The pause that refreshes.

I just wrapped up the most wonderful few days at the Altitude Design Summit in gorgeous Salt Lake City which explains the Mom-101 radio silence this week. 

(Here you see me toasting (with gumballs) my new friend Paige and my great old friends Christine Koh, and Julie Marsh, at a sweet suite party put on by Kate Spade and The Girls with Glasses

I left feeling creatively nourished, inspired, and energized, as it should be. In my life, I spend so much time generating content and posts and ideas and essays and 30-second scripts that are required to incorporate the words "proven effective," it really is great to replenish the coffers. If you're in the design world at all, I'd urge you to consider going next year. But not before I have my own ticket reserved. 

Those Kirtsy gals sure know how to put on a conference.

The good far outweighed the bad--the bad being that I spent most of the week hacking up a lung with an upper respiratory infection that nearly sent me home the day of my panel. But didn't. Thanks to Laura Mayes who insisted I'd get more rest in my luxe queen sized hotel bed than at home with a guy, a kid and two cats stealing the covers. And thanks to my genius co-panelists Maggie Mason and Erin Loechner who gave me an excellent reason to get out of bed that morning and dope up on Advil.

And, frankly, thanks to all the amazing speakers who made it hard to want to be in bed at all, when I could be down in a ballroom reaping their wisdom and wit. 

Feeling crummy at a conference means I ended up with a much different weekend than I thought I would have. 

-I was in bed every night by 10
-I took a long, hot bath for the first time in a year and vow to do it more often
-Although that means I have to clean my bathtub more
-I'll take baths at hotels
-I didn't drink
-Not drinking means I remember every conversation vividly
-If I don't remember your name it's because I suck at remembering names
-If you don't drink, Salt Lake City is a good place to do it.
-I spent more time listening than talking
-I'm a talker and oh my gosh that is hard for me
-I spent more time looking at people's cute shoes than talking
-Everyone in the design world has cute shoes. Especially Dottie. Also Heather.
-The perfect sponsor ended up being Zarbee's because they make natural cough syrup and gave me plenty.
-I was also so happy HP was there because they sure put on a nice dinner.
-My Nyquil tab was bigger than my minibar tab
-I washed my hands six thousand times
-Next time we need a hand cream sponsor to make up for all the hand washing
-Actually I liked all the sponsors, because they were relevant and cool and didn't try to hand you a coupon during a conversation.
-I missed spending a day at Sundance which I can't think about much or I'll cry.
-I spent $16.95 on a pay-per-view movie starring James Franco, so that's almost as good as running into him at Sundance.
-No it's not.
-I'm going to cry.
-I could have used a coupon for pay-per-view.
-$16.95 is still less than I would have spent on drinks.
-I think Julie will need thousands of dollars in therapy to make up for the three scenes she watched.
-Okay I had one glass of champagne the last night
-I was still in bed by 10
-It's weird seeing Letterman on air at 10:30.

There's something to be said for coming home from a conference refreshed and not burnt out. Although I'm still coughing, and my voice is still hoarse, which makes it hard to yell PLEASE KEEP YOUR UNDERWEAR ON, THE PIZZA GUY IS ON HIS WAY UP. 

That's to the kids. Not to Nate. 


Anonymous Julie @ The Mom Slant said...

Really, that movie wasn't nearly as traumatic as Stephen King's earlier novels. Still. Eeeesh.

But the tub - now that was fabulous. As were you, as ever.

1/23/11, 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Victoria said...

You are so cute! I love your re-cap:) It was great to meet you, feel better soon!

1/23/11, 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Kami said...

I love those pauses. And I love Utah. It's a beautiful, beautiful state. I missed you here, but I'm glad to hear you're refreshed. And unintimidated by all the cute design-y shoes.

(My cousin Carey was at Alt too. He works for Puma. Didja meet him? Didja? Didja?)

1/23/11, 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Boston Mamas said...

I frikkin' love you.

But whatever, you already know that.

I said this about 1,251 times, but selfishly I am so happy you stayed. You always make conferences happier for me. xoxoxo

1/23/11, 8:17 PM  
Blogger Mahlers On Safari said...

Thanks for the Monday afternoon laugh! I needed that!

1/24/11, 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Paula/adhocmom said...

That sounds like a swell conference. This crazy cold January in NYC is sucking every creative impulse right out of me. What I'd really like to do is watch about 900 reruns of the Office.

1/24/11, 2:15 PM  
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1/24/11, 4:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

So glad you stuck it out! I once was in Springfield MO with a head tha was ready to explode and wanted to get on a plane so bad, until I realized it really would explode had I gotten on the plane. No way as nice as staying in SLC - my #1 pick for conference locations, but the Marriott beds and room service were just what I needed to crash for 24 hours to recoup. Love the pic! You all are so cute!

1/25/11, 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

I love the picture! Looks like you guys had a blast. :)

1/26/11, 5:44 AM  
Blogger LazyMom said...

Love your cold medicine induced re-cap of the conference. I felt like I was there...with a cold. But my favorite part--the underwear.

1/27/11, 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Rita Arens said...

Hope you're feeling better! I was utterly sober at Alt Summit last year, although now I can't remember why. It's a lovely conference. I find myself drinking less and less every year at conferences and going to bed earlier and earlier ... and enjoying them more and more. I think I am slowly making a connection. aha!

1/31/11, 5:00 PM  

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