For work purposes, I went to a networking event at a nearby convention center today. It was nice to get away from the office for one damned day, ya know? I’m not a morning person, but registration started at 7:30am so I was there at 7:30am. It was still dark outside. That didn’t help with my sleepiness. But I got there and was given a really nice bag loaded with cool stuff like booklets and writing pads and things. Then there was a free breakfast waiting for me upstairs. I imagined a table filled with eggs, sausage, bacon and pancakes up to the ceiling and fountains running with freshly brewed coffee. Instead, there were muffins and bagels. I accepted it and took a bagel with a little cup of cream cheese. Oh they did have coffee, though. So I had some of that too, and then embraced my introverted self by not eating at a table filled with people who had cell phones attached to their ears. My solitude must’ve looked like I was holding up a sign that read, “Talk to me” because a few people came up with their bagels and coffee and we chatted. That was nice, actually, because a whole world of talking awaited me in the next room.
Actually, the first thing we did was sit down for a keynote speaker. It was Debbie Fields from Mrs. Fields Cookies! Woo hoo! I’ve never had one of her cookies. But she baked up a good speech. Very motivational and some parts got me a little choked up. No cookie samples from her though. I think she should’ve catered the event. I’m just sayin’.
So I mingled and I networked, and I did my thing, talking to a gaggle of business people. Some of them were very enthusiastic, some weren’t and if I never hear from them again, that’s fine. But I liked the ones that were interested in what I had to say. Plus, they offered me stuff like really cool pens, a magnet, some writing pads and some potato chip-bag clips! I also received a stress ball in the shape of a heart, a little kit to repair glasses and a little plastic travel sanitizer thingy. Happiness is free samples.
Oh talk about free samples! I was also given a pedometer to track how many steps I took in the huge building. According to the wise pedometer, I took 8, 649 steps. We had the option of turning in the pedometer to the health center to enter a raffle, but I forgot and well now I have a pedometer. And my very own name tag with a barcode on it.