Not surprisingly, I didn’t exactly hit the road running on Friday. I only had two required events. The first was at 10am, to meet with my co-presenter, and the second was dinner. More about that in a minute. I had never met my co-presenter; we had only conversed via e-mail. We met at the convention center and chatted for about 20 minutes. She reviewed her presentation slides for me and went over what she was going to cover. I then spent an hour or so looking through my presentation and adding some notes referring back to hers.
I decided to grab an early lunch, since I knew that dinner would be early, and I could avoid the swarms of other librarians. I had a surprisingly good bean and cheese burrito and ended up sitting with a couple of delightful ladies. One was a retired librarian, the other worked at the Institute of Library and Museum Studies. Sometimes, these random meetings are so much fun!
I spent a little more time working on my presentation before heading back to my hotel room to change for dinner. Not something that I would normally do, but this was the awards dinner for the group for which I am chair. And the person that was supposed to present the award had his flight cancelled and wouldn’t arrive in time. Luckily he had written his speech in advance, so I just had to read it. Dinner was at an amazing new restaurant, Tapa Toro. If you ever go to Orlando, I definitely recommend it. We had family style cold and hot tapas. Each new item was better than the last. It was a fun, relaxing evening. I don’t usually drink fancy mixed drinks, but I tried their house special, a Mediterranean Mule, and LOVED it! Ginger beer, fig-infused vodka, and lime juice. Yummy!
My roommate and friend, Stephanie, had arrived while I was out. I remembered that she had a big event that night and would probably be late getting in, so I went ahead and crashed. I had to get up early Saturday morning to meet with my vice-chair and past-chair before a day of meetings. I walked a ton that day, going back and forth between various meetings. I grabbed lunch at one of the attached hotels and spent a couple more hours on my presentation.
I generally drink a lot of water throughout the day, even when I’m travelling. But at the conference, I was so busy and things were so hectic, I finally realized that I wasn’t drinking enough when I started to get a sore throat. Plus it was really hot and humid. After my meetings were over, I walked to the Walgreen’s that was between the convention center and my hotel to get some throat lozenges. I got some Ricola ones that have honey in them. They are so good. After that I walked to the Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins next door to get a sandwich and ice cream. A perfect mild, soothing dinner.