45 cm (18x18 inches). Norrie is a fabric artist par excellance! W00t! I shall hang this in Studio 318, and it shall become a part of my Healing Art presentation as a sample of Healing Art. In fact, it will probably be packed in my carry-on bags.

There are books. Five books from the AORN Bookstore. One of those is also a gift for one of my friends/colleagues back in the OR (Recommended Standards and Practices, there are two of those, one is for me), and three are either fluffy stuff (as a gift, same friend/colleague) or are pertinent to my new role. Big books, some of them. Heavy. I'm hoping I don't exceed my weight allowance.

And I'm also packing both suits in the check bag; one came out in the carry-on in case I needed it because luggage went astray. Which it did, but came to roost before I needed the suits. Of course, if I'd neglected to include a suit in my carry-on...

Before I do leave for home, there's a couple things I'll place into the checked bag because that will help with the flight changes (and I won't need them immediately when I get home, if the luggage goes astray). Otherwise, I'm planning on living out of the small bags for the rest of the trip.

So this afternoon/evening salamet will pick me up and we're off to meet thatwordgrrl and BetHimself for dinner. First part of that is meeting up with more friends, the second is to avoid as much of LA Rush Hour as possible. No, really, as much as possible. Really. Unfortunately, meeting up with Herself's Uncle Artist Photographer isn't going to happen. It probably would have, but for Jim Butcher being at a signing in San Diego tomorrow with his newest Dresden book, and hey, I'm not passing that up! Meet Jim Butcher!

I enjoyed my visits with my nurse friends. All of us are essentially on our way home now; many like myself, taking a 'longer' way home. With the change in my practice role, I've felt somewhat out-of-synch with the whole professional association aspect; my primary area of practice is no longer directly in the OR. Meeting the friends and schmoozing helped with that. Nearly all of them are excited about the change. Several, who don't practice in the OR full-time either but are employed by the various industries that support the OR feel what I'm doing isn't much different from what they're doing. It helps to allay some of the sentiment I've felt coming from the place I left...

And oh my yes I enjoyed the roller coasters at Knott's Berry Farm!

I'll need lunch sometime soon, but want to get through most of the packing first. So, back to packing.

ETA: Thank you to starcat_jewel for the correct spelling of tchotchkes, and the packing is nearly done, some won't be done until about time to vacate the room (laptop), and it's almost lunch time.
Tags: aorn congress, life the universe and everything, packing, photography, travel
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