All over the place, many of us are making final preparations to head over to RWA’s national convention in Orlando. Given my to-do list today, I figured it was about time we started drinking ourselves into a stupor with common tasks that prepare you for RWA National. And if you’ve never been, have a look at the fun – I hope you can join in next year.
Manicure: 2 sips
Pedicure: 2 sips
Both at the same time, unable to turn a magazine page or even scratch your nose which OF COURSE itches: 5 sips
Haircut: 1 sip
Haircut, and color: 2 sips
Haircut, blowout, and some form of impervious hairspray that is allegedly humidity proof (HAHAHA): 4 sips
Eyebrow waxing: 1 sip
Eyebrow, leg wax: 2 sips
Eyebrow, leg, and Brazilian bikini wax: chug! (Also: YOWCH.)
Packing list: 1 sip
Packing list with weather temps and chance of rain in Orlando for each day (hint: 100% chance): 2 sips
Packing list including day wear and evening wear: 1 sip
Packing list including flask: chug!
Packing list that includes fourteen different cables to charge 3 electronic items: 3 sips
Packing list that includes laptop: 2 sips
Packing list that includes laptop with intention to get work done on WIP: 2 sips
Packing list that includes 2 or more computers: 4 sips
Don’t Forget reminder for business cards: 3 sips
Don’t Forget reminder for nail polish to fix chips in mani/pedi: 2 sips
Don’t Forget reminder for speech, presentation, and/or PowerPoint slides: 3 sips
Don’t Forget reminder that includes picking up teal cardigan at dry cleaners: RWA Staff only: Drink up, ladies! Cheers!
Don’t Forget reminder for spanx: 2 sips
Questioning whether you’ll have time to sit outside and should therefore bring sunscreen: 2 sips
Bringing sunscreen anyway: 4 sips
Bringing sunscreen, tan accelerator, Sun-In Extra Strength for your hair, one of those mirrored reflector things, and your own padded beach towel: chug!
Bringing four pair of shoes: 3 sips
Bringing six pair of shoes: you are my roommate! 1 sip
Bringing five pair of shoes: 2 sips
Bringing three pair of shoes: 4 sips
Bringing two pair of shoes: 5 sips
Bringing one pair of shoes: I’m sorry, I can’t stop giggling long enough to assign a sip value, so CHUG!
On board your flight (or driving), you bring one book to read: 2 sips
On board your flight (or driving) you bring a few dozen books to read, digital or physical: come sit next to me, and 1 sip
On board your flight, you have one empty suitcase in the cargo area purely for books you’ll get at RWA: 3 sips
On board your flight, you sleep: 2 sips
On board your flight, you look at the other women heading to Florida and try to identify the romance writers: 4 sips
On board your flight, you successfully identify three other romance writers, introduce yourself, and share a cab to the hotel: WIN. Also: 1 sip
On board your flight, you end up sitting next to Teresa Medeiros, who for some reason has two cats in her carry on: 2 sips
On board your flight, you share your lunch with Buffy the Mouse Slayer and Willow Tum-Tum: chug!
On board your flight, the flight attendant wonders why she’s out of alcohol and only half-way through the passenger area: 4 sips
Please add your own to the list- and if you’re heading out to RWA this week, save travels!