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the night before Tech Camp (aka #TxLA17 Part 1)

'Twas the night before Tech Camp...

I arrived late Tuesday afternoon after 2 flights--a short flight from Indy to Chicago and then the main flight from Chicago to San Antonio.  A short cab ride took me right to my hotel.  After unpacking, I met up with my good friend, Heather Lister, to walk to the dinner for all Tech Camp presenters.   (Okay, I actually made Heather come see me while I unpacked because it had been forever!  And yes, I talked to my girl Nancy Jo while unpacking as well.)

Nancy Jo Lambert organized Tech Camp and was responsible for inviting me to participate!  Thanks so much NJ!  
My girls Heather Lister & Nancy Jo Lambert

It was such a treat to meet so many talented tech educators and librarians (many whom I only knew from social media)!   Before dinner we all introduced ourselves and shared a fun fact about our self.  (Impromptu... and nerve wracking!)  Dinner conversations were random, hilarious, and varied with so many of us at this huge table!

I sat beside of Amy Mayer of friED Technology.  I'm a huge fan and finally worked up the nerve to ask for a picture together!  (Unfortunately I didn't get to attend any of her sessions the next few days as we presented at all of the same times!)
Amy Mayer of friED Technology!
And here's the whole gang!  So many amazing educators!

See a lot of familiar faces?  You should!  Look at the names of these amazing presenters:

(okay, Hadi wasn't at the dinner but we didn't actually expect him to come...)

Almost every single person was able to make the dinner which was quite a feat!  (Thanks again Nancy Jo for organizing it all and connecting us together!)

After dinner, it was a beautiful night to see more of the river walk and San Antonio.  Unfortunately, as a known procrastinator, it was time for me to go back to the hotel and make sure everything was ready for tomorrow (2 presentations and a keynote?  Yikes!).

On our walk back to the hotel along the River Walk, we stopped in at a CVS.  (TSA didn't like my 5 ounces of curly hair spray but I knew I needed to find more to avoid looking like a crazy woman all week!)  Heather and Nikki were fascinated by all that CVS sold.  We left armed with beverages, ice cream, and hair products... as one does.

It turns out hotels don't have silverware in the rooms... (shocker!) but room service WILL bring it to you.   (This also makes for great pics for friends who don't use spoons aka Nikki!)


It was a late night (for me!) but everything pulled together and I was ready for my very first day at TxLA Tech Camp the next morning.


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