Starting to feel worn-out here!

Written by Jared Burgess

Before you read, let me warn you – it’s 12:15 a.m. right now, and I am unbelievable tired. Nearly four straight days of fun in this city has really taken its tole on me, so if this shows threw my righting, I apologize.

Just kidding! But seriously, I am ridiculously tired and feel like I could fall asleep within the next 30 seconds. But I’ll press on!

Guess what happened this morning? Yeah, we woke up late again. But this time, things turned out a little differently; unfortunately, we weren’t able to make it to our 9 o’clock sessions. The first session I was planning on attending, “The Writing Lab,” was full when I arrived at 9:05. Oh well. I really think they should have placed that session in a room with a much larger maximum capacity. I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one who missed out.

So, at the last minute, I made a change of plans, and headed over to “Wish I had Known,” taught by retired adviser Ellen Kersey. Essentially, I was bombarded with information I already knew, but there were a lot of attendees that I’m sure benefited from the lecture. So, it was a good session.

Another fun session today was called “Super-Trendy, Ultra-Modern Design Team,” taught by Tom Gayda and Kathy Habiger, the notorious duet. Being a design freak myself, attending was a must. The session was interesting, and I got a few good pointers. But for the most part, nearly everything at the session was already discussed by keynote speaker Tim Harrower yesterday. But I had to laugh because Tom and Kathy themselves admitted to “stealing” all their material from him. It was great to see they had a sense of humor about it. It was enjoyable, so I plan on adding Tom and Kathy on Facebook when I get home, so that they can keep me posted with some awesome layouts.

Before I leave, I have some very good news! Our newspaper, the Stampede, received 2nd place in this year’s Best of Show contest. Compared to last year, when we got 6th, this is a great improvement! We have gotten 1st in the past, but I’m content. Looks like I’m going out with a bang this year.

Jared Burgess