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AmyDare

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Too funny...my clustermates are from Minnesota. I'm from California! I've never met my director personally...she's a long-time online friend. So...technically hanging out with my cluster mates will be hanging out with people Ive never met! :)
 

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I am staying at the Sheraton, and really I have no plans as of yet! So my Tuesday night is free as far as I know! I definitely want to do some shopping while I am there, so that would work perfect for me! Bus, cab, whatever is fine with me! PM me with your info so we can connect while there!
 

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Today is July 2. There are only 10 days until the start of National Conference.

Driving? Make sure you check out your vehicle before you leave. Do this even if your only driving is to the next town to catch a plane, train, or bus. The Furry Guy will be checking my oil, water, washer fluid, and tire pressure. Trust me; you don’t want to break down on the way, especially if it’s something that could have been prevented.
 

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Today is July 2. There are only 10 days until the start of National Conference.

Driving? Make sure you check out your vehicle before you leave. Do this even if your only driving is to the next town to catch a plane, train, or bus. The Furry Guy will be checking my oil, water, washer fluid, and tire pressure. Trust me; you don’t want to break down on the way, especially if it’s something that could have been prevented.

Got to say this is a good one! I took my van in this week for scheduled maintenance. Two of my three engine mount brackets were broken. Ugh....NOT good. Plus my tires were bad (front were the worse)- he said a sharp rock or glass would be enough to puncture them. So had all of that, plus my timing belt (it was due), and all fluids changed. UGGH...Very expensive, but a 1000 mile trip, didn't want to find out the hard way!

See you in Chi-town!
 

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Does anyone know if we need to adhere to the "dress code" for registration and the scavenger hunt?
 

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Does anyone know if we need to adhere to the "dress code" for registration and the scavenger hunt?

Good question. I was planning on wearing blue jean capri's. I figure that since the conference really does not start until Tuesday, it will be ok. I am sure that others will weigh in on that opinion...
 

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I'm not sure if I will - probably jean capris too - being five months pregnant, I only have so many dressy clothes that fit :(
 

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Too funny...my clustermates are from Minnesota. I'm from California! I've never met my director personally...she's a long-time online friend. So...technically hanging out with my cluster mates will be hanging out with people Ive never met! :)

I know what you mean. I live in Florida and all my cluster mates that are going live in NJ. We are rooming together. One I met last year at conference and the other I have never met.
 

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Does anyone know if we need to adhere to the "dress code" for registration and the scavenger hunt?

My theory is that if I'm at McCormick Place interacting with HO people I'm at NC. I would assume the dress code applies.
 

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Today is July 3. There are only 9 days until the start of National Conference.

Don’t forget to take address labels with you. Some speakers will have handouts. Sometimes they run low. You’ll want to make sure they have your address, and a sheet of address labels is easy to carry and use. You can make things even easier by bringing a few self-addressed envelopes. That way you can just write what you want them to send on the back.
 

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"Does anyone know if we need to adhere to the "dress code" for registration and the scavenger hunt?"


Monday will probably be my most casual day but still no blue jeans for me.
 

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"Does anyone know if we need to adhere to the "dress code" for registration and the scavenger hunt?"


Monday will probably be my most casual day but still no blue jeans for me.

I was wondering the same thing, I am flying in from FL and would normally travel in shorts. I would not want to be OUT of Dress Code.
 

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My theory is that if I'm at McCormick Place dealing with people from the HO, then I should adhere to the dress code.
 

angel7581

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Guess I should find one more outfit then.
 

KaryCam

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I was wondering the same thing, I am flying in from FL and would normally travel in shorts. I would not want to be OUT of Dress Code.

Bill,
I know what you mean, I'm flying from FL too. You may want to check the weather first on Monday. Last year I got on the plane and it was 92 degrees here and in Chicago it was 65 and raining. Quite a difference.

I think Monday will be very casual, just picking up registration pack and visiting some booths, you won't be there for that long. Unless you are going to first timers or some other meeting, you probably could get away with nice jeans and a polo. The other days - business casual.
But hey, this is just my opinion. Other people may go with business casual Monday too - up to you.
 

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Bill,
I know what you mean, I'm flying from FL too. You may want to check the weather first on Monday. Last year I got on the plane and it was 92 degrees here and in Chicago it was 65 and raining. Quite a difference.

I think Monday will be very casual, just picking up registration pack and visiting some booths, you won't be there for that long. Unless you are going to first timers or some other meeting, you probably could get away with nice jeans and a polo. The other days - business casual.
But hey, this is just my opinion. Other people may go with business casual Monday too - up to you.

I agree. It's really not a conference day unless you are a director or above. If I didn't have meetings or workshops, I'd be in my jean capri's.
 

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Today is July 4. There are only 8 days until the start of National Conference.

If possible, you might want to consider taking your own pillow along. I know that I like my memory foam better than most hotel pillows. I sleep better, making me more wide awake and alert so I can absorb all those great ideas at NC!
 

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Just checked the 10 day forecast and they are predicting sunny and low 70's for Monday - 7/12. Last year in wave 3, we had lower temps and drizzle a few days.
 

KaryCam

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so far:
Monday - sunny, H 81, L 67
Tuesday - sunny, H 83, L 69

I am SO looking forward to the cooler weather. Summer in SW FL is just HOT.
 

otisbg

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Yeppers...you gave the latest forecast. Hope it holds true until we get there.
 

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Today is July 5. There are only 7 days left until the start of National Conference!

Only one week! Take the time while you’re at NC to enjoy the experience. You’ll be surrounded by wonderful PC people. You’ll be rubbing elbows with people who have reached the level of success you’re striving toward. You will never have that exact experience again (those exact people at exactly that place in their business). Be sure to take a few moments to just enjoy the moment.
 

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Today is July 5. There are only 7 days left until the start of National Conference!

Only one week! Take the time while you’re at NC to enjoy the experience. You’ll be surrounded by wonderful PC people. You’ll be rubbing elbows with people who have reached the level of success you’re striving toward. You will never have that exact experience again (those exact people at exactly that place in their business). Be sure to take a few moments to just enjoy the moment.
 

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I'm getting so excited! I'm mentally packing and unpacking - and making to-do lists in my head. :)

I have 2 out of 4 days nailed down for childcare. Just 2 more to go...but Grandpa & Grandma are coming for dinner tonight, so hopefully that will take care of at least one of those days.

I need to prepare some meals before I leave. I don't usually do that, but with DS's food issues, I feel like I need to this year. I also need to get his daily surprise bags ready. I started that when he was just 2 yrs old, and now he looks forward to it so much - he's been talking about it for a week already.

For each day that I'm gone, I pack a small gift (like a matchbox car), an edible treat, and a note from me. They are labeled by the day, and he gets to open one each day.
 

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I am also getting so excited. I am about to go make a few final purchases and I will be packing everything up over the next couple days.
 

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Today is July 6. There are only 6 days left until the start of National Conference!


Check out the weather report for Chicago. This will help you narrow down your packing choices. One place you can check is: NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (If you’re having trouble with that link, here’s the address:

noaa.gov
 
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I love short weeks at work but it makes it even better that I don't have to work all week next week! DH reminded me this morning that it's usually hard on him when I'm gone like this! I try to make sure I make it to the store so he's stocked up while I'm gone but I'm considering doing something extra special for him but don't know what!

I really need to start making my list and packing!
 

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Pick up a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant. I am going to do that for Pat for one of the three nights. He does not do ANY cooking so I make sure he has complete meals ready to pop in the microwave. But one night, I figured he should not have to.
 

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Pick up a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant. I am going to do that for Pat for one of the three nights. He does not do ANY cooking so I make sure he has complete meals ready to pop in the microwave. But one night, I figured he should not have to.

Good idea John! Thanks!
 

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I also thought I could get a couple of the movies he's been wanting. I know he wouldn't go for the day to day present but I think I'll give it to him when he drops me off for the bus!

By the way, we have already set up Netflix for "his" movies too while I'm gone!
 

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Today is June 6. There are only 6 days left until the start of National Conference!


Check out the weather report for Chicago. This will help you narrow down your packing choices. One place you can check is: NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (If you’re having trouble with that link, here’s the address:

noaa.gov

I think you mean JULY ;)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this countdown Rae! Thank you for doing it for all of us. Can't wait to see you!!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
 

pampchefsarah

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I think you mean JULY ;)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this countdown Rae! Thank you for doing it for all of us. Can't wait to see you!!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Ahaha, Carolyn! I didn't even catch that. I think Rae, and all of us, are just stunned that it's July already!
 

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That's what I get for trying to do several things at once. Silly me. LOL! I've fixed it for those who don't really read through everyone's posts. Your quote will explain your comment. (I don't usually fix posts because I don't want people who comment to look insane.;))

I'm looking forward to hugging you, Carolyn.
 

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That's what I get for trying to do several things at once. Silly me. LOL! I've fixed it for those who don't really read through everyone's posts. Your quote will explain your comment. (I don't usually fix posts because I don't want people who comment to look insane.;))

I'm looking forward to hugging you, Carolyn.

LOL - I just sent an email to my cluster with info for our booking blitz this month, and told them the dates were June 15-17. I'm right there with ya, Rae!


SOOO Happy! I think I have childcare figured out for my little guy. This has been tough. Because it's the busiest week for my DH, he can't take off any time, and in fact, has to work into the evening at least two days that I'm gone. (It's their Family Festival/Carnival week, and he has to be at 2 different campuses for set-up/tear down, and to direct parking...plus all of his regular tasks.)

So, LG (little guy) will be spending day one with Aunt Lori and his cousins. They live on a farm, and have a pool, so that will be fun for him. DH will pick him up from there after work, and the 2 of them will go to G&G's for dinner. Then, he'll spend the night there, and all day Tuesday. G&G will take him to CrestFest (the family carnival) Tuesday night, and then he'll go home with DH and spend the night at home. Wed, he'll go to my friend Terri's house (Micah's best friend is her son John) and spend the night there Wed. night. G&G will pick him up Thursday Noon, and he'll spend the rest of the day with them.

WHEW! complicated! But now, I can focus on getting ME ready for conference!
 

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Today is July 7. There are only 5 days left until the start of National Conference!


If you haven’t already done so, start packing now. It will give you time to remember the little things that may have slipped your mind. Don’t pack right into your suitcase, though. Lay everything out so you can see it. This way you’ll be less likely to over pack. For items that should be hanging on hangers until the last moment, gather them together. Section off a spot in your closet just for those items.

Now decide how you’ll pack. Rolling clothes is popular. I prefer stacking everything with plastic in between (bags work well and can be used later) and folding it all together gently. Though, this year I’ll be using a garment bag, for my more wrinkle-prone items.
 

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I have truly enjoyed this thread. I look forward to Rae's words of wisdom everyday. I can not wait to get there. I have never been to Chicago or NC, and now I get to do both.
 

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I agree! The fantastic advice shared by Rae and others here has been invaluable to a newbie like me! The excitement just jumps off the forum with each added thread, I too have never been to either and can not wait!
 

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I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet or not (and I don't have the time to go back through all the posts), but a couple of other things that are handy to pack are:
1. Power Strip (with today's cell phones, cameras, laptops) makes finding open outlets in the hotel rooms much easier.
2. Clothes Hangers- The hotels offer hangers, but with 4 people sharing a room it brings a whole new meaning to "creative hanging".
3. I'm also packing paperplates and napkins. We always get pizza one night back in the room when we can relax in our jammies. It's much easier to eat with plates and napkins rather than worry about not getting sauce on your roommates pillow. Plus they lay flat for packing and will leave a little extra space for the return trip!
 

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Thank You Rae! This thread has been phenonemal! :sing:

This will be conference #4 out of my 8 years as a consultant! I am sooooo very Excited to be going! I NEED to get Excited about my biz again!

My family takes the camper from Northern MN to Indiana Dunes, IN and camps all week. I take the train to downtown Chicago (about 1 hour and 45 minutes), then return. This is the 3rd year we've done this, works out great! We leave on Saturday!

I'm rooming w/a sister consultant/hosp. director and a couple consultants from her down line.

I want to go to the Meet 'n Greet too! I've got my CS button, from a couple years ago. :chef:

Yes, I do agree we need the "Like" button for the posts too! :thumbup:

Rae, your organization; packing; hotel; travel tips are Spot-On! :) Thank you so much!
I had forgotten about a couple of these, so now I've got my list going!
 

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I can't wait! We traveled up to Chicago-land area last week and are visiting family. I'm SO ready to hit the train and get to the city! (Too much family drama lately!!) :)
 

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It's been my pleasure. I really do this for 2 reasons--(1) I'm really excited about NC, (2) it helps to keep me on track so I'm not rushing around at the last minute.

Karen, I did mention those things, but not everyone reads every single post, so reminders are good.
 

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