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04 September 2012 @ 07:21 pm
Worldcon, Worldcon, Worldcon  
I was a little discombobulated at Worldcon this weekend.

Two major things have changed that seem to affect how I approach conventions in general.

One, which I will get used to in time (I hope), is new eating and exercise habits with Weight Watchers meant to keep me at my current 175 lbs. It adds some difficulty to eating at a con, particularly when faced with snacky hunger at night (and piled on with lots of tempting foods that one just gets very tired of resisting). The good news here is that I was successful - in fact, I weighed in at just under 175 today, so no gain at all (yay!). The exercise is a little tougher - cons are packed full, Worldcon doubly so, and finding time to run or work out can be problematic - yet I stress out a bit if I don't find the time, because it affects what I can eat and I get concerned I won't be able to run as far (or do as much weight work) when I get home if I skip too many days. Again, I hope I'll get used to missing an occasional day here or there without obsessing - after all, it isn't as if I like running and/or lifting weights.

The second is that somehow my sleep pattern has become fixed to waking up at some time between 6:30-7:30 AM (which was 5:30-6:30 AM Chicago time) no matter what time I go to bed. I then can't manage to get back to sleep for more than little snippets of time, which means I dread staying up late because I know in advance I'll be exhausted all day the next day - and if I have a panel to do or something to be in charge of I can't afford that. I'm not sure where this came from - at home, I have a "dog alarm" that goes off about 7:30 with somewhat messy consequences if there is no answer, so maybe it is habit. On the other hand, I am notoriously nervous about not waking up in time for something, to the point of waking up hours early in fear of missing a plane. I don't use an alarm at home, which used to be fine since I woke up just fine without it, but now that I keep waking up earlier and earlier maybe I need to train my brain not to be so worried by using an alarm.

The second is the biggest problem at a con, because I'm used to being able to do late-nights (and I'm still a night owl at heart) but begin to zone out about 10 pm or so.

Other than those personal things, the con was great. Found a good people-watching spot where I could have a beer and watch the con go by, waving over folks for a chat if they weren't heading to a panel or event. That tends to be what I like best about Worldcons, especially after so many years - catching up with people I haven't seen in at least a year. Three Weird Sisters CD Release party went well, as did dealers room sales the next day. ladyat's operetta went very well in spitre of her worries about lack of rehearsal time. We got memberships in hand for 2013 and 2014 (and in fact I volunteered to co-direct the filk program at San Antonio with ladyat. She will be doing the programming portion and I'll handle logistics and tech.)

I am, however, glad to be home in spite of the escalating activities taking place in the next few weeks.
Current Mood: busybusy
Marybraider on September 5th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
The way I get exercise at conventions is walking briskly up and down the hallways. ;-)
FilkerDavefilkerdave on September 5th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Oh, that's good to hear! I was looking at their site today and noticed that there was nobody running filk, so I told them I'd do it if nobody stepped up.

This is much easier; now I can kick back and relax and work for Laurie on the daily newsletter :)
judifilksign: Signingjudifilksign on September 5th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
The way I get exercise at conventions is by waving my arms vigorously.

I look forward to purchasing the new CD at OVFF!
hsifyppah on September 5th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
It was great to see you guys, even if only in that harried pass in the hallway kind of worldcon way! My copies of Third Thyme's the Charm arrived in the mail today, just in time to fight that lonely post-con feeling. :)
Bill Roperbillroper on September 5th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
I find that I generally sleep well if I've set a reliable alarm (or two). :-)

It was good to see you in any case!
hms42 on September 5th, 2012 07:12 am (UTC)
It was good seeing you at Chicon. I look forward to seeing you at OVFF.
msminlr: IBWOmsminlr on September 5th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Since I won't see y'all F2F before GaFilk, it looks like, I went ahead and ordered the CD from Michael.

Re: San Antonio: Somewhere on my original presupporting registration, I checked the box that said "help with filk program".