We took Vinny to his Grandparents' house on the Wednesday before we left for the conference, because we wanted to take a CPR/First Aid class on Thursday. We did, and are now both certified in CPR and First Aid, at least for the next year.
We left on Saturday, driving to New Orleans. We spent one night in a beautiful new hotel for a bargain price (the gubmint rate, since I was on business travel!) before arriving mid-afternoon.
Jeff had a great time in New Orleans -- he explored the French Quarter and went on a cemetery tour. I spent the majority of my waking hours in the convention center, although I did get a chance for an evening beignet excursion to Cafe du Monde, and to go out to dinner one night with my boss and his wife (and Jeff too), and another night with Jeff alone. I tried a lot of new foods, including rabbit, which tastes like a cross between chicken and pork.
Finally the conference was over, and before leaving New Orleans, we went on a swamp tour. We saw lots of alligators and other creatures, and we got to hold a baby alligator. Then we started driving.
We stayed in that same hotel at the same gubmint rate -- unfortunately I suffered a migraine when we got out of the car for dinner, so Jeff made the executive decision to stop. We arrived home on Saturday evening -- only to get up early the next morning to go pick up Vinny.
We spent the afternoon with Jeff's sister and brother-in-law, allowing Vinny to play with his cousins. It was a lot of fun, especially for Vinny, but we had to leave earlier than we would have liked, to make it home at a decent hour. I was terrified that the migraine would make a reappearance, but luckily I remained migraine-free. This morning marked the return to our regular schedule -- Vinny to school and me to work.