The Southern California Genealogy Society’s Jamboree is officially 15 days away (I’ll be there a day early to help out with Kid’s Camp – so it is really only 14 days away for me)! If I was any more excited, I might just explode into a trillion piece of confetti. I guarantee you that I won’t be able to sleep on Wednesday night, or Thursday night, or Friday night, and by Saturday, I’ll only be sleeping because my body is exhausted. By Sunday night, I’ll be completely incoherent and exhausted – but because I will have so much fun, I’ll be chatting away incoherently to anyone who will listen.
Sharing My Jamboree Excitement With Dad
I was chatting with my Dad in the car a few days ago and I mentioned Jamboree. I started telling him all about the awesomely cool Geneabloggers Blogger Swag Bags and the cool stuff that companies donate to be in them. I even talked about how last year there was a bottle of water and a granola bar donated – and it was so cool because “when you’re having that much fun, you don’t want to stop to eat. Your mind is so full of information and you have a smile so permanently plastered on your face that you just forget to eat”. Dad instantly broke out into hysterics.
“What? What’s so funny?” I asked.
“You. You said that so genuinely!” He replied.
“But it’s true! You have so much fun that you will often skip lunch or breakfast just to stay with all of the action”
He broke out into more laughter.
“What?!” I asked. But the more I asked the more he laughed.
He knows I’m not a typical 20-something and he has known that for a long time. I wear the titles of “Geek” and “Nerd” very proudly and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being a Genealogy Geek is what I do best – it is just in my DNA.
Whenever I go anywhere, I pack like I’m preparing for the end of the world. A lot of clothes, a lot of snacks (hit me up if you’re hungry at Jamboree – I’ll never be able to finish all of it!), lots of techie stuff, and just when you think I couldn’t possibly have more stuff with me – I have more. I always over pack. But this year, I’m trying to cut down on that by creating a packing list. Here is my plan:
- 3 pairs of Jeans, my nice black pants, and a skirt
- 3 shirts, 2 tank tops, and a cardigan.
- 5 packs of oatmeal for breakfast on the cheap
- Water bottles (as many as I can fit in my suitcase and carry-on)
- My thermos and a ton of tea bags (I drink tea obsessively)
- Hair straightener
- The typical toiletries – toothbrush, deodorant, mini shampoo and conditioner, lotion, razor, etc
- My make-up bag.
- Laptop and charger
- Cell phone and charger
- Camera and USB charger
- Webcam and headset
- Green Backpack on Wheels (probably the best $30 I’ve ever spent – no more back pain from carrying my laptop everywhere!)
- Digital Voice Recorder
- Business Cards
Planning My Time
In 2009 (my first time ever going to a conference), I came to Jamboree, I had every class I wanted to take planned out and I rarely missed a class. I soaked up every ounce of information I could find.
In 2010, I went with the completely opposite approach. I rarely went to other classes and spent most of my time networking.
This year, I hope to do a bit of both. I want to gather up as much information as I can, while also giving myself plenty of time to relax, network, and write up a blog post or two. My goal is to find a balance.
What Are Your Plans?
What are your plans for Jamboree? Will you be attending in person or just keeping up by reading all of the Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts? Are you a maniac packer like me? (Please say I’m not the only one!)