I did my best, I really did, but my Jamboree checklist is missing a lot of checkmarks. Months of preparation and anticipation just didn’t consider the last-minute whirlwind of Real Life. I’m not complaining, but I wish I coulda, shoulda, woulda done everything I set out to do!
10. Meet and greet more GeneaBloggers! The unofficial “Blogger’s Lounge” was definitely the place to be, but I must still missed some folks I wanted to see.
9. Meet and greet more great contributors to our Jamboree GeneaBloggers Welcome Bags. The exhibit hall was so busy that I missed a few while they were introducing their products and services to conference attendees.
8. Meet and greet more Family Curator readers. Even with the best of intentions I still missed Sheila and her mom, and I was really hoping for a double mother-daughter duo photo. At least I was able to say “Hello” to April again.
7. Meet and greet (do you see a theme here???) more lecturers and attendees. I love talking with genealogists from around the country and hearing about their research stonewalls and successes.
6. Pass out more nifty Family Curator caliper highlighter pens. I had these specially made for Jamboree and then went off and left them at home.
5. Play “conference ribbon war” with GeneaBloggers who gave out way-cool tags like Amy Coffin’s “Rock Star,” “Steve’s Genealogy Blog,” and of course, Thomas MacEntee’s “Diva.”
4. Wear more comfortable shoes. Ok, I do like my little red flats but they are not kind to my back and feet. Vanity, vanity, thy name is Woman.
3. Drink more water. It was hot. ‘nuff said.
2. Go into training a few weeks before Jamboree so I can make it past my usual 9:30 pm bedtime.
1. Clear the home calendar and GO to Jamboree for a great weekend of genealogy and good friends.
Oh well, there’s always next year!