Going back to work in my field after taking 13 years off to stay home with my babies meant that even though I kept my license current and did my best to stay up-to-date, I knew that I could use some inspiration and education for my new caseload. I met Nicole on day two of the new employee training in July. We were excited to discover that had both been hired as SLPs for the district and even more excited when we found out that we lived on the same street and had both moved in in the previous month! We became fast friends.
ASHA, our professional licensing organization, holds a national conference every Fall. Nicole and I decided to go. It was in L.A. over Veteran's Day weekend. We flew out after work on Wednesday. Nicole had another friend attending and she had made hotel reservations about 20 minutes from the conference center. Morgan Freeman was hanging out in our lobby.
We conferenced hard on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. Friday evening we ubered downtown to see a few of the sights.
I had always imagined that L.A. would be beautiful and glamorous. I was underwhelmed.
Nicole is a Hard Rock Cafe mega-fan so we went to dinner there. Unfortunately, it was karaoke night.
The food was good. The company was fabulous. The music was horrid.
Souvenir shopping afterwards. We are such winners.
The something-Chinese theater. It was blocked off for a filming.
We could see the "ood" of the Hollywood sign from our hotel.
I didn't take very many pictures, but I had wonderful time with these ladies and learned a TON.
Nicole and I flew home on Saturday evening, inspired and excited for Monday morning.
Sunday evening the family, plus a friend, went to a Casting Crowns concert.