Anyway, I spent Wednesday and Thursday in Atlanta, where I was speaking at the inaugural Leadercast Women conference. I did a different speech than I had given before, both because they asked for one and because the allotted time (25 minutes) was a different length than I am normally asked to give. So I practiced a lot, including three times while I was in Atlanta before giving it! But I think it went well, and the audience laughed at many of the new lines I tried. Like one questioning the idea of saving time by writing “K” instead of “OK” in emails. I know I have always felt monstrously inefficient while typing the letter O.
I signed lots of books. I always love doing this. If one grows up wanting to be a writer, it truly does not get old. A fun bonus: I met someone backstage who is actually my neighbor. Like, her son goes to my kids’ school.
I stayed at the Embassy Suites across the street from the conference venue. I do love the “manager’s reception” concept: drinks included in the price of your room. The reception ran from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and I’ll admit I made a trip downstairs at 7:25 solely to get a drink that I planned to have later in the evening. I also like the idea of included breakfast. Alas, the small fly in the ointment was the fitness room, which had only two treadmills, one of which was out of order. The second (which I scored after waiting for another guest to finish) was very loud. It is possible to continue my running streak while on the road, but it is often not easy if I’m relying on a hotel gym. (My morning was starting too early to run outside — it was still dark when I would have needed to finish).
I need to figure out ways to eat more healthfully while traveling. Airports become an excuse to eat junk. Although we should be clear that this is not entirely the airports’ fault. There is often healthful food in airports. The problem is more that I want to eat the junk.
My daughter turned 6 this week! My husband went to her class to read a story since I was out of town. They also went to the kindergarten social, which was conveniently scheduled for the night of her birthday, so she got to celebrate with her friends.
I have been reading a lot (Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury, Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert, which I found at the library, and Hillary Clinton’s What Happened?) I’m not really into the other library books I have, so I’m trying to figure out what I should read next. War and Peace is sitting on my desk. Has anyone made it through it? How long did it take you? I am somewhat intrigued by the idea of crossing all the long books off my reading bucket list this year, but life is long. I am only 38. I could read it next year. Or when I’m 68.
My review of Eli Finkel’s The All-or-Nothing Marriage ran in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday with the eye-catching headline “Your spouse is not a jerk.”
I did not make it to the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, which was held in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Since I wasn’t speaking at it (I did last year), by the time I realized it was going on, it was sold out. However, I did hear from some friends (KJ, Jess) that they were in town for it. I got that email on Monday in the early evening, when I was at karate (at 6:00!) and I managed to make it downtown for dinner with them. This was a function of amazing and flexible childcare (my husband was out of town), and realizing that it doesn’t take as long as I sometimes think to do stuff like this. I called Uber at 7:25. I was at the restaurant a few minutes before 8. We ate Malaysian food (satisficer that I am, I just had the waitress order for me), and I made it home by 9:40. That’s only 2.25 hours total, but it was awesome. It made me feel like I was the kind of person who could go out on Monday nights.
Also, I learned that Jess worked on the Stinky and Dirty show, which my 2-year-old is obsessed with. And I met Julie Lythcott-Haims, whose book Real American is out this week, so that was cool too.