Yippee! The work part is over! I felt really good about my presentation yesterday. I spend too much time thinking about presenting and stress myself out. I should have relaxed a little, but then that wouldn’t have been me, would it have? Yeah, definitely feel like the weight is lifted. Kevin and Trevor put on an excellent conference. I’d do it again, if they ever asked me back.
So yesterday was mostly hanging in my hotel room working through my presentation, then giving me presentation, then the fun part. Wait, let me backtrack. I think that perhaps Australians are really into breakfast (or brekky as they say…everything has a cute name here). I ordered 2 eggs and toast from room service and you should have seen what came on the plate. Eggs, sausage, potatoes, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes. They call it an American breakfast but it seems British to me. For some reason, it’s hard to look at mushrooms on a plate first thing in the morning. That doesn’t seem so American to me. In America, we would hide the mushroom sand tomatoes in an omelet so that you can actually trick yourself into eating something healthy. We are good like that.
OK, so the presentation. I actually felt really good about this one. Probably my best so far. Gawd, I get myself worked up.But once I got going it was awesome. I’m no professional speaker but I did great for me. And big sigh of relief when it was over. And big glass of wine with my friend Carol from Yahoo! Don’t believe everything you read in the papers. Microsoft and Yahoo! people actually do socialize together. It’s always good to compare notes on what’s going on. Lots of wine was consumed (so far, impressed with the Chardonnay I have had here, last night it was Stonier Reserve…nice and dry and acidic). Then a bunch of us jumped in cabs and went out to dinner; amazing freaking Thai food. Like ridiculous. I think the place was called Aree. Yum. Had some champagne to celebrate Kate’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Kate…can you celebrate again today since it’s your b-day in the states now?). And I am up at 3 drinking water to stave off the post-champagne headache. It always seems like a good idea at the time. OK, it’s usually worth the punishment.
I’m super excited to get out of the hotel. Flying up to Cairns today. Flight at 7, which would normally feel so early but you know, I don’t sleep (4 whole hours last night). This afternoon, I’ll be by the pool. I’ll be the pasty white one with a cocktail in my hand.