Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Oh what a beautiful mornin'..."

"Oh what a beautiful day! I've got a beautiful feelin', ev'rything's goin' my way."

I'm not sure why, but ever since I was about ten this is the song that always pops into my head when the weather is nice and I'm feeling excited about something. Perhaps it's the inner "ham" inside me who was always willing to belt out show tunes to annoy my older sister in front of her friends, or the vivid technicolor genius that is the set design of Oklahoma. Well, whatever it is, the weather has been chilly here in DC this winter, and while we haven't had the snow we did last year, I've been feeling the winter blues a little more than normal.

Today changed all that. It was sunny this afternoon and 50 degrees. I'm not getting my hopes up about spring yet, but it was just enough sunshine and warmth to pull me out of my slump a bit and put an added spring in my step. And, while that spring was fresh and bouncy I decided to channel it into working on our plans for AONE's 44th Annual Meeting and Exposition coming up in just two short months. I headed into the office on this sunny Sunday afternoon to put the finishing touches on some items including our menu selections for the meeting, the onsite program that has to go to the printer soon, and rounding up all the stray questions I've received about registration, housing, speaking, sponsorships and more. I made it through a ton of emails and my desk is looking more organized than it has in about six months.

Though part of me can't believe it is only two months away and is begging for just a little more time, the other part is bursting with excitement to see all of our plans laid out for you - the AONE membership. I think you'll really enjoy some of the surprises we have planned for you in San Diego! But, you'll have to be there to know what they are, so register now if you haven't already. You don't want to miss it.

"There's a bright golden haze on the meadow..."

Director of Education

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