I’m going to KAAN (the annual conference for the Korean American Adoptee/Adoptive Family Network) in Atlanta this weekend.
On the one hand, I am simply excited to be going–all of the different speakers and activities. So much to learn! Not to mention staying in a hotel–by myself!!! No kids, keeping the TV on all the time, eating in bed. That’s the life. (Although in looking at the schedule, I don’t think I’ll be in my room all that much.)
On the other hand, I am kind of terrified. I don’t really know anyone who will be there! One person through a Yahoo group gave me her name and told me to say “hi” if I see her. And then Margie, who used to blog at Third Mom (who to me, is like a celebrity!!) said she was looking forward to meeting me. But then I think that she had to say that to everybody, because she’s in charge of registration or something.
So now, in addition to trying to decide which sessions I’m going to attend (there are so many good ones–I have no idea which ones I’ll choose), I’m worrying about walking into the continental breakfast and breaking into a cold sweat as I freak out about where to sit.
On the bright side, now that I have an iphone, even if I’m by myself, I can fiddle with it and pretend like I’m doing something important, even if all I’m really doing is updating my Facebook status or challenging every friend I have to a game of Words with Friends.
I’m worried that Friday night, I’ll be huddled in my room, eating vending machine food, and watching HGTV–not because I want to (although let’s be clear–there is some beauty to that situation!!) but because nobody asked me to dinner and everybody else is having a blast and making lifelong friends and talking about the weirdo with the unkempt eyebrows.
So is anybody else going? If so, I’m just gonna go ahead and tell you, if you see this person–
you TOTALLY want to sit with her at breakfast. Yes, her eyebrows are weird and she has a funny accent, but she really is kind of a hoot…..and I hear she writes a killer blog.