I set the alarm for 6am this morning so that I could be up bright and early, have breakfast and read the articles for the course. Of course, the alarm went off so I turned it off and promptly went back to sleep waking around 9am. Just remember that Salt Lake City is 17 hours behind QLD so for me, it was 11 o’clock at night. Still I was up and about and managed to get to breakfast in time. I then did my pre-course homework and decided to head off and do some shopping.
Now, before anyone has a chance to snort and say, “She’s shopping AGAIN!”, let me get in first and tell you that it was grocery shopping. The nearest large shopping centre/mall is closed on a Sunday as it is owned by the LDS.
As it snowed most of the day, I caught an Uber up to Harmons the closest grocery store to buy some healthy choices for breakfast. The room has a small fridge and I didn’t want to spend a fortune eating at the Hilton each morning (US$18 for SLIG attendees), so bought some fruit, Chobani yoghurt (I always thought that this was an Australian brand), cereal and milk. I ubered back to the Hilton, having caught up with Judy Russell who was checking in and went to get ready for registration and orientation.
There are 405 people taking 16 courses this week, from five countries – Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Australia (of course) and the USA (naturally). Overall there are 54 presenters, one of whom is presenting in all courses except one. About half of the group were first timers like me. I chatted to two other first timers, one doing Chinese research and the other Immigration – apparently this is a good course to take as the presenter is exceptionally witty.
The orientation was a bit hit and miss, as people were crammed into the room and the technology didn’t work at first (I can sympathise with that) but it was great to be able to put faces to names with regards the presenters.
The welcome reception was a sit down Chinese buffet and to continue the Chinese theme, there was a lion dance to finish. According to the intro, if you were hit by lettuce at the end, thrown by the lions, you received good luck and our table was absolutely awash with it so I should go and buy the US equivalent of Gold Lotto I guess. Apparently our table was picked as one to have lettuce tossed over it because I wasn’t watching the dancers at that point.
I also caught up with Jan Brandt who I met in London, a couple from Paris, Texas (she is doing genealogy and he is ski-ing) and Linda from the mid-west and Pam from Utah. A really good night and terrific start to the week.