Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Goin' to NAEA in San Diego!!

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited!  I'm packing up my suitcase and getting ready to flap my little old dragon wings to fly to San Diego for the NAEA convention in just a few days!
  I'm looking forward to meeting so many of you that I've gotten to know through our bloggy network over the past three or four years.  As a matter of fact, I'm way more excited about meeting people than I am about going to workshop sessions, though once I'm there I know I'll be excited about the workshops, too.  But how in the world are we going to find each other?  Here's a couple of ideas. 
 Jessica Balsey at The Art of Education (AOE) contacted me today (Thanks, Mr. E; evidently you suggested she include me). She explained that AOE will be hosting an “Art Ed Blogger Meet and Greet” on Sunday, March 30th from 11:00-12:00 am at their exhibitor booth, #310, and she wanted to invite me!  
Jessica's post says "This will be an informal event where art ed bloggers will gather and have a chance for you to meet your favorites, ask questions, and connect in person. Some of the bloggers attending are:  Nic from Mini Matisse, Patty from Deep Space Sparkle, Ted from Art with Mr. E, Ian from Art of Apex High, our best dressed blogging buddy,Cassie Stephens, and Phyl from There’s a Dragon in my Art Room. Hope you can come chat!"  Did you see that?  My name is included!  I almost feel like a celebrity!  And to be included with my hero, Patty from DeepSpace Sparkle, is a real honor.  She is, after all, the reason I started my blog in the first place.  Now I'm really sorry I never actually started that diet like I planned...  
Anyhow, you'll know me when you see me.  I'll probably be the shortest person there at the booth by far, a little chunkier than I'd like to be, and I have a mane of silver hair 1/2 way down my back (though it may very well be in a pony tail to keep me from getting stuck in doors.  I'm a klutz.)  Please please come say hello!  
Another way to find me, or other people you want to locate at the convention, is by using the convention app.  If you make your profile public on the app, others at the conference can see it and contact you, and vice versa.  You can even invite people to be your friends on the app!  How cool is that?
 So now, my fingers are crossed that the snowstorm heading up the east coast doesn't mess with my travel plans, or those of my son who is flying from Boston (where the storm is supposed to hit with a vengeance) also to California on his first ever real vacation after becoming an adult with a real job!
Meanwhile - I'd better get back to my packing...  I hope to see a whole bunch of you this coming weekend!

19 comments:

  1. AWESOME! I will definitely stop by the Art of Ed booth!

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    1. Haha! Rina, I think I'll see you before then! But yes, you are another blogger to add to the group! It should be great.

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  2. cool beans:) safe travels, lady. just don't pack any snow...

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    1. Thanks. Actually the snow should miss me this time, but my son; well, his travel plans may be totally doomed and right now I'm in panicked mom mode. Its one of the things I do best... The worried Jewish mother; that's me!

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    2. Ha! I can see my mom doing the same dang thing:)

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  3. Phyl, Have a great time!!! Just so you know it is snowing just outside of Toledo- Voted the worst winter cities to live in and it is coming your way- Get outta Dodge quick!!!! :)

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    1. Yeah. It's supposed to miss us, heading more eastward, and hit the New England coast on Wednesday with high winds and blizzard conditions, right when my son is scheduled to fly. So I"m not so worried about me, except for connections, but I am VERY worried about him. So it goes...

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  4. Do I see a snorkel in your bag? Better pack a wet suit too because the water can be a bit chilly this time of year! Can't wait to meet you too, my friend. And thanks for the Convention Ap tips...I'm just getting around to figuring it all out!

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    1. If it was REALLY my bag, the snorkel would only be there if I was heading somewhere like the the Bahamas this time of year! But don't worry; it's not. ;)

      As far as the convention app - I am the most un-tech savvy person I know, so if I can figure it out, so can you!

      See you in a couple of days!!! I'll be the one with the sallow winter skin coloring...

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  5. Have a great time! I'm jealous! I will be checking in on the updates from The Art of Ed while finishing up my final data for my SGO's, all my Domain 4 evidence for my annual evaluation and my final assignment for my Art of Ed class( Showing Student Growth in Art)!!! Wish I could be there :( but I will live vicariously through everything all the art ed bloggers post! Have a great time and soak up some of that warm sunshine and bring it back here to the East coast with you! :)

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    1. Thanks! After hearing what you will be doing, I definitely wouldn't want to trade places!!

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  6. Hi Phyl!
    Maybe when I retire in two years I can join you and Ted at NAEA ! You are going to have so much fun! I got to meet Jessica B. at an Iowa Art ED. conference last year and she's a real pip! Such a tiny little dynamo! Have fun and blog daily, okay? Sorry I've been off the grid for so long. Life got in the way, ya know?

    :)Pat

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    1. Pat! Pat! I can't remember when I've been more excited by a blog comment. I get so worried when people disappear. More of that Jewish mother thing, I guess... Glad to know you are still there! Now, how about our other disappeared friend - Ms. Painting With Brains or whatever hew changed blog name is/was. She disappeared too, after starting the new blog and posting on a very regular schedule, and then - *POOF*!

      I will try to post to the blog while I'm there, but I'm not bringing my laptop. I can post from my iPad or phone but the truth is, I DESPISE the blogger app. So the posts won't be up to my usual fancy standards!

      Meanwhile - in 2 years is the conference back in NYC? We will meet someday, my 'sister'!

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  7. I can't wait to follow your adventure! I'm jealous too. You and your peeps inspire me.

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    1. Aw shucks! I don't really think of myself as inspiring! But thanks!

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  8. Phyl - I am getting very excited to finally meet so many of the wonderful art teachers I've grown to know and love over the years, including you! We can see who is shorter.... :) See you soon!

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    1. Haha! It will definitely be me! I was always short, and now thst I'm getting older I'm shrinking too :(

      At least shrinking in height, gaining in width unfortunately...

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  9. Are you going to the BOT next weekend? I will catch up with you then! So Jealous!

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