Conference Shoes

I'm at the American Political Science Association meeting in Washington, DC today. I never submitted a proposal for a paper. I suddenly realized that working for free is for suckers. (No, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer.) Without the horror of a paper hanging over my head, I have had the best summer ever. No stress. I'm going to the conference just for the fun of it. Steve and the boys are going, too, and I will probably spend more time at bars with friends and with the kids at museums than I'll spend listening to papers.

Conference shoes are super important. I just bought a pair of Naturalizer Becca Pumps in a tailored two-toned color. I usually hate breaking in new shoes at this conference, because it means a box of bandaids. But these shoes look super comfortable, and I don't plan on being that ambitious about catching every panel.


8 thoughts on “Conference Shoes

  1. Glad I’m not the only one! I don’t know why I do this to myself either, but for some reason I always think it’s a great idea to go buy new cute shoes for a conference. I always end up in the bathroom, covering my feet with bandaids and cursing to myself! Then, at the first chance I get, I’ll go back to the hotel and put on my boring, not cute, not new shoes just so I can make it through the rest of the day. Maybe I’ll have to hunt these shoes down…or better yet, break shoes in before the conference!

  2. So sorry I didn’t manage to see you! We had a pretty good panel on food politics, I had some good sushi that night, and I managed to get back home to enjoy the weekend without Earl interfering.

  3. I was there at the panel, RC. Sitting right next to Toni. I had to zip out right afterwards and couldn’t introduce myself, because I had a 6:00 appointment with some bloggers. Nice job pulling those papers together, btw.

  4. Regular reader, sometime commenter. I was sitting at lunch by the Marriott on Friday, and you and your family walked by. I felt like I had seen a star – that’s Laura from 11D. Pretty funny. I would have stalked you into the pizza place except I was having lunch with some folks in my area – not at my institution, just getting to know them. I think they would have thought I was really strange if I rushed off, so alas, I did not get the chance to introduce myself. Glad to hear you had a good time.

  5. Yes, I did have a good time, Shannon. Lots of old friends and blogging meetups. Single malt scotch was involved.
    Gee, I hope I wasn’t picking my nose or something embarrassing. We had just pulled into DC, and I was still discombobulated. Too bad that we didn’t have a chance to meet. Next time.

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