Whoosh! Out of one suitcase and into another. I just returned home from speaking at a conference in northern Washington in time to kiss both kids and fall asleep on the couch with them, and Sunday I’m headed straight for the other Washington: D.C.
I’m so stoked to be headed there this close to the election. I can already smell the hair goo of swarthy politicians and feel the electrified buzz of gaffe-finders and fact-checkers. I can just hear the squeak of expensive leather shoes on glossy tile floors and the clicka-tap-tap of journalists struggling to make deadlines from their keyboards. Mmmm, and I can already taste the energy drinks that will be required for me to make it through the week.
For those who would like to follow along on my adventures, from October 21-24 I’ll be tweeting from @LoriVolkman during the annual AUSA Exposition, the hugest of huge military conferences put on annually by the Association of the United States Army. Despite what the name may imply, it’s really an all-service information, vendor, and contractor forum for all things military. I’ll be focusing on the military family providers there and probably talking about what shoes I’m wearing in between (very important in my opinion). I’ll be talking with folks from Blue Star Families, SpouseBUZZ.com, Military.com, Military Avenue, SitterCity, the DoD Family Forums, National Military Family Association, Sarge’s List, USAA, and, well … 35,000 more of my newest, closest friends.
You can follow non shoe-related tweets at #AUSA2012 or by following their conference-dedicated Twitter feed: @AUSALive. But mine will be funnier, just so you know.
Then from October 25-27 I’ll be at the Military Spouse Career Summit in Alexandria, Virginia. I’ll be there as Communications Director of the Military Spouse JD Network (you thought I only wore ten hats but really, it’s eleven).
You can follow that conversation via Twitter at @MilspouseJD including nuggets from my private interview with Craig Newmark, of CraigsList fame. The conference is put on by National Military Spouse Network and the keynote speakers are just amazing: CraigsList founder Craig Newmark, Author and National Security Strategist Dr. Janet Breslin-Smith, and Communications Specialist and Emmy award-winner Rosemary Freitas Williams. If you are in the DC area and you’re a military spouse, you really should register for this conference. It’s going to be some of the most invaluable networking you can imagine, and unlike AUSA there will be a manageable number of people to mingle with and learn from. Really, you should do it. Register here.
Most of all, if you’re attending either of these events, please let me know because I LOVE meeting people in person that I’ve met through this blog. I hope to see you either virtually or in person, no matter where you are.