01 September 2011

Countdown to FGS 2011

I am so excited and looking forward to next week.  I am going to FGS's "Pathways to the Heartland" Conference in Springfield, Illinois in five days.  Yikes! Only 5 days to get ready.

Luckily, I am within driving distance so I don't have to worry about limiting what I take.  I am comfortable about the drive as I have been to Springfield before.  My daughter, Kirsten, attended college about 40 miles east of Springfield in Decatur, Illinois and I made the trip numerous times, sometimes going down and back in one day.  I am glad I don't have to do that this time.

I plan to arrive on Wednesday in time to attend one or two afternoon sessions.  I have been pouring over the wonderful syllabus and have about 75% of my sessions selected.  I thought I would be flexible, or in other words, I had trouble with a couple of time slots-too many good choices.  One thing I am looking forward to is the German Workshop.  Four hours of learning should get me on the right path with my mother's side of the family.

Other activities I plan to take advantage of include the Geneabloggers Meet Up and FGS 35th Anniversary Celebration.  I didn't think I was going to be able to get to Springfield on Wednesday so I missed out on tickets for the Prairie Social, but know there will be lots of other opportunities for fun.

So, look for me at FGS 2011, I will be the one with white hair!