Brendan and I returned late last night from the annual SCMLA conference. This year's conference was in Tulsa, OK; Brendan and I have never been to Oklahoma, so we were excited to check out a new place and see our friends. SCMLA is a yearly grad school reunion of sorts for us. We love meeting up with friends now living all over the place (Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida), and we've met so many McNeese students from different years. SCMLA is definitely a conference I look forward to participating in every year (this was my 8th year presenting) because there is so much variety. I've presented on many topics from reading my own fiction to presenting my research in science fiction, teaching freshman composition, metafiction, and gothic literature. The conference always leaves me with a lot to think about and never fails to be a worthwhile experience. This year's conference felt especially busy. Between the friends that were there, we all went to a lot of back to back panels to see each other present.
The final day, things wrapped up at the conference early and we went for a delicious lunch with friends at Prairie Brewery. Brendan was very excited about his beer flight and the infamous prairie bomb.
We walked to Glacier chocolates afterwards, and I picked out sets of several chocolates for Brendan and I to savor throughout this week. I'm looking forward to trying Island Spice, PB&J, Strawberry Champagne, Banana Split, Limoncello, and PB Cayenne. We caught an evening flight home and as usual, had a great experience (as great as flying can be) with Southwest Airlines. These days, I'm sad whenever we aren't flying Southwest!
Today is hitting us hard. We're both exhausted, but we know we have to get it together and gear up for week 7 of the semester. Brendan wins spouse of the day for grabbing a few essentials at the store and making dinner. I love that man!
Hope everyone had a fun weekend.