Catch-up time

I was in Phoenix last week, recruiting for the SHPE conference (BTW, SHPE is the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers). I was busy busy busy especially on Saturday which was the Career Fair. But while I was there I did get a chance to meet up with an old college friend, SD. And when I say old, I mean old, cause she was my roommate at orientation which is how we met. Anyway, she’s married now with a baby, and we got to have lunch and catch up for a bit, and it was really nice. I also saw Madagascar 2 while I was there….funny, but not as funny as the first one. And Bernie Mac does one of the voices, which I didn’t know before I went to see it.

Attending the SHPE conference was really interesting…it reminded me a lot of my NSBE days. In some ways, I do miss my old NSBE life. I made some good friends, gained a lot of skills, and had some great times. But I did not like how those of us in the sciences were treated like second class citizens, and how at that time there was not a lot of professional development for alumni members. I hear things have changed, and I also here they have doubled their membership, so congrats to them.

Anyway, thanks to the ridiculously dry weather in Phoenix I got sick on my last night there, and came back with a horrible cold and dried out sinuses. So I’ve been suffering and self-medicating all week. I’m finally starting to feel better after two boxes of Advil Cold and Sinus, a bag of Halls, a bag of vitamin C drops, some saline flush, and two boxes of tissues. Being sick sucks.

I’m not going home for Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to just laying around my apartment, possibly unpacking the stuff I need to unpack, and just relaxing. I’ve had a very busy Oct and Nov and I’d like to just sit down for a minute. I am going home in Dec though.