Thursday started with getting the chance to sleep in a little. No kids. No dogs. It was wonderful, though I apparently had my head completely underneath my pillow shortly before I woke up. Odd. I love the sound of running water outside my room. The patio faces the pool, and the sound of the fountains are just the right amount of soothing white noise for me. But I digress…
Oh yeah, I also forgot my favorite (and only) pair of heels for this trip on my bedroom floor in WI. I took a few moments to find the nearest mall and did what any girl worth her salt would do in this situation. Mamma got some new shoes!
I spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon perusing the exhibit halls. Yes, folks, there are two. And they are HUGE!!! I sat and talked with the Quaver folks, felt at home talking to Cam at the VanderCook exhibit, and bought a new book.
The afternoon included a performance by a middle school treble choir and a session on iPads in Secondary Music Education. Yes, you read that right. I voluntarily went to hear a choir One of the supporting directors is a dear friend, and I’m so glad I went. The face way music education is delivered may be changing, but there is still something awe-inspiring about hearing a really talented group of live musicians give a diverse, emotional, and musical performance. I’ve never enjoyed listening to a female choir as much as this one today. Well done, ladies! Your performance and poise was outstanding.
After a little conversation, it was time to grab some supper and head out for the TI:ME tweetup. I have been on Twitter for about 2 years now, and I think it is the single best thing I have done for myself professionally. I have “met” and picked the brains of some of the best and brightest in music education and music technology. Tonight was the first time I met most of them in person, and I ended up feeling like I was sitting at the feet of the masters. People who have written books and created apps that I use or will use. One of them even told me she was looking forward to my presentation and picking my brain. Seriously, little old me? How cool is that! Maybe there will be more than 5 people in my session on Saturday after all
So day 2 is in the books, and tomorrow is Friday already. Time to rest the failing voice and take a few moments to be still and soak it all in.