I've spent the last few days at an education conference and found it both interesting and exhausting. I met a lot of new contacts, put several names to faces and came away feeling I had learned from the experience. Although I wouldn't go as far as putting it on my list of Fun Things To Do During the Easter Break.
Btw, this is a photo from the conference and if you look very carefully you can just pick me out. Yep, that's me up there in the top left hand corner....dark hair, face partly obscured by a booklet!
On the first day I was finding my way to the conference hall and feeling a bit lost as I hadn't met up with anyone I knew. So I was relieved to see a familiar face - a woman I had met at a recent conference in Leeds where we had spent most of the two days sitting together and chatting during lunches, breaks, etc.
As I greeted her quite enthusiastically (Oh, I'm so glad to see someone I actually know...How are you?.... where are you sitting?.... are you on your own too? ) I noticed a strange look come over her face. She looked at me and said "Have we met before?" Erm....yes, we have. At Leeds? Still no sign of recognition. She looked over my shoulder and said hello to someone she really did know. I took this as my cue to slowly slink into the background. Well, what would you have done?
Yesterday I sat at a large shared table for lunch and was joined by a man who immediately introduced himself. He was really friendly and interested in my opinions on the conference. We chatted for an enjoyable half hour or so before he asked if I would like a coffee, as he was going to get one for himself. As he stood up to get the coffees I noticed he was wearing white socks. If I tell you that the socks put me off him, what does that tell you about me?
a) I'm waaaayy too picky;
b) I'm spot on. No man in his right mind wears white socks with black shoes.
c) This is one of the reasons I've been single for 6 years.
I know, I know. Give it to me straight.