Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The big smoke

Currently I’m in Sydney enjoying the AFAC (Australian fire authority council) conference. I went for a walk early yesterday morning only to be amused by the sights. So many people were walking around in suits. I loved this window display- just image handbags having legs like that. Actually if you could afford handbags like that you should have amazing legs to go with them. Shame the photo is fairly average.  Give me a practical backpack anyday over these simple hand bags. 

Another great sight was this welcoming sign in front of the botanic gardens. I love that they encourage people to walk on the grass. I have so many fond memories of visiting the gardens. I even came home with a stray duck from the gardens many years ago. This duck was so tame it would follow us everywhere in the back yard. Dad had to stick it in the wheelbarrow at one stage to stop it exploring his shorts every time he bent over to garden.  



We glammed it up last night and put on our frocks for a huge dinner party. There are over 1300 conference delegates so you can imagine it's a big night out. Due to my limited purchases of makeup over the past 10 years I snuck into Myers and got my makeup done. What a treat, came away poorer but in the possession of a new lipstick and some cream. 

Tomorrow I present my research. Rather nervous of course. The slides look gorgeous to me. My big concern is how to make 30 slides of erosion interesting for the normal audience whilst still sounding intelligent. I love the slides but maybe not everyone else thinks soil erosion post-fire is a beautiful sight… Tomorrow night I get to see my family again. As lovely as it is to escape the normal daily routine I really do miss my hubby, the little men and Alex the dog.

3 comments:

Danni@closeyoureyesmakeawishandblow said...

Good luck tomorrow Ro - not that you'll need it - I know you'll wow them and keep everyone entertained
xxx

EllieB said...

I love that sign about walking on the grass - not very often you are given permission to do that! I am sure your presentation will go well - the biggest indicator of success is when someone loves what they do ... you are obviously passionate about your subject, and our world needs people like you! Best of luck!

PhD Journey: fire, kids, erosion said...

Supposedly the talk was "capitivating" and "I knew my stuff" and "was the best of the whole conference". This was the feedback I got from various people. Personally I struggled with a wavering voice the whole way through. Feedback was great and I nailed the questions. Luckily no more big conferences until Banff in Canada, that is assuming I get my abstract accepted and somehow scab enough funding.
ps thanks Danni
pps Ellie the gardens are worth a visit and the grass is lovely

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