Live Blogging the night before ALA Annual (except not really)

Guess what? I leave for ALA Annual 2013 tomorrow morning around 5:30am. And I’m anticipating having a great time. I’m also anticipating exhaustion. I’ve been to 2 teaching conferences from my previous life and one thing I remember, besides meeting wonderful people and being really inspired to go out and do great things, is exhaustion.

So of course you would think I’d be getting a good nights’ sleep tonight! Right! Hah! I wish.

Instead I’m doing laundry, reading twitter, watching Full House reruns and generally trying to pack / clean / prepare. I figured it’d be interesting to keep track of what I take and what I actually use so that I can be better prepared for next time.

Also, procrastination.


  • Kindle has been charged completely.
  • Charging battery pack.
  • Grabbed power cord.

22:06 – 22:13

  • Surfaced clean island counter.
  • Took recycling to recycling bin.
  • Took care of grocery bags.
  • Transferred washing machine stuff to the dryer.
  • Emptied overnight bag.

22:13 – 22:19

  • Wrote reminder note of food I’m packing.
  • Started creating a “pack this” station at kitchen table.
  • Surfaced clean counters.
  • Checked twitter.

22:19 – 22:38

  • Wrote “suitcase” and “backpack” packing list.
  • Attempted to get on desktop to print tickets/hotel info but failed b/c the battery operated “wireless” mouse isn’t work.*
  • Checked email / twitter / facebook on laptop.

*”wireless” because until tonight I assumed it was wireless. It is not. It is battery operated. And can I find replacement batteries? Nope.

22:38 – 22:55

  • Found a bag to work as food cooler.
  • Emptied dishwasher.
  • Loaded dishwasher.
  • Took out glass recycling (b/c in Michigan we get 10 cents for that!)
  • Check twitter.
  • Check facebook.
  • Attempt to write facebook status. Decide not to. Write. Erase. Write. Erase. Update blog instead.


  • Wrote facebook status anyway.
  • Switched from Full House reruns to Friends.
  • Dryer beeped!

23:?? – 23:32

  • Took laundry upstairs.
  • Brought down water cups and put in dishwasher.
  • Found batteries, put in mouse, printed ticket.
  • Collected all chargers, took photo, posted to social media.
  • Drank a glass of water.
  • Puttered.

23:32 – 23:43

  • Entered into a twitter conversation with a friend. 
  • Printed cursory ALA plan.
  • Printed ALA Shuttle Schedule.
  • Drank another glass of water.

23:43 – 23:53

  • Grabbed American Libraries magazine and Entertainment Weekly.
  • Got AADL totebag from the car.
  • Set on counter everything I don’t want to forget in the morning (including cough drops, magazines, kindle, computer case).


  • Decide everything I have to do on the first floor is done and I should move upstairs and actually pack as much as I can and then in the morning just add essentials like makeup / face routine stuff / mouth routine stuff and shower routine stuff.
  • Procrastinate.
  • Putter.
  • GChat for awhile.
  • See ya’ll from ALA.




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