Conferences and other Conventional Thoughts

Usually I write my title first and try to keep my post on topic, but I feel rambly so I’m curious what this post turns out to be.

(I just sneezed super loud and heard my 3 and 4 year old gasp audibly.  My daughter stage whispered, “OH! What was that?”  Her brother responded,

“Mommy I think.)

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Anyway, my twitter stream today is all about the ASHA Convention.  I really wish I was going but at least I can keep up with everyone’s live tweets about it.  Now I REALLY want to attend the CASLPA convention in Montreal this coming May, so I suppose I have to get a pencil and paper out and see if I can swing it.  I wonder where the convention is next year…I wish it was in Alberta or BC so it would be closer.  It was in Whitehorse last year which is technically out west but was too far north, even for me.  I particularly want to attend the CASLPA convention this year so I can see Tanya and Janelle do their presentation on Social Networking and Professional Development.   Ugh all this SLP talk reminds me that I need to renew my SK and AB licenses by the end of December. *sigh* CASLPA convention is looking farther away…

Speaking of conventions I just realized that I’m presenting at a conference next week.  Actually this time next week I will be finished.  I wish it was already next week because then I would be in Edmonton near my fav mall.  (Haha just planning on spending my per diem as soon as I get it.)  I’m a little nervous, I always am before public speaking but once I get into the topic I’m usually ok.  Truthfully I am always surprised when people choose to go to my session over one of the more “fun” and light choices.  (Hello…free massages?)  I have to finish my powerpoint and then get handouts and whatnot ready. It will be great, this is my 3rd year presenting at the Knowing Our Spirits Conference.  (The KOS conference features education, culture and contemporary issues related to First Nation, Metis, and Inuit peoples.)

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Lately I have been feeling so behind.  There are so many things I want to do in my house, with my kids, for my job, online and all by myself….and yet it just isn’t happening.  This isn’t like me and I do not care for it at all.  I think what bothers me the most is that it makes me feel guilty, and like a bit of a fraud.  Thank goodness I’m only working part time or I can’t even imagine how crazy my schedule would be.

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Who else is excited for Christmas?  We bought a tree already (6.5′ of prelit artificial goodness) and I just have to dig around in my storage area to find my ornaments.  Even if when I find them all I will probably definitely need to buy more.  Yay and boo simultaneously.  (Boo only because what if I can’t find what I’m looking for.  What AM i looking for?  Beats the hell out of me but I suppose I will know it when I see it.)

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I just realized I have another problem, although maybe problem isn’t the right word.  I am a bit of an eclectic personality.  Maybe I even have multiple sides to my personality (not full on Sybil status but you know what I mean.)  My job is generally considered to be “serious” and whenever I meet people that only know me by my title (that’s M.A. SLP) they expect….Susie SLP.  That is so not me.  My generally quirkiness is what people remember about me the most…that or my painfully loud laugh or amazing rack sense of humor.  I even created a second twitter account so I could be more serious and speechie there…but that didn’t work out.  I ended up deleting my original twitter account and continue to (probably) confuse everyone with my eclectic posts. 

What do you guys think? Do you censor yourselves online at all? Honestly–I do.   My twitter and my blog are connected, by that I mean I mention my blog on twitter.  My Facebook and my blog/twitter are not associated at all (with the exception of my cousin and a few #SLPeeps.)  Why do I do this and which is a better indication of who I am? Probably my blog and twitter because there I am the most honest.  This is not saying that I lie on Fakebook Facebook, merely that there are things I am comfortable sharing here with a more select audience that I am sharing there.  Any thoughts? **looks meaningfully at the lone lurker reading this**

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2 thoughts on “Conferences and other Conventional Thoughts

  1. I think I censor myself a bit online. Basically I try not to say anything negative that could get me fired/forced to sleep on the couch. 🙂

    And I think quirkiness is awesome! I was worried that by studying SLP I’d be around a bunch of straight-laced people. The slpeeps have shown me that I have nothing to fear! Quirky, ecclectic, awesomely interesting people abound!

I see you speak the language of awesome. Awesome.

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